The Gift of La Magie { GIVEAWAY }

188 The Gift of La Magie { GIVEAWAY } - 2Okay, giveaway # 2, here we come! This one applies to everyone who wants to enter – in the country (if you are overseas and want to enter, and have a friend here in the country who can collect your goodie for you – then by all means, enter away!). But I’m counting my cookies before they come out of the oven! This giveaway is themed after my favourite show of the moment, Charmed; I’ve been re-watching all the seasons. (Contains a bit of magic, aye!)

What’s in the Box?

1. The Gypsy Necklace from Rosecraft by Roanna Fernandes (giggle-giggle, yeah, that’s me!). (This is a necklace holding a gypsy charm that I’ve created. There are a few more of the same variety, which I hope to sell – at some point.)

2. Message in a Bottle – A delicate vial (that looks a lot like a potion bottle) I bought at Al-Zamil Stores when I was in The Kingdom, a month before the last; of course, I’ll be adding a personal touch for that Charmed effect. (If you’re into that sort of thing!)

3. A Pointing Crystal Necklace from Lune by Sreesha Shetty. (Far by, my favourite! Ordered an amethyst crystal+quartz necklace from Sreesha Shetty for which this magical giveaway would have been incomplete without! Especially this ONE, that’s somewhat similar to the one they use on Charmed when scrying for magical beings, or witches.

4. Rustic wooden jewellery tray from Dhoop – An old-fashioned, wooden container shaped like the stump of a tree (well, somewhat); I’ve painted the containing hollow with matte gold for a magical effect. Would this be something that interests you?

Rules?

The rules are simple! This giveaway is for Indian residents, only. International giveaways, commencing soon.

1. Comment below saying why you would want to win this (THIS ISN’T OPTIONAL, SADLY! Well, d-uh.), and tell me your current favourite supernatural/witchcraft-ish book/magazine/movie/show of the moment (this part is optional!). Okay, so my comments are moderated – don’t fret if you don’t see yours published immediately! (And please don’t forget to add your e-mail address in the details box so I have yours saved on my system; I’ll need it to get in touch.)

2. For brownie points – feel free (well, not really, hahaha!)  to ‘Like’ my page on Facebook, and follow me on Twitter! :-)

What happens after?

I’ll choose ONE winner in exactly two weeks, from now – save the date – June 24 is when this contest comes to an end! As soon as I announce the winner – which will either be on my Facebook or Twitter page (and through an e-mail, perhaps) –  please write back to me with your postal address and phone number right away. I’ll mail the package across then, immediately through speed post!

The “Fourth Year of Festivities” is yours for taking! Giveaway-gift-makin’. Good luck!

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Artwork & Picture by Roanna Fernandes

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The Troubled Life of a Jewellery Junkie

97 The Troubled Life of a Jewellery Junkie

Listen up, jewellery junkies (of all ages and types)! It’s a tough world out there when you have too much of a jewellery addiction to handle. And if you also have as many pieces as I do or as any other self-confessed jewellery junkie, you’ll agree that keeping track of every little piece is pretty hard. (In fact, sometimes I lose track of what I’ve bought, what I’ve worn last and if I’ve misplaced any.)

Of course, it’s easier if you have them stored in places that are easier to spot, as opposed to little boxes and purses stashed away in hidden places. Yeah, you can store more of the sentimental pieces in proper containers for safe-keeping but the ones that you wear everyday? It’s better to keep them in places you are more likely to see (on those late mornings when you’re in a hurry to dress up), and where you don’t have to hunt around too hard to look for a particular something.

For this reason, I found a couple of containers around the house, and some that I bought that looked cute enough to fit the bill. They’re pretty and you can place them almost anywhere – on your dressing table, on a book shelf or by a little ledge/wherever.

Little Cane Baskets

These are really good buys. First of all, a small basket like this will cost you just about 20 bucks (I bought this one, and a few other bigger ones from Crawford Market for Rs. 20 and Rs. 40 respectively). You can store everyday bracelets, bangles etc. inside. Play with how you store your stuff in these baskets. You can even drape a few beaded necklaces on the rim to make it look pretty. Do place a little piece of fabric right at the base of the basket before you start storing things (for sake of protecting your trinkets).

Vintage Tea Cups

Of late, I’m beginning to fancy all sorts of cute and vintage tea cups. I found this one hidden inside one of Mum’s kitchen cupboards, lying unused. Perfect to store little odds and ends, and perhaps even to hang a pair of those little teardrop earrings on the cup’s rim.

Decorative Bowls

A conventional choice, but a decorative bowl is a sweet little container to store all your Bohemian jewellery, statement rings and bigger pendants. I found this one at Dhoop on sale for Rs. 265. If you don’t want to buy one, just use an old one at home that’s not been in use for a while.

Wood(en) Containers

Wooden boxes and other containers made out of wood (yes, even those cups that saké is usually served in) rate high on the rustic appeal. Besides they’re cool in a sense that you can even use them to adorn a side table possibly, while storing whatever else you want to, in them.

Shell Trays

You know how prettily these sit on your dressing table? I got the idea first from a movie I watched called Aquamarine, where the girl in the film (Emma Roberts) used to store her earrings and bracelets in a large oyster shell tray. I bought this one for 800 bucks at the Tibetan Market in Goa. It’s probably a bit much than I’d spend usually but I do so love its natural appeal.

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Artwork and pictures by Roanna Fernandes

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