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How to enjoy sex after you've had an abusive boyfriend

Friday, October 27 2017

How to enjoy sex after you've had an abusive boyfriend

How to enjoy sex after you've had an abusive boyfriend One woman's powerful journey By Daisy Murray October 27, 2017 SHARE Before the age of 26, I was a little vixen. You know what my line was? 'I'm filthy, but I'm faithful'. I had never had a bad sexual experience. I was a musician, hanging around Camden with various bands and having a seriously great time. I always used protection, always had fun and walked away from it feeling great. I thought: 'never going to see them again, that was fun, boom, on with the week'. So what changed? Well, I fell in love. The only problem was that, soon after our relationship started, he had to leave the country. My band also broke up around the time that this, which was my first real relationship, failed and, although this sounds like a fantasy now, the ceilings of my Muswell Hill flat fell in. I had nowhere to live, no band and was experiencing love lost for the very first time. This led to a two-year depression. There were a lot of tears cried, was a lot of Sylvia Plath read. And then I met him. He was a bartender, obviously, and very good looking. I don't want to sound like a dick, but I know I've got stuff going on. I'm attractive and confident. But, at that point, I was so low and heartbroken, and he was so handsome, I couldn't believe that he actually liked me. If I'd met him now, he probably wouldn't make it past the first date. He was a drug addict, a party boy, and I was a mess. Immediately the sex was good and there was a lot of it. Something I have always enjoyed, and been good at, is giving head. I see it as a very empowering thing for me to do, a feminist thing. Unfortunately, the power shifted. Despite the fact that he was the jobless drug addict, I needed to have him around. I loved having someone to do stuff with. So we travelled, and I payed for everything. He moved into my flat in Highgate and lived rent free. At this point, the comments began. I have always loved dressing flamboyantly, but he would make little digs, things like 'that's a bit much'. Basically anything to put me down. Not long after, we went to Thailand for a month (again, I payed for everything) and that was when things got really bad. The warning sign was on the flight. I politely refused a drink from the air steward and he leant in close and whispered so quietly, so menacingly: "If someone offers you a drink, you f***ing take it". ''HE WAS A DRUG ADDICT, A PARTY BOY, AND I WAS A MESS.'' When we landed, we noticed a mobile phone had been left on the seat next to us. He took it (meaning to keep it), and when I protested, replied, "No skin off my nose". He had shown me who he was, and it would get worse. One day on the holiday he slapped me, and that night forced me to have sex on the beach. It felt like an out-of-body experience. I was frozen. The next day I remember looking at him and thinking "What the f*** am I doing? Why am I here in this amazing place with you? I should be here with someone who loves me". I became a shell of a person. He constantly called me, told me to come home and make him dinner. He said I looked like a clown with make-up on, slapped me and forced me into sex a couple more times. The physical abuse was there. When I came home, he would literally have his c*** out. This was my life for almost two years. One day, however, I found hundreds of Facebook messages from other women and something inside me snapped. For the first time, I emailed my friends and told them what was happening. I put on Beyoncé's 'Irreplaceable' and packed his stuff up in bin bags wearing just my knickers. Suddenly I was Sadie again, and he was so scared, he left immediately (after returning my keys and my Oyster card, of course). Although I felt relieved, there was still considerable damage done. The desire to have sex and be seen as sexual having been beaten out of me. I didn't even want a man to look at me, so I ate — and ate — to become a fortress. It felt amazing. This guy had become my everything, and when I left him I filled the gap, firstly with food, which was amazing, but then with creativity. ''I DIDN'T GO OUT (OR HAVE SEX) FOR NEARLY A YEAR, AND I HAVE A BOOK TO SHOW FOR IT.'' I was overcome with the desire to write it all out. I wrote my feelings out in the space of a year. Sitting, writing and eating. I remember clearly the utter joy at truthfully writing out the account of our relationship, I think it's the only way I could deal with it and move on. I also found an acting coach who was an amazing support. I made a decision to give myself a break. I didn't go out (or have sex) for nearly a year, and I have a book to show for it. After a two-year-long physically and mentally abusive relationship, I had learned to link sex with force and as something I definitely didn't want to do. There was sadness during that year, sure, but there was also an overwhelming sense of relief. The spell of such low self-esteem had been lifted and the constant demand for sex was gone. Over time I fully reclaimed who I was . My (larger) body was all my own, my mind was filled with my own creative pursuits and everything that I had given him — money, sex and more — was mine again. The first person I slept with after my year-long celibacy with was really kind, cool guy around my age who I instantly clicked with. But we didn't have sex straight away; I took a few months to sleep with him. Not to be crude, but once it was 'in', I felt like I forgot how long it had been. He was from East London and helped me to correct everything my ex had made me believe about myself. I saw him for a while but we were on different paths and I wasn't looking to get into a relationship at that time. It was, however, just the boost I needed. I feel very sexually open now. That's not to say I am looking for a man, I'm just thrilled to be me and living life my way.

New Louis Vuitton exhibit shows off the glamorous history of the brand

Monday, October 30 2017

New Louis Vuitton exhibit shows off the glamorous history of the brand

New Louis Vuitton exhibit shows off the glamorous history of the brand "Volez, Voguez, Voyagez" opens today in New York City By Caroline Hallemann October 30, 2017 SHARE This fall, the history of iconic fashion brand Louis Vuitton is on full display in a new exhibit called "Volez, Voguez, Voyagez. " The show, whose title translates to “Fly, Sail, Travel,” opens today in the former New York Stock Exchange building, and the experience, is free for guests to visit; you need only to reserve a time online . Curated by fashion historian (and Town & Country contributing editor ) Olivier Saillard, the space is divided into ten different chapters and follows the French house's 163-year journey to becoming one of the most recognized labels in the world. Highlights range from beautiful antique trunks to a skateboard that was part of Louis Vuitton's recent collaboration with Supreme. "Louis Vuitton has always been at the forefront of creation and innovation, today and over a century ago. Constantly taking inspiration from our past we craft the trends of today," Louis Vuitton CEO Michael Burke said of the exhibit. "Olivier Saillard has immersed himself in the Louis Vuitton archives to decode its secrets. He delivers a fresh vision of our past, present and future." In addition to the exhibit, Louis Vuitton has opened a pop-up store in Brookfield Place with accessories, fragrances, and leather goods. While the exhibit closes in early January, the store will remain open through March. “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez—Louis Vuitton” is open now at 86 Trinity Place in New York City through January 7, 2018. For more information on exhibition, including how you can plan your trip, visit louisvuitton.com .

Kareena Kapoor Khan joins Alia Bhatt and Katrina Kaif's fitness club

Monday, October 30 2017

Kareena Kapoor Khan joins Alia Bhatt and Katrina Kaif's fitness club

Kareena Kapoor Khan joins Alia Bhatt and Katrina Kaif's fitness club With Sara Ali Khan's trainer By Elle Team October 30, 2017 SHARE After being crowned Fitness Expert at the recently-held Elle Beauty Awards 2017, Namrata Purohit has added another major milestone to her ever-growing portfolio. Charged with whipping stars like Jacqueline Fernandez and Malaika Arora Khan into shape, the youngest Pilates instructor in the country just scored a major coup, getting Kareena Kapoor Khan to give her regimen a shot. A post shared by Namrata Purohit (@namratapurohit) on Oct 28, 2017 at 12:11am PDT Namrata shared a video of Kareena working out her core, back and legs, claiming that "s he's becoming a true #PilatesGirl ". Already a yoga regular and the queen bee of her gym-loving girl gang (Malaika and Amrita Arora Ladakh are card-carrying members), Kareena's adding Pilates to her workout regimen. She follows in the footsteps of stars like Alia Bhatt and Katrina Kaif, who even work out together under the watchful eye of top trainer Yasmin Karachiwala. When your BFF makes it her mission to whip your butt into shape... @aliaabhatt and @katrinakaif prove why every boss lady needs another strong woman in her corner. #aliabhatt #katrinakaif A post shared by ELLE India (@elleindiaofficial) on Oct 29, 2017 at 12:23am PDT So how much would it cost for you to work out like the stars? We did the math, in case you feel like burning calories along side Kareena Kapoor Khan. How much does it cost to hire Bollywood's favourite trainers? Namrata Purohit As the youngest Stott Pilates trainer in the world (at the age of 16), Namrata was clearly destined for great things. That she made loyal, return customers of stars like Jacqueline Fernandez, Kangana Ranaut and Malaika Arora Khan among others, comes as no surprise. A monthly roster of 12 one-on-one Pilates sessions with Namrata comes at Rs 32,000. That infectious smile and boundless energy though? Absolutely free. The Pilates and Altitude Training Studio: 303/304 Business Plaza, SB Patil Road, Potohar Nagar, Santacruz (W), Mumbai. Tel: 98211 54492 Anshuka Parwani New momma Kareena Kapoor Khan owes her fitness transformation to Anshuka’s brainchild, FlyFit: A mixture of anti-gravity yoga and aerial Pilates. Signing up for twelve one-on-one sessions will cost you INR 36,000. Oh, and there’s always the chance that you'll bump into Kareena, Malaika, Amrita and the rest of their fit girl squad on your way in. Anshuka Yoga: Vandana Bungalow, Plot 360, 16th road, Bandra (W), Mumbai. Tel: 98208 73167 Radhika Karle Personal trainer to Sonam Kapoor and Huma Qureshi, there’s a reason why Radhika Karle, and her A-list clientele, swear by Pilates. “This exercise form works on realigning your body to the way it was when you were born. Bad posture and lifestyle destroy the body’s basic alignment and Pilates corrects this,” says Karle. Huma echoes the sentiment, “I don’t practise Pilates to look good; I do it to feel good.” A life-enhancing Pilates session with Radhika will cost you Rs 5,000 (plus taxes). If you’re in it for the long run, sign up for a monthly package of Rs 48,000 (plus taxes). Balanced Body: 313 'Tanaya' Ground Floor, Nanda Patkar Road, Ville Parle (E), Mumbai. Tel: 2613 8588/89. Cindy Jourdain The former ballerina now spends her day whipping Katrina Kaif into shape for everything from her fighting sequences to bikini scenes. Her weapon of choice? Cindy’s Bootcamp, a unique mix of martial arts, yoga and ballet supplemented with kettle bells and battle ropes. If you’re up for the challenge, drop by her studio for Rs 1,200 per session, or sign up for 12 classes at Rs 12,000. The Space: Near Harry's Bar, AB Nair Rd, Juhu Tara, Mumbai. Tel: 98920 35182 Namrata Purohit As the youngest Stott Pilates trainer in the world (at the age of 16), Namrata was clearly destined for great things. That she made loyal, return customers of stars like Jacqueline Fernandez, Kangana Ranaut and Malaika Arora Khan among others, comes as no surprise. A monthly roster of 12 one-on-one Pilates sessions with Namrata comes at Rs 32,000. That infectious smile and boundless energy though? Absolutely free. The Pilates and Altitude Training Studio: 303/304 Business Plaza, SB Patil Road, Potohar Nagar, Santacruz (W), Mumbai. Tel: 98211 54492 Anshuka Parwani New momma Kareena Kapoor Khan owes her fitness transformation to Anshuka’s brainchild, FlyFit: A mixture of anti-gravity yoga and aerial Pilates. Signing up for twelve one-on-one sessions will cost you INR 36,000. Oh, and there’s always the chance that you'll bump into Kareena, Malaika, Amrita and the rest of their fit girl squad on your way in. Anshuka Yoga: Vandana Bungalow, Plot 360, 16th road, Bandra (W), Mumbai. Tel: 98208 73167 Radhika Karle Personal trainer to Sonam Kapoor and Huma Qureshi, there’s a reason why Radhika Karle, and her A-list clientele, swear by Pilates. “This exercise form works on realigning your body to the way it was when you were born. Bad posture and lifestyle destroy the body’s basic alignment and Pilates corrects this,” says Karle. Huma echoes the sentiment, “I don’t practise Pilates to look good; I do it to feel good.” A life-enhancing Pilates session with Radhika will cost you Rs 5,000 (plus taxes). If you’re in it for the long run, sign up for a monthly package of Rs 48,000 (plus taxes). Balanced Body: 313 'Tanaya' Ground Floor, Nanda Patkar Road, Ville Parle (E), Mumbai. Tel: 2613 8588/89. Cindy Jourdain The former ballerina now spends her day whipping Katrina Kaif into shape for everything from her fighting sequences to bikini scenes. Her weapon of choice? Cindy’s Bootcamp, a unique mix of martial arts, yoga and ballet supplemented with kettle bells and battle ropes. If you’re up for the challenge, drop by her studio for Rs 1,200 per session, or sign up for 12 classes at Rs 12,000. The Space: Near Harry's Bar, AB Nair Rd, Juhu Tara, Mumbai. Tel: 98920 35182

Priyanka Chopra: ‘I’m all about girl love | femina.in

Monday, October 30 2017

Priyanka Chopra: ‘I’m all about girl love | femina.in

Priyanka Chopra: ‘i’m All About Girl Love Priyanka Chopra: ‘I’m all about girl love by Tanya Chaitanya | October 30, 2017, 12:00 AM IST Priyanka Chopra is an early millennial who’s tasted success, yet not been a slave to it. At the height of her fame in the Indian film industry, she tossed it all up for that elusive international dream. Truly a global icon today, PC straddles time zones like a pro. In her personal life too, she is in no hurry to take the plunge. (Take that, you infuriating biological clock). Tanya Chaitanya gabs with the born-to-entertain Priyanka over an exasperating phone connection to finally declare that Femina couldn’t have found a more positive poster girl for millennials to topline this anniversary special. Dare call ’em lazy now! It’s midnight in India. I’m frantically performing callisthenics in a desperate quest for the putatively-omnipresent-but-never-there-when-you-need-it mobile network at my place. As I hang on to the phone and precariously lean over the parapet of our terrace, I hear that familiar drawl all the way from LA. Priyanka Chopra is all set to rule the red carpet at the Emmy’s and has decided to multi-task her way through makeup, hair and styling to be a part of this interview. But here’s the catch: I can barely hear her and then she says what sounds like, “I am all over with my time zones and super-exhausted after covering four countries in the last 10 days, yet I wanted to do this in time. It’s great to be on the cover of Femina’s anniversary issue . Feels like home to me.” Poetic and dramatic, but it’s at this point that the connection clears up. Here is how the exchange progressed, one dropped call at a time. “I say it with great pride that I am who I am because of my work in India. Indian cinema has taught me everything I know about acting, performing and making an impact onscreen.”Femina: They say millennials hate to settle in one place, settle in matrimony. Basically no adulting. How much do you identify with that? PC: I guess my life identifies with it. In general, they want the most out of life. So do I. Femina: Laziness is a millennial trait that you clearly don’t own. PC: While I’m not lazy per se, there are times when I want to be nothing but that. At that point, I don’t step out, not move a finger and be on my own. Femina: Your international work, be it in Quantico or Baywatch, is being seen and appreciated around the world. Any quirks of the Indian film industry that you don’t miss? PC: I say it with great pride and will never stop saying that I am who I am because of my work in India. Indian cinema has taught me everything I know about acting, performing and making an impact onscreen. Perhaps, the only thing I don’t miss is the tardiness of Indians. Femina: As UNICEF’s global goodwill ambassador, you have been interacting with Syrian refugees and kids in Jordan. What are the life lessons you have come back with? PC: It has been 15 years since my association with UNICEF India and I’ve seen the hardships of the survivors up close. In Jordan, when I visited the camps, I witnessed the pain in their eyes when they spoke about all that they’ve lost. The one thing I’ve learned from these children is resilience. They were leading regular lives and one day, war took everything away from them. Children suffer intensely. It’s hard to even imagine what they’re going through. They’re holding on to the hope of a better, normal life once again. Femina: How do you handle such intense moments? PC: My job is to document experiences. As the goodwill ambassador and somebody who represents the entertainment industry, I go to build awareness. I am surprised to find how much of pop culture the Syrian kids I met follow, and they were thrilled to talk about their favourite film stars from Hollywood and even the Indian film industry. Honestly, I can’t let my vulnerability show. The hardest part of spending time with the kids is to show them that it’s all okay. The children I met want to be doctors, engineers—seek higher education. They told me about their dreams, and it hurts. My job is to tell them that it is not futile to have dreams; they’ve got to fight for them. Femina: Whether it was Kangana about nepotism or Deepika on depression, your contemporaries have opened up about their personal trials and demons. Would you use your celebrity to raise awareness about a personal challenge you have combatted? PC: I am focusing on bringing to the fore issues that crop up when dealing with loss. People need to seek help when they lose somebody they love. Loss affects people badly and it can lead to psychological and social problems. My personal journey exposed me to this situation when my father passed away. Like a bolt out of the blue, my entire world came crashing down. I continued to work because otherwise I would have suffered deeper pain. Time is a great healer though and we need to know that this too shall pass. “I am focusing on bringing to the fore issues that crop up when dealing with loss. People need to seek help when they lose somebody they love.” Femina: You’re a strong girl. Who is your favourite superhero? PC: I love both Iron Man and Batman—I want the toys they have! Femina: Trolls especially target you on social media, be it your appearance or your statements. And you shut them down well. PC: Trolls are given more importance than they deserve by media. That troll is just somebody sitting at home, anonymous, ripping people apart. I don’t give them that kind of importance. Femina: You took up for Hollywood actor Meghan Markel as she was asked questions about being close to Prince Harry when you said she goes beyond being somebody’s girlfriend. How are friendships in Hollywood? Are female actors in the Indian film industry as supportive towards each other? PC: I’m all about girl love. And I have had the most incredible experience working in India. We have celebrated each other’s success just as much in India. I make it a point to compliment my colleagues whenever I like their work, wherever I am. As a feminist, I believe women around the world should support each other. We must never be divided and ruled over. Femina: Your turn at the red carpet is always talked about. How involved are you in the final look? PC: You’ve caught me at the right time. I am all set for the Emmy’s and currently having a ball, laughing and joking with my team of stylists, hair and makeup people. My look depends on the mood I am in. I always have three changes ready for any occasion and then wear what I want basis the way I feel that day. Femina: What keeps Priyanka Chopra on top of her game? PC: I keep working with blinders on. “I compliment my colleagues whenever I like their work. As a feminist, I believe women around the world should support each other.” Femina: Your fabulous hair has become the topic of international discussion. Any favourite hair hack? PC: Always find the right product for your hair texture and type. The right shampoo and conditioner that’s made for you can work wonders. Also Indian mommies teach well. I am assured good hair days, thanks to oil massages twice a month. My grandmom used to do vigorous champi and then braid it—the technique works both on the scalp and hair ends. And whenever in doubt, my favourite red carpet hair rescue comes in the form of a chic top knot. Femina: Straight to your love life. Doesn’t all work and no play make Priyanka a dull girl? PC: I love playing; I just don’t talk about it. Femina: Much speculation happened around the brown jacket of your ex that you brought along for your interview on the international show, Dirty Laundry. Whose jacket was it? (The phone line crackles) PC: I call him MF. I almost drop my phone. Our call is over and out. Photographs: Rohan Shrestha

Best Twitter Reactions To Stranger Things2 | Grazia India

Monday, October 30 2017

Best Twitter Reactions To Stranger Things2 | Grazia India

Best Twitter Reactions To Stranger Things2 Best Twitter Reactions To Stranger Things2 Warning: Plenty of spoilers ahead “I never gave up on you. I called you every night, every night for 35-““353 days, I heard” — Leon Langford (@MasonLLL) October 30, 2017 Me episode 1: This Bob guy is sketchy...Me episode 8: Guys, we were wrong, we were too hard on Bob, he’s the real mvp. 😭 #StrangerThings2 — Brooklynn Stanberry (@brooklynn1030) October 29, 2017 I gotta say I really adored Steve in #StrangerThings2 he really grew so much & became a man. One of my faves now!! ðŸ¤Â—❤ pic.twitter.com/ZJ5zOeA29E — Slania's Song (@ChemicaIPoetry) October 29, 2017 I gotta say I really adored Steve in #StrangerThings2 he really grew so much & became a man. One of my faves now!! ðŸ¤Â—❤ pic.twitter.com/ZJ5zOeA29E — Slania's Song (@ChemicaIPoetry) October 29, 2017 When someone leaves will for 1 sec #StrangerThings2 pic.twitter.com/eiyjk4HIJ5 — Eden Faithfull (@EdenFaithfull) October 30, 2017 Can we talk about the hero that is Bob??!!!! Please. #StrangerThings2 — Sadie Farrell (@sadieefarrell) October 29, 2017 Mike called Eleven every day for 353 days and I can't even get a text back. #smh #StrangerThings2 — kayla montagano (@k_montag427) October 29, 2017 I would 100% watch a Steve/Dustin spin off #StrangerThings2 — Ariana Venti (@ariana_j) October 30, 2017 Erica is the best part of #StrangerThings2 . She is a tiny queen. I will accept NO SUBSTITUTES. pic.twitter.com/0ihIQIKpFa —ðŸÂŽƒ CHAKAWEEN ðŸÂŽƒ (@princessology) October 29, 2017 All I have to say about #StrangerThings2 is that in S3 Steve & Jonathan better ditch Nancy and get together. pic.twitter.com/R2YcB4wVHq — Gunslinger Ghoul🔫👻 (@LyndsayEly) October 30, 2017 Is there a #StrangerThings2 withdrawal support group out there? 😰 — Bianca Facchinei (@BiancaFacchinei) October 30, 2017 If you're trying to get in contact with me this weekend, "I'm on a curiosity voyage." Can't stop, won't stop the binge! #StrangerThings2

Positive business lures investors to women’s ethnic segment

Tuesday, October 31 2017

Positive business lures investors to women’s ethnic segment

India’s ethnic wear market doubled sales in the last three years. With immense popularity and growing business, ethnic wear brands are now attracting huge investments from PE players. Almost Rs 2,000-crore-plus PE investments were made in the last two to three years, with more deals are in the offing. And as Ankur Bisen, Senior Vice-President, Retail and Consumers Products, Technopak, explains, from designer to value, ethnic wear is today a part of every woman’s wardrobe. However, some experts point out only branded ethnic women’s wear has seen PE funding. Investors are mostly looking at exiting these investments after five years with as much as three times the return. Brands take centrestage The size of the ethnic wear industry is estimated at Rs 70,000 crores, 70 per cent is dominated by unorganised players. This is soon going to change with the pace at which the industry is getting organised. Leading fashion brands including Biba, TCNS Clothing, FabIndia, Soch, House of Anita Dongre (Bridal) and Ritu Kumar have been performing well and are clocking in a CAGR of 30 per cent plus compared to the single digit growth of unorganised businesses. For example, Biba’s business grew five times to Rs 210 crores from 2007. The brand started with a single standalone store in Mumbai in 2004, and today, it boasts of 232 stores in 103 cities, besides being present in leading chain stores such as Shopper’s Stop, Lifestyle, Pantaloons and Central. It is also going steady on online platforms. In the next two to three years, the brand plans to open 150 to 200 stores. Vishal Mahadevia, MD & Co-head India, Warburg Pincus, one of its investors says that over the last two decades, Biba has built a leading women’s ethnic wear brand in an industry that continues to demonstrate positive growth trends. In 2016, global PE fund TA Associates invested $140 million for a minority stake in TCNS Clothing, a women’s ethnic wear company that started in 2002 with a single store. The company added brand ‘W’ in 2006 and Aurelia in 2009. Today, it has 400 exclusive stores, and is planning to add 100 stores a year across brands. According to Anant Daga, MD, TCNS, as of FY17 end, the company has crossed Rs 1,000 crores in consumer sales. Technopak reports, designer wear category is also booming. It is expected to cross $1 billion by 2020 growing at 20 to 25 per cent. And as Ritu Kumar says their growth is well above the market growth rate for the last five years. The customer movement towards branded apparel and their discernment of what good quality is what helped them grow. The designer has around 60 stores across Tier I and II cities. They are looking to have over 100 touch points this year. PE firm Everstone invested Rs 100 crores in the Ritu Kumar label for around 35 per cent stake. The company is confident that Ritu Kumar will continue to grow strongly in the modern ethnic wear category. Another eminent designer wear brand, The House of Anita Dongre received an investment of Rs 150 crores from General Atlantic in 2013. Founder Anita Dongre’s plan is to expand globally by opening stores across international markets. Having said that, there’s enough and more growth potential for other players to enter the market and capture their share of growth. Despite the women ethnic wear industry doing extremely well, there’s still immense scope for the established brands to become more successful in the coming years compared to new players who want to enter the sector now.

Christopher Bailey to leave Burberry by the end of 2018

Tuesday, October 31 2017

Christopher Bailey to leave Burberry by the end of 2018

London - The man who has been credited with transforming Burberry into the UK's leading luxury fashion house is set to leave his role. President and Chief Creative Officer at Burberry, Christopher Bailey, is set to leave the company by the end of 2018, marking the end of his 17-year tenure. The heritage fashion house announced Bailey's impending departure on Tuesday morning, as Burberry is set to begin the next decade of its journey under the supervision of its new leader, Chief Executive Officer Marco Gobbetti. Bailey, who is set to pursue new, unnamed creative projects, will remain on board as President and Chief Creative Officer until March 31, 2018, after which he will step down from the company board. He will, however, remain with the company in a transitional advisory role, offering his "full support" to CEO Gobbetti and the rest of the team until he finally exits the fashion house. "The decision to leave was not an easy one" Christopher Bailey, President and Chief Creative Officer at Burberry "It has been the great privilege of my working life to be at Burberry, working alongside and learning from such an extraordinary group of people over the last 17 years," said Bailey in a statement. "Burberry encapsulates so much of what is great about Britain. As an organization, it is creative, innovative and outward looking. It celebrates diversity and challenges received wisdoms. It is over 160 years old, but it has a young spirit. It is part of the establishment, but it is always changing, and always learning. It has been a truly inspiring place to work and the decision to leave was not an easy one." "I do truly believe, however, that Burberry's best days are still ahead of her and that the company will go from strength to strength with the strategy we have developed and the exceptional talent we have in place led by Marco. I would like to thank all my colleagues as well as Sir John Peace and the Board for all their support and faith in me over the years. I am excited to pursue new creative projects but remain fully committed to the future success of this magnificent brand and to ensuring a smooth transition." Christopher Bailey to exit joint role as President and Chief Creative Officer at Burberry Since joining the team at Burberry back in 2001 as design director, Bailey has become one of the main driving forces behind the luxury fashion house's transformation. Within the span of 17 years, Burberry has grown from a small-licensed outerwear business into one of the industry's leading global luxury brands, best known for its trench coats and innovative marketing campaigns. Together with Angela Ahrendts, former CEO at Burberry, Bailey established the Burberry Foundation, a dedicated initiative to help young people achieve their goals. Later in October 2013, he was named as Ahrendts successor, ahead of her departure to Apple in May 2014. He remained in his current role as Chief Creative Officer and became the company's first CEO and creative head. In his joint role, Bailey is said to have continued to push the boundaries of creation and innovation at Burberry, leading the way for the brand's ongoing elevation and turning the luxury fashion house into the industry's digital leader and overseeing the reinvention of the company's design and internal structure. He was the mastermind behind Burberry's key flagship store on Regent Street and built a highly talented and experience creative team to continue the brand's story. However, in July 2016, the company announced that Marco Gobbetti, CEO of Céline, would be the next CEO of Burberry, taking over the reins from Bailey in 2017, who transitioned into the role of President while remaining in his role as Chief Creative Officer. p> Bailey worked together with the Board to create a new leadership structure before he was succeeded by Gobbetti this July. Since this summer, Gobbetti and Bailey are said to have worked together to develop a strategy for the next chapter of Burberry's growth, sharing a strong ambition to drive the success of the Burberry brand while strengthening the leadership team. Gobbetti understands and supports Bailey's decision to leave his joint role at Burberry, and will now begin the process of finding a successor for his role. "Burberry has undergone an incredible transformation since 2001 and Christopher has been instrumental to the Company's success in that period," said Gobbetti. A post shared by Burberry (@burberry) on Oct 30, 2017 at 4:12am PDT "We have a clear vision for the next chapter to accelerate the growth and success of the Burberry brand" Marco Gobbetti, Chief Executive Officer, Burberry "While I am sad not to have the opportunity to partner with him for longer, the legacy he leaves and the exceptional talent we have at Burberry gives me enormous confidence in our future. We have a clear vision for the next chapter to accelerate the growth and success of the Burberry brand and I am excited about the opportunity ahead for our teams, our partners, and our shareholders." Sir John Peace, Chairman at Burberry thanked Bailey for his part in transforming Burberry, adding that he leaves the company in "the very best of hands. with a strong team and culture in place, led by Marco as CEO." "I have total confidence that Marco's vision and leadership, with the excellent management team in place, will keep Burberry on the forefront creatively, digitally and financially, creating further value for shareholders in the next exciting stage of our evolution," added Peace. Full details concerning all payments made to Bailey concerning his role as director will be revealed in the Directors' Remuneration Report in the company's annual report for the year ended March 31, 2018, added Burberry. In the past company shareholders have voted against the luxury fashion houses remuneration report concerning pay deals for Bailey. However, Bailey has decided to surrender various awards held by him under the company's share plan as he is set to step down from the board and exit the company by the end of 2018. Following the announcement concerning Bailey's exit, company shares were down 1.46 percent at 10:00 am, making the company's stock the worst performer on a rising FTSE 100 index. Bailey's exit comes after a period of rapid expansion, during which the company has struggled with stagnate saled over the recent years. Bailey is set to leave big shoes to fill however, notes Charlotte Pearce, Retail Analyst at Globaldata. "Since becoming Creative Director in 2004, Bailey has contributed to total revenue growth of 2 billion pounds and has helped to regenerate the brand, turning it back into the aspirational, iconic label that it once was," commented Pearce. "With just over a year until Bailey leaves, there is plenty of time for Marco Gobbetti, who took over as CEO in July, to find the right candidate to fill Bailey’s shoes. It is crucial that Burberry finds someone with respect for the brand’s British heritage but is able to further evolve the label creatively and bring it into a new era." Photo 1 Credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP Photo 2 Credit: On the set of Mr.Burberry, Christopher Bailey with Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen, Burberry Facebook

3 DIY natural conditioners for damaged hair | femina.in

Tuesday, October 31 2017

3 DIY natural conditioners for damaged hair | femina.in

Diy Natural Conditioners For Your Hair DIY natural conditioners for your hair by Faye Remedios | October 31, 2017, 12:34 PM IST You don’t need expensive products to repair and rejuvenate dry or damaged strands. These genius homemade deep conditioning recipes work like a charm. Banana mask for soft strandsBlend one ripe banana and add 4 tbsp coconut oil, 1tbsp glycerin and 2 tbsp honey to the mixture. You need a smooth paste to ensure that it washes off without leaving bits in your hair. Apply this mixture to your hair and cover with a shower cap. Wash off after 30 minutes. Egg mask to nourish your strands Mix three egg yolks with 3 tbsp olive oil and add a few drops of any essential oil of your choice. Leave the mixture on your strands for 20 minutes before shampooing with warm water. Femina Aloe vera for unbeatable shine Mix 5 tbsp of aloe vera gel with 2 tbsp of a silicone-free conditioner. Apply mixture to hair and use a wide-toothed comb to comb it in thoroughly. Leave it on for 20 minutes before washing off. Honey for softness and shine Honey can help revive dry and damaged hair by boosting moisture and adding shine. Being a natural humectant, honey attracts moisture and retains it. It also contains antioxidants and nutrients that nourish the hair from within. Dissolve half a cup of honey in 1 mug of water. Rinse the hair with this mixture, while slowly working the honey in the hair. Let it sit for 20 minutes and wash with lukewarm water. Yoghurt mask for damaged hair Yoghurt works like a dream when it comes to softening damaged and rough hair. The presence of lactic acid and protein in the yoghurt is the secret. The protein repairs the damage, while lactic acid makes the hair soft. Take a cup of fresh, unflavoured yoghurt and add a few teaspoons of melted coconut or olive oil to it. Mix well and apply as a hair mask. Shampoo after 30 minutes to reveal soft, shiny hair. Femina Argan oil for strength Known for its ultra-nourishing properties, argan oil is good for the scalp and hair. It penetrates deep into the hair follicles, moisturising them from within and thus makes a great natural conditioner. Twice a week, massage the head with warm argan oil and wash overnight. Alternatively, you can use it as a leave-in conditioner. Being non-greasy in nature, argan oil will not weigh the hair down. Also, it can help tame flyaways and add sheen to the hair. Tea rinse to fight dullness It is widely known that tea is rich in antioxidants. Topical application of tea can nourish the scalp and condition the hair while adding shine to it. The caffeine found in the tea also encourages hair growth while fighting common scalp infections. Both green and black tea can be excellent natural conditioners for the hair. Boil 3-4 tea bags in 1 mug of water until the water reduces to half. Let it cool and add to a spray bottle. Spray the tea mix all over the hair and scalp, and wear a shower cap. Rinse with plain water after 30 minutes. Apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse for all hair types It cannot get simpler than this. ACV contains acetic acid that helps remove the product build-up from hair and unclog pores on the scalp. Along with that, the rich nutrient content, including vitamins B and C and potassium, nourishes the locks, thus making it soft and shiny. Also, ACV is gentle on the scalp and does not disrupt the pH balance. Mix three tablespoons of raw ACV into a mug of water. Use this as the last-hair rinse after shampooing for luscious locks. Inputs by: Richa Ranjan

Priyanka Chopra spills the beans in this Q&A | femina.in

Tuesday, October 31 2017

Priyanka Chopra spills the beans in this Q&A | femina.in

Cover Girl Priyanka Chopra Spills The Beans In This Q&a Cover girl Priyanka Chopra spills the beans in this Q&A by Kriti Saraswat Satpathy | October 31, 2017, 12:24 PM IST Priyanka Chopra ’s success graph has only seen an upward curve in the last few years and her global popularity increases with each passing day. The actor-producer-singer is a master of several trades and is a jet-setting global citizen. Priyanka is also the cover girl of our anniversary issue that is out on stands now, and is all about the millennials. In a quick tete-a-tete, we asked PeeCee a bunch of questions ranging from life lessons, to her goals, plans on settling down and more. Like her personality, her answers were spontaneous, unique and witty. Check out what Priyanka has to say about her fabulous life as a global icon in this video.

Why to never snoop on your partner’s phone | femina.in

Tuesday, October 31 2017

Why to never snoop on your partner’s phone | femina.in

Reasons You Should Never Snoop On Your Partner’s Phone Reasons you should never snoop on your partner’s phone by Sunitra Pacheco | October 31, 2017, 12:00 AM IST Knowing every single detail of our partners’ life can often be mistaken for intimacy. But, a secure and healthy relationship doesn’t require you to know all about their behaviour, thoughts and feelings. It’s understandable that at times you may have your doubts about why your partner seems a bit distant or you fear he’s sending an email to his former girlfriend – you see his phone lying on the table and you’re immediately tempted to snoop. However, it’s important that you understand nothing good can come from it. So, whether you’re guilty of doing this in the past or are dealing with some insecurity at the moment, here are a few reasons why you should never spy on your significant other’s phone: You might not like what you find: Whether you came across the call log by accident or deliberately, there’s a huge possibility that you might find personal texts or emails that might make you unhappy. Maybe he’s opening up to a friend about a work problem which immediately makes you wonder why he couldn’t just share it with you. However, though you both are a couple and very much together, you don’t need to share everything. There’s bound to be confusion: Usually, snooping occurs due to a suspicion and the sole idea of confirming one’s fears or catching someone doing something they shouldn’t. But, you might misconstrue the information you find on that phone, which could lead you to jump to conclusions. Everyone has a right to privacy: You need to accept that every adult needs their own space, independence and privacy. Neither you nor anyone else has the right to take that away from someone, least of all someone you love. There’s always a better way to deal with it: If you come across a dating app on your SO’s phone, talk to them about it. Don’t try to read through their emails instead in the hope of something cropping up. It could be that they just forgot to delete the matchmaking app after you started dating. If you have trust issues or are feeling insecure, convey this to your partner. It’s better to sort out your problems through communication than to resort to spying. It might have a boomerang effect: If your snooping uncovered something unpleasant, then you will have to confront your partner and admit to the fact that you spied. This will not only infuriate him but also give him a reason to shift the blame to you and your actions. After all, you’re the one who stole a glance into his phone and so, it’s you who have broken the trust.

How to have the best quickie of your life | femina.in

Tuesday, October 31 2017

How to have the best quickie of your life | femina.in

How To Have The Best Quickie Of Your Life How to have the best quickie of your life by Simran Ahuja | October 31, 2017, 12:00 AM IST One of the biggest reasons why quickies are fun is because of the excitement that comes along with knowing that your SO and you just want each other right then and there. Change the location from the usual bedroom, and that just spices up the sex game more. Quickies can be tricky though. They can either go really well and leave you satisfied or completely tank and leave you never wanting to try it ever again. Here are some things to keep in mind the next time you want to set the timer for your frisky fun. Lube up Quickies are meant to be fast, which means you often miss out on the foreplay. And without foreplay, it may be hard for your body to naturally lubricate itself. You don’t want the sex to be unenjoyable, so make sure to keep the lube handy before you two get going. Virtual foreplay While a quickie may not give you time for actual foreplay, it doesn’t mean you can’t give your partner what he wants. Indulge in some virtual foreplay – send a racy text to get him pumped or a snap that gives him a teaser of what’s to come. The anticipation will help both of you build the excitement minus the foreplay. Clothes on If there’s one rule to quickies, it’s that they have to be spontaneous. And there’s nothing more spontaneous than not even taking the time to undress. PS: Maxi dresses or flowy skirts are every quickie’s best friend! Location counts A quickie is different from your routine, so why choose the same location as all other times? Step out of your bedroom for some extra excitement. Choose the hallway just before you leave for work or just after you’re back, or maybe even the kitchen for some post-dinner dessert. Wink wink. Get handsy Don’t be shy to use your hands to help you climax. You can start off with some self-pleasuring and just as you’re close to orgasming, have your partner take over. This could help in the orgasm building up and being more impactful than before. PS: Adding a vibrator can help you two make the most of your five minutes! Don’t sweat about the details Spontaneous sex rarely gives you enough time to be as well-groomed as you like. So, forget about how you look or about the fact that you haven’t shaved your legs. There’s a good chance your partner isn’t really going to care about that when he has more interesting things to look forward to. Keep your expectations low The more pressure you put on a quickie, the harder it’ll be to climax. And you know what they say about high expectations leading to disappointments, right? Go with the flow and just try to have some fun doing something different with your partner.

Amazon India partners fashion brands to push up sales

Wednesday, November 1 2017

Amazon India partners fashion brands to push up sales

| Wednesday, 01 November 2017 Amazon India is aggressively pursuing partnerships with offline fashion brands that have high recall among urban consumers. It is even looking to invest in some of these brands and offline retailers. It has already picked up a small stake in Shoppers Stop. Amazon’s array of private labels is yet to take off in a big way in India. The retailer wants a wide assortment of big brands which can give it an exclusive edge. Accelerating growth in the category is important for Amazon. This year was an aggressive year for Amazon in terms of growing its overall selection as well as strengthening the branded portfolio. It launched over 50 top fashion brands like Under Armour, New Balance, Gap and many more iconic brands like Mothercare, Marks & Spencer, Forever 21, Forever New, Michael Kors and brands like Steve Madden jewelry and Juicy Couture watches. Fashion is expected to be the largest product category in online retail by 2020 and also offers much higher margins than smart phones and other electronics. Fashion is now the second largest category in e-commerce. It is not a price-sensitive category like smart phones or accessories. Increasingly, offline and online are getting together in a big way, since large offline brands also need online channels to drive sales.