Sophia Webster Sets Social Media Competition


Sophia Webster Sets Social Media Competition

Sophia Webster’s Instagram account has the same Technicolor, tongue-in-cheek spirit as her shoe designs, with a feed filled with vivid sketches of shoes and snaps of everything from candy-colored cakes to celebrities wearing her creations, all with emoji-laden captions. And the London-based designer’s account has struck a chord, with Webster having grown the number of her Instagram followers to 213,000 — a rise of more than 50 percent in the past six months.

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To celebrate the 200,000-follower milestone, she has set a competition for one follower to win a year’s supply — or 12 pairs — of her shoes. To win, Webster’s Instagram followers have been invited to sign up for her online newsletter to be sent details of how to enter, with a deadline of Feb. 19.

Webster noted that social and digital media has been “integral” to her brand’s growth. She said that more than 49,000 images on Instagram have been hashtagged with #SophiaWebster since 2013 — a number of which are displayed on the brand’s e-commerce site — and that styles posted on the channel are driving customers to shop.

When Webster posted the news that her Butterfly Wing sandal – a style that has since evolved into the Angel Wing design — had come back into stock on her Web site, she said the label sold “200 pairs in 24 hours.”

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Chanel at Paris Couture Week


Chanel at Paris Couture Week: Kris Jenner cheers on model daughter Kendall

It was quite the family affair at the Chanel show at Paris Couture Week on Tuesday. Sitting front row to cheer on model Kendall Jenner was mum Kris Jenner.

The 'momager' looked fabulous at the presentation, sporting sheer netted trousers and a monochrome tweed Chanel coat.

Kendall looked stunning as she took to the catwalk for the famous French brand, sporting a netted veil and deep red lips.

The 19-year-old wore a sheer black cropped shirt with gold buttons and oversized shoulders, paired with a full white skirt boasting floral hem detailing and black boots.

Also walking the runway was fellow model Joan Smalls.

Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld is known for creating elaborate settings for his fashion shows.

And the fashion maestro did not disappoint with his first show of 2015.

The 81-year-old had fashioned a greenhouse filled with tropical paper foliage to reflect the strong floral theme that ran throughout the collection.

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First wedding anniversary


Sean Lowe and wife Catherine celebrate first wedding anniversary

Can you believe that it will be a year since viewers witnessedSean Lowe and Catherine Giudici walk down the aisle to say their ‘I do’s?’ They are now celebrating their first year of wedded bliss by going back to the place where they pledged to spend their lives together as husband and wife. On Friday,People revealed that the twosome who met on “The Bachelor” went back to the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore in Santa Barbara, Calif.

This is the beautiful place where the wedding was held and tears were shed from Sean Lowe himself. Millions of viewers got to see this favorite reality couple as they said their vows. They are both quite active on Twitter and Instagram and are not shy about posting photos for their fans to see. You just couldn’t get any cuter than Sean and Catherine. They seem like the perfect match, even though some may not have thought so while watching Lowe as he chose his final girl on “The Bachelor.”

When you view the photos, you will see what a good marriage they seem to have. They have so much fun together as they share many special moments. The photos don’t lie. They are seen soaking up the sun during the day and having romantic dinners in the evenings. Catherine also wrote their initials in the sand on the California beach. There is one very cute photo that she shared on Instagram. The couple is seen relaxing in bed with face masks on. She even made a reference to “The Bachelor.”

It looks like their first year of marriage has been amazing for both of them. It sounds like they are in it for the long haul and Sean Lowe posted a sweet message on his Twitter saying, “1 year down, 73 to go.” He also wrote a blog post a few days ago on 10 things that he has learned since his wedding day. His comments are fun, romantic, and thought provoking as well.

Sean Lowe has a new book that will hit store shelves on Jan. 27. It is called “For the Right Reasons: America’s Favorite Bachelor on Faith, Love, Marriage, and Why Nice Guys Finish First” as he shares his journey towards discovering his faith and his path to the woman that he is now married to. For die hard “Bachelor” fans, this is a wonderful insight into what goes on behind-the-scenes straight from the man himself. If you pre-order this book, you will also receive free items as well.

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Mumbai to host forum for fashion aspirants


Mumbai to host forum for fashion aspirants

Organised by Whistling Woods - Neeta Lulla School of Fashion (WWNL), the event will be held in Goregaon here Saturday.

National Award winning designer Neeta Lulla and filmmaker Subhash Ghai will inaugurate the event along with Meghna Ghai Puri and fashion veteran Hemant Trivedi.

The forum is aimed at offering an in-depth perspective to the fashion aspirants and answering their doubts over how to launch a career in fashion across vocations like fashion designing, styling and trend spotting.

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The event will comprise various panel discussions where distinguished names from the industry will share their views on the rapidly evolving fashion and retail industry.

The panel will include some of the renowned names from the world of fashion like Sonaakshi Raaj and Falguni and Shane Peacock.

"This is the second year of the 'Future of Fashion Forum' and the forum this year is going to be grander with stalwarts from the industry interacting with aspirants wanting to create a niche in the fashion industry," Lulla said in a statement

The topics for panel discussion include "Developing the Fashion Eco System", "Changing Face of Fashion", "Insight by New Age Designers", "Visual Merchandising", "Masterclass - Indian Textiles Blend with Contemporary Fashion" and "Master Haute Couture".

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Thousands Dress in Star Wars Costumes


WATCH: Thousands Dress in Star Wars Costumes to Run in Disneyland

Two grown men clanked illuminated light sabers against one another.

“Stop it,” a young woman wearing a full Ewok costume barked with more seriousness than her paws seemed to warrant.

The Star Wars 10K was about to begin and the furry racer wanted nothing breaking her concentration. The promenade of Downtown Disney was filled with thousands of runners ready to race.

A air horn blew and everyone, the Ewoks, the Jedis, the drones, the droids, the Leias the Lukes, the Darths and yes, of course theYodas, took off into the early dawn on a race through the empty streets of Disneyland.

I was there too, clad in something called “running buns” I had ordered off of Etsy, a tutu with an angsty Carrie Fisher’s face on it and the closest thing I could find to a white running tunic purchased from Lululemon. It was the best Princess Leia I could do. I had arrived in Anaheim the night before after sitting in the worst traffic Los Angeles had to offer for three hours. Four hours of sleep was going to have to be enough to power me through this race.

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Grains of the Prophet



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There is a famous Hadith reported by Abu Hurairah that, "Allah never inflicts a disease unless he makes a cure for it..." (Sahih Bukhari).

While some of us may assume that this cure is always in the form of a medicine or herbs, the Hadith does not state that. Two of the greatest cures Allah has given us for heart disease are foods that the Prophet (SAW) ate: whole wheat and barley.

Both of them provide multiple benefits in the fight against heart disease as they both lower cholesterol, increase proper elimination of wastes by the body, facilitate proper blood clotting, and improve general circulation and cellular health.

When Sahl bin Sad was asked, "Did Allah's Apostle ever eat white flour?" he replied, "Allah's Apostle never saw white flour [from the time] Allah sent him as an Apostle till He took him unto Him."

Modern science has long been against processed breads, even when they are supposedly "enriched."

E. Cheraskin, in his book Diet and Disease, compares enriching white flour with "robbing someone in a dark alley of their clothes and wallet, and then giving them back their underclothes and bus money to get home."

In addition to the fact that white flour has no nutritional value, it can leech vitamins and minerals from the body as well.

This is because nutrient-void foods do not supply all of the nutrients that are needed for their digestion; hence, they must take the nutrients that are lacking from the body.

White flour can even mimic white sugar, creating problems for the hypoglycemic or diabetic person (Pritchard, Healing with Whole Foods).

According to nutritionists Jean Anderson and Barbara Deskin, whole-wheat flour, high in protein and fiber, is far superior in nutrition to white flour. Whole grain wheat contains a large amount of Vitamin E, mostly concentrated in its germ layer.

Research on the Vitamin E found in wheat discovered that of 31,000 people studied, those who ate whole wheat bread had a much lower risk of heart disease than those who ate white bread.

Michael H. Davidson, MD, president of the Chicago Center for Clinical Research, says that this is because the Vitamin E in wheat causes the liver to produce less cholesterol.

He found that subjects in his study who consumed ½-cup of wheat germ daily for 14 weeks saw their cholesterol levels drop by seven percent.

Although wheat has undeniable health benefits, we need to be aware of the dangers of its overuse. Eaten daily, whole wheat can be detrimental to the health as it causes bloating in many people and often encourages the growth of unfriendly (candida albicanus) bacteria in the colon. It can also encourage weight gain and cause allergic reactions in many people when overeaten.

It is revealing that Prophet Muhammad (SAW) did not indulge in regular wheat consumption, but ate instead mostly barley and bread made from barley flour.

Abu Hazim narrated (in Sahih Bukhari) that he asked the Prophet (SAW), "Did you use to sift barley flour?" The Prophet answered, "No, but we used to blow off the husk (of the barley)."

Barley is so easily digested that the Prophet even recommended that barley soup (talbiyah) be used for all stomach ailments (Sahih Bukhari).

Possessing even more health benefits than wheat, barley is extremely high in calcium and protein, and is far less allergenic.

It doesn't encourage bloating or unhealthy bacterial growth; therefore, while wheat is healthful, barley is better for daily consumption.

One of the richest sources of tocotrienols, powerful antioxidants that help reduce damage to the body from dangerous oxygen molecules called free radicals, barley also reduces the body's production of cholesterol in the liver.

David Jenkins, MD, professor of nutritional sciences at the University of Toronto says, “Tocotrienols are potentially more powerful antioxidants than other chemical versions of vitamin E.” Barley is also a lot more affordable than most vitamin E supplements on the market.

Furthermore, it contains lignana, found to prevent tiny blood clots from forming – perhaps providing a similar benefit to the recently popular “daily dose of aspirin” against heart disease.

Just one-half cup of barley contains half the daily requirement for selenium in the diet and almost twenty-percent of the USRDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) of Vitamin E.

Both of these have been found to be powerful allies in the fight against cancer. Barley also contains beta-glucan, a type of soluble fiber that forms a gel in the small intestine to which cholesterol binds and is then excreted from the body. This gel forming action also prevents constipation and colon cancer.

To get barley's healing benefits, it is recommended by health experts that it be eaten in the same way that the Prophet (SAW) did.

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Top 10 detox superfoods to kickstart your diet


Many of us embark on a New Year’s detox diet to undo the damage done over the holidays. However, food-free programs and crash dieting can wreak havoc on your body, doing more harm than good when it comes to making longterm lifestyle changes.

This year, make it your New Year’s resolution to incorporate healthy superfoods into your daily diet – whether you want to lose weight, feel more energized, improve your complexion or boost your mood.

We’ve rounded up the top 10 ingredients to keep stocked in your pantry that will have you back on top form for 2015.

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Kick-start digestion by stimulating the release of enzymes and Vitamin C found in lemons. This zingy fruit converts toxins into a water-soluble form that can be easily eliminated from the body and helps stimulate the liver and purify the blood. Fresh lemon juice contains more than 20 anti-cancer compounds and helps balance the body’s pH levels.


Watercress is an excellent health-booster and detox food. Its leaves are packed with vital detoxifying nutrients including several B vitamins, zinc, potassium, vitamin E and vitamin C. It also has natural diuretic properties which help flush toxins out of the body. Include it in your diet by adding a handful of watercress to salads, soups and sandwiches.


These delicious berries contain natural aspirin that helps lessen the tissue-damaging effects of chronic inflammation, while lessening pain, and they have antiviral properties and are loaded with super-detoxifying phytonutrients called proanthocyanidins.


An amazing source of healthy nutrients and minerals, beets are superb fighters of infection, blood purifiers and liver cleansers. They also help boost the body’s cellular intake of oxygen, making them excellent overall body cleansers. Roast alongside other veg.


If you’ve been overindulging in fatty foods and alcohol, adding some steamed globe artichoke leaves to your meals is a great way to help get your body back on track. Globe artichokes are packed with antioxidants and fibre and can also help the body digest fatty foods, as well as improve the functions of the liver - the body’s main toxin-fighting tool.


Cabbage cleanses the digestive tract and soothes the stomach. It also contains numerous anti-cancer and antioxidant compounds and helps the liver break down excess hormones.


These have powerful antibiotic and antiviral substances to help the body cleanse harmful bacteria and viruses from the urinary tract.

Flaxseeds and Flaxseed Oil

Loaded with essential fatty acids, particularly the omega-3s, they are essential for many cleansing functions and maintaining a healthy immune system.


Fresh garlic has anti-cancer and antioxidant properties that help detoxify the body of harmful substances, especially from the blood and intestines. It’s best eaten raw though, so crush some and add to a salad dressing, or rub on toast and serve with fresh tomato, olive oil and a pinch of salt, Catalonia-style.

Dark Leafy Greens

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Tips for healthier hair in 2015


Tips for healthier hair in 2015

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If you haven't made a New Year resolution yet, consider resolving to eat healthier.

Setting the intention to increase your fruit and vegetable intake, cut back on indulgences such as dessert and eat more protein-rich foods, will not only improve your wellbeing, it will result in thicker and more lustrous hair.

Many people don't realise that nutrition affects the quality and quantity of hair.

Your protein intake, for instance, affects hair structure. Eating protein-rich foods such as meat, eggs, soy and milk helps with the formation of amino acids that are needed to synthesise keratin, that is a basic building block of strong hair.

Ensure that you get enough Vitamin B & C in your diet through foods such as yoghurt, malt, broccoli, spinach and oranges. Vitamin C helps hair roots absorb nutrients better, while Vitamin B enhances hair growth and gives your locks their natural glow.

Some studies have also shown that consuming zinc-rich foods such as wheat, yeast and pumpkin seeds will slow hair loss and prevent the growth of white hair.

Rounding off a meal with a sweet treat is lovely, but does your hair no favours.

Scalp health depends on blood acidity, which is affected by sugar intake.

Indulging in too much soda, cola, chocolate, and other sweets will turn blood acidic, which can result in dandruff. To balance the pH level of your blood and keep your scalp healthy, consume more fresh fruits.

Diet aside, how you wash your hair also affects its health.

Generally, you should wash your hair just three to four times weekly if you have a normal scalp, and no more than twice daily.

Washing helps remove dead scalp cells and minimises dandruff generation. If you work outdoors, you can wash your hair more frequently. A scalp massage while washing will also help to relieve the stresses of a long day at work.

Here's how to wash your hair the right way:

Step 1: Comb out knots and loosen styling chemicals, dust and dirt that may have accumulated on your hair. Do not pull when combing as this will result in hair and scalp damage.

Step 2: Wet hair evenly from the top to the bottom of your head before lathering shampoo in your palm. Do not pour shampoo directly onto the hair to prevent excess stimulation on the scalp and dandruff generation.

Step 3: Use your fingertips to massage the shampoo evenly through every strand of hair till a thick layer of foam is formed.

Step 4: Wash thoroughly, then do a second round of shampooing by lathering water and shampoo until it is foamy and applying it to your scalp before rinsing it off.

Step 5: Apply conditioner from the scalp to the hair ends before massaging the scalp gently and rinsing it off.

Step 6: Hair is weakest when it is wet. It may break easily or knot when rubbed aggressively. Wrap your hair in a towel in a towel to dry it and use a wide-toothed comb to comb your hair forward. Use a hair dryer to dry the hair, moving from the roots to the ends. Hold the hair dryer 15cm away from your hair to prevent heat damage.

Problems with hair are most frequently detected in the shower.

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KSU offering Group Fitness Instructor certification program


Kennesaw State University is offering a new Group Fitness Instructor certification program beginning Feb. 11. The course will give students the knowledge to design and teach any class better, lead all fitness levels more effectively, and deliver memorable participant experiences.  / Special to the MDJ


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 75 percent of Americans are either overweight or obese. A trend is moving toward a comprehensive approach to weight management through diet, exercise and health coaching. As a result, group fitness has exploded in the past five years with more than 22 million annual participants.

Recognizing this, Kennesaw State University’s College of Continuing and Professional Education has become the only school in Georgia to offer a new Group Fitness Instructor certificate program. The course, slated to begin Feb. 11, will give students the knowledge to design and teach any class better, lead all fitness levels more effectively, and deliver memorable participant experiences. The 36-hour program costs $1,099 and is comprised of a combination of classroom and hands-on training in KSU Center’s fitness facility. Additionally, the program will prepare students for the ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor exam.

“The group fitness scene has truly evolved since the 1980s ‘aerobics’ that started the trend,” said Beth Linn, course instructor. “Group fitness offers camaraderie and the classes are designed to meet a wide range of fitness levels. The broad array of classes and class times suit our ever-busy society.”

Linn, a KSU health and fitness instructor since 2010, is also a graduate of the school’s Personal Trainer program. Additionally, she earned her MBA from Bloomsburg University, is an American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certified Personal Trainer, and is the CEO of Real Fitness.

“With the resurgence in popularity of group fitness classes, qualified instructors are currently in demand,” Linn continued. “Doors open for ACE-certified professionals.”

The course is created for those with a passion for fitness who desire to become a strong motivator. As the class progresses, students will learn basic human anatomy, physiology, kinesiology and nutrition. Students will also learn to plan and prepare exercise classes such as Body Pump, Zumba, CrossFit, Yoga and Boot Camp. Choosing proper music, principles of adherence and motivation, exercising for special populations with an emphasis on pregnancy, managing common injures, running a fitness business and the legal and professional responsibilities associated with it are also covered.

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