Welcome to Kelly in the City.

My name is Kelly Larkin, and this blog is where I document my life. While you’ll find a whole lot of fashion- and home-related content on Kelly in the City, my hope is that when you visit the site, you’ll also get to know me as a person, and learn what’s truly important to me.

So… what’s truly important me?

My family. My fiancé husband (and best friend), Mitch. My daughters, Emma and Lucy. My friends. New York. (And now, Chicago!) Photography. Traveling. Laughing so hard that it hurts. My miniature dachshund, Noodle. Decorating. Music. Embracing new life stages. Writing. Exploring. Trying new things. Taking chances. Growing.

A little more:

I arrived in New York City back in 2006 after graduating from Fairfield University in Connecticut with a degree in English and journalism. I originally wanted to be a newspaper reporter, but quickly learned that Manhattan reporting positions are a little difficult to come by and usually require a bit more experience than a couple of internships.

It was a lifelong dream (you know–throughout my many years of existence) to spend my twenties in New York City, so living in Manhattan ended up taking precedence over the plan to become a reporter. I took a position as an online news editor at a trade magazine down in the East Village, and spent my days falling in love with New York. I didn’t exactly love editing and writing about real estate, architecture and design, but the location was amazing and it was thrilling enough just figuring out adulthood on my own in the city.

I left a few years later after seeing a “TEACH NYC” advertisement on the subway, and, wanting to give back to the city that provided me with so much happiness, became a middle school teacher in the Bronx. There, I met my fiancé husband (yes–another teacher at my school!)… and the rest–on the romance front, at least–is history!

A couple of years ago, Mitch and I decided to make a big life change, and we moved Chicago, where Mitch spent half of his childhood. While I never thought I’d leave the New York metropolitan region and struggled with the transition, I’ve fallen completely in love with the Windy City, our neighborhood, our friends, and the life we’ve built here. We’re now parents to two beautiful little girls and are renovating our 1800s “forever home” in Lincoln Park!

Want to learn more? Read my FAQs page, and get in touch with me at kelly@kellyinthecity.com.

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