The Covid - 19 virus will be with us for quite a while yet.  Perhaps it may never ever go away entirely.  Without a vaccine, our only tools to protect all of us are simple and doable - washing hands frequently, practice physical distancing and wearing face masks - as well as following public health regulations.

It's important to continue to be vigilant in order to avoid caseload flare-ups. The viral spread has to be contained so that our lives and economies can move forward again. 

Masks are now mandatory on public transit and indoor public spaces like stores across Canada and in other countries. I for one am relieved when it became a by-law in my area.  I noticed local voluntary compliance was only about 50% before. Now it is nearly 100%. Face masks when worn by everyone help protect us all especially when we cannot physically distance. 

This novel virus has an incredible range of effects.  Depending on your genetics, age and individual immune system, an infection could result in no symptoms (asymptomatic) all the way to death. More and more survivors who call themselves Covid "long haulers" , are reporting lingering debilitating health problems.   

I've noticed a few people wear their masks incorrectly. Their noses were exposed because they mistakenly believe they can't breathe properly.  There is no truth to the claim masks lower oxygen levels nor do carbon dioxide levels build up.  Health professionals like doctors and nurses as well as those in industries dealing with hazardous chemicals all wear masks on duty, with no ill effect. 

Just as I never leave the house without a coat when the weather is chilly, I don't leave the house without one of my handmade fabric face masks. I even have a spare one in my handbag.  Other people hang their masks on their car rearview mirror ready for use when they go shopping!

If masks are now de rigueur, why not make it a fashionable accessory?  Function and style. 

 Reader and friend Aims of BigBlueBarnDesigns told me about New Yorker, Dayle whose @artfulcitystyle celebrates fashionable style for women over 40. The more recent posts showcase how she coordinates clothes with jewelry and face masks. 

Fabric masks can be indeed be so much more! I've selected 5 gorgeous inspirational designs from these talented Etsy sellers. They take fabric masks to a whole new level. I think masks are becoming a form of self-expression.  

Some of the masks featured here are tailored for weddings and special occasions when bigger gatherings are allowed. Others are for those who want that wow factor. 

First up is the wedding mask in lovely lace, stretch cotton, cotton and silk mask shown at the top by SartorialLiudmila, an Italian based designer.  She also designs mask-scarf combos or neck gaiters as they are sometimes called.

Cotton, lace, pearls and rhinestones adorn this wedding mask by Tamapa, the Ukrainian designer of FashionRaks.  I love how it looks with a veil!

This stylish dark fabric embroidery face mask is adorned with rhinestones, sequins and beads. The Russian designer is Elizabeth of AtelierBelkas.

This mask sports a beaded fringe! Its creator is Californian designer, Angela Zodiak of ZEF2DEATH.

Now this is casual style!!  The dark denim mask has gold lace applique and hand sewn beads.  This limited design is by Italian designer, Angela of AngelaFacchiniStudio.

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