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!
One certainly can’t get enough of beautiful batik, silk and handloom designs. Incorporating all these textures and styles is the new fashion label Redpierrot, the brainchild of Duleeka Ratnayake. A qualified designer having graduated from the University of Moratuwa’s School of Design, she loves experimenting with both silks and cottons to create her original designer batiks and nature inspired vibrant handlooms. The following are excerpts from an interview.
What or who inspires you, as a person and as a designer?
I am inspired by late British designer Alexander McQueen who had a unique sense of style. I am also inspired by Mrs. Yolanda Aluvihare, who is one of my favourite Sri Lankan designers. I learnt a lot about the industry from her when I was completing my internship after university. As a person, I am inspired by the endless bounties that nature offers.
Have you always had an artistic flair?
As long as I remember, I have always liked to draw and paint things that caught my interest. I started drawing as a child and my love for capturing the beauty of nature is an integral part of who I am. I love to use bold colours and patterns which I often borrow from natures greatest gifts – flowers, birds and especially butterflies.
What or who has inspired you and how easy/difficult is this to translate into clothes?
I grew up loving nature and her colour palette has been part of my inspiration. My work is also inspired by the wonderful traditions that are representative of the culturally and historically rich Kandyan era. Combining rich cultural dimensions with an equally diverse array of colours is a challenge which I enjoy very much.
Would you say that your designs are for everyone? Women of every age?
I design clothes for modern women who appreciate comfort and style. My designs transcend traditional boundaries.
What drives you and what do you like to do in your free time?
My hobby is and has always been fashion designing. I am very lucky that now it has become my chosen career. In my free time, between designing and running my boutique, I love to experiment with cooking.
Family or career first?
Buddhism teaches us to walk the middle path. I will always try to balance my career and my family.
What are your future plans?
I have long road ahead. Eventually, I want to expand my work and explore new design techniques and innovative ways of doing things. These days, I am experimenting with new techniques for different kinds of material.
What’s the inspiration behind the name Redpierrot?
The Redpierrot is a small yet strikingly beautiful butterfly found in our home gardens. It was the inspiration behind the very first saree I designed when I was studying fashion design at the University of Moratuwa. Having completed the design, I realized that it was a unique branding opportunity and ‘Redpierrot’ was born.
What makes your designers unique and unlike others on the market?
Handloom material and custom made garments may not be a new concept. However, my designs are exclusive and created using eco-friendly and sustainable material. I also like to design my clothes based on themes from nature. Women of all ages come to my boutique for custom designed sarees and other garments and it shows that people appreciate what I am doing.
Redpierrot is located at 17/4A, Stratford Avenue, Gandhara Street, Colombo 6.
I don’t tend to my nails as often as I should. They don’t chip or break all that much either but I kind of think a manicure every now and then wouldn’t hurt so I’m kicking off this week with a Passion Pink mani!
Unfortunately I wasn’t too happy with the way my nails turned out to look. I expected a glossy and also shiny overall look but in fact it was quite dull. Application was easy however. The application brush makes for easy application with a few strokes. I did have to apply two coats to be honest so again I wasn’t entirely happy with the overall look.
I’d always enjoyed the smaller and plain chocolate croissants with filling inside as a child but of recently, after discovering this variety at one of the local BreadTalk outlets, I’m so in love. You don’t need to have it fresh and warm to enjoy its flavour. Even after its a bit cold, I love the crispness of the chocolate topping and almond flakes. It’s not overly filling to have during a casual afternoon but it wouldn’t leave you wanting to have something else afterwards either so it’s quite sufficient in its own way and makes for my Weekly Snap this second week of August 🙂
I’m not a fan of overly buttery textures when it comes to body butters and even nail creams. I do understand the necessity of having a heavy textured solution….buttttt I’m not a fan, that’s all. However when I received this luxury hand and nail cream, In thought I’d give it a try because I love the smell of strawberries.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t work for me. Here’s why:
Texture was actually kind leaving towards oily and lingered for far too long instead of quickly drying up. I had to wipe my hands clean if I wanted to touch something, or else it always left a greasy stain.
The fragrance wasn’t exactly as I assumed it would be. Not much of freesia or strawberries for that matter. Just something quite else. I can’t seem to wrap my head around it.
Did nothing to strengthen my nails as mentioned in the back description.
Overall, I was very dissapointed with this product and will not be recommending it to anyone either. Luxury or not, it just doesn’t work for me.