New buy and then some…

Ramadan is almost over and Eid will be celebrated tomorrow, so I wanted to go and get myself a pretty little bauble. I’m not one to splurge all too much on jewellery because I feel like they go out of trend all too often and sometimes don’t always complement my outfits. I am therefore very careful and picky with my selections. However, the idea this time was to find a stringy kind of long necklace, preferably with a large pendant of some sort. I know that for the most part when one is picky and too choosy, you’ll never find what you want but one of the online jewellery stores I shop at in Colombo was hosting a sale and I thought I should head over and see if they’d have something suitable for me.

Dressup is an online store that offers vintage jewellery, baubles, trinkets and more. I’ve shopped with them on multiple occasions have not been disappointed with my purchases. Most of their items are sourced from abroad so you know you’re getting a quality product that’s worth the price.

Vintage Filigree Leaf Pendant Necklace
Vintage Filigree Leaf Pendant Necklace

Here’s a look at what I recently purchased over the weekend! I absolutely love it! It was more than perfect because it fitted the ideology of what I wanted. My darling husband was more than kind to buy it as a gift for me which made it all the more better. It’s got a long gold strand necklace and a large filigree like leaf pendant at the end of it. It’s not the too heavy kind which I’m happy about it as well and has a very contemporary feel to it more than a vintage. I can’t wait to pair it with some outfits in the future.

I’ve bought necklaces from Dressup before as well so I thought I’ll give you guys a look at them.

Silver Dream Catcher Necklace
Silver Dream Catcher Necklace
Hot Pink Tribal Necklace
Hot Pink Tribal Necklace

What’d you think? 🙂

If you’d like to see a more in-depth review of what the online site is all about and the jewellery they sell, do post a comment below and let me know!

Xoxo

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Weekly Snap!

Cardamom Rose Aromaveda Sachet Collection
Cardamom Rose Aromaveda Sachet Collection

I’m all for holistic and luxury pampering so featured as my Weekly Snap is a gift I received from a bestie – the Cardamom Rose Aromaveda Sachet Collection from Spa Ceylon Ayurveda.

Overall Review

The collection includes three luxury fragrance sachets that uniquely combine natural volcanic minerals with pure essential oils to infuse your living spaces with rich natural aromas. I love their jasmine range so this was a change for me as I haven’t previously purchased anything of their products in the Cardamom Rose range. However, I was surprised when I found myself loving this fragrance as well. It doesn’t come across as strong and overwhelming as you’d think and I suppose that’s one reason why I like it. Each sachet ingredients are individually blended to ensure the natural well-being benefits of the essential oils are preserved well and truly. They are meant to soothe, calm and relax the mind, body and soul. I’m yet to start using them so let’s see if the sachets live up to what their supposed to do.

The sachet and gift box are adorned with royal insignia inspired by the Royal Kandyan courts of ancient Ceylon. This is something you’ll notice in many of the products by Spa Ceylon. If you want to know more about the brand and their products, check out their site.

How To Use

Remove cellophane covers and place sachets in suitable locations, preferably close to air vents, inside pillow cases, in wardrobes between clothes, suitcases or under drawer liners. To refresh the aroma add a few drops of the Spa Ceylon Essential Oil Blend to each sachet as required.

 

Xoxo

Scrub-a-dub-dub!

Face, body and foot scrub
Face, body and foot scrub

So… here’s the thing; everyone uses a scrub of some sort on some part of their body right? A face scrub, a body scrub and possibly a foot scrub too, so I was thinking of creating a tag where bloggers talk about their favourite types in one post. I’ve never created a tag before and I don’t even know if such a tag already exists but I do want to talk about my favourites so here goes 😀

Face Scrub

I’m a huge Clean & Clear fan so my favourite face scrub is the Morning Burst Facial Scrub. This is an oil-free scrub that comes with bursting beads, and not only actually wakes you thanks to its fruity aroma but also exfoliates and nourishes with vitamin c and ginseng. I don’t use it on a daily basis although it does claim it is ideal for daily use. I actually prefer using it on alternative days just to allow my skin to breathe occasionally. The first week I used this product, I noticed a drastic change in my skin. It looked fresh and bright after just three uses and I love that it leaves my face smelling all fruity too. The back description continues to say this formula gets rid of dullness and tired looking skin to reveal softer and more radiant skin and I for one can definitely vouch for that because it works on my skin. The formula is really not too thick and heavy so a little bit is really all I need to scrub on to my face. I generally focus on my nose, cheeks and chin because those are my problem areas and after a couple of uses, my face does show a great difference.

Body Scrub

This one is a new favourite but I can say for sure that it would remain the same for a long time. I recently discovered The Body Shop Limited Edition Blueberry Body Scrub Gel. I know it’s not available any longer and I’m totally upset with myself for not having purchased more because I am totally in love with this scrub. It’s got the most amazing texture that is a combination between a typical body scrub and a shower gel. I don’t know if that makes any sense but if you’re someone who has tried this out, you’ll definitely understand what I’m trying to say. Second reason why I love this is purely because of the fruit blueberry fragrance. I wasn’t a huge fan of blueberries but one whiff of this and I was totally hooked. I use this very sparingly because I don’t want to finish it but if you really want a good all-over-the-body scrub, you do have to be a little generous with the amount you take out. It includes little blueberry seeds that exfoliate well and leave your body feeling soft, fragrant and clean.

Foot Scrub

My go-to foot scrub with always remain a local favourite and that is the Spa Ceylon Green Mint Cooling Foot Scrub. I honestly believe that there is nothing to beat this product because it is made of all natural ingredients including lime peel to help remove rough patches on the feet, peppermint and lemongrass to cool and refresh, margosa and virgin coconut oil to nourish, soothe and relax. I do not think there is any other foot scrub out there that includes all these amazing ingredients and does and amazing job. I like to use the scrub after a foot soak (I also use the Spa Ceylon Green Mint Reviva Foot Soak) and give my feet a good relaxing session every once in a while. The aroma is divine and I am a sucker for green mint and lemongrass so this is more than ideal for someone like me. Most of all, I love that my feet are squeaky clean, refreshed and fragrant all day after I use it.

I’m also tagging some the fellow bloggers I follow to share their favourites and maybe even continue the tag 🙂

Comment below and let me know what your three favourite scrubs are! 😀

Xoxo

Mini Mago Inc.

Miniature treats
Miniature treats

I’ve not been a huge fan of doll houses because I always felt like my Barbie dolls couldn’t necessarily fit in right. But the minute I saw these miniature accessories and other custom-made miniature items, I fell in love with the miniature world. Mini Mago Inc is a company started by Trudi Malalgoda Amadoru who currently resides in Colombo, Sri Lanka. What kicked off as a hobby is now a full-fledged business for her and she creates just about anything and everything in miniature form.

I’m self-taught and I would love to find a place where I can learn about making miniatures, if I could. Everything I know, I know from experience. I normally use a 1:12 scale when making miniatures. I can make quite a wide range of things, provided I have enough time to make it

How about a game of golf?
How about a game of golf?

When making a miniature most people would think it would be easy. The truth is the smaller an item is the harder it is to perfect it and to make it look realistic. Another frustrating part is when I have to make a pair of some item. Since I don’t have any moulds, getting the second to look just like the first item can be quite a feat. My experience has taught me however how to make them and how to get the colours right. Most of my day I spend making miniatures and finishing up orders.

One can find most of her miniature creations on her Facebook page as well as her website. From miniature doll houses to book ends, food to ceramics, drinks to magazines, gardening tools to desserts, household items to sports equipment the choices are endless really. She creates them out of polymer clay and also uses small items like toothpicks and clay tools to create everything she makes.

Oooh minis!
Oooh minis!

 

Most of the quotes on this post are from this interview conducted by Ceylon Today newspapers.

Vroom  vroom
Vroom vroom

Pix courtesy Mini Mago Inc.

 

A Passion for Faces

I know I uploaded a picture of the same book as my Weekly Snap but I did write a review of the book for the local newspaper I freelance for and I thought I’d post a few of the paragraphs here on my blog for you all to see as well.

A human race has a few faces which show again and again in far apart places. Lift the curtains of differing tones to see the same forms appear in the planes and facial geometry.

Pee-a-boo!
Pee-a-boo!

As a native of Sri Lanka, Barbara Sansoni has seen many a varied featured faces. Her most recent book of drawings – A Passion for Faces – includes these very faces that captured her eye and thoughts.

I’ve yet to come across something I don’t like in this book. It’s quite hefty and leans more towards a coffee table kind of book but I’d also like seeing it on personal libraries in line with others in relation to art and history. Yes, I’ve gone and said it, history. Why you may ask is that I classified this as a historic type of book? Simply because I find the drawings of faces to be of those that combine the likes of traders who came into our island in search of goods and trade, foreign inhabitants who have heard tales of our beautiful island and continued to stay on and also those who have inter-married into local families. These are the faces of people from the past.

Dark skinned
Dark skinned

I happen to like the black and white pencil drawings the most in the book although it does include coloured drawings. To me, black and white seems to say more than a coloured picture and in this case, the same goes for the faces. It’s easier to read between the forehead lines and the cracks of the smiles, rather than having to look through the browns, nudes and tans of vibrancy. This way, one cannot always tell the cultural origin of the person one is looking at. A black and white drawing can only say so much. In this way, everyone looks like they belong to one race, class, creed and culture.

Then again, I also love the muted use of colour. There are pops of cobalt blue and sunny yellows but somehow they remain muted against the more prominent facial expressions.

One also has to admire the intensity of the eyes. They say that eyes denote the very feelings felt within one’s heart and there’s absolute innocence in every face in the book. I love that Sansoni kept it that way, intentionally or unintentionally.

‘How can I seize the laughing, flashing movement of this face?’ she questions, ‘the distortions of a smile when cheek pushes eye and teeth flash brilliantly, the pose of the head, on a neck through the arms, to the acrobatic fingers of a dancer?’.

Beautiful and captivating
Beautiful and captivating

She certainly is able to capture it somehow. It’s in the way she uses her lines and curves. After all, all faces are made up of lines and curves. The hint of a chuckle at the back of the smile and a twinkle beneath the eyes truly make her drawings more realistic than imagined. She has a knack for visualizing light and depth from a distance that make her drawings what they are.

‘Why does one draw faces? For the same reason one draws a house. To draw is to take delight in the subject one draws, to get to know it and posses it.’ Sansoni explains that it is a challenge painting and drawing her visual experiences rather than just copying the object. ‘History doesn’t make ugly things beautiful, but age does. A face after all is a house, built centuries ago by genes’.

Well said.

 

*Images sent by Barefoot Gallery*

Weekly Snap

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A Passion for Faces

New book to review by Sri Lankan Barbara Sansoni. I love her drawings, expecially the black and white ones. This book includes coloured drawings too and is quite aptly titled ‘A Passion for Faces’ Now available at the Barefoot Gallery.

A Story in Print

As you all already know, I tend to waltz over to Odel whenever I want simply because it’s so close to my home. I don’t necessarily buy something on every trip but I do like to have an idea of what’s new in store, what’s trending and get that good shopping vibe. I did however buy two printed palazzo pants the other day but I’ll save that for another post!

For today, I just wanted to feature the new look and in house magazine titled ‘A Story in Print’. On behalf of the print on print look that’s trending right now, I just love how they’ve worked it throughout the decor of the store. All the mannequins have such cool and funky looks which I love but I know half of what I wouldn’t be able to pull off on my own.

Look of the magazine
Look of the magazine

 

So the magazine highlights the current trend and also gives the reader an idea of how they can get the look as well by mixing simple and easy prints together. I don’t find too many Sri Lankans experimenting with looks but I know this trend is something that can be well received especially because we are from a tropical country and prints are a great representation of who we are.

I’m still favouring florals the most but I do however have a little liking towards leopard prints. I’m not into zebra and other type of animal prints however for my looks simply because it’s a bit tougher to pair with my ethnic wear.

Go tropical!
Go tropical!

 

I’ve already talked about how this trend can be paired so I’m not going to get into that again. However, for those in Sri Lanka, I think it would be a good idea to go on and grab this magazine (it is FREE after all) because it does have some good pointers and also gives you an idea of what’s new in store and its prices.

I do want to say that the store leans towards being pricey but that doesn’t seem to stop everyone from going there and making a purchase of any sort. Besides clothes and accessories, Odel does house a couple more stuff including books, household items, kids items and awesome Sri Lankan souvenirs.

Competition time!
Competition time!

If you like taking part in competition, this one’s certainly right up our alley! If you’re unable to read the instructions, do check out their Facebook page for more details.

Have a great day all! 🙂