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Halle Berry is hanging out with Ananya Birla and Dia Mirza in Mumbai

Thursday, November 9 2017

Halle Berry is hanging out with Ananya Birla and Dia Mirza in Mumbai

Halle Berry is hanging out with Ananya Birla and Dia Mirza in Mumbai Casually strolling down the streets of Colaba By Elle Team November 9, 2017 SHARE Halle Berry probably gets mobbed on the streets of Los Angeles, but when the Hollywood star came to Mumbai, she breezed right in without any fuss. The Cloud Atlas actress first alerted the world to her undercover trip by posting a photo of a Mumbai sunrise, followed by another of her walking down the streets of south Mumbai alone. Take time to get lost today A post shared by Halle Berry (@halleberry) on Nov 8, 2017 at 8:25pm PST But it seems like she's already managed to make a few famous friends in the city. Less than 24 hours after touching down in the Maximum City, Halle was spotted hanging out with entrepreneur Ananya Birla and actress Dia Mirza. A post shared by bollywood Halchal (@bollywoodhalchal) on Nov 9, 2017 at 4:45am PST Dia Mirza confessed her fangirl status, posting this photo of Halle with the caption: " The world is getting smaller and girls are owning their place. Ananya Birla and I with the most amazing Halle Berry today! What a warm, intelligent, gracious woman. India loves you Halle! Can’t wait to have you back. It was such a joy speaking with you! Stay well and keep spreading your magic." A post shared by Dia Mirza (@diamirzaofficial) on Nov 9, 2017 at 2:47am PST So far, everyone's keeping mum on the intention behind Halle's visit, but stay tuned for some interesting announcements.

5 exciting new launches from your favourite designers

Thursday, November 9 2017

5 exciting new launches from your favourite designers

5 exciting new launches from your favourite designers Fun stuff awaits you By Shweta Gandhi November 9, 2017 SHARE Innovation never ends, especially in the fashion industry. Season after season, designers seek inspiration to put together collections that offer something new. Flip the pages of your history books and you will see this trend existing right from the start of time — Coco Chanel, who began as a fashion designer, slowly and steadily added perfume (the iconic Chanel No. 5 is still popular today), diamond jewellery and leather bags to her portfolio. Another example is that of the brand Louis Vuitton, which originally started out making luggage trunks. A couple of years down the line, Mr Vuitton had introduced leather bags, purses and wallets, and today, the luxury house — which is officially the world's most valuable fashion brand — has a massive range of products that includes prêt-à-porter, shoes, watches, jewellery, accessories and sunglasses. So, here we bring you 5 new offerings by fashion labels that have no qualms with experimentation. 1. Shoes by Shivan & Narresh The duo's Araki collection that was recently presented at the Amazon India Fashion Week introduced their newest launch — a line of footwear featuring clogs and mules. Each piece matches the botanical, animal and bird-inspired prints of the SS '18 collection. Got a beach wedding to attend? You know where to shop. A post shared by SHIVAN & NARRESH (@shivanandnarresh) on Nov 8, 2017 at 7:30am PST 2. Candles by Nimish Shah Shift by Nimish Shah is known for its use of organic, fair trade and natural fibres as well as artisanal handloom. Now, the designer has launched a line of handcrafted candles. The hand-poured soy candles have a musky base note and come with a box that's inspired by traditional Indian ledgers. Just what we need for a romantic candle-light dinner. 3. Fragrance by Gaurav Gupta In collaboration with perfumer Jahnvi Lakhota Nandan of The Perfume Library, the designer has taken a plunge into the perfume industry with Again, Eau de Parfum, a unisex fragrance. “Within the fantasy of the forest, the wetness of the soil and antennae of the beetle, it is within the realms of this abstract air that Again takes birth," Gaurav said in an Instagram post . 4. Trolley by Fendi x Rimova Collaborating with German label Rimova — a global leader in the premium luggage segment — the Italian luxury brand has announced the launch of a one-of-a-kind trolley. Featuring its signature double FF logo, the trolley can be personalised through the leather name tag and stickers. Time for a vacation... 5. The Peacock Magazine by Falguni and Shane Peacock The new world order dictates that digital is the only way out — so why restrict yourself to designing when you can write about your creations in your very own magazine? "We came up with the concept of The Peacock Magazine as a platform to reach out to our digital fan base," said Falguni and Shane Peacock, confirming our thoughts. With Sonakshi Sinha as the cover girl and renowned names like Anaita Shroff Adajania, Yasmin Karachiwala and Mohit Rai featured, The Peacock Magazine shows potential. Explore the magazine here .

Nachiket Barve's 14-point rulebook for designing your own wedding lehenga

Thursday, November 9 2017

Nachiket Barve's 14-point rulebook for designing your own wedding lehenga

Nachiket Barve's 14-point rulebook for designing your own wedding lehenga The Bridezilla Bible By Nachiket Barve November 9, 2017 SHARE The most exciting thing about weddings today is how young people take charge of the wedding preparations. They are truly involved in the decision-making, from the invites and décor to the menu and even the clothes. A generation or two ago, the senior generals of the wedding army, oops … family a.k.a Mommy, Mami and MIL [mother-in-law, for those who came in late], were the ones who decided what was appropriately heavy [translation: literally weighing half a tonne or upwards], which designers to shop from and exactly how the blouse should be cut [“Beta, no backless-vackless, no waist-showing cholis… Off-shoulder? Wear after shaadi, beta…]. Today, every bride-to-be who comes to me craves a sense of individuality. She wants to add meaning and uniqueness to her wedding. One of the central elements of the theatre of getting married is the bridal lehenga. It has become the showstopper of the wedding; brides know exactly how they want to twirl in ‘slo-mo’ or shimmy for Boomerang videos on Instagram. A post shared by Manish Malhotra (@manishmalhotra05) on Oct 5, 2017 at 12:44am PDT For brides who want to take matters, especially sartorial, into their own hands and have a DIY lehenga, whether crafted from artisanal fabrics themselves, or made in sync with a designer — something I quite enjoy doing as it lets me create something that’s tailor-made for a bride — here are a few commandments to keep in mind. Take with a pinch of salt [and add chaat masala] Know who you are : Apologies to begin on a sombre existential note. Weddings usually happen once for most people, and it is really important to start planning your outfit keeping in mind your aesthetic, personality and the overall tone of your wedding. ‘Style chameleon’ is best saved for some other day. Be realistic about body type : Sure, Deepika, Sonam, Katrina looked amazing in whatever stuff you saw them in, but be open to tweaking it to suit you. You are the star of your wedding. While it is good to seek inspiration from celebrities, be open to modifying the design entirely to suit your body. Reveal v/s conceal : Simple enough, let the design reveal your best features — shoulders, waist, neck or whatever they are — and let it conceal your lumps and bumps. Colour coding : I always recommend that brides go a bit classic for the wedding day. Choose colours that make your skin glow like the ‘pearl-diamond-gold powder-infused skin care ads’. If you are dusky, choose deep saturated colours rather than very light pastels. Honestly, colours like lilac suit exactly 73 girls on the sub continent, so stick to a wonderful palette that you feel great in. Be a classic, not a fad : These photos will make for memories forever so don’t use this occasion to try and be the Lady Gaga of Weddings. Try the trends you want to for some other pre-wedding function but leave the fishtail, mermaid, octopus silhouettes out of your wedding lehenga. It’s NOT an investment : Unlike what the world would like you to believe, a wedding lehenga is not an investment. Gold? Yes. Diamonds, perhaps. Fixed deposits, definitely! The lehenga is something that adds tremendous value to your big day but it cannot upstage the wedding. Be realistic about how much you want to spend on it. SHOCKER! It is not a museum piece either : As much as you like the idea of storing it away for generations, realistically, very few women do that. The best way to look at your wedding lehenga is to repurpose it and get most use out of it. Pair the skirt with a white silk shirt for an engagement later. Team the dupatta with a solid colour-blocked kurta for a sangeet and wear the blouse with an ombre sari for a cocktail evening. But, don’t buy something that languishes in storage for the rest of its life, occupying precious wardrobe space. Don’t get drafted into the Lehenga Olympics : Unfortunately or rather fortunately, there is no medal for the bride who lifts the heaviest lehenga. There are only angry welts on the waist and a tired and irritated face as trophies. So do yourself a favour and wear something that is appropriately ornate, but doesn’t make you feel like goods-laden mule. There are embroideries aplenty that are graceful and decorative but super lightweight. Consider something borrowed : There is a story and a deep emotional attachment to the outfit you get married in [well, for most brides anyway] It’s a great idea to incorporate an element that is passed down from generations into this special outfit. It could be a dupatta, an old sari border or even a piece of jewellery that becomes a tassel. T-o-i-l-e : The French invented the fancy sounding “Twall”. It is a dummy of the actual garment made in muslin or a plain fabric, before the actual garment is made. If you are designing the lehenga yourself with the help of a tailor, or even a designer, do yourself a favour and get a toile made. It may cost a little extra, but it is the most accurate way to understand how a silhouette, fit and shape will work on you, without having to do open heart surgery on your actual lehenga later, and dealing with the stress and cost that comes with that. In fact, if you are trying out a tailor recommended by someone, please get an inexpensive garment [perhaps a kurta] made in a material similar to your wedding fabric. You will get a sense of fit, cut, finish and only then proceed to entrust your wedding lehenga to the person. Yo Yo No : Every designer’s worst nightmare is a bride who comes for measurements and then lands up three months later, looking like another person entirely, having drastically lost weight. Another scare is a bride who insists that she will positively lose 15 kilos and instructs you to “Make everything tight please… Babe, I’m on this cray diet plan” and looks exactly the same at her fitting as the day you met her first. Get fitter surely, but then take your measurements close to date. And a happy bride is the most beautiful bride… so don’t beat yourself up because you are not skinny enough. Lessons on lingerie : PLEEEEAASSEEE wear the bra that you will wear for the wedding when you get measured and then fitted for a blouse. You remember how Eurasia and Gondwanaland shifted eons ago? The same thing happens, and your blouse will not fit right. KISS : Keep it Simple Silly… I’m not saying that just because I’m a designer myself, but, you know, they teach us a bunch of stuff in four years of design school and numerous internships later. If you can pull it off alone, that’s commendable, but simplify the design if you are planning to execute the lehenga yourself. A simple and elegant outfit is a gazillion times better than a sculpture-gone-wrong-mess when you try to put a thousand different Pinterest and Instagram screenshots together in a lehenga that is not backed up with technical know-how and an assured hand. Don’t be a copycat : Plagiarism is like identity theft for designers who put their heart and soul into their creations. Please don’t encourage the copycat industry by buying DIY copies “inspired” by designers’ collections. There are a million ways to create and put together something unique rather than wear a pirated copy of a designer’s work. Lastly, but most importantly, here is my unsolicited advice: The wedding is only the first day of your marriage, so keep the perspective going. We are in a country where the paths of tradition and modernity criss-cross continuously! There is no point pissing off absolutely everybody in your Wedding Army, especially the Generals by ending up at loggerheads over the choice of the lehenga. A healthy dose of tact gets you things that ‘Bridezilladom’ will never get you.

5 things you didn't know about November '17 cover star Jacqueline Fernandez

Thursday, November 9 2017

5 things you didn't know about November '17 cover star Jacqueline Fernandez

5 things you didn't know about November '17 cover star Jacqueline Fernandez More reasons to love this effervescent star By ELLE Team November 9, 2017 SHARE When Jacqueline Fernandez isn’t being Bollywood’s sweetheart, setting up restaurants or campaigning for animal rights, she’s reading George Orwell, preparing for her retirement in the Mediterranean, planning a date with Deadpool, and dreaming of waking up as Kate Middleton. The effervescent actor and true-blue ’90s kid is unsurprisingly also a slam book star. We got her to answer 50 questions in a rapid-fire round. Excerpts below: #1 ELLE: What’s a fashion trend you wouldn’t be caught dead in? Jacqueline Fernandez: Definitely Crocs. I would not wear Crocs. #2 ELLE: You love baking. When was the last time you did it and what did you bake? JF: I last baked banana walnut muffins for Easter with my mum. They are super-healthy and totally free of dairy, wheat and sugar. I don’t actually cook a lot, but I love baking, especially my own bread! #3 ELLE: Which superhero would you date? JF: Ironman! Wait, hold on, who is the other funny guy? Yeah, Deadpool! I would date Deadpool. #4 ELLE: Who is your favourite Disney princess? JF: Ariel and Jasmine — I can’t just pick one! The former because she was a mermaid with beautiful orange-red hair. Jasmine because she was a very strong character, not to mention, I played Jasmine in my debut film, Aladin (2009). #5 ELLE: What do you miss most about home? JF: Waking up and drinking my mum’s coffee. Jacqueline Fernandez's stunning photo shoot from ELLE's November issue: Embroidered net blouse, price on request, Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla. Sequin and feather lehenga, price on request, Manish Malhotra. 18K white gold, diamond and sapphire earrings, price on request, Renu Oberoi Fine Jewellery Photographs: Suresh Natarajan

Adidas Q3 net income grows 35 percent, confirms positive outlook

Thursday, November 9 2017

Adidas Q3 net income grows 35 percent, confirms positive outlook

During the third quarter, Adidas Group’s currency-neutral revenues rose 12 percent. In euro terms, sales for the company were up 9 percent to 5.677 billion euros (6.59 billion dollars). The company’s operating profit increased 35 percent during the third quarter to 795 million euros (922 million dollars), resulting in an operating margin increase of 2.7 percentage points to 14 percent. Net income from continuing operations was up 35 percent to 549 million euros (637 million dollars) and basic earnings per share from continuing operations grew 33 percent to 2.70 euros (3.13 dollars). “The company’s strategic growth areas – North America, Greater China and eCommerce – were again the main drivers of our strong top-line performance during the third quarter. We delivered another set of strong results and are fully on track to achieve our ambitious 2017 financial targets,” said Adidas CEO Kasper Rorsted in a statement. Adidas, Reebok revenues rise across geographies The revenue growth, the company said, was driven by 13 percent sales increase at brand Adidas, led by double-digit increases in the running and outdoor categories as well as at Adidas Originals and Adidas Neo. From a channel perspective, the company witnessed revenue growth in all distribution channels, with particularly strong support from ecommerce, where revenues grew 39 percent. On a currency-neutral basis, Adidas said, the combined sales of the Adidas and Reebok brands grew in all regions except Russia/CIS. Sales in Greater China were up 28 percent and North America, 23 percent, driven by the Adidas brand, which reported sales growth of 29 percent and 31 percent, respectively. Currency-neutral revenues in Western Europe rose 7 percent and Latin America, 8 percent, while currency-neutral revenues in MEAA and Japan increased 6 percent and 3 percent, respectively. The company added that sales in Russia/CIS declined 17 percent, reflecting the ongoing challenging consumer sentiment as well as additional store closures during the third quarter. Revenues in other businesses, comprising Adidas Golf, Runtastic and other centrally managed businesses, were up 14 percent on a currency-neutral basis, driven by double-digit increases at Adidas Golf. Operating margin increases 2.7 percentage points to 14 percent, while gross margin increased 2.4 percentage points to 50.4 percent. Losses from discontinued operations, net of tax, mainly related to the divestiture of the TaylorMade and CCM Hockey businesses, amounted to 22 million euros (25 million dollars), as a result, net income attributable to shareholders increased 36 percent to 526 million euros (610 million dollars), resulting in basic earnings per share from continuing and discontinued operations of 2.59 euros (3.01 dollars), up 34 percent. Adidas confirms positive outlook for FY 2017 Against the background of the strong financial performance in the first nine months of 2017, Adidas has confirmed its outlook for the financial year 2017, which the company had previously increased with the announcement of its preliminary second quarter results on July 27, 2017. The company continues to expect sales to increase at a rate between 17 percent and 19 percent on a currency-neutral basis in 2017. Net income from continuing operations is projected to increase at a rate between 26 percent and 28 percent to a level between € 1.360 billion euros (1.58 billion dollars) and 1.390 billion euros (1.61 billion dollars). The company expects improvement will be driven by a gross margin increase of up to 0.8 percentage points to a level of up to 50 percent. These positive effects, Adidas said, will be partly offset by the significant decline in other operating income, mainly reflecting the non-recurrence of the one-time gain related to the early termination of the Chelsea FC sponsorship that was included in the prior year. As a result, operating profit is expected to increase between 24 percent and 26 percent, reflecting an operating margin improvement of up to 0.6 percentage points to a level of up to 9.2 percent. Due to an increase in the average number of shares following conversions of convertible bonds into adidas AG shares, basic earnings per share from continuing operations are expected to increase at a rate between 25 percent and 27 percent. Picture:Adidas website

'Made in Europe' label linked to European sweatshops

Thursday, November 9 2017

'Made in Europe' label linked to European sweatshops

London - Although many shoppers associate products bearing a 'Made in Europe' label with better working standards, a new report from the Clean Clothes Campaign shines a light on the endemic poverty wages and poor working conditions in the garments and footwear industry throughout Central, Eastern and Southern-Eastern Europe. Entitled 'Europe's Sweatshops', the report contains in-depth research into the situation of garment and shoe workers in Ukraine, Serbia and Hungary, as well as other Eastern European countries. Even though workers work long hours in poor conditions, they make extremely low wages. For example, many workers in the Ukraine only make 89 euros a month - which is five times less than the estimated living wages. Fashion brands accused of taking advantage of low wage system in Eastern European While many of the international fashion brands proudly use the 'Made in Europe' label, suggesting this means made in fair conditions, many of the 1.7 million garment workers living in the region live in poverty, face perilous work conditions, including forced overtime, but still struggle with significant debts. These European sweatshops offer cheap, yet experienced workers, who only just earn the legal minimum monthly wages, which can vary from 89 euros in the Ukraine to 374 euros in Slovakia - which is far less than the actual living wages in these countries, states the report. An actual living wages in most of these countries for a family is four to five times higher than the current minimum wage - which has devastating impact on the garment and shoe workers lives. “Sometimes, we simply have nothing to eat”, said a woman working in a garment factory in Ukraine. Another worker in Hungary said, “Our wages are just enough to pay for energy, water and heating bills”. These countries are said to be a 'low wage paradise' for global fashion brands, including Benetton, Esprit, Geox, Triumph and Vero Moda, who stand accused of profiting substantially from this system. The Clean Clothes Campaign is calling on these brands to step up and begin paying a living wage and to work closer with suppliers to eradicate the illegal and inhumane working conditions highlighted in the report. FashionUnited has contacted the aforementioned brands for additional commentary on the report's findings. Photos:Clean Clothes Campaign

Jean-Paul Gaultier announces ‘Fashion Freak Show’

Thursday, November 9 2017

Jean-Paul Gaultier announces ‘Fashion Freak Show’

Flamboyant French fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier is to celebrate 50 years of pop culture seen through his eyes with a new stage musical, Fashion Freak Show that will premiere in Paris next October, before going on an international tour. Gaultier renowned for his theatrical catwalk shows, will be incorporating his “eccentric, scandalous, and provocative” personality into a stage show that combines cabaret with a fashion show at the at the iconic Folies Bergere theatre in Paris. “This show is the story of my life, things I have experienced, seen and loved. And also stories that I have never told before!” Jean-Paul Gaultier The show will feature everything from his childhood to his early career, including his greatest fashion shows to “wild nights” in Le Palace and London, as well as pay tribute to artists that have inspired him including pop icons Madonna, Kylie Minogue, and Mylène Farmer to film directors Pedro Almodovar and Luc Besson, and dancers Régine Chopinot and Angelin Prejlocaj. “This show is the story of my life, things I have experienced, seen and loved. And also stories that I have never told before!” explains Gaultier. “I discovered the entertainment world at the age of nine while watching a Folies Bergère revue on TV and I found out what a fashion show was through Jacques Becker’s film, “Falbalas”, in which Micheline Presle falls in love with a fashion designer played by Raymond Rouleau. With the Fashion Freak Show, I intend to bring these two worlds together. It is very exciting to be given the opportunity to stage the revue in the Folies Bergère.” Jean-Paul Gaultier to stage musical and fashion show in Paris from October 2018 For the ‘Fashion Freak Show’, which is described in the press release as a “grand party” where Gaultier “will surprise us yet again”, will feature ten new exclusive outfits designed by the French designer to incorporate within an exuberant scenography. Gaultier has written the show, and will co-direct and produce the set design, in collaboration with actress, scriptwriter and director Tonie Marshall, who co-directs the show, and Marion Motin, who has worked with Madonna, on the choreography. The cast will be actors, dancers and circus artists, who will take to the stage and play “outlandish, passionate, larger than life, rude, sexy, sassy creatures and personalities”, explains the designer, while the music will range from disco to funk, pop and rock, basically the playlist of his life. Describing what the show will cover, Gaultier said: “I will tackle new issues such as plastic surgery and the creatures it spawns, or the vanity fair of social media. All that has been an inspiration for a number of new costumes. Clothes can say so much about their time, the way we relate to femininity and masculinity, sexuality, about what we consider different and where the limits of society are. “I want to show difference. For there is beauty to be found everywhere, it all depends on how one chooses to look at it. I’ve always loved freaks, weirdoes, agitators, the mixing of different aesthetics, the unexpected encounters. This transgressive energy will be on show for all to see. It will be about joy and dreams, I would like every member of the audience to leave in a happier mood than when they arrived. It’s going to be a huge party! I hope that the audience will enjoy the show just as much as I did when creating it.” The ‘Fashion Freak Show’ will premiere on October 2, 2018, with tickets going on sale today, November 9 with tickets priced from 39 euros. Image: courtesy of Jean-Paul Gaultier/Fashion Freak Show

Celebrity nutritionist Luke Coutinho identifies the bad guy causing most of your health problems

Friday, November 10 2017

Celebrity nutritionist Luke Coutinho identifies the bad guy causing most of your health problems

Celebrity nutritionist Luke Coutinho identifies the bad guy causing most of your health problems Put down that coffee mug and listen If there's one thing you should know about Facebook Live star and India's leading expert in the field of integrative and lifestyle medicine, Luke Coutinho, it's that he is not a quick-fix kinda guy. The co-author of the bestseller The Great Indian Diet insists that without small but consistent corrections to your lifestyle, there's no magic pill to solve your problems. And at a recent Facebook Live session with ELLE, he revealed the oft-overlooked root cause of most health problems. "Our body has 5 eliminatory organs: lungs, kidneys, skin, liver and colon. If any of these get clogged up, we face health problems. Since the colon holds the most toxic waste from our body, the inability to go to the toilet regularly is the main trigger of most diseases we know of today, right from acne to excessive weight gain to cancer," he explains. "It's also important to understand that constipation is a symptom, not a disease, but chronic constipation can lead to deadly diseases in the long run." Among the key factors behind the issue, Coutinho blames a sedentary lifestyle, low fibre diet, excessive tea/coffee, dehydration, overuse of medicines like antacids, iron and calcium supplements, poorly managed stress, inadequate sleep, following the so-called “fat-free” diet and not having the right amount of acids in the stomach. "Constipation can also be an outcome of certain medical issues like IBS, an unactive thyroid or pregnancy for that matter. Nonetheless, healthy bowel movement is the most important aspect of anyone’s lifestyle." The side effects of this issue are troubling, from low immunity and high risk for cancer to depression and low self-esteem, the latter triggered by the body's inability to produce mood boosters like serotonin. "So no matter what your health goal is, your first focus should be on elimination. The very fact that toxic waste has reached your colon, means it has to eliminated. The faster you get toxins out of your system, the healthier you are and with less chances of contracting diseases and cancer. You will slow down the process of ageing and your mental ability and memory will improve. You will feel lighter, all those headaches and migraines may just disappear and your battle with weight loss may just change for the better," Coutinho promises. Since it's mostly poor lifestyle that causes the issue, the ways to naturally cure yourself should also revolve around correcting these bad habits. Adding roughage to meals and balancing hydration Fibre acts as a natural broom to sweep the colon clean. This means replacing all refined and packaged foods with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lentils, legumes nuts and seeds. Idea is to aim for a diet that is 60-70 percent raw, because proper digestion and elimination go hand in hand. Also note, with an increase in fibre intake, water intake should also increase otherwise you risk worsening the issue. Adequate water intake The Chinese and Japanese swear by this: Waking to a litre of water every morning is a natural and extremely effective cure as it puts pressure on the colon and kidneys. Breaking free from a sedentary lifestyle : When the body moves, the gut moves. A simple walk, body weight exercises, planks, twisting asanas can go a long way in cleaning up your colon. Handling emotions in a better way: Fear, worry, tension, anxiety, anger, resentment, haste, jealousy are negative emotions that affect the way our body functions including gut and bowel movements. Building a regular routine: This sounds subtle but it's a powerful lifestyle change. If you ever have an urge to visit the loo, never hold on to that and delay because that can lead to constipation. Lastly some natural remedies that address constipation: - Mix 2-3 tsp of Psyllium husk/ Isabgol in water. - Mix 1 tbsp of triphala powder with water and consume before bedtime to help clean the colon the next day. - Eat 4-5 soaked prunes / 2 tbsp of black raisins/ dried apricots with warm water, 2 hours before bed. - Steep ½ tsp of ajwain in hot water and drink. - Consume 1 tbsp of castor oil / extra virgin coconut oil before bedtime.

Jhanvi Kapoor has discovered the perfect silhouette for every body type

Friday, November 10 2017

Jhanvi Kapoor has discovered the perfect silhouette for every body type

Jhanvi Kapoor has discovered the perfect silhouette for every body type It's clearly her favourite look Even before her first film was announced, Jhanvi Kapoor was busy establishing herself as the style leader of next-gen Bollywood. Despite having Manish Malhotra on speed dial and a wardrobe brimming with Gucci, Goyard and more, Jhanvi is proving to have inherited her mother Sridevi's keen eye for flattering silhouettes. Just look at her penchant for the wrap dress, the most forgiving style for every body type. A post shared by Jhanvi Kapoor Official (@jhanvi_kapoor_official) on Nov 8, 2017 at 12:17am PST Jhanvi chose a ruffled wrap dress from Realisation for a work meeting. Cinched at the waist to create an hourglass shape while skimming over the hips, the wrap dress — popularised by Diane Von Furstenberg — highlights all the right assets on a woman's body. The de facto V-shaped neckline can help slim down a heavy bust or even contour a flatter chest. Jhanvi chose a glammed-up version of the wrap dress for Deepika Padukone's house party a few days ago. Who needs a Kira filter when you have head-to-toe sequins... A post shared by Manish Malhotra (@manishmalhotra05) on Nov 4, 2017 at 10:51pm PDT Jhanvi stepped out in a ruffled maxi version of the same silhouette prior to that, this time pairing the wrap dress with gladiator sandals and hair pulled back in a low bun.

We now know whether Titanic’s Jack could've fit on that door, thanks to mathematics

Friday, November 10 2017

We now know whether Titanic’s Jack could've fit on that door, thanks to mathematics

We now know whether Titanic’s Jack could've fit on that door, thanks to mathematics #Jackcoulhavelived By Lilian Min November 10, 2017 SHARE Though Titanic remains one of the most iconic films ever, fans new and old have always wondered, did Jack r ally have to slip into the freezing water so Rose could stay afloat on the door? Author Roxane Gay phrased this skepticism best: "It's fucking bullshit that Jack dies. There is plenty of room on that door. I am going to bed." It's fucking bullshit that Jack dies. There is plenty of room on that door. I am going to bed. — roxane gay (@rgay) December 22, 2015 If you're one of those #JackCouldveLived truthers, three teen girls from Westminster, Australia have just set you free . Abigail Wicks, Christy Zhang and Julia Damato are 15, 16, and 15 respectively, and while they weren't even born when the original film came out in 1997, they've crunched the numbers and oh yeah, Jack could've lived. Abigail shared some of the group's process—which, by the way, was for a national math competition—in an interview with the Adelaide Times : "We looked at how buoyant the door would have been, and how that would have changed if there were people on top of that. There was a lot of exploring and testing, and we had to fiddle with different buoyancies and look at what materials were realistic for that time." While this interview doesn't give more information on their calculations, the teen trio did take home the top honors for, uh, Year 10 in the National Maths Talent Quest. And almost more importantly, they've closed the book on this decades-long debate for good.

11.11 to bring in 24 billion dollars, leaving Black Friday in the dust

Friday, November 10 2017

11.11 to bring in 24 billion dollars, leaving Black Friday in the dust

London - 11.11, others known as Singles' Day, is set to leave Black Friday, Cyber Monday and even Amazon's Prime Day eating its dust, as becomes the leading online shopping bonanza. Occurring annually on November 11, Alibaba's shopping holiday is estimated to generate a record 158 billion yuan, 24 billion US dollars of sales this year according to Citigroup Inc. In 2016, Alibaba made just under 18 billion US dollars in sales and is keen to break this record this year. Since its first event back in 2009, 11.11 has grown into an 24 hour shopping and entertainment festival, making it 18 times larger than Amazon's Prime day and 2.5 times bigger than Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined. Kicking off at midnight, the 9th consecutive online shopping festival is set to offer 15 million products from more than 140,000 brands on discount on Tmall. 60,000 international brands will also be participating in the discounting frenzy, as other online platforms such as rival JD.com, will also be offering their own sales in a bid to attract shoppers. Everything from beauty, to fashion, furniture and more will be on sale, as 11.11 is set to reach over 600 million customers. Singles' Day 2017 now 2.5 times bigger than Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined In order to appeal to a wider segment of shoppers, Alibaba has penned a number of strategic partnerships with luxury brands, such as Opening Ceremony, Jason Wu and Robert Geller. In addition, Alibaba has also tapped a number of international singers, such as Pharrell Williams, Jessie J and tennis star Maria Sharapova, to attend its 3rd 11.11 countdown gala, which engages with viewers in real time via mobile. For example, last year viewers were able to win clothing won by stars or collect the traditional Chinese 'red packets' via their smartphones while they watched the gala. Last year's countdown gala was followed by 400 million viewers, which is three times more than those who followed the US Super bowl this year. Former president of Fox news and Emmy-winning veteran television producer David Hill is set to direct the countdown gala for the second year in a row, believes the show is part of 11.11 ongoing success when it comes to consumer engagement. "If you analyze why we are doing the show, it’s to turn shopping into sport and to make shopping into entertainment, so the show has got to reflect that philosophy," said Hill to Alizila, Alibaba’s own news site. "And the way the show is constructed—with so many segments, so many stars and fun bits—it reflects the overreaching theme of what Single’s Day has become. It is truly remarkable. We can do things in China we can’t do virtually anywhere else in the world. In America, if you stream to any more than one or two million people you get a swirling circle of death, meaning it’s not connecting. In China, we can stream to over 35 million people. It boggles the mind.” This year's 11.11 is also the one year anniversary of the 'New Retail' strategy launched by Alibaba. As the e-commerce giant continues to grow, it aims to blur the boundaries between online and offline while digitizing the offline retail world. It's leading supermarket concept Hema is a leading example of this, but the Chinese company is keen to generate more new retail formats, which is why it has partnered with 52 shopping malls in 12 cities to launch 60 pop-up 'iStores' for international brands such as Estée Lauder. These iStores offer technological features, such as facial recognition-powered payment solutions, scan-and-deliver 020 shopping features as well as AR beauty tutorials. Overall, 1,000 brands, including Gap, Vero Moda and C&A in 334 cities will convert their stores into to 100,000 iStore locations for 11.11. But that is not all Alibaba has up its sleeve for 11.11. In order to help boost its popularity outside of China, Tmall is set to bring more than 100 domestic Chinese brands, such as Peacebird, Haier and Gree to international markets, targeting millions over Chinese shoppers living abroad. Photos: Courtesy of Alibaba

IndustriALL starts campaign to counter violence against women in the workplace

Friday, November 10 2017

IndustriALL starts campaign to counter violence against women in the workplace

Violence against women in the workplace is real and happens every day and everywhere - in factories, offices and on the shop floor. It takes many forms – from verbal harassment to physical and sexual abuse. All forms of violence are unacceptable, which is why global union federation IndustriALL has started a campaign to combat violence against women in the workplace. On Tuesday, 7th November 2017, the IndustriALL Women Committee met in Colombo, Sri Lanka and reinforced its support for a campaign to fight against violence and harassment against women in the workplace. To highlight the issue, it calls on unions to take a stand against all forms of violence in the workplace under the slogan “unions say no to violence”. “How can we think of reaching gender equality without eliminating violence against women which stands in the way of gender equality?”, asked Michele O’Neil, the IndustriALL Women Committee's co-chair, adding that the fight against violence is hard work and will not change overnight. “But I have confidence that if IndustriALL and its affiliates take this fight seriously, we will bring about change.” Women’s Committee co-chair Monica Voloso reinforced the importance of the campaign reaching all affiliates all over the world to bring a change that guarantees women safe places to work. “The campaign against violence against women is strengthened with the global support of IndustriALL. If all unions involved say NO to violence, we have powerful allies in the fight against violence.” The campaign will include mobilisations on 25th November 2017, on 8th March 2018 for International Women's Day and around the International Labour Conference in June 2018. There will also be an ongoing collection of information and exposure of violence against women in IndustriALL’s sectors. The Women’s Committee supports a comprehensive ILO Convention, supplemented by a Recommendation, with a strong focus on gender-based violence. However, with only 38 out of 187 of ILO’s member states in favour of such a convention, it risks being a non-binding recommendation. Thus, the Women’s Committee highlighted the importance for unions to take action and lobby their governments to support the adoption of a Convention. The overall objective of IndustriALL’s work on women is to increase participation and representation in IndustriALL and its affiliates and to promote, advance and protect women’s rights and equality. This is done through integrating women work in all sectors, networks, regional and project work and through addressing participation and representation. In 2018, the work will focus on the male-dominated sectors of mining, base metals, materials and energy, and on developing action plans to address women's issues in unions and companies in those sectors. Achieving the 40 percent target for women’s representation in IndustriALL structures is a priority for the Women’s Committee. In IndustriALL’s youth work, targets are set higher, at 50 percent, presenting equality as a fact and not a goal. Photos: IndustriALL website