Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Make Your Blog A Better Place


These are a few things that I have learnt in the limited time that I have been blogging since. So here I am just putting forward a few pointers which in my opinion must always be taken care of. Of course my opinion need not resonate with yours. But read if you think this might help.

1) Post as and when convenient but do not post bad pictures or repeated content just because you need a post for the week. In today’s day where there are over a million fashion blogs, try to make yours stand out by using content or ideas which have not been dealt with before. Don’t do a post on how to make a braid especially when you know 10 other people just did that. Be original.

2) Learn to say NO. Just because someone else collaborated with a brand, doesn’t mean you do so too even though you don’t relate to it. A lot of websites have contacted me to write for them/or brands to preview their collections etc. but if I have not been able to relate to it, I have politely refused it. Create your own market value.

3) Stop with the sheep mentality. You don’t need to wear a particular brand or own a particular pair of shoes just because 10 other international bloggers own them and because they swear by it. Being a fashion bloggers calls for being experimental but not at the expense of your comfort.

4) Communicate. It’s very important for you to market yourself. Interact with your followers, on
your blog or your Facebook page or on twitter, whichever is convenient to you. This adds a personal touch and makes your blog different from all those bloggers who log on to blogger, write a brag story and sign out until the next brag story of course.

5) Pay attention to your pictures. I know it can sometimes we difficult to shoot pertaining to weather conditions, distances, personal commitments, etc. But for the love of god do not put up a blurry picture or a video which is done halfheartedly. It shouts out nothing but unprofessional.

6) Be picky. Talk about what you want to. Show what you want to. As much as it is important to make sure you don’t disrespect others, it’s also very imperative that you say your mind out. After all it’s your blog!

7) Stick to simple blog layouts. Don’t cramp it up with advertisements, etc. You never want the focus to shift from your content to anything else.

8) Lastly, there are always going to be people who do not agree with you, send you hate mails, write nasty things in your comments section, etc. I’ve had a decent share of all this and I'm sure you have too but what I’ve learnt from this is ‘you can’t please everyone’. And frankly you don’t have to. Be confident and don’t let this put you down.

9) Maintain a good relationship with fellow bloggers. This will help you get a better perspective of things and you can always discuss similar problems. Promote each other on your blogs, do guest blogs. This is a healthy way of sharing viewership.


Monday, 23 March 2015

How to incorporate the superfood KALE in your salad AND serum

How to incorporate the superfood KALE 
in your salad AND serum
  1. It rejuvenates skin: Kale is a fantastic superfood – including it into your diet and your beauty regimen provides a lot of nutrients and antioxidants that help rejuvenate your skin. More beauty brands are starting to incorporate this superfood into their products because of its great health benefits.
  2. It's a natural, food-based beauty ingredient: Beauty products are not regulated, so you have to be very cautious about ingredients! That's why organic brands that incorporate food-based ingredients, like kale, are so great. Make sure to read labels and understand the ingredients included in each product. My rule is: if you can't put it in your mouth, don't put it on your skin!
  3. It pairs well with (almost) anything: Whether in beauty products, green detox smoothies or in chip form, you can find kale in a form everyone will love. The celebs love it!
  4. It's chock-full of vitamins: Kale has a lot of amazing vitamins that help our entire body - A (helps with wrinkles) C (helps with collagen) K (helps with dark circles) are just a few. Kale can also help with inflammation.
  5. Shanna's Top Kale Picks: When it comes to kale-infused skincare, I love Eminence! It's my go-to brand. They produce high quality beauty products and have recently introduced a great kale-infused serum -  my go-to's are Eminence Citrus & Kale Serum and Eminence Citrus & Kale Masque  
Shanna Israel, Celeb lifestyle expert and Founder of Vertical Wellness Shanna Israel is a professional nutrition and lifestyle expert in the intersecting worlds of health, wellness, fashion and entertainment. Shanna has immersed herself within the healthcare industry after her near death experience battling West Nile virus followed by Graves' disease and Hashimoto's. Shanna, now a health advocate and wellness professional, created Vertical Wellness as platform for people to learn about viable treatment options and preventative care. Combining her expertise in wellness and health, as well as nutrition and dietary restrictions for various diet plans and conditions, Vertical Wellness collaborates with health professionals and A-list celebrities to deliver invaluable information to help readers achieve optimal health, regardless of dietary restriction or limitation.

Friday, 31 October 2014

Build a strong immune system this winter



With fall and winter comes flu. The cool winter wind brings with it a swarm of winter diseases.

Inside our body there is an amazing protection mechanism called the immune system and the main job of this system is to guard you against millions of bacteria, microbes, viruses, toxins and parasites that would love to attack your body. Our immune system is directly affected by what we eat, drink and breathe. The poorer the diet, the greater will be the amount of toxins that will accumulate in our body, making us more susceptible to infections, viruses and cancer. Our body is designed to process, metabolize and clear toxins naturally. However, we live in a world where the amount of toxins we take in daily far exceeds permissible levels. These toxins have overwhelmed the body’s natural cleansing pathways.

Messing up with the body’s internal clock may ramp up inflammation. The best way to protect ourselves from the cold chill is to be and feel stronger this season. So it’s time to think about how to protect you from high risk of catching a cold, cough and stuffy nose during the winter season.

Here are some "stay-well" strategies and tips to boost your immune system:

  • Healthy and Balanced diet – Include Vitamins A, C, D and E nutrients and minerals like zinc and omega-3 fatty acids to your diet. E.g Broccoli, Spinach, Carrots, Apples, Berries, Meat, Poultry, Dairy products, etc. (Your body needs vitamin C to build and maintain healthy skin—your body’s first line of defense in preventing disease and infection. The vitamin is also critical for producing white blood cells and antibodies that fight off infections, and it is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect cells from free-radical damage. Vitamin C: - Oranges, Grapes, Broccoli, Strawberries, Sprouts, Papaya and pineapple, Red and Green Capsicum
  • Get adequate sleep - As we all know, sleep is the time your body uses to rest, repair and recover.
  • Sweat it out – By adding exercise to your daily routine it discharges tension and stress and enhances immune function. Exercise not only helps your immune system fight off simple bacterial and viral infections, it decreases your chances of developing heart disease, osteoporosis, and cancer.
  • Say hello to friendly bacteria - 80% of our immune system is located in our digestive system, so make sure to keep that healthy by adding yogurt or raw sauerkraut to your diet.
  • Water, Water, Water - Staying hydrated is one of the best things you can do for your health. For an extra boost, add a slice of lemon, which will provide extra vitamin C. (Drinking plenty of water ensures that your blood will carry plenty of oxygen to all the cells of your body. This means that all of your body's systems will function adequately, because they'll be getting plenty of oxygen. Your immune system functions best when your muscles and organs are functioning best. ) Calcium is present in nearly every whole food that you eat, or water that you drink.
  • Soak in the Sun (if you can manage some) – the best source for Vitamin D. Vitamin D plays an important role in protecting your bones and your body requires it to absorb calcium. If you don't get enough vitamin D, you may lose bone, have lower bone density, and you're more likely to break bones as you age.
  • Immunize Yourself – Timely vaccinations have had a huge impact on reducing, and in many cases nearly eradicating, a number of infectious diseases.
  • Don’t smoke

Monday, 27 October 2014

Reasoning Behind Celebrity Name Change

5 Factors Influenced Amal Alamuddin’s 
Decision to Take George Clooney’s Last Name 


Name Change Expert and CEO of MissNowMrs.com, Danielle Tate, 
Provides the Reasoning Behind the Latest Celebrity Name Change

George Clooney married Amal Alamuddin married nearly three weeks ago and Amal announced that she is changing her name to Amal Clooney. While Amal opted to take Clooney as her last name, her age (36) and professional identity as an international lawyer are factors that would make one think that she would have kept her maiden name in some way (perhaps as a middle name).

While Amal is a high profile woman in the public eye, all newlywed women as well as more and more same sex partners face the concept of name change after marriage. What influences their decisions about their names is very interesting.  Danielle Tate, a name change expert and the CEO of MissNowMrs.com, the leading online name change service for bride, provides the five key factors that influence name change decisions after marriage 

     1.         The Age of the Bride. Statistically, the older a woman is when she marries, the more likely she is to keep her maiden name in some way.  Property accrued, businesses created and more life spent as Miss XYZ tend to make older women hyphenate last names, take two last names, or take their maiden name as a middle name.

     2.         The Bride’s Profession.  Women with careers that depend on name recognition, such as lawyers, doctors and real estate agents are also more likely to keep the name that makes them money.  Again, they may take two last names, hyphenate, or take their maiden names as middle names.

     3.         The Educational Level of the Bride. The more degrees held by a woman before she weds, the more likely she is to keep her maiden name as part of her name. Typically this trend is attributed to the time/money spent earning the degrees, the pride in her degrees or simply the dread of trying to change her name on all of them.

     4.         Presence of Male Siblings. Having one or more brothers in her family is a factor that typically skews a woman towards taking her spouse’s last name.  As she has male family members to carry on her family name, she is less likely to feel the need to keep her maiden name after marriage.

     5.         A Family Plan. Women who intend to have children after marriage are more likely to take their spouse’s name in some way.  Sharing the same name with their offspring will alleviate school pickup and international travel headaches.

Outside of all of these factors, are the romantics who truly wish to share a name with their spouse and see it as the final step in becoming a married couple.  For them, the factors above may mean absolutely nothing.  Perhaps Mrs. Amal Clooney is one of the romantics.

Monday, 29 September 2014

World's Most Attractive Women? India #5 in the World and #1 in Asia



GirlsOnAMap, a travel website designed for bachelors, announced the first data-driven map of ratings of the most attractive ethnicities around the world. Over 60,000 people from more than 90 countries contributed ratings of women based on pictures – no celebrities or models allowed – uploaded by the GirlsOnAMap community of men and women. The released map charts the cumulative average of the ratings of all the women in a given country to form a composite score.

“If someone were to ask you, ‘where in the world are the most attractive – or hottest – girls?’ you almost certainly would have a skewed opinion, since you, and everyone around you, has never been to every country in the world,” said Kevin Leu, Founder and CEO of OnAMap. “This is the first big data-driven chart that demonstrates the results of an open and cumulative process to all people and their ratings around the world.”

The map features data on over 60 countries. Norway ranked as the number one-rated country beating out number two Lithuania by more than .2% points. The first Asian country listed, India, came in at number five. The first South American country, Argentina, came in at number twelve, five spots above rival Brazil. The United States came in at number twenty-four. Individual users can go to the site and rate to find out their own personal tastes on women around the world. A top list will form in the user’s profile.
“There’s always been these arbitrary top-ten lists of most attractive ethnicities – or countries – but the list is compiled by one person or a select group of people,” said Leu. “Further complicating the matter, most of these people use a celebrity as their criteria for selection. GirlsOnAMap is a site for real women you’ll see on the streets and the quantitative data that has been lacking – until now.”

Top 10 Most Attractive Countries Based on Women:
1. Norway
2. Lithuania
3. Poland
4. Switzerland
5. India
6. Sweden
7. Iceland
8. Iraq
9. Belgium
10. Hungary

To see the composite scores of the countries – on a scale of 1 to 10 – plus the rankings of the other countries, view the attached map and/or visit Blog.GirlsOnAMap.com for more info on the study.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

5 Ways to Overcome Gymtimidation


5 Ways to Overcome Gymtimidation
 By Alejandro Chaban

1) Problem: LACK OF KNOWLEDGE: You're there and you have no idea how to use the machines or all of those weird balls. The only thing you see is all those expert people jumping from one machine to the next and you just stare at them with a confused look on your face without knowing where to start.
SOLUTION: Invest in one session with a personal trainer that can show you how to use the machines work and design a specific routine for you. Another option that's cheaper is to go on You Tube and look for different video tutorials that show you how to work every muscle and even learn fun cardio routines to practice at home.

2) Problem: COMPETITION: Getting to the gym the first few days and looking at the girl next to you and wanting to compete with her is a VERY bad idea. The only thing you're going to do with this is feel bad if you can't keep up with her.
SOLUTION: Don't compare yourself to anybody. Your only competition is yourself. You don't know the other girl's story, what drives her and how long she's been doing this.

3) Problem: PUBLISH YOUR TRAINING: When we're first starting we want EVERYONE to know what we're doing and we share it on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and every other way we can think of. This causes us to spend more time on our phones than actually working out.
SOLUTION: Leave your phone in the locker or use it only to listen to music. Stop telling the world you're going to work out and just WORK OUT! I'm guilty of taking a few selfies here and there but I try not to and always tell myself FOCUS ALEJANDRO! At the end of the day if you don't work out you won't have any results to share.

4) Problem: WRONG CLOTHES: This doesn't mean that you should get the most expensive and trendy clothes for the gym, it's about having the right underwear, pants, shoes and socks. This is important for you to feel comfortable, confident and to avoid injuries. I used to go to the gym with those huge heavy cotton shirts that were always 3 sizes bigger, when I saw myself in the mirror I got even more depressed and lost all my motivation. WATCH IT! It's not about being naked in public LOL.

5) Problem: SIMPLICITY: When you go to the gym try to take as less things as possible, I used to take a padlock, water, my phone, an ipod, a bag, towels, mi protein shake my wallet, a book and 40 different things. This just made me lose my focus and I always ended up losing stuff.
SOLUTION: Try to take as little as possible and leave everything in the locker.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Summer Proof Your Skin



The long-awaited summer is just around the corner. However, before we head out to soak in the Vit. D let's prepare our skin and protect it from the potential damaged. We have these tips straight from the horses' mouth, aka Sirisha Singh, one of the leading dermatologists, who suggests the following to achieve a glowing and healthy summer skin. 


1. Quit Smoking

Besides the fact that it is injurious to your health, nicotine has the potential to kill the skin. Nicotine causes thinning of blood vessels in the skin. Therefore lesser amount of oxygen is available to the skin which affects the ability of the skin to renew and regenerate. Over a period of time this hastens aging of the skin. Many heavy smokers also suffer from "fag lines" which are lines that radiate out from the outer edge of the lips. 



2. Never Miss Your SPF

This comes a close second to nicotine in terms of skin sins. Cumulative UV exposure over years adds up to significant skin damage and adds years to the skin. The UV light causes pigmentation of the skin, damages the collagen (the elastic tissue) of the skin and in extreme cases also has the potential to cause skin cancers.



3. Remove Make-up Before Bed

During the night, the skin rejuvenates itself. The temperature of the skin goes up a notch and the pores open up. Hence it is vital to cleanse the skin at night to unplug the pores and use night creams or vitamin rich creams overnight as they penetrate better at night. Wearing make-up to bed clogs the pores and can cause break-outs of pimples. Over a period of time, the cumulative damage may cause the skin to appear lackluster.



4. Lead a Stress-free Life

During stress, our body releases a hormone called cortisol. This reduces the blood supply to the skin and over a period of time, the skin may appear dull, sallow and may also develop acne. There is no single solution for stress, each one of us has to devise their own coping strategy which may be yoga, breathing exercises, walking or going to the gym.



5. Never Skip Sleep

The term "beauty sleep" is not a myth. It is based on scientific facts. During sleep, our body releases growth hormone. This hormone helps the skin to heal itself and adds a healthy glow. People who do not get the required amount of sleep or people who have a poor quality sleep often do not produce enough of this hormone and can as a consequence have dull skin which also ages faster.



6. Eat Healthy

During summers, the heat and UV rays cause significant oxidative damage to skin and other organs. Brightly colored fruits and vegetables are rich in anti-oxidants, which help in combating this damage. If our intake of anti-oxidants in the diet is inadequate, there is extensive damage to cells which is manifested as accelerated aging.



Most of us have committed some sin or the other at various points in our lives. The point is that these sins if not controlled and if committed over prolonged periods of time can cause significant damage which is irreparable. However, we should point out that cheating for one day in a month is insignificant. So, try and avoid these sins for great looking and glowing skin this summer.