Kelly in the City

Written By Mitch Larkin

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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Mitch’s Dream Trip to New York

This post is sponsored by ALDI 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!

As any parent can attest, a solo trip to the grocery store is like an exotic vacation. It’s quiet there, nobody is crying, and as an added bonus, they have all my favorite snacks. Granted, I typically have to sprint through the store like I’m on “Supermarket Sweep”.  But a good grocery store sesh can make my week. And today I’d like to let you in on a related secret that’s changed my life.

Larkin Family Fall Travel Plans

Larkin family fall travel

Mark & Graham Leopard Tote c/o / Plaid Blazer (ObSESSED. <–Kelly’s commentary.) / Madewell Loafers / Rag & Bone Jeans (Also available here, here and here.) / Scalloped Version of my Camisole

Mitch here!

Have you felt it yet? Sure, temps hit 85 degrees yesterday and yes, it’s still officially August. But there’s a note of coolness in the breeze and a whiff of pumpkin spice in the air.

I spent most of the last 30 Augusts in a state of dread. But as hard as I try to avoid looking at a calendar, the back-to-school sale signs and subtle crunch of the grass have given it away. Not today and not tomorrow, but I will have flipped my last flop soon enough.

Summer’s almost over and I’m freaking out. 😭

The Ducky Derby

Lucy and Emma are covered in rubber duckies

^Emma’s reaction when we told her we were going to throw rubber duckies in the Chicago River for the Ducky Derby Fundraiser. We should have prefaced the news with “not your rubber duckies; different rubber duckies.” ;) But now that we fully understand what’s going on, we’re so happy and excited!

Mitch here!

I’ve had some very interesting job titles in my life: professional lawnmower, sorority dishwasher, purveyor of internet inventions and, of course, blogger. (?) But easily the best job I ever had–with the exception of “Dad,” of course–was being a Special Olympics coach in college. I freaking loved that job.

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Shop Prime Day Before it Ends!

Shop Amazon Prime Day 2019 Before it Ends

Mitch here!

Does anyone know why the world’s major retailers convene for these massive sales in the middle of July? Of course, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens to the public in a few short days, which the ladies in my life seem to be very excited about. But we’re here to talk AMAZON PRIME DAY 2! I went through the whole sale so you don’t have to. Let’s get to it.

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NSale: Home, Kids & Men (+$100 Giveaway)

preppy home nsale

This is my last roundup for the Nordstrom Anniversary SalePhew!–but it’s definitely my favorite with the life stage I’m currently in. We need quite a bit for our new house, so I’ve loved browsing through the home section from the sale… and the girls are constantly growing out of their stuff, so we definitely did some damage in the kids’ section. ;) Mitch’s birthday is also in October, and I love that his gifts are now covered through the men’s sale! (AHEAD of the game. When has that ever happened for me?! 😂)

To enter today’s $100 giveaway to shop the sale, simply:

Nordstrom Sale Shoes + Accessories You Can Shop Early

Nordstrom Sale shoes

One / Two / Three / Four / Five / Six / Seven / Eight / Nine / Ten / Eleven / Twelve / Thirteen / Fourteen / Fifteen / Sixteen / Seventeen / Eighteen / Nineteen / Twenty / Twenty-One / Twenty-Two / Twenty-Three / Twenty-Four

One of the best-kept secrets about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is that right before it starts, the normal sale section gets REALLY good. It’s during this time that I’ve been able to make some major scores. It’s definitely worth looking over!

In this post, I’m highlighting a few favorite shoes and accessories. (Sale clothing will go up on the blog tomorrow!) But before I do that, a little information about the Anniversary Sale:

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How We Moved + Had a Baby on the Same Day

how we moved

Mitch here! (Again. Two posts in a row from me!)

You know that song “I Like the Way You Move” by OutKast? It was written about us. ;) Kelly and I have moved 15 times since college. We used to move every year and sometimes, for fun, we’d do it more often than that. The issue was that New York apartments are terrible and it doesn’t take long before you start planning to move on… again. Think of New Yorkers like sharks; if they aren’t moving, they’re dying.

A few moving memories:

$250 Giveaway + The Ultimate Guide to Shopping the Long Weekend Sales

Memorial Day Weekend Preppy Sales

Hello from Lake Bloomington!

Update: Congratulations to Frilot M. for winning the giveaway!

Today I’m hosting a fun giveaway, featuring the best products from my four favorite long weekend sales, and sharing some cute family snaps from the lake.

To enter to win $250 to shop the weekend’s best sales, simply:

What to Buy During the Big J.Crew Factory Sale

memorial day j.crew factory sale

Lobster Sweater / Huarache Sandals / Gingham Button-Down / Similar White Jeans Here and Here / Mitch’s Shorts / Mitch’s Gingham Button-Down

Hahaha. I’m laughing so hard at these photos. This is the story of a couple who recently discovered that their camera has remote capability via iPhone. And they’ve clearly been having WAY too much fun with it. 😜 (Though they’re admittedly lacking in talent. 😂)

Cookin’ with Mitch: Broccoli Cheese Soup

broccoli cheese soup

Mitch is back!

Do I look tired? Lately, I’ve been much less Cookin’ with Mitch and more Admittin’ Defeat with Mitch. Kelly’s wild pregnancy cravings change mid-cook, and much of what I make ends up in the garbage… though frankly, it probably belongs there. ;) Don’t let this fancy, once-in-a-while cooking column fool you; I’m not great in the kitchen. One just can’t write a blog post called Microwavin’ Leftover Frozen Pizza at 2 am with Mitch.