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Dudley Stephens Fleece Giveaway

Navy Dudley Stephens Park Slope Fleece (This incredibly similar navy “Brighton” top is in stock, btw! Here’s the four-season Brighton version, also in stock. Here’s the four-season version of the Park Slope…. and here’s the longer version, and the four-season version of that.) / White Dudley Stephens Park Slope Fleece / Burgundy Dudley Stephens Cobble Hill Fleece / Red Tartan Pants / Blackwatch Plaid Pants (Factory also carries a pair.) / Faux Leather Leggings (Every girl should own a pair. Here’s the warmer version, which I wear in winter.) / Blackwatch Plaid Bow Pumps (Also love these, these, these and these!) / Similar Leopard Booties (I own them and love them!) / Tartan Scarf / Red Tartan Headband (Also love this one.) / Similar Pearl Headband

A few things!

Vote: Three Kitchen Decisions

Last week, Home Depot finally came back and finished the backsplash in the kitchen. I’m in LOVE! We actually did marble scallops in the desk area, and then the herringbone pattern you see above with these marble tiles in the main part. But I’m so happy with how both turned out after tons of deliberation, planning and scheduling.

I snapped the above photo yesterday morning while getting Emma ready for school, which explains the pan haphazardly tossed on the stove. 😜 I think my favorite part of the space, though, is just that: how functional it is. When we were house hunting, Mitch and I were mostly looking for a home that made life simpler and thus easier. And this kitchen does just that! There are multiple places to sit–at the island, kitchen table or desk–and it’s cozy and warm yet large enough so that we’re not bumping into each other.

And the white cabinets and marble backsplash make it brighter and happier. Truly thrilled with how it’s turning out!

Three things we have left to do:

What Retinol Can Do for Eyes

Olay Retinol24 Eye Cream / Toggle Duffle Coat / Tartan Flannel Shirt (Also available here.) / Shearling-Lined Boots / High-Rise Jeans Here and Here / Mitch’s Tartan Shirt, Camel Duffle Coat and Duck Boots

Well, winter is here. (Tuesday was the coldest November 12th on record in Chicago! Brrrr.) And whenever winter rolls around and I start spending more time inside, I find myself experimenting with new beauty products.

I’ll be honest and say I’m kind of bumming right now in that department. I thought I was going to avoid postpartum hair loss this time around, but despite my best efforts, my locks started falling out in clumps a few weeks ago. It’s totally okay! Hair loss is obviously completely worth it; it’s a small price to pay for my Lucy Girl. ☺️ But you know. It’s a bit of an unsettling thing.

Mitch’s “Interesting Stuff” Holiday Gift Guide

One / Two / Three / Four / Five / Six / Seven / Eight / Nine / Ten / Eleven / Twelve / Thirteen / Fourteen / Fifteen

Mitch here!

My “love language” is gifts which, frankly, puts me in quite a predicament this time of year. I need to simultaneously prove my love to everyone on my list while also reaffirming my standing in those relationships vis-a-vis the gifts I receive. It’s exhausting!

Homes of Uptown, New Orleans

This past weekend, Mitch and I took the girls down to New Orleans for an early Thanksgiving celebration with my family. My brother, Patrick, and my sister-in-law, Kim, moved to NOLA a few years ago to start their lives together… and not long ago, they bought their first home in the beautifully quaint Uptown neighborhood.

Buffalo Plaid PJs

Emma and Lucy are usually great sleepers, but last weekend, they both weirdly got up at the crack of dawn. As you can tell from these photos, though, we had a pretty great time. ☺️

Navy Toggle Cape

Navy Toggle Cape (On sale!) / Tuckernuck Red Ballet Flats / Bamboo Navy Tote Bag (Here’s the one with the strap, which I like even better! And here’s the mini crossbody version.) / Newer Hudson Jeans / Ray-Ban Sunglasses / Striped Tee

Guys. It’s day three of our New Orleans Fakesgiving trip and THE.BLOG.IS.STILL.UP.

SuperSoft Yarn

J.Crew Mock Neck Sweater in SuperSoft Yarn (It comes in a ton of colors! So many other great “SuperSoft Yarn” options, too! Love this fair isle sweater, this color block sweater, and this cardigan.) / Barbour 125th Anniversary Icons Beaufort Jacket (Also available via Tuckernuck) and Fleece-Lined Betty Vest c/o (Available at Tuckernuck, too. It zips into most Barbour jackets! I also LOVE this Barbour vest and this one as well. c/o — Btw: My favorite Barbours of all time are the classic waxed Beadnell and the polar-quilted Beadnell.) / Cole Haan Leather Backpack c/o / Softest Everlane Leather Boots / Ray-Ban Sunglasses

Quick post today but an important topic:


Sorry. I’m yelling. But it’s really that great!

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Old Navy Houndstooth Coat

Old Navy Houndstooth Coat (Also love this teddy coat, this tartan puffer, this plaid longline coat, this camel topcoat, this buffalo check sherpa jacketthis long navy plaid pea coat, this long camel pea coat, and this shorter camel pea coat. So many amazing–and affordable–options!) / Newer Camel Cashmere Turtleneck (Also love these more affordable options: one, two, three and four) / Mark & Graham Red Crossbody (Also love the cognac!) / Gap Soft Wear Skinny Jeans (I hear this Soft Wear denim jacket is a game changer, btw!) / Sperry Seaport Loafers (Softest and most comfortable loafers I’ve ever owned. Such classics. I’ve had my brown pair for years! Here are all the Seaport styles.) / Ray-Ban Sunglasses

We’re headed down to New Orleans to celebrate Thanksgiving, and I can’t tell you how excited the girls are to see everyone. (My brother and sister-in-law are doctors, and they couldn’t get the time off to fly home for November 28th. So the family decided to simply move Thanksgiving up a few weeks and head down to them!)

It’s funny. I talked about this last year, but in my 20s, I do think I would have been upset about breaking tradition; about being in a warm location for a holiday that I associate with cold weather; about celebrating it on a different day. But now that I’m older and live far away from my family, I’ve completely changed my tune. ⁣⁣

What to Buy During J.Crew Factory’s Festive Sale

J.Crew Factory's Festive Sale

Bow Coat / Ruffled Flannel Shirt / Newer Pearl Necklace

If you caught my big guide to shopping J.Crew’s giant Friends & Family Sale, today we’re switching gears and highlighting some fabulous festive products to score during Factory’s big sale. While I love J.Crew just as much as the next gal, I must admit that Factory’s “preppy” selection takes the cake. Factory also frequently brings back most-loved pieces from J.Crew, sometimes many years later but sometimes sooner, too!

Anyway, Factory is currently up to 60 percent off, with an extra 20 percent off The Party Shop and an extra 40 percent off the Clearance section when you use code “SOFANCY.” Here are my picks!

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