New buys from ALKE!

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

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

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New Christian Siriano shoes!

New shoes by Christian Siriano!
New shoes by Christian Siriano!

Which girl can go shopping and not end up with a pair of shoes? I certainly can’t! When I found out that Medina had a Payless store, I immediately wanted to go there and have a look at the new styles and designs. Not only were there adorable flats but everything in the store was on sale for SAR50! Now that’s what I call an awesome bargain!

I had a good look around and I ended up with two pairs of flats – one grey pair and another cobalt blue pair.

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More detailed look at my grey pair
Cobalt blue pair
Cobalt blue pair

I love that they are just as much casual pairs as they are dressy in their own way. I already paired the grey one with grey skinny jeans and a printed top the other day when I casually went out with my husband but I know I can pair with a dressier look as well and it would still look great. The same goes for the cobalt blue one. This one I really loved because of the unique style. It’s super comfortable on my feet as well and I can’t wait to wear it out soon.

What are your latest shoe splurges? Comment below and let me know!

Xoxo

Friday casuals

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Pairing nude with prints

Yay for Friday! My personal Friday casuals this week is a lovely navy blue and white print dress from Mondy paired with leggings from India and a nude cardigan from Odel. I love casual outfits like these because I am also able to do a bit of shopping and run errands. The dress is super comfortable and the light cardigan is super soft.

What’s your favourite Friday casual look? πŸ™‚

Xoxo

Clothing haul!

Recently I’ve been doing a lot of shopping for clothes, also because I’m leaving for Hajj in a matter of two weeks, and I need a couple of staple pieces to take with me. Amidst all of that, I have also been buying some extra clothing pieces to wear when I get back because… well, because I just can’t help myself! I used to shop a LOT at Odel but of late I have been going to Cotton Collection a hell of a lot as well my other favourite store Mondy. So I’ll be showing you guys some of the clothing items I got πŸ˜€

Pants, pants, pants and pants!
Pants, pants, pants and pants!

I can’t help myself when I come across cotton pants. I got four of the same type in different colours simply because they are too soft and comfortable when worn. They are also a loose fit so I will be taking these with me to Saudi. Here’s a closer look: (oh please don’t mind the crease!)

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I got these pants from Cotton Collection for just about Rs. 1,600 each which I think is a really good price for something that’s super soft, comfortable and easy on the eyes.

I love shopping at Mondy simply because they have a good understanding of body types and sizes unlike some of the other stores. Their clothes always fits so well on me and looks just as great which is why I continue going there. Here’s a look at what I got from there:

Teal shirt top
Teal shirt top

I don’t own anything in this shade so I knew I had to have it the moment I saw it. Plus, I did purchase two palazzo pants some time back and I thought this would really go well with one of them. It’s got cute frill detail on the shoulders, a little pocket highlighted with a black rim and more detail on the back that you can pull back and tie into a bow. It’s unfortunately got like the longest ever sleeves but I plan to fold them over a couple of times when wearing them so that it does not look sloppy on me. This retails for about Rs. 2,000-2,600.

Tunics
Tunics

The one of the right is another I got from Mondy whilst the left and one in the middle are gifts from my mum who took a trip to India a few weeks ago and bought them at my favourite store – Global Desi. All three have unique prints on them which I love and can be worn for different ocassions. I do not know how much the tops from India retail for but the blue and white from Mondy retails between Rs. 1,800-2,400.

So what’d you think? πŸ™‚

Xoxo

Jumpsuit ready!

I think we’re heading back in time. Whenever I see a new trend pop up on a fashion site, I find myself teleporting back in time. Whether it’s the floral prints, the hobo chic babe look, the crop tops and or even the latest jumpsuit fad, it’s all looks and trends that’s coming back from the past.

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Solid tones

In Sri Lanka we’re still not ready for the jumpsuit look but you’ll find similar pants and crop tops finding their way here and there. It’s not an easy to look to carry off if you haven’t looked at how it was styled in the yesteryears. It gives a very aloof and chic look overall, something I feel not many locals can carry. For the most part, I suppose a simple solid coloured jumpsuit is a good start. Suits in solid blacks, navy blues, hot reds and even royal purples are a good choice to turn to.

Florals
Florals

On the other hand there are also the adorable and summery florals and other prints like the ones shown above. Now these can be work both ways; on short as well as long jumpsuits. Which one is best, depends on how you carry yourself and occasion. On a hot sunny day you can possibly don a short floral jumpsuit but for an evening out perhaps a solid long navy would be more fitting.

Then there are the ones with strappy sleeves, short sleeves and no sleeves. Yet again, which is best suited depends on your comfort zone and the occasion. A light jacket can spruce the look up or perhaps a cotton shawl might do the trick for a movie out with the girls.

Choose your footwear wisely
Choose your footwear wisely

Pairing your jumpsuit with the right accessories is also very important. You can opt for flats or heels – while the former will be ideal for a day time look, the latter will oomph the look and give it a very sophisticated look. Keep your jewellery simple for jumpsuits. Nothing too overbearing really, so a single thread necklace, a few solid bangles on the wrist and hoop earrings should do the trick for most occasions.

The choices are endless really - florals, prints and stripes!
The choices are endless really – florals, prints and stripes!

When it comes to handbags, you can opt for cross-body types or clutches. Mix prints with these to create a funky look and stand out from the crowd. A solid one with a printed jumpsuit, a printed one with a solid jumpsuit or even switch it all up if you’re feeling daring enough to go with it!

As published in the Ceylon Today newspapers πŸ™‚

Xoxo

Beat the tropical heat!

Yes, it gets pretty hot and blaring in my country. Sri Lanka is one of the many Asian country’s that experiences a lot of heat throughout the year so you always have to be prepared to dress up accordingly. Our people mainly focus on keeping a casual chic look during the day because one tends to get hot and sweaty at random times if the humidity level rises. Many of the clothing brands and labels available therefore tend to focus on easy-going, light and airy type of wear. Here’s an in-depth read about one that recently launched a range of lovely tropical linens.

Chic summer linens
Chic summer linens

Flavoured by the tropics and swathed by the exotic beauty of an island where the sun, sand and sea is undoubtedly a way of life, COCO Linens is all about comfort. Hot Sri Lankan summers paint beautiful hues of a colourful tropical paradise, insisting that the golden sun and balmy breezes enliven a feel of freedom with friendliness. COCO Linens infuses that feel of freedom into a range of solid and printed linen dresses, shorts, crops, palazzo pants and maxi skirts. Simply ‘Flirt with Linen’ and don absolute comfort as you slip into a printed shift dress or feel stylish in pleated or embroidered linens, some embellished with pintucks. Being in Vogue, is the hallmark of COCO Linens, which gives you the option of being hot and snazzy or cool and charming or even a little bit of both at the same time. But being flirty is not just for the ladies, COCO Linens also instils an elegant casualness to the man who wants to be stylishly cool.Β  Get in with the earthy tones of whites, camel and havana, create a jaunty air in tango or yellow or be the maverick in printed linens of turquoise and pinks. Going ethnic with kurtas can be an option, while adding a dash of dapper with a coterie of tropical hued shirts into the wardrobe of the man about town, is surely compulsory in the style files. A linen collection for cute little ones is also available, ensuring that shopping at Cotton Collection is a fashionable experience for all age groups. Let COCO Linens flirt with your style, tweak your imagination and create a space for your unique individuality.Β  Embrace the island life; be cool, be hot, be chic, be swanky. Make COCO Linens your lifestyle, and live life passionately in this island in the sun.

COCO Linens are available at Cotton Collection, No. 143 Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo 07.

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! πŸ™‚