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Gift Guide for the Beauty Lover

Gift Guide for the Beauty Lover

Detangling Brush / Silk Pillowcase / Breakout Fighters Set / Silk Scrunchies / Youth to the People Hydrate and Glow Set / Rose Deep Hydration Set / Vitamin-Enriched Face Base & Skin Long Wear Foundation Set / ExfoliKate Bestsellers Set / First Aid Beauty Gift Set / Detox and Repair Hair Masks / Honey Hydration Hair Repair Kit / Youth to the People Skincare System / Olaplex Hair Perfector #3 / Olaplex Bond Intense Hair Moisture Mask #8 / Ouai Detox Shampoo

Beauty gift sets always get me, I mean, the packaging is gorgeous, but from time to time, you can actually score some pretty great deals on amazing products. Having a solid skincare routine is the ultimate daily act of self-care, plus your future self will thank you for keeping up with it. So if you have a beauty and skincare lover you’re shopping for, here are some of my all-time favorite beauty products and lines. At the end of the day, everyone loves some good self-care, right?

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The Skylight Calendar

The Skylight Calendar review

Mitch here!

We live crazy lives, and I could use some help managing our two kids’ school schedules, activities, sport, playdates and birthday parties; our two small businesses and their tight deadlines and seasonal chaos; and countless holiday events and gatherings—all while trying to carve out a little bit of time for myself. (Ha.) Luckily I’ve found the new Skylight Calendar, which has simplified our scheduling to a degree that I didn’t know was possible. And I want to sing its praises from the the mountaintops. (Use code KELLYINTHECITY for $10 off orders of $100 or more!)

That’s a Wrap!

Black Watch Plaid Shirt Jackets

Black Watch Plaid Shirt Jackets / Black Leggings / Black Long-Sleeved Ruffled T-Shirts / Boots / Artificial Mums

Aaaaand that’s a wrap for the Larkin Family! Mitch’s final products have been shipped out and I submitted and scheduled the last of my holiday projects. Emma even completed her remaining math assignments. We’re all ready for some serious quality family time, and we’re all so, so happy. ♥️ We did it, team! 😆

American Giant No-BS Pant Review

American Giant No-BS Pant Review

American Giant No-BS High-Rise Pant / American Giant Polarec High Loft Pullover / Explorer Boots Here and Here

Use code “INTHECITY” to take 20 percent off your first American Giant order!

One of the brand American Giant’s most-loved women’s products is the No-BS Pant, and today I’m going to be reviewing the three styles!

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Practical Gifts

Practical Gifts

Southworth Large Flex 3-pack Journals / Southworth 2022 Planner / Haverhill 3 Birthstone Necklace / Yeti Mug / Electric Toothbrush / Vaccine Card Holder / Always Pan / Handheld Steamer / Belt Bag / Embossed Travel Jewelry Case / Apple AirTag / Portable Charger / Hatch Alarm Clock / Airpods / Reusable Zip Top Silicone Bags

We are a little over a week away from Christmas! And as companies start to close orders for arrival by Christmas, I wanted to put together a couple of last-minute gift guides to help those of you who are wrapping up your shopping. When it comes to gift-giving, there’s nothing better than picking out a gift and knowing that it will get good use. Well, this is a roundup of just that! Gifts that are practical and can be used every day throughout the year!

 

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Winter Staples

Winter Staples

Dudley Stephens Turtleneck /Fleece Lined Leggings/Patagonia Quarter-Zip Pullover / Extra Soft Cozy Turtleneck / Barefoot Dreams Beanie / Neck Warmer / Gore-Tex Mittens / Fluffy Mittens / Rechargeable Hand Warmers / Shearling-Lined Bean Boots / Sorel Boots / Cocoon Coat /Puffer Coat/Patagonia Vest / Wedge Bootie/ Mini Ugg Boot 

When I first moved to Chicago, I was not nearly prepared enough for the long, intense winters that the city is known for. Over the years, I’ve accumulated a few cold-weather essentials that get the job done, from puffer jackets to mittens and everything in between. The freezing temperatures will not stop me from getting some fresh air and sunshine, whether in the form of a long morning walk with the girls or an afternoon trip to the playground. So if you also endure harsh winters where you live, I hope my holy grail winter-weather essentials can help you get through the winter and maybe even enjoy it a little too.

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Lincoln Park Holiday Decor Tour

Lincoln Park Holiday Decor Tour

Tartan Coat (I also love these quilted and shirt jacket versions!) / Ribbed Turtleneck (Isn’t the ribbed cashmere version gorgeous, too?) / Wide-Leg Jeans / Fur-Lined Gloves / Ankle Boots (Also check out the Tish Suede Ankle Boots and the Tish Chain Suede Ankle Boots.)

*Take 40 percent off your Talbots order now through 12/16/21! Exclusions apply; discount appears in cart.*

One of the Larkin Family’s favorite holiday traditions is walking around Lincoln Park and admiring the holiday decor. People go all out; Chicago winters are hard but that garland and those twinkle lights really help with residents’ outlooks! Lately, Mitch and I have been trying to carve out a half hour or so on days when both girls are in school and do it on our own, too. We take Noodle or grab coffee on Armitage, and it’s the best way to start the day. Fresh air, uninterrupted husband/wife talks, and holiday cheer! ☺️

Gift Guide for the Coworker

Gift Guide for the Coworker

Snack Box / Personalized Leather Notepad / Freshly Baked Cookie Dough Oreo Stuffed Brownies / Woodsy Candle / Hand Cream / Match Striker / Laptop Case / Leather Desk Blotter / Loose Leaf Tea Tin Set / Cold Brew Maker / Electric Mug Warmer / Yeti Tumbler / Personalized Leather Airpod Case / Laptop Stand / Cook This Book by Molly Baz / Leather Catchall Tray

Shopping for coworkers can be tricky, especially ones you don’t know as well. So if you’re looking for simple gifts that anyone would love, I’ve put together a couple of gift ideas that a. won’t break the bank and b. are still practical and thoughtful!

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Our Top 10 Favorite Boden Products

Our Top 10 Favorite Boden Products

Girls’ Smocked Dresses / Girls’ Leather T-Bar Mary Janes / Women’s High-Neck Knitted Dress (Another great sweater dress is this Cable-Knitted Dress.) / Women’s Round Toe Stretch Boots / Women’s Leather Tote Bag

*Current Boden promotion: Enjoy up to 40% off selected styles, plus an extra 10% off using code EX10.*

The Larkins are Boden fanatics. And have been since 2016, when Emma was born. It was my mom who introduced me to the brand; she said that we finally had a little girl again, and therefore she would be needing all the cute Boden outfits. And so the obsession began. 😉

Gifts Under 50

Gifts Under $50

Mini Circle Pouch / Floral Puzzle / Hand Cream Set / Bubble Bath Liquid / Silk Scrunchies / Whisk / Plush Slippers / Candle / Stud Earrings / Cross Stitch Kit / Aesop Hand Wash / Pot Holder and Dish Towel Set / Throw Blanket / Leather Zip Clutch / Cork & Glass Travel Mug / Fluffy Mittens / Cheese Board Recipe Book

And just like that, we’re almost halfway to Christmas! Can you believe it? As I begin to wrap up my Christmas shopping each year, I’m always left with the final few gifts to cross off my list – which can often be the most challenging. If you’re in the same boat, I’ve gathered a few gift ideas that are all under $50. There’s something here for everyone!

 

 

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Chicago Christkindlmarkets

Chicago Christkindlmarkets

M.M.LaFleur Cashmere Lea Sweater (The McKenzie Sweater is also fabulous!), Finley Stretch Pants in Ribbed Cardigan Knit, and Zelda Boots (Look into the Nina Boots, too. They’re the taller version, and they’re on my wish list!)

**Use code “kellyinthecity15” to take 15 percent off your first full-priced M.M.LaFleur purchase through 12/31!**

Gammy and Pop-Pop wanted the girls for a couple of days of holiday fun, so Mitch and I were like, “Okay, fine” 😉, and headed to the Christkindlmarket right next to Wrigley Field in Chicago. It really got us in the spirit!

Three Easy Holiday Party Looks

Three Easy Holiday Party Looks


I blinked, and somehow it’s already time for holiday parties! I’ve gotten pretty good at putting together holiday looks using everyday basics I already own in my closet and adding one or two festive pieces to give the outfit a little something special for the holidays. This trick saves me from buying a new outfit for every occasion I have in December and makes it way easier to get dressed. I’m sharing three of my favorite holiday outfits for every occasion, so whether you’re looking for an outfit that’s casual yet elegant or one that’s a little more dressy, there’s something here for everyone.

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Easy Holiday Birthday Celebration

preppy christmas decor

Mitch and I threw an impromptu holiday-themed birthday party for the girls’ friend Emily last night, and can I tell you how happy I was that I’d serendipitously set all of this up?!

Really happy. 😆

My plan was to photograph it in the morning and then pack it up and put it out again while hosting this coming weekend, but last night’s events were obviously even more fitting, and it couldn’t have worked out better! I mean, four kids, a holiday candy bar, and a gingerbread house/sugar cookie-making station? They were all ecstatic! (And a little hyper. But it’s Christmas. It’s fine. 😉)

Gifts Under $100

Gifts Under $100

Reversible Yoga Mat // Personalized Crossbody Bag // Ember Mug // Volcano Candle // Throw Blanket // Lip Balm Set // Apron // Kate Somerville Gift Set // Salt Cellar // Slipper // Initial Necklace // Travel Tech Case // Apron

Whether you are wrapping up your Christmas shopping and still looking for those last couple of gifts or have a few more people to cross off of your list, I’ve gathered a few easy ideas that would make great gifts for anyone. Best of all, they are all under $100 and will be here in time for Christmas!

 

 

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Recent Finds, 12/3

Recent Finds 12/3

Street Level Tote (Under $50! Makes for a great gift. Tuckernuck carries a great alternative.) (All Street Level Totes here.) / Similar Leopard Sweaters Here, Here, Here and Here / Velvet Leggings

This week flew by but I’m so excited about a little r&r with the family this weekend. Tonight, we have my cousin’s fiancé (who’s in town for a wedding) coming over, and on Saturday we’re going to field hockey and then meeting up with friends at night. Would also love to sneak in a family movie night or trip to Zoo Lights again, as Mitch missed the first visit!

Rounded up a lot of my recent finds—including a lot of home products—because it’s been a while! Here we go:

12 Holiday Activities To Do With Kids

12 Holiday Activities To Do With Kids

24 Sleeps til’ Christmas Activity Book / Spirograph / Solar System Activity Set / Wooden Bead Bracelet Kit / DIY Building Kit / Snowman Build Buddies / Crayola Scrubbie Pets Set / The Magic School Bus Chemistry Lab / LCD Writing Tablet for Kids / Water Magic Activity Book / DIY Snow Globe Kit / Model Magic Clay

Going into the holidays this year, one of the first things I did was start planning fun activities and crafts for Emma and Lucy. I wanted to be sure I had plenty of educational and entertaining games to keep them occupied over the Christmas break. So if you’re also looking for some fun activities to do with your kids over Christmas, I’ve rounded up 12 amazing games and crafts for you. I’ve included a mix of projects that can be done as a family and activities and games they’ll be able to play with on their own.

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4 Great Sales

4 Great Sales | merry everything mug

Think you missed out on great weekend sales while you were relaxing with family and friends? Think again! 😆 Here are my still-on-sale favorites from my most-loved retailers:

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Christmas Decor

Christmas Decor

Ceramic Houses / Plaid Stocking / Red Stocking / Tartan Stocking / Holly Ball / Plaid Dog Bed / Porch Pine Tree / Gingerbread Doormat / Red Velvet Throw Pillow / Plaid Throw Pillow / Sherpa Christmas Tree Pillow / Wreath / Nest Candle / Green Pine Candle / Decorative Vase / Ceramic Christmas Trees / Knit Throw Blanket / Snowman Mug

As I’m getting in the holiday spirit this year, I’m trying my best to curb stress and anxiety and actually enjoy Christmas. Last year Covid forced me to slow down during the holidays, and I think it was our best Christmas yet. One thing I’m doing differently is trying to get ahead on as many holiday things as possible. And this year was the first time that we set out our Christmas decor early. Chicago got some snow a couple of weekends ago, and Mitch and I decided to pull out the holiday stuff since it sounded like a fun activity for a snowy day. I have to say I love how cozy and warm our home becomes once everything is up, which is nice considering how early it gets dark outside now. We also decorated the girls’ rooms for the holidays. If you missed that post, see how it turned out here. Decorating was such a blast—It’s so special seeing the magic through their eyes. Anyways there are some great holiday decorations this year, and I rounded up a few of my favorites. So if you’re looking for a couple things to help your home feel merry, I hope this helps.

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Cross It Off Your List!

Cross It Off Your List - Baby Toddler bear fleece

Hooded Bear Coat / Blackwatch Plaid Flannel Skirt / Newer Shearling-Lined Boots in Toddler and Girls’ Sizes (These are great for toddlers, too!) / Knit Tights

My favorite Chicago Cub. 😉

(Took this photo this morning on our way to pre-school drop-off. I can’t tell you how much I wish Emma were in it so that I could use it for our Christmas card. Might try to recreate! 😂)