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10 Things You Don’t Know About Noodle

This post was sponsored by Universal Pictures’ new film A Dog’s Purpose, but all opinions are my own. As always, thank you so much for supporting the partnerships that keep Kelly in the City up and running!

Similar Gingham Shirt / Similar Vest here, herehere and here / L.L.Bean Boots (Dying to try these!) / Rag & Bone Jeans / Camp Socks (Also available here, here and here) / Lands’ End Scarf (Old, but how cute is this Ralph Lauren one and this one from Lands’ End?!) / Vineyard Vines Hat

Oh, Noodle. If you read her New Year’s resolutions post, you may have picked up on the little fact that she can sometimes be like a mini version of Marley. She’s eaten quite a few pairs of Tory Burch Millers and Jack Rogers Navajos; she much prefers peeing inside instead of out (Meg Hall, I know you feel my pain); barking is her #1 favorite activity, and she can be mighty sneaky. She also has–as my friends say–her fair share of mental issues: she’s terrified of plastic bags, she has a major case of #strangerdanger, and she loves blondes. Like, really, really loves blondes. Just ask my friend Kit. Major girl crush on her. ;)

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!

New Year’s Eve

J.Crew Coat (Also available here. I love it in red and “Sandstone,” too. Sizing: it runs slightly oversized, but that’s the look. I have my normal size, and while it’s roomy, I don’t think it looks too big. I can also fit big sweaters underneath it, which is awesome for Chicago winters!) / Rag & Bone Jeans (Here in black and here in white. Best jeans ever. As we all know, I’m obsessed. I’ve received a few questions about the “Capri” cut. I’m somewhere around 5’4 or 5’5, and they are kind of like ankle jeans. Definitely not real capris.) / Sorel Boots in “Umber.” (Also available here. They run a little short. I usually wear a 7.5, and took an 8 in them. I also have the Joan of Arctics, which you can find at either Nordstrom or Zappos, but only wear them when it’s like -20 degrees. I wore the ones I’m wearing in these pics in -10-degree weather and was fine. And have you seen these? They’re the shorter version and I think they’re so cute!) / Cable-Knit Sweater (So soft! And love this somewhat similar pocket sweater, which I have in white! Similar cable-knit in peplum here. Finally, I recently picked up this sweater in red, and this sweater in tan. I love how the first one hangs and I ADORE the crazy softness–and machine washability–of the second.) / Similar Hat c/o Tuckernuck (Shop the winter sale here, and see my picks here! Remember to use code “FINALSALE” to take an additional 25 percent off.) / J.Crew Scarf / Similar Mittens (On sale! Use code “FINAL SALE” to take an additional 25 percent off.)

Happy New Year!

Do you guys ever do “highs and lows”? When I was in college, my friends and I (even the boys!) used to go around the dinner table every night and share our “high and low” of the day. Okay, fine. I made everyone do it, because I saw it in a movie and thought it was adorable. My friends might disagree, but I swear it brought us closer and helped us reflect. Haha — thoughts, Fairfield Pals? ;)

Larkin Family Christmas with Noodle

Right before we left for the East Coast, Mitch and I drove our fam down to my in-laws’ lake house for a little weekend getaway. And Noodle stayed behind. We weren’t planning on leaving her with my mother- and father-in-law, but they graciously offered to take her to make our crazy holiday travel itinerary a bit less challenging, as our 12-hour drive back East for Thanksgiving had been VERY tough. (You guys are amazing. Thank you!) We love Noodle so much, but dachshunds, by nature, are a tricky breed. While they’re the funniest and most lovable dogs you’ll ever meet, they also require a ton of attention and tend to be mischievous and extremely needy. (Traveling with little Noods is–not surprisingly–pretty difficult.) It was really hard to leave our little hot dog behind, but we knew she’d be a LOT happier at the lake. The lake is, after all, her favorite place in the world, and she’s downright obsessed with my mother-in-law.

Happy Halloween

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Happy Halloween, guys! We’re taking Emma trick-or-treating tonight (which just means strolling her around in her costume), but we hosted our now-annual Halloween party this past Saturday night and I’m so excited to share pics. :)

A little something you should know about the Larkin fam: we do not have our acts together. Like, we try. We really do. But our lives are characterized by craziness. Whether we’re running late or buried in a month’s worth of laundry, we’re just a mess, haha. Here’s the thing, though: God invented Amazon, and now there are costumes for people who forget to buy ’em until two days before their own Halloween party. (Bravo, Larkins. Bravo.)

Beach Nights

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

SOREL Boots c/o / J.Crew Striped Turtleneck (also love this one and this one) and Vest (On major sale! Regular version — Furry version) / Rag & Bone Jeans (On sale! Best jeans I own! Run TTS and don’t stretch out.) / Southern Proper Hat c/o / Emma’s outfit is from Baby Gap

Our little family has had some amazing weekends lately. We’ve been so good about reserving days just for our little unit of four (Noodle included), and I can’t tell you how much I’ve loved it. I actually teared up on Montrose Beach last weekend when these photos were taken. As we were playing, I realized my mouth hurt because I was smiling so much. It was one of those moments, you know? Everything was perfect. And yes: I realize how ridiculously sappy and hokey I’m about to sound. But amidst the craziness of our lives right now, it’s so lovely to look past the mounds of laundry and all the late-night work sessions and the running around and the overflowing email inboxes… and appreciate the fact that while we may not have it all together, together we have it all.