Kelly in the City

Written By Mitch Larkin

Pottery Barn Printer’s Keyhole Desk Review

Pottery Barn Printers Keyhole Desk Review

Pottery Barn Printer’s Keyhole Desk / Surya Area Rug (This used to be in our dining room in our old home.) / Similar Whales / Similar Lamps / Similar Equestrian Oil Paintings (We love these!)

Mitch here!

Anything can be a desk if you try hard enough to make it a desk. I wrote my masters thesis on a piece of wood that was sitting on a radiator, for example.

Over the years, I’ve used my knees, my couch, my bed and a bench in the boxing room at the gym as a desk. All that changed when we bought our house and set up my office, though. I promptly bought the Pottery Barn Printer’s Keyhole Desk, which is one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. And after a couple of years of heavy use, I’m reviewing it today!

Chicago Halloweenie Walk

Chicago Halloweenie Walk

Mitch here!

Yes. It’s mid-February and Halloween was obviously back in October. But Noodle’s had it ruff this year and she’s been hounding me to have some pun with this blog. Noodle is a big wiener in my book, so I took time to paws, reflect and get her off my tail, fur goodness sake.

Here’s the deal: I forgot to publish this post in a timely manner. But on Halloween, we dressed pawsh and headed to Wicker Bark for the annual Halloweenie Walk Parade. It’s a loooong story but we put this walking pun on a bun in the only way we knew how: Chicago-style!

I thought she looked fetching.

Valentine’s Day Gift Idea: Winter Sandals for Men

Winter Sandals for Men

Birkenstock Soft Clogs (Also available via Backcountry—use code “INTHECITY15” to take 15 percent off your first order!—and Zappos.) / Newer Barbour Jacket / Corduroy Pants / Similar Gray Sweatshirt

Mitch here!

It seems like just yesterday that I wrote my summer Birkenstock post. Oh, how young and foolish I was then, with my toes freely floppin’ out in the sun. Well, that’s very much over now.

Or is it?

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Men

Valentines Day Gifts for Men

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Mitch here!

Valentine’s Day is next weekend, and men are undoubtedly the hardest to shop for. (Sorry.) Here are 40 ideas, though! With any hope, you find one or two that’ll work for the guy in your life.

Men’s Extreme Cold Capsule Wardrobe

Mens Extreme Cold Capsule Wardrobe

Mitch here!

I chose to live in Chicago, and I’m dealing with the consequences of that decision right now. So today I focused my winter blues into a rethinking of my winter gear—and the result is this capsule wardrobe for extreme cold conditions. Have no worries; I left my winter shorts out of it!

The Best Super Easy Nachos in the World

The Best Super Easy Nachos

Mitch, you have to be kidding me with the above photo. 😆

Mitch here!

Are nachos an appetizer, a snack or an entree? The answer, of course, is yes. And I know what you’re thinking: Mitch, nachos are cheese and chips. It’s just two things; it’s not even a recipe. To which I say, lay off me! I’m a nacho expert and this recipe makes the best nachos I’ve ever had.

Mitch’s Recent Amazon Finds

Mitchs Recent Amazon Finds

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Mitch here!

Despite my best efforts, the only real pandemic habit that I’ve stuck with is buying tons of junk on Amazon. So today, as a part of this totally irregular and completely erratic blog series, I present to you the 20 best things I’ve bought on Amazon recently. Enjoy!

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Write a Letter to Yourself

Write a Letter to Yourself

Mitch here!

New Year’s resolutions are especially tough this year. And after being shut inside for nine months, I’m sick of introspection. I also feel that I’ve already done enough self improvement for one year. I’m fasting every day, I exercise regularly, I’m reading, and I even eat salad!

So I’m skipping the resolutions this year. I’m good. Instead, I’m going to write my future self a letter—because I’m ready to look outward again.

Sonos Speaker Review

Sonos Speaker Review

Living Room Details / New Rug Details / Basement/Playroom Details / Samsung Frame TV Review

Mitch here!

Home ownership in 2020 is confusing. In addition to all the regular home maintenance chores, our homes are filling with internet-enabled gadgets and systems that would blow even George Jetson’s mind. But I just finished installing our Sonos wireless speaker system and today I’m going to review it all for you.

Camping with Toddlers

Camping with Toddlers

Great Kids’ Camping Wear: Down Coat here and here (Size up!) / Waterproof Uggs (Size up!) / Hunter Boots / Vest

Mitch here!

I took Emma camping in the fall and it was the best weekend. She did great. I did great. My friend Peter and his daughter did great. The whole thing was just great. Great!

Anyway, I’m sorry it took me this long to get around to sharing it. But hey, squeezin’ it in before the end of 2020!

The Preppy Man’s Cold Weather Capsule Wardrobe

The Preppy Man's Cold Weather Capsule Wardrobe

Mitch here!

The Chicago winter is here and my wardrobe isn’t prepared, as evidenced by our Instagram Stories. I wear shorts until Christmas, and this year, Kelly is putting her foot down. No more winter shorts, Mitch.

She’s probably right, as much as I hate to admit that. My All-Year Capsule Wardrobe got me this far, but I’m anticipating a brutal winter. So I went about designing a capsule wardrobe to start dressing like an adult and less like a 13-year-old, and this is what I came up with.

Last-Minute Gift Guide

Last-Minute Gift Guide

Mitch here!

Being a father of two has given me some perspective on just how easy my life used to be. I now actively look for ways to simplify things in the hopes of carving out a few extra minutes of Private Mitch Time. And I need my Private Mitch Time!

Wooden and Brass Animal Gifts

Wooden and Brass Animal Gifts

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Mitch here!

I’m willing to bet that no human on the planet loves little animal figurines as much as my wife. So after a decade of sourcing this junk for her from all corners of the internet, I’ve become a brass and wooden trinket authority. And as luck would have it, she asked me to collect the best brass and wooden figurines in the world for you today. So if you’re still shopping for someone who is a total wierdo like my wife ♥️, this post is for you—and if you’re not, sorry!

Custom Baby Gates in Chicago

Custom Baby Gates in Chicago

Mitch here!

(Two Mitch posts in a row. Aren’t you lucky?!)

What is it with babies and stairs? Kelly I spent the last four years buying toys for our children and all they want to do is play on the stairs. It’s infuriating. It’s also unbelievably dangerous.

Framebridge Quick Ship Frames: There’s Still Time!

Framebridge Quick Ship Frames

Living room details here

Mitch here!

It’s Christmas gifting crunch time and, let’s just face it, we’re screwed. How exactly are we—and I’m talking about you and I—supposed to find thought-out, socially distanced, meaningful, yet not overly expensive gifts that will arrive in time?

Framebridge is how. Give a reindeer a break and frame something.