Sharing An Easy Pleated Face Mask Tutorial, No Sewing Required

A dear friend shared this link to a clever way for making an easy pleated face mask. Requirements: a handkerchief and two hair elastics. For those that can not sew like myself this is a brilliant approach. Much cuter than my tied bandana technique for my grocery store runs. It may not be a surgical mask but it will remind you to not touch your face and perhaps just add another barrier for self protection.

The website shows it step by step. Easy to follow! I have to say the tutorial I find soothing. Japanese Creations . Stay safe and healthy!

ATHLETA Makes A Statement, Partnering With thredUP

Shopping/spending money/retail therapy are not on my mind but escaping from the current situation feels right for me. I came across this partnership and thought this a good one to share. Maybe you are taking the time to clean out your closet, up your organization, edit your closet, and perhaps exercise.

ATHLETA is an athletic company designing functional, technical, and performance wear for women and girls. They are encouraging their active community to give their garments a second life through partnering with thredUp. It is a wonderful way to recycle workout wear and more importantly it keeps those garments out of the landfills.

Perhaps in the future you may consider recycling your garments and maybe shopping thredUP. Either way the resale revolution is catching on. It’s time to relook at how we shop. Think about supporting circular fashion with ATHLETA!

The fashion industry is one of the leading pollution contributors in the world. Everyday through social media we are being marketed by ads and “influencers” on endless ways to spend our money. Garments are being manufactured at record speed. The fashion industry never sleeps. Garments are being disposed of everyday. The landfills are filling up. Our buying habits have us purchase, wear, purchase without even considering what we currently have in our closet. We get swept up, including myself. Buying second hand is an option. Shopping your closet is too.

Inspirational Words For This Sunday

Poem by Kitty O’Meara

And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.

And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.

And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.

May you find peace and comfort with Kitty’s poem. An optimistic silver- lining. Stay positive, healthy, and strong. We will heal together! xo Jenn

The Label: Emerson Fry

This Sunday’s style, Emerson Fry. A local east coast label which I discovered a few years back. EF offers everyday basics with a modern feel. She does a nice job balancing trendy with classic. A playful tee paired with denim or the black fringe dress styled with a white boot are two nice examples of tasteful spins with current trends.

Emerson Fry is easy to wear. Pieces can easily fold into any wardrobe. I see this label as an on point neutral. A safe buy with an affordable price tag. I love that her style seems ageless and approachable. She could reach a broader market with more diverse (age and body type) models.

Emerson Fry started in 2009 by Emerson Bethany Fry. I appreciate that all pieces are made in the USA with the exception of the India Collection which are made in India using heirloom printing and dye techniques.

EF is another independent designer to consider when you are hunting for a fresh piece to add to your closet. Emerson Fry

Shopping My Closet And Found A New Go-To Outfit

When it comes to dressing for a party, are you a pre-planner or do you throw something together last minute? I am not in the pre- plan camp. Getting dressed for me is absolutely based on my current mood. I always have a couple of go-to outfits of the season to relay on for the times I don’t feel creative. But when the creative mood strikes, it delights me.

Event: 70’s party

Mama duty had me 10 days house bound so shopping my closet was my only option. But I knew these jeans would be in the mix. Resulting in a new favorite look for myself. I did treat myself to a mani and hair appointment.

It is all about the denim:

I having been dying to wear these super fun denims with a wide elephant bell silhouette from B Sides. The jean has a super flattering fit with a slightly high natural waist. I particularly love the oversized relaxed style of these jeans through the hip and leg. Also love that they are not cropped. They easily can be dressed up or worn denim casual. Summer on the horizon has me visualizing them with a simple tank and flip flops.

Sunday Style: Timeless, Minimalistic, Volume From Cecilie Bahnsen

A  silhouette with puffy sleeves, volume, and playful proportions seems to be trending but not so much for the Scandinavian gals that have been embracing this timeless style with unconventional twists. I find this particular aesthetic to be very feminine, fun, and maybe a bit on the man repeller side of things. It is sexy in a not so obvious form fitting way.

One of the best examples that I have been mildly obsessed with comes from Copenhagen based designer, Cecilie Bahnsen. She is creating beautiful garments that blend couture and ready to wear. Handmade with a unique range of fabrics and traditional techniques.

I stumbled upon this label two years ago and have been following ever sense. The designer’s whimsical aesthetic is refreshing, light, and wearable. An attention to detail that the Scandinavians are known for is seen in every collection Cecilie has been delivering since 2015.

Brace yourself because the architectural, voluminous, yet minimal relaxed pieces come at a luxury cost. Watch for sales! If you appreciate this label, wear it with no thought, no fuss along with trainers or Teva like sandals. Hair up, hair down, keep it natural.

Cecilie Bahnsen

Sunday Style: An Everyday Luxury From Comme Si

Just for the fun it. Don’t over look the smallest detail that comes between your feet and your shoe. Socks are pretty much a necessity. They play to the subtle or bold side of your personality. To be seen or not, it doesn’t really matter. Personally, I love a sock paired with a sneaker, sandal, or a heel. Having your pant or skirt show them off is fun, sporty, and perhaps flirty.

Comme Si uses materials that are ethically and sustainably sourced. The colors range from soft palettes to ones of pop. You can choose from silk, cotton, cashmere, or wool. Nobody really seeks to buy expensive socks. It may feel like a ridiculous place to spend it. But this label is style and fashion with a thoughtful design process. A style that is delivered in a very understated European way. Maybe make an exception and save them for the fun event!

Explore the site for more beautiful choices, Comme Si