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J.Crew Quilted Cocoon Puffer Coat Review

Blackwatch Plaid Turtleneck Dress (Sizes 12-16 tend to fit adult sizes between XS-L. I’m wearing a size 14 here, which probably fits like an adult medium.) / Leather Riding Boots (TTS. These are fantastic as well.) / Quilted Cocoon Coat (Size down one to two sizes! Runs very big. Here’s the wool version. I size down one size in that.) / Mark & Graham Suede Crossbody / Sunglasses (More affordable here and here.)

Aaaaand we’re finally here with a J.Crew Quilted Cocoon Puffer Coat review!

Here’s what you should know:

  • It’s modeled after the wool Cocoon Coat. The Cocoon silhouette has been around since 2011, and for good reason. It’s wonderfully warm and oversized yet somehow flattering. It’s iconic, really! LOVE that J.Crew turned the classic wardrobe staple into a puffer coat. It’s truly perfect for this ultra casual year we’re having!
  • It runs larger than the wool Cocoon Coat. I normally go one size down in the wool Cocoon Coat, but I needed to go two sizes down in the quilted one. It’s oversized to begin with, so don’t order your normal size!
  • It’s filled with Primaloft, which provides a great deal of warmth. That said, it’s not a true winter coat. I would say that once temps drop into the 20s, I’ll be in a true puffer coat. (This is my favorite. Runs huge. Size down.)
  • The collar is higher than the wool version. This is awesome for keeping the wind out.
  • It has deep pockets. Really great when you want to be hands- or bag-free when running out. They fit my wallet, keys, phone, mask, sunglasses—all the essentials.
  • It has a zipper. Again, nice for keeping the wind out.
  • It’s machine-washable. HUGE. Just throw it in there. If you’re going to dry it a little—which you probably should—be sure to put a tennis ball into the dryer with it to maintain fluffiness.
  • It comes in five colors and they’re all great. I love the hot pink, but the olive and navy are fantastic as well. And the yellow, while perhaps not as versatile as the others, just makes me happy. ;)

A+ from me!

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Blackwatch Plaid Turtleneck Dress (Sizes 12-16 tend to fit adult sizes between XS-L. I’m wearing a size 14 here, which probably fits like an adult medium.) / Leather Riding Boots (TTS. These are fantastic as well.) / Quilted Cocoon Coat (Size down one to two sizes! Runs very big. Here’s the wool version. I size down one size in that.) / Mark & Graham Suede Crossbody / Sunglasses (More affordable here and here.)

Holiday Family Photo Tips

Tartan Tissue Turtleneck (Here’s the girls’ version!) / Cozy Jeans (THE BEST. So warm and soft!) / Black Pumps (Ridiculously cheap today. It’s unreal. Leopard version here.) / Long Cardigan / Girls’ Blackwatch Plaid Dresses / Mitch’s Checked Shirt

Now through Sunday, everything at J.Crew Factory is 50-60 percent off! Read my complete guide to shopping the site here.

Guys, I’m here to set things straight.

Your holiday card photo doesn’t need to include all members of your family; it’s fine if no one is looking at the camera. It doesn’t have to be taken with a “real camera.” Heck, it doesn’t even have to exist in physical form! (Ah, modern technology.)

The bottom line is that it doesn’t need to be perfect. In fact, it’s better if it isn’t perfect. (Honestly, the best cards I’ve seen this year are the funny ones, in particular these. 😆

J.Crew Cocoon Coat Review

J.Crew Cocoon Coat Review

J.Crew Cocoon Coat (Go down one size. Here’s the Quilted Cocoon Puffer Coat. Go one to two sizes down in that one!) / Supersoft Leopard Sweater (Runs large. Size down. Check out the rest of the Supersoft line here.) / Velvet Leggings (The Commando pair is exceptional, too! Did I just say “exceptional”?) / Suede Booties (Also love the knee-high version.) / Soft Faux Leather Tote

This is definitely a favorite outfit as of late. I love J.Crew’s Supersoft line, and the new oversized leopard sweater is perfect. I would definitely recommend sizing down, as it does run on the roomier side, but I love that it covers your butt, thus allowing you to wear leggings with it. Give me all the comfy-cozy outfits for the remainder of this year! ;)

But the real hero here is the Cocoon Coat. I bought my first Cocoon back in 2011 when I was still living in New York, and it remains my favorite piece of outerwear ever. Here’s what you need to know:

Cyber Weekend: Home + Holiday Decor

Cyber Weekend: Home + Holiday Decor

Aaaaand we’re back with a massive Cyber Weekend post on home and holiday decor! This was undoubtedly my favorite guide to put together. I loved every second of it, haha. I know I keep saying this, but I’m just so in the spirit this holiday season. It’s obviously because Christmas is going to be so different this year, and we’ll likely be unable to see very many people. (Though we do think Patrick is getting the vaccine in the coming weeks. Which would be 😭. Definitely all I want for Christmas.) Making the home cozy and warm has been getting me through! Christmas is the ultimate magical experience for a four-year-old… and I just want everything to be special. :)

Anyway, it’s been a lot of fun.

I should note that not all of these pieces fall under the “holiday decor” heading; some are just most-loved products you’ll find in our home. (And there may be a few pieces of clothing included, too, because Anthropologie is dreamy and I can’t help myself. 😜) But most are, and I hope this helps if you’re looking to deck the halls!

Mitch’s Cyber Monday Guide

Mitchs Cyber Monday Guide

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There’s so much more! Scroll down!

Mitch here!

Below I’ve gathered some excellent Cyber Monday finds from my favorite stores. In case you missed it, though, Kelly has thus far published Cyber Weekend Clothing Sales, Cyber Weekend Steals & Deals, and Shop Small posts. They’re all good guides for gift-buying and treating yo’self.

But on to mine! 😜

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$24.99 C.Wonder Quilted Vegan Leather Flap Bag

$24.99 C.Wonder Quilted Vegan Leather Flap Bag

$24.99 C.Wonder Eliana Quilted Vegan Leather Flap Shoulder Bag / $19.99 Scoop Sweater (The other very soft sweater I loved, btw, was the Scoop Balloon Sweater.) / $50 Scoop Faux Fur Vest / $12.96 Knit Jeggings / $29.50 Vegan Leather Boots

This is a freakout post. Because THIS SHOULDER BAG (by C.Wonder 😍) looks like a $5k purse, yet it’s only $24.99 right now. And it’s so good! My mind has been blown.

When I first spotted it, I was like, “Okay. No way this thing is going to be as spectacular as it looks online.” But then I received it, and I seriously stood there in awe for like five minutes, inspecting the thing and scratching my head.

You may remember that C.Wonder was originally created by Tory Burch’s ex-husband. I loved it, especially because the brand embraced the dachshund into so many of its designs. I also went to a lot of C.Wonder events in Soho when I lived in New York, and made a fair amount of blogger friends through those little get-togethers! Sadly, though, business sadly went belly up, and the C.Wonder clothing and accessories I still have today are some of my most-loved.

Cyber Weekend Steals & Deals

Cyber Weekend Steals & Deals

Hi, guys!

Mitch and I compiled some of our favorite deals of the weekend for you, complete with reviews and bad jokes. I hope the roundup is helpful, or at least provides you with a couple of laughs! If you found any other steals, please let us know and we’ll add ’em in. :) Thank you!

Cyber Weekend Clothing Sales

Black Friday Sale Guide

Tartan Tissue Turtleneck / Cozy Jeans (THE BEST. So warm and soft!) / Black Pumps (Ridiculously cheap today. It’s unreal. Leopard version here.) / Long Cardigan / Girls’ Blackwatch Plaid Dresses / Mitch’s Checked Shirt

Guys! I hope you had a happy and safe Thanksgiving. We cancelled our plans and stayed in Chicago—just the four of us—and opted to Zoom with family. And I have to say: It felt very special. Yes, a little sad; hard not to forget what’s going on in the world and why, exactly, we can’t be together. But it was good. And now we need a little Zoom break. (Though Grandma Sheehan, we’re comin’ for you tomorrow! You better pick up… or else I’m sending Uncle Alex in. Jokes. 😆)

Anyway, it’s Black Friday! As always, I’ll be covering it today and all weekend. (I hope this is helpful!) Of course, Black Friday coverage can often be overwhelming. So I’ve decided to break it up into several posts. I’m starting this morning with the obvious: clothing brands. Specifically J.Crew, J.Crew Factory, Madewell, Tuckernuck, Abercrombie and Anthropologie—in this post, at least!

My Complete Guide to Shopping J.Crew Factory

My Complete Guide to Shopping J.Crew Factory

Hi, Friends! These are a few of my favorite things. :)

I’ve long said that J.Crew Factory could be a person “one stop shop” for all needs in life, and this year’s collection definitely proves my point! I’ve rounded up my family’s favorite products—most of which have been in our closets for years—and I’m excited to share with you an incredible sale: 60-70 percent off everything, an extra 60 percent off already reduced clearance products with code “GIFTY,” and 70 percent off “Winter Faves.”

It’s almost too good to be true. Time to go shopping!

Fat Brain Toys

Fat Brain Toys

Mitch here!

Emma and Lucy (and Kelly, my wife) are toy fanatics. I’m not exaggerating when I say that they can wake up and play with toys for a solid 12 hours before going back to sleep. Which is tough because my toy-playing game is weak. Unlike my wife, I’m really only good for like five minutes as a Pink Princess Tea Party Guest no matter how hard I try. And now that the quarantine tea party has been extended indefinitely, I need to make some changes before I go totally NUTS. It’s time for some new toys.

$34.50 Camel Sweater Dress + 50% Off Favorite Scarf + Riding Boots

Camel Sweater Dress J.Crew

$34.50 Camel Sweater Dress (Also available in black. It runs a bit big. I’m wearing a small here, but I wish I’d gone for the XS. J.Crew’s version here. Love the leopard one, too!) / Leather Riding Boots (50 percent off with code “VERYMERRY.” TTS, though I go up a half size in all riding boots so I can wear thick socks with them. These are fantastic as well.) / Similar Crossbody Bag (50 percent off with code “EARLY.” Leopard here.) / Plaid Scarf (Only $19.95! Three other patterns, all fantastic. Here’s J.Crew’s version.) / Emma’s Plaid Dress (Lucy was sleeping for most of these photos but this is hers! This is a great option, too.) / Emma’s Scalloped Boots / Mitch’s Birkenstock Clogs (Use code “KELLYCITY15” to take 15 percent off your first order!) / Mitch’s Plaid Shirt (Similar)

HUGE FAN of this sweater dress, which is currently on sale for $34.50. First, it’s a crazy good deal. Second, it’s ridiculously warm and soft. (No itch. It’s part of J.Crew Factory’s extra-soft yarn line!) Third, it can be worn multiple times per week if you simply switch up your scarf and shoe selection. 😉 It also comes in black! (Runs a little large. I ordered the small and probably should have gone down to the XS. Here’s the leopard version and “regular” J.Crew’s sweater dress.)

Other awesome deals:

Preppy Men’s Holiday Gift Guide

Preppy Mens Holiday Gift Guide

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Mitch here!

I just spent the last four hours racking my brain for the best men’s gifts. You know: The stuff I own and love, and then the stuff I don’t own yet still love. Here’s what I came up with!

Plaid Bow Holiday Cards

Plaid Bow Holiday Cards

Plaid Holiday Cards c/o (20 percent off Minted holiday cards when you choose recycled paper. 15 percent off all other cards with code “JOYFUL.” Ends Tuesday, 11/24.) / Artificial Christmas Tree (The Crate & Barrel Cypress line is INCREDIBLE. So lifelike!) / Ginger Jar Ornaments

Oh my GOODNESS.

I’m so unbelievably thrilled with how our holiday cards turned out! (Credit to Carly for finding them for us. ♥️)

Early Access: Madewell Black Friday Sale

Madewell Black Friday Sale Early Access

Pointelle Cable Cardigan Sweater / Button-Front Leaves Dress (Longer version here.) / Carlotta Boots / Sydney Crossbody Bag / Estate Cocoon Coat c/o

Do yourself a favor and sign up to be a Madewell Insider here right now! It’s free, and there are no gimmicks. (Really.) And once you do it, you’ll have immediate early access to the company’s Black Friday Sale, which is so good. Most products are 30 percent off, and these best-sellers are 50 percent off. Wild!

Here are some photos of the girls and me taking Noodle (Chicago hot dog) to the Chicago hot dog stand. (We did not let her eat one because it felt a little cannibalistic. 😜 Instead, she got some chicken-flavored doggy treats.)

Annnywhoooo. Let’s get to the point of this post!

Here are 15 Madewell purchases to consider:

Gift Guide: Dads and Grandpas

Gift Guide: Dads and Grandpas

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Mitch here!

Dads are wicked hard to shop for. (And apparently I’m suddenly from Boston.)

I’m a dad myself, and I can’t even shop for myself. Pre-pandemic, I’d just sort of stand there in the store looking at the shelves until my wife picked me up. But I know I’m not the only one doing that. Which is why to kick off our gift guide series, I’ve solved all your problems by hand-selecting the best dad and grandpa gifts on the internet.

He’s going to be all like “Oh Dear!” when he opens this thing. Trust me.

Dachshund + Leaf Cookie Giveaway

Dachshund + Leaf Cookie Giveaway

I’m going all out for Christmas this year. Not in the “Pinterest sense”; I really just want to look on the bright side and appreciate this year’s slower-paced holiday. I want to make a concerted effort to be in the spirit, revel in our time as a little family, and center our activities around the season. Make it special. I learned last year that it’s not about “doing all the things.” It’s about doing a few things, and having a really fun time with them. :)

One of the things is sugar cookies. Every December growing up, I remember jumping off the school bus and coming inside to find my mother huddled over a tray of them, painstakingly decorating each one, making sure to get the details just right. A little red cinnamon ball for Rudolf’s nose; a sprinkle of white sugar for the Christmas tree to make it look like a snow dusting. It marked the beginning of the magic, and the warmth and coziness of it all is something I’m now trying to emulate in my own home for my own children. Thanks, Mom.

Buffalo Check Shirt Jacket

Buffalo Check Shirt Jacket

Buffalo Check Shirt Jacket (Runs large, size down.) / Willa Ankle Boots (TTS. Also love the knee-high ones!) / Camera Bag / Newer Skinny Jeans Here and Here — Love these kickout crop jeans, though. They’d go great with the booties!

Wanted to feature the famous Buffalo Check Shirt Jacket today, as it tends to sell out quickly whenever J.Crew or J.Crew Factory bring it back. I’m also currently watching Schitt’s Creek (for the first time!) and it makes me feel like Stevie, which I like. 😜 (David just kissed Patrick, btw, and I’m dying; so cute. 😭)