The Faux Cropped Top Dress


Cropped tops are a great trend. They are adorable. I have yet to have the guts to wear one.

You see, there was a period of time called the early 2000s where fashion idols were the likes of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera—I’m talking pants lower than your underwear, and teeny–tiny baby gap tops (see here and here). I knooow, they were good times. But scarring, too. I had sworn off belly shirts! Borderline dress–length tops came with a vengeance right after that. Around 2006 every t-shirt suddenly had these crazy long torsos as if to say “we are never, ever doing this belly shirt thing again no matter HOW LOW your pants are!” Sure, since then, tops got back to normal hip–area lengths and high waisted pants became cool.  I was able to jump onboard those trends right away. But now the cropped top is back again, this time … Read More >


Ryan and I were invited to a wedding in Charleston, so we decided to make a trip out of it. We didn’t take any photos of the gorgeous plantation wedding because we *hate* being those people who ruin a photo by jutting our phones into the picture. But there was plenty more to see in Charleston. The food, the history, the beach, the architecture—there are so many things to love! As much as I’ve loved our other trips to Southern cities, I have to say Charleston has been my favorite.

You can also check out what I wore on the trip here.


We decided to immerse ourselves in the “southern charm” by staying at a B & B. We weren’t disappointed. This was our first B & B experience, so we weren’t sure what to expect. Most people tend to worry about privacy when choosing a B & B versus … Read More >

Charleston Travel Outfits


Packing always takes me forever because I like to be smart about putting my outfits together. You don’t want to over-pack, but at the same time you don’t want to forget that one piece that “would have looked SO good with this outfit!” (this can be a very depressing travel dilemma). So take the extra time to think through what you bring. I aim to bring clothes and accessories that are versatile enough to transition from day to night. Being able to interchange things from outfit–to–outfit is always plus. Layering is always a good idea because the weather can be unpredictable, so I brought two cardigans to pair with different outfits. Then I alternated between my Sam Edelman nude flats (they have cushioned soles!) and my white Converse low tops. Of course, I always have moleskin on hand when I’m traveling because even the most comfortable shoes can start to hurt after hours … Read More >

Charleston Eats


This post was written by Ryan, not the fabulous Esq.

Charleston is known as one of the best cities in the country for dining. Katie and I were excited when we were invited to attend a wedding in the area. Rather than just going for the event, we made it a trip, and we planned out a range of great eating experiences.

Martha Lou’s Kitchen

Our first stop in Charleston after a nearly five hour morning drive was lunch. Like our Nashville trip, the first thing we ate was fried chicken. This time it was at Martha Lou’s Kitchen. Martha Lou’s offers traditional southern cooking. The fried chicken has crispy skin and the meat is extremely juicy with a little sweetness. The restaurant itself is a small, pink building with only seven tables or so. The kitchen is open and easily viewable, allowing you to see Martha Lou herself make your … Read More >



Our most recent weekend adventure was to Dahlonega, Ga. Ryan has become a pro at finding fun places for us to visit on the weekends. It’s more budget friendly than having to stay at a hotel, and it’s way better than watching TV all weekend (unless you’re watching something really, really awesome like Madmen or The Sopranos). Sometimes you don’t have to go very far to feel like you’re on vacation. When he discovered that Georgia has its own little wine country about an hour and fifteen minutes away from Atlanta, he jumped at the opportunity to plan us a little day trip. We had great food, great wine, and visited Dahlonega’s cute little historic town.

Our first stop was Wolf Mountain Vineyards. The views were breathtaking. They have a cafe with an outdoor area that faces out to the gorgeous surrounding scenery. I ate duck sliders and Ryan had their … Read More >

1 2 3 11