Kelly in the City

Written By Mitch Larkin

Fall Style with Mitch and his Little Girls

Patagonia El Cap Better Sweater / Sperrys (This navy pair is also great, and I could see myself in these sneakers.) / Similar Jeans Here and Here / Gingham Button-Down (Love this one, too.) / Toddler Outfit / Matching Baby Outfit

Mitch here!

I’m a Chicago Weather Denier, and this fall, I plan to ignore the chill for as long as possible like I always do. The plan is to slowly add layer upon layer, and I don’t care if I end up wearing 10 sweaters on top of each other; that parka is staying in the closet where it belongs! It’s like I’m experiencing the five stages of grief but in this case every stage is denial.

Outdoor Space: Before + After

outdoor space

This post is sponsored by Ace Hardware, but all opinions are my own. As always, thank you so, so much for supporting the partnerships that keep Kelly in the City up and running!

Mitch here!

All my life, I’ve wanted to live in an old single-family house in Lincoln Park, where I spent half my childhood. Outside of marrying an awesome person, starting a family and growing a beard, it was my fundamental goal. I’m so, so happy… and I can see the change in my family’s happiness, too. We have SPACE! I also just can’t get over the thought that this is my office and that is my door and why does the doorknob look like that and we have to change it immediately but I have no idea how to change a doorknob.


Mitch’s 10 Favorite Aldi Products

ALDI products

Mitch here!

Does anyone else straight up pig out when they get home from the grocery store? I can’t be the only one. I even buy special favorite treats for myself to eat immediately when I get home because I’m an adult and I have a credit card and can do stuff like that! Well, that’s what this post is all about. I’ve partnered with ALDI to share my favorite stuff from my favorite store. This is pretty much the best blog post of all time.

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$1,000 Giveaway with The Laundress + Partners

a baby and a mom on the floor in a house

^ This one contributes quite a bit to our laundry situation, but boy, is she cute!

Mitch here!

Kelly and I have been in some dire laundry situations over the years. I’m talking about late-night New York laundromats, coin-operated basement clunkers, and weekend trips to our parents’ with suitcases full of dirty clothing. You’d think that by now, especially considering we have a proper upstairs laundry room, we’d be past all this. But you’d be wrong. Because now we have not one but two kids!

Noodle on the Go

In collaboration with Zoetis. All opinions are my own. As always, thank you so much for supporting the partnerships that keep Kelly in the City up and running!

Mitch here!

Noodle is many things to many people. She’s a living teddy bear for Emma, a nap-disrupter for Lucy, a cuddly writing companion for Kelly, and a source of an astonishing number of chores for me. 😉 (Kidding. I love her.)

Mitch’s Navy Office

Paint color: “In the Navy” (Color #50BB 10/147) by Glidden

What do you do when your husband asks you to turn his office into a “manly, moody and inspirational Ralph Lauren-esque” space, yet he wants to hold off on bigger investments (like furniture, built-ins and new flooring) for a few years? (Totally understandable! He wants to learn how he uses his office and what he actually needs before making any huge/permanent design decisions.)


getting sick

Chambray Shirt Design c/o Lucy Larkin

Mitch here!

This is a picture of me covered in Lucy puke, taken approximately 24 hours before a reincarnation of the bubonic plague visited our house. Things got bad and then they got worse, but luckily Emma and Lucy stayed healthy and happy throughout the whole ordeal. (The puke in the photo is, in actuality, unrelated to the plague. But it seemed fitting. 😑)

What exactly do parents do when they get sick? I can tell you what I did and I’m not proud of it.

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