HIGH BY THE BEACH

251 High by the Beach

“Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.”

(This is what has been said on the Pantone website.) Never before have I felt a more powerful pull to the colours of the year! I have always been interested in knowing what the colours of the year are (ever since 2012), but this year feels special. I feel like they are connected to me in a very overall way, this year. The colours speak to me! A cool wave of tranquility washes over me… Cleansing my soul completely. I am warm, I am cool, I am tinted, I am hued, I am flawed, I am perfect. I am well!

  1. This is a collection of items that seemed to reflect my thoughts – at least, I think so! I chose them for their colouring and vibe. Also, my mermaid socks from Forever 21 (Rs. 89), and the Ruchi Opal Pendant from Accessorize (Rs. 343.50) make an appearance, here.
  2. I am very excited to begin reading The Love Letter and Other Stories by Buddhadeva Bose; I have only read one of his other books which I enjoyed immensely so yeah, I picked this one up on a whim. (The book isn’t being sold like this, I just liked how it looked without its jacket on.)
  3. I don’t remember how this little plastic, Barbie-like mermaid came into my possession, but I am not complaining. I like her!
  4. And the watercolour postcard? :-) Sonaksha posted this one across to me, and I love it so much. (Yes, it is from the same series that I was talking about earlier.)

P.S. I think it is very, very important to remember that you are the only person who can make you whole again. I was lost for a very long time, sinking slowly into a dreary depression, etc. and so I might be able to relate to someone else feeling similarly. It would be crazy town to tell you my life is idyllic RN, but it certainly is not so bad either. I have been forgetting about the little things (maybe you have, too?) – and now, I really want to devote my efforts, energy, love, money and time to create more – and, experiences.

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Artwork and pictures by Roanna Fernandes

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Aquamarine

223 Aquamarine

Ooh, sorry for waxing poetic – Nay, oceanic – about aquamarine hues! When I was little, I always maintained that my favourite colour was blue. Or I would tell people random things, how much I liked (and still love, to this day) looking at swimming pools; I think mermaids just could be real (oh, humour me – won’t you, please?), I found myself to be an ardent collector of sea stories (and shells), and enjoyed making castles of sand, and well, just all kinds of ocean-related crazies.

I think over the years though, the blues darkened and I fell in LOVE with black, fast and very hard… But I guess I still always really liked the colour blue. Sorry, I know this sounds like some weirdo romantic escapade! :-( Okay, cutting several anecdotes short to include in this story, I think you know that I have been crushing over blue, green, mint, teal hues ever since last year… Erm, the “Minaj Wedding”, yougaiz! These tints that just soften a look, or pop an outfit oh-so-dreamily.

1. Nika Brooch, And Smile – $17.30

Ordered this brooch pin (and the other one in the picture) from Viktorija Semjonova, last year. I will not get into specifics because I already wrote about these lovely, water-colour prints before. 

2. Turquoise Ombre Gathered Maxi Dress, bhane. – Rs. 950

Been thinking about this oceanie/mermaid dress on bhane. for a long, long time now! I think it’s just so pretty, and also, I’ve never ordered from bhane. before. Ooh, I want to!

3. Isis Necklace, Lune – Rs. 500; Laura Brooch, And Smile – $17.30

This is one of my favourite pictures from this shoot! I bought the book a couple of years ago, and don’t remember if I liked it all that much but the cover? SIGH. That cover! The key charm necklace is from Sreesha’s shop; I like its broken quality – makes me think of vintage houses, you know? 

4. CASUAL Sea Salt Texturising Spray, TONI & GUY (200 ml) – Rs. 1,050

Erm, okay, so sue me! Bought this on a whim, I had heard about it a bit, yeah, and thought it might be fun to try out. So, it smells really good, and I’ve been using it to style my hair messily as opposed to having actual bedhead, lolol, and yeah, to weave braids into my messy knot thingie. I think I got excited mostly by the mention of SEA SALT, alone.

5. Sreesha Necklace, The Jupiter Skye Shop – Rs. 480

Aha! The Jupiter Skye Shop exiiiists, you all! RO CAN HAZ SHOP! I am being tardy with uploading more jewellery and stationery frequently, but look out – There will be lovelies that you will want to order. Ah, endless hope.

{ What else is in the picture? 1. Cream White Lace Bralette, Forever 21 – Rs. 679; 2. Brazilian Knickers in Emerald Green, Marks & Spencer – Rs 599; 3. Eternal Love Pendant (Triquetra), Accessorize – Rs. 695; 4. Ear Cuff (Dancing Skulls), Colaba Causeway – Rs. 90; 5. Psychedelic Feather Earring, Dryad – Rs. 500; 6. Mystical Glass Box (Hexagon), The Home Label – Rs. 640; 7. Rhinestone Teardrop Earrings, Accessorize – Rs. 403.50; 8. Express Finish Vernis Séchage in 865 Turquoise Green, Maybelline New York – Rs. 220 }

(HELLO, HOW ARE YOU?: Wanted to get your attention to tell you that none of these clothes, products or whatevers were sponsored for this post; everything’s been bought by me and all views are naturally my own. Probably, sadly, too! Also, if you are my friend in real life, you will know that I have not worn many of these lovelies just as yet… OUI, I AM A HOARDER.)

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Artwork and pictures by Roanna Fernandes

Deck the Hall

158 Deck the Halls with December!

“Apple cider in paper cups. Presents stashed under the tree. Nankaties. Mince pies. Dried fruit. Carrot cake. Love. The ‘Home Alone’ Movies. Christmas Mass. Santa Claus. Buying presents! Reflecting on the year that went by… Making Christmas sweets! Spending time with family and friends. Lovers. Salted caramel sauce. Winter boots. Reindeer motifs. Deep, red lipstick. Retro matte. Green cardigans. Snowflakes. Cribs. Filling up stockings… Peppermint candy canes. Gingerbread accessories. Nutmeg. Cranberry-scented baths. Making Christmas cards. Jingle Bell Rock. Red nail polish. Sequins and glitter. Christmas cheer! Baby Jesus figurines. The Nativity Scene. Putting up the yearly tree… Carols. Wreaths. Mistletoe. Drunken laughter! Tasting eggnog. Festive spirit. Christmas pudding. Reading ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens. Ebenezer Scrooge. Noël. Christmas movies. Opening presents. Gifts. Tinsel. Father Christmas. Deck the halls with December!”

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

Sweater Safe Than Sorry

Sweater Safe Than Sorry, October 2013, Cardigan, Sweater, Keep Warm

Living in Bombay has its perks and er… pitfalls! It’s just that the city never really gets as cold as I’d like it to be during the winter months! (I’m choosing to ignore mentioning all the other serious pitfalls this city carries on its shoulders.) Even so, that doesn’t stop me from throwing my light-weight knits all over the place. And it’s true that I have an odd fondness for winter wear, irrespective of the season – blazers, cardigans, coats, jackets, scarves and sweaters, uh-huh! Before I bring out all the heavy gear, I thought we could start with the most basic knit (see picture). The carelessly classic pullover sweater! They’re snuggly without being overbearing, come in all kinds of silhouette shapes and yet they can be tons trendy – you can experiment with colours, prints (animal print is sooo fetch, this year!), styles and textures (er, cashmere?).

{ What’s in each of the pictures? 1. Troian Bellisario as Spencer Hastings (Pretty Little Liars); 2. Fine-knit Sweater, H&M; 3. Leo Pullover, Anthropologie; 4. Julie Sariñana of Sincerely Jules; 5. Chelsea Girl Tiger Head Jumper, River Island; 6. Easy Rider Sweatshirt (in Cream), Forever 21; 7. Slouchy Angora Jumper (in Pink) by Boutique, Topshop; 8. That’s a three-fourth picture of ME rocking my whale print sweater from Zara with my dinosaur necklace from Accessorize! }

P.S. The Chelsea Girl tiger head jumper from River Island gets my vote for Sweater of the Year! For starters, I love its vintage vibe in the form of the retro tiger head print, plus I can think of ten ways to accessorize with and style it – think choker necklaces and sling-purses with a pair of pleather leggings or ripped denims (ooh, and high-top sneakers!).

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes