Pajama Party

I had a few ideas for this weekend’s blog post. I’ll be real with you, my mind has kind of been all over the place lately. So instead of stressing about it, knowing in my heart that you all are “my people” that would certainly understand, I took it easy yesterday and spent almost the whole day in my pajamas with my little boy and it was just the best! One thing led to another, as they do, and we had a little photo shoot 😂 it was fun and now we have these pics to share at least!

Both of our jammies are from Amazon, I linked them in the LIKEtoKNOW.it app, (click here!) along with items pictured in his nursery.

Charlie is 6 1/2 months old now! Some days it is so hard to believe that time is passing so quickly!
I’m probably going to order another set, or two!, of these pajamas for myself. They are a very soft waffle knit fabric and I love the relaxed fit.
My little bestie 💙

We hope you enjoyed your weekend as well! Maybe you can take today to have your own pajama party… we will probably be doing the same thing again too! xo


Mother’s Day

Instead of a Mother’s Day gift guide or something of the sort here on our blog, I decided to do an open letter exchange with the most amazing women in my life and share it with you. These letters are personal and I hope they help you recognize the blessings a mother figure in your life has given you, and reflect on how he or she has played a role in the making of the person you’ve become today.

Whether written or spoken, words are so incredibly important. Things can often go unsaid, and I think we should all make an effort to vocalize these things, even if it seems totally random and out of left field. I hope that this post encourages each and every one of you to express your love and the value you see in the people close to you.

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To my mom, Cheryl

There are so many things I’m grateful for in our relationship and having you as a mother.

Looking back on my life, I was incredibly blessed to grow up in a home where my words were heard and I was free to be myself, whoever that may have been. I have you (and Dad) and Angela to thank for that. I was encouraged to try new things, and to be open minded and accepting of others. I was taught to be independent and self sufficient, and that it’s okay to play by myself and do my own thing. I was shown how to be kind to others and the importance of helping those less fortunate, as well as how to ask for what I need too. I was taught to have thick skin, that there’s always room for growth and that it’s never too late to start something new.

Naturally as mother and daughter, you and I are alike in so many ways. I honestly see more of you in myself every day. We’re both fiercely independent, introverted, hardworking, go-getters in life and in the workplace, coordination very seriously, go-with-the-flow and the peacemakers in most situations. We’re even tempered and hard-to-shake, strong women.

As funny as it sounds, you’re my hype queen. You’re the first one to tell me I’m fully capable of doing anything and everything I want to do, and you’re the first person I call if I ever need a pep talk. I exit all of our conversations, even the quick ones, feeling so much more confident in myself and my abilities. You’ve helped me grow into a women that encourages others, walks confidently through life and pursues my passions without fear of failure.

You’re incredibly selfless and giving — more than anyone else I know. You’re sensitive to other’s needs and seem to somehow know what someone is in need of before they even realize it themselves. You show up and perform no matter what the occasion is or how you’re feeling, simply because you feel it’s important to the people around you. You’ll drop anything and everything to be there for someone you love. You’re motivational and encouraging, and always helping others get to where they want or need to be, whether it’s by means of tough love or a confidence boost.

Thank you so much for playing such a huge role in the woman I’ve become. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for always supporting me, showing me the way, encouraging me in everything I do and loving me whole heartedly. You are beautiful, kind, strong, selfless and so loving — I truly couldn’t be more blessed to have you not only as a mom, but as a friend and role model too.

Happy Mother’s Day to the best woman I know! I love you!

To my sister, Angela

I know no life without you in it. In the very beginning of my life, my first day here on this earth I was greeted with many smiling faces one of which was our family and, the other was yours. Even at the age of three you anxiously awaited my arrival and it wouldn’t be long until we became the very best of friends.

I’d like to say that we have a bond that is so unbreakable not even the jaws of steel could pull us apart but isn’t that what all sisters say? Our lives haven’t always been perfect we have had some hard spots in life but I can’t remember a single one that we faced alone.

Any humiliation that mom hadn’t already covered, you were happy to fill in. Y’all were an unparalleled parenting duo.

Thank you for helping raise the chaos that is me. Thank you for always being supportive of everything I do, including the things nobody else could understand. Thank you for being the most stable person in my life, an unwavering certainty in a highly unpredictable world.

Charlie is truly the luckiest baby to have you as a mother. I am so fortunate to watch you both grow into such amazing roles In each other’s lives. You are by far one the best people I know, and honored to call you my big sister.

On your official first Mother’s Day, I want to make sure you know that you are the heartbeat of this family, the glue that connects us all. Because of you, and who you are as a person, everything is just better in our life. Over and over again, I would always choose you to travel this very special journey. It’s you and I til the very end. My sister, beautiful best friend, and wonderful mother to Charlie Boy.

Happy Mamas Day Sissy!

To my Aunts, Ange + Debi

(Mom’s sisters)

To a women who were mamas side kicks —


We all have someone in our lives that impact us in the best possible way, by setting a “good example,” standing up for them no matter what or always being there for you. That’s an Aunt

There are so many reasons to love you both but, thank you for being who you are, always. Thank you for being in my life. Thank you for being the sisters to my mama. For helping her. For supporting her. For supporting me and Ange. For loving our family. I love you more than I could ever express in a few hundred words or a blog post. But I figured this is a small start.

I hope to be the aunt you showed me to be. I look up to being the best version of myself to Charlie the way you were to me.

Always remember that in a world of grey, you are and will forever be a bright ray of sunshine’s. I love you and you will always hold a special place in my heart.

Happy Mother’s Day to you both 💗


Getaway

Life can feel so exciting and purposeful when your calendar is stacked, inbox is buzzing, and notifications are flying at you left and right.

But at some point, something’s gotta give.
Hours stretch into days which stretch into weeks which stretch into months and months on end until the next thing you know, you’ve forgotten the last time you allowed yourself to take a break from your everyday life. A real break. Not a scheduled brunch or a weekend binge of Netflix’s latest series.

That’s when I decided to book a trip with The Getaway House.
Whether you’re the kind of person who loves camping and being outdoors sun up to sun down, or someone who literally cannot stand the thought of sleeping on the ground, or bugs, The Getaway House has managed to balance the best of both worlds, with fur babies included of course!

The view speaks for itself, truly! Instantly took my breath away when we arrived.

The Getaway House has only been around since 2015, but since then, they’ve expanded into locations outside of 15 major cities across the US. Currently, you can get away from:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Austin, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Dallas, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Boston, MA
  • Charlotte,
  • Raleigh,
  • Washington DC
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • New York, NY
  • Pittsburg-Cleveland (where I went!)
  • Portland, OR

Each location was specifically picked so that you can reach a Getaway within just a couple hours by car, making it easy to break away even if you only have one or two free nights to spare.

In terms of cleanliness, the cabins are each naturally socially distant, being at least 50-150 feet apart from one another. In between stays, the cabins are thoroughly cleaned. And, if you need anything during your stay, you can text or call the staff for assistance.

Your family, best friends, significant other, your pup, or even by yourself (!) – it’s an ideal way to unplug, exhale, and get away from the grind of everyday life, even if only for a night or two.

They generously offered my followers a promo code if y’all ever get the chance to experience this. At checkout use code: INOURSTYLE to get you some $$$ off!


Pretty in Pink

It snowed this week… seriously. But the comeback was quick! Spring has arrived and I’m looking forward to seeing all of the pretty blooms! 🌸🌷🌼

My perfect spring dress is only $24. I love everything about it- From the tie straps and flowy fit, to the pink color and gingham print. The exact dress and my accessories are linked in the LIKEtoKNOW.it app. Click here: https://ltk.app.link/T5UvNU4dKfb

I also posted a video on my instagram stories so you could see the movement of the dress! It’s so pretty! 💕


Classic Fedora

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!

like this look? Shop all our outfits on the LIKEtoKNOW.it app!


Adoughrable

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!

Is there anything more a-dough-rable than Charlie in black and white gingham to match the doughnuts!?
“Mmmmm… these look tasty!”
“I can’t wait to have my first Krispy Kreme doughnut one day!”

A Picture’s Worth

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!

See what I mean about her getting my good side?! I feel so glamorous, even in this new stage of life!
The photos on the left are from back in September, and guys these images are EVERYTHING to me 💙 to have my baby dressed in these little items that I chose when he was just a dream… it takes my breath away. And I’m so grateful to have these beautiful images to look back and remember these moments.
Speechless. This dress was just too special to me not to wear again.

Thank you, Sam. For everything! We will see you again soon! XO

Photographer: @samanthazenewicz

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

Location: @thegreenhouseonmarvin


Meet CamTu

Hi Friends! Happy Sunday!

Today on the blog we have a special friend of ours “taking over” today’s post.

We both have had the pleasure of knowing CamTu for going on 11 years. “Tu” is smart, sweet, and so passionately and selflessly caring of those that she loves. We are so thankful for her friendship. Please read her own words below regarding a topic she feels very very deeply about.

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!

IG Resources: @hateisavirus @stopaapihate @asianmentalhealthcollective


LiquidGlam

Happy Spring!

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.

WEBSITE :: FACEBOOK :: INSTAGRAM

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
  • Shave
  • 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 year of setback

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. 🤍