At KIM+ONO, we know how hard you work. Every day can feel like an epic marathon from sun up to sun down. You are the modern woman after all: the boss, the mom, the friend, the partner, the change-maker, the side-hustler, the list goes on and on. And as fast paced as everyday life can be, if you don’t slow down and take a little time for self care, self reflection, and presence, it’s easy to miss the moments that matter the most.
For us, kimono robes are just one way into finding presence. Their delicate materials, their modern designs, and their versatility—all of these things contribute to how these beautiful pieces elevate the everyday. They are works of art, and remind us that every day can be a work of art. Annie Dillard once said, “How we spend our days is how we spend our lives,” and when we bring just a little bit of attention to detail to our days, all of a sudden, each day becomes beautiful. So this week, we’re sharing a few tips that can help elevate your day, your way, and remind you that you are a work of art and every day can be as beautiful as we choose to make it.
One way to create a beautiful day is to start at the very beginning! Wake up and wrap yourself in a beautiful silk white kimono robe. The very first part of your day should set the tone for the rest of it. So often we just roll out of bed, dive into our phones, and start the day without much thought to how we’re starting it. Slipping into a beautiful white kimono robe like this one is a gentle reminder that your day will flow when you stay calm, grounded, and soft. There will inevitably be emails rolling in, and deadlines needing to be met, and bills asking to be paid, but if you can meet each one of those responsibilities with a little lightness, the whole day takes on a different tone. Give yourself that reminder by wrapping yourself in a little luxury before doing anything else.
While you’re already wrapped in a beautiful kimono robe, why not give yourself five minutes of self care. Our suggestion? Gently use a facial roller as part of your morning routine. Facial rollers are ancient tools to help stimulate blood circulation, improve skin tone, reduce puffiness, and reduce the look of pores. If you’re not sure how to use one, never fear! One of our favorite influencers, @gofitjo, did a tutorial for you so you can see exactly how to use both Gua Sha and Facial Roller tools. This quick and easy practice will help you wake up, give a glow to your skin, and allow you five minutes to set yourself up for a beautiful day.
One of the things we love the most about kimono robes are their versatility. If you’re feeling beautiful in the morning being wrapped in silk, there’s no reason to stop there! Take your kimono robe with you as a beautiful floral kimono cardigan for the rest of your day. This lightweight layer is an easy piece to pull your whole wardrobe together, especially when you’re looking for a little more inspiration. And here’s a trick: every time you notice the softness of the silk, take it as a reminder to take a deeper than normal breath. Four counts to inhale, four counts to hold your breath, and four counts to exhale is all you need to get a boost of oxygen to your brain, feel the calm, and stay grounded in the present moment.
Someone once said, “change your space, change your life.” This advice couldn’t be more true when you are looking to bring a fresh perspective to your day. Wrap up in a floral kimono cardigan and make your way to the places that bring you calm. That could be a friend’s house, a park, or just a cafe. Even better? Make a date for a staycation. Book a hotel room nearby, take a dip down at the pool, and change your perspective of your own city or town. Just a small shift like that can do wonders.
Nature is always good for the soul. Whether you live in the country or the city, taking some time during your day to slow down and be in nature can be incredibly grounding. In fact, there is an activity called “grounding” that you can do easily from anywhere. The activity is simply to take off your shoes and stand in the grass for a stretch of time. This simple connection to the earth can have profound effects on your day. Slip into your blue kimono robe, step out into nature, and bring yourself back down to earth.
Your kimono robe isn’t the only work of art. You are strong, you are beautiful, and you are a work of art as well. You craft your days, you come to your work and your family with good intentions, and you are an ever-evolving beauty. Draping a green kimono robe over your shoulders, wearing your favorite kimono cover up, or feeling the softness of your silk kimono robe against your skin should all be reminders of just how beautiful you are. From the inside out, you shine.
We hope these small tips and tricks inspire you to find your own ways to stay calm, cool, and relaxed throughout your busy day. Even the biggest of whirlwinds can be faced head on when you find your groundedness and strength. And our hope is that our kimono robes bring you the joy, serenity, and balance you need to see every day as a work of art.