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casual mama.

 

So, this past week has pretty much been the week from hell. I somehow got food poisoning and was violently ill (Ew. and for like 5 days!!), and then my husband had surprise surgery on his toes, and then he got the flu, and then my son got the flu. All in the span of 7 days. Super super fun. Especially since this is the first time my son has been sick, so that's extra stressful. He will hardly let me put him down at all, and wants my boob like, all the time. ALL. THE. TIME. Any other mamas have this situation? I feel like maybe he'll never wean, and I'll have a 5 year old who wants my boob for lunch. 

Needless to say, I'm feeling a little run down, and so my outfits are taking a bit of a hit. I just don't have the energy to feel creative. Hence the parka. Comfy. I bought it when I was pregnant actually because it would fit around my gigantic belly. I still like how oversized it is though. Very good for grocery shopping. 

Also, with the arrival of some spring-ish weather, I am feeling a little like I need a change. I'm thinking about chopping my hair and going super blonde. Why not, right? I get bored with my natural colour, I want something fun! So I think I'm going to do that in the next few weeks if I can find the time and energy. Then I can feel fresh and not so much like a tired frumpy mama! 

boots zara

xo
melo

almost spring.

Is anyone else excited for spring???!! Spring is the best after a long winter - when finally the air isn't so cold that you feel like hiding in your bed all day. And the best thing about spring is being able to layer up in a good way, without parkas and giant boots. This is one of my go-to combos right now. This sweater is on heavy rotation, especially paired with this tee. It's just so cozy but I still feel cool, and it's perfect for spring layering. Also, these new sneakers...they make me so happy. I love a good white sneaker. I just hope I can keep them clean! I seriously plan on cleaning them like every week (or whenever they get a speck of dirt), because I tend to destroy my shoes. We will see how long I can keep that up - which is probably not long, but I'll try! 

bag zara pants zara tee similar sweater zara shoes adidas rings/bracelet thp

xo
melo

accessories.

I have been on somewhat of an accessories binge lately in my preparation for spring. I don't know about you, but I'm usually on a budget (and mine is officially shot to hell - but don't tell my husband), and so I try to top up each season on only pieces that will accent what I already have in a new way. This way I don't need to buy a whole new set of clothes each season. Luckily I have been on the whole minimal thing for awhile, so I've been stockpiling black and white and grey spring/summer attire. And honestly, I work from home..with a baby....so how many clothes do I really need?! 

This season, since I have so much black/grey/white already in my wardrobe, I've been heavily focusing on accessories to freshen up things that I may be bored of.

I haven't bought any jewellery in awhile because the little guy loves to grab anything I wear and anything too dainty is in serious danger when in his presence, so I decided to splurge on this set of rings and matching bracelet from THP. They are just so bold and fun, and really accent the few other things I have nicely. And they are sturdy enough that Hunter wont snap them and make his mama cry.

Also...shoes. I don't wear heels because I'm really tall and I hate to be extra tall, so I am LOVING this sneaker trend. Adidas is one of my best freelance clients, so I am more than happy to support by buying some new kicks every few months (not that they need my money - I'm pretty sure they're okay on that front...I'm just using that as an excuse to buy things). And a fresh pair of pointy booties is always a good thing - thank you zara for your reasonable prices making this possible for me. And a fresh bag doesn't hurt either, right? This bag is also from Zara. 

And can't these sneakers just stay this white forever? I'm afraid to wear them because I don't want to get them dirty. Know what I mean?

xo
melo

 

 

new in.

I have been working on this launch for quite awhile. Since I am a new mom myself, I wanted to do something specific for babies that wasn't paper based. And this seemed like the perfect solution! Who doesn't want something custom for their little one, that they can keep forever as a memento. It's definitely a statement piece. And it can grow with their decor as they age.

These also make a perfect gift - and they come wrapped beautifully so that you don't have to re-wrap - or you can just ship direct to your giftee! (And we'll include a hand lettered card with it if you want too!)

Check out the details here

xo
melo

mom jeans.

Back in the 90's, I think I loathed this style of jean more than anything. I remember my sister and I pledging never to wear tapered pants, or 'mom jeans'. But somehow they have come back into style and I don't hate it. It's weird how style works. I guess it is just how our perceptions change. When I first put these jeans on I hated them. I had to try them on a second time to realize they weren't so bad - they are actually kind of fun. Something a little different than the skinny jeans I have been rocking for years. Who cares if they are 90's...the 90's we fun! Dance mix '95 is still one of the favourites in my household. Seriously. I may have only be 7 years old then...but it brings back good memories!

So if you are not afraid of the 'mom jean'. Give these puppies a try. Details below. 

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collab.

I've teamed up with the lovely Allison Asis of Cadette Jewelry, to bring you this awesome collaboration!

The Special Edition CadettexMelo art print is now available in the shop - and we are having an instagram contest to win this amazing Cadette ring and this awesome print. So hop over to @melo_and_co on Instagram now to participate in the contest! Contest ends February 23, 2016. 

And while you're at it, check out Cadette Jewelry. Her stuff is gorg. And I want to buy everything but I'm on a serious budget. I hate budgets. Why can't I just be a millionaire and buy everything? Right?!

xo
melo