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Toile launches sustainable-only multi-brand boutique in Mumbai

Monday, December 11 2017

Toile launches sustainable-only multi-brand boutique in Mumbai

Multi-brand boutique that stocks only sustainable and eco-friendly fashion brands, Toile, opened a store in Mumbai’s Khar West. Farheen Rahman and Priti Jain opened an eco-friendly designer boutique that stocks Indian labels committed to sustainability. The concept behind the store is to support and promote sustainability while giving a platform to designers and artists who believe in the same ideology, says Rahman and Jain. Some of the brands featured in the boutique include: Doodlage, Mati, Farheen Rahman, Naushad Ali, Kaveri, Ek Katha, Purvi Kabra, Amrich, Adheera, Ka Sha, and Crow. Toile aims to be a hub for sustainable fashion events in the city and on December 6, the brand held “High Chai”, a party to celebrate the launch of Jaivik by James Farriera. The event took place in Toile’s boutique and a talk about eco fashion was also held encouraging guests to discuss sustainability in the fashion industry. The boutique also has expansion plans and their next destinations are Kolkata and London.

Kinnevik proposes Dame Amelia Fawcett as its new Chairman

Monday, December 11 2017

Kinnevik proposes Dame Amelia Fawcett as its new Chairman

Kinnevik has said in a statement that its nomination committee will propose the election of Dame Amelia Fawcett as new chairman of the board at the annual general meeting 2018. Fawcett has been a director of the Kinnevik board since 2011 and has served as deputy chairman since 2013. She succeeds Tom Boardman who has decided not to stand for re-election at the 2018 AGM. Commenting on the development, Cristina Stenbeck, Chairman of the nomination committee, said in a media release: "Since her election in 2011, Amelia has been an active member of the board. She has contributed her experience from leading global companies across multiple industries, including financial services, media and telecommunications. She also has led for many years the work of Kinnevik and its investee companies on governance, risk, compliance and remuneration, as a board member and chairman of relevant board committees." Kinnevik board nominates Dame Amelia Fawcett as its next chairman Dame Amelia Fawcett has been a Director of the board of Kinnevik since 2011 and was appointed deputy chairman in 2013. She is also Chairman of the Standards Board for Alternative Investments, a board director of State Street Corporation in Boston, USA and Chairman of its risk committee, and a member of the board of the UK Treasury. She is also Deputy Chairman and a Governor of the London Business School, Chairman of The Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation and a trustee of Project Hope UK. She held managerial positions within Morgan Stanley during 1987-2006 and was vice chairman and chief operating officer of its European operations during 2002-2006. She was a board director of the Guardian Media Group during 2007-2013, and chairman during 2009-2013. In 2010 she was awarded a DBE (Dame Commander of the British Empire) by HM Queen Elizabeth II for services to the financial services industry. "On behalf of the board and the nomination committee, I would like to extend our deepest gratitude to Tom Boardman for his significant contribution during his seven years on the board of Kinnevik and his leadership during his last two years as Chairman," Stenbeck added. Picture:Facebook/Zalando

Did you catch the gorgeous detail in Kareena Kapoor Khan's hairstyle?

Sunday, December 10 2017

Did you catch the gorgeous detail in Kareena Kapoor Khan's hairstyle?

Kareena Kapoor Khan's red carpet dominance continued at the Lux Golden Rose Awards, when she hit the red carpet in a pink Rami Al Ali couture gown that could have been stolen straight out of a Disney film. And while the star's toned figure and elegant couture certainly won her massive points, what really stole the show was her gorgeous hairstyle. Kareena Kapoor Khan in Rami Al Ali couture at the Lux Golden Rose Awards Hairstylist Hiral Bhatia styled Kareena's hair into an updo, but added pearls in varying sizes to the back. Making the star's look gorgeous from every angle. Here's a closer look. Something tells us this Kareena Kapoor Khan's new hairdo is going to be a big hit on the bridal beauty circuit. Kareena, Katrina and more stars at the Lux Golden Rose Awards Katrina Kaif in Reem Acra Bhumi Pednekar in Sachin & Babi Madhuri Dixit Nene in Mark Bumgarner Pooja Hegde in Tony Ward Couture Jacqueline Fernandez in Tarun Tahiliani Kareena Kapoor Khan in Rami Al Ali couture Katrina Kaif in Reem Acra Bhumi Pednekar in Sachin & Babi Madhuri Dixit Nene in Mark Bumgarner Pooja Hegde in Tony Ward Couture Jacqueline Fernandez in Tarun Tahiliani Kareena Kapoor Khan in Rami Al Ali couture

9 wellness retreats in Asia to help you find your bliss

Saturday, December 9 2017

9 wellness retreats in Asia to help you find your bliss

Your upcoming wedding is going to be hectic and you haven’t been able to carve out three weeks for a leisurely honeymoon because you must rush back to work. Don’t fret, because we’ve scoured the finest wellness getaways in Asia that will instantly soothe those frayed nerves, ease your aching muscles, and promise tranquil surroundings for you both to unwind. Think picturesque locales, around-the-clock TLC, and perhaps a hike or two. These destination spas have painstakingly combined the best of eastern and western medicine to leave you feeling relaxed and re-energised. 9 best wellness retreats in Asia Maldives Mauritius Amilla Fushi , Baa Atoll Forget the white sand beaches and overwater villas, and check into Amilla’s new treetop house in the UNESCO biosphere reserve of Baa Atoll. It’s basically your own wellness retreat 12 metres above the ground, complete with an en-suite spa and personal trainer. Designed by James Duigan (founder of the clean living system Bodyism), the retreat offers daily massages, guided meditation, morning TRX sessions and a tailor-made menu. Try the Ila Couples Connect, a 120-minute treatment that includes a massage, facial and shirodhara therapy that makes everyone feel like royalty. ELLE loves: The in-villa facials are all done with the ethical cosmetic brand, Ila. Amilla.mv Five Elements , Bali This holistic escape in Ubud has won several awards, including the World Luxury Restaurant’s Gourmet Vegan Cuisine award in 2016 for its Sakti Dining Room. It is highly sought-after for its organic, plant-based dishes (think avocado sushi ceviche). Five Elements offers healing therapies to restore energy balance, harmonise the chakras and soothe the nerves. The most popular, A Sacred Cave, involves a speedboat ride to the island of Nusa Penida, where the couple gets blessed by a priest and can meditate in the Goa Giri Putri cave temple. After the ceremony, the couple can enjoy a picnic and spend time exploring the island. ELLE loves : The signature Five Elements ritual that ends with a hibiscus flower bath, with the gentle gurgling of the Ayung river in the background. Fivelements.org/en Six Senses Laamu , Laamu Atoll The resort’s serene environment sets the right tone for you to dive into a cleanse. While their spa treatments largely focus on Ayurveda, Six Senses also designs personalised wellness programmes that combine eastern and western medicine practices for a complete detox, to help you get fitter and sleep better. For some quiet time, practise breathwork, aerial yoga or yoga nidra (guided meditation to help with your sleep) with their resident yoga master. Located on a private island in Laamu Atoll, this sustainable eco-resort takes no shortcuts with luxury. You can continue to live your best life at their sushi restaurant and devour an exhaustive cocktail menu. Be sure you make time to swim, snorkel and enjoy a languid champagne breakfast. ELLE loves : The aerial yoga sessions in the open yoga shala with a view of dolphins swimming along the shore. Sixsenses.com/resorts/laamu/spa Four Seasons Bali at Sayan , Bali This award-winning Four Seasons resort is an institution, with loyal guests returning year after year. Situated in Sayan, a quiet part of Ubud, it offers different variations of yoga from anti-gravity to yin and restorative yoga. Sign up for the honeymooners favourite, the Anahata, a 150-minute chakra ritual for two that clears negativity, opens up the heart chakra, and restores compassion and love in the body. The resort also has bespoke journeys for active couples, with an overnight trek to the Mt Batur volcano that offers unforgettable sunrise views. ELLE loves : The couple’s session with a traditional Balinese healer, Balian. These healers are known to treat various ailments and perform energy healing ceremonies. Expect to be bathing with holy water while meditating. Fourseasons.com/sayan Kamalaya , Koh Samui The award-winning resort takes stress management very seriously and has a well-equipped facility with practitioners of meditation, sleep enhancement and Chinese medicine. The spa also has Chinese and Tibetan medicine-based treatments as well as Ayurvedic and Thai massages. Book an appointment with the co-founder Karina Stewart, who leads a series of self-discovery retreats for couples. ELLE loves : Their wellness cuisine, based on eastern medicine, that won Spa Cuisine Of The Year in 2016 by Asia Spa. Kamalaya.com Alila Seminyak , Bali The eco-friendly resort’s Divine Healing excursion for couples begins with a walk on the beach with the yoga master. This is followed by a warm-up sequence to prepare the duo for the yoga session. The couple is then introduced to a Balinese temple priest, who then guides them through a purification ceremony to bring the two closer and to restore harmony. The Alila Seminyak is strategically located (just 20 minutes from the more commercial Kuta), so you always have your privacy and downtime, but are never more than 10 minutes away from a bar. ELLE loves : Their spa treatments end with a Vichy shower experience that’s kind of like hydrotherapy, with multiple water jets aimed at various parts of your body to release muscle tension—all while you’re lying down. Alilahotels.com/seminyak Keemala , Phuket Located on a hillside on Kamala beach, the resort is perfect for couples who are the active type or those who want to sit back and indulge. There are yoga, Pilates and Thai boxing lessons to pick from, or you can sign up for a trek through the surrounding rain forest. But we would rather let the experts at Keemala create a wellness plan for us—it also includes a take-home regimen. Their Mala Spa offers some well-known Chinese and acupuncture treatments, but also lesser-known healing Maori and Mayan massages. ELLE loves : Stay in their seemingly suspended tree houses that have won the World’s Sexiest Bedroom title at The Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Awards. Keemala.com Como Uma Paro , Paro Nestled amongst cedar trees on a steep cliff, the resort helps you experience the simple pleasures of mountain life in the “happiest place on earth”. Himalayan Wellness Discovery, their glorious six-night wellness itinerary, incorporates daily yoga and meditation sessions, deep tissue massages, an archery lesson, monastery visits and a Bhutanese hot stone bath to alleviate muscular tension and soothe the nerves. The state-of-the-art spa, which overlooks the breathtaking Paro valley, will put you in a transcendental state. Remember to carry sturdy walking shoes and a good camera for scenic, mind-clearing hikes. ELLE loves : The 2,900-metre walk to the legendary Tiger’s Nest monastery, followed by an indulgent hot stone bath and massage. Comohotels.com/umaparo Shanti Maurice , Mauritius The sprawling 75,000sq ft Nira Spa on the property adopts an integrated approach to wellness, targeting diet and workout needs as well as mental well-being, with holistic treatments like watsu showers, reiki and chakra healing. Couples can choose from a wide variety of journeys, including the Shanti Sleep package designed to harmonise the body and mind, improve sleeping patterns and alleviate stress. The five- or seven-night package features yoga nidra, Tibetan sound massages, shirodhara and magnesium sleep therapy. ELLE loves : The Shiva Shakti couples yoga and the age-defying 24K gold facial. Shantimaurice.com Maldives Amilla Fushi , Baa Atoll Forget the white sand beaches and overwater villas, and check into Amilla’s new treetop house in the UNESCO biosphere reserve of Baa Atoll. It’s basically your own wellness retreat 12 metres above the ground, complete with an en-suite spa and personal trainer. Designed by James Duigan (founder of the clean living system Bodyism), the retreat offers daily massages, guided meditation, morning TRX sessions and a tailor-made menu. Try the Ila Couples Connect, a 120-minute treatment that includes a massage, facial and shirodhara therapy that makes everyone feel like royalty. ELLE loves: The in-villa facials are all done with the ethical cosmetic brand, Ila. Indonesia Five Elements , Bali This holistic escape in Ubud has won several awards, including the World Luxury Restaurant’s Gourmet Vegan Cuisine award in 2016 for its Sakti Dining Room. It is highly sought-after for its organic, plant-based dishes (think avocado sushi ceviche). Five Elements offers healing therapies to restore energy balance, harmonise the chakras and soothe the nerves. The most popular, A Sacred Cave, involves a speedboat ride to the island of Nusa Penida, where the couple gets blessed by a priest and can meditate in the Goa Giri Putri cave temple. After the ceremony, the couple can enjoy a picnic and spend time exploring the island. ELLE loves : The signature Five Elements ritual that ends with a hibiscus flower bath, with the gentle gurgling of the Ayung river in the background. Maldives Six Senses Laamu , Laamu Atoll The resort’s serene environment sets the right tone for you to dive into a cleanse. While their spa treatments largely focus on Ayurveda, Six Senses also designs personalised wellness programmes that combine eastern and western medicine practices for a complete detox, to help you get fitter and sleep better. For some quiet time, practise breathwork, aerial yoga or yoga nidra (guided meditation to help with your sleep) with their resident yoga master. Located on a private island in Laamu Atoll, this sustainable eco-resort takes no shortcuts with luxury. You can continue to live your best life at their sushi restaurant and devour an exhaustive cocktail menu. Be sure you make time to swim, snorkel and enjoy a languid champagne breakfast. ELLE loves : The aerial yoga sessions in the open yoga shala with a view of dolphins swimming along the shore. Indonesia Four Seasons Bali at Sayan , Bali This award-winning Four Seasons resort is an institution, with loyal guests returning year after year. Situated in Sayan, a quiet part of Ubud, it offers different variations of yoga from anti-gravity to yin and restorative yoga. Sign up for the honeymooners favourite, the Anahata, a 150-minute chakra ritual for two that clears negativity, opens up the heart chakra, and restores compassion and love in the body. The resort also has bespoke journeys for active couples, with an overnight trek to the Mt Batur volcano that offers unforgettable sunrise views. ELLE loves : The couple’s session with a traditional Balinese healer, Balian. These healers are known to treat various ailments and perform energy healing ceremonies. Expect to be bathing with holy water while meditating. Thailand Kamalaya , Koh Samui The award-winning resort takes stress management very seriously and has a well-equipped facility with practitioners of meditation, sleep enhancement and Chinese medicine. The spa also has Chinese and Tibetan medicine-based treatments as well as Ayurvedic and Thai massages. Book an appointment with the co-founder Karina Stewart, who leads a series of self-discovery retreats for couples. ELLE loves : Their wellness cuisine, based on eastern medicine, that won Spa Cuisine Of The Year in 2016 by Asia Spa. Indonesia Alila Seminyak , Bali The eco-friendly resort’s Divine Healing excursion for couples begins with a walk on the beach with the yoga master. This is followed by a warm-up sequence to prepare the duo for the yoga session. The couple is then introduced to a Balinese temple priest, who then guides them through a purification ceremony to bring the two closer and to restore harmony. The Alila Seminyak is strategically located (just 20 minutes from the more commercial Kuta), so you always have your privacy and downtime, but are never more than 10 minutes away from a bar. ELLE loves : Their spa treatments end with a Vichy shower experience that’s kind of like hydrotherapy, with multiple water jets aimed at various parts of your body to release muscle tension—all while you’re lying down. Thailand Keemala , Phuket Located on a hillside on Kamala beach, the resort is perfect for couples who are the active type or those who want to sit back and indulge. There are yoga, Pilates and Thai boxing lessons to pick from, or you can sign up for a trek through the surrounding rain forest. But we would rather let the experts at Keemala create a wellness plan for us—it also includes a take-home regimen. Their Mala Spa offers some well-known Chinese and acupuncture treatments, but also lesser-known healing Maori and Mayan massages. ELLE loves : Stay in their seemingly suspended tree houses that have won the World’s Sexiest Bedroom title at The Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Awards. Bhutan Como Uma Paro , Paro Nestled amongst cedar trees on a steep cliff, the resort helps you experience the simple pleasures of mountain life in the “happiest place on earth”. Himalayan Wellness Discovery, their glorious six-night wellness itinerary, incorporates daily yoga and meditation sessions, deep tissue massages, an archery lesson, monastery visits and a Bhutanese hot stone bath to alleviate muscular tension and soothe the nerves. The state-of-the-art spa, which overlooks the breathtaking Paro valley, will put you in a transcendental state. Remember to carry sturdy walking shoes and a good camera for scenic, mind-clearing hikes. ELLE loves : The 2,900-metre walk to the legendary Tiger’s Nest monastery, followed by an indulgent hot stone bath and massage. Mauritius Shanti Maurice , Mauritius The sprawling 75,000sq ft Nira Spa on the property adopts an integrated approach to wellness, targeting diet and workout needs as well as mental well-being, with holistic treatments like watsu showers, reiki and chakra healing. Couples can choose from a wide variety of journeys, including the Shanti Sleep package designed to harmonise the body and mind, improve sleeping patterns and alleviate stress. The five- or seven-night package features yoga nidra, Tibetan sound massages, shirodhara and magnesium sleep therapy.

Elle Style Awards 2017: Gaurav Gupta on how his couture has evolved

Monday, December 11 2017

Elle Style Awards 2017: Gaurav Gupta on how his couture has evolved

It has been a bumper year for some of fashion’s biggest and most interesting players — from star-studded collaborations to breakneck expansion and serendipitous discoveries. Meet the candidates who made 2017 well and truly their own. ELLE: How would you describe your most recent collection, Moondust? Gaurav Gupta: For me, Moondust is a pure couture collection; very refined, very poetic. It is a celebration of the developing signature of the brand—of our journey with indigenous crafts and techniques, and our understanding of shapes and textures that led to these wearable sculptures. When the title Moondust occurred to me, it inspired me to create these spectacular evening gowns and pantsuits. When stylist Gautam Kalra, one of our frequent collaborators, came in and called it too commercial, it pushed me even further. So, I collaborated with lighting design studio Klove, whose aesthetic blended really well with the clothes I was creating. ELLE: How did the collaboration with Klove begin? GG: I’ve been friends with Prateek [Jain] and Gautam [Seth] since I returned to India after my studies in London. There’s always been resonance in our design philosophies, which are celebratory and abstract. We had been eager to collaborate for a long time and soon after the idea of Moondust was born, we were together one evening and talked about how it would be beautiful to see their lights and our sculpting come together. It wasn’t a collaboration just for showcasing, either; we are taking it up commercially too. “I love the thought that goes into every outfit of his. The structure highlights a woman’s curves in a sexy yet classy way, making it look like a piece of art.” — Pooja Hedge, actor. ELLE: What was the casting process like for this show? GG: My entire team is obsessed with Lakshmi [Rana], who closed the show. There are models and then there are couture models, who bring magic to the ramp. Rachel Bayros, Sony Kaur, Dayana Erappa, Sanea Sheikh, Aishwarya Sushmita, Archana Akil Kumar, Kanishtha Dhankhar—all these girls bring an endlessness to the garment. They really play with it; they make it longer and seemingly infinite. ELLE: Have your silhouettes changed drastically since you started out? GG: I don’t think they have. Some still remind me of the sketches I made when I was at Central Saint Martins [in 2003]. There’s just more of a confidence in the signature now. ELLE: Why does the shoulder recur as a focal point in your collections? GG: I think the shoulder is a very beautiful part of the body on which the whole mechanism rests. I like the drama of a heightened shoulder and the sensuality that the absence of one brings. Also, when drawing, you start a garment with the shoulder. ELLE: The music you choose for your shows tends to be melancholic. Why? GG: I find it quite chirpy! Gaurav Raina and I have been working very closely on the music for the past few shows. It has become an emotional, intense process. He feels very seriously about what we can and cannot use. I give specialists who are able to see me and the brand — and truly feel part of it — a free hand. That has been a very important journey for me. From left, on Gupta: Cotton shirt, cotton pants; both Gupta’s own. ELLE: You believe strongly in collaboration, don’t you? GG: I see a lot of good in it. Collaborating takes you out of your own mundane cycle. You peep into another creative person’s way of life, which is always very liberating. ELLE: You just launched your perfume, Again, in November. How has this new phase been for you? GG: It’s been very exciting to launch one of the country’s first serious designer fragrances, and to take up the challenge of pioneering an unexplored segment. The perfume has more than 90 natural ingredients and embodies my forever inspiration of a dark fantasy forest. ELLE: What do you think of red-carpet dressing in India? You’re clearly a star favourite. GG: It’s definitely evolving. The culture of stylists and individual style is developing, and though most of it is still generic, it’s exciting to see stars who dare to explore. ELLE: Sum up 2017. GG: An extremely high-power year, full of intense collaborations and developments: Moondust, our fragrance, Again; creating India’s first cognitive garment with IBM, the launch of Gaurav Gupta Man. It’s been a defining year. On Hegde: Organza dress, Rs 1,50,000, Gaurav Gupta Couture. Diamond earring, price on request, Nirav Modi Photographs: Errikos Andreou and Jatin Kampani Styling: Divyak D’Souza Hair And Make-Up: Tenzin Kyizom/Inega Model Management Production: Aditi Productions

Woodland looking to 15 per cent increase in revenue

Monday, December 11 2017

Woodland looking to 15 per cent increase in revenue

Adventure footwear and apparel maker Woodland is on a retail expansion spree and plans to add 40 new stores annually. Also on the cards is scaling up its newly launched premium brand ‘Woods. It’s looking to a revenue jump of 15 per cent fiscal year 2017-18 to Rs 1,350 crore. Meanwhile, the brand is looking for retail space in Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune and Kolkata to open Woods stores. The company recently diversified its product range by adding bicycles to its portfolio at its flagship stores. The company is also planning to foray into the innerwear and leisure market with products like vests, briefs, trunks, inner T-shirts and shorts which will all boost the company’s revenue in the fourth quarter of the financial year from January to March 2018. The company’s premium brand ‘Woods’ which offers formal wear, leather footwear, bags, jackets and belts for both men and women is expected to make significant contribution of 25 per cent around Rs 337 crore (approx $52 million) to total revenue. Woodland’s is further looking to capitalise on the popularity of its sub brand by opening stores in other metro cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune and Kolkata in the coming months. Owned by Aero Group the brand currently has 600 company-owned stores and is present in over 5,000 multi- retail outlets across the country.

Apax Partners bids strongly on digital retail with 1 billion dollars dedicated fund

Monday, December 11 2017

Apax Partners bids strongly on digital retail with 1 billion dollars dedicated fund

Private equity advisory firm Apax Partners LLP has raised a technology-focused fund, called Apax Digital, with 1 billion dollars in capital commitments. The fund’s first investment has gone towards online retail platform Moda Operandi. The Anglo-American private equity firm has raised and advised more than 48 billion dollars in assets under management since inception. Normally focusing on the technology and telecommunications, business services, healthcare and consumer goods sectors, Apax’ new fund, Apax Digital, will make minority and buyout investments in high-growth tech and consumer internet businesses globally. As explained by the company in a corporate release, Apax Digital fund, advised by a dedicated team of 14 investment professionals based in New York and London, will target individual equity investments between 30 million and 150 million dollars. The capital raise of Apax Digital follows the close of Apax IX in December 2016 with 9 billion dollars in capital commitments. Apax Digital’s first investment has been awarded to Moda Operandi Inc. The online luxury retailer has secured 165 million dollars in growth capital from the newly created fund. Apax Digital’s investment in Moda Operandi will be used to help “fuel continued international growth and increased development across several key business verticals.” Additionally, the funding will help accelerate improvements in mobile tech, customer acquisition programs, and marketing strategies. Prior to this round of funding, New York-based Moda Operandi has raised more than 132 million dollars since inception in February 2011.

How to gain weight: 4 ways to increase your bodyweight the right way

Tuesday, December 12 2017

How to gain weight: 4 ways to increase your bodyweight the right way

While we come across an array of tips and tricks for weight loss, not much is said about weight gain. There are plenty of people who are underweight and wouldn’t mind putting on a few kilos but don’t know how to go about it—loading up on junk food is not an option for the sake of weight gain. Just like weight loss is not just a simple matter of cutting down what you eat, weight gain also has more to it than solely adding calories to meals. We chalked down four diet tips to keep in mind to make sure you gain the right kind of kilos. How to gain weight right tip

1: Understand what makes a balanced meal

Adding excess cheese, fat or butter to a meal to make it heavier on calories may not necessarily help you add the right kind of weight, but it could increase your body fat and add inches to your waistline. Try to have more balanced meals so your weight gain is the kind you would appreciate. If it is a main meal like breakfast, lunch or dinner, it should have a minimum of three food groups . Some calories should come from carbs, some from proteins and some from fibre-rich vegetables, along with a little fat. Most people looking to gain weight tend to concentrate on only fats and proteins and completely ignore vegetables and fruits. This means they end up with bad skin, hair fall and may even suffer from digestive problems like constipation. Make sure you add enough fibre to your protein-dense meal. How to gain weight right tip

2: Eat frequently, throughout the day

A lot of people who are underweight lack discipline and tend to skip meals, and follow that by eating large meals the few times that they do eat anything at all. When trying to gain weight, regulate your appetite by eating at fixed hours. Instead of consuming excess calories at one go, distribute the calories by eating small meals at regular intervals during the course of the day. Not only will this help digest and assimilate the calories better but nutrients like proteins are taken up better by the body when consumed in small amounts throughout the day. How to gain weight right tip

3: Make sure your food choices are nutrient-dense and not just calorie-dense

Eating a bag of chips may satisfy your hunger cravings at a point of time, but fitness-wise you’re not doing yourself any favours, even if you are underweight. Constantly binge-eating calorie-dense foods that lack nutrition will eventually play havoc with your system physiologically. Try to sneak in nutrient-rich meals that are tasty and keep your energy levels up as this will help you gain muscle as well. Snack on dry fruits instead of chips or make yourself a fruit smoothie instead of ordering in a tub of ice cream. How to gain weight right tip

4: Exercise regularly

Contrary to what most people think, exercise is not only for burning calories and weight loss, it can help you gain weight as well. Exercise can help you achieve a better shape by toning up your body and improving your posture and blood circulation. It helps with better nutrient absorption over a period of time and can help to build strength and flexibility. Depending on the choice of exercise, it can help you build muscle in all the right areas. This does not have to mean big biceps and triceps but simply better-shaped and toned muscles and a few more kilos on the weighing scale. Samreedhi Goel is a Mumbai-based nutritionist, fitness expert and proprietor at Size Wise The Fitness Studio. You can contact her on Sizewise.co.in

12 adorable cricket couples that have the world bowled over

Tuesday, December 12 2017

12 adorable cricket couples that have the world bowled over

The internet can’t stop talking about Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli’s intimate wedding in Tuscany. And while they continue their celebrations with a reception for family members in Delhi on December 21 (where Sharma will be wearing Sabyasachi again), followed by a big bash in Mumbai on December 26, theirs isn’t the only wedding within the Indian cricket team that has taken the world by storm. A few weeks ago, Zaheer Khan and Sagarika Ghatge got married in Mumbai. In 2016, we saw two Indian cricketers get married to their sweethearts, Yuvraj Singh with model-actor fiancé Hazel Keech and Ishant Sharma with Pratima Singh. Harbhajan Singh’s big Punjabi wedding made waves in 2015—the same year Virushka made their red carpet debut at Vogue Beauty Awards. India isn’t the only country where sports and glamour make a winning combo. Look overseas and you’ll find a whole set of cricket couples taking over red carpets and Instagram feeds in style. Who makes it to your favourites list?

20 nail art designs that are perfect for the holiday season

Tuesday, December 12 2017

20 nail art designs that are perfect for the holiday season

Head over to Instagram and search for #NailArt and you’ll find a cool 3,83,19,372 posts—and they’re only growing in number. Come December, and the impending holiday season puts everyone in the party mood. Plus, who doesn’t love the cheer that comes with Christmas? We scoured through the depths of social media to uncover 20 nail art designs that are perfect for this month’s holiday season. Whether you like going all-out Christmassy on your fingers or prefer the moody, muted hues of winter, there’s something for everyone. And of course, how could we miss glitter? These easy nail art designs will sort every party-goer out—you can thank us later. For those who like things minimal Even if you’re not a fan of heavy embellishments or too much shimmer and shine, there are a lot of ways to create party-ready nail art designs that appeal to you. Pick two pastel colours and try an ombre look, or wear glitter in hints like a single dot in the centre of your nail or on your statement ring finger. You could even wear solid-coloured polish on all your nails and apply a transparent glitter top coat on the tips. When in doubt, always trust black accents to save the day. A triangle at your cuticle or an outline of the tip of your nail, they all have our go-ahead. Or try a nail art design using foil, the messy bits add just enough shine to your nail without feeling like it’s in your face. For those who love the Christmas holiday season Feeling extra festive? Wear your (Christmas-loving) heart on your nails with Santa-inspired nail art designs. Try metallic matte green nail polish with a mistletoe on your statement finger or wear candy-cane stripes. In fact, if you’re experiencing snow right now, keeping your nails bare with a simple snowflake on it will put you in the mood too. Hassle-free nail art designs for the win. For those who prefer the moody hues of winter If colours of this season are your favourites, wear berries and indigos on your nails with a happy helping of glitter. You can even try marble nail art designs on one of your nails to break the solid colours. Bold geometric designs on bare nails using shades of black and red are good winter nail art designs, too. For those who can’t do without glitter and glam There’s nothing like glitter to put one in the party spirit. Whether you want to keep it basic with glitter cuticles, or go all out with shiny jewel studs, every kind of nail art design goes this season. Wear solid glitter on alternate nails, try stick-on pearls, or even wear coloured-glitter on all your nails, if you like. We’d never stay away from blacks and nudes and pairing those with a wash of gold is definitely December-approved. Flip through the gallery above for our edit of the 20 best nail art designs for the December holiday and party season.

Here’s how Anushka Sharma’s Sabyasachi engagement sari was created

Tuesday, December 12 2017

Here’s how Anushka Sharma’s Sabyasachi engagement sari was created

It’s only Tuesday, but Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli’s secret wedding in Tuscany , Italy, has to be the most important topic of conversation in popular culture this week. From the pheras to the mehandi and the engagement, all information of the ceremonies were kept under wraps till yesterday, in keeping with the wish of the couple to have a private ceremony. The duo announced their wedding a few hours after the pheras were completed. Like many other celebrity fans of the designer, Anushka Sharma too was a Sabyasachi bride. The Bollywood actor and the captain of the Indian cricket team were both dressed by the label. The couple chose coordinated blush ensembles for the pheras and more vibrant palette for the mehendi. But it when it came to the engagement, the duo went with darker hues. Sharma wore a velvet sari in the house’s signature “gulkand burgundy” hue. The lightly embellished drape was hand-embroidered with miniature pearls, zardozi and marori. As with her other looks, Sharma also went with jewellery by the label and picked an uncut diamond and pearl choker with matching studs to with the sari. Forgoing Indian ethnic for this occasion, Virat Kohli opted for a three-piece suit to complement Sharma’s look. Amongst the three looks seen on the star, the sari stood out as the one most in line with Sabyasachi usual aesthetic. Scroll through our gallery for more images from Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma’s engagement ceremony.

The holiday destinations you can spot a Victoria’s Secret Angel at

Tuesday, December 12 2017

The holiday destinations you can spot a Victoria’s Secret Angel at

The Victoria’s Secret models aren’t shy when it comes to showing off their bikini bodies all year round. In addition to the annual fashion show, their calendars are filled with campaign shoots and events—interspersed with insanely beautiful beach vacations. A glance at their Instagram accounts reveals their picture-perfect holidays. Vogue talked to the models during the Shanghai show to find out where they plan on going this year so that you, too, can vacation like an angel. 1 /9 Estelle Chen: Iceland “I really want to go to Iceland to see the Northern Lights. It has been on my bucket list for so long, but I still haven’t had the time to go. It seems like a very peaceful place—so different from the rushed lifestyles of New York, Shanghai, and Paris.”

Daniela Braga: Bora Bora

“As a Brazilian, a vacation is only a true vacation if you can stay by the beach the whole day. I’ve been lucky to visit amazing places like Hawaii, St. Barts, Monaco and the Maldives, but I have a dream to visit Bora Bora on my honeymoon. The water is transparent and warm, there are luxury resorts, and the weather makes everything better.”

Blanca Padilla: Thailand

“I have a strong interest and passion for Mother Nature and tropical destinations. They bring out the best in me. Costa Rica and Mexico have been my two favorite trips thus far, but I’ve been wanting to visit Thailand for a long time, and I’m finally making it happen.” Amilna Estevao: The Bahamas “I want to go to The Bahamas because it’s a bunch of peaceful tropical islands, and the weather is great. It’s just a lot to enjoy and a beautiful place! I’m actually really excited to see the pigs at Pig Beach in the Bahamas—so cute and adorable!”

One Wang: Los Angeles

“I have always dreamed of the City of Stars, strolling on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the beautiful palm trees and beaches. Oh, and the theme song from La La Land!” “I want to go to Cape Verde, my hometown, to see my family and friends and to enjoy the good weather. In the USA, it’s very cold right now.” Samile Bermannelli: Bora Bora “I’d like to get away and recharge my batteries in an incredible beach destination like Bora Bora in French Polynesia. That’s my kind of paradise—I love beaches.” Leila Nda: Bali “Bali is my dream destination. The sun on the skin and wind in the hair on a bike in the breathtaking nature is something that only Bali offers. I call it freedom for the soul.” Frida Aasen: Jamaica “This year, I will be going home to Norway to celebrate Christmas with my family. For New Years, I will either be in New York City for the first time ever or maybe traveling to a more tropical place like Jamaica. I’m in need of some sunshine and ocean time after this cold weather.”