black crop top

Tobi Crop Top, Zara Skirt, Clare V Clutch, BP Choker, Shashi Necklace, Coach Sandals

Happy Friday! Feelin' like this girlπŸ’ƒ in this outfit. It's a fun one for a night out on the town. This crop top is so fun and looks just as cute with jeans. It fits so well - I never worry about it slipping and feel super fun and confident in it!

Everyone have a safe and fun long weekend

summer 2017 to do list

Photo from this post last summer

Well it's the eve of Memorial Day Weekend which means it's that time of year again- I take a serious look at the summer months and set some rigorous goals for myself. Hoping to achieve them all, but who knows! I tend to get sidetracked by sunshine, food, and fun from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Wish me luck! 😜

1. Get a tan β˜€οΈ (I would describe my current skin tone as deeply pale).

2. Try that fried chicken thing again πŸ” (God bless my family and friends who have to suffer through more failed attempts at this) Imma get it some day!

3. Keep up a consistent workout routine πŸ’ͺ (I outlined my current one here) but hoping to add a little something extra this summer ✨

4. Learn at least one new wakeboard trick 🌊 (remember my cute lil bunny hops 🐰 from last summer? LOL!)

5. Read plenty πŸ“š (I've been SO bad about reading. There is just something about the Midwest that makes me intellectually lazy (sorry, Ohio - I don't think it's you? I think it's me? (but probably not)))

6. Make some updates to my apartment πŸ’— (specifically my living room - I swear you'd walk into it and think I was 22! Where is the furniture? Why is it so empty? Why is the couch on an angle? No, this is a serious and common and legitimate question I get asked).

7. Improve my tennis serve 🎾 It legit sucks - we call it the rainbow 🌈 because it's a really high arch and really friendly and everyone is always happy to see it. 

8. Learn a couple new cocktail recipes 🍹 I'm a big fan of Southern Living as exhibited here, here, here, and they have some fancy, fun looking cocktails for the summer (just check their IG). And I would love to be able to offer something to guests other than beer or milk πŸ˜‚

9. Take photos in new locations around Cincinnati πŸ“Έ We do our best to mix it up but definitely have our favorites (Mariemont: here, here, here // The Banks: here, here, here // Anderson: here, here, here)

10. Learn to curl my hair πŸ’ It's a constant struggle but my hair dresser suggested this curling iron (that has actually been on my wish list for awhile) Thinking about pulling the trigger and learning how to do the damn thing 😬

To Do Lists: 2016, 2015 

hi, doll πŸ’™πŸ˜˜

Gianni Bini Crop Top, Levi's Jeans, J.Crew Clutch, Zara Shoes

Doll may be my favorite pet name ever. For anyone. I call my sister doll, my nephews doll, my pets doll, boys doll, even the occasional coworker gets a doll from me. πŸ˜‚ And for some reason when I was editing these photos I even thought to say hi, doll! to myself.  I think it might be the southern vibes of this outfit - who knows! But I am so happy you dolls come visit this little site. So thanks, dolls! πŸ’™πŸ˜˜

getting wavy

Tobi Bodycon Set, Rebecca Minkoff Bag, J.Crew Ring, Michael Kors WatchSteve Madden Heels

How cuuuuuute is this bodycon set? I am in lurve! The blush color, the scallop hem, and the fabric has a bit of shine to it - all make this outfit perfect for a spring day and can take you into a fun evening out πŸ’— I'm so excited to wear this all spring and summer and to mix and match the crop top and skirt with other pieces already in my closet. Tobi is a new-to-me site that I have been loving lately. So many cute pieces! I did a bit of a haul and can't wait to share all my finds over the next few weeks with you guys!

lace on lace

Topshop Bodysuit (similar), ASTR Skirt via Nordstrom, Baublebar Earrings (similar), Santi Clutch, Steve Madden Sandals

Hiiiiiii! I'm back from a brief blogging break last week to get content together. It has been so rainy here lately it makes it really hard to shoot! But we caught up a bit last week 😊

Nothing says spring like lace on lace, pastel colors, and little floral print! Right?!

striped

Anthropologie Dress, Topshop Bag, Aldo Wedges, MAC Lipstick in Brave

My love for blue and white spring/summer dresses continues with this lil number I've had for a few years but will likely never part with. It's super easy to throw on and although I typically wear it with flats, I think it looks even better with a little bump from some wedges. 

Is there a type of clothing that you just can't stop buying?

More blue and white dresses: here, here, here

lil red dress

Miss Selfridge Dress, Rebecca Minkoff Bag, Joie Sandals, Stila Lipstick in Beso

If the LBD is to winter then the LRD is definitely to spring. Flowy, off the shoulder. and a cute floral print - perfect for spring and will definitely take me into summer. 

Hope everyone is having a good week so far!

Other LRD posts: here, here

april empties

These are the products I polished off in April!

1. Shiseido Bio-Performance Advanced Super Restoring Cream: This is not the first time this product has been on the blog (see here). I've been using this product as my a.m. and p.m. moisturizer for the last 4(!) years - how is that even possible?! I love it so much. It keeps my super dry skin super hydrated. 

2. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation: The bloggers and the magazines and the best seller lists aren't lying - this foundation is simply the best. Worth every penny - a half pump goes a long way but I love a full pump for super sheer coverage on my face, neck, and ears. Sounds weird, but its the best way to apply your foundation. A bottle lasts me nearly a year, and I wear it every. single. day. of my life. The bottle in the above photo literally looks crazy because I scrape out every drop with a q-tip at the end there. Haha!

3. Lush Helping Hands Hand Cream: I accidentally discovered this stuff when a former coworker left an unopened container in their desk after they quit, and I nabbed it (because I am insane, and that's the kind of coworker I am). But I am so glad I did, because what I lack in office shame, I make up for in new beloved beauty products (go with it, ok?) This the best hand cream I have ever used. It's thick and feels so nice and keeps hands so moisturized during winter months and after harsh office bathroom soap. The texture is more like a thick silky lotion and less like vaseline like other heavy duty hand creams. 

4. St. Ives Oatmeal and Shea Butter Body Wash: This is weirdly my favorite body wash. I started buying it in when I was like 23, because it was cheap and I was poor (a perfect early 20-something combo). But I've stuck with it because the lather is so good. Like I am in a body wash commercial every time I use this stuff. The lather! The suds! Can't beat it! (Kinda funny how I ragged on Aveeno in this post for smelling like oatmeal when the scent of my body wash is.... oatmeal.......)

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yellow gingham πŸ’›πŸ˜βœ¨

Zara Top, Levi's Jeans, Marc Jacobs Bag, Steve Madden Sandals

Happy Thursday! Another cute off the shoulder top this week (remember this one from Tuesday?) and the price on this one is so good! I can't wait to wear this all summer with cutoffs, overalls, and skirts. πŸ’›πŸ˜βœ¨

blues & dusty rose

Kut from the Kloth Jacket, Leith Dress, Joe Fresh Bag (previously here), David Yurman Ring, Michael Kors Shoes (previously here)

I originally got this dress for Easter (and then found this two piece set), so this dress went from holiday wear to everyday spring wear. I am definitely excited to wear it with a tan this summer as the dusty pink color washes out my winter skin a bit. But I love it paired with a denim jacket until I get a little sun kissed at the lake this summer. 

off the shoulder ruffle

One by Stylekeepers Top, Levi's Jeans, Rebecca Minkoff Bag (previously here), Steve Madden Sandals, NARS Lipstick in Dragon Girl

I think this is one of my favorite outfits we've shot to date! These are by far my favorite jeans (I have the 721's in four different washes (here, here, here, here) but this light colored, distressed pair are just the best!). And this top is kind of a work of art (and just under a hundo!) Anyway, I felt cute (that's important, right?!) and was really happy with how the pictures turned out (bravo, lil sis! πŸ‘)

See my other ruffle picks here.

Enjoy your Tuesday!

april instalife

Easter finest with my nephews ❀️ // Outfit post here

Happy May 1st! April was an extra special month for me, because my blog turned 2! And because we welcomed my 2nd nephew to the world. We're lucky enough to have been lovin' on Pierce James nearly the entire month. Can't wait for a great summer with my fam bamA little Instagram roundup of what my life looked like the last 30 days!

Happy Birthday, Gilt Edge! // Post here

Tennis Tuesdays 🎾 ❀️ // Top, Leggings

Can't wait for Summer gingham! // Shoes, Levi's

Spring feels! // Post here

I ❀️ my Madewell overalls (here, here, here)

First iced coffee of the season πŸ’™ // Nikes, Backpack

Getting my latte fix // Post here

Workout short weather // Post here

When your pup just can't leave you alone πŸ˜‚ // Top on the blog this week! Stay tuuuuuuuned!

And in case you missed it - my current workout mix is a lot of what I have been listening to this month!

my current workout routine

Lulu Lemon Top, Zella Shorts, Le Specs Sunglasses, Target Footies*, Nike Running Shoes, iPod Shuffle

Super photo heavy post because how cute is my pup!? And isn't it crazy how big he has gotten?? Remember how tiny he was in this post?? I mean he's gonna be a giant before long. πŸ˜‚

I know I do a lot of workout wear posts (here, here, here) but not a lot of actual workout posts so I thought I'd share my current workout routine. If I'm being honest, it's not a lot - I don't get crazy with it! I think establishing a workout routine post-college was so difficult for me because going to the gym felt like a chore. I'd never really "hit the gym" since I was always involved in team sports through high school and most of college. So it was definitely an adjustment trying to find a workout routine that still felt fun. 

My Current Workout Routine:

Tennis twice a week: I play doubles once a week with some other ladies at my tennis club. It's about an hour and a half to two hours of play time. And then I attend stroke clinic once a week which I LOVE. It's tons of running and really fast paced for an hour, so I get in a significant amount of cardio. Plus it's summer-camp-like games so really competitive and just fun!

Short run in the morning: Scout is an extremely high energy dog. It's basically a never-ending supply of never-sit-down. Haha! And since I work from home and can't have a dog pacing around me at all times, I like to wear him out a bit with a short run in the morning. He's just a baby so about 15-20 minutes does the trick, and I'm not a runner, so I don't mind the short distance πŸ˜‚ But I will say, since I started playing tennis last summer, my endurance has gone WAY up. I actually can't believe it!

Squats: My sister used to make fun of my booty so much (sorry, Hope - it's true!) In all honesty, she was right - it was pretty flat. HahaSo I started working in this squat routine. It's really manageable (I either do it in the park after my run or in my apartment), and it's honestly made a difference. I started seeing results around the first 20 day mark. Once I complete the 30 days, I just start it over. Not sure if this is the best thing to do (I'm not a professional trainer, guys), but as long as I am seeing results and feeling strong, Imma keep it up(Also, I never use a hopper at tennis to pick up balls - I squat down to pick them up and pile them high on my racket - just a lil cardio tennis!)

Abs: I once told my sister "I really want abs, but who has the time??" in which she replied, "YOU. You have the time." So I downloaded this app. It's really hard, and I frankly hate it, but I saw results after just the first week (or maybe I'm delusional, but hey, it's kept me going). 

And that's it, guys! I told you it wasn't a lot, but I think getting out there and doing something is better than nothing. Also, my current running mix is at the end of the post

What does your workout routine look like?

*I know it's weird to link socks, but I got these at TGT last week, and I think they are so cute and fit really snug!

on trend | ruffles

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6

I think the ruffle trend is so cute this season! The ruffles are adorable but add a little drama to an outfit so you really stand out (and that's the goal here, right?!) I just love how fun fashion is. My current picks are above and previous posts with ruffles are below (all are linked to the original post so feel free to click the pics!)

happy 2nd birthday , gilt edge!

Everlane T-Shirt, Kut From the Kloth Jacket, On Twelfth Skirt via Von Maur, Jack Rogers Sandals, Kat Von D Lipstick in Lolita

Martha Stewart Cake Stand, Anthropologie Dishes, Kate Spade Flatware, Picnic Time Picnic Basket

My blog turns 2 today, so I baked it a cake! Seriously, I baked my blog a cake. πŸ˜‚ I really consider my second year of blogging my first true year of blogging. My sister and I started working on my blog together a little over a year ago (see our first post together here), and it changed blogging for me. I cannot even express how important it is to have a supportive partner (in anything in life) and when my sister started taking my photos and scouting locations and telling me to never quit my blog got SO MUCH BETTER. And to all of you- honestly, thank you for reading this year. I love your comments. You are all so sweet, and it means the world to me that you care about my clothes and my ramblings and my books and my thoughts. 

Now, this cake. I have been wanting to make this Southern Living cake ever since they featured it in their 50th Anniversary issue came out last February. The Hummingbird Cake is their most requested recipe ever, and since I'm such a big fan of SL, I just had to give it a whirl. And it was delicious. A spice cake with cream cheese frosting- you just can't go wrong. I think it should be a staple recipe for every home baker. The only thing that I wish I would have done differently: I sliced my bananas and then did a really rough chop, and I think it made my cake a little crumbly. I think I would smash my bananas Γ  la banana bread next time, and I think it would hold up a bit better. (And I would have made significantly more frosting - the more frosting the better!)

Recipe here.

First post ever here. Last year's blog bday here.

stripes & floral

J.Crew T-Shirt (previously here in red, white & blue πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ), ASOS Skirt, Marc Jacobs Bag, Steve Madden Sandals

I posted this #ootd on Instagram a few weeks back and got a lot of positive response to it. I personally think it's the skirt - I get a ton of compliments on it since it's such a different and colorful piece. It really emulates spring, but I manage to wear it all year round pairing it with tights and sweaters in the winter. But this time of year is when it really shines ✨🌷

overall shorts

SheIn Overalls β„…, Glamorous Bodysuit, BP Button Up, Baggu Backpack, Havaianas Flip Flops, MAC Lipstick in Brave

I'm obviously obsessed with my long overalls (here, here, here) so I was really excited to add these shorts overalls to my wardrobe for the upcoming summer season. I could just as easily see them paired with a bikini top or a t-shirt as a bodysuit and button up like I did here. I love the distressed look of these overalls, but I think I would have sized up for a bit looser fit on the bottoms (I went with a size small). Just a tip if you are thinking about a little click, click, add to cart.

cacti 🌡 dress

PPLA Dress via Von Maur, American Apparel Clutch, Soludos Platforms, MAC Lipstick in Snob, Butter London Nail Polish in Teddy Girl

This post is a little ode to Von Maur. I've shared my love of Von Maur in previous posts (here, here, here) but this little gem of a dress makes me love them even more. I feel like shopping at Von Maur is all the benefits of a big department store (great customer service, beautiful store, FREE gift wrap) but feels like shopping at a boutique because I find so many new-to-me brands that I don't find at other department stores. This dress is by a brand called People's Project LA, and I'm just so excited about it because it's blue and white (remember my love for blue and white dresses - here, here, here) but SO much better because it has tiny embroidered cacti πŸŒ΅πŸ’— 

gilt edge | von maur dress