Vita Brillanti

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Summertime Feels

Outfit: White Culottes, similar on sale here (also love, these and these), Off the shoulder top, old (similar here, here, and here), Quay Sunglasses, Jeffery Campbell Mules

Hello Summertime!

Even though we’re about 7 days away from the official launch of summer, the weather in the city tells me it’s here now. So naturally the first item I pulled out of my closet in this heat wave was my off the shoulder blue striped top (last seen here), and my favorite white culottes that I got from French Connection a few years ago (last seen herehere and here).

I’ve had these white culottes for longer than I can remember. They’re an item that each summer I reach for multiple times because they are extremely effortless and fit my FFC guidelines (Fashion, Functionality & Comfort).

I’m working on a downtown eatery guide, so the other day we went over to one of my favorite restaurants, 12 Chairs for some brunch, followed by a brief walk. If you’ve been following along on IG Stories, you may know that I tore my meniscus, which means it’s hard for me to walk far, and I have to wear a knee brace until I undergo surgery. Therefore, I’ve been making sure to wear items that cover my knee to avoid having a big black brace in all of our photos!

Effortless outfits make me the most happy. There is nothing I hate more than having to wear something that I’m uncomfortable in (that used to be stockings). My goal this summer, is to try more long dresses, midi skirts and culottes. I typically reach for dress lengths that are shorter in the summer – for obvious reasons, but since having to wear longer clothing with my injury, I’m really starting to like it!


Yellow Knit Top

I would jump into any shade I could find!

Outfit: Skirt, sold out (similar here, here and here), Yellow Knit Top, Hinge Sandals

Our first day in Charleston got off to a bit of a rocky start resulting from a long delay getting into town the night before.

I knew the weather was going to be hot; the humidity on our first day was upwards of 96%, so I dressed in very light clothing wearing a floral skirt (similar here and here) with a light knit top from H&M. I love this top because while it’s knit, it’s very light weight. I think it would also pair so well with a pair of high-waisted jeans!

And despite only getting a few hours of sleep, we woke up early, eager to make the most out of our first day in town! But first, coffee.I’d been looking forward to trying this local coffee shop, The Daily, ever since we booked our trip, and we were not disappointed. I sometimes get a bit anxious being an outsider in such a local spot, but everyone was so friendly to us! Does anyone else ever feel that way? Maybe that’s just my own insecurity.

Any who! There was actually a pop-up restaurant featuring this local family who are in the process of opening up a restaurant of their own; Heard Charleston. They were serving up some of their burgers, and oh man, it was the best burger I have tasted in a very long time. Better than Shake Shack. Yes, I said it.

We were lucky enough to be seated next to the owner of the up and coming restaurant and she let us know that their restaurant was opening in October – we obviously are going to have to get back there to try it out!

After we filled our bellies we walked back to the Inn, and proceeded to sweat buckets. All in all, it was a fabulous day!


Keds x Minnie Mouse Collection

Outfit: Anthropologie Shirt on sale (similar here and here), Madewell Skirt on sale (last seen here), Keds (also love these, these and these)

Keds is one of my favorite brands. I can’t remember a time that I didn’t have a pair in my closet!

As you likely already know, I tend to look for three things when I go shopping; functionality, fashion and comfort. I recently got this adorable pair, which I’ve already received so many compliments on. How much fun are they!?

When we arrived back from Charleston, it happened to be Jordan’s birthday, so the first thing we did when we got back to the apartment, was change and head out to celebrate at one of our favorite places, Dahlias. I had been dying to wear this top from Anthropologie and noticed that, when paired with this skirt, I pretty much matched the illustration of favorite Minnie Mouse on my Keds. This particular outfit made me feel so playful, and I love when I can find outfits that do that. Fashion should fuel you’re happiness when you’re wearing items you love!

Sadly, right after we left Dahlias, we headed down to Brookfield place to hangout, grab some pastries and watch the yachts. Silly me, I was squatting down to take a great angle of the yachts and I fell over. It was the smallest of falls, but I twisted my knee and hurt my meniscus. I actually have an MRI today to see if I tore it, or if it is jus a sprain. Looks like I was having too much fun in this outfit! Let’s hope it’s a sprain, and within the next few weeks I will be completely healed!

Here’s to hoping!