The Time I Lost Mom’s Opal Ring (+ a Giveaway!)

JTV Opal Bracelet Giveaway-1

JTV Opal Bracelet Giveaway-1

JTV Opal Bracelet c/o (See other JTV Mother’s Day gifts here!) / J.Crew Jeans (Non-maternity version here), Striped Tee and Blazer / Tory Burch Tote (But swooning over this brown bag as well as this one!) / Vintage Scarf (LOVE this one, though, and this one, too!) / Sole Society Bow Pumps c/o (More sizes here) / Similar Sunglasses

When I was in high school, my mom gave me an opal ring that my father had given to her when they were newly married. He was a lieutenant in the Air Force, and she was an emergency room nurse at a hospital near the base. Life was exciting and full of adventure and love, and my boyfriend-less self used to daydream about what it might be like to one day find that kind of love. As I talked about in this post, I never did get my fairytale romance in high school… or in college, for that matter. But the sparkly opal ring stayed on my finger–a constant reminder of my parents’ love for each other and for me. It was also a symbol of hope. Perhaps one day, I’d find the right person!


Luxury Bedding at Accessible Prices (& a Giveaway!)

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Sachi Home Bedding-83

Navy Sheet Set and White Duvet Cover c/o Sachi Home

Truth be told, the master bedroom has yet to be decorated, as the master bathroom is still under construction and contractors trudge through the room on the reg. It’s killing me not to put down our rug, hang art and make the room look more lived in. But I know that holding off, for now, is best. Construction dust is the real deal, and so is my contractor’s inability to realize he’s tracking mud through the house. ;)

We are, however, finally sleeping there! What a huge change from snoozing (separately) in the guest room, surrounded by cardboard boxes. The box problem still exists, and will continue to for the next month or two. But sigh. It’s been a long, long time since Mitch wasn’t sleeping on a trundle bed, we weren’t high-fiving before bed, and we weren’t using Home Depot boxes as nightstands. Woo! It’s the little things, for sure.

We also recently upgraded our bedding game. Like, majorly. Before, we had ONE set of sheets–from our bridal shower–and they’d become pretty ratty. So when Sachi Home sent us this ridiculously soft navy sheet set and this gorgeous white duvet cover, we really felt like we were staying at a luxury hotel on its opening night. And clearly, so did Noodle.

Little Details, Big Feels

Jack Rogers Clare Wedge-48

Jack Rogers Clare Wedge-48

Monica Vinader Bracelet c/o (Also available at Nordstrom, along with a big MV collection!) / Lilly Pulitzer Maxi Dress (Vintage; found on eBay — But shop newer LP maxis via Lilly Pulitzer, Nordstrom and Zappos!) / Jack Rogers Wedges c/o (Also available here) / Similar Sunglasses / GiGi New York Clutch c/o

Shop Monica Vinader at Nordstrom:

It goes without saying that I’m absolutely thrilled to be pregnant. (And grateful. Beyond grateful.) And I’d experience my worst pregnancy “side effects” for years if I had to. The nausea, the backaches and the exhaustion have all been 100-percent than worth it. But you know how some people say that they absolutely loved being pregnant? Yeah, I’m not one of them. I don’t hate it, but my eyes are on the end goal: the baby.

Soon, I’m going to do a more extensive post about what my first and second trimesters were like. (Definitely not horrible, but I have some interesting stuff to share, for sure!) I just entered my third trimester, though, and I have to say: one of the hardest parts is that I don’t feel comfortable in my own skin.

The Perfect City Loafer

Timberland Loafers-14

Timberland Loafers-14

Timberland Loafers c/o Zappos / Vineyard Vines Cashmere Sweater c/oJ.Crew Jeans (Mine are the maternity version) / Henri Bendel Drawstring Bag c/o / Daniel Wellington Watch c/o / Similar Sunglasses

Before I start, I can’t thank you guys enough for the outpouring of love and support stemming from yesterday’s post. Truly, you guys never cease to amaze me. Thank you for sharing your stories, and for taking the time to shoot me notes. I’m a very lucky girl. And I promise that I’m going to reply to each and every message; I’m actually sitting in a coffee shop today, doing just that. :) Expect to hear from me soon, Old Friends and New!

Why I Didn’t Announce My Pregnancy Until Month 6



When I was in high school, my biggest fear was getting pregnant. Of course, this would have been impossible at the time, as I was quite the late bloomer in the romance department. ;) Still, I had constant nightmares in which I was sitting across from my father at the kitchen island, breaking the news to him. And he wasn’t as understanding as Juno’s dad.

Fast forward many, many years, and I’m sitting across from my obstetrician at her desk. She’s just used the word “infertility” and is writing out a referral for a specialist.

“We’ve… exhausted the procedures and medications you can try here,” she says carefully, noticing my brimming tears. “I think you’d feel a lot better if you saw a fertility specialist.”

The irony.

Free Gifts with Purchase at Lilly

lilly gift with purchase

lilly gift with purchase

As Chicago is supposed to experience some 60-degree weather next week (hallelujah!), my eyes are already on summer. ;) Can’t wait for those 70-degree days, but I’ll take what I can get for now. And today, Lilly Pulitzer is having an exciting promotion!

Until midnight tonight, you’ll get a set of four tumblers with any purchase, and a TON of other gifts with purchases of $250, $500 or $1,000. (See above.) As always, shipping is free… so now’s the time to stock up for the warmer days that are on the horizon!

Being twice my normal size right now, I’m only looking at maxi dresses and Elsa tops. (Perfect for pregnancy, if any of you guys are expecting, too!) But if I weren’t pregnant, I’d be stocking up on t-shirt dresses, which I LIVE in during the summer. (The Brewster in navy, the Marlowe in the elephant print, this navy striped number, and this adorable pineapple dress are my faves!) Totally living vicariously through you guys…

Happy shopping!

Larkin Family Spring Festival

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Larkin Family Spring Festival-19

Hunter Boots c/o (Read my guide to buying Hunters here!)

A few weeks ago, Mitch and I headed down to the lake house for the first annual Larkin Family Spring Fest. I had grand plans of spending the most of the weekend behind my lens, as taking more personal photos is one of this year’s goals. But OH MY GOODNESS. It was absolutely freezing. I managed to get a few snaps, but really I spent the majority of my time sitting in front of the fire… and eating. ;)

The Cutest Carry-On

Jack Rogers Clare Rope Wedge-11

Jack Rogers Clare Rope Wedge-11

Lilly Pulitzer Maxi Dress, Jack Rogers Wedges and Delsey Suitcase c/o Zappos / C.Wonder Whale Bracelet (Old, but you can shop C.Wonder here! And similar whale tail charm here) / Similar Sunglasses

Oh my goodness. What a crazy week. (The fireplace project is underway! “Like” the Kelly in the City Facebook page for regular updates!) Somehow, amidst all of it, I totally forgot to mention that I did, in fact, leave Ocean City and return to Chicago.

I thought the car ride was going to be horrendous since my back has been giving me quite a bit of trouble now that I’m in my third trimester, but it really wasn’t that bad! We simply brought along a lumbar pillow and made sure the back seat was clear so my seat could fully recline. We also stopped at all the rest stops. And had all the snacks.

Want to Become a Better Blogger?

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I had absolutely no idea what I was doing when I first started blogging. When I look back on my first posts, I have feelings of both pride and embarrassment mortification. I’ve come a long way since the early days, but YIKES. Looking at old content is kind of like looking at middle school photos of myself.

The bangs. The braces. The awkwardness.

I wish I’d had some type of blogging resource in February of 2013, when I launched this site. I’m sure there was some stuff out there, but I certainly didn’t know about it, and neither did those I knew who had blogs. Today, though, I’m about to rock your world. The perfect resource for bloggers now exists!