Hi my pretties!
For those of you living in Melbourne, I’m guessing these pictures show exactly where you wished you were over the last weekend during which we survived crazy blistering hot weather. These shots were taken during my early 2016 travel to Sri Lanka, however given my absence and break from social media and blogging I’ve only just gotten the chance to share this look with you now. But now that it’s been 12 months since this was shot and we’re right back around to the exact same time year – I don’t think this could have been a more perfectly timed upload!
I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who’s reading this post today whether this is the first time you’ve stopped by my blog or if you follow my posts regularly. And if you are part of the latter I apologise for going missing from blogging and social media – well basically from the internet in general – without any notice for over six months, but I can most definitely say that the break has given me plenty of energy and ideas to refuel this year’s work on both myself and my blog.
Anyway, back to this post .. as you may have known, if you follow me on Instagram (@prettiinpinkblog), I visited Sri Lanka during January 2016 with my family and did a bit of travelling around Kandy and Jaffna. Kandy has been a place that I visit almost every time I go to Sri Lanka, however this was the first time I had ever visited Jaffna and I must say that there were some truly beautiful sights there – and food! If you’re ever visiting Jaffna, then it’s an absolute MUST to check out the beaches there – especially Keerimalai beach which is where this was shot. The beaches are picturesque and a perfect way to relax if you’re ever in northern Sri Lanka. The Keerimalai beach actually has a hot springs right next to it which is fully functional – although I’m not entirely sure how hot, if at all, it is..
Sri Lanka is well known for it’s hot and humid weather, so dressing appropriately is always key – unless you don’t mind melting like a Paddlepop out in the sun! The floral printed dress I’m wearing here is actually one of my favourite all time dresses because it’s super light, stretchy and flows beautifully. It’s one of those dresses you can throw on when it’s a hot day and you won’t have to worry about it sticking to you, clinging or feeling heavy. This particular dress I picked up from a store called Prasad Textiles in Sri Lanka but I’ve found some similar ones from Reclaimed Vintage and Boohoo. I love that this dress has a shirred back and adjustable straps which means that this one size dress can honestly fit a variety of shapes and sizes.. and most importantly it’s padded front means that it’s completely possible to not wear a bra – which I most definitely appreciated in the 40° C weather (I’m sure all the girls reading this will understand).
The bright red crossbody bag you may have noticed in the pictures was a new addition to my handbag collection – because a girl can never have too many handbags right? I bought this one from Spring and Summer in Sri Lanka and it’s perfect for fitting all my necessities in including my glasses, sunnies, camera, lipgloss, snacks, ice cream and everything I could possibly want to take.. (just kidding about the ice cream btw). I whole heartedly believe a bright red handbag, regardless of the size, is an essential for any girl’s wardrobe because it brings forward an extra pop of colour and vibrance without you even having to put any effort in! As for accessories, given the intense humidity in Sri Lanka, everything likes to try and stick to you and feel kind of icky, which isn’t so fun.. so I went super light with the accessories and just had a few mixed metal bangles and my everyday gold necklace and earrings. My cross-front white wedges from Kmart finished off the look – although to be honest I was barely wearing any shoes at this beach. And as for makeup – it was completely non existent in this shoot.
Given the chance, if I was in Jaffna again, I would most certainly stop by Keerimalai beach for a visit – I just couldn’t get enough of it! And I must say that the restaurants and food stalls nearby the beach (and in Jaffna in general) have the best seafood dishes since majority of their produce is super fresh. I tried out one of the most colourful koththus ever, here, and it was absolutely delicious! In my personal opinion, it’s always the small and minor food stalls on the roads that have the best and most authentic food when compared to food from larger chain stores and more expensive restaurants as they tend to be more westernised. I’m interested in hearing your thoughts about finding the best food in your country or when you’re travelling abroad in the comments sections below, since yes – I do LOVE food!
And that brings me to the end of my first post of 2017.. I will definitely be back later this week with a new post – that is a promise I intend on keeping! And as always, I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions in the comments below.. Have you visited Jaffna before – if so what was your favourite stop? What’s your most favourite beach you’ve ever been to? What’s your go to outfit on an above 40 degree Celcius day? What’s your favourite snack on such hot days? What would you like to see me blog more about this year? Tell me everything below – I honestly do read every single comment posted!
Thanks for stopping by and reading all the way through this long post – hope you all have a lovely evening!
Photography: Punya Padukkage
Prasad Textiles Shirred Back Floral Print Dress (similar: Keepsake, Missguided, Reclaimed Vintage, Boohoo)
Spring and Summer Red Crossbody Bag (similar: Colette, Kate Spade, Rebecca Minkoff, DKNY)
Forever New Celeste Enamel Bangle Set (similar: Forever New)
Kmart Cross Front White Wedges (similar: House of Fraser, Novo, Love and Liberty, Spendless Shoes, Miss KG)
Florentine Eyewear Sunglasses (similar: Versace, Vogue Eyewear)
11 January, 2017