August 24, 2015

Fall 2015 Wish List

Fall Favorites This fall, I have visions of creamy whites and pastels in a smattering of polished pieces that work great for the office and beyond. I’ve been waiting for a blush coat for some time and I think this might be the year I get it!I love how the perfect coat can dress up jeans and sneakers or add a touch of elegance to a work look. These days I find myself in heels almost every weekday, but I love how these glittery flats feel elevated for days when I need to run around at a photo shoot but still want to feel feminine and slightly dressed up. How cute would these be with skinny jeans and a tee shirt?

I’ve been on a Rebecca Taylor kick lately and this pretty blouse from her (on sale) just feels so right, doesn’t it? Plus, even though it looks dressy, it’s cotton so you can throw it in the machine (always a bonus in my book:). And one of my favorite pieces from last fall were brown coated leather-ish jeans from Zara that I wore once a week; these AG white ones are calling my name. So chic with a sweater and (glitter) flats. And powder blue/peach sneakers? Hello, Saturday shoe. I’ve been waiting for you.

I could wax poetic about all of these pieces, eagerly hoping to get each one in my closet. I love how this assortment lends itself to mixing and matching; now if only we could get these temperatures in Austin to drop…

Blush Coat | Creamy Fringe Sweater | Braided Nude HeelSneakers | Blush Clutch | White Pants | Pastel Blouse | Creamy Tie Blouse | Blush Hat | Glitter Flat

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February 2, 2015

Wedding Registry

Grown-up Shoes Registry

(images from Casa de Perrin Instagram)

Decisions, decisions. That, as I’ve found out, is what registries are all about. Do you want casual dishes or fine china? Simple flatware or something with a bit of flare? Stemless wineglasses or stemmed?

I’m not gonna lie—it’s a lot of fun. Thinking about entertaining with friends and family in our future house sets my heart aflutter. Whenever I’ve run into a registry decision that has stumped me I’ve tried to imagine a dinner party or cocktail hour in our home; what would I reach for first—stemmed or stemless? Silver flatware or gold? It’s made a somewhat daunting task manageable and fun. I’d love to share some of my choices with you!

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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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