Coco Before Chanel

191 Coco Before Chanel

I’ve never been into Chanel, it’s not because I know a lot about the brand and choose not to be. It’s just that I don’t know enough (but I see Coco as the part meant for someone feminine, spirited and younger and Chanel for a woman who’s slightly older, sophisticated and refined), speaking of which – I would like to watch Coco Before Chanel – but anyway, this post is about the new-found love I have for Coco Mademoiselle, a Chanel fragrance that stirs something soothing and sensual within me. Does that sound like I’m turned on? I think I am. Because of my (favourite, heh) cousin Sasha (Sabharwal), who has been wearing the scent for a while now (and all the time since she’s been home), I’ve been growing to fall in love with its oriental notes even deeper.

Though I am currently coveting it for the moment, for this post precisely, I’m definitely thinking that this fragrance should be my next perfume acquisition. After all, it does make sense after Elle by Yves Saint Laurent etc. Though Elle will always be a dear favourite and an eternal classic… Then again, who says that one can’t have two? Right? Riiiight? Okay, goodbye.

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

A Skye Full of Stars

190 A Skye Full of Stars

Wow, I can’t remember the last time I wrote here! No, seriously. It has been quite a while for me to not even have an inkling of what’s going on with this space. I don’t have a great, big explanation – just have been mentally occupied with work and in a relaxed state of mind during the weekends, in the process – I suppose I took a mini-vacation from my blog, itself. I didn’t feel as horrible about it as I usually do, I mean I definitely missed writing here but I was too pooped in the brain to care. Besides, inspiration was lacking. (I didn’t want to write posts for the sake of publishing them!) I decided I would come back only when I had some time off from it, good ideas and better promises on making this space “ah-mazing”.

And now I’m here! Back to where I started. Well, mostly. I feel excited, and lovely, and good to be here! I’ve also decided something. Two somethings! I need to craft a Rate Card for my work (This includes all the artworks and illustrations that I usually undertake on a commission basis, for home-made businesses and other folks.) and er, for my blog, too (If there are good collaborations I wouldn’t mind doing, that come my way… Let’s see! This bit is still a thought.). Yes! Let’s clink to new things. There’s a lot more on my mind right now, but putting it all down on paper… er, public paper, is slightly risqué so I’m shutting up, now. Thanks for reading! (And for taking part in the Charmed giveaway. The winner is Mishana Khot! Announced it on my Facebook and Twitter pages a few weeks ago. I’m confident of hosting a few more giveaways this year, so I hope you’ll take part in those, too?)

P.S. Ghost Stories is my favourite, new Coldplay album, as you can probably tell. The names of the tracks, and artworks, are what caught my attention. Good stuff! Listen to A Sky Full of Stars and Magic first, if you can. Perfect sounds for my magical, monsoon mind. #AlliterationAlert #GoodGawd

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

Crop Dead Gorgeous

189 Crop Dead Gorgeous

Crop tops! (Do you remember them from the late nineties? Thinking of Madonna now, and those smoky+sultry, leather bustiers she used to carry off way back then; Shania Twain, too, in slender tees showing off her beautiful, silky torso. HOT!) I think the fashion councils of the world came up with a new term for it though, and I’m not biiiig on the history actually but I really am digging  c r o p  t o p s. I bought a very cute and colourful ikat one from Topshop at PAX about two years ago. Best decision ever! :-)

And recently, I picked up TWO crochet+lace ones from Forever 21 a few months ago (I think they still have them if you want to check!). Don’t own a perfectly sculpted bod yet, but I think I can work them with sheer basics (or a denim shirt, if I ever get adventurous). High-waist skinnies look really good with crop tops too (which are perfect for chubsters like myself!); my favourite way to wear one would be with an oversize denim shirt, black ‘tuck-your-tummy-in’ skinnies, leather brogues (or boots), a messy top-knot and a vintage backpack! They’re just really my favourite NEW basic of the moment. 

P.S. Think I could get my own crop top made? I would want to the use the pattern I created here. Do you like it? Peek harder, and you can see those little evil eye motifs. Oh, and have you entered giveaway#2, yet? Details here! Enter away, friends.

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

The Gift of La Magie { GIVEAWAY }

188 The Gift of La Magie { GIVEAWAY } - 2Okay, giveaway # 2, here we come! This one applies to everyone who wants to enter – in the country (if you are overseas and want to enter, and have a friend here in the country who can collect your goodie for you – then by all means, enter away!). But I’m counting my cookies before they come out of the oven! This giveaway is themed after my favourite show of the moment, Charmed; I’ve been re-watching all the seasons. (Contains a bit of magic, aye!)

What’s in the Box?

1. The Gypsy Necklace from Rosecraft by Roanna Fernandes (giggle-giggle, yeah, that’s me!). (This is a necklace holding a gypsy charm that I’ve created. There are a few more of the same variety, which I hope to sell – at some point.)

2. Message in a Bottle – A delicate vial (that looks a lot like a potion bottle) I bought at Al-Zamil Stores when I was in The Kingdom, a month before the last; of course, I’ll be adding a personal touch for that Charmed effect. (If you’re into that sort of thing!)

3. A Pointing Crystal Necklace from Lune by Sreesha Shetty. (Far by, my favourite! Ordered an amethyst crystal+quartz necklace from Sreesha Shetty for which this magical giveaway would have been incomplete without! Especially this ONE, that’s somewhat similar to the one they use on Charmed when scrying for magical beings, or witches.

4. Rustic wooden jewellery tray from Dhoop – An old-fashioned, wooden container shaped like the stump of a tree (well, somewhat); I’ve painted the containing hollow with matte gold for a magical effect. Would this be something that interests you?

Rules?

The rules are simple! This giveaway is for Indian residents, only. International giveaways, commencing soon.

1. Comment below saying why you would want to win this (THIS ISN’T OPTIONAL, SADLY! Well, d-uh.), and tell me your current favourite supernatural/witchcraft-ish book/magazine/movie/show of the moment (this part is optional!). Okay, so my comments are moderated – don’t fret if you don’t see yours published immediately! (And please don’t forget to add your e-mail address in the details box so I have yours saved on my system; I’ll need it to get in touch.)

2. For brownie points – feel free (well, not really, hahaha!)  to ‘Like’ my page on Facebook, and follow me on Twitter! :-)

What happens after?

I’ll choose ONE winner in exactly two weeks, from now – save the date – June 24 is when this contest comes to an end! As soon as I announce the winner – which will either be on my Facebook or Twitter page (and through an e-mail, perhaps) –  please write back to me with your postal address and phone number right away. I’ll mail the package across then, immediately through speed post!

The “Fourth Year of Festivities” is yours for taking! Giveaway-gift-makin’. Good luck!

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Artwork & Picture by Roanna Fernandes