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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
It’s forever summer in Sri Lanka so I’m still in the mood for a ton of prints for the most part of the week whenever I go out. I just love bright colours when I’m in a happy mood (doesn’t everyone?) and I think it really brings out a lot of positive vibes too. What’s featured in this blog post is a top my mum got for me from a trip to India last year. It’s one of my absolute favourites. I believe the fabric is a chiffon and so it’s a bit see-through so I pair this with a black tank underneath. I just love the bold red and the added prints all over it. To be honest, it’s not an easy outfit for me to pair a shawl with because a shawl is a permanent part of my entire outfit. But I try to mix things around and also prints and pair this with similar coloured shawls.
The centre of the top has a different print and that is what is on the sleeves as well. It gives a kind of semi-casual but yet a bit dressy kind of vibe which I really like. I pair this almost always with a grey or dark pair of jeans, nude ballet flats and a printed shawl.
How do you pair your prints? Comment below and let me know 😀
Yes, I’ve kind of gone bonkers over OPI nail polish this month. This is my third review of yet another nail polish by the brand and I have to say, I’m loving it.
What I have on my nails in the above picture is the colour Samoan Island. Again I don’t know from which year or range it is from because I happened to just pick it up at the Sephora counter at a mall in Jeddah. It might seem like nothing but actually is a very beautiful colour. A very neutral taupe is how I’d describe it.
The opacity is not as bad as you’d think on this one. I only had to apply two coats to get the colour right and it left no streaks or bumps whatsoever. I love the way the application brush glides on the nails and give it an even application.
Great job OPI! Xoxo
It’s Monday morning here in Sri Lanka and I was honestly looking for something different to post and I came across this beauty tag posted by StyleBreakdown. I thought it was a fun tag to give a try and see how differently I’d answer the question so I hope you all find my post interesting in some way 😀
1. Would you rather lose all of your mascaras, eyeliners, lipsticks, and lip glosses or lose all of your palettes and eye shadows?
This one is a pretty easy question for me purely because I don’t use palettes and eye shadows on a daily basis. I’d give it up and lose it all without batting a lash!
2. Would you rather chop all of your hair off or never be able to cut it again?
Jeepers! I recently had a haircut and tried out something very different with a short do this time….. But here’s the thing; I wouldn’t mind chopping it all off because it’s going to grow back at some point rather than never be able to cut it again because that would be totally insane.
3. Would you rather have a coral cheek or a pink cheek?
Coral ain’t the colour for me so pink cheek it is!
4. If you had $1000 to spend, would you rather buy clothes or makeup?
Darn it, this one was definitely a hard question to answer… but I’m going to have to go with clothes.
5. Would you rather apply lipstick as eyeliner, or eyeliner as lipstick?
Eyeliner as a lipstick! Lipsticks are too chunky to be used as eyeliners whereas eyeliners would work a lot easier on the lips.
6. Would you rather only shop at MAC or Sephora?
Sephora for sure! Simply because there are so many brands under one roof instead of just shopping at one store which has one brand. I love diversity and choices 😀
7. Would you rather only use one eyeshadow colour or one lip colour for the rest of your life?
Ah another easy one for me – one eyeshadow colour for the rest of my life please 🙂 I’d go with having just one very basic, nude-like shade for the rest of my life and multiple options for my lips because I love lip products.
8. Would you rather wear winter clothes in summer or summer clothes in winter?
Thankfully we do not have winter over here in Sri Lanka but I have experienced winter so many times and oh boy this is a tough one. I do not like feeling too cold and always want to be comfortable and bundled up in cold weather so I guess I’m going to have to go with winter clothes in summer even though I know for a fact that I’ll melt my a** off ha ha!
9. Would you rather have dark nails or bright nails all year round?
BRIGHT NAILS! I love colour even though I do like certain dark colours on my nails but brighter colours are always so fun and I just love a pop of colour at all times.
10. Would you rather give up your favourite lip colour or favourite eye product.
I’d give up my favourite eye product. If I’d been asked this question a year ago my answer would have been very different but I’ve been experimenting with lip colours a lot this year and wouldn’t mind giving up my favourite eyeliner just to keep all my favourite lip colours.
11. Would you rather only be able to wear your hair in a ponytail or messy bun?
A simple ponytail is fine by me and right now with my short haircut, a teeny ponytail is all I can make do with!
12. Would you rather never be able to paint your nails again or never use lipgloss?
I’m NOT a lipgloss fan so I’d rather never be able to use lipgloss than be able to paint my nails.
13. Would you rather shave your eyebrows and have none at all or sharpie them in everyday?
Yikes, this is another tough cookie! Hmmm……..Sharpie eyebrows are going to look super weird but so is no eyebrows at all…. Gah!!!! I suppose if I used the Sharpie in the best way possible it would be okie rather than not having eyebrows at all eh?
14. Would you rather live without makeup or nail polish?
Not a happy decision to make but I’d rather live without nail polish than without makeup.
This was quite a fun tag to participate in and if you think the same, go ahead and answer the questions but don’t forget to tag me so I check out your answers too! Have fun xoxo!
I’ve been into coral and poppy colours this month. My previous Monday mani was a coral pink toned polish and today’s mani is no different.
I went with an old favourite of mine – Dreamy Poppy by Wet & Wild. I love the easy application and colour opacity. Summer is almost over but I’m still into bright and funky colours like this one. Too many dark colours for a long time don’t hold my attention so for now I’m loving my poppy pretty nails 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 🙂
I’m not a big fan of having too many eyeshadow palette, pots, quads and whatnots. I’m not someone who experiments with a lot of colour on my eyes so it doesn’t make sense for me to own too many choices. To make things a lot easier, I recently got myself this adorable 32 piece eyeshadow palette by Elf Cosmetics.
I believe it costed me about $10-$15 not more and it’s totally worth the money spent. These colours are vibrant and playful, perfect for smoky eyes and includes the right shades for every day wear as well. I haven’t used most of the bright colours like that hot pink towards the centre and the light toned green on any occasion but I have been using the nudes, browns and bronzes quite often. I find them easy to work with and also pair with most of my outfits. I suppose I need to expand my choices and try out some new funky colours eventually. We’ll see!
What I also love about this palette is that the colours are so pigmented, including the nudes. You don’t need multiple layers to get the colour that you want and keep reapplying for depth. A few dabs and you’re good to go.
As said, it’s got 32 beautiful shades and hopefully I will get around to usinh some of the brighter ones to accentuate my eyes. Overall I think it’s worth the money spent and a great product. It’s also not too large and slips into my bag making it an idea carry on when traveling.
Still on the subject of summer and neon. It doesn’t get old really. For me, shopping in Sri Lanka and finding something in neon is like finding a diamond in my cereal – very unlikely! But I do skim through fashion magazines online and look around on what’s trending on Pinterest and it seems like the neons are still a rave.
One colour in particular is catching everyone’s eye. The neon yellow. It almost looks like it’s got lime green undertones but comes across as a strong yellow in the sunlight. The above picture shows classic and simple ways of putting together an outfit with a single neon item – a skirt, blouse or belt.
It’s easy to accessorise with a neon item because you can either choose to play up the colour or down. Further accessorising it with funky bright colours will play up your complete look whereas mixing it with some nudes will tone it down.
Don’t be afraid to use neon accessories like belts, scarves, clutch bags and even chunky necklaces. These will further enhance your complete look. Don’t worry about matching things all round, simply mix and match as you please and create a new look.
Bet you didn’t think neon could be paired with a floral but take a look at the above picture for example; it creates a diverse chic look on the whole when you do.
I’m still on the lookout for neon accessories which I would like to pair with some of my outfits. If you do happen to find a store, comment below and let me know! In the meantime I think I’ll continue to browse the Internet…