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New Studio McGee for Target

HI GUYS. Who else loves Studio McGee for Target launch day?! My original plan was to create a single collage, and then I decided on one for furniture and another for decor, but here we are with… FOUR. FOUR COLLAGES. 🤣 There’s just so much good stuff! My *favorite* find is this set of five gallery wall frames for only $65. Interior design is hard enough. The curated set makes it WAY easier. Happy shopping!

Palma Arched Fluted CabinetPalma Arched Console Table (This is the longer one!) / Ogden Headboard ($200!) / Swivel Accent Chair / Mercer Cocktail Ottoman / Woven Storage Ottoman ($100!) / Tufted Cocktail Ottoman ($180!) / Wing Arm Accent Chair / Ogden Nightstand / Palma Arched Nightstand ($180!) / Pillow Top Accent Chair ($240!)

Pleated Plaid Floor Lamp / Black Lamp Base ($30!) / Line Drawn Portrait ($32!) / Plaid Pleated Sconce ($50!) / Floral Striped Wallpaper ($34!) / Gingham Pleated Lamp Shade ($15!) / Decorative Woven Bowl / Set of 5 Gallery Frames ($65!) / Rattan Log Holder / Picture Light Sconce ($60!) / Scallop Pleated Lamp Shade ($15!) / Cube Rattan Basket ($35!) / Welcome Doormat ($20!) / Circular Shagreen Frame

Oversized Harvest Throw Pillow / Geometric Brass Mirror ($70!) / Woodland Woven Rug ($200 for 7×10!) / Levanto Bookends / Vivian Park Slipcover Ottoman ($100!) / Soft Pleated Lamp Shade ($15!) / Wicker Lamp Shade ($15!) / Tan Table Lamp / Hand Knotted Woven Rug ($240 for 7×10!) / Reactive Glaze Lamp Base ($30!) / Forest Landscape Art ($20!) / Tan Upholstered Ottoman ($90!)

 

Palma Storage Ottoman ($180!) / Bolster Tufted Bench / Curved Neck Sconce ($50!) / Marble Candle Tray / Pleated Plaid Table Lamp ($50!) / Green Lamp Base ($30!) / Candlestick Chandelier / Rattan Decorative Tray / Vernon Barrel Swivel Chair / Pillow Top Ottoman ($90!) / Oversized Floral Throw Pillow / Raised Chunky Knit Throw / Round Rattan Basket ($40!) / Mercer Accent Chair

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Last-Minute Father’s Day Gifts

 

Echo Show 5 / Audible Subscription / Air Popper / Travel French Press Mug / How to Cook Everything / Bocce Ball Set / Electric Smoker / Meta Quest 2 / Fossil Watch / Mini Single-Serve Keurig / Wireless Charging Tray / AeroGarden / Mini Tech Kit

Father’s Day is on SUNDAY. Not to brag, but Mitch and my dad are the best. I want them to feel loved and appreciated every day, but especially on Father’s Day! Alas, my time management doesn’t always make the effort. 😉 This is why Amazon is my favorite website. Anything you want, delivered in two days? Perfect. Everything here should arrive in time for Father’s Day, but double check the delivery date because it can depend on where you live!

Echo Show 5: Mitch is (obviously 😂) the techie of the family and got this to put on our kitchen island years ago. You can set up routines, stream, control other smart devices, and SO MUCH MORE. It’s the coolest.

Audible Subscription: I don’t know anyone who’s been disappointed by the gift of unlimited audiobooks! And, let’s be honest, what dad actually has time to sit down and read?

Air Popper: Mitch has always been convinced that microwaved popcorn is gross, and now I do too. We love this little thing! Also, Mitch makes our popcorn with coconut oil instead of butter. Try it!

Travel French Press Mug: Okay, how neat is this?! You can brew your coffee/tea on the go, and then drink it, in this one tumbler. Brilliant! Especially for the dad who’s always running late for work.

How to Cook Everything: This isn’t the cutest cookbook, but it IS Mitch’s favorite. Like, ever. There really does seem to be a recipe for everything! It’s the gift that keeps on giving—for everyone. 😉

Bocce Ball Set: Guys. Have I ever told you that Mitch was a bocce coach in college?! I’m loving the old school look of these balls. It *almost* makes up for the fact that I’ll never, ever, EVER win against him. Ever.

Electric Smoker: Another gift that keeps on giving! Smoked meat, vegetables, etc. just taste better.

Meta Quest 2: Three words: Virtual. Reality. Headset. Mitch really wants one of these, but if I buy it, I may never see him again. (JK. Kind of. 🤣 On second thought, better to not gift it!)

Fossil Watch: Five years ago, I got to surprise Mitch with his dream watch. This one looks similar and also has awesome reviews, but for a fraction of the cost!

Mini Single-Serve Keurig: For the dad who drinks a zillion cups of coffee a day and doesn’t want to leave his office to make them haha.

Wireless Charging Tray: It’s a charging station, it’s a tray, it’s… both! This is PERFECT for his bedside or desk, especially if he’s always losing his charger. Plus, it’s so pretty!

AeroGarden: Even the brownest thumb (ahem, hi) can use this gardening gadget. Insert the pods, turn on the light, and you’re done! Easy peasy.

Mini Tech Kit: Who remembers the famous Pinch Provisions Minimergency Kits?! Their mini tech kit includes essentials like a 2-in-1 charging cable, phone/tablet stand, and microfiber screen cloth. Perfect for their car, backpack, or desk!

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Summer Wedding Guest Dresses Under $150

Guys, are weddings not the best? I just love love. We attended a beloved family member’s wedding recently (love you, Conor and Megan!) and it reminded me of how much FUN it is to get dressed up. It was also nice to feel put together for once. 🤣 Anyway, I was inspired to round up some summer wedding guest dresses for you. And the best part is, they’re all under $150!

 

Flutter Sleeve Floral Maxi / Washable Silk Cowl Neck Midi / One-Shoulder Floral Midi ($54!) / Angel Sleeve O-Ring Maxi / One-Shoulder Midi / Plunge Cowl Back Maxi / Sweetheart Floral Midi / Floral Slip Maxi / Washable Silk Square-Neck Maxi / Puff Sleeve Floral Midi ($79!) / Ric Rac Maxi ($49!) / Sheer Puff Sleeve Floral Midi

Flutter Sleeve Floral Maxi: Oh my gosh, this is SO PRETTY. I don’t wear a lot of purple, but I’ll make an exception for this dress. 😉

Washable Silk Cowl Neck Midi: Yes, you read that right—WASHABLE. Quince is the best you can get at this price, and you’ll wear the dress forever. The neckline isn’t too low and the slit isn’t too high—it’s all just right.

One-Shoulder Floral Midi: $54 and the reviews are amazing! This dress even comes in 18 different prints, because you know, options. The tiered ruffle skirt is perfect for twirling on the dance floor. Am I right or am I right?!

Angel Sleeve O-Ring Maxi: This isn’t necessarily a dupe for the dress I wore at Conor and Megan’s wedding, but the silhouette is definitely similar. I love Abercrombie because pretty much everything they sell comes in petite, regular, and tall so you don’t have to tailor as much.

One-Shoulder Midi: This is the kind of dress you buy and wear to every single special occasion going forward. It’s timeless—and comes in 13 colors! The bow on the shoulder, obviously, is the best part.

Plunge Cowl Back Maxi:  Another classic dress. And another Abercrombie find, which means it’s available in petite, regular, and tall!

Sweetheart Floral Midi: This print is SO cute. At first it looks like an abstract painted with watercolor, but up close it’s the prettiest floral. It’s also colorful, but not too busy if you’re going to be in pictures!

Floral Slip Maxi: This floral print is the exact opposite of the one next to it 😂, but I love it so much. (Am I cool enough to wear a dress that bold? Jury’s still out haha.)

Washable Silk Square-Neck Maxi: Another washable dress for the win! Quince so gets me. Plus, it’s classic and you can style it a zillion different ways.

Puff Sleeve Floral Midi: I had to double check the price on this because I couldn’t believe it was $79. It looks at least double that!

Ric Rac Maxi: Coming in at $49, this is the cheapest dress on the list! It’s a little more casual than the others but I just couldn’t resist the ric rac. Adorable.

Sheer Puff Sleeve Floral Midi: I think of this as totally my style… if I were a little more fun. 🤣 I mean, those sheer sleeves!

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Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale 2024 Best Sellers

HI GUYS. Now until June 2nd, Nordstrom has over 27,000 items marked down as part of their Half-Yearly Sale. 🤯 It’s not the Anniversary Sale, but in my opinion, the deals are just as good—everything’s up to 50% off! Today I pulled together some best sellers that are worth investing in (don’t forget to scroll down for all of them!), but more finds to come.

3.5-Quart Le Creuset Dutch Oven / Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream + Micro Dose Retinol Serum Set / Madewell Kick Out Crop Jeans / Barefoot Dreams Blanket / Marc Fisher Mary Janes / Dyson Airstrait / Staub Baking Set / Tory Burch Wallet Crossbody6.75-Quart Le Creuset Dutch Oven / Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Cream + Super Multi-Corrective Eye Zone Treatment Set / Tumi Backpack

3.5-Quart Le Creuset Dutch Oven: A classic and an essential! We use ours ALL THE TIME. Every single color is $150 off, including their iconic Flame and the super pretty Sea Salt.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream + Micro Dose Retinol Serum Set: This duo was already $50 off, and now it’s another 25% off! The Ultra Facial Cream is probably their most popular item because it’s SO effective. Retinol and I aren’t really friends, but if you two do get along (teach me your ways!), I know the Micro Dose Retinol Serum is a favorite for a lot of people.

Madewell Kick Out Crop Jeans: Madewell denim is seriously the BEST, and the Kick Out Crop is one of their best sellers. How cute are the front pockets?!

Barefoot Dreams Blanket: If you still haven’t given in to the magic that is Barefoot Dreams, first of all, what’s taking you so long? 😉 Second of all, now’s the perfect time to take the plunge!

Marc Fisher Mary Janes: Marc Fisher shoes are insanely comfy. They don’t even need much break-in time! Mary Janes are the “it” shoe right now and you can get these in three great neutrals for $40 off.

Dyson Airstrait: The straightener version of the incredible AirWrap. Three cheers for no heat damage! (Side note: Does anyone else remember the Wet2Straight that actually burned our hair off? 🤣 What were we thinking!)

Staub Baking Set: Staub is basically another Le Creuset, so you KNOW their baking dishes are going to be incredible. It’d make a great college graduation gift—I would have been thrilled to receive this starter set back then!

Tory Burch Wallet Crossbody: Wallet crossbodies are SO smart. With two kids I rarely have the luxury of packing light, but when I do, I want something as small and lightweight as possible. And you can never go wrong with Tory Burch! Psst: scroll down for more Tory Burch included in the sale.

6.75-Quart Le Creuset Dutch Oven: Another Le Creuset at an AMAZING price! This is a great option if you already have the 3.5-quart dutch oven, especially if you cook often or have a big family. I promise it’ll last you forever.

Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Cream + Super Multi-Corrective Eye Zone Treatment Set: Another duo on super sale—originally $45 off the original value, plus an extra 25% off now! Tons of people consider these their holy grails for anti-aging.

Tumi Backpack: Tumi is THE name in travel—their stuff is known for being crazy durable while still being attractive. This backpack is still a splurge, but if you want something reliable and timeless, this is definitely it. (Their carry on is included in the sale too!)

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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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