April 22, 2014

On Leaving NYC

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(photo by Ty French—so many great photos!)

Even though I left New York six years ago when I graduated from college, I still get the question “Do you miss it?” almost always when I tell someone that I lived there. I think it seems natural that I would; New York is so busy, so beautiful, so romantic—especially if you’ve never lived there:) And while there are some big things that I miss, funnily enough…

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April 9, 2014

One Girl, Two Wishlists

girlygirl (I loved reading everyone’s responses to the post with the new Grown-up Shoes artwork! It’s been really fun to hear everyone’s thoughts on the process. Thank you for sharing!)

Do you ever feel that there is more than one version of yourself, stylistically speaking? I think the most personal styles are created through a combination of a few different vibes. Maybe you’re preppy and eclectic; minimal and tomboy; trendy and polished. I find myself most often gravitating towards two distinct styles: a ladylike look with soft colors, feminine silhouettes and sweet accessories or a bohemian vibe with looser shapes, more prints, statement jewelry and eclectic accessories.

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March 31, 2014

Calligraphy Seal with Antiquaria

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I feel like I’ve been writing about the new Grown-up Shoes newsletter for months, but it’s almost here! I’ve been working on the new opt-in and layout and decided I’d like a one-off of the logo as a special seal for the newsletter. Something that still has the spirit of Grown-up Shoes but feels a bit different. I teamed up with my friends Emma and Bailey at Antiquaria and they sent over the most beautiful options! Check out the second page:

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March 25, 2014

Thinking Differently About Time

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(photo by Cy Twombly)

Lately it can feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day. Even when I wake up early, I still end up feeling like I didn’t do quite enough when I go to sleep that night. I’ll come home from work and the house will be a mess or it will be too late for me to start dinner, or I’ll realize I haven’t exercised in like three weeks and it can feel discouraging. I want my cake and to eat it too: a job I love and a clean house. Time to exercise and work on the blog.

But lately I’ve re-framed the way I think about my time. It’s been a really helpful exercise and I’d love to share it with you.

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March 18, 2014

Girls’ Trip to Marfa, Texas

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(All images in this post from my instagram and the instagram accounts of Wynn Myers, Kate LeSueur, Go Forth Creative and Oh! Fox Vintage. See more under #ThatsWhatILikeAboutTexasz. Above, our successful treasure hunt for tumbleweeds, which we all decided we needed to take home.)

This past Friday morning I woke up when the stars were still out and met four friends to get an early start on the road to Marfa, Texas. If you’ve never been to or heard of Marfa before, it’s a really special town in the middle of west Texas that is home to some of the most beautiful art, furniture, interiors and landscapes in our lovely state. It has a magical quality to it that draws you in and a peacefulness that makes you want to return. We had the best time! Stayed in the best place, ate the best food. I’d love to tell you all about it.

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March 3, 2014

Dreamy Floral

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I helped style a New Year’s Eve wedding this past holiday season that was Enchantment Under the Sea themed—can’t wait to show you photos of it. It was so much fun! We brought on my friend Samantha at Bricolage to do the floral and I just loved what she came up with. Really soft colors and dreamy, romantic blossoms. This is a little deconstructed version of one of the centerpieces. Isn’t it a fun color combination? I don’t think I’ve ever seen an arrangement quite like it.

Hoping your week is off to a sweet start!

photo from my instagram

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February 19, 2014

Belinda Marshall Prints

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I’m so enchanted with these prints from Melbourne-based artist Belinda Marshall. They feel at once calming and cheery to me and I can’t resist the playful colors and brushstrokes. I just ordered this bottom print and I can’t wait to put it in a gold frame—although it might have to go in the back room because Adam has already pronounced it to be “too pink”:-) woops!

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