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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

new sh!t.

 

I'm pretty pumped about all the new stuff in the shop. I've been hustling like crazy trying to get this stuff together and still take care of my little person and husband and dogs. And myself (!)  So I hope you like these newbies.

Get to shopping, peeps!

xo
melo

make a statement.

It was SO freaking cold when we took these photos, so we didn't bother to find the perfect white background - which is way more difficult than you would imagine. We've actually been in trouble with security before while trying to shoot with white backgrounds. So sometimes I get lazy. Especially when it's cold! I may not look freezing in these photos - but trust me, I am. It is really quite challenging to not look cold when it's -16 and you are frozen, but you're trying to look cool. Also, I'm not cool. I don't even think the word cool is 'cool' anymore. Maybe they say 'dope' now. I have no idea. 

Anyways, winter style to me is all about coats, and statement accessories. I will just wear the same basic shit all the time, but throw on some fabulous accessory. Take this coat for example, I've had it in my closet for years, and when I really want to make a statement, I bring it out. It is quite a statement. Especially at the grocery store apparently. Not even joking...we totally went grocery shopping after shooting this and I think people were looking at me funny. And no, I'm not paranoid, I just may have been a tad overdressed. I can't stop it though, that's just who I am.

So feel free to wear your faux fur to the grocery store so that I am not the only one. 

xo
melo

 

 

 

february calendar.

I forgot about this yesterday - so here it is. Your free printable February calendar. Just in time for the second day of February! 

Download it here. (right click and select 'download linked file')

xo
melo

neutrals.

 

This combo has become a staple of mine lately. I just can't get enough of this sweater and this jacket. Luckily the weather has been unseasonably warm (yay!), so I haven't frozen my butt off. Sometimes I find that a neutral is just as good as black. You can just throw on some basics, and they all go together. Neutral + Neutral + Black = Amazing. Done. 

I have been working like a crazy woman lately to launch my new collection of prints and new products, plus working on a scarf collection for a client, and my regular freelance work....and taking care of Hunter (and my Husband because he is semi-helpless, and our 2 psycho dogs)...so I pretty much wore this everyday this week for whatever errands I had to run. Next week - different outfit! Ha. I can't seem to sleep before 2am though lately, so I'm a zombie almost every day. The life of a working Mama I guess. I think the slogan for Mamas everywhere should be 'Tired much?' 

sweater zara leather pants similar sneakers similar

xo
melo

valentines download.

So for this Valentine's Day, I devised a way for you to show your loved ones how much you REALLY love them. Personally, I think that a handwritten note is more special than some fancy jewellery (even though the fancy jewellery is beautiful, and much appreciated). So I've created two downloads for you. The first is a 'Why I love you' list, to remind your special person (or people!) how much you love them, and all the reasons why!! Who doesn't appreciate that? 

Second, there is a special love note download, specifically intended for you to stash special love notes, with whatever sort of mushy stuff you want written on it. You can stash it in their underwear drawer for a surprise, or leave it on their nightstand so when they wake up they feel instantly appreciated. Fun, no?
Just print out your love you note and cut them out. Voila! You're done. And that way, you don't have to feel guilty that you didn't buy them anything expensive, and they feel amazing and loved. Win, win!

Download links below (right click and select download linked file)

Love Note

Love You List

 Enjoy!!

xo 
melo

layers.

One of the best tricks for winter, not only for staying warm, but also for looking good, is to layer up. I'm pretty attached to my leather jackets, so I often throw a coat on top of them just to add a little warmth, and interest to my outfit. Especially because I wear a lot of basics - so I need to freshen it up a little bit! Who said you can't wear two jackets at once!? This is also convenient if you drive around a lot (as I do), because if I bundle up super warm, then I cook once the heat is on. So layers work pretty nicely for me. Also, I'm pretty much always wearing a variation of the same thing, so mixing it up makes it feel interesting, even if I'm really wearing the same thing as yesterday! If you've seen my other style posts, you will no doubt recognize some of these pieces...I just develop favourites, and then I wear them 1000 times - and then I buy a new favourite. Anyone else do this? Or is it just me?

I think it may be time for some new jeans though...

xo
melo