Archive | November 2015

Playin’ Ketchup (Catch-up!)

Hi Ladies!!

I’ve been all over the place lately, and my tichels have been with me!  Here are some scarves/outfits that I’ve been loving:

Shabbat preparation day in Far Rockaway:

Above, I’m wearing my Fantasy Garden tichel with a matching outfit!

Shabbat before/after in Far Rockaway:

I’m wearing a Sari that Rachel E. picked out especially for me, (her words, “if I were to see this sari scarf, I would think, ‘Andrea’!”), a cream shimmery, and empress circlet.  I basically did the same wrap for the evening as I did for the day, except with tails up, and in the last photo, my son is grabbing my foot!

Thanksgiving:

My husband and I went to our first Thanksgiving dinner!  (He’s Israeli and I’m Canadian.)  I loved wearing these fall colors for the occasion.  A teal “favorite tshirt” tichel, an orange NYB, and gold roses headband.  My skirt is a recent find; it’s super old and I just unearthed it during a recent family visit!  (And it was perfect for the meal because I could expand the waist 😛 )

Rainy Day (Today):

I’m loving these embracing textures on a rainy day… and yes, that is a ‘COMFORT’ on my head that you’re seeing!  I found more!  Look for them on the store site soon!  (And yes we are getting more skirts too!)

I love how wearing happy, enlightening colors just lifts my mood.  Hope you are all able to do the same for yourselves!

Hope you enjoyed these!  Sending so much love to you all!

xx Andrea

Wrapunzeled in Brown!

Here’s last week’s Color of the Week collage! Loved seeing everyone #wrapunzeledinbrown. To join in next week, check out the directions (and next week’s color) at the bottom of the post! Thank you everyone for your beautiful submissions!

Next week’s color will be…. TEAL!!! We know you’re going to go nuts with this one! Head on over to the Wrapunzel Fangroup and share your pictures using the hashtag #wrapunzeledinteal – if you would also like them featured on next week’s blog post, make sure to also post them in the comments on the pinned post at the top of the Fangroup page so we know to share them. If you’re not on Facebook, you can also email us your pictures with the subject line “Color of the Week.” Can’t wait to see what you create!!

Wrapunzel’s “Most Popular”: Everything you Ever Wanted To Know!

We often get emails with questions like, “What is the difference between a Shimmery and a Shiny-Licious?”  “What does the Lakeshore Bliss really feel like?” “What’s so special about your Israeli Tichels?”  And “What exactly is at 2 in 1 and how does it work?”

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Enter tutorial maker extraordinaire Rachel to save the day!  Here she shows you all the tichels that have stood the test of time and are in the “Most Popular” category on wrapunzel.com!  With stories about how we found them and cute tidbits you don’t want to miss!

Perfect Performance Tichel

The concert series that I co-founded had its launch recital last night!  We had a gorgeous set up for the hall: the quartet facing each other and the audience all around us, so the back of my tichel got a lot more attention than usual!  You can bet that I spent some time on it!

Our colors were teal (of course!), silver, and black!

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Guest Artist Violaine Melancon, Violist Sarah Lowenstein, Me, and Violinist Yonatan Grinberg (my husband)

Here’s my tichel!  I used an old applique headband (note to self – try to find more of these for y’all!), my teal shimmery and a new teal shiny-liscious that I’m hoping to get for the store!  Oh, and yeah, one of our sponsors is a makeup artist and did my makeup for the show!  Amazing!  (And shameless plug – please let me know if you want to become a sponsor.  We are a non profit aka tax deductible educational organization!)

Here is a shot of me taken before going to soundcheck!

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And here are some action shots!  LOVED playing in this setting… so so grateful that we were able to put this together, yet another dream come true! Can’t wait for round 2!

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And now, after all that (phew!), time to rest my hands and cuddle up with hubby & baby and watch some Star Wars 🙂

Love, Andrea

Lady Wrap Star: Meira!

Every once in a while in our Wrapunzel universe, we come across a woman with a really amazing perspective, one who inspires us with her stories. Everyone has a different journey toward hair-covering, and hearing someone else’s journey is both fascinating to read and comforting – often, we find something that reminds us of what we ourselves have gone through. And that’s why we’re so excited to introduce you to our latest Lady Wrap Star, Meira – this is her story. We hope it will enlighten and inspire you as much as it did for us!

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“When I was growing up, our neighborhood was “ultra-Orthodox” Jewish, and in that world, I did get to see some hair covering. At that time, and in that place, the women who covered their hair outside of shul had only two options. They wore shaytls (wigs) whenever they needed to look good and they wore tichels whenever they didn’t need to look good. Those tichels were kerchiefs- small triangles of fabric tied around the head. They weren’t ugly, but they certainly weren’t pretty.

However, I grew up in a “Modern Orthodox” Jewish household. My mom never covered her hair outside of shul (synagogue). Neither did my grandmothers, my aunts, or my married cousins. So with the exception of the Rebbetzins I knew who wore shaytls, hair covering was off my radar. I never really considered it as something relevant in my world. And that led to some confusion. My teacher for Jewish studies in 1st and 2nd grade would show up in school with dark brown hair in a shoulder-length heavily layered hairstyle. It was very flattering on her. But this teacher also lived in my neighborhood and I would see her in shul on Shabbat. Same face, but here, her hair was gray, straight, and worn in a beehive updo. Naturally, I was a little shy about saying Shabbat Shalom to this person who had the same face as my teacher but who might be a totally different person.

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Only when I was 12 did the concept really enter my consciousness. My cousin got married and covered her hair. She has a small head and thin hair so she could wear department-store hats which are usually too small for full hair covering. To this day, she is the best hat-wearer I know. Several months later, a young woman from my shul got married and she too started covering her hair with structured hats. But I saw her show up in shul a few times with what looked like nothing on her head and that left me wondering ‘aren’t married women supposed to wear something on their heads?’ It wasn’t long before I figured out that she was wearing a shaytl.

Finally, when I was 16, I attended a shiur (lecture, class) in my shul and the rabbi was discussing hair covering. He went through the sources and his take was that covering the hair was simply a custom, not law. As it was, I wasn’t comfortable with the idea of wearing a shaytl and having people wonder if I was covering my hair or not. Plus, I imagined that many coverings would be hot or otherwise uncomfortable. So I figured that if it’s not law, then why bother?

The good news was that I was already active in NCSY (a Jewish outreach group for teens and tweens). I had a lot of friends and a lot of leaders whom I admired and respected and I wanted to emulate them. The married women all covered their hair. That made me more comfortable with the idea. But I still couldn’t stomach the idea of a shaytl. At that time, if you covered your hair, you had many more options than just the tichel and the shaytl. But you still had to wear a shaytl for work and for special events- you’d look weird otherwise.

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Two weddings changed everything. I went to a wedding in New York where the bride’s sister walked down the aisle wearing a beautiful hat that matched her gown. Then I spent a year studying in Israel and while I was there, I attended a wedding in which the only women wearing shaytls were the kallah’s (bride’s) mother and a few of her American relatives. All the other married women were wearing hats, berets, or mitpachot (Israeli scarves) and they all looked beautiful.

For me, that was it. I decided that once I got married, I would cover my hair but that I would not wear a shaytl. More good news: when my husband and I were dating, the subject came up in conversation and I found out that he didn’t prefer shaytls either, nor did his mother who favored hats, berets, and snoods. For our wedding, my mother-in-law wore a hat made to match her gown and she looked wonderful.

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I started covering with hats and berets, but something about mitpachot appealed to me and I tried them, but I had trouble finding wraps that I liked. The first wrap I discovered was the basic crown wrap. I liked it, but I wasn’t excited about it. Then, my husband and I went to Yerushalayim for our cousin’s bar-mitzvah and it was there that I saw a wrap that I loved. One of the relatives at the bar-mitzvah graciously showed me how to do the Yerushalmi twist. That wrap became a signature look for me for a long time. After a few years, I even took the plunge and began wearing mitpachot for special events. I felt more elegant and beautiful than I ever did before.

About 2 ½ years ago, a friend directed me to Wrapunzel. That was a watershed for me. Not only did I discover a plethora of scarves and wrap styles, but I found a whole community of women who love scarves as much as I do. That community has given me so much encouragement and support in so many ways.

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Along the way, I’ve learned two important things involving hair covering:

  • Hair covering is a very deeply personal mitzvah. Therefore, every woman needs to find the method of covering that works well for her and leaves her looking and feeling her best. Otherwise, she’ll resent it. Some women are more comfortable wearing hats in shul and that’s it. Others are more comfortable wearing hats or berets and showing their own hair underneath. Still others wear shaytls. To be clear, I have nothing against shaytls on other women as long as the shaytl flatters the woman wearing it. I just don’t like them on me.
  • As Jews, we have to live within Halacha (Jewish law), but within that realm, there are so many options. No one should feel that hair covering or modest dress has to look frumpy or unattractive. Yes, married women have to wear hair coverings, but we can look wonderful in our hats, berets, shaytls, or wraps. And when we look that good, it makes for a wonderful Kiddush Hashem (sanctification of G-d’s name).

As I wear my mitpachot, whether they’re Israeli square scarves, 2-in-1s, pashminas, and all the variations, I feel that they express my creativity and individuality in ways that I never experienced before. And I’ve found that when I express myself that way, it draws people in and commands respect.

I am so proud to be a part of the Wrapunzelution. Thank you to Andrea Grinberg and to all my wonderful friends for giving me a place to really express myself and feel good about it.”

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Pretty in Purple (Plus Next Week’s Color!)

WOW! Purple is a favorite color among Wrapunzelistas worldwide! This week’s #wrapunzeledinpurple Color of the Week got more submissions than any other color so far. We had tons of beautiful looks, from the fanciest to the most casual. Thank you to everyone who submitted! If you’d like to join the fun, go to the bottom of the post – next week’s color will be revealed, along with instructions on how to submit your photos!

Bonus: This week’s collage contains not one but TWO chickens. Can you find them? (hint: one is very, very small!)

And without further ado…. next week’s color is BROWN! Break out your favorite chocolate, coffee-colored, tan, leopard-print or taupe scarves and accessories and come wrap with us! (And yes, combining brown with a second color still counts!) If you want to join in, come over to the Wrapunzel Fangroup and share your pictures using the hashtag #wrapunzeledinbrown. Anybody who’s not on Facebook can email their pictures to us with the subject line “Color of the Week.” To be part of next week’s blog post, please submit your photos by Thursday!

#WrapunzeledInPurple !!

IMG_8642Hi world!  Here is my first entry for the #wrapunzeledinpurple week!  I love this tichel sooooo much!  It’s the pashmina from the truffleberry kit, an ombre sparkle 2 in 1, and a sequin headband.  Felt SO ‘me’!

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My outfit was simple; an old swishy sweat skirt that I got in Israel (perfect for rehearsals!), a purple top with a white shell underneath… and my highschool era fuzzy jean jacket!

Hope you’re all having as much fun being #wrapunzeledinpurple as I am!

Love, Andrea