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Cozy up your home in winter November 21, 2013 18:52

As the winter chill hits the air, it's time to turn the fireplace on. Never mind if you don't have one at your home, you can still do things to cozy up your homes for the winter. If you are planning to redecorate your home and have a budget to spend, then starting with repainting your rooms with neutral or earthy tone of white, beige or light blue would be great. Next, get out all your plush throws and rich quilts and deck up your sofas and couches for extra wintery comfort. For a change, you can reverse the sides of your curtain. This will make your room look different in an instant. Lastly, add some dramatic pieces and beautiful candles into your décor. Nothing speaks winter more than warm, comforting rays of candles. You can go for scented candles in woody scents for more appeal. AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury

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Are you dressing to impress enough? November 20, 2013 18:01

Whether you wish to excel at work or eyeing the next-level, you need to 'tie' up to the occasion. An interesting research has revealed that those wanting to do well at work should wear read and purple ties while those wanting a promotion should try dressing up in light blue shirt and dark blue tie. Apparently, dressing down is deemed as one of the most popular causes of a slumped career. It's proven! You don't just dress to impress your opposite sex or get a job, but also to excel and outdo others at work. The study found that eight in ten men (82 per cent) do not prefer to wear suit and tie anymore. More than half (58 per cent) said their work outfit was motivated by a desire to be smart and to impress their boss and clients (13 per cent). Meanwhile, five per cent want to dress smart to find romance. What is your reason of dressing smart? AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury

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Kick up your mornings! November 19, 2013 18:11

As they say, "Early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise". Well, there is no denying that a great morning is a great way to kick start a day. Blame it on our hectic lifestyle, most of us are compelled to rush through mornings. Don't let work or stress kill your morning joy. Here is how you can make the best of your 7 a.m. Wake up 15 minutes earlier than your usual time. That way you won't have to rush through your day and will be in a calmer state of mind. Make a to do list even before you start your day. That way you will stay organized and well-armored for the rest of the day. Spend some time stretching those limbs, neck and back. Not will it jump start your body's engine, but also perk you up. Lastly, never miss your breakfast for anything. It's the fuel that starts up your body. So grab a bite a guzzle a glass of smoothie before you hit the gas. AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury

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Victoria Beckham's wedding tiara goes under hammer November 18, 2013 17:12

For Spice Girl Victoria Adams and her football star hubby David Beckham, it wasn't less than a fairytale wedding, complete with His and Hers throne. But that wasn't all. The lavish nuptials also saw the bride wear a crown worth millions. And 14 years after their royal-themed wedding, the crown is all set to go under the hammer now for a whopping £25,000. The gold and diamond crown tiara  designed by none other than Slim Barrett, is to be sold in the Fine Jewellery sale at Bonhams auction house in London. The tiara, called as the East of Paris, is valued at £18,000 - £25,000. Made from 18-carat latticed yellow gold and set with large brilliant-cut diamonds and suspended diamond drops, this one's sure to go into the hands of a superfan, we believe. (AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury)

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Wanna try a disco bath? November 13, 2013 17:25

Wanna party but don't feel like stepping out? Bring the party to your bathroom with a disco bath. Invest in an Underwater Disco Lightshow, a floating light that projects myriad of colors from the bottom and sides of your bathtub. What's more, this funky device comes with button that can be used to change light patterns - from subdued to dynamic to constant. This cool battery-operated gizmo is waterproof. And now, the best part, it comes with nightclub music too. So what are you waiting for. Now disco at the tub! (AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury)

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Be Your Own Accountant For A Hassle Free Life November 08, 2013 14:18

Corporate offices keep meticulous accounting system and budgetary controls for sustaining in the competitive commercial world. But individuals usually do not plan properly. As all activities depend on the monetary base one has, it is not improper to have a thorough plan of finances to lead a successful life. You cannot replace money with anything else. Only Money has to be used where money is to be paid. Because of the present day trend financial discipline pays more rewards than any other.  So remember that money saved is equivalent to money earned. It is necessary to working class to spend at least 15 minutes to maintain an account at the end of the day.  You need not be a trained account to jot down your expenses of the day. After a month you can review the total expenses under different heads. You can categorize them in to two.  Fixed expenses and floating. One cannot change the fixed expenses like rent and other monthly commitments.  But the floating expenses can be minimized so that the amount can be saved for future use. After starting maintenance of personal accounting for 3 to 4 months one can surely come to an understanding of where to save expenses.  The object should be that the savings should not be less than 10% of the earnings.  Keeping the inflation in mind and increasing expenses as the family grows a minimum savings of 10% will work as a cushion at the time of emergencies. What to do with the money after saving? If you just keep the money in the bank it will be of no use.  The saved money also can grow with wise investments.  Otherwise, the value of the money will shrink due to inflation and raising prices.  You can opt for the best plan available in your bank to get maximum interest rate.  Invest in Fixed Deposit account for the minimum period that gives maximum interest. NSCs and Bonds are safe bet if you don’t have thorough knowledge of shares and other types of investments.  Do not get lured by the attract offers of returns promised by the private finance houses. A divorcee working woman says that she avoids friends, relatives and neighbors who drain her money. To address unforeseen expenses: Whatever meticulous one may be there can be some unforeseen financial crisis.  There can be a recession in the work or there can be illness for a long period. If the savings are spent on the occasions then the financial position will again come to square one. There are insurance companies to come to the rescue. Choose a suitable insurance coverage for contingencies and medical reimbursements. As money is the basic commodity that buys everything, a financial discipline makes a man or woman to lead a hassle free life.  -SriJa

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Complaining Nature Gets You nowhere November 06, 2013 16:22

If you are a working man or woman, complaining about your colleague when you meet your boss alone will be making the best enemy out of your boss instead of a best friend. Making a boss your friend may not be that easy because there always is a line between you two that has to be maintained.  But making your boss an enemy is very easy. If the boss is smart enough to catch, it will be clear that you may be trying to cover your mistake with that of a thing done by others. Even if it is not so it may give the same impression.  More over you have no right to make changes in the opinion already made by the boss.  It is the duty of the boss to have an opinion on the subordinates that too in the best interests of the organization so that work distribution to extract right work from them will go smoothly.  If your opinion poisons the mind of the boss, it may reflect on the total set up but not only on the person on whom the complaint is made. A TV producer says, “I handle a competitive team, so there’s bound to be friction.  All of them have complained to me about the other. I have told them it reflects poorly on them and not the person they’re complaining about. And that they should stick to doing their job, not mine.” It is a general tendency to blame someone or other for one’s failures.  If no one is found suitable then the fate or God will be blamed for it.  One cannot improve as long as one has the nature of complaining.  Owning a mistake and assuming the responsibility only gives a chance to correct, improve and develop. -SriJa

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Stress Free Work Place Need for Employees and Employer November 05, 2013 17:27

A work place that is stress free is as much a need for the employer as it is for the employee. We frequently come across the news of employees in senior levels of the executive positions ending their life due to stress at their work place.  It is the duty of the HR department to see that the working environment is free from tensions and stress.  Mostly the stress is heard in private companies engaged in computer programming and it is not totally uncommon in other private and public organizations too. Most of the complaints are that they are treated as robots but not human beings and their problems are ignored by the management.  Impossible targets fixed by the senior executives will keep the employee under him work under stress.  The output of an employee will come down drastically when the employee is subjected to work under stress.  That way it is also necessary for the management to see that proper work atmosphere is ensured for the smooth functioning. As the employees spend more time at the work place compared to the time they spend at home, the conditions of the work place leave strong impacts on the employee to carry it home too. It is true that the management wants maximum output and the employees want maximum freedom if we keep the remuneration part aside.  But a line has to be drawn between them.  In order to cope up with the competition, the management tries to stretch the scope of work of the employees where the tension starts mounting. Although HRs hear about the problems of the employees, normal complaint of the employees is that as HR is part of the management, generally they turn a deaf ear to the complaint or try to blame the employees. There are many events to make the management and the employees to come to a common platform and strengthen their good relations like recreation, cultural programs, occasional meetings, sports and games events etc. But the real change comes with the understanding that all are instrumental in the total program of the business unit.  Everyone is dependent on others and everyone is important in their allotted slot of work! -SriJa

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Do you wear what you eat? November 01, 2013 17:52

A proverb in Telugu says that a person eat non-vegetarian food will not hang the bones in the neck.  The context of course is different.  It says that you never show your real intentions out. But in a new trend fashion wear, the guys and gals are seen wearing food stuffs on their clothes- Not literally! When the whole world is going gaga over food, why fashion stay far behind!As a tribute to the growing number of foodies across the globe and their ever-growing love for all things food, international fashion designers and design houses have come up with a collection that is purely inspired by food and food alone. Designers have launched a collection of women attire with foot-inspired motifs like cupcakes and candies. Not just the clothes, even accessories like clutches, bags and jewellery seems to be inspired by food completely. Even for men, designers have come up with interesting food prints that would make even Homer Simpson drool with delight. Fatty comfort food like sausages and burgers are making their way into tees and shirts, blending food with fashion like never before. -SriJa

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Back to basics, Lady Gaga says go nude October 18, 2013 16:42

Forget rain or sunshine, just do what you want. That's what Lady Gaga seems to say to her fans. As she goes nude for the single, she urges everyone to go back to the basics. In her case, it is shedding clothes to the last scrap. In a world where appropriate clothing is everything, not wearing anything may just solve everyone's problems. There will be no more insecurity about fitting into those impossible trousers and there will absolutely be no more blame games on revealing clothing leading to rape. Such a culture exists in the pacific islands, where polynasian people walk around naked. They are so acclimatized to looking at their fellow human beings naked that it is not a point to discuss anymore. No more padding, no more hiding the flab. Without any clothes, no one can hide their non-assests. Consequently, there will be no pressure on anyone to look a certain way just for the sake of it. It may even bring out a culture of healthy living rather than superficial beauty. On the downside, however, we may find lesser colors around us. Let's not get carried away with what Lady Gaga says and stick to staying warm in the coming winter months. For her part, Lady Gaga and R Kelly will continue to croon “Do what you want with my body.” (AW: Sruthi)

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Meet US TV's highest-paid actors October 16, 2013 10:47

Forbes magazine announced during Tuesday Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer, the stars of the CBS comedy Two And A Half Men, are the highest paid actors on United States television. They are known to have accompanied by an approximated earnings rising on the top with US$20 million each. Kutcher who's the 35-year-old actor known to have replaced Charlie Sheen in succession to his expulsion from the hit TV show in 2011, topped the list for the second consecutive year accompanied by US$24 million, yet Cryer was not far behind accompanied by US$21 million. Furthermore, their 19-year-old co-star on the show, Angus T Jones, came in seventh place on the annual list that approximates earnings for the 12 months from June 2012 to 2013. Jones made about US$11 million. Forbes while adding that Kutcher is also an investor in technology companies expressed that the TV's highest-paid actor is laughing all the way to the bank since replacing Sheen on Two And A Half Men subsequent to the troubled star's 2011 flameout. Congratulations to Kutcher and Cryer. (AW:SB)

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Flat's the way to go! October 11, 2013 18:27

Flat footwear, or flip flops, besides recuing you from the blisters of stilettoes, can also make you look good, fashion gurus say. Stilettos are sexy, but what can beat the delight of  trotting around in a flip-flop or a flat? And the best part is, they are  fashionable too! A fashion must-have for all women, flat shoes accentuate almost any outfit and there is one for every occasion - from strappy flats and tie-up sandals to ankle-length boots and formal-looking oxfords. So even while you shake your legs this Navratri to nine days of fun-filled dandiya raas, give your feet a break every and slip into a pair of comfy yet fabulous flats. Follow the guidelines below to keep your fashion quotient high, even when your heels aren’t! Very vintage Add that instant element of nostalgic fun to simple day dressing or classic vintage dress with old school Mary Janes!  They go fabilously with tea dresses, culotte skirts or pants and 1950s cinched-waist outfits. Go traditional What better way to amp up your ethnic look than a classic Jaipur mojri.  Get as many in bold bright shades, neutral tones and even those with dainty mirror work! Kolhapuri chappals work just as fine. Make your pick! Glam it up When you are looking for something to glam up your sexy evening wear, just go for a flat gladiator sandals in metallic leather. These strappy beauties can chic you up in no time! Chic it! Take a pair of white canvas converse shoes and give them a makeover by experimenting on them with some graffiti. Thread in some neon laces and there you have a show-stopping pair of shoes to go with your denims. They not only 'chic' up your look, but also make you look younger...not to mention cutely sportive. (AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury)

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