HIGH BY THE BEACH

251 High by the Beach

“Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.”

(This is what has been said on the Pantone website.) Never before have I felt a more powerful pull to the colours of the year! I have always been interested in knowing what the colours of the year are (ever since 2012), but this year feels special. I feel like they are connected to me in a very overall way, this year. The colours speak to me! A cool wave of tranquility washes over me… Cleansing my soul completely. I am warm, I am cool, I am tinted, I am hued, I am flawed, I am perfect. I am well!

  1. This is a collection of items that seemed to reflect my thoughts – at least, I think so! I chose them for their colouring and vibe. Also, my mermaid socks from Forever 21 (Rs. 89), and the Ruchi Opal Pendant from Accessorize (Rs. 343.50) make an appearance, here.
  2. I am very excited to begin reading The Love Letter and Other Stories by Buddhadeva Bose; I have only read one of his other books which I enjoyed immensely so yeah, I picked this one up on a whim. (The book isn’t being sold like this, I just liked how it looked without its jacket on.)
  3. I don’t remember how this little plastic, Barbie-like mermaid came into my possession, but I am not complaining. I like her!
  4. And the watercolour postcard? :-) Sonaksha posted this one across to me, and I love it so much. (Yes, it is from the same series that I was talking about earlier.)

P.S. I think it is very, very important to remember that you are the only person who can make you whole again. I was lost for a very long time, sinking slowly into a dreary depression, etc. and so I might be able to relate to someone else feeling similarly. It would be crazy town to tell you my life is idyllic RN, but it certainly is not so bad either. I have been forgetting about the little things (maybe you have, too?) – and now, I really want to devote my efforts, energy, love, money and time to create more – and, experiences.

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Artwork and pictures by Roanna Fernandes

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SONG OF THE SEA

249 Song of the Sea

Ever since I spotted this cutie from Skinnydip London on an Instagram feed (thefilmyowl’s), I have been coveting it like no other purse! Okay, I lie. I mean, I am thinking of it, but I am not about to do anything crazy, like order it… I can’t, anyway, since the purse seems to be out of stock on the KOOVS website. :’-(

(P.S. This shell purse makes me think of Ariel and Aquamarine, and Song of the Sea and The Little Mermaid, and mermaids and magic… And well, you know. It would have been lovely to own but I guess I don’t have to order every little thing that I like. But if you like other metallic hues like gold, rose gold and silver – try your luck and order this shell purse in one of those colours from the ASOS or Skinnydip London websites. Tell me if you do?)

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

Takes Two to Tangerine

231 Takes Two to Tangerine

Goa. Goa! GOA. GOA! (I miss you dearly, and deeply… ) DIGRESSION CENTRAL! To be completely honest, I love summer as much as I do winter. Of course, I’m not especially fond of commuting during the season; sweaty bodies mingling on the train, clothes sticking to your skin, that feeling like you’re melting that feels good (like you’re working out) but feels kind of crap when you’re wearing a good outfit, etc. Whatever! But it’s weird. I do like the sunlight streaming in (through the cracks). Especially when you’re sitting in a train by an open window, and some of the light gets in your eyes or warms your cheeks in selective patches… It kind of feels good! It makes me feel very happy.

Oh pooh, none of that was even remotely relevant! I need a new bathing suit or maillot (as I like to refer to it by, I’m one of those douchey Parisian-loving folks, I suppose), and I cannooooot afford this two-piece tangerine lovelie for sure but we can look at it, can we not? Of late, I’ve developed an orange crush (yes, again; remember 2011?)… And as fate would have it, spotted this marigold-like bikini by Seafolly on the Anthropologie (whoa, did you know that these guys have some seriously want-to-buy-everything kind of coolios?) website. While I’ve never really been comfortable enough in the past to ever wear a bikini, I don’t think I feel that way anymore. Who honestly really cares if you’re completely beach-body ready or not? Is that really even a thing, and why should you care as long as it makes you happy, right?

I would have normally chosen a black one for this post, and generally, perhaps IRL (I just found out what this means!), too but I think I would have gotten the tangerine one, as well. I don’t know if I could wear my many accessories with this one (perhaps a delicate waist harness like those delicate Beyoncé/J.Lo kinds + tonnes of embroidered beach bracelets like JULES?) but it would look pretty, paired with all those things. I can always, also, throw on my denim cutoffs over, and add a chiffon kimono (in a complementary print) if I was just reading at the beach, laying on the mica sands, and/or wanted to wade my feet in the foamy water later… Right? Look at me, talking as if I’ve already ordered this one. Gah!

P.S. Seafolly is some huuuuuge Australian beachwear brand apparently! Didn’t know that. No wonder it’s so expensive; both pieces are priced separately. The Goddess bandeau top is for $98, and the Goddess hipsters are for $78. CRAZY! Erm, I was also looking at some swimsuits from Mara Hoffman initially; they have some very colourful, Aztec-inspired prints (for bikinis and maillots) with some seriously sexy cut-out details. Ooh! UGH. (Don’t you wish someone would just give you a suitcase of money, sometimes? I know I’m shallow, bye.)

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

Aquamarine

223 Aquamarine

Ooh, sorry for waxing poetic – Nay, oceanic – about aquamarine hues! When I was little, I always maintained that my favourite colour was blue. Or I would tell people random things, how much I liked (and still love, to this day) looking at swimming pools; I think mermaids just could be real (oh, humour me – won’t you, please?), I found myself to be an ardent collector of sea stories (and shells), and enjoyed making castles of sand, and well, just all kinds of ocean-related crazies.

I think over the years though, the blues darkened and I fell in LOVE with black, fast and very hard… But I guess I still always really liked the colour blue. Sorry, I know this sounds like some weirdo romantic escapade! :-( Okay, cutting several anecdotes short to include in this story, I think you know that I have been crushing over blue, green, mint, teal hues ever since last year… Erm, the “Minaj Wedding”, yougaiz! These tints that just soften a look, or pop an outfit oh-so-dreamily.

1. Nika Brooch, And Smile – $17.30

Ordered this brooch pin (and the other one in the picture) from Viktorija Semjonova, last year. I will not get into specifics because I already wrote about these lovely, water-colour prints before. 

2. Turquoise Ombre Gathered Maxi Dress, bhane. – Rs. 950

Been thinking about this oceanie/mermaid dress on bhane. for a long, long time now! I think it’s just so pretty, and also, I’ve never ordered from bhane. before. Ooh, I want to!

3. Isis Necklace, Lune – Rs. 500; Laura Brooch, And Smile – $17.30

This is one of my favourite pictures from this shoot! I bought the book a couple of years ago, and don’t remember if I liked it all that much but the cover? SIGH. That cover! The key charm necklace is from Sreesha’s shop; I like its broken quality – makes me think of vintage houses, you know? 

4. CASUAL Sea Salt Texturising Spray, TONI & GUY (200 ml) – Rs. 1,050

Erm, okay, so sue me! Bought this on a whim, I had heard about it a bit, yeah, and thought it might be fun to try out. So, it smells really good, and I’ve been using it to style my hair messily as opposed to having actual bedhead, lolol, and yeah, to weave braids into my messy knot thingie. I think I got excited mostly by the mention of SEA SALT, alone.

5. Sreesha Necklace, The Jupiter Skye Shop – Rs. 480

Aha! The Jupiter Skye Shop exiiiists, you all! RO CAN HAZ SHOP! I am being tardy with uploading more jewellery and stationery frequently, but look out – There will be lovelies that you will want to order. Ah, endless hope.

{ What else is in the picture? 1. Cream White Lace Bralette, Forever 21 – Rs. 679; 2. Brazilian Knickers in Emerald Green, Marks & Spencer – Rs 599; 3. Eternal Love Pendant (Triquetra), Accessorize – Rs. 695; 4. Ear Cuff (Dancing Skulls), Colaba Causeway – Rs. 90; 5. Psychedelic Feather Earring, Dryad – Rs. 500; 6. Mystical Glass Box (Hexagon), The Home Label – Rs. 640; 7. Rhinestone Teardrop Earrings, Accessorize – Rs. 403.50; 8. Express Finish Vernis Séchage in 865 Turquoise Green, Maybelline New York – Rs. 220 }

(HELLO, HOW ARE YOU?: Wanted to get your attention to tell you that none of these clothes, products or whatevers were sponsored for this post; everything’s been bought by me and all views are naturally my own. Probably, sadly, too! Also, if you are my friend in real life, you will know that I have not worn many of these lovelies just as yet… OUI, I AM A HOARDER.)

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Artwork and pictures by Roanna Fernandes