Gilt Edge

Gilt Edge

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Learn about a local blogger who's bringing out the fashionista and book worm in all of us by serving up weekly novel reviews in style with her wowing wardrobe finds.

Gilt Edge
Brett Parker, Founder of the blog Gilt Edge.

If you love a good book AND a fab find for your wardrobe, Gilt Edge is for you.

This Cincinnati-based blog, founded by Brett Parker, marries her love of literature and fashion to offer hand-picked book recommendations and reviews, fashion inspiration and beauty finds sprinkled with a hand-picked music and food recipes all of which are inspired by each other.

Parker started Gilt Edge in 2015 as a “space to share her passions and connect with others,” she says and describes herself as a music lover, beauty junkie, fashion enthusiast and avid reader. “I treat my blog as if I were talking to a friend, so I share as much about my interests and favorites as I can.”

Inspiration is found everywhere for Parker but especially in of her love of fashion. “I love to shop, so as far as clothing, it is really easy for me to find inspiration,” she explains. “I typically just step inside a Nordstrom and feel inspired. I do pull a lot of inspiration online, though. I love Who What Wear, and I find other bloggers really inspiring.”

100316fashion2Although native to the Midwest, Parker is new to Cincinnati, as a Bay Area transplant, so navigating her new city and forming relationships with fellow Tri-State bloggers through Thread Cincinnati has in itself become a large source of inspiration. This is reflected in Gilt Edge’s image driven website where you’ll often find Parker’s outfits are a combination of high end fashion coupled with causal staples such Levi jean shorts paired with a Marc Jacobs bag.

“I love trends, but I also love classics. I dress for occasions and the adventure I want to have. I think fashion and getting dressed every morning should be fun, and I try to emulate that in my style,” Parker says. “I’ve been really into Free People for the last year or so. I just love all of their dresses. I love Marc Jacobs handbags. I shop a lot at Nordstrom, as well as Von Maur. I just adore department stores in general, because they carry such a wide variety and the customer service is always exceptional.”

Parker, with her big city style and Midwest charm, openly admits that, like the rest of us “there are a ton of designers I admire but can’t always fit into my budget,” she laughs. “I love Alice + Olivia and Charlotte Olympia. If I could have an entire wardrobe made up of just their pieces, I would do it in a heartbeat.”

As far as the literary aspects of her blog Parker says she finds inspiration around every corner. “I get recommendations everywhere, friends, family, social media. Eva Chen of Instagram is always reading and TheSkimm has some great recommendations occasionally,” she explains.

To learn more about Parker and Gilt Edge, visit her website You can also find her on Instagram and Twitter. For a focus on fashion, check her out on Pinterest and if a good read is what you’re in the market for, visit her on Googlereads.