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:
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.
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.
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
Here are the details about this Sustainable Fashion Sale:
Saturday April 13, 2019
10am – 4pm
240 Scarlett Road, Main Floor Toronto
Free visitor’s parking
Nearly new brands (some items with tags on!) curated by me!
100s of items $20 or less
100% of sales goes to support ovarian cancer research
Gift with Purchase to the first 20 buyers
Cash only $
Here’s a sneak peak at some of the items:
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.
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.
I recently visited the Bata Shoe Museum to see the Manalo Blahnik Exhibit and I was not disappointed. I saw the work of a true artist and I understand why these shoes are sought after with such fervor. The craftsmanship that goes into every design is why the price tag is so high.
Fun Fact – Manolo Blahnik designed the footwear for the movie Marie Antionette by Sofia Coppola.
He was influenced by his Spanish and Czech roots. Check out the Pom Poms on these shoes which are a reminder of National Czech folk costumes.
My favourite piece was this boot. Totally my style!
Definitely worth checking out! The show is on until early January 2019.
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!
The perfect transitional jacket is the bomber jacket. It has an edgy style and keeps you warm on chilly days. This jacket is a classic that originated from jackets bomber pilots wore. It is meant to have an oversized fit with a tight waist and cuffs.
Several designers showed this style for SS2016. My fav is the green and print camo style from Versace. There is also a corseted version from Balmain and an oversized long jacket from Rag & Bone. Because this jacket is a simple style the possibilities for designers to reinterpret it is endless.
There are several reasonable priced options available at H&M, Forever 21 and American Apparel. My fav is this printed jacket from American Apparel.
I had some fun (and challenges) creating this style out of paper. I chose this whimsical cat face patterned paper which I received for Christmas.