June 16, 2014

From the Garden

JBG CSA Box | Grown-up Shoes

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There’s a big part of my life that I haven’t been great about documenting on this blog, and that’s cooking. I think because I don’t have a stunning kitchen and the recipes I make aren’t mind-blowing, I’ve decided that there’s no reason to share any of that on here. But I’ve had a change of heart. Cooking and making fun cocktails is something that I love to do and I’m going to begin sharing those recipes on Grown-up Shoes.

So much of what we make is inspired by our CSA box with JBG Organics in Austin, so many of our recipes are reflected by what’s in season right now but can easily be adapted wherever you are based on what’s available and tasty in your neck of the woods. Putting together some posts now on improving your workday lunches, easy quiches and tasty seasonal cocktails. Stay tuned for more + have a happy week!

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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 28, 2014

Weekend Trip to Port Aransas

Weekend Trip to Port Aransas | Grown-up Shoes

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For Memorial Day weekend we packed up the car and headed to Port Aransas for some sun, sand and salt water. Adam’s mom Kathryn has a lovely condo on the island, affectionately called the Lilly Pad, so we try to slip down at least once a summer to enjoy. We went with Bill and Meagan (two of our best friends and coincidentally Adam’s twin brother and his wife—great traveling set up, right?) and their sweet baby Evelyn who is almost one year old.

I’d love to show you some of our photos and tell you all about our short but fun trip!

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May 19, 2014

Pretty & Polished


I went on a little bit of a nail polish spree last time I went to the grocery store. I haven’t bought any in so long I kind of went bananas! These are my favorites from what I picked up. I think it’s nice to have some neutrals mixed with statement colors for a nice manicure/pedicure contrast. I’d totally pair a navy manicure with a peach pedicure for a more polished look, and the magenta and gold combo for a trip to the beach. Will you be wearing any of these colors this summer?

Details and where to buy below.

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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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