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Love and Roses

Once you get hooked on scarves it’s hard to break out of it. Scarves are like jugular crack. Addictive. Growing up in Southern California, I never, ever, ever wore a scarf. It never even occurred to me. When I moved to a less temperate climate… San Francisco, I saw people wearing scarves, but I couldn’t figure it out. Then someone (from New England) introduced me to scarves. Really, it was like that. I liked them on other people and in pictures, but until I had a scarf of my own, I had no idea how comforting it was to have one of the most vulnerable parts of my body protected by soft layers of wool. Then my love for scarves was born.

Yeah, I hear scarves are trendy… but are they? I’ve been wearing them pretty much for the last 12 years. Almost all year round. Now they’ve become a sercurity measure as well as a warmth thing. They’re like my security blanket. Which is why I love seeing different kinds of scarves. Not just your regular square ones… I love scarf tubes, neckcuffs, and ruffs. A few years ago I went on about Sandra Suy’s illustrations of her elaborate neck ornaments. In unrelated yet similarly inspired events, these rose scarves from Alice & Isa have come into my scope of vision. Beautiful felted wool and silk that wraps around your neck in the form of a giant ruffle looking like a petal. You can pretend you’re Thumbelina, or an Elizabethan lady. The concept is simple, yet dramatic and poetic.

Do you wear scarves all year round?

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21 comments for “Love and Roses”

  1. well those are beautiful. how could i not love them.

    and i wish i wore scarves year round. i’m not a scarf genius. but i want to be.

    Posted by SwanDiamondRose | July 15, 2009, 3:40 am
  2. Beautiful scarves! Not everyone can pull them off, but they are gorgeous.

    Yes, I wear scarves pretty much year-round. I just blogged about it recently, actually.

    I love scarves!
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    Posted by Elisa | July 15, 2009, 3:43 am
  3. Alice and Isa’s rad! Love their creations! I can seldom wear scarves because I live in India and it’s mostly hot here.
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    Posted by Freya | July 15, 2009, 3:49 am
  4. I covet these totally and have been eyeing them up on Etsy. I really need to get one, but what color? They are all so pretty!
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    Posted by Princess Poochie | July 15, 2009, 3:52 am
  5. yeah! very cool!
    but for now:
    happy that its finally SUMMER and too hot
    to wear them…
    will keep it mind for fall though!
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    Posted by Liv Lundelius | July 15, 2009, 3:53 am
  6. I’ve been eying those rose scarf since winter. It can be just a statement item, and wear minimal stuff for the rest of the body…

    The coming winter, I hope…
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    Posted by Yellowgoat | July 15, 2009, 4:25 am
  7. ❤ swan… that’s what i said! as far as scarf genius, maybe i should do a post about that… except, i’m not a scarf genius either, as i tend to just throw them on…
    ❤ elisa…oh yes! i know, it’s not for everyone, but they are worthy of ogling…
    ❤ poochie… i can see you in the pink one… it’s just your color!
    ❤ liv..omg it’s so hot in berlin, i have nightmares about it…
    ❤ yellowgoat… EXACTLY, like a simple shift dress with long sleeves underneath… i think that would look perfect.

    Posted by jennine | July 15, 2009, 4:32 am
  8. You know that I love these scarves…. and like you, I tend to wear scarves year round. It’s probably the combo of bouncing from swamp land to artic tundra (or so they feel), but I can’t imagine not wearing them regularly!
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    Posted by Ashe Mischief | July 15, 2009, 5:14 am
  9. Great article! And yes indeed, I love scarves. So much so that I’ve just bought 24 vintage scarves which will soon be for sale on my website. Wearing a scarf has got to be the cheapest way of brightening up your wardrobe and adds a bit of glamour at the same time. Think Audrey Hepburn and Bridgette Bardot!

    Posted by Catwalk Creative Vintage | July 15, 2009, 5:34 am
  10. I wear them all year round. In the winter, I actually sleep with a cashmere scarf around my neck. Sometimes, it’s the same one I’ve been wearing all day (because it’s too cold to divest myself of it). By the end of the winter, that scarf is so gross! I have silk scarves for the other 3 seasons - all shapes and sizes. And pashminas. They are a perfect contingency.
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    Posted by K-Line | July 15, 2009, 6:30 am
  11. Wow, I think a found a gift for my mother’s birthday… Thanks!
    Come autumn I’ll wear scarf every day again although I’m not sure I could pull this one off.

    Posted by Fiona | July 15, 2009, 7:28 am
  12. SO PRETTY. but I wouldn’t know how to wear them! they may even make might neck appear…short.
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    Posted by Lucy | July 15, 2009, 9:18 am
  13. Oh I love scarves too, I like big scarves that I can wrap right around me if I get chilly.

    I love those though, I want my head to be the middle of a flower!
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    Posted by Retro Chick | July 15, 2009, 9:21 am
  14. Stunning!!! I too am a scarfaholic. Sometimes even in the summer. Perhaps I could rationalize the cost knowing that my first reaction was I would be maybe married and definitely buried in it someday. lol

    To me, that is the kind of statement piece that would never go out of style.

    Where can I find more colors? Did someone say Etsy? I’m going to go poke around. Thanks for the post! :)

    Posted by Betty | July 15, 2009, 9:23 am
  15. ❤ashe…hehehe, i like that analogy!
    ❤catwalk..oh i’ve been wondering how to do the audrey scarf thing without looking too old, betty draper does a good job with her scarves, i’ll have to work on it.
    ❤kline..hehe, i do the same thing! even sometimes in summer, which is gross,… but hey…
    ❤fiona..you are so good to your mom!
    ❤lucy, i don’t now, it could do that, but it could be fine…
    ❤retro… i love that image!
    ❤betty… i like your reasoning! well, you can go to the alice and isa site, i don’t know about etsy… maybe there too?

    Posted by jennine | July 15, 2009, 9:32 am
  16. I do wear scarves year-round, and LOVE them. I had an acupuncturist tell me to always keep my neck covered, and it really does help me feel warm and secure … not to mention stylish!
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    Posted by Sal | July 15, 2009, 10:26 am
  17. The rose scarves are very lovely!! So imaginative and totally Elizabethan.
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    Posted by maria | July 15, 2009, 10:55 am
  18. I love these scarves! The colors are especially nice. I wear summer scarves occasionally, but it’s usually too humid where I am, unfortunately…

    Posted by chickdowntown.com Eliza | July 15, 2009, 11:18 am
  19. Jennine….why do you introduce me to the most beautiful things? I’m a huge scarf wearer and these are absolutely GLORIOUS!
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    Posted by DWJ | July 15, 2009, 11:52 am
  20. ❤ sal..oh your acupuncturist said that? that’s great, i’m going to store that information for the next time someone makes fun of me for wearing scarves all year. ;)
    ❤ eliza, oh yeah, i can relate, berlin was insane, there was no way in hell i’d wear a scarf, literally. ❤ dwj, because i like to taunt you. hehehe.

    Posted by jennine | July 16, 2009, 2:27 am
  21. Jennine,

    I too am from Southern Cal and I moved up here to San Francisco 5 years ago. So, for these last 5 years scarves have certainly been a part of my wardrobe year round. My favorite thing is that you can always find gorgeous scarves while traveling in other countries, so every one of my scarves has a story behind it. Thanks for the post!

    Posted by Torey Halim | July 16, 2009, 6:46 am

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