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The Best Mother’s Day Gifts

Without a doubt, the best Mother’s Day gifts are from Mark & Graham–an amazing brand that’s under the Williams-Sonoma Inc. umbrella. (Just like Pottery Barn is!) I LOVE it. Actually, “love” doesn’t do my feelings justice; Mitch would describe the whole thing as an obsession. 😂

I can’t help it, though. The quality is simply off the charts, and everything is so preppy, personalized and meaningful. It’s my go-to place for special gifts in general, whether for Mitch, my parents or my in-laws. And every single time that Mitch’s given me a gift from Mark & Graham, he’s hit it out of the park. (If you’ve been following along with us for a while now, you know that this very affordable stamped initial necklace is probably my most prized possession! More on that below.)

I’m actually doing an Instagram collaboration with Mark & Graham for Mother’s Day, but felt that the content warranted a blog post, too. (Okay, yeah: There’s that whole obsession thing shining through, haha.) Because if you’ve yet to buy gifts for those awesome moms in your life and are feeling “stuck,” I’m about to solve all your problems! 😉

Here are my top Mother’s Day gift ideas for 2019:

15+ Preppy Spring Outfits to Recreate

Trench Coat with Quilted Liner (So warm! Here’s the single-breasted trench coat, and all the other London Fog trenches.) / Dooney & Bourke Bag / Similar Tassel Loafer Versions Here, Here, Here and Here / Rag & Bone Jeans (Also available here.) / Similar Striped Shirt Here, Here and Here

Since I’m living in leggings for the next few weeks, I thought I’d dig back through the archives and share some everyday spring looks that you can easily recreate on your own! I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t super excited about getting into some non-maternity stuff soon; heck, I’d just settle for anything that’s actually comfortable at this point. 🙈 (Btw: If you’re also in your third trimester, I’d recommend investing in these maternity leggings from Old Navy. They’re the only thing gettin’ me through!)

But yeah: the below looks are some of the outfits I wish I were wearing right now! ;)

Preppy Bedding that Won’t Break the Bank

Company Store Awning Stripe Duvet Cover and ShamsEmbroidered Bicycle Pillow“Enjoy” PillowFlannel Lace Sheets and PillowcasesBasket-Weave Euro Shams; Softest Fleece Throw Blanket; Ashby Floral Linen Fitted Sheet, Top Sheet, Pillow Cases and Euro ShamsBest Down PillowsFirmest PillowsWaterproof Mattress PadOversized, Extra-Warm Down Comforter c/o / Other room details here

The Company Store is currently having its “Friends and Family” sale. Use code “FRIENDS19” to take 20 percent off and get free shipping on orders of $75+ now through April 28th.

Recently, I wrote a post about preppy “investment” bedding. Today, though, I’d like to focus on preppy bedding that looks like a million bucks yet is affordable, too!

Sweet Mandy B’s in Lincoln Park

J.Crew Gingham Trench Coat (Here’s the iconic khaki-colored one, btw.) / Dudley Stephens Fleece / Sperry Loafers / Mark & Graham Elisabetta Bamboo Tote / DL 1961 Maternity Jeans (These light wash maternity jeans are better, though, in all honesty! Also on sale! Also, OMG. Gap just came out with white demi-panel maternity jeans. FINALLY!)

On Saturday, I talked about Floriole, one of my favorite spots in Lincoln Park, Chicago. And today, I’m featuring Sweet Mandy B’s, which, in my opinion, is the neighborhood’s best bakery! It also happens to be next door to Floriole. (1208 W. Webster.)

Happy Easter!

J.Crew Factory Navy Striped Dress / Mark & Graham Hand-Painted Straw Tote c/o / Newer Gap Bunny Flats

Happy Easter, Friends!

As I mentioned, the Larkins are hanging in Chicago today. It’s our first Easter on our own; we’re usually either with my family on the East Coast or with Mitch’s downstate, but since we’re so close to the baby’s due date, my doctor advised us not to leave the city. So we’re just doin’ our own thing here!

Floriole Cafe and Bakery in Lincoln Park

Pink Boden Coat (Go down on size. This one is nearly identical, btw.) / Brook & York Parker Knot PendantSperry Loafers / White Maternity Jeans (Btw: Did you see this pair of white maternity jeans from Madewell?! Love these J Brand White Maternity Jeans, too. Also, if you’re not pregnant, I highly recommend this pair of affordable white skinny jeans. I’ve had mine for years and love them! They’re a deal, and they’re very soft and stretchy yet don’t lose their shape throughout the day.) / Chambray Popover (This is my go-to non-maternity chambray shirt.) / Mark & Graham Tote / Mark & Graham Laptop Case in “Blush”

These photos are a little random, but I’m trying to be better about capturing bits and pieces of our everyday lives in Lincoln Park, Chicago. :) So this weekend, I want to feature two places that we visit frequently in LP. (And they happen to be right next to each other!)

Today, I’m talking about Floriole Cafe and Bakery, which is my go-to coffee shop for work sessions, but also to bring Emma.

Recent Finds, 4/19

Recent Finds, 4/19

Some of my favorite spring products are back!

Pink Trench / Chambray Bow Pants / Old Navy Mules, but similar Here, Here and Here / “Classic Style” / Similar Bucket Bag / Similar Striped Top Here and Here

Fri-yay!

What do you have planned for the weekend? We’re going to meet the Easter Bunny on the Willis Tower’s Sky Deck in Chicago, and I’m pretty pumped about it. Over Christmas, we met Santa there, and it was such a fun experience! (Emma loved it.) Other than that, though, we’re laying low and hopefully getting our butts to some parks and perhaps to the Lincoln Park Zoo. Again, I’m really loving our plans-free weekends before the baby arrives. Such great family bonding time, and so relaxing!

Anyway, the big news re: “Recent Finds” this week is that Nordstrom is having its huge Spring Sale, and there are so many awesome finds. I’ve included some of my favorites below!

How to Safely Buy Authenticated Investment Bags on eBay

authenticated pre-owned luxury bags on eBay

I’m so excited about today’s post, guys! I’d like to introduce you to my new tote. 😉

First, though, some background: I’ve owned the Louis Vuitton Neverfull in the “MM” size for many years. It was my first investment bag, and I long adored the thing. (Didn’t look too large on my frame, and I could fit everything I needed for a day–laptop included–in it.) But I kind of stopped using it regularly when I had Emma because I couldn’t fit everything that the two of us needed in it. Which is why I finally decided to sell the medium and upgrade to the large, or the “GM” as LV refers to it.

I really love it. It’s the perfect size for my “mom lifestyle,” and I have my favorite tote back. So happy!

Third Trimester Pregnancy Update

Third Trimester Pregnancy Update

Today, you can take 50 percent off everything at J.Crew Factory with code “FULLBASKET.” No exclusions, and it even applies to new arrivals, suiting and clearance!

Softest Chambray Shirt / J Brand White Maternity Jeans (If you’re not pregnant, I highly recommend this pair of affordable white skinny jeans. I’ve had mine for years and love them! They’re a deal, and they’re very soft and stretchy yet don’t lose their shape throughout the day.) / Red Huarache Sandals (Here are the brown ones I wear all the time, too!) / Mark & Graham Navy Elisabetta Bamboo Tote c/o (Love the new one with the strap, too. See all Elisabetta totes here!) / The Warmest Trench Coat (Comes with a quilted liner! Runs TTS.) / Ray-Ban Sunglasses

I’m officially less than a month out from my due date! In some ways, it feels like it’s just around the corner… but in many other ways, it feels like I’m just going to be pregnant forever. 😜 Today, though, I wanted to share my last pregnancy update before Baby #2 arrives sometime around May 15th!

Round 2: Shop My Closet for Free

Shop my Closet for Free

Enter to win this classic black Longchamp below!

And we’re back with another “Shop my Closet for Free” post–this was the first one!–because we’re nearing the end of our KonMari challenge, only one month behind schedule. 😉 We’re actually wrapping things up THIS WEEK, so you can soon expect three blog posts on how we handled the categories of Books and Papers (which we combined), Miscellaneous (Kitchen, Bathrooms, Garage, Kids’ Stuff, etc.), and Sentimental Items. While we’re not 100-percent done as I type this, I can say that thus far, the easiest categories for me have been Books and Miscellaneous, and the most challenging have been Papers (simply because it’s so time-consuming and tedious) and Clothing. Oy, is Clothing tough!

In case you’re new here, one of my biggest takeaways from our KonMari challenge has been the importance of mindfulness. You can read more about this in the “What I Learned” section of the eye-opening post, but I’m currently very focused on finding good homes for clothing and accessories that I love but don’t need or use enough. While these things are going to many different places, I decided from the get-go that I wanted to set aside some favorites for you, as you’re the reason this blog exists in the first place! So thank you for clicking on this blog post today and “shopping.” It’s somehow so much easier to part with my closet knowing that some of the stuff is going to my awesome readers. :)