One of my closest friends was in the Philippines a couple of days ago.
When I say close, I mean, this girl is sincerely one of the reasons I'm still sane. Anne has been there for all my mini-breakdowns and panic attacks, has calmed my hypochondriacal fears, and has nodded her head in unison whenever I side-eyed some poor girl's unfortunate outfit choice.
So, when Typhoon Haiyan struck, I freaked the eff out. I messaged Anne's fiancé (who wasn't in the Philippines with her) in as calm a way as I could muster, asking if he knew of her whereabouts.
Nope. Line was dead.
I knew that where she was staying was pretty remote, so when news reports came pouring in, so did my worries.
Anyway, she's safe and back home now--thank goodness for that--but not without her family literally losing the roof over their heads. Thousands of people are in similar or even more dire situations. So, this is what I'm trying to do to help.
You may or may not know that I have a small accessories line called Little Fille. I'm doing a special sale and donating 50% of all profits to the Canadian Red Cross Typhoon Haiyan Fund, which the Canadian government will match dollar-for-dollar until December 8th.
These are sale prices, too, so y'all can be saving as well as helping.
One of the pieces available is a favorite of mine, Lola (named after the Filipino word for Grandmother, and my own Lolas, too!). It comes in three colours and is super-warm. I normally hate multi-wear pieces. I think they're lazy and typically, they just don't look like they fit right on the body. But I will make exceptions for headbands, OK?
So, here are five ways to wear Lola!
This look is basically the way it's "meant" to be worn. Just place it under your hair, cover your ears, and call it a day. The long tie strands can either be left floppy or tied at the back of your head.
This is how Sailor Mars would wear it. No fuss, no muss. (I'm bringing back Sailor Scouts 'cos y'all seem to miss them!) If you want to go all the way, get it in red.
Look two is the way the mighty Queen Beryl would have chosen to wear it, all regal and turbanlike. Yeah, I know she was evil, but the lady sure had sass.
For this look, just take the two floppy ends and overlap them on top of each other, and tuck the ends in.
Ever the ingenue, look three is all Minako/Mina Aino, aka Sailor Venus. It's like, hey I want to be a quirky pop star, and maybe a little bit French, too.
For this look, you flip the headpiece backwards and just tie the ties however you want. C'est la vie.
"But Mari, I don't want to be all fancy, and all of these look a little extra." Well, Sailor Mercury Ami Mizuno, I have the solution for you.
This look is scholarly and simple, but still a little bit unique, just like you. Just overlap the long pieces over the top and tuck the ends under.
Look number five is playful, cute and also, arguably annoying. Yes, Serena this is all you. Take the long ends and tie them into a knot at the top so that the ends stick out.
I know I'm missing Jupiter, but she's like, "Whatever, I'm not fussy, I can wear it however I want, I'm easygoing like that."
Is that a cop out? I don't care. Just buy the headbands, guys--you'll be helping out and looking pretty fly. Aaaannndd If that hasn't sold you, Hannah wears 'em too.
If headbands aren't your thing and you're local to Toronto, my BFF Nicole is collecting donations like canned goods, water, clothes and medical supplies for the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund. Email her at nicole(dot)email@example.com to find out how to get involved.
Everyone else, get your Little Fille head piece and help out the victims of Typhoon Haiyan here. Thank you in advance!