As a storyteller, I delight in taking disparate elements and weaving them together to tell a (sometimes) coherent tale. These past weeks, I have been obsessed with a sultry summer single released by one of the pre-eminent pop artists of our times, an Emmy-award winning reality-tv series, and my own penchant for scribbling out lines…Read more Subcultures and Suburbia
I hope everyone is having a wonderful Monday! I'm sending you the sunniest of happy thoughts your way. To refresh your memory, I've been chronicling the adventures of a beautiful wedding that I was privileged to attend as of last year. And so, continuing from here, will bring us to what happened below. After a…Read more Happily Ever After (Party)! 🌟
Geography Textbook I have dreams Of a sunlit classroom Back in 2006. Opening the pages Of a geography textbook Being entranced By the photos Of small-town bliss In rural England. Where was that? Was it autumn in those photos? I remember a post-office And wide pavements Wider than those at home. And almost a decade…Read more Geography Textbook
Hello, hello, hello! The last time we were on our adventures, we had just witnessed a beautiful exchanging of the vows ceremony. Now that the happy couple in question were wedded under both State and God, it was time to go home. Just joking, it was time to eat, and then go home! So, the…Read more Did Someone Say Lunch?
If you are ever like me, you might be prone to bouts of despondency that creep around conveniently as the hands of the clock move past 4pm. Ennui, despondency, a strategic form of discontentment; that leaves you sighing at the futility of all; is an emotion that is as annoying as it is contemplative. I…Read more Afternoon Ennui
Hello, hello, hello; cherished readers! Grab your stuff, as we resume our adventures from when we last left off... As you all know, we watched our newly-weds sashay away from a bedecked glasshouse into an equally-resplendent taxi (read 'three wheel drive!) They will then make a slow and bountiful descent down into the chapel, where…Read more I Now Pronounce You… Husband and Wife! 💐
Hello, my readers! I hope you are having a meaningful Monday, rather than a moan-ingful one! 😀 It's time to fasten your seatbelts as we make another refreshing detour to verdant Wales. We shall continue our (mis)adventures from when we left off... 🏴 July 23, 2016 Fruitful efforts have paid off! The stage is set,…Read more Glasshouses and Glens 🏴
Hello, my readers. Greetings. It is time for a spine-tingling post that shall delve into the bowels of untold pasts. So gather your popcorn, and curl up in your quilt, for the night clouds are gathering, and there is a chill in the air. 💀 Two days ago, my family and I made a small…Read more Death and Dior
Hello, my lovely readers! I hope you are having a good Monday, and that you will have a fantastic week ahead! If you are feeling the Monday blues already; fear not, for I come appropriately to the rescue! Without further ado, I will take you back to a few miraculously sunny days in Wales as…Read more Preppin’ for a Wedding 🎉
The glitzy Kandy City Centre (KCC), located in my hometown, had scheduled its annual book fair for this week. Upon the suggestion of one of my best friends, Poornima, I therefore made a quick jaunt to literary land; to look for some blog-worthy style inspiration lying hidden between the essence of fresh-print manuscript. Poornima…Read more Judge A Book By Its Cover #NoReally
Her majesty, Queen Beyoncé, broke her silence at last Sunday's BET Awards held in California, USA. The ceremony recognises and celebrates the achievements of minority-identifying artists in the United States and beyond. Beyoncé sent her protégés, Chloe x Halle, to accept the Viewer's Choice Award on her behalf. The two young artists recited a heartfelt…Read more The Queen Has Spoken
The inspiration for this blog post comes from a beautiful demo track by US-based country singer Kelsea Ballerini, in which she references the eponymous bloom and its timeless qualities. Drawing inspiration from the above, it is time for us gents and ladies to consider some stylish (and affordable) additions into our wardrobes. 🌹🌹🌹 🌹 Wipe the…Read more We Were Roses
Regally-resplendent, Lorde covers the July 2015 issue of Vogue Australia in this #summer_throwback. (Read more...)
To quote Shakespeare, I am deceased. (Read more...)
Brb, I got an album to listen to!
Fewer headings are as intriguing as these, and rightfully so! (Read more...)
In fashion, as in much of life, things change with the waxing and waning of the seasons. Success is but a fleeting temptress, and your fortunes can quickly change in not just a year, in not just a month, but in weeks and days even. Sportswear company Nike is certainly feeling the blues. The corporate…Read more Feel the Burn; and Look Good 😎
To travel... is to live. And to love?
As Melania Trump, the laconic First Lady of the United States, moved into the White House with her progeny, the headlines were awash with the latest developments. No, it was not the promise of nuclear war. It was but the mesmerising fact that a tee-shirt worn by the youngest of the Trumps, on that fateful…Read more Tee-shirts and Toxins
I know it's Tuesday, but #Miley_Monday has a nice ring to it, right? So head over to thesmilingtoucan's Facebook page to see what this is all about...
Hi all, Drumroll please.... As you may know now, I have decided to take thesmilingtoucan one step further, and have developed an etsy site. This site features hand-made, toucan-inspired apparel at affordable prices. My talented, talented friend; an autodidact to boot; helps me in designing the items for sale. You can follow her on Instagram…Read more We Need To Talk Business…
Did you know that the natural habitat of toucans, which is primarily tropical rain-forest, is being destroyed at an ever-greater pace? 🙁 These beautiful birds, and their feathered, furry and many-legged compatriots are at risk of losing their homes. In the complicated world of today, it is difficult to find solutions to these problems. For…Read more Some Food for Thought 🐾
The very first day I bought the bulk of my shopping; and the day of my birthday; saw me don a very prominent tee. In arsenic yellow, it featured a graphic print of a skull formed by a ring of scarlet macaws and exuberant foliage. Very Indiana Jones in South America! ... © Copyright June…Read more Macaws and Skulls
Exclusive celebrity homes. Sun-soaked landscapes. And a happy Miley dancing with a giant stack of balloons... The So-Cal lifestyle is on the dream list for many of us. But, even if we can't make it there physically, we can always style our way there! Stay pool party ready in a Cali-print tee (mine was from…Read more A Touch of Malibu
I made some tentative plans to catch up with some friends at an exclusive hotel overlooking picturesque and historic Kandy. Titled The Grand Kandyan hotel, this establishment is a homage to Versailles-era gaudiness. The hotel, however, is incredibly popular as a destination for weddings and other events. And need I mention the gorgeous roof-side…Read more A Rainy Pool Date
It might be a little too early (or a little too late, depending on your time zone and mood) for a post that is a bit funky, a bit bold, and ever-so-much revealing. A balmy summer night lead me to donning a translucent shirt from Dominik, which was silky soft to the touch. I paired…Read more Be Bold!