Colombo Flea Market 

 I participated in the Colombo Flea Market today and here are a couple of snaps:

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Sold pretty much 50% of everything I took and donated the rest to the welfare society. I actually feel lighter and better now that I’ve given away stuff I do not use or wear anymore. Was certainly a good experience and will probably participate next time as well. 

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New pieces of jewellery 

I’ve been collecting sea shells for years and I’ve got a good collection from all parts of my little island. I’ve sort of run out of where to keep them all so I asked my friend to create pieces of jewellery for me out of some of them. The following three images show three different pieces but I’ve a total of ten new pieces.

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Layered necklace

 

Stunning ring

 

Xoxo

Looking forward to summer!

It’s summer pretty much all year round in my country but we do have the occasional chilly week or so in December and January. Apart from those two months, you’ll see plenty of sunshine in my tropical home – Sri Lanka. So I think it’s pretty apt for me to say that I know what I am talking about when it comes to summer trends and styles because hey, that’s all us Lankans wear all year long!

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I find that prints never really go out of fashion, no matter what season or time of the year. Whether it’s tribal, animal, floral or geometric, prints have a way of staying in trend. Here’s a classic example of a printed dress that can be worn in any season and any time of the day (really!). I love that it is also in very basic colours – black and white. It can be accessorised in pretty much any way you want, with similar coloured pieces of jewellery, handbag and shoes or even spiced up with some colourful bright add-ons.

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If you’re going to be rocking prints, you’ve got to give the print mix a go! Who says you can’t mix prints with prints when it can look so good on you? Take the above image for example and see how amazing the outfit looks on the women. It’s got the right kind of colours for summer and works so well with each other to create a unique look. Once again, you can accessorise anyway you like with a solid toned colour or amp it up with some bright hues for a playful look.

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It’s up to you if you want to wear long or short dresses really. I’m someone who doesn’t wear anything short so the longer options are the ones for me. However, I find that the occasional short print dress can also be worn if paired well and rightly with a pair of leggings or stockings. What I love about the three above images are the pops of colour, fusion of hues and also the not so drastic but still there prints. Nothing too loud and over dramatic. The third image is a classic example of something I would actually wear, and that tan camel coloured handbag is total gorgeous with the dress!

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Gotta say that this is one of my favourite finds! Okay so this might not scream summer or day time casual chic but you can certainly pull it off if you downsize the accessories and put your hair in a ponytail or braid bun. This could totally work for a mid-evening and late night summer kind of look too however and that’s what I love about this dress – it’s versatility.

If you happen to find similar pieces in a store near you, I kindly suggest you pick it off the rack and go pay for it. Prints aren’t going anywhere this year!

Xoxo

My favourite looks from the Cannes Film Festival 2015

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I wait for the Cannes Film Festival because I find that everyone makes an added effort to dress their best at the events during this week. Whether it’s a semi-casual look or a full on glamorous attire, you’ll find that the stars dazzle. So here are snippets of my favourite red carpet looks 🙂

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What do you guys think of my picks?

Xoxo

New buys from ALKE!

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There were newbies out by ALKE a couple of weeks ago and I couldn’t help myself…. so I bought three new necklaces 😀

What I really like about this handmade jewellery site is that the items can be personalised, making them one of a kind. The owner is a close friend of mine which also makes things a lot easier for me. I have been finding it difficult to get long length necklaces for myself and so she customised a few pieces to suit my taste. Take a look!

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All three beautiful pieces costed me a total of Rs. 1,700 which is pretty darn decent. Surprisingly, my husband (who does not like costume jewellery and anything of that sort) loves all three of these pieces as well (yay me :D).

Xoxo

Romantic bohemian – tips + trends

I’m back after a two week hiatus to India! I gotta say, it was quite an amazing experience traveling from one city to another and I’ve so many wonderful pictures to share with all you, but of course I’ll leave that for another post. Right now I’m going to be talking about another spring trend I’ve seen pop up literally everywhere including India and right here at home in Sri Lanka and that is the romantic bohemian trends.

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I find that this particular trend is somewhat a fusion of prints and textures and that’s something I like a lot. My closet and clothing is pretty much a combination of 80% prints and textures so yeah..!

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I find that loose tops are a great part of a bohemian look and the white top with blue embroidery work is something I bought myself while shopping in India at one of my favourite stores in Global Desi. It’s actually kind of a long dress with an asymmetrical bottom which I absolutely love. What makes this trend so special and unique is that you can mix and match items you probably already own in your closet and just make it work. A baggy long tee can be used to create a bohemian look if you just team it up with some long beaded necklaces, a tassle handbag and perhaps a hair adornment to complete it. All you gotta do is make it work!

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Bold and bright colours are a must as you can see, so dig in deep in your closet for the brightest items of clothing you’ve got. Let’s also not forget the accessories. Accessories make such a huge difference when paired well with an outfit so choose yours wisely to complete your romantic bohemian look.

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When it comes to makeup, I think it’s best to keep a subtle look because you’ve already got a lot going on when it comes to your outfit but occasionally I suppose if you keep things light, then you could amp up your makeup.

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Smokey eyes and eyeliners in bright bold colours are a huge rave so think out of the box when playing with your makeup. Your nails can be given the same kind of treatment; you can play with pastel shades or go with bright hues.

Xoxo

HSBC Colombo Fashion Week 2015

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Ramona Oshini

The year 2015 rang in HSBC Colombo Fashion Week (CFW) for the 12th consecutive and successful year. Each year I find that the CFW team has brought in diversity in terms of the entire look and activities related to the event and also the designers. It is no easy feat to organise and pull together an event of such calibre but they do it with oomph and the right amount of determination. Each year the team is even more committed to raising the bar of fashion and fashion designing in Sri Lanka. This year was however also very much focussed on marketing the local designers’ brands and labels and also getting them retail ready.

CFW took place over the past week and in conjunction to its main events, also hosted Fashion + Food, the Design Trunk Show, multiple workshops, BrightSparks and also Music Designed.

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Atsu

I find that there are less loopholes to the whole week of events as the years go on and this is definitely a good thing. The space and atmosphere was different this year and that is because the Hilton Colombo ballroom is currently under construction. So CFW made do with the poolside that was transformed into a Fashion Village. An hour or two before the show you’d find Ajai Vir Singh (President and Founder of CFW) walking to and fro making sure everything looks the way he wants them to, Tasneem (who handled PR) making sure the seating arrangements and reserved seating is in order, Dino Corera (compeer) making corrections and notes on his list of what to say, the models looking impeccable walking around the poolside and Prasad Bidapa giving orders for them to be ready in time.

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U by Upeksha

The usual delay in starting the events each night was to have been expected and also the rush in which invitees hurry in to grab a good seat. I always have a good laugh over this as ladies in their ‘socially best attire’ hustle to and fro trying to find the perfect angle in which the show can be viewed.

Day 1

I like to think that Day 1 was the best night of all three; not that they were not great but the first day really set the bar on high with a great selection of designers who showcased their work. The collection by Indeevari Yapa Abeywardena for her label INDI was based on the Silk Road folks. Traditional textiles were given an up do and transformed into modern and contemporary designs, outfits with embellishments and with a very vintage feel. Smocked mousseline, embroidered florals, heavily textured floral prints, lace, velvet trim finishes, embossed plisse and ribbon edges highlighted the girly and feminine silhouettes. Stefal by Peronie showcased for the first time this year and her collection introduced a new ancient craft technique incorporated into her designs. Being a mixed culture designer, her appreciation for rich artistry was very much apparent in her spring and summer collection which was of blues, reds and purples for the season.

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Indi

Deneth showcased her designs once again this year and I find that each year she brings something similar yet different to the runway. Her designs mostly consist of the cheeththa fabric and her collection for 2015 took after the Chinese dress as a base cut, highlighted by shades of pastel blue, pink and also black. Of all the young designers, Amilani Perera showcased great growth through her collection this year. Inspired by the five-claw Vietnamese dragon, which was a symbol used only by kings at the time, her women’s wear line consisted of both structured and fluid silhouettes , new fabric embellishing techniques and luxurious silks in gold and grey silver. Onto perfecting the little white dress, Ramona Pulle certainly pulled off both flattering and form-fitting outfits that are versatile for the everyday woman. Her line ‘Exalt’ brought in designs with artisanal detail, luxurious fabrics and pieces that flatter the female form in traditional black and white colours and a touch of bright yellow, blue, pink and green. Charini Suriyage has a love for what is both traditional and modern. Her collection for CFW 2015 therefore consisted of modern-esque pieces form and flowy silhouettes and minute laser cut detail that was exquisite.

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Charini Suriyage

Straying away from his usual pastel and light hues, Dimuthu Sahabandu‘s collection was themed around “what brings us together pulls us apart” in dark shades of grey, black and a touch of white and mustard. Applying this universal concept in to his collection, garment fastenings were consisted in his designers. The collection also was a combination of his signature draping combined with structured tailoring. Completed the events of the first night was Radhika Hernandez‘s label Lois London. As a luxury kaftan line, her designs consisted of silk fabrics in bright and bold summery hues, draped into utterly feminine and timeless silhouettes.

Day 2

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Kicking off the second day of CFW was Ramona Oshini with her collection ‘Stained’. Inspired by the stained glass designs from Dutch era churches and chapels, she gracefully managed to incorporate it all into her collection that featured vibrant colours, batik and the arashi shibori dye technique. Each piece therefore was timeless and dominated in shades of green, red, blue, black and gold. Another designer in whom I saw a great deal of growth was Yasisurie Kiribandara. Well focussed on creating pieces that were of the highest quality and well execution, black and white dominated her designs that dwelled into the inner peace of man. The symbol of peace was not overly used but gave some of her pieces an individualistic and serene look. She made use of silk satin fabric for her collection.

Another newcomer to the CFW platform was Nelun Harasgama whose designer label ‘Ohe Island’ was a fresh and vibrant change to the second night’s showings. Her ocean inspired collection featured sarees, evening wear, pants and shirts, scarves, bags and shawls. Executed in batik and patchwork, her debut was certainly well received. Sonali Dharmawardena‘s label ‘Acushla’ closed the night with a stellar selection of evening wear, including exquisite sarees. Although she doesn’t call herself a designer, I find her clothing to be an epitome of what fashion is all about.

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Arugam Bay

Day 3

As always, there are high expectations for the final night of CFW. The designer line-up seemed promising at the time. Opening the night’s events was Colombo Jewellery Stores, the ‘Unforgettable Collection’ by Akram Cassim. The collection reflects an understated sense of elegance and consisted of beautifully handcrafted earrings, bangles, bracelets and necklaces using amethysts, diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, rubies and citrines. Drawing inspiration as always from the magical East coast, Arugam Bay beachwear focussed on a more nautical and colour-block aspect of designs. The clean and fitted used of colour highlighted the laidback styles of this collection.

For this year, the FH Studio collection by Fouzul Hameed revolved around the shades of blue. Overall, the collection included semi collection that were of casual linen, smart casual and ceremonial. The designer had made use of innovative laser and digital prints to give his collection a very diverse and unique look. All garments were made using the finest of fabrics and accessories, ensuring high quality and perfection. Upeksha Hager is no stranger to CFW but I also saw a great deal of growth in her collection as well this year. Her collection had a very rustic yet clean cup look. Her seamless attention to detail and finish as always has been a prominent feature of her work, and this year was no different. She took on the task of working with both light and pastel shades as well as dark toned hues to create a very unique collection for the runway. Bringing all three shows to an end was none other than Yoland Aluwihare. Dresses, sarees and evening wear with asymmetrical elements, exotic fabrics, splashes of colour and sophisticated modern shapes highlighted her collection that was heavy on muted tones and gradually moved on to striking summer shades.

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Amilani Perera

Of the handful international designers who also participated in CFW this year, Harare by Caroline Fuss and the collection by Lars Anderson certainly stood out. While Fuss’s collection consisted of woolly and thick fabrics crafted into modern and contemporary designs, Anderson’s collection featured scooped neck dresses, cropped shawls and long skirts made of the finest Japanese and Italian fabrics.

**As published in the Ceylon Today newspapers**

Newbies – bangles!

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Just couldn’t help myself you see! There was an Indian design sale going on at Cinnamon Lakeside on Monday up to Wednesday and I visited the sale with the intention of only looking around and really purchasing anything.

There was one stall with jewellery of all sorts and also these beautiful thread and beadwork bangles. There were over ten different colours and it took me quite a while to decide on these two colours alone. They were Rs. 900 a pair which I thought was an okay price. I do like how the colours can be worn together or even as a pair of just two. Like I said, I just couldn’t help myself!

Xoxo

Organisation tips! Part 2

Last month I posted a blog on organisation tips. The idea was to have a single post on all the ideas I had but then the post got a bit too long so…. here’s part 2!

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1. This is something I own myself and have no idea what you call it – a mini table top mannequin perhaps? My sister gifted it to me during my wedding time and I absolutely love it! I’ve placed it on top of my vanity and have it to hold all of my necklaces. I suppose as of now I have too many necklaces that it can handle and therefore it tends to get all tangled when I want to take one off, so I would suggest you get about two of these depending on how many necklaces you own.

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2. Who would have thought a spice rack would do the trick of storing your perfumes all in one cute manner? I think this is the perfect and cutest thing ever! I do not own that many perfumes but I think I would do this for some of my mini samples and other body mists. You could keep it on top of your vanity next to the mini mannequin if you want to or even on a bathroom or closet space shelf for easy access and added cuteness.

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3. I dunno why I never thought about doing this but the minute I found this image online, I thought it was the best idea ever for storing and organizing my makeup! You could hang this up on your closet door or room for easy access and store a variety of makeup – be it lipsticks and lip glosses, eyshadows, eyeliners and mascaras and even mini eyeshadow quads and powders…. okay so the list could go on and me mentioning every type of makeup is useless. I suggest you could also do this with your skincare products..if they fit into the storage pockets that is. I’m gonna give it a go myself and see how it looks. Personally I just think this would save a lot of space and also keep the little things from getting lost. Larger pocket holders can be used for holding your brushes, hair iron and curling wand and so on.

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4. Got too many little samples lying around? I know I do so here’s a way storing them and being a little organised. I bet you have a large cookie jar lying somewhere around your kitchen so go ahead and grab it, wash it inside and out, dry it and then store all your little samples inside. Easy! If you don’t have a cookie jar you could use a fish bowl or any other decorative bowl lying around your house to store your samples.

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5. I always keep my underwear in a large basket and I find that it can look quite messy for the most part so here is a way you can keep them looking neat, nice and organised. I found this image online but you could do this any way you like. Basically you can use dividers or cardboard cutouts to separate spaces in your basket or even underwear drawer and then place your underwear in each of the little square spaces. I like colour coodinating sometimes so that’s what I did with mine but obviously you can organize them however you like.

So that’s it for all of my organization tips! I hope you all like the ideas and find them helpful in keeping your space neat and tidy always 🙂

Xoxo