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:
The last few months have been about giving back. Teal Fashion Week raised $1900 for the Ovarian Blitzers Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer team from the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. This success strengthened my collaboration with the key fundraisers for the team. If you’re wondering what the link is – my doctor – Marcus Bernardini is the captain of this team and I came on board through him.
Last year during radiation treatment for Endo-Ovarian cancer I focused on awareness and presenting a positive outlook about treatment through my 25Days25Looks campaign.
Then it was fundraising for World Ovarian Cancer Week with my Teal Fashion Week campaign.
Now it’s using my creativity to help the Ovarian Blitzers with their communication strategy for their 4th annual bowling event. I sourced images and then tinted them to create a “teal” themed campaign. I also designed their new logo for communication and team shirts.
My friends and I are excited to be participating in the bowling event and of course we need to look great as Team Teal Fashion Week so I designed our look. I call it Meaghan-Markle-meets-Jackson-Pollack! Each of my friends gave me a white shirt and picked an accent colour. I monogrammed each of their shirts and then went to work on the design. I used shades of teal for the paint splatter and then the custom colour was added to each shirt to make it individual.
If you’re interested in making a difference during Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month click on the links below:
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
Ovarian Blitzers Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer Team
It’s a wrap on my first ever fundraising campaign. I’m super excited to report that I raised just over $1700. I’m sure my doc and his team the Ovarian Blitzers will be overjoyed to receive this. I enjoyed the creative challenge of combining road hockey with fashion. I know i killed it!!!
Here are some highlights:
A mention and a feature from Ovarian Cancer Canada on World Ovarian Cancer Day. Honoured to stand with other fabulous women bringing awareness and raising funds for this disease.
I love how this before and after story turned out. Incorporating the hockey theme really stretched my creativity and imagination. Teal heels with hockey gear visually summed up the whole story.
If I make this a yearly thing (I totally want too!!!) I will be keeping my eye out for all things teal.
THANK YOU THANK YOU to everyone who supported this campaign!
1 year ago I started radiation treatment for Endo-Ovarian cancer. I also started #25days25looks to document my journey and put a positive spin on going to cancer treatment everyday. I wore this teal dress from Anthropologie to one of last appointments Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. I met so many great people there including my doc Marcus Bernardini and this collaboration between fashion and Road Hockey was born. On World Ovarian Cancer Day I’m fundraising for Marcus’ Ovarian Blitzers Road Hockey to conquer cancer team. Please help me reach my goal here.
DONATE • WEAR TEAL • SHARE
It was 1 year ago when I started radiation treatment for Endo-ovarian cancer at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. I also started an awareness campaign 25 Days 25 Looks to show women that cancer diagnosis and treatment does not mean give up.
This year, to support World Ovarian Cancer Day (May 8) I’ve joined forces with the Ovarian Blitzers Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer Team to raise funds all week during TEAL FASHION WEEK.
Please help me reach my goal of $1200 so more women can overcome ovarian cancer. Donate here today.
Wear teal on May 8th or any day and tag your photo #tealfashionweek.
I’ve put together a capsule collection of some great teal looks for the week.
Follow Teal Fashion Week here and on Social Media:
Instagram: @modacarta, @latonizzo
Facebook: Lori Tonizzo
Linkedin: Lori Tonizzo
Share this story so more people can join the movement.
Thanks so much!