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.

Stressed Skin Beauty Products

Stressed Skin? Calm it Down with These Skincare Products

If you’re like us, then you probably thought your skin would be at it’s best since having to take a break from pore-clogging makeup; and like us, you’d be wrong. Although staying at home has given our skin and pores a break from foundation, setting sprays and powders, our skin seems angrier than before. This anger, of course, leads to breakouts.  What could be causing our skin to protest it’s “bareness”? Is it revolting against not being dressed up in makeup? No! The answer is stress. The stress of being fearful of catching Covid-19, hearing about the deaths of friends and family, the inability to find the groceries you need, unemployment, etc has us all stressed out. And this is how stressed skin reacts.

Stressed Skin Beauty Products

Speaking to other beauty lovers, it seems our skin is all reacting the same way. We’re experiencing dry, cracked lips; blemish and breakouts; and of course, extremely dry hands. So how do we fix this? By taking some real time out for self-care. Now is the time to treat your skin to some calming and pampering skincare products to combat the effects of these stressful times. Check out the stressed skin savors we’re currently enjoying from nügg Beauty, Merle Norman Cosmetics, and MasqueBAR.

nügg Beauty

Stressed Skin Beauty Products

nügg’s commitment is to its consumers during this time. nügg products can be found at grocery stores such as Whole Foods, Target, Meijer, and Giant Eagle – making it very convenient when you are picking up food for the week. If you’re sticking to online shopping only, you can find their products on Amazon and www.nuggbeauty.com. The brand is offering 20% off their entire site and also including a free Deep Clean Face Mask with all purchases.

Merle Norman Cosmetics

A brand that was started during the Great Depression, Merle Norman Cosmetics has been at the forefront to help Americans during difficult times. During World War II, the brand was a supplier of camouflage sticks and lubricating oil. Their Ultra Rich Hand Cream, $25.00, is exactly the ultra-rich formula you need to nourish, hydrate, and protect hands, nails, and cuticles after the numerous handwashing.

Merle Norman Cosmetics Hand Sanitizer

Today the brand is producing World Health Organization approved Hand Sanitizer in two sizes: 3.4oz for $5.00, and 6oz for $10.00. This fragrance-free, 80% alcohol-based, quick-drying formula helps reduce potentially disease-causing germs. Merle Norman Cosmetics is offering free shipping on all orders of $50.00 or more.

MasqueBAR

Stressed Skin Beauty Products

It’s known that masking is a timeout of daily life. And when life is anything but routine, masks offer a quick break with exponential benefits. MasqueBAR offers a wide variety of masks from natural to product/solution to fun opportunities for parents and kids. The cost is small but the payoff is big. MasqueBAR is offering 30% off everything on www.masque.bar.

Are you experiencing stressed skin? What products are you using to combat the effects?

Jardin by Macris: Look Good While You're Working From Home

Jardin by Macris: Look Good While You’re Working From Home

Admit it, for the past few weeks, your work attire has been 90% pajamas and sweats. Ours has certainly been that. But as we see winter turn to spring, we found ourselves asking a question. Are you still wearing your winter wardrobe for those Zoom meetings? We certainly hope not. For those times you need to look good for your video conference or chat, check out the affordable and fashionable offerings from Jardin by Macris.

Jardin by Macris: Look Good While You're Working From Home

Just because you’re stuck at home, doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself to some must-have spring fashion. With these bestselling and must-have items from Jardin by Macris, your quarantine work style remains on point! It’s slowly getting warm outside but you most likely still have your heat on, so styles like the California Breeze Sweater are perfect to throw on. The light and slouchy yet breathable sweater is a perfect transition piece. It layers perfectly over a bralette or tank top. For those who are too comfortable in their tank tops to change, top it off with the Embroidered Tassel Kimono to take you from couch potato to classic chic.

Got a video conference with the big boss? The Everyday Necklace Blouse will keep you looking effortlessly stylish. This easy-fit, chiffon blouse boasts a removable necklace, keyhole detail at the back and roll-up sleeves with button tab. Shine in a little black dress with a wild side like the Leopard High Low Dress. This “business in the front and party in the back” Jardin by Macris dress is both classic and stylish.

Jardin by Macris: Look Good While You're Working From Home

Looking for something different than the average pull-over cover-up? Try the spaghetti strap, wide leg Malibu Beach Jumpsuit in jersey-knit for your living room and bedside adventures. Or if you really want to keep it all about business, the sleeveless Hi-Low Shirt Dress is a great button-down look. For those who are single want to look amazing for their virtual date nights, the sexy, off-the-shoulder Isabella Maxi Dress is both comfortable and alluring.

So while you’re home wondering what are you going to wear for your next Zoom and Skype meeting or virtual date, check out what this small but stylishly affordable California brand has to offer. We promise you won’t retreat it, especially as you can get 25% OFF when you use the code: SPRINGTIME25.

K-Fashion Brand Twice Shy Earrings

Twice Shy Earrings: Uniquely Curated & Affordable K-Fashion Earrings

There is no doubt that Korean beauty has conquered the US. You will find K-beauty brands and products in almost every beauty store. But that’s not the only Korean must-haves you must make note of. K-Fashion is set to makes waves in the Korean must-have space. We were recently introduced to Twice Shy Earrings, an international jewelry brand bringing uniquely curated and affordable earrings straight from the cool Seoul streetwear style to US fashionistas.

K-Fashion Brand Twice Shy Earrings

Founded in April of 2019 by twin sisters Natalie and Rachel, Twice Shy offers unique styles of drop earrings, hoops, studs, and ear cuffs. With one sister in Korea and one in the US, they come together to create a unique jewelry brand; one that is a direct reflection of their own personal styles. The best part, these stunning jewelry pieces are incredibly affordable. None of them are over $20.00. Check out a few of our favorite Twice Shy Earrings below:

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Generate all the buzz with some of their best sellers, like their Beatrix Honey Hoops ($14.00), adorned with playful bumble bee charms. Celebrate the artistic part of your style with the Celeste Abstract Drop Pearl Earrings ($15.00), which features a playful shape and delicate pearl embellishment.

K-Fashion Brand Twice Shy Earrings

For those looking for some Seoul style, the trend-setting, funky pair of Blushing Bella Hoops ($13.50, our absolute favorite pair) will definitely sure to turn heads. We hope you’re ready for non-stop compliments because these darlings will bring more style praise than your ego can handle.

Our second favorite Twice Shy Earrings are these Yvie Pearl Drop Earrings ($17.00); you’ll love these enchanting pair of hand-shaped golden studs complimented by delicate faux pearl drops. We believe these will be very popular as they combine both an edgy and sophisticated aesthetic; plus you can’t beat this awesome price.

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Whether you’re an earring fanatic or just love jewelry in general, you’ll love all the unique earrings Twice Shy offers. You’ll instantly fall in love with heir earrings, we surely did. We promise you’ll find your new favorite earrings in no time.

2019 AMAZON PRIME DAY DEALS

Tech Talk: What Deals You Should Look For On Amazon Prime Day

Technology continues to morph the way we interact with our business and our personal consumerism. Businesses have selected voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) as their number one choice in telephone use, a technology that only found its initial footing in 1995. Similarly, consumers are head over heels for a platform that was only born in 1994 and was originally an online bookstore. Perhaps you’ve heard of Amazon? Twenty-five years later, the company is obviously much more than a book store and this July, we’re gearing up for Amazon Prime Day.

2019 AMAZON PRIME DAY DEALS

Or rather, Prime Days. The online giant will feature exclusive deals for Prime members on July 15 and 16 to celebrate its 25th birthday. From toys to pet supplies to clothing, this giant has it all. If you’re looking for deals on tech, you’ve certainly come to the right place. A recent statement from the company noted that there will be more than a million deals across all categories on the site.

After all, electronics are one of the three most valuable commodities moved by logistics companies today. Here are some of the top tech deals happening on Prime Day(s) this year and who should keep their eyes peeled:

For the Health Nuts: Keeping it Clean

Prime Day is known for its commitment to health, offering some of best deals of the season on inspirational electronics. One of Amazon’s most popular fitness choices, of course, is the Fitbit.

Fitbit 2019 AMAZON PRIME DAY DEALS

This health-tracking watch took the world by storm and it shows no signs of slowing down. From monitoring your sleeping habits to your levels of (in)activity, it’s become one of the easiest ways to keep you motivated and accountable for your health. Last year, Business Insider notes that Prime members were able to save $60 on the Fitbit Alta. As one of the company’s most popular designs on the market with more than 3,500 positive reviews, BI expects similar savings to occur this year.

If you simply can’t wait for those summer savings, there are a few earlier deals that you can snag, too. The Fitbit Versa, which can store more than 300 songs, is currently on sale for $31 off its retail price. Paired with Apple AirPods running for $20 off, there’s nothing stopping your tunes from playing during your workout. Of course, this also makes it a great deal for music lovers.

Better yet, healthy eaters are getting special privilege in the days leading up to Prime Day. By spending $10 at whole foods, Prime members will also get a $10 credit to use during the two-day holiday.

FOREO 2019 AMAZON PRIME DAY DEALS

Beauty lovers will love the savings on FOREO’s best-sellers, offering up to 35% off their beauty tech must-haves. The LUNA 2, LUNA Mini 2, and LUNA 2 for Men are all 35% off. The LUNA 2 and LUNA 2 for Men are originally priced at $169 USD and $219 CAD, but on Amazon Prime Day, they are reduced to $109.85 USD and $142.35 CAD. The Amazon Prime Day price for the LUNA Mini 2 is $195.30 USD and $244.30 CAD, down from $139 USD and $179 CAD. Everyone’s favorite smart masking device, the FOREO UFO, is also available at 30% off. The Amazon Prime Day price is $195.30 USD and $244.30 CAD, down from $279 USD and $349 CAD. The coordinating UFO Masks are 35% off; get them for these great Amazon Prime Day prices of $6.49 USD and $9.10 CAD for the Make My Day and Call It A Night masks and $12.99 USD and $16.84 CAD for the Matte Maniac, Shimmer Freak, H2Overdose, Glow Addict, and Youth Junkie masks.

For Small Business: Computers and More!

It isn’t just the happy homebody looking to catch the best deals this year; many business owners are also looking to bolster their company, whether it’s improving efficiency and operations or simply crafting a more welcoming work environment. While small businesses can deduct up to 100% of insurance premiums from their taxes, improvements to a company, including purchasing new office equipment, can also be deducted.

This encompasses a range of products, including important technology like computers or external hard drives for their business. In fact, experts estimate that 25% of business owners never test their disaster recovery systems. If a company is able to improve its operations and save money (both through killer deals and on taxes at the same time), it’s an endeavor worth pursuing on Amazon’s birthday.

Luckily, Amazon has plenty of tech deals to satisfy the aspirations of any growing business. In the days leading up to Prime Day, the company has unveiled a couple of deals already.

For example, the ever-popular iPad is currently $100 less than its retail price. Now, the 128GB tablet costs only $329 online, while the 2018 model at 32GB is only $249. This is great for creative offices with graphic designers or startups who want to stay on the cutting edge of new technologies.

2019 AMAZON PRIME DAY DEALS

But any business can benefit from the Lenovo Chromebook. This office staple is easy to use and weighs only 2.6 pounds when you opt for the 360-degree Chromebook C330. Bring it to your meetings when you want to take notes or take it on the road when you meet up with important clients. This laptop is lauded for its compact power and portability.

After you’ve gotten your new computer or maybe a new phone, check out the 20%-60% Amazon Prime discounts on 138 cases from Catalyst. Get 60% off Samsung Galaxy S9, S9 Plus, and Note 9 cases and various sizes of MacBook Sleeves; 50% off waterproof and shockproof cases for iPhone 6s and 6s Plus / 7 and 7 Plus, floating lanyards and tempered glass screen protectors; 40% off waterproof and shockproof cases for the iPhone 8 and 8Plus; and 30% off the Samsung Galaxy S10 series shock proof cases, Apple watch bands, XR and XS/XS Max waterproof and shockproof cases.

For the Busy Student: The Best of Both Worlds

Students can enjoy all of these deals with the added perk of joining the Amazon Prime membership for free. With a student email, you can get six months of free Amazon Prime perks with the click of a button. Invest in a FitBit or buy that new gaming computer you’ve been eyeing: the world is your oyster.

From tech to clothing to toys, there is no better time to visit the popular eCommerce site. It’s thanks to online retailers like Amazon that the average American has amassed more than 30 outfits at one time. Keep in mind, however, that the deals are only available to Prime members. If you’re looking for deals across the board, you may have to wait it out until Labor Day comes around.

Size Inclusive Lines Are Becoming Standard, But Finding Them Remains Challenging

Body positivity and size inclusivity are movements that go hand-in-hand. As women come to accept and embrace their bodies, many are no longer willing to be confined to what society (and, specifically, fashion brands) feel to be the “ideal.” Given that 68% of American women wear a size 14 or larger, many companies are finally starting to listen with size inclusive options — and are making a whole lot of money as a result.

Despite all the progress that’s been made, there’s at least one glaring omission in the way that size inclusive clothing is presented to the modern consumer: while a straight-sized woman can potentially walk into just about any store and find something in her size, women who fall into the “extended sizes” category often have no other choice but to shop online. Seeing that businesses are losing $62 billion per year due to bad customer service, like not catering to the needs of the clientele, this oversight is helping to fuel an e-commerce boom.

Given the steadily growing popularity of e-commerce, that might not sound like much of an issue. As of August 2017, women’s apparel was the number one top-selling item on the internet. With so many shoppers preferring to shop online than go to their local mall, it might seem like brands are smart to focus their efforts on their websites rather than in their retail locations.

But that doesn’t mean that plus-sized women don’t want to shop in stores. When finding their size in person isn’t an option, it makes sense that they’ll turn to brands that will actually cater to them. But some women feel it’s an issue that brands want to claim the inclusive label without making all sizes accessible to all women. Despite the fact that well-known companies like Madewell, Anthropologie, Ann Taylor LOFT, J.Crew, and others have made concerted efforts to expand their size range during the last year, none of these brands carry those expanded sizes in their brick-and-mortar locations; customers have to go online and order them, which completely eliminates the store try-on experience.

As reported in GARAGE, “…Neglecting to offer [size] 14+ options in-store seems at odds with logic, as well as with the values of inclusivity and diversity that so many brands like to espouse for woke points. What appears to be happening, then, is that brands … want to have it both ways; they want the good press that comes with body inclusivity, without having to make the financial commitment of offering inclusive sizes in-store at all their locations.”

Although there may be some practical concerns like floor space and the fact that many physical retail locations struggle to stay afloat already, there are other inclusive brands that don’t see those as valid excuses.

As Brooke Cundiff, founder of a popular plus-sized clothing site, told GARAGE: “This is exactly why we started CoEdition — to give these women access to great style, in the sizes they want. Traditional retailers ignore or take these women for granted. If they do carry their sizes, they hide the clothes on a rack in the corner. That’s insulting.”

That said, CoEdition doesn’t have a physical location, either. Neither does Universal Standard, other than pop-ups and limited stock showrooms. Lines like Savage x Fenty and GabiFresh’s lines with Playful Promises and Swimsuits for All are online-only, as well. And although Eloquii has now opened its sixth retail location and Torrid stores can be found across the U.S., these brands cater specifically to plus-sized customers (or those who fall right on the cusp between straight and plus sizes); the brands that carry the entire gamut of sizes typically exclude larger sizes from their retail locations, choosing to stock only smaller sizes instead.

Ultimately, it illustrates that fashion still has a long ways to go before it’s truly size inclusive. Nearly one in four adults will eat at least one piece of candy every day — while many brands have superficially stopped shaming women for what they eat or what their body looks like, there’s a big difference between creating garments available for purchase and ensuring that all women are able to share the same experience when shopping for clothes.

Ana Luisa Fair Priced Jewelry

Earring Envy: Ana Luisa Jewelry Love Enamel Drop Earrings

We know it’s long past Valentine’s Day but we’re still in the mood to talk about Love. Specifically the outstanding  Ana Luisa Jewelry Love Enamel Drop Earrings. Ladies, prepare for a dose of earring envy as you feast your eyes on the breathtaking, colorful and elegant pair of linear drop earrings.

Ana Luisa Fair Priced Jewelry

The stunning, hand-painted, gold Ana Luisa Jewelry Love Enamel Drop Earrings are dipped in 14k high-quality gold. These distinguished and creative gold plated earrings are ideal for a night out or anytime you want to play up a crisp white shirt. Playful yet elegant, the hand-painted earrings are made to get you noticed. We love everything about these stunners. We love that it is colorful, vibrant and easy to match. We love the geometric shapes and the fact that it is unique and fun-loving; and that it’s a sophisticated take on the fringe earrings trend with it 1/2 inch of swaying metallic chains.

Ana Luisa Fair Priced Jewelry

The enamel and gold plated earrings measure 9.1cm in length; and weighs a mere 9.5g, so you won’t have to worry about them stretching your earlobes. And because they believe in fair pricing, these Ana Luisa Jewelry Love Enamel Drop Earrings won’t break the bank. As we stated in our previous Ana Luisa Jewelry coverage, this is affordable luxury!

While you’d expect to pay upward of $163.00 for these beauties, they can be yours for only $65.00. Thanks to Ana Luisa’s fair pricing, you say goodbye to the markup. Ana Luisa remains on a mission to bridge the gap between women and fine jewelry. They guarantee full transparency and fair prices on all their jewelry pieces, so you never have to worry about paying too much for luxury.

We relish in the compliments we receive every time we wear the Love Enamel Drop Earrings. We’d love to hear your thoughts on the design, color and of course, what would you wear them with.