Giving Tuesday 2020: Celebrating Brands With Heart This Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday 2020: Celebrating Brands With Heart This Giving Tuesday

As you enjoy the fantastic deals that are being offered on Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, don’t forget to check out the brands with heart and those that are giving back. Shopping with these altruistic will help bring happiness to someone who needs it and can help benefit all of us as well. Whether they are donating to a worthy cause or helping to save our planet, for Giving Tuesday 2020, we are highlighting companies that are helping to make our world a better place.

Giving Tuesday 2020: Celebrating Brands With Heart This Giving Tuesday

From coffee that’s fighting injustice around the world, soaps that help those in need, eyewear and water bottles that help reduce the use of fossil fuels and greenhouse gas, and a wine that supports Restaurant Workers as they remain out of work. It is our pleasure to celebrate these brands that are doing these wonderful things this Giving Tuesday 2020.

1. Generous Coffee Co.

Giving Tuesday 2020: Celebrating Brands With Heart This Giving Tuesday

Generous Coffee provides single-origin, traceable, craft-roasted coffee that exists to change lives in eight flavor offerings. Started by Former ABC Bachelor, Ben Higgins, and former President of Humanity and Hope United, Riley Fuller, Generous Coffee, which officially launched online in January of 2018, works closely with their roasting company to help farmers convert cocaine fields into coffee farms. This transition from coca to coffee creates a better life for the farmers and their families, who are then paid 80% more than the local price.

Generous Coffee believes if you’re going to buy coffee anyway, it might as well be quality, life-changing coffee. The for-profit biz sees themselves more as a FOR PURPOSE biz. They sell products, to make money so that they can turn right around and give that money straight back to nonprofits fighting injustice around the world. Today, Generous has two coffee shops, an apparel line, eight coffee selections, an online store, and an ambassador program of people fighting to end injustice together! What started out as a coffee company, has quickly become a community of people that have set out to change the world!

 2. Soapbox Soaps

Giving Tuesday 2020: Celebrating Brands With Heart This Giving Tuesday

We highlighted this wonderful brand in our Love Your Hair: Products to Maintain Healthy Hair at Home feature. Each purchase of their products donates a bar of soap to someone in need and also funds hygiene education taught by the people in the communities we serve. Soapbox’s mission is to empower people to change the world through everyday, quality purchases. This year, Soapbox joins the Giving Tuesday movement by doubling its donations of soap that will reach vulnerable communities in the US and around the world. The company is also offering 15% off all items purchased through its website with the code GIVE2020.

3. HydraPak RECON

Giving Tuesday 2020: Celebrating Brands With Heart This Giving Tuesday

Hydrapak, makers of innovative hydration solutions has launched its RECON Series of outdoor bottles. These outdoor water bottles are made from  50% certified recycled content in both the cap and bottle. Vividly clear, and virtually indestructible, the RECON bottle is topped with a new patented twist cap that provides the perfect flow rate for a glasslike drinking experience. It was born out of the belief that outdoor gear can, and should, have a lower impact on the environment. RECON uses Tritan Renew technology, which uses recycled plastic as a raw material while reducing the consumption of fossil fuels and lowering greenhouse gas footprints. They use a variety of sources with the primary source being PET (polyethylene terephthalate) single-use bottles. To be exact, it takes x9 single-use bottles to upcycle into outdoor water bottles.

The new HydraPak RECON Series outdoor bottles are available in two convenient sizes, 750ml ($15.00) and 1L ($16.00), and are available exclusively through HydraPak’s specialty retail partners and online at www.hydrapak.com.

4. Smith CORE Sunglasses

Smith Eastbank CORE sunglass

The Smith CORE sunglasses, $129.00, boast frames made from 5 recycled post-consumer water bottles. They are available in three styles: Eastbank CORE, Shoutout CORE, and Lowdown 2 CORE. Each CORE frame is made with Evolve bio-based polarized lenses and uses an embossed logo to avoid the use of adhesives. The eyewear comes in a microfiber bag made from recycled PET water bottles and is shipped in 100% recycled packaging.

The gray lens tint provides true color perception for exact color definition. This lens creates a soothing effect on the eyes in bright and sunny conditions. They also include polarization to cuts glare, and they provide 100% protection from harmful UVA/B/C rays.

5. Sonoma-Cutrer Russian River Ranches Chardonnay 2018

Sonoma-Cutrer Russian River Ranches Chardonnay 2018

Russian River Ranches Chardonnay is beautifully focused on the palate; it boasts flavors of crisp, zesty lemon, green apple, lime, and barrel spice. The wine rounds out with their signature citrus acidity and a nicely balanced long, flavorful finish. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Russian River Ranches Chardonnay sales will directly support Sonoma-Cutrer’s $100,000 donation to the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation (RWCF). This advocacy and action nonprofit was created by and for restaurant workers. Also, in the spirit of Friendsgiving, they announced a joint $50,000 donation to No Kid Hungry with Woodford Reserve. The 13.8% ABV white wine is available DTC via the winery website and retailers nationwide.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this list of companies with heart. Will they be a part of your Giving Tuesday 2020 shopping list?

Support Entrepreneurs of Colors with This BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide

Support Entrepreneurs of Colors with This BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is upon us and now is the time to start thinking about what you’ll be buying your loved ones this year. While many people approach their gift-giving strategies by thinking about what their family and friends would want most, another approach is to think about who you want to support with your hard-earned money. While major online markets and big-box stores have a wide variety of gifts and can usually get them to you quickly, buying there means that your wages are going into the pockets of owners who already have millions. Most likely, they also have the privilege of their whiteness to keep their wealth and success going while their employees go overlooked.

Support Entrepreneurs of Colors with This BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide

This year, make sure that your consumerism stays more in line with your values by shopping at brands owned by BIPOC, or Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. If your family member wants a specific gift that’s usually sold in those big box stores, such as the popular game Minecraft that had sold over 200 million copies as of May 2020, you can still support BIPOC by shopping at a smaller BIPOC-owned store or online shop that sells more general gifts. You just have to get a little creative and put a little work into finding the right store. And by shopping for holiday gifts now, you can still get your gifts in plenty of time while making a tangible difference in people’s lives. Let’s take a look at just a few of the many brands owned by BIPOC that you can support this holiday season.

1. Viva La Silk

Support Entrepreneurs of Colors with This BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide

This black-owned business was founded by artist My-Cherie and sells 100% silk scarves, kimonos, and wrap pants. Everything from Viva La Silk is made in wearable art designs, which are all inspired by My-Cherie’s Afro-Caribbean heritage. All of their scarves, kimonos, and wrap pants are made in small batches in Austin, TX and are hand-dyed, hand-painted, and hand-sewn. The dyes and paints used to make the brand’s eye-catching designs are eco-friendly, non-toxic, and a few of the designs are even created from repurposed silk. If you have an eco-conscious fashionista in your life, get their gift from Viva La Silk this year.

2. Fortress Water

Support Entrepreneurs of Colors with This BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide

Fortress Water is a hemp alkaline brand that gives back to My Style Matters, a nonprofit that provides cancer patients and survivors with holistic support, through their hemp-infused water. This water has many holistic benefits, such as boosting energy levels and can help prevent diseases, such as cancer and heart disease. The CBD in the water helps provide relaxation as well. James Williams founded Fortress Water with the goal of helping a loved one who was diagnosed with breast cancer as well as other survivors worldwide. By investing in Fortress Water this holiday season, you can support cancer survivors and patients as well as a black business owner.

3. Heathmade

Support Entrepreneurs of Colors with This BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide

Headed by one of the youngest entrepreneurs, Heathmade was founded and created by a ten-year-old. This youth, however, doesn’t prevent the products from being high-quality. All Heathmade products are made with the best ingredients, including anti-inflammatory witch hazel, antimicrobial essential oils, antioxidant-rich vitamin E oil, and soothing aloe vera gel. If your skin is so dry that it feels like it’s suffering from corrosion, which costs each of the U.S. armed services an average of $5 billion per year, invest in these lotion bars, hand sanitizers, lip balms, and deodorants. With the COVID-19 pandemic still affecting the country, your loved ones will appreciate something to keep their skin soft as they continue with frequent hand washing.

4. VELA NEGRA

Support Entrepreneurs of Colors with This BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide

This candle brand sells unique fragrances that are inspired by different elements of the founder’s Guyanese and Afro-Cuban heritage. Each candle is hand-poured with black wax. Black wax is believed to absorb and dispel negative energies while providing new beginnings and clarity. VELA NEGRA uses 100% vegan coconut soy wax and ethically-sourced wooden wicks, fragrances, and dyes. If you have a family member or friend who is a candle fanatic and likes to be environmentally-conscious in their daily practices, get them candles from VELA NEGRA.

5. Misayo House Jewelry Inspirational Necklaces

Misayo House Jewelry Inspirational Necklaces

Whether you want to let someone know they’re loved, blessed, or simply be thankful this holiday season, the Misayo House Jewelry Inspirational Necklace Collection is the perfect affordable gift for the special women in your life. This delicate, inspirational necklace features a delicate disc pendant with the words “Loved”, “Blessed” or “Thankful”. The base metal is Stainless Steel while the pendant and layered chain are plated with either 18k Rose Gold, 18K Gold, or Genuine Rhodium (Silver) for a brilliant shine. Not only is this necklace pretty, but it also gives back too! A portion of each purchase supports the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorder Center in Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

6. ASE Beauty

ASE Beauty Lip Colors

ASE Beauty (pronounced AH SHAY) is a collection of high-performing, clean beauty products, especially for women of color. The brand’s mission is to offer clean, luxurious beauty products that enhance your look without compromising your well-being or the well-being of your community. It all started with a little lipstick and now includes the Clean Kisses Deep Moisturizing Overnight Lip Mask and Clean Kisses Chocolate Hydrating Lip Scrub. This lip scrub cleanses, exfoliates, and conditions your lips. Formulated with clean ingredients to give you the cleanest, kissable, pout.

7. Urban Hydration

Urban Hydration Skincare

Clean beauty brand, Urban Hydration, was founded by Psyche and her husband Vontoba Terry. The brand offers a collection of fun, healthy, and affordable skin, hair, and suncare products that also do some good in the world. In 2018, the brand dedicated its first clean water drinking well to 300 Kenyan school children. Urban Hydration continues its initiative today with the “1 product = 1 gallon of water” promise. Their products make a wonderful addition to this BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide.

8. T|W Lunch Tote

 

T|W Lunch Tote

The T|W Lunch Tote, $69.99, speaks to the professional male. The vegan leather two-compartment design allows you to proudly carry your lunch in a way that matches your personal style. Hand sewn, the tote boasts the capability to carry both hot and cold items in its insulated sections. The handle is durable to hold a full day’s worth of meals. On Black get 30% off Luminous (blue colored ones) and 25% off the other colors. After Black Friday, enjoy free shipping with no promo code needed from Sat-Monday; and from Dec 7th-26th, get 15% off everything.

When it comes to giving gifts made by BIPOC this year, the options are endless. Whether you want to give your loved one something luxurious, like home goods to make their home more relaxing, or something practical, like a lock kit in case they’re suddenly part of the over 16,000 home and car lockouts that happen every day, you can find gifts sold by BIPOC that hit the mark. Start your holiday shopping today to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones.

Holiday 2020 Gift Guide: Gifts for Anyone and Everyone on Your List

Holiday 2020 Gift Guide: Gifts for Anyone and Everyone on Your List

Holiday gifting can be tough. While some people may be easy to shop for, some are very hard to find gifts for. If you have blank spaces near a few names, whether they be male, female, old, or young, we have some wonderful gifts ideas to share. We’re positive this list of gifts for anyone and everyone on your list will be major hits this holiday season.

Holiday 2020 Gift Guide: Gifts for Anyone and Everyone on Your List

These are the holiday gifts that would make anyone happy to receive; no matter who they are. Cross off lots of names on your list with holiday gifts from GLO Science, Catalyst, JORD, Moen, and Time Life.

  1. GLO Lit Teeth Whitening Device Tech Kit with Bluetooth, $149.00 – if we’re all being truly honest with ourselves, we’ve all let ourselves go a bit while made to stay at home. I’m sure many of you have increased your coffee (in our case, tea) intake, and brushed your teeth less than twice daily. Thankfully you can turn that around or help someone on your Christmas list get back to normal with the smile-saving GLO Lit Teeth Whitening Device Tech Kit with Bluetooth. This clinically proven, all-in-one teeth whitening device kit combines professional-grade patented heat & light technology with specially formulated whitening gel to visibly whiten teeth without sensitivity. Whiten your teeth up to 5 shades or more from the comfort of our home with a vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free whitening gel.  The fast 8-minute applications result in a whiter, brighter, more confident smile you’ll want to show off during your video chats. We think it’s one of the top gifts for anyone. Each kit includes: GLO Heat & LED Light Mouthpiece & Storage Case, Bluetooth Power Pack w/ hands-free lanyard & garment clip, 7 Teeth Whitening GLO Vials (42 applications), GLO Lip Care, Travel Pouch, and User Manual & Shade Guide.
  2. Catalyst Total Protection Case for AirPods Pro, $49.99 – this ultimate AirPods case is waterproof up to 100m (330ft) and drop proof to 3m (10ft) so you can take your AirPods Pro anywhere without the worry. With an impact-absorbing silicone interior, and a tough washable polycarbonate exterior your case is equipped to withstand drop after drop. It’s also protected from any scratches and scrapes and has a detachable carabiner so you can easily hook it on to your belt, bag, or purse. It is fully compatible with wireless charging and provides total protection for you and your device. You can also easily wash and disinfect your case using 70% isopropyl alcohol or 70% ethanol, which significantly reduces the infectivity of enveloped viruses. As part of the Catalyst Cares program, for every Total Protection AirPods Pro case purchased until Dec 31st, 2021, Catalyst will make a $1.00 donation to the CDC Foundation’s Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund. Available in Army Green and Stealth Black, you can pre-order the Total Protection Case for AirPods Pro now for November 16th delivery.
  3. JORD Frankie II Wood Watch, $189.00 – The JORD Frankie collection is the best selling wood timepiece in the world. It is worn in over 140 countries worldwide and is a mainstay in the JORD watch lineup. This 45mm ultra-slim quartz minimalist watch is perfect for everyday wear. It boasts an uncomplicated, Sapphire crystal glass face that offers complete focus and a streamlined shape that offers style. The beautiful hand-finished wood exterior, which is pretreated with tung oils, is built atop steelcore™ construction of the Frankie II. This endoskeleton provides superior strength without sacrificing the natural wood visibility. Although the watches are splash-proof, they should not be submerged in water. The 2020 style has been reengineered to offer more colors, more dial designs, and more sizes (the original 45mm and a smaller 38mm). With the variety of color options, this wood watch is sure to be a big hit for holiday gifting. SAVE NOW on this unique gift by using the code mylifeonandofftheguestlist20 for 20% off the entire website!
  4. Moen Aromatherapy Handshower, $129.00 – No one can deny the benefits of taking a nice hot shower to ease the stress. It is the best way to fully luxuriate in some “me-time”. With their newest launch, Moen takes that stress release to another level. This holiday season, why not give the gift of pure relaxation with the Moen Aromatherapy Handshower with INLY™ Technology. Get ready to enjoy or give the gift of a customizable spa experience in the comfort of home. The Moen Aromatherapy Handshowers are uniquely designed with the ability to infuse spa-like essential oils directly into the water flow to create an incredible and sensory shower experience. The INLY Shower Capsules, made in France with essential oils curated by master perfumer, Jean-Charles Sommerard, slide into an infusion dial on the showerhead to allow you to select your preferred essential oil dilution setting: high, medium, low, or off.  The four spa-inspired INLY fragrances include:
    • Zen Time: With essential oils of lavender, tea tree, and vanilla
    • Energetic Morning: With essential oils of lemon, scots pine, and cistus
    • Sweet Morning: With essential oils of red berries, geranium, and vanilla
    • Tropical Day: With essential oils of lemongrass, neroli, and vanilla
  5. Saturday Night Live: The Early Years 12-DVD Collector’s Set, $99.95 – there’s nothing like the gift of laughter. Laughter is therapeutic and makes one of the greatest gifts for anyone on your list. This hilarious 12-Disc Set includes 33 complete episodes featuring all-time-classic characters like The Coneheads, John Belushi’s Samurai, Emily Litella, The Blues Brothers, and More, and features incredible guest hosts like George Carlin, Lily Tomlin, Steve Martin, and Richard Pryor; and musical acts, rare behind-the-scenes footage, a 28-page collector’s book, a bonus DVD and more!

So if you have a few people on your holiday gift list you don’t know what to gift, check out our list of gifts for anyone and everyone on your list.

Will You Be Prepared For The Second Wave Of Covid-19?

Will You Be Prepared For The Second Wave Of Covid-19?

In case you haven’t heard, it looks like we’re heading for the second wave of Covid-19. As the weather gets colder and we enter cold and flu season, we’ll all be more susceptible to the Coronavirus thanks to weakened immune systems. This means we must continue to protect ourselves with the tools we in place – face masks and hand sanitizers. While many thought wearing face masks and carrying bottles of hand sanitizer was a temporary inconvenience, it looks like we’re in for the long haul. With that said, we thought we’d help you stay ahead. While we hope you’re continuing to strengthen your immunity with vitamins and supplements, today, we’re concentrating on the preventative measures you should never leave home without.

Will You Be Prepared For The Second Wave Of Covid-19?

As new health stapes, we present the following essential health and wellness musts from Casupo, Milk Makeup, Wakamono, and Elyptol; all available now to help you beat the second wave Of Covid-19.

Casupo Face Masks, $25.00 & Mask Chains/Lanyards $5.00 – $32.00

Casupo Face Masks & Mask Chains/Lanyards

Handmade in Los Angeles, Casupo creates one of the most environmentally conscious, reusable face masks. These washable, dual-layered face masks are durable, breathable, and comfortable to wear. They’re made with premium cotton and soft elastics for maximum comfort and can be worn behind the ears or behind the head. The boasts filter pockets, toggle adjusters for a better fit and they are reversible. They’re also available in solid, but we’re truly enamored with the above floral and greenery prints.

Casupo also offers a variety of mask accessories like mask chains and lanyards for those who have a bad habit of losing or forgetting their face masks. They are a stylish way to keep your mask around your neck or hanging in a safe place away from any dirty surfaces. It’s fashion meets function.

Milk Makeup Hand Sanitizer, $6.00

Will You Be Prepared For The Second Wave Of Covid-19?

If you thought your need for hand sanitizer was going away, think again; in fact, as cold and flu season comes upon us, you’ll need it even more. This on-the-go liquid hand sanitizer kills 99.9% of germs with 70% ethanol alcohol while moisturizing and softening your hands and providing an uplifting sensorial experience via three unique blends of all-natural essential oils. Plus, with every purchase, you’ll be helping others be prepared for the second wave of Covid-19.

Spicy Herb: A crisp, energizing blend of spicy pink peppercorn and herbaceous buchu leaf oil balanced by relaxing sage and rich cedarwood oils.
Bright Citrus: Lush, citrusy arrangement of juicy grapefruit oil, stimulating lemongrass oil, and floral ylang ylang oil rounded out by creamy vanilla.
Warm Rose: Warm floral combination of blooming rose oil and spicy coriander seed oil complemented by fruity bergamot, sweet tonka bean, and woodsy akigalawood.

Milk Makeup has partnered with longstanding partner, The Center, and will donate one Hand Sanitizer for every one purchased to four local LGBTQ+ organizations. These LGBTQ+ orgs include The Center, God’s Love We Deliver, Housing Works, and Callen-Lorde Health Center.

Wakamono Anti-Coronavirus Surgical Mask, $79.99 (box of 50)

Will You Be Prepared For The Second Wave Of Covid-19?

As the second wave of Covid-19 hits, we may experience another shortage of PPE, and we must be ready. Many companies are working as fast as they can to keep us safe. One such company is Wakamono who has just launched an antimicrobial medical mask created to not only filter viruses and bacteria but to kill them on contact. Wakamono’s mask utilizes a Gecide fabric layer that is covered with millions of organic nanoparticles that “trap”, weaken and destroy viruses and bacteria upon contact. What you’re seeing is the world’s first Nano Biotech application mask.

This mask has been shown to be effective against 99% of the strains of SARS-CoV-2 which is the Human Coronavirus strain causing the COVID-19 pandemic. This unique mask is also capable of self-killing Coronavirus strains including strain NL63, 229E, and inactivates influenza A H1N1 – the enveloped viruses and Poliovirus-I – the non-enveloped viruses. In addition to the antiviral properties, the Wakamono mask meets and exceeds the highest FDA standards of the US: ASTM F2100 level 3, and European CE EN 14683 Type IIR. It is also certified biosafety (according to tests for in vitro cytotoxicity) and made with organic and natural components. The masks are free from any metal nanoparticles and have been tested/certified by independent labs including FDA, Eurofins and Pacific BioLabs, and more. The masks are available for $79.99 (box of 50), 2-4 (50 boxes) for $45.00, and 5 and more (50 boxes for $29.00 at www.wakamonobio.com.

Elyptol Hand Sanitizer, 16oz $13.99

Elyptol Hand Sanitizer

Thanks to the healing properties of eucalyptus oil and naturally-sourced pure ethanol, Elyptol brings you a hand sanitizer that sanitizes in a healthy and eco-friendly way. In fact, did you know they made the first Type 1 eco-certified and professionally registered hand sanitizer? Despite its gentle feel, this hospital-grade natural sanitizer’s efficient formula is powerful enough to kill 99.9999% of bacteria, fungi, and other common germs that cause disease. It is EWG Verified and available in gel and spray forms. This award-winning endorsed, and FDA registered hand sanitizer is available in a 24-pk 0.5oz gel for $23.76, 16oz gel or spray for $13.99, 6-pk 2oz spray for $29.34, 60-count wipes for $6.99.

Add these to your fall and winter must-haves and you’ll do fine during the second wave of Covid-19.

Seville Hat by Brooklyn

Tenth Street Hats: A Collection of the Best Fall Hats for Women

We love hats, the variety of styles, the way it completes a look, and the way it can change your look. For as long as we can remember, we’ve struggled to find a hat that both fits and looks good on our heads. Thanks to the combination of big heads and a lot of hair, finding those gems are few and far between. Even now we own hats that we’ve never worn. We love the idea of hats and love to see people wearing them, while we cursed our follically blessed and larger than most heads. But we have discovered hope in the form of Tenth Street Hats, a range of designer hats made in the old way and sold in a new way. We’ve finally found a hat company with very chic hats that we look good it (and they fit).

Tenth Street Hats: A Collection of the Best Fall Hats for Women

The family-run Tenth Street Hats boasts a collection of hats that blends a vintage feel with modern sensibilities. The California-based label works with expert craftsmen and cutting-edge designers to bring you quality hats. Using rare hat-making machines, Tenth Street Hats has been providing stylish hats for almost 100 years. Their range of women’s fall hat offerings includes styles from the following designers: Aegean, Biltmore, Brooklyn, John Callanan, Dorfman Pacific, Scala, and Stetson. They offer a lot more brands for men, including Santana by Carlos Santana, Stacy Adams, Indiana Jones, Panama Jack, and more. Check out all the fall hats they have available.

Tenth Street Hats: A Collection of the Best Fall Hats for Women

This fall, Tenth Streets Hats offers the following women’s styles: Fedoras, Fishermen, Cloche, Safari, Berets, Safari, Western, and much more. The new season means new styles, new fashions, and new accessories. We fell (pun intended) head over heels in love with the Cloche silhouette, particularly the Sciacca by Scala (featured below in Blush; a perfect way to rock Pantone’s 16-1511 Rose Tan). This fashionable and functional felt wool hat features a feminine bow detail at the back and is crushable, so it retains its shape when packed. Other favorites, also by Scala, are the Katie Ann Cloche, which features spiral studded detailing; and the Tula, a pleated crown style in boiled wool. The Seville by Brooklyn, an elegant, wool felt Gaucho (boater-style) hat with a leather band and bow.

Sciacca by Scala Cloche HatTenth Street Hats: A Collection of the Best Fall Hats for WomenSeville Hat by Brooklyn

A great hat is a great way to spice up your fall wardrobe. Whatever your go-to looks this fall, Tenth Street has the perfect hat for you; and will help you get the perfect fit.

Tenth Street Hats: A Collection of the Best Fall Hats for Women

Could your fall wardrobe use the addition of a great fall hat? Plus, they make excellent Holiday gifts for her and him.

 

How Clear Face Masks Are Opening a Window of Communication

How Clear Face Masks Are Opening a Window of Communication

The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t exactly been convenient for anyone, but the changes and regulations that have occurred because of it are more troublesome for some than others. In particular, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation that everyone wear cloth face coverings in public has created a major challenge for people who have hearing impairments. People who are deaf or hard of hearing often rely on lip-reading to understand what others are saying. With masks now covering the lower half of almost every face in public, reading lips has become virtually impossible.

How Clear Face Masks Are Opening a Window of Communication

For the 10 million Americans who are hard of hearing, this means that basic communication is not-so-basic anymore. Just going to the grocery store presents problems, as they can’t tell if someone is asking them a question or to move out of the way. Going to important appointments creates an even more dangerous situation for people who rely on reading lips, as they don’t know what doctors or other medical professionals are attempting to tell them.

These challenges have caused the demand for window or clear face masks to skyrocket over the past few months. The United States already spends nearly three times more on healthcare than any other country in the world, but people across the country knew they had to put the necessary money and time into making masks that would create a safer way of living for people who are hearing impaired. While they might not be able to get everyone in a grocery store to wear one, their family members could wear them and act as a go-between for people with hearing impairments and the general public or medical providers.

How Clear Face Masks Are Opening a Window of Communication

One company that has started manufacturing window masks is ADCO Hearing, a company that has long made products for people who are hard of hearing. When the nonprofit Hands and Voices, which supports families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing, approached ADCO about making masks that allowed for lip reading, the company got to work. The President of ADCO Hearing, Abby Armijo, started the production of these window masks by hand sewing them with her mother in her kitchen. They made 150 clear face masks and every single one was sold by the next morning. Armijo knew she had found a major gap in the mask market and began the process of expanding the operation.

How Clear Face Masks Are Opening a Window of Communication

Now, ADCO has three large-scale manufacturing facilities that make thousands of window masks. According to Armijo, the company is almost always sold out of the clear face masks.

Although the mask’s see-through panel is a simple concept, it’s a game-changer in the daily lives of many people. Not only can it help people who are deaf or hard of hearing, but a window mask also allows anyone to have an effective conversation involving full facial expressions with another human being while staying safe. This can be extremely important for the 65 million people who provide care for a chronically ill, aged, or disabled family member or friend and need more than their eyes and muffled voices to communicate. Even though people may not realize it, humans use every part of their face to communicate, not just their voices and ears.

This perk of window masks is also important when communicating with children. Seeing people wearing face masks can be scary for young kids and many children with hearing or speaking impairments or other disabilities have significant trouble communicating with masks. Using window masks may be a great option for teachers to have effective conversations with kids if they go back to school. Whether they work at a school that is among the 87% of private schools that have fewer than 300 students or at a public school with a thousand students, teachers are concerned about kids following mask policies. With window masks, everyone can stay safe while having better communication.

In addition to ADCO, there are many companies and individuals making masks with clear windows. Rafi Nova is a speech pathologist based in Boston and made a mask with a BPA-free plastic window. Inu is selling window masks on Amazon that have a cotton-based face covering and plastic for the window portion. ClearMask™ is producing a wraparound mask that is completely clear and doesn’t fog as easily as vinyl plastic. Three years of research and development went into this mask and this is one of the only window face masks approved by the Food and Drug Administration. For those who don’t need FDA approval and just need a way to better communicate with family and friends, there are several window mask sellers on sites like Etsy as well.

COVID-19 face masks

The Must-Have Accessory: Fashion Brands Start Selling COVID-19 Face Masks

In the fashion world, a must-have accessory is something that’s on-trend. It’s a piece that’s so popular that not having it signals you’re out of touch with the latest developments in fashion. In a world currently coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, a must-have accessory is something that protects your health and the health of everyone around you. Without it, you risk contracting the coronavirus, spreading it to anyone you interact with, and unraveling the progress communities have made so far in flattening the curve.

The COVID-19 face masks have quickly found itself at the intersection of these two meanings of “must-have accessory.” At the beginning of April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began recommending that every individual wear a cloth face-covering whenever they are in public settings where it is hard to maintain social distancing measures, such as at the grocery store or pharmacy. The CDC emphasizes that the cloth face coverings can be made out of household items and that surgical masks and N-95 respirators are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders.

Despite this recommendation, government officials have done little to help the general public obtain the appropriate COVID-19 face masks. People who are handy with a needle and thread can make them out of bedsheets or scarves, but what about the large portion of the public who don’t have the time or skills to create homemade COVID-19 face masks?

COVID-19 face masks

That’s where fashion brands are stepping in. As the demand for face masks skyrockets, brands have started designing their own versions of the COVID-19 face masks and selling them to consumers. Not only do consumers need masks to leave their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, but masks from designers are much more visually interesting than standard medical masks. Masks from fashion companies have quickly become a new form of self-expression, helping consumers maintain a sense of individuality while they wear something that covers half of their faces. Some of our favorite fashionable COVID-19 face masks include Dalia MacPhee, Christopher Palu, Ivon Los Angeles, Grace Eleyae, and Christy Dawn  (photos included in this feature).

COVID-19 face masks

Selling aesthetically-pleasing face masks is also beneficial for the revenue of these brands. In 2018, consumers spent about $517 billion online working with U.S. merchants. A good portion of those billions has dried up as the coronavirus continues to change the financial wellbeing of Americans, causing consumers to be much more conscious about how they spend their money. Selling practical, yet fashionable, face masks are the perfect opportunity for clothing companies to tap into the demands of the public and keep their businesses afloat at the same time.

COVID-19 face masks

As brands have been rolling out masks, they’ve been incorporating more practical features as well as appealing designs. One issue some people had anticipated with making and selling masks in this crisis was how they would get the necessary materials. About 95% of the world’s cargo moves by ship, but the global pandemic has all but stopped companies’ normal supply chains. Luckily, brands have found ways to make masks without having to further tax the world’s limited supply of resources. Many have been recycling fabrics from their past collections or using scraps of denim and other fabrics that would otherwise have been thrown away. Brands are also taking care to make masks with washable fabric so that consumers can sanitize their masks and re-wear them.

COVID-19 face masks

Many fashion brands are running special deals that also help out the country’s hard-working healthcare workers. Offering 1+1 or 5+5 match packages has become commonplace on websites of fashion brands. When you buy a 5+5 pack at Christy Dawn, for example, you will receive five sustainable, reusable masks and the other five masks will be sent to medical workers. Other brands are making donations on their own to help those in need. For instance, J.Crew and Madewell are each selling non-medical face masks in packs of three for consumers but have also donated a total of 75,000 single-use masks to the healthcare system. Rose Brand is donating 20% of the sale of their 3-pk of Make A Difference and Keep Your Distance COVID-19 face masks to the Coronavirus Relief Fund.

Coronavirus Sustainable Face Mask

If you’ve been procrastinating making a mask of your own, check to see if any of your favorite fashion brands are selling non-surgical face masks. You may even be able to find out in an easy zero-click search, a type of search that makes up over 62% of mobile searches and will answer your query right on the results page without you having to click on any links. Once you have your answer, you can start browsing the brand’s mask options and find one that speaks to your style and budget. Remember to keep an eye out for deals that send masks to those in need so that you can do your part to help the community.

Even as coronavirus hospitalizations start to slow down in the United States, Keep Your Distance that the public will need to keep up social distancing measures for the foreseeable future. Some even predict these measures extending into the next year and beyond, with this health crisis permanently changing how people interact with the world. This means that although some parts of society may start returning to normal, it’s likely that wearing face masks in public will be the new normal. Investing in sustainable, reusable face masks now will help keep you healthy, keep small fashion brands in the business, and keep healthcare workers fighting COVID-19 protected against the virus.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Maurice Lacroix SS2020 Collection

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Maurice Lacroix SS2020 Collection

Once again, it’s time for fabulous fashion. Of course, we always make time for fashion. You may notice our emphasis on time and fashion; which is exactly what the Maurice Lacroix SS2020 Collection during Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week is all about. Timepieces, much like fashion, is very personal. Boasting 30 years of Swiss luxury watches, Maurice Lacroix presented a collection of classic yet fashion-chic watches you will surely want to make your own.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Maurice Lacroix SS2020 CollectionAdeline Ziliox SS2020 at PFW

The bold and ultra-feminine collection from Adeline Ziliox was the canvas to perfectly display the Maurice Lacroix SS2020 Collection. Each Adeline Ziliox SS2020 look featured embroidery with subtly designed emotional landscapes; These landscapes play on transparency to illustrate the rhythm of life. Models graced the catwalk at the Le Marois in Paris private mansion with Maurice Lacroix timepieces gracing their wrists.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Maurice Lacroix SS2020 Collection
In the spotlight of the Maurice Lacroix SS2020 Collection, is the woman; with the launch of the exceptional Masterpiece Embrace watch. This watch reflects a fusion of artistic expression and technical innovation thanks to its retrograde calendar and an atypical small second display. Two hearts twirl around, representing the ups and downs of each love relationship while remaining united thanks to a perpetual embrace. This watch is available in two versions. One with a blue aventurine dial and the other with a white mother-of-pearl dial, enhanced by the light radiation of the small second indicator.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Maurice Lacroix SS2020 Collection

The Fiaba line was also in the spotlight with the new Fiaba Moonphase. Combining functionality, glamour, and elegance, it features a moon phase indicator, a dial set with diamonds and an infinite number of details that will delight even the most aesthetic. This model is available in three versions, including a two-tone watch. This duo of novelty watches boasts a myriad of possibilities. With these two models, each woman will find the watch that reflects her personality.