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Kim Kardashian's clever new app lets you shop your Instagram screenshots

Wednesday, November 8 2017

Kim Kardashian's clever new app lets you shop your Instagram screenshots

Kim Kardashian's clever new app lets you shop your Instagram screenshots It’s like Shazam, but for clothes By Natasha Harding November 8, 2017 SHARE Have you ever scrolled through your Instagram feed and found a fashion piece you’re madly in love with, but there’s no mention of who it’s by or where you can get it? So you screenshot it and swear to research it more later but inevitably lose hope? If this sounds familiar, you're you’re not alone. And, unlikely tech hero , Kim Kardashian is doing something about exactly that. Kim’s been actively involved in creating a new app designed to help you shop your screenshots. Called ‘Screenshop’ (good one), the clever program scans any image you upload and immediately connects you to a handful of retailers selling the same, or very similar items at a variety of price points. Oh, and did we mention it's free to download? Maybe should have started with that. Related video: Kendall Jenner steps out for her 22nd birthday looking like older sister Kim Kardashian “I think this is going to be ground-breaking and so exciting for everyone,” Kim explains. “Just being able to seamlessly convert any screenshot into an instant digital fashion store — the concept of that is just so fascinating.” But rather than having blind faith in the technology, Kim adds that she’s used it more than a handful of times, all with pleasing results. “I’ve tested Clueless and old Hollywood movies when I was trying to decide what to do for Halloween. I had Marilyn Monroe, Madonna pictures. I would put it in the app and just test it, [and] every time, things came out. It was really fun.” To find more about Screenshop, click here. Now, if you’ll excuse us, we have a lifetime’s worth of unsolved fashion purchases to catch up on.

Here's exactly how Kim Kardashian does her own make-up

Wednesday, November 8 2017

Here's exactly how Kim Kardashian does her own make-up

Here's exactly how Kim Kardashian does her own make-up Step 1: Use a make-up wipe By Helin Jung Kim Kardashian gets frequent requests from fans to post her make-up routine, apparently, and she 'finally did it!' while in Toronto for Kanye West's 'Saint Pablo' tour. In a nine-minute video that she posted to her site and on YouTube , Kim goes through the 'quick' version of the make-up routine she does when she's on the road. From her hotel bathroom, with cameos from Kanye and BFF Jonathan Cheban, Kim goes from bare-faced to everyday glam. Kim first takes a Neutrogena make-up wipe to her almost-bare face. 'I forgot my face wash but I already started my eye make-up so I'm going to be super sloppy and just use a Neutrogena...make-up wipe,' Kim says. (Real.) She hydrates her skin with a $240 jar of La Mer Perfecting Treatment and follows with 'Giorgio Armani sheer shimmer stuff,' or Giorgio Armani Shimmer Sheer. 'This just adds shimmer under the foundation,' she says. 'Cause I just love a little extra glow.' Kim puts up her hair to get it out of her face and spends a second debating which foundation to put on—'Do I use a Chanel foundation or an Armani?' She ultimately settles on the Armani. Here are some of our favourite lines from her monologue: 'Does anyone else put foundation all over their lips?' 'Always make sure to get the back of your neck.' 'Do you guys listen to music when you get ready?' 'I love putting my brushes away as we go.' Even when she only has a few minutes, Kim contours. 'You gotta go in the hairline a little bit,' she says. 'Makes your forehead look smaller too.' She bakes her make-up using yellow and pink powders. Kim does her eyes, applying layers of mascara, contouring her lids, filling in her brows, and cleaning up her shadow. She also says she can't ever do her make-up right in front of a guy because it's too stressful. Kim moves on to her lips and uses little sister Kylie's Lip Kit in 'Candy K' along with a few other products. Kanye comes by the bathroom and she asks him how he likes it. 'It looks so pretty! I love that!' So supportive. She shows off her finished look in selfie mode and finds some flaws with her make-up. 'Shit, I shoulda winged that liner a little bit more,' she says. 'Oh well.'

M&S CFO Helen Weir to resign after H1 profit falls 5.3 percent

Wednesday, November 8 2017

M&S CFO Helen Weir to resign after H1 profit falls 5.3 percent

For the 26 weeks to September 30, 2017, Marks and Spencer Group (M&S) revenues totaled 5,125.6 million pounds (6,742 million dollars) against 4.993.5 million pounds (6,568 million dollars) last year, representing an increase of 2.6 percent. Profit before tax and adjusted items declined by 5.3 percent to 219.1 million pounds (288 million dollars) over the same period last year. In a separate release, M&S also announced that the company has begun search for a new CFO to succeed current chief finance officer Helen Weir. Commenting on the company’s performance, Steve Rowe, M&S Chief Executive said in a statement: “We have made good progress in remedying the immediate and burning issues at M&S outlined last year. In clothing & home early results are encouraging and in international we now have a profitable and robust business. The business still has many structural issues to tackle as we embark on the next five years of our transformation, in the context of a very challenging retail and consumer environment. Today we are accelerating our plans to build a business with sustainable, profitable growth, making M&S special again.” Highlights of M&S’s H1 results Profit before tax jumped 371.3 percent to 118.3 million pounds (155 million dollars) compared to 25.1 million pounds (33 million dollars) last year, while profit after tax of 84.6 million pounds (111 million dollars) rose 432.1 percent against 15.9 million pounds (20.9 million dollars) in the first six months of 2016.Adjusted basic earnings per share of 10.7 p were down 7 percent, while basic earnings per share rose 420 percent from 1p to 5.2 p in the first half period. UK clothing & home revenue, M&S said, was level, with like-for-like revenue down 0.7 percent. Revenue grew in quarter two, benefiting from an encouraging performance of new autumn range in September supported by cooler weather. The company added that revenues were adversely impacted by decision to reduce the number of clearance sales in the period from 4 to 2. Full price sales increased by 5.3 percent. Gross margin was up 140bps at 58.1 percent. During the second quarter, M&S reallocated space in 56 stores from womenswear to areas of growth opportunity such as childrenswear and home. The company opened two new stores and relocated a further two and closed four clothing & home stores as part of the reshaping of the UK store estate. At M&S.com, revenue increased by 5.7 percent at constant currency. Reported international revenue increased by 2.3 percent, benefitting from currency translation. At constant currency, the company added, revenue declined by 3.1 percent, as a result of the now completed exit from loss making owned stores. Franchise revenue increased 9.9 percent at constant currency. Company-owned retained markets revenue increased 0.6 percent at constant currency. M&S said, strong performances in India and Hong Kong were offset by a decline in sales in the Republic of Ireland. M&S announces interim dividend We have announced an interim dividend of 6.8p, level year-on-year to be paid on January 12, 2018 to shareholders on the register of members as at close of business on November 17, 2017. M&S further said that given stronger than anticipated buying margin in the first half it now expects to deliver growth in clothing & home gross margin of between 25 and 75 basis points. Picture:M&S website

Jeanologia presents new denim collection “100% Made in Bangladesh“

Wednesday, November 8 2017

Jeanologia presents new denim collection “100% Made in Bangladesh“

Spanish finishing specialist for sustainable clothing, Jeanologia, wants to turn “Made in Bangladesh“ into a quality seal. At the Bangladesh Denim Expo, which is taking place today and tomorrow in Dhaka, the leader in sustainable technology will present a collection that is made in Bangladesh, 100 percent. For the first time, Jeanologia managed to get all agents involved in the Bangladeshi textile industry - from fabric manufacturers to end product makers and buyers - to take part in its mission to create an ethical, eco-efficient and sustainable industry. The new collection was developed in Bangladesh, with fabrics woven in the country and with the support of sustainable technology from Jeanologia. “The objective is to get all agents involved in the Bangladeshi textile industry to create a product with better finishes being able to rely on Jeanologia as technology partner,” said Asia division director Jordi Juani. “Using our technology in the production processes, we have managed to be more competitive and speed up time to market, offering a modern sustainable product. Not only does our technology increase productivity and energy efficiency, it also reduces water consumption and eliminates harmful emissions and residues.” Titeled „Collaborative Design in the Denim Industry“, Juani will give a talk tomorrow, 9th November, at 3pm about the importance of working together, from the conception of the idea through its transformation to the sale of the product, achieving common goals like the industry becoming more respectful of the environment. Jeanologia has been present in Bangladesh for over 15 years, supporting the textile industry in its objective of becoming one of the biggest world textile centers. Bangladesh is currently the second producer at an international level, after China. From the beginning, Jeanologia´s intention has been to increase the production capabilities of producers in Bangladesh, especially in the denim sector, providing advisory services and cutting-edge technology to improve efficiency and end finishes.The Spanish company has been involved in increasing sustainability in denim production since 1993, maintaining respect to workers' health and the environment as a guiding influence. Photos: Jeanologia

Lux Industries looking for global licensing agreements to pep up range

Wednesday, November 8 2017

Lux Industries looking for global licensing agreements to pep up range

Hosiery major Lux Industries is scouting opportunities in production and marketing licensing for global brands for inorganic growth. Recently another hosiery company Dollar Industries inked a partnership with Pepe Jeans for producing and marketing innerwear in India. Lux Industries senior vice president Saket Todi says the company is in advanced negotiations and looking at finalising licensing agreements with foreign brands shortly. The company is leveraging its newly set up Dankuni unit in Kolkata’s outskirts. Company senior vice president Udit Todi says nearly 65 per cent of exports are under the Lux brand while the remainder is jobwork for other brands like the UK's Byfors and Polo of South Africa and is looking at more export orders from brands. The integrated facilities at Dankuni will be leveraged to meet both domestic and export demand. The new plant has helped the company to consolidate its disintregated operations in and around Kolkata and to improve margin by 100 basis points. The Rs 105 crore Dankuni facility went on stream last year and is among the 11 manufacturing units of the company that is into innerwear, T-shirts, joggers, women s knitwear and winterwear (thermals). Apart from Dankuni, the other facilities are spread across Tirupur, Ludhiana, Ghaziabad and Roorkee, he added.

Private labels drive Myntra’s growth story forward

Wednesday, November 8 2017

Private labels drive Myntra’s growth story forward

When Myntra CEO Ananth Narayanan had put forth his private label game plan, one couldn’t have imagined the idea could augur so well. With close to 13 in-house brands, owned and distributed by Myntra, Myntra Fashion Brands (MFB) is now looking at positive growth ahead. MFB is a Rs 2,000-crore gross sales run rate segment, which accounts for about 23 per cent of the company’s sales. For Narayanan, the number has to go up to 30 in the next 6-12 months. MFB products churn out about 2,000 new designs every week. Narayanan points out, they work on ‘design to value’ concept. This essentially means there may be 2,000 styles but the fabric can be common. The buttons or zippers can be common. It is a little bit like the auto industry where you have options, but the basics remain the same. Now, eight private brands, including Roadster, Mast & Harbour (annual revenue run rate of Rs 190 crore) and HRX Rs 170-180 crore revenue run rate), which it bought from actor Hrithik Roshan last July, figure among the 20 bestselling brands on the platform. Growing focus on private brands With private brands, companies can control everything—from design to sourcing of raw materials to manufacturing. In fact, Myntra isn’t the only ecommerce company to fall back on private brands in pursuit of profits. Tracxn, a startup tracker, says only three such startups were founded this year, as against 118 in 2016 and 244 the year before—private brands are increasingly gaining prominence in categories such as grocery, electronics and beauty. Flipkart, for instance, has two private brands, Billion and SmartBuy, for electronics and home products. For grocery startup BigBasket, private brands in staples, gourmet food, vegetables, bakery and meat account for about half of its sales. Beauty and personal care startup Nykaa expects its private brands portfolio for products like nail enamels, lipsticks, kajal and body mists to account for about one-fifth of its business in future. In Myntra’s private brands business portfolio, Roadster has become one of the most sought-after brand, with annualised gross sales of Rs 650 crore. But the road to growth wasn’t easy either. Even after celebrity endorsement the brand was not matching up to the customers’ expectations. Then the company decided to deliver a wide assortment of designs in outdoor denims that are high on fashion and marketed through digital channels instead of the traditional ones. Also, it would launch a fresh range of apparels every six to eight weeks. In early 2016, a revamped Roadster launched two new collections, Machinist and Pocketman, and the brand started getting due from thereon. Today Roadster can safely compete with any global denim brand be it Levi’s which clocked Rs 753 crore or Pepe Jeans reporting net sales of Rs 348 crore. The strategy ahead Nitin Chhabra, Chief Executive, Ace Turtle feels private brands are a big differentiator because they will not be available elsewhere. Most people who have tried building in-house brands have treated those products like labels. Myntra is spending money on building the brand, which is necessary. It doesn’t help if you own the distribution but don’t invest in building the brand. Myntra believes in analysing consumer behaviour data, studying what sells, predicting demand and offering buyers a wide assortment of designs periodically. Roadster and Mast & Harbour, the top two private brands from Myntra’s stable, stock 7,500 and 3,500 designs, respectively. With firm aim in sight, Myntra plans to tread the strategy cautiously and win the race.

Sustainable textile innovations: handbags made of apples

Wednesday, November 8 2017

Sustainable textile innovations: handbags made of apples

In view of dwindling resources, especially through resource-intensive natural fibres like cotton and the environmental impact of petroleum-based fibres like acrylic, polyester, nylon and spandex, it is about time for the textile and apparel industry to look for sustainable alternatives. In this new series, FashionUnited finds sometimes surprising alternatives from all over the world. This article looks at luxury handbags by Swiss label happy genie that are made from apple waste. Is it possible to make a material out of apples that does not only look surprisingly a lot like leather but also feels like it? “Yes, it is“, confirms Tanja Schenker, founder of the sustainable and vegan handbag label happy genie, when talking to FashionUnited. She adds though that the road from idea to finished material was not an easy one. “I was looking for a suitable material for almost a year,“ remembers the resourceful entrepreneur. “In the beginning at fairs but then I got disappointed that nothing was offered there yet.“ Until a designer friend mentioned a TV documentary about the inventor of a new sustainable material made of apples who lived in Bolzano, South Tyrol, Italy. This sounded good to Ms. Schenker's ears and she spent a week on the phone before she tracked down the inventor's mobile number. When it turned out that he happened to be in Zurich where happy genie is based, things finally seemed to fall into place and both met up the very next day. A material in between leather and faux leather The rest was not history but merely the starting point for the real work: “I needed to do a lot of persuading to convince our Italian manufacturers that the effort was worth it,“ says Schenker. Even though they liked the idea of a sustainable material in general, the raw material was very different from what they were used to - leather and faux leather. “Much work went into it and the beginning was quite a bumpy road. The first prototypes did not look very appealing,“ she remembers, laughing. But because Schenker was such a driving force and had a strong vision of what the finished product should look like based on the material she had seen in Bolzano, soon the not so appealing prototypes became beautiful luxury handbags whose material amazed even experts as it seems to be somewhere between leather and faux leather. “Most leather manufacturer know how to work with faux leather,“ explains Schenker. “However, faux leather melts and leather can be painted on - neither of which was possible with the new material.“ This was a big challenge for the production facilites that Schenker knew through working with her first handbag label “Genie in a Bag“. “But now, everyone is really proud of the happy genie bags." “The great things is that there are so many apples in Bolzano; which means, there will always be enough of the raw material,“ adds Schenker. Also important were the short distances between each manufacturing step, placing happy genie's entire value chain in Italy: The apples are grown and juiced in Bolzano, the leftover fibre then dried and ground to a powder. A factory close to Florence mixes it with colour and a binding agent before it gets applied on a canvas to produce an innovative material, which gets its leather look through embossing. A family business in Varese, five kilometres away from the Swiss border, then makes each bag by hand. Even the metal components, which are completely nickel free and palladium plated, are made in Italy. Happy genie supports a vegan lifestyle About her motivation to found a new brand with happy genie and to launch a sustainable, innovative material, Schenker says: "I wanted a clear cut because I had become vegan and wanted to distance myself from leather. I wanted to start afresh because the vegan lifestyle had changed me profoundly, which is something I wanted to express through a product. Also, apples were my dog happy's favourites. Unfortunately, he died in April but I wanted him to live on through happy genie.“ Those interested in the handbags can order them through the label's Kickstarter campaign (happy-genie.com), which wants to reward early adopters with discounts and plans to build a fan community. The first finished bags will be delivered in March 2018. In the future, there will be more pattern and print options, collaborations with artists and the brand's own online shop. Also read:

Primark notes profits jump thanks to an ”excellent” summer in the UK and international expansion

Wednesday, November 8 2017

Primark notes profits jump thanks to an ”excellent” summer in the UK and international expansion

As it has been the case in the past exercises, Associated British Foods (ABF) was able to offset its food businesses’ weaknesses thanks to its fashion unit’s success. Primark has reported strong trading that helped lift full-year pre-tax profits at owner Associated British Foods by 50 percent as the fast-fashion chain gained market share on the British high street. Primark’s turnover grew nearly 20 percent in the past fiscal year, largely thanks to its aggressive international expansion strategy, which has taken the retailer to open thirty new stores in nine different countries during this period. As a result, the company’s store space grew 140,000 sqm, helping generate a 7.05 billion pound turnover, which implies a year-on-year increase of up to 19 percent. Excluding exchange rate fluctuations, turnover grew 12 percent (1 percent like-for-like turnover growth.) Operational profit also grew, by 7 percent to 735 million pounds. Its UK like-for-like turnover grew 10 percent and 16 percent in the rest of Europe (at level exchange rates). The company said trading at Primark had been "excellent", particularly over the summer. In the UK, Primark "performed particularly well", ABF said, with sales up 10% from last year and its share of the total clothing market "increased significantly". What it’s clear is that the British high street darling’s expansion has not yet come to an end; the affordable fashion retailer aim to open at least nineteen more stores in the next fiscal year, mainly in Germany, France and the United Kingdom. In this vein, even after opening 30 stores in nine countries with 1.5 million square feet of selling space, ABF said Primark still had room for "significant growth". "Primark has grown faster than any of the other top 10 clothing market players over the past five years", said Charlotte Pearce, a retail analyst at GlobalData. "By providing value for money in its trend-led clothing, it has been able to steal share from midmarket retailers as shoppers trade down". Primark won’t feel the pressure of prices rollercoaster As stressed by the ‘Wall Street Journal’, one of the reasons for the drop in operating margin is the decline of the UK pound against other major currencies, including the dollar and the euro. The fast-fashion chain generates around half of ABF’s earnings before interest and taxes. “At Primark, we don’t see the pressure to put our prices up or down,” Finance Chief John Bason said Tuesday in an interview with ‘CFO Journal’. Higher dollar-denominated input costs combined with lower retail prices in two markets — the UK and Spain — pushed Primark’s operating profit margin down to 10.4 percent this year, from 11.6 percent in 2016, Bason said, adding that the goal is to keep margins at that level. In fact, sterling’s weakness has squeezed margins at Primark — though not by as much as initially feared. The retailer buys mainly in dollars but sells mostly in sterling. The group said on Tuesday that Primark’s margins would drop in the first half of its 2018 financial year — because of purchases struck at a weaker sterling-dollar exchange rate than last year — but it expected full-year margins to be “similar” to last year’s. Analysts at Liberum said: “While Primark’s margin took a hit near term from adverse transactional foreign exchange in full-year 2017, margins should continue to expand from full-year 2018 onwards as the foreign exchange impact abates and the group benefits from maturing stores and operating leverage,” reported the “Financial Times’. Primark to put the brake to its American dream ABF advanced Tuesday that it would downsize three of the Primark stores it opened early on in its American assault. It’s worth recalling that international markets are becoming increasingly important to Primark as it rapidly approaches its domestic market’s saturation. ABF's move sends a worrying signal about Primark's American expansion, highlights Andrea Felsted, a Bloomberg Gadfly columnist. The British retailer described its decision as "fine tuning," reflecting what it has learned so far about the market over the past two years. Furthermore, in the coming months, Primark will continue to reinforce its footprint in Boston, where it has extended its first store by 20 percent, and will open its ninth outlet in the U.S. in Brooklyn next summer. Photo credits:Primark UK Official Web

Sonam Kapoor’s bikini top and jacket make for the perfect poolside outfit

Tuesday, November 7 2017

Sonam Kapoor’s bikini top and jacket make for the perfect poolside outfit

Sonam Kapoor in Rheson and earrings by Suhani Pittie Image: Instagram.com/sonamkapoor Sonam Kapoor in Rheson and earrings by Suhani Pittie Image: Instagram.com/sonamkapoor In the amazing life of Sonam Kapoor, work involves trips to Thailand and the poolside doubles up as an office. The actor was seen at the Amanpuri Luxury Resort in Phuket, Thailand to shoot the last leg of the much-talked-about film, Veere Di Wedding . Co-star Kareena Kapoor Khan will be joining Kapoor storly at the venue. Clearly enjoying the travel and the photogenic setting that comes along with her work, Kapoor couldn’t help but pose by the pool in an outfit made for lounging. The star paired a white bikini top with wide-legged pants and a printed jacket from her own label Rheson for the occasion. Given the picturesque backdrop, Kapoor kept things easy with a pastel colour palette. The only addition of sparkle to the look were gold earrings by Suhani Pittie and a pair of metallic kolhapuris. Kapoor made sure she took a picture with the ultimate holidaying-by-the-beach accessory of all times—a coconut drink. If you are headed to a destination wedding and are falling short of ideas for what to wear in-between events, do like Sonam Kapoor and pull off an effortless look marrying cosy layers with swimwear. Whether it’s breakfast you are headed to or plan to just lounge by the pool, don’t forget to add on a long line jacket to nail that resort vibe. Kareena Kapoor Khan , who was spotted at Mumbai airport last evening is said to join the Veere Di Wedding gang at Amanpuri Luxury Resort in Phuket today. Scroll through our gallery for a closer look at Sonam Kapoor’s style. Keep up with celebrity style here. 1 /8 Kareena Kapoor Khan in Balenciaga at Mumbai airport Image: Viral Bhayani Sonam Kapoor in Rheson in Phuket Image: Instagram.com/sonamkapoor Malaika Arora in AM.IT by Amit Aggarwal Neha Dhupia in Zara at the shooting of 'Vogue BFFs' season 2 in Mumbai Image: Viral Bhayani Bhumi Pednekar in Tanieya Khanuja, Misho Designs and Jimmy Choo at the shooting of 'Vogue BFFs' season 2 in Mumbai Image: Viral Bhayani Amy Adams in Tom Ford at the 21st Annual Hollywood Film Awards in LA Image: Instagram.com Karlie Kloss in Christian Dior at the 2017 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards Image: Instagram.com Kate Bosworth at the airport Image: Instagram.com/katebosworth

Nykaa’s new eyeshadow palettes are perfect for your on-the-go beauty kit

Tuesday, November 7 2017

Nykaa’s new eyeshadow palettes are perfect for your on-the-go beauty kit

Nykaa Just Wink It! Eyeshadow Palette in Crazy In Love Nykaa Just Wink It! Eyeshadow Palette in Dare To Bare Nykaa Just Wink It! Eyeshadow Palette in Smokin' Hot It’s safe to say that Nykaa is slowly becoming everybody’s go-to online beauty store with the big (and growing) roster of beauty brands available on their website. Adding to that extensive buffet are the products from their own home brand that started off with nail colours, and now offer everything from base makeup and a wide range of lipsticks to essential oils. Nykaa Cosmetics now branches into eyeshadows, with their first set called the Just Wink It! Eyeshadow Palettes. Expect three different palettes, each with a combination of six hues depending on the mood you’re looking for, and a dual-ended applicator (a sponge side to blend and a flat brush side for smooth application). While the Dare To Bare palette consists of six different earthy-toned hues that are good for everyday wear, the Smokin’ Hot palette will have you weekend-ready with its blue, black and grey pigments (smoky eye, anyone?). Want something that’ll work from desk to drinks? Try the Crazy In Love palette that’s a mix of pearly nudes along with a wine and a dark brown colour. Besides the all-purpose colour combinations, you can use each of these palettes wet or dry—apply as is for a basic wash of colour on your lids or use with a damp brush for an intense look. The Nykaa Just Wink It! Eyeshadow Palettes are priced at Rs 650 each In this story: India

Confirmed: Jhanvi Kapoor to make her Bollywood debut with Ishaan Khatter

Tuesday, November 7 2017

Confirmed: Jhanvi Kapoor to make her Bollywood debut with Ishaan Khatter

YOU HAVE READ OF 10 STORIES THIS MONTH 30 day free access to digital issues worth INR 400 Get it now ! Next Ever since the success of Sridevi’s comeback film English Vinglish (2012), the veteran actor’s daughters Jhanvi and Khushi Kapoor have been sharing the social media spotlight with her. Over the past few months, Jhanvi’s social media popularity has had Bollywood fans wondering when the star daughter will join the Bollywood bandwagon. While Sridevi has often spoken about Jhanvi’s foray into films, Boney Kapoor confirmed in a recent interview that his elder daughter will be starring in a film produced by Karan Johar. A post shared by Karan Johar (@karanjohar) on Nov 5, 2017 at 12:01am PDT After months of speculation, it’s finally been confirmed that Jhanvi will make her debut in the critically-acclaimed Marathi film Sairat ‘s Hindi remake, alongside another actor from the young Bollywood pool, Shahid Kapoor’s brother, Ishaan Khatter. The film’s shooting will kick off on December 1, according to a recent tweet by trade analyst Ramesh Bala. #JhanviKapoor and #IshaanKhattar starrer Hindi remake of Marathi Blockbuster #Sairat will go on da floors from Dec 1st.. @karanjohar co-prod pic.twitter.com/nv71vKoweh — Ramesh Bala (@rameshlaus) November 6, 2017 Khatter has already dipped his feet into the world of films with a feature role in the upcoming Beyond The Clouds . He was spotted most recently celebrating the success of Kapoor’s next project, Padmavati , at Deepika Padukone’s Mumbai residence. In case you missed it, Jhanvi Kapoor joined her future co-star at the celebrations as well.

5 local Indian superfoods that you need to make a part of your life

Tuesday, November 7 2017

5 local Indian superfoods that you need to make a part of your life

YOU HAVE READ OF 10 STORIES THIS MONTH 30 day free access to digital issues worth INR 400 Get it now ! Next When we think of superfoods, we expect them to be exotic and out of reach. But more often than not, the world’s healthiest herbs and spices grow in our own backyards. The thumb-rule of eating healthy is to eat local. Still, we eschew the simple stuff for foods that are hard to get and increase your carbon footprint. After all, chaga mushrooms from California do require a lot of air miles to come all the way to your pantry. But, most importantly, why make the effort when some of the healthiest, most potent superfoods are already available in your kitchen? We spoke to Dr Sudhindra Adiga Uppoor, Ayurvedic doctor and founder, Ayurshree Clinic, Goa, about the five Indian foods that can transform your health and beauty. 1 /5 The best anti-inflammatory: Ginger Most people think of this rhizome as an effective treatment for coughs and cold, but ginger is so much more than that. “It’s the best anti-inflammatory in the world—in Ayurveda we call it vishwasbeshajam , meaning universal medicine,” says Dr Uppoor. Add it to stir fries or curries or simply make a tea out of it. Just boil a few chunks of ginger in hot water and sip it through the day to reduce inflammation in your body. Inflammation is the root cause of all disease. In modern-day lifestyles, it is on the rise because of stress, junk food and environmental toxins. Just increasing your ginger intake can help you bring inflammation under control. Image: Shutterstock The best catalyst: Pepper This pungent spice (maricha) is loved for its ability to add bite to any dish. But did you know that pepper helps any herb get absorbed into the body? “Even turmeric cannot get absorbed by the body if it’s not accompanied with pepper.” But that’s not all, this spice contains many important minerals such as manganese, copper, iron, and even calcium. It’s known to improve digestion and also melt away fat that is stuck inside the body. “ Trikatu churna —a combination of ginger, pepper and long pepper is excellent and safe for everyone to take.” Dr Uppoor suggests sprinkling this churna over salads, sandwiches, mixing it in lemonade or hot water. “This potent combination can prevent the body from inflammation—this is even better when taken along with turmeric.” But too much intake can have an anti-aphrodisiac affect as per Ayurvedic texts, so don’t go overboard in its consumption. Image: Shutterstock The best antioxidant: Long pepper It cleans the blood, boosts digestion, increases circulation, improves skin quality—in fact every Ayurvedic compound has a bit of pipali (long pepper) in it. In ancient Ayurvedic texts, it’s hailed as a rejuvenator, boosting immunity, cancer patients and containing anti-ageing properties. “The best way to take this again is in trikatu churna .” You can mix a quarter teaspoon of trikatu churna in hot water and sip it 45 minutes before lunch and dinner to clear the digestive tract and reduce inflammation. Image: Shutterstock The best immunity booster: Turmeric By now, everyone knows the benefits of this wonderful Indian spice. “It can be used as an immunity-booster, liver cleanser, and is also one the best alternative herbs for people undergoing cancer treatment.” But, as mentioned earlier, it cannot be absorbed by the body without black pepper. If your immunity is low, or liver function is poor (because of too much medication or alcohol), or if you’re undergoing treatment for cancer, then you need 1000mg of curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric) to reap its full benefits. “But do check the ingredients in your supplement—if there’s no pepper, there’s no use of it.” Image: Shutterstock The best blood-purifier: Neem “When the blood is acidic, it results in skin diseases like acne, pimples and dermatitis; neem makes the blood alkaline,” says Dr Uppoor. The best way to take this herb is right after meals. “Just take two neem leaves, crush with your fingers, put them in a cup of water, infuse for two minutes in hot water and then sip it.” Dr Uppoor also talks about a complex Ayurvedic preparation called the panchanimbadigulika , which contains five neem elements (bark, leaf, fruit, flower and root). “It is the most effective way to take neem, however, consult an Ayurvedic physician on how to take it so it suits your personal composition.” Image: Shutterstock Vasudha Rai is a certified yoga teacher and has been writing on beauty, health and wellness for 15 years. Find her at Vbeauty.co In this story: California, Goa, India Now Playing: Glenfiddich Artists in Residence