December 4, 2013
Happy holiday season, friends!
I wanted to make something simple and sweet for this month’s wallpaper, so I used my own font for the Grown-up Shoes logo (which I only save for very special occasions;) and made something with a formal feel in black and white.
I feel like holiday stuff can get a little heavy handed with the cutesy-ness, so to balance out this darling but potentially corny phrase, I went with a black tie type. I’m toying with the idea of designing a small batch of cards each season to sell in my own little online paper shop and this is just the type of thing I would want to make. I’d love to send these to the letterpress and put them on a nice thick paper.
Just a reminder that as of February calendars will only be downloadable through the new and improved newsletter—so make sure to sign up in the sidebar if you’re not already! Can’t wait to show y’all the new blog look we’ve been working on and to get the pretty newsletter out into the world.
Okay…enough of my chatter, right? Get the download after the jump!
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This collage is half my own personal wishlist, half items I already love and think you should check out. Holiday gifts should be all about little luxuries; a great homemade cookie, a body scrub you whip up yourself, or the perfect pair of silk pajamas. Whatever it is and whatever it costs, it should make the recipient feel extra special. Here are thirteen ideas at all price points for the girls in your life—or just for yourself!
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December 2, 2013
*Photograph by Ezgi Polat
December is, without a doubt, my favorite time of year. Hot toddy’s, Elf, stockings hung by the chimney with care…I love it all and I look forward to this month all year.
But something funny happened around this time last year; an experience I don’t care to repeat.
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November 21, 2013
*photo + styling by Grown-up Shoes
One of my most favorite memories of elementary school was this: one day, the day right before the winter holiday, my third grade class went up to the library where our teacher, Mrs. Rourke, read Polar Express to us. It was a cold, grey day outside and I remember just thinking how special it was that we were getting to read a book in the library and not just on the rug in our room. When it was over, we all lined up, single file, to march back to our little classroom, except this time when we walked in, there was a surprise waiting for us on our desks.
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November 18, 2013
*photograph by Heather Zweig for Oh Happy Day
As I’ve written about, these first few months out on my own have been tough. I feel like I’ve grown in leaps and bounds as a designer, as a business owner, as a person. But it’s been a really difficult transition and not one without bumps in the road. I was telling a friend recently that the hardest part of this process for me has been the personal transition. Going from someone who wants to please everyone, say yes to everything, avoid confrontation and make everyone else happy (often at a cost to her own personal well-being) to a person who knows when and how to stand up for herself, charges a rate that she knows she’s worth, reads an angry client email and doesn’t burst into tears, has been really hard. I’d love to talk more about personal growth within our careers (and not just the freelance ones) this morning with you and I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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November 7, 2013
I’m kind of swooning over these. Desk accessories that are actually functional and cute? One of each, please! Right now my friends at Hemlock & Heather are building me a new desk for my little home office which I’m so excited about, and I’m ordering a bunch of these adorable Kate Space pieces to celebrate. The Pop, Fizz, Clink! cards will be going out to clients a little before New Year’s and those sticky notes with the gold foil? So good. I might have to get 2 of those. These big notepads, The Short List and The Long List, are striped and numbered on the inside. New favorite to-do list pad, I think.
I’d love to tell y’all a little bit about what I’ve been working on behind the scenes over here.
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October 25, 2013
(Please Note: Grown-up Shoes does not endorse cigs or real fur outside of Wes Anderson costumes + Halloween)
Time for our last Costume DIY in our little series! I adore this costume. My friend Taylor was Margot a few years ago and I loved it so much, I haven’t been able to get the costume out of my head since then. Brilliant, simple and so recognizable. Everything you need for the icon of all Wes Anderson icons, after the jump.
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