Sewing & Donating Homemade Face Masks

Homemade Face Masks for Hospital Donation

This week, I’ve redirected my extracurricular efforts towards sewing face masks at home. More and more hospitals and health facilities have opted in to accept donations of homemade face masks alongside commercially produced PPE. Not because they are a substitute for N95 or real surgical masks – they are not! – but because they are better than nothing when (and it sounds like it will be when, not if) PPE runs out.

It has been inspiring to see seamstresses at Elizabeth Suzann and State the Label take initiative in contributing to these efforts, along with many others per the NYTimes. After reading this LAist article and seeing many local hospitals listed in this UC Berkeley student-built list, I decided to do the same. If you’re interested, here are some resources to help out!

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Currently Shopping: Local & Small

Above: Image from Unsplash

With the recent “shelter in place” order in the San Francisco Bay Area, many local small businesses deemed “non-essential” have taken a huge hit. And even outside of SF, many independent shops have temporarily closed and sent employees home to practice #socialdistancing and hopefully stay healthy. While we can’t save these businesses single-handedly, here are a few things we’ve done to help support where we can.

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Adjusting to Working from Home

Above: Photo by BRUNO CERVERA

I have a confession: I love working in an office environment. At least, in a generally well-balanced, lively office environment. Our company has WFH Fridays, which is a nice perk – however, I still come into the office on Fridays because I find myself most productive in an office. With the COVID-19 situation, many companies in the San Francisco bay area changed to remote work this week, ours included. While the current timeline is two weeks, we’re really not sure how long we’ll need to continue WFH – so it was time to finally make my space “work-ready” with the following steps. 

EDIT: As of today, March 16th, six counties in the Bay Area have officially issued a “shelter in place” mandate through April 7th. So, we’ll be WFH for a while.

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How to Pack for Hot & Cold Weather

Sapporo Japan Winter

Happy new year! Kicking off 2020 with a post-holiday traveling-inspired post. When it comes to traveling, I am a big fan of the carry-on-only lifestyle. I have a carry-on packing list template in Google Sheets that I duplicate and modify appropriately for any trip, whether 5 days or 3 weeks.

However, there are times that call for checked luggage – such as bringing gifts for family, going camping overseas, and in this case, preparing for both warm and freezing weather (and snowboarding!) in one trip. This was my first time packing for such varied climates, and I thought it could be interesting to document and share.

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Selling Clothes Online: Poshmark vs Ebay vs Mercari vs Thredup

Now that the holiday sales rush is over, we get a little breather until the start of the next wave. That is, the wave of mass KonMari-ing of closets everywhere as people declutter their homes in the spirit of “new year, new me”.

If you’re interested in selling your gently used (or perhaps, even new) clothes but don’t know where to start, this guide is for you. Over the years, I’ve sold clothing on the following platforms and apps: Poshmark, Mercari, Ebay and Thredup, along with a few niche marketplaces – each with its own strengths and weaknesses.

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