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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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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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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June 11, 2014

Summer Wish List

summer wishlist | grown-up shoes


I drive by a high school every day on my way to work and I relish in the suddenly empty baseball field and parking lot I pass by. I imagine where the kids are that I usually see skateboarding up to class or being dropped off by a parent and I can’t help but feel a little bit relieved and excited for them all at once. As if that were me having finished another year with an endless summer stretching out in front of me like the seats in an empty movie theatre on a hot day. I remember when I was younger looking at the approaching summer and just thinking how much time there was to do nothing at all.

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May 14, 2014


Lately | Grown-up Shoes

Sometimes I struggle to write blog posts because I feel like they have to make so much sense. Every post must have a color scheme, copy that brings the graphic to life and purpose. It can feel like a tall order on a Sunday night or weekday morning. So I’ve decided to make a new column based solely on what I’m loving and doing right now, even if the topics are a bit disjointed: the new recipe I’m cooking, the new hairstyles I’m wearing to work, the book I can’t put down. I was inspired by this column from Sarah at Note to Self (one of my favorite blogs and bloggers) and I wanted to try my own spin on it.

So for the first one: everything I bought online sale shopping this weekend from Madewell and Anthro (woah it was a lot) + much more after the jump…including an Anthro pop-up shop in Austin Thursday!

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April 29, 2014

New Blog Layout!

New Blog Layout! | Grown-up Shoes

Hi friends! I’m super excited to show y’all the updated Grown-up Shoes that Chelsea and I have been working so hard on for the past few months. We started this redesign in October and just finished it in March before turning the keys over to Sean to work his developer magic.

I’d love to show y’all some of our initial rounds of design that got us to the current layout!

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