Pretty Lights

Pretty Lights, Light up the darkness, Lights, Diwali, Diwali 2013, October - November 2013, Lanterns, Lantern, The Home Label

Festivals are best when they’re spent with family (though with all of us leading such crazy, work-filled lives, you’re lucky if you get to!) and I do love certain traditions (read: exchanging gifts). While I’ve only celebrated Diwali twice, I did enjoy the festivities involved then though I’ll never be able to bravely light up a sparkler (or hold one), all by myself, ever

Let me not digress… I just wanted to make sure to wish each and every one of you a very happy and prosperous Diwali (and weekend). Remember to not let darkness consume you (I understand it, and it’s a part of me that I try to let go of, sometimes.) but light up, and don’t let its cold, black heart (referring to your darkness) get the better of you. Make room for light (yes, it’s a heartfelt plea!)… and new beginnings. Speaking of which, I have a little secret, one that you will learn of , soon. *winks*

Happy Diwali!

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Artwork and picture by Roanna Fernandes

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Sweater Safe Than Sorry

Sweater Safe Than Sorry, October 2013, Cardigan, Sweater, Keep Warm

Living in Bombay has its perks and er… pitfalls! It’s just that the city never really gets as cold as I’d like it to be during the winter months! (I’m choosing to ignore mentioning all the other serious pitfalls this city carries on its shoulders.) Even so, that doesn’t stop me from throwing my light-weight knits all over the place. And it’s true that I have an odd fondness for winter wear, irrespective of the season – blazers, cardigans, coats, jackets, scarves and sweaters, uh-huh! Before I bring out all the heavy gear, I thought we could start with the most basic knit (see picture). The carelessly classic pullover sweater! They’re snuggly without being overbearing, come in all kinds of silhouette shapes and yet they can be tons trendy – you can experiment with colours, prints (animal print is sooo fetch, this year!), styles and textures (er, cashmere?).

{ What’s in each of the pictures? 1. Troian Bellisario as Spencer Hastings (Pretty Little Liars); 2. Fine-knit Sweater, H&M; 3. Leo Pullover, Anthropologie; 4. Julie Sariñana of Sincerely Jules; 5. Chelsea Girl Tiger Head Jumper, River Island; 6. Easy Rider Sweatshirt (in Cream), Forever 21; 7. Slouchy Angora Jumper (in Pink) by Boutique, Topshop; 8. That’s a three-fourth picture of ME rocking my whale print sweater from Zara with my dinosaur necklace from Accessorize! }

P.S. The Chelsea Girl tiger head jumper from River Island gets my vote for Sweater of the Year! For starters, I love its vintage vibe in the form of the retro tiger head print, plus I can think of ten ways to accessorize with and style it – think choker necklaces and sling-purses with a pair of pleather leggings or ripped denims (ooh, and high-top sneakers!).

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

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