My Mehndi Night!

Mehndi laga ke rakhna, doli saja ke rakhna
Lene tujhe o gorii aaeynge tere sajana

Put your henna on and keep the wedding palanquin decorated.
Beautiful girl, your beloved will come to take you away.

My mehndi (or Henna) night was a really special night, and one which was surpringly fun for me because of all the silly posing, dancing and amazing cakes and food we had. I’ll be posting more pictures soon, but thought I’d post a picture which sums up the night for me in a pretty simple way – this is me doing twirls outside my mehndi hall and enjoying myself in the street!

More pictures coming soon once I get more of the professional ones!

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Our Eid-al-Adha – Flowery dresses, twirling babies and rainbow balloons

We celebrated Eid-al-Adha this weekend, which was a special Eid for me as it was the first one for me after marriage, and meant that I could spend time with the family and also with my husband. We were invited to dinner at my eldest sister’s house, and also for lunch at my mum’s house the next day, so we had a busy dance card!

One of the best things about celebrating Eid is that it’s always a fun day, the family gets together from all over London (and Luton!) and there’s always good food. I love the spirit in the air as well, the younger children are excited about presents, sweets and new clothes, and the bigger kids (i.e. us) are excited about dressing up, good food and seeing all the babies!

Below is just some of the decor from my sister‘s house, which she always makes an effort to put up every year for Eid – I love the fairy lights and the rainbow balloons!

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The highlight of the day as usual was the beautifully cooked food, from both my mum and my sister (my husband left both houses rubbing his stomach and eyeing up more helpings he couldn’t fit into his stomach!) My mum makes it a rule to always have a feast for Eid every year, and she didn’t disappoint this year either – there was plenty of variety and plenty of curries, starters and sweet dishes!

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And of course, for Eid isn’t complete without some beautiful dresses, which I was spoiled with this year, as my mother-in-law sent me a beautiful set of outfits and my mum bought me a new outfit for Eid. My sisters and sister-in-law looked amazing on the day with their new outfits, and the nieces even more adorable in their party dresses which they spend the day twirling around in (I won’t bother mentioning the dress code of men of the family cos…frankly, we don’t look at what they wear) Here’s a look at some of the beautiful outfits we wore on Eid:

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My husband and I ended Eid day with dinner at his best friend’s house, followed by a sneaky late-night movie at the local cinema (which was actually very good!) The whole day was a warm, low-key gathering which was perfect for us, easy to relax followed by a vain session of taking photos in various angles!
I hope you all had a wonderful Eid and weekend, and if you don’t celebrate Eid then I hope you still see the beauty I do in Eid – not only an opportunity to spend time with friends, family and have good food, but also a chance to reflect on the year to come and to remember how lucky we are.

Eid Mubarak and Hajj Mubarak!

Eid Mubarak and Hajj Mubarak everyone, I hope this is an amazing Eid for you, regardless of what you are doing (amd on which day!). I’d also like to give a quick reminder for everyone to remember and keep in your prayers all those who aren’t as fortunate in your prayers, such as people of Palestine, Syria, Burma, Iraq, Bangladesh, Rohingya, Afghanistan and all the other innocent people who are being persecuted in today’s time.

Heres a banner made by my eldest sister Happy Muslimah for Eid, her house was colourfully decorated today which set the mood nicely, not to mention all the yummy food and good company we’ve had today! We have another family dinner tomorrow as well which I’m looking forward too, so more more photos coming soon! Please do tell me how your day was as well !

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Eid-ul-Fitr 2014…Food Mubarak!

Eid has come after a month of fasting, which admittedly was a lot more tiring than we all realised. But at the end of it all, we are sad to see it go, as so many things are happening around the world which has put a lot of things into perspective for us.

I completely forgot to take any pictures of food for once, it was too busy going into my mouth rather than being captured by my lens, but be assured that it was good food, with good company!

Here’s a few snaps of our days, we had babies running around looking cute and mischievous, lots of amazing food, a bbq out in the garden and as always, lots of laughs and gossip.

Hope your Eid was a nice as ours, I wish I had more pictures to share!

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Beautiful Intricate Pattern Art by Valetina Ramos

I came across these beautiful pieces of art and print work by  talented artist Valentina Ramos, who uses ink with paint colour to create beautiful, flowing pieces with quirky animals, colourful flowers and intricate patterns – and I love everything I’ve seen of hers.

Valentina mixes bright, pop colours with lines, swirls and details which result in a beautiful explosion of colour, and designs and prints which remind me of retro mehndi designs or funky wall art (imagine these on your bedroom walls – or as mehndi designs on your hands!).

I love how well this all work – intricate, detailed designs, bright colours and some quirky, cute subject matter (there’s prints about armadillos and camels, come on!) – it’s easy to see why this is so likeable.

You can see Valentina Ramos’ other work on her website, her blog and her Facebook group – have a browse, her work is beautiful.

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All images do not belong to me and are from Valentina Ramos’ website.

Happy New Year!….2014

Happy New Year all!, hope you had a good holiday and some rest (my break consisted mainly of Harry Potter films, Sherlock and a lot of chocolates on sale), and here’s hoping that this coming year is an eventful and memorable one for all of us.

I’ve been thinking about what I want to do this year to make the most of it, and a lot of it involves taking a step-up on the things I love doing – drawing, writing, visiting new places and expanding my skills. I’ll probably post more about this at a later date, but I suppose for now I’m thinking about the different things I want to do this year and how to make the most of it all.

I also wanted to post this piece of art I created below, which took me a few days on my graphics tablet, but was something I really enjoyed doing. I have  a few more ideas for things I’ve been wanting to draw, and will hopefully be able to post them soon!

Please also check out my sister’s free 2014 journal, The Muslimah’s Inspiration Journal 2014, which is free to download and use, with artwork and photographs contributed by myself and my other sister – it’s a great way to push yourself, plan your days and to reflect on different aspects of your life. Do let me know what you think of it!

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Our Eid…! (summed up in cakes, colourful clothes and Eid banners!)

Good news, I’ve finally come back to the blogging world, after finally getting a new replacement for my clapped-out laptop (yaay, the yummy smell of new plastic and keyboards! mmmm)

Here’s something which has also kept me busy all of last week, celebrating Eid-ul-Adha, which is the time of pilgrimage for many Muslims, and also the festival of sacrifice, in honour of Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) and his willingness to sacrifice his son.

Here’s a few peeks at some of the things we did during Eid (which was mostly eat a lot of food, wear lots of pretty clothes and make fun out of relatives and each other!)

I hope you all had a great Eid, with plenty of great food and company – we certainly did!

Happy Eid…!

Happy Eid everyone! I’ve had to take an unexpected (and forced!) hiatus from blogging for a few days, as my computer’s finally given up and fried, which means I’m laptop-less for a few days.  I should be back very soon (and I’ll post wherever I can, I’m currently using my sister’s laptop and *hating* it because it’s not got my usual bookmarks and settings on it), and I’ll be blogging plenty of new posts, pictures and weird articles again once I’m up and running!

For now, have a great Eid if you’re celebrating, and hope you enjoy some good food, beautiful outfits and good company! (Don’t worry, I took plenty of pictures to post from my Eid days!)

Eid Mubarak everyone! – Harlequin x

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