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By Nimerta C Sharan
Given that things have finally opened up post-pandemic, a series of Diwali celebrations were witnessed this year. We spotted Bollywood celebrities leaving no stone unturned with their festive looks. From lavish lehengas to stunning saris, there were a variety of sparkling outfits on display. Take a look!
Our very own desi girl was spotted in a bright velvet sharara set from Sabyasachi Mukherjee. Statement sunglasses, chunky jewellery and a bucket bag from the designer completed the look. When it comes to head-turning fashion, Chopra leads the list with her quirky fashion choices
Our very own desi girl was spotted in a bright velvet sharara set from Sabyasachi Mukherjee. | IANS
Whether it's a casual lunch date or a red-carpet appearance, Malaika Arora never disappoints. For one of the Diwali parties, she was spotted in a rose-red Manish Malhotra sari finished with a lime-green border. Keeping it entirely ethnic, the 48-year-old opted for matching bangles, a Polki necklace and a floral bun.
Whether it's a casual lunch date or a red-carpet appearance, Malaika Arora never disappoints. | IANS
The young and vibrant Alia Bhatt stepped out in a striking purple Sabyasachi lehenga. She accessorised her outfit with just gold jhumkas, letting the outfit do its magic. A closer look at her Indian wardrobe shows how the 28-year-old likes to keep it elegant and fuss-free on most occasions.
The young and vibrant Alia Bhatt stepped out in a striking purple Sabyasachi lehenga. | IANS
From power suits to playful separates, tailored gowns to flowy lehengas, there's nothing that she can't pull off. This year, for one of the festivities, Fernandez picked a beautiful Benarasi sari from Ekaya. The all-red ensemble made for a striking choice, with the OTT floral bun being the highlight.
This year, for one of the festivities, Fernandez picked a beautiful Benarasi sari from Ekaya. | IANS
A quick glimpse at Kapoor's Instagram feed shows the young star's love for Indian wear. While lehengas and saris are mostly her go-to ensembles, this time the actress opted for a heavily embellished Anamika Khanna anarkali. The styling and make-up did full justice to her look.
Janhvi Kapoor opted for a heavily embellished Anamika Khanna anarkali. | IANS
Sonam Kapoor Ahuja chose an ivory-hued chikankari anarkali from Abu Jani-Sandeep Kosla. The style icon kept her make-up minimal and opted for a pair of danglers to accessorise the look.
Sonam Kapoor Ahuja chose an ivory-hued chikankari anarkali from Abu Jani-Sandeep Kosla.
For Diwali, actor Pulkit Samrat was seen in a cherry kurta set. He paired his dual-toned printed kurta with a mirror-work jacket and tassel shoes. Simple yet striking.
For Diwali, actor Pulkit Samrat was seen in a cherry kurta set. | IANS
(Article originally published on IANSlife) (IANS/ MBi)
Keywords: festive, look, bollywood, priyanka chopra, fashion, week, Pulkit Samrat, Sonam Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, Jacqueline Fernandez, Malaika Arora
By Harshita Dilawri
What are Diwali festivities without those extra bites of sweets shared with everyone, making delightful memories? The festival brings flavoursome confectioneries and fat-drenched savouries to the fore, and most of us don't have the will power to resist. Yet, we have to be mindful to shred those lip-smacking dishes from the eventful days of Diwali! Here's a detailed diet plan to help you shed extra kilos in five days, allowing you to savour your sweetmeats and indulge in celebratory days guilt-free!
Cleansing chemicals, waste, toxins, and harmful substances is how our body detoxifies itself through its internal detoxification system i.e. liver, kidneys, colon, skin, lungs, and lymph glands. However, when our bodies become overloaded with toxic substances, such as pollution, a poor diet of fast food, alcohol, medications, illness, and stress, it needs help to reboot so it can function optimally again.
In essence, detox is all about eating a diet that supports and improves the functioning of our liver. Unlike popular belief, detoxification is not about weight loss alone. It's mainly about helping and supporting your body to get rid of all the waste through proper dietary choices. It is beneficial for one and all.
Consuming Natural Detox Water, i.e. overnight Cinnamon/tulsi/ orange-infused water, salads, smoothies, and cold-pressed green juices certainly aid detoxification sooner which in turn is needed to stimulate the overall wellbeing of the digestive system to accept weight-loss targeted foods.
Consuming Natural Detox Water, i.e. overnight Cinnamon/tulsi/ orange-infused water, salads, smoothies, and cold-pressed green juices certainly aid detoxification sooner. | Photo by Francesca Hotchin on Unsplash
Foods recommended for speeding weight loss
Our traditional herbs and spices like cinnamon, cumin, ajwain, etc., really help to boost the metabolism. With zero side effects, they stimulate weight loss. Apart from these, there are some foods that one must include in their diet to accelerate weight loss.
Leafy greens like kale, spinach, and collard greens are loaded with minerals including magnesium and iron which help reduce stress. They also carry oxygen throughout the body and support weight loss. High in fibre, they also delay the stomach emptying time and can also be easily incorporated into our diet. Probiotics like Curds and Yoghurt help improve gut health, reduce bloating, improve immunity and prevent fluctuations in weight by promoting better absorption of nutrients. An imbalance in gut health slows down metabolism and leads to weight gain. Legumes like beans, peas, chickpea, and lentils contain protein, fibre, and complex carbs which take longer to break down. The protein in beans supports muscle formation. Having more muscle mass increases your caloric burn-even while resting. Having good fibre slows down the rate of digestion and also decreases the release of simple sugars and the absorption of carbohydrates from the digestive tract.
Probiotics like Curds and Yoghurt help improve gut health, reduce bloating, improve immunity and prevent fluctuations in weight by promoting better absorption of nutrients. | Wikimedia Commons
Reduce sugar intake, please!
While the days of the festivities will be loaded with fried snacks and scrumptious desi sweets, it is advised to reduce the intake of many guilt foods which hinder the weight loss journey. We need to remove sugar from the diet in the form of sucrose, bread, refined flour, sugar and flour-laden western desserts, etc. It takes a few days to avoid direct sugar but the body gradually adapts. One can opt for natural sugar like fruits, veggies which also provide fibre.
One must also refrain from consuming processed and oily foods which will just increase water retention and build up the fat cells gradually.
We need to remove sugar from the diet in the form of sucrose, bread, refined flour, sugar and flour-laden western desserts, etc. |Photo by Mathilde Langevin on Unsplash
Detailed diet plan to reduce weight in 5 days:
There are plenty of diets that one can follow to regulate their weight during Diwali. Here's a simple diet plan that can help one deal with binge-eating and stimulate weight loss:
*Every morning it is recommended to drink a glass of water including Cinnamon (1½th tsp) + Methi (1½ tsp) + mint (3-4 leaves) that are soaked overnight.
Breakfast can include a range of meals like:
> skimmed milk + oats + 5 soaked almonds
> Oats cheela + buttermilk + 5 almonds, 2 walnuts
> Poha + buttermilk + 5 almonds, 2 walnuts
> Banana oats smoothie (1 banana, 75ml milk, 5 almonds)
> Besan dhokla (5 pcs) + buttermilk + 5 almonds
> Suji Upma + buttermilk + 5 almonds.
Oats with skimmed milk and soaked almonds can be included in the breakfast. | Photo by Daria Nepriakhina on Unsplash
*In the afternoon, one can have any 1seasonal fruit like an apple/ papaya.
Lunch can have combinations for each day like:
> 1 tsp Psyllium husk with a glass of water + 2 Chapattis (made combining bran+ atta) + Dal (1 bowl) + Curd (1 bowl, made from skimmed milk)
> 1 tsp Psyllium husk + 2 veg stuff chapati with plain curd
> 1 tsp Psyllium husk + 1 bowl oats porridge + curd
> 4 idlis + sambhar + mint chutney
> Green moong dal chaat (1 bowl) with buttermilk
> Veg Poha (1/2 poha 1/2 veggies) + curd.
*1 bowl of salad during lunch is recommended.
1 bowl of salad during lunch is recommended. | Photo by Mgg Vitchakorn on Unsplash
*Teatime can include Tea (1 cup with no sugar) + biscuit (1-2) or dry puffed rice chaat or 1 bowl of makhana.
*Before dinner, a bowl of Vegetable Clear Soup or Chicken stock is recommended.
Dinner too includes a range of foods that one can select from over the 5 days. They include:
> 1 tsp Psyllium husk with a glass of water + Sauteed Veg (1 bowl including capsicum, broccoli, mushrooms, and onion) or Saut1½ed Chicken in olive oil (1-2 tsp)
> 1 Cup Brown rice or 1 Chapati (made combining atta+ bran) with dry vegetables + salad
> 2 Oats cheela with mint chutney
> Blackchana chaat
> 1 Bowl steamed veggies + 1 bowl oats porridge
> 2 bowls moong dal with 1 katori dry vegetables
> 4 slices of thin-crust pizza
> and Veg pasta (1/4th pasta and rest veggies in red sauce).
*A concoction of curry leaves wherein a few curry leaves being boiled in a cup of water stimulates weight loss better post-dinner.
1 Cup Brown rice or 1 Chapati (made combining atta+ bran) with dry vegetables + salad can be consumed for dinner. | Photo by Christopher Alvarenga on Unsplash
5Superfoods for the win
While dieting can be difficult with hunger pangs kicking in now and then, to keep you filled and on track of your weight loss journey, it is best to stick to some hunger-satiating superfoods. Proteins, fibre, and natural sugar (fruits) help to combat hunger pangs and avoid eating junk foods at the same time. Most importantly having enough sleep does the trick as people who get more sleep experience less hunger during the day. They hardly experience a desire for sweet and salty foods. One can rely on Pumpkin Seeds, Millets like Bajra and Amaranth, Chia Seeds and Darkh Chocolate which are energy-packed foods containing a lot of nutrients like proteins, manganese, zinc, iron, niacin, coppern phosphorous, flavanols and antioxidants keeping one's mood and energy levels up throughout the day.
(Article originally published on IANSlife) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: diwali, diet, foods, health, sugar, oats, rice, festive, kilos
By N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe
To keep the value and quality of what you offer, whether it's a romantic breakfast in bed or a royal wedding gift that will be remembered for years. The concept of gift-giving has taken on a number of shapes in today's society. Devina Singhania, the Founder of 'LE JAHAAN', a local home and decor accessories company, explains how the gifting paradigm has shifted.
Q: What do consumers expect from the gifting business and packaging designers these days?
A: Today's consumers are expecting more minimal sustainable products, designs and mediums. They are now more conscious about how their purchase affects the environment. Considering this shift in consumer buying, it's extremely important for companies to increase their commitments to responsible business practices and design products that are meant to be reused or recycled.
Today's consumers are expecting more minimal sustainable products, designs and mediums. | Photo by Superkitina on Unsplash
Q: The practice of self-gifting is being driven by millennials. What are your thoughts on the subject?
A: I absolutely agree with this. Millennials are so creative and expressive. They are more into personalized products with which they can tell the world something about themselves. We are often hired by millennials to monogram and personalize products for them. They truly believe it's the best way to stand out from the crowd and establish a signature style and we couldn't agree more.
We are often hired by millennials to monogram and personalize products for them. | Photo by freestocks on Unsplash
Q: What impact do colour trends have on gift designs and packaging?
A: 'Le Jahaan' has always been very influenced by colour and trends and we hope to continue this association with colour even while we break through to more sustainable products and collections.
'Le Jahaan' has always been very influenced by colour and trends | Photo by freestocks on Unsplash
Q: What has changed as a result of the pandemic in terms of how we commemorate special occasions and the gift-giving tradition?
A: It's smaller in quantity but more luxurious and thought through.
Q: What giving trends should one keep an eye on in 2022?
A: Consumers, including millennials and members of Generation Z, are especially concerned with sustainability. So, the trend is definitely to go green with eco-friendly.
Q: How does Le Jahaan keep its clients coming back?
A: Our products speak for themselves. We make small batches with exceptional quality with a personal touch.
(Article originally published on IANSlife) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: gifts, le jahaan, festive, millennials, sustainable, gen z, paradigm, gifting
By N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe
After the long dull period of the pandemic and lockdowns, one must be looking forward to the festival season with new excitement and zest. So obviously you want to look and feel your best. Beauty regimes are not just skin deep, they de-stress and uplift your spirits. Prepare for the special celebrations this festive season with the ultimate beauty well-being checklist which will not only make you look good on the outside but also shine from the inside.
Rachit Gupta, Director, OxyGlow Cosmetics Pvt. Ltd, said, "Festivals are a time to shine bright and invest in a proper beauty well-being regime from head to toe. The key is to know what ingredients suit you and choose the brand which ensures good quality products. Especially in the day and time when there is so much stress, pollution, sun damage, etc. One cannot go wrong with the beauty product that they are using. The right products can unleash one's true beauty and make them refreshed to be able to enjoy the festivities fully."
* Headturner -- How your hair looks to make a lot of difference to your complete look. But do not forget a proper hair care regime can relax and clear your mind. Start with a good oil massage which provides nourishment to the hair and scalp. It throws the stress right out. Coconut oil, Amla oil, Argan oil and Red onion oil are especially recommended. Special occasions call for special treatment, after a good hair wash deep condition your hair with a mask. A Keratin hair mask works wonders by putting life into your hair. Finish up with a vitamin-enriched serum for lustrous hair.
How your hair looks to make a lot of difference to your complete look. | Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash
* No makeup can match the beauty and softness of a fresh face -- get rid of those tension lines and that stress off your skin with a well-rounded face care routine. Start with a D-tan bleach to make your skin brighter. Follow-up with a facial kit for cleansing, toning and hydration. Best facial kits are the ones that have activated charcoal or acne treatment. Even a gold or diamond facial kit gives excellent results. Cucumber-based toners are recommended. This routine would restore your glow and leave you radiant and pampered.
Get rid of those tension lines and that stress off your skin with a well-rounded face care routine. | Photo by pure julia on Unsplash
* Wink, Pout and Brows -- We often forget about small things like lips, eyelashes and eyebrows. Don't underestimate their role in perfecting the look. A dash of castor oil massaged on eyelashes and eyebrows would render a natural shine. For the photo-ready pout start with a natural lip scrub and apply lip balm for hydration and protection.
* Body positivity -- scrub, tone, polish and moisturise for gleaming skin. One can never go wrong with skin moisturizing with shea butter and aloe vera based body lotions.
Body positivity -- scrub, tone, polish and moisturise for gleaming skin. | Photo by Estúdio Bloom on Unsplash
* Happy hands and feet -- a good manicure and pedicure which massages the tension out leaving the hands and feet eased are a must on the list. Opt for products that have Vitamin E, Vitamin C and Aloe Vera. They reduce fine lines, treat sun damage and rehydrate for younger-looking skin.
* Great nails don't happen by chance -- beautiful looking nails add liveliness, it elevates the look of your attire as much as the right accessories. Shape them and nourish them. Paint them bold or paint them chic to suit your personality.
Just before the festive season, we pay attention to our beauty well-being, but the best practice is to include the things that suit you in your lifestyle. | Photo by Billie on Unsplash
Just before the festive season, we pay attention to our beauty well-being, but the best practice is to include the things that suit you in your lifestyle. It is important to repair and rejuvenate to stay well, and feel good. So, take care of yourself with simple regimes and good quality products.
(Article originally published on IANSlife) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: natural, scrub, hydration, vitamin, stress, products, beauty, ultimate, checklist, festive