June 30, 2014

Off to the Mountains

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(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!

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June 11, 2014

Summer Wish List

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Summertime

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

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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!

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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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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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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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February 17, 2014

I Ran a Half Marathon!

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Ballet Dancers Rehearse, by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1936

On Sunday morning I woke up around 5 AM, along with 18,000 other people, and ran 13.1 miles. It was the furthest I’ve ever run by a full four miles! The first time our group met to train, about seven months ago, we ran two miles and I thought I was going to keel over. It was so hard! I’d love to tell you more about the training, why I now love waking up early and running on Saturdays, and how it totally changed my approach to exercise and fitness.

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