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

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Oh, Caramel

Caramel Cream, Nivea, Lip Butter, Lip Tin, Balm, Caramel, Shea, Product Review What a find! That too, just in time for Christmas, and the all-around cold weather in general, hehe. ^.^ I must be honest, I first spotted this lip butter on my friend Pooja’s Instagram feed (she calls herself the whimsybookworm, look for her!) – She has the raspberry flavour. I read a few reviews online, and thought I would like Nivea‘s caramel counterpart better! And I do. Well, not better because I haven’t smelt the raspberry one yet (I intend on buying that, next!). Okay, too much rambling!

Some background, if you’re interested. I used to be a true blue lip balm girl back in the day (butters, chapstick etc.) but after my teenager-y phase, I forgot about them for the better (soft lips are nice but I like the matte effect, you know). Cut to the present, Bombay seems to have gotten colder over the past few weeks and my lips have been drying out! Like, seriously. It was lip balm time and how (but I’ll admit that just thinking about it made me feel icky!). Anyway some ‘grams later, I found this keeper and… Pooja really posts some great recommendations so I thought, “Why not?” you know!

So… Now, on to the lip butter! It really does smell of sweet, buttery biscuits, and does a great job of softening (er, healing?) my chapped lip skin (a smidgen is enough!). Stays on for quite a bit too, it makes a great base for matte lipstick. I was looking for one anyway, but yeah! I was actually thinking of the Baby Lips chapstick range by Maybelline, but I’m glad I bought this one by Nivea, instead. It’s definitely not going to lie in my purse or on my shelf, unused for several months or years. This is a must-buy, girls – yes! And it’s a perfect fit for my Coolio, Cheap and Chic series… Think you might want to give it a try, too? :-)

P.S. I’m thinking that the raspberry lip butter is going to be just as delightful! Stocking stuffer material, this.

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Artwork and picture by Roanna Fernandes

Sugar, Spice and All Things Nice

Sugar Spice and All Things Nice

Butter is a beautiful word, don’t you think? I find its culinary counterpart to be equally ravishing. And I like it even better, spread on warm, toasty slices of bread! Speaking of which, here’s a palate-pleasing recipe for honey vanilla cinnamon butter that I came across on the M Loves M blog (do you know of it?), and I made some at home a few months ago (dizzy-ingly delicious) . If you’re lazy in the kitchen, I promise that this recipe will take up less than ten minutes of your time – the ingredients should be easily available in your kitchen too (you don’t have to buy anything out of the ordinary).

P.S. This illustration and recipe was first posted here (speaking of which, what do you think of the artwork?), on my friend Roshni’s bakery blog – The Vanilla Bean Bakery – See, see! You should know that it was my very first guest post on a blog, ever, hee hee. And, yes, I have created a Behance account… finally (if you were wondering). Follow me there by clicking here, if you would like to!
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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes