Farhan Akhtar was spotted in Khar yesterday as life in Mumbai kicked back to normal

Against all odds

We've been chronicling their romance for the past two years, so it’s only fair we do the same with the denouement. And Gaurav Assomull and Garima Chawla ensured their wedding was as dramatic as their coming together. The two had planned to wed in Gaurav’s new home in Bandra, Mumbai on August 29, in the presence of friends and family. But not even the met department had anticipated the heavy downpour that Tuesday brought on, bringing Mumbai to a standstill. So, with a bride stranded outside a Santacruz five-star and a pandit waiting at home, Gaurav had no choice but to wade through water to bring his “Mrs” home. “If this isn’t love, I don’t know what is,” he says of a little video that he made of his experience. Meanwhile, parents Sangeeta and Madan Assomull, brother Vickram Assomull and aunt Anju Chulani drove five hours from Breach Candy to get to Bandra. Couturier Suneet Varma and his partner Rahul Arora, who had made the wedding trousseau, didn’t make it from Delhi as their flight was cancelled. Anyway, all’s well that ends well. The couple were finally wed at 11.30pm at night. And we’re sure they will remember their wedding day for more reasons than one.

Going big in Big Apple

Come September and city designer Purvi Doshi is all set to fly to the Big Apple to showcase her collection at the New York Fashion Week 2017. The fashion week that starts from September 7 will have Purvi showcasing two collections on the opening day. A little birdie tells your diarist that the fashion designer is the only one from the city to head to Manhattan to showcase her collection this year. Your diarist caught up with Doshi, busy wrapping up prep for the show, who revealed: “I have two shows – one is titled Coexistence, which is all about khadi and the other is Beauty and Beads, which consists hand embroidered and mirror work creations. The basic idea behind is to show to the world that Indian fabrics are also sustainable. Of course, taking khadi to an international level is also a motive behind it.” Do us proud, girl!

Scent of a woman

of Mumbai’s highly placed folks are bemoaning the passing of Neeta Parekh. The accomplished lady, who was a festival decorator and the preferred florist of some leading industrialist families, passed away in her sleep on Monday. She was often called the Kenneth Turner of India after the famed British ornamental horticulturist. Parekh, or Neetaben, did almost all the parties and weddings in the Ambani family, and also worked for the Bachchans, Uma Dubash and Roohi Jaikishan. Parekh also did the decor for the Ambanis’ Ganesh party last week. Our condolences to her family and friends.

In hair, we care

Hardik Pandya is surely going places. The 23-year-old all-rounder, billed by many to fill the big boots of legendary Kapil Dev, is riding on his on-field performance after his impressive Test debut in The Emerald Islands. Off the field, the Vadodara youngster is famous for his fashion statements and his everchanging hairstyle is always a hit with his legion of fans. As the team took a day off after their ODI series win against the Lankans, Hardik posted a picture showing off his new Mohawk hairstyle with a blue light dominating the scene. And he posted a cheeky caption too: “Blue skies, blue pool, team Blue and the new hairdo.” Well, a good rhyme is not a crime. #loveditpandya


An IPL team, which has managed to hang on in the tournament despite relentless rumours of it being up for sale, has given its team a different moniker in the South African version of the league. Seems it would rather not carry forward any kind of baggage to Cape Town. Of course, its move goes against the very grain of brand building, but rumour has it that the owners, who are big into vastu, found the original name to be pretty inauspicious.Read more at:formal dresses australia | short formal dresses


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Jhanvi Kapoor

With Mumbai buzzing with Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations, Bollywood celebrities have been giving us serious style goals in their desi avatars. From gorgeous saris to stunning lehengas, we’ve all been taking notes on what’s not, and what’s not. After all, with these stars showcasing the best of designerwear off-ramp, where better to get our style-spiration from? And right along with our household B-Town fashionistas is the next generation, that has been creating waves with their sartorial choices, and sisters Jhanvi and Khushi Kapoor form one such sibling duo.

Though, we’ve been more used to seeing Jhanvi and Saif Ali Khan’s daughter Sara Ali Khan dominating the next-gen fashion headlines, this time around the younger Kapoor girl, Khushi, has grabbed our attention in an Anita Dongre ensemble, along with Jhanvi, who was also wearing a lehenga from the same designer.

While Jhanvi was seen wearing a bright yellow and orange lehenga, Khushi opted for soothing pastel shades. The former, who is yet to announce her Bollywood debut, has been slaying it in the style department for some time and did not disappoint in this appearance too. A pastel orange embroidered choli, with a plunging neckline and silver gota border, was perfectly paired with a yellow lehenga, with multicoloured floral motifs – giving the overall ensemble a very festive and modern look. The pink-and-silver gota work border at the hemline, not only complemented the attire but accentuated the pastel base.

Stylist Eshaa Amiin did a great job with minimalist make-up to balance the heavy look of the outfit. With light pink lips and tresses kept open in soft waves, the look was refreshing and breezy. Keeping the accessories to bare-minimum with just statement jhumkas, with yellow beads matching the ensemble.

Khushi, too, was styled by Amiin, and chose to wear just a golden bracelet to let her attire do all the talking. Wearing a simple powdered pink lehenga with a bright pink border, it was aptly paired with a grey satin blouse and sheer dupatta. The stylish blue and pink latkans, the silver gota-border added just the right amount of bling to otherwise a humble option.

‘Tis the season to go traditional, as we’ve discussed, and just recently Jhanvi looked resplendent in a Manish Malhotra lehenga at the Ganesh Chaturthi party hosted by Mukesh Ambani.Read more at:bridesmaid dresses online | formal dresses australia


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Designer wins scholarship

Katherine Funk has been named this year’s recipient of the Karin Simpson Memorial Scholarship for Creativity. The 17-year-old said she plans to pursue a career as a costume designer.

“I’d like to go to school at Olds (College). They have a Calgary campus for fashion, so I’d like to stay in the area,” she said. “I’d love to be a costume designer.”

Karin Simpson was a well-known Airdrie artist and founding member of the Creative Airdrie Society. Simpson passed away in 2014. The $500 scholarship is awarded each year to an Airdrie graduating student who is pursuing a post-secondary education in the arts, including visual arts, drama, music, musical theatre, film, new media, literature, design and dance.

Costume design is a natural choice for Funk, who said she’s always had a love of history. She began making costumes for her dolls, gradually progressing to making costumes for herself.

“Historical drama is my passion. Depending on the time, I always have different favourite eras, but at the moment I’m really into the 1860s,” she said. “I really love the crinoline underneath (the skirts) and the really huge, fluffy style of the time – they’re just so extravagant and I really love that.”

Funk’s mother is Veronica Funk, a nationally recognized visual artist. Funk said her mom has been a source of inspiration.

“She helps me out and we work on projects together. Right now I’m making a bustle dress so she created a stamp for me so I could stamp my own fabric,” she said.

For Veronica, her daughter winning the scholarship has special meaning, as she and Simpson were friends.

“I've been rather weepy about the whole thing; that it's my girl and the beautiful way she thinks about fashion and self-esteem, and that it's the Karin Simpson scholarship as she was a friend,” Veronica said.

Funk said she was thrilled to be chosen to receive the award.

“It means so much because I know it’s really tough to get into the arts and to succeed. It’s just really, really nice that so many people have been supporting me,” she said. “I wasn’t actually expecting to get this at all.”Read more at:short formal dresses | formal dresses 2017


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Beauty Talk

From time to time in our ‘beauty talk’ section, we feature different celebrities who share their experiences, achievements and beauty secrets with us. This week You! talks to Lahore-based designer Hira Ali, who creates a balance between contemporary designs and traditional grace.

Hira Ali is a contemporary designer with a distinction in fashion designing from Pakistan Institute of Fashion Design (PIFD). She received further training at the prestigious Paris based Fashion School - Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture, after which she led the western couture department at the leading fashion label, Elan for two years. Her thesis collection ‘Curiouser and Curiouser’ was selected for the PFDC ‘rising talent’ platform and was showcased at PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2016. According to Hira, designing clothes is something she has always been passionate about. “My mom had a small workshop, I used to spend all my time over there and she was cool enough to let me design the clothes - from sketching to overlooking production.”

Hira officially launched her fashion couture label Hira Ali Studio in May 2017 in Model Town, Lahore. Minimalistic designs are a core feature of the brand that creates a marriage of traditional and modern techniques. These days she is working on her bridal collection and a project with Nordic International School. Let’s find out more about this young and dynamic designer...

You! What is your design philosophy?

Hira Ali: My philosophy is to create minimal and understated yet astounding designs.

You! What type of clothes do you design for women?

H.A: We design haute couture and pret-a-porter.

You! Why do you think women should wear designer clothes?

H.A: Designer clothes are supposed to be unique and not run of the mill. As a designer, I make a conscious effort not to blend in with the rest. Our ensembles are unique and are for women who want to make a statement.

You! What do you like best about designing clothes?

H.A: The best thing is the process, having an idea turn into reality. The satisfaction I have when a client wears my clothes and looks flawless in that dress is the best feeling.

You! What was the first outfit that you designed?

H.A: It would be a tunic I made in my mom’s workshop when I was seven years old!

You! How would you define your own sense of style?

H.A: My style is androgynous, simple and chic.

You! What is your signature embellishment and fabric choice?

H.A: I have a signature style of embellishments, my embellishments ‘pop’, I call the 3D and you can instantly tell that this is Hira Ali’s work. I like to play around with different kinds of fabrics but all being 100 per cent pure and of the highest quality.

You! What is the inspiration behind your latest collection?

H.A: My latest collection is inspired by mythology, specifically Norse mythology. The heroes, creatures and deities make a great visual narrative.

You! Tell us about how you developed your aesthetic?

H.A: It wasn’t something I developed consciously but rather it developed naturally from within and everything that was inspiring. Art, music, literature, history and people inspire me.

You! Do you prefer sketching designs or actually constructing them?

H.A: Like I mentioned before, I love the entire process not one part or the other. The sketching part I love because it gives me creative freedom and I am in flow when doing that. The construction is like seeing your ideas turn into reality and the satisfaction of making that happen is parallel to none!

You! What seasonal looks and colours are you expecting this summer?

H.A: Statement sleeves, bright colours, lots of yellows, hot pinks and reds. Colour blocking is going to make its way back with a lot of interesting collage of colours.

You! In your opinion what is the biggest mistake a person can make while dressing here?

H.A: Over accessorizing an excessively ornate ensemble.

You! What is one piece of clothing that you shy away from wearing and why?

H.A: I am always quite hesitant to wear printed lawn, however if the design is unique and not regular, I would wear it.

You! What are the difficulties faced by designers in getting their work done?

H.A: Unpredictable power cutbacks and unannounced holidays from workers.

You! What are the high points and low points of being a designer?

H.A: High points are usually short lived and last mostly 5 minutes at maximum. You have to get over it quickly and return to the grind.

You! How long does it usually take for you to design an outfit?

H.A: It takes two minutes in the head, and then hours and hours of sweaty work till your sample is complete to perfection.

You! Do you think there is potential for new designers in our fashion industry?

H.A: Yes, the industry is kind to you if you bring something different to the table.

Beauty corner

You: What is one cosmetic you cannot do without?

H.A: Moisturiser.

You: When stepping out, do you wear make up all the time?

H.A: I usually just dap on my BB cream and put on a lip balm.

You: When it comes to cosmetics, which brand do you usually use?

H.A: I am not loyal to a single brand, I like to try different products.

You! Your make-up bag consists of...

H.A: Blush, BB cream, eyebrow pencil, mascara and a face shimmer.

You: Do you go to the salon regularly for your facials?

H.A: I wish I had the time to do that! To compensate I scrub my face regularly in the morning.

You! Your favourite local stylist or beautician:

H.A: I trust Shammal Qureshi for my hair, eyes closed! We do the craziest things and it always ends up well!

You! Your favourite international stylist or beautician:

H.A: Joseph Cassell.

You: You prefer going to a spa or salon:

H.A: Spa.

You: Your favourite perfumes:

H.A: These days I am hooked to Gucci Guilty.

You: Your beauty regimen?

H.A: Scrub regularly, always moisturize and eat lots of fruits and vegetables.

You: Do you use anti-ageing creams?

H.A: I think I still have a few years to go without them.

You! Do you believe in treatments like Botox?

H.A: I believe everyone has the right to do whatever he or she wants with his or her body but have the responsibility to live with the consequences also. Personally, I haven’t considered it as yet.

You! Are you fond of using too much makeup or you preferring a good skin with minimal amount of makeup?

H.A: Minimal all the way.

You! Where do you go for your make-up shopping?

H.A: I usually leave my makeup shopping to my mom because I have no patience for it. If I have to I would hound Sephora at duty frees when I have all the time to kill.

You! Do you use whitening creams? Are they any good?

H.A: When I think I am going too tan I start drinking milk. It does make my skin fresh if nothing else.

You! What is beauty to you?

H.A: Beauty to me is craftsmanship and skill. It is a debate between vintage and modern, cluttered but empty, clean but staggering. It is too many things but always evolving.Read more at:black formal dresses | pink formal dresses


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Sustainable Fashion Day

Over the past few seasons, the sustainable fashion day is finding its lucent vocabulary in a space that is devoid of relevant context. The conversation is pertinent due to myriad reasons, including the huge demographic that subsists on handweaving and surface enhancement handicrafts, the continued environmental damage caused by fashion industry, and then the ever-dwindling heritage of handcrafted textiles. As the day meandered to a close, it managed to add meaning to the fashion quotient and nudge it towards a gentle consciousness.

The CraftIsCool show by Paramparik Karigar

Paramparik Karigar is an organisation that has, for the past 20 years, scanned the length and breadth of India to discover artisans and gave them a regular configuration of selling their work in a direct weaver to consumer interface. In this show, five master craftsmen were paired with five young designers to create the collection in a synergic, collaborative spirit. The collections showcased in traditional crafts of dabu, bagh, shibori, bandhani and ajrakh were palette cleansing in their minimal sensibility.

Matr Bihar Khadi x Kopal New York Because of Nature Australia

Praveen Chauhan started Matr to promote the artisanal communities of Bihar, who were losing their craft of khadi weaving, Today, it works with designers and retail brands to develop customised products in an environmentally-responsible initiative. Two of Matr’s collaborations showcased garments made from lovingly handspun and hand-loomed yardage.


This show aesthetically brought to focus the creative solutions that can tackle the humongous situation of fashion dead stock in the world today. Designers Anuj Bhutani, Chola and Doodlage worked with three corporates to envision an upcycled garment collection that promised amazing fashionable possibilities to utilise the waste that is increasingly choking the earth.


The label shared its organic cotton line in its comfortable, eco-friendly and texturally beautiful avatar in a farm-to-fashion presentation in the form of pleasing saris and garments, in an easy-to-wear vibe.

Sunita Shankar

Sunita Shankar is an authority on the weaves with the stunning ability to infuse effortlessness in the technically complex handloom textiles. This show was a celebration of her design aesthetic that offered looks comprising bandhani, kantha, Benarasi weaves, Chanderi and bagh prints, all of which come from various parts of the country but were presented in ways that adapt easily into our lifestyle.


The collection used the textile in fine blend of wool, silk, cotton and metal to create separates for the urban woman. Handwoven pleats in saris, festive lehngas were included as a restrained ode to the festive season.

Craftmark by AIACA

A Craftmark certification is provided by The All India Artisans and Craftworkers Welfare Association to inform the customer of the fair trade and sustained lifestyles of the artisans involved. The NGOs that provide employment and benefits to women artisans from Nabha (Punjab), Dehradun (Uttarakhand) and Sandur (Karnataka) showcased garments in an interactive format, featuring embroidery techniques like phulkari, patchwork and lambadi.


Anavila Misra’s show, as an apt finale to the Sustainable Fashion Day, was dedicated to the weaving heritage of our land and pushed the brand’s boundaries. The colour black was dominant in the collection of a brand known dearly for its soft pastel shades. The blouses infused a sense of freshness to the ubiquitous sari and excited the audience about dabbling with this beloved drape.Read more at:formal dresses adelaide | formal dresses


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4 signs dermatologist!

Dermatologists are trained to treat skin disorders (including hair and nails!). Dermatology is an arm of medicine that deals with the diseases of the hair, nail and skin.

A lot of people do not take visits to the dermatologist seriously (a lot of people have never even seen one!) making us take our skin for granted. It's better in the present day as a few more people take skincare seriously, who doesn't want clear, glowing skin?

Piling on skincare and beauty products on the skin to mask blemishes only end up causing the skin more harm than good products only work well/makeup only appear flawless when the skin is in perfect condition.

If you notice these signs especially if you don't get dermatological advice often, then it's time to visit one.

1. Stubborn acne/blemishes

When your face, neck and back areas amongst other parts of the body have acne that won't go away even after several topical treatments as well as dietary improvements then it's time to see an expert.

2. You're worried about your skin (physical quality and general feel)

Sometimes when you really need to see a dermatologist, you' know deep down. When the skin is lacklustre/dull and doesn't just vibe well physically after using products that should have visible effect on it, then you should see a dermatologist.

3. You have a mole out of the blues

When you have a stubborn mole appearing on the face suddenly (or on any part of the body) then you should see a dermatologist.

4. You've never seen one

If you've never visited a dermatologist to check up on your skin then it's time to do just that. It's wrong to keep loading on products on the skin without knowing what works best for it and so on.Read more at:cocktail dresses online | year 12 formal dresses


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Fortune to look great

You don't have to spend a fortune to look great. What's more, making your products work double duty will also save you some time, especially when you're rushing to get ready in the morning.

Lotion for your weaves and wigs

One of the most common skin care products, your boring lotion comes in handy for many additional uses. One of them is to tame fly-away hairs. After applying it on your skin, use the product left over on your palms to smoothen your hair. This will work best for weaves and wigs, or Caucasian type hair. You can also dab a bit of lip balm onto your palms and rub smooth them through your hair, wig, or weave to keep those fly-away strands in place.

Hair spray for your eyebrows

Do you have thick, unruly eyebrows? Just as you would use hair spray to keep your hair in place, a little spritz of hair spray can also tame your wild eyebrows. Spritz some hair spray onto your finger (not directly to the eyebrow) and lightly sweep it over your eyebrow. Instead of your fingers, you can also apply the spray with the bristles of an old toothbrush. Your eyebrows will stay in shape the whole day!

Lip balm for cracked skin

Do you have dry or cracked skin? If your usual moisturiser isn't doing the job sufficiently, you can use your lip balm instead. Lip balms usually come with highly hydrating and soothing ingredients such as cocoa-butter, Vitamin E, almond oil, avocado oil, and nutrient-rich essential oils. Give your dry, flaky, or cracked skin some TLC with your lip balm formula. This is especially recommended for ashy elbows and dry, cracked cuticles.

Conditioner as shaving cream

What do you do when you run out of shaving cream mid-shave? Use the conditioner instead! Hair conditioners come packed with moisturising ingredients which help the razor glide smoothly over skin without nicking it. Conditioner also softens your hair in readiness for a trim. Wet the area you need to shave, then apply some hair conditioner and let it soak in for a minute before shaving.

Nail polish for jewellery

Is your costume jewellery becoming dull, tarnished, or discoloured from oils and sweat? Don't worry. You can easily keep your jewellery looking new and shiny with a clear nail polish. Brush a thin coat of the nail polish all over the accessories, or just on the spots which come into contact with your skin. This will also help if your skin is allergic to the metallic coat of jewellery.

Caution: This is meant for cheap costume jewellery only, it can ruin fine jewellery.

Lipstick as blush

Keep your makeup bag skinny by making your lipstick double up as blush. However, not every lipstick is suitable as a blush. Use only soft, satiny shades which suit your skin tone. Matte lipsticks are harder to blend when you use as blush- first apply it on the back of your hand and rub with a finger to warm it before dabbing onto your cheekbones. Brownish colours can also stand in for bronzer when you're contouring.

Mascara wand to exfoliate

Don't throw away your old mascara wands. They come in handy for brushing your eyebrows and even exfoliating dry lips! Once your mascara is used up, clean the wand well and add it to your beauty arsenal. You can clean wands by soaking warm soapy water for 15 minutes before washing with shampoo. To exfoliate lips, apply lip balm and then brush a clean wand gently back and forth on your lips. Wipe the dead skin cells of with wet cotton wool, cloth, or tissue. You can also use an old mascara wand to remove cuticles. First soak the cuticle with cuticle remover oil or olive oil and then gently buff away with the wand.

Deodorant for oily skin

Is oily skin the bane of your life? When you don't have any blotting paper on you, you can use deodorant to blot away the grease. Dab a bit of deodorant onto your finger and apply on your T-zone to make the skin look more matte.Read more at:orange formal dresses | blue formal dresses


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Bold but practical nails

Pucci model

Extreme manicures look amazing but are hardly practical when it comes to everyday tasks like making food, using a keyboard at work and washing your hair.

You can still make a statement through your nails without going over the top though, as we've spoken to some beauty experts about how to make your fingertips pop while keeping them useable! And, as you'll find out, it's not about gems and length.

Georgia McKelvie, Nail Technician at Pouts & Pinups salon in Scotland, praises the geometric nail as one of the most popular options at the moment and with fashion houses like Missoni, with Gigi Hadid rocking the look, it's no surprise it's moved onto fingertips too.

"There are so many different geometric patterns and prints that can be designed on the nails, such as a kaleidoscope nail design or nail design using chevrons," Georgia told Cover Media of her idea for a bold nail look that can be pulled off. "For these designs a variety of colours and glitter can be used and the outcome is timeless and chic."

Vivienne Curran, Senior Therapist at Scotland's KAM Hair and Body Spa, is also all for the patterns, suggesting graphic nails as a great extreme look. As for what comes under the graphic category Vivienne lists everything from drawings to intricate designs, adding, "This trend is fun and is a great look for those who like to have something a bit quirkier on the nails."

Another bold statement is marbled nails, which Vivienne notes may be more difficult to create but the outcome is "stunning".

"Instead of using one block colour, this design allows you to select a number of colours for more creative, quirky nails," she shared.

Georgia also tipped chrome as a great everyday option which is different from the norm, "but not too 'out there'". Shades Georgia suggests are rose gold or a gunmetal option, noting the more mirrored and polished the finish, the better.

As for how you can keep your nails in tip-top shape after they're done, Manjul Treohan, founder of So Me Beauty, has some great advice.

"Avoid hand sanitiser as products like this can make your hands and nails dry, which can cause brittle nails that are prone to peeling," she shared. "When the colour wears out, applying a glitter nail polish on top can help prolong the wear."

She also recommends using cuticle oil on a daily basis to maximise the amount of time your fingertips look fabulous, adding, "A gentle scrub is great for removing dry skin around your nails and will keep you nails looking fresher for longer."Read more at:long evening dresses | formal dress shops brisbane


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Don’t be scared

If there is a universal skin problem that we all can relate to, it is acne. Scars are something one has to deal with sometime or the other in life. They can take away our confidence and mar our personality. But thanks to technology, today, there are procedures to take care of these problems. People are becoming more aware of innovations in the field and are willing to go in for corrective cosmetic procedures to eliminate any imperfection, either congenital or acquired.

The demand for acne and scar removal treatment services in India is on the rise and there are good options available. Lipokraft is one such treatment. It is an advanced treatment that reduces scars and stretch marks using Adipose Derived Stem Cells. Any injury, burn, wound, pregnancy stretch mark or any other trauma such as surgery can cause a scar.

Simple or superficial scars are easy to conceal. But when the scar is large or deep and not concealable, one needs specialised treatment to get rid of it. The treatment helps the skin heal without any scarring. That’s the reason for the popularity of this treatment. It is a holistic procedure with a natural healing process and negligible side effects.

There are two methods for this treatment. In Lipokraft, 20-40 ml adipose tissue or fat is harvested from one’s own belly or buttock and it is then taken to the lab. Stem cells are then harvested from those and then it is injected intradermally or subdermally. This results in suppressed scars, enhanced volume, glow and also lifts the skin. The second method is where 10-20 venous blood is taken and platelet rich plasma is separated from them and then injected on the site.

Both the methods involve one’s own cells — either blood or fat — and it depends on the individual which one will suit them. It is a customised treatment for each individual as their own cells carry the healing material.

The USP of this treatment is that it’s simple and painless and confidence boosting. It takes time; one cannot hope to see results in one sitting. It requires at least three visits to the cosmetic clinic, followed by regular maintenance which keeps the skin rejuvenated for five to six years. Regular maintenance includes sufficient intake of multivitamins, anti-oxidants, supplements, nutritious diet and yoga.

Lipokraft helps restructure new skin, allowing skin lesions to get gradually reduced and be replaced by fresh skin. At the end of it, you acquire healthy, smooth and glowing skin.Read more at:cocktail dresses australia | bridesmaid dresses online


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Miss Louth 2017

Dundalk stylist Niamh McKeever is searching for the next Miss Louth to represent the Wee County in Miss Ireland 2017.

Niamh, who has modelled since she was 14, represented Dublin in the Miss Ireland 2012 finals when she was placed in the top seven.

She has since decided to concentrate on developing a career as a stylist and has had her work featured on UTV, TV3's Expose as well as national newspapers.

Having directed and styled the Miss Ireland final in Dublin last year, she also styled the Miss Ireland fashion show for the Dublin Fashion Festival which was featured on UTV Ireland.

With this valuable experience under her belt, Niamh is now on the look out for someone to represent Louth in the Miss Ireland final which takes place in Dublin in October.

'This year I am looking for a girl who can win Miss Ireland,' she says. 'I know Louth has what it takes. I have worked with many aspiring models in the Dundalk area alone. However, the winner for me is the girl who puts herself forward rather than one who is asked to take part.'

The Miss Louth contest will take place in the Four Seasons Hotel, Carlingford on Tuesday August 22 and Niamh will be interviewing contestants on Saturday August 5. The judges will include Miss Ireland 2015 Sacha Liviningstone and actress Amilia Stewart from Fair city along with Niamh.

Niamh is also organising a fashion show for the night of the Miss Louth contest.Read more at:evening dresses online | formal dresses online australia


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A Napotistic Life

Do you know which word is the flavour of the season in the country just now?

No, which one is it?

Nepotism – it’s used all the time by every Jai, Jayant and Janardhan as well as Sita, Gita and Mita.

What’s so great about it now? It is a common word since times immemorial and derived from the Italian language.

No, but now everyone has woken up to its use and meaning ever since the movie world learnt about it. Long essays are written about the word, which is making people rush to their dictionaries to find the meanings of the new words.

But nepotism in movies is ancient history. Every top actor, actress, director, producer wants their children to follow in their footsteps. Of course, it doesn’t matter whether they can act or not.

Yes that has been going on since motion pictures was discovered but now there is nepotism in other walks of life too.

Very sad indeed!

I know politics is the hot bed for this word. Nearly all politicians want their sons or daughters as politicians or leaders even if they don’t know the ‘P’ of politics.

I agree that is why the world is in such a mess.

Of course nepotism in the corporate world is rampant too. Business heads hand over the mantle to their sons and daughters just like kings and queens do.

I know this is common but you have seen how the companies have come crashing down because the off-springs haven’t a clue about business even though they may be from fancy foreign business schools.

I hear there is nepotism in the music world too. Music directors want their kids to compose and singers want their kids to trill on the mike and cut discs.

Oh dear, where will this end?

I believe even famous authors are pushing their kids to write books, poems and memoirs.

Really this is the limit.

In the fashion world nepotism is also seen. Designers push their sons’ or daughters’ collections and get them assignments and shows.

But lack of creativity will be visible.

It is, but then mama or papa often design the clothes for their kids and let them take the credit.

Oh dear this is getting from bad to worse.

Even retired models urge their children on the catwalk so that they are famous.

This is getting crazy!

Even in the retail business, parents want their kids to take over so that the business is safe.

Yes. I have heard that.

But on the other hand do you know when big corporate houses and fashion brands have hired outsiders they have been in trouble because there is no loyalty?

Yes, you are so right. Nepotism helps at times.

Correct, that is why they say ‘blood is thicker than water’. It’s ‘better to be safe than sorry’ even if your own blood goofs up rather than have strangers attack you with accusations and lawsuits.Read more at:formal dress shops sydney | evening dresses online


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Saving Your Skin

August approaches and many head out for sun drenched vacations with a skin-baring wardrobe. This much anticipated time of year doesn't come without danger, primarily in the form of sunburn which can lead to skin damage, skin cancer, wrinkles and dark spots. Skincare gurus offer suggestions for protecting skin without sacrificing time outside.

“Sunscreen is the best protection from the sun,” said Cheryl A. Oetjen, DNP, FNP-BC, assistant professor of nursing at George Mason University. “This can be from lotions that are SPF 30 or higher or from skin-protective clothing. Wearing a hat can also protect your face to some degree. Sunglasses should also be worn.”

To maximize the effectiveness of sunscreen, Oetjen advises being aware of some of the most commonly made application mistakes. “Ideally sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes prior to sun exposure,” she said. “This gives it time to soak into the skin. Avoiding the water for this time is also important.”

Avoid the sun between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. when it’s most intense and use at least one ounce of sunscreen per application, says Oetjen. “The important part of applying sunscreen is ensuring that you are using enough,” she said. “Fair complexions, red hair and blonde hair often are indicators of a higher risk of sunburn, so it’s important to reapply often.”

Make sunscreen part of one’s daily skincare regimen, advises Colleen Sanders, RN, FNP, Marymount University in Arlington. “The recommendation is that you wear sunscreen every day if you’re going to be outside even for a short period of time,” she said. “It should be part of your everyday routine.”

Relying solely on the SPF found in some cosmetics like foundation or powder is unwise, says dermatologist Dr. Lisa Bronstein. “Makeup doesn’t necessarily provide the protection that it claims to provide,” she said. “There are a lot of tinted sunscreens out now that match a variety of skin tones and also give amazing protection from sun damage.”

Wearing sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection as well as a hat will help prevent damage, says Sanders. “Common areas that people often forget to cover, and where we often find skin cancer, are the tops of ears and the backs of their hands,” she said “These are places where people forget to put sunscreen.”

“Make sure the most sensitive areas are covered … these areas include the top of the ears, lips [and] the nose, added Oetjen. “Zinc oxide can be applied to sensitive areas.” 

Infants who are younger than six months old should have limited exposure to the sun, says Oetjen. “The FDA has not approved a sunscreen for infants under 6 months so it is best for them to stay in the shade and wear sun protective clothing and hat,” she said. “The skin of infants is thinner and more sensitive to the sun and sunscreen.”Read more at:green formal dresses | purple formal dresses


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