Coffee Table Shopping with Wayfair

Wayfair Preppy Coffee Tables

One Two ($559.99. Similar here for $269.99: the one we’re considering!) / Two ($779.99) / Three ($379.99) / Four ($525.80) / Five ($499. Similar here with glass for $404.95)
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If you read last week’s post about living room style inspiration, you know that Mitch and I are finally getting around to outfitting and decorating the new house. I’ll admit that it’s been much harder than I thought: I’m not the interior designer I thought I would be, and I’m struggling with dropping the big bucks after a huge chunk of our savings recently went to the down payment. But I’m totally ready to make our home more comfortable and usable, and a better reflection of ourselves.

Chicago Food + Wine Festival: Day 2

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Jack Rogers Sandals c/o Zappos / Lilly Pulitzer Dress (Sold out, similar here and here) / Julie Brown Designs Cardigan c/o Longchamp ToteJet Set Candy NecklaceCharm #1 and Charm #2 c/oMoon and Lola Earrings c/o Tuckernuck (Also love these pineapple studs and these pearl studs!) / Kate Spade Sunglasses (Old, similar here and here)

Hands down, this dress is too small for me, haha. I spent the entirety of yesterday tugging and pulling at the thing, trying desperately not to flash the city of Chicago. Which is such a shame, because I love the dress, and it was a score from the recent Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale. Isn’t it such a bummer when you judge poorly and end up with the wrong size?!

Alas. ;)

Chicago Food + Wine Festival with Zappos

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Lilly Pulitzer Elsa Top and Jack Rogers Sandals c/o Zappos / Longchamp Tote / Cinco Powell Tassel c/o / Jet Set Candy NecklaceCharm #1 and Charm #2 c/oMoon and Lola Earrings c/o Tuckernuck (Also love these pineapple studs and these pearl studs!) / Kate Spade Sunglasses (Old, similar here and here) / C.Wonder Bangle (Old, similar here) / Julie Brown Designs Cardigan c/o

Yesterday, Mitch and I–along with several friends–attended the Chicago Food + Wine Festival with Zappos. It was a pretty rainy day (as evidenced by the photos of my hair), but we LOVED it! While tickets are on the pricier side, they’re totally worth it. I mean, once you get in, you’re welcome to all the food and wine you’d like. Heaven, no?! ;) We loved it so much that we’re going back tomorrow, haha. (Fingers crossed for sunshine.) Please come; we’d love to hang!

Billy Joel at Wrigley Field

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J.Crew Factory Top (Old, similar herehere, and here) / Lilly Pulitzer Clutch (Old, but love these preppy clutches: one / two / three) / Brooks Brothers Pumps (Old, similar here, here and here — and swoon!) / Hazel and Marie Pearl Necklace c/o / Madewell Jeans (Old, similar here) / Moon and Lola Earrings c/o Tuckernuck (Also love these pineapple studs and these pearl studs!) / Kate Spade Sunglasses (Old, similar here and here) / Minnie and Emma x Lemon Stripes Phone Case c/o

Last night, Mitch and I went to Wrigley Field to see Billy Joel for the first time. We’ve been fans since we were kids, as both sets of parents were crazy about him. Don’t you just love that? There are so many old bands and songs that totally bring me back. Like “Our House” by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Or “Danny’s Song” by Logging & Messina. Or “Mexico” by James Taylor. Or… You get the point. ;) Similarly, Billy Joel really reminds me of growing up on Long Island.

New & Improved: Kelly in the City Newsletter

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Okay. I know that this probably doesn’t necessitate a full post, but I am SO PROUD right now, haha. I’ve been working on designing and implementing a better newsletter for Kelly in the City since April (#truestory), and ladies and gentlemen, I just got it to work.

Granted, I took a few months off here and there because I was getting so frustrated, but today, the stars aligned and miracles took place. A big thank you to Jess for her incredible design skills, Mitch for helping me with the popup, Shawn for explaining CSS & Javascript Toolbox and helping me with the coding, and Blair for her extraordinary advice.

The Catch Up Game

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Julie Brown Cardigan and Dress c/o (Dress is old, but love the new line!) / Kendra Scott Necklace c/o / C.Wonder Pumps (Old, similar here) / Earrings c/o Tuckernuck / J.Crew Bracelet (Old, newer version here) / Kate Spade Sunglasses (Old, similar here and here) / Vera Bradley Leather Clutch c/o

I had an amazing summer. I really did. And I have zero regrets about the trips I took and the time I spent away from the computer. But–just as I’d expected I would–I’ve fallen completely behind, and I’m kind of freaking out.

Yesterday, I sat down at my desk at 8 a.m., and didn’t leave it until 1 a.m. this morning. I mean, I took Noodle on a few walks and broke for lunch and dinner, but besides that, I just pumped out as much work (and work-related correspondence) as humanly possible in 17 hours.