What I like to do on weekends

Sometimes I feel like the weekend flies by too soon. Then again, Saturday and Sunday tends to be kind of slow days too at times. It’s hard to really put a nail on it but oh well! It’s the weekend, Saturday is pretty much over for poor ol’ me in Sri Lanka and here comes Sunday.

Earl Grey, Mandarin and Honey iced tea
Earl Grey, Mandarin and Honey iced tea

I’ve realized that I love planning out my Saturdays. Usually I plan a lunch date with my friends or my husband because he doesn’t come home for lunch during the week. Lunch is usually at a favourite spot like the t-lounge by Dilmah or Coco Veranda. I have to almost always order an iced tea for myself because that has been my favourite drink for the past couple of months now. T-lounge actually introduces a bunch of new varieties every month so there’s always something new to try and it never gets old or boring for me. At Coco, it’s the quality of food and incomparable hospitality that I love and keeps me going back so often. Once lunch is over, I like doing a bit of shopping (mostly the window shopping kind). It allows me to ‘do something’ with my time between afternoon and evening and Colombo is swarming with so many new places and shopping outlets so there’s always some place new to check out. At the moment, the Arcade Independence Square is one of my favourite spots to spend a little time.

Other times, I LOVE going to Mondy because they always have clothes that fit me so perfectly and the choices are so chic. Another place I have been kind of loving is Cotton Collection. I got myself these oh so comfortable pants and I cannot seem to stop wearing them at home.

Independence Arcade
Independence Arcade

Since the weather has been a bit chilly for the past week or so, it’s lovely driving by Galle Face Green and also towards the Kotte side of the city. The sea breeze and calm blue ocean relaxes me as does lush greenery on the other side of Colombo. If the weather wasn’t so unpredictable, I’d actually enjoy a walk by Victoria Park or Independence Square. Unfortunately, Mother Earth is showing rain at random moments throughout the day so a walk is out of the question.

My husband tends to take an short nap after lunch, so I am to myself for a good hour or so by evening time. I love this time because it allows me to do a little bit of cleaning and tidying up in the room. I also make use of this time to catch up on some YouTube makeup video blogs. I’m so fascinated by how beautiful some women look but a bit disheartened by the ton of makeup products used on their face. How much makeup is too much? I personally do not use any foundation, concealer or BB cream so I honestly wouldn’t know how to answer this. My go-to makeup is a good kohl kajal or thick eyeliner and a good colour lip balm or soft matte lip cream. That’s just about it. Anything more than that for a casual day out is torture for me. I cannot for the life of me imagine applying a whole load of other makeup on my face, going out and then coming back home only to take hours to remove everything I had earlier applied on. No way is that happening!

At night, my husband and I love going out to dinner. When we come back, it’s movie night! This weekend we watched the Sex Tape which I kind of expected to be pretty funny and entertaining but was actually a bit of a let down. I guess I expected more but…. the screenplay and storyline could have been a lot better for sure.

As always, Sunday remains unplanned to some extent. I don’t always have good Sundays somehow. Something almost always goes wrong and puts me in a sour mood. Last weekend it was an awful tummy gas attack. The following weekend it was something else. Pfft! And as much as I love going out, I also love quality time at home and this is something my husband doesn’t always understand. He’s quite outgoing whereas I would take some time to settle down and be comfortable. So when I am in the mood for some home comfort, he finds me a little bit boring ๐Ÿ˜›

Sneaking a soft matte lip cream onto my personal collection :D
Sneaking a soft matte lip cream onto my personal collection ๐Ÿ˜€

I also run a little in-house business of my own where I get down makeup and cosmetics from the US and UK and sell them online to locals so I tend to have some customers come by to take a look at what I have in stock on Sundays. Mornings usually. I’ve been doing this for the past two years and I must say, I really enjoy it ๐Ÿ™‚ I have had rough days doing this (some customers can be a bit demanding ha!) but overall, it does keep me happy. On both the plus and negative side of doing this, I get to shop online (yay) and bust a lot of cash (nay).

Occasionally I like to pick up a good book. This I like to do when my husband isn’t around because he bullies and disturbs me constantly. Ha ha, he isn’t a bad husband, just one seeking a bit of attention ๐Ÿ˜› I like peace and quiet when I am reading so I do this when he’s off at work on a Saturday morning or when he’s taking a nap. The last book I read was over the last weekend and it was Gone Girl. No, I haven’t had the chance of watching the movie yet but I will soon. To those who have read and watched this, holy freaking hellllllll what in the world is the matter with that woman? And why in the world are they even together in the end? There’s a lot of things I don’t understand but it was a hell of an awesome read! Sorry for the spoiler to those who haven’t read it or watch it ๐Ÿ˜€

At this very moment, the weather is oh so lovely in the city of Colombo. My husband and I just drove around for a bit and got home – he straight to the bed for a nap, and me at my laptop and a book nearby. How have you been enjoying you’re weekend?

Xoxo

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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 ๐Ÿ˜€

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? ๐Ÿ™‚

Xoxo

Perine for COCO

Fall is certainly making its way into Colombo. Forget about being a tropical island and embrace the autumn shades of burgundy, plums, navy blues, blacks, khaki and maroons as new clothing collections brings to you Fall inspired selections.

The event launch
The event launch

Perine for COCO is no different in that sense but that’s where the similarities begin and end. The line is a creative collaboration between Cotton Collectionโ€™s Managing Director Niloufer Anverally and Sri Lankaโ€™s most successful international fashion model, Perine Fernando.

The collection includes edgy basics, from slim flowy skirts to draped stylish blouses. Asymmetrical cuts and draping are design elements one will find throughout this entire collection. “I’m a busy working mum living in New York and for me, I need to be both comfortable as well as fashionable. I like to be able to mix and match the pieces of clothing I have in my wardrobe and this collection is an extension of myself in that sense,” said Perine at the launch. “You are able to wear these pieces as they are with a simple pair of blue jeans or a pencil skirt for a morning out or afternoon lunch and then accentuate the look and glam it up for the evening and night with added chic shoes and jewellery. When I leave the house, I always carry an extra pair of shoes with me so that I can transform my day look into a night look in a jiffy.”

Look 1
Look 1
Look 2
Look 2

Let’s not forget the fact that the collection is a combination of very basic clothing attire. With twists and drapes, these selections emanate an understated unique and distinct look. “I always look for comfort, quality and a good price point. With the collaboration of Cotton Collection, I have been able to incorporate all of these into the line. The essence of my style can be summed up as effortless sophistication and this is apparent because as said, they can be mixed and matched with other pieces in the collection as well as other staples in your own wardrobe,” she added.

Look 3
Look 3

Highlighting her contribution to the line, Niloufer Anverally said that the collaboration was very fruitful. “COCO is casual, cool and carefree and we were able to bring that element into light even with Perine’s designs. These pieces are casual yet chic and simple yet elegant and beautiful.”

The Perine for COCO collection was launched and is now available at Cotton Collection.

 

About COCO

Renowned for being a youthful and carefree range under the Cotton Collection brand, COCO partners with celebrated fashion designers from Sri Lanka and the fashion capitals of the world to craft fresh and exciting collections. Perine Fernando is based in New York, and through this line she brings her unique style and a wealth of fashion knowledge to Sri Lanka. COCO embodies the essence of Cotton Collection which is a fun loving and casual clothing store which blends vibrant colours with casual design to offer a refreshing and vivacious look for young women. Designed exclusively for Cotton Collection, Perine for COCO is a limited edition line that features an eclectic mix of pieces and embodies effortless sophistication.

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.ย  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.ย  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.