Beautiful Celebration

At the beginning of this week, we celebrated the tremendous gift of being able to free ourselves from everything that binds us, and plant the seeds for a beautiful 49 days of growth and nurturing of the soul.  For our second year, my husband and I hosted Pesach seder, and though it was our first one without family, we felt as though everyone we love was with us.  13 people from every kind of different background, a beautiful table, probing questions, going on a wild journey that lasted until the early morning hours.  A miracle.

My husband bought me a gorgeous lace top (it’s traditional for husbands to buy their wives gifts before the holiday) which I wore with a silk skirt and matching tichel.  I loved the outfit so much that I insisted on running outside before candle lighting to take pictures for you!

My tichel was my lovely teal 2in1 with a teal Shimmery, paired with a piece of lace and enhanced with a pearl headband!  Earrings are also a gift from my husband.  You can’t really see in the photo, but the twist on the side is both scarves together:

Hope you are all having a fabulous week!  Sending you lots of love!!
Xo – Andrea

Holy Lace

Hello beautiful Wrapunzel ladies!  I hope you’re all doing well and those of you that are preparing for Pesach are managing to keep your sanity intact and your kavannah strong!  Here is what I wore for Shabbat!  I am totally loving this white lace scarf (my husband helped pick it out), and yes, for those of you wondering, we are working on getting it for the store!  The turquoise 2 in 1 is now one of my complete favourites – I actually decided to iron it for a concert last week and since then it’s been looking fancier than when it had the runches!

As you can see above, I wore my white cotton dress from Yom Kippur – I had no idea it would match the lace tichel so well!  My husband wears all white on Shabbat, so my outfit was picked out with love to match him, and also incorporating teal, my favourite colour.  It was a beautiful day here in Baltimore, and this outfit was perfect for our long Shabbat walk :)

All my love, Andrea

Today’s Look: Necklace Headband

Decided to wrap The Naomi Knot  today and instead of putting my necklace around my neck (who does that!? lol) I thought it might do better on my head!  I’m loving it, and haven’t even added earrings or makeup!  What do you think?
Wrapunzel Andrea Grinberg Necklace Naomi Knot

A Happy ‘Mismatched’ Accident!

My outfit today is a bit of an enigma; I don’t remember how it actually materialized.  I started off with my brown stretch pashmina tichel, a wrap skirt and a mint shirt, but between taking photos, getting cold (hence the sweater and scarf around my neck), and adding an extra sash scarf on my head, I ended up feeling VERY mismatched.  And do you know what’s even more mysterious?  I have barely left my house today (yet), and have already received glowing compliments from the many people that have come over!  I was like, “really”?!  But the women commenting are very stylish, so I decided to believe them!  So I’m going to go out like this!  I guess it does all look pretty funky!

Here’s my tichel:
wrapunzel tichel andrea grinberg

And here is the awesome mismatched yet somehow working outfit!  My skirt is from Israel when I went there for the first time!  I remember being so hesitant to buy it because it ‘wasn’t my style’… and now it’s one of the most worn skirts in my wardrobe!

It’s a BEAUTIFUL Day!

Today is such a gift!  We hosted a vibrant, bustling in-person Wrapunzel event this morning at Rivka Malka’s house – it was so much fun bonding with all these beautiful women and teaching them how to wrap!  We also have a very rare, pre Pesach sale at the Wrapunzel Store happening only today (yes, right now!)… it is our first time doing something like this so we were uper duper excited!  It has been so much fun watching so many creative orders come in and maintaining the site as the day goes on!  I also had a very intense chamber music coaching this morning as well as a rehearsal later… and tonight is our dress rehearsal for a big concert next week!  Whew!  All in all, this has been a wonderful day so far!  And I had to make sure when I got ready early in the morning that I wore something that could take me through the whole day!  Here it is!

Wrapunzel Andrea Grinberg Pashmina Stripe Scarves Outift Teal Brown

My tichel is a lovely warm combination of turquoise, white and brown… yum!

My outfit had to be nice enough to do a tichel show, comfortable enough to clean the house for pesach, practical enough to walk through some muddy bits to get to rehearsal, with a wide enough skirt to play the cello!  I’m so happy with the results!

 

Wrapunzel Andrea Grinberg Pashmina Stripe Scarves Outift Teal Brown

WHEEEEEEE!!!!!!!

And of course, the clothes are meaningless unless they reveal your inner essence, which I really feel like these clothes do today.  I am so thankful today to know each and every one of you!  Wishing you a gorgeous, productive, and meaningful week!

Wrapunzel Andrea Grinberg Pashmina Stripe Scarves Outift Teal Brown

Love, Andrea

 

New Accessory Discovery!

All you Wrapunzel ladies know how that the weirdest baubles can make the greatest scarf accessories!  Brooches, earrings, belts, and necklaces have all made their ways onto our heads!  Now here’s a new idea (not my own) – a belt buckle!  So cool!  What do you think?
Andrea Grinberg Wrapunzel

I’m loving it so much that we’re definitely going to bring them to the store for you!  I can see so many endless possibilities!

The Beautiful Carmen!

Carmen is a true artist – and her talent for pairing gorgeous colours with the perfect accessories is nothing short of inspirational!  She and I have known each other on facebook for a while… yes, she is the one that inspired the pearls post recently!  I continuously wowed by her creativity… and her gentle and loving comments always let me know about the depth within her.  In the following photos make sure you click on them each individually to appreciate how she puts things together – it’s incredible!  I am so proud to introduce her to you as Wrapunzel’s Lady Wrap Star!
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By Carmen Mendez, edited by Nadia Kijanka

 

Helloooo Wrapunzel Ladies,

 

Let me start by saying that for me, the decision to cover my hair came suddenly and with a conviction that lasted longer than I expected. It started in November of 2013 when my husband showed me a YouTube tutorial and since then I’ve been covering every single day. The journey I’ve made from then until now was nothing immediate or easy. Though I must admit that while I always had a hidden passion for covering, I had no one to personally teach me how to do it, so the few times I did cover were not the best experiences for me.

 

In the YouTube video, a beautiful young woman was tutoring on how to wrap a scarf. This young woman was so humble and delicate that I was instantly captivated by her beautiful smile. The first video of hers I saw was set to Classical music, one in which she said nothing, but did a step by step demonstration. I was so amazed at how simple she made it look that I ran to my room looked for the few scarves I had collected in a box and started playing with them. I must admit that the first wrap I ever did popped right off! Like a typical beginner, I worried about my wrap staying in place, so I tied it really tight. It kept getting loose and moved around until it finally fell off. 

 

I had no clue that essentials like volumizers and velvet headbands existed until this beautiful girl spoke in another video about tips and tricks.  Later on, I find out her name, Andrea, and she has a blog called Wrapunzel. I literally spent two whole days just watching video tutorials on wraps and looking at pictures on her site. Based on her recommendations, I went onto the Judith de Paris website and purchased my first volumizer and velvet headband… I was starting to make a decision that would affect my everyday life from that point on, and I felt like the happiest woman alive!

 

While waiting for my volumizer and velvet headband, I decided to follow one of the recommendations on a Wrapunzel tutorial—I got one of my husband’s sock, rolled it, and placed it on my bun to create more volume. Then, I selected a really thin and comfy scarf and wrapped it on my head as a base, stuffing the ends inside the back for a little extra bulk.  I then proceeded to place another scarf on top of the “base,” accessorized it, and walla…my first real wrap! 

 

I went to work that day, and that’s when it all began. The first few days were pretty quiet and went by with very few comments, if any. Then, as weeks started to go by, eyebrows were raised and questions began to flow. Being the only person that covers in my place of work, some of my co-workers began to inquire why I was doing it everyday. Co-workers in my immediate circle know why I cover since most of them are Jewish, but others from different departments are still probably asking themselves the question if they’re too shy to just ask me directly.

 

Sometimes, others can really stumble on their words when they address the subject of my covering, but I have learned that being different can be an empowering side effect of following your heart. Before I covered, I felt bland and mediocre. I felt like I could have blended into the walls when in a crowd. There was nothing on the outside of me that reflected the more colorful, vibrant personality inside that Hashem created me to be. Since I started covering, everything about me has changed. Even my wardrobe has changed. Once that beautiful crown goes on my head, everything takes on a different roll than it did before; I’m different, transformed. I understand that you can’t show your entire self in every venue of your life. At the same time, spending hours of your life in an outfit that doesn’t express the person you really are feels terrible. I can’t even explain this transformation, but after it happens I feel beautiful and free. I am my own person, and I absolutely love the woman I’ve discovered I am through wrapping.

 

 When I leave work at the end of the day, I come home to my beloved husband whom I met in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico where I was born. I have also lived in New Jersey for 32 years and now reside in South Florida, where I have been working in a private school for close to 12 years now. I am the mother of six, with a Brady Bunch-styled family: three of my children and three of my husbands, and the grandmother to 13 beautiful grandchildren. After cooking dinner, I always choose the wardrobe I’m wearing for the next day—a habit I’ve had since I can remember.

 

 I love combining my wraps to the clothes I wear. The best part about this whole scenario is that at work I have students that visit me in the office just to see what color I’m wearing that day. When I wear their favorite color they come to see me more than once just to tell me that I’m wearing their favorite color. I have co-workers and even some parents that compliment my wraps and ask me how I do it or if someone does it for me. One parent even told me that she saw a beautiful scarf and remembered me when she saw it…she bought the scarf hoping she could learn to wrap it so she can wear it one day. I told her I would be more than happy to show her how.

 

 One of the most touching experiences I’ve had since I started covering was that one Sunday afternoon my husband and I went to a flea market. A young Jewish salesman called us over. We didn’t need the product, but my husband decided to help him out with a sale. A conversation between this young man and my husband developed, and I noticed the young man would continue to look at me, not in a disrespectful way, though. All of a sudden he said, “My friend I envy you so. I would like for your wife to meet my wife because I see that your wife is the perfect example of tzniut.”

 

This is a word that means “modesty” in Hebrew, and I felt honored by his comment. My husband smiled and the young man later explained that his wife doesn’t cover because she feels uncomfortable as no one else she knows covers. I realized how difficult it can be to represent something about yourself that you love for fear of judgment that may or may not even exist. It can be so easy to blend in, to not “rock the boat” or “look for attention,” as critics might say. What we can sometimes forget is that those are sayings used to keep us all the same, keep us from being ourselves. 

 

One of the things I love the most is accessorizing my wraps. I tend to visit thrift stores, department stores and swap shops to look for different accessories for my wraps. One of the accessories I really love are pearls. If I find them in all color and sizes, big or small, you can be sure they will adorn my wrap! I even learned to make pearl necklaces into headbands by taking off the clasps and adding elastic in their place. My collection of hair covering continues to grow and grow, but pearls are always a nice personal touch! 

 

When it comes to tips and tricks for covering, I really have nothing of my own as every tip and trick I do know I’ve learned by watching Wrapunzel tutorials and other women that cover. I do however like the idea of wearing a thin scarf as a base underneath the one that will be exposed (for the extra volume). I wrap the base scarf to make it look neat and round; this way, I know that the top scarf will look neat as well (this is optional as I don’t do this all the time). Accessories can be tricky for me—I have so many that sometimes it’s hard to choose! There are times I’m afraid I may over accessorize, so I observe caution. When in doubt, a simple string of pearls goes a long way in my experience.

 

From covering my own hair, I’ve learned that a woman that covers herself, whether for religious, health or personal reasons, will always be the center of attention especially in a community that does not use head covering. Positive or negative comments will surely arise, but that is something that can’t be controlled by the barer of the cover. I’ve been fortunate; so far I have received nothing but compliments from those around me. But I must say—the journey can be lonely. In my case, I’m the only one that uses a hair covering in my family, the community in which I live, and my work place (for the time being). The most amazing thing is, through discovering Wrapunzel, I have realized I am not the only woman going through this, not by a long shot! Reading the blogs and posts, seeing the daily/weekly pictures, and learning new wraps have inspired me to start and keep going with this self-expression. 

 

I am overjoyed that my husband love’s my wraps, too, and somehow I get the feeling this is something he planned all along (as it was him who found the Wrapunzel site). I am grateful he sticks up for me and pushes me to be confident in myself and my decisions.