Vita Brillanti

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My Favorite Fashion Discovery

If you’re like most girls who use Rent The Runway, you probably started off by renting clothing for occasions only.  I was that girl too!

Outfit: Shoes, Dress (from Rent The Runway), also love this, this and this

It wasn’t until earlier this year that I realized I was going to the online site for more than just special occasions, but for items like purses, jewelry, jackets etc. Everyday items.  I was using Rent The Runway so much that my sister was basically begging me to try their Unlimited program.

Quick recap if you don’t know what RTR Unlimited is.

RTR unlimited allows you to rent up to 3 items at a time, for as long as you need. As soon as you return an item, a spot opens up on your account to ship another item directly to you. Essentially, you determine the amount of items you receive, since it’s dependent on how often you wear and return the items.

Rent the Runway is the easiest shopping experience I’ve ever had too. The only reason I had not made the leap sooner, was because I was unsure if the cost per month would be worth it. It’s $150 each month for this service, but when I signed up, they had 20% off your first month (which I think they still provide), so it was a great incentive for me to try it out. At this point,  I’m fine with dishing out the $150 because I know what I’m getting in return, and I’m very happy with the service.

In August I ordered three items, all dresses. I wore them all within one week, and as soon as I was finished I sent them back and ordered three more items. Throughout August I wore 9 different outfits for a fraction of what I might actually spend on 9 outfits if I were to buy them myself. I quickly realized that RTR might just be the best thing that has ever happened to me (fashion – wise)!

The selection of items I’ve seen on the site are vast too. Designers range from Derek Lam to Kate Spade and tons more, so I never feel like I don’t have options. Something I’m really looking forward to during the fall and winter are the selection of coats that I will be able to choose from! Every fall and winter I get so sick of wearing the same few winter jackets over and over, but I can’t buy 15 different coats, so RTR is going to be a great option for me to change up my coat wardrobe on a weekly / bi-weekly basis.

I will caveat that RTR is a NYC – based company. If I return my items on Monday, my cart opens up on Wednesday for new items which I can receive by Friday night. I’m not sure if this is the case if you lived across the country, but I would be curious to hear thoughts of those who do live outside NYC!

I’ve worn Rent The Runway items in a couple of my posts lately (here and here) and of course, including this post! I rented this Shoshanna dress at the end of August and have since kept it for almost two months because I love it so much and was getting a ton of use out of it. I finally decided to ship it back over the weekend for something else :-)

I think the best way to decide if RTR Unlimited is right for you is to just try it out for one month with the 20% off coupon. If you find that you’re only using three pieces a month MAX, there may be better options for you – however, for someone like me who is constantly on the lookout for new clothes (and secretly hates shopping in stores) it’s perfect!

If you have any questions about it, feel free to reach out!

XO

5 Sweaters I’m Crushing Over

 

One day, I hope in the near future fall will arrive, and when it does, I will be “sweater weather” ready.

Scotch & Soda Sweater / Madewell half-zip  / Tory Burch Pullover / Everlane Cashmere Crewneck  / Free People Sweater

Each year I wait for fall, and I think this is the case for most people. Come August I’m tired of the heat an humidity and I start to crave chilly nights by the fire, curled up with a nice glass of wine. I think I just described my ideal date night…

I’m from update New York, which means that I live for fall activities like apple picking, corn mazes, pumpkin picking, chilly mornings, and of course, sweaters! The only issue is that it’s hot outside right now – 80 degrees hot.  Because of this weird weather pattern I’ve been holding off on buying my fall sweaters. Though this doesn’t mean I don’t have a stockpile of sweaters in shopping carts at various retailers with my name on them. I’ve picked five of my favorites from my current “wish list” collection that I can’t wait to whip out once the weather changes. Each of these serves a purpose; chic, casual, date night, fitted and snuggly.

XO

 

Where To Go If You Want To See Cows In Switzerland

This cow to the left actually “moo-ed” at me to get out of her way…

 Before going to Switzerland, I had painted a picture in my head of what I expected to see while there. For the most part, I envisioned massive hillside pastures filled with cows overlooking small Swiss towns. Typical.

Outfit: Madewell Jeans, Merrell Boots, TIBI Sweater from Rent the Runway (similar herehere, here and here)

The third day into our trip, I didn’t feel satisfied with the number of cows I saw. Let alone wildlife. I became overwhelmed with this mounting desire to be with animals all day, every day, specifically cows. The more animals I could see the better and the number of animals I saw in a given day determined the type of day I was having. I know how bizarre this sounds, Jordan actually thought I was insane, and likely so did anyone watching my Instagram Stories, but stick with me here.

On day three our ‘plan’ was to have a spontaneous adventure. We took the tram up to Mannlichin in the AM, which is one of the tallest peaks in the Jungfrau Region, and from there, we took a long stroll over to Klein Scheidegg. The hike to Kleine Scheidegg was nice and flat, which was a welcome relief from the previous days we’ve had. The hike itself was very pretty and worth doing if you’re in the area. It took us about three hours to complete the trail since we were in no hurry and wanted to take some photos. Once we arrived, it was about 1 pm and I needed a beer and a snack so we stopped at this small Zimmer on top of a hill right outside of town. While we were finishing up our lunch we had a hard time deciding what to do next. Jordan wanted to continue to explore, while I was ready to head back to Wengen since I was still pretty exhausted from our hike the day before. Nonetheless, we headed to the train station since either way, we needed a ride.

We met a wonderful couple the day before who we happened to run into again on top of Kleine Scheidegg (such a small world!) They had been to Switzerland, in particular, the Jungfrau Region many times and begged us to take the train over the other side of the mountain into Grindelwald. I had Grindelwald on my list but didn’t actually think we’d get to it with everything else we had planned. I’m so happy we ended up listening to them though because what happened in the next 15 minutes became one of the best experiences in my life. Yes, you know it’s cows.

We caught our train on time, and 15 minutes into our 30 min ride I spotted a pasture in front of us with a few cows – my excitement immediately heightened, but as we got closer I saw that there were hills FILLED with cows. This was literally what I had pictured for over a year.  I quickly turned to Jordan and stressed that we had to get off the train and see the cows. He had no choice but to follow me off. The fact that this train had a stop in the middle of a field was fate, another reason why I love Swiss trains. The hillside with the cows was located in a small town called Brandegg. If you are looking for your picturesque view of Switzerland you must go here.

We spent the next hour + walking around the fields looking at and taking photos of the cows. It was so surreal to see them in these vast pastures overlooking the smaller towns below. These photos don’t even do it justice! After we both felt like we had enough, it was time to figure out how we were getting down the mountain. Something we didn’t even consider when we got off the train. The next train to Grindelwald was not for another hour or so, and the trail map said it would take about that to walk to Grindlewald, so we stayed true to our day of adventure and continued down the steep slope of the mountain and into Grindelwald. Of course, it took us two hours because we were surrounded by pure beauty and it was hard to take a step without documenting it. We ended up getting into town around 4:30PM ready for another meal!

This particular day is the most memorable day in the twelve days we were on vacation. I’m going to look back years from now and remember just how happy I was in this moment and smile every time!

XO