MASK

To wear or not to wear?

I feel the need to document this new normal we are all living. Coronavirus / COVID19 has disrupted our lives in many ways and changed the way we work and live.

Friends in Asia have been asking me since the outbreak in Canada started – why don’t you wear a mask? In the past few days governments in the west have shifted their views on masks. Wearing a mask is not mandatory but recommended.

Here’s where I stand.

I’ve been a mask since mid-March when I go out. It protects me, it protects you and most of all it protects my elderly parents who I’m providing for.

I have 3 types of Masks:

  1. Surgical
  2. N95
  3. Homemade

A friend from China sent me some surgical masks. I wear one every time I go outside. To get gas, to go for a walk, to visit from parents. It’s comfortable and breathable. Bonus – I like the colour of these.

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The grocery store is where I could potentially come into contact with the most people. The N95 really protects. I managed to get 5 of these on Amazon for $60 now they are probably $60/each. I hate the writing on this one and sometimes tie a scarf over it. Also, the elastics get stuck in my hair but I’m glad I have one for these trips.

I thought I would try and sew a mask and it turned out really well. I based my design on the surgical mask. Shopping tote fabric was the closest match to the surgical mask. I like that I can wash it in hot water and wear it again. I used a bendable rod from a discarded mask to it stays close to my face. For more protection you can double the fabric and insert a coffee filter in between.

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Wearing sunglasses also helps protects from infection.

What will life be like when this is over? Will it ever be the same?

I wait for friends from Italy to send a letter from the future.

STAY SAFE  •  BE WELL  •  STAY HOME

 

 

The Slogan Tee

Slogan tees have been trending for awhile. I like to choose a slogan that represent me. Usually something artsy or things that I like. A slogan tee should be about you not just a brand. Here are some styling tips for almost every occasion.

WORKWEAR

My workplace recently went jeans-everyday which makes it so easy in the morning but heading into summer I like to wear more dresses – stay tuned for my summer picks! Slogan tees are great and unexpected under suits and with pencil skirts.

 

These tees are both JCrew. The Champagne tee lists different types of sparkling wine -which I love. I paired it with a light pink skirt and ballet flats. I like the retro look of flats with a pencil skirt and it’s comfortable when you’re running to meetings all day. This cream & black tee looks sharp under this black suit and adds some fun – making it look less rigid. Below is a closer look at the slogans.

 

French fries & Italian guys – stuff I love or stuff I should avoid?

For a casual look I like this monochrome look of all bordeaux. This tee has a catch phrase I live by in my work – “creativity has no borders” and has great ruffle and lace details. I could also dress it up with pencil skirt and heels. This Georgia Okeefe quote is also special to me. I saw her show at the AGO a couple of years ago and was so inspired by her work and the way she lived & worked on her own terms. This grey tee I’ve styled with dark denim and tropical print Converse sneakers.

 

Night out or brunch? Here are a couple of options. Chic is the word with this black ruffle sweatshirt. I’ve paired it with this fringe pencil skirt. Texture on texture and a pop of colour with the teal kitten heels. Flower power is a top I snagged on the Joe Fresh clearance rack for $5. I love it with dark denim – especially this Paige denim skirt. I’ve kept the espadrilles in line with the dark denim so the top becomes the show piece.

 

Another important tip about slogan tees – if it seems offensive it probably is so consider another option before wearing it to work or out with friends.

Geometry Lesson

Here are some of fav costume jewelry pieces that I currently have on repeat. I love costume jewelry because it is inexpensive, it presents opportunities for mixing & matching and there is no worry if you lose an earring 😉

Trending right now is large geometric shapes for earrings. These are unique because their shapes are disrupted. The triangle has a little loop in it and the hoops have a pearl.

This circle necklace came with my FabFitFun subscription. I’ve been a member since Spring 2017 and I love receiving a box of great stuff every 3 months. I like the clean design of this necklace and its’ simplicity.

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These beaded tassel earring called my name at Nordstrom Rack. Teal/Turquoise are my colours and never more so then when I became an endo-ovarian cancer survivor. Whenever I wear teal now it is so much more than my favourite colour.

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Hat Season

Late fall and early winter is hat season for me. I love to wear hats because they give me a unique and eclectic style. I like to layer them with different scarves – I find matching sets boring and uninteresting. This tweed cap I’ve had 4ever and I’ve added floral embellishments to make it more feminine. It was my first DIY hat project.

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My collection has a bit of everything from cloches to caps and pom-poms.

 

An alternative to hats is earmuffs. They keep your ears warm and sometimes that’s all you need depending on the temperature. These are from Kate Spade and are so fun. They also help you ignore people on the subway or in an elevator 😉 if you need to.

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My newest hat was a feel good purchase. At a recent appointment at Princess Margaret Cancer Center their shop was having a hat sale. I picked up this beauty for $17 knowing some of the money is going towards helping women with image issues associated with cancer treatment. Win-Win.

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Layering Knitwear

I wear my chunky knitwear on the outside. I like my outerwear fitted as opposed to puffy and so my chunky knitwear really bulks up underneath – solution wear it on top.

I still get all the warmth but without being constrained and stuffed into a coat. It provides unique style to a mass market coat like my Costco Andrew Marc silver puffer or my Uniqlo light down.

I started this style for health reasons. Before I was diagnosed with Endo-ovarian cancer I was living with large cysts which caused bloating. All my coats got super tight and some I couldn’t zip up but I really wanted to wear my chunky vests so I wore them on top of my coats and still do!

I’ve heard that necessity is the mother of all invention or in this case unique style!

 

TRANSITIONAL JEANS

I love the idea of pieces that can shift from one season to next and these jeans are my latest acquisition in this category.

Kut from the Kloth jeans are available at Nordstrom. Funny story – I tried them on and didn’t like the fading on the butt so they called another store for me and to check the fading on other pairs and I ended up getting exactly what I wanted shipped directly to me. Best service at this store!! ❤

Spring Cool

For the chill that is Spring in the 6ix I’m wearing a peach long sleeve tee from JCrew and a denim jacket from Parasuco. My Toms desert boots keep my feet warm and this outfit from looking too wintery.

Summer Heat

When things heat up in the summer this kimono top from Italy with its zig-zag weave add visual interest to these jeans and make this look unique. My new Vince Camuto sandals finish it.

Spring Inspo

While I was reviewing the Spring/Summer 2018 runway shows I came across this fabulous dress by the master – Giorgio Armani and was immediately inspired!

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I decided to create it in paper – once again returning to the origins of modacarta. I reversed Armani’s idea by using a print for the dress and a solid colour for the scarf. The result in a burst of bright sunrise.

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Color of 2018

Every year Pantone introduces a new colour. This year it’s Ultra Violet. Representing the cosmos and space it should not make us feel despair or darkness but allow us to think about the infinite possibilities this year may bring.

At least that’s how I feel about this colour.

Happy New Year everyone!

Holiday Message

I went back to the origins of modacarta – paper dresses for this holiday post. So much focus this year was on showing everyone that a positive attitude towards cancer treatment can really make a difference that I had little time to devote to designing paper dresses which is how I started this blog.

I did 3 holiday dress designs inspired by some of my fav designers.

Starting on the left – this multi-pattern dress was inspired by a SS2018 from Marni. I love the mix of pink and purple and shock of bright coral for the straps. Very boho. Aqua dress was derived from a Celine look. I like the small panels of turquoise and gold in this tea length dress. It could definitely be a day to night dress. My final design is on my newest doll from China. I love how tiny she is and her bobbed hair. She really stands out from the barbies. This strapless is Erdem-ish. I love the bow detail. It’s so feminine.

Wishing all bloggers a happy holiday and looking forward to more great content in 2018. Thanks for all the likes, shares and follows!

 

Tweed the Season

Coats are a “must-have” in Canada and multiple coats are a necessity in Toronto. Fall can bring rain, wind, cold, damp –you get the picture. As the cooler weather sets in it’s good to have various choices for outerwear. That’s why I added this Sisley Tweed Coat to my outerwear wardrobe.

I picked this coat up at the outlet just outside Udine for 47 euros ($70 CAD). STEAL!!!! The colour and retro shape of this coat are what attracted me to it. Burgandy has been a hot colour for Fall for the past 2 seasons and it works well with my skin tone and hair colour. This tweed also has grey and pink in it so the possibilities for looks are endless. The high collar of this coat provides protection against wind and cold. I can tuck in a silk scarf that peaks out of the collar or wrap a long scarf around the outside. The bracelet length sleeve shows off my leather gloves.