Burning Man MOOP ; Feathers Yay or Nay?

Dancer at Sunrise, 2013. Photo by Paulius Musteikis. So…What the heck is MOOP and how does it pertain to feathers at Burning Man?  

“MOOP is an acronym for “Matter Out of Place”, a convenient way of referring to anything that is not originally OF the land on which our event (Burning Man) takes place. So everything that wasn’t originally ON or OF the Black Rock Desert, no matter how small, is considered MOOP, and is to be removed as part of our Leave No Trace efforts.”

Year after year The Feather Place gets many requests for feathers that will be worn by revelers attending Burning Man. We usually tell our clients that feathers are not Burning Man friendly and explain the “Leave no Trace” efforts at Burning Man. This year has been no different except that we recently came across the Burning Man Official Blog  Feathers are MOOP, Right? Well, That Depends on YOU...  It was brought to our attention that feathers might be making a comeback at Burning Man keeping in mind that…

“…if you want to wear feathers, that’s fine … but make sure they’re attached in ways that won’t fail, and if you can’t then don’t wear them, because it’s on YOU if they become MOOP. (And that goes for anything you bring to Black Rock City.)”

So there you have it. Exciting feathered news! Be smart when it comes to your feathered frocks and make sure to keep them well maintained! The ban on feathers had been intended to address poorly made costumes that leave trails of feathers behind. Use good judgment and be careful about what you wear on the playa. Remember that certain Feather Boas are still a BIG FAT No No!  If you are planning to attend Burning Man we recommend checking out the websites  Survival Guide  for more information and to see a full list of do’s and don’ts .

Burning Man is from August 25 - September 1 … Burn responsibly :)

20th Annual Hat Contest at Del Mar Racetrack

Opening Day at the Del Mar Racetrack kicked off its 75th season this week in California with it’s 20th Annual Hat Contest! The contest featured categories like:

Best Racing Theme, Funniest/Most Outrageous, Most Glamorous, Best Flowers/All Others, and Best Fascinator — a wool, lace or feather alternative to a hat.

And the winners are :

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The Funniest/Most Outrageous category went to Belinda Berry. Berry wore an oversize wide-brimmed navy blue polka dot hat trimmed with ostrich feathers and matching dress themed “GO Navy”!

20th Annual Hat Contest at Del Mar Racetrack

Most Glamorous catagory went to Natalie Spaans with a stunning off-white hat dramatically trimmed with feathers and flowers trailing down her shoulders and back. Her dress featured a beaded bodice.

20th Annual Hat Contest at Del Mar Racetrack

The Best Flowers category was won by fan favorite Lori Shelton. Lori Shelton’s large red feathered and flowered hat featured photos of the 18 hats she had entered in previous years.

20th Annual Hat Contest at Del Mar Racetrack

Best Fascinator went to Melissa Cheng who won first prize with a dramatic feathered fascinator she purchased in New York.

First place winner in each category received $300 and a $100 certificate to Studio Savvy in Rancho Santa Fe. Second-place winners receive $200 and third-place winners receive $100.


Feather Trends : Ulyana Sergeenko Couture

Check out some of our favorite Feather Fashions from the Ulyana Sergeenko Autumn/Winter 2014-15 Haute Couture Show is Paris this week. We especially love all of the subtle romantic touches of Ostrich Feather Trims and Boas.

Feather Trends : Ulyana Sergeenko Couture

Feather Trends : Ulyana Sergeenko Couture

Beautiful Neutral Grey tones and ombre’s with pops of Lemon Yellow feather details throughout the whole collection.

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Get these collared looks for less with our Stenciled or Solid Black Ostrich Feather Shawl! Revamp your winter coat or just wrap it around your shoulders and your ready for a night out! We also have it in White for all of those blushing brides!!!

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Feather Centerpiece DIY for The Fourth of July!

by The Feather Place NYC on June 25, 2014


Fourth of July celebrations are great for bringing the family together; what better way to set the summer mood than with patriotic centerpieces?
We are excited to show you an easy feather centerpiece DIY that incorporates mason jars, flowers and feathers. This fun project is sure to brighten up your holiday festivities!

  • 3 Mason Jars
  • Spray Paint (red, white & blue)
  • Masking Tape
  • Star Shaped Stickers
  • Fresh Flowers (white)
  • Peacock Swords (red, white & blue)


flag-step-1STEP 1. Spray paint all three mason jars with an even coat of white paint.

flag-step-2STEP 2. Arrange star stickers onto one of the white jars. On the other two jars, add horizontal stripes of masking tape.

flag-step-3STEP 3. Spray paint the two striped jars red.

flag-step-4STEP 4. Spray paint the star jar blue. Allow paint to dry and then carefully remove stickers and masking tape.

flag-step-5STEP 5. Fill the jars with water and arrange big bunches of white flowers of your choice in each. Add some beautiful curled Peacock Swords for the perfect finishing touch. See Tips & Techniques on our website for feather-curling instructions.

flag-step-6STEP 6. Place the finished jars onto a picnic table; sit back, relax and soak up summer!

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Chantilly lace, a pretty face and a feather veil in her hair! Yes, bridal season is upon us and we can hardly think of a more beautiful wedding accessory than a few flowing feathers. The wispy & delicate nature of feathers set the tone for a perfectly pure, fresh bridal ensemble. Brides of all tastes, from modern fashionistas to classic connoisseurs, will find that today’s Feather Birdcage Veil is just the thing to top off their big day look.


French netting (about 25 inches) 

Needle & thread

Feathers, feather clips, silk flowers, other embellishments 

Hair comb

Here are a few


STEP 1.  Cut approximately 25 inches of french netting.


STEP 2. From the 25 inch length of netting, cut off the top corners.


STEP 3.  Sew all sides of the netting except the front, which will hang over the face.


STEP 4.  Cinch up the seam, tie off, and trim your thread.


STEP 5.  Using a whip stitch, attach the bunched netting to a hair comb.


STEP 6.  Add some feather embellishment to the comb of the veil. You can make your own and sew it on, or for an easy and interchangeable option, consider a feather clip like any of our already made feather accents and feather flowers.


Now all you need is a blushing bride! For the bride’s veil we’ve used light airy feathers in ivory or gentle pastel colors, but you could also use vibrant colors and more bold feathers for the bridesmaids

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For more DIY feather crafts please visit our HOW TO page on our Blog! 

Carnaval San Francisco 2014

by Cristina on May 30, 2014


Carnaval San Francisco 2014

Photographer- Alex Mizuno

Carnaval San Francisco 2014-Photo by Claire Weissbluth 1

Carnaval San Francisco 2014 was just last weekend and let us tell you…It’s a feathery hit year after year! Hundreds of thousands of residents, tourist and revelers hit the streets of San Francisco Memorial Day weekend to help celebrate it’s 36th anniversary!

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Carnaval San Francisco is a beloved two-day event featuring a GRAND PARADE and a 2 day outdoor Festival in San Francisco Mission District, celebrating music and cultural elements from all of Latin & Carribbean American culture & traditions.

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What we love the most about this event is the variety of cultures represented in the parades contingent! Included are feathered representatives from Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Mexico, Colombia, Trinidad, Cuba and islands throughout the Caribbean !


Two Aztec Dancers by George Lipp

Needless to say… “WE LOVE FEATHERS!”. Ostrich Feathers, Rooster Feathers, Pheasant Feathers and Turkey Feathers are among the plumage used in these traditional and artful costumes!

SAN FRANCISCO CARNAVAL 2014 — with Roberto Hernandez.

Photographer- Oliver Klink





Fogo Na Roupa Carnaval SF 2014

Fogo Na Roupa CARNAVAL SF 2014Follow Carnaval San Francisco on Twitter & Instagram: @CarnavalSF #CarnavalSF #RumbaCopa2014 http://carnavalsanfrancisco.org/

You can also stay in touch with The Feather Place for all of your carnaval feathered needs : @thefeatherplace #thefeatherplace  http://www.featherplace.com/

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Color the world with PRIDE this summer!

The 2014 summer of  PRIDE kicks of this weekend in Long Beach California and will continue on into June with events nationwide celebrating diversity and equality for all! 

We cant wait to see the abundance of color and flair reveling down the parade lines like in the above photo from the NYC PrideFest! Don’t you just love her assortment of vibrant Chandelle feather boas!?

Here is a list of some upcoming PRIDE events nationwide.

Long Beach May 17 & 18
Join us for the next Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride celebration from 11am – 11pm along Shoreline Drive. Click here  for Directions
Los Angeles June 6-8
Join 50,000 of your closest friends at this year’s LA PRIDE Festival June 6th – 8th at the West Hollywood Park. Click here for full lineup, schedules, and tickets.
New Orleans June 20-22
New Orleans Pride is used to create unity in the communities, bringing together the straight and homosexual communities and to create events that are family friendly and acceptable to all. Click Here for more info. 
N.Y.C  June 27-29
Click here for an in depth look at this year’s Pride Week line up. 
San Francisco  June 27-29
Theme: Color Our World with Pride 
The Parade kicks off at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 29 at Market & Beale and ends at Market & 8th Street in downtown San Francisco [MAP]

Planning on attending any of these events…!? In no time at all, The Feather Place can have you covered with bright rainbow feathered boas  and/or a pair of multi-colored rainbow feather angel wings!  Count on The Feather Place to help you get parade ready!

HappyMothersDayFeathers_LRWith Mother’s Day quickly approaching many may be wondering, what do you get for Mom last minute? We have it all for Mother’s Day Feather Gift Ideas! Flowers are  everyone’s go-to gift but this year why not try an arrangement with feathers? Use our Feather Picks and Stems with wire for an easy addition to any arrangement, or forgo the flowers and create a fully feathered bouquet.

Mini Feather Picks

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floral stems blogFor all the fashionable moms out there we recommend our Feather Pins & Clips, which can be added to the hair, headbands, even gift wrapping… the possibilities are endless! Or show her you care with a unique piece such as a feather shawl or collar for special events, or even just for a fun day of dress up.

Feather Pins and Clips

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 Shawls, Shrugs and Collars

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Is your Mom into home decor and interior design? A colorful feather wreath or garland is perfect for springtime and brightens any home.

Feather Garlands and Wreaths

mothers day blog 5Don’t forget to visit Featherplace.com for great gift ideas and more!


Top image via PebbleandBee

NYC Bridal Week Spring and Summer 2015

by The Feather Place NYC on May 2, 2014



Romance is in the air this spring, and the latest feathered frocks are perfect for every bride’s style! NYC Bridal Week Spring and Summer 2015 showed fabulous gowns and we are fawning over the variety of styles we saw coming down the runway. Ostrich Fringe continues to be most bridal designer’s No. 1 choice of feather, as seen above in delicate layers by Naeem Khan (left) and Sottero & Midgley (right).  Shorter and more casual wedding dresses are taking over the market, as seen below by Carolina Herrera. For the extravagant bride there are still many options, including full skirt gowns with delicate feather embroidery. Find more Bridal looks below!

Carolina Herrera (below) creates flirty yet elegant looks with ostrich and goose feathers

CAROLINA HERRERA BRIDAL BLOGIsabelle Armstrong (left) and Johanna Johnson use ostrich fringe for wedding looks that can double as party dresses!

ISABELLE ARMSTRONG & JOHANNA JOHNSON BRIDAL BLOGInes Di Santo experiments with different lengths and ostrich feather accents

INES DI SANTO BRIDAL BLOG 1Ines Di Santo shows us that more really is more! These over the top dresses with chiffon and feathers are sure to make the big day extra special

INES DI SANTO BRIDAL BLOG 2Peter Langer proves that bridal gowns come in all shapes and color. This burgundy dress doubles as an elegant special occasion look.

PETER LANGER BRIDAL BLOGCan’t wait until 2015 for your bridal looks? Check out Reem Acra’s 2014 collection below, complete with feather headdresses, veils and shawls that are all available this season!





Don’t forget to check out Featherplace.com for all your Bridal needs!

All the cool kids know that Rainbow Loom bracelets are all the rage. But did you know that they could be even cooler? Feather charms add a lot of sass and movement to these popular bracelets. Up your Rainbow Loom game with today’s totally trendy project, Rainbow Loom Feather Charms!




Fold-over jewelry fastener

Jumper rings

Rainbow Loom bracelet 


STEP 1. Choose a handful (about 8-10) of small feathers. Strip the feathers of the fuzzier bottom part, leaving about an inch of stripped quill. There are many different kinds of feathers that will work well for this project, find the links below in Step 7.


STEP 2. Place the stripped quill in the center of the fold-over crimp piece. Gently push the folds down, securing the feather quill. Trim any left over quill.


STEP 3. Repeat step 2 on as many feathers as you’d like to adorn your bracelet.


STEP 4. Slip a jump ring around a loop on the bracelet, and then onto the feathered crimp piece. Squeeze the ring closed.


STEP 5. Continue attaching the charms until you have filled the bracelet to your liking.


STEP 6. Your bracelet is ready to wear!


STEP 7. There are so many feather options for this project! Try some small peacock eyes, goose satinettes, guinea, or pheasant plumage. With so many colors and shapes, you will never run out of beautiful bracelet options.


For more DIY feather crafts please visit our HOW TO page on our Blog!