Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Beginning of fall-going personal

Now that fall is here you feel the cold breeze, the days get shorter, you see the leaves turning colors & it's time of the year when you find everything so pleasant. I'm already at the end of my second semester, patiently waiting for my previous semester's result & at the same time preparing for my coming exams which is in a month. In the meantime i'm also working at my father's office. The days goes by so quickly that it's kind of amusing in one way. It feels just yesterday that i finished my school. I still feel i'm 16 which actually i'm not. I'm turning 20 soon. I'm getting older & so are my responsibilities increasing. I need to realize that i'm old enough to handle things my own-self. I've to be sensible & wiser now as it's farewell to my teenage years.

Eat Healthy, stay healthy

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health, and can help you feel your best. It doesn't have to be difficult either. Just follow these eight diet tips to get started.

Base your meals on starchy foods
These practical tips cover the basics of healthy eating, and can help you make healthier choices:
Starchy foods should make up around one third of the foods you eat. Starchy foods include potatoes, cereals, pasta, rice and bread. Choose wholegrain varieties (or eat potatoes with their skins on) when you can: they contain more fibre, and can make you feel full for longer. Most of us should eat more starchy foods: try to include at least one starchy food with each main meal. Some people think starchy foods are fattening, but gram for gram they contain fewer than half the calories of fat. 

Eat lots of fruit and veg

It’s recommended that we eat at least five portions of different types of fruit and veg a day. It’s easier than it sounds. A glass of 100% unsweetened fruit juice can count as one portion, and vegetables cooked into dishes also count. Why not chop a banana over your breakfast cereal, or swap your usual mid-morning snack for some dried fruit? 

Eat more fish

Fish is a good source of protein and contains many vitamins and minerals. Aim to eat at least two portions a week, including at least one portion of oily fish. Oily fish is high in omega-3 fats, which may help to prevent heart disease. You can choose from fresh, frozen and canned: but remember that canned and smoked fish can be high in salt. Oily fish include salmon, mackerel, trout, herring, fresh tuna, sardines and pilchards. Non-oily fish include haddock, plaice, coley, cod, tinned tuna, skate and hake. Anyone who regularly eats a lot of fish should try to choose as wide a variety as possible.

Cut down on saturated fat and sugar

We all need some fat in our diet. But it’s important to pay attention to the amount and type of fat we’re eating. There are two main types of fat: saturated and unsaturated. Too much saturated fat can increase the amount of cholesterol in the blood, which increases your risk of developing heart disease. Saturated fat is found in many foods, such as hard cheese, cakes, biscuits, sausages, cream, butter, lard and pies. Try to cut down, and choose foods that contain unsaturated rather than saturated fats, such as vegetable oils, oily fish and avocados. For a healthier choice, use a just a small amount of vegetable oil or reduced-fat spread instead of butter, lard or ghee. When you're having meat, choose lean cuts and cut off any visible fat. 
Most people in the UK eat and drink too much sugar. Sugary foods and drinks, including alcoholic drinks, are often high in energy (measured in kilojoules or calories), and could contribute to weight gain. They can also cause tooth decay, especially if eaten between meals. Cut down on sugary fizzy drinks, alcoholic drinks, cakes, biscuits and pastries, which contain added sugars: this is the kind of sugar we should be cutting down on rather than sugars that are found naturally in foods such as fruit and milk. Food labels can help: use them to check how much sugar foods contain. More than 22.5g of sugar per 100g means that the food is high in sugar. 

Eat less salt

Even if you don’t add salt to your food, you may still be eating too much. About three-quarters of the salt we eat is already in the food we buy, such as breakfast cereals, soups, breads and sauces. Eating too much salt can raise your blood pressure. People with high blood pressure are more likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke. Use food labels to help you cut down. More than 1.5g of salt per 100g means the food is high in salt. Adults and children over 11 should eat no more than 6g of salt a day. Younger children should have even less. 

Get active and be a healthy weight

Eating a healthy, balanced diet plays an essential role in maintaining a healthy weight, which is an important part of overall good health. Being overweight or obese can lead to health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, heart disease and stroke. Being underweight could also affect your health.  If you're trying to lose weight, aim to eat less and be more active. Eating a healthy, balanced diet will help: aim to cut down on foods that are high in fat and sugar, and eat plenty of fruit and vegetables. Don't forget that alcohol is also high in calories, so cutting down can help you to control your weight.  Physical activity can help you to maintain weight loss or be a healthy weight. Being active doesn’t have to mean hours at the gym: you can find ways to fit more activity into your daily life. For example, try getting off the bus one stop early on the way home from work, and walking.  After getting active, remember not to reward yourself with a treat that is high in energy. If you feel hungry after activity, choose foods or drinks that are lower in calories but still filling.

Don't get thirsty

We need to drink about 1.2 litres of fluid every day to stop us getting dehydrated. This is in addition to the fluid we get from the food we eat. All non-alcoholic drinks count, but water, milk and fruit juices are the most healthy. Try to avoid sugary soft and fizzy drinks that are high in added sugars and can be high in calories and bad for teeth. When the weather is warm, or when we get active, we may need more. 

Don’t skip breakfast

Some people skip breakfast because they think it will help them lose weight. In fact, research shows that eating breakfast can help people control their weight. A healthy breakfast is an important part of a balanced diet, and provides some of the vitamins and minerals we need for good health. Wholemeal cereal, with fruit sliced over the top is a tasty and nutritious breakfast.

Things not to do on a first date:

1. Bring along a friend
No, no, no, no, no.
2. Expect your date to foot the bill
Always, always go Dutch. Let this be the bill that sets the tone for the relationship and let this relationship be an equal one.
3. Talk about sex
The old rules that stipulate you mustn’t talk about politics and religion are out, but you should still avoid talking about sex. This is because it will only serve to remind your date that there have been lovers before them, which – rightly or wrongly – feels a tiny bit icky on a first date. So no sex chat. Unless, of course, you decide to actually have sex on the first date, in which case some conversation about the deed is required, otherwise it could potentially fall outside the laws of consent.
4. Interview your date
Please don’t ask your date where they see themselves in five years’ time, or what motivates them. It’s supposed to be a date; not an excruciating work appraisal meeting.
5. Come over too keen
Flirting is one thing, but don’t wander into ‘I’ve never felt this way about anyone before’ territory on the very first date. Equally, talk of marriage, babies, how all your friends are settling down and you feel left out etc. etc. is off the cards. Stay cool.
6. Talk about your ex
Or anyone you’ve slept with. Just don’t go there under any circumstances. Even if your ex walks into your date venue and the sheer coincidence of it all makes you want to call them over. Even if they choose to sit down next to you and start talking to you and they say your name in front of your date and it’s perfectly obvious you know each other. DON’T ACKNOWLEDGE THE EX.
7. Wear something inappropriate
Men, don’t wear anything that could p0tentially embarrass your date, like scruffy trainers or an offensive t-shirt. And ladies, this applies to you too. A good rule is: don’t wear anything you wouldn’t wear to work. Unless you wear a uniform to work. Don’t wear a uniform on the first date – it’s too early for that.
8. Get too drunk
Enjoying a bit of a tipple before or during your date is not a terrible idea – frankly, anything to take the edge off potential first date awkwardness is a winner in my book. But know your limits, because there’s nothing worse than finding yourself on a date with someone who has alcohol-induced verbal diarrhoea, or who is dribbling onto a beer mat. It can be a tricky one to judge, but basically, you want to stop before you start doing vomit-burps. 

Monday, September 23, 2013

How to be a man magnet

Go out looking for a good time-not your future husband:

Super-attractor rule no.1 : Don't go hunting. "Too many girls focus on meeting The One when they should be looking for a tasty drink & a fun night out. There's nothing more appealing than the girl who carries herself like she's having a good time. Who wouldn't want to be around her? So buy your own martini, & enjoy your self.


 One of the easiest ways to attract men is to smile. Your smile not only makes you friendly but also approachable. Furthermore you will appear more attractive and you will look like a fun person to sit and talk with. You need to practice smiling in front of a mirror in case you don’t know how to smile properly. Remember feel good about your smile and it will show guys that you are comfortable with the way you are.

Never bash other women: 

Being catty will get you nowhere with guys. Men want to know you're confident. Think about it: If you two start dating, he has a mom, sisters and female friends he'll want you to spend time with. Showing a guy that it won't be a nightmare to bring you to a family dinner is good first step.

Be easy:

We're not talking about Jersey Shore easy; we're talking easygoing. Guys are drawn to girls they can picture having fun with. 

Don't dress for girls:

The super trendy stuff you'd wear to impress your friends often leaves men cold. Maxi dresses, rompers are a thumps down if you're up for a date. What's universally sexy, according to men? A woman in white tee, cute-butt jeans and a pair of heels. Done and done. 

Be (Genuinely busy):

This trick's not about playing hard to get; it's about having so much great stuff going on in your world that he wants to be a part of it. Women who are genuinely busy feel more fulfilled, are happier and are more confident- three powerful magnets for attracting men. For instance, if a man has to choose between a clingy beauty and an unavailable average girl, he will choose average every time. 

Let him see your ambitious side: 

It's a corollary of "be busy": Guys like women who have passions in life, so show yours! Girls who are motivated to accomplish their dreams show drive and determination- guys love those qualities. 

Be the person you want to date:

Sounds simple, but you can't seek a man who is secure, self-assured and emotionally evolved if you're not all of those things yourself. It's basic relationship karma! If you wouldn't want to date yourself then how can you expect someone else to want to date you? If you haven't figured out who you are yet, you can't possibly know what you want in a guy. 

The best fall jackets & coats

This season's toppers come in all shapes, colors and sizes—including oversized coats, pale pink jackets, and chic bomber styles. Take your pick, and start warming up!


This season, invest in an oversized, yet still sleek coat á la Stella McCartney. Stick to this mantra: Go big or go home.


Whether you opt for a bold pattern, leather detailing, or clean tailoring, this classic silhouette, as seen at Ralph Lauren, will always be in style.


We're seriously crushingon this season's sugary-sweet hue (thanks to Céline!). The ultra-feminine trend is a subtle showstopper.


This rainy-day classic, as perfected by Burberry Prorsum, feels updated this season with leather-trimmed details.


Many designers put their spin on this trend—from Saint Laurent and Phillip Lim to Altuzarra, as seen here. Channel your inner wild child and add an edge to your look with this signature topper.


Fur trimmed and belted military-inspired styles (as seen at Prabal Gurung) are as stylish as they are functional.


Size up! The blazers that walked the runways were oversized and menswear-inspired, as seen at Isabel Marant.

3 Makeup Mistakes you're making

Makeup is an art form that allows your true creativity to come into play every day. From blending colors to testing out texture to tweaking as you go, practice makes perfect. Even though art needs freedom to breathe, sometimes an artist needs a nudge in the right direction. So today, in an effort to offer some creative guidance, I’m sharing three makeup mistakes you might not know you’re making, plus how to fix them.

Shrinking Eyes

Lining the eyes can bring out shape and add great definition, but avoid heavy bottom liner. Thick lines under the eyes can actually make them appear smaller and have an aging effect. Make sure to keep the line thin and natural, which will enhance your eye in the right places.

Harsh Lines

Too often I see women wearing heavy, uneven blush. The key is always to blend blush on the apples of the cheeks in an upward motion, layering the pigment. When using this technique, blush is soft and natural instead of harsh with obvious contour lines. Opt for sheer blushes and add color slowly for the perfect finish.

Cartoon Brows

Brows need shape and definition and are the key focal point to shape the entire face, but overly drawn brows tend to draw all of the attention (and not in a good way). To avoid looking cartoonish, use a soft and natural brow pencil to add shape and definition, slowly blending as you go–the more natural the shape, the less eye-raising the reaction.

The Dos and Don'ts of Fall 2013 Fashion Trends

  • DO invest in eye-catching outerwear.

    Statement-making outerwear manifested itself in a bevy of ways this season (think bold furs, oversize parkas, and cool leathers).
    DON'T be afraid to experiment with various colors, lengths, and textures.
    DO consider the rest of your outfit when rocking these coats. Keep everything else simple.

    • DON'T forget a super-cute hat.

      We saw cool caps at just about every show, including Kate Spade and Tracy Reese.
      DO remember this motto: When in doubt, put a beanie on it!
      DON'T forget the other types of hats you can wear this season. Fedoras, floppy knits, and even baseball caps are at your disposal.

    • DO pick up an emerald green piece.

      Pantone chose the shade as its top color for 2013, so it's no wonder that it was spotted all over the fall 2013 runways.
      DON'T ignore how cute emerald green can look when paired with other jewel tones, such as garnet, amethyst, and sapphire.
      DO look for different ways to incorporate the shade into your wardrobe. A structured bag or high heels in this vibrant hue is like an exclamation point at the end of your ensemble.

      • DON'T bail on the peplum.

        It's the trend that won't die, so hop on the bandwagon if you haven't already!
        DO find the right peplum for you. Where it's placed on a dress, shirt, or skirt can determine just how good you look.
        DON'T underestimate how flattering a peplum can be. It can help define your waist or add curves to a boyish figure.