Gotta love dessert! My weekly snap highlights the chocolate lava cake I was served when I went to lunch with a good friend at Hilton Colombo. This was not something on the menu at The Wok where we lunched but the staff was kind enough to bring it from the fine dining restaurant Spoons for us to enjoy. Simply love the taste and flavour of this cake. The hot chocolate lava oozing out spooned with the vanilla ice cream is too divine. Yummilicous!
I thought I’d change my daily handbag to something casual and simple. I rummaged through my bags and pulled out this yellow beauty. It’s a Nine West cross body bag and I know it’s not going to hold everything I take with me on a daily basis but…. I’m going to try!
Look forward to my next post – my first What’s In My Bag 🙂
I’ve been into coral and poppy colours this month. My previous Monday mani was a coral pink toned polish and today’s mani is no different.
I went with an old favourite of mine – Dreamy Poppy by Wet & Wild. I love the easy application and colour opacity. Summer is almost over but I’m still into bright and funky colours like this one. Too many dark colours for a long time don’t hold my attention so for now I’m loving my poppy pretty nails 🙂
Looks like every label and brand in town is coming up with a new collection for the fall (even though we live in a tropical island). Aviraté is an international high-street fashion label that offers a range of clothes and accessories with the best of western wear. At their stores, you’ll find chic dresses as well as ethnic tunics that suit every woman’s body, sensuality and style.
An adaptation from the Sanskrit word ‘Avirati’, meaning sensuality; Aviraté encapsulates the essence and soul of the brand. Matching international standards in design and quality, Aviraté range includes an extensive selection of day and evening wear, lingerie, shoes, bags and accessories – and now corporate work wear!
The Aviraté Flagship Store is located at No. 30, Maitland Crescent, Colombo 7
In a continuous effort to develop fashion designers who bring design innovations to crafts, the National Craft Council (NCC) in partnership with Colombo Fashion Week (CFW) recently announced the unique ‘CRAFTALIVE’ initiative. NCC and CFW will host their first ‘CRAFTALIVE’ show on 28 August against the backdrop of Independence Square. In just over a decade, CFW has established itself as the backbone of the local fashion design industry and is collaborating with NCC to further promote crafts and fashion in Sri Lanka.
Commenting on the initiative, Buddhi Keerthisena, Chairman, The Crafts Council of Sri Lanka stated, “At the National Crafts Council we are continuously striving to empower men and women in crafts as this industry is the backbone of many rural economies in Sri Lanka. We want to ensure that arts and crafts remain relevant and in existence in our country and this is why we are very proud of our partnership with Colombo Fashion Week. This initiative will not only highlight our unique crafts but will give Sri Lankans an opportunity to showcase their work globally.”
Ajai Vir Singh, President, Colombo Fashion Week further added, “Together we have created a platform to showcase a fusion of crafts in fashion. We named it ‘CRAFTALIVE’, as our aim is to give added impetus to crafts. Our first show will take place against the backdrop of one of Sri Lanka’s most significant national monuments, which is a first for the fashion industry. We believe that this will give us a differentiated platform that will boost the craft industry and showcase a unique line of fashion.”
The first ‘CRAFTALIVE’ show will showcase six renowned Sri Lankan designers who have been featured on the catwalks of Colombo Fashion Week. The stellar line up of designers includes Ramona Oshini, Indi Abeywardena and winner of the 2013 CFW Gen Next Designer Award, Sharmila who will debut her label ARRA. Also being featured at the event, ‘U by Upeksha’ offering a fresh design perspective along with Darshi Keerthisena will also show her collection of handcrafted batiks blended into high fashion. The collections will showcase a blend of beeralu, lace, metal and brass crafts, jewellery, rush, palmyrah, batik, handloom, fabric painting and wooden crafts. ‘CRAFTALIVE’ is also part of Shilpa Udana, which showcases the talents and skills of Sri Lanka’s award winning artisans and craftspeople from across the country. Operating under the theme of ‘Sustaining Livelihood and Revival of Traditions’, Shilpa Udana uses exhibitions, festivals and awareness programmes to promote and empower craftsmen and women in Sri Lanka.
Incorporating the rich heritage of traditional arts and crafts available in Sri Lanka, ‘CRAFTALIVE’ aims to empower young artisans through fashion design in order to create individual creative products and collections. The Crafts Council of Sri Lanka is headed by its Chairman Buddhi Keerthisena, under the aegis of the Ministry of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development and Ajai Vir Singh, President, Colombo Fashion Week. The council strives to promote collaborations and the unique integration of fashion and crafts that will enable Sri Lankan designers and craft artists to develop distinctly exceptional fashion and lifestyle products.
On Tuesdays I occasionally like dressing up when I have to head out on errands and also to meet up with friends. I had lunch scheduled with a close friend of mine so here’s what I picked for the lunchtime occasion:
Blue printed sleeveless dress from Mondy
White short sleeve bolero from Kelly Felder
Deep blue leggings from Pantaloons, India
Light gold shoes from Lakshmis
Silver necklace and charm pendant from Dressup
Cross body bag by Marc Fisher
For my Weekly Snap, I’m featuring an oh so favourite charm pair of earrings I had customized by Firefly.
This Facebook page is by a lady who makes her own jewellery pieces by hand, inclusive of beautiful and intricate charms, beads and wires. The charms that make up my earrings were a part of a longer pair of earrings so I contacted her and asked if I could have it with only the charm. A few days later, it was done and ready! How cute is it 😀
This is quite typical of me but I love sarees! There’s something so beautiful and stylish about six yards of fabric and I can’t get over the amazing varieties you find everywhere. It’s my go-to for most family weddings and homecomings and my family had so many over the past two weeks so I thought I’d make a quick post of what I wore to the first of the many that followed.
This saree was a gift to me by my mother-in-law. It’s a beautiful lime green shaded one with silver rhinestones thrown in the shades area and borders. I love that it also includes a bit of orange, something that is often not paired enough with green and that the rhinestones don’t make the fabric so heavy on the body. There are multiple ways of wearing a saree and this one is particular is simply draped normally and then made to fall gracefully over my left shoulder. That is called the ‘fall’ of the saree. Usually this too is draped and pinned to the shoulder but I occasionally like to wear it this way too.
I kept my accessories at a minimal, with short kitten heels in a metallic colour, my Burberry watch, a stringy bracelet and a platinum set of earrings and necklace, which unfortunately didn’t fit into the frame and I forgot to take a photograph of.
Like I’ve previously said, I’ve started to experiment with bolder and brighter colours this year. I’m going to take that as a good thing! I’ve never been comfortable wearing anything too bold in gold or even red. But this year, I’ve slowly begun to actually like plums, maroons and cranberry toned reds on my lips. NYX Cosmetics is one of my top favourite makeup brands and I’ve watched so many beauty bloggers try on and swatch some amazing red lipsticks so I thought I should get a few soft matte lip creams for myself.
I’m a huge fan of nudes and pinks so as you can see I have plenty of those in my personal stash but the highlight amongst all these wonderful shades was Monte Carlo.
Monte Carlo is a deep cranberry red. Once again, I just love how the lip cream glides into my lips and the quick and easy way it sets to a matte look. The colour is so pigmented that it lasts through most of the day. I wore it out to dinner last night and I had good coverage on my lips even after I got back home, so that goes to say how amazing this product is. I also happen to love the cake batter like fragrance all the soft matte lip creams have! Makes it smell so yummy!