December 1, 2014

A Glimpse at Wedding Planning

Wedding Mood Board | Grown-up Shoes

(above, our wedding inspiration board. image credits clockwise from top left: b+w photo by Jessica Janae Photography,  floral by Sarah Winward and photo by Sean Flannigan, mauve bridesmaids dresses by Jose Villa, tablescape by Annie Parish Photography, cake by Raya Carlisle Photography, monogram by Leslee Mitchell, champagne coupes by Ann Street Studio, sweet couple by Brett Heidebrecht, wreath crowns by Trish Papadakos)

It turns out that planning a wedding is a lot harder than I thought. Especially if you get married seven months after you get engaged, which we’re doing:) I thought that with the experience I had helping with other weddings that this would be a cinch; I would whistle my way through vendor selections, cheerfully curate the guest list and effortlessly execute all those tiny tasks at hand.

Not so my friends, not so.

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October 7, 2014

Grown-up Shoes Paper Shop

Grown-up Shoes Paper Shop

Super excited to announce a project that has been long in the making: the Grown-up Shoes Paper Shop is here! Launching with three greeting cards and one print, I’m super excited to bring this project to life. I’d love to tell you more about what’s in the shop and what’s to come…

Grown-up Shoes Paper Shop

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September 22, 2014

We’re Engaged!

We're Engaged! | Grown-up Shoes blog

If you follow along on instagram, you already know the news, but I wanted to share it officially on GUS: we’re engaged! It happened one month ago today (shocked that it’s been a month already) and I’d love to tell you the short story and share some photos from our night of celebrating.

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July 28, 2014

Blistered Shishito Peppers with Dipping Sauce

Blistered Shishitos with Yogurt Sriracha Dipping Sauce | Grown-up Shoes blog

Summer cooking is somewhat of a challenge for me. The recipes I’m drawn to naturally are things that one should only cook in cooler parts of the year: slow cooking beef bourguignon, rich bolognese sauce, savory spinach souffle and gooey chicken enchiladas. I’m drawn to the coziest of dishes, which gets tough as the hot months ware on and I’m trying to come up with yet another light, refreshing dinner other than the fish tacos we now make once a week. I’m trying to focus more on all the delicious produce we’re getting from our CSA—a bounty of fresh ingredients that require little to no cooking for a delicious meal: fresh tomato and basil panzanella salad; watermelon with feta and lime; peaches with mint and yogurt.

There’s a beauty in the freshness of these ingredients that’s unrivaled by a more prepared dish, and that’s something I’m trying to stay excited about until the cooler months hit and I can at last fire up my Le Crueset for some cold weather favorites.

One pleasant surprise from our CSA box last week was a pint of shishito peppers, which take minutes to cook and are delightful with a spicy, creamy dipping sauce, who’s ingredients I bet you already have on hand. Full recipe after the jump!

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July 16, 2014


Lately | Grown-up Shoes

(photo by Madewell; shop shirt, shorts & flats)

So much to share this month! I did a radio interview (!), found a favorite new snack and discovered the cutest new vintage shop. Links below…

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July 14, 2014

Photos from Colorado

Rocky Mountain Vacation | Grown-up Shoes Blog

How was your 4th of July? We had the best time in Colorado! The weather was beautiful and we did a lot of hiking, reading books, making yummy dinners  (this one was a big hit) and going on little day trips here and there. This picture, above, is one of my favorites. Adam and I snapped it on our way to Grand Lake which is about two hours from Estes Park and you take Trail Ridge Road almost the whole way there. It’s a really windy road that goes to the highest part of the mountains. I was white knuckling it when we were at the tippy-top, on this tiny little two lane road without a guard rail! The views were beautiful but I breathed a sigh of relief when we started heading back down the mountain and had some trees between us and the horizon.

More pictures from our trip below if you care to see!

Rocky Mountain Vacation | Grown-up Shoes Blog

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June 30, 2014

Off to the Mountains

Off to the Mountains | Grown-up Shoes

(photo by The Noisy Plume on Flickr)

Tonight we’re hopping on a plane to fly to Denver from which we’ll drive to Estes Park, Colorado where we’ll be for the week and the 4th of July holiday. I’m so excited for days with nothing to do—long hikes, reading my book, and cool mountain air (the highs there right now are in the 60’s and 70’s).

I keep vacillating on whether or not to take my computer to write a few future blog posts and continue designing pieces for the small online paper shop I’m opening at the end of the summer. Part of me wants to unplug completely but another part thinks it could be a great place to feel inspired and excited by my own personal creative projects that I’ve put on the back burner lately. Plus, I’d be designing with a glass of wine on a picnic table surrounded by trees and mountains and woodland creatures:) sounds pretty ideal.

I’ve made my little packing list, below, if you care to take a look at what I’ll be bringing to The Rockies (red, white and blue themed, of course!). Links to all items after the jump.

Hope your 4th of July is sweet and come follow along with me on instagram if you’d like to see photos of our trip!

July 4th Outfit | Grown-up Shoes Blog

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