Monthly Archives: April 2013

Exotic Italy for Art Lovers- Part 3

Exotic Italy for Art Lovers- Part 3

Siena

Siena is situated in the centre-south of Tuscany. The lush province extends over some of the most enchanting Tuscan territories like the southern hills of Chianti, Val d’Elsa and Val di Merse, Val d’Arbia, Val di Chiana and Val d’Orcia, right up to the slopes of Mount Amiata.

Check out the beautiful abbeys of Sant’Antimo, Duomo and Romanesque parishes. To get a close look at the Italian countryside, visit the small town of Quirico d’Orcia that preserves its ancient culture even today. Other important destinations are the University of Siena and San Nicolo – an ancient monastery.

Palio di Siena - Religious horse race of Siena

Palio di Siena – Religious horse race of Siena

One thing you must take home from Siena is panforte, a 13th century Sienaian dessert made using honey, nuts and fruits. Second-hand books and ceramics are also Continue reading “Exotic Italy for Art Lovers- Part 3” »

Exotic Italy for Art Lovers – Part 2

Exotic Italy for Art Lovers – Part 2

Arezzo

Set around the foothills of the Appenines, the old town of Arezzo fans out into the river valley of the Arno, Tiber, Casentino and Valdichiana. The city is mainly known for its gold industries, antique traders and the stunning Piazza Grande. Visits to the historic monuments such as Medici fortress, the Cathedral, the Diocesan Museum and Piazza Grande will take up your time. Don’t miss out on the Archeological Museum and the State Museum of Medieval and Modern Art as it provides an overview of art from the Middle Ages all the way up to the 20th century.

Arezzo antiques market

Arezzo antiques market

Antique shopping is a must-do in Arezzo, at the antiques goods fair held every month at the Piazza Grande where you can find furniture, vintage silverware and kitchen tools. You can even pick Continue reading “Exotic Italy for Art Lovers – Part 2” »

Exotic Italy for Art Lovers !

Exotic Italy for Art Lovers !

TUSCANY, ITALY

Tuscany brings to mind images of lazy days spent in the warm sun, eating until your stomach and heart are sated, leisurely walks in charming villages and long drives in the glorious countryside. Home to masters like Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and many more, the region’s rich history, incredible art and architecture, scrumptious food and wine, and easygoing, friendly locals make it a favorite destination for families as well as couples. Whether you’re a history buff, art lover or culture vulture, there are several experiences here that will make your holiday an unforgettable one.

Beautiful Tuscany - a yoga retreat in paradise

Beautiful Tuscany – a yoga retreat in paradise

Be it vibrant, chic Florence, iconic Pisa, Chianti – the wine valley, the indescribably beautiful Orcia Valley, quaint San Gimignano or Siena, with its old-world charm, there is much to discover in this Continue reading “Exotic Italy for Art Lovers !” »

Superfoods – Tomatoes & Turnips!

Superfoods – Tomatoes & Turnips!

GO TOMATOES!

Red, juicy and delicious tomatoes are drawing a lot of interest among health enthusiasts. Their excellent nutrient profile and disease prevention potential has helped the tomato to finally take its well-deserved position amongst superfoods.

Cardiac Health

The damage caused by oxidative stress to our arteries and heart can be reduced by regular consumption of tomatoes – as juice, salads, puree or sauces. Tomatoes help in fat metabolism and reduce the blood levels of triglycerides and total cholesterol. Additionally, studies show that the phytonutrients present in tomatoes possess a unique ability to reduce platelet aggregation (a known cause of atherosclerosis or blocking of blood vessels). Being rich in vitamins E and C also works to enhance the tomato’s heart protecting abilities.

Red and Juicy Tomatoes

Red and Juicy Tomatoes

Glowing Skin

A proven formula for flawless complexion is drinking a glass of tomato juice daily. The cooling anti-ageing and skin protecting nutrients in tomatoes make them a natural skin care tool. While eating Continue reading “Superfoods – Tomatoes & Turnips!” »

Words of Wellness on Holistic Living

Words of Wellness on Holistic Living

Books on health, fitness and holistic living are becoming increasingly popular in the literary world.

Who doesn’t want to live a healthy and happy life? And this is exactly what the publishing houses are encashing on. As the fad for fitness grows among people, irrespective of their age, their quest for good health has gone beyond gyms. Books, internet and television shows have become the new sources of information on how to lead a healthy life. Thanks to this, the market today is flooded with fitness-related books. From manuals to diet books to celebrity confessions on looking good, they are all about teaching how to live that perfect life.

For all Holistic Junkies!

For all Holistic Junkies!

Fitness First

Everyone wants to lead a happy and healthy life. It is a worldwide trend. There is a demand for fitness gurus not just in terms of physical fitness but also mental health. Awareness of good health is at its peak now and Continue reading “Words of Wellness on Holistic Living” »

Decoding Fats – Good Fat Vs Bad Fat

Decoding Fats – Good Fat Vs Bad Fat

PUFA, MUFA, DHA, ALA and EPA. Confused? Understand these diet acronyms.

FATS – We love to hate them. But contrary to popular belief,  fat is not all that bad for the body. There are good fats and bad fats. Smart eating involves knowing what is good and what is bad.

Fats are of three types – trans fat, saturated fat and unsaturated fat. While saturated and trans fat are termed bad for their property of increasing bad cholesterol levels, unsaturated fats like poly unsaturated fats and mono unsaturated fats are good and are known to reduce cholesterol levels.

Types of Fats!

Types of Fats!

Poly unsaturated fatty acids (PUFA)

PUFA, also known as omega-3 and omega-6, are essential fatty acids that need to be taken through food, as the body is incapable of producing these. These fats remain liquid at room temperature, unlike saturated fats that are solid.

PUFA is present in food items like soya bean, tofu, kidney beans, safflower oil, olive oil, walnuts, kale and flaxseeds. PUFA helps in the proper functioning of the body and keeps critical illnesses at Continue reading “Decoding Fats – Good Fat Vs Bad Fat” »

Fly to be Fit with Jukari Moves

Fly to be Fit with Jukari Moves

Ever fancied being a trapeze artist? Try Jukari Fit to Fly and Jukari Fit to Flex to add spunk to your fitness routine to make you feel like a gymnast.

Imagine yourself floating in the air while working out! Sounds fun but unbelievable? It is possible with Jukari Fit to Fly and Jukari Fit to Flex workouts. It is a hot favorite of Hollywood celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Mischa Barton and Kelly Brook and is finding space all over the world.

Jukari fit-to-fly moves is too good of an exercise

Jukari fit-to-fly moves is too good of an exercise

Jukari means ‘to play’ in Italian. It was devised by international artistic entertainment company Cirque Du Soleil. Reebok tied up with the company to devise this workout that works on your core, balance, cardio and strength. And the highlight of the workout is, you swirl and dance with a specially designed fly set. The fly set consists of a durable, three-strand rope of adjustable length that is fixed to the ceiling with a 360-degree swivel point. It was primarily decided to help gymnasts and artistes have a lean and fit body.

Audrina Patridge  trying out Jukari Workout

Audrina Patridge trying out Jukari Workout

Each session includes intense intervals of cardio that involves Continue reading “Fly to be Fit with Jukari Moves” »

Winter Wardrobe Essentials

Winter Wardrobe Essentials

The Last Leg of Winter

Before spring sets in, bid adieu to winter in style. Getting yourself a new collection is a good way to goad you into being creative and inventive with your wardrobe. It persuades you to combine the new with the old, function with style and playfulness with looking good. To take away the seriousness of a work wear blazer, you can’t team it with running shoes and jeans. Or breathe new life into iconic wardrobe staples from the 1970s and 80s like the sweat shirt, acid jeans and leather jacket in a manner that makes them look contemporary chic. The underlying theme for this season should be about smart pairing and intelligent layering. That way every item in your wardrobe acquires multiple lives, depending on the occasion and season; morning or evening, winter or spring, office or party, brunch or dinner. Style at the end of the day is about feeling good about yourself. And to do just that, make up a rich collection of separates, shoes, bags and watches.

Peak Winter essentials for skiing.

Peak Winter essentials for skiing.

 

The Parka

This hooded jacket sits well on a relaxed pair of jeans. You can sport an olive green jacket and a brown shirt for a military inspired look. It will keep you warm and is perfect for travel, paired with tracks and a short sleeve cotton shirt. They are ideally used by winter sports enthusiasts for skiing.

Parkha Jackets for winter

Parkha Jackets for winter

The Leather Jacket

Not just for bikers and metal heads, the leather jacket over the years has come a long way and become a part of every young man’s wardrobe. Choose a sleek leather jacket with a trim fit, some well-considered pockets and a shorter length. Pair it with a polo shirt, light denim jeans and sneakers, and you are set for the evening.

The Sweatshirt

From its Ivy League origins, the sweatshirt has come a long way as an essential component of casual dressing. Best worn with tracks or jeans, make sure you wear it with a shirt inside. Tuck in the edges of the collar to make a statement. Sweatshirts are also the preferred choice for athletes during workouts.

The Running Shoes

Running shoes are not only for running anymore. They are an essential accessory when it comes to dressing, paired with jeans and a nice pair of shorts. You can choose from a range of running shoes for either pounding the treadmill or the streets. A petrol colored pair would be completely functional at a gym or an evening jog. The latest crop of available running shoes are more customized than ever, which includes cushioning and thermal wear to keep you safe and warm when running outdoors.

The Acid Washed Jeans

This eighties standard never goes out of fashion. Acid washed denim might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but rolled-up over a pair of boots and worn with a full-sleeve tee or a plain white shirt; they make for an edgy fashion statement. These are available in a range of colors, with navy and black being the most popular. They come in different styles such as tapered leg, short lengths and regular with zippers up the side or on the back and produce a faded, worn appearance.

The Tartan Shirt

Tartan shirts have moved out of the wilderness and are now preferred even by the urban men. This grunge staple lends itself to various permutations and combinations in a wardrobe. The oversized version can be worn unbuttoned, combined with a tee and jeans. They are dreamy and when worn right, have their own attitude and style.

Tartan Shirts - worn by both men and women

Tartan Shirts – worn by both men and women

The Two Button Blazer

This legendary jacket is more versatile than you think. It is a universal standard as it complements most builds and classic as it never goes out of style. After a hard day of formal meetings where you wore it with a tie and chinos, you are all set for an evening out by combining the blazer with a printed tee, jeans and boots.

winter wear - two button blazer

winter wear – two button blazer

The Graphic Tee

Making a statement has never been so easy as it has been with a graphic tee. Whether it is popular faces, cut-paste graphics or brush strokes on a comfortable fabric, the design reveals the inner you. They are not only comfortable in style, but also exciting in design. You can choose from a number of popular and fashionable brands with a classic fit and impressive design.

Fighting Fatigue During Pregnancy

Fighting Fatigue During Pregnancy

Fatigue can be an early pregnancy symptom. One of the biggest complaints about the first trimester is how tired you feel. Sleeping sickness is another common problem encountered. Of course, one of the rookie mistakes that most pregnant women make is to slow down and get the rest that they need. Ensure you have the luxury of time, fewer demands, a regular exercise routine and good nutrition to get you through. Listen to your body and rest when requested. Check out these secrets for fending off feelings of exhaustion when you’re expecting and get the rest you and your baby deserve.

Tired and stressed out during pregnancy

Fatigue and stress during pregnancy

Fatigue is common

Most women experience increased weariness during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester. Don’t worry. It’s a perfectly normal stage. Generally it occurs because your body is working overtime making a new human life. Hormonal changes, particularly increasing levels of progesterone, cause the body to slow down and feel tired. Any nausea or vomiting can also significantly sap energy. If tiredness persists into the Continue reading “Fighting Fatigue During Pregnancy” »

Music’s the Medicine of the Mind!

Music’s the Medicine of the Mind!

Lost when your hip friends discuss the merits of big-room house against acid house? Read on to find out more.

‘Dance music’ is a very loose and nebulous term. If I had to define it, I would keep it simple and say, its music that makes you want to dance. That concept has been interpreted many different ways by different artists at different points in history. Dance music has so many forms and permutations that it’s impossible to categorize them all. I’ve tried, here, to list the main genres of electronic music, and explain their historical, cultural and social significance. But, beyond a point, its ridiculous to attach names to sounds. Music is about feelings not taxonomy.

Move your body

Move your body

As Armin Van Buuren famously said, “Don’t be a prisoner of your own style.

HOUSE MUSIC

It first came into prominence in Chicago in the 1980s. It famously developed in Chicago’s gay club and warehouse scene, where it provided the soundtrack to parties at which people felt liberated enough by the music to let go and express themselves. House grew out of disco, which was the sound of the ‘70s. As people began to tire of disco, they began to gravitate towards Continue reading “Music’s the Medicine of the Mind!” »