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

Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)

176 Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)

 

Everybody’s free to… But I don’t wear any! (I’m lazy.) Not if you count BB cream? Okay, but I’m going to – SOON. Do you folks have any recommendations? :-) Bombay has gotten warmer than usual, and I’m really feeling the heat because I missed the sticky, sweet summers of the two years that went by (when I had bronchitis in 2012 + last March, when STRUT120 shut operations). So… yeah! The summer was definitely more enjoyable, then! Travelling’s a real bitch now. However…

Questions. What do you think of my latest? It has been a while since the last one (my birthday cake, baby!). Are you going anywhere for the summer? Dreaming of a quick break? Pondicherry has recently been on my mind (wouldn’t a little trip there be nice?). Of course, I wouldn’t mind a solo trip to good ol’ Goa, as well (accessibility, yes). Other than that, how’s life? Work? There’s been a lot going on with me, but I’ll save some of that for the next couple of posts (all good, only + general stuff) I write. We’ll talk some more, soon? Okay! Psst… Wear sunscreen, won’t you?

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

The Shop Around the Corner

175 The Shop Around the Corner

Books really make the best companions… And book shops, well, don’t even get me started on them! They’re my favourite places to be… from when I was in the kingdom – Jarir Bookstore was my all-time favourite, and after having come here – I’ve found that Crossword and Landmark (boy, do I miss the underground store at Phoenix Mills!) are quite special. Of course, I love those old, quaint book shops too – you know, the ones with the huge stacks of Tinkle, and Mills & Boon, and that have a lot of favourite pieces of literature from your yesteryears… Okay, so coming to the point! I’ve been in Bombay for about ten years now, and I’ve discovered Kitab Khana very, very recently (because of this girl I follow on Instagramwhimsybookworm) – and now, because of her sister (let me introduce her – she’s kookycookie) – I finally found the hub of many a book lovers in the city! STRAND BOOK STALL.

It’s a quaint little shop alright, and took a bit to find but I asked 4-5 folks who pointed me in the right direction. I must have gotten there about twenty minutes before closing time (eep, I was LUCKY!) – and picked up four books. (I judge the books I buy by their covers.) This one’s really pretty – The Golden Honeycomb by Kamala Markandaya (Rs. 479), and the little snippet at the back was very interesting. I’ll share a mini-review on Instagram when I’m done, if you would like? Now, I’m going to get back to my new baby (I haven’t been this excited about a new book in VERY long!). I don’t know if I should say this? Eh, what the hell! Books? Books > Boys. Way better!

P.S. I’ve yet to check out the one in Bandra – Title Waves. Do you know it? And have you been there, what do you think of it? I forgot to say, when I order books online – Flipkart is my go-to place for NEW books available at sooper prices.

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Artwork and picture by Roanna Fernandes

Forever Ambre

174 Forever Ambre

Ahem. I have something to say – er, confess? About a week ago, when I visited Bandra No. 190 (a store which is home to Moon River, Nappa Dori and yes, yes, The Charcoal Project) for a work-related something with my colleagues – I bought a scented candle for Rs. 3,500 (190 g)! From diptyque! That’s okay, RIIIIGHT? I think it is. I didn’t walk into the store thinking I would buy anything – for starters, it totally slipped my mind that Moon River was going to be there (I’ve heard so much about it already, and I’ve always wanted to check it out if I ever did visit the Delhi outlet – Akanksha (Redhu) and her sister Naina make it seem really pretty – I feel like I’ve read about Moon River on both of their blogs.) But I digress!

For those of you who don’t know, diptyque is a French company that produces a line of fragrances and scented candles; they’re based in Paris (le sigh!). I haven’t known about them for too long, maybe only since the past two years. As soon as I stepped into Moon River, I spent more than a couple of minutes sniffing all the candles at the diptyque corner. Such lovely smells, and I was in “perfume-heaven”! Before finding Ambre, I did take a sniff at the John Galliano one (that was very tempting, too!) After that, I took a couple more sniffs of Ambre (if the security camera caught any of it, shucks! Crazed drug-addict like behaviour.) – it was the ONE for me! It reminded me of this one perfume from AvonSurrender (I don’t think they sell it anymore!). It was an impulsive, but good buy, you know? Totally fills up my room with its sweet fragrance, and how (surprisingly, I’ve been lighting it for a few hours every day this past week. Yeah, no miserly behaviour from MOI!) - NOTE TO SELF: Must not let such extravagance get to my head! – I probably should thank my colleague Supriya (The Home Label) for making me consider it (I actually didn’t require much persuading as such.) – the fragrance was enough to suck me in completely. And it did. And now my head and heart is in this dreamy, dark place of Ambre heaven. Mm-mmm!

{ Rating - 9 / 10 }

P.S. Of course, this review is subjective! If you’re into fragrances and home scents as heavily as I am, diptyque is a company whose stuff you should get/er, invest in? I wholeheartedly recommend one of their candles (or perfumes)! The price is as much as you would pay, perhaps for an EDP of 50 ml, and hun, that fragrance is so deep – it’s like you doused the room in it. As a candle, it pretty much R-O-X! In terms of the fragrance, that’s something you will have to figure out based on the notes and smells your nose generally likes/is accustomed to. Ambre is a fairly intoxicating mix of spicy vanilla, smoky wood and Arabic incense (from what I can tell). Confession? I have never spent this much on a singular piece of clothing – except for a few of my perfumes. Idjit!

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Artwork and pictures by Roanna Fernandes