Kelly Kovets Kouture

Welcome to my little corner of the fashion world! I am so glad you are here. I'm a high school English and Journalism teacher who moonlights as a fashionista! Other than my love of all things fashion, I'm a city girl who loves her husband, family, friends and two adorable chihuahuas. Thanks for stopping by!
~ Thursday, April 17 ~
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Thursday Funk

Thank goodness today is my Friday, because I’m not sure I’d make it through another work day tomorrow.

  • Forgot to put on ALL my jewelry- you know the feeling I’m talking about
  • Coffee spillage on my teal blouse
  • I’ve worn my Yosi Samra flats through to the ground at work, and just noticed the significant hole coming through on the bottom.
  • In short, I am a bit of a wreck this morning.

Then things got really strange… 

  • There is currently an Amber Alert out in the Chicago area for a mother who allegedly abducted her two sons.  Turns out this mother was my childhood best friend, from infancy to 4th grade, when we moved.  Haven’t spoken to her in years and years, but WOW.  So sad; I’m really praying that everyone is found safe.   

On a lighter note…

  • SCANDEL tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Also, all the wine

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~ Monday, April 7 ~
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More Musings

  • When we had some drama with the installation of a new TV a couple of months back, Best Buy kindly sent us some gift cards to make up for their error.  I went ahead and bought myself a FitBit Zip, and so far I’m loving it.  It measures steps, distance and calories, and is so small I’ve been wearing it inside my bra strap.  I have it synced to my phone so it’s easy to see my progress toward my goal each day. 

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  • Speaking of counting steps, I really want to attempt to get back out there and start running again, as long as the weather will cooperate.  I’m inspired by all you Tumblr runners out there and look to you for my motivation.  
  • Unpopular opinion?  I have a month left on my Pure Barre membership and have already committed to twice a week classes until then, but really, I can’t wait to be done with it.  I’m kind of bored.      
  • On Saturday night I was excited to head downtown for a much needed night out with my favorite girls.  We dined on Cuban fare at Havana, in River North, where the sangria was going down easy.   Such a great time with my sister, sister-in-law, and my two sister-like friends.  I love this picture, as it is actually my full bridal party and I love that we are all so close.   These are my people.image
  • Yesterday, we celebrated my dad’s birthday with a pizza party for the records books.  Not in the amount of people in attendance (eight), but the number of pizzas ordered and subsequently consumed.  
  • Lots of studying on the agenda for this week, but looking forward to Moms/Book/Wine Club tonight at Kinmont to start the week off right!
  • In closing, oh hey, allergies…GTFO. 

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A Win for the Burbs

Jeff was out of town this weekend for his annual guys trip to Lexington, KY, to bet on the horses at Keeneland, so it was a Mom and Conor weekend Friday and Saturday.  

We live three blocks from our local public library, but had yet to check it out.  I decided to make attempt this as our Friday night activity, just to get out of the house, because it was, of course, COLD again.  It was better than I imagined. They had puzzles, blocks, games, a fish tank, and of course hundreds of books to throw on the ground!  

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I expected we’d make it 15 minutes before he became bored or loud.  To my surprise, Conor was completely content for a whole 90 minutes and didn’t make a peep, playing with every puzzle and even a couple of other toddlers. He didn’t want to leave.

I’m still navigating this whole suburban living (and mom) thing, but this little discovery was definitely a win.  

Another personal win later that evening in the form of a frozen pizza, cheap bottle of red, and Scandel on the couch.  

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~ Thursday, April 3 ~
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If you happen to be on the jumpsuit train, as I have been for sometime, I can’t recommend this casual Splendid number enough.  I purchased this for vacation, and was almost positive it would end up going back, as I was certain it would not be flattering on.  

Turns out, not only is it incredibly flattering, it is OH so comfortable.  I wore it to the zoo with a jean jacket thrown over and also lounged around in it during downtime.  

I plan on living in it this summer (should it ever get above 80 degrees).  

Splendid Jumpsuit (via Bloomingdales)


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Life Lately

Oh my, I have been lazy about posting lately, and I can’t promise it won’t happen again, with a busy April full of studying, but here’s an update of sorts nonetheless.  

I have been spending a lot of time these days studying.  My course work is quite a load, and in order to make sure it minimally interferes with my time with Conor, I’ve been using every free second at work to get a good amount done, which basically means eating lunch with my headphones on while listening to lectures, rather than posting on Tumblr :(

I also worked double the week before last in order to make it a study free vacation.  

We had a wonderful little family trip to Southern California and enjoyed every second of the decently warm weather.  It was actually cold by SoCal standards, but the high 60’s was perfection for what we were escaping.  To say I was feeling dead on the inside (SADS) due to the endless winter in Chicago, would be an understatement.  My body was in a state of shock when it felt actual warmth from the sun.

Instead of staying in a hotel, we decided to use VRBO.com (Vacation Rentals By Owner) to find a house to rent for the week.  This ended up being an amazing plan, so when Conor went to sleep, Jeff and I could sit out by the pool/hot tub with our drinks.  This also let us spend any downtime hanging out in the backyard, which was glorious.  

We spent one day at the San Diego Zoo (OMG PANDAS and KOALAS!!!). Conor loved riding in the Skyfari that took us from one side of the zoo to the other, and just the freedom to run around everywhere.  We missed the sun on this particular day, but I think it helped in keeping the crowds away, meaning we didn’t have to wait to see anything.  

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We spent another day in Laguna Beach, frolicking.

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And we spent a lot of time walking around, exploring La Jolla, playing with Conor at the beach/park, eating and relaxing (as much as two parents can with a NON-STOP one year old).

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Overall, it was a wonderful little vacation.  Now if only spring could actually make its way over to this area permanently, so we could enjoy the outdoors, we’ll be on the up and up!  


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~ Thursday, March 27 ~
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Soaking it in. ☀️

Soaking it in. ☀️


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~ Tuesday, March 25 ~
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Getting up close and personal with Bai Yun today! 🐼 (at San Diego Zoo)

Getting up close and personal with Bai Yun today! 🐼 (at San Diego Zoo)


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~ Monday, March 24 ~
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Enjoying our respective morning beverages OUTSIDE.  It’s the little things. #vacation

Enjoying our respective morning beverages OUTSIDE. It’s the little things. #vacation

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~ Friday, March 21 ~
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I hear it is National Puppy Day!  This calls for pics of my very first babies… 🐾🐾
Mr. Darcy and Atticus

I hear it is National Puppy Day! This calls for pics of my very first babies… 🐾🐾

Mr. Darcy and Atticus
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~ Friday, March 14 ~
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Happenings Lately

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Pretty routine stuff going on over here lately.  Work, followed by chasing a toddler, followed by drinking wine on the couch pretty much sums up any weekday.   

  • Conor had his one year Dr. appointment last Friday, so both of us took the day off to make a fun family day out of it.  Conor is off the charts in height and weight at almost 33 inches/26.5 lbs.  I feel like we have a grownup running around the house.  We followed up the Dr. visit with a little shopping, my favorite tomato soup at Nordstrom Cafe, and pizza at our old (pre-suburban) Friday night stomping grounds.  And by Sunday, a week of birthday celebrations officially came to a close.  
  • We were actually able to go for a walk on Monday afternoon as temps reached the 50’s; it felt unreal.  Atticus was literally bouncing up and down for the full hour.  This tease of spring, of course, was followed by about 6 inches of snow the next day.  
  • Studying.  Holy cow.  Been doing a whole lot of that lately.  
  • I am done with winter wardrobes and decided I’m taking spring into my own hands and sporting this Equipment Floral Bomber today to channel warmer weather.  Shout out to my girl Rockabye Bucktown for the inspiration!  
  • Looking forward to a fun-filled Friday night and Saturday with friends celebrating birthdays/St. Patrick’s Day (drinking mimosas), followed by lunch on Sunday with my favorite mama-to-be friend, Katie!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! 


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~ Tuesday, March 11 ~
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My feelings about the impending 10 or so inches of snow coming our way this evening.  
I long ago reached my limit with the winter that just WILL NOT END.  
STOP.

My feelings about the impending 10 or so inches of snow coming our way this evening.  

I long ago reached my limit with the winter that just WILL NOT END.  

STOP.


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~ Monday, March 10 ~
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Officially a student once again. Keeping it in the Big 10.
This week I begin work on another master’s degree in hopes that it lead to the career change I have thought long and hard about over the past couple of years.    
So excited, yet so nervous to be a student again!

Officially a student once again. Keeping it in the Big 10.

This week I begin work on another master’s degree in hopes that it lead to the career change I have thought long and hard about over the past couple of years.    

So excited, yet so nervous to be a student again!


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~ Thursday, March 6 ~
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One Year.

March 6, 2013 and March 6, 2014

A year ago, at this very moment, I was 35 hours into labor and still 6 hours away from meeting this little guy for the first time.  I just reread my birth story and am now crying at my desk.  

What a year.  It is so difficult for me to articulate the emotions of this day.  A year ago, at this very moment, I still couldn’t imagine what my world would be like with him.  And now, there is simply no world without him.  

On a lighter note, we will actually celebrate Jeff’s birthday this year!  I love that they share an extra special bond of sharing the same birthday.

It has been so amazing to watch Jeff grow as both a father and husband this past year.  I love these two guys with my whole heart.  


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ONE. So many emotions today.
I did this fun little photo shoot (on my own, but with Jeff’s help) on Monday afternoon.  Simply trying to hold on to that last moment of having a “baby,” when in reality I have a big kid already!  

ONE. So many emotions today.

I did this fun little photo shoot (on my own, but with Jeff’s help) on Monday afternoon.  Simply trying to hold on to that last moment of having a “baby,” when in reality I have a big kid already!  


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~ Wednesday, March 5 ~
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Conor’s 1st Birthday Party!

Our little guy’s 1st birthday party this past Saturday went off without a hitch!  I, of course, went overboard in every way when it came to party planning and decor.   Our March Madness theme was perfect, seeing we have all three of our birthdays within a four day span!   

Such an amazing time spent with family and friends, celebrating this crazy and absolutely amazing year.  Conor had an absolute blast, and despite having a nasty cold, was in full on party mode all afternoon.   

So much love all around for this little guy!


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