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Hydrangea Desk Giveaway

Desk

I’m so excited about today’s post. I’m teaming up with iNSPIRE Q to give away the most beautiful campaign desk… in a color that really reminds me of hydrangeas! (Though I should note that the actual color is called “Blue Steel,” and if you win, you can select any of the 12 colors the desk comes in. But that’s neither here nor there, right?!)

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Celebrating 10 Years

Topaz Necklace, Sapphire Bracelet and Diamond Bracelet c/o / Scalloped Dress c/o / Scalloped SandalsClutch c/o (Old, but newer styles linked.)

This post was sponsored, but all opinions are my own. Thank you so much for supporting the partnerships that keep Kelly in the City up and running!

Once a teacher, I think you always view the calendar year as starting in September and ending in June. July and August are bonus months; much like weekends get tiny allotments in day planners, the summer months are totally separate, and you are a separate version of yourself when you’re in them. This is a post from a really long time ago, and it’s pretty embarrassing to look back on. ;) But read the John Updike quote. It’s one of my all-time favorites, and it’s exactly how Mitch and I feel about July and August. Anyone else feel similarly?!

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Recent Finds, Vol. 21

Sandals / Liberty London Skirt (Shop more Liberty London here! Love this scarf, and the famous shorts are back in stock. As is the top!) / Woven Tote c/o (Love this one, too!) / Polka Dot Scarf (Also available here.) / Burberry Sunglasses c/o / Jean Jacket (Also available here. And LOVE the white one!) / Scalloped Tank (Machine-washable!) / Lisi Lerch Earrings c/o (Available at Tuckernuck, too!) / Lip Gloss (in “Coral”)

Friends! I’m happy to report that the huarache sandals are JUST as fabulous as I’d hoped. I was a little nervous, only because there isn’t a J.Crew Factory very close to us, and I don’t love paying for return shipping. I know. It’s just $5. But there’s just something about paying for a return that irks me…

Before we get to outfit details, though, I should mention that these photos were snapped on Father’s Day. :) We kept things low-key and went on a long walk to Buck Town; had lunch at Northside, which has such a pretty outside space; and then walked back to Lincoln Park and got treats at Sweet Many B’s. Emma had a chocolate-dipped pretzel. Verdict? Likes pretzels. Hates chocolate. Come on, Emma! You’re a Larkin.

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Tiered Maxi Dress

Tiered Maxi Dress (Also love this one and this one!) / Basketweave Sandals / Initial Necklace / Woven Tote (Also love this one in navy, and considering getting this one!) / Sunglasses

Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a great Father’s Day Weekend. The Larkins spent it cruising around Buck Town and the Southport Corridor since the weather was perfect. Though funny story: Right after Mitch snapped these photos, the skies opened up and we got completely drenched, haha. That’s Chicago in the summer for ya!

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Life Lately, 6/17 (and a Giveaway!)

Seersucker Dress

It’s the weekend! We’re celebrating Mitch’s first Father’s Day. (Like you didn’t know, haha. We’ve written quite a few Father’s Day-related posts, huh? 😂) It’s been a super long time since we had a no-plans, family-only weekend, and I think we’re all itching for one. We’re also not working, since Mitch’s summer break starts on Tuesday at 4 p.m. — but who’s counting down the hours? ;) And #omg, I think I forgot to tell you: we’re going to a Cubs game next Wednesday to celebrate!

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Coffee Date with Mitch

Mitch here!

As Father’s Day is a few days away, it’s time for me to get real with you about something: Dads need coffee. Need. That’s why I’m teaming up with today’s sponsor, Keurig Green Mountain®, to promote quality coffee for all the dads out there in desperate need of caffeination.

Summer break starts on Tuesday at 4 p.m., so I’m feeling pretty upbeat right now. There’s sleep on the horizon! But as I type this, pre-break, I’m in rough shape. I’m working full-time, juggling two small businesses, attempting to help around the house, and trying to be a good husband and father. I’m having a lot of fun, but I’m still just as tired as I was the last time I complained to you in a Mitch post.

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