The Twelve Days of Christmas

209 The Twelve Days of Christmas

Can I just tell you how very exciting it was to curate lovelies for this GIFT GUIDE? Extremely thrilling! A few things… I have purposely not created an elaborate gift guide because that would depend on your budget and how much you like the person, etc. That decision is yours! These basically serve as  s t o c k i n g  s t u f f e r s  for your handful of best girlfriends or even your  M O T H E R  or sisters (yep, this is the feminine edition!), or for when you haven’t bought anything for a close someone who came home and you forgot to get them a present.

Of course, I really hope you like the ones I have picked out, there will be plenty of other gift guides out there on the interwebz – this is my first one, HERE, and well, hopefully, because you’re a Jupiter Skye reader, you should like these thoughtful presents… Brace yourselves, for I think I have rambled ever so much – SORRY!

1. Gold stone quartz necklace, Lune – Rs. 1,650

Sreesha Shetty has been written about a lot before, and for good reason! Crafting beautiful, indie pieces for a whimsical dreamer forms the base of her expertise, at Lune, her label. I do not know for certain if this particular piece is still available but you can always e-mail her at shoplune@gmail.com to get something custom-made. This gold quartz necklace seemed particularly festive to me! :-)

2. Gold Floral Tattoo Set (Rifle Paper Co.), Tattly – $6

Okay, I’ve been bookmarking a lot of these all over the place! Because this one is created by Anna Bond (also known as Rifle Paper Co. – yes, her!), I thought it would be fitting to have her Gold Floral tattoo set which is available to buy on Tattly – on this list – especially for all the other lovers of her work, out there. (These are temporary, tu comprende?)

3. Ho! Ho! Ho! Gift Tags, Little One’s Doodles – Rs. 200

For the stationery lovers, and those who love making pretty packages of Christmas presents; this set of fourteen + festive gift tags are for you. The illustrator behind these babies is also working on an exquisite calendar for the next year so you should look out for that, too. (An adorable pick for an office desk!)

4. Fabric covered planner journal (Rubberband), Crossword – Rs. 850

A commendable pick for whoever loves jotting things down; and the pages inside are so smooth and white! This is like the best planner, EVERRRR. (Available in a rainbow of colours, the one I had this year was a macaron pink.) 

5. Party Fox Brooch Pin (And Smile)Etsy – $11.24

Now here’s a cheery fellow (crafted by Viktorija Semjonova) to accompany you this festive season, I think he makes a lovely accessory for those friends of yours who adore water-colour arts and would love wearing little Foxie here over their jacket-lapel or cardigan, or that little cousin/sister whom you want to get something cute for. 

6. Cranberry Scented Lip Balm #1, Kiehl’s – Rs. 495

For starters, their lip balm really is #1! I have a tube of it, and it’s an instant cure for chapped lips, all over town. (I don’t have the Cranberry one yet, but I’m guessing it would smell delicious.)

7. Party Panda Ankle Socks, Forever 21 – Rs. 159

Picked these up last winter (Look at me, acting all fancy, pretending it was so cold in Bombay last November/December!) and I know that Forever 21 still stocks super cute socks (there’s an oxblood pair with black lace details I’m eyeing already)… They are one of the coolest stocking stuffer ideas, ever! I would love to get socks for Christmas, wouldn’t you?

8. Washi Tape, Anupam – Rs. 70

Four very pretty rolls of washi tape, and you have yourselves a cute gift for someone who adores crafting, or stationery in general. (Certain this one is on my baby sister’s list!)

9. Festival Purse, Safomasi – Rs. 1,200

Safomasi sells very lovely things in their little store online, and while you could alternatively order a couple of cushion covers with pom-pom detailing as a set for your mother or favourite aunt, I do think this Festival Purse is très cute – it’s a good gift for someone who is a supporter of such labels.

10. Skarab Necklace (KICHU), Da Flokk – Rs. 2,100

For the Egyptian-loving, cool indie girl toting around charms from all over the world – I would say that you should order this gold scarab beetle charm from KICHU for her. Because, KHEPRI!!!!

11. Wild Argan Oil Shower Gel + Body Lotion, The Body Shop – Rs. 425 and Rs. 695, respectively

This range smells both heavenly and very luxurious, a combination of these two would be ideal for: a) Mother, b) Sister, c) BFF, d) Favourite Auntie, or anyone whom you think will like the scent. (What does it smell like? Warm, nutty, it’s a very enveloping scent, sweet but older. Sophisticated?)

12. Boar Brooch, bhane. – Rs. 900

The brooch pins from bhane. are extremely rare! Rare, because I haven’t spotted origami inspired pieces like theirs anywhere else. Order the animal or bird you think your giftée will fancy because I can’t speak for them. These would be very cool to receive; TRUST ME. 

These were also a bit of a random selection, based on my personal ‘Likes’, and such but I just knowwww you will like to bookmark these for someone else or get them for yourself, if you wish. Christmas feels better when you’re gifting! Let me know what your favourites are, it’s always fun to discuss these things, no?

P.S. This was definitely not sponsored, I feel that I should clarify this? Also, I might be working on an exciting artwork for a close friend… I am waiting for her e-mail, as we speak.

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

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Time is Galleons

180 Time is Galleons

Wise words from a very wise, wise old wizard. Do you remember? I think I really like writing such posts. You know, the kind where I dish out deep life advice – like I know better – BUT et cetera, et cetera. And this time, I feel like I owe it to you – to write about this hot mess (Literally, not in the cool way this phrase has come to dispel what it means.)… that is Jupiter Skye. And connect with you in a way that boils down to the ultimate – Why do you blog? If you thought, Because I like to. You’re on the right track! Not that you need me to tell you that. Buh-ut…

We read several posts on a daily basis, I come across so many similar writings on all the blogs I like reading… Like this striking piece that I found on Carrie Jackson’s blog, Jennypurr. (Pearl tweeted about it a few days ago!) Or this post on my friend Eddy’s blog, Egeedee (she is one of the coolest folks I know, and I love the way she writes about things) that felt like a beautiful wake-up call… That it’s okay to write about whatever you want, provided that you are passionate about it. Okay, well, I did know that!

Slowly and steadily, I’ve been discovering that through each and every post I write: What I like to write about & what I don’t, the community I’ve found here (the NICE-est), that it’s okay if not everyone’s reading so as long as I’m building a somewhat glittery sandcastle here… I know a lot of us who started writing their blogs as a way of expressing what they couldn’t otherwise, in person. For me, it’s also a way of discovering what I’m good at – and what I’m okay with sharing with folks. (There was a time when I had a not-so-secret personal blog – Don’t go hunting for it now! – and I ranted sooo much on it. Puerile stuff, of course. But I don’t know, I guess it helped. I can’t read some of what I wrote now because it was really dumb.)

This blog is different. I started it on a whim, I feel like I’ve said that before but then it was to gain an all-access pass to write for Vogue. It was My Holy Grail then (only now I’ve discovered that it’s Grazia that truly speaks to me). I religiously subscribed to + treasured (and still do) every issue that came out, imitated layouts, tried to shoot #OOTD posts (yes, I do regularly stalk Style Drive; Aayushi’s pictures well are Aayushi’s. They’re hers!) – it’s no secret that I wanted this to be a place where I could talk freely and endlessly about art, colour, D.I.Y and fashions that enamoured me. But all of that wasn’t me. Not the way I wanted to write about it back then – and I couldn’t because I do love fashion, just v. differently. I’m still discovering who’s who – don’t ask me about designers – I know nothing. Not all that much. It’s the colours and patterns that speak to me, the people and stories… The Oddities. That’s me!

Okay. So that’s the deal with this blog. Thanks for sticking around. And if you have a blog, and you’re reading this – I’m sorry if this sounded a little too self-absorbed but I would hope that it helped you relate, in a way. Fashion, food, fakes & forms… Write about it/them the way you please. There’s no rule book! And that, my friends is the beauty of having your very own personal space, i.e. Le Blog. (There’s someone who told me to conjure up Jupiter – I hadn’t even thought of creating this kind of a space until he mentioned it… Thank you, SAGAN. Not Carl. Y-o-u.)

P.S. This is Harry Potter reference # 3! Were you counting, too?

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

Hey, Soul Sister

Rumi, Quotes, Soul, Inspiration

Look, I’ve been thinking… and it’s important that you step out of your current frame of mind every once in a while, and reflect on your life and the many choices you’ve made (D-UH moment? No, nooo, listen!). It helps immensely! But like I ad-libbed earlier, you don’t need me to specifically tell you that because you already know. Even so, here I am, dropping some “maj” pearls of wisdom for you to think about… !

(As usual, none of these are in any specific order. I’m writing them down in a fashion as random as the way they popped into my head!)

1. Reality check, my friends! { W E E K L Y }

Let’s be honest – We hate ’em, but we need ’em! The way to do it would be to talk to yourself if you’re one of those (I am!), or get one of your best friends to do the needful. You know, think about the week that went by – the little bits and pieces you worked on, were successful at, didn’t so well at, and/or the new things you attempted. Essentially, it’s a “How was your week?” kind of thing but it’s got to be on to a deeper level. And don’t hold back, when you’re having one of those sessions. Afterward, make a list of goals for the next week and try your gutsiest best to stick to them! (I resolved to write two posts a week this October, so far, so okay! I’m cheating a little, but I’m getting the posts done.)

2. Shut up, and listen. { D A I L Y }

Tell yourself this, every single day, if you can. Especially when it involves your career or some other aspect that involves your future. I’m not saying that you always have to go by what people tell you, but you’ve got to listen to the folks who have “been there, done that,” at least. Whether their ways are/were right or wrong, they still are steps ahead of you. It never hurts to hear someone out (except if that someone is crooning Friday by Rebecca Black, yeesh!), and then apply their advice however you might like to. Now that I am in my late twenties, I will admit that I’m grateful to the people who advised me then because I applied this principle with all of my ex-bosses/mentors (truly, deeply – best advice ever!). Sooo… suck it up and listen, it will make you a better person than you already are.

3. Take all of that “self-sabotage”, and dump it in a self-destructing trash can. { D A I L Y }

Erm, I plead guilty! I don’t know about you guys but I find myself constantly sabotaging myself on an everyday basis (it’s not pretty, and I’m working on it!) –  I even know, for a fact, that some of my best friends do it too. Well, I will say this – it really is the worst thing you can do to yourself. I could fill a book – Nay, blog – with all the many instances in the past where I’ve missed out on opportunities because I was too freaked out to call back, or had trouble making a new and really great friend because I was worrying how and if they’d judge me for being myself. (Yes, let’s nod to all of us being idiots! Nooo! Self-sabotage! Have I taught you nothing?!) The classic symptom of this “super, super sucky syndrome” involves one over-thinking potential possibilities of anything to such a great extent, thereby killing the chance completely before it even grows the wings to fly. Point # 2, as a nasty bunch of “self-sabotagers”, we tend to stick together! Dispelling a bitter truth here… I’m sorry but you must let go of the weak links, especially the people that bring you down, chances of escaping such friends are very rare but you have to try. It’s okay if you’re friends with someone on a similar level of S.S, because you two can help each other out, then. But the super sad, whiny ones? Stay away from those.

4. C is for Cleanse. { B I W E E K L Y }

Cleanses. – They will save your soul! – Whether it’s a good ol’ system cleanse (morning yoga + organic eats), ridding your inbox out of all the gazillions of unread e-mails, giving away clothes that are two sizes smaller than your fit (and those that you never, ever wear/wore!), or a process that involves you getting rid of a bunch of tangible nothings – scraps of old letters you’re never going to read again, the occasional memento from an ex-BF (best friend, boyfriend, whomever!) you’re not friends with, anymore (that stuff’s gots to go, sistah!), you gotta do it. I’ve even heard that there is an S.M cleanse (it involves cutting yourself off from all of your social media channels for two weeks or more) – I’m happy to report I’ve tried this cleanse more than a couple of times, with ah-mazing results afterward. 

Relax. Reflect. Repeat.

P.S. Let me know your thoughts, will you? Even if not, I do hope that this very odd post helped because so many of us go through these things everyday (maybe even together), and wallow in the doldrums for all of eternity! All I’m saying is, I feel you.

[ D I S C L A I M E R: I know that I’m no Tina Fey (and I don’t usually write such lengthy posts regarding self-help on the Skye) but trust me, though this post might reiterate all the things you’ve heard before from various sources, it helps to listen + reevaluate. After all, we’re in our twenties. You will get stuck in a rut once, twice, thrice and all over again, but you shouldn’t give up or begin to not care two hoots about it. Sometimes, bidding a boring job farewell, or thinking of a new business might be tempting… go ahead, do it but it involves plenty of good work, and needs your patience and time. In the past, I’ve left things unfinished – sometimes I still do – over the years, I feel that I’ve learned better from my mistakes. ]

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

On the Karma Cards

Aba's Saying

I can’t claim any originality for these simple yet very wise words. And strangely enough, they’re a work of fiction; they belong to Aba, a character from one of my favourite books as a teenager – The Forbidden Game by L.J. Smith. (In fact, I just bought a new copy of the one two years ago from Landmark – it’s a pity the basement store at Palladium Mall shut down.) So yeah, coming which to ponder upon, this is one proverbial saying I have come to always stand by with (I illustrated this maxim so that I can get it printed in the form of a little karma card for my wallet).

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