The Friday Shop

the friday shop

My family and I went on a quick getaway this week so The Friday Shop will be lighter than usual.  I'll get back to regularly-scheduled goodness next Friday!

Retail News

How the #WFH movement could reshape fashion. (Vogue)

Why LVMH is calling off its $16 billion deal with Tiffany. (Business of Fashion)

IMO, too little too late, and I'm not down for supporting a brand that was very clear about its disdain for 67% of the female bodies in this country.
Lululemon, once chided for body-shaming, to offer larger sizes. (Bloomberg)

How designers are making their Spring 2021 collections with leftover fabric, old patterns, and renewed clarity. (Vogue)

Kim Jones succeeds Karl Lagerfeld as Artistic Director of Fendi Women's. (Marie Claire)

As young designers continue to call “Copy!”, what can they do to protect themselves? (The Fashion Law)

Streetwear was declared dead.  It's still here. (Vogue Business)

And since this came up in the Wardrobe Oxygen community I wanted to also share it here: When is it OK to wear an item from another culture, and when is it appropriation? How to tell. (TED)

From the Mailbag

Now that I am back to the office I am dealing with “maske” acne from my face masks.  I wash them after every wear, take them off whenever it's safe to do so but nothing seems to help.  Have you dealt with this? Any tips to deal with breakouts from face masks? I haven't had breakouts since high school!

I am not dealing with it yet, but I know many friends who have.  They have done the research and visited the dermatologists on my behalf, have tried the suggestions and report back that there are a few things that really help:

  • Do not wear makeup.  I know this is hard, but stick to concealer and eye makeup and leave the bottom half of your face bare.  The moisture and heat of your breath combined with cosmetics can cause breakouts.
  • Use mouthwash regularly.  Some dermatologists have said that the face masks trap the bacteria in your breath from your mouth.  By swishing with mouthwash on the regular, you kill that bacteria, thereby keeping your face cleaner.
  • Use a barrier cream.  Instead of your everyday moisturizer, look for a cream that creates a barrier to protect it from contaminants and irritation.  Dermalogica creates a barrier cream that is highly rated for this specific purposeThis balm from La Roche-Posay also comes highly recommended and this one from Epionce is medical-grade.

Shop Highly-rated Barrier Creams:


What I'm Digging

The election is coming up and I'm seeing voting-related fashion everywhere.  Some of it is super cute, and most of it does nothing to benefit elections or individuals impacted by the elections.  I encourage you, if you are looking for voting-related merchandise, to buy it from campaign websites, businesses donating a portion to an initiative, or at least a small business preferably owned by a woman of color who is the most affected by our current government.  Here are some for inspiration:

voting merchandise that gives to charity

Women Vote face mask | Votes for Women tee | November is Coming hoodie | Vote tee
We Vote, We Rise tote | I am a… Vote tee | Equality Voter tee | I am a Voter tee
When Women Show Up tee | Read Think Vote tee | Vote QR tote | Vote Like Your Life… tee
Nasty & Ready to Vote tee | Vote striped tee | Battle for the Soul tee (I have this one) | Pick your State Vote tee


  1. Kaffesoester
    September 13, 2020 / 4:28 pm

    That piece on cultural appropriation was just what I was looking for – Thank you so much for including that!

  2. Diplomatic Dressing
    September 11, 2020 / 12:26 pm

    The Clare V “When we all vote” shirt is another great option. It is pre-order now for late Sept shipping.

  3. Toni Strother
    September 11, 2020 / 12:02 pm

    I love Eileen Fisher. Expensive, though, and small lots, so I usually miss out by the time I stop dithering. Today I ordered a top from Eileen Fisher Renew. They sell used Eileen Fisher clothes. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

  4. EEDeere
    September 11, 2020 / 10:05 am

    Great information. I keep hoping I can find a mask like Muriel Bowser’s with a “51st” for DC as the 51st state.

  5. Linda B
    September 11, 2020 / 9:46 am

    Wow, I am loving that collection of voting tees! Thanks for sharing all those links. I may not be able to pick a favorite and hey, not bad to have more than one?

  6. Joannawnyc
    September 11, 2020 / 9:25 am

    You can also use a zinc-based diaper cream as a barrier cream, if you happen to have some on hand. My face was getting super-irritated last week (the first week at work when I had to wear a mask the whole time) and I was wearing paper masks and changing them every day. I washed all my cloth masks in hypoallergenic detergent and have been avoiding everything possible annoying to my face and it’s better this week. Plus rubbing in the diaper cream as a barrier. The others you suggest are probably nicer but any port in a storm.

  7. Ruffin
    September 11, 2020 / 9:16 am

    I am with you…Lululemon can kiss my a**. Altheta has same quality and so much more inclusive.

  8. RoseAg
    September 11, 2020 / 6:52 am

    If you need to wear the mask all day, as opposed to 30 minutes here and there, you might consider putting a new one on halfway through the day. The get damp and switching out for a dry one can help.

  9. Ann Marie
    September 11, 2020 / 6:42 am

    With regard to maskne, I though I was breaking out from my mask too but then I realized it is really hormonal acne from the stress and anxiety of this year. Hormonal acne occurs around the mouth, chin, and side of the face so it can be confused with maskne but I would venture to guess that for most women, it is really hormonal. To test this out, a person should write down when she breaks out. If it is cyclical (say it happens right before your period), then that is a clue.

    With that said, I haven’t been wearing foundation since we started working from home in March and whenever I come out from being out with my mask on, I splash water on the lower half of my face to get off the sweat, etc. If I have been out for a long time with the mask on, I will sometimes swipe micellar water over the lower half of my face where the mask was (and I keep the micellar water in the fridge to make it nice and refreshing). It doesn’t hurt to keep that part of your face clean.

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