Archive | April 2016

Rachel: Retro Glam! (Pesach Edition)

Here at Wrapunzel, one topic we get questions about time and time again is how one goes about matching tichels to their outfits. While some choose their outfit first, others  start with a scarf and many more are “switch hitters”, so to speak, alternating between the two. Most days I definitely fall into that last category, going with the flow and waiting for inspiration to strike.

However, last week, with the first night of Pesach quickly approaching, I had an awesome minimalist dress (my husband’s choice) to start with and absolutely no clue what to pair it with. The end result was a look that I got more compliments on than almost any I’ve worn before and its simplicity is truly what made it a FABULOUS tichel. At our Seder, my family simply adored it!

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One Scarf Challenge – Yeah!

So, where did I start? Well, given that any color can go with black, I had a totally blank canvas- one that almost anything in my extensive tichel-wardrobe would match. This might sound like a good thing, but I felt totally intimidated and had no clue which direction to go! Alas, I had to start somewhere and my first attempt was what is almost always my fancy outfit go-to: The Shimmery. I tried a Layered Waterfall Twist using blues… then pewter and black… and then mulberry. Yet, they all felt too “loud” to go with this dress. Liking the idea of something sparkly, I moved on to my trusty green Shiny-licious, tied in a Chignon. While the green did then inspire other parts of my outfit, the scarf itself still felt like it was too much and did not match my rather subdued pre-Pesach mood.

It was then that inspiration struck and my epiphany happened: What I needed was a simple black Silky Square! Given that it’s not an oblong-shaped scarf and is therefore out of my comfort zone, I knew that my options for tying it would be limited, but this was exactly what I needed. Not to mention that its sheen matched my dress perfectly! Before putting it on my head, I added an olive drab jacket and matching suede boots (Thanks to that green Shiny-licious’ inspiration!), adding a slightly-edgy touch and bringing me closer to what ultimately became this completed look:

Now came the most important part- tying on this luxurious-feeling scarf and adding accessories! With a simple side-knot, my husband told me that I was looking like a retro movie starlet, so I knew that the finishing touches would have to match. Pearls seemed like an obvious choice (and are a personal favorite of mine), so I added my Galaxy Glimmer Pin, vintage pearl necklace and some over-the-top sparkly Art Deco-era earrings (clip-ons, no less!). In a previous lifetime, I might never have mixed gold and silver together like this, but rarely concern myself anymore with committing “fashion faux pas.”.

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Well, Wrapunzelistas, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it! For those celebrating Pesach, I wish you a chag kasher v’sameach! If you Wrapunzelistas are up for it, tell me, which do you choose first? Your outfit or your tichel? I’d love to hear all about the process you use in the comments section below this post!

-Rachel

GO ON A DATE! (In Gryffindor Colors)

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My husband and I are at this stage of our lives during which… how to I put it?  In short, we have a lot going on.  A lot of options, a lot of brachas, and a lot of opportunites in terms of how to spend our time.  Between running Wrapunzel, two non-profits, performing as musicians, teaching, my husband doing his doctorate, living in a vibrant community where we love to host huge meals, and oh! most importantly, striving to be present as much as possible as parents, we are being stretched with opportunities.  Not to mention Pesach prep, which we are hosting.  Sometimes, one needs to take a step back and realize that by saying “yes” to wonderful opportunities, one is saying “no” to something that is infinitely more important.  There is a lot to say on this topic, but needless to say, we hadn’t spent much quality time together (aka not working and actually bonding) and we missed each other.

So while our commitments and obligations were looming, we decided to say “no” to everything else and “yes” to each other.  We hired a babysitter for the night and went out on a date, with all work talk banned.

Needless to say, we were excited.

It was such a treat, getting dressed in colors that I know he loves, putting on (minimal) makeup, putting time into my appearance for no one else but my soulmate (who is a part of me, so really, putting time into myself).  I chose a dress that made me feel great, and wore Gryffindor colors in my tichel, which I knew would make him happy.

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Can you tell that we are excited for our date?

I wore a dark red comfort and a shimmery sash that I ripped from my old gold shimmery.  Here are a few more photos of my tichel:

How was it?  It was under two hours, and it changed our lives.  And all those other stressful obligations?  They have become so much more manageable and less stressful now that we have invested time in what matters most.  Shalom bayit is the greatest gift that we can give ourselves, our spouses, our children, and the world.  For all of you that think you don’t have the time or can’t go out. I am here to say yes you can.  Say “no” to something else and say “yes” to your marriage.  You won’t regret it 🙂

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And it will make you smile this wide!

Wishing you all a stress free (or at least, as little stress as possible) Pesach prep!
Love, Andrea

Gorgeous Golden Tichels + Our Newest Challenge!

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Hi, ladies! It’s time for another Wrapunzel Challenge round-up and this one is full of wraps inspired by the sun! While most chose to wear yellow and golden-colored hues, we saw many Wrapunzelistas interpret this theme in interesting ways: tichels that remind them of dawn and dusk… green, to represent the sun’s effect on nature and growth… selfies taken IN the sun. The possibilities were endless!

Thank you all SO much for your participation! Don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of this post for our next challenge theme’s big reveal and to learn how to participate. Need some sunshine-y inspiration? Our #wrapunzeledinsunshine collage below will not dissappoint!!!

*Bonus: Somewhere in these photos is the tiniest little Wrapunzelista we’ve ever seen! Can you find the precious baby #wrapunzeledinsunshine?

 

For our next challenge, we’ve decided to focus on one of the most perfect accessories for warmer temperatures. An easy way to jazz up any simple tichel styles and take it from great to fabulous! To learn more, check out the reveal video below:

 

 

Would you like to participate in the next Wrapunzel Challenge? Head on over to the Wrapunzel Fangroup and share your pictures using the hashtag #wrapunzeledinsashes. If you would also like them featured on the next bi-weekly 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. We can accept up to 2 headshot-style photos per person– no collages, please! If you’re not on Facebook, you can also email your pictures to us at wrapunzelthestore@gmail.com with the subject line “Challenge of the Week. Instagram users can DM them to us, too at our Wrapunzel_Ladies account! Can’t wait to see what you create!!

Need some inspiration for how to wear your sashes? The following tutorials have got you covered!

 

 

 

 

 

Sara’s Tutorial: The It’s Knot Hard Wrap!

Hi, ladies! It’s Friday and that means that many of us are getting ready to don our fancy wraps for Shabbat and other weekend events. Are you looking to try out a new tichel style? One that’s intricate-looking, yet not nearly as difficult to execute as it seems? Do you have an abundance of 2 in 1s or other thin scarves lying around? Fangroup member Sara has the solution!

In celebration of our #wrapunzeledinsunshine Challenge of the Week, she used burgundy, exotic spice and saffron 2 in 1s to come up with this cheerful, sunshine-inspired triple knot, and it is one of the most creative wraps we’ve ever seen! Not only that, but it has 3 variations: tails down, hanging braid, and tucked braid; each version being more fabulous than the next!

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Gorgeous, right?!!

 

After receiving a boatload of requests, Sara made this fantastic tutorial, which we are SO excited to share with you! Without further ado….. here’s Sara!

 

Covered Costumes & Challenge of the Week!

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Hi, Wrapunzelistas! We just finished our latest Challenge of the Week and it might have been the most fun theme yet! #wrapunzeledincostumes was a blast!!!

Each time we receive submissions from the fabulous wrappers in our community, we always find ourselves impressed with the creativity and skill used to create such beautiful wraps. Costume head coverings were no exception and we were simply blown away by all of these awesome tichels you shared. Thank you SO much, ladies!!!!

Check out the incredible costume inspiration below and don’t forget to scroll to the bottom and watch the reveal video for our next challenge!

 

 

The theme for our next challenge is one that celebrates the season. We’ve decided to revisit color and it’s one that is tricky for most! Will it be a doozy for you? Check out the reveal video below to find out!

 

 

Would you like to participate in the next challenge? Head on over to the Wrapunzel Fangroup and share your pictures using the hashtag #wrapunzeledinsunshine. If you would also like them featured on the next bi-weekly 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. We can accept up to 2 headshot-style photos per person– no collages, please! If you’re not on Facebook, you can also email your pictures to us at wrapunzelthestore@gmail.com with the subject line “Challenge of the Week. Instagram users can DM them to us, too at Wrapunzel_Ladies account! Can’t wait to see what you create!!