“It is my honor to introduce to you today for the very first time, Mr and Mrs Jordan Bell” 🔔
A little under FIVE months ago, the world was a dramatically different place, and we were living in a different reality, blissfully oblivious to what was coming our way.
Despite the global pandemic we are witnessing, we should all feel grateful for the little things that matter the most: the love of our family and friends, and an appreciation of how much they mean to us.
At times like this, in the midst of what would have been peak wedding season, I can’t help but think of the many brides who have been deeply disappointed and impacted by the potential postponement of their weddings.
One being a dear friend of mine, Lisa. The uncertainty and unknown would continue to kill her day by day. And I had absolutely no words to comfort her.
Hours, Days, Weeks, Months went by and Covid had no plans to exit anytime soon. So that’s when things needed to change and decisions needed to be made.
I knew Lisa had her heart set on getting married this July, but what 2020 bride wouldn’t? You’ve spent the last x amount of years with your significant other and all the countless hours, preplanning and organizing you put into making the day so special.
So fast forward to May, the day I got a call from sweet Lisa Ann, telling me the wedding WILL GO ON with or without Covid. But big plans were changing. And happening quickly.
My role of Maid of Honor was still in place, but we were shy of two months before the big day. And some added requests were needed from me 😉
The obvious task of doing some of the girls hair, pampering Lisa that morning of, checking in to make sure she was eating and drinking lots of fluids, oh but the most important role like ever…. GETTING HER AND JORDAN MARRIED!!!!
NO PRESSURE LISA 🤣
I almost shit my pants that she trusted me enough to not EFF up the most important day of her life. It’s something clearly I had never done, or even remotely ever thought about doing, but there I was getting certified to be her Minister, because how do you say no to someone who you’ve known practically your whole life.
To even put into words the emotions and thoughts that crossed my mind minutes before walking down that isle, wouldn’t even cover it.
Butterflies | Nausea | Excitement | Happiness
But the moment that Jordan stood next to me and we saw Lisa walking down so READY and excited to meet us up there, I knew I was right where I needed to be for her and Jordan.
I’m so privileged to have been able to do this for them. A service under 10 minutes all of which was to celebrate YOU TWO AS ONE. As we continue to walk through unknown territory in the coming weeks, your love will only grow stronger.
Please know that I will never forget this for the rest of my life. I’ve done some pretty cool shit in my life but this was the topping. Thank you Lisa and Jordan for this unforgettable moment.
If there’s one thing I’m certain about, love concours ALL.
I am exiting today’s post with sending so much love to each and every one of the Brides affected this years. Whether you’re like Lisa and do it this year or postpone it to 2021, you WILL figure out what’s best for you and your loved ones. There’s no right or wrong answer. If you’re not there yet, just squeeze your fiance’s hand tighter. Make every kiss count. Lean into him or her. Acknowledge the fact that this card we’ve been dealt isn’t fair, but also acknowledge how freaking lucky you are to have found someone you love enough that you want to spend your entire life with them. We still have so much to be grateful for.
Sorry if this pic makes you crave Chic-fil-A on a Sunday! 😭 ohhhh pregnancy- I was told there would be glowing but most days lately I just feel round and hungry! 😆
Today’s blog post is about two cute non-maternity yet bump/belly friendly lounge sets. You can shop both in the LIKEtoKNOW.it app or clicking the links below!
I’m obsessed with this gingham set from GOODNIGHT MACAROON – the cotton knitted sweater and shorts are actually sold as a set for $59 and you can use the code SUMMER2020 to get 30% off making it $41. The shorts are quite short so I probably won’t wear them outside the house but I love how stretchy, comfortable, and preppy this set is. Size up one size if you’ve got a baby bump. Or just want some more room!
This pink set from Target is also a new fav of mine! The fabric is called beach fleece, so it’s more like a soft terry cloth on the inside. It fits true to size with even enough room for my baby bump! The sweatshirt has a nice relaxed fit and length to it and the shorts are super comfortable and a decent length for at least a quick trip to the store or walking outside. The sweatshirt is $24.99 and the shorts are on clearance for only $12. These pieces also come in a few other colors but since the shorts are on clearance some sizes and colors are quickly becoming unavailable.
It would make such a cute gift and is an affordable alternative to some other pricey ones I’ve seen online. It is sterling silver coated in 14K gold. It has a 16 inch chain with a 3 inch extender. I like it worn short as almost a choker and could be easily layered with other pieces.
Hope you all have a great Sunday and productive week ahead! So far I’ve made it from my bed to my couch- there’s no stopping me now! 🤣
I’ve compiled another bundle of products and items that I found to be essential in getting me and Baby Boy E through our second trimester for today’s blog post. I’m very honest and up-front when it comes to why I recommend these products in hopes of providing helpful opinions and guidance to someone else.
1. MATERNITY SWIMWEAR
The warm weather has hit and we are fortunate enough to have a pool at home so I can cool off! But alas, most of my regular swim suits don’t fit right now so I needed to get some maternity swimwear in a pinch! I turned to Amazon and, per usual, I was not disappointed. The suits I chose are affordable, full coverage, padded, and have extra stretch room in the belly!
2. MATERNITY SHAPEWEAR
At this time in my life, these pieces are less about smoothing and shaping and more about compression and creating a barrier. I wear a lot of stretchy dresses lately and have since experienced some chaffing. These shapewear shorts are light weight and breathable but provide the belly support and leg barrier that I need to keep me comfortable all day long.
3. YOGA SHORTS
I have never been one to wear shorts in the summer a lot, especially tight spandex-like ones, despite their growing popularity. However- growing and carrying another human in my body is a hot and sweaty experience and I’ve turned a new leaf towards comfort. These shorts are made of the softest legging-like fabric and are a flattering length on me. I have the black and navy but this style comes in a bunch of other colors too.
4. PRENATAL YOGA/EXERCISE
On trend with the previous item, what has also helped to make me feel good during the second trimester has been prenatal approved yoga, stretching, and walking. Once my energy levels started to increase and my overall improvement from my first trimester to my second, I’ve tried my best to increase my activity again. My husband and I have the Mirror set up in our basement so I am able to take classes off the app whenever it works for my schedule and in the comfort and privacy of my own home. The nice weather has also made it easy to motivate me to get outside and walk. It’s been proven that moderate exercise during pregnancy helps with stress, blood pressure, and feeling physically better overall. A lot of the prenatal stretches I practice during yoga are also meant to help strengthen certain muscle groups to prepare me for labor and delivery. I have also been focusing and practicing on good breathing techniques for this time as well.
5. MATERNITY UNDERWEAR
As if being honest about my chaffing earlier wasn’t TMI enough… new underwear should also be something on every pregnancy list. This set is made of breathable cotton and has full coverage. The waists sit just under my growing belly and they also don’t create or show any unwanted lines. Just trust me! 😉
6. THERAPEUTIC BATH SALTS
These were gifted to me by my sweet and thoughtful family and they have truly been a God send. I’ve made time to take semi-frequent baths to help me unwind and de-stress. Also, “everything hurts and I’m dying” is usually a quote I use daily at this point. These bath salts in a warm soothing bath help my aching muscles and joints and decrease the swelling I sometimes get in my feet and ankles.
7. LIGHTED MIRROR AND TWEEZERS
So much honesty in one little blog post- the joys and beauty of pregnancy! Lots of hair growth happening, and not just from my scalp. All of a sudden I get these embarrassing and unsightly mustache and chin hairs that sprout out of nowhere and I never want to be without removal tools. I keep a lighted, magnified compact mirror and tweezers in my bag wherever I go… just in case!
When I say “HEART” you say “BURN”! HEARTBURN! 😭 literally after eating everything or sometimes just because! I need rescue therapy STAT and Tums are recommended safe during pregnancy. Be sure to follow the instructions and recommendations on the label.
I hope you find this list to be helpful if you’re expecting, or if you’re looking for a thoughtful and useful post to share for a pregnant friend or family member. Check back in the coming weeks for my third trimester must-haves!
Thanking the greatest company @apexdropofficial for the last year for providing great connections for In Our Style! 💧🖤 . Ange and I started this blog years ago to promote different styles and products we truly believe in. Even if we inspired one follower, we knew we had to do it! . Although our following is nowhere near as high as most, @apexdropofficial strives to help bloggers like us, a chance to work with brands that are known and opportunities we are ever so grateful for. . Without Apex, we would not be where we are today!! They truly have helped us expand our network and giving us amazing stuff out of it so far.
Through their platform we were able to create and work with different brands that we are so lucky to collaborate with and some we never heard of, but have loved along the way.
We are so lucky to have a company who truly cares about influencers and the chances they are able to provide for us. As a thank you from them, they sent us Apex Swag that I will forever be showcasing and supporting this incredible company. 👀
Helloooooo down there! Baby Bump🤰🏼is getting bigger- I can hardly see my toes… or my little dog!
I’m 22 weeks along and we finished our baby registry at Target! ✅ It had been awhile since I physically went into a store to shop. While we were there, I just had to pick up a few cute pieces for me, since I’m finding my regular clothes aren’t fitting quite right anymore. 🙈 So I thought I’d share my mini maternity haul with you today.
The Ingrid & Isabel maternity line at Target has some great basic pieces available, as well as some that are more fashionable (yet still comfortable)! The maternity section at my local Target store is disappointingly small, but it will be easy for me to shop online for more things, because it is advised to purchase my pre-pregnancy size for each item. Without getting to try them on, everything I purchased fits well and has room for bump to inevitably grow more!
That’s all I have for you today! I hope you all have a good week, and that you’re staying positive and making a conscious effort to be kind and open-minded every day. And remember: if you find yourself in Target, you don’t go to Target because you NEED something… you go to Target and let Target tell YOU what you need! ($100+ later…)
My City finally got the 🟢 light which means, time to return to the job I lost almost 100 days ago due to COVID-19.
As I begin my final week being unemployed, I wanted to share my personal growth experiences the last three months with all of you. I wanted to do this post today to reflect who I was only three months ago, to who I am today. I feel like this truly was something I can walk away from and be a stronger and better person from it.
I remember the moment my boss called us all in for a Zoom meeting around 12:00pm Monday March 16th, 2020. The news had broke that our town was forced to shut down everything for two weeks due to COVID-19. My first instinct was to immediately break down and cry. Why? The initial shock of, how will I pay my bills? How can this be happening? Is this really only going to be two week? The feelings and thoughts were emotionally endless.
14 went by, still quarantined. 30 days later, still quarantined. 60 later, no set date. 90 days… potential hope. But again, a virus 🦠 has no time frame.
Now when I tell you that this pandemic really was a huge growth for me, I truly mean that. It was first time in probably ever that I was forced to sit in my own thoughts and not have any distractions. Choosing how I wanted to spend my days. Directing myself to new activities or old ones I forgot were therapeutic to me. Nothing could over see anything I was thinking or feeling. Work couldn’t take over my life to help me forget who I am.
If you asked me three months ago, what Allie’s life was, the answer would of been hair. For the last eight years being in the most beautiful, fast pace, growing career, it’s been everything to me. It was the hobby I said if someone asked me what mine was. It was the most challenging but also most confident thing I had in my life that I knew was a comfort zone for me. I became so passionate in my job that I honestly feel like I lost a little bit apart of who I was as JUST Allie.
Hair is my life, but it’s not my WHOLE life. It’s only about 25% of who I am. And for those who truly know me, know this is damn TRUE. I love my job, and I’m one of the many but also few who say that and honestly mean it.
This pandemic has really helped me recreate who I am as a person, for myself, as a family member, as a friend, and as a partner. I’ve been able to regain strength and happiness for myself. I have been able to read books I never thought I’d pick up. I was able to explore parks and areas I haven’t been to since I was a little girl. I was able to start a new craft I honestly enjoy so much it feels so therapeutic and stress free.
My goal is to continue to do these things that make me happy. This is a time that being selfish is seriously okay. Don’t sell yourself short but also be stern that you’ve got time and you can be anybody you want to be.
My job will understand. My clients will support me no matter what. Time is soo precious but so is my health, my happiness and my strength.
I look forward to going back to work. But I’m also reminded that, I have a wonderful life outside of it. Saying no doesn’t make me a bad person, not feeling guilty about over working so I can spend time with the people I love very much, and finally being able to just be me, AGAIN.
This year has truly been an eye opener.
We are already 6 months into 2020, but in my own experiences it’s been such a learning curve for me. And probably one of the years I will look back on and remember every detail I’ve felt.
Another Sunday is here. I’d again like to take the opportunity to continue to use this time and space to bring more attention to topics that really matter.
I want my son… (that’s right! Baby E is a little gentleman!) to be brought into and grow up in a world filled with love and acceptance for all. I’m very well aware that conflict is a part of life. Humans aren’t all alike, our uniqueness and different ways of thinking, for the most part, make this world the beautiful diverse planet that it is.
But knowing how to be accepting of others no matter how different they are and embracing others’ differences is such an important life lesson that I want to instill in my child, who will be just one member of the future generation.
I recently learned that the American Academy of Pediatrics states that children can internalize racial bias between the ages of 2 and 4. Though initially I found this astonishing, it just speaks to how important it is to begin introducing diversity early on in a child’s life. And to me that doesn’t necessarily just mean racial diversity, especially with this month of June being Pride month for the LGBTQ community.
This is my first child. I’m not ever going to be a perfect parent, but I’m going to try my hardest to be the best mother to my son, and to me that means helping him to become the best person he possibly can be. To not only be smart, and kind, and a gentleman, but to be able to peacefully co-exist and hopefully positively impact each person he will meet.
I’ve continued to listen and learn and think of better ways to commit to this cause over the past week. I think that the best way I can fulfill my promise to contribute to ending inequality is through the opportunity I’ve been given to influence the way in which my son is raised. I of course will apply these principles in my life and actions as well. We will not tolerate racism or prejudice in our home, we will love, and we will constructively communicate and use our voices when they are most needed to speak up for those that cannot.
Today I’d like to share a few children’s books and movies that I have added to our collection for Baby E that touch upon current important topics such as diversity and acceptance in an age appropriate way. I’ve also linked where to purchase them below. None of the links are commissionable so this list is not posted on our LIKEtoKNOW.it, the links are there for you to solely support the diverse authors and creators in their ventures to continue to spread love and knowledge.
1. Dream Big, Little One – by Vashti Harrison is an adorable hardcover board book that features 18 extraordinary Black women in history. It’s “the perfect little good night book to inspire big dreams.” I want my son to have diverse role models and admire men and women in whatever his aspirations become.
2. Woke Baby – by Mahogany L. Browne is another little board book with a big message of empowerment. “Woke babies are up early. Woke babies raise their fists in the air. Woke babies cry out for justice. Woke babies grow up to change the world.”
3. Ruby Bridges – I remember watching this movie when I was in school, probably elementary school and even at such a young age it touched my heart. Based on the true story of Ruby Bridges, a 6 year old in 1960 who bravely faced racism and segregation while attending elementary school herself. Segregation of American schools still happened just 60 years ago. Ruby Bridges is still alive today and is witnessing the current racial injustices. This movie is created by Disney and is rated PG, so I will have to wait until baby boy is a little older, but it will be on our watch list.
Available to stream on Disney+
4. Love Makes aFamily – by Sophie Beer is a fun, inclusive, and exuberant book that celebrates the one thing that makes every family a family: love. The illustrations are so colorful and the families featured are diverse in race and gender, and no matter what a family “looks” like, it can still be a happy one.
5. And Tango Makes Three – by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell. Mirroring the couples’ life, their award winning book is about two male penguins who create a family together. It is such a sweet story and I learned it is also based on two real male penguins that fell in love in New York City’s Central Park Zoo.
Although this is a short list, I hope you consider purchasing and immersing in one or all of these creative pieces with your own family. If you have anymore titles you’d like to share please feel free to send them my way! These books would also make great gifts!
During these times and in an effort to more or less, “pass the mic” – our shared content has been and will be that of others. We’ve been muted on Instagram too, and not for lack of action or caring, but to prevent clogging your feed. Those whose voices need to be heard over ours will have the opportunity to speak out. It’s time to change the world.
“We understand that we will never understand. But we will stand with you against racism.” We are still listening, still learning, still recognizing our privilege, and still discovering ways that we can help and make up for our former years of privilege and unintentional biases.
Our links today are those of some of our favorite local businesses owned by Black members of our community that deserve support and recognition. We will also share links to worthy online petitions that we have signed. These lists are not even close to comprehensive- there are so many other causes, organizations, and businesses to support.
We urge you to educate yourself. Do your own research. Self reflect. We aren’t going to tell you where to donate or what your call to action should be. Because when we researched and dug deep and reflected we learned so much. And we want that for you too. There is not just one single right way to be supportive, be anti-racist, or pass on love, compassion and kindness. There are many many resources being shared out there too. We do not have all of the answers and we are not perfect. We will never find all of the right words, or write the right things but we can simply speak what is on our hearts. We realize that we have to come together as fellow humans, in solidarity. The real change and reform will come when we can all recognize there is wrongdoing and actively work together to right the future and change for the better.
We encourage you to “put your money where your mouth (and heart) is.” And that doesn’t even have to mean monetary donations. If you’re able, a donation to the cause is a wonderful way to contribute to making a difference. But some of you may also choose to donate your time, peacefully protest, speak out against racism in whatever capacity and platform you so choose and are given. We must stand with the black community and vow to do and be better.
Lisa’s food and staff at the Courthouse Cafe really brightened my day when I had to report and serve jury duty last year. Her catering services have also graced several tasting events I’ve had the pleasure of attending and her food never disappoints!
I’ve received a few of their amazing goodies as gifts in the past and can’t wait to stock up on soaps and bath bombs again soon! They’ve been busy during the COVID pandemic making all kinds of fabric masks. My most favorite items I’ve seen to date are their Harry Potter themed soaps!
Because our community as a whole has also been heavily promoting and valuing what really matters recently- we discovered the most beautiful macrame items made by Rope & Bloom. We have both been eyeing up decor items for our homes.
I had the opportunity to sample some of their sweet treats and coffees at a coffee and dessert sampling event for charity in February! They’ve remained open during the pandemic lockdown and even offer delivery of their gourmet dessert boxes!
A fun and fabulous business that makes swoon-worthy balloon arches, decor, and so much more for special events like birthdays, weddings, and bridal and baby showers. They are a favorite follow of ours on Instagram too!
Be still our hearts!!! The CUTEST selection of baby boy and girl clothes and accessories, modeled by the cutest local brand reps we’ve ever seen! We can’t wait to spoil and style Baby E with some of their darling apparel.
BLACK LIVES MATTER PETITION E-MAIL LINKS
These literally take seconds to fill out and send to the respective parties.