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Recent Finds, 9/ 20

glassybaby votives c/o / Target Pumpkins / Target Lanterns (These and these were the inspiration.) / World Market Jute Rug / Nightstands / Pottery Barn Pumpkin / Pottery Barn Vase Collection / Pottery Barn Clock / Serena & Lily Westport Collection (Duvet + Shams) c/o / Serena & Lily Fairfax Wallpaper c/o / Serena & Lily Fairfax Bedding / Serena & Lily Harbour Cane Bed / Ralph Lauren Lamp (Found at HomeGoods!) / Mark & Graham Small Jewelry Box / Pottery Barn Fall Blanket / Serena & Lily Scalloped Sheets c/o

Friends!

This week was insanity. We’ve been trying to get a back-to-school routine down, work has been picking up, Lucy’s been sick (just a cold!), and we’re starting on our living/dining room renovation. Phew. So excited that it’s the weekend. The only things on the agenda are going to buy an SUV (WHAT?!) and attending our next door neighbor’s birthday party. :) So excited to slow it down and take a breather.

Outdoor Space: Before + After

outdoor space

This post is sponsored by Ace Hardware, but all opinions are my own. As always, thank you so, so much for supporting the partnerships that keep Kelly in the City up and running!

Mitch here!

All my life, I’ve wanted to live in an old single-family house in Lincoln Park, where I spent half my childhood. Outside of marrying an awesome person, starting a family and growing a beard, it was my fundamental goal. I’m so, so happy… and I can see the change in my family’s happiness, too. We have SPACE! I also just can’t get over the thought that this is my office and that is my door and why does the doorknob look like that and we have to change it immediately but I have no idea how to change a doorknob.

🤗

Mitch’s 10 Favorite Aldi Products

ALDI products

Mitch here!

Does anyone else straight up pig out when they get home from the grocery store? I can’t be the only one. I even buy special favorite treats for myself to eat immediately when I get home because I’m an adult and I have a credit card and can do stuff like that! Well, that’s what this post is all about. I’ve partnered with ALDI to share my favorite stuff from my favorite store. This is pretty much the best blog post of all time.

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Wear to Work

wear to work

J.Crew Factory Jamie Pants (Favorite work pants of all time. They come in navy and black, too. Love the leopard as well!) / Machine-Washable Drapey Tie-Neck Top (Comes in pink and blue, too. And don’t miss the leopard, polka dot and navy dot ones. If you live somewhere warmer, try the sleeveless version, which also comes in white dot.) / Calf Hair D’Orsay Flats (They also come in a boot version! Find the flat in leopard, too. This pump, btw, is my favorite “work” heel. So classic. Very excited that Factory brought it back this year!) / Wool Topcoat (Also consider the “New City Coat” and the “Village Coat” if you’re in the market!) / Leopard Crossbody (Need to lug a ton of stuff to and from work? Try the Tote!) / Mitch’s Corduroys and Chambray Shirt (Love the darker wash, too.)

I want to start doing a “wear-to-work” series. ☺️ While I haven’t been in a traditional office setting for a while now, I do find that I’m far more productive wherever I’m working–at the gym, at the coffee shop or in my office–if I put in some extra effort. Of course, I’ll probably always lean more toward “business casual” vs. professional or formal. And as much as I love them, you’ll likely never see me in pencil skirts again; those are things of my past, worn only in my 20s when I didn’t have babies and kids to pick up. ;) But I’d love to break out of my usual jeans-and-a-blouse/button-down/sweater uniform, and mix things up.

The Zebra Dress

Zebra Dress

Banana Republic Midi Zebra Shirt Dress (In leopard here. Also available in a shorter version, a skirt, and in a jumpsuit!)

Hello! 

Yesterday was insanity, but I loved it. I’m starting to feel like a different person; a mom of kids. Of course, Lucy’s still a baby. ;) But so much has changed in my life because Emma’s in school. My daily routine is TOTALLY different, I get out and about way more often, I’m thinking and talking about different stuff, I’m meeting so many new people, and I’m juggling different things. To the outsider, it might seem like I’m juggling more… but on the inside, I feel like it’s less–if that makes sense.

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Timeless Fall Pieces from Old Navy

Fall Pieces from Old Navy

Last night, we ran over to Old Navy to pick up some socks for Emma because she only has a few pairs left that fit her and they’re dirty… and our dryer isn’t working. 🙈 (#momfail for sure, but all things considered, I think our first week of school is going pretty well!)

I walked in there and almost immediately was like, “Oh no. This is going to be bad.” 😂 So. Much. Goodness. Even Mitch wandered away to explore the men’s section and came back with armfuls of stuff. (Btw: the manager at the Lincoln Park store on North Avenue, Kelsey, is awesome. Definitely stop in if you live in the area!)

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Giveaway Winners, Restocks, What I Bought + 30 Sale Faves

giveaway winners - baby emma and baby lucy

Granted, Emma’s almost a year here and Lucy’s only four months, but 😭! Larkin Ladies in Lilly.

Last Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale post. Phew! 😂 The sale ends tonight at 11:59 ET, so be sure to get your order in before then. Here, though, are the giveaway winners, product restocks, what I bought, and my favorite sale products:

#AfterPartySale Try-On + Clothing Giveaway

After Party Sale

Pearl Romper / Jack Rogers (In white and in more sizes here.) / Tortoise Phone Case for iPhone XS Max, X and XS, and 6, 7 and 8 / Master bedroom room reveal SOON, but this is a pretty solid sneak peek, no?! Some room details: Chandelier (Also have this one in the office), Wallpaper, Cane Bed, Jute Rug, Sconces, Curtains, Duvet, the Mirror I Wish I Had ;) and Interior Define Rose Chair

Fun post for you tonight! My awesome friends at Lilly Pulitzer sent over a few products from the After Party Sale, so I thought I’d do a little try-on… and then give a few of the pieces to you guys! (Because let’s be serious. I don’t need more clothing. 😜)

Here’s what you need to know:

Emma’s First Day of Pre-School

a child on her First Day of Pre-School

Emma’s “Frozen” Backpack and Lunchbox / Ralph Lauren Mary Jane Sneakers / Mini Boden Dachshund Dress / “First Day” Sign (Thanks, Mom!) / My White Eyelet Top / Hudson High-Waisted Barbara Jeans (Also love this wash and this wash!) / Rothy’s Washable Sneakers

Yesterday was a huge day for the Larkin Family! It was Emma’s first day of full-day pre-k at our neighborhood elementary school. And let’s just say that it was emotional. ;)

After doing a lot of research, Mitch and I left New York for Chicago in our twenties with the goal of living a slower-paced life and sending our future children to this particular public school. But there were many times over the last five years when it seemed like the dream was slipping away from us. Yesterday, though, we became part of the community we’ve desperately wanted to belong to for so long–and “grateful” doesn’t even begin to describe how we’re feeling right now. It’s as if years and years of sacrifice and sleep deprivation have finally paid off… and being able to give this to our children makes it all worth it.

Lilly Sale Favorites + New $250 Giveaway

Lilly Pulitzer Sale favorites with a man and woman next to each other

Stella Shift

WOW! I can’t believe the selection from this year’s Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale, guys! I feel like there’s SO much, and that there are a bunch of sizes available for most products. Below, you’ll find the winner of the $500 blog giveaway, winner of the $600 Instagram giveaway, directions on how to enter to win the new $250 blog giveaway, and my favorites from the sale!