The Thing About Love.

J.Crew Regent Blazer-21

J.Crew Regent Blazer-21

Sole Society Pumps c/o (Also available at Nordstrom) / J.Crew Blazer (Old, similar here. And I love the Regent Blazer!), Striped Turtleneck and Toothpick Jeans (Also love this version!) / Lo & Sons Bag (Borrowed from Jess) / Kendra Scott Bracelet c/o / Amelia Rose Bracelet c/o / Kate Spade Sunnies (Old, similar here and here)

I’ve definitely worn my fair share of pink on the blog over the last few weeks in honor of Valentine’s Day, as the time leading up to the holiday is a fun excuse to do so. But I’m taking a little break from my Valentine’s Day blog silliness to actually reflect on my experience with love… and not just mindlessly wear another pink sweater. (Though don’t worry: yet another pink sweater coming to Kelly in the City tomorrow, haha. Rose Quartz, after all, is the Pantone Color of the Year. Or at least one of ’em.)

Guest Bathroom Tour

Kelly in the City Guest Bathroom-19

Kelly in the City Guest Bathroom-19

The other day, Mitch and I were joking that our tiny guest bathroom is literally the only room in the house that we aren’t changing in some way. The master bedroom and bathroom are gut-renovation jobs, and we plan on remodeling the living room fireplace, moving the guest room door so we can turn the office into a third bedroom, refinishing the kitchen cabinetry and replacing the kitchen countertops. Sheesh! But the guest room bathroom? We adore it. (Even though it doesn’t have a window and is therefore pretty challenging to photograph!) So today, I thought I’d highlight something that we don’t want to change. :)

Because let us not forget that one bathroom on the Upper East Side that essentially was the kitchen, too. (Ew.) Or the other one in the East Village that exploded. (As horrible as it sounds.) Or that extra special one in the West Village that was infested with cockroaches. (Don’t worry; got out of that place quickly.)

Downtown Chicago

J.Crew Light Pink Cocoon Coat-26

J.Crew Light Pink Cocoon Coat-26

Sole Society Pumps c/oJ.Crew Cocoon Coat (On sale! Also love this version, and the pink “Lady Day Coat,” which I wore in this recent post. Also: Factory version here, and nearly identical coat from Nordstrom here!) / LOFT Sweater (On sale! I have this one, too, and I LOVE it! I went up a size in both for an oversized look, FYI.) / Henri Bendel Satchel c/o (Same bag in light pink here, and LOVE this white one!) / Hudson Jeans c/o / Margaret Elizabeth Necklace c/oTory Burch Logo Studs / Kate Spade Sunglasses (Old, similar here, here and here)

I know, right? Another day, another post of Kelly wearing a Cocoon Coat and an oversized sweater. I did, however, try really hard last week to mix things up during the “heat wave” with this purple coat, this striped bow topthis hot pink coat, this leopard coat and this pink puffer vest. But a girl only has so many truly warm outerwear options for real #Chiberia weather in February.

Sadly, we’re back to freezing temperatures in the city, so I’m in my warmest gear once again. Lots of snow overnight, so it’s actually a Canada Goose and Sorel day for sure! (#Sadness)

In other news:

Weekend Recap

J.Crew Toothpick White Stretch Jeans-8

J.Crew Toothpick White Stretch Jeans-5

Banana Republic Sweater c/o / J.Crew Toothpick Jeans / Tory Burch Earrings / Louis Vuitton Tote (Buy here, here or here) / Lands’ End Booties (And Sole Society just came out with a navy leather pair — SO cute! Available here, too. So many great additional options as well!) / Crystal Bracelet (Old, similar here) / C.Wonder Tortoise Bracelet (Old, other favorite tortoise bracelet here) / Kate Spade Sunglasses (Old, similar here, here and here)

Yawwwwwn. Anyone else feeling the effects of the weekend this morning?

A little rundown of the last few days:

Friday Date Night

Sole Society Jenn Leopard-20

Sole Society Jenn Leopard-17

Julie Brown Coat c/o (But this coat in “Neon Flame” is a great alternative! I’m wearing it in this post and this post, too.)  / Crystal Bracelet (Old, super similar here) / Tory Burch Logo Studs / Sole Society Pumps c/o / SheInside Sweater c/oGap Jeans c/o (I’m wearing the “short” version — No more cuffing! I’m around 5’4–or 5’5 on a good day–for reference.) / Rebecca Minkoff Bag c/o

I love that Mitch and I reserve most Friday evenings for ourselves. It was pretty chilly last night, so we just walked around the corner to a couple of neighborhood bars and restaurants, but it was seriously one of the best Friday Date Nights we’ve ever had. We caught up with each other about our days as we always do–Mitch had a professional development day at another school, and I was working on a couple of upcoming projects–and we also talked extensively about just how lucky we are.

Chicago Eats: Cindy’s Rooftop

Cindy's Rooftop Chicago Athletic Association Dine by Tasting Table-12

Cindy's Rooftop Chicago Athletic Association Dine by Tasting Table-12

Last Saturday, my Chicago girlfriends and I had brunch at Cindy’s, which is located on the rooftop level of the Chicago Athletic Hotel on Michigan Avenue. I’d attended a Veuve Clicquot event there over the summer, and completely fell in love with the space and knew I’d have to come back with Mitch or friends. I mean, just look at this! If I were engaged right now, I would totally want to get married there. (Not that the Chicago Athletic Hotel would be in the cards, haha.)

Mitch’s (Really Funny) Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

valentine's day gifts for guys

valentine's day gifts for guys

One // Two (Also loves this one!) // Three (Also available here) // Four //
Five // Six // Seven // Eight // Nine // Ten
Eleven // Twelve // Thirteen // Fourteen // Fifteen

preppy shoes for men

Sixteen // Seventeen // Eighteen

So this is the cutest: Mitch put together a post for Kelly in the City! Above are his best recommendations for what to get your guy for Valentine’s Day if you’re scrambling at the last minute. (Valentine’s Day is 10 days away, so there’s still time to order and get your gift in time. But time’s running out… so do it now!)

A few (adorable) explanations from Mitch about his gift guide: