Ruffled Sweaters & Tops



Ruffled Hem Sweater (Also love this one, this one, this one and this one! More ruffled sweaters and tops below!) / Black Jeans (And really thinking about purchasing these, since I’m such a fan of the lighter version! Have we noticed I wear them nearly every day? Haha!) / Burberry Jacket (Love this one, this one and this one, too!) / Leopard Pumps (Similar here, here and here) / Monica Vinader Bracelet / Kendra Scott Bracelet / Similar Sunglasses

Ruffled Sweaters and Tops

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For days that I just can’t string a cohesive storyline together, I’m thinkin’ bullet points are the answer. ;)

So here’s what’s goin’ on in my head today:

Cousins in Chicago



Wearing in this post: Jeans (On sale! They run TTS.) / Gray Booties c/o / Brown Booties c/o (On sale! So ridiculously comfortable. I’d recommend ordering a 1/2 size up. They also come in suede.) / T-Shirt (So soft!) / Cardigan / Blanket Scarf c/o (Newer here and here) / Barbour Jacket c/o (Also quilted. REALLY warm.) / Gray Sweater (Also available here.) / Similar Sunglasses

I’m sure a lot of you can relate, but my cousins–for all intents and purposes–are my siblings. We grew up super close, and I love them so, so much.

It’s funny: right around the time that Mitch and I knew we were leaving, their family moved to NYC. And my aunt and uncle (who are like second parents to me) lived in Chicago when they were in their 20s and 30s, and had my cousins here. (At the same hospital where Emma was born, actually!) So it’s kind of like we’ve flip-flopped lives, and it makes visiting each other really special. :)

But this particular visit was probably the most special of ’em all, as it was their first time meeting Emma. (I’m the oldest cousin, so she’s the fam’s first baby since… Paige! Hehe.)

Beach Nights



This post was sponsored by, but all opinions are my own. As always, thank you so much for supporting the partnerships that keep Kelly in the City up and running!

SOREL Boots c/o / J.Crew Striped Turtleneck (also love this one and this one) and Vest (On major sale! Regular version — Furry version) / Rag & Bone Jeans (On sale! Best jeans I own! Run TTS and don’t stretch out.) / Southern Proper Hat c/o / Emma’s outfit is from Baby Gap

Our little family has had some amazing weekends lately. We’ve been so good about reserving days just for our little unit of four (Noodle included), and I can’t tell you how much I’ve loved it. I actually teared up on Montrose Beach last weekend when these photos were taken. As we were playing, I realized my mouth hurt because I was smiling so much. It was one of those moments, you know? Everything was perfect. And yes: I realize how ridiculously sappy and hokey I’m about to sound. But amidst the craziness of our lives right now, it’s so lovely to look past the mounds of laundry and all the late-night work sessions and the running around and the overflowing email inboxes… and appreciate the fact that while we may not have it all together, together we have it all.

Passion Projects Made Easy



A few weeks ago, I wrote about how I’ve been setting aside time every day to work on some passion projects: leather-bound family albums as well as home videos. I’d said I wanted to tackle Emma’s “first year” album first, but once I’d laid everything out, I realized we still had a solid nine months until the end of year one. ;) So instead, I finally made our wedding album–something I’d been meaning to do for SO long.

Ruffled Sleeves and Presents



Bell Sleeve Top (Similar here and here, and I LOVE this.) / Keep checking back if you don’t see your size in the top I’m wearing! They come back in stock frequently. I have the striped one, too, and it’s adorable! FYI: Runs slightly big, so order your regular size or size down. I’m wearing an XS here, and I’m definitely carrying around some extra baby weight.) / Burberry Coat (It now comes in green! And oh my goodness. I LOVE this new quilted beauty.) / Sam Edelman Booties (Also in suede. I normally wear a size 7.5, but sized up to an 8. SO COMFY when you go up a 1/2 size, and they don’t slip off! I also have these similar booties, which I’d recommend ordering your normal size in. They’re equally as comfy — Maybe even more!) / Rag & Bone Jeans (THE BEST JEANS IN THE WORLD! Definitely considering ordering a second pair (maybe in black). They’re super soft, don’t stretch out, and minimize muffin tops like whoa. And, again, I’m carrying around baby weight! They run TTS.)

Accessories that make for great giftsMadewell Tote / Kate Spade Necklace and Mug (Also love this one) / Ray-Ban Sunglasses / Monica Vinader Bracelet c/o

I am having a good week. :) On Monday, my mother-in-law drove up to Chicago to spend a couple of days with us and help out with Emma so I could get some work done. And yesterday, I had a girls’ night with Jess and Blair at Summer House in Lincoln Park. (Much needed!) And today, my own mom is flying in from the East Coast for an entire week! I’m thrilled. I mentioned this yesterday on Instagram, but I’m really lucky to have such great family and friends who are so willing to step in when I need a little assistance or help. <3

Riding Boot Season



This post was sponsored by Johnston & Murphy, but all opinions are my own. As always, thank you so much for supporting the partnerships that keep Kelly in the City up and running!

Johnston & Murphy Boots c/o Johnston & Murphy / Hudson Jeans / Madison & Berkeley Top / Louis Vuitton Tote (Buy here, herehere, here, here or here) / Daniel Wellington Watch c/o / Similar Sunglasses

I’m back with another look with Johnston & Murphy–this time, featuring a pair of classic brown riding boots. Because it’s finally that time of year, and there’s just nothing like a pair of quality, versatile boots! And this pair is quality. You know that awesome smell you get when you take a pair of great leather shoes out of the box for the first time? Well, these beauties take the cake. ;) Sigh…

Layers & Loafers



This post was sponsored by Johnston & Murphy, but all opinions are my own. As always, thank you so much for supporting the partnerships that keep Kelly in the City up and running!

Johnston & Murphy Hooded Sweater Vest and Penny Loafers c/o Johnston & Murphy / J.Crew Turtleneck and Jeans (Similar here and here) / Louis Vuitton Tote (Buy here, herehere, here, here or here) / Daniel Wellington Watch c/o / Similar Sunglasses

As you guys know, I’m trying really hard to break out of my comfort zone this season and wear neutrals and black more often.

Three Online Friends



Image from my friend Meg’s blog!

Over my 3.5 years of blogging, I’ve been incredibly lucky to have met a ton of inspirational and fun ladies–some in-person and some not (YET). Blogging is crazy sometimes. It connects me with people from all over the country (and sometimes even the world!), and I’ve become close with girls via cell phones and computer screens.

And here’s the thing: Before I started this blog, I would have found all of this a little creepy. But it’s not creepy at all. My online friendships–many of which are with you guys!–are amazing and very real, even if the face-to-face isn’t there. (Though it’s the coolest thing when you finally meet in person. You’re like, “You have an ACCENT?” “Wow, you’re TALL!” “OMG it’s okay if I hug you, right?!”)

On some of my darkest days, my online friends have lifted me up. And on some of my best days, my online friends have been there, cheering me on. And whenever I’m confused about how to decorate a room or what shoes to wear to an event, my online friends come to the rescue! It’s this wonderful little support and love network, and I’m so grateful to be a part of it.

Coffee Shop Nights



Charming Charlie Sweater Tank, Bag, Booties, Earrings and Bangle c/o / Similar Cardigan (Also available here) / Daniel Wellington Watch c/o / Similar Sunglasses / Hudson Jeans (But #omg. I just got these jeans and they’ve CHANGED MY LIFE. They run TTS.)

Every few days, I spend two to three hours at a nearby coffee shop. It usually happens between 6 and 9 p.m., and I have to say: it’s glorious. I wear my favorite comfy-yet-amazing clothing; order my favorite pumpkin coffee (not PSL, because that makes my stomach churn); and settle into a window seat to pound out as many emails and contracts and drafts and photo editing sessions as humanly possible.