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

The Messenger

187 The Messenger

I’m not one for changes but every once in while, stepping out of your comfort zone can be a good thing. Especially for the meek ones (like me)! Okay, so I’m honestly not talking about anything life-changing over here nor am I about to drop some major pearls of wisdom – all I mean is, this is the first time, I’m trying something slightly different (on the blog). Whatever do I mean? Well, you’ll see. This isn’t really a copycat series. A lot of bloggers do this, and I think it is especially fun to know what one’s carrying in their bag/purse/satchel/tote on an everyday basis… Or for special occasions. It’s just a nosey type of thing, a bit curiosity-induced, it’s really fun to know, okay?

I took these pictures when I was in The Kingdom (in April of this year) but hadn’t put them up then because I wasn’t confident that these pictures were ah-mazing or my best work or whatever… I know, I know. I took a good, hard look at them again, and decided I could salvage one – my composite pictures are something I need to work on,  but what do you think of this one? Too grainy? Okay-ish? Should I shut up already about it? Okay. Okay! OK.

What’s in My Bag?

 1. A pair of keys to my house, d-uh! 

2. A petite envelope of my business cards. (They’re my talisman!)

3. Fake spectacle frames. (Come in handy, when I want to look sooper, extra geeky than I already probably do.)

4. Red lipstick: This one’s my third purchase in the red lipstick department. Certainly, one of the best! Continuous Cranberry (060) by Maybelline, it’s part of their Super Stay 14 HR Lipstick range. Deep, bold and very haute! (Rs. 525)

5. Kiehl’s # 1 Lip Balm: It’s pretty # 1 in my opinion! This was part of the goodie bag Kiehl’s gave me in return for hosting a “Friends and Family” thingie at their Malad store, early in April. Thanks guys! I love this one (it’s actually more of an oil than a balm but it’s really, really good. In fact, it does this hot+nude thing to your lips kind of like the trick Jennifer Lopez pulled off in the cover shoot for her second album, J. Lo (Do you remember?).

6. SAMMY! (Trusted cell phone, virtual journal, friend, et cetera, et cetera. I love you, man!)

7. The Clear Glow B.B Stick by Maybelline in 04 Fawn. (Trying to finish it soon, so I can buy another one! Extremely awesome, this.)

8. Borders on eighties-childish but this wallet+purse from Happy House is very ME.

9. Chubby Stick by Clinique (in 15 Pudgy Peony): One of the coolest balm stains I’ve owned; it’s verrrry nice! But it’s not something I need to keep repurchasing. This one came inside a little goodie bag after attending an event at the Palladium Mall store. 

10. Sony earphones: So sue me, because I bought them solely based on the colour factor. Fast-forward to more than a week later, and I dunk them (it was a klutzy mistake, d-uh!) in an oil-based candle light (the time when I first met Sreesha – the Lune girl). Crappity crap happenings after that, and it wasn’t the awesome-st pair to begin with. But yeah!

P.S. Watermelon salads are a sultry summer’s best friend, mais non? Especially of the feta cheese variety. I forgot to say – my little messenger purse (Rs. 999)  is from DONE by NONE; I bought it last year, I think (I forget!). I like to carry perfume and a notebook, sometimes, too when space permits me to. Just in case, you were wondering! Ooh, and my next post is mostly definitely about a little “giveaway” – it’s one that I’ve contemplated over for some time now. Don’t forget to enter, okay? Thanks, then.

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Artwork & Picture by Roanna Fernandes