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

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The Trend Collection

What woman can say ‘no’ to a pair of shoes? Let’s face it; we all need some sort of shoes to don on our precious feet, and why can’t they be just as stylish, spunky and as fabulous as you are!

When it comes to shoes, Sri Lanka doesn’t have all too many stylized stores to go to. Leather Collection (LC) however has been a place where women have been hoarding for years. As one of the most prominent accessories stores in town, LC focuses on not just shoes but also handbags, wallets, belts, shawls, gift items as well as accessories. The brand is synonymous with quality and style, something that the company does not believe in compromising and is also well-known for carrying ranges of accessories that are must-haves and fashion favourites.

Cranberry and gold
Cranberry and gold

On 16 August, they launched their newest Trend Collection at the Leather Collection Flagship Store- a collection also inspired by the fall season. This collection includes strappy minimal sandals, trendy cork wedges, snake print structured bags, suede hobos, woven leather wallets and also some embellished and ethnic heels.

Highlighting the fall season, small sections of the store at Flower Road, Colombo 07, included bags and shoes in particular shades of colour. Pinks and nudes are forever favourites but also included were deep sea blues, reds, oranges and plums. I personally think this is a good way of getting a customer’s attention towards a particular shade instead just a particular style.

Accessories, men's wallets and an array of red structured bags
Accessories, men’s wallets and an array of red structured bags

I’m a sucker for both flats and heels so LC really is like a kid walking into a candy store experience for me. I liked that the new collection includes something for everyone.

If you want something flat, simple and for daily wear, you’ll be sure to find a metallic strap adorned pair on the ground floor. For trendy and funky ethnic wedges, hit the second floor and go by the Kokommo section. For the leather love, Hidesign proves to be a constant favourite and does not disappoint. From ladies handbags to wallets for the men, gentlemen’s satchels to casual sling bags, there’s a vast selection of choices. For occasion wear you’ll find sexy heels and pumps in gorgeous shades lined up on the left side of the ground floor and no, I haven’t forgotten the men – an entire range of accessories await on the lower level of the store which houses shoes, wallets, satchels, passport holders, belts, scarves, cross body bags and more for the metrosexual man in town.

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LC is located at No. 26, Flower Road, Colombo 07.

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™‚

 

Swirl print scarf

My mum gets me some gorgeous scarves when she travels abroad. The last time she was in Malaysia she got me this lovely cotton coral scarf.

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Swirly scarf

I love that its super soft and has a variety of colours even though its mostly coral. It’s got these cute swirls in two shades of green scattered all over which gives it an interesting twist.

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Closer look

Will hopefully pair it with an outfit soon and upload a picture πŸ™‚

Xoxo

*prints*

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Summer trending prints

Are you seeing the prints onΒ  prints trend this summer?Β 

People aren’t so daring in my country but occasionally you’d find someone mixing one print with another. Almost always, it doesn’t look well put together or suitable for the occasion. So, how does one pull off this trend? 

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Two ways to it

Here are two contrasting looks. On the left one you’ll see stripes mixed with animal prints. On the right it’s polka dots mixed with polka dots. These are two ways of mixing prints to create a stylish look. You could mix two contrasting prints against one another with a solid in between or work with two light similar prints. As you can see, the polka dots aren’t too heavy on the eyes and the base colours complement one another (white and black). Typical colours that are often paired together.

The floral trend still continues so take a look at how it can be worn with more prints. 

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Stripes and florals
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Florals

One way of working florals is to pair a larger print with a smaller print. Do this in different ways. Your shirt can be of tiny cherry blossom print and skinny jeans in a bolder and larger print. Perhaps even the colours could complement one another. Another way to do it would be to pair florals with animal prints. For this, it’s best to stick to a similar colour palette on the top and bottom like seen in the picture – above middle one.  You could also don a bright printed dress and accessorise with another print to highlight your entire contrasting outfit. This is certainly the most daring of all ways to pair prints with prints. 

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Plaid and florals
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Geometric

The trick is to not look overdone or too flamboyant. It’ll kill the complete look and your fashionista image. Stick to the guidelines and you’ll be good to go. I’m not daring enough to try to mix prints as yet but I sure would love to pretty soon.

Have a great day everyone! Xoxo