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Our Favorite Kids’ Gifts from Polo Ralph Lauren

Plaid Dress (This is just the cutest, too! More holiday looks here.) / Similar Girls’ Shoes / Navy Cardigan (Also love this one, this one and this one.) / all Polo c/o

When Mitch and I gave Emma this plaid patchwork dress from Polo Ralph Lauren, her eyes lit up and she called it her “Elsa Dress.” Sure, Princess Elsa’s dress is a frosty blue in the movie “Frozen.” 😂 But Emma references the princess whenever she thinks something’s beautiful, which is the cutest. And I just can’t stop smiling while looking at these photos of her twirling around in her new dress, feeling beautiful!

Ask Kelly: Why I’m Not Teaching This Year

Why I'm Not Teaching This Year

Today, I’m re-publishing this old post because the subject has been on my mind a lot lately–probably because I recently attended the wedding of one of my coworkers from the Bronx, and reconnected with so many old colleagues and friends. (It was a truly wonderful night.) My plan is to write a followup next week, talking about whether I plan to return to teaching, and I thought that resurfacing the original piece would add some much-needed context if you’re new around here. While the post is a bit painful for me to read now, it’s also a reminder of how significantly my years in the Bronx helped to positively shape the person I am today. I think we’re all made up of a patchwork of experiences, and this one certainly left its mark on me.

Also, I should note that I have a second blog post going live this morning, and it’s downright adorable. 😍 So be sure to circle back in a couple of hours!

5 Tips for Expectant Fathers

Tips for Expectant Fathers

Kelly’s Jacket / Mitch’s Jacket both c/o / Kelly’s Fur Boots + Pom Hat

(This photo was taken last night at one of the coolest/warmest events we’ve ever been to! Check out Kelly’s IG to see more of the experience.)

Mitch here!

As a dude who has a kid and who’s expecting another, you’d think I’d have this thing down by now. But I’m no expert. These past few months of pregnancy have been tough. Earlier today, I found myself in a pharmacy, almost shouting, “Well, my wife’s pregnant. WHAT DO I DO?!”

Navy Duffle Coat

Navy Duffle Coat (On sale!)/ Cable-Knit Turtleneck Sweater (Crewnecks here and here. Also love the sweater dress.) / Fur Booties / Buffalo Plaid ScarfLands’ End Plaid Dachshund Tote (Love this one, too.) all c/oSkinny Jeans (I’m wearing the maternity version, though.)

With most of J.Crew’s wool coats being sold out with the exception of my Cocoon Coat (in gray and red!), I wanted to quickly review this gorgeous (on sale) navy duffle coat–and highlight a really festive spot in Chicago: the historic Water Tower. (Which is decked out right now!)

Emma’s Holiday Outfits

Ralph Lauren Toddler Outfits For Christmas

Ice Skating Bear Sweater / Gold Flats / Polo Bear Sweater / Herringbone Leggings / Tartan Leggings all c/o

Want it in your size?! Try: The Women’s “Bear Shop” / These Gold Shoes (Splurge) / These Tartan Pants

It’s been a while since I did an “Emma’s Wardrobe” post, so I thought I’d share what our little lady is wearing this holiday season! I also wanted to put everything in one place for all of you who are coming over from Instagram tonight. ☺️ (Looking for outfit details for what Mitch and I were wearing in the IG post? Find everything here!)

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Preppy Home Gift Guide

Preppy Holiday Home Gift Guide

Aera / Ginger Jar Ornaments / Plaid Throw / Nutcrackers (We add one a year! It’s a special holiday tradition for the Larkins.) / Wrapping Paper

Mitch here!

Listen: you’re not alone if you’re stressing over finding the perfect holiday gifts for everyone on your list. It’s difficult! When Kelly and I get stuck, though, we fall back on gifts for the home. You don’t have to worry about sizing, which takes a lot of the pressure off, and it’s usually stuff that the person will pull out holiday after holiday. Our personal favorite seasonal decor is that which has been given to us over the years. It makes us remember specific Christmases and think of family and friends!

Anyway, today, Kelly and I are sharing some of our top holiday gifts for the home!

Mark & Graham Terminal 1 Suitcase Review + Giveaway

Terminal 1 Suitcase review

Mark & Graham Terminal 1 Luggage SetIndividual Checked Suitcase, Individual Carry-On Suitcase, and Individual Mini “Commuter”/Children’s Suitcase / Slouchy Leather Bag (Obsessed with the Suede Elisabetta Handbag, Elisabetta Slouch Bag, Elisabetta Bamboo Tote, and the Elisabetta Slouch Bamboo Tote.) / Monogrammed Plaid Scarf all c/o / Other Outfit Details Here 

Yaaaaaaay! We have another awesome giveaway today, part of my “12 Days of Giveaways.” Today, just in time for everyone’s upcoming holiday travels, I’m teaming up with Mark & Graham to gift one of you the ultimate preppy suitcase of your choice: the Checked Spinner, Carry-On, or (Mini) “Commuter”/Children’s Suitcase. (In any color!)

Pregnancy Update + My Battle with Morning Sickness

pregnancy update

Cashmere Sweater: This has been my go-to pregnancy sweater! I went two sizes up in it and it’s perfect. It’s thick enough that it hides lines. And it’s a little “swingy” with the small slide slit, making it look like it’s just a slightly oversized sweater. LOVE it, and can’t recommend it more, whether you’re pregnant or not! It’s such a steal, too! $88 for cashmere? I’ll take it! / Sparkly Necklace (Sold out, but I adore this one!) / Leggings (Not maternity. Just ordered this pair from Old Navy and this pair from Gap, though.)

Hi! Okay. The last time I really talked about my pregnancy was when I announced the news almost three weeks ago. So here’s a big personal update!

The Best Amazon-able Clothes (+ a Giveaway)

This post is sponsored by Amazon Fashion. As always, thank you so, so much for supporting the partnerships that keep Kelly in the City up and running!

Red Wrap Coat (Also try this affordable Cocoon!) / Kelly’s Gingham Flannel Shirt / Quilted Vest (Here’s the Women’s Version.) / Mitch’s Checked Flannel Shirt (We also got him this one and I love it!) Note: Today only, select J.Crew Mercantile products are 50 percent off!

Mitch here!

Remember Christmas shopping before the internet? My standard holiday shopping experience involved a single frantic trip to the mall on Christmas Eve. It resulted in terrible gifts, and I gave lots of jigsaw puzzles. (Sorry, Family.) But times have changed. I’m a freakin’ dad now and, despite the big guy up north doing his thing, pulling Christmas off this year kind of falls on my shoulders.