Pumpkinhead

201 Pumpkinhead

Of course you don’t remember the last time I created one of these! (It was er, ages ago. And if you do remember, wow, OMG, you rock.) It wasn’t that I terminated the series just that I couldn’t think anymore, and find fun ones to do but it’s back, and what do you think? Huh. Huh? UH-HUH. Uh-huh? Suppose the brown paper bag could look a little cuter, eh? Well, 4 points to me for trying. Enough, let me know in the comments below? And lest you steal this piece of mine, I’ll come and haunt you, you nasty little (what rhymes with mine?) SWINE! Turn you into a toad, and wish you ill-a-load. Okay. Bye! Happy Halloween.

P.S. I found out – Nay, remembered – that when I was in the fifth or seventh grade, I had a habit of drawing out food and desserts (creamy bottles of milk, cherry cake etc.) as written about in Enid Blyton books! Yep, and when I looked at the drawings, they are so similar to what I make now. Can I say that I wanted to be an artist/creator/doodler/illustrator ever since I was little? For when I get interviewed, you know. I can, okay? Okay, I will. Sorry, I like to ramble.

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

Shopgirl

200 Shopgirl

Winter is coming! Okay, so maybe not really to Bombay but it always gets a bit nippy during December so I’m hopeful. (Cannot wait enough for Christmas, fa la la la la, la la la la!) Shucks, I forgot to add a quilted pattern leather jacket to the list (Diesel or Zara, YUM!). This is an exciting exercise for me, come every season or whenever I usually have one of those fashion-related epiphanies, I like to reevaluate my choices and narrow it to the basics. Or in my case, favourites of the season! For me, that usually also means sticking to the same staples I’ve grown accustomed to because:

a) I like how they look on me. (Black looks best on me, HEH!)

b) I like how I look in them! (That’s an awesome feeling.)

c) I feel comfortable in my favourite clothes. (D-UH!) Sorry, this one’s a bit obvious. But I feel like as we grow older, we are more honest about ourselves and what we like. We would get more defensive about our choices when we were younger. Accepting truths is just better for yourself and everyone else.  Yes, I’m still talking about clothes/accessories, here! #DeceivingMuch

d) I know what to buy more of! (And of what not to buy at all.) For me, that would be anything that’s sleeveless (they don’t flatter my arms at all), or jeggings (don’t look good on me + UGH, UGH, UGH-Why were they invented?-UGH!), I can’t remember what else but you get the drift right? There are a lot of patterns and styles I like but some I just know that I won’t wear and wouldn’t do justice to, so I would rather not buy them anymore than pretend to myself that I do/will at some point. 

e) I feel proud knowing what I like/suits me in opposition to going with what’s trending or is popular. Fashion is really just that, I believe, you have to know to interpret what you like through what you wear. Of course, forecasts help – they either assert a trend you believe in carrying off, or open your eyes to avenues of ideas you didn’t think possible. Like kimono jackets, they can be so stylish but they’re equally comfortable and can look really boho. I know they’re equated to festival fashion but I think there’s so much more to do with them when thinking of them formally as well. They’re so exciting, paired with high-necks and/or a lace inner. 

f) I actually don’t follow particular fashion forecasts of sorts. I do read, am subscribed to most blogs and magazines, but I mostly find my inspiration in people I know/meet on an everyday basis. I find it much to easier to shop then, when I have such opinions and first-hand viewership when it comes to figuring out, “Ooh, where did you get that silk scarf from?” or “Does PAX have kimono jackets?” Depends majorly on what colours or patterns I’m lusting over, during a particular season. For instance, all through summer – it was mint, mint, mint, mint. And now I think I’ve gotten a taste for Bordeaux colours like deep burgundy (nails) and cherry wine (lipstick, uh-huh). FYI, black’s an eternal favourite! Off-topic, cream and white are shades I like but I find them so difficult to wear in a city like Bombay, only because of the commuting. :-(

P.S. What are the essentials that form your check-list for the season?

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

Polka Dots and Moonbeams

199 Polka Dots and MoonbeamsOkay, so the editing here is not crisp… Not very much. I tried something new, and was trying to achieve a vintage + light edit… Let’s say that! It sounds cooler. Thought this could be an infrequent series on the blog depending on as and when I really feel that “favourite factor, you know? Spotted this beaut at PAX where we stopped by after attending the Parvati Villa event, yesterday (yep, dragged the sister too + got to custom make my own Kolhapuri wedges at the elaborate store, but more on that later).

This is a swing dress from ASOS (meant for a tall person, assuming from the label on it); and is covered in polka dots. (For me, a sha-sha-shaw-shaw-shawty, it works as a sweet midi dress.) Could not resist! Picked it up for Rs. 550, uh-huh which is just the caramelised cherry on top of this vanilla cone. I might have to alter the straps and wear it with a lace bralette (for experimentation purposes) or with um, this black crop top worn over it. From KOOVS! What do you think? Cute, or should I just shut up already and act… Mute. Heh-heh. Okay, that was pretty lame. Sorry, folks. What’s been your favourite find of the week-that-has-been?

P.S. The picture was taken using a baby pink bed sheet as a curtain (for the background), hung over a wall parapet. 

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Artwork and picture by Roanna Fernandes

Boom Clap

198 Boom ClapOne of the cooler projects I’ve worked on – EVER – (but mostly) this year! (Actually, I’m also proud of this ONE.) Back to this one! Worked on this artwork for an e-mailer for Sony Music Entertainment (India) featuring the single Boom Clap by Charli XCX, sometime in August of this year. (There’s one more project I worked on for them, and I will share pictures, soon.) Okay, and this is unrelated (when is it ever not?) but I hate the WEE bit of Photoshop that’s been done on Charli XCX’s face and/or nose here (YOU KNOW YOU ARE!), because she’s so pretty otherwise, you know?

What do you think of this? Damn happy with the outcome! (First round of thanks belongs to this cool kid, Lara Pinto for getting me the gig.) Basically doodled my heart out in the background surrounding Charli XCX, whose collaborations with Iggy Azalea I’ve come to adore. That’s besides the point but I do have a knack for digressing, etc. Sorry for tooting my horn, might as well, seeing that I have one life and all that. Not that this is a jest, Universe. I’m pretty happy, okay? Farewell, before more nonsense ensues.

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes