While more and more people are getting their COVID-19 vaccines (including me this week with my second shot), it seems that donning a mask will not be going away anytime soon. That’s why I decided to team up with my friends from Fashion Flash on their #StyleYourMask and Beauty-full giveaway campaign.*
As part of the program, Fashion Flash is partnering with Dr. Schachter of Mount Sinai Hospital to promote the importance of mask wearing. Neil Schachter, M.D., is professor of pulmonary medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and director of the hospital’s COPD Program. He has published 400 articles and six books, including his latest edition of The Good Doctor’s Guide to Colds & Flu, which features a new 9000 word chapter about COVID-19.
Dr. Schachter has served as president of the American Lung Association of New York and is donating 100% of his book earnings to patient advocacy organizations. The book is available on Amazon as an e-book and the 2021 paperback will be released in September.
Dr. Schachter’s “Four Ws” defense against COVID-19
Dr. Schachter says that “the best defense against COVID-19 is a strong offense” and tells his patients to follow the four Ws which are:
♥ Wear a mask over both nose and mouth.
♥ Wash your hands frequently and/or use hand sanitizer.
♥ Watch your social distancing (e.g. stay six feet apart in public places).
♥ Wipe down shared surfaces including doorknobs, light switches, and bathroom fixtures.
Regarding masks, he adds: “It’s hard to overstate the importance of wearing a mask. A study supported by the FDA found that if 80 percent of people wore face masks, it would virtually eliminate transmission of influenza. A related study published in Science determined that facial masks can cut COVID-19 infection by 65 percent, but only if they are worn properly. You need to wear a mask over both your nose and mouth. Just covering your mouth does not provide protection to you and is a disservice to those around you.”
How to #styleyourmask like a fashionista
“I like your pink mask. You are so coordinated with your outfit” said the real estate agent in Florida last month. I was wearing my pink mask with a black tee and pink cap. Since retiring I don’t dress up as much, but I guess once a fashionista, always a fashionista.
When the Fashion Flash team asked me to dress up for the #styleyourmask campaign, I obliged. On Sunday, I matched the houndstooth mask they sent with my J.Crew heather pink cotton knit blazer and tee. The next day I paired the camouflage mask with a J.Crew olive cotton knit blazer and black tee.
JudiBoomergirl Fashionista tip 1: When I find an article of clothing that I like and that fits well, I purchase it in a variety of colors. And I don’t wait too long to buy that second or third color, as these days I find stores and online websites sell out quickly and keep little inventory. Plus they very rarely restock the same exact product. BTW I also have the cotton knit blazer in black and leopard print.
JudiBoomergirl Fashionista tip 2: For all those like me who must wear progressives, I consider eyeglasses to be a very important accessory since it’s worn on the face. Eyewear also makes a fashion statement. Hence, I have a few different pairs of eyewear to match different outfits. Again, when I find a frame I like I buy it in different colors. For example, I have a blue tortoise pair that I wear with navy and summer hues and a black pair that goes with all my other garments. (I know that eyeglasses fog up with mask so I’ll give you a bonus fashionista tip, go buy some Eyebobs Fog Free Lens Cleaner. It works great!)
Enter the big Beauty-full giveaway
Fashion Flash and Dr. Schachter have put together a big Beauty-full giveaway for the #styleyourmask campaign. It includes: a set of stylish masks, a prestige compact of makeup and eye brush, an e-copy of the new The Good Doctor’s Guide to Colds & Flu, and a $100 Amazon gift card so you can buy more accessories to #styleyourmask. In addition, there are two plushies in the package – one cold and one flu. Hopefully these are the only cold and flu viruses that will enter your home this spring.
To participate in the giveaway (U.S.residents only) fill out the Rafflecopter entry below or leave a comment on this post of how you style your masks or share a tip about how you’ve adapted to wearing a mask during the pandemic. One random winner will be selected to receive the package. Note: Fashion Flash is not responsible for prizes lost in the mail.
Good luck! And most importantly continue to #staysafe.
*Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored post.” Fashion Flash provided me with compensation for this post and is providing me with materials for the giveaway. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.