We snapped these photos the other day after getting home from Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium. (See the last photo in this post.) It’s so easy to just hole up at home this time of year, but we’ve been putting a lot of effort into getting our family out and about. I will say that it requires quite a bit of doing with two little kids, and Mitch and I are utterly exhausted by the end. 😆 But we fight off cabin fever, get to experience the city, and avoid trashing the house. Everyone’s happier!
The British brand FatFace recently sent the Larkin Family some really beautiful clothing to keep us toasty, and we decided to wear our new outfits to the aquarium. (Note: Enter to win $250 to spend on FatFace winter staples via my Instagram post!) I love what the company says about keeping the everyday simple: “The new year often comes with so many pressures—your wardrobe shouldn’t be one of them.” Nine times out of 10, we wear casual clothing because we lead casual lives… so this year, I’m focusing on making sure the Larkins’ wardrobes reflect that. The girls and I now only have a handful of dressier pieces in our closets, for example. The majority are comfortable everyday favorites, and because of this, there’s really no more sifting through stuff in the morning. Everything we actually love and wear is in plain sight.
A few products I should highlight:
Cashmere Hoodie: This year I said goodbye to all my wool sweaters, save for one cardigan that I wear over turtlenecks. They were just sitting in my closet; I never reached for them since I get so itchy in wool! Now I have mostly cotton sweaters… and a handful of cashmere ones that I absolutely cherish. ;) When I received the FatFace cashmere hoodie, I knew it would become a staple, and it has. :) It’s incredibly soft (zero itch) and while it’s a hoodie, the cashmere gives it an elevated look.
High-Waist Skinny Jeans: WOW. If you’re a fan of stretchy high-rise jeans, these are for you. They git me like a glove. (TTS, btw.) They didn’t lose their shape throughout the day, and were insanely comfortable—so much so that I wore them right up until bed the first day I wore them. (I normally slip into pajamas or leggings after dinner!) I also love how high the waist is. I have a longer torso, so the extra rise in the pants works well for me!
Parka: I’m a huge fan of the utility jacket look, but obviously can’t wear mine during Chicago winters. Love that this gives me the same look but with the warmth I need! I would say that this is a step under a puffer jacket in terms of warmth, but it really does get the job done—especially if I’m not walking miles in it. (It’s perfect for walks around the block with Noodle or getting around by car.) The waist cinches which provides some definition, and there are pockets for days, which was really nice in the aquarium as I was juggling tons of kids’ stuff. The pockets are great for drop-off/pick-up too, as they have more than enough room for my keys, wallet, sunglasses, phone and mask. (All the 2022 essentials, haha.) The best part, though, is that the top part of the interior is lined with a wonderfully soft faux fur. You can actually see it poking out in some of these photos!
Girls’ Dresses: Emma and Lucy freaked when they saw these little star dresses. Aren’t they so cute? Fatface carries a lot of fabulous everyday dresses for little girls, but if you like the star print, try the newer version: The Martha Dress!
Girls’ Puffer Coats: HOLY WARMTH. Kind of wish this came in my size. As you can see from the photos, the coats feature a sherpa lining, which adds a lot of coziness. And I love the happy berry color for this time of year! The faux fur hoods are lined with sherpa, too—nice for times when your two-year-old refuses to keep her hat on. ;) Even better, the coats are shower resistant, making them even more functional this time of the year.
Here are favorite snaps of the girls and me in our Fatface!