For this month’s Mom Crush Monday, we chatted with the ah-dorable Lorin Kelly of LorinKelly.com. She was not only honest about mom life, but she also gave us some super-helpful tips on life, beauty, and fitness. If you haven’t already checked out her blog, we highly suggest you do it now!
What do you love most about being a mom?
Whether it’s a first coo or a first look, being a mommy is absolutely heartwarming. However, for me, the best part of mommy-hood is growing with my daughter. She has taught me so much about myself and truly changed my personality and outlook on life - I am more patient, more kind, happier and definitely more social. At the risk of sounding cliché, she filled the space I didn't know I needed to fill. I can't imagine life without her.
What are some style tricks you hope your little one learns from you?
When is comes to style, I can’t say I’m your quintessential fashionista. Trust me, I’ve had my share of high platforms and rhinestone tops, haha. I’m a big believer that you don’t have to spend a lot to look stylish – I love to mix and match pieces from high end and budget brands to create the perfect look. I just hope my little one knows that less (skin) is more!
What has been the biggest surprise since becoming a mom?
Sleep deprivation! It’s crazy how you can still function with such little sleep. To be serious, the biggest surprise is probably how natural having this little girl feels with our relationship. My boyfriend of 9 years says he wishes he knew sooner that she would add so much to our lives.
What’s your go-to beauty item?
This is going to sound completely lame…but I’d have to say chapstick! Next, is definitely my Shu Uemura eyelash curler. Shiny lips and curled lashes? What more do you need!
How do you stay active?
The "Mommy shuffle" is currently my main source of activity. If you’re not aware of this move, it consists of a figure eight bounce and swing in a vigorous manor. In all honesty, I try to eat healthy and take lots of walks with my little girl. It's so important for your body to heal and recover fully, so I haven't put too much pressure on myself (although I can't wait for her feedings to spread out a bit more so I can go back to yoga training and hit the gym!).
What’s currently on your playlist?
I have a smorgasbord of music because I love all genres. Right now, i’m listening to a lot of Colbie Caillat, Rihanna, Jess Glynne and Major Lazer. I also may or may not have a few Disney songs sprinkled in.
How would you describe your personal style?
My personal style is very LA-brunch meets beach-chic. My favorite outfits consist of loose fitting tees, bandeaus, and jeans with wide-brimmed hats and strappy sandals.
What does Fall mean to you?
First and foremost, fall means family time. It also brings thoughts of warm cozy sweaters, comfy boots, bonfires, homemade pies and lots of trips to the snow.
Fill in the Blank: Motherhood is…
"a connection you could have never prepared for and a feeling that will scare you everyday for the rest of your life because you want to keep it safe.”
7 Must-Have fall items?
A Yummy Candle
I’m currently obsessed with this yummy pumpkin buttercream candle! It reminds me so much of the goodness associated with fall!
Yankee Candle Pumpkin Buttercream Large Tumbler Candle, $27.99, Yankee Candle
A Wide Brim Hat
This is a must-have for every mommy! Zara’s black wool special edition hat looks cute with everything from jeans and a jacket to a maxi dress and booties.
Special Edition Hat, $49.90, Zara
A Comfy Footie
Kickee Pants is one of my go-to brands. Everything is so breathable and comfy! This footie could not be more perfect for fall.
Kickee Pants Lotus Raindrop Footie, $35, Hatched Baby
A Playful Dress
I’m absolutely dying over this little dress by Kira Kids! Who doesn’t love macaroons?!
Kira Kids Mini Macaroons Onesie Dress, $48, Hatched Baby
Tights that Match that Playful Dress
Staying warm in fall is simple when you’ve got some great tights to pair under dresses. I love these striped leggings and know my little one will, too!
Kira Kids Pink Stripe Leggings, $36, Hatched Baby
A Chic LBD
I can’t wait for my first night out (complete with a well-deserved cocktail, of course). Everyone needs an LBD for fall, and this off-the-shoulder dress is perfect!
Off-the-Shoulder Sweater Dress, $19.90, Forever 21
An On-Trend Tote
Burgundy is all the rage for fall, and this reversible faux leather tote is so lovely! I especially love the fact that the reverse side is cognac.
Street Level Reversible Faux Leather Tote, $48, Nordstrom