Henna Expressions

Are you someone who finds herself constantly doodling in the columns on your notebook? Do you draw designs for the covers of your binders? I am totally one of those people. It’s GirlMogul Rose here, helping out Lily and Poppy with the “Living a better Life” section. I know they usually talk about maintaining physical wellness, but I had an idea about mental and emotional wellness that I wanted to share with you.

Art can be very therapeutic. A lot of people I know use it to deal with stress. But, we are not all Picassos. I love doodling and drawing, but couldn’t draw an accurate portrait of a person if my life depended on it! I was talking to my friend who does Bollywood dancing in school, and she told me that her mom and aunts all do henna, or “mendhi” in Hindi, for fun on the side. She said they put on for formal occasions like weddings, and sometimes just for fun. She knows how much I like to doodle and learn how to draw cool designs, so she let me come over her house and try the art form. Traditional henna is made from the eucalyptus plant, and looks like a thick, dark green paste. The artists use a pastry cone to pipe designs on hands, feet, and anywhere you want! They said they usually only do the hands and feet because that is where the color comes out the darkest because of the good circulation.

I tried and loved it! It was so much fun, and the design lasted in a dark brown/reddish color on my hand for almost 3 weeks! You can find real mendhi at Indian grocery stores, or by calling Henna artists in your area, who will often sell you a cone they make for around $4. They also books with traditional designs, which is what I used to copy from. Here are pictures of what I did on my left hand, with the henna still on it:

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Review – Girl in a Fix

Ok girls, so usually I am not that beauty stuff, because hey, you know, beauty is only skin deep. However I did get a copy of Girl in Fix – Quick Beauty Solutions and thought is was kinda neat, especially because they gave me the scientific reason why a something would fix oily hair. And hey – you gals all I know, I love anything to do with science. And Girl in a Fix is a great book for several several reasons — it’s small enough to fit in a pocket or purse, it actually has QUICK and on-the-go fixes for daily problems, and it explains why they work. What else does a girl need?

Somer Flaherty and Jen Kollmer combined with Zest books to co-author this awesome guide. The book covers all the annoying problems you could have that could really ruin a good day. For example, it gives you solutions to issues such as oily hair, dark circles, split ends, rough cuticles, dry skin, and much more. What I personally liked best about the layout was that is gave you a quick fix to the aforementioned problem, and then told you why it worked. We all hear about those remedies from everything to face blemishes to dying hair, but I never try any of them because I trust that they work. Here, I get the scientific reason for why these home remedies work, which makes me understand the process. I also liked how the “fixes” the authors provide are money-saving as well. Especially in this economy, I need the make a big bang for my buck. Here’s an example of one of my favorite tips from the book, with some summarizing by me:

Problem: Split Ends
Solution: Take a few avocados, and mash them up in a bowl until it looks like a thick paste “or really good guacamole”. Rub the concoction into the hair, especially the ends. Leave on for 30 minutes, the shampoo and you’re done!
Why It Works: “Natural oils in avocado merge the split ends together and keep them glued in place through a few washes. This gives you a chance to postpone that haircut until you have a little extra cash flow.”

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Adventurous Cuisine: Tantalizing Thai Food

When we go out to eat Thai food the usual dishes are ordered. These dishes include items such as Pad Thai, Beef or Chicken Satay, and some kind of fried rice. Although the terms Pad Thai and Satay may sound foreign, we know them as the traditional Thai noodle dish and meat grilled on a stick served with peanut sauce, respectively. But, Thai food can be much more interesting than noodles and rice. In fact, I often never even venture out into the menu at a Thai restaurant, since don’t understand most of the terms anyway.

Well, that changed. I decided to just go for it. Here are some of the dishes I think are worth a shot: Watercress with bean sauce, beef with bamboo shoots, and spicy coconut milk soup with chicken. Let’s start with the watercress. Watercress, when cut and prepared, has a refreshing bite. It’s a soft vegetable after cooked, but had a nice crunch to it when bitten. Also, watercress absorbs flavors really well so the sauce it is cooked in really envelopes the vegetable and gives it depth. Beef with bamboo shoots was also a nice surprise, because the tenderness of the beef contrasts so well with the texture of the bamboo shoots. The beef is soft and well seasoned, while the bamboo shoots are crunchy and mild. Spicy coconut milk soup is less about the texture and more about the flavor. This soup can get REALLY spicy, so make sure to ask for the level you can handle! The delicious coconut milk adds sweetness to the heat, and the vegetables in the broth, like mushrooms and bamboo shoots, add heartiness to the soup. With the addition of chicken, this soup is the perfect meal.

For dessert, make sure to try lychees in syrup, a traditional Thai fruit in its own juices. Lychees are sweet and delicious. They have a soft, fleshy texture and are white in color. They make the perfect refreshing end to any meal!

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