Lady Wrapstar: Cate!

I am so excited to introduce you to Cate! Cate is an amazing Wrapunzelista whose stunning wraps and style are an inspiration. She radiates joy, and I can’t wait for y’all to learn a little about her!

Can you tell us a bit about yourself? 

Hi beautiful ladies! I’m Cate! I’m from Brooklyn, New York. I’m married to my absolute best friend and love of my life and we have two adorable cats! I’m about to start nursing school – wish me luck! I became religious around 18 and I have a bunch of tattoos (battle scars as my family calls them). I’ve ALWAYS been fascinated with hair covering! Some hobbies are reading, studying (I know I’m weird like that), for suuuuuure playing around with all my scarves, learning anything related to Judaism and anything that will help me grow as an individual

What led you to start covering your hair with tichels and when did you start doing so? 

There was this stunning Muslim girl in one of my classes who wore a turban perfectly wrapped and it was so regal I couldn’t help but stare. When I first started wrapping my hair I was in love but I would also get frustrated easily because I’m seriously a perfectionist and this craft definitely takes a lot patience! Now that it has been quite some time since I’ve started (I think it’s been close to a year), I’m a lot more confident with my techniques and feel a little bit braver to leave my comfort zone and try new styles that I normally would never go for. A memorable moment was the first time a stranger complimented how stunning my wrap was when I was feeling kinda self conscious! I don’t really remember how I found Wrapunzel but a friend recommended I join the community group on Facebook so of course I couldn’t move quick enough!

What inspires your head coverings?

Have you always been this creative? I get a lot of inspiration from old Hollywood stars, anything that is regal, and a lot of the beautiful ladies in the Facebook group! I’ve had a bit of creativity but it really shines when it comes to wrapping

Please tell us about your style – how do head coverings help you express your personality? 

I have such a weird style that it’s hard to put it into words! A little bit old school, a little minimal but mostly all over the place haha! My wraps are very different and funky but almost basic so I guess that explains me! Do you match your head scarf to your outfit or the other way around? I tooooottally match the outfit based on which scarf I’m in the mood for! What are your favorite colors and styles to wear? I love love love like dusty rose, greys, blues, purples, and earth tones! My favorite styles are probably Shira tails, the Marrakesh turban (a new found love), anything with twists, and a basic turban with angled front!

What is your favorite tichel?

There is absolutely no favorite tichel, it’s impossible to choose! I love each scarf for its own uniqueness

PLEASE share with us your tichel tying tips and tricks!

So some tricks that have worked would be wearing a wig grip underneath your shaper, the further forward you pull your shaper and scarf the better the whole wrap stays, if you show hair try changing up your part style, it gives the wrap a whole different look.

How has your life changed since starting to cover? 

Covering with scarves has promoted a lot of growth in regards to my love and intentions for the mitzvah of hair covering (with every new style I fall more and more in love with hair covering) which has then led to the increase in confidence and understanding of my position in the world. What are some of the most important hair covering lessons you’ve learned over the years? I’d have to say to take it slow, baby steps. If you overwhelm yourself when you’re not truly ready for something you may resent it and not want any part of it (unfortunately I’ve been there).

Have you had any cool experiences or realizations since starting to cover? 

I think some cool experiences were things like unexpected people asking me to show them how I did that particular wrap. Or the times when I’ve spotted a fellow wrapper in the wild! I actually have had some amazing realizations since covering and covering with scarves. If you’re a good and mindful person with pure intentions and always kind, it transforms you and the light shines out from within and is displayed across your face which then totttallllyyy enhances the wrap or whatever your choice of hair covering! Also, you shouldn’t (I know it’s really hard) give a damn about what anyone thinks of you! There are always going to be haters and people who make comments or stare but you keep being the queen that you are!

What recommendations would you make to someone just starting to learn how to tie? 

For all my fellow perfectionist ladies, be patient, and don’t give up! It can be frustrating sometimes and tichel tantrums are soooooo real but just breathe! Also learn the fabrics that work best for you, some are easier than others. Jersey fabrics are a great one to start with because they’re super stretchy and easy to manipulate.

Any inspiring words for the ladies on the Wrapunzel blog? 

Absolutely! Remember we are all royalty and we should always treat each other and more importantly our selves, as such so always always always be kind! Wear your crown and stand tall my darlings!

What are you grateful right now? 

Omg literally everything! I’m constantly aware of the things I should be grateful for because it’s so much! My husband, my vision, breath in my body, this wonderful community of women, EVERYTHING!

 

Leorah: Wrapstar Stylista Extraordinaire!

I am so excited to introduce you to Leorah, a stylist and makeup artist who is taking the modest fashion and headwrapping world by storm! She is just as exciting in person as her creations: check out her interview and amazing photos!

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Can you tell us a bit about yourself? Some interesting facts, where you’re from, how you spend your time, hobbies, etc.?
My name is Leorah Hallel Goldberg. I’m 38 years old, I’m married for 14 years and I’m a mother of seven children (ages ranging between 11 and 2). We have four boys and three girls, including two sets of twins. I was born and raised in Germany and decided to immigrate to Israel at the age of 20. By profession I am a registered nurse. Back in Germany my hobby used to be horseback riding, but I haven’t been able to do that in many years. I’m just too busy with all the demands of a very large family and besides that starting to build my own career as a makeup artist and stylist. In the last year I’ve started modelling and running accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter about my latest looks. At the end of April I started a YouTube Channel about Beauty and Lifestyle with three uploads weekly which I really love.

What led you to start covering your hair with tichels and when did you start doing so?

As I am a religious jewish woman I started covering my hair on the day after my wedding. In the beginning I wore small caps with my long hair showing underneath, but I was never happy with it. A friend encouraged me to try out wearing a tichel and that was the beginning of my tichel-journey. I remember the first time I put one on how good it felt. From then on I never had a question anymore if that is the right way for me to cover my hair. In the beginning I put it on only when I left the house. Once my first child grew a bit older and started to ask questions I decided to cover all the time (from the time before my kids get up in the morning till after they have gone to bed). Now, wearing tichels has become so much a part of me and my style that I couldn’t imagine to go without, even if religion wasn’t an issue. I remember the first time I wore a tichel to the office where I worked back then. I came through the door, my boss looked me up and down, gave me a pitiful smile and said: ‘Wow, you really look like a cleaning lady…’ That was not a nice experience. I found Wrapunzel through a nice young woman I met at fundraising dinner for a charity organization for terror victims. We started talking, she commented on how beautiful my tichels were and recommended Wrapunzel to me.
What inspires your head coverings? Have you always been creative?
I’m very inspired be the colors I find in nature. There are just no limitations on combining colors and patterns in nature, for example if you just think about the hundreds of different kinds of butterflies or flowers… I have always been creative, I just wasn’t aware of it as much as I am now. I’ve always crochet or painted or played instruments, which is all about being creative. Only now through the modeling I really started to see what is possible.

Please tell us about your style — how do your head coverings help you express your personality?

I used to wear only dark colors because I thought that being religious meant dressing that way, that it is immodest to wear anything that will draw attention to me. Eventually I broke free from all that and from on there were just no limitation for me anymore. I was discovered as a model for modest fashion and that’s when I stepped out of my own protective bubble and tried how far I can go with my own creativity.
I started to use a volumizer and just created on my head whatever I felt like and wanted. No rules is my only rule. Everything is allowed as long as it doesn’t slip or slide. I see my tichels as part of my design when I’m creating my outfits for my fashion blog. They complete the look in so many ways and I’m so glad to have that tool.
What is your favorite tichel?
I have no answer for this question, because I feel different every day and feel colors and materials differently every day. I love to be able to turn myself every day into a whole new person using my clothes, makeup and tichels. It’s all art and a way to express my emotions and needs in a new way every day. Plus, I do have a very large collection of different shapes and sizes of tichels for winter and for summer. Not that one needs that but it is largely a result of the fact that when I was obese, for years there was nothing else I could easily buy without having an issue of it not fitting me. So when I felt like shopping I usually bought tichels.

Please share with us your tichel-tying tips and tricks!

My YouTube Channel  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFUo7P9bdQ_a82_DqK3clYw 🔸Facebook (Leorah Hallel Goldberg) 🔸Instagram (@leorah_hallel)
🔸Twitter (@Leorah_Goldberg)

How has your life changed since starting to cover?

In the very beginning it was hard for me, because in the whole family I’m the only one covering my with tichels and the only one who is covering her head all the time. I went from feeling insecure about it to feeling proud of it and making it into ‘my thing’, giving it my spin. Ever since, I have been getting enormous amounts of positive feedback (online, but also when I’m just outside meeting random people on the street) and that is a wonderful experience.
What recommendations would you make to someone who is just starting to learn how to tie?
-Don’t put pressure on yourself to be perfect, there is no perfect. We are all on the way.
-Don’t just copy others. Get inspired by others and create your own way.
-Be bold and sparkle. Turn your tichel into your crown.
-Realize that different ways to tie work better or less good with different face shapes.
-Not all colors work for your skin tone. Try to find a balance that works for you.

Any inspiring words for the ladies on the Wrapunzel blog?

I’m beyond glad I got introduced to this wonderful, loving and supportive community. I’ve made amazing friends in such a short time and I’ve received so much love here. I just want to thank everyone for that.

What are you grateful for right now?

I’m grateful that I can finally live my dream of building my business as a makeup artist and stylist and as well as building my YouTube Channel and my fashion blogs on social media. And I am grateful for the support of my husband Gabriel, who believes and invests in me.

Meira: Matching Prints and Solids

Ever wondered how to match a scarf or top with a bold print to your other clothing? Not sure what goes with what? This is a common question! Check out Meira Schneider-Atik’s tips and tricks:

I’m a stylist. Among other things, I help women put together new and different outfits using what they already have. One of the questions that comes up time and time again is how to put colors together.

While I have a lot of different suggestions of how to not be afraid of trying new and different color combinations, there’s one suggestion that always works- use a print to anchor the whole thing.

If you have a printed clothing item that you love, then you know that the colors in the print go together. So use that as your base. Choose colors from the print and wear them in the outfit. You know they go because they go together in the print.

Here I am (below) wearing this awesome print dress that I found shortly before Pesach. I wore it for the first Seder and I paired it with my dark brown and taupe 2-in-1s. Those colors both show up in the print, so they work here (they’re also both neutral, so they go with everything).

You don’t necessarily have to wear a full-on print base outfit to do this. Your print could be just a subtle accent to your outfit. Here I am (above right) wearing my Bohemian Dreams scarf (one of my favorite prints) as an accent to my navy 2-in-1. My dark teal top and rich green earrings are both taken from colors in the print.

There are tons of color combinations that look amazing. Play around and find the combos that work for you. Use prints as you need them. Try to have fun with it. You can do this!

 

What’s your favorite way to combine prints and solids? Share with us in the comments!

Meet Paola, Lady Wrapstar!

I’ve been wanting you to meet Paola for a long time! Read on to find out more about this incredible Lady Wrap Star from the Netherlands!

 

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Paola! ❤

 

I found out about Wrapunzel in 2015. As a Muslima the scarf and I have a special relationship. I simply love scarves and have way too many of them. I wear them all year round, Summer and Winter, it doesn’t matter, around the neck but also on my head. In the beginning of 2015, I was thinking about wearing the headscarf again. I was looking for a different way to wear it (i.e. not like my granny haha) and started searching on the internet for inspiration.

I watched a lot of so-called “hijabi” tutorials but I also watched a couple of videos in which a young lady wrapped her scarf in a way that was totally new to me. She used words I did not know, like tichel and sheitel, but I liked what she did and wanted to know more. I needed to know more.

I watched video after video and learned a lot of new ways to wrap my scarf. But not only about wrapping scarves, but also about why Jewish women wear the headscarf or mitpachat. Soon after that, I joined the fangroup on Facebook and I was hooked.

From that moment on I learned so many new ways to wrap the scarf, especially the turban look, which I love and is my all time favorite now. But I learned so much more. I had never realized that it is not only Moslim women who wear the scarf. I found out that a lot of Jewish and Christian sisters wear it too and I was eager to know why.

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I learned how you could easily style your scarf, even when your hair is short (in those days my hear was often very short) using shapers and velvet headbands and all other kinds of accessories. But more important than that, I met a lot of ladies from all over the world and found out about a sisterhood, not only in the umma, the Moslim community, but beyond borders and beyond belief.  

Since I was a little girl I was interested in the world and its cultures. My granddad was the only one who really understood my fascination and he gave me books to read and took me on trips into town. He lived in the big city, Rotterdam, and I was growing up in a little sleepy town in which our Moslim family was an attraction itself haha.

Through the Wrapunzel Fangroup I met so many lovely ladies, from all faiths with whom I could talk about the things in life that are important to us. About headscarves of course, but also about so many other topics. The ladies in the Fangroup encourage each other, give each other tips and tricks, but most of all, are there for each other.

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And that is what I love about the Wrapunzel Fangroup. It is not only scarves, it is beyond scarves. It is about our lives, about our struggles (do I wear the scarf or not) but also about our victories. And most important it is beyond Faith. And in these days of hatred and blaming others I am really glad there is still something like sisterhood.

It is true that I am a little absent in the Fangroup nowadays. My job takes a lot of my energy (too much right now I sometimes think) and in the house, there are still construction activities going on. But I still read everyone’s posts and I am still inspired by the pictures and the sisterhood amongst the members.

I still love my scarves although I do not wear them on my head every day. That is my own struggle, my personal battle, something between Allah and me. But there is one thing I know. You will be there for me sisters xxxxx.

From Day into Evening

Read on for some awesome outfit transition advice from Wrapunzelista Meira Shneider-Atik!

A lot of fashion gurus talk about the “day into evening” dilemma that pops up a lot. You have your regular work during the day, but then you have a dressy event afterward and you don’t have time to go home and completely change clothes. This dilemma is easily solved by planning ahead and using a base and changing your accents.

I had this dilemma myself on Sunday. I had to take my daughter to a high school open house in the morning and then I had to go to an engagement party in the afternoon and another in the evening. But I planned ahead and used color and accents and it wasn’t difficult at all.

I started with a black base- shell and skirt- and just added colored accents.

For the open house, I wanted to look polished and pulled-together but also warm and approachable and not overdone. So I chose olive green for my accents. I wore my red Cranberry scarf with the olive green side showing and I wrapped it in a 1920’s style turban (favorite everyday wrap). It coordinated nicely with my olive cardigan. Olive is a color found in my irises and so it’s soft and warm and not too formal.

Once I got home, I just changed into my teal cardigan and teal Cranberry scarf (again in a 1920’s style turban). Teal is a much more dramatic color on me, so it comes off dressy, making it perfect for the engagement parties.

In all of those, I looked and felt just right. And I didn’t have to drive myself crazy.

Yes, these situations do happen, but with a little planning and strategic use of color, you can do this.  

Love, Meira

Head Wrapping in the Professional World by Lila H.

Here it is! Part 2 of “Head Wrapping in the Professional World” by government agency worker, Lila Halpern Besser! Enjoy and take notes!

Hi ladies! Andrea graciously asked me to write something about wrapping in the professional world. I understand not every “professional” environment is the same, but I wanted to share my personal feelings so that it may help someone have the confidence to wrap for work.

A little about me-I’ve been wrapping since my wedding almost 2 years ago, and I live near Washington DC with my amazing husband. I met Andrea shortly after I got married through a mutual friend, and have been inspired by her in my wrapping. Some of you may recognize me from the Wrapunzel website (I had an awesome time modeling the midsummer line with Yehudis) and from the fangroup, where I post almost daily. Sometimes I need to see myself through a camera lens to see the outward image I am projecting for the world to see, and what better way to do that than sharing with the amazing and supportive Wrapunzel community.

What makes an outfit professional? (including my shopping tips)

Everyone has a different definition of what is considered professional. I work for a government agency where all of the men (and some of the women) are in suits every day. Dress pants and blouses and sometimes sheath dresses are present as well. That is what “business professional” standardly looks like. And yes, while I love to rock the sheath dress as much as the next girl (see pics below), that isn’t the be-all, end-all of dressing professionally.

First and foremost, confidence and tidiness are key. Even if you are in a suit, if you don’t hold your head high and your clothing is disheveled, you won’t look professional. And while wearing your tichel proudly, you allow your confidence to shine through. It may take a little practice to get a tichel looking neat and tidy, but master the Beginner’s Luck, the Regal wrap, and maybe a turban if you want and you will never go wrong.

My fashion tastes tend to be a little loud at times (pattern mixing, bright colors), but I keep it all professional by following a few simple rules:
1- A sheath dress with a cardigan or jacket, regardless of the color or pattern of the dress, is always an easy way to look put together (especially when your tichel coordinates with colors in the dress.
2- A line, pencil, or flared skirts, even in colors or patterns, are flattering and look great, but it always depends on the top. An outfit can hinge on a corresponding top.
3- Tops with collars, whether form fitting like dress shirts or a little more flowing, are amazing closet staples. Personally, I love the sleeveless, loose fitting button down tucked into a flowy or pleated skirt with a cardigan for a polished look. It’s pretty much my go-to most days.

How do I express my creativity while still remaining professional?
Part of it is the clothing I choose to wear, but tichels play a major part it in. Sometimes I want to do a fancy wrap with multiple scarves and feel creative, and some days I just want a simple Beginner’s Luck with my favorite sari scarf, or a turban with a T-shirt tichel. It all depends on how I feel, but my color choices in both my clothing and my tichels allow me to express myself and show the face I want the world to see.

Do I feel constrained or more free in my wardrobe choices due to wearing a tichel to work?
I think sometimes it’s both, but more often it makes me feel free. I’ve woken up some mornings wanting to wear a particular scarf and decided nothing matched, or had a hard time matching a scarf to an outfit I wanted to wear (in these situations, my husband usually comes to my rescue and suggests some fantastic combination. Don’t be fooled, ladies, some of my best outfits were chosen by him). But most of the time, I love being able to match scarves to outfits, pulling in some small color from my dress, or wearing a neutral outfit and brightly colored scarves. I also believe that accessories pull and outfit together and make it look polished. Tichels are as much an accessory and part of my outfit as makeup, jewelry, shoes, or a jacket, so I love to coordinate whatever bling I’m wearing on my tichel (headband, pin, sash) to the rest of my jewelry
to pull it all together.

What would I say to someone nervous about wearing a tichel on her first day of work?
To be completely honest, I’ve been there. I started my job two months before my wedding, and the first day going back to work, I had a really hard time getting dressed. I had been planning on wearing a wide headband, but somehow it just didn’t feel right. My husband was watching this dilemma, and he told me to just wear a scarf. So I chose something neutral and understated (black/white/grey ombre 2in1 with a silver headband), and went to work. The first week, I got a few questions from my supervisor and co- workers, but I was ready with my response: “Some Orthodox Jewish women cover their hair after marriage, and that is what I have chosen to do”. And everyone accepted that. Over the next several weeks, as I became more comfortable, I started branching out with brighter colors and more intricate styles, and no one batted an eyelash. Do I still get funny looks in the bathroom sometimes? Of course.

Do people occasionally ask why I cover my hair? Absolutely. Do random people stop me in the halls? All the time. But when I smile at staring people in the bathroom, they smile back. And I tell the people who ask that I cover my hair to signify my status as an Orthodox Jewish married woman and it is a part of my religion. And the people who stop me in the hallway? They usually just want to tell me they like my scarf, ask how I tied it, or where I got it.

What are some of my favorite professional outfits I’ve worn?
Check them out!

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Sometimes a solid dress in a color you feel confident can be a neutral. I paired it with a teal aviary scarf for complimenting colors and pearl jewelry (Wrap: regal with a teal aviary and headband)

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Bright colors are the best way to beat the Monday blues! This shirt is one of my most worn, and this skirt gives me the ability to pull so many colors! (Wrap: 2-scarf regal with a pin)

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Sometimes a belt completes an outfit! I love this color pairing, and the scarf pulls out the blues and reds from the whole outfit (Wrap: Regal with scarf of the month scarf and clip)

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Some people don’t mix red and pink, but the darker pinks in the top match the burgundy of the skirt! And even though the florals aren’t on the same background color, they coordinate well (Wrap: turban with a pin)

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Sheath dress is fun colors is still professional. I chose a sari that had two colors from the dress, and toned it all down with a black cardigan. (Wrap: beginners luck with a pin)

 

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Pattern mixing can be intimidating. This is a simple take with a top with a small pattern and bottom with large pattern, using two neutral colors and red. The shades of red sari is a perfect compliment (Wrap: beginners luck with the tail tucked)

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a simple business-like top paired with a bright and colorful skirt allows for some great scarf color combos! (Wrap: regal with t-shirt tichel and lace sash)

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This pattern mixing is very bold, but the peach in the top matches the skirt really well, and the black cardigan tones it down. The scarf color int a perfect match, but its in the same family (Wrap: angled regal with a Ray of Sunshine scarf)

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Sometimes I love to pair a neutral color with a bold scarf and accessories! (Wrap: turban with a signature)

Meet Elena from Åland!

Everyone, I am so excited to introduce you to Elena Isabella, a woman who takes head wrapping to a whole new level! Love her story, her sense of style, and knowing that she is out there on her tiny island rocking these awesome scarves!

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Hello!

 My name is Elena and I live in Åland, a small island in between Finland and Sweden. I live here with my significant other and two cats. My mother lives right next door, it’s kind of like a sitcom at times. Lots of shouting and there’s always coffee brewing.

Except for the two years I lived in Sweden studying to a makeup artist (among other things. I also took social psychology classes), I’ve lived here all my life.
It’s quite isolated, everyone knows everyone and we’re always about two years behind, but I can’t think of a better place to live, really. Instead I travel as often as my bank account allows me.
I like cats, tea, cake, colouring books, scarves, video games and music (everything from Edith Piaf to King Dude)
My favourite colour is teal and I will never miss an opportunity to make a bad joke or tell a random anecdote.
I started wrapping a little more than a year ago. I’ve always liked the look of wraps, like the retro turbans and the flowing scarves from the 60’s and 70’s, but I could never get the fabrics to stay on my head, no matter the amount of bobby pins and hair grips.
One day I found a video of Andrea tying a tichel. I had no idea what that was or who she was, but I binge watched pretty much every wrapunzel video available at that time, and shortly after, I orded my first velvet headband and a whole new world opened before me.
My main reason for wrapping at that time was to let my hair rest. I hade fried it with bleach for the second time in 5 years and didn’t dare to do anything with it anymore. I had experimented with extensions and wigs for some time, but in the end it was too much of an effort, and a bit uncomfortable really. I used to say that I suffered from a chronic case of bad hair day.
After some time I felt that I still couldn’t do the awesome wraps shown in the videos and went all in and ordered a Wendy and a bunch of scarves to experiment with.
I found the Fan group and after many days of hesitating, I finally dared to join.
After some months of weekend wrapping only, I realised that the scarves ment more to me than just covering bad hair (that was starting to improve whohoo!), I had, in a way, found myself again.
Flashback a few years, I had a rotten divorce that left me alone, confused and not sure about myself anymore. Style has always been a big part of me and I’ve always loved experimenting with my looks. But suddenly I didn’t feel like dying my hair bright orange anymore, makeup didn’t look right and I felt -old-. I didn’t want to be seen anymore, I was tired and just couldn’t be bothered to make any effort anymore. I just didn’t care.
The scarves made me feel “cool” again. I felt more put together, more age appropriate and proud, and even if I didn’t realise right away, covering my hair has helped me let go of the bad times more than anything else. Life is fun again!
It might have been noted that I like to wear makeup. Lots of makeup. The scarves inspired me to use colours again and be creative. I usually try to match my makeup to my scarf, so if you ever see me in a total miss-match, there was a tantrum that day 😉
I know living in a small area can be tough for someone looking different, but I’ve been lucky. I’ve always looked different, everyone knows who I am, one way or another. I’m either the tattooed postman-girl, Pia’s daughter (My mum used to work in a tax free store. Things like that will make you famous around here.) or simply “the makeup girl”. This is just my current “thing”.
The wrapping community has given me the opportunity to learn more about the world, religion, philosophy and totally random things, like what to do with a butternut squash.
I’ve found some amazing ladies I would now consider friends, that I probably would never met without this community, and I’m very grateful to have had the opportunity to get to know them.
Love to all
//Elena Isabella