Re: Created a (Henna) Monster... :)

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Posted by Maureen on September 27, 2002 at 02:22:32:

In reply to: Created a (Henna) Monster... :) posted by Liz on September 26, 2002 at 19:00:37:

Hi Liz,

My advice is comfort...comfort...comfort!!! My second bit of advice
is to "do" you! If you dress up in clothing that may feel like a
costume to you, the outfit will end up wearing you rather than you
wearing it. You are always better off developing your own style for
these events unless the host/hostess has requested something
specific. When teenagers or preteens are the primary folks you are
going to henna, I provide them with as little distraction and/or
stimulation coming from me and what I have on as is humanly
possible. They need no more distractions and/or stimulation.

The "doing" you thing has to do with wearing what best accentuates
and defines your personal style, looks good on you, makes you feel
comfortable and provides a professional appearance for what it is
that you are at the event to do. I tend to wear a long skirt,
various tops, sandals or boots depending on the season, a scarf
covering my hair or tying it back, earrings and some of the jewelry I
make. It provides an "ethnic" sort of look while being western
enough and is total comfort. The skirts I wear range from lace to
velvet to patchwork denim to patchwork wool to denim to gauze to
assorted African materials to whatever... and the top is selected to
of course match the skirt. I choose the skirts because I am most
comfortable in skirts. Were I more comfortable in pants, I what I
would wear would be selected from an arsenal of different and
assorted pants. The bottom-line is that these have become my, "I'm
working an event" outfits and depending upon the material they are
made of can be dressy or more casual. In the end, my "look" becomes
sort of the artsy look. That is the look that works for me. You
will develop the look that is right and working for you.

That said...should you decide to get an outfit specific for the
event, make sure you wear it and break it in and get to know it
well. This will allow you to know if the top becomes restrictive or
provides you with full range of movement...whether or not the front
or back button will keep popping open if you move a certain way...if
it pinches your waist after an hour of wear or if you can wear it all
day in total comfort...if the length is such that you step on the
bottom when going up stairs (that is a real problem when your hands
are full) the sleeves drag over you just laid down henna
design. All of the little crazy-making details of how the outfit
works or does not work for you should be found out prior to the day
of your event.

Good luck and have fun!!!



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