Radiate innocence and beauty
Tips on latest trends in bridal attire:
With the June breeze sweeping through and the musical chimes of the
wedding bells wafting through the ether it‚Äôs the time of brides and
grooms. Glamour, beauty and charm, all blended with precision make the
‚Äėbig day‚Äô of your life unforgettable.
Charmi de Zoyza, a beautician specialised in bridal dressing will
unveil the latest trends and tips to etch a glamorous and stunning bride
out of you.
Flavour of the season
The flavour of the bridal outfit changes with the time. Pure white,
which was once the emblem of brides is facing a change following trendy
fashions and vibrant colours. Kandyan brides now prefer to wear beige or
biscuit colours in place of pure white.
Antique pink is also in fashion among Kandyan brides. They can wear
the traditional Kandyan jewellery set to match the saree. With a pure
white saree, the Kandyan silver jewellery set will look stunning.
If the bride prefers Indian style she may opt for magenta, beige or
even purple. These colours are in fashion. Another latest style is that
some brides do not want a set style like Indian or Western. Instead they
opt for a combination. A fusion of Indian and Western styles, draped
differently are reigning the fashion world.
Another trend is to wear long blouses. These blouses can hardly be
called saree jackets as these take more of the shape of a tight blouse.
The material of the bridal outfit plays an important part in dressing
a bride. Heavy net sarees and tissue sarees are not in fashion anymore.
Georgette, chiffon sarees, stone and crystal worked sarees are earning
that place. These light fabric sarees drape well and enhance the beauty
of the bride.
In the Kandyan style too there is a revival in ancient fabric.
Beeralu is back in fashion.
Natural flowers have hit the arena with a big bang. Artificial
flowers have faded from the scene giving way to natural colour and
beauty. Indian and Western brides may
wear a single flower on their hair. Orchids and Agapanthus are the
favourites of the occasion. Since the colour of the bridal outfit is
drifting towards pink, blue and purple, the Orchid which bears all these
shades, will add extra beauty to the bride and her attire.
Kandyan brides may choose local flowers like lotus or araliya to
enhance the local flavour.
When selecting the outfit brides have to be particular about their
body size. Brides with a bulky body should not choose sarees with heavy
work and wide borders. Georgette and chiffon look the best on them as
those materials are not puffy and do not add to the size of the body.
Slim brides may wear heavy sarees with a rich bead or stonework on
them. Anyway brides should match a simple, light worked saree with heavy
jewellery and vice versa.
Hair splitting matter
The hair style must match the style and the size of the bride. It is
mostly decided on the facial shape of the bride and the height of the
groom. If the groom is tall, the bride can wear a high hairstyle. Now
loose hair is in style. Even Kandyan brides look good with low
The main focus of bridal dressing is to etch out the natural beauty
of the bride. Excessively rich attire, accessories or heavy make-up
should not downplay the bride‚Äôs beauty. Therefore the make-up should
centred on natural coloured lipsticks, foundation and eye make-up.
Neutral colours like pink and bronze may bring out the natural beauty
of the bride. Dark lipsticks like maroon and red are literally not on
brides‚Äô lips anymore. Tan pink and mauve mixed with brown are now in
fashion. Golden and tan foundation powder also add a natural tinge to
The colours of the bride‚Äôs maids attire have also changed. A range of
the same colour(eg. Blue) can be selected if there is a bevy of maids.
Banana green, sea green, yellow are also high in fashion for
bridesmaids. Long ball gowns are trendy for flower girls.
Learn to handle, store eggs correctly
Eggs are probably the most fragile of foods one can buy. You have to
pick them up last while shopping and keep them on top of the bag. Apart
from this rule of thumb, there are many other areas too, which need to
be looked into. Read on to see what they are.
How to pick fresh eggs
To guage the freshness of eggs, hold an egg against a source of
bright light in a dark room. You will be able to see an air gap, usually
at the blunt end of the egg. In a fresh egg, this air cell is quite
small but as the egg ages, the air cell gets larger.
Also, sink raw eggs in a basin of water. Fresh eggs stay at the
bottom of the bowl while stale eggs stand on end or float because of the
large air cell. However, other factors such as a weak shell and fine
cracks may also cause the egg to float.
In broken fresh eggs, the yolk is small and rounded, and stands in
the centre in a thick, gel-like egg white, which tends to stay compact
rather than spread out over a wide area.
As eggs age, the yolk becomes larger and flatter, until it eventually
breaks. The thick egg white becomes thin and runny and develops a stale
odour and flavour.
If a boiled egg is overcooked, a greenish ring sometimes appears
around the egg yolk, which manifests the iron and sulphur compounds in
the egg but it doesn‚Äôt affect the taste. Overcooking, however, harms the
quality of the protein. Chilling the egg for a few minutes in cold water
prevents the greenish ‚Äúring‚ÄĚ from forming on the yolk‚Äô s surface. To
prevent eggshells from cracking, add a pinch of salt to the water before
Eggs are best stored in the refrigerator, as they don‚Äôt age quickly
then. Store them in a carton to prevent them from losing moisture and
also being tainted by nearby strong flavoured food. Always store eggs
with the pointed end down. Raw eggs will keep well for four to five
weeks in the refrigerator whereas boiled eggs under refrigeration are
best consumed within a week.
Beat eggs lightly and don‚Äôt whisk them hard. Beating lightly breaks
up the yolks and as the egg cooks, it is light and fluffy. Over beating
will make a tough and rubbery omelette.
Courtesy: Deccan Chronicle
Lakmini engineers Lanka‚Äôs excellence in US
Honours: Lakmini with her award
BRILLIANCE: A past student of Wycherly International School
Colombo Lakmini Manuja Wimalasena, who has gained a scholarship to the
prestigious Michigan Technological University USA has graduated with
Michigan Technological University is known exclusively for its top
notch engineering programmes.
She was offered this scholarship while studying at yet another
reputed seat of learning; the Imperial College, University of London
which selected her to read Mechanical Engineering with Business Studies
on her brilliant performance at the London GCE A/L examination at which
she secured four A passes.
During her stay at the Michigan University she did an eight month
internship with Cummins Inc, a global international Fortune 500 company.
She also had the opportunity to work alongside General Motors
Corporation and Magna Donnelly Corporation, two giants in the US
Arthritis and pregnancy:
Will pregnancy affect my arthritis?
HEALTH: The effect of pregnancy on arthritis varies with the
type of arthritis. The good news is that most women with rheumatoid
arthritis will be free of flare-ups during pregnancy. The arthritis will
return after the baby is born, though, so unfortunately it is not a
The effect of lupus (SLE) on pregnancy is outlined in the separate
section ‚ÄėLupus (SLE) and pregnancy‚Äô. Other disorders, such as ankylosing
spondylitis, may improve or become worse - there is no consistent
If you have osteoarthritis, particularly of the knee or hip, the
increase in your weight as the baby grows may cause you problems. Most
women get aches and pains, particularly backache, in pregnancy and it is
likely that you will too.
Will the arthritis affect my pregnancy?
Types of arthritis other than lupus do not harm the baby, or increase
the risks of any problems in pregnancy. However you must always take
care about the drugs you take while you are pregnant, as they can
sometimes affect the pregnancy. See the ‚ÄėDrugs, pregnancy and
breastfeeding‚Äô section for a list of the common drugs taken and what we
know about their effects during pregnancy.
Will the arthritis affect my labour?
No, you should have a normal labour. If you have a lot of problems
with your back, for example if you have ankylosing spondylitis, it may
be a good idea to talk to an anaesthetist about whether they would
advise you to have an epidural for pain relief. This can be arranged
during the pregnancy, well before the time of labour.
Even if you cannot have an epidural, the anaesthetist will tell you
about the many other options that are available. For arthritis in
general, there are many different positions in which you can give birth.
If you have difficulty because you cannot move your legs enough in one
position, the doctor will discuss with you in advance other positions
which may be better.
To be continued
(Consultant Rheumatologist Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital)
* Meat (lamb or chicken) - 1kg
* Biriyani rice - 2kg
* Onions - 6 no‚Äôs
* Coriander leaves and mint
leaves - 50gms each
* Green chillies - 8 no‚Äôs
* Tomatoes - 5 no‚Äôs
* Ghee - 300gms
* Garlic, ginger pieces - 1/4 cup
* (Optional) For extraction of
milk 11/2 coconuts (2 glasses)
* Cardamom - 12 no‚Äôs
* Cinnamon - 1 1/2 tbs
* Cloves - 1 tbs
* Water - 14 glasses
* Salt - 2tbs
Chopped - Onion, coriander leaves, mint leaves, tomatoes and chillies.
Grind - Garlic and ginger; Powder - cardamom, cinnamon and cloves
(Water quantity should be always double the amount of rice, including
coconut milk and the water added for cooking the meat.)
Soak the biriyani rice in water for half an hour. Drain the water.
Take a vessel, heat little ghee and heat the rice in a low flame for 10
minutes. Keep it aside. Saut√© the onion, green chillies and tomatoes in
a big vessel in dalda or ghee for some time. Then add the ground garlic
and ginger and half the quantity of the masala powder.
Add the chicken pieces, salt and cook for 15 minutes (if it is lamb
meat cooking time will be 25 minutes), to it add rice, coconut milk,
water, remaining masala powder, coriander and mint leaves, and close the
lid. Keep it on a gentle fire till cooked dry. While serving decorate
with fried onion, roasted cashewnuts and egg.