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5 Tips for Creating a Festive Fireplace

Tips for Creating a Festive Fireplace

Mitch here!

I’m posting more frequently these days so that Kelly can rest and devote her energy to growing a human. Anything you’d like me to cover or write about? Let me know!

Anyway, I’ve made it clear that I’m going Christmas crazy this year. Maybe all this plaid has infected my brain stem. To prepare, I’ve transitioned to a mostly cookie diet. I’m also perfecting my Burl Ives impression and I’ve preemptively gained 10 pounds to make my Santa outfit seem more convincing.

J.Crew Lodge Coat + Sorel Tofino II Boot Review

Sorel Tofino II Boots

J.Crew Lodge Coat in Stadium-Cloth Wool (Also try J.Crew Factory’s City Coat, which comes in red and has a similar look! Other coats that come in Stadium-Cloth wool include the ever-popular Cocoon Coat and the Chateau Parka. / Sorel Tofino II Boots (You can also find them fully in stock via Zappos and Bloomingdale’s. I’m also in love with the Joan of Arctic Boots, which are considered to be the ultimate winter boot. I wear those during those tough -10/-15/-20 days in Chicago, haha. Zappos carries them in a ton of colors.)

I think Emma’s face says it all. 😂 It’s early December, and we’re already fed up with the cold! Today, though, I wanted to take some time and review two of my favorite winter weather products that I haven’t yet talked about in great depth on the blog.

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Stocking Stuffers for Guys

Stocking Stuffers for Guys

Mitch here!

Can we take a minute to recognize just how strange this stocking ritual is? Aren’t the gifts under the tree enough? Do we really need a secondary gifting occasion right in the middle of Christmas morning?

I’d like to be a fly on the wall for the historical first stocking stuffer:

Hey, guys. I’m gonna hang my socks up over the fireplace and then go to sleep. Before I wake up it’d be dope if you put a bunch of gifts in my socks for me as a surprise. Happy Holidays! ‘Night.

Either way, stockings are pretty great. 😂 So here are some ideas for the guys in your life:

A Little More Like Myself

Stuart Weitzman Boots

J.Crew Tartan Scarf (My favorite holiday scarf! Love all three patterns.) / Cocoon Coat (Get it in gray! It’s more versatile because you can wear it with both navy and black.) / Ralph Lauren Cable-Knit Sweater (Also try this one! And this one. Both so beautiful.) / Stuart Weitzman Boots (But try this Steve Madden pair. Love them, and that low heel which makes ’em suitable for both everyday and “going out” wear. Looking for brown? DEFINITELY get this pair. Here’s another option!) / Halogen Seamed Leggings (I just fold over the waistband for the bump. Works like a charm, and they don’t fall down. If they’re sold out, I also love this Spanx pair.) / Pom Pom Hat / Ralph Lauren Blazer (Similar here) and Cashmere Gloves c/o / Goyard Bag

My parents are here! They were initially coming because we decided to sit out Thanksgiving–partly because traveling for both Thanksgiving and Christmas wore us out last year, and partly because I’d been battling some pretty serious morning sickness.

A 30-Minute Snow Escapade

MitchPatagonia Nano Puff and Sorel Cheyenne Waterproof Boot Kelly: Cable-Knit SweaterNavy Down Parka (More affordable options here and here), Sorel Tofino II Boots and DL1961 Jeans (Maternity here.) / EmmaToddler Sorel Snow Boots and Similar J.Crew Plaid Coat

Mitch here!

Blogging about the weather is lame, but just look outside! It’s not even December yet and Winter Storm Bruce just took a frosty sneeze all over Chicago. We got a foot of snow, are lookin’ at single-digit temperatures, and can see 18-foot waves out on Lake Michigan. With all that frozen mayhem around us, though, the Larkin Family somehow carved out a little time to play in the snow.

Tartan Sneakers

Tartan Sneakers

Tartan Sneakers / Cable-Knit Cashmere Sweater (Check out Lord & Taylor’s full line of cashmere. Such a great deal!) / Red Coat

I must warn you. We have a big Christmas tree lot around the corner from our house, and I can pretty much guarantee that 50 percent of the photos you see from now until December 25th will be taken there. 😂 It just smells amazing and makes all three of us happy. And after getting pounded by that snowstorm the other day, it’s truly beautiful! A little forest amidst a bustling city. I love it. :)

Kelly-Approved Cyber Week Sale Products, Part II + $300 Giveaway

Kelly-Approved Cyber Week Sale Products, Part II + $300 Giveaway

Scalloped Tartan Skirt (Also available here.) / Similar Black Boots that I recently ordered and LOVE! They’re only $99 today!

WOO! Guys. It’s the final stretch. If you were away from your computer over the weekend, now’s the time to pounce on those killer deals and cross everyone off your list. Yesterday, I shared “part I” of this post, so be sure to check that out. Today is obviously part II!

Before we get to that, though, congratulations to Cameron Y., who is the random winner of the $250 Black Friday giveaway, and to Ellen D., who is the random winner of the $100 cash giveaway from Mitch’s gift guide for men! The $250 Lands’ End gift card giveaway has been extended through Tuesday, so you can still enter to win by commenting on the easy-to-shop Cyber Week guide, on part I of “Kelly-Approved…”, and on this post. (Three chances!)

Edit: Randomly selected winners are Kimberly R. S. and Julie C. (Lands’ End gift card.) CONGRATS!

And here’s the last giveaway I’ll be hosting! :) To enter to win $300 to shop my favorite sales, simply:

Kelly-Approved Cyber Week Sale Products, Part I

Cyber Week sale products

This is a little preview of a much more extensive review of some of my favorite Cyber Week sale products. That one will be going live tomorrow, but I thought I’d break up the content and post some of it today!

If you missed it, Mitch and I recently did an enormous sale roundup, complete with super easy-to-shop spreads and a BIG giveaway. ($250 to shop our favorite weekend sales as well as a $250 Lands’ End gift card. To enter, just comment on the blog post.) We’ll be announcing the two winners late tonight!

Edit: Random winner of the $250 cash giveaway is Cameron Y. Lands’ End gift card giveaway has been extended until 11/27. You can still enter by commenting below!

Want to increase your odds of winning? For an extra entry, simply:

  • Comment on this blog post in the below comment section, and let me know what you have your eye on! (Though you can also just say whatever you want, as long as it’s PG and relatively friendly. 😂We enjoy jokes, random tidbits and fun facts, btw.)
  • Leave your e-mail in the following non-spammy format so I can get in touch with you: kelly [at] gmail [dot] com.

That’s it! Again, the two winners will be announced late tonight. (PS: There’s another giveaway opportunity in Mitch’s gift guide for men. Check it out!)