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currently loving

currently loving | lolo magazine

Major yay for friday and the weekend, as always! Lo and I love sharing our current favorite things with you guys, and this week’s currently loving list is extra good. Read on to get links to things that we have and love // xo melissa + lo

the list

the fall issue of darling mag – melis

could not live without my vitamix …it is well worth the investment – lo

this workout crop top (perfect for yoga) – melis

this is my absolute favorite fall candle – lo

this concealer from bare minerals – melis

I love this soap + it also makes a great gift – lo

these low ankle socks from madewell – melis

this mask has done wonders for my skin & it’s free of all toxins – lo (c/o)

this cozy hoodie from lou & grey – melis

this toner has made my skin much healthier and more hydrated – lo

back in love


back in love with a&f | lolo magazine

back in love with a&f | lolo magazine

back in love with a&f | lolo magazine

Have you guys checked out abercombie lately? Lauren and I hadn’t looked at their collection in years (since high school!) but about a month ago we noticed a few of our favorite bloggers rocking a few super cool pieces and they were from a&f. It sparked our curiosity and we got in touch with the incredible team over there to chat about their new collection and new direction. They were so kind and sent us some pieces from their newest collection, and Lauren and I are now back in love with the brand. Their new look is casual, cool, laidback, and not as “branded” as they once were. The effortless aesthetic is very appealing and the clothing items that we received are timeless, comfortable, and versatile. Above are a few style inspiration images & below are links to what we are currently loving at a&f // xo melissa

this grey wrap coat

these olive green skinnies

a classic blue oxford shirt

ankle cropped straight jeans

the coziest fleece jacket of all time

a chic black bomber jacket

casual and cool joggers

a simple grey tee

a water resistant jacket

a puffer coat for cold days

this suede utility jacket

a cool plaid scarf for fall


national handbag day

national handbag day | lolo magazine

Today is a big day in my world and yours- it’s national handbag day! As you guys know by now, my full-time job is as senior marketing associate for hobo, a quality and cool leather handbag + wallet company. If you want to learn more about hobo, check out our Instagram, read our story, and discover our leathers. At the bottom of this post I have listed my top 10 favorite hobo styles, including this backpack as well as this bag, that Lo has and loves. In celebration of national handbag day, I wanted to share the story of how Lo and I met! We haven’t shared the story here on the mag before, and some of you might be wondering how we became friends since she lives on the west coast and I am here on the east coast! We thought that national handbag day would be the perfect time to share the story, as it involves hobo.

national handbag day | lolo magazine

I was a follower of Lauren’s on Instagram and a reader of lolo mag, so as the person who handles blogger relations for Hobo, I reached out to Lauren via Instagram early on in 2014 to see if she would like a hobo bag. She sent me the sweetest email and I sent her a bag. After that, she hosted a giveaway on her Instagram and we kept in touch via a few emails here and there. In early 2015, I reached out to her in hopes of collaborating with her on a press event in our showroom to celebrate the release of her second book, Your Beautiful Heart, plus our fall 2015 collection. Long story short, she said yes, and we had a small event in our NYC showroom for magazine editors and bloggers where they met Lauren (and her twin, Britt!), chatted with her about her book and her love for hobo, previewed our fall collection, and chatted with us about fall styles and other hobo news. It was such a fun event and Lo and I bonded instantly!

national handbag day | lolo magazine

After the event we continued to keep in touch via email and social. Later that year, in the fall of 2015, I saw a post that Lauren Kay Sims was branching off from lolo mag to start her own blog. At that point, I can say with all my heart, that the Holy Spirit instructed me to email Lauren. It was as though it was instantaneous instruction, and thankfully I followed. I immediately emailed Lauren to see if she wanted assistance on lolo mag. The next morning I woke up to the sweetest email from Lo saying that she had been praying to the Lord to show her the next step for the mag and then received my email. Long story short, we talked logistics and plans in the next days and weeks, and then I became an editor on the mag. You might be thinking that this is a big undertaking in addition to my full-time role at hobo, but it has become second nature to me and a part of my lifestyle, and I love it! It’s easy to make time for things that you love and feel called to do. I work on the mag early in the morning (like 6am), during my lunch breaks at hobo, at night sometimes around 9pm before I shut the laptop off at 10pm, plus I carve out a few hours on the weekends- typically Saturday and Sunday morning during my coffee time before the day gets going! My life feels significantly more full of joy and more complete since adding lolo mag to the mix. Not only has the experience been so rewarding to my personal growth and knowledge, but the biggest blessing of them all is Lo. Lauren and I have developed a sincere and special friendship that is truly one of a kind and I thank the Lord regularly for crossing our paths!

I hope you enjoyed this story & below are my favorite hobo styles! We are having a SALE on today only, in honor of the holiday. 20% off fall styles + free shipping on all orders, ends tonight // xo

10 favorite hobos

the river backpack | the costa bag | the fast lane bag | the perfect union

the city girl | the evella | the vale | the fern | the sheila | the raine clutch


silk sleep mask from slip

silk sleep mask by slip | lolo magazine

We have shared our love for slip here on the mag before, but today we are really sharing our love for the silk pillowcase company. Lo and I both sleep on silk pillowcases from slip and will never think of trying another pillowcase again. Slip’s pillowcases make your hair and face look like you just got the best night of sleep ever, minus the skin wrinkles and severe bedhead.

When we saw that slip also makes sleep masks, we knew that we needed to try them. Side note- if you don’t sleep with a sleep mask already, give it a try. It really helps me to get into a deep sleep and I am now really attached to it- I can’t sleep without one! Slip was so sweet and sent us both a sleep mask to try (Lo chose this color and I chose this one) and yet again, I will never consider another brand. Not only is it gorgeous, but the silk feels so nice on my face, the design is extremely comfortable, and it completely blocks out any hint of light that is in the room. Here is a link to slip’s site to get the full brand experience, but their products are also available at Nordstrom.

currently loving

currently loving | lolo magazine

currently loving | lolo magazine

Below is this week’s currently loving list // get the links to Lauren’s hair dryer that she could not live without, my favorite mascara that is paraben free, smudge-proof, and under $20, a silk sleep mask that is so necessary, and so much more. Here is the link to the last currently loving list, from two weeks ago.  XO —images by hannah burton 

things that we have & love-

my favorite book – lo

this rifle paper notepad is too cute – melis (c/o)

the most wonderful fall diffuser – lo

a silk sleep mask under $50 that makes sleeping extra sweet – melis (c/o)

this soap is toxin free and can be used for anything – lo

the cutest decorative white + gold pumpkin from target – melis

the hair dryer that I could not live without – lo

my new favorite crossbody from hobo – melis

fresh lip conditioner – lo

mineral nail polish that is toxin free – melis

gorgeous mascara that is smudge-proof and paraben free – melis

five pairs of mules for fall

five pairs of mules for fall | lolo magazine

the links // one | two | three | four | five