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i don't always wear black

Most of the time I do wear black - but sometimes I dont. This coat has been a favourite of mine for a few years. I have worn it with everything. It may not be particularly warm when it's -15 and snowing, but I feel fab in it. It was also amazing when I was pregnant because it fit around my giant belly!

On a sidenote...I can't believe it's almost my little guys first birthday!! Was it really that long ago that I was a giant grump woman with a baby in her belly. I don't miss being pregnant. It was not good times for me. Thank goodness that little guy popped out and blessed us with his adorable little presence.

We are having his first birthday party this coming weekend. Yay! Pictures from that to come. 

xo
melo

date night.

This past Sunday my Husband and I went for our first meal out together without our little munchkin since before he was born. That is a seriously long time!!

So this was my outfit for date night. It was freezing...so I was actually really happy that I chose the faux fur. And I just love this coat. It's so much fun! I bought it years ago and have hardly worn it. because how often can you really wear colourblocked fur? But I love it anyways! There's always that one piece in your closet that you love, but you struggle to find the appropriate occasion for it, no?

xo
mel

favourite things.

Lately I have been so crazy busy with my freelance work and the business that I keep forgetting to post photos on the blog! These photos are from a few weeks ago. But I love love these pants. I have been wearing leather pants of all kinds for years...and they still continue to be one of my favourite things. Just because I'm a Mama, doesn't mean I can't be badass, right? Next I think I need some leather leggings that I can just throw on when I've had no sleep and I want to be comfy for running errands. Mamas out there....fancy leggings are a life safer when you are sleep deprived! Which is like, all the time for me. 

pants zara bag zara coat zara boots similar

xo 
melo

new in

 

I don't know about you guys - but we (and by WE I mean, not my husband - really just me) are seriously in holiday prep mode around here! It always come so fast, so this year I'm trying to get prepared early, so I'm not scrambling to get people cards and gifts at the last moment. Which has pretty much been the usual for me for many years. 

This is why I'm super pumped about the new Holiday cards in the shop! No holiday card shopping for me this year. So if you haven't gotten any cards yet - you should definitely consider some Melo & Co. cards. (don't mind the shameless self promotion - I have to make a buck too!) 

This year I'm thinking all my gifts are going to be wrapped in black, white and kraft. I'm thinking if I can find some black matte paper, and some nice black ribbon, that would be fabulous. I want all the gifts to look beautiful for once! Because my sister always shows me up with her perfectly wrapped gifts, while mine are haphazardly thrown together the night before. Anyone else have this problem?

More holiday inspo to come - so stay tuned! I'm prepping to do a seriously holiday post sometime soon. So check back, okay people?

xo
melo

10/11/2015

Does anyone else live in pretty much a variation of the same thing all the time? As a new mom, I'm constantly exhausted and in a hurry, so I really just throw on clothes every day that I feel comfortable in. But sometimes I honestly feel like I wear the same thing every day, because I'm just too tired to care. So this is pretty much what I wore all week. Except for when I was hanging out at home in my pyjamas.

Also, I FINALLY got my hair done! I seriously had barely touched it since I was 3 months pregnant and it was driving me crazy. I needed a change. So I decided to go super blonde, and I'm totally loving it. Sometimes you just need to do something drastic to shake things up a little!

hat zara bag similar jeans similar sweater aritzia jacket similar 

xo
melo

01/11/2015

It's no secret that I'm a huge lover of black and ripped denim. I just can't help it. I also have a collection of black leather jackets that I am constantly living in. This one I just picked up recently when I was shopping with my little man. When I shop I pretty much have to zoom through one or two stores in a mad rush, picking up anything I love, because Hunter hates to shop. And when I mean hate...I mean he really hates it. When I stop moving, to you know, checkout or try something on, it quickly turns to wailing pandemonium - which I try to avoid at all costs. Mamas, are you with me there? Avoid the screaming at all costs. 

So while I raced through the mall I picked up this new jacket - which is super warm and comfy - so obviously I love it. I'm a creature of habit, what can I say.

xo
melo

avocado strawberry smoothie

This is my go-to recipe for whenever I feel like I need a treat. It's delicious and nutritious. The perfect combination! You will never feel guilty after having this kind of treat. Even my husband loves it. I feed it to him whenever he has a craving for ice cream (which is a lot!), and this really does the trick for him. I'm expecting it to be a real crowd pleaser with the little one when he's old enough too.

When I make smoothies, I generally just throw stuff into the blender and have at it - so this recipe is just approximated. You can totally add more or less of whatever ingredient and adjust to your taste. So here it is.

1 avocado

1 cup of strawberries (fresh or frozen)

1/3 cup of raspberries (fresh or frozen)

1 tablespoon of honey

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract (the real shit, people - not the fake vanilla)

1 teaspoon of bee pollen (it's super healthy - look it up. But it's not integral to the smoothie, so if you don't have it, not to worry!)

Approx. 3 cups of Cashew, Almond, or Coconut milk (you really just need enough to cover your dry ingredients. Also, be sure to buy a brand that does not include the ingredient Carageenan, as it is a known carcinogen. We like Silk brand.)

Now blend it all up until smooth, and voila! It's treat time.

Enjoy!

xo
melo