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Emma’s First Purse

Sail to Sable Tweed Dress c/o / Louis Vuitton Tote (Available via The Real Real, Bag Borrow or Steal, or Trendlee.) / Tory Burch Wedges (On sale!) / Emma’s Jumper (Old from Baby Gap, but this is my current BG obsession.) / Emma’s Mary Janes / Emma’s Bag c/o tde.

Sheesh. It’s been HOT.

I’m not sure if you saw Friday’s post about all my recent Fall finds, but I’m feeling mighty silly right about now. ;) We’ve had some crazy 90-degree days, and today, we’re expected to get into the upper 80s.

Before the heat wave, though, we had some lovely weather, far more typical of September. Days when a tweed dress and a pair of camel-colored pumps were just right, and nothing else was needed. Seriously: isn’t this navy number SO cute?! No one does fall better than Sail to Sable! (I think STS may have changed its sizing over the last year, and now, everything fits completely TTS, btw.)

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How to Unload the Clutter

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m even more inspired to deep clean my home during the fall than I am during the spring. Summer is jam-packed with travel, play and social engagements–and it leaves little time for tidying. By September, the clutter almost always starts to creep in on our living space, and we find ourselves feeling overwhelmed and frustrated by it.

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🍁 Recent Finds, 9/22

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🍁 Happy Friday and first day of fall, Friends! Nothin’ quite like a 90-degree day to kick off everyone’s favorite season, huh? ;)

Anyway, we have a big weekend with family and friends. There are so many fun events and gatherings scheduled, and I’m really excited. But why do they tend to fall on the same weekend every month?! 😝

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What Have You Learned From Your Kids?

I can’t believe that summer officially ends on Friday. While it feels like it’s been going on forever, it also feels like we were just going to that Cubs game in June. Since we’re feeling reflective, Mitch and I put together this video yesterday to document some of our favorite moments with Emma spent by the water. In her first full summer, our little girl visited Ocean City, New Jersey; Lake Bloomington, Illinois; Lake Michigan in both Chicago and Michigan City; and the Pacific Ocean. And the word is out: she’s a beach baby, through and through! (Fun fact: my dad and I danced to “Daughter” by Loudon Wainwright III at my wedding, and I kiiiind of always knew I wanted to make a cute video to “The Swimming Song” if I one day had a daughter. 😉) Anyway, we think the video perfectly represents Emma’s amazing personality, demeanor and outlook on life. This seems silly considering she’s only one, but truthfully, we’ve learned a lot from her over this past year!

Today, we’re teaming up with our good friend Emily from Isn’t That Charming to talk about what we’ve learned from our kiddos. This is part of our regular motherhood series, and if you’ve missed our previous posts, here are a few faves: How We Chose Emma’s Name, The Dad Survival Guide, and How Many Children Do You Want to Have? And yes, Mitch takes over and contributes to the motherhood column every once in a while when I’m exhausted because you know: motherhood. ;) Be sure to swing by Em’s blog to read her post; she’s an amazing writer and she’s served as a role model to me for a while now!

So let’s get to it.

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Order Your Bean Boots

L.L.Bean Boots (Also love the shearling-lined boots!) / Barbour Jacket c/o (And adore the warmer quilted version.) / Hudson Jeans / Fisherman Sweater (Love the longer tunic version, too!)

Every fall, I get a bunch of distressed messages about L.L.Bean boots being sold out. So I’m going to sing it from the rooftops this year: THEY’RE STILL IN STOCK, BUT THEY’RE GOING TO SELL OUT SOON. Order yours today!

Confused about which pair to buy? Here are my best tips for making a good decision:

The Best Utility Jackets of 2017

Hinge Military Jacket (Old, brand’s newer version here.) / Rag & Bone Jeans / J.Crew Flannel (Old, but love this new plaid shirt.)

I’ve been on the utility/military jacket wagon for a long time. Are you sick of seeing them yet? They’ve been in nearly every blog post for the last couple of weeks. 😝

But it’s the best jacket to grab these days, when the afternoons are hot but the mornings and evenings are cool… and I love that the look will likely never go out of style.

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Oak Street Beach, Chicago

^ Sure, it’s a little blurry, but a stranger took this! Always amazed at the kindness of Chicagoans. :)

Kelly’s outfit: Dress / Clutch / Sunglasses
Mitch’s outfit: Sweater / Seersucker Shorts / Flip Flops
Emma’s outfit: Seersucker Swing Set
c/o Vineyard Vines

Mitch here!

This summer was a complete whirlwind. Since the spring, I’ve visited Los Angeles, Ocean City, Detroit, Lake Superior, Memphis, Michigan City, Lake Bloomington, Ocean City (again), Denver and Portland. And nearly all of those trips were done with a one-year-old in tow. Lately, we’ve spent more time out of Chicago than in it. I’m exhausted. ;)