At KIM+ONO, we love love. Our entire business is built on the love of family — from the heritage of our family in every floral kimono robe to sisters Renee and Tiffany Tam who co-founded and run the brand — everything we do is infused with the love of family. And we know that this is the same for you, too. No matter what you do or what your family looks like, you love the people in your life dearly. Our families can be biological or chosen, but one thing they have in common is that we try to express love to them every single day.
But on Valentine’s Day, when there is so much emphasis on giving love, we want you to remember that this includes you, too. You deserve to be wrapped up in love and self care as much as your loved ones. In fact, in order to give your family and loved ones all the love they deserve, it’s incredibly important that you feel supported and sustained. That’s why today in the journal, we’re picking out a few ways you can plan a self care, self love Valentine’s Day date for yourself! No matter where you find yourself this holiday (perhaps taking care of family, or working, etc.), we hope you’re able to take just a tiny bit of time for yourself. With a plan in place, we know you can find a few moments of self care just for you. Remember that loving yourself is a gift to others as well. Here are a few Valentine's Day self care ideas and tips to help you plan the perfect day, just for you:
Give your skin a little love in the morning or evening by using a rose quartz Gua Sha tool! Gua sha is a technique that comes from traditional Chinese medicine. It’s a technique that uses a tool to scrape the skin. Scrape sounds like a harsh word, but these tools, which come in a variety of sizes and shapes, are anything but harsh. Our rose quartz Gua Sha tool is easy on the eyes and easy to use — here’s a full tutorial by our friend @gofitjo! As Jo mentions in this tutorial, whe’s gotten “really healthy radiant-looking skin” and also noticed “signs of anti-aging”. While Jo doesn’t mind aging (and neither do we!), some people feel more encumbered by it, and so using gua sha tools is just one way refresh how you feel and give your skin a little love while you’re at it. Our rose quartz Gua Sha tools help to increase blood circulation and help to detox the skin by draining the lymphatic system. Because the skin is the largest organ on our bodies, it should be the organ we pay attention to the most! But sadly, that’s often not the case unless we have some specific issue we’re dealing with. Using gua sha tools (while wearing your soft, silky, floral kimono robe we might add!) is one quick way to give the biggest organ in your body a little extra love every single day.
One of the things we love the most about preparing the orders of our silk robes for women is when customers purchase these silk robes as gifts to themselves and write themselves a little love note! It’s such a great reminder that you too deserve to wrap up in luxury and be well. When we created our first silk robes for women, we never dreamed that they would become a symbol of self love and self compassion. But our customers have taught us that each silk robe is a way to say “I love you” even to yourself.
So often you may find yourself thinking of others' wants and needs, but an important part of any relationship is to share your own wants and needs, making room for what both partners desire. When you find yourself giving so much, you may forget what it is you actually want. So this Valentine’s Day, make a plan to carve out time to remind yourself of your favorite things. It may be sleeping in, or listening to music, or waltzing around the kitchen in your favorite floral kimono robe. Whatever lights you up, do that this Valentine’s Day! It will infuse you with a little extra rejuvenation and make it easier to give to the ones you love.
Sometimes the hardest thing to do is express what’s in your heart. But this self-love Valentine’s Day, express yourself and feel confident in your own skin. Self acceptance can be the deepest form of self care. Whether you’re slipping into our silk robes for women or kimono robes for men, our biggest hope is that you feel like a work of art each and every day — because you are! Whether you’re a man wearing your kimono robe for men for the first time, or you’re painting for the first time in years, or writing in your journal, or you’re touching base with someone you love, express yourself and own who you are. We hope that no matter where you are this Valentine’s Day, you feel comfort in just being yourself.
Each of our senses give us a way to experience personal pleasure and delight — and food is one delectable way to do that! This Valentine’s Day, cook up or order out or dine in with your favorite meal and eat slowly. Drape yourself in your favorite floral kimono robe to add a little luxury to your sense of touch. Turn on your favorite music to bring pleasure to your sense of hearing. And cook up the meal you love the most to bring something extra delicious to your sense of taste. Just enjoying a meal can be a huge act of self care. Finding time for the things that bring you joy is important, and we hope this holiday, you take the time to delight in them.
What other ways can you bring a little extra self care to your Valentine’s Day? Tell us in the comments, and tag us on Instagram @kimandono_ and #swaythisway so we can see how you’re celebrating and styling the holiday!