Behind the Mask

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To say the least, it’s a weird and awful time. In the midst of all that’s happened over the past few months, I haven’t really felt comfortable blogging about fashion. It’s really not important in comparison to working on our safety and more importantly, our humanity.

That said, as it feels especially heavy right now, I wanted to focus on something somewhat ironically light – stylish face masks. It’s looking like we will have these for a while, so why not make them fun? My friend Karen shared this new vendor with me – katiemay.com. Lace, sequins, leopard – they are all showcased here on this mask site. Also, I’ve found some cute camo and leopard versions on Etsy. Locally, Posh Boutique is offering a more designer feel with Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Prada versions. You can check those out on the Posh IG page, shopposhboutique.

Cover your face, but unleash your heart. Stay well!

Send Mom a Free Louis Vuitton Card

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Leave it to Louis Vuitton to offer free e-cards for Mother’s Day! They are very elegant and feature adorable little graphics of the brand’s bags, trunks, logos, etc. A nice little way to send good wishes in the most stylish way. Here is the link: WELVMOMS

 

The Big Blazer is Back

They first made their debut on a Neiman Marcus commercial earlier this year with Kate Upton and stylist Erin Walsh, and now they are all over the magazines. Welcome back 1990s! The oversized blazer is back…

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A Little Lounge Around Guide

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Loungewear is loving this quarantine. Shopping sites usually teaming with cozy pajamas and luscious lounge sets are more frequently showing “Out of Stock” or “Wait List.” And I’m not kidding, I think every woman in America has purchased leopard loungewear! They are not to be found anywhere! I think tie-dye is second and camo is third in the desired cuddle-up categories. But here are some stores and brands that still offer some nice selections. (Photo credit: @rw.studios on Unsplash)

Some Sites to Try:

Dillard’s – Thanks to my friend V, this was a great place to start. Many brands are on sale right now too.

Kohl’s – If you go through Rakuten on this site, you can get cash back. The styles are nice and at the end of the selections are several sports team versions.

Red Dress Boutique – A cute boutique out of Georgia with adorable, pricier loungewear (www.reddress.com)

Nordstrom – Always a good choice.

Bare Necessities – Never before have I been to this site, but some good options. barenecessities.com

A Few Brands to Search:

P.J. Salvage

Z Supply

 

Tucson Fashionista – Dolores Gonzales

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Called the “Dior of the Desert” by the Los Angeles Times, Tucson designer Dolores Gonzales made a regional resort “it dress” that snared even First Ladies’ attention. In the 1940s and 50s, Gonzales designed one and two-piece dresses that featured a full, “broomstick” skirt and were made in bright, colorful fabrics. The style soon became a favorite during sorority rush at the University of Arizona and was eventually worn by First Ladies Mamie Eisenhower and Pat Nixon, according to The Tucson Sentinel and the Arizona Daily Star. Gonzales’ designs soon became a popular emblem of Western fashion. Though retail chain J.C. Penney wanted to sell her dresses, Gonzales refused, preferring to personally produce them in her own factory, according to the Star. Her distinctive designs have since been the subject of historical Tucson exhibitions.

Tucson Fashionista is an occasional and ongoing Zona Girl series on local women with legendary style.

Denim Tie Dye For…

Yep, it’s a thing for Spring. And if you can’t go out, just enjoy wearing it in your living room…

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Tucson Fashionista – Cele Peterson

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It’s only fitting to start my new Tucson Fashionista series with Cele Peterson. History shows that the late Peterson was truly the desert’s grande dame of fashion. According to the Arizona Daily Star, Peterson opened her first fashion boutique during The Great Depression and it would go on to survive World War II and a devastating 1956 fire. Catering to wealthy wives and celebrities, including Lady Astor and Liz Taylor, Peterson would eventually create her own Southwest clothing line, “Station Wagon Togs,” that would not only be featured in Mademoiselle magazine but also find an audience in front of Pop McKale’s daughter, Ruth, among others. Gabrielle Giffords once commented that she always wore a silver pin bought at Peterson’s store to dress up her outfits, according to an article on preservetucson.org. Before her death at age 101 in 2010, Peterson had created a local empire of stores that spanned the city and forever cemented her name as one of city’s true style mavens.

Tucson Fashionista is an occasional and ongoing Zona Girl series on local women with legendary style.

When We Meet Again…

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The Quarantine Life

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A few days into social distancing and self-quarantine, I have watched way too many episodes of The Pioneer Woman. Seriously, she is so intriguing. She cooks amazing food and is always happy. ALWAYS. LIKE EVERY SINGLE SECOND. I just want to see her get mad one time! I also love reading the Facebook posts about how we’ll all come out of this as better people – fit because we have exercised every day (sure!) and smarter because we have read many novels (can’t seem to sit still through one!)

So, in that spirit, here are a few fun things to consider:

Trying out a new shampoo and conditioner – Jennifer Garner made me do it. She’s a queen and I love her and she uses Virtue Labs products, so I ordered a sample and now the full-size versions – they arrived by mail pretty quickly. I hope the magic Alpha Keratin will make my hair look amazing, but I’m willing to blindly follow Garner’s advice right now.

Working out to Fitness Blender videos on YouTube – These are short and sweet and very doable. Ranging in length from 10 to 50 minutes, they switch things up and make working out fun. I especially love their workouts for people who get bored easily.  Plus, Kelly — who does most of the workouts — is very real and not perfect and makes you feel like you have a workout buddy each time.

Lounging in pajamas – Amazon still has many sets from stylish satin to sporty and comfy. It looks like average delivery is a week out, but EVEN BETTER YET, you could stop by local boutique Bravowhich is still open in Plaza Colonial and continues to post all of their items on Facebook and Instagram.

Hang in there everyone!