The Coach Court Bag

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Coach Bag (A birthday present from my parents! Thank you so much, guys. I love it!) / Lilly Pulitzer Sweater (Also available on eBay) / Daniel Wellington Watch (c/o — Use code “Kellyinthecity” to take 15 percent off your order now until the end of October) / Sperry Topsiders (Cuter style here!) / Lilly Pulitzer Necklace (Available on eBay) / Ralph Lauren Oxford / Kate Spade Sunnies (Old, newer styles here*) / Blank NYC Cords (Similar here) / J.Crew Earrings

*Have you heard? Saks Fifth Avenue’s Friends & Family Sale is going on now! Use code “FRNFAM” to take 25 percent off your order now until Oct. 19th.  Someone get these. And…


Last Wednesday, my parents surprised me and flew into Chicago for my birthday. (Yes, they’re awesome.) I think one of the best parts of that night was realizing–a good 20 minutes after the big reveal–that they were staying through the weekend. I really couldn’t believe it. :)

Some highlights from the trip:

  • Getting kicked out of the Lincoln Park Zoo (Apparently five-pound puppies are not allowed!)
  • All-you-can-eat sushi at Sushi Para II (Mom and I almost didn’t make it)
  • A two-hour-long breakfast date downtown (with Noodle in my bag)
  • Watching the ND game at Kelly’s Pub (Where these photos were taken)
  • Sneaking Noodle into my parents’ hotel
  • Summer House (Obviously!)
  • Celebrating Mitch’s birthday at the Emigs’ (Gabby’s family! Such a blast… Happy birthday, Mitch!)
  • Dinner at Lawry’s (Goodness)
  • Setting up Sonos
  • Corcoran’s
  • Uber rides (How many did we take?!)
  • French toast at Jam ‘n Honey
  • Naps on the couch with Noods
  • Shopping at Barbour and Barker & Meowsky
  • Scenic walks through Lincoln Park to Old Town
  • Homeslice (Typical, right?)

Clearly, a whole lot of eating, haha. ;) But seriously–so many laughs and amazing memories! (Scroll down to see photos from the trip.) I’m pretty sad it’s all over, but I’m headed home next week… so my eyes are on the prize!

Love you so much, Mom and Dad. Thanks for everything.

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Photos from the Visit:

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  • Susan

    I don’t think Noodle could be more sweet. She’s settled in and become part of your family!
    Your parents! Oh how wonderful of them to surprise you. It’s just what you needed to get by before going home. So thrilled to see you made the most of every moment.

  • Hunter

    This looks like the perfect Birthday weekend! I can’t believe you got kicked out of the zoo for having Noodle with you haha!

    Prep on a Budget

  • I’m not usually a huge fan of Coach pieces, but I love how simple and classic this bag is!

    The Style Scribe

  • So happy Bday !! i bet you enjoy the visit a lot ;) and I love the lilly sweater

  • Looks like such a fun time!

    Liz @
    A sweater giveaway on the blog from Mickey & Jenny (2 winners will be announced!)

  • How fun! You are blessed with an awesome set of parents! So glad your 30th was one for the books!!


    Sensibly Sharp
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  • Bag – yes, gorgeous! But the sweater… Ohh I’m in love with this croco sweater! <3

  • Meagan

    What fun! I am so glad you got to spend some time with your parents! Love your new birthday bag!

  • Kelly’s is the PERFECT place to watch ND games. Go Irish!

  • So happy you had a wonderful birthday weekend with your parents (except for getting kicked out of the zoo). Your adventures and pictures make me miss Chicago, I might need to book a flight sooner rather than later.


  • Looks like Noodle is quite the hit with your family! :)

    I’m glad you had such a wonderful birthday! Looks like you had a blast!

  • What a fun bday!

  • mimih

    Kelly I’ve only been following your blog for a short time but I just LOVE your style. And your Noodle too :) But being a woman of a certain age don’t always feel confidant trying some of your looks. Seeing your Mom during her visit , you should talk her into blogging!! She looks just fab and now I know where you get your good taste from!! Until then I’ll live vicariously through you LOL! Keep up the great work.

  • The Court bag is definitely a wonderful birthday surprise – your parents visiting you could have been a gift in itself, but they really out did themselves! Love that you take Noodle literally everywhere, and got kicked out of the zoo. too funny!