No one really comprehended what was coming when the Coronavirus hit our US shores earlier this year. Since it started in China, we all assumed it would stay in China or come and go like so many viruses (zika virus) before it.
Italy was hit hard, initially, because everyone assumed it was just a flu like any other. But today, we know better! We found ways to cope during this pandemic and tried as best we could to try and find some normalcy in the midst of this horror.
Social distancing, standing six feet apart from others in public and wearing masks have become the new normal. Whether you agree with wearing a mask or not, they have been proven to stop the spread to others.
When I reluctantly first stepped out of my home to go grocery shopping I dressed as shabby as I could and wouldn't even carry a purse for fear of the virus somehow getting on it if I sat it in the shopping cart.
I also ditched my expensive sunglasses and my high end shoes and clothing. But as time went on and the virus worsened, instead of diminishing, I really didn't want to live my life feeling anxious, scared AND dressing shabby all the time.
It was also the worst time to be single and I wished that I had met someone before the virus came along because how would one start dating again with all this to deal with?
Meeting in a restaurant, especially here in South Florida, the new center of the pandemic, was OUT. Plus, the fact that sleeping around is the NORM here (of which I wanted no part of), how could one trust someone they met online anyway to not continue sleeping around and possibly spreading the virus?
I solved that problem temporarily by getting a puppy. Then decided it was time to move on from Florida as the pandemic worsened, for good, as I didn't see any short term future recovery by continuing to live here. Nor, any viable prospects!
As women, I think its important that we continue to look and feel our best while also protecting ourselves. So I started wearing make up again, spending time on my hair and dressing nice, pulling out the MK hand bags and making an effort.
I also think our mental health is important, so I pray and read books that deepen my faith while continuing to take care of my body with work outs and occasional walks. I miss the gym but personally don't feel safe going back, even with a mask.
I"m afraid "being in the zone" may make me forget to do something that could cost me my health, like touching my face or continually touching my workout towel to wipe sweat off my face. A big NO - NO!
Not all masks are created equal either! And, I didn't want to walk around with those boring blue medical looking face masks either. So, I reached out to my suppliers and tested various mask that would not only look good (fashionable) but would also protect from germs and viruses.
There are so many options on the market now. But not every "fashion mask" will protect you so you have to put thought into this. Since I grew up in Europe and the Middle East, and have an Indian mother, it was easy to adapt to wearing a chiffon face mask that came in beautiful colors, patterns and prints.
But these beautiful chiffon face masks or scarves are see through if you hold them up to the sun so wearing a more fitted mask underneath is a requirement. The other option is to invest in a bunch of plain masks in various colors (in a thicker fabric) and layer them underneath a more dressy, or fashionable, outer mask.
I love the option in the photo with the pearl accents. I would layer this with another mask underneath in a solid color for added protection (here in South Florida) but on the outskirts of Nashville, could get away with just wearing the fashionable mask (with maybe some Vic's lining my nose for extra protection).
When I shop online now and find an outfit I want to order, I immediately look for masks that will compliment my outfit. I think of all the various places I might want to wear that outfit and the best mask options.
I have a friend who owns a wedding shop. When the virus first hit, many brides cancelled both their weddings and honeymoons. But with this new reality that the virus doesn't seem to be going away any time soon, life has to continue on.
So, she now sells wedding dresses with matching masks. So the bride can be protected and any attending guests have been kindly asked in their invitations to please wear a mask to the ceremony and after party.
And, if you're venturing back out into the dating scene, I highly recommend wearing a mask until you get to know each other better and learn the other person's habits and lifestyle.
There are too many horror stories out there of people in the same household, even, of spreading the virus from one family member to another, because of their lifestyle habits (going back to the gym, partying, attending house parties, sleeping around, or sleeping with multiple partners, not wearing a mask in public, etc.).
So, do yourself a favor and protect yourself. Wearing a mask is both responsible and smart, like wearing a condom or fastening your seat belt! And, here at Revenge Fashion Boutique, we will give a complimentary, curated and beautiful face mask for every order placed, no matter the amount spent.
Be safe while looking your best!