VINA STORY: HOW HEY! VINA HELPED INSPIRE TWO WOMEN TO CREATE BRUNCHITUPNYC

In a city of millions of people, it may seem rather frustrating to feel alone. But, the truth is, it’s not as abnormal as one might think! Searching for friends with the same interests and values as you is a tough task, but the girls at BrunchItUpNYC have made it a little bit easier for us vinas.

Molly and Leyssa are two 20-somethings who decided that they wanted to foster a girl gang for other vinas who may have felt alone in the sea of people in NYC.

“It’s so important to have a group of girls you can rely on,” they said. “Whether it’s for a much-needed girl talk, or a night out partying, we all need a solid support system!”

And they gave us just that! BrunchItUpNYC was created by these powerful vinas when they felt there was a genuine need for a consistent meet-up event where girls could feel comfortable coming alone to make friends.

Your 20s may feel like a strange period in your life; you might witness others your age getting married and starting to have kids while you’re popping Cheetos in your mouth and watching the season finale of The Bachelor. If you maybe feel as though you fit into the latter category, perhaps this brunch-bunch is made especially for you.

“A lot of us actually are not very new to NYC, but are looking for friends that want to travel, explore and live life to the fullest,” Molly and Leyssa said. “Most of us are in our mid 20s, and a lot of our friends are settling down or moving out of the city.”

Molly and Leyssa at their second BrunchItUpNYC event.

This makes BrunchItUpNYC so impactful and special for vinas. Their first brunch meet-up created on the Hey! VINA app consisted of nine other girls who instantly hit it off. “We talked about our interests, our lifestyle, our goals and somehow we all were just on the same page! We’ve already planned a girls trip to New Orleans next month. I think our group is going to stay close forever!”

No initial awkward silences took away from the fun. The girls played games like “Never Have I Ever” to get to know each other and loosen up, which made for exciting conversations!

The creators of BrunchItUpNYC were able to use Hey! VINA to invite more vinas to join them.

“We heard about VINA through a friend and decided to give it a try,” they said. “VINA provided an amazing platform to promote our brunch meetups on, and the girls on VINA are friendly & looking for fun activities, so it was easy to get a group of them together!”

As for making friends and meaningful connections online, Molly and Leyssa have some advice:

“Don’t be nervous!! Everyone on VINA is looking to meet friends, so everyone feels those nerves in the beginning, but you will end up with amazing new friends, and it will be so worth it!”

Join @BrunchItUpNYC on Saturday, February 16th from 1:45pm-3:30pm for their Galentine’s Day brunch in NYC! And if you’re interested in perusing more events such as this one, check out the Hey! VINA app to meet other like-minded vinas and to create that girl gang of a lifetime.

FUN VINA PLANS TO CHECK OUT THIS WEEK AND WEEKEND!

Hey, vinas! Since our PLANS feature launched, you never have a reason to say “I have nothing to do today!” again.

Need more convincing? Check out this list of open events happening in our top VINA cities! All you have to do is RSVP in the app and show up. Just click the link below to pull up all the details. Cheers to more vinas!

NEW YORK CITY PLANS

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14

🛍Let’s go shopping at Monica Vinader in NYC at 5:30pm-7:30pm with Brittany — RSVP HERE

🍹Let’s get Korean BBQ and drinks at Korea Town at 8:30pm with Benita — DETAILS HERE

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16

🍷Let’s go to the Freedom and Feminism Gala with Lynda at 22 Battery Place at 10pm — JOIN IN HERE

💃Let’s go to Epic Dancehall Palooza with Stacia at 431 W. 16th St. at 10:30pm — RSVP HERE

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17

🥂Let’s go to dinner and drinks with Paula at Fig & Olive at 7pm — SIGN UP HERE 

👯‍♀️Let’s go out dancing with Mila at The Park at 10pm — RSVP HERE

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18

🎨Let’s go to a pottery class with Mir at La Mona Pottery at 1pm — SIGN UP HERE 

CHICAGO PLANS

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13

📱Let’s make a group chat with Susana at 1:30am — COME JOIN HERE

🎹Let’s see Julien Baker and Phoebe Bridger at Thalia Hall with Olivia at 7:30pm — DETAILS HERE

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16

🎵Let’s go to Rezz with Elena at Aragon Ballroom at 7pm — RSVP HERE

👯‍♀️Let’s go dancing with Octavia at Benchmark at 7:30pm — RSVP HERE

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AUSTIN, TX PLANS

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13

💃Let’s go out dancing at Barberella with Taylor at 9pm — RSVP HERE

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14

🍷Let’s get dinner at Korea House Restaurant with Rebecca at 8pm — RSVP HERE

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15

💃Let’s go out dancing at Scratchouse with Jordan at 11pm — RSVP HERE

WASHINGTON, DC PLANS

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15

🎵Let’s go see Tasha Cobbs at Warner Theater at 9pm with Tanaa — MEET ME HERE

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16

✌️Let’s do something with Rachel at 2pm — SIGN UP HERE

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17

☕️Let’s go to high tea at the Mandarin at Mandarin Oriental with Meredith at 3pm — SIGN UP HERE

CANADA PLANS

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13

🥂Let’s get dinner at Naina’s Kitchen with Sarah at 6pm — SIGN UP HERE

LOS ANGELES, CA PLANS

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15

🦃Let’s go to Friendsgiving at Habesha Lounge with Shanila at 8:30pm — SIGN UP HERE

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17

🎵Let’s go to a concert at Hollywood Palladium with Kaliyah at 8pm — SIGN UP HERE

OAKLAND, CA PLANS

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16

💃Let’s go dancing to Regaton at Complex Oakland with Alexis at 10pm — SIGN UP HERE

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17

🎵Let’s do trap karaoke at The New Parish with Nakisha at 9pm — SIGN UP HERE

MEDFORD, MA PLANS

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14

🍷Let’s go to wine club at Modera Medford with Alyson at 7pm — SIGN UP HERE

PORTLAND, OR PLANS

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13

🍹Let’s grab drinks at QuarterWorld Arcade with Natalie at 6pm — SIGN UP HERE

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16

🍷Let’s grab drinks at The Great Lost Bear with Hannah at 7pm — SIGN UP HERE

MINNEAPOLIS, MN PLANS

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13

✌️Let’s rufus du sol at First Avenue with Angela at 6pm — SIGN UP HERE

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16

✌️Let’s do something at Kitty Cat Klub with Ashley at 8pm — SIGN UP HERE

If your city isn’t mentioned here, go to the PLANS feature on Hey! VINA and start looking! Make sure your radius to find new vinas is set to at least 50 miles away from you—that way, you’ll see open plans in that same radius. And you can always create your own open plan as well!