Mental Health Initiative

Dear friend,

Today is @bell_letstalk day and in the spirit of this conversation I am reaching out to share details about the launch of our Mental Health Initiative.

Mental health can’t be seen or heard. Being born in a south Asian home welcomes one of the biggest stigmas towards mental health, like a taboo we are one of the many races the frowns upon the mention of its existence. However, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. But how do we bring it up, if no one will support us or educate the world about the extent of its existence?

As an advocate for people living with mental illness I have been in the background to many charitable events by either participation, volunteering and/or donations. In 2009 I co-organized a Photography exhibit combined with a silent auction which aimed to take a positive approach to mental health by sharing personal stories combined with a performance dance piece and vocal artists. The event was a great success, having raised $2000 towards CMHA.

This year we decided to take part in Bell Let’s talk day by connecting with mental illness on a personal level. This story illustrates the bond of two South Asian friends sharing their personal stories and discussing the stigma surrounding mental health. Myself, Malinda Chohan – owner of Banglez Jewelry and Iman Grewal – Self Employed Publicist, Clothing Stylist and Events Director.

Our childhood bond grew from this struggle and together we realized that it has become an important story that we were ready to share. In hopes, it would encourage others to start talking and sharing their experiences. We feel mental Health is worth celebrating!

Countless individuals struggle with mental health in innumerable ways, some distinctly obvious and others so minuscule that the average eye may pass it off as a life stressor. However, when it exists close to you or in your own home, we owe it to them and ourselves to ease their struggle by truly listening and learning how we can help. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have the opportunity to heal from such experiences, which is why we owe to them to show courage and share our story.

Let’s break the stigma! If not for ourselves, then in honour of those who came before us whose voice weren’t heard or of those will come after us.”As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Let’s stop being afraid, let’s figure it out together…lets talk 🙂

Together with our incredible team, we are humbly asking women from our community to share their stories with us. Submit a short video or email explaining your personal experience. In doing so, we’d love to treat you to an intimate mini photoshoot day! We welcome all submissions – this is an LGTBQ positive event💗

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Together with our talented partners, we will select 2 – 4 females from the submissions. The ladies will receive a Hair and Makeup Application taking place at Blend Hair & Makeup Studio by lead makeup artist Sarah Stewart and lead hairstylist Sonia Singh.

They will then head to Banglez where they will be styled by Iman Grewal. Clothing courtesy of Figjam. As well as of course full access to jewelry from Banglez – South Asian Inspired Jewelry.

Once they’re looking and feeling their best, Narbir Gosal of Brown Rice Photography will take their photos for their mini photography session onsite.

Vinay of The Midnight Media who created the video to help us tell our story will also be capturing the ladies throughout their day of being pampered.

Our hope is to have a positive and uplifting day in an open, non-judgmental environment! Please get in touch with us and help spread the word share@banglez.com #bellletstalk #bellletstalkday #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #shareyourstory

 

Sincerely,

Malinda Chohan

“When we deny our stories, they define us.

When we own our stories, we get to write a brave new ending.

Brené Brown

#Hair & #Makeup by @blendstudio.ca

#Photography by @brownricephotographyto

#Videography by @themidnightmedia

#Styling by @imankama

#Clothing by @figjam.to

Brought to you by @banglez_jewelry

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Bride-to-be Beach shoot

A new year marks a new beginning!

New people to meet, new adventures to enjoy and new memories to create.

Here at Banglez we’d like to wish you the Happiest New Year ever!

Last summer Banglez teamed up with Breath of Henna to create a beach glam inspired shoot! Malinda From Banglez and Sarah from Breath of henna came up with a mermaid bride concept that entailed dressing the model in cloth to represent the elements: the sun and the sea, an intriguing union. It was important to them to inspire simplicity though a natural yet exotic look.

We have merged a narrative of a woman seen before her wedding: calm, free and effortlessly beautiful while healing. The yellow fabrics represent the sun’s delicate glow from within, while the blue fabrics represent her in her natural surroundings. One not more important than the other merged to showed the importance of their unity for the mermaid bride’s essence.

The shore and sunny weather were important parts of the shoot because they represented the seamless union for our mermaid model. Despite dealing with unsteady weather, to our advantage our model was better able to portray the strength and determination of our mermaid bride. It was important that we best represent what a bride-to-be draws her strength from, leading up to the day of her wedding.

We used bindis on her face to give her freckles and gold streaks through her hair to provide an authentic marking of south Asian heritage and cultural customs.

The ratio of the henna to breathing skin signified the fear of what is to come, moulding to new surroundings, holding on to what is true, while embracing change. All embodied by a bride to be, like a weight that will mould in the form of henna, leading her to a new chapter in her life.

The mermaid bride is seen washing her feet free of the weight she is carrying, washing away some henna in the process. This symbolizes how the traditions in our cultures are fading away, becoming something new yet recognizable. When something or someone loses its meaning, our vision is soiled like the clothing in this shoot. While desperately holding on to our roots, we invent new traditions that honour our culture and our present selves.

Thank you, Malinda and Sarah for your insights on this shoot!

Now let’s take a look at this lovely summer beach shoot!

The results look flawless! This season if you’re looking for a beautiful henna artist that will understand your vision, contact Breath of Henna at breathofhenna@gmail.com. Like always, Banglez is here to make YOU sparkle, no matter how much work or sparkle is needed!

Sincerely,

Mahak Gupta

Banglez Bloggeress

“Sunshine is my favourite accessory.”

 

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Coming soon…

 

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