Time is Galleons

180 Time is Galleons

Wise words from a very wise, wise old wizard. Do you remember? I think I really like writing such posts. You know, the kind where I dish out deep life advice – like I know better – BUT et cetera, et cetera. And this time, I feel like I owe it to you – to write about this hot mess (Literally, not in the cool way this phrase has come to dispel what it means.)… that is Jupiter Skye. And connect with you in a way that boils down to the ultimate – Why do you blog? If you thought, Because I like to. You’re on the right track! Not that you need me to tell you that. Buh-ut…

We read several posts on a daily basis, I come across so many similar writings on all the blogs I like reading… Like this striking piece that I found on Carrie Jackson’s blog, Jennypurr. (Pearl tweeted about it a few days ago!) Or this post on my friend Eddy’s blog, Egeedee (she is one of the coolest folks I know, and I love the way she writes about things) that felt like a beautiful wake-up call… That it’s okay to write about whatever you want, provided that you are passionate about it. Okay, well, I did know that!

Slowly and steadily, I’ve been discovering that through each and every post I write: What I like to write about & what I don’t, the community I’ve found here (the NICE-est), that it’s okay if not everyone’s reading so as long as I’m building a somewhat glittery sandcastle here… I know a lot of us who started writing their blogs as a way of expressing what they couldn’t otherwise, in person. For me, it’s also a way of discovering what I’m good at – and what I’m okay with sharing with folks. (There was a time when I had a not-so-secret personal blog – Don’t go hunting for it now! – and I ranted sooo much on it. Puerile stuff, of course. But I don’t know, I guess it helped. I can’t read some of what I wrote now because it was really dumb.)

This blog is different. I started it on a whim, I feel like I’ve said that before but then it was to gain an all-access pass to write for Vogue. It was My Holy Grail then (only now I’ve discovered that it’s Grazia that truly speaks to me). I religiously subscribed to + treasured (and still do) every issue that came out, imitated layouts, tried to shoot #OOTD posts (yes, I do regularly stalk Style Drive; Aayushi’s pictures well are Aayushi’s. They’re hers!) – it’s no secret that I wanted this to be a place where I could talk freely and endlessly about art, colour, D.I.Y and fashions that enamoured me. But all of that wasn’t me. Not the way I wanted to write about it back then – and I couldn’t because I do love fashion, just v. differently. I’m still discovering who’s who – don’t ask me about designers – I know nothing. Not all that much. It’s the colours and patterns that speak to me, the people and stories… The Oddities. That’s me!

Okay. So that’s the deal with this blog. Thanks for sticking around. And if you have a blog, and you’re reading this – I’m sorry if this sounded a little too self-absorbed but I would hope that it helped you relate, in a way. Fashion, food, fakes & forms… Write about it/them the way you please. There’s no rule book! And that, my friends is the beauty of having your very own personal space, i.e. Le Blog. (There’s someone who told me to conjure up Jupiter – I hadn’t even thought of creating this kind of a space until he mentioned it… Thank you, SAGAN. Not Carl. Y-o-u.)

P.S. This is Harry Potter reference # 3! Were you counting, too?

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

The House Bunny

179 The House Bunny

Hihihi! My little, brown bunny here comes bearing love and light for all of you and hopes you’re having a blessed (and very happy) Easter. Are you? I have a lot to be thankful for but I won’t bore the hair off of you so don’t worry. Ooh, by the way, I’m also in The Kingdom, I came here for a mini-vacay and I really wish it didn’t have to end so soon. I’ll be back in The Bay next week! I know, it sucks donkey balls. :-( Anyway, because I have a few days left, I promise to make the most of it and not get bummed out too much about leaving. I’m happy to be a house bunny for now. (My bank account’s secure, and home food hasn’t tasted better. Thanks Mommie!)

P.S. It was during Easter last year that I shifted to WordPress, do you remember? Though I ranted then, I really miss that time. Last year was one of the coolest years ever! (In other news, I might even have a little giveaway to post about, soon. I’m still hunting for a couple more things for it though. Can I get a Hooray?)

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

House of Parvati

178 House of Parvati

When it comes to odd and rustic finds (apart from my classic favourite – a word we call ‘vintage’), they have always held a special place in my heart. There’s just something magical about such places, they instantly draw you in with their collection of antiques, or perhaps their unspoken stories, and yes, it’s very much also when the owner is just as charming and passionate about the little store they take care of. As soon as I heard about Parvati Villa, I felt no different! The very moment I read about it last year, I made it my mission to hunt the store down and take pictures of everything. That didn’t happen in time, I broke my leg in between – and so I was finally able to visit the store, early this year.

Set further down the Colaba Causeway line and somewhere next to the Parsi Colony area, you’ll see this door. A door that opens to the most unusual finds! While I did take a lot of pictures at the store, and I mean, a lot – I still haven’t edited all of them and I hope to use them across my future posts or in a Facebook album – so watch out for that! For now, I hope my words are vivid enough to paint you picture. (I promise this won’t be long!)

Founded by Ileshaa Khatau (btw, she’s younger than me), Parvati Villa plays host to unheard of brands so you will be pleasantly surprised. There were one or two labels I had already heard of like Cirare by Akanksha Redhu and Niana by Leena Labroo. But the rest – ah, the rest – the merchandise comprises old perfume bottles (some vintage Chanel, too), beauty boxes, fashion accessories – like leather handbags and silk scarves, smoking slippers (there was a lovely pair of carmine red ones), scented candles (including a lotion candle; basically, you light the candle and can pour the wax on to your skin to use as a moisturizer – oh yes!) and some other odd objects for the home (think Mughalesque + ethnic). It’s a small store but in its own way, also huge – since it only recently opened, I expect to see a lot more cool labels and objects in the coming months.

P.S. Let me know if you visit the shop, and do tell me what you like about Parvati Villa – I would LOVE to know! Another thing, I love the name – I think that just says it all. The trishula (a three-headed spear) motif everywhere is very symbolic too – including on the door handle, and emblazoned over Ileshaa’s business cards. I love that!

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Artwork and picture by Roanna Fernandes

The Keeper of the Keys

177 The Keeper of the KeysDo you remember when I first wrote about Lune here? If you don’t, let me quickly count the ways I love thee… I mean, Sree. Okay, Sreesha Shetty. The creator of Lune! Born of a passion for all things bohemian and a vintage, whimsical charm, Sreesha’s label – Lune – possesses everything about everyday jewellery that I love. Each piece is unique, you must know this much, and named just as uniquely.

So… I recently placed an order for her stuff (I’ve only bought once from her, and the other time, she sent me some goodies)Samara (a Gold Deer Antler Necklace), Ankh (an Evil Eye Antique Gold Ring), Chaavi (a Long, Vintage Antique Gold Key Necklace) & a Little Handmade Mystery Bag (it contained the most darling, vintage things) – and was very pleased with my entire  L O O T  to say the least! (If you follow me on Twitter, you would have noticed my tweets raving about her jewellery.)

I wasn’t going to be at home when she shipped out my stuff so I decided to meet her instead. She lives in Bombay, she just moved here – I was supposed to meet her last year but I suppose I’m just really flaky. Anyway, I’m glad I did get to spend time with her because she’s even warmer (and so much cooler) in person. Sreesha, if you’re reading – I really, really love your stuff. Proud to own more than a few Lune lovelies now! ^.^ // It was so much of fun giggling over random things, I enjoyed talking to her so much that I even dunked my earphones into an oil candle at our dinner table. So much for crazy behaviour! 

P.S. The key, Chaavi, is just one of things from my entire loot, all of which I shall post about very soon in much detail, here. And yes, the Harry Potter reference? I think it’s my second. Cute, eh?

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes and picture by Sreesha Shetty