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Sarah Flint Perfect Block Sandal 30 c/o (Use code “SARAHFLINT-KELLY” to take $50 off your first order!) / UPF 50+ Lilly Pulitzer Dress (Also adore Brewster dresses!) / Similar Sunglasses here, here and here

You may have noticed that I’ve been wearing these sandals a lot lately; I featured them in my Telfar Shopping Bag post and this easy + comfy outfit post on the blog, and I wear them often on Stories. :)

Recent Finds, 7/25

The wrinkle-free shirt dress is now available in a red stripe and two other patterns! SO flattering. Favorite dress of the summer. Runs large.

Two things:

  • This Tuckernuck dress is a DREAM, and new colors/prints have been added. It took me a while to get it up on the blog, but you can see a few iPhone pics of me in it in this post. If you’re going to buy one dress this summer, make this it. It resists wrinkles, is light enough to wear on a super hot day, and falls perfectly. And while it’s definitely roomy and a bit oversized, it’s just so ridiculously flattering. It’s generous, so either order your regular size or one size down. Again, it now comes in FOUR different prints. Haven’t tried the cotton ones yet but I’m excited to!
  • I’m on a mission to find more super comfy everyday flat sandals. Like everyone, I’m living a totally different life this summer. I dress very, very casually now–and do a ton of walking around the city. But my casual flat sandal shoe game is weak, and I mostly wear an old pair of Tommy Bahama sandals and these clunky (but cute!) Birkenstocks that look a little off with dresses. Anyway, J.Crew and J.Crew Factory have SO many comfy sandals with padded footbeds that are discounted like crazy at the moment. I included all the pairs I considered below 😆, and will get back to you shortly on both which ones I decided to try and which ones I loved best. But yeah: I’m after cute sandals that I could walk 10 miles in if I find myself in that situation. Do they exist?! Only shipping times will tell. (Also, if you have any suggestions on comfy flat sandals that look good with dresses, I’m all ears!)

This week’s finds:

Rothy’s Shoes for a Deal

Rothy’s Sneakers / Boden Jersey Dress (This is an all-time favorite dress.) / Coach Court Bag (This one is brand new!) / Lilly Pulitzer Girls’ Dress / Skechers Kids’ Sandals / Emma’s Scooter

I own far too many Rothy’s shoes. 🙈 Specifically Rothy’s sneakers. But they’re amazing, especially for moms. (Here’s my full honest review on the brand, and I answer a ton of FAQs about them in there, too! Sneaker review is here.) All you really need to know, though, is that they’re amazingly comfortable and WASHABLE. And it’s ridiculously easy. Like, just-throw-’em-the-washing-machine-with-the-rest-of-the-load kind of easy. (Simply remove the insoles first. More on washing them here.)

Knit Pencil Skirt

Old Tommy Bahama Sandals (A few years old; here are newer Tommy Bahama sandals. But love these similar J.Crew ones.) / Knit Striped Skirt (Here’s the newer one in navy and white.) / 365 Stretch T-Shirt (This basic tee is another great option!) / Telfar Bag (Medium) / Grandinroad Dachshund Topiary

Taking photos with a baby in tow is hysterical. We ended up with a grand total of three photos for this outfit, but boom. No one got hurt, and we did it! 😆

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Sunday on Lake Michigan, Chicago

Striped Tuckernuck Dress (No-wrinkle! Also comes in white and two other patterns that just came out.) / Similar Sandals (Also love these and these.) / Mark & Graham Crossbody / Emma’s Romper / Lucy’s Lilly Set (It was Emma’s! 😭) / Emma’s Sandals / Folding Mat (BEST EVER. Life-changing if you have kids! Rolls up and fits under the stroller, and wipes off!) / Double Stroller (I’ve tried a LOT. This is by far the best on the market. Die-hard Baby Jogger fan over here. Thank you, Mom and Dad!) / Masks / Emma’s Scooter

We walked over to North Avenue Beach yesterday, and Emma asked to play hide-and-seek. We told her it would be tricky since we were essentially sitting in a field, but she insisted. And this was her first “hiding spot.”

Mitch and I couldn’t stop laughing. 😆

lemlem

lemlem Dress (You can also find lemlem at Tuckernuck, Madewell, Bloomingdale’s, Shopbop, Revolve, Farfetch, Net-a-Porter and The Outnet.) / Waterproof Birkenstocks (Size down. Fully in stock here! Also available hereherehere and hereCork-soled white Birkenstocks here.) / Emma’s Star Dress (Also just got this smocked t-shirt dress on sale for her.) / Lucy’s Lilly Shift / Mom’s Lilly Dress (Old, but our favorites are the Brewster T-Shirt Dress, Chantal Shift Dress, Inka Short-Sleeved Dress, and the Sophiletta Dress/ Mom’s Navy Flats (We also love the Felicia Flats.)

Ohhhhh my goodness. I took the sweetest photo of my dad and Emma this past week, and wanted to get one of him with Lucy, too. It went great! 😆

J.Crew Steals

Old Tommy Bahama Sandals (A few years old; here are newer Tommy Bahama sandals. But love these similar J.Crew ones which are 50 percent off today with code “GREAT.”) / Knit Striped Skirt ($27.99 today with code “GREAT.” Here’s the newer one in navy and white.) / 365 Stretch T-Shirt (This basic tee is only $8 though!) / Bedroom Details

Mitch decided to do a closet clean-out and then apparently gave up halfway through. 😆 (Hence all the shoes lined up to the side.) It’s good, though. He owned 10 (TEN!) pairs of identical khakis from his teaching days. It’s time to part ways!

Anyway, J.Crew is having a monster sale this weekend, so I’m highlighting a few of my favorites. There are so many hidden gems and the prices are insane! Use code “GREAT” to take 50 percent off most full-priced items, 50 percent off sale styles, and then 60 percent off these products. (Some crazy deals in there. Definitely worth scrolling through.)

Our New Playroom Furniture

NEW FURNITURE, GUYS!

Mitch here!

We love living in an old house; its charm really makes it feel like home. It’s also very unique! It sits on a shorter-than-average Chicago lot, which is why it was built “up” rather than “back.” The untraditional floor plan was actually one of the leading reasons we loved the house so much; it’s great for our family because we both run small businesses from home and need that separation of work and living spaces. That said, the configuration does present a few tricky design challenges–namely finding furniture that works!

Midi T-Shirt Dress

Midi T-Shirt Dress ($29.75 today with code “GREAT.” Here it is in stripe. This is another great one, and check out Factory’s shorter version, too.) / Telfar Bag / Waterproof Birkenstocks (Size down. Fully in stock here! Also available here, here, here and here. Cork-soled white Birkenstocks here.) / Similar Sunglasses here, here and here

I’ve made a pandemic outfit post COMEBACK. 😆

Truth:

Recent Finds, 7/14

Madewell Roadtripper Jeans (Favorite jeans of all time, and they come to only $34.99 with code “GIANT.” Insanity!) / Tretorn Sneakers / MZ Wallace Backpack (You can find the navy one on the company’s website. It’s the Metro Backpack in “Dawn.”) / J.Crew Factory Sweater Shirt (Only $12.50 today!)

I’m out of sorts. 🤪

But a quick note before we get to Friday’s finds: GET THESE JEANS! I tried so many pairs of high-rise jeans this year, and these are my #1. They run a little big; I went down one size… but they’re so soft and the wash is perfect. They’re also stretchy yet don’t bag out throughout the day. I can’t recommend them more. AND THEY’RE $39.99 TODAY with code “GIANT.” Crazy!

The Telfar Shopping Bag

White “Essential Tee” / Gingham Skirt / Telfar Bag / Sarah Flint Sandals c/o (Use code “SARAHFLINT-KELLY” to take $50 off your first order!) / Similar Sunglasses here, here and here

My parents are here! (Hence the wacky post times. Sorry about that. 😜)

We’re having a great time.

July Playlist

I’m back with another playlist!

(This was June’s.)

The artist I’d really like to draw attention to is Phoebe Bridgers. I’ll probably never stop talking about this #sorry 🤦‍♀️, but it came out last year that my (former) favorite artist, Ryan Adams, did some abhorrent things to women. As an admittedly obsessive fan whose memories were so entangled in his songs, it hit like a ton of bricks. Since dropping him, though, I’ve found new-to-me artists who rose up from the abuse. One of them is Phoebe Bridgers, and I’m obsessed with her song “Motion Sickness,” which is about her relationship with him. Please give it a listen; she’s amazingly talented and the song has deeply impacted me.  (#2 on the the July Playlist.)

Hey! Idea. (That just came to me. I should really start considering thinking posts through before I sit down to write them. 😆) Maybe I’ll highlight a few songs every month that are particularly meaningful to me. Ooooh! And I can only write for as long as the song is. For example, if I’m writing about the song “California Stars,” I have 4 minutes and 59 seconds to write and then I have to stop.

YES. Boom. Here we go.

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What’s This, an Outfit Post?

Mark & Graham Crossbody (20 percent off today + ships free with code “SUNSHINE.”) / Sarah Flint Sandals c/o (Use code “SARAHFLINT-Kelly” to take $50 off your first order.) / Old Gap Dress (This is almost exact, and this one is awesome, too! Similar here, here, here and here.) / Similar Sunglasses here, here and here

It’s been a while!