Deck the Hall

158 Deck the Halls with December!

“Apple cider in paper cups. Presents stashed under the tree. Nankaties. Mince pies. Dried fruit. Carrot cake. Love. The ‘Home Alone’ Movies. Christmas Mass. Santa Claus. Buying presents! Reflecting on the year that went by… Making Christmas sweets! Spending time with family and friends. Lovers. Salted caramel sauce. Winter boots. Reindeer motifs. Deep, red lipstick. Retro matte. Green cardigans. Snowflakes. Cribs. Filling up stockings… Peppermint candy canes. Gingerbread accessories. Nutmeg. Cranberry-scented baths. Making Christmas cards. Jingle Bell Rock. Red nail polish. Sequins and glitter. Christmas cheer! Baby Jesus figurines. The Nativity Scene. Putting up the yearly tree… Carols. Wreaths. Mistletoe. Drunken laughter! Tasting eggnog. Festive spirit. Christmas pudding. Reading ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens. Ebenezer Scrooge. Noël. Christmas movies. Opening presents. Gifts. Tinsel. Father Christmas. Deck the halls with December!”

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

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Ode to October

Jupiter Skye, Roanna Fernandes, Ode to October, October 2013, October, Love

Look, I love to romanticise people and things okay? Er, I mean, like the fact that I don’t think I’ll ever stop getting excited about a favourite month coming along (even though it comes every year!). You already know that February tops my list but October is a special month as well. Plenty of kooky reasons, but I like ’em. Let’s raise our hats to a happy October? Yes? Yes! Okay. 

“Lavender-scented baths. Birthdays. Candied apples. Halloween. Witches. Red lipstick! Orange. Nutmeg. Pumpkins. Jack-o’-lanterns! Librans. Mysteries. Witchcraft. Voodoo. Scooby-Doo! Sweater dresses. Americano. Cardigans. Best friends. Moroccan lanterns. Drops of Jupiter. Boxy blazers. Starbucks. The Darker Half. Pleats Please by Issey Miyake. Apple pie. Bubble baths. Romances. Books. Love potion. Costumes. Wool. Legends. Coffee dates. Gloves. The Forbidden Game. Writing. Espresso. Autumn. Charcoal pencils. Trench coats. Pink ribbons. Dressing up. Moonlight. Shea shower cream. Cinnamon. Creepy stories. Holding hands. Graveyards. Conversations. Elle by Yves Saint Laurent. Black. Letters from strangers. Ruby Woo. Think of You by MS MR (RAC Remix). Frankincense. Sleep Balm. Music. Wolves. Scents. Celebrations. Scarves. Caramel toffee. Warm breezes. Scented candles. Pumpkin spice. Guys. Oh, October!”

P.S If you’re interested in my work and are thinking of a collaboration or project, please write to me and direct your queries. Just please DO NOT BRAND, LABEL, STEAL or USE my work as your own. It would thoroughly anger and disappoint me, to say the least. Translation: Pilfer my stuff, and you could die.

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

Sugar, Spice and All Things Nice

Sugar Spice and All Things Nice

Butter is a beautiful word, don’t you think? I find its culinary counterpart to be equally ravishing. And I like it even better, spread on warm, toasty slices of bread! Speaking of which, here’s a palate-pleasing recipe for honey vanilla cinnamon butter that I came across on the M Loves M blog (do you know of it?), and I made some at home a few months ago (dizzy-ingly delicious) . If you’re lazy in the kitchen, I promise that this recipe will take up less than ten minutes of your time – the ingredients should be easily available in your kitchen too (you don’t have to buy anything out of the ordinary).

P.S. This illustration and recipe was first posted here (speaking of which, what do you think of the artwork?), on my friend Roshni’s bakery blog – The Vanilla Bean Bakery – See, see! You should know that it was my very first guest post on a blog, ever, hee hee. And, yes, I have created a Behance account… finally (if you were wondering). Follow me there by clicking here, if you would like to!
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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

Of Lavender Scented Dreams

102 Of Lavender Scented Dreams

When it comes to trying out new products, I usually get smooth-talked into a purchase by a really fancy commercial or after someone having told me about a certain coolio. In this case, I heard about the calming properties of the Stress Relief wellness spray by Forest Essentials from Jay-B, who once sprayed some  on my temple and wrist at our office. From then on, its lavender-based scent hit me quick and how!

Long story short, I bought the Stress Relief spray from Forest Essentials in December (last year), and its counterpart, Tranquil Sleep, this year in January. To be honest, I can’t really tell how much it has been working on calming my mind (when I’m stressed) and helping me sleep well, but I really like how they smell (and yes, they make me feel good – sometimes I think it’s all in my head).

About the Bottles: Stress Relief & Tranquil Sleep

Let me tell you some more about the sprays. If you take a look at the picture collage above (thank you Magali for Bombshell Pro), you’ll know what essential oils both Stress Relief and Tranquil Sleep are made up of. Lavender is one essence that they both share. The product names are pretty self-explanatory for the properties they diffuse, and at the moment, I like both bottles equally. If I were to be absolutely truthful, I would say that the idea of these beautiful aromatic oils helping me de-stress and relax feels a little magical. You know, you spray some on, and voilà, troubles out the window! Since it keeps me happy though, I will probably re-purchase both products once they’re used up. Each spray costs you Rs. 595 for 10 ml. Is that too expensive? Because I’m thinking it’s not, as it is Forest Essentials after all, and I love their products (not to mention, the in-store shopping experience – I like the Juhu outlet the best!).

Pretty Packaging

Um, so I am extremely gullible when it comes to packaging and I have been known to make random, impulsive purchases just because of how appealing the box or package looked! However, in this case, the packaging came with a total surprise factor (because I didn’t know about it before – what a bonus!), and when I gave the salesman my Debit Card to swipe, I was already squealing inside my head. I couldn’t capture the packaging as well in the pictures but I will describe it to you, each bottle comes in a smooth cardboard box, you slide the inside out (very similar to a match box) and inside a further, more careful cardboard encasing rests the bottle spray. Something else I would like to say here, is that the colours, design of the motifs and lettering types on the box are clean, intricate and extremely personal (that’s how I feel). I’ve already stored the empty boxes safely away for future artsy inspirations and the like.

{ Rating: 9 / 10 }

P.S This is my very FIRST product review on Jupiter Skye, haha, yay! I know these were odd products to like and/or write about, and I don’t know if anyone ever has, before. But I love the products genuinely and I wanted to feature these two cuties. More than a necessity or a need, it might just very well be a frivolous purchase! It smells divine (it helps if you used to be into the Harry Potter and Charmed series). In fact, I just sprayed some Tranquil Sleep on my neck and pillow, mm-mmm… Sweet dreams!

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Artwork and pictures by Roanna Fernandes

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