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7 spookiest Hollywood movies to watch this Halloween

Tuesday, October 31 2017

7 spookiest Hollywood movies to watch this Halloween

Clowns are menacing—I’ve never seen the humour in an adult prancing around with his/her face coloured, ‘cheering’ little kids up. Maybe it’s because I watched a Hindi TV series where the antagonist was a deranged clown—or maybe it’s because the ‘clown’ at my third birthday party insisted I (a socially-awkward kid) get up and dance in front of a crowd of sugar-frenzied toddlers. Not surprising then, after a viewing of 2017’s It , I spent two weeks sleeping with the night light on—not to mention, visions of a dancing Pennywise haunting me every night before bed. Call me a masochist, but I on occasion, enjoy having the bejesus scared out of me. Whether it’s through psychological thrillers where human beings display their worst side, or the more terrifying (and mysterious) supernatural flicks, it’s always fun to explore not-so-normal scenarios. If Halloween bar crawls or costume parties are not your jam, cuddle up with your favourite scare fest buddy, a blanket (to shield your eyes) and pick from Vogue’s curated round-up of 2017’s best horror films to get your heebie-jeebies on. 1 /7 'It: Chapter One' Based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name and directed by Andy Muschietti, the movie set in small-town Derry features a bunch of smart mouthed nerds (boys and one girl) embroiled in a showdown with Pennywise, an ancient, trans-dimensional evil that awakens every 27 years, and takes the form of a very sadistic clown (played by Bill Skarsgård). If you suffer from coulrophobia, it’s time to face you fears. And if you don’t, there’s a chance you might start… Vogue scare metre: *** 'Mother!' Calling director Darren Aronofsky’s style of work dark is a bit of an understatement. And his latest, Mother! , features Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem as the lead couple, whose peaceful country life is disrupted by the mysterious arrival of a strange couple played by Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer. More of psychological-horror film, its violence and biblical allegories have given it mixed reviews. Vogue scare metre: ** 'Gerald’s Game' Author Stephen King is naturally the go-to horror writer, and his novel inspired this Netflix movie starring Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood as a couple who arrive at an isolated lake house to rekindle their strained marriage and sex life. What follows is a film described as “hypnotic, horrifying and terrific” by the author himself. Directed by Mike Flanagan. Vogue scare metre: *** 'Get Out' A mixed race couple, played by Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams, head out to Williams’ family home for a weekend getaway. And while the woman gets riled up at her parents inadvertent and alleged racism towards her African-American boyfriend, all is not as it seems. Directed by funny-man Jordan Peele, this will have you rethinking that innocent getaway to your paramour’s family home. Vogue scare metre: **** 'Split' While it premiered in late 2016, it only hit theatres in 2017. This M. Night Shyamalan film starring James McAvoy follows a man with 23 different personalities who kidnaps and imprisons three teenage girls in an isolated underground facility. If the kidnapping isn’t petrifying enough, watching McAvoy switch over personalities sure is. Vogue scare metre: *** 1/2 'It Comes At Night' A mysterious apocalypse leaves the world with few survivors and two families share a home in an uncomfortable alliance to keep the outside evil at bay—but is that where the true threat lies? Directed by Trey Edward Shults, watch the chiller to find out. Vogue scare metre: ** 1/2 'Annabelle: Creation' An out-and-out scare fest, this had me shrieking, and covering my face with my shawl—just to keep the shock moments at bay. Relying on classic horror tropes from ’90s classics, this prequel to 2014’s Annabelle and the fourth instalment in The Conjuring series shows the origins of the possessed Annabelle doll. Directed by David F. Sandberg, it delves into the concept of the anti-christ (or a demon) and made sure we would never buy a doll (ever!) again. Vogue scare metre: *** 1/2

5 trending beauty innovations we can’t wait to try in India

Tuesday, October 31 2017

5 trending beauty innovations we can’t wait to try in India

We rounded up the latest additions on our beauty bucket list, from what we’ve seen trending internationally. Would you try these? 1 /5 Micellar water shampoos For those who’ve tried (and loved) micellar waters to cleanse their skin (I’m a loyalist too!), the technology is extending to hair cleansing as well. This means replacing your shampoo, with a gentler… water. We reckon (or hope) it reaches Indian store shelves soon, as it makes perfect sense, given our need for daily hair-washing due to humidity and what not! Float fitness From what we can see, exercising while floating in a pool is the coolest thing to do right now in the States and UK. What is it? A combination of yoga-inspired HIIT routines that include planks, burpees and other moves, done on a board called the Aquabase. The constant struggle to stay afloat engages and stabilises the entire body. What’s the worst that could happen? You’ll fall off, take a dip and hop back on your board. Image: Instagram.com/aquaphysical Skincare in milk carton If you stop over at Bangkok airport, you’ll notice tons of milk cartons in all sizes in the beauty department at duty free. No, milk is not the new off-the-shelf moisturiser, but being one of the popular ingredients in skincare, local brands have packaged their products in cute little milk cartons to really hero the ingredient. From creamy cleansers to lotions—the milk cartons contain them all. Glass skin Trust Koreans to take their glowing skin to a shiny new level. The latest goal—glass skin—is basically absolutely a smooth, hydrated complexion that has this glass-like, translucent sheen. And yes, it isn’t it an overnight phenomenon—it involves a long-term commitment, given to a very intensive skincare regimen. But if the results are that bright and shiny, we don’t mind doing it like the Koreans! Any Indian dermats reading this? Image: Instagram.com/nadiadrakest Prebiotics Hey kombucha, you’re cool, but I want more. Given that probiotics aren’t just a fad and are actually good for gut health, it isn’t a surprise that brands are now introducing ‘prebiotics’ in their products—foods that feed the already existing bacteria on the skin. We’re still in two minds about this one, but we’re willing to try.

30 perfect outfits for every single day of November

Tuesday, October 31 2017

30 perfect outfits for every single day of November

Dress, Zara Dress, Zimmermann A new month calls for a wardrobe revival. Take a break from the heavy-duty festive Indian clothing to get in mood for the party season. This November, we are all for luxurious silks and laces. Remember, the end of the year means several reunions with friends and family, so be sure to stock up on the shiny outfits. Try Temperley London’s iridescent jumpsuit for a bold evening out. Giambattista Valli and Zimmermann make a case for patterns and ruffles that serve as perfect options for elegant outings or even a special date night. This month’s big haul should definitely include something from the much hyped Erdem x H&M collection. Last but not the least, don’t break up with your ethnic wear. From one-shoulder cape kurtas to sexy cocktail saris—we are sure your month is peppered with wedding-related events that you could wear these to. Scroll through our gallery of the 30 outfits that perfect for every single day of November. In this story: Gallery, Jumpsuit Now Playing: Athiya Shetty picks the perfect gifts for this festive season

Best dressed October 2017: Sridevi and Kareena Kapoor Khan

Tuesday, October 31 2017

Best dressed October 2017: Sridevi and Kareena Kapoor Khan

Tabu in Anita Dongre Image: Viral Bhayani Though October started off slow, it was definitely one of Bollywood’s most eventful months this year. While Katrina Kaif kicked off the month in an easy-breezy printed Peter Pilotto maxi , week 2 of October saw Tabu promote Golmaal Again in an ultramarine blue Anita Dongre ensemble, and Sridevi push her sartorial boundaries in an Anamika Khanna cape blouse. Both Aditi Rao Hydari and Karisma Kapoor stepped out in updated Indian ethnic wear the same week, with the former ditching uncomfortable cholis and pairing her Tarun Tahiliani lehenga with a Marks & Spencer turtleneck, and the latter skipping on traditional saris for a pre-draped Kiran Uttam Ghosh version. By week 3, India’s Diwali celebrations were in full force. Alia Bhatt and sisters Jhanvi and Khushi Kapoor brought in the festive season in Manish Malhotra lehengas (the first in parrot green, the second in sky blue and the third in dusky rose, while Kareena Kapoor Khan and Athiya Shetty picked billowing sharara pants . Both Deepika Padukone and Jacqueline Fernandez partied in saris, with the former picking an ivory Anamika Khanna, and the latter going bold in a red Faraz Manan. The month came to a close with stars picking some envy-worthy cocktail dresses. We spotted Esha Gupta in a sequinned Erdem x H&M , Kendall Jenner in a gunmetal Redemption number, and Kate Bosworth in a gold maxi. Catch up on October’s coolest looks in our slideshow now.

7 Halloween makeup looks that are perfect if you don’t have a costume yet

Tuesday, October 31 2017

7 Halloween makeup looks that are perfect if you don’t have a costume yet

YOU HAVE READ OF 10 STORIES THIS MONTH 30 day free access to digital issues worth INR 400 Get it now ! Next Halloween is finally here, and what better (and easier!) way to wear your favourite costume this year than showcasing it on your face. Keep the clothes simple and let your painted face take the lead. For all of the beauty aficionados, Halloween is the one day out of the year when you can go wild using opal glitter and neon pigment that you just had to buy. From spooky to sweet, we’ve got step-by-step guides for seven Halloween makeup looks to shock and scare your friends with. The best part? They can all be done last-minute with items you most likely already have in your beauty bag. 1 /7 Cat What you will need: Black kohl pencil, black liquid eyeliner, bronzer and dark eyeshadow. Optional, false eyelashes Get the look: Start with your regular base makeup routine, until your concealer, powder, and eyebrows are done. Apply a blending colour, like a warm tan, into the crease of your eye. Next, go in with a dark brown eye shadow and apply it all over your lid. Using black liquid eyeliner, draw a thick cat’s eye onto your upper lid. Bring it out further than normal. Using the liquid eyeliner, apply it on the lower lash line and bring it down from your tear duct, as shown in the inspiration photo. Connect both lines from top to bottom at the tear duct. Using a black kohl pencil, apply it onto both waterlines. Apply false eyelashes if you want extra length and volume. Apply bronzer onto your cheeks using a blush brush. Next, using black eyeliner, draw on whiskers. Apply black to the tip of your nose. Fill in your upper lip with black eyeliner. Outfit tip: Wear all black with a cat ear headband or two topknot buns. Image: Instagram.com/oficialdudafernandes Bambi/deer What you will need: White kohl pencil, liquid eyeliner, cream or powder contour and highlighter, false eyelashes Get the look: Start by applying foundation, concealer, setting powder and filling in your eyebrows as usual. Using a light matte highlighter, apply it in a V shape from the inner corner of your eyes, down and out to your temples. Now apply it to the centre of your nose, and middle of your forehead. Using a dark matte contour colour, apply it to your cheeks, forehead and sides of nose. Blend any harsh lines out slightly. Apply the same contour colour to the crease of your eyelid. Blend out. Now, draw a slightly winged eye and bring the line down onto the tear duct. Apply to the lower eye as well. Finally, wear your longest falsies for the perfect doe-eyed effect. Using the liquid eyeliner in black, colour in your upper lip, cupid’s bow and tip of your nose. Deer spots: Using a white kohl pencil, draw different sized spots onto your cheeks and forehead, just like in the look here. You will want about eight on each cheek and about 15 on your forehead. Outfit tip: Wear camel-coloured clothing with braids in your hair. Image: Instagram.com/sarisandscones Witch What you will need: Green eyeshadow. Optional, green lipstick Get the look: Apply green eye shadow all over the lid. Go in with a dark brown and blend into the crease and outer corner, in a sideways V shape. Using a black kohl pencil, draw on a thick wing and apply to the lower lash line as well. Go back and apply to both waterlines. Using a small blending brush, blend out both lines. Draw dramatic black lines onto the inner corners and bring it down slightly. Apply highlighter on the brow bone and inner corner of the eye. Apply green lipstick all over your lips. If you don’t have one, you can even wear your metallic shadow on your lips and seal it in with a gloss. Outfit tip: Pair this with a witch hat and an all-black outfit. Image: Instagram.com/stavvycosplay Batgirl What you will need: Black kohl pencil Get the look: The obvious focus of this look is the bat mask. Using a light-coloured kohl pencil, draw out the mask, using our inspiration photo. If you mess up, just fix it with an ear bud. Once you have the outline perfected, go in with a black kohl pencil and fill it up. Metallic lids with a smoky shadow and long lashes are the perfect pairing for this look so be creative with your own preference. Soft, mauve lips are also ideal so that the bat mask is the focus. Image: Instagram.com/daniellajade_muartistry Mime What you will need: Matte highlighter or white face paint, black liquid eyeliner, red lipstick Get the look: Start by covering your whole face with either white face paint or your lightest matte highlighting colour. Using black liquid eyeliner, draw a triangle on your top lid and bottom lid, like the image here. You can keep it simple with straight lines, or blend out to your liking. Fill in your eyebrows with the liquid eyeliner. Using a red lipstick, fill in your lips, drawing the corners down. Image: Instagram.com/butterflyjasmine49 Fairy What you will need: Iridescent eye shadow, shimmer highlighter, pink lipstick and lip gloss. Optional, gems Get the look: Big, but soft brows are needed for this fairy costume. Fill your brows in with a powder that is one shade lighter than your natural eyebrow colour. Using a spoolie, brush them up and out. Apply a matte, brown eyeshadow into the crease of your eyelids. Next, apply iridescent eye shadow all over your lid. Add shimmer highlighter to the inner corners of your eyes. Apply mascara. Apply highlighter down the middle of your nose and blend. Wear your favourite pink lipstick and lip gloss. Add highlighter to your cupid’s bow. Gems: This is optional, but if you have crystals or gems, apply them to the tops of your cheekbones and up towards your temples. Outfit tip: Pair this makeup look with wings and your most feminine dress. Image: Instagram.com/hellojessyjo_mua Devil What you will need: Red eyeshadow, red lipstick. Optional, white pencil Get the look: Here, apply bronzer or contour colour onto your cheeks. Don’t blend out. Wear the red eyeshadow all over your eyes, in the shape of a large wing, pointing upwards. If you have red eyeliner, you can trace around it and then fill in, but if not, the eyeshadow will do. Draw a white line on the lower lash line and waterline. Fill in your lips with your boldest red lipstick. Outfit tip: Wear a red wig or a red dress with this devil makeup look. Image: Instagram.com/chp.x

Protected: Nicobar’s collection will give you style-envy

Tuesday, October 31 2017

Protected: Nicobar’s collection will give you style-envy

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Anya Hindmarch moves into the home category with her first fragrance

Tuesday, October 31 2017

Anya Hindmarch moves into the home category with her first fragrance

Anya Hindmarch and Francesco Giannaccari Image: Sandra Waibl Anya Hindmarch's home line Image: Sandra Waibl Anya Hindmarch has spent 30 years injecting irreverence into the handbag category, bypassing muted tones and subtle shapes in favour of electric blue Tony the Tiger totes—part of a Kellogg’s collaboration—and crisp packet-shaped clutches, one of which went flying in the notorious Solange and Jay-Z elevator altercation. (Shortly afterwards, Hindmarch posted a mocked-up advert on her eponymous label’s social media channels: “The crisp packet clutch: worth fighting for,” read the tagline.) Her bags exhibit the same wry humour that imbues her latest offering: three scented candles created in collaboration with perfumer Lyn Harris titled, “Anya Hindmarch Smells!” “I came up with the name myself,” says Hindmarch, sitting at a table in her Battersea office, flanked by newly minted chief executive Francesco Giannaccari, who joined the company from Etro in March. The candles are on display beside her. Cartoon-like faces emblazon their boxes, and their casings are embellished with pairs of shifty, googly eyes. “And now every screen that I pass is people working on the graphics ‘Anya Smells!’” Inspired by the scents of coffee, sun lotion and baby powder, the candles are Hindmarch’s first foray into the lifestyle accessories sector, and signal a shift in her brand’s wider strategy. “It’s very much the beginning,” she says. “We have lots of really quite odd ideas that will come out.” Both she and Giannaccari remain tight-lipped as to the specifics, but they have been at least partly enabled by Qatari investment firm Mayhoola. The firm has owned a chunk of the company since 2012, and recently pumped in an additional £10 million to thrust its expansion into other countries, categories and projects like this one. Born in Essex, Hindmarch launched her business when she was just 19, selling idiosyncratic bags replete with her tiny trademark bow to Princess Diana and Elle MacPherson out of her Walton Street store. Although three decades have now passed, during which she has opened shops all over the world and was awarded an MBE, Hindmarch is no less entrepreneurial, and seems to delight in rolling out quirky innovations. In 2001, she launched Be a Bag, enabling customers to print pictures on her products. Then there was the ubiquitous £5 ‘I’m not a Plastic Bag’ canvas shopper, and, more recently, the introduction of the Bespoke service, which sees craftsmen embossing personalised inscriptions onto products, often in the customer’s handwriting. In 2011, Hindmarch demoted herself (“thank God,” she says), hiring a CEO so she could shift her focus back to the creative aspects of the business. Whilst edging into the lifestyle sector is a smart way to engage with emerging markets, and millennial customers with less cash, Hindmarch is swift to point out she is an intuitive designer first: “I always do things more organically, and do what I love, as opposed to what is a business opportunity.” The first factor catalyses the second, she says, citing the success of her enormously popular sticker range as an example. An array of emoji-like symbols and gaudily-coloured initials, the stickers retail from £35, and generated £12 million in their first year of sales. “That was something I just felt was really fun. And actually it turns out that retrospectively they are the lipstick to the brand.” The expansion of Anya Hindmarch is shadowed by a slumping pound, and the hazy implications of Brexit. Previously a donor to the Conservative’s, and 2008 chair of the party’s Black and White ball, publically, Hindmarch is certainly not an apolitical figure. How does she think the prevailing political uncertainty will impact her business? A self-defined Thatcherite, her answer is fittingly pragmatic. “There’s some good and some bad. I would say that the good is that people are flooding into London. The pound is cheaper,” she says. “Everyone is feeling a bit uncertain. It’s not what I wanted. But I have to say I am sort of thinking there will be some positive things to it. And either way, it’s going to happen, so let’s make the best of it.” “The world is so big,” adds Giannaccari, just back from a trip to China. “I don’t think we will be impacted by Brexit, per se. We are looking East. We are looking at China.” Rather than leaving the EU, it’s the internet that the duo see to be simultaneously the biggest obstacle and opportunity for their industry. They are determined to capitalise on the sweeping changes it has induced. “I actually think fashion is being unbelievably old-fashioned right now,” says Hindmarch. “Think about how Apple reinvented the music business. I actually think we have got to think really differently.” “Agility is very important now,” continues Giannaccari. “The pace is so quick that you really need to be more proactive than reactive.” Take, for example, the recent ramping up of their footwear and ready-to-wear offering. A few years ago, Hindmarch sent models down the catwalk in skeleton suits. For her last show, they wore kitsch, ’70s-style pastel coats, whilst her website sells a selection of sneakers, extravagantly furry slides, and clothes, including zany roll-necks and sweaters stitched with whimsical cloud motifs. Consequently, there have been mutterings that the label is looking to fan out fully into fashion. This does not chime with their strategy, though, which is based on something of a paradox. To expand, Anya Hindmarch needs to stay small and lithe, so it can nimbly navigate a new order, where brands take on a less didactic role, focusing instead on immediacy, the internet and communicating with their customers. “It doesn’t need to be ready-to-wear. It can be three coats,” says Hindmarch. “Why not? Give customers what they want.” Their vision, then, is bold. Alongside selling the traditional leather accessories, they are dabbling with small batches of novel products—sneakers, clothes, stickers, candles-which can morph from one-off experiments to longer-term projects. “We feel going forward, digital is going to be more important than bricks-and-mortar,” assesses Giannaccari. “Combined with the fact that the digital world allows you to speak to the customer, it’s quite a revolution.” This a fluid, explicitly modern way of working, undoubtedly abetted by the balance the brand has struck between the strength of its niche, upbeat identity, and its size. It can take risks, fast, because it’s lean enough to skirt the sluggish chains of bureaucracy that might stifle larger brands. Three decades of working, and Hindmarch is very much astride the wave of the zeitgeist. “I am about fun and invention and discovery and playfulness. And I think in some ways this less traditional route gives you more agility. You can surprise and delight your customer, and do something a bit off the wall. You’re not tied into these huge structures. Which is kind of cool, actually.”

Meet the most glamorous women of the ’60s and ’70s: The Air India hostesses

Monday, October 30 2017

Meet the most glamorous women of the ’60s and ’70s: The Air India hostesses

YOU HAVE READ OF 10 STORIES THIS MONTH 30 day free access to digital issues worth INR 400 Get it now ! Next Long before the social media in­fluencers and paparazzi-friendly society It girls came the Air India hostesses of the 1960s and ’70s, inarguably the first style tribe we know. These young ladies were intelligent, chic and the perfect ambassadors for India abroad. Vogue goes down memory lane with the OGs of jet-set style 1 /9 It was the age of innocence, the age of Aquarius; the age of miniskirts and bell-bottoms; go-go boots and hippy saris; the Beatles were singing ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, and somewhere, in a well-appointed boardroom in Bombay, every Thursday, two men—the legendary aviator and industrialist JRD Tata and his commercial director SK (Bobby) Kooka, would be personally picking the most glamorous girls in the country to fly their nascent airline. Born out of the romance of unbound travel and majestic palaces in the sky, at a time when India was still young and its dreams of excellence not yet tarnished, these young women first came from West-oriented Anglo-Indian and Parsi homes, bearing names like Jean Michael and Pat Shepherd, Shirley Kennedy and Farida Darashaw. Swan-like, in their rustling silk saris and those famous bouffants, one glance from them and your tomato juice would turn into a Bloody Mary. “We didn’t know it at the time but we were the original supermodels of India!” says Maureen Wadia, who after her stint as an Air India hostess became society grand dame, following her marriage to Bombay Dyeing’s Nusli Wadia. It’s a thought that Zarine Khan, one of the leading models of the ’60s, echoes. “In my time air hostesses were considered the It girls… At a time when travelling abroad was rare, the fact that they were able to buy the latest foreign fashions, perfumes and lipsticks was a big thing. Some of them would even smoke cigarettes with a holder,” she laughs. “They were a special breed—those Air India girls,” says another top model turned author, Shobhaa De. “They were hand-picked and impeccably trained. What made them stand out, apart from their glorious good looks and perfect poise, was their confidence as the first generation of Indian career women, for whom even the sky wasn’t the limit! They stood tall, walked tall—and every wealthy bachelor in India wanted to acquire an Air India hostess.” Ah yes, the legendary marriages that some of these girls made. Maureen Wadia, Parmeshwar Godrej, Sakina Mallya, Sundari Khan, Shobha Kapoor, and so many others like them, who, because of their poise and glamour, were swept off their feet by the leading industrialists and film stars of their time. What can I tell you about the girls of Air India? That they were as stylish as the planes they fronted. That they flew Muhammad Ali and the Dalai Lama, Al Pacino and Jane Fonda, Richard Harris and Indira Gandhi. That they could man the doors of the magnificent 707s as effortlessly as they could sing a baby to sleep at 30,000ft, or lay out a full meal service with caviar, champagne and lobster thermidor. And that none of this would take away from their effervescence and their warm all-encompassing smiles; not a plane load of crabbity 5am passengers, not the spectre of fear that often flew along with them, or the homesickness that would inevitably raise its head on long stints away. “The ’60s and ’70s were a glam period in their own right. Cholis were sexy, saris were low-slung. It was the time when air hostesses were queen bees,” says designer Wendell Rodricks. Such girls. Such class. Such style. In these times when the national carrier is weighed down by unserviceable debts and unable to rise to the competition of newer airlines nipping at its heels, it’s hard to imagine the sway that Air India’s tribe of impossibly glamorous air hostesses held over urban India’s collective imagination. It was a time when women had not emerged out of the cocoons of their homes, let alone embraced jobs and careers. A time when international travel wasn’t the norm. To have an elite corps of handpicked swan-necked women swathed in silk, flying across continents, was nothing short of remarkable. “The dazzle was really that such elegant, refined and classy women were serving you,” says restaurateur Camellia Panjabi about those times. “Our training was rigorous and very exacting. We were taught not only about cheese and wine but also about flight safety, first aid and hygiene. There were strict grooming requirements, sari-wearing lessons and make-up sessions with Lancôme as a part of their training. Being an Air India air hostess was akin to graduating from finishing school,” says Colleen Hai (nee Bhiladvala), who as chief air hostess and the face of Air India had trained many decades of AI hostesses and is still quite the legend in the industry. And as this wise and wonderful woman with her high forehead and calm brown eyes, now married to an Oxford-educated Nawab, reminisces about her days of driving sports cars in Rome, whipping up masala chicken for homesick crew in Beirut and her landlady in London, I think of all the lovely, elegant, poised and articulate AI girls I have spoken to for this story, who from the furthest reaches of their elegant armoires of memory have entrusted me with their sepia photographs and sun-stained recollections. These are women who watched as the world they once knew, of romance, adventure and high standards, was replaced by the banal and the boring, the crass and the commercial. But above all, these are women so peerlessly well-bred that they will never so much as mention that to you. Roxane Khodaiji tells me of the days when there were sales at New York’s Macy’s and she would put in a request to be there. She even brought back her puppy Pasha from Moscow! Jyoti Khanna was one of the five hostesses sent to spend six weeks in New York on a prestigious exchange programme with United Airlines to promote tourism. Amongst many things, she found herself doing television interviews in Denver, Colorado, showing viewers how to wear a sari in five easy steps. Khanna was also part of the crew evacuated from Cairo when war broke out, while Duenna Advani was snowed-in at her Frankfurt hotel for five days. Chatura Chattaram, sister of actors Nutan and Tanuja, left the airline a few months after joining because the family astrologer had foreseen her in a terrible accident in “big machine surrounded by white,” thus preventing her from getting on the ill-fated 707 Kanchenjunga flight that crashed into the Alps. She rejoined the airline a few years later, and recalls the days when she could “work an eight-hour flight and dance all night without a problem.” “Those were the best days of my life,” says Wadia. “The training was rigorous. It was often backbreaking taking the bus and train to Borivali, living in dodgy PG accommodations in Bandra but the sheer joy of spending four days in Rome or four days in Beirut or five days in Perth or two days in Fiji was such that most of us never complained,” she says. And then, perhaps unwittingly, Wadia sums up in one sentence the maddening, hard-to-imagine or recreate, legendary and singular allure of those wonderful Air India hostesses in their flying machines. “We flew in the clouds but our feet always remained on terra firma.”

6 healthy restaurants loved by your favourite celebrities

Tuesday, October 31 2017

6 healthy restaurants loved by your favourite celebrities

Kitchen Garden by Suzette The Village Shop Indigo Deli is a Mumbai favourite and we're sure just like us regular folks, celebrities have their Indigo go-to meal. Fit couples like Disha Patani and Tiger Shroff as well As Karan Singh Grover and Bipasha Basu visit it often for a healthy date option. Other celebrities who frequent Indigo Deli are Parineeti Chopra, Dia Mirza and Ileana D'cruz. Suren Joshi, one half of the team behind Pali Bhavan and founder of ithink Fitness gym has opened a health-focused cafe for you to get your protein fix after a strenuous workout. Fit freaks like Jacqueline Fernandez and Bipasha Basu are regulars at the cafe. Sequel is a millennial favourite thanks to all the dishes on the menu featuring avocado. The bistro also has a number of dishes assembled from your favourite superfoods with vegan and detox options. You'll feel healthier just looking at the menu. Next-gen Bollywood like Athiya Shetty and Kiara Advani frequent the place to get their superfood and all-natural smoothie fix. The Bandra cafe offers European style cuisine in a rustic setting. Organic red quinoa salad options along with herb grilled chicken are the healthier options on the menu. But you can also indulge in a pizza and dessert, if it's cheat day. Either way Pali Village is the kind of wholesome dining experience that Jacqueline, Richa Chadda, Saiyami Khar and Kareena Kapoor can't seem to get enough. The name pretty much says it all. Buckwheat pancakes, avocado toast and salads make this Bandra hot spot a go-to for millennial celebrities as well as veterans. Malaika Arora Khan and Sara Ali Khan may be the biggest fans of Kitchen Garden but pretty much anyone who is famous and fit can be spotted here. If Jacqueline is a customer, you know the place is healthy. The Village Shop offers vegan, gluten-free, wholegrain and whatever other health food trend you're on. Celebrity fitness icons like Kareena Kapoor and Amrita Arora make sure to pick up a snack post their yoga sessions. Indigo Delicatessen Indigo Deli is a Mumbai favourite and we're sure just like us regular folks, celebrities have their Indigo go-to meal. Fit couples like Disha Patani and Tiger Shroff as well As Karan Singh Grover and Bipasha Basu visit it often for a healthy date option. Other celebrities who frequent Indigo Deli are Parineeti Chopra, Dia Mirza and Ileana D'cruz. i think fitness cafe Suren Joshi, one half of the team behind Pali Bhavan and founder of ithink Fitness gym has opened a health-focused cafe for you to get your protein fix after a strenuous workout. Fit freaks like Jacqueline Fernandez and Bipasha Basu are regulars at the cafe. Sequel Bistro & Juice Bar Sequel is a millennial favourite thanks to all the dishes on the menu featuring avocado. The bistro also has a number of dishes assembled from your favourite superfoods with vegan and detox options. You'll feel healthier just looking at the menu. Next-gen Bollywood like Athiya Shetty and Kiara Advani frequent the place to get their superfood and all-natural smoothie fix. Pali Village Cafe The Bandra cafe offers European style cuisine in a rustic setting. Organic red quinoa salad options along with herb grilled chicken are the healthier options on the menu. But you can also indulge in a pizza and dessert, if it's cheat day. Either way Pali Village is the kind of wholesome dining experience that Jacqueline, Richa Chadda, Saiyami Khar and Kareena Kapoor can't seem to get enough. Kitchen Garden by Suzette The name pretty much says it all. Buckwheat pancakes, avocado toast and salads make this Bandra hot spot a go-to for millennial celebrities as well as veterans. Malaika Arora Khan and Sara Ali Khan may be the biggest fans of Kitchen Garden but pretty much anyone who is famous and fit can be spotted here. The Village Shop If Jacqueline is a customer, you know the place is healthy. The Village Shop offers vegan, gluten-free, wholegrain and whatever other health food trend you're on. Celebrity fitness icons like Kareena Kapoor and Amrita Arora make sure to pick up a snack post their yoga sessions.

Stress, salt and sensitivity — How to get rid of dark circles and bags under your eyes

Tuesday, October 31 2017

Stress, salt and sensitivity — How to get rid of dark circles and bags under your eyes

Stress, salt and sensitivity — How to get rid of dark circles and bags under your eyes Refresh your look By Joely Walker October 31, 2017 SHARE What you need to know about your eyes At around 0.33mm thick, the skin around your eyes is three to five times thinner than the rest of the face . That means the area is lacking in all the juicy collagen and elastin that protects and plumps skin. And, according to Guinness World Records, the eye's six muscles make around 100,000 micro-movements a day, so it's the area that gets the biggest workout. Tired eyes? Literally. Instagram: @anushkasharma The problem The eye area has very few oil glands, which makes it naturally dry and weakens its hydrolypidic film [a protective cover made of sweat, sebum and water]. These factors, plus movement and thinness, make the area prone to lines. It's also usually missed when applying SPF [the best topical defence against visible skin ageing] @lioninthewild's sunny day essentials: straw hats, espadrilles and our brand new SPF50+ Sun Care range. "Hydrating, lightweight, mattifying and perfect for my sensitive skin, the Avène Sunscreen Emulsion and Lotion is seriously the bee’s knees". What can make your eye bags and dark circles worse? Eyes are sensitive, and they're particularly reactive to changes of fluid levels in the body, which results in puffiness. "Gravity can also make a notable difference," explains consultant dermatologist Dr Justine Hextall, "so sleeping with your face down can exacerbate eye swelling and bags." Our skin, muscles and bones naturally change as we get older, making it more difficult to manage. "The skin starts to sag and underlying fat becomes prominent, causing significant eye bags, wrinkles and dark circles." A post shared by Dilly (@dillyandtherottweiler) on Oct 22, 2017 at 9:05am PDT What you can do to make under-eye bags and dark circles better Give the area around your eyes a daily massage to get the lymphatic system working (a network of tissues and organs that help drain toxins). "The extremely delicate eye area should be treated as gently as baby's skin," advises facialist Teresa Tarmey. Here's how: 1. Apply eye cream to your fingertips to prevent friction. 2. Always start in the inner corner of your eye and move outwards. 3. Use your finger and thumb to lightly pinch the skin as you move along, improving microcirculation. What causes eye bags and dark circles? stress ...directs blood to essential organs, leaving you with a paler complexion that makes dark circles more noticeable. tiredness ...slows down our blood and circulation, which shows around the eyes as puffiness and dark shadows. A post shared by Ithaa (@ithaablog) on Sep 17, 2017 at 9:00am PDT Iron deficiency ...can manifest itself around the eyes with almost bruised rings. Salty and processed foods ...are the worse culprits for causing fluid retention, resulting in temporary eye puffiness. Food allergies

6 Times We Wanted To Steal Sonakshi Sinha's Statement Earrings | Grazia India

Tuesday, October 31 2017

6 Times We Wanted To Steal Sonakshi Sinha's Statement Earrings | Grazia India

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Selena Gomez And The Weeknd Have Broken Up | Grazia India

Tuesday, October 31 2017

Selena Gomez And The Weeknd Have Broken Up | Grazia India

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