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

shorts weather

Under Armour Top (similar), Target Sports Bra, Zella Shorts, Nike Sneakers via Von Maur, NARS Lip Gloss in Chelsea Girls

It has been getting so hot at the gym where I play tennis. I typically wear leggings (here, here, here), and now that the weather is really warming up I felt like I needed to add some shorts to my workout wardrobe. I love these, because they are so cute and because they have ball pockets in the little spandex part which is SO helpful for someone who typically needs that second serve (I'm really not that good, guys! Lol). 

easter look

Gianni Bini Blouse and Skirt via Dillard's, Rebecca Minkoff Bag, Steve Madden Heels, MAC Lipstick in Snob

I had my Easter outfit all picked out for weeks, and then my mom and I took an impromptu trip to the mall the day before and I found this. This perfect Easter outfit. Gingham and pastel and ruffles - all sorts of spring cuteness. I know a crop top isn't the first thought for Easter, but I fell in love, guys, so give me a break! I rarely shop at Dillard's but after finding this cute lil outfit I plan to make it a stop on my (all too frequent) mall trips.

print mixing

Forever 21 Jacket, French Connection Dress (previously here), Michael Kors Watch, Marc by Marc Jacobs Bag, Sam Edelman Flats, MAC Lipstick in Brave

I've had this Forever 21 jacket for a really long time. It's one of the few Forever 21 items I continue to hold onto throughout the years. I think it looks so cute mixed with prints - like this striped dress or a gingham button up. 

Thanks for stopping byHave a terrific Tuesday!

More print mixing posts here, here.

style star | gigi hadid

gilt edge | style star | gigi

Dress // Sunnies // Bag // iPhone // Sneakers

I love putting collages together, but I like them to be a bit more of a challenge than just shopping the interwebs to make a wish list. I've always loved putting together my book looks for this reason and thought I'd do something similar with my favorite celeb looks. I draw outfit inspo from my favorite style stars all the time (like this post inspired by this Kendall Jenner look). And I think this Gigi look above may be an easy and fun one to recreate for this summer!

golden hour with my golden retriever

ASOS Dress (similar), Jacket via Dillard's, Hunter Boots

How gorgeous is my dog?! I guess I'm biased, but I just think he is so pretty (and smart and funny). We've been practicing walking on a leash (he's catching on!), and we took a little walk to meet a friend. Scout was a bit afraid when the horse trotted over originally, but he warmed up pretty quick (trying to get on the other side of the fence with him πŸ˜‚). I mean, this pup! He is too much!

I've had this ASOS dress for a few years now, and it is one of my favorite spring dresses. Equally cute with sandals, sneakers, heels, or rain boots!

a few favorites

Happy Thursday! Just a few things I am lurving lately. 

Previous favorites posts: here, here, here

I started dry brushing a few months ago. I'd been hearing about it for years, and it was always on my beauty radar but I just never took the time to click, click, add to cart on Amazon. But I'm so glad I finally did! I looooooove dry brushing! The bristles are pretty coarse so it really exfoliates. I do it before I shower every morning, and my skin feels super soft. You're supposed to start at your feet and always brush toward your heart. It is supposed to help detox the body, firm things up, minimize cellulite, and boost circulation. I can't necessarily speak for all that, but it feels so nice that I'll keep doing it and hope the other benefits happen as well.

My brush here.

Raise your hand if you would rather do anything, literally anything, than wash your makeup brushes πŸ™‹πŸΌ I don't know why this chore feels so annoying but it does. Once a week is all they need, and I dread it. But I recently got this $6 pore cleansing pad from Sephora, and I use it to scrub my brushes with just a bit of baby wash (Elise, a fellow Thread gal, suggested this in one of her InstaStories). Cleaning brushes is so much more satisfying. They get so clean!

Spring! I mean it's here, no doubt, finally. I took the above photo yesterday at Smale Riverfront Park. Such a beautiful day. I never get tired of beautiful weather. But who does??

This show has been on my radar ever since Selena Gomez posted about it on her Instagram back in January (she is an executive producer on the series). I've never read the book, but I guess it has a bit of a cult following. The series came out a few weeks ago, and it has been so good so far. We're about 5 episodes in (I know we're slow, but I guess I'm busy??) and it's just so emotional and heartbreaking and real. I would recommend. πŸ‘

pleated party dress

BCBGMaxazria Dress, Clare V Clutch, Steve Madden Shoes, NARS Lipstick in Dragon Girl

This dress will always kind of have a special place in my heart because it was the first designer dress I ever bought. I was 24 and wanted a special dress to wear to my sister's rehearsal dinner for her wedding. I went to the Bloomingdale's on 59th Street and felt so adult dropping a couple hundred on a dress (oh, how times have changed! Lol). But regardless, it was a pivotal moment in my fashion journey. 

Do you remember your first major purchase?

spring blooms

BP Cardigan, BP T-shirt, Levi's Jeans, Street Level Tote, Moon and Lola Monogram Necklace, Jack Rogers Sandals, Lips - MAC Liner in Boldly Bare, Covergirl x Katy Perry Lipstick in Sphynx

I wore this look over the weekend to walk around the grounds at the Indianapolis Museum of Art for the Spring Blooms. It was a gorgeous day and the blooms were so pretty. They have a little beer garden set up that is so cute and a nice little spot for a drink on a sunny spring day. 

I recently got these white Levi's during the Shopbop sale a month or so ago. I love them because they are my favorite cut (721) that Levi's makes. I'm thinking I want to do a little DIY hem though. They're a bit long, and I think a raw hem would look really cute. Just a little nervous about taking matters (or scissors) into my own hands πŸ˜‚πŸ˜¬ Wish me luck!

palm print swimsuit

Romwe Swimsuit β„…, J.Crew Button Up, Karen Walker SunglassesMar Y Sol Beach Bag, Jack Rogers Sandals

How cute is this palm print swimsuit? I love the side details on the bottoms and the price is too good. It's kind of a sporty vibe so you definitely could get active.... or you could just pretend like you were planning on throwing that frisbee around but sip on a pina colada instead. 🍹

stop and smell the tulips

Topshop Dress, Rebecca Minkoff Bag, Steve Madden Heels, Lips - MAC Liner in Hip 'N' Happy, MAC Lipstick in Overtime

I have a real affinity for light blue dresses in the summertime (here, here, here, again here, here, here - wow, I didn't even realize it was that intense). But I was more than happy to add this little Topshop number to my wardrobe. I love it, because it kind of has "his shirt" vibes but so much better because it's YOUR dress. Who needs him?!

summer whites

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8

I love summer whites. White dresses, white tops, white sunnies. It just all feels so fresh and summery. Eyeing a few pieces to add to my wardrobe (already added the above white denim - love me some Levi's). A few of my summer white looks from last year are below - all are linked to the original posts so feel free to click, click, click! πŸ˜„

march beauty empties

gilt edge | march beauty empties

These are the products I finished off last month. Some are favorites that I have reviewed on the blog before, as well as a few new!

1. Just the Basics Cleansing & Makeup Remover Facial Towelettes: Like most people, I use a makeup wipe to get the majority of my makeup off before washing my face at night. I'm not loyal to any certain brand or type of towelette, so I picked these up at CVS because they were the largest pack I could find (a 60 count). I wish I'd just bought a 30 pack of something else though. Although they say pre-moistened (gross), I felt like they were really dry and did a shoddy job of removing my makeup. 

2. Brazilian Bum Bum Cream: I'd been looking at this product every time I went into a Sephora mainly because the packaging is SO cute. It's a body cream that is meant to smooth and tighten, so I used it every time I got out of the shower on my thighs, booty, and tummy. I can't say for sure if it tightened anything (I mean let's be honest, the only way to tighten is the hard way - exercise) BUT it smelled so incredibly good! I honestly am going to keep buying it just because of the scent. It was like I was actually on a beach in Brazil.

3. Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion: My go-to SPF. I have been using this for years. Doesn't break me out, provides great coverage, helps to fight sun damage and wrinkles. I use it everyday including cloudy days! Full review here

4. Bumble & Bumble Mending Conditioner: I have RAVED about this conditioner (as well as the shampoo) here. It changed my hair. Literally changed it. I cannot even describe how much better my life became when I started investing in decent shampoo and conditioner that was specifically made for my hair woes. I will never, ever not buy this stuff. 

5. Sephora Pomegranate Eye Mask: Whenever I get something from Sephora I always throw in a couple of their $6 face masks, and this time I decided to try their eye masks because 1) I love eye masks and 2) I often wake up with puffy eyes (I should drink more water), and I like to de-puff them with a little cooling mask which is why I selected the anti-fatigue and energizing mask. Loved these. Would buy them again fo sho. 

outfit inspo

gilt edge | outfit inspo

BlankNYC Jacket, Dance & Marvel Sweatshirt (previously here), Levi's Jeans, Marc Jacobs Bag (previously here), Steve Madden Booties (previously here), Lips - MAC Liner in Boldly Bare, Kat Von D Lipstick in Lolita

I was paging through an old issue of Vogue the other week and came across this picture of Kendall Jenner and thought the outfit was so cool and very doable. Obviously KJ is about a million times cooler (and a million years younger) than yours truly, but I was proud of my closet for pulling through on this one! πŸ‘πŸ‘ How's that for some outfit inspo?

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gilt edge | leather jacket

back to monday

gilt edge | monday blues

Old Navy Sweater, BP T-shirt, Zella Leggings | Caseapp iPhone Case β„…, Caseapp Laptop Skin β„…

Monday, Monday - you're back againIt always seems like the weekend is so short and that first day back into the work week can feel so daunting sometimes. I can Sunday Blues with the best of them, but I've definitely fine tuned my Sunday evening routine to help lessen the scaries a bit. I wanted to share some of the things I do to prep for the work week ahead and make sure I have the most productive week possible.

1. Update my calendar: I am an iCal freak, and although my weeks typically look more or less the same, I like to take a look at my calendar and make sure it's completely up-to-date. I color code everything (like I said, I'm a freak) so I know at a glance what I have going on from work to the blog to appointments and reminders. It helps me to visualize a productive week when I see it laid out in front of me. 

2. Clean up my emails: I never, ever check my work emails outside my normal work hours, but it does help me feel prepared for my 9 to 5 when I clean up my personal email account, as well as Gilt Edge's email account, on Sunday nights. I feel a little less anxiety when I only have to tackle one inbox on Monday morning (and setting this precedent early on in my normal job has helped me maintain a good work-life balance). 

3. Bathtime: I love baths, and I find it's the most effective way to help myself relax. The combination of warm water, bedtime bubble bath, music , a book, and a soothing beverage (sometimes tea but honestly more often than not it's a glass of wine) puts me in a state of calm. 

4. Face Mask: I like to do a little pampering on Sunday nights so I usually do some sort of face mask (usually my favorite GlamGlow). Focusing on myself helps me to forget anything that may be stressing me out for the next day.

5. TV: Before bed I always watch a little mindless TV. I like to watch something a little lighter and mindless that I can easily fall asleep to. 

What are your Sunday evening routines??

And guys- if you love my custom iPhone case and custom laptop skin you are in luck, because you can get a 20% discount with the code GILTEDGE20. How's that for a Happy Monday gift?!

gilt edge | phone case and laptop skin

march instalife

Favorite flares πŸ’— | T-shirt, Sweater, Jeans

Favorite flares πŸ’— | T-shirt, Sweater, Jeans

Happy last day of the monthMarch was a pretty decent month for me. The weather was fairly warm the entire time, I had some fun weekends, and lots of cute clothes. So I was a very happy basic all month long. 

Also, lots of beats below, but wanted to mention my current favorite album - Nu Religion: Hyena by They. Still working on wearing this one out- it's that good! I included my two favorite songs off the album in this month's playlist! 🎧

Blooms at Krogs πŸ’ | Jeans, Sneakers

Blooms at Krogs πŸ’ | Jeans, Sneakers

Waiting for baseball season ⚾️ | T-shirt, Overalls, Bag, Shoes | Full post here

Waiting for baseball season ⚾️ | T-shirt, Overalls, Bag, Shoes | Full post here

After this bag became my winter staple, I felt I need a light colored cross body for the spring.

After this bag became my winter staple, I felt I need a light colored cross body for the spring.

Scout & Me ❀️ | Similar Coat, Jeans, Heels

Scout & Me ❀️ | Similar Coat, Jeans, Heels

My Room 🌸 | Vase, Candle, Print

My Room 🌸 | Vase, Candle, Print

Tomboy 😜 | Similar Sweatshirt Dress, Sneakers
Current Read πŸ“š | Sweater, Jeans, Bag
Spring Weather β˜€οΈ | T-Shirt, Jeans, Bag, HeelsΒ | Full post here

Spring Weather β˜€οΈ | T-Shirt, Jeans, Bag, Heels | Full post here

Brunch at Maplewood 🍳 | Full post here

Brunch at Maplewood 🍳 | Full post here

prairie dress

Nordstrom Cardigan, Wayf Dress, Rebecca Minkoff Backback (previously here), Steve Madden Booties (previously here)

I can't decide if this is a spring outfit or a winter outfit. I think it does a decent job of straddling both seasons while we transition out of one and into another. I've loved this lil prairie dress (previously here). It's actually been a decent work dress with a blazer - I always get a ton of compliments which I definitely don't mind. Haha!

It's almost Friday, guys- so, so happy!!