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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?

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!)

Los Angeles

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This past week, Mitch and I did something crazy: we booked ourselves (and Emma) tickets to Los Angeles. We know next to nothing about the city, and we don’t have any accommodations yet. But it’s currently one degree here in Chicago, we haven’t taken a true vacation together in three years, and LA has been on both of our “travel lists” for a long time.

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? ;)

Emma’s First Christmas

I have a confession: my hard drive is full. The reason? Emma photos. (Surprise, surprise.) She’s growing and changing so much that I just can’t help myself. I want to remember everything! But note to self: next week will be spent backing up my photos and getting rid of that “spinning wheel of death.”

Traveling with Less

CeCe Sweater and Ponte Pants c/o Macy’s / Similar Booties here, here and here / Similar Bracelet

By the time that we arrive back in Chicago on January 2nd, the Larkin Family will have been on the road for over two weeks. Seventeen days, to be exact! While I normally pack WAY too much for our holiday trips, I was really good about it this year, and packed only four sweaters and four pairs of shoes, since sweaters and shoes tend to take up the most space in my suitcase. Yes, running this blog is a bit challenging while living out of a suitcase for over two weeks, but I’ve been astounded by how much easier traveling has been when I simply bring less.