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

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Funny Face

182 Funny Face

Okay, so there’s a special place in my heart reserved for handcrafted lovelies and their creators)! And the particular label I’m about to talk about, today – it’s called And Smile, by the way – is plenty adorable, equal parts colourful, dreamy and just overall, fantastic-al. I know I usually gush about everything I write about, here – you know, I can tell some of you might be like – Who’s to trust her, and her silly stories? But I love to write about all the labels and people I feel passionate about, and And Smile is another one of them!

A little London-based label brought to life by a sweet, whimsical girl by the name of Viktorija Semjonova; she crafts dainty jewellery, postcards (these are made on paper, d-uh) and other such accessories out of… SHRINK PLASTIC! Honestly, I never knew what it was, I had to look it up – From what I gathered over the interwebz, it’s somewhat of a durable plastic sheet that can be cut out and shaped into + painted over, et cetera. Because Viktorija’s illustrations primarily are of the water-colour variety, she uses the ones she makes originally and gets them replicated/printed over the shrink plastic, and such. I’ll have to ask her more about how she does what she does, one day! It’s all very exciting, and I love that her work consists of such colourful characters, they seem like they’re out of some great, big imaginary fairy tale book inside her head –  I wish I could take a stroll through her mind sometime, hehe.

Anyway, I was to write a little feature on her sometime last year but I got lazy, and lacked considerable motivation generally, forgot about it and then never wrote back to her again (ooh, and I discovered her through Instagram, if you must know – she used to be yellowfi but she calls herself by her shop’s name now – andsmilestudio, look her up!). But blah, blah, whatever… Fast-forward to a couple of months later, and I see all these deliciously, adorable pretty-people type LIMITED EDITION brooch pins she started selling on Etsy, and I knew then! I had to own one. They were just soooo me, so I chose Laura (she has got pink hair – and I’ve been wanting to get some highlights done for a long time now!) and Nika (she’s practically me but with beautiful teal hair and she likes Game of Thrones – which I sadly do not dig, as yet but she’s ME, I can totally see the resemblance.)!

This also marks my first order through Etsy (which reminds me, I ought to get an account sorted out for myself so that I can sell Rosecraft, there), and I should receive my order from Vik, soon. Okay, how much, right? Well, I paid $17.30 for each brooch pin (slightly expensive, but definitely not crazy) and it worked out to about Rs. 2,586.29 for both (including the shipping charges). All I have to do now, is wait for them to come home. They’re so cute, and I do hope they reach me safely. (I’m crossing my fingers!)

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes & Picture by Viktorija Semjonova