Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Mehndi Designs


Mehndi is a ceremonial art form which originated in ancient India. Intricate patterns of mehndi are typically applied to brides before wedding ceremonies. The bridegroom is also painted in some parts of India. In Rajasthan, the grooms are given designs that are often as elaborate as those for brides. In Assam, apart from marriage, it is broadly used by unmarried women during Rongali bihu (there are no restrictions to the married ones).

Henna is also common in some gulf states, specially Yemen, where the night before the wedding night is dedicated to decorating the bride with henna, and called "Henna night".

Muslims also use henna as a dye for their hair and for the beards of males--following the tradition of their prophet Muhammad, who used to dye his beard with henna. It's considered a "sunnah" and akin to something fortunate/good. In one narration by him, he encouraged Muslim women to dye their nails with henna so their hands can be distinguished as feminine & from the hands of a male. Hence you will see this tradition greatly in the Middle East and Africa where women apply henna to their finger and toe nails, as well as their hands.

n Africa, henna was used as part of Spiritual practices by tribes to decorate their bodies as well as for protective purposes when certain symbols/designs were incorporated.




Mehndi is the application of henna as a temporary form of skin decoration in India, as well as by expatriate communities from the country. The word mehndi is derived from the Sanskrit word mendhikā.[1] The use of mehndi and turmeric is described in the earliest Vedic ritual books. Haldi(Staining oneself with turmeric paste) as well as mehndi are important Vedic customs as a symbolic representation of the Outer and the Inner Sun. Vedic customs are meant to awaken the "inner light" and so the gold of the inner Sun has an important symbolic function.

Traditional mehndi designs draw the sun on the palm, which in this context represents the mind. Mehndi decorations became fashionable in the West in the late 1990s, where they are sometimes called henna tattoos. Henna is typically applied during special occasions like weddings and Hindu festivals like Karva Chauth, Diwali, Bhaidooj and Teej. In some Hindu festivals, every woman tries to have Henna done on her hands and feet. It is usually drawn on the palms and feet, where the color will be darkest because the skin contains higher levels of keratin which binds temporarily to lawsone, the colorant of henna. Henna was originally used as a form of decoration mainly for brides.

In the modern age, usually people buy readymade Henna cones, which are ready to use and make painting easy. However, in rural areas in India, women grind fresh henna leaves on sil (grinding stone) with added oil, which though not as refined as professionally prepared henna cones, brings much darker colors.


SIGH...I may need to reel it in.

My big hair, that is.

Today I dusted my ends because they felt terrible. There were little splits and fairy knots here and there. I was so unhappy. And it just looked so short to me. SIGH. Sometimes I just get really fed up with my hair. I feel like I should definitely be BSL by now, and last time I straightened, the very back was just scraping my bra strap.

I know I've been slacking. I haven't had a henna treatment in...forever. I ran out of aloe vera juice so I haven't been using my leave-in (I just bought some tonight). I haven't cowashed my hair in 2 weeks because I've been lazy. I think I need to just reinvest in my hair. I need to henna, deep condition (with heat), and use my leave-in to keep my porous hair from leaking out moisture.

I'm also thinking I may have to stop wearing twist outs so often. With the twist outs, my hands are in my hair every night. I need to go back to a hairstyle that prevents me from doing that. Last September and October, when my hair was at its longest, I was only wearing roller sets. I'm bringing the Curlformers and other roller sets back. I'll mix my H-Two leave-in with the aloe vera juice so that I don't have to put conditioner in my hair (my curls won't last if I have conditioner in my hair when I set it).

I'm going to mix some henna right now. Tomorrow may be the last twist out for the new year =( We'll see. SIGH.


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Marni for H&M ♥

H&M's already announced their next Designer Collaboration is to be with Marni, for a Spring 2012 collection, I wasn't a huge fan of the Versace for H&M collection, but I really do love the essence of the Marni brand so I'm excited to see all the pieces especially the jewellery. Though these collaboration's are getting a bit over done for my liking, soon they wont even feel special and will loose their appeal.
The Marni collection hits H&M stores on March 8th 2012.

Monday, November 28, 2011

the weekEND

I spent the weekend in New York looking for apartments with my boyfriend. Sunday we ended the weekend with his friends in Williamsburg. I'm so glad he's moved back to the East coast. We're only a bus ride away! It's been great, and I'm sure it'll get better once he's settled down and found somewhere to live.

Cable-knit sweater :: Target
Trousers :: Zara
Envelope clutch (worn as shoulder bag) :: Forever 21
Suede pumps :: Urban Outfitters

Hair :: Twistout (5 flat twists)


Sunday, November 27, 2011

Teva Sandals

Teva Sandals

Deckers Outdoor Corporation
is a footwear manufacturer based in Goleta, California, United States. It began in 1973 as a sandal producer, run by Doug Otto.Deckers currently manufactures six brands, Teva, UGG Australia, Simple Shoes, Sanuk, Tsubo, Ahnu and Mozo.

Mark Thatcher was the inventor of Teva (pronounced "teh-vah" not "tee-vah", and comes from the hebrew word for "nature"). While working as a rafting guide in 1982 he noticed the lack of proper shoes for river activities. Sneakers would become heavy when wet and would take days to dry and thongs would slide off feet very easily.

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teva sandalsThatcher fashioned a thong-style sandal with nylon ankle strapping, thus creating the first sport sandal. Thatcher patented his invention, found a manufacturer and began selling the "amphibious utility sandals" by himself, selling 200 pairs the first year. Although it was effective watersports footwear, it proved less effective for regular sports as the first Teva users often complained of blisters between the first and second toe caused by the thong-style strapping system. However, the following year a sudden high demand of Teva sandals arose as young Americans found the sandal highly fashionable.

A partnership was established between Thatcher and Deckers Outdoor Corp. Deckers eventually got exclusive rights to Teva including patent #4,793,075 for the basic design and a trademark for the brand name. The sandal was redesigned, creating the Universal Strapping System. The first model was called "Hurricane" and is the basis of all Teva sandals.

On November 25, 2002, Deckers acquired the worldwide Teva patents, trademarks and other assets from Mark Thatcher. After this transfer, Teva continued to grow under the supervision of the Deckers Outdoor Corporation.

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Lady Gaga's shoes

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta was born in New York, 
March 28, 1986,  
better known as Lady Gaga.
Besides singing, writting her own lyrics and video clips, she  designs her own clothes. Very unusual clothes and uncredible "sky high" heels. 
Here are some examples of the amazing eccentric  Lady Gaga's shoes:

... she was born this way!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Thanksgiving: A Double Take

Thanksgiving 2011 came and went... and it was so nice. A very low key day, with close family and good times. We shot "turkeys" in the backyard (balloons), stuffed ourselves to the bursting point (although once again I failed to realize my full potential - how come I can never eat as much at Thanksgiving as I can at other times???) and I even went undefeated in Wii Sport boxing.

As always, there is much, much, much to be thankful for. I have the love and support of an amazing family, caring and dedicated friends, a really great job that fits perfectly into my life right now, and a God who is looking out for me and gives me more grace than I could ever begin to deserve.

AND the weather was beautiful. I kept the food prep simple this year (see more below) and had plenty of time to shoot some photos. No, I wasn't suffering from multiple personality disorder or dreaming about a twin sister; I just decided to totally rip off a clever photo idea I saw online. It made editing pictures twice the usual fun... and I am definitely doing this again sometime. ;)

What I'm Wearing:
  • Military Jacket by CHEROKEE - hand-me-down
  • Blouse by ELLE - thrifted
  • Jeans by Paris Blues - thrifted
  • Shoes by FRANCO SARTO - from DSW
  • Earrings - from Kohl's

The blouse was made in Indonesia, looks as if it is handmade, and has these cute little flower pinwheels around the yoked neckline. I am just crazy about this orange-y red color - so much fun to wear! The jeans and jacket are favorites of mine, as are the shoes (which I've had for almost four years now) but I ended up ditching them for some black flats (that I just got as Savers for $5) before the party started. High heels are not the most practical way to carry around a person stuffed full of turkey. :P

For the first time in a while, I didn't go crazy and make my usual sweet desserts or fancy recipes. Instead, I stuck to a couple of appetizers for earlier in the day. I gave Martha Stewart's Sweet Onion Dip a try. At first, I was disappointed with the way it tasted, but after it sat in the fridge overnight it was delicious. The onions really soaked through the whole thing and made it sweet and yummy. It was a big hit.

I also cooked a basic Cheese Fondue (I've been using this recipe for years - it's so easy!) which is always popular. Yesterday was no exception.

This was the first year that I decided to brave the crowds and try a little bit of "Black Friday" shopping. Lydia and I pried our eyes open until midnight and headed over to Kohl's to shop their deals. We pulled into the parking lot to find banners proclaiming that (contrary to the flyers) it didn't start until 1 am. We both said "forget it," and thus ended our "Black Friday" adventures. We'll see if I get up the courage to join the insanity next year...

So, how was your Thanksgiving? Did you make anything new, wear anything special, or drag yourself out of bed for the shopping madness? I want to hear all about it! :)

I'm so thankful for everyone who takes the time to read the blog. God bless you.

-Amanda xo

P.S. I totally forgot to mention the new hair! I've actually had it this way for about a month now, and really love it. I've wanted a long bob for a while and finally decided to take the plunge. It's been so much fun trying different styles - straight, super curly, ends-flipped-out-like-Mary-Tayler-Moore... a total blast. I'm planning on growing it back out again, but am pretty sure this style will be revisited sometime in the future. ;)

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