Seraphine

Seraphine Maternity Tank-26

Seraphine Maternity Tank-26

Seraphine Nursing Tank c/o (Brand also available at Nordstrom) / Paige Jeans (Similar here on sale) / Old Navy Jacket c/o (Old, but love this jacket and this vest! So many more options available here.) / Sole Society Flats c/o (Also available here) / Helen Ficalora Necklace c/o (Similar here,here and here) / Louis Vuitton Tote (MM) / Similar BraceletSimilar Sunglasses / Pearl Earrings

Guys. It’s been so long since we really “talked.” I have a bunch of more personal posts coming up: one about our first few weeks with Emma; another about my thoughts on being a first-time mom; a “Life Lately” post; a third trimester feature, which I never got around to publishing; a “recovery” piece; a baby registry/newborn essentials post; and a “what I actually used from my hospital bag” article. But for now, I need to be honest:

New Styles Added!

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I’m wearing: Lilly Pulitzer Elsa Top (So many on sale here!), J.Crew Jeans and Tory Burch Sandals (Gold available here and here) / Emma’s wearing: Lilly Pulitzer Baby Shift (Others available here; also check out the girls’ sale section)

This Just In: New Styles Added!

What an eventful Monday! And Tuesday’s shaping up to be pretty exciting, too: new styles were just added to the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale! Shop my favorites above.

Live Feed: Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale

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7:30 pm: Hellloooo! I have to say: there haven’t been many updates, with the exception of a flash sale for a cosmetics bag and a wrap. I’m definitely planning on scrolling through the remaining items tonight and tomorrow, as I’m assuming there’s still some pretty great stuff on the market. ;) Did any of you guys go back for seconds?!

Also: What are your plans for tonight? Mitch, Emma and I are headed out for our first family dinner. (We’ve been out a considerable amount over the last 2.5 weeks, but this will be our first dinner as just the three of us. So excited!)

Set Your Alarms…

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lilly pulitzer marlowe dress-11

Lilly Pulitzer “Marlowe” Dress  It’s included in the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale! (Zappos has it, tooAlso available via Lilly here, and Zappos has a ton of other prints in the Marlowe) / Tory Burch Sandals (Also available hereSome styles on sale!) / Vineyard Vines Clutch c/o (Old, but super similar here and newer styles here) / Similar Sunglasses

Quick post today, as my frizzy hair and I are soaking up every bit of this rainy weekend with the little family. We had an eventful and super fun Friday night with friends, but took yesterday easy and spent the day roaming the city alone. Today, we’re hoping to catch the Chicago Air and Water Show, and go see Wilco play downtown. But we’ll see! It all depends on whether Emma’s feelin’ it. ;)

But GUYS: Set your alarms and remember to log into your Lilly Pulitzer accounts today/tonight, and make sure they’re up to date! The brand’s After Party Sale starts tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. ET, and it’s the best sale of the year, in my opinion. Get the details and read my tips for most effectively shopping the sale here. I’m shopping for breastfeeding-friendly tops and t-shirt dresses, and (of course) baby girl shifts. (Maybe some in larger sizes for next summer, too?! Emma’s first summer in Ocean City. I can’t wait!)

Tips for Shopping the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale

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tips for shopping the lilly pulitzer after party sale

It’s time to break out your wallets, Ladies. (And Mitch. Now you have two girls, hehe.) Because the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale officially starts this Monday, August 22nd… and shipping is free. (Eeee!) The sale will start at 8 a.m. ET and it’ll end at 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday, August 23rd. In my opinion, it’s the best sale of the year, and it shouldn’t be missed. So, as always, I’m back with some tips and tricks for shopping the sale. If I missed anything, be sure to comment in the comment section below. I’d love to hear your thoughts and advice!

The First Outfit Post

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Sole Society Jenn-100

Leota Dress c/o (Also available here) / Sole Society Pumps c/o / GiGi New York Bag c/o / Kendra Scott Bracelet c/o (Other colors here) / Helen Ficalora Necklace c/o (Similar here, here and here)

First of all, I can’t thank you guys enough for your kind messages regarding Tuesday’s personal post. :) I received a few requests for a “part two” post about recovery, and I hope to publish that sometime next week. So stay tuned! Until then, though, I’ll say this: over the last two weeks, I’ve learned the importance of patience. My body did something absolutely amazing over the last nine months, and it’s a bit unreasonable to expect it to immediately return to its original state.

How to Host & Entertain Guests Without Breaking the Bank

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American Express Entertain at Home-13

Entertaining at home is a great way to save money while hosting houseguests! These photos were taken right before a brunch with the parents.

Last month was a crazy time for us. Yes, we were about to have a baby and we were simultaneously finishing up some massive home renovations, but we also had five sets of guests come to stay with us in quick succession. Before we jump all over the guests, though, please know that I wanted them to come. Yes, in hindsight, running a mini bed & breakfast in my last month of pregnancy probably added a bit to the stress and the never-ending to-do lists… and perhaps I should have asked everyone to push their trips back a few months. But every single guest asked multiple times whether I was sure I was okay with them coming, and I told every single one “yes.” :)

Emma’s Delivery Story

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The moment I met Emma: my favorite photo ever.

Hi, everyone! It’s been a while, huh? Today is the first day I’m sitting down to the computer for a couple of hours since Emma’s arrival on August 3rd. :) Before I start, though, a huge thank you goes out to Mitch for maintaining the blog and managing my email and social accounts for the last couple of weeks. As Emma was six days late, we had a lot of time to write and schedule content, and Mitch was SUCH a help. He even wrote some blog posts! (You can read them here, here and here.) Thank you, Love!

Over the next few days, I’m going to be sharing so much about our first two weeks with Little Emma. But today, I want to tell the story of the beginning. Because next to the day I married Mitch, August 3rd was undoubtedly the most special day of my entire life.

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I know I talked about this on the blog in July, but I was kind of an emotional mess during my third trimester. And part of my distress definitely came from anxiety over childbirth. There were a few things that contributed to my fears: seeing dramatizations of traumatic births on televison and movies as a child; allowing my imagination to run wild; and hearing way too many horror stories from friends, acquaintances and complete strangers. Today, though, I’m here to share an extremely positive experience, and hopefully alleviate others’ fears of childbirth as a result. Because I have to say: Emma’s delivery was incredible, and not at all traumatic. And from what my doctors and nurses told me, it was a very run-of-the-mill delivery, too!

How to Build a Farmhouse Table

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how to build a farmhouse table

I know Kelly said that she’d be resuming with regular blog content today, but she passed out early last night, so here’s good old Mitch Larkin again. (No, not the Olympic swimmer. And yes, I cracked countless jokes this past week about having just had a baby and competing in Rio anyway. #Dedication)

Anyway, I’m going to be explaining how to build a farmhouse table on the blog today. But before I get started, don’t get any ideas that I’m some kind of super talented handyman guy. I struggle with the most basic DIY projects. A few examples: