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June 10, 2011

Several weeks ago, a Foster City, CA, friend of mine visited PDX. Among taking in one Zombie Prom, one My Little Pony bridal shower, a trip to Voodoo Donuts, and several beautiful meals showcased by Boy Wonder, Missy from Foster City and I increasingly experienced hair feather fashion sightings.

It seems I don’t get down to Hawthorne’s Hipster district nearly enough, because the trend of procuring feathers into one’s hair has been weaving it’s way around for several months. The whole thing seems a bit plucked to me, but who am I to judge? I am, however, someone to dispel a few nesting myths…

The application of feathered hair extensions seems to have re-immersed itself into our culture at the beginning of 2011. Once more, what’s old is new again (and what’s new again is still as inhumane as it was when it was old…again).

One place to obtain these fashions is on the East Coast, at Wendy Nichol’s Sullivan Street studio ( in NYC. For a mere $45, you, too, could look like you’ve just walked into a hen house debate on chicken vs. egg. Refinery 29 dubs feather extensions as a ‘fun week~end activity’ and follows it up by pointing out that the entire application process lasts about ten minutes. Personally, I could find 45 other ways to spend my ten minute week~ends, but in feather fashion’s defense, Wendy maintains that the style extensions last over a month!

Now, if you happen to be budgeting for a wedding, plucking your own do, and don’t have an extra 45 clams to feather your hair, I’ve got thrifty news for youse. You can pull this little tweet off by yourself. Rather than subjecting you to my limited knowledge in applying said feathers, I’ll share this SUPER FUN video Foster City Missy and I found during our research:

Also, if you’re into budgeting, you can skip those fancy city prices and obtain feathers from your local fly shop. (For those out of the know, these ‘feathers’ are pretty much fly fishing ties…which offers a whole other realm of humour to this ‘fashion’.) My advice, here, is to swallow your pride because you’re going to look like a dumb cluck asking a fly shop employee for hair ties. (However, you will be saving $10-45 which you can put towards a hearty celebratory game dinner for you and your flock!)

On a final and serious note, if you’re into sporting feathers, please keep in mind where your wears originated. Wendy Nichols claims, ‘the feathers are sourced responsibly, the colors are all-natural, and come from farm-raised happy birds.’ Personally, I can’t imagine absolute harmony if someone plucked my hair or skin and plunked it onto themselves. And, I feel I’m justified by Matt Brower, at the Idaho Angler in Boise, who explains that these feathers are from genetically bred roosters which are raised for plumage and who, overall, do not survive the plucking. In addition to this, these roosters live only about one year before their saddle feathers (the longest and most popular for hair extensions) are plucked and then the animals are euthanzied.

Now, fly my pretties, fly!





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4 Responses to “ Feathering ”

  1. Amanda on June 10, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Love the blog! Many of our girls at St. Stephen in Saginaw, MI are OBSESSED w/ these stupid feathers. One left directly from the last day of school to go get her summer feathers and manicure done. I just don’t “get” the whole look of the feather. I don’t think it looks particularly wonderful. Yesterday when I took my baby to her doctor the student intern lady had one in her hair! I hope this craze wears out quickly.

  2. Kristel on June 10, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    “. . . Makeup & Go is now offering feather extensions for those of you who are sick and tired of tinsel extensions and want to be on the cusp of the next biggest hair trend.”

    Apparently I missed the “tinsel extensions” trend.

  3. Nay Shayan on June 10, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    I absolutely love this. Unfortunately it’s too trendy now so I won’t be applying them to my hair but I love the idea.

  4. Sara on June 10, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Did we all just miss the tinsel trend? Maybe that’s best, really.