Currently writing out this post whilst lying half comatose & attempting to eat my body- weight in sweet food stuffs, of which I will no doubt regret later I'm sure, but for now it seems to be hitting the right spot! Nah, I don’t have me a death wish (though what a way to go...)but let’s just say ‘tis been a looooong day at work & have resorted to seeking comfort in chocolate (as you do) Lucky old moi drew the short straw with doing overtime so I have this week & the one after ahead of me filled with work, work & yup more work! Lovely jubblies! But as a lovely friend reminded me…just think of the pay packet at the end of the month ;) I am slightly mollified… :D And hey at least we have another lovely bank holiday 3 day weekend to look forward eh? Woo! :D
So anyhoo me lovelies, next week will be the holiday of “Eid” which marks the end of the Islamic month of Ramadan. This is a time where Muslims spend the whole month i.e. 29-30 days, fasting during the daylight hours. Sadly I am not able to fast, as much as I would love too, for health reasons but the rest of my family have been doing so. And on the day of Eid, we all get together, the whole family & spend the day celebrating, eating, visiting friends & relatives & then eating some more! And if we’re lucky we get presents too! Good times :D (Although maybe not SO great this time round for moi, as I am going to be stuck at work most of the day!!!! *sob!*) On the day though, we also like to get out & dust of our best glad rags to wear & the ladies in particular like to get together the night before & go all arty on our hands with henna!
So what do you think dolls? I’m sure most of you all are familiar with henna/mehndi tattoos as a form of skin decoration. I personally loooooove them! You can have some really beautiful & artistic designs applied to your body but most usually on the hands, arms & feet. Henna-ed hands are most usually associated with brides & weddings of course, but sometimes it’s nice to have your mehndi done for a special occasion also, like Eid for instance! :)
My friend actually does a lot of henna art as a hobby & is considering developing her skill in to a profession which I really think she should do as she is one extremely talented lady! So when she asked me recently to play model to her designs, I was more than happy to oblige & lend her my hands! So I just wanted to share with you beauts some of her lovely work :)
What did I tell ya? That girl's got some serious skill! The mehndi is applied as a thick paste made from the henna plant through a cone tube that needs to have a small hole at the tip so that the design can be more fine & detailed. It also has quite a strong herbal smell too that a lot of people either love or hate! Lol! But I don't mind it :)
Its best to leave the henna on overnight if possible, that way the design comes out a lot darker the next day, but sometimes a coupla hours is more than enough depending on the quality of the henna. This time round I'd only left it on for a coupla hours & this is how it turned out the next day
And it actually got darker over the next few days! I'd say you could probably get a good weeks worth out of the henna, but then after that it gradually fades away leaving your hands bare & back to normal again ;) That's one of the great things about henna, that its a temporary tattoo. So if you're ever considering possibly getting one on a certain part of your body, an idea might be to get in henna-ed on first & see how you feel about it just in case it wasn't what you were hoping! Because if you don't like it, you'll have nothing to worry about as it'll fade eventually! Haha!
So, that's it for now me darls, I hope you liked looking at the mehndi designs! Have you ever had mehndi applied before? Are you a fan of the henna art thang?
Thanks for reading as always!