Kelly in the City

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Cute Gifts for Kids

Cute Gifts for Kids

Dachshund Sweater / Tulip Dress / Ric Rac Dress / Striped Bow Back Dress / Alpha, Bravo, Charlie / Striped Scalloped Dress / Magformers Play House / Guinea Pig Nightgown / Gineau Pig Stuffed Animal / Noodle Mask / Anthropologie Dolls / Sausage Dog Set / Ruffled Sweatshirt / Lacing Sheep / Red Checkered Dress / Storybook Maker / “Learn to Tell Time” Toy / Fur Snood / Playmobil 123 House

SO MANY UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS! Lucy’s is in May and Emma’s is in August, so those aren’t for a while. But they have a ton of friends who were apparently all born at the same time 😆, and so I’ve been waving in the cute gifts! (Always try to buy several weeks ahead of time that way there isn’t any panic. Here are a few cute things in case you’re in the same boat!

(I should note that next time I do this, I’ll be sure to include more clothing for boys, too. We only have a couple of little boy friends, so it kind of slipped my mind. Sorry ’bout that!)

Abercrombie Sweaters

Abercrombie Sweaters

Abercrombie Cozy Sweater (I also have and love this long duster cardigan!) / J.Crew Chateau PufferSorel Joan of Arctic Boots, available at Backcountry, Sorel and Zappos / Madewell Roadtripper Jeans

It’s an OUTFIT POST. 😮

Crazy. Now that Emma’s back in school—which has been going great, btw!—shooting outfits has become doable. Of course, Chicago is a total mess right now, so you’ll primarily be seeing me in my trusty snow boots. But nice to get out there again, haha!

Recent Finds, 2/19

Recent Finds 2/19 polo dress

Polo Dress

Can we talk about something for a minute? We’re nearing the end of February. If you live in a colder climate, let’s rejoice in that little fact! Sure, March in Chicago is still ridiculously cold. But February is psychologically the most difficult month, if you ask me.

When I was little, my mom gave me this cute little book of stickers. They went by the month, and I’ll always remember that March looked green. And there were bunnies, just hopping around and enjoying the extra bit of warmth. Again, there is no warmth or greenery here in Chicago in March. 😆 But we can start thinking about it, at least.

This is just my long-winded way of saying sorry for including bathing suits in this post. I’m just starting to see them pop up on retailers’ sites, and this has me excited about the months ahead!

20+ Things, 2/16

20+ Things 2/16

Console Cabinet Table / Target Lamp / Anthropologie Mirror (Also love this one, which we have in our dining room!) / Rouzati Rugs Runner / Framebridge Frames / Similar Chandelier Here and Here (Ours was installed by the previous owners so not sure where it’s from!) / Sofia the First Dress

Definitely having a two-coffee morning over here. ☕ I’m feeling chatty. Here are the first things that come to mind right now:

15 Products to Grab on Sale Today

15 Products to Grab on Sale Today

J.Crew Sophie Sweater Blazer: Special price today! / Chambray Shirt / Leggings / Clogs (Also via Backcountry and Zappos.) / Jute Rug / Westport Duvet Cover and Shams (On sale!)

Oh, hey there! I’m taking the day to build a LEGO Friends House with Emma. :) But here are 15 top-notch products to consider grabbing for a deal today:

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10 Preppy Valentine’s Day Outfits

10 Preppy Valentines Day Outfits

“Knit Your Love” Hearts Pom Pullover in Pink, Pullover in Camel, Pullover in White, Pullover in Lavender, Cardigan in Cream, Cardigan in Pink, Cardigan in GreenCardigan in Burgundy, Cardigan in LavenderTurtleneck in White / Kids’ “Knit Your Love” Cardigan in Pink and Cream / Sorel Joan of Arctic Boots, available at Backcountry, Sorel and Zappos / Similar Burberry Bag Here and Here / Madewell Cali Demi-Boot Jeans: Love this pair, this pair and this pair / Rug / Vineyard Vines Pom Beanie

Happy Valentine’s Day! Sharing 10 preppy outfits today. Which would you want to wear?!

How to Replace Your Stair Runner in Chicago

How to Replace Your Stair Runner in Chicago

Rouzati Rugs: call (847) 328-0000 or e-mail rouzatirugs@gmail.com to get started on your project! **Mention code “KELLYINTHECITY” to take 15 percent off any stair runner project.**

STAIR RUNNERS. Do they stress you out, too? Because up until recently, they really stressed me out.

If you follow along on Instagram Stories, you might remember my rocky start to attempting the project. 😆 After the girls went to bed one night, Mitch and I set out to measure our threadbare runner that needed to be replaced… on our own. I can’t tell you how many sweet messages we received from people questioning our intelligence. (Jokes. They were all very kind. We were the ones questioning our intelligence, hahaha.) Eventually, when Mitch’s parents came up one weekend, we went to a few carpeting stores but got very sketchy feelings from them. Everything was confusing and everyone we spoke to was way too vague about the process.

My New Lens

new camera lens

J.Crew Chateau Puffer Coat / Dudley Stephens Striped TurtleneckSorel Tofino II Boots (At Backcountry, Bloomingdales, Sorel and Zappos. Even warmer are the Sorel Joan of Arctic Boots, available at Backcountry, Sorel and Zappos) / Athleta Altitude Leggings / Amazon Snood Scarf / Barefoot Dreams Hat / Little Flower Mask / Kids’ Waterproof Uggs (But for snow play, we’ve since switched over to Emma’s hand-me-down Sorel Boots for Lucy and these new Sorel snow boots for Emma. Also available via Zappos.) / J.Crew Girls’ Chateau Puffer / Lucy’s Hat / Girls’ Mittens / Girls’ Snow Bib / Mitch’s Bean Boots, Patagonia Pullover, Scarf, Similar Hat, Similar Gloves and Jacket / Outdoor Decor Linked Here

Pretty much every day is a snow day over here, but this was our best of 2021 thus far. It happened on a weekend, so we met our next-door neighbors—in our “bubble”!—outside in the morning to shovel and play. It was awesome. The snow was so deep at that point that cars had stopped trying to go down our unplowed street, which made things really fun and different. (And fun and different: Exactly what we needed!)

Later that day, just as the sun was setting, we also took a little family walk. It was hard work, especially for Lucy. 😉 But she did it!