Monday, 4 November 2013

Día de los Muertos - Saturday Stylings

I've been feeling very reserved about Halloween this year. It just seems a bit wrong to celebrate scary things like zombies and other dead and scary things around a little boy who is so small and impressionable. It also seems to me like Halloween has lost it's meaning. If it had Christian origins I feel like they have been lost now.

 
These are all reasons that I wasn't too up for celebrating this year until a good friend of mine who's birthday is the 31st October decided to have a Día de los Muertos themed party. I started researching on Pinterest and discovered the prettiness, flowers and sugar skulls all involved in this positive celebration of Mexican Day of the Dead. The Huffington Post describe the differences between Halloween and Mexican day of the dead like this "Dia de los Muertos is a holiday with Mexican origins that is celebrated on November 1 - 2. While some imagery might be close to that of Halloween, there are significant differences between the two. Dia de los Muertos is a day to celebrate death -- or, more specifically, the deceased -- while on Halloween, death is seen as something to be feared." I much prefer the Mexican way of celebrating rather than fearing the deceased so I'm definitely going with this idea again in the future. 
 
Through my research of images of make up and images I got very excited about he party and ended up with a costume and make up that I loved! 
 
Luckily I had nearly everything I needed for my costume already...
Lots of flowers for my hair and I bought a few extra on eBay
 
Funky necklace, rings and earrings
 
Face paint applied with eyeliner brush 
 
Crystal and skull French connection necklace worn on forehead 
 
LBD from topshop
 
And I bought some crystals (99p plus postage from ebay to bling up the face paint and some black net and elastic to make a funky tutu! (£3.50 for net and old elastic from mum for free!)
 
I was so happy with my costume and dressed up Jacob's dad too - he looked brill! He wore a suit, hat and plain white t shirt and some stick on felt flowers sold for card making that had been fine to us by his nan! 

 
The wonderful Zoe made a Mexican feast in her beautiful home, decorated perfectly and accompanied by Mexican music and lovely people. We had a fab time and the little man had a sleepover at his Nana and Pop's house so we even had a lay in the next day! 
 
It was so great to have lots of time to ourselves and have a fun carefree party time.

This seemed like a much better way to celebrate the season especially as a friend of many around our local area tragically passed away this week. He ran the Dublin marathon and suffered a heart attack after completing the race. I didn't know him well but Jacob's dad and a lot of our friends knew him and he was a friendly, genuine and wonderful guy. He ran the marathon to raise money for the British heart foundation so we are continuing to try to raise money for his cause. If you would like to donate please click here to access his just giving page.

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