Sugar & Spice

233 Sugar & Spice

I am not sure how to begin writing this post, exactly… Only because I tend to repeat myself, or usually start with, “Okay, so... ” or “Erm, to… ” Why don’t I have a cool catchphrase? Would be SWEET if I did! Do you have one? What would my life be like if I didn’t have a blog to look after? Not in the arrogant sense, more like, “Would it be easier to just be, and not over-think and not have to jot down every idea that I had?” Yikes, I don’t know! (Does this feel like what it would be like when you have a baby?) I can’t stop over-thinking, and yet I hate thinking about these things. Talk about a rubbish intro paragraph, and I wanted to have a catchphrase (shut it, bro).

Okay (turns out that I can’t get rid of it yet), so a few weeks ago, Radhika (Malhotra) of Sugar & Spice e-mailed me because she wanted to have a cool, new header created for her blog; I remember being very interested about the project because the name itself had so much potential, I was thinking of conjuring jars of magical sprinkles and cake-mixers blending secret-looking ingredients in bowls and well, all sorts of objects, because erm… SUGAR AND SPICE – Commonplace as the phrase is, something about it is very charming, enchanting even. (Radhika is a Delhi-based blogger who makes desserts and food, mostly – and covers all related recipes on her blog; she also loves composing and shooting the pictures for all of her posts.)

We both came up with very many ideas that were exchanged over a couple of e-mails… Radhika decided that she liked the idea most of Sugar & Spice being illustrated as a logo unit (in a typeface format, along with her signature). So, it was a header-style artwork that won her heart ultimately, wherein Sugar & Spice and all of her favourite ingredients and tools were illustrated colourfully! Also, we finally settled for a different typeface in the overall artwork but this is the one I used originally which made me like this version more, heh. (I can’t decide what I like the most… The jar of Nutella, slab of butter, or ooh, the eggs, camera – yes, I was inspired by the Lomography ones, the cake-mixer, lemons, etc. Ooh, definitely the sprinkles!)

P.S. This is the second dessert-ish related artwork/logo (I think The Vanilla Bean Bakery was the first) that I’ve worked on formally for someone, and I LOOOOOVE working on projects like these… Because it makes me very happy to be able to draw things to eat. :-)

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

Pineapple Express

232 Pineapple Express

For some reason, patterns and prints – of the very tropical fruit, pineapple – are following me around and well, I thought it would be cool to use it as inspiration for a post in my #LearnToDraw series, hehe. Oh, and the fruit sporting Wayfarers isn’t entirely an idea that is mine – I borrowed it from the way one of the stylists at Grazia (India), Vinita Makhija styled a pineapple similarly in this month’s issue (Page 110) for a product series called Beach, Please – check it out, it’s quite colourful. Cute, mais non? Now, I’m looking for pineapple prints all over town! Pineapples on cool, summer fabrics or in the form of brooch pins (completely gold, not enamelled)… Ah, crap, just what I need! More things that I want to buy, and shit. See you soon?

P.S. I’ll sip on my imaginary piña colada, till then but if you click on this sentence, it will transfer your gaze safely to a very floral, summery post on my friend Edlyn’s blog – Egeedee (also, EGD); OH, UNRELATED… BUT I WANT TO GO TO GOA! Goooooah, I miss you so bad. :’-(

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

Takes Two to Tangerine

231 Takes Two to Tangerine

Goa. Goa! GOA. GOA! (I miss you dearly, and deeply… ) DIGRESSION CENTRAL! To be completely honest, I love summer as much as I do winter. Of course, I’m not especially fond of commuting during the season; sweaty bodies mingling on the train, clothes sticking to your skin, that feeling like you’re melting that feels good (like you’re working out) but feels kind of crap when you’re wearing a good outfit, etc. Whatever! But it’s weird. I do like the sunlight streaming in (through the cracks). Especially when you’re sitting in a train by an open window, and some of the light gets in your eyes or warms your cheeks in selective patches… It kind of feels good! It makes me feel very happy.

Oh pooh, none of that was even remotely relevant! I need a new bathing suit or maillot (as I like to refer to it by, I’m one of those douchey Parisian-loving folks, I suppose), and I cannooooot afford this two-piece tangerine lovelie for sure but we can look at it, can we not? Of late, I’ve developed an orange crush (yes, again; remember 2011?)… And as fate would have it, spotted this marigold-like bikini by Seafolly on the Anthropologie (whoa, did you know that these guys have some seriously want-to-buy-everything kind of coolios?) website. While I’ve never really been comfortable enough in the past to ever wear a bikini, I don’t think I feel that way anymore. Who honestly really cares if you’re completely beach-body ready or not? Is that really even a thing, and why should you care as long as it makes you happy, right?

I would have normally chosen a black one for this post, and generally, perhaps IRL (I just found out what this means!), too but I think I would have gotten the tangerine one, as well. I don’t know if I could wear my many accessories with this one (perhaps a delicate waist harness like those delicate Beyoncé/J.Lo kinds + tonnes of embroidered beach bracelets like JULES?) but it would look pretty, paired with all those things. I can always, also, throw on my denim cutoffs over, and add a chiffon kimono (in a complementary print) if I was just reading at the beach, laying on the mica sands, and/or wanted to wade my feet in the foamy water later… Right? Look at me, talking as if I’ve already ordered this one. Gah!

P.S. Seafolly is some huuuuuge Australian beachwear brand apparently! Didn’t know that. No wonder it’s so expensive; both pieces are priced separately. The Goddess bandeau top is for $98, and the Goddess hipsters are for $78. CRAZY! Erm, I was also looking at some swimsuits from Mara Hoffman initially; they have some very colourful, Aztec-inspired prints (for bikinis and maillots) with some seriously sexy cut-out details. Ooh! UGH. (Don’t you wish someone would just give you a suitcase of money, sometimes? I know I’m shallow, bye.)

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

May the Fourth Be with You

230 May the Fourth Be with You

Okay, it would take me way too long to recollect how many times I have said this over the period of my blog coming into existence but… I do apologise for not writing here, in so long. Nothing of consequence, perhaps, lately… Please forgive me! (Ooh, yeah, it has occurred to me that these apologies are seemingly directed to my blog itself, as opposed to the ones who actually bother reading my posts!) But I shouldn’t grovel too much because that would beat the point of this post, right? Right? Right.

Very late to the party, but attended all four nonetheless – yes, I’m talking about GIRLS on HBO; I started watching the series in March of this year, and Sonaksha and another friend on Twitter made me feel like watching the show properly, this time. (I watched a few episodes it when the show first came out, but dismissed it coldly stating it wasn’t for me or that they were trying too hard or I don’t honestly remember very clearly. The reasons sound dumb, now!) Basically, here are four words. I LOVE THE SERIES! ♥ (This post wasn’t meant to be an ode to GIRLS though I think I’ll continue to illustrate more of my favourite quotes from the episodes, as and when I feel like it.)

Erm, so the force. Yep, I’ve been saying this before, and all over the place… But do what you gotta do. I think you will just resent yourself if you don’t… Do your thing, make your mistakes, just live, and be. Don’t offer advice all the time; and please don’t tell someone what they ought to be doing with their lives. (I’m basically talking to myself, here but what’s new?) Jessa is so inspirational. I love her beliefs! (And she reminds me so much of my ex-roommate, Nandini Velho.) But mostly because what comes out of her mouth is blunt and raw, and true… And her thoughts are constantly evolving. As our minds are. 

I’m trying to stop being Judgmental Janine too, generally – you know sometimes, when that idiotic voice pops up in your head telling you – it’s cool, you’re better than her… ? Don’t do that. It is shitty. And I have gossiped about, grudged and been mean about some folks (mostly, women) whose choices I didn’t like. That’s the thing! We’re free to do what we want. Everyone’s choices are different, you know? That’s all I’m saying… I am no sage. I also, generally feel the force coursing through my veins to make this blog my happy place again (WOW, WAY TO DIGRESS, RO!) and not worry that everything I publish here has to always be a 100% perfect. Inshallah. (Thank you for reading this piece of oddness, you crazies!)

P.S. Also, yes, I like the number four. I think it’s one of my favourites! Weird, eh? So it made sense to have some pun with it. Geddit? Okay, wow, I am lame. Talk to you soon, m’dears!

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes