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Why I Took a Break (and What I’m Doing to Fix Things)

I’m sitting at a nearby coffee shop, simply staring at my laptop screen. (Have you ever done that before? Tried to sit down to work, but just ended up staring at your computer like it’s a Magic Eye puzzle? *Pats self on the back for the stellar 90s reference.*) And then, suddenly, the tears start. Nothing too crazy; just a couple of ’em. But they’re there, and I realize that I’ve been doing things… all wrong.

New York Public Library

Sanctuary Sweater (Back in stock! Wore this all break, as it goes with anything and you can wash it. It’s also available here, though it’s weirdly not on sale. I also love this one and this one.) / Lysse Suede Leggings (I adore Lysse leggings. See other faves below.) / Black Booties (Best booties ever and they’re still on sale. The shearling-lined pair is on sale, too!) / Burberry Scarf (And the Snood is back in stock! It’s marketed for girls, but it totally works for women and it’s a fraction of the cost. I wore it hereThe rain boots are back, too! I wore them here, here and here.) / Goyard Tote

I have about 10 minutes to write, so let’s dive into another bullet point post, shall we?

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!

Christmas in New York

J.Crew Coat (Also available here and here.) / Goyard Tote (Early xmas present from Mitch! Using it as a baby bag. Also available here and here.) / Burberry Scarf (But LOVE the more affordable snood, which is marketed for girls but totally works for women! It’s on Zappos, too.) / Sam Edelman Booties / Suede Leggings / Barbour Hat c/o Tuckernuck / Other Outfit: Ferragamo Pumps (Flat version here.) / Cooper & Ella Blouse c/o / Emma is wearing: Bow Coat / Bear Hat

Keeping today’s post short and sweet, as it’s Christmas Eve. ;) I took very few photos over the last few days, but a few highlights:

A Month (or Two) in NYC?


Ruffle Blouse (On sale! I’m wearing an XS for reference. Love this more casual ruffled tee, too. Also: Tuckernuck’s sale has been extended! They’ve always been known for a good ruffle, haha.) / Rag & Bone Jeans (Mine are sold out, but these are VERY similar. I also love these from Paige. As you know, I’m a Rag & Bone “Capri” convert, haha.) / J.Crew Pumps (Sold out, but here are some amazing plaid holiday shoe options: one / two / three / four / five — And more below! #OMG) / J.Crew Coat (Particularly love it in “Sandstone.” Also available here. If you need sizing help, I’d say the coat is pretty generous. I’m wearing a size 0, and I have a lot of room for sweaters.) / Similar Necklace / Louis Vuitton Tote / Monica Vinader Bracelet c/o

Shop plaid pumps:

Mitch and I spent a couple of days last week in New York, and it was so great. Going back is always bittersweet; a mixture of so many emotions. I have to admit that my plan was to live in NYC forever… and meeting Mitch–who eventually led me to Chicago–threw me for a loop. ;) It goes without saying, though, that I’m ecstatic my little plan didn’t work out. (Really ecstatic.) But man: it always feel good to go home.

While we were there, we decided that we missed New York a little too much. So we came up with yet another plan: in a year, we’re going to rent an apartment there. We’ll probably only do it for a month or so, but we’ve come to the realization that while we know we can’t live in NYC full-time, going back for a few days here and there just isn’t enough. And while there are logistics to work out, they aren’t as complicated as we thought they’d be!

Snapshots from NYC

Kelly in the City NYC-12

I’m flying back to Chicago tomorrow morning, and couldn’t be more excited. Before I left, I was feeling pretty down and out–and overwhelmed–about the house, but now I’m feeling completely rejuvenated about the whole thing. Amazing what a little time away from a stressful situation can do for a person, huh?!

Off the Shoulder in New York

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Banana Republic Top c/o (Similar styles below) / Soludos Navy Wedges c/o (Also available here and here) / J.Crew Jeans (I’m wearing the maternity version) / Louis Vuitton Bag (Buy here, here and here) / Monica Vinader Bracelet c/o / Similar Sunglasses

I hope you guys had an amazing Memorial Day Weekend! Mine was definitely one for the books: my childhood best friend, Katie, got married (and I was a bridesmaid!); I was reunited with Mitch; and our last visit home to New York before Baby Larkin is currently in progress.