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Mitch & Family Visit Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium

Mitch here!

If you read this post, you know that I’m trying my hand at blogging to help out. This is both fun and hilarious for me, as A) I’ve always enjoyed writing, and B) I really never thought I’d be writing for a site that focuses on women’s fashion. But, you know. You take what life throws you!

(Anyone interested in hearing me explain the difference between a dress and a skirt?)

But let’s get back to it before I lose my job.

I have a few confessions to make:

Bridge House Tavern

This is a pre-scheduled post. I’m on vacation!

Dolce Vita Boots c/o (LOVE them. And they’re on sale! Such a great alternative to the Stuart Weitzmans, which also come in navy, as I’m not nervous to wear them. They also come in a heeled version.) / Rag & Bone Jeans (They’re the best–super stretchy yet don’t bag or stretch out–but I had to have them hemmed. Also love these.) / Bobeau Cable-Knit Sweater (Also love this one and this one, which I wore here.) / UppaBaby Stroller and Car Seat c/o

These photos were taken at (and across from) Bridge House Tavern in downtown Chicago this past fall. It was another favorite day, and I can’t believe I’m just getting around to sharing the photos now. Mitch and I stumbled upon the restaurant while walking around with Emma one night, and the food, service and atmosphere were absolutely amazing. Go when it’s warm; it’s one of the first things we’re doing once spring arrives!

Going Home with Baby

Warning: I get a little sentimental at the bottom of this post, but you HAVE to watch the video!

The Larkin Family, as you know, had quite the travel schedule during the holidays. Over the course of 17 days, we drove from Chicago to Bucks County, Pennsylvania… and then to Long Island, New York… and then to NYC… and then to Lake Bloomington, Illinois. While long car rides in a Prius with a five-month-old are never easy, this road trip was particularly difficult because of the weather. We battled heavy fog, several snow and ice storms, and a tornado. (As it turned out, we were several miles away when it hit, but it was terrifying at the time.) Needless to say, we’re going to try to simplify things next year–whether that means flying and giving everyone gift cards for Christmas, cutting out presents all together, or making two stops and two stops only. (Many options have been discussed with our families; we’ll see!)

A Few Thoughts

Lilly Pulitzer Pants (these are my new obsession, and lots of prints are currently part of the After Party Sale!), Off-the-Shoulder Top (Part of the sale in white and pink!) and Baby Shift (Shop the little girls’ sale section here. Last day!) / Jack Rogers Sandals c/o (Exact style here, here, here and here.) / Vineyard Vines Clutch c/o (Super similar here, on sale!)

Update:

The top that I’m wearing in this post was just added to the sale (in white and pink)! :) My pants are also included (in different prints).

New Styles Added!

How did everyone make out at the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale?! I know that shoppers were a bit frustrated with the tech troubles yesterday, but it seems like everyone was eventually able to get onto the site and shop… which was the end goal, right?! :) And I love that there’s still a ton of amazing merchandise available. Two other sites that are also offering big savings on Lilly right now are Zappos and its little sister, 6pm.com. I was really impressed with their competitive pricing as well as their selection!

In case you’re wondering, I picked up this silk top, these pants (THE BEST — wearing them in today’s post), this no-iron Elsa, and this lace top for my upcoming trips to Charleston (late February) and L.A. (April). I almost bought this navy blue dress, but I find myself wearing dresses less and less as a new mom, so decided against it in the end. Did you guys score anything you’re excited about?! At various points today, I’ll be checking in and updating this post with any important information about the last day of the sale. You can also follow along on my Facebook page!

But back to real life, bullet point-style. :)

LIVE FEED: Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale

The Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale starts today at 8 a.m. ET! Are you ready?!

Lilly Pulitzer Cashmere Sweater and Murfee Scarf (Old, but have you seen the new scarves?! There’s a Chicago one! And there’s a Philly one. KIM! I guess it’s time for you to turn preppy…) / Rag & Bone Jeans / Stuart Weitzman Boots (Also available here in navy) / Emma’s Baby Shift

9:45 p.m. ET:

Even more styles have been added to the sale! My favorites are this dress in the ever-popular “Ugotta Regatta” print, this popover, this maxi dress (WOW!) and this shift. See?! Told you everyone would get a chance to shop! Even those coming home from work super, super late. (My heart goes out to you. Buy a Lilly dress and go to bed. ;)

Even more styles added!

Tips for Shopping the January Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale

Lilly Pulitzer Pants, Off-the-Shoulder Top and Baby Shift (After Party Sale has been scheduled! See below for details.) / Very Troubled Child Nautical Weekender c/oLands’ End Bedding c/o (Also love this duvet, and this one, this one and this one.) / Birch Lane Night Stands (Long dresser and tall dresser also available, which we have. I also love these night stands!) / L.L.Bean Bed and Rug c/o / Target Gingham Sheets (But in love with these, these, these and these.) / Similar Chinoiserie Lamps (And currently obsessed with this one! My friend Mackenzie’s store is my favorite place to score awesome Chinoiserie, by the way!) / Birch Lane Bench

First of all, please excuse the grainy photos featured this post. (Can we just say they’re “artsy” and call it a day?!) We shot them right after the sun when down, and the room was nearly pitch black. I’m constantly amazed at what tripods can accomplish. (Fun fact: I shot these photos in even darker conditions. This is my favorite tripod!)

Secondly, we’ve yet to decorate the master bedroom. When construction was completed last spring, I just didn’t have it in me. But I’m ready! Do you have any suggestions? I know we need to hang art over the bed, place some plants around the room, and get some pillows for the bench. But all other recommendations are welcomed!

Anyway, if you missed it, the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale is scheduled for tomorrow, January 5th, at 8 a.m. ET and it’ll run until Friday, January 6th at 1 p.m. ET. ARE YOU READY?! Okay, that sounded intense. It’s just a sale. It’s also January, and you really can’t wear Lilly in January unless you’re going on vacation or live in the South. (If you live in the South, will you adopt me? PLEASE?) But this is one of the biggest sales of the season, and it’s the only sale that’ll get you discounted Lilly in time for spring/summer, as the other sale occurs in August. (Plus, there’s usually a lot of cold-weather wear offered during the January sale, too!)

So let’s get right to it:

Kelly’s Tips for Shopping the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale:

Year in Review

This was when I was so nervous about Baby Larkin that I wouldn’t highlight my hair. Yikes. ;) (Read my Guide to Buying Hunter Boots!)

Oy. Another late post. 2017 is off to a rocky start, haha.

Anyway:

One of the reasons I love blogging so much is that it almost serves as a little diary. When looking back on 2016, it’s easy for me to sum up my year in a sentence or two: “2016 was great! Emma was born!”

But when I scrolled through my posts (which, yes, took a while), I was amazed by just how much occurred. So I thought I’d take myself on a trip down Memory Lane today. WARNING: This post is crazy long, and if you somehow make it to the bottom, you deserve a gold star. ;)

But here’s my year in review!