Give yourself a spring tuneup

Well, if you’re downright winter weary, you’re not alone! It’s been a tough winter on hands and hides, minds and moods.

Spring is here and it’s just a matter of time before warmer weather kicks in. So in the meantime, time do away with the groom and gloom of winter – perk up your lizard-like skin, reenergize your body, and boost positivity and productivity with a spring tune up.

Get glowing inside and out with our tune up tips:

Skin savers

Winter conditions strip our skin of the much needed moisture, causing the outer layer of skin to dry and shrink and our skin becomes raw, dull and rough.

Good skin is in so aim so it’s important to aim for some hydration salvation:

First clean up your skin act and skin supplies – throw out old makeup and skincare Swap out darker blush and lip shades for happy pink hues instead.

Cut your beauty routine down to a few products and swap heavier creams for lighter ones. Slather on a light moisturizer daily with a built in SPF30 or higher.

Regular bar soap dries out the skin so instead use a moisturizing cleanser with ingredients such as vitamin A, E, C and use lukewarm water.

Save your skin by exfoliating once a week, all year round, so your skin can breathe. This allows moisturizers to penetrate your skin more effectively.

Look for night creams with retinoic acid (vitamin A) and ascorbic acid (vitamin C) to boost skin’s collagen and elasticity.

Reduce puffy eyes from seasonal spring allergies with an eye roller with a metal ball – lots of brands make these anti-fatigue eye rollers.

Take a bath with Epsom salts – add a favourite body oil. Massage over your body to draw out toxins and slough off dead skin.

Mood modifiers

Clear out the cobwebs in your mind. Step out of that stagnant mindset. Embrace the milder weather and longer days – research shows that nice weather improves not only one’s mood but also their memory and creativity and decreases anxiety and skepticism.

Banish winter comfort foods. According to a Public Health Nutrition study, people who consume fast foods like burgers and pizzas are 51% more likely to develop depression than their counterparts who don’t.

Clear your mind by clearing the clutter. Decluttering and reorganizing has a positive impact on energy, outlook and stress levels.

Break away from work for an outdoor pause at least once a day. This light respite will do wonders.

Sweep out unhealthy relationships. Spend more time with people who make you feel good, and less time plugged into social media.

Bring the outdoors in. Vibrantly-coloured and scented flowers re-energize – actually, lavender can reduce stress levels. For scent-free work environments, add a brightly-coloured screen saver, an artificial flower display or wall hangings.

Boost endorphins by doing something new, like take up a new sport, sign up for a workshop to boost your work skillset, or take painting lessons.

Plan a summer trip – the mere act of planning and the anticipation is a sure-bet mood booster.

Body boost

Shake off sluggishness by spring tuning your body. Motivation may be lagging after a long winter but getting in some exercise will help work off the pounds.

Think low impact, low intensity and short sessions. Find your groove and move:

Walk: It’s the easiest, least expensive way to get going. Twenty minutes, four times a week. Pick up the pace.

Swim: Inexpensive and incredibly low impact, but very high return on your fitness investment.

Bike: Stick to easy gears and flat routes to start, and work your way up. If that’s too challenging, begin with a stationary bike indoors.

Do yoga: Gentle, beginner yoga is best if you’ve never done it before and if you’re a newbie you may want to steer clear of the hot yoga room.

Lift weights: Do it safely: enlist the expertise of a personal trainer for even a few sessions to learn proper technique. Start with light weights and low reps, and progress from there.

Nutrition to go

Tune up that less than healthy diet that comforted you through the winter. Eat for energy by fine tuning your diet:

Get hydrated. Dehydration can deplete energy. Drinking more water flushes out toxins and boosts energy and alertness, controls appetite and increases metabolism.

Eliminate/decrease dehydrating fluids such as alcohol and caffeine.

Eat more whole grain foods as well as fruits and vegetables.

Don’t skip meals or snacks. Eating regularly and consistently maintains regular blood sugars and helps with energy levels, she adds.

Include probiotics: This helps with digestive health, especially if you’ve taken antibiotics over the winter. Add yogurt or a yogurt drink daily.Read more at:http://www.sheindressau.com/strapless-wedding-dresses-au | http://www.sheindressau.com/a-line-wedding-dresses-au


Oversized sleeves back in fashion

The past year was owned by oversized sleeves. While many celebrities were seen sporting it, women in general life also tried to incorporate it in their fashion fronts.

From dramatic flourishes to capped sleeves to belled cuffs to rolled-up balloon-sleeves - the year saw it all.

However, it seems the trend is picking up winds this season too. Many influential personalities were seen sporting the dramatic flairs with sass to various prominent platforms.

The first lady of US has been a fan of the trend for a long time. She sported a white dress by fashion designer Roksanda Ilincic featuring the designer's signature puff cuffs in 2016. Then in 2017, she arrived at a November state dinner in Beijing in a black floral gown with oversized, furred-sleeves. Later on, she wore a Dior dress with oversized sleeves for the unveiling of the White House Christmas decorations.

More recently, Oscar winning actress, Frances McDormand, sported a bell-sleeved blue Valentino gown at Screen Actors Guild Awards in January, where she won the award for best actress for her role in ' Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'.

On national grounds, actress Deepika Padukone donned a gown by Falguni and Shane Peacock with sculpted bodyline and voluminous sleeves. The 'Padmaavat' actress rocked the look at the red carper of Hello Awards ceremony held in early March.

Another actress, Sonam Kapoor, who is known for her offbeat style quotient, has also been seen sporting the oversized sleeves trend over the years. She has donned the look at many red carpets, award ceremonies, inaugurations, and Television shows.Read more at:http://www.sheindressau.com/purple-bridesmaid-dresses | http://www.sheindressau.com/black-bridesmaid-dresses-au


Cut It Out

Whether it's a blunt fringe, short layers, dip-dye or a whole new shade of hair, the new year has brought with it the perfect opportunity to test out the most coveted hairstyles and hair trends sported by celebrities and street-style stars. Here’s what hairstylists and colourists predict would be the biggest hair trends of 2018.

The Bardot fringe

This year, ask for the 'Brigitte Bangs' – 'bangs' meaning a fringe to the non-American folks – which has been sported by the likes of Chloe Grace Moretz, Penelope Cruz, Taylor Swift, Goldie Hawn and many of our favourite Indian and Pakistani celebrities as well. If you are choosing this style, the key is to find the right one for your face. Have a consultation with your stylist, so they can assess your face shape and determine the perfect fringe for you. A fringe, when cut well, can work wonders and provides a great focal point.

The modern bob

While the bob will continue to be a firm favourite this year, we should expect to see it with a modern twist. This cut never goes out of fashion but we might see a different line in the bob – rather than a classic cut, expect shorter back and longer sides with soft-layered texture to enhance the movement of the hair cut.

Back to balayage

Everyone in the beauty world is adding a back-to-basics approach to their techniques, especially with balayage. There are so many offshoots of it, from strobing to denim to the newest tiger eye trend, but they are all created with the balayage freehand technique and so, are open to complete personal interpretation. Whether you have dark hair or light tones, there is a balayage colour for you. There is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to colour which is why freehand creative painting would be the go-to application technique for this year. Take car of your colour with stylist recommended supplements and maintain its hue with a moisture shampoo.

No-haircut cuts

Now, this is a trend you should get onboard with. We all know people who spend thousands getting their hair to look perfect and spend the whole day and night looking at their reflections in car windows. Tip for this year: do what feels natural and stop worrying. To achieve the natural look, brush your hair before you washing them gently, so that they don't get super tangled. Then leave to dry completely naturally without even touching it to bring out its natural texture. Washing with a specially rich shampoo and conditioner and using a hair mask for treatment once a week, are rituals at hairstylists swear by.

Hair exfoliation

Thought exfoliating was only for skin? Think again. A big trend for 2018 is the detox to really cleanse your hair with a detoxing and exfoliating treatment for your scalp and hair. A sugar shine blowdry is a silicone-free, sugar-based scalp scrub that gently removes impurities. The water-soluble crystals melt in hair, softly removing build up from roots to ends and leaving them nourished. Softly scrubbed hair is the aim of the game here.

Contour colouring

Take the plunge with one of the biggest trends this year that highlights certain sections of the hair to extenuate your facial features. Contour colouring – otherwise known as 'contourage' – picks out light and dark shadowing round the face which contours the hair in a way similar to the make-up technique. Besides enhancing length and definition of the hair, it can also give more definition to bone structure and present a chiselled effect as well as highlighted skin tone, so it is a multi-flattering trend.Read more at:http://www.sheindressau.com/cheap-wedding-dresses-au | http://www.sheindressau.com/plus-size-wedding-dresses


Wedding gown enterprise reopens in Dimapur

A local apparel enterprise called ‘Kats Collection,’ informed to be a collection of wedding gowns, has reopened on Jan. 6 next to the Toyota showroom in Dimapur.

Miss Nagaland of 2017 Marina Kiho was the chief guest of the day, a press release from the organisers informed on Thur. She inaugurated the store. Miss Dimapur of 2015 Zehovire Avi Kechu was the host for the event. She gave a brief outline about the collection. The enterprise is run by two siblings Visituonuo Rio and Kenny Rio along with their mother Kezhaleii Sekhose, the updates informed.

Pastor N Paphino ‘who has already conducted over 100 weddings all over Nagaland,’ according to the press release, exhorted the gathering and encouraged the youths to ‘only get holy marriages.’ Holy Matrimony is respectable not only to the world but in the sight of God, the updates said.

Delivering the keynote, Marina Kiho, Miss Nagaland for 2017, gave a short speech. She reminisced events from five years ago when there was hardly any young Naga entrepreneur. ‘But with the advancement of technology and social media, many young Naga entrepreneurs came into being,’ the press release stated.

Also, Kiho talked about using social media to leverage business. She took the example of Kats Collection which was stated to have started online in the year 2011 via the social networking site Facebook. In order to start a business, she said, one should not focus only on earning but render good services ‘to make lives easier,’ the updates stated. She encouraged the youths not to give up on their dreams even though they ‘may lose or win.’

Local performers Tetseo Sisters and Sholo Thong entertained the gathering with music, it was informed.Read more at:http://www.sheindressau.com/casual-wedding-dresses | http://www.sheindressau.com/sexy-wedding-dresses


When it comes to clothes, I’m fashionably late

Miscellaneous vestiges from the past including colourful shirts and outdated trousers may well take up wardrobe space.

When I am told by younger voices to get with it, I reply, no! I’m retired and I’ll wear what I like.

Besides, some of the clothes might come back into fashion one day. OK, I’ll admit I do need to scrub up for the occasional birthday or anniversary, but on the whole, I’m happy to venture out in my track-pants or shorts and a T-shirt.

Sure, I know all the quotes from Shakespeare that apparel proclaims the man, and by Fuller that “good clothes open all doors”. Except that at my age, I don’t need doors opening for me. I’ll dress as I please.

Even on aeroplanes I prefer to be comfortable rather than dressed for a night out.

Some years ago, I went to the Victoria Derby in Melbourne. There were thousands of guys in three-piece suits in the non-members area in 30C temperatures. In my shorts and T-shirt, I was the most comfortable person on the course surrounded by 90,000 very hot people.

And while at the races, let me take a risk and include women’s fashions in the conversation for a brief moment. French writer Anatole France once said, “Only men not interested in women are interested in women’s clothing. Men who like women, never notice what they wear.” (That one is going to get me into deep trouble from my female friends.)

OK then, I’ll admit even at my age there is a certain standard to be maintained.

Samuel Johnson said that “a man in a good coat meets with a better reception than a man in a bad coat”. So even being retired, I’m trapped to be part of a standard.

Oscar Wilde, always known for wearing some interesting clothes once said, “With an evening coat and a white tie, even a stockbroker can gain a reputation for being civilised”. Goodness knows what he may have said about them if he had been about during the Global Financial Crisis.

In his Devil’s Dictionary, Ambrose Bierce pointed out, “Fashion is a despot whom the wise ridicule and then seem to obey”. So, it seems I will eventually succumb and throw out my clothes from yesteryear and replace them with something more up to date.

But before I do I am hopeful that one day someone might mistakenly approach me with the words of one who approached writer John Steinbeck as he travelled around the US. Steinbeck was accosted with the words, “You must be extremely rich to dress as badly as you do”.Read more at:http://www.sheindressau.com/short-wedding-dresses | http://www.sheindressau.com/backless-wedding-dresses-au