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Huffington Post Interview 🤗👇🏼 http://m.huffingtonpost.ca/2018/01/25/divya-patel-henna_a_23343590/
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@beautybybu always sends me the most amazing photos! 😍
@waheeda.sultan as #TheCineverseBride, in an editorial shoot with some of the finest vendors in the industry ✨✨✨ Vendors:
@punitsanghera @leenaheravi @love4farah @sarinaaa_r @thomas_darya
MUAH for Bride Model:
MUAH for Bridesmaids Models:
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What a pleasure to finally meet you and have the opportunity to adorn your hands for your special day! @hennakreations 💖 A very, very happy birthday to you ✨ Thank you for being the kind, gracious person you are and always warming my heart with your sweetest gestures and comments!
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TGIFRY-DAY! Missing my daily 3-4 cups of cutting cha but then again, there’s nothing quite like my grandma’s cup of tea!
Tee by my favorite, @punarviofficial 📸: @mrinmoy4u4ever
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Happy International Women’s Day! ✨
#tbt When @maplemehndi & I traded henna 👋🏼💘 She took a piece of me with her to Morocco and I’ve brought a piece of her art here to Toronto ✨(The colour from this henna still hasn’t faded completely from my hands!) Here’s to women who empower other women to do their very best and be their very best✨
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You guys make me blush! 🙈 Thank you for all the lovely comments on my previous post. Back in Toronto and it feels so good to reunite with my family. Missed them so terribly!
I was going through everyone’s comments and some dm messages and so many of you were asking about my outfit! On my trip to Rajasthan, we stumbled upon this little boutique and I fell in love with the fabrics that were there. This green paisley printed fabric particularly caught my eye and I knew I had to have it! I asked the owner if it possible to have anything made with it, a dress, kurta, dress, anything and said I could tailor it any way I wanted. So I gave him this idea and requested it so it would be a dress that can also be worn as a kurta. The shop owner had his tailor prepare this outfit from this gorgeous piece of fabric in a matter of hours! I didn’t even get a chance to do a trial fitting and look at how beautifully it fit. I wore this outfit for numerous occasions on my trip and paired it with something different each time. I love it as well!
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So long, India! 👋🏼 Thank you for all those magical days, filled with endless memories and cha. More than anything, I’ve met some really amazing people and made so many everlasting memories. I can’t wait to be back and explore places in India that are still on my wish-list!🤞🏼I also missed seeing so many people I would’ve otherwise if I had the time. There’ll definitely be a next time!
See you soon, Toronto ✈️ .
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I had the pleasure to meet Jyoti (@bridalmehndiqueen) yesterday and boy, is she awesome! We chatted about everything - henna, work and life related. Her husband joined us later to take a couple of photos and was also so welcoming! ☺️ When Jyoti was doing this bridal figure on my hand, he watched so lovingly and was gleaming with joy! I’m sure he must’ve seen her do this an infinite number of times before but you could just tell how proud he was of her. Such a heartwarming moment!
It was lovely meeting you, Jyoti. Thank you for the best time yesterday and for the morning Poha AND for the delicious afternoon lunch ❤️
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Bridgette’s reaction to the countless people who followed us around Juhu beach asking if she’d like a “henna tattoo”. @maplemehndi
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Its been such a joy and so, so exciting flaunting this beautiful design all over Mumbai!
Done by the FABULOUS @maplemehndi ❤️ Have always loved her for her work but love her even more now for just being her! She’s just ooooooooout of this world.
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Calm amidst the chaos. 📸: @maplemehndi
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Spent a day with my childhood best friend roaming around our hometown, eating some good food and reminiscing about our younger days. We’ve got older and moved countries apart but somethings never change 💖 ...what better way to end of the day than treat her with some henna? 💖 @dhara_0694
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One of the most common questions I get asked is how to improve? The answer, “practice” is probably one of the most common, yet underrated answer anyone can give you. It seems simple - “practice”. You almost think to yourself, “Yeah, I know I have to practice! That’s common sense! There must be a faster way though? Give me some tips? Tricks?” Its almost frustrating when someone gives you that answer! Its true though, “practice” is underrated. Sometimes, there simply is no easy way to get better. You can only get better if you do a certain thing repetitively, aka practice.
I often sit down and scroll through the work of many of my talented fellow henna artists, admiring the beauty of their work and the hours that must have gone into perfecting the design. I almost always want to know how they managed to make the eyes so perfect in their bride figure or how they managed to get the lines so clean and yet delicate. I can’t help but wonder in those moments if there is some shortcut to doing it or if there’s an easier way.
I’ve learned from not only doing the work I do but also seeing other artists’ work that the answer is simply practice. Why is that artist’s paisley perfect? Simple - that artist has done that paisley more times than you can imagine. Why is that eye so perfect in the bride’s portrait? Simple - that artist has a piece of paper lying somewhere on which the artist has practiced that same eye 100 times, improving it each time.
This is my practice. I’ve been wanting to better my bridal figures in henna for quite some time now and have been feeling so inspired by the brides I’ve met. The bottom is just a practice of Padmavati, inspired by @deepikapadukone from @filmpadmaavat ☺️ The middle figure is inspired by a portrait of @manushi_chhillar for a @sabyasachiofficial campaign ☺️
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Someone requested this in the comments when I posted a glimpse of Komal’s mehendi in one of my previous posts. So here it is!!!! Komal’s FULL bridal henna - a lovely photo captured by her awesome wedding photographers, @wedding_365 📸
Komal’s mehendi was full of customizations, some that were requested by her and some that I told her would look awesome with the theme of her mehendi! What’s your favourite element? (P.S Komal is a budding henna artist herself. Check out her work and show some love! 💕 @hennarhythm)
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Dhwani’s bridal henna ❤️ @dhwanipatel_9
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A special moment with my stunning bride! If you saw her in person, you wouldn’t want to look away 😍 @dhwanipatel_9
Doing bridal henna for Dhwani happened by pure chance and I couldn’t have been happier to have been a small part of her big day!
Hair, Makeup & Dressing by @aanalsavaliya ☺️
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When the colour of your mehendi on the very next day is so dark, there can only be one explanation... you’re just so loved! 😉 (Haha! But no seriously, Komal also took very good care of her mehendi. Not only on the day I was applying it but throughout the next day as well. You can clearly see the results! Unfortunately I missed seeing Komal as a bride because of other commitments but I can bet the colour of her mehendi only got darker and deeper on her wedding day!) @kkomall
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Posted glimpses of Komal’s bridal henna on my story the day we applied it and sharing a couple of photos yet again here on my feed... just cause.
Komal had messaged me about booking her bridal henna in India months before her dates were even finalized. She wanted to know if there was any possibility of my being in India at the same time as her wedding may be planned. Back then, chances were slim but when I finally got around to booking my air tickets, she was the first one I messaged. The dates all worked out perfectly and we made this happen!
One of the first things Komal requested in her mehendi was Radha and Krishna and we started her mehendi with just that. Her fiancé’s (now husband) name is Rubin and because of their combined initials, “RK”, a part of the theme of the wedding was Radha & Krishna.
Scroll right and you can see their logo “RK”, which I included in her design as well. The birds and the bride were my suggestion and Komal let me do my thing (😘!) I drew inspiration for the bride figure from @harin17’s work.
It was such a pleasure doing henna for this beauty. Not only was she so patient throughout the entire process but she made sure I was comfortable. Her entire family was just so kind and so, so welcoming! Thank you for making that day a breeze! 💖 @kkomall
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It’s been so terribly long since I’ve last posted. I’m so sorry for suddenly going MIA here on Instagram. My trip in India has been a lot more hectic than I expected. I’ve been working and at the same time am trying to enjoy my time here so I’ve stayed off social media for a bit. Nevertheless, I’ve been taking lots of photos and have been saving them all so I can start sharing them all with you. I’ve been around so many lovely brides during my time here, I can’t wait to share that with you as well.
First of all, thank you so much for all the love y’all showered on this Aladdin and Jasmine design I did for Kavita. I captured this on her wedding day while we were waiting for her Doli. Its been so humbling to see this photo circulate around Instagram! Thank you, as always. 💖
Stay tuned - lots of posts coming up!
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A huge, HUGE thank you to everyone who sent me such lovely messages and so much amazing feedback on this Huffington Post interview I shared on my Instagram story a couple of days back.ki
It’s been very hectic these past few days, travelling around Rajasthan and then driving back to my hometown. I finally got some time to sit down and take a bit of a break so this had to be done...I can’t thank you all enough for all the love and the immense amount of support I receive on a daily basis. You keep me going and motivate me to push myself and do better each time, be it with my designs or simply as a person.
So, so, so much love for each and everyone of you. The video in this post is muted because it’s a screen recording.. you can find the full interview on Huffington post’s website... I’ve linked it in my BIO. For those that haven’t watched, please do go and watch & let me know what you think.
I have my mom’s artistic genes but I became an artist because of my dad. I get asked a lot how my parents reacted to me doing the art I do. The answer is always the same...I am so, so grateful for both my mom and dad, who have been nothing but supportive in my journey. This video/interview is dedicated to my dad...who I miss so dearly. I wish he could’ve seen this. I love you, daddy.
Last but not least, a huge thank you to my MUAH @krishkreations for making me look and feel so beautiful!