Spring Wedding Inspiration from Naomi Rose!

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One of my very close friends just got married (yay!!), and I wanted to look awesome for her beautiful spring wedding. I LOVED pairing up this dress and tichel so much that I decided they deserved a full-length outfit post!

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I’m a big fan of colors that make you smile and peach is a great one for this time of year! This gentle hue always makes me feel like it’s beautiful and blooming outside, even if I’m in freezing Chicago and just dreaming about better weather!

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I wrapped a peach Shimmery as if it was a regal wrap, but left one end hanging. Then I tied a brown Dreamy Lace right on top, kerchief-style, and brought the other end of the shimmery over. Added some pearls with a regal clasp for extra shazam. VERY VERY easy, and I got so many compliments despite being one of only TWO tichel-wearers out of about 200-250 guests!

How do you like to wrap for fancy occasions? Have a favorite tichel combination, or tips for matching dresses? Share, share!!

Tamar Adina: Become a Color Expert

Are you ready for another awesome color article by Tamar Adina?  Here she helps us sort through terms like warm/cool/hue/shade etc., so we can figure out why that purple tichel looks awesome on one person, yet that other purple which is almost the same doesn’t work as well.  Enjoy!

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Hey Wrapunzel!

I’m back!

And I’ve been getting a lot of questions in my inbox.   It seems like most people have heard about how certain colors look better (or worse) than others, but that one favorite blue tichel can be THE. PERFECT. COLOR but another blue just doesn’t seem to work.  So —

Lets get some terminology down.  We throw around the terms hue, tint, tone, and shade, but each of these words actually has a fairly specific meaning.  The word hue means any color on the color wheel.  Tinting, shading or toning, can then alter every individual hue on the color wheel.

First up, a tint is sometimes called a pastel. Basically it’s simply any color with white added.  Our second term, a shade, is simply any color with black added.  Lastly, tones refer to adding gray to a hue.  So in painting terms, tone actually refers to how dark a hue on the color wheel is rather than the actual color.  A little trick to seeing the actual tone of a color (or a photograph) is to knock it grayscale on a computer.  You will instantly be able to check the tone!

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Still with me?

Good, because before I get much further, why is color in a wheel? Why can’t we have a color box (I helped myself to a nice box for tone!) Why the “wheel?”  In answer, supposedly all other colors are created by mixing three primary colors in certain proportions. In particular, mixing equal quantities of each pair of Primary Colors produces the Secondary Colors (orange, green, and purple).

I say supposedly because I have a confession to make.  See…

Unfortunately, that’s not how color actually works.

Processing color actually has to do with the visible electromagnetic spectrum, the brain, and lots of scientific stuff that gets way too long for this blog post.  (Darn human physiology it’s always soo complicated to explain). 

But, there are ways to counter the fact that the color wheel you were initially taught is a little more messy:

Rule number 1: there’s another version of the color wheel that artists tend to use. 

And it has four primary colors.

(Preschool teachers everywhere just looked at me in horror.)

Yes. Four.  Not the three that all little kids are taught.  Four.  Red, yellow, blue, and GREEN. 

And on that wheel, all colors have a true, a warm, and a cool version.

Wait…WHAT?!?  Tamar!  First you confuse me by telling me that there is a fourth primary color, then you tell me that there are ‘warm’ blues when you wrote in your last post  (LINK to last post) that blue in itself is a cool color!

Yes…I know…don’t kill me. 

Rule number 2: color tones refer to GRAYSCALE but in makeup world, when people throw around the term undertones they are actually talking about the HUE.    So, when a company advertises that a particular makeup is “your perfect shade” they are actually referring to both the level of darkness/light (the tone) and the actual undertone (which is really hue.) 

Are you thoroughly confused yet?

Yes? Alright, let’s sort through the crazy. 

To begin, we’ll use this chart that I borrowed (ahem, stole with credit!) from DreamHomeDecorating.com (http://www.dreamhomedecorating.com/support-files/printable-color-wheel-3.pdf) in order to explain the four primary color shtick.

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If you look at the outer ring of this 4-primary color wheel chart you can see how neighboring colors “infiltrate” into each other.   

So, every color family ends up with a ‘cool’ and a ‘warm’ side:

Cool yellow has a bit of green in it, but warm yellow tends toward red and appears almost “golden”.

Cool red has just a hint of blue (ok, in this photo it trends towards burgundy, but that’s what happens when you don’t use Photoshop and DIY your own color wheel…I found a better picture to explain red later), while warm red has a yellowish cast to it.

Cool green has a blue bias and looks teal.  In comparison warm green has a hint of yellow and looks more “lime” in this photo.

Cool blue has just the tinniest amount of green and warm blue has a bit of a red blush.

Onwards to example #2.

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So, let’s look at example number two.  In this box are three different red circles (borrowed from Google Images).  But they are NOT all the same!  The red on the left is a warm red (yellow hue), the center red is a true red (equal amounts of blue and yellow) and on the right is a cool red (containing more blue hue). 

Ok Tamar, I get it.  But what does that mean for my tichels?  Well, going back to skin coloring, someone with warm undertones will have more yellow hue in their skin.  Someone with cool undertones will have more pink hue.  (Again, your skin tones aren’t just talking about the shade of your skin!) To find out which category you fall into, do the veins check, the metal experiment, or the fabric test.  Then, find a color that falls into your color category and go rock your tichel.   

Ready to take this up a notch? 

WrapunzelTeal Comparison

Here are two wrapunzel teal pashminas.  The scarf called Andrea’s Teal is on the left and “Rivka Malka’s Teal is on the right.  These scarves were initially named somewhat ironically, because Andrea recently confided in me that she somewhat prefers Rivka Malka’s Teal and doesn’t even own her namesake.  I wasn’t surprised by this at all!  Why?  Well, if you look at the grayscale on the right side of that image you’ll see that the tones are pretty similar, it’s the hues  that are different.  Andrea’s Teal, it’s actually considerably more yellow that Rivka Malka’s Teal.  In comparison, Rivka Malka’s Teal has a blue hue. 

Next, let’s look at a close up picture of Andrea (sorry for putting you in the hot seat Andrea!)

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Andrea’s skin undertones are mostly cool.  The more blue teal scarf (right photo) therefore looks better on her than the slightly more yellow version (left).   

Now, let’s look at a situation where the hue is the same, but the tone is changed.

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The tichel on the left is considerably lighter.  The one in the middle is a darker shade.  The hue is the same on the two tichels but I look “washed out” in the lighter shade.  When I paired the middle pashmina with a New York Brights my skin color looked great (ok, ignore the lack of makeup and the bad lighting in the hallway.  The things that I do for you guys…)

I could also title this particular photo, why I can’t wear baby pink, but Andrea can.  Why? Well, although I’ve got a cooler hue (which supposedly allows for baby pink) my skin tone is too dark for that color.  Baby light pink blends in with my skin tone and my hue.  Monochromatic skin and tichel schemes are always a VERY BAD IDEA.  (Please note: there is no photo to portray this particular issue.  Although I love Wrapunzel, even I am not willing to sacrifice that much of my vanity.  Moving on…) Andrea is an ashy blond and her skin falls in a totally different skin tone category from mine.  So, she can wear those lighter, cooler colors whereas I’ll become instantly jaundiced.

Now, I want to stress that this does NOT mean that there aren’t cool or warm color groups.  Even a warm blue is still going to be much cooler than a shade of orange!  But the subtle differences can wreck havoc with the warm-and-cool color scheme, and when it comes to tichels (and also makeup, this also makes a HUGE difference in makeup – if you want to hear more about makeup let me know and I’ll come up with a post!) the devil is in the darn details.

See you all next time!
Tamar Adina

Four-Strand Braid Rainbow!

This is one of my favourite outfits that I wore in Israel… the dress allows for so many tichel colour combinations!  This 4-strand braid always makes me so happy!!

… walking down the back streets in the neighbourhood of Geula:

And standing on the hill where my husband and I got married!  You can see the wall of the old city behind… such a holy place!

In these photos I’m wearing four 2 in 1s – I was out all day in the boiling heat and stayed quite cool!  I would, however, if I wanted it to be cooler, choose a style without so much hanging tail on the side… but it was super fun in the breeze!

Shabbat shalom, world!  (And Shavua Tov to those of you already in Shabbat that will see this afterward!)
Love, Andrea

Rivka Malka’s Funktastic Outfit!

Rivka Malka came over today to plan for our upcoming workshops/shows and I could not get over how awesome her outfit was!  Especially on this rainy day!  “What shows?” you may be asking;  well, we have 7 (maybe even 8!) planned between now and June 8th… craziness!  My next post will be giving those dates and places to you because you’ve asked, so sit tight, they’re acomin’!  ANYWAY, here’s what RM had to say about what she was wearing today:

“A cropped jean jacket is a perfect coverup for a shell that you might otherwise not feel comfortable wearing on its own!  I just got this one and I know it’s going to be a joy to wear this summer!  It really brings everything together!  And whomever said you can’t wear patterned tichels with patterned skirts?!  Just make sure that the color families are complimentary!”
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And here is what she had to say about her fantastic tichel:  “I really think the dandelion joy is the most underrated tichel.  I wear mine constantly [Andrea’s note: she really does!] and it somehow manages to do what both a flowered and geometric scarf can do, without really falling into either category!  It has so many colors that you can choose to bring out – I chose the pink today – and its movement and lightness is perfect for the summer.  I can’t get enough!”
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Can we just take a moment to appreciate how awesome this woman is?!  Seriously… in awe!  Enjoy, y’all!!
xo Andrea

The Tichel Makes the Outfit!

You know what’s so cool about hair wrapping?  An outfit that on its own would be mismatched looks incredibly coordinated when paired with the right head scarf!  Check it out!

Grey, purple, and sky blue?  You wouldn't think it works, but with this tichel, it's the perfect combination!
Grey, purple, and sky blue? You wouldn’t think it works, but with this tichel, it’s the perfect combination!

What do you think?  Would you wear this?

Signature Colours!

So in case y’all haven’t heard yet, a Wrapunzel Store will be opening soon!  Your demands have been heard – yay!  For now, the blog and the store are being kept separate (most of you requested this) but since Rivka Malka‘s and my life right now is revolving around setting this baby up, many of my wraps are done using our new scarves!

Tichels are generally a hit and miss … and since we will only sell what we wear ourselves, (and for a price we would pay – this one is a toughie!) searching for perfect scarves has been quite an adventure!  Recently one particular scarf arrived which made us gasp in shock and excitement because the colours were simply EPIC!  I wore it yesterday and couldn’t wait to post it!

It’s a one scarf wonder!  What do you think?

We also just sent one of these out to the lucky winner of our recent giveaway.  I can’t wait to see what she does with it!

Side view of colour epic-ness!
Side view of colour epic-ness!

It’s like, all of my favourite colours at once!  And this wrap was so easy to put together (did it without a mirror in much haste!)  Enjoy!

Wedding Wow!

MAZAL TOV MY BROTHER GOT MARRIED YESTERDAY!!  (Well, two days ago if you don’t go by the Jewish definition of day which starts at sundown.)

Yes, his wife is already lined up to be a Lady Wrap Star!

Here are some unofficial photos what I wore!  Aqua is the bride’s favourite colour 🙂

Classic Layered Ponytail Tutorial!

Can anyone come up with a better name for this wrap??  I’m not a fan of the one I came up with above…

Here is the tutorial that you have all been waiting for!  This particular wrap is a match makers dream!  I know it’s sometimes hard to match tichels… but keep trying and don’t be afraid to incorporate something new into your wrap!

Fall Colours ~

Baltimore’s fall colours are UNREAL today!   Seriously, I had to stop while walking because I was in shock – the sky, the clouds, the trees, the leaves… WOW!

So obviously the weather outside subliminally inspired my tichel choice!  This wrap was done using two long scarves of the same length, braiding the ends into a 4-strand plait.

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Our Latest Lady Wrap Star – Tiona!

When Tiona sent in her gorgeous photo with a sweet note for the “Wrapunzel Ladies do the Zig-Zag Criss Cross” post, I was immediately captivated by her smile and wrapping skills.   Turns out that her beautiful wraps only give a hint to the person she is on the inside!  Here she is as a Lady Wrap Star!  Read on…

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Hi Tiona! Can you tell us a little about yourself? What are you all about, some likes/dislikes, how do you choose to spend your time?
Yes. Hi my name is Tiona Reed, I am a mother of four blessings and married to my wonderful husband Roderick Reed. I run my own bakery and absolutely love baking and decorating cakes. There is a fulfillment there when I see the smile on someones face because Ive added to their life memories. I spend all of my time raising my children in the most positive way I know how. I have also started the process of volunteering at the local hospitals cancer center to teach women how to cover their heads in a way to still remain confident. Personal experience has taught me that if a woman still remains confident and positive about the way she looks, her recovery is quickened or her last days are brighter. My husband is currently serving in Afghanistan so all of this is a great responsibility at the present time but I have strong and loving mishpucha helping me through.

How long have you been covering your hair? Can you tell us a bit about why you cover your hair and the process leading to this life decision?
I have not been covering my hair for very long, but I find the journey very rewarding. Becoming more modest had been my conviction for quite some time so when I decided to hold myself accountable and learn what it meant to be modest and cover my hair, I felt like I had accomplished something that would bring more clarity to my life focus. There were a lot of distractions regarding how I looked, in particular my hair. I use to be a hair model when I lived in Atlanta and that seemed to be the focus of my life. Funny story, when I met my husband, I actually missed a hair show I was suppose to be in because I was with him!! Anyways, I later felt there was too much focus on my hair and not enough on what was important, which is self and others. I slowly but surely began to wrap my hair and I have seen how it has transformed my life and the life of the people around me!

What is your favourite way to cover? Favourite colour and why?
My favorite way to cover are snoods!! I am a busy mom, so a snood is fast and easy!! Sometimes I dress it up and put layers underneath, but throw on and go fits my lifestyle. I like to save all the other fun wraps and scarves for Shabbos. Then I get to experiment and play with colors and textures. Just another way I set the day apart. My favorite color would have to be blue. All shades of blue just make me happy. It has a calming affect to me. It’s also a great canvas to add different textures and patterns to.

Do people ever ask you about your hair coverings? What do you say to them? A memorable hair wrapping experience you would like to share?
I don’t really get asked much about my hair coverings as much as I get complimented. There is always a look of curiosity, but not much in the way of conversation, other then a thank you response. My most memorable hair wrapping experience would have to be when I was in Israel and some of the ladies asked me to cover their heads when we were expected to be in areas where it was required. It was such an honor that they were standing, waiting their turns to be wrapped and they absolutely loved it! Some to this day have continued to wrap their hair even upon returning home.

Any scarf wrapping tips you would like to share with the Wrapunzel ladies? What are you grateful today?
Oh my, tips from me!! I would love to learn more tips from everyone else. The only thing I can think to contribute is to always walk away from the mirror feeling inspired and confident. This light is important for others who need the encouragement to cover their hair and still feel empowered. I am grateful for my family and the opportunities that have been placed before me. My life has truly been blessed and I only pray that I have been that same blessing to others.

Thank you for this opportunity!!

And thank YOU Tiona!  Thanks for reading everyone – let us know your thoughts in the comments section!