Kelly in the City

Written By Mitch Larkin

The Best No-Wrinkle Men’s Shirt

Vineyard Vines Performance Gingham Button Down and Blazer c/o

Mitch here!

I’ve always hated when friends complain about their work travel. Oh really? Was it so awful to spend the week in Los Angeles or in South Beach? Did that 36-hour trip to Vegas mess up your week? That whole warm weather, free food, new experiences while getting paid for it thing must be a real drag for you as I trudge off to the 1,800th day of teaching middle school math in a row. I feel for you…

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Cleaning Out & Giving Back

^ How did I get stuck holding the purse?

Kelly’s Bow-Backed Shirt, Mules, Satchel (Other colors here!) and Trench Coat
Emma’s Dress
Mitch’s Penny Loafers
, Oxford and Khakis all c/o

Mitch here!

I’ve been trying hard to up my wardrobe game since taking on a more active role with this blog, but I’m not very good at wearing clothes. Even worse, I didn’t even know that one could “be good” at clothes until recently. I’d grab my outfit from The Clothes Pile on the floor in the morning and throw it right back on top at night.

That Magical First Day

Old Skirt (But love this one from J.Crew Factory, this one from English Factorythis one and this one from Club Monaco, this one from Jack by BB Dakota, and this one from Abercrombie.) / Scalloped Tank / Everlane Sandals (And love this similar pair, also available here!) / Similar Woven Tote /  Similar Sunglasses / Initial Necklace

Mitch here!

If you’ve gathered anything from this blog over the past week it’s that:

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3 Beach Memories

Denim Jacket / Tuckernuck Dress c/o (It comes in black and a striped version, too! Also love this similar one, which also comes in pink.) / Gingham Bow Slides (On sale! And dying over this pair–OMG–and this pair.) / Dooney & Bourke Crossbody (Also love this one and this one!) / Similar Sunglasses

Mitch here!

As a guy from the Midwest, it’s truly surprising how much of my adult life has been spent on the beach. I know what you’re thinking:

Mitch. I’m pretty sure Chicago has beaches. Did you know that?

Lately with Mitch, 3/13

Mitch here!

It’s tough to write a Lately with Mitch column each week when all I really do is chase Emma around, cook for her, and then clean up after she destroys the house. A real “Lately with Mitch” would involve such mind-numbing topics as:

  • Didn’t I just take the garbage out?
  • Does this snack count as a meal?
  • How little sleep does it take for someone to actually die?

Preppy Kitchen Renovation

GE Cafe Series Refrigerator, Range, Dishwasher, Microwave c/o / Kohler Antique Three-Hole FaucetWhitehaven Farmhouse Sink, Whitehaven Bottom Sink Rack c/o / Rejuvenation Summerville Cabinet KnobMission Bin Pull / Ginger jars found at Homegoods,  Amazon, and Williams Sonoma / Gingham towels and Gingham oven mitts /  Cuisinart Coffee Machine / Wooden Whalesimplehuman Mounted Paper Towel Holder

Mitch here!

Our home search was quick. Kelly found the listing, and we put an offer in the next day. We were in love! Despite being built in the late 1800s, our little (half of a) townhouse was “move-in ready.” Sure, the very yellow kitchen needed an update, but that was five or 10 years down the road. Our immediate plans? Settle in, get our feet under ourselves, and simply enjoy our new home.