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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.


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!

Mitch’s Glorious Gift Guide for Guys


Mitch here! Pardon the Grizzly Adams appearance, but fatherhood, full-time teaching and part-time “blog husbanding” have clearly taken their toll on my appearance. To my mother and mother-in-law: I’m sorry, Ladies. I’m sorry for screwing up the Christmas card photos and for scaring your friends. I promise that by Christmas, I’ll have this taken care of.

Summer Fashion by Mitch

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Old Navy Shorts in Nantucket Red and Green (Similar here and here) / Cubs Hat / Old Navy Short-Sleeved Striped Shirt (Sold out, similar here) / Old Navy Short-Sleeved Plaid Oxford / Old Navy Sandals / Striped Mug (Also available here) / Apple Watch

Hello again! Unfortunately for you, I’m back, and I’m writing about summer fashion today. On a scale of one to 10, I’d rank my fashion sense at around “zero,” but below you’ll find some bad style advice from a 30-something-year-old guy whose wife runs a fashion blog. This should be good.

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

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

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Sixteen // Seventeen // Eighteen

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]o 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:

Mitch in the City: Stock Manufacturing and Trumbull Rhodes

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Stock Manufacturing Shirt c/o / Daniel Wellington Watch c/o / Trumbull Rhodes Tie c/o / J.Crew Khakis / Unknown Belt (Hehe.) / Sperrys

** Labor Day Sales **

Can we give it up for Mitch for a moment? Because let’s be serious: I highly doubt that the guy ever thought he’d be modeling on a style blog. Yet he’s such a trooper, and I think this post is a good representation of what an amazing and supportive person he is. And isn’t he just the cutest?!

Mitch in the City: Tommy Bahama Menswear

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On Mitch:

Tommy Bahama Shorts and Sweatshirt c/o / L.L.Bean Shirt c/o / Original Penguin Sandals (Love this pair, too.) / Ray-Ban Sunglasses (Borrowed from Neal)

On Me:

Tommy Bahama Shirt and Sandals c/o / Kate Spade Sunglasses (Old, similar here and here) and Bracelet (Old, similar here) / Madewell Jeans (Also love J.Crew’s white skinnies!) / J.Crew Tote (Borrowed from Jess) / Moon and Lola Earrings c/o Tuckernuck / Helen Ficalora Necklace c/o / Daniel Wellington Watch c/o

(See my full look here.)

First of all, a huge congratulations goes out to Mitch, who finished his eighth year of teaching (and first year of teaching in Chicago) yesterday. I’m so proud of him. Teaching in the inner city is an extremely demanding job on all fronts, and switching schools (and cities) is beyond stressful and emotionally taxing. While the year had its fair share of ups and downs, Mitch did an amazing job with his students. He helped them jump two grade levels and pass the state math exam–something they struggled with in years past. He also formed some amazing bonds with his kids, and made math fun.

L.L.Bean Signature Instagram Takeover

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L.L.Bean Signature Gingham Shirt, Clutch and Wedges (c/o) / J.Crew Jeans and Pearl Earrings / Kate Spade Sunnies (Old, newer styles here) / Daniel Wellington Watch (c/o, use code “kellyinthecity15” to take 15 percent off your order!)

Some very exciting news over here on! Tomorrow, I’m taking over the L.L.Bean Signature Instagram account, which is essentially a dream come true for this preppy blogger. I’ll be posting from Friday to Sunday, and taking followers on a little tour of Chicago. :) I’m beyond excited!

Follow along on the Signature Insta account (as well as mine and Noodle’s), and check the blog for more in-depth coverage. For now, though, here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the making of my first post! (And here!)