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6 Things I’ve Learned About Body Positivity By Grace Victory

My journey with body positivity is ever evolving, developing and changing. I’ve been thinner than I am now and bigger than I am now and at every stage I’ve had to relearn how to love my body. It's been extremely difficult but equally as em…

Bride Actually Wants Her Friends

When a bride-to-be narrows down the members of her bridal party, she usually asks a sister, close family relative, or best gal pal. Accepting the role as bridesmaid is often a heartwarming moment too. Well, in the case of one bride, who ha…

Use roses to hydrate skin, treat acne and de-stress

Roses have a lot of uses apart from its de-stressing fragrance. From being an ace hydrator to being a healer, experts have rated the rose and its petals high for their uses. Amit Sarda, Managing Director at Soulflower, and Sonia Mathur, Be…

What are my summer school options

(Photo:http://www.marieprom.co.uk/prom-dresses-uk) Whoop, whoop – school’s out for summer! As much as every parent breathes a sigh of relief after being put through the wringer during the dreaded annual examinations, the euphoria soon turn…

Here’s how you can prepare yourself for wedding season in right way

(Photo:sexy evening dresses) Wedding planning is a hectic activity when one has to pick not only the right date but also the outfit. Looking radiant and picture-perfect on your big day requires prepping well in advance, and this includes o…

Eliza jumps for joy after top 10 finish in national beauty pageant

legged Avoca Beach stunner Eliza Gray is still jumping with joy after dancing her way into the top 10 of Australia’s longest running beauty pageant. The 22-year-old brunette was one of five NSW contestants to make the finals of the Miss Wo…

Vancouver brick-and-mortar clothes retailer weathering latest online storm

(Photo:http://www.marieprom.co.uk/prom-dresses-uk) One of the biggest shopping days in recent years took place Tuesday: Amazon’s Prime Day sale. In its three years, millions of online deal-hunters have imbued the day with a holiday shoppin…

How To Tackle The Wedding Plus-One Dilemma

Ah the delight that is the guest list - the gift that keeps on giving... headache, after headache. From those who casually ‘forgot’ to RSVP to the dreaded issue of who gets a plus one and who well, doesn’t. The opportunities to cause upset…

SAINT LAURENT IS LAUNCHING A COUTURE TRAINING PROGRAM

As Heidi Klum once said: "In fashion, one day you're in — the next you're out." In the past few years, that maxim has proven itself true again and again, as the game of designer musical chairs plays out in the elite tier of luxury fashion …

‘Event thieves’ invade public functions

(Photo:occasion dresses) Event thieves’ seem to be having a field day at public functions by robbing innocent guests of their precious items. They mainly target high profile weddings, engagements, awards nights and big churches around the …

Nigerian Female Celebs

With the increasing number of male celebrities who have their brands in Nigeria, it would seem that the female celebs also have no plans of being left out as they too make their mark through their own brands. A lot of people mistake a cele…

Models forced to parade in nightclubs

Modelling Association of Zimbabwe regulations stipulate that modelling agencies should not use nightclubs for pageants as that would make models prone to abuse. Models who spoke to NewsDay during the auditions held from Thursday to Saturda…

A.F. Vandevorst

Of all the special materials displayed in A.F. Vandevorst’s show as a guest member on this season’s haute couture schedule, the recurrence of reworked garbage bags seemed particularly noteworthy. But lest anyone detect a disrespectful prov…

Surf brand creates fashion with an environmental benefit

(Photo:graduation gowns) A BYRON Bay surfwear brand's use of a 'wonder' material is ticking "all the boxes". Salt Gypsy Founder Danielle Clayton said her brand has adopted quality surf wear with a minimal environmental impact. "My ideal wo…

‘Key’ed in, for a chic vibe!

(Photo:celebrity dresses) For the past few seasons, cutouts, crop tops and off-the-shoulder silhouettes have reigned supreme as the details du jour. But for some, that’s a lot of skin to show. A different way to flash a little flesh withou…

Powerful boost for bad skin days

(Photo:cocktail dresses) Aivee (IV) Drips are safe, injectable treatments that restore the skin’s energy, vitality and glow fast because they go directly into the vein. The rains are a welcome respite, even as the wet season still feels ho…

Scarf and style

It is a simple, small piece of cloth, but a scarf lends style, fashion and comfort to the wearer. It also has spiritual significance. A scarf worn around the neck, drape around the shoulder or tied around the waist or head makes the wearer…

Prada takes inspiration from graphic novels for Milan show

(Photo:black prom dresses) A fresh breeze buffeted Italy’s fashion capital during the second day of Milan Fashion Week on Sunday, both literally, bringing relief from the June heat, and figuratively, as young designers took the spotlight. …

Eco-friendly weaves on designs

Raw Mango, Sanjay Garg’s first label, began in 2008 and focused on the Chanderi weave and non-stitched garments. The label ‘Sanjay Garg’ took shape in 2014 and focused on stitched garments. His work honours Indian craftsmanship and his aes…

How To Know If Your Skin Is The Mysterious Sixth Skin Type

We are all acquainted with the skin types oily, dry, sensitive, combination, and normal. But, what if we told you there is a sixth skin type that people rarely talk about? What is it called? Known as dehydrated skin, this skin type is char…

Annabelle Wallis Is Your New Red-Carpet Crush

(Photo:pink prom dresses) British actress Annabelle Wallis appears to be the definition of regal, refined elegance. So when people meet her for the first time, she doesn’t blame them for being, well, a bit thrown off. “I grew up following …

A misty-eyed tribute to the Carnival Queens

(Photo:formal dresses uk) Remember the good old days when Carnival Queens didn’t have to wear a two-piece to bag their crowns? Them were the days, my friend. Years later, the mechanics of beauty pageants have changed considerably and becom…

Confidence is the best accessory

(Photo:one shoulder prom dresses) Priyanka Chopra insists that confidence is the key to rocking any outfit. The actress and former Miss World winner is one of the hottest Hollywood newcomers, landing roles in the ABC thriller Quantico and …

How Acne Helped My Career as a Beauty Editor

Pimples. Acne. Zits. Breakouts. Blemishes. There sure are a lot of synonyms for the same pervasive, irksome thing. And it doesn’t matter how bright your lipstick is or how sharp your winged liner is; when you’ve got a big ol’ zit on your f…

Should you stay or should you go

Having pre-wedding jitters and nerves is normal, but for some people engaged to tie the knot, those doubts are a lot stronger. And yet, many people - for various reasons - decide to marry someone even if they have a niggling feeling that t…

2017 Cannes Film Festival

Flowing down the gardens of the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc for the 24th edition of amfAR’s annual Cinema Against AIDS gala on Thursday, the night’s glittering procession of guests including Jessica Chastain, Hailee Baldwin, Bella Hadid, David B…

In Dallas With One of Fashion’s Most Innovative Designers

“I think a lot of people, when they look at my work, they see the future, but what I find interesting is that it is actually all present,” said the 32-year-old Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen, who is known for her innovative designs…

Little women stand tall at Dubai fashion show

(Photo:graduation gowns) Like all working mums, Colleen Theriault has her hands full with her 4-year-old son and a full-time career as head baker at a patisserie in the US state of North Carolina. But the 24-year-old is also an advocate fo…

Caitlin and Darren

When this Kiwi and American met as part of the same tour group in Beijing, sparks flew. Both from farming families, the stars most certainly aligned. Darren and Caitlin tied the knot in a timelessly beautiful ceremony at Huka Falls Resort …

Eat your way to perfect skin

(Photo:http://www.marieprom.co.uk/red-carpet-dresses) The rush of daily life, work-related stress, fatigue, lack of sleep, sun and pollution are the worst enemies of today's humans. When these elements join forces with the incorrect usage …