Scarf Tutorial 5 – Head Wrap Bow

Happy Friday! We have a cute scarf style to show you today, but I’m afraid our images for our tutorial just didn’t turn out how we wanted them to, (we swear we’re not just slacking off because it’s Friday!) so you’re going to have to settle for our explanation instead. Good thing it’s a simple one!

So, this is one more of our favorite styles, the head wrap with a bow:

Scarf Tutorial 1

It really is quite an effortless look to achieve. Simply fold a large square scarf into a triangle, and, placing the middle of the folded edge against your neck, wrap around your head, tying at your forehead. Tuck in the edges so it looks nice, then tie the ends into a bow, and position it at your forehead, or by your ear.

Scarf Tutorial 2

Waa laa! Easy and adorable!

We are absolutely in love with the scarf we used for this style – we encourage you to hop on over to Etsy so you can see the whole thing laid out flat. It’s amazing.

That concludes our scarf week! We hoped you enjoyed the pieces we chose, and the tutorials we gave you! We’ll have some more scarves for you next week, so keep an eye on our shop, or like us on Facebook to get the first word when we put up something new.

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Scarf Tutorial 4 – Headwrap Braid

Good morning! Our tutorial today is a sweet, flirty style that we came up with while playing around with one of our extra long, skinny scarves. We also like the way this one looks when you roll the braid up into a side-bun – play around with it, and see what you like best! If you give it a try, we’d love it if you’d share it with us.

Scarf Tutorial - Headwrap Braid 1

Start with a long rectangle scarf (or a large square scarf, folded into a skinny rectangle). Gather hair to one side. Wrap scarf over your head, and make a knot behind one ear, leaving one end as long as possible.

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Tuck the short end of the knot so that it won’t be visible. Separate hair into two sections, then braid the hair and scarf together.

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When you get to the end, wrap the excess scarf around the end. You may either tuck it in and be finished (you can sneak a bobby pin in there too!), or continue to the next step:

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You may secure tightly with a hairband, and then wrap the end of the scarf over the hairband to cover it.

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…and, hello gorgeous!

We used our “Suzie” scarf for this how-to – a rayon chiffon scarf from the 1960’s. If you want it for your very own, you can see it in our store.

Scarf tutorial 3 – Fleur de Lis

Hello again! We’re back for our third tutorial, and this time we’re showing you how to do something fun with a much smaller scarf. There are plenty of very small scarves out there that are beautiful, but aren’t as versatile to wear as a larger scarf that can be tied into dozens of styles. The one we’re using for our how-to today is a big favorite of ours (how cute is this heart print?!), and we’re happy to inspire you with one way to show it off.

This Fleur de Lis fold is actually a napkin folding technique, but we think it makes a cute and playfold fold for a pocket square! Tuck it in your jacket pocket for a traditional look, or let it hang out of the back pocket of your jeans for an unexpected pop of personality.

Scarf Tutorial - Fleur de Lis 1

Start with a small square scarf. Fold in half into a triangle. Then pick up the bottom left corner and fold up to the top…

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…and the bottom right corner up to the top as well. Now take the bottom corner and fold it 2/3 of the way up to the top…

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…and then fold the top of it back down. Grab the right side and tuck it under the whole scarf, rolling it in half to fit neatly in the middle of the back.

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Then fold the left side all the way around (making a little burrito!), and tuck the corner under the fold in the middle front to secure it. Fluff out the points at the top, et voila! A perfect Fleur de Lis for tucking wherever you like!

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Sure, you could just cram the whole scarf in your pocket, and foof out the ends to get a similar effect, but with the Fleur de Lis fold it will stay neat and tidy all day!

If you love this little Valentine scarf please check it out in our shop – we just added it today!

Scarf Tutorial 2 – Rosette Turban

We’re back today with another scarf tutorial!

This has been a popular year for turbans and head-wraps among the trendy. We have seen a lot of wonderful how-to’s out there for basic, easy, turban-inspired styles. Rather than give you a repeat, today we’d like to show you a more complicated trick – a full turban with a rosette on the side! This look takes a little practice to perfect, but the effort is worth it.

Use a long rectangle scarf for this, or a large square folded over into a triangle.

Rosette Turban Tutorial 1

Put the middle of the folded edge of the triangle (or the middle of the rectangle) at your forehead, with the point at your back.

Rosette Turban Tutorial 2

Leaving the middle corner loose, take the other two corners and tie them on one side of your head.

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Tuck and fold the back in neatly!

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Now double that tie on the side to make a knot. Take the smaller end of the tie and twist it.

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Wrap the twist around the other end of the tie, and around the knot in a spiral, tucking the end into the knot.

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Repeat with the other tie, tucking in well.

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Adjust, and enjoy your gorgeous little turban!

For this technique we liked the softer colors of our ‘Alice’ scarf – a silk/rayon blend from the 1950’s, patterned with puffs of thistle colored flowers.

Scarf Week, and our first tutorial!

At Lise + Katina we have deemed this week to be… Scarf Week! We will be adding a different vintage scarf to our shop every day this week, and we have some blogging to do that we are really excited to show you!

Our first thought was to fill our blog with pictures of sharks with scarves ‘shopped onto them (Because, you know… Shark Week? Scarf Week? Well at least we crack ourselves up…), but honestly neither of us is that good with photo editing, so you’ll have to settle for our second choice – scarf-tying tutorials! We picked some of our favorite ways to wear our own vintage scarves, and we will be posting how-to’s along with the listing of the day.

Let’s start it off with something simple – a casual look that is easy to do, but appears polished. This trick works best with a long rectangle scarf (ideal for winter scarves too!), but you can also do it with a large square scarf – just fold it over into a triangle, and then fold it over on itself two more times to make it long and skinny.

Casual Scarf Tutorial 1

 Fold scarf in half, and put it around your neck with a loop on one side, and two ends on the other.

Casual Scarf Tutorial 2

2. Put one of the ends through the loop, going over the edge of the loop that is closest to you, and under the edge farthest away. With the other end, this time go under the edge closest to you, and over the edge farthest away.

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Pull both ends to tighten.

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Ta da! Effortless and adorable!

The scarf we chose for this look is our vintage ‘Fleur’ scarf by Vera – a rare, light, summer wool in earth tones with a pop of hot pink. We just put it in our shop this morning, so go have a look!

Blouse Basics

At Lise + Katina, this week is blouse week: we are featuring one every day in our shop! Every girl needs at least one or two to round out her wardrobe. Simple, modern blouses are always nice to have around as office basics and easy casual pieces, but the unique details of a vintage blouse can bring a little something extra to your everyday looks! Antiqued buttons and retro dart and seam placements can make a vintage piece feel more special than a new one, and period styles like Peter Pan collars, ascots, or a sailor’s middy can turn a average outfit into an amazing one!

When searching for a vintage blouse that works for you, we try to consider fit first (and remember that a good tailor can do wonders at a reasonable cost!), but then again, we love an over-sized blouse billowing over fitted trousers or skirts, so what you should really consider is how you will wear it, and what works best for you. How will you work it into your closet? To keep your outfits from looking dated try to incorporate only one or two vintage pieces, and keep the rest of the look modern. For example, pair a lacy high-necked blouse with a sleekly tailored modern pencil skirt, a pair of basic suede booties, and a small stack of delicate bracelets and rings – perhaps a blend of vintage and modern. This method of styling allows the beauty of your one-of-a-kind piece to shine without overpowering you with kitsch.

When needing inspiration, we have plenty of personal and street style blogs that we love to pore over. Here are a few of our favorite looks from our favorite ladies:

Atlantic-Pacific Blouse

The Stylish Wanderer Blouse

M Loves M Blouse

Vanessa Jackman Blouse

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Get creative, and send us some of your own favorite looks too!

-Lise + Katina

Daylight Savings

As you know, our Etsy shop went live yesterday. Today we’d like to talk a little bit more about two of our favorite items!

We are featuring two pocket watches from the 1950’s: a Westclox “Dax” and a Westclox “Bull’s Eye”. Watches like these were made throughout the 20th century as “dollar watches” – watches that were so cheap that anyone could afford one. These two are both nickel plated, with plastic crystals and metal faces; both with snap backs and pendant style loops. They are both mechanical, and work quite well! Vintage pocket watches are very popular lately with collectors and crafters alike, and it’s easy to see why – with even the cheapest models there is a certain charm and character that modern watches just don’t have.

Many people collect these for display, or for parts. However, we always love to wear our vintage finds! Certainly these would look great strung on a chain as intended, but right now we are obsessed with the contrast between a classic metal watch, and a fun or funky ribbon necklace!

For this style we used a thin, silk scarf belt, but you could create any combination of looks from different thicknesses and patterns of ribbons and scarves. Layering with other silver-toned necklaces finishes off the look (We used a vintage nickle-plated beaded chain). If you give it a try, please send us your pictures! We would LOVE to see how you style it!

– Lise + Katina