The article is kindly provided by Sandra Bauknecht, from her fashion blog Sandra’s Closet – www.sandrascloset.com
Fashionable face masks are in my opinion a very good thing. We need to wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and not everyone owns the materials (or has the seamstress skills) to make their own. We should all be focused on keeping ourselves and our communities safe; and the less time we spend in judgment of the way others achieve that, probably, the better.
Instead of investing in the newest lipstick (unfortunately nobody is going to see this for a while), you might consider getting a face mask with cool patterns or create one yourself as I did.
I used those CHANEL camelia stickers and the ribbon you get when you buy something at CHANEL. I have always kept them and now they serve a wonderful purpose. Scroll down to see me wearing it.
I want to underline that those masks presented in this post aren’t medical grade, so they can’t be used by healthcare professionals, but they will make us feel more beautiful and will make grocery shopping more fun while protecting yourself and helping others.
Photo: Sandra Bauknecht
My dear friend and fashion designer Natasha Zinko came up with another great idea and is now retailing those upcycled reusable face masks from fabric leftovers from previous collections. 50% of each sale will be donated to Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.
The hospitals covered are Charing Cross, Hammersmith, Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea, St Mary’s and the Western Eye.
Photo: Sandra Bauknecht
Please don’t want to bash those who enjoy looking cute while self-quarantining and social distancing. People are different and if it benefits their mental health, let them be. I am finding joy and some normalcy in those little things, dressing up makes me happy. Therefore I am continuing to inspire you on a daily basis. Thank you for your support!
Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht, © Natasha Zinko
Disclaimer: Masks to be worn as a fashion accessory, no medical use has yet been proven.
Amazing. Some great ideas will emerge from this. Unfortunately in many countries, for example Cyprus, staff in restaurants and public places cannot use reusable masks. I know in Italy they put these prettier masks on top of one use medical masks, but here in Cyprus it’s simply too hot. Great ideas though for individuals.