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Memorial Day Sales 2024

I swear, Memorial Day sales start earlier and earlier every year. 🤣 But I’m not complaining, because it’s the perfect time to stock up on all the discounted spring stuff you can wear during the summer! (And believe me, as someone who combed through three of my favorite sites for deals yesterday, there is a lot of stuff haha.) Have a great weekend, guys!

Patch Pocket Chino Short / Lady Tank Top / Toile Bathing Suit / Buckle Slides / Leather and Wicker Bag / Edie Bag / Button Down Dress / Liberty Midi Dress / Bow Back Tank Top / Canvas Slides

I’m loving the updated pockets on J.Crew’s famous chino shorts. The soft periwinkle color is SUPER pretty and unique, but they also come in olive, navy, and white. Out of everything on this collage, I think my favorite piece has to be the lady tank top. If you want to be dressy and cozy without overheating, there’s your winner! Toile—on a bathing suit?! Don’t mind if I do. This one-piece is extra flattering with the ruching on the torso and triangle top. I’m baffled by the price of these buckle slides. Seriously, why are they 50% off right before summer? The raffia version is extra cute too. I’m pretty sure this bag has made leather and wicker my new favorite combination. It also comes with a removable crossbody strap, so you’re basically getting two bags in one!

I can’t think of anything at J.Crew more classic than the famous Edie bag, and it’s also on crazy sale! A few blogger friends of mine have this button down dress—it’s definitely one of those that looks better on than laying down, and the four other colors are equally as tempting the denim! I’ve also seen a ton of bloggers in this tailored midi, and we all know I’m a sucker for Liberty of London. 😉 Act fast! It’ll be sold out before you know it. The back of this tank top is the best part, trust me. It’s so swingy and easy, you can wear it all summer long—in four different colors if you really want to! These canvas sandals are SO good you guys, and also 50% off, just like the other slides.

Short-Sleeve Lady Cardigan / Tiered Midi Dress / Linen Blouse / Scalloped Bow Mules / Tie-Shoulder One-Piece / Scalloped Athletic Skirt / Scalloped Polka Dot Slides /  Scalloped Midi Skirt / Striped Tank Top

Okay, nobody panic, but can you believe this SHORT-SLEEVE lady cardigan?! I’ll take ten. 😂 I’m still very loyal to my neutrals, but if you’re not going to have fun with colorful dresses in the summer, when will you, am I right? This dress has approximately a gazillion awesome reviews, too. On the exact other end of the spectrum is this timeless blouse with super pretty ruffles, made out of linen so it’s nice and breezy, even in, say, the Chicago humidity.

Scalloped! Bow! Mules! They’re just so chic. Me loving this swimsuit was inevitable, given that it’s blue and white. The Santorini inspiration and ties on the shoulder for flexible sizing sealed the deal. Now onto some more scallops—this perfectly preppy athletic skirt that almost makes me want to work out, the most adorable slides EVER, and a midi skirt that combines so many of my favorite things: blue and white, stripes, and scallops! On the subject of stripes, I’m obsessed with how versatile this tank top is. And it comes in five other colors!

Kick Crop Jeans / Woven Sandals / Transport Crossbody / Polka Dot Bathing Suit / Linen Mini Dress / Wide-Leg Crop Pant / Linen Midi Dress

Madewell denim is the BEST, and this style is popular for a reason! They’re ridiculously flattering and hit juuust right at the ankle bone. The white is now $70 off (I think haha), just in time for summer! These sandals are already a great price, but the sale makes them EVEN MORE affordable. You know that one pair of shoes you wear all season because you can slip in and out of them so quickly?! Mark my words, this is going to be them this summer. Oh my gosh, I love the Transport collection so much, and I really love how you can wear the small crossbody with anything to go anywhere. And it’s $50 off! Score.

I know polka dots aren’t for everyone, but this swimsuit is so classic, how could you not love it?! Plus, the high cut is supposed to elongate your legs and make you look taller—sign. me. up. How CUTE is this dress? It also comes in the prettiest light blue ever and a copper color. These pistachio pants remind me of one of my favorite year-round basics (IYKYK). I know I’ve leaned into neutrals, hard, in recent years, but the green is just so fun! I think I might be in love with the sleeves on this midi dress. And doesn’t it look so comfy?!

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Father’s Day Gifts 2024

HI GUYS. I’m feeling very ahead of the game for Father’s Day this year—can you believe I got this gift guide out a MONTH in advance?! Because I can’t. 🤣 Almost everything here is both owned and approved by Mitch, so you know they’ll be well received.

Mark & Graham Duffel / Ooni Pizza Oven / Kindle Paperwhite / Leather Belt / AirTags / Ember Smart Mug / Chemex Coffee Maker / Shep Shirt / Shinola Watch / Mark & Graham Money Clip Wallet / Solo Stove / Leatherman Multitool

Mark & Graham Duffel: Mark & Graham is one of our favorite brands, especially for personalized gifts. This duffel has everything—waxed canvas, leather handles, a bottom compartment for shoes, and of course, monograming. He’ll use it forever!

Ooni Pizza Oven: This is really a gift for the whole family—Father’s Day is just the excuse to buy it. 🤣 How much more fun (and delicious) would pizza night be with an actual pizza oven?!

Kindle Paperwhite: If he’s a reader and doesn’t have this yet, just know you’re about to change his life. All the books he could ever read, in one tiny device!

Leather Belt: Guys, is Amazon not the best? Mitch picked up this $46 leather belt a while back and wears it just about every day.

AirTags: I know—AirTags?! But trust me. Mitch is OBSESSED and has put them on just about everything we own. 😉 They’re the gift that keeps on giving!

Ember Smart Mug: This is the greatest mug, ever. It keeps your drink hot at your preferred temperature for up to 80 minutes, which means no more microwaving coffee after drop-off! Honestly, you might want to get one for yourself too.

Chemex Coffee Maker: Mitch bought this for himself a few years back and is a fan! Which is saying a lot because he’s the ultimate coffee snob. 😂 (Love you, Mitch!) The price point is great too.

Shep Shirt: You guys know we LOVE Shep shirts over here. (I just bought one in their new Dreamcloth and it totally lives up to the name!) If he’s going to wear sports apparel anyway, this is kind of as attractive as it gets haha.

Shinola Watch: If you’re going to splurge, this is the gift to get! Mitch was over the moon when Shinola reached out to partner a few years ago and he’s still just as in love with his watch as he was then…maybe more. 😉

Mark & Graham Money Clip Wallet: What is it with guys and their wallets? It seems like they’re always bursting at the seams! I like that this (monogrammable!) one keeps it simple—cards on one side and cash on the other, plus a slot at the top.

Solo Stove: Mitch once called this “the single greatest dad gift of all time” and still does. If you’re on the fence, just go for it (or read his in-depth review and then go for it haha).

Leatherman Multitool: I swear Mitch uses this thing at least once a day—though sometimes I think he’s just looking for an excuse to pull it out haha. It’s 14 tools in one and SO useful!

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J.Crew Factory Summer Picks

Summer is going to be here BEFORE WE KNOW IT. And I just can’t help but browse some of (okay, all of 😂) my favorite retailers for some new pieces. J.Crew Factory has been a go-to since my teaching days—for the style and quality, you won’t find better prices anywhere. This is what I have my eye on, plus even more at the bottom!

Gauze Dress / Striped Top / Scallop Tiered Dress / Woven Flats / Woven Crossbody / Scalloped Tank Top / Gingham Swimsuit / Baseball Hat / Striped Cardigan / Scalloped Active Dress / Scalloped Swimsuit / Striped Dress

Gauze Dress: Is this not the perfect throw-on-and-go dress?! Comfortable, effortless, comes in five colors, AND it has pockets. The reviews say to size down!

Striped Top: There are only a few ways to combat humid Chicago summers, and one of them is lightweight linen. 😉 This top is SO classic and the ruffles make it even prettier! By the way, it comes in two colors PLUS another print.

Scallop Tiered Dress: The first of many scalloped pieces in this roundup… CLEARLY, I have a type (it extends to home decor too)! The two-toned trim? TOO CUTE.

Woven Flats: I love these—don’t you love these?! The cane details make them look wayyyy more expensive than they actually are. They also come in gold and black, and I’m tempted to get ALL OF THEM.

Woven Crossbody: What moms would do without crossbodies, I just can’t even think about. They’re the best, and this one is perfect for upcoming summer travel.

Scalloped Tank Top: I told you there would be more scallops! 🤣 This tank top is only TWENTY DOLLARS and it just screams “Kelly”—it comes in two other colors, but obviously I like the navy best.

Gingham Swimsuit: Seersucker, gingham, blue and white… It’s what all my preppiest dreams are made of!

Baseball Hat: Oh, how I love baseball hats. They shield your face from the sun and, more importantly, shield your greasy hair from the gaze of others haha. The natural color is obviously the most versatile, but the Nantucket red is calling my name!

Striped Cardigan: Even when we’re heading somewhere warm, I like to pack a jacket or cardigan with me for when it cools down at night. The nautical navy and white stripes are preppy perfection.

Scalloped Active Dress: Between the scallops and the navy, this active dress is an automatic yes in my book. Apparently there isn’t a built-in bra, but there is built-in shorts!

Scalloped Swimsuit: The last of the scallops, I promise! How could I not include this?! It’s such a “Kelly” swimsuit.

Striped Dress: This is one of those dresses you’ll want to wear everywhere—to lunch, on vacation, to a kid’s birthday party, etc. It’s just so cute!!

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Way Day 2024 Sale Picks

HAPPY WAY DAY, GUYS. Posting this a little late in the day (I mean, night 🤣) because this roundup took me for. ev. er. The Larkin family loves Wayfair and we always look forward to when Way Day comes around! Basically, from now until Monday, a TON of stuff on Wayfair is up to 80% off. Plus, you get free shipping on everything! It’s just the best. I spent a while scrolling what felt like thousands of pages and put together a pretty comprehensive roundup: two collages, plus five organized carousels!

Upholstered Sofa ($800+ off!) / Upholstered Chair Set of 4 ($105 each!) / Scalloped Lamp ($35!) / Wood Coffee Table (67% off!) / Wicker Sconce (68% off!) / Cane Chair Set of 2 / Brass Flush Mount / Checked Rug (up to 63% off!) / Indoor-Outdoor Rug (up to 80% off!)

Upholstered Sofa: This is what I mean, guys—I can’t believe this sofa is almost 50% off (actually, I can, because it’s Way Day BUT YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN). I LOVE the velvets it comes in but the neutral linens are so pretty too.

Upholstered Chair Set of 4: What in the Ballard Designs is this dupe?! 😂 The price is seriously amazing—$105 per chair, instead of like, $1,000 per chair haha.

Scalloped Lamp: This lamp is too cute—practically made for a little girl’s room! There are SEVEN base colors, plus two sizes.

Wood Coffee Table: Another crazy Way Day deal: 67% off! You would never know it’s a lift-top with hidden storage.

Wicker Sconce: Ugh, I love sconces so much. And wicker. And 68% off!

Cane Chair Set of 2: These chairs come in two wood tones, have cane backs, and have such awesome reviews. Not bad for $150 each.

Brass Flush Mount: Lighting can be SO expensive but this is definitely not. This flush mount comes in three other metals but surprisingly, brass is the cheapest! Great for a closet or entry.

Checked Rug: This rug is FAMOUS on Instagram and it’s crazy that it’s up to 63% off. Every size is in stock right now but I wouldn’t be surprised if some sell out over the weekend!

Indoor-Outdoor Rug: UP TO 80% OFF. Indoor-outdoor rugs are the BEST when you have kids! Stains? They don’t know them. 😉 I love how the stock photo has this styled!

Woven Stool (62% off!) / Neutral Rug ($160 for 8×10!) / Floral Rug / Brass Mirror / Cane Desk Chair (65% off!) / Wood Dining Table / Peel-and-Stick Grasscloth (10 colors!) / Leather Chesterfield Sofa ($900+ off!)

Woven Stool: These totally give my Serena & Lily backless stools a run for their money. In fact, the top three reviews mention them! For 62% off, they’re a NO-BRAINER.

Neutral Rug: $160 for an 8×10 rug is UNHEARD OF. And it’s a great neutral palette—dare I say it reminds me of the rug in our bedroom? This is an awesome choice for a rental or if you already know your kids will destroy whatever rug you buy anyway. 😂

Floral Rug: You already KNOW how much I love Rifle Paper Co. Someone, anyone, please buy this for a nursery! (BTW, I linked other RP rugs down below!)

Brass Mirror: Anthropologie who?! I’m obsessed with their famous Primrose mirror but if I didn’t already have it, I’d probably get this one.

Cane Desk Chair: Another cane back chair! For 65% off! What can I say? I like what I like. 😉

Wood Dining Table: This isn’t our exact dining table, but it’s super, super, SUPER close (and from the same brand). If you were looking for something darker than our pine, scoop this up now!

Peel-and-Stick Grasscloth: I’ve seen A TON of influencers post about this peel-and-stick grasscloth wallpaper from Society Social—I had no idea it was on Wayfair! All 10 colors are so freaking good, you guys.

Leather Chesterfield Sofa: Our Chesterfield sofa from Birch Lane is unscratchable, which you probably know if you’ve been here for a bit because I love to talk about it. The exactly one isn’t available right now but this is a very, VERY close dupe.

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New Magnolia for Target Summer 2024

Confession: I fully intended to post a roundup of the new Hearth & Hand collection ASAP when it went live on Sunday, but as it turns out, my definition of ASAP is Thursday. 🤣 It’s fine, I’m fine. Anyway, these launches are like Christmas every time!  It seems like their big focus for summer is on entertaining and travel, which is right up our alley (in a perfect world at least haha). I put my absolute favorites into the collage below, and because I couldn’t help myself, all you have to do is scroll past the text to see (a lot) more of them.

String Lights / Throw Blanket / Hard-Sided Cooler / Indoor/Outdoor Pillow / Napkins / Citronella Candles / Picnic Blanket / Wipeable Tablecloth / Bluetooth Radio / Tall Tumbler / Utensil Caddy / Packing Cubes / Kitchen Towel / Backseat Car Organizer / Charger / Cordless Lamp

String Lights: Listen. Is any deck or yard truly complete without string lights? No, no it is not. These are so affordable but still LED, which means they’re going to last forever and stay cool to the touch. Win-win! (Or is it win-win-win? 😂)

Throw Blanket: No one needs another throw blanket, but that’s not the point haha. This one is light enough to drape yourself in on summer nights and the color is SO GOOD.

Hard-Sided Cooler: Is this not the cutest cooler you’ve ever seen?! The vintage look is everything.

Indoor/Outdoor Pillow: You know how much I love natural woven materials, so obviously I’m obsessed with this. I love that you can use it inside *and* outside. Don’t forget to replace the insert and get the next size up (20×20) so the pillow stays fluffy!

Napkins: $12 for 4 napkins! This is why Target’s the best. The stitching makes them look more expensive—like, $12 each.

Citronella Candles: Oh my gosh, citronella candles are absolute MAGIC. The pack of four is great because you can put them all around your outdoor space, but they also sell a giant 8-wick one for the same exact price.

Picnic Blanket: There’s NOWHERE this thing can’t go–beaches, parks, concerts, etc.—especially with the shoulder strap. The cost-per-use is going to be basically nothing, seriously. I’m partial to the plaid, but the wide stripe is super cute too.

Wipeable Tablecloth: Tablecloths are so pretty, but they’re also the worst—you have to spot treat, wash, and iron them after almost every use (at least with kids haha). The fact that this is wipeable? Sign. Me. Up. The neutral ticking stripe is also incredibly classic.

Bluetooth Radio: You get the vintage look, but with modern technology like bluetooth and a USB port. It’s the best of both worlds!

Tall Tumbler: You can choose between a light blue or kelly green rim—obviously I picked the blue. By the way, the short tumblers come with a coordinating pitcher!

Utensil Caddy: You think you don’t need one of these until you realize you’re about to put all your clean silverware on a dirty outside table for everyone to man handle. JUST THINK ABOUT IT.

Packing Cubes: Packing cubes are a travel staple in my family. Try them once and you’ll never go back, I promise! (Also, the matching toiletry bags are ADORABLE.)

Kitchen Towel: I’m convinced there are two kinds of kitchen towels: the ones you display and the ones you actually use. This is definitely the former, but at $4, it’s fine if someone does end up using it.

Backseat Car Organizer: Okay, how aesthetically pleasing is this? Cuter than the average car organizer, but not fancy enough that you’ll be devastated when your kids inevitably damage it. 🤣

Charger: Chargers are basically fancier placemats, and I think natural woven ones (surprise!) are the most versatile. Speaking of which! There are $5 wipeable placemats in the collection too, because Joanna Gaines gets it.

Cordless Lamp: Now that cordless lamps have become super popular, I just want to know one thing… What took us all so long?! This is more modern than the one you usually see online, and it’s perfect for eating outside at night.

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One-Piece Swimsuits for Girls

Pink and White Stripe / Green and Blue Floral / Pink and White Gingham / Navy and White Vertical Stripe / Blue Toile / Green Floral / Navy and White Horizontal Stripe / Coral and White Stripe / Rainbow Floral / Aqua Floral

We just wrapped up our TWO WEEK spring break, yet somehow it feels like summer is totally sneaking up on us?! It’s fine, I’m fine, everyone’s fine. (That’s a lie, Mitch and I are panicking a little. 🤣) What I AM looking forward to, though, is tons of time by the water—and the cute swimsuits. 😉 Whenever I buy Emma and Lucy new ones, I always go up one size so they can wear them for two years. I’m kind of looking forward to when they stop growing—clothes get expensive!—but then I won’t have an excuse to buy them cute new stuff, you know? Anyway, these are some cute one-piece swimsuits for girls I’ve had my eye on recently.

Pink and White Stripe: We love rash guards in our family. The extra sun protection is ideal for a long day at the beach! Our favorite come from Minnow—they’re feminine, classic, and look brand new even after dozens of wears.

Green and Blue Floral: Another one from Minnow! How cute is this?! I don’t know what I love most—the floral, the smocking, the puff sleeves, or the ruffled collar.

Pink and White Gingham: I can never resist a gingham, especially one this inexpensive. (Amazon for the win!) Also, does this fabric remind anyone else of the pink gingham dress Margot Robbie wears in the Barbie movie?

Navy and White Vertical Stripe: OBVIOUSLY I had to include navy. The adorable embroidered and scalloped ruffle makes this suit look even more youthful and less like someone’s mom (who, me?) picked it out haha.

Blue Toile: Okay guys, this toile is SOOOOO pretty! The one-shoulder is another cute touch. And lucky us, they have a coordinating suit for moms!

Green Floral: Again, we’re big on rash guards over here—the fact that this one zips makes it easier to put on and take off. I usually lean toward more muted colors, but sometimes you need something BRIGHT to make sure your kid stands out from the rest, you know?!

Navy and White Horizontal Stripe: Another navy, and my last Minnow pick! This pattern is what’s called a Breton stripe, which makes me think of my friend Danielle because it’s very French and chic. 😂 Love the tie straps too.

Coral and White Stripe: You can’t tell from the collage, but this (budget-friendly!) Amazon swimsuit is actually made with a seersucker fabric, so obviously I think it’s super cute.

Rainbow Floral: After freaking out over the puff sleeves on the Minnow suit, I was unsurprisingly thrilled to find this one from Boden. The floral is colorful, playful, and super identifiable.

Aqua Floral: Aren’t the colors in this so pretty together?! They totally bring out the adorable floral pattern, and the ruffle straps are a sweet touch.

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Scalloped Home Decor (Mostly) Under $40 on Amazon

Pillow Covers / Glasses / Storage Baskets / Napkins / Curtains / Nesting Baskets / Ceramic Frame / Floating Shelves / Flush Mount / Wipeable Placemats / Marble Frame / Acrylic Frames / Ring Dish / Rug / Bath Mat (More Bath Mats!) / Lamp / Shower Curtain

Can you guys tell I tried to fit as much as technologically possible in this collage? 😂 There’s just SO MUCH GOOD STUFF. It feels like brands are trying to drive revenue by just adding scallops to everything and it’s great. (Also, the first piece of furniture I’ve ever flipped has them too!) Almost everything I found is somehow under $40 🤯 and let me tell you, I am TEMPTED.

Pillow Covers: These have become Instagram famous and everyone says they look AMAZING in real life. Also, they come in eight colors and three sizes. I love options!

Glasses: Don’t these look like they’re from Anthropologie?! You never know how glassware is going to feel in your hand once you get them—if they’re thick or thin, heavy or light, etc.—but the reviews are great.

Storage Baskets: Okay, so I might need to embark on a new organizing project so I can find a place for these. You can get the water hyacinth or go for sea grass, which is more gray looking.

Napkins: Simple, neutral, and SO cute. I realize these napkins would get destroyed in our home 🤪 but I’d love to live vicariously through one of you.

Curtains: Good curtains can be super (and I mean super) expensive. These are on the thinner side, but for the price?, I’m a fan. Especially with the pretty trim!

Nesting Baskets: Do these remind anyone else of a certain set of baskets from a more expensive retailer (*cough* Ballard *cough*)?! They’re not an exact dupe, but a great way to get the look for less.

Ceramic Frame: This will fit in literally anywhere in your home. I’d put it in my office or one of the girls’ rooms!

Floating Shelves: Somebody needs to put these in a nursery, okay? Okay, great. (Send me a picture if you actually do haha)

Flush Mount: HOW. CUTE. Lighting can be an easy way to transform a room and this is such a great price.

Wipeable Placemats: Wipeable placemats are everything. These come in 13 colors, which is basically an entire rainbow of options.

Marble Frame: This is a little pricey for a 5×7 frame, but it’s also marble—thick, beautiful marble! And isn’t it just so pretty?!

Acrylic Frames: Yep, MORE frames. 😂 I would have never thought to combine scallops with acrylic but I think I’m a fan!

Ring Dish: You guys, this is TEN DOLLARS. A great little gift for your newly engaged friend, or you can put it on your guest room nightstand.

Rug: Nine colors and a million sizes. It goes up to 11×14, which is $680—which, yes, is a lot of money, but NOT a lot of money for that size.

Bath Mat: I’m convinced I need to snag one of these for Emma or Lucy’s bathroom (or both?). I also found a super similar one in a couple other colors!

Lamp: So obviously I’m obsessed with this. I also love that you can get the style in a floor lamp, pendant, or wall sconce!

Shower Curtain: A simple $23 bathroom upgrade. At that price, why not?!

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