Summer Nights

234 Summer Nights

Do you know much I love making lists like this one? Well, probably… Owing to the fact that I ramble about so much I like, here. (I classified these as summer essentials, as compared to my last list which was about winter lovelies. Also, however, if you combine both of these lists; they contain all of my favourite things to wear, yep!)

Okay now, in some order?

1. Body harnesses can shopped for from Sreesha’s shop, Lune or made by yourself (you will need a pair of pliers, some metal chains and circular links, and/or cute charms). The thing about a delicate body harness is that it can be worn under your clothes, and looks very sexy with everything beachie; if it makes you feel good then just wear it, it’s not even about how it looks. I like that it’s so very alluring; and think it might be good to get a light-bodied one made in actual gold so it doesn’t lose quality over time (or in terms of its finish). INVESTMENT!

2. Ooh, I need to be earning more money to invest in a pair of cool, summer kicks (but check out Bata because I think they have some decent and/or plain ones that you can refurbish, yourself). Besides the canvas slip-ons, I have been eyeing those Stan Smith sneakers from Adidas from the time I saw them first on Kiran Rao in a pair for ELLE (India) magazine, last year.

3. Funnily/luckily enough, I found a lovely brown leather + wooden sole pair at Promod way back in 2012 for Rs. 1000 and they still look smoking (it’s a different story that I haven’t worn them ever) but I also recently bought a pair earlier this year from Forever 21 whose soles are super lightweight and are a dream to walk in, and they actually suit me. Or what I like wearing! Chunky sandals are the only high heels that I make an exception for, because some inches are a bother for my cankles (one of my guy friends at an ex-workplace pointed out that I have *GASP* cankles). Thanks for the tip-off, bruv! And I’ve broken my foot twice now in the 28 years of my existence so yeah.

4. Crochet fabrics (there are some cool things to be bought from Mango + Vero Moda, btw) have been on my mind since 2012, and I haven’t begun to love them any lesser just as yet. 

5. Ah, crossbody handbags! :-)

6. Light (slightly overall acid wash) denim blouses are IN! I think Marks & Spencer had one, last season with a cute pocket over the breast area. (I’m not talking about the button-down shirts, btw!)

7. These are expensive for sure, but you’ll find cheaper versions at your local haunts – for me, La Judi is the answer… Of course, there are also flatform sandals which look really, really good, too.

8. Gypsy jewellery, self-explanatory… Think of cultural motifs, coloured tassels, pompom detailing (we’ll get back to that), body armour (yes, those Rajasthani pieces count), hammered metals, blah-blah, etc.

9. I don’t know about you but I do love grandma-inspired looks! Grandmothers (well, some) really are with it; and okay, so, pleated skirts… Of course, I do prefer the pleather variety over chiffon (ever since I bought a smouldering one from Marks & Spencer) but yeah… Pleated skirts in a midi-length are the way to go (especially with sneakers), in my opinion.

10. Ah, yes… I’ve always liked pompom detailing, especially on the edges of a cotton weave or bohemian kimono – it’s such an easy way to add a cultural accent or pop of tone to your get-up; and speaking of which, I’ve been making pompom necklaces for The Jupiter Skye Shop so if you’re interested, you know where to go after reading this post, heh.

P.S. Also, why is this post titled Summer Nights huh, you ask? What’s the connection? I was looking for a good way to pun but there was none, however, while I do enjoy going out in the late afternoon – I think I like those days when you’re out at that time (in a nice place) and then the day gradually progresses to night, and you’re wearing something good, and well the temperature hasn’t changed much so yeah it’s still summer but it’s night and you feel pretty… Gosh. That was way too long-winded a sentence even for me! Forgive me?

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

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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

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

The Keeper of the Keys

177 The Keeper of the KeysDo you remember when I first wrote about Lune here? If you don’t, let me quickly count the ways I love thee… I mean, Sree. Okay, Sreesha Shetty. The creator of Lune! Born of a passion for all things bohemian and a vintage, whimsical charm, Sreesha’s label – Lune – possesses everything about everyday jewellery that I love. Each piece is unique, you must know this much, and named just as uniquely.

So… I recently placed an order for her stuff (I’ve only bought once from her before, and the other time, she sent me some goodies)Samara (a Gold Deer Antler Necklace), Ankh (an Evil Eye Antique Gold Ring), Chaavi (a Long, Vintage Antique Gold Key Necklace) & a Little Handmade Mystery Bag (it contained the most darling, vintage things) – and was very pleased with my entire  L O O T  to say the least! (If you follow me on Twitter, you would have noticed my tweets raving about her jewellery.)

I wasn’t going to be at home when she shipped out my stuff so I decided to meet her instead. She lives in Bombay, she just moved here – I was supposed to meet her last year but I suppose I’m just really flaky. Anyway, I’m glad I did get to spend some time with her because she’s even warmer (and so much cooler) in person. Sreesha, if you’re reading – I really, really love your stuff. I’m proud to own more than a few Lune lovelies now! BONUS: It was a lot of fun giggling over random things, I enjoyed talking to her sooo much that I even dunked my new pair of earphones into an oil-based candle light at our dinner table. So much for crazy behaviour! 

P.S. The key, Chaavi, is just one of things from my entire loot, all of which I shall post about very soon in much detail, here. And yes, the Harry Potter reference? I think it’s my second. Cute, eh?

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes & Picture by Sreesha Shetty