Wear an Evening Bag during the Day


Why wear an evening bag during the day, you ask? Because it sparkles, duh.

Sparkle factor aside, my shoulders have been very grateful for this teeny-tiny-cross-body-bag trend. Although it seems to conflict with the phone-screens-getting-bigger-and-bigger trend. The last time micro purses were this popular, it was the early part of the 2000s when we all thought that the smaller the phone, the more modern. Remember Zoolander’s baby flip phone? That would have fit perfectly into our tiny Coach shoulder bags! But now we have these miniature TVs to try and fit into our even more miniature purses. I have the iPhone 5 and it still fits, but I don’t even know what I would do with the iPhone 6 Plus. Seriously Apple, unless we have a giant bag renaissance reminiscent of the  Olsen Twins circa 2007, stop increasing the size of your phones.… Read More >

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 >

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