Monday, September 1, 2014

{Messy Hair & Sweatpants}

This weekend we went back to Kory's hometown for his family reunion. It was a rough weekend with Henry (more on that later), but I got to show off my favorite new tank and Kory snapped a few pictures to share with you guys. Naturally, I hopped a fence and climbed a tree to take the pics. I imagine this is a lot like what Kory used to do back in his latchkey days.
Anyway, onto this amazing tank. Truest statement ever, am I right, or am I right? Although I made this outfit dressy-cas by adding the bralette and the necklace, it seems like most days I really do live in sweatpants and you can count on me to have messy hair 100% of the time. :) This graphic tank is not only true, but it's awesome because it can double as a fun, dressy shirt and I have totally worn it to work out in. Don't you love when a shirt can be both? Yeah, me too.
I'm also pairing this necklace with anything and everything right now! Obsessed.
And of course I have to share one with my boop!

Tank: Tulip
Striped Bralette: c/o Tulip
Capris: Express (old)
Leather Converse: Shi (similar)
Necklace: c/o Shop Riff Raff
Tank and Shorts: Crazy 8 (old)

Melissa Loren

Friday, August 29, 2014

{Currently: August}

Obsessing over...

WORKING OUT. I LOVE IT. Today was the last day of my 6-week session. More on that next week. I have enjoyed it so much that I signed up for another 5 am 6-week session. I actually have a week off in between and I'm kind of hating it. :) And if you follow me on Instagram you know that I'm also obsessing over these...

Working on...
Some first birthday DIY's!!! One will be coming to the blog soon. Hopefully next week?? Think gold...and fall...and decor..

Thinking about...
How pretty soon I'll be done with Henry's first year scrapbook/photo book. I have loved documenting his first year so much. Project Life has been amazing. SO many memories in one beautiful place. I'll be sad to see it end. I might have to com tun with his second year? It's amazing the photos I wouldn't have gone back through, or even printed. Now they're all pretty and there forever. 

My birthday. I know Henry has a big first birthday coming up, but I'm still allowed to be a little excited about mine, right?? I know not to expect anything too crazy. I just want foooood. Dessert for sure. Maybe a little something, like some Project Life stuff or some perfume? Orrrr some New Balances? ;)

Listening to...
Taylor Swift. Haters gon' hate, but I'm just gonna shake it off, shake it off! (!!!!!) I love the song and the video and I really don't care who judges me for it. If they would never pan to her while she dances to other artist's performances at award shows, then I would love her wholeheartedly. Ha.

This weekend is the Schartz Family Reunion. Whoop, whoop!! And I made these. They are TODIEFOR. I can only eat one, but I want to eat them all. Trust me, I would have prior to starting my workout class. Whatever the Pioneer Woman says to do, you do it! Jump? How high!?

It was fall. Not to rush things, but I just love fall. When it arrives it can take it's time and stick around for a while. :) This fall is going to be a lot different than last fall! I have a feeling...

I hope you guys have a wonderful weeknd full of beautiful things! Love you!
Melissa Loren 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

{Fitness Fashion: Tennis Shoes}

Camo Newbies // Leopard Adidas // Teal Newbies // Coral Nikes // Custom Nike Frees

Lately it feels like my constant state of mind is, "give me all the tennis shoes. all of demmm!!!" I give mad praise and props to the mommas that can chase their kiddos around in heels. Me, though? It ain't happenin'. It's just not fun to be hot and in pain while carrying around a 20 pound baby and an equally as heavy diaper bag and then loading and unloading your child in and out of the car seat. Plus, most of the time we're just at home, so why would I be walking around the house in heels? I don't know either.
Then there's all that work out stuff, yada yada, I know you guys are sick of hearing about it. However, I practically live in workout clothes now, or at least cute/casual/comfy outfits, so to mix it up I like have a few different tennis shoe options. That way I still look put together and like I actually tried (most of the time there is close to zero effort, but no one needs to know that).
Pops of color are by far my favorite and I literally CANNOT get enough of the New Balances right now. There isn't a pair out there right now that I would say no to. They're my tennis shoe style crush, for sure. Nike is hanging in there too though. #2 is a custom pair that I designed on their website, which is super easy to do. Coral and mango are always at the top of my list so I thought #3 was too cute. I like the colors paired with the black too. #4 is kind of crazy, but I'd still rock them. I love how loud they are and of course the print is fab. #5 and #1 are it for me though. The floral camo on #1 is legit and that blue is maj. New Balance, you're doing it right, friends.
Which one is your favorite? Which brand suits your fitness level? Is there one that I should be checking out? Do tell!
Melissa Loren

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

{Hold on Tight, Momma}

It's funny how the print that I created for the nursery, that says, "it won't be like this for long," has such a different meaning now. 
I'm not sure why I initially made this print for the nursery. I'm assuming it was to remind myself to soak up all of the sweet, and at times, seemingly endless moments while we had them because they'd be over before we knew it. 

As I would sit in the rocker, nursing my son at 3 in the morning, while the rest of the neighborhood slept, emotion would overcome me. I would cry. I would bawl until I could no longer read those words I wrote. I would be covered in pathetic, salty, weepy tears. I was full of hormones, I was deprived of all the sleep, and the truth is, I felt trapped. I felt like my world was crashing. I would never again be the same person. Life would never be the same. I would never sleep again. Gosh, I'd never have a glass of wine again. (Although I probably didn't need any because I was already full of whine.) And then I would cry more for feeling this way. This is exactly how you're NOT supposed to feel, right? 
I felt like I was a terrible mother, and then that stupid print, that I drew myself was constantly staring at me, mocking me, "it won't be like this for long, so suck it up, chump." 
The print was right though, and I was right for putting it in the nursery. I am thankful that it was always there to remind me. Even when I was tired, frustrated and ready to give up, I tried to remember that I wasn't going to be sleep deprived forever, Henry wasn't going to stare blankly at me forever and that it was just a little bit of growing pains. Those newborn cries would be gone sooner than I thought. The bouts of baby acne were just a phase. My breasts wouldn't remain cracked and sore for the rest of my life. Soon enough I would be sleeping peacefully with my husband again. And eventually everything wouldn't be his fault. It won't be like this for long, Melissa.
Those first few weeks were the hardest for me. It took time to realize that I was in fact hormonal and sleep deprived and that things would eventually settle down. Growing pains, indeed. 
Fast forward several months, drop by our house at bedtime and you will literally see my husband and me "fighting" over who's going to put H to bed. Typically we both feed him dinner. All three of us usually eat dinner together because, it won't be like this for long. We both like to pitch in during bath time because, there won't always be baby babble and innocent splashing. Neither of us wants to miss out on the nighttime feeding, because there won't always be nighttime snuggles. We both want to rock him to sleep & sing to him because, well, it won't be like this for long! 
That saying has such a different meaning these days. For this momma at least. 
Those monkey hairs. Those squishy baby toes. Those knuckle dimples. Those raspberries. Those big gulps as he drinks his milk. Those upside down goodbye waves (the cutest). Those sweet baby murmurs. He will outgrow all of it.
It went from being, hang in there, momma, things will get better, it won't be like this for long. To hold on tight, momma, it won't be like this for long.
Henry will be one soon, and then he'll be starting kindergarten, and then he'll be getting his license, and then he'll be off to college, and then...
You guys get the point. I just want to cherish every moment our family has together. Henry will only be my baby for a couple more months. How is he growing up already?
Treasure it with me, momma, it goes by too fast for our hearts to handle.
Melissa Loren

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

{I Workout}

As you guys know, I've been working on losing my baby weight, if you're new to my blog you can check out my weight loss journey here, here, here and here. This week is the last week of my 6-week session. And what would a workout be without cute clothes to get fit in?? Of course I've been on the hunt for some stylish pieces to work out in. Back when I played sports, it was all gym shorts and jerseys. Workout clothes are on an entirely different playing level these days. Cute tops, fitted pants and any print you could ever imagine. Now that I've gotten back into fitness, I totally understand why some moms live in workout clothes. Why wouldn't they? They're so cute and obviously they're comfortable. The trick is to find cute pieces that won't break the bank. There are so many fun pieces out there, but they can really reach some steep prices.
So when my girls at Tulip reached out to me and asked if I'd like to try some of their new athletic pieces, of course I obliged! Say what? I'd love to try them!
They are fun, fitted and light pieces. I like that the shirt and jacket were both fitted, but now obnoxiously tight. The pants are a simple cotton, but they are light and breathable. They had several different options with multiple color choices. I stuck with black, because it's slimming, duh. ;) It was hard to pass up the turquoise though.
And obviously I wear makeup and leave my hair down every time I work out...not. I work out at 5 am, there is definitely no makeup haha. Also, Kory said that in order to take these pictures for me, his fee was me taking a picture with his bow. Lamest couple ever? I think so. We're ok with that. :)

ANYWAY, if you're looking to invest in some athletic wear, I definitely suggest hitting the Plaza and checking out Tulip's selection. The jacket is going to be perfect this fall, I just know it. 
They also have an online store if you prefer shopping from home. You can find it, here.

Workout shirt, pants and jacket: c/o Tulip
New Balance Shoes: Shi

Melissa Loren
*these items were kindly given to me, but all opinions are 100% my own. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

{Weekend Fun}

What a good weekend. Friday night we spent the night in. We relaxed and caught up on shows. 
Saturday morning I had my 8 am workout and then we headed to my mom's for lunch. That evening we went to a special mass for baby Florence. Afterwards there was an amazing silent auction to raise money for medical expenses. The turnout was absolutely astounding. Amazing. 
Sunday we had lunch with the family at one of our faves, Arthur Bryant's. We went for a quick cocktail at our friend's bar downtown(before they remodel) and then we headed to our friend's son's first birthday party. Henry had a very busy weekend and loved it. He was such a sweetie all weekend. :) Here's a few million snippets...
We finally got a couple of pics of these sweet babies together. This is Henry's friend, Ameila. Her daddy is one of Kory's best friends and I just love her momma. 
Before the mass for Florence. 
Henry and I are professionals at selfies.  :-p
He's used to posing for me.
It's coming...
What were you all up to this weekend? Were you on the go too? We're super pumped for next weekend!! Schartz Family Reunion, hollllaaa!
Melissa Loren

Thursday, August 21, 2014

{Camo for Momma and Mini}

Maybe it's the whole being married to a hunter thing, but I could never have enough camo in my closet. It's like leopard to me, practically a neutral. It's a fun print that you can pair almost anything with and you can take it from day to night. Now, unlike my husband, I will never wear it head to toe. ;) You definitely want to keep it simple, maybe even just with a "pop" of camo. Like those fun studded flats, they'd add a nice pop to any outfit. 
I'm guilty of wearing camo all year 'round, which I don't think is a crime, but I am definitely reminded of the camo trend when fall rolls around. And guess what's going to be strolling into town any time now??? FALLLLL!!! My favorite. It's time for Henry and I to bust out the matching camo, grab a pumpkin spice latte and head to the pumpkin patch! Who's going with us? And who else is excited that the PSL is coming out tomorrow!? Good thing I have an early workout tomorrow so I have an excuse to swing by and pick one up! Plus I worked out so it's totally ok to drink one, right? Hehe. 
Where are you finding your favorite camo pieces right now? If you've spotted any cute pieces I'd love to know!
Melissa Loren
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