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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

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Letters to Juillet

Letters, Letters to Juillet, Juillet, July, Love, Hope, Dreams, Roanna Fernandes

Wow, time really flies huh? I can’t believe that there are only five more months left to complete this year! Well, one thing is for certain, I really ought to do much more with my time. I’m thinking of learning CSS and HTML (some basics + more) in order to better my blog (this means that I’ll spend every day from now reading online tutorials and making notes), and I must thank my friends, Pearl and Saurabh, for their amazing advice and help regarding all of this! Besides that, I don’t have a solid plan for the rest of the months to follow (blurry blueprints, folks) but there are some good assignments in hand, and my main principle is to always be happy (also, to rake in the big bucks, haha!). Ooh, and the illustration here? Well, let’s just say that it’s my version of the bigger picture. It serves as a reminder of where I want all of this to ultimately lead to… shucks, I’m talking too much! Tell me about you now.

Is there anything you’re looking forward to, for these last five months of the year? Or more importantly, in August? :-)

Ooh, and happy birthday Harry! I miss you, I truly do.

P.S. I don’t know if I’ve ever talked about Pearl before here, she writes about fashion and showcases her personal style too (on her own blog). And she recently gave her baby, P for Pearl, a face-lift. I think it looks so minimalist yet lovely, and really reflects her personal tastes (it’s this work of hers that’s pushing me to make sure that I get on track with my learning of codes).

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes