Saturday, 21 September 2013

Must-haves for parties

Must-haves for parties

Before you choose to let your hair down, don't forget to carry some of the night-out essentials like money, makeup and phone.

Here is a list of products that you will need when you are out to party:

Compact powder and blotting sheets: To control sweat, keep a compact powder or blotting sheets.

Lipstick: Take a long-lasting lip colour with you.

iPhone: Instead of worrying where you kept your iphone, keep it close to you by putting it in your clutch or pouch.

Cash: Money is always important, especially when you need a cab ride to reach home late at night.

Credit card: Don't be dependant on others to get you a drink. So in addition to cash, carry your credit card.

Listerine strips: Bad breath is a complete turnoff. The strips will help to keep your breath fresh.

Filmi ishtyle at a click

Filmi ishtyle at a click

Lusting over Deepika's two-tone net sari on that film poster? Shikha Shah tells you how to own the replica, that too at a reasonable price.

Have you ever fantasised about owning a celebrity wardrobe? Well, the reality is that most of us are trying to keep up with being fashionable within a budget. But this doesn't mean you can't own Sridevi's chiffon white sari from Chandni or Deepika Padukone's sari from the song Badtameez Dil. With fashion portals selling exact replicas of these saris at pocket-friendly prices, having the same outfit as your favourite Bollywood diva is no sweat.

The Bollywood obsession

Bollywood stars, to a large extent, dictate popular styles that flood the markets as a trickledown effect. "Actresses dressed in statement saris and opulent lehengas etch a lasting impression on the minds of the audience. Women in awe of these actresses, start imagining themselves in the glamorous avatar and find ways to emulate the style," saysPradeep Katyal, CEO, "The fad has gone to a whole new level, courtesy the internet, social media and paparazzi culture. This has resulted into a mushrooming of sites that are selling low pricedesigner knock-offs," says gen-next fashion designer Aniket Satam.

Sari - the all-time silhouette

Nothing flatters a woman's figure like a sensuously draped sari. "If draped well, a sari can make you look sensuous, beautiful and sophisticated, all at the same time. Moreover, it's an outfit that's very well-accepted in our culture," says designer Mrunal Yangad. While most designers are happy about the fact that the Indian sari is taking the international fashion world by storm, Satam feels it is a cash cow for designers. "A sari appeals to the masses and can be easily translated in any size, colour and type. With the trend of destination and theme weddings, NRIs do not mind spending lakhs of rupees to recreate looks of popular Bollywood brides, both on and off screen," he says.

Within your budget

Ishita Swarup, founder of says, "Bollywood actresses are always in sync with the latest trends as they are amongst the fortunate firsts to get their hands on the latest designer collections. But what about an average woman who can't afford to shop at the same designers' stores to dress stylishly? 

These replicas are a way for women to add a bit of filmi glamour to their lives." These portals source from small manufacturers who very closely replicate the most talked-about saris, salwarsuits and anarkalis worn by top actresses in films as well as red carpet events, for an affordable price. Don't be a total copycat! There may have been times when you've been disheartened that what looked good on your favourite actress, doesn't look the same on you. "Women often forget the fact that a lot goes into making an actress look drop-dead gorgeous. When buying an outfit online, you may imagine the actress wearing it but forget to analyse whether it will suit your body type and personality. When trying to ape someone else's look, it's essential to keep your assets and preferences in mind, rather than blindly following your style icon," says fashion designer Payal Jain. Moreover, not all garments worn by heroines make practical sense. "Most times, silhouettes worn by actresses in films are too revealing and suitable only for the silver screen," points out designer Rajat Tangri. Not everyone is born with a flair for fashion and styling. "Wearing something which has already been experimented with might work for some while others might end up looking like clones," say designers Pragya and Megha Samor. Fashion designer Shouger Merchant Doshi believes the thought of yearning to look like anyone else, be it a celebrity or not, is flawed. "The idea should be to effortlessly stand out in a crowd by maintaining your individuality. Believe in i n s p i ra - tion, not imitation," he says.


Your body type and skin tone. Women who are plump can choose chiffon and georgette saris with thin borders. Slim or skinny women can go for saris with thick borders, woven in heavier fabrics like silk, brocade, cotton and organza as these will add volume to the body and enhance their curves. Manish Saksena, co-founder, says, "When purchasing garments online, be sure to check the description of the fabric and the length of the sari." Since you are buying it at a lesser rate, there may be cost-cutting involved. The fabric is likely to be different or the handwork may be replaced with machine work. These minor alterations might change the drape of the outfit. It's best to purchase a sari with an unstitched blouse. This will help you customise the design and fit of the blouse as per your preference.

Beauty benefits of green tea

Beauty benefits of green tea

Green tea and its health benefits have been greatly extolled by the world. Here are a few.

Green tea can be regarded as a storehouse of benefits for the skin. It contains a great deal ofantioxidants which are effective against free radicals. These free radicals, which are formed when the skin is exposed to the UV rays of the sun, are accountable for premature aging. 

Green tea has also been found extremely effective in safeguarding the skin against sunburn and tanning when applied locally. 

The antioxidants found in green tea are also responsible in combatingskin cancer by blocking the cancer causing harmful enzyme, junk. 

This wondrous natural component is also responsible for the cell renewal process. The aged keratinocytes cells are biologically energized by the polyphenol compounds in green team, which in turn, synthesize the DNA and prevent premature aging of the cells. 

On occasions of skin inflammation, green tea acts as a great soother. It has also been found out that green tea shows notable improvements among cases of psoriasis and rosacea, accompanied by inflammation. 

In cases of acnes and pimples, green tea comes in great aid as the antibacterial content in it, known as catechins, reduces over stimulation of the skin hormones. Further, the overall appearance of the skin is also improved along with complexion when green tea is used as a drink or as a mask. 

Experts suggest that applying green tea mask directly on the face is the most effective sun guard. Acne and pimples subside considerably with green tea treatment when a mask of the same is applied on to the face.

Types of fashion careers

There are many jobs in the fashion industry which are available to people who are interested in them. Some of the jobs like sewing, require a lot of skills while others do not. Many people start their career as an intern in a store or a company or as a personal assistant for stylists, photographers and managers. After gaining some experience in that area,  they usually find their way in the industry and start looking for higher paid jobs and become somewhat independent.
Fashion designer
A cloth designer is the mastermind behind any fashion design. Traditionally, many of them use sketches to create a preliminary design which will be eventually converted into a real cloth.
Editorial works
Editors or editor assistants are the people who are involved in writing or revising manuscripts before they get published in fashion magazines, books or websites.
Fashion journalist
People who attend fashion shows (catwalks) and other events and report the fashion activities to journals, websites, and so on.
Hair stylist
A person who takes care of the model’s or customer’s hair and make them ready for the photo shooting or a catwalk.
Makeup artist
A person who does the makeup for the model or client.
Marketing staffs are the key people who are involved in convincing retailers to buy a product.
A person who wears garments for exhibitions and photography.
Personal stylist
A person who advises and/or assists an individual in selecting and buying clothes, doing makeup, etc. In other words, they help celebrities and other rich people to select and buy fashionable clothing and be stylish all the times.
Is a person who sewes garments using hand or sewing machines. Some of the skilled people earn a lot of money out of making clothes for high-end designers and fashion brands.
Tailors do minimal altering to the garment to make them fit to the buyer.
Visual designer
Visual designers are responsible for putting everything together as an exhibition. They try to make sure that every object is in harmony with the rest of the exhibition in the best way possible.

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Thursday, 19 September 2013

Top fashion mistakes that men make

Top fashion mistakes that men make
Top fashion mistakes that men make

Just having a face that fits Prince Charming isn't enough. If you look like you just made the biggest wardrobe blunder of the year, it's time to sit up and get that error out of the way. Here are style no-nos that most men make and ought to avoid:

Too much shine: This one just doesn't cut it by any standards. We mean, why would you want to look like you've escaped from the disco? Shinysuits and iridescent trousers look crass and loud. If you wear it on an evening out it's one thing, but men who wear shiny material pants or shirts must revamp in favour of kinder fabrics like linen and cotton.

Wearing socks and sandals: OK, school-going lad you are not, so get rid of this look immediately. It's a major casual style offender as most guys have been doing this for years. Rule is: socks go with closed shoes and under trousers or chinos. Shorts worn with socks and sandals will only edge you into nerdville and drive away the ladies, so watch out!

Wrinkled clothes: If you haven't had the time to iron out that favourite shirt, wear something else. Resembling this morning's laundry basket is a huge blooper and just shouts out that you're a disorganised, careless soul. Remember, a slob can never look cool.

Going overboard with neon: Sure, bright orange and green may be in vogue and men sport the hues too. But if you have to showcase neon don't be an eyesore. Integrate the shade right in your wardrobe. Simply use a neon ties over a subtle shaded shirt, or if you are wearing a bright shirt, wear it with simple blue denim. A blazer and a shirt worn together in bright shades should be ruled out.

Wearing ripped jeans everywhere: Yes, the washed-out, ripped denim look might be cool, but it can't be worn on all occasions like some people deem it fit. It's not party wear, neither is it Saturday dressing, so do not wear it to work. The rockstar look is okay for a movie or on a casual date.