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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.

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? ;)

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:

Shopping Small with Emma (And an Update!)

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I’ll be the first to admit that when I shop for Emma, I generally shop online out of convenience. But once or twice every month, I make sure to get out into my neighborhood–the DePaul section of Lincoln Park, Chicago–and shop local. For the most part, the kids’ stuff is far cuter than what I find online, and as I keep mentioning, I think it’s so important to support our neighborhood businesses!

Recently, I discovered the magic of the Bumbo seat. I’ll be honest and say that Emma’s only happy in it for about 15 minutes, but it’s awesome for when I need to be hands-free for a little while… or for when I want to shoot an impromptu photo session with her, haha. (What? I can’t help myself. Look at those cheeks! Need to document the adorableness.) Earlier this week, I realized I didn’t have enough Christmas photos of Emma. (KIDDING. I have a ton. But I really wanted some of her under our tree.) So I dressed Little Miss Emma in the sweetest check-print monogrammed dress from a local store, sat her in the Bumbo, wrapped her up in a seasonal tartan blanket, and watched the magic unfold. Can you get over the sweetness of the above photo? So much wonderment. :)

So Much to Say…

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Glossy Hunter Boots (Matte version here, glossy short version here, and matte short version here and here. And I love these in “Pale Mint.”) / Hunter Boot Socks (Here’s the classic fleece version. And I love the cable knit short version as well as the fleece short version. And have you seen this insulated pair?!) / Canada Goose Jacket (Also love the shorter version and this version.) / Rag & Bone Jeans (Also love the black and gray versions.) / Burberry Scarf (Have you seen this?! It totally fits adults!) / Pocket Sweater / Barbour Hat (Similar here, here, and here.)

Well, it’s officially winter here in Chicago! Last December was really warm, so I have to admit that the cold and snow comes as a bit of a shock to me this year. But hey: it’s super Christmassy, wouldn’t you say?!

A few very random things on my mind this afternoon:

The 2016 Winter Guide!

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Read the Guide!

Ladies and gentlemen (Dad?), the moment Jess and I have been waiting for has finally arrived: our 2016 Winter Guide is live! Before I go on, though, I just want to take a moment to appreciate and call out Jess’ hard work on this enormous undertaking, and tell you a quick story.