When you support a small business you’re supporting a DREAM
What better opportunity to than today to round up all of FAVORITE small business. From Make-Up Artist to Apparel to Food Favorites we’ve got it ALL, right here for you. Grab your coffee, and enjoy! In no particular order! 😉
1. ERIE APPAREL
From women apparel, to onesies for Charlie, bandanas for Arna and coffee mugs for morning brew, it doesn’t get much better than this. Erie Apparel and In Our Style have worked hand in hand the last few years and we are so grateful for all the AMAZING QUALITY merch they have. You will not regret one purchase.
Our sweet and dear friend Ariel just opened her own virtual custom shop! She is so talented and has made tshirts, sweatshirts, wreaths and more- most recently she’s made the most darling sample ornaments that are customizable, perfect to gift or purchase for yourself to decorate for the holiday season.
This is our go-to local coffee spot. Offering coffees, teas, breakfast, lunch, and more- everyone can find something they love! They sell bags of coffee beans and ground coffee which would make great gifts along with a gift certificate and a cute mug. The shop always features the most fun and festive seasonal beverages too and, most importantly, their patio is dog friendly!
Tina has been my go-to creative mind and hands for many years. She’s created some amazing custom items for my wedding, our new baby, and other memorable milestones in between. She’s always up for completing one of my projects and I appreciate her so much.
Besides delicious popcorn the staff at Popluck is equally sweet! They always have fun flavors and their sample sets make the perfect gift! We were recently surprised with a 6 pack of popcorn delivered right to our door via GrubHub in celebration of the new baby!Red Letter Hospitality: we’ve done multiple blog posts and giveaways featuring our favorite RLH restaurants like The Cork and Molly Brannigans. Gift certificates to these establishments make the perfect gift. Even during the pandemic shut down The Cork operated with a special menu for take-out orders that never disappointed!
We’ve done multiple blog posts and giveaways featuring our favorite RLH restaurants like The Cork and Molly Brannigans. Gift certificates to these establishments make the perfect gift. Even during the pandemic shut down The Cork operated with a special menu for take-out orders that never disappointed!
Helen has been a dear friend of ours for years. This summer during the pandemic she found a fun craft that has become a huge hit! Customizes canvases made of local beach glass and stones! We’ve purchased a handful of them and every time they get better and better.
We’ve known Morgan for years and she is truly one of the craftiest people we know. Anything we’ve requested her way, she blows our minds. From baked goods to matching earrings and bows for our fur babes. She is truly so talented and loves doing just about anything!
The best custom hand made jewelers! We love that these gals work so hard and immediately sell out EVERY launch release. It’s truly incredible! We’ve purchased a few of their fabulous earrings and have received so many compliments!
Amy is one of Allie’s clients in the salon. She has brought this amazing craft as a part time job for special occasion events and personal items! Each project is unique and two are never the same! Macrame is seriously an art itself and VERY time consuming. We LOVE how delicate and amazing her stuff is.
9 weeks ago today this little lady was born. One week ago we welcomed her mini goldendoodle self into our home. Andy and I did months of research on puppies. We wanted to make sure we knew as much as possible before adding our little addition.
We researched different breeds, breeders and also considered adoption. We were determined to train her well! By no means are we dog expert and have no education as a dog trainer, but I thought it would be helpful to share what has worked well for us this last week in hopes to help others! Here are a few tips that made Arna’s first week home a successful one.
When Arna entered our room, her crate was setup with the door open. Inside we had a crate pad and the blanket we had the breeder use to have Arnas mama snuggle with. She sat on that the car ride home and immediately felt safe when it was inside the crate. She is really learning to love her crate! We read that the closeness helps the puppy to adjust during their scary first days/weeks in their new home, so we decided to locate the crate in our bedroom. We have even covered the crate with a blanket to make it more closed off. We were persistent about anytime she took a nap, we would guide her into the crate to remind her this was her cave and it was a good space.
A puppy’s crate is supposed to be his safe place and her natural instincts should prevent them from having accidents in it. I totally understand that this is not the case for every pup! When we brought Arna home she weighed about 7lbs. The crate our friends, Emmy and Jesse generously gave to us, was big enough that she had enough room to turn around, but not enough room to play. Too much extra space in the crate may cause puppies to go potty on one side and sleep on the other. We always make sure her heart beat puppy 🐶 is in there with her every night. The crate should only be big enough for relaxing – not relaxing AND potty. Arna to this date has had ZERO accidents in her crate. Because what puppy or human wants to go potty in their bed. Nobody 🤣
TIP TWO: STICK TO A SCHEDULE. DAY + NIGHT
Arna came home on Saturday night and Andy and I both were able to stay home the following two days. After that, Andy had the full week to bond, train, walk, and snuggle…. a lot. Starting on the first night, she wake up every two hours to take her outside. Not because she wanted out but her little bladder was going to explode. When the business was done. We tried to not make that potty time a big deal but remind her she was such a good girl for letting us know. Returning her back to her crate with no problems. We chose this method because we wanted her to understand that night time is for sleeping and going potty – not playing. To this date she has slept almost 6 hours through the night and she’s up for good around 5-6AM
Patience is not my strongest venture. Andy on the other hand, has the patience of a saint. Bringing home a puppy is without a doubt hard, sometimes stressful exhausting and fun all at once. But she has made it so easy!!! I try to remember, Arna was taken from her mama and seven other siblings and then just placed in whole new world. We tried our hardest to make the transition easy and comfortable for her. It is going to take some time for her to learn, but she will learn. Everyday we are so proud of how much growth she’s done in just one week with us. She is so intelligent and smart. The simplest things like plopping her little butt down when we bring her food over, or she’s praised by coming on the couch or bed for a short time. She already knows basic commands like, “sit, down, shake, up, no thank you, potty, in your crate” If there’s a small piece of advice I can give to new fur owners is that Don’t lose hope! The calmer you are, the calmer the pup will be too. We give the breeder some credit of her behavior too. She has been such a blessing and a very quick learner. Yes she’s a puppy, and has her puppy moments but other than her puppy biting – she is truly perfect.
Hard to believe this beautiful little fluff has been 7 months in the making. Back in March, Andy and I were ready to add an addition to the “A team”
Today, our sweet Arna is an 8 weeks old mini golden doodle and is the most lovable angel we get to call ours.
We brought her home yesterday and we are head over heels in LOVE. She has adjusted so well to the changes and has the sweetest personality.
We are so excited to watch her grow, chew and snuggle through life and look forward to taking you with us in every adventure.
Some basic essentials I was suggested from friends, and others that were puppy “must haves” before bringing her home.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS GUY. It truly helped her sleep during the car ride home and last night without her sisters or mama. Since she was one of eight pups, she slept right next to it without hesitation. It has a battery operated heartbeat to help puppies transition and feel like they are still with their liter.
All essentials were from Amazon and will link each item below!
A photoshoot every woman should experience at-least ONCE in their lifetime.
I wanted my boudoir experience to be powerful. One I could look back on and say, Damn, that’s me. Portraits that define and show strength in myself.
A boudoir shoot can be the first step on the journey of self-love. I think we become oblivious to our own self-worth and sometimes all you need is to take a step back and give yourself some self-care and reassurance.
I came with the mindset that no matter what, it would be a powerful experience and I would love the final result and this confidence really showed throughout my photos. Positive self-talk is also so important, even if you don’t necessarily believe it. Your brain can be a funny thing and turn nervousness into confidence purely through self-talking. Remember, the camera is there to capture and celebrate you, not judge or define who you are.
Stacy in so many words makes you feel so incredibly strong and passionate about this experience. From the moment of the consultation of what I expected from her as the photographer but also the weeks and days leading up to it, I could not imagine it to go any other way. The day of two before my boudoir shoot, I was thinking of canceling it. I was nervous that I wasn’t “where I wanted to be yet” and that I was just not ready. But thankfully, that deposit I did 4 months prior gave me no turning back option.
When I got to the room and was instantly greeted with infectious excitement, smiles and hugs, I knew I made the right decision. From the moment I walked in, my attitude changed from nervous and scared to “I got this” and excitement. That is how comfortable Stacy made me feel.
One thing I loved is that I’m always the girl to try to be a little bit different than everyone else. I’m unique and have always been the one to try the bold approaches. I guess that’s what makes me an “influencer”
So I walked in with my four outfits and my hair in a messy textured bun. I’ll never forget Stacy saying to me, “okay… you’re hair is up. This is new for me.” My reply: “Good 😉 that’s what I was hoping for.”
My main reason for putting my hair up is that hair is an accessory to women, but it’s also a security blanket. Being a stylist, I see it on an everyday basis, INCLUDING MYSELF. When we don’t feel like dressing up, feel good about our appearance, or have the ginormous zit that won’t seem to go away, our hair covers the unwanted.
I wanted this photoshoot to be about ME. Not my appearance or have the perfect hair because I’m a hairstylist, but to show the flaws or insecurities I’ve been having and not hide from them ANYMORE.
I AM SO SO SO SO FUCKING GRATEFUL I DID.
I felt empowered, excited, sexy and strong…and now seeing the pictures, I am SO glad I “went through” with this. I have pictures that I will get to love and stare at for the rest of my life. I look amazing, but best of all I feel amazing. I am forever grateful to Stacy for giving me this opportunity…one I will never forget, and highly recommend all to experience.
My session was WAY past expected time, because of how much we enjoyed doing this together. She never forced me out like it was another “job site” and that she was on a strict time crunch. It was so effortless in how it all played out.
I cannot recommend Stacy enough. I feel like I gained a forever friend, and someone who will forever be a hype girl for all the beautiful woman she’s able to capture.
Your perfect time is now, don’t waste another second hesitating to book the appointment!
I say it time and time again, I will ALWAYS be open and transparent to anyone. If this is something you’ve been wanting to do for YOU, you are always welcome to reach out 🖤
It’s been awhile since I’ve done a try on for one of my favorite clothing stores. They currently have some awesome sales going on, so I figured today was the perfect opportunity to share some links and my current favorites I recently picked up! Most items today are 30% off but a lot of items are 50% off too 😊
Wearing Size: Girls XL
$34.00 – currently 30% off during checkout!
Jean Shirt Details:
Wearing the Light Wash in Size Medium
$35.00 – Currently 30% off at checkout!
Skinny Jean Details:
Wearing Pat Color in Size 2 Petite
$35.00 – Currently 30% off at checkout!
Sleeveless Sweater Details:
I OWN ALL FOUR COLORS!
Wearing Dusty Rose Size Small
$19.97 – Currently 30% off at checkout!
Super Skinny Jeans Details:
Wearing Railroad Stripe Size 2 Petite
$16.97 – Currently 30% off at checkout!
Wearing Burnt Ochre Size Small
$19.97 – Currently 30% off at checkout!
Here’s some 50% off items leaving them all to be $20.00!!! I didn’t personally pick them up but we’re definitely worth sharing with y’all today and considering going back today 😆
“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.
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. 👀
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.