A hat is both functional and stylish. It can be the perfect accessory to keep the sun out of your eyes, hide your bad hair day, and/or add the perfect finishing touch to your outfit. I believe every girl should have at least one fedora in their hat collection. I have 10 🤣🤣🤣
I’ve always been a hat girl 🧢 👒 🎩 The fedora is a timeless hat for both men and women and can be worn a variety of ways. When worn appropriately, it can be very effective in making you look fashion-forward.
I always keep my outfit simple when wearing a fedora hat. Especially on days I work and want to still like the “part”
PLACEMENT : MAKE SURE IT’S COMPLETELY FLAT OR IF YOU WANT IT TIPPED BACK MAKE SURE YOU ARE SHOWING A LITTLE BIT OF YOUR HAIRLINE. IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE!
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When we heard that Krispy Kreme and Oreo collaborated, we just had to partake. Those are the rules, we didn’t make them.
The delicious duo is only available for another week, until 4/18. So RUN, don’t walk… to your nearest Krispy Kreme. And if running just isn’t your thing, Krispy Kreme offers delivery through their website!
Happy Easter, readers! This season is all about new beginnings, and so today we celebrate a new beginning for our photographer & dear friend, Samantha.
Goodbyes are never easy, and this one certainly stings. Sam has always been enthusiastically willing to capture the milestone moments of our lives over the years. I’m sure you remember my home nursery maternity shoot last fall and our first family Christmas pictures too. She is so strong, supportive, fun, and just really really cool! She has a wonderful way of making everyone feel comfortable and confident in front of the camera. And she always captures my good side, which I appreciate! I truly cherish photographs, sometimes when it is all said and done a photograph is the only proof of the memory. I love looking back in time, especially with Sam’s images.
Today she embarks on a new adventure as she moves with her family away to Virginia. Though she promises us she will travel back regularly (and often enough to still photograph for us, too!) we will still miss having her near. But we wish her well, and know in our hearts that we will never (nor could ever) replace her. She is OURS forever!
We had so much fun doing Charlie’s half birthday/first Mother’s Day photoshoot (a whole month early, to be sure Sam could be here for them! LOL) so please enjoy!
Thank you, Sam. For everything! We will see you again soon! XO
Outfit details: all linked @liketoknow.it
Dress: @pinkblushmaternity, Charlie’s Cardigan: Ralph Lauren @saksofffifth (no longer available but I linked similar items), Charlie’s Gingham Romper: Ralph Lauren @macys, Charlie’s Shoes: @sperrys
Today on the blog we have a special friend of ours “taking over” today’s post.
Hello In Our Style Readers!
Today I wanted to just take a moment of your time to express my feelings and thoughts on the recent horrible events that have occurred in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community (AAPI). Just a quick note that I am not speaking on behalf of everyone in the AAPI community, but I can personally speak for myself and my family.
I also do not want this to take away from any other groups that have experienced discrimination and hatred due to the color of their skin, ethnicity, race, religion or sexual orientation.
I would have never imagined there would be a time where me being an Asian American in 2021 would ever put me or my parents in harms way. The recent violent events in SF and ATL has really spotlighted the true nature of racism towards people in the AAPI community. It breaks my heart that these recent events could have happened to me or my parents. It puts in perspective that I, myself, may have even overlooked this growing issue that is very much the core of who I am and my culture.
As a reader, it does not matter if you took notice of this issue before or have not been aware of any type of racial hatred and discrimination towards the AAPI community, BUT you can be the change now. We can be the change we want to see in this world! We need to stop rationalizing and internalizing issues that affect real people in our community. The first step is to have those tough conversations. We need to humanize people regardless of their careers and professions. Let’s cultivate kindness and respect one another regardless of appearances.
To Ange and Allie,
Thank you for allowing me to use your platform to increaseawareness of an issue that has directly affected me and everyone in the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community. Both of your support means the world to me!
I’ve been doing spray tans for years now! After knowing how damaging and unsafe the tanning beds were for my skin — I knew I needed to make the change for myself. I have never been happier and truly feel the most natural when getting my spray tans.
I’ve gone to numerous places and let me tell you, nobody and I mean NOBODY compares to Michelle at LIQUID GLAM. She customizes to your wants + needs and there’s nothing like having a human eye doing the work instead of a machine. She is very detailed and is so passionate about her business. I will NEVER trust anyone to do my tans again.
Here are some products and tips I use to help my body before and after my tans with Michelle. My custom tan lasts me 7-10 days!
BEFORE TAN —
Exfoliate entire body no more than 4 hours before appointment
TIP: When our skin gets wet, our pores open. If you tan right after… when your pours start to seal, your tanner gets stuck inside and it can cause tanning marks/streaks/etc.
Dry yourself off, but don’t apply lotion. Many lotions/oils block the color from absorbing into your skin.
You’ll feel dry and “not finished” but I promise it’s worth it!
–SPRAY TAN SERVICE HAPPENS –
Once your whole body has been sprayed… bring a change of loose fitting clothing to prevent any lining from the process. I usually end up sleeping in what I wear there.
I always throw on a sweatshirt, sweatpants, & fuzzy socks. I do this so that no skin is exposed and I can sit on my bed or on the couch and relax!
THE FOLLOWING DAY
Rinse off in the shower (after you’ve waited the proper time according what Michelle has told you!) I’ve done both a 8+ process time and a 2-4 hour time. Honestly the longer you let it sit, the darker and lasting it becomes. So I truly wait til the very last minute to rinse off.
TIP: I try to keep my post tan shower quick and not use TOO much or ANY body wash or sit under the water too long. The less you shower/ use body wash the longer your tan will last!
Now do yourself a favor and book yourself an appointment with Michelle. You won’t regret it 🤍
The pandemic has been mentally and physically hard. For literally everyone. How in just one whole year has drastically changed the way of life. Social distancing, lockdowns, the increasing death tolls, frightening news updates across social media, joblessness, money-crunch, loneliness, literally the list goes on and on and on.
There are days when it seems next to impossible to even wake up and do things. It’s that exhausting mentally. Personally, I felt and feel lost sometimes. Somedays I wake up thinking of doing certain tasks and I only end up looking at my window, not having any energy to even move a bit. Sometimes, I even feel my dreams and aspirations are blurring away because of the amount of time that passed just in one year.
But then I look at these two photos above and realize how much I have changed in just that time frame. FOR THE BETTER. So much to be grateful for and happy about. The strength between these two photos and the lessons I have learned along the way to find strength in hard times are as follows:
THE CONTINUATION OF LOVE
Being surrounded by hardships helped me realize to cherish the people in my life for who they are. Giving these people my whole, authentic self without the fear of not being good enough. Lean on the ones who love you unconditional.
HARDSHIPS ARE PART OF GROWING
During childhood the harsh reality of life is often sugar-coated; growing up really is a hard pill to swallow. Part of living and growing up is experiencing unexpected troubles in life. We hear things about people losing their job, getting sick, or someone being critically ill in the hospital These are situations that tamper with our emotions and can leave us feeling outraged, lost or helpless. This year especially taught me or all of us for that matter to grow and stay ever so strong.
CHERISH THE MOMENT
Take a walk. Remove yourself from the environment; get some air, it helps in taking a timeout. Spend your time wisely and take a pause that is long enough to appreciate life. Life is meant to be lived, deeply felt, and enjoyed. We have little control over most of the external circumstances, but what we do have control over is the way we react. Yesterday can never be brought back and tomorrow is truly never promised.
YOU’RE NOT YOUR PAST
The past does not define us. You’re not your past habits nor the story you used to tell yourself. The future is a clean slate to become who you wish to be. Not letting myself have fear of the unknown dictate how I choose to plan my future. You’re allowed to change your own internal narrative. You’re allowed to use the past as a stepping tool. I know I plan to reflect the time I used and didn’t for my future plans.
YOU’RE IN CHARGE OF YOUR FEELINGS
Feelings change, people change, and time – our greatest limited resource – just keeps ticking. You choose how you feel this very moment! You can hold onto past mistakes, or you can create your own happiness. You’re allowed to feel any feeling you want. That’s what makes us fucking human.
To each of our own, we all went through something we never imagined we would in a lifetime. But we did. And it’s something we’ll remember for the rest of our lives. I’m choosing to be grateful of the time I created. For overcoming the most challenging, terrifying and emotional year I can ever recall.
Be gentle with your feelings and remember you are human. Stay humble and be kind. 🤍
It’s been one year since the beginning of the pandemic. It seems like a lifetime ago and also like it was just yesterday. No matter what the past year has put us through, we thought it would be important for us to reflect back on the lessons we learned through the trials we faced. Regardless we find peace and gratitude that we, and those that we love, remain safe and healthy.
Here is a look back at Ange’s year in “lockdown”:
February-May 2020: I found out right before the lockdown began that I was pregnant. I spent the next few months working through the nausea and fatigue. I was grateful that I had the weekends forced to be at home resting. Alice didn’t mind the extra snuggles one bit either! It also made keeping the secret a lot easier until we felt ready to share our news. I was fortunate enough to be allowed to bring my husband to all of my appointments and ultrasounds because I know that wasn’t everyone’s experience. To say the least, it was definitely an interesting time to go through pregnancy, especially with it being my first. I remember being very worried that I was at a higher risk for contracting the virus because of a weakened immune system. Besides a spell of debilitating headaches that had me miss a few days of work one week, I remained healthy.
June-September 2020: Second trimester came around and I started to feel a bit more like myself. I still worked full time as a pharmacist during the week and I was able to be more active on the weekends by taking walks and being outside. When virus cases started to go down, Patrick and I took a week off of work together in July and had a staycation before the baby came. We laid by the pool during the day, ate outside at some of our favorite local restaurants in the evenings, and spent a day putting together furniture and preparing the nursery. It was honestly a great way to spend a vacation and I’d absolutely do it again! I am grateful that I was able to have a safe and socially distant baby shower in August that was so beautiful and thoughtfully planned too.
October 2020- October gets its own section because it was a doozy for me! Virus cases started to increase again and I began to become anxious about what my labor and delivery would look like and if I would feel safe being in the hospital. I was also at the pinnacle of daily discomfort at that point, but still going to work, on my feet, full time. We were all convinced that I’d go into labor early but I made it the entire month of October, large and in charge.
Something I have not shared publicly until now- A few days before I went into labor I received devastating news of the decision that my pharmacy would be closing. The dream team I had worked alongside the last 3 years and the dream careers we worked so tirelessly to achieve would be no more. We were always invested in the care of our patients and community and felt we were extremely successful and making progress in the innovation of future endeavors. For our department to be dismantled was heartbreaking- the purest intentions to create quality programs and uniqueness in the services we provided felt invalidated.
I worried for my patients that would no longer have access to the medications, conveniences and specialized services we diligently provided to them. I worried for my colleagues who became like family, that faced an unclear future in their professional and personal lives. And of course I worried and grieved all of the lost opportunities for myself to make an impact as a pharmacist there.
I don’t regret one moment of the time I worked there. I would make that decision again in a heartbeat knowing the outcome. And when someone obtains a doctorate in a field, specifically one that is essential during a time like a pandemic, they don’t ever expect to lose their job. With encouragement and support, I knew somehow that I would be OK and I looked at that uncertainty as an unexpected blessing to spend extended time with my new family. It doesn’t make it easier when a decision is made for you instead of by you. I chose to embrace my new role and passion- a mother. It could be my biggest and most important accomplishment yet. I am infinitely blessed. It is a gift to be able to stay at home to raise my child and that is not at all lost on me. I am thankful everyday. And I was recently given an opportunity to help out my community by running clinics and administering COVID vaccines on a temporary part-time basis. The perfect scenario to be able still prioritize my family.
Lots of people have said the cliche things like “everything happens for a reason” and “appreciate the blessing in disguise”. And as tough of a pill as that was to swallow (pharmacy pun intended), it’s been proven to me over and over again in my life. It took my husband and I a year to conceive our beautiful baby boy. Those were tough times but now I realize the timing of our son was perfect. I was meant to be pregnant during the pandemic, Charlie was our light in the darkness. And I was meant to learn of the news of my job loss only a few days before his LATE arrival so that I had time to grieve that loss, say a proper goodbye to my coworkers, and to have closure of that chapter of my life. God’s timing is always perfect.
“In that sweet surrender of your life to your child, you’ll gain the greater understanding of grace and love.”
November 2020 – February 2021: Charlie arrived and brought so much joy to our lives. My heart is bursting with love. We celebrated his first Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, and Valentine’s Day. Holidays with a little one are so very special. I feel like I’ve grown and learned so much in the first few months of motherhood and I look forward to the future. I am continuing to focus on and prioritize my personal relationships with family and friends. That is truly what matters to me. And because I’ve been working vaccine clinic days, I am extremely optimistic that we are on the right path to putting this pandemic behind us. My hope is that you all stay well and carry on! We can do this together!
And if you got to the end of this albeit unusual post- Thanks for letting me pour my heart out. I typically don’t share vulnerable personal struggles, especially on this platform, because I don’t need public condolence or affirmation and I don’t owe the internet any explanation (no one does!) but I decided that perhaps putting it all out there into the universe could encourage someone else to try to embrace a change they may or may not have anticipated. Much love 💙 Allie will be sharing her reflections next week!
I was waiting for so long For a miracle to come Everyone told me to be strong Hold on and don’t shed a tear
Through darkness and good times I knew I’d make it through And the world thought I had it all But I was waiting for you
Hush now I see a light in the sky It’s almost blinding me I can’t believe I’ve been touched by an angel With love
Let the rain come down And wash away my tears Let it fill my soul And drown my fears Let it shatter the walls For a new sun A new day has come
Where it was dark now there’s is light Where there was pain, now there’s joy Where there was weakness, I found my strength All in the eyes of a boy
Run (don’t walk!) to your nearest Target… We found the perfect jackets for spring!
Why we love them:
• Soft, quilted fabric
• Slightly puffered
• Easy to layer
• Pretty color options
• Chic funnel neck style
And truly, any excuse to coordinate with each other is a good enough reason to make the purchase! But certainly worth it for only $20 in store!
On a slightly more serious note, and to maintain total honesty and transparency, we’d like to address something. Originally we took these photos with our pups for a collaboration campaign with a company that we thought was charitable and trustworthy. We recently were made aware that after this company asked for our participation and sent us their products that their website was shut down. It is a company that made items for dogs and owners and claimed they donated portions of their proceeds to animal rescue organizations, something that we both feel deeply about and whole heartedly support. Their business on the outside looked completely legitimate with a professional website and over 1 million Instagram followers. However, their website was recently shut down and there have been multiple complaints that have surfaced about their claims of donating to charity being blatant lies to get more business and support. We do not at all condone this nor do we want to promote a business like this. We feel fooled and even though we felt we did our due diligence before agreeing to work with a brand, it was not enough this time.
We actually confronted the company via direct messaging and have yet to receive a response back or an explanation, which makes it even more troubling.
We will not take this time or opportunity to list the name of the company. What we will do instead is to list our favorite local crafty gals that we feel confident could create similar items for our followers and their fur babies, and then list our favorite local animal shelters that would greatly appreciate a donation as well.
Local Crafty Gals: Morgan @steeltoebow, Ariel @stuff.by.ariel, Tina @tinastitchandmore
Local Animal Shelters: @theannashelter (Alice is an Anna Shelter rescue dog), @eriehumanesociety, @orphanangels
We made the conscious decision to still post and share the photos today, because not only do we work hard to create quality content, but also want to continue to be honest and up front with you and prove to you that we do have our followers’ and our community’s best interest at heart. We will never knowingly promote anything we do not believe in.
I’m not sure about you all, but my hair has been needing some TLC lately. A lot of days I feel like I’ve got a similar hair style to my sweet Alice girl!
I’ve been suffering from dry, staticky, uncooperative tresses so I contacted my hair styling goddess (Allie, duh!) and she was quick to send tips my way! We thought it would be a good idea to share them with you all too, because that’s what friends do! All products mentioned are linked in the LIKEtoKNOW.it app for you to shop! Click here: http://liketk.it/38PDo
1. Dryer Sheets – a quick fix for static is just to wipe a dryer sheet over hair strands. Or better yet, push the bristles of your brush through the sheet and brush it out!
2. Olaplex System- a year round wonder treatment. I use 4 and 5 weekly to keep my hair feeling nourished and strong! Allie says that number 6 is a must in the winter too!
3. Detangling Brush- can be used on wet or dry hair. This brush helps to get out any tangles without damaging hair.
4. Claw Clips- when hair is extra fragile and dry in the winter I find it best to pull my hair back in clips rather than elastics or hair ties just to prevent additional breakage. This set is also great for sectioning off hair for styling!
Do you have any other winter hair care tips? If so send them our way!! xo
Happy Galentine’s Day! We are posting this weeks blog post a day early in honor of February 13th, a day to celebrate our love for our lady friends!
What a journey these last 5 years have been. What started as a joint hobby and a creative outlet for us, has grown and continued into a beautiful platform to share pieces of our lives with you all. Each of you feels like a friend to us and we are so grateful.
Thank you for following along, for being supportive, for openly accepting new content that we put out, and for allowing us to be ourselves. A lot has changed in our lives over the last 5 years and I’m sure you all can say the same! What hasn’t changed is this little spot on the internet that we continue to work on together. The ability to collaborate on something for so long together is priceless. It’s only brought us closer together, and it wouldn’t have been possible to continue without all of you.
We love you all and appreciate you. May you feel all the love and more, the kind that you constantly give to us. 💕