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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

How to Decide Which Kind of Dorm is Best for You(III)

Choose co-ed housing if…
Group hangouts are your “thing.”
Pros?
Like painting your nails and playing video games? Co-ed dorms will give you the best of both worlds. While you’ll definitely have the chance to make some great girl friends, guy friends won’t be hard to find either. Co-ed dorms tend to offer a more light-hearted atmosphere, and there’s never a dull moment, says Jordan Chang, a University of Florida senior who lived in co-ed housing while studying abroad in Shanghai. “The boys and girls would all go out together, so it was really easy to meet up with people,” she says. “And even better, we would all walk home together at the end of the night. It really made us girls feel a lot safer.”
Added bonus? When you’re baking in the community kitchen, we’re sure the boys will be more than willing to taste-test your awesome brownies – and the ones you burn.
Cons?
With something always happening in the halls, Jordan says you can expect the noise level to definitely be greater in a co-ed dorm. When you’re living near boys, you should also be more aware of who’s around you. This means walking around in a towel or a sports bra may create more commotion than if you were in a single-sex residence hall. And remember, you should also prepare yourself for the possibility of seeing a bit more of the boys than you originally planned. If the thought of running into a boy in a towel makes you uneasy, a co-ed dorm may not be the right choice for you.
Choose themed housing if…
You’re looking to meet people just like you.
Pros?
Eco-friendly living, art housing, international floors and more – the different types of themed-housing are endless. Whether you’re looking to connect with people who share your same interests, culture or major, themed-housing is probably your best bet. It’s a simple way to make friends fast. After all, having a conversation-starter when you first meet is the simplest way to kick things off on the right foot with potential new friends. This type of housing typically has tons of activities and events for residents, too. No need to worry about being bored when you’re living in a themed dorm.
Northwestern sophomore Katherine Mirani, who lives in the communications-themed residential hall, says she has loved the experience. Her 100-person dorm is filled with mostly journalism and film majors. “I got to know a lot of people really well through the dorm traditions,” she says. “For example, we do a 50-hour continuous radio broadcast for charity in the fall, and we have multiple screening rooms, so people are always watching movies together.”
Cons?
Katherine says she wouldn’t trade her experience for anything, but she admits others in her dorm didn’t share the same feelings. While one of the perks of themed-housing is the formation of a close-knit group of people, this can just as easily be a negative. What happens if you really can’t connect with the people who live around you? Will it be easy for you to branch out and meet people outside of your dorm? Keep in mind that by choosing to live with people who share your same interests, you may not be fully expanding your horizons. But themed-housing can still be an adventure, so give it a fair shot if you’re considering it as one of your first choices.
Now that you know what to expect from each type of housing, think long and hard about your decision. Living in a dorm can be a great experience when you choose the setting that’s best for you. Get excited, prepare to make new friends and pick a dorm that’s going to make you love college life even more. Good luck, future and current collegiettes!

How to Decide Which Kind of Dorm is Best for You(II)

Choose a triple/quad if…
You can’t stand the thought of being alone in your room – ever.
Pros?
In a dorm with several roommates, it’s unlikely that you’ll ever be completely alone. So if you want someone with you at all times to avoid those creeping homesick feelings, check out triples and quads. If you’re looking to save a few pretty pennies and still live in the heart of campus, this type of housing may be your best option. One of the most appealing features is that they are generally considerably cheaper than the average single or double dorm room. Also, as you gain more roommates, the chances of you getting along with at least one of them usually increases. The more friends, the merrier, right?
Cons?
Although having lots of people in your room can be a great thing whenever you want company, it can also be a huge negative. After a long day of classes and work, you probably just want quality “you” time. In a room with two or three other people, privacy is a rare luxury. You and your roommates will likely have different schedules, making it difficult to always respect each other’s sleep time, or study time. Therefore, in a triple or quad, you may have to be extra concerned about showing respect for your roommates. It’s also not uncommon to be worried about becoming the “odd one out” in a room with two or three other girls. You can’t always prevent this clique-y situation, but communication among all roommates will definitely help.
Choose substance-free housing if…
The idea of drinking or drug usage totally freaks you out.
Pros?
Substance-free housing means you’re making a commitment to live in a dorm free from alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. (Note: At most schools, it doesn’t mean you have to abstain completely once you’re outside of the dorm!) You’ll likely feel more comfortable when your roommates and hallmates share similar values. The lack of peer pressure in your immediate environment may even encourage you to stick to your beliefs. Plus, life will seem easier when you don’t have to worry about your roommate throwing a booze-filled rager the night before your big finance exam.
Cons?
College doesn’t simply educate you – it prepares you for life. Some people argue that substance-free housing reinforces close-mindedness. If you live with people who share all your beliefs on drugs and alcohol, will you ever learn to accept differing points of view? These dorms also tend to have stricter policies. If you do decide to have a few drinks while out, you may not be allowed to return to the dorm while under the influence. Since you’re responsible for your guests, make sure they understand the rules, too. Read the fine print on the contract before move-in day!
Choose single-sex housing if…
Joining a “No Boys Allowed” club sounds like a great idea.
Pros?
There’s nothing like having a classic girls’ night. So why not do it 24/7? Single-sex housing can lead to awesome, long-lasting friendships with some amazing girls. “I thought single-sex housing would be awful,” says Bucknell University senior Sarah Dubow. “But last year I lived in my sorority’s housing and it was such an amazing, empowering and fun experience to be around my sisters all the time and get so much closer with them.”
If substance-free housing is too much of a commitment, but you still want to steer clear of potentially dangerous influences, single-sex housing may be your best option. The president of The Catholic University of American in Washington, John Garvey, cited studies that showed students in single-sex housing participated in binge drinking half as much as students in co-ed dorms. Single-sex housing is less likely to foster the typical, college “hook-up culture,” as well, and you won’t have to dodge boys when you’re headed to the bathroom, or when you’re in your towel. Also, female housing tends to be cleaner, without the smell of boys wafting down the hallway. Always a plus!
Cons?
In a single-sex dorm, you won’t meet that cute boy on your floor. So if you’re trying to make guy friends or meet the frat boy of your dreams, single-sex housing may put you at a disadvantage. When you’re surrounded by girls, you might also find that you’re more self-conscious, or encounter catty situations much more often. In single-sex housing, you should always be careful about what you say and protect your reputation – the last thing you’ll want is a hall full of girls gossiping about you.

How to Decide Which Kind of Dorm is Best for You (I)

Dorm life: it’s a trademark of the college lifestyle, and it’s a world unlike any other. College is one of the few times when you will be surrounded by hundreds or even thousands of people your age just like you, looking to have an amazing four-year experience. One of the most important parts of this experience, however, is your choice of housing. Nowadays, there are so many different options: single housing, doubles, triples and quads, themed-housing, substance-free housing and so much more. Luckily, HC has rounded up some of the best and worst features of each so you can choose the one that’s best for you!
Choose a single if…
You prefer things your way or the highway.
Pros?
You’ll meet tons of awesome people in college, and sometimes clicking with a random roommate is easy. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. The roommate horror stories have done their job – you cringe at the mere thought of sharing a place with a total stranger. What if she doesn’t clean? What if her nocturnal habits keep you awake? A single dorm may be the way to go if you like everything on your own schedule. In a single, you’re the queen. The decorations, layout, closet space and everything else are totally up to you.
You can listen to your music without headphones, study in silence at any time of the day and have guests stay over without checking with your roommate first (perfect for collegiettes in serious relationships). On the flip side, you also will never have to worry about the awkward, morning-after encounter with your roommate and the guy she brought home from the frat party last night…
Cons?
If you have a bad case of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), this is not a good option. “While all your friends are getting ready together with their roommate, sharing clothes, you’re all alone!” says Hillary Coombs, a junior at Bryant University who experienced single-dorm life while her roommate was abroad sophomore year. “I am also a social butterfly, so I hated this part.”
When you get locked out of your room, when your alarm doesn’t go off for class or when you begin to feel lonely, not having another body in the room may actually be a huge negative. And without a roommate, you may have to put in a little extra effort to meet friends on campus and people who can introduce you to others. Also, who said privacy is free? Singles are usually more expensive than multi-person rooms.
Choose a double if…
You’re easygoing and need a little bit of company in your life.
Pros?
Living in a double is one of the most traditional types of college housing, but it can also be one of the best. Assuming you and your roommate tolerate each other (or better yet, become great friends and future bridesmaids in each other’s wedding), you will have someone with whom you can go to the dining hall, order late night food, go to parties and so much more. If you get sick, she will hopefully take care of you. And if she knows a lot of people at the college, you may be able to score a few new friends from her connections. For any shy girls, this is a great way to easily boost your social circle. Plus, if you both really hit it off, you may be looking at a potential roommate for the next few years, making your future housing decisions a lot easier.
Cons?
One of the most important lessons for living in a double is learning to compromise, especially if you’ve never shared a room with another person before college. When you don’t have buffers (a third or fourth person in the room) tensions may rise faster between you and your roommate. But don’t worry! There are plenty of ways to fix roommate drama. To avoid awkward situations (for example, walking in on your roommate and her boyfriend, the first time she sees you changing clothes or your first fight), which are very likely in a double, make sure to communicate often.

Why You Shouldn’t Hook Up With Him

You’re Close Friends
If the two of you have a solid history together, think twice before hooking up. While friendship can definitely lead to a great relationship, if you’re just looking for something casual, it’s not worth risking what the two of you already have in the name of a fling. “While there are the occasional ‘Samanthas’ [of Sex And The City] among us, for the vast majority of females, sex creates an emotional connection to the other person,” explains Smith. “Before that first kiss, imagine you see him tomorrow holding hands on the quad with another co-ed.  If you feel a bit of jealousy creeping into the pit of your stomach, then you are not emotionally disconnected enough to go through with it.”
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Tuesday, 30 July 2013

But Would Settle For Something Practical

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After your laundry has been pressed and folded for you. After you’ve been driven to and fro inblack cars, and flown in black jets. After you shopped online for weekends on end.
After you’ve had your house cleaned, and dog walked, and food delivered. After you’vemessaged your friends for the millionth time. After you’ve figured out where the best place to vacation is, and what airline will get you there. After you’ve decided between five-star hotels or staying in a quirky downtown loft. After you’ve boated and biked and hiked and used up all thosespa coupons. After you’ve organized and updated your music collection, and checked out all the new releases, and built a hundred playlists. After you’ve streamed all your favorite shows on demand, and filled up your e-reader with titles. After you’ve recorded your steps and breaths anddreams. After you’ve uploaded your dog’s health data into the cloud. After you’ve video-chatted and second-screened. After you’ve tweeted and retweeted. After you’ve posted,reblogged and liked. After you’ve beaten that level.
After you’ve bought another tablet and another phone and a new computer and that thing that’s still in beta.
Will you have any free time to build something for the rest of us?
It’s just so great that a small percentage of people believe that the toughest challenge we face today is that we haven’t figured out how to effectively share our iPhone photos (we have: it’s called email), or we can’t seem to find new art to hang on the walls of our beautiful houses.
But far outside the Valley, there are families who are buying their first computer, and it’s asmartphone. And they didn’t wait in line for it. They walked in the store and got the cheapest one that “has the Internet” and “lets you do email” and “has a few games.”

THEY WALKED IN THE STORE AND GOT THE CHEAPEST ONE THAT “HAS THE INTERNET” AND “LETS YOU DO EMAIL” AND “HAS A FEW GAMES.”

Some of these are the same people who are trying not to lose their homes, or who are working two or more jobs. They are planning grocery and clothing budgets and fretting over how to pay for bills and college educations. They’re paying off credit cards and student loans. They’re clipping coupons and deal hunting. While technology is no longer inaccessible and unfathomable to them the way it was in the IT-controlled era, it’s also not seen as the answer to every problem.
Mainly because they have problems that technology is still failing to solve.
Do you know what it’s like to apply for jobs right now, for example? It’s a nightmare. You browse through a decent-enough aggregator like Indeed.com, sign up for alerts and save the ones you like. But when you click through to apply, each company’s website has its own complex system requiring manual entry of everything you already have detailed on your resume and cover letter. Sometimes you can upload your resume and it can import some of the times, places and job titles — which it inevitably gets wrong. Other times you click “Next” over and over to correct mistakes, such as the previously unmet password requirements, or selecting the response you had missed from one of the dozens of drop-down boxes, or putting a date or your phone number in their preferred format.
And then, when you finally get through, you’ll find that you’re only one page in out of a 10-page job application process. What hell! As if this is the only company where you’re trying to find work, and notone of a hundred you’ll probably apply to over the next few weeks. (Really, just because Apply with LinkedIn exists doesn’t mean everyone is using it — or even that, eventually, everyone will.)
And hey, did you know that you can actually walk into grocery stores and walk out with free food, but the only people documenting what’s basically a hackable loophole in the couponing system is an assortment of mommy bloggers who have the free time needed to sit at home and clip, print and stack and match coupons? I mean, that seems like something more people would get into if it weren’t so labor-intensive.
Oh, and do you know how tough it is to truly evaluate nearby schools, caregivers, extracurriculars and activities, because it’s all Yelp reviews and flawed rating systems and word-of-mouth? (Nah, probably not — because your Yelp reviews are to die for, aren’t they?)
And did you know that some of those debt-consolidation companies are actually trying to scam people?
Do you have any idea how much gas costs today?
Or mobile data?
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I’m thousands of miles from Silicon Valley, and know people who have lost their homes, and who are working two jobs that barely total the income of their previous one. I also know what it’s like to live on a fixed income, where a subscription-based anything is considered luxury.
I know there are people who don’t think that $1,000 or $10,000 or $100,000 or even hundreds of thousands of dollars is a lot of money, but I also know people who don’t even have a bank account. I know people whose entire lives could be changed with someone else’s annual shoe budget.
These aren’t just the working poor, or the homeless guy you step over until he can help you test your new iPhone app beta. They’re regular people. Friends, family, neighbors, employees, colleagues. (Maybe they can’t afford the rent where you live, so you haven’t met them yet?) Some are college graduates with years of experience. Some have industry-specific skills instead. Some are trying to balance raising children and working from home. You can call them the normals if you want, but they’re really just people who are living lives accompanied by technology rather than obsessed by it. And they’ll care when you build something that matters to them.
Another ex-Googler/Facebooker/Appler/Yahooer-backed mobile photo-sharing application is probably not that something. 
But whatever, right?
It would be so much cooler to build the next Facetasnapchatwittergram. After all, you might make a billion dollars anyway just by repurposing the same old social friending/following model for a particular niche (Facebook for X) or iterating on the feature set (but the photos disappear!).
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Look, it’s not that everyone has to solve the everyman or everywoman’s problem or, god forbid, change the world. It’s just that some of you can and you choose not to.
Plain vanilla tastes fine, and it’s so much harder to invent new flavors when the world you live in is so inexplicably struggle-free and creamy smooth that you have to invent solutions to the things that aren’t really problems, but just a function of being alive and human, employed and not starving to death. Things like ordering a drink at a bar. Or wearing clean clothes. Or taking a picture with a smartphone and sending it to someone.
The best technology makes computing effortless and accessible to more people. It improves lives and pushes humanity forward the way the invention of the personal computer and web once did. And yeah, maybe sometimes it reminds us of things we read in sci-fi novels or seem to function like magic. It’s not cliché to say that’s what we should aspire to. Technology transforms dated business models and makes things obsolete. It flattens hierarchies and gives people voices. It connects and corrupts and dissolves and erodes the past. At its best, it is a remarkable, world-changing thing. At its worst, it is just another thing.
Maybe there is only one guy capable of building flying cars (or electromagnetic tube transport, if we’re being specific). But I doubt it.
And if you’re not building something akin to flying cars, then I’d settle for something practical.

Pickup, Wash, Fold, Delivery, Awesome

Prim Feature
You can call it a first-world problem. Or you can say it distracts people from their passions and contributions to the world. Either way, laundry is a chore, and new Y Combinator startup Primwants to do it for you. You can schedule Prim online to come to your place, pick up your laundry, have it washed and folded at a top-notch laundromat, and deliver it back to you. $25 for a bag. It’s that easy.
Prim’s Stanford-educated founders originally came into Y Combinator to build an in-video advertising platform, but the business wasn’t there. The idea for Prim was scattered all over their floors. See, co-founder Yin Yin Wu’s boyfriend worked at Facebook, where they have free laundry service. His clothes ended up neatly washed, folded, and in his drawers rather than in heaps waiting to be done. That meant he could focus on his job and life. Yin Yin thought, “why couldn’t this service be available to anyone?” So they created Prim.

UBER FOR LAUNDRY

Currently Prim operates in San Francisco, Mountain View, Palo Alto, and Menlo Park — home to the world’s busiest techies. You go online and select from their upcoming 9am-11am or 8pm-10pm pickup and drop-off windows. You throw your clothes in a garbage bag and wait for Prim’s text that it’ll be there in 15 minutes. The driver calls when they arrive. You can hand them the bag, leave it with your doorman, or if you’re comfortable, give them a copy of your key or send a photo of it and they’ll make a copy so they can just come into your place and grab the bag.
Prim PickupTheir driver takes the sack of clothes to be tagged and brings it to a well-rated local laundromat with a track record of flawless jobs. Within two days you get notified to confirm your delivery, and Prim brings the washed and folded clothes back in high-quality nylon satchels. It even ties together your stacks of shirts or whatever you wouldn’t want wrinkled so they stay prim and proper. See! That’s where they got the name! You got that already? Sorry.
The cost is $25 for the first bag of each pickup and $15 for the additional ones. That’s a bit more expensive than you can expect from a laundromat’s wash and fold, but you get the pick-up and delivery included. Because Prim brings in so much business, it gets discounts from the laundromats so the price stays reasonable. Prim strives for perfection, but in case anything gets lost or damaged, Wu says Prim has insurance and will refund you 100% of the cost of your clothes. “If there’s any mistake, we try to bend over backwards for our customers” says Wu.
The idea is that as Prim gets bigger, it can use economies of scale to improve its margins and lower its costs. While it’s only in the Bay Area now, expansion plans don’t include the sprawl of LA (whereWash.io operates) or fighting the specialized competitors in NYC. Instead it’s looking at Seattle, Boston, and other dense cities full of time-strapped knowledge workers. In SF, Prim will have to battleLaundryLocker where you drop your clothes in a public locker, and delivery services likeSfwash (where you pay by the pound), Sudzee (which requires special lockable bags), and some other local services.
Prim differentiates through simplicity and its flat rate. The risk is that the price is too high and it can’t get traction, or too low that it can’t squeak out a profit. Getting the balance right and giving people a great experience will make or break the startup.
Luckily, I loved Prim. It got my laundry done in 24 hours, everything came back clean, dry, soft, unwrinkled, and nothing seemed shrunk. Oh, and I did basically zero work. No dragging my clothes to the laundromat, fiddling with change for the machines, and most importantly, no waiting for hours. Even if you have machines in your home or apartment, doing loads one at a time can be quite annoying. My laundry often languishes because I dread the rigamarole. With Prim, I’m a lot less likely to make it to the bottom of my sock drawer. A more flexible morning pickup schedule would help, but Prim says they’ll always work with customers to find some time that works. Adding in dry cleaning would also be a big plus, and help them compete with other services that handle all your clothes-washing needs.

WASH AND FLOW

No, Prim isn’t going to save anyone’s life, but it could still help improve the world if you think about it. Convenience doesn’t just breed laziness. It can enable productivity. In that way, I’d say Prim shares DNA with Dropbox and Asana, not just Uber and TaskRabbit.
Prim lets you concentrate on what you love to do, what you’re responsible for, or how you contribute to the universe. I’m decent at writing, terrible at laundry, and busy. Spending a ton of time washing and folding is just inefficient for me. I feel better stimulating the economy and letting someone good at laundry do their thing. And imagine how this could free up a CEO, doctor, charity director, or parent to take on the duties only they can fulfill?
Think how long it takes you to do laundry. If that amount of your time is worth more than $25 (or $40 if you’ve got a big wardrobe), use Prim.
And use Prim with the promo code “techcrunch” to get $10 off your first pickup.
Prim Co-Founders (From Left): Xuwen Cao and Yin Yin Wu

You Should Think Again


A luxury cruise is one of life’s pure joys.  Today’s modern cruise liners are engineering marvels; floating 5-star hotels that offer the best service, accommodation, cuisine, and activities.  They visit exotic locales, with non-stop relaxation or stimulation, depending on your pleasure.
Over the past few years, cruise companies have spared no expense and literally invested billions in jaw-dropping super ships.  Even if you’ve cruised before, you probably have not experienced anything like these new marvels.
But, the best news is that due to the slowdown in travel caused by the recession and significant overcapacity in the industry, savvy travelers can now book once-in-a-lifetime cruises at insanely low prices.
How does 80 percent off the brochure price sound?  Believe it or not, it's possible through a company called Vacations To Go, one of America's Largest Cruise Agencies.
Founded more than 25 years ago, Vacations To Go realized that taking a cruise vacation was a new experience for many.  They set out to build an online service to help people learn everything they need to know to find the best possible cruise vacation, at the best possible price.
Vacations To Go is now home to an extensive selection of top-brand cruise vacations, and in-depth information about every cruise line and cruise ship.  Customers can browse the latest in new promotions and offers, shop by category, and compare prices at a glance.
But, what about the discounts?
Because of the huge costs involved in building and operating today’s luxury ships, cruise lines want their ships to sail with as few empty cabins as possible.
So, they turn to trusted partners like Vacations To Go to sell this “excess” inventory at deep discounts, allowing the cruise companies to still get full fare on the travel packages that they sell directly.
The discounts they authorize Vacations To Go to offer can be as much as 80 percent off the full price fare.  What it means for you: Simply put, it is the opportunity to take a once-in-a-lifetime luxury cruise for a price that makes it affordable on any budget.
Vacations To Go has also developed a Best Price & Service Guarantee that guarantees they will meet any other authorized price--so, if getting the best deal is important, look no further.
If you are not ready to book your cruise immediately, signing up for Vacations To Go’s free newsletter can help you stay informed of all the spectacular discounts that become available, as cruise lines seek to fill their remaining empty cabins before their cruises depart.  
This year, it seems like everyone is cruising--and, for good reason.  After several years of austerity, people are realizing that a cruise vacation is now one of the great values in travel.

Iraqi man marries woman more than four times his junior (1:15)




Iraqi man marries woman more than four times his junior (1:15) 

Taj Experience Special

Diese Reise bietet Ihnen exklusive Unterkünfte der bekannten Taj-
Hotelgruppe, die für den Sommer 2011 wieder zu hervorragenden Konditionen zu haben sind. Die Highlights der jeweiligen Städte werden genauso bestaunt, wie auch Zeit zur Erholung in dem jeweiligen Luxus-Domizil bleibt.
Erfahren Sie eine interessante Überlandtour von Delhi nach Agra, die Stadt des Taj Mahal und die Wüstenstadt von Fatehpur Sikri. Besuchen Sie vielfarbige Märkte und die Meisterwerke der Baukunst aus der Mogulzeit, das Agra Fort und das Taj Mahal und Jaipur, bekannt als die rosarote Stadt, da alle Fassaden in einem warmen Rosaton gehalten sind. Die Reise führt durch das Hinterland und durch traditionelle Dörfer. Dann die Felsenfestung von Jodhpur, eines der großartigsten Forts in Rajastan und die unvergleichliche Stadt Udaipur, wo Sie in einem der schönsten Hotels des Landes übernachten - dem Taj Lake Palace.


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Sunday, 28 July 2013

Summer of Love ,

Lots of people who live in the suburbs leave their homes each morning to go to work and school and don't see one another again until dinner time. Not the Ericksen family, as the two-story residence they inhabit is the center of their universe, each and every day.
On a recent afternoon, Declan, 8, jumped from the stair landing to the floor and up onto the living room sofa in an all-boy show of energy. Eva, 9, was buried in workbooks and barely looked up. Brennen, just days from his 15th birthday, constructed models.
In a basement office, dad Christopher, 42, was wrapping up his workday. He had been online since 6 a.m., communicating via a bank of computer screens with co-workers at the global technology





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Saturday, 27 July 2013

Special Collection 2013

In the season of love, Ambreen Bilal amalgamates pink and red in her latest Valentine's Special Collection 2013 and makes it must have for ladies.Fashion designer  has played with romantic hues like pink and red in her Valentine's Special Collection 2013 and has brushed ancient Mughal caricatures to make them innovative for ladies.
Valentine's Special Collection 2013  includes inspiring long shirts paired with churidar pajamas and trousers all dyed in white with prismatic paintings done over. This artistic range of outfits is best for Valentine's day and adds more elegance in your persona. Each dress is assorted with different designs and makes a perfect fashionable choice for middle winter wear.







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Friday, 26 July 2013

Why Shampoos Are a Waste

It’s the dirty little secret many shampoo companies don’t want you to know.  When you wash your hair with certain traditional shampoos, you may actually be stripping your hair and scalp of their natural oils.  Many shampoos usually rely on sodium laurel sulfate or other damaging detergents for cleansing.  While these generate a thick lather to clean hair, they can also create dryness, frizziness, dullness, and color fade.
We then spend a fortune of time and money on products that are effectively undoing the damage caused by shampoo.
Nobody knows this problem better than hair care professionals who are dealing with it day-in and day-out.  One in particular, legendary L.A. celebrity stylist Chaz Dean, decided to do something about it.  He got tired of clients leaving his salon raving about their color and the feel of their hair, only to complain a few weeks later that their hair looked and felt brassy and dull. 
He knew the main culprit was likely their shampoo, so he started experimenting with various ingredients, including natural herbs and botanicals, that he knew had cleansing and hydrating properties.
The result was a radically new approach to the way we cleanse our hair.  It’s called WEN® Cleansing Conditioner.  WEN® contains a super-hydrating blend of glycerin, chamomile, rosemary, calendula, and Cherry bark, which when combined, will both cleanse the hair as well as impart shine and softness, even to damaged hair.
WEN® is a 5-in-1 formula that takes the place of your shampoo, conditioner, deep-conditioner, detangler, and leave-in conditioner.  And, the most amazing thing about it is that it cleanses without lather.  Instead, when mixed with water, it creates a smooth foam for shiny, healthy-looking, manageable results.  The first time you try it certainly feels strange, but the results speak for themselves.
Before being marketed, WEN®  underwent extensive consumer tests, and the results were impressive.  More than 90 percent of the participants in the studies reported that their hair was more shiny, less frizzy, and had more bounce.
WEN® is recommended for all hair types, and once you start using it, it will become the only cleanser/conditioner you  will want to include in your daily routine.
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Are men childish?


A new survey says men are immature! How dare they! We’re throwing a tantrum about it.
We’ve all been called childish by partners or parents a few times over the years, and long after we’d reached the age of (physical) adulthood.
(In my case I have the perfect riposte. I throw something at the wall and then go sit in my room for an hour. That shows them!)
But according to new research both men and women agree that most blokes fail to become truly adult until well into their fifth decade.
So what’s the deal here? Are men the childish gender? We hold back a tantrum just long enough to investigate.
Men are immature
According to the study - for Nickelodeon - both genders reckon men don’t mature fully until the age of 43, which is 11 years later than women.
One in four male respondents admitted they were immature, while only half the number of women labelled themselves in the same way.
And to top it all, eight out of 10 women believed many men never truly grow up, and are happy to break wind, eat dodgy fast food and play video games into the early hours at just about any age.
In what ways are men immature?
Those three were some of the top bugbears identified by the survey. Others included driving too fast, playing loud music, sniggering at rude words, playing practical jokes, not being able to cook even simple meals and staying silent during an argument.
This childish behaviour has consequences for our relationships. The survey found that three in 10 women have ended a relationship because they lost patience with their partner’s immaturity. Nearly half of women said they’d had relationships where they’d had to mother their men a bit too much.
On average, the women reported that they had to tell their men to “act their age” around 14 times a year.
Peter Pan syndrome
Laughing at your own belching may be childish, but it’s hardly a serious personality fault (unless you do it, like, all the time).
But some psychologists do recognise a condition called Peter Pan syndrome, in which immaturity stops anyone - but men in particular - from living what many would consider a normal adult life.
Professor Humbelina Robles Ortega, an expert on Peter Pan syndrome at the University of Granada in Spain, believes Peter Pans, “see the adult world as very problematic and glorify adolescence, which is why they want to stay in that state of privilege.”
In this reading, Peter Pans avoid responsibility and commitment, fail to keep promises and hate to be criticised. According to Professor Ortega, “sometimes they can have serious adaptation problems at work or in personal relationships.”
In fact, male Peter Pans are liable to have lots of short, sweet relationships and often look for younger women so they can avoid commitment and responsibility, while questions about cohabitation, marriage and kids can be shelved indefinitely.
Childish or childlike?
But while Peter Pan syndrome may have serious consequences for adult life and some men’s chances of forming lasting and fulfilling relationships, it’s not common. Not every man who is a bit immature has a psychological condition.
And then there’s the question of what counts as immature, and whether immaturity is always a bad thing.
Even in the Nickelodeon survey four in 10 people said immaturity is important in a relationship because it ensures the partnership stays fun and fresh. One in three respondents said that a healthy dose of immaturity could help men bond with their children.
So perhaps immaturity is sometimes confused with playfulness. Perhaps when we talk about childish men we sometimes mean childlike men.
And if you hadn’t heard, living in a childlike way is one of the keys to happiness, according to the positive psychology movement. Being childlike means being “spontaneous, unselfconscious and joyful”. It means living for the moment. It means putting adult worries aside - and particularly our learned and often negative desire for success, prestige, fame, money and power - and enjoying life for the sake of it.
Play expert Morgan Leichter-Saxby believes adults need to play almost as much as children. “For many adults, fretting and striving and working all hours but feeling they’re getting nowhere, it is never ever enough – which means it is never time to relax, never time to play,” he writes. “And so we gently cease to feel part of the living joyful world. We stop celebrating our place in it, stop exploring new corners of it.”
Immature and happy?
So if we take a look at the Nickelodeon survey again, we can see that other bugbears listed as proof of male immaturity include doing crazy dance moves, owning a skateboard or BMX, retelling silly jokes and getting excited about stag dos. But a different interpretation would hold those things up as proof that many men take a childlike joy in the world
Oh, and remember, nobody laughs at a stray fart as much as a small child.
So maybe it’s not immaturity at all, or at least not the bad kind. Maybe men are just more childlike than women, and maybe those childlike men are the happiest of all.