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October 5, 2016


Today I turn 29. I can’t believe that when this blog started, I was just 22 years old, a senior in college, without any background in blogging or the internet world. I wanted to post recipes of food that I loved. I was interning at a lifestyle magazine and working in their food section and inspired by this huge, brand-new world that was suddenly opened to me.

Back then I had unlimited amounts of time and few commitments other than a very cute boyfriend who would eventually become my husband. I worked and then came home and dreamed about the next recipe that I would put up on Espresso and Cream, excited about trying something new, scouring cookbooks for hours for inspiration and reading blogs like they were going out of style. (They are now, aren’t they?)

And then life changed. I got a few different big-girl jobs and I churned out recipes like a machine for those jobs. I developed recipes all day, in fact, and while it was fun and wonderful in so many ways, it didn’t really leave me craving kitchen time when I got home. I spent my whole day in a kitchen! So what once was a food blog became a lifestyle blog, and then for a time an infertility and miscarriage blog and then, even later, a blog about family and beauty and whatever seemed interesting at the time.

Some days, with life busier than ever, I think about closing up this blog all together. Because there are days and weeks and months when inspiration runs dry and I am left longing for the days when I wanted and could write about all the things. And there are still other days when I think that what I really need is a fresh start, to move to a new platform with a new name and start from scratch.

But then I think about the history, you guys. The stories that I’ve shared here and the journey that this blog – a diary of sorts – has been along for the ride and I can’t imagine not spending time talking with you all and receiving your e-mails and hearing your stories. I have made so many amazing friends through blogging and I’m richer because of that.

So no, this blog isn’t going anywhere, but on my 29th year, I’m taking a good, long, hard look at what blogging means to me and what I want to talk about on this site. And I want to hear from YOU! What types of content to do you want to see? Is it more recipes or more posts about beauty? Or maybe it’s sharing more fashion finds or talking about motherhood? Since this blog has been all over the place since it started, I’m ripe for suggestions and ideas from you, the ones who read this blog and who I’m so thankful for.

Thanks for being patient with me as I figure out what is next for Espresso and Cream.



Fall Fashion Basics

September 19, 2016

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This post was sponsored by JORD Wood Watches but all opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Espresso and Cream. 


Dress: Old Navy Knit Swing Dress || Watch: JORD Wood Watch – Cora Series, Koa & Rose Gold || Shoes: Coolway Open Toe Booties 

Lately I’ve been pairing down my wardrobe in favor of pieces that I truly love and am happy to wear time and time again. It seems that everyone is in pursuit of a “capsule wardrobe”, and I’m no different. While I love having options, I found that over time my wardrobe started to bum me out when it was filled with clothes that didn’t look good or make me feel confident. I wanted to have fewer items and only wear things that I really loved!

Instead of getting stuck on a specific number of items of clothing, I’ve simply been focusing on asking myself the question, “Does this make me feel insanely happy and confident when I wear it?” If the answer isn’t “yes!” then it doesn’t make the cut. It’s also made it incredibly clear what makes sense to buy vs. pass on when shopping.

Since my clothing choices always tend toward the more neutral side, I rely heavily on fun jewelry to make things look and feel special. Pendant necklaces and unique watches have always been favorites of mine, so this wooden watch from JORD fit right into my current wardrobe. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever owned, made primarily of wood and incredibly beautiful. Seriously. I took it with me to Arkansas on my most recent trip and got asked about it at least a half dozen times.

For a limited time JORD is giving away a $75 credit for their products! Enter here — you get a $20 credit just for entering. Giveaway ends October 9th!

Luxury Wooden Watch


Favorite Early Fall Old Navy Finds

August 29, 2016


Top: Old Navy Classic Chambray Shirt // Jeans: Madewell High Riser Skinny  //
Shoes: Coolway Open To Booties

While I love quality in my clothing for the most part, I have a fair number of pieces from Old Navy as well. Their clothes are trendy and adorable, and if you pick your pieces right, they can stand the test of time. You just need to know what you’re looking for. Over time I’ve found certain materials and styles from Old Navy just aren’t worth my time, while others are great values.

Their clothes for fall are SO good, you guys! From chambray tops that fit so well to fun, long-sleeved dresses, here are my favorite recent finds for fall.


Top: Relaxed Boat Neck Tee (Old Navy) // Shorts: American Eagle Tomgirl Shorts // Necklace: Natalie Borton


Dress: Knit Swing Dress (Old Navy) // Shoes: Coolway Open Toe Booties 


Sweater: Open Front Cardigan (Old Navy) // Jeans: Madewell High Riser Skinny // Shoes: Target

Family, Fashion

KEEP Collective // Memory Piece

July 14, 2016






It seems fitting that the week I shared about finding hope in miscarriage over at Risen Motherhood, I would also share about a piece of jewelry that honors our babies, both living and in heaven. Holly Peterman, a designer with KEEP Collective, reached out a few months ago about working together to create a custom piece of jewelry, and after some thought I knew what I wanted to create.

After some back and forth with Holly, who was super helpful mocking up design options and inspiration, I settled on this leather bracelet adorned with two arrows (one for each of our babies in heaven) flanking the letter “A” for Ainsley.

I am so impressed by the quality of the jewelry and the endless options for creating something that felt personal and unique. For someone like me, who doesn’t love the look of traditional keepsake jewelry, this is much  more my style. Looking through the look book that Holly included with my order already has me dreaming about my next piece of jewelry. The collection includes everything from bracelets to earrings, watches and key fobs.

Holly was so sweet to agree to hosting a KEEP Collective Mystery Hostess Social, meaning that when you shop using the link below, you will be entered to win the host rewards from the social. It’s a great deal for whoever wins while supporting a fellow small business owner.

Shop Espresso and Cream’s Mystery Hostess KEEP Collective Social
PS: If you want more details, there is also a Facebook group set up for the social. 

*This post was sponsored by KEEP Collective by Holly Peterman, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the businesses that help keep Espresso and Cream running. 

Family, Fashion

Denim Shorts for Moms

July 11, 2016


I know we’re already half way through the summer, but it took me about that long to find good shorts for summertime. Now that I’m a mom, I feel like there is a little bit more of an obligation to dress with a bit more modesty, but I’m not about to hang up my denim cut-offs in favor of Bermuda shorts. I’m sorry, I just can’t.

So, I’ve scoured the internet for the best shorts, asked you for recommendations, and tried on pair after pair and here are my favorites!

ALL-AROUND WINNER // American Eagle Tomgirl Midi Shorts
Pretty much the perfect pair of shorts in my book. Comfortable, relaxed fit; short but not too short that you feel uncomfortable wearing them. I have both the frayed pair and a pair without any rips and wear them all the time. They run a tad large, so order a size down.

BEST DEAL // Old Navy Boyfriend Cuffed Shorts 
For only $12.95, these shorts are a steal! I don’t own them personally, but I’ve tried them on in the store and they are really cute! If you’re not sure you want to invest in a pair of shorts, these are a very low-risk option.

BEST SPLURGE // Mavi Jeans “Emily” destroyed cutoff denim shorts 
These are the most expensive pair in the bunch, but I’m telling you that they are sooo incredibly comfortable. Extra bonus points? When my little sister (who is a teenager) was around me last week, she said they were cool.


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