by Kelly | Oct 7, 2019 | Henna
So excited I can finally reveal the mural for Whimsical Wit on Hilton rd. in Ferndale that I painted this month! When Tricia the owner asked me the design a floral mural with this beautiful color scheme of pinks & greens & yellows I lept at it. I immediatly envisioned large peonies with vining eucalyptus leaves to be painted on the front of her shop and the rest just fell into place.
Just over a year ago the building was empty with a brick facade and a blank slate inside when Tricia got the shop. Every bit of this endevor has her hand (and sweat) in it. The space she created from nothing is nothing short of inspiring.
Tricia gave the space new life with filling the shop with the most lovely curation of gifts, home decor, jewelry, and apparel. It’s a dream place for anyone to shop that needs the perfect gift for someone (or themselves!) The mural we did just put the space over the top.
We did the official reveal at the Ladies Night Event held at the shop with massages, henna, tarot reading, dessert, and gifts. I got to meet so many great people and even a few ladies that follow my art but haven’t gotten see in person came for the event. Thanks to everyone who came out – the night was such a success!
Next time you’re out near Detroit, stop by Ferndale check out the mural, say HI to Tricia, and marvel at the wonders of Whimsical Wit ! If you want to discuss creating a beautiful mural of your own contact me here.
by Kelly | Jul 28, 2019 | Henna
We have had a wonderfully busy summer of henna here in Michigan. Very thankful to have met so many lovely people this summer already. We added a new member to our henna team – more on that later!
Here are a few photos of our most recent pregnancy henna designs. One party had two mamas-to-be at it. They had a spa theme and the moms had their feet massaged while I was doing their henna belly designs – it was so sweet. Here are their designs they had done, similar henna mandala designs which I think look great on pregnancy bellies, plus it lends itself well to a round surface.
See more of our pregnancy henna designs here
Information on booking your own henna party or pregnancy henna design email us here
by Kelly | Feb 24, 2019 | Henna
Hope you’re all having a WONDERFUL beginning to 2019. Spring is fast approaching and our henna calendar is filling up quickly! We have so many events coming up – some very exciting ones that I’ll tell you about in a bit and some I can’t mention yet (secret!) But I wanted to share our most popular henna designs this year so far .
Tribal & Geometric Henna Tattoos
Tribal and geometric henna tattoos are really popular this Spring like the one we did here for the hand . This was at our henna studio in Ypsilanti, Michigan
Cute Floral Henna Tattoos
I mean – like the Little Black Dress, cute floral henna tattoos on the hand will always be on trend! Our favorites to do because we LOVE floral henna designs .
Wrist Henna Tattoos
A popular place to put a henna tattoo is the wrist or forearm – more area so you can get a larger henna design plus the ability to keep it hidden if you need to for school or work. We LOVE wrist henna tattoos
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by Kelly | Feb 20, 2019 | electric forest, Henna
in Rothbury, Michigan
Electric Forest is one of the world’s largest music festivals. Every year Electric Forest plays host to dozens of EDM and live music and over 40,000+ attendees. This year Electric Forest 2019 is totally sold out and I understand why. It is a truly remarkable event that is one of a kind. The vibe at Electric Forest is unlike any other music festival most people have ever attended. We are the henna artist booth for EF and when we speak with our guests, they all say the same thing in regards to the festival: “this is incredible! I love it here.” The energy that is captured for 4 days in the Forest truly is magical – everyone is just kind and very accepting of everyone. I look forward to the new people I meet and stay friends with every year. For those of you going to Electric Forest this year – I wanted to write a few tips of what to pack for a festival and what to expect at a large festival – specifically Electric Forest tips for packing and what to expect.
THE BASICS :
Electric Forest is very open concept – and for the majority of attendees, they will be making their home in the campground of Electric Forest. I’m not going to list camping supplies because I’m no camping expert, trust me. But here are items that were defiantly needed- You will want to bring a very reliable, big waterproof tent large enough to sleep you and your crew. BE SURE TO BRING WEIGHTS for any tent – especially pop up shade tents like EZ UPs – I love these because they come in so many colors. Yes, the ground is there to stake into, but don’t rely on that. Especially because its a hard, sandy ground and stakes really don’t do much good if the wind kicks up. One year on a Sunday, the rain came and winds took everyone’s pop up tent with it. We saw hundred of crinkled tent frames in the garbages.. bring weights.
Bugs have never been an issue – I think they put a protectant out because I swear I never saw one mosquito – but the june bugs come out for about 15 minutes every night at sunset, then go away not bothering anyone.
PREPARE FOR CHILLY NIGHTS
It does get chilly at night even in the summer in Michigan. Be sure to bring functional layers- light hoodies, jackets with pockets, sweatpants & socks. Bring a few light blankets so you can layer at night and not be too hot by morning. Bring a sturdy hammock for the trees – that’s an experience you don’t want to miss!
Obviously bring sunscreen, nice stainless steel bottles for water, chairs to sit on at camp, some cash not just cards, lots of easy foods & snacks that don’t require a fridge. DO NOT bring glass bottles for anything – to keep everyone walking in bare feet safe they don’t allow glass bottles which makes sense. These BABY WIPES are so clutch – I can’t stress that enough. Bring more than you think you’ll need – because you’ll need them for everything – your face, your arms, your FEET, to feel clean periodically through the day. Trust me – you can’t have too many.
Bring a few bandanas to cover your face. More than one is good because you can wash one out and hang dry and wear the other. Sometimes if its been very dry the weeks leading up to EF, there will be lots of dust and a bandana around your face will help keep it from bothering you while you walk around. EVERYONE wears them, so really, it’s more regular to be wearing a bandana than to be wearing a shirt…
Cellphone service is crappy there – which I think is part of the beauty! People aren’t glued on media devices – they’re there, in the moment. That being said, lots of groups bring a totem – a big, light up something on a looong stick or pole so in the crowds, you can spot your crew and make your way to the meetup. Think signs with slogans, alien heads, giant glowing broccoli creations – you get the idea. It’s really good to have if you’re with more than just one person.
Costuming and dressing up is so natural at Electric Forest- the bigger the better. One sure way to make friends is to dress up. I have seen everything from 60 year olds in tutus to giant bee costumes to girls wearing just body paint and pants. It’s wonderful to see everyone’s creativity.
The main row of crafting & shopping is in the Campground as well. There you will find beautiful handcrafted necklaces, clothing, enamel pins and our henna tattoo booth. We will be there with three henna artists at our tent this year.
The best food vendors are in the Campground – there’s a large variety and the prices are about what you would expect at a festival. Expect to get fed for about $10-$12 a person on average depending on what food you decide on.
Medics & police are sparse, but are there if you need anything – they hire the most chill & understanding officials I think, so that’s always a plus. They know people are there to have a fun and enjoyable time and aren’t going to rain on that. I needed Tylenol one of the first nights – after doing henna all day my head started to hurt a bit. I was already deep in the Forest so I didn’t want to leave and go all the way back to the booth at the campsite that has essentials for sale. I went to the medic booth and saw a fella on a little cot just needing to chill a bit and two friendly medics behind a little table. I said what I needed, filled out a slip of paper, they asked if I had been drinking (being 4 months pregnant at the time, my answer was NO, hah) and they gave me what I needed and sent me on my way. Friendly, knowledgable, and helpful – what more could you ask for?
Anytime there’s an influx of 40,000+ people into an area, there’s going to be some traffic. Be prepared for traffic arriving and leaving. There’s no getting around that- BUT the fun can even start there – I have seen people meeting and greeting each other while they are bumper to bumper. It doesn’t last too long and once you’re there, you’re there. You can leave your car and be without all that for 4 days *sigh* which is great. I haven’t left and came back, so I don’t know anything about that. I do know that you’re about 20-30 minutes away from any large store or chain so if you forgot something, best to stop at the largest store you find about 30 mins out from your destination – chances are you’ll see about 100 other people doing the same thing when you’re on your way there.
KNOW THE MAP
Familiarize yourself with the map of Electric Forest so you and your group know some key areas to meet at and have a general idea of where you’ll be headed.
Don’t be dumb with things – don’t drink before you get there and drive that way. With any large event, there are police on the expressway in a radius around looking for people being irresponsible. Don’t do other things on the drive there – just arrive sober and let the fun begin after you’ve set up your tent.
I think some of the best and most fun moments are ones you don’t plan- just let yourself be free and enjoy your time. Electric Forest is a magical experience and a place you can make life long connections. The FAQ section of Electric Forest’s website has more in depth info. I hope you found these Electric Forest tips helpful for packing and if you think of any I can add, email me email@example.com or leave a comment . Have fun and I’ll see you in the Forest!
All images sourced online from various articles and resources.
by Kelly | Jan 10, 2019 | Henna, Henna Tattoos Michigan, Michigan henna tattoo, new york henna, Private appointments, South Asian Wedding Michigan, Weddings
How to Find the Right Henna Artist for Your Event
You want to have a henna artist for your next birthday party or celebration – but how do you know the right artist to book? I’ll walk you through the questions to ask as well as what to look for before you book your henna artist.
What Type of Event Do You Need Henna For?
This would be the first place to start in deciding on what henna artist to hire. As with anything, you do get what you pay for. However, as long as they use a safe product (which we will address below), there are aritsts just starting their career that will be suiltable for a young child’s birthday party or fundraising event. Everyone needs opportunities to practice in the real world, so hiring a less expensive artist with little expereince isn’t a bad thing, but you just need to assess the application. I wouldn’t hire a beginner henna artist for a corporate event, an event with more than 15 people, or certainly never for a wedding – leave those events to a more seasoned professional.
Where to Find a Henna Artist
With hiring any entertainer, word of mouth or experiencing the artist yourself is always the best way to hire. However, a simple Google search for Henna artist in (insert your city here) should bring up a variety of artists within 50 miles of you to choose from.
How to Tell Professional from Beginner
There’s more to being professional than just the look of a henna artist’s pictures online, though that helps. Professionalism comes from experience with a variety of scenarios, clients, and requests. Beginner henna artists may spook easily and be overwhelmed by 30 teens swarming them from all sides with their iPhones asking for a design off Pinterest rather than the design book they set out. However, a professional henna artist will be able to wrangle the crowd of henna lovers in a calm and kind manner. A beginner henna artist may sweat under the pressure of Aunties requesting more and more intricate designs for the bridal mehndi while a professional will look to the bride for her preferences. Professionalism is more than good work – it’s good attitude and presentation. Before choosing your artist to hire, we suggest talking to them over the phone and asking questions about their experience with the type of event you are hosting. If you’re looking at an artist’s work online, look for a variety of designs as well as cleanliness of the work. Are the lines jagged and crooked? Are the designs poorly constructed and mismatched? Do they have a wide sampling of photos? Another good resource for vetting a henna artist is their social media account as well as online reviews such as Yelp or Google. where to buy ivermectin in singapore
Information about Quality Henna Paste
This is crucial. If an artist doesn’t make their own henna paste or purchase paste from a professional henna artist, do not hire them. The reason being is for safety; store bought, commercial cones are made with unknown ingredients and have stabilizers and preservatives to retain their ability to stain and survive their life on a store shelf (although this stain is usually a very poor quality anyway). The best and most safe henna paste is made by the artist because they will know the ingredients used as well as when it was made. Store bought cones with preservatives can harm skin so they should not be used on anyone. Professional henna paste is safe for all skin types that have no sensitivity to the essential oils the artist used. Pure, professional henna is made with henna powder that consists of USDA Organic henna leaves that stay vacuum sealed until mixing. The paste will consist of two essential oils (tea tree, lavender, cajeput, frankincense etc.) , water, a sugar, (maybe lemon juice or tea water) and nothing else . The paste should remain frozen until right before use. Henna should smell earthy, not pungent or sour. When you are speaking with an artist prior to hire, ask what they make their paste with and how they mix it. If they can’t tell you, do not hire.
Hiring a henna artist is a fun addition to any party – its entertainment and a party favor all in one! By following our tips above you can find the perfect henna artist for your occasion. Any questions please contact us and we will be happy to help . -Kelly
by Kelly | Jan 2, 2019 | Crafts, Henna, Michigan henna tattoo
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An Instagram photo by henna artist, Kelly Caroline.