As I mentioned in part one during the beginning of the mask craze most had to be handmade as companies did not regularly provide face masks. Before the mandate even started we began making masks in our household which is why I have quite the collection by now. As you may have guessed there was a lot of trial and error to finding out what works and does not work for me personally.
For instance, I do wear glasses so at first we adapted the pipe cleaner technique and while yes it did work for awhile it did eventually prod its way out. Honestly, now I gravitate towards masks that are custom fit to my face over ones with the metal insert when it comes to homemade. While you can buy the large metal nose inserts to put inside I find it more of a hassle as with the cost you might as well just buy one made already.
For handmade mask tutorials check out my post here, it includes free mask patterns as well. I suppose the many advantages to handmade is the fact that it is a custom fit and the ability to use fun printed fabrics. I’ve seen people embroider on their masks, do fun quilting patterns and so many things.
Watch my full mask handmade mask haul below!
Have you made your own face mask if so send me a photo so I can see all your fun designs.
While we are still mandated to wear masks in California, I thought it was well overdo to do a mask try on haul of my favorite masks from popular sportswear brands Bloch and Athleta. At the beginning every mask was handmade, however, now almost every company has come out with their own face mask. I’ve even seen shirts come with a face mask, which brought me back to being little when your nightgown would come with a Barbie sized duplicate. After making a bunch of handmade masks I wanted to try some from my favorite sportswear brands. The reason I chose activewear brands is because of their quality and the expectation that they would preform well under heat. Working during this time it really sucks to wear a mask all day so of course you’ll try anything to make it a bit more bearable.
First up is Bloch, my main motivation for ordering my first mask from them was purely the design of the pretty ballerinas. Silly but true and the one thing I did not fancy at the time of purchase ended up being one of my favorite features of the mask, the lanyard function. White you’re on break or lunch the mask can easily be removed and hang around your neck preventing any germs from the table or losing your mask altogether. The adjustable nose bridge is comfortable and prevents glasses from fogging up like a fire breathing dragon. It is the only product that I truly believe covers the one size fits all qualifications as it truly can be tightened or loosened to ANY size desirable. Lastly the material is phenomenal with qualities integrated that are anti-dust, odor resistant, anti-bacterial, embedded with nano zinc oxide and UV protection. The price point is a bit expensive but the quality makes it all worth it. If I haven’t convinced you to give it a try yet, in the try on haul I also show you how to receive them at a discounted rate. (No, this is not a sponsored post.) Hands down my favorite mask by any brand I’ve tried.
Next up is Athleta, I love their activewear so of course I had to try their masks plus, they come in packs so it is a good investment to make that aids a variety of colors to match your outfits. Their masks also have the one size functionality of the adjustable ear pieces. The fabric is similar to a swimsuit feel with it being a polyester spandex blend. My main concern is the nose wire, it is comfortable but a little too thin to prevent the fire breathing dragon eyes when wearing glasses. These masks have three layers which has to be my favorite part about them along with the feel of the material.
Watch the try on haul here!
Let me know down below what your favorite brand is that is selling the BEST face mask.
First off happy new year! To kick this year of blogs off I wanted to highlight my favorite winter outfits. All of these looks are cozy, cute and affordable. I have provided the brands/ companies, however, there are no direct links since these styles are pretty popular. If you have any questions, leave a comment or send me a direct message.
Magazines, Pinterest, YouTube, and even the various people we cross paths with on the street spark inspiration for new trends, different styles and all things fashion. Recently, it has been brought to my attention that several famous youtubers and social media gurus spoke up about the fact that they buy items simply to use them as content. Fashion hauls are a huge part of this massive consumer issue of want, want, NEED. Titles such as “spending too much at Target” or “massive summer hauls” draw in a large crowd but why?
Recently, I have been obsessed with shopping the clothing section at Costco. The deals are unbelievable but what about the quality overall? Whenever you shop no matter what the price tag says, there are a few things to check to make sure the tag matches the item’s quality worth. The type of material, origin it was made in, stitching and dying process all contribute to the actual garment’s quality rather than just paying for the brand itself.
Once the page loaded and all my favorite items from the Vineyard Vines Target Collab were sold out of, literally every size, I debated if it was even worth it to drive down to the store before the doors opened. Since most youtubers had their videos posted within hours of stores opening I wanted to add in my thoughts as to why a business as large as Target would make the “mistake” of running out of product that is clearly in demand.
Trends in swimwear go across the board from expensive to cheaper alternatives. When clothing is more expensive it does not mean that it is higher quality. Some of these dups are better then their counter parts so keep that in mind when shopping this season.
The Two Parter
One of my favorite trends this year is this two part swimsuit or bikini suspenders? Its unique flare adds something extra to this season’s selection. I would much rather add the yellow set to my collection. Plus it is not really two parts, it just looks that way. The lines are horizontal but since they vary in size it still has a sliming effect. In addition the color’s contrast which is a fun effect. On the right side the diamond swimsuit is cool but lacks vibrancy and a shape aid.
Throughout the years I have suffered the loss of beloved pieces in my wardrobe to stubborn stains that seem to pop out of nowhere. The most tragic spill I endured was not even my fault, which makes it even more obnoxious to relive. It was freshman year, I had just received a two piece set from the Avril Lavigne collection at Kohl’s in collaboration with Alice and Wonderland. Of course, it was a white set with thin black stripes, chains on the pocket, and suspender shorts too. We did not even make it through first period together before the girl behind me somehow managed to spill her hot tea all over me, ruining the set forever. The rest of the day I sported the upmost fashionable grey and black p.e. uniform. After trying multiple stain removers, it was time to lay the best two set piece to rest.
So… I may be obsessed with Disney merch because I have another haul from Disneyland. What can I say, I love the company and one day hope to design merchandise for them. Alright onto the haul, these are a few bits that I picked up recently to add to my collection.
For a while now I have been keeping an eye out on a couple of brands that I have yet to experience myself. After watching a couple of review videos online for the brand Gym Shark, it seemed to be a bad idea to try as most of them harped on the fact that most of their items were not squat proof and were prone to camel toe. Two qualities no one wants from their apparel, especially their active wear. Now that the company has been around for a couple years I was hoping that things would improve which is why I decided to give them a shot.
Included at the bottom is of course an in depth review of each item in “real time”, kind of.
The reason this was not a try on haul was mainly due to the fact that pieces did not fit or were too see through to show.
KEEP – RETURN
Fitted Cropped Leggings
Gel StickyCompression Aesthetic
Tight at Ankle(could wear, not squat proof)
Gym Shark $30.00
Color Block Sports Bra
No StretchTight(could wear)
Gym Shark $35.00
Color Block Leggings
Thicker Material Aesthetic
No StretchTight(not fit past calf…)
Gym Shark $45.00
Knot Front Skater Dress
BreathableDouble Lined Bust & WaistAesthetic
See Through Skirt Hard to Button
Top- Not AdjustableSkirt- Real Buttons -No Stretch
As what is one item you recently added to your collection or are hoping to purchase for this new season?