Family Weekend in Chicago

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Plaid Pumps, Plaid Clutch, Sweater (I’m wearing a size medium), Necklace and Bracelet c/o Charming Charlie / Rag & Bone Jeans (Black/Light Blue/Dark Blue) / J.Crew Coat (Also available here. Love this one and this one, too. Factory version here.)

Happy Weekend, All! The Larkin Fam has been having such a great time in Chicago. It feels like it’s been ages since we had a weekend all to ourselves here, and we’ve definitely been enjoying it. :) Did I tell you that we’re reserving one weekend per month for our little family? No plans whatsoever; just family fun! Here’s what we’ve been up to:

Mitch’s Glorious Gift Guide for Guys

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Mitch here! Pardon the Grizzly Adams appearance, but fatherhood, full-time teaching and part-time “blog husbanding” have clearly taken their toll on my appearance. To my mother and mother-in-law: I’m sorry, Ladies. I’m sorry for screwing up the Christmas card photos and for scaring your friends. I promise that by Christmas, I’ll have this taken care of.

A Day at the Beach

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This post was sponsored by DayQuil, 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!

Barbour Jacket c/o (Also available in the quilted–warmer and more affordable–version. Tuckernuck carries the waxed and quilted versions, too.) / Rag & Bone Jeans (I love the black pair as well.) / BB Dakota Sweater (Also love this one and this one!) / Sam Edelman Booties c/o (On sale! In suede here.) / Softest Bootie Socks / Mitch’s Patagonia (Women’s version here.) / Emma’s Top / Daniel Wellington Watch c/o

I’ll admit it: I’m not the best patient. When I was 13, I was in so much pain from a sunburn that I begged my parents to take me to the hospital. (Eye roll.) And when I was 21, I landed myself a thousand-dollar emergency room bill that took me a solid year to pay off because I marched myself over to New York Presbyterian thinking I had Swine Flu. (Diagnosis? A bad sinus infection.) And we all know how terrified of childbirth I was. (Turns out, not as bad as I’d imagined.)

Third Trimester Recap: Physical

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Original post here. Have you entered the Barbour Giveaway? It ends tomorrow!

Over the last four months, I’ve learned that blogging with a baby is not impossible. But it is difficult. For me, at least. Before Emma, I thought that maintaining this site as a mom would be a cinch. What’s the big deal, right? Wake up a little earlier and blog. Blog during naps. Blog after bedtime. Multitask! (Baby on lap; laptop off to the side.) But as it turns out, it’s not quite as simple as that.

Thanksgiving in Yardley

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Look One: Cape / Jeans / Pumps
Look Two: Sweater/ Jeans / Scarf / Flats
Emma’s Look: Dress / Sweater
c/o Kohl’s

My parents currently live in Yardley, a small town in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. We always say that it’s very similar to Stars Hollow—the imaginary location where “Gilmore Girls” was set. Yardley was founded in 1682, and it was actually a station for the Underground Railroad during the Civil War. If you visit, you’ll notice lots of quaint little shops and old saltbox houses and homes with stone facades. (This is because the town borders the Delaware River and has a canal that goes through it, and floods pretty regularly.) Blink and you’ll miss it. Yardley is so small that it doesn’t even have its own high school!

A Month (or Two) in NYC?

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Ruffle Blouse (On sale! I’m wearing an XS for reference. Love this more casual ruffled tee, too. Also: Tuckernuck’s sale has been extended! They’ve always been known for a good ruffle, haha.) / Rag & Bone Jeans (Mine are sold out, but these are VERY similar. I also love these from Paige. As you know, I’m a Rag & Bone “Capri” convert, haha.) / J.Crew Pumps (Sold out, but here are some amazing plaid holiday shoe options: one / two / three / four / five — And more below! #OMG) / J.Crew Coat (Particularly love it in “Sandstone.” Also available here. If you need sizing help, I’d say the coat is pretty generous. I’m wearing a size 0, and I have a lot of room for sweaters.) / Similar Necklace / Louis Vuitton Tote / Monica Vinader Bracelet c/o

Shop plaid pumps:

Mitch and I spent a couple of days last week in New York, and it was so great. Going back is always bittersweet; a mixture of so many emotions. I have to admit that my plan was to live in NYC forever… and meeting Mitch–who eventually led me to Chicago–threw me for a loop. ;) It goes without saying, though, that I’m ecstatic my little plan didn’t work out. (Really ecstatic.) But man: it always feel good to go home.

While we were there, we decided that we missed New York a little too much. So we came up with yet another plan: in a year, we’re going to rent an apartment there. We’ll probably only do it for a month or so, but we’ve come to the realization that while we know we can’t live in NYC full-time, going back for a few days here and there just isn’t enough. And while there are logistics to work out, they aren’t as complicated as we thought they’d be!

Cyber Monday + Cyber Week Sales

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J.Crew Plaid Pumps — Sold out, but I love Talbots’ collection of plaid footwear!

Well, it’s a bit on the later side, haha. But I thought I’d check in tonight and share some of my favorite sale finds before it’s too late!

The big sales I’m shopping are those at Nordstrom, TuckernuckShopbop, J.Crew, Lilly Pulitzer and L.L. Bean. In no particular order, some of my faves:

The Vara Pump. LOVE. Can’t believe it’s included. The Varina is adorable, too.

I love this clutch SO MUCH.

As you all know, I’m obsessed with these booties and this is the lowest price I’ve ever seen them for! I recommend going a half size up. I wear a 7.5 in everything, and took these in an 8, otherwise the toe box is tight.

This is a great pair of comfortable duck boots. They’re very bendable (haha) and therefore super comfy. If you’re in between sizes, size up.

Such a great price for the Rayne necklace. Makes an amazing (and easy) gift!

The softest dark skinny jeans. They have a wider waist, which makes them SO comfy for people like me with belly issues.

$37.91 for the prettiest lace hem sweater!

I have this top and ADORE it.

These winter boots are crazy comfy. So bendy!

My favorite suede booties.

Got these this year and aren’t they AWESOME?! Winter boots that kind of look like riding boots!

Favorite jeans. Available on Shopbop, too.

Classic sandals for a great price.

I wear this blanket scarf and this one all the time.

Classic Madewell Tote in brown and black!

Classic black Hunters! (Glossy here. Short here.) And clearly you need the cutest socks for them.

Shopbop’s Hunters are all on sale, too.

A great alternative to the Stuart Weitzmans. (But similar SW’s on sale here and here.)

The best sneakers for “athleisure” looks. Or, like, if you exercise. (BAH.)

These are legit. ;)

From “the Bean,” this Fisherman sweater, these Bean Boots and this Flannel Shirt are faves.

My favorite monogrammed necklace.

Best oversized sweater EVER. I have a size small.

If you live in Chicago, you need these. You’re welcome. (These are really great, too. Oh, and my puffer!)

My mom has this and she looks so cute in it!

I have these loafers and they’re so comfy!

This is coming to Kelly in the City soon. ;) Love that it is one size fits all. The perfect gift!

Likewise with this poncho.

Happy shopping!