15 Hottest WAGs this FIFA World Cup

With these ladies likely to be cheering from the stands, keeping your eye on the game is going to be difficult, to say the least! Here’s to some hot & happening women who are making waves as much as their sporting partners (probably more!)

1. Shakira
Who can ever forget that the Hips don’t lie star Shakira, is now a soccer WAG. Mother of Spanish defender Gerard Piqué’s child, this one makes for one hot, cougar couple!

 

2. Irina Shayk
Now here’s one sizzling supermodel. Dating Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, this Victoria’s Secret supermodel is certainly on everyone’s ogle list!

 

3. Edurne Garcia
This pop singer & model has definitely earned her place in the hottest WAG list this year. Dating Spain’s backup goalkeeper David de Gea, this is one hot couple to watch out for!

 

4. Evangelina Anderson
She’s dating Argentina’s Martin Demichelis but that isn’t just why she is making waves. Her popularity as a buxom pin up girl has gone through the roof.


 

5. Sara Carbonero
This super stylish Spanish reporter is dating Spanish goalie Iker Casillas and dare we say they make one sizzling pair. That she was voted the world’s sexiest Journalist at one time is no mean achievement.


6. Carla Kompany
This trendy radio presenter is said to be a big influence in the life of the Belgian player Vincent Kompany!

 

7. Michela Quattrociocche
This super stylish film actress is married to the Italian midfielder Alberto Aquilani. Boy, isn’t she hot & happening!

 

8. Daniella Semaan
Known among her friends as Queen DD, this one has a chequered past. Regularly featured in Gossip Magazines, she left her millionaire husband to be with Cesc Fabregas.

 

9. Leticia Sahagun
If you have been a part of the twitterati, chances are you have come across the professions of love between Sahagun & Javier Hernandez.

 

10. Amra Silajdzic
Speaking of PDA, this Bosnian beauty posted a photo of herself & Edin Dzeko kissing- something that he reportedly wasn’t very happy about.

 

11. Pilar Rubio
This is a face that can launch a thousand ships. A television presenter, she is in a relationship with Champions League-winner Sergio Ramos.

 

12. Sam Cooke
When you have a Page 3 Girlfriend like Cooke, Chris Smalling can take hearts even after some sporting losses.

 

13. Sarah Brandner
This German Model sure has a big fan following, something that the Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger will need to contend with!

 

14. Melissa Satta
What’s with Soccer Players & Television Presenters? Here’s another sexy television presenter coupling with (pun intended, they have been known to be talking about their sex life openly) Kevin-Prince Boateng.


15. Bethany Dempsey
Now here’s beauty with brains! Married to Clint Dempsey, this mother of two has a degree in educational psychology.

 

Instead of just being arm candies, clearly some of them are illustrious women in their own right, with fledging careers. What they still need to contend with are both bouquets & brickbats for their beaus’ performance on field!

Start your own brand today

After years in a corporate job, have you been bitten by the entrepreneurial bug? Do you think you have a great business idea? Have you also deliberated on what it would be like to give up that plum salary package? Are you now ready to take the plunge? Here are some handy tips for starting up your own venture.

1. Research the market- There’s no circumventing this one. Clearly identify your target market and delineate both their demographics & psychographics. See how well they are already being served by competition & where are the need gaps. It is very important that you manufacture products to fill client needs and not start looking for needs once you have your product ready. Remember that there’s just no substitute of taking feedback for the product before setting out to launch it. A major reason why product launches fail is insufficient customer feedback & lack of customer involvement in the product development phase. Your focus as an Entrepreneur has to be on solving problems & not just building an idea.

2. Create a robust business plan- No matter how great your idea, it needs detailing. Translate your passion to paper- list down exactly what you plan to do & how you plan to do it. Business plans are inherently strategic. Let your plan reflect where you are and where you want to be, in a finite time frame. Tomorrow, when you want to raise funding, whether it is from an Angel investor or a VC, a robust business plan is what will come in handy.In doing the financials, ensure that you have done the entire groundwork. Sure there can be some errors, but try & err on the side of caution.

3. Ensure that your legal formalities are in place- The first step here is to decide what kind of business do you want to set up- will it be a sole proprietary firm or do you have a co-founder & hence need to set up a partnership firm. Registering the company, applying for a Pan Card & other legal documents, having a bank account are all-important steps in the process

4. Get the supply side in place- Ensure that you have the supply logistics in place. Whether you are manufacturing the product or sourcing it, ensure that you have seen this through carefully & have the capacity to scale should demand rise.

5. Effective Marketing – Did you know that many start-ups are guilty of spending all the money that they have in developing the product, with the net result that precious little is left for launching, marketing & selling it. Ensure that you do not make this mistake. Thankfully for startups, effective marketing today does not mean mass media advertising or whopping sums spent on celebrity endorsements alone. The world wide web has opened up a plethora of opportunities & social media has emerged as a great leveler. Create a catchy logo, have a functional web site in place and use the internet to your advantage with targeted advertising.

While you focus on these areas, here is a check-list of reasons why many product launches fail, for you to tread carefully:

  • Not incorporating the voice of the consumer in the product development phase.
  • No urgency in communication
  • No provision for growth
  • Inadequate  research
  • Me-too product
  • Build it and they will come, mindset

As Bill Gates has aptly said, “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” With that, we wish you luck in your enterprise!

 

How to pick lingerie for your girlfriend?

If there is one gift for your girlfriend, buying which is can be as daunting as it can be rewarding, lingerie has to win hands down! If you are one of those who is drenched in sweat at the thought alone, our man friendly tips will come in handy! Follow them and lace your purchase with anticipation of an exciting nocturnal encounter!

1. Size does matter
There’s nothing quite as important as paying attention to this rule! Remember Women’s lingerie does not follow the Small, Medium, Large pattern. There are some digits & some alphabets you need to master. So remember to run through her lingerie drawer to check for sizes. Surely, you don’t want to get her a bigger size & earn her wrath not just on account of ill-fitting lingerie but for the fact that you thought she is “fat”. Now that is one area you wouldn’t want to venture into, would you?

2. Know her body type
Sure that piece of lingerie looks fab, but will it look as fab on her? It is important to keep her body type in mind before making that purchase. Corsets, for example, are great to accentuate those voluptuous curves while boy shorts add curves to that athletic body. It may be a good idea to add on a sexy robe to your buy….just so that it can cover up any not so perfect lingerie decision you have made. It is an added perk that the swishes of a silk robe get your mood skyrocketing!

3. Buy for her Personality Type
So you want to buy something that is shall we say, risqué? You have set your eyes on that crotchless piece of lingerie…why just that, the entire fetishwear line appeals to you like little else. Before having it gift wrapped just stop short & think of her individual style. Does your gal prefer cute floral lingerie while you are taking the diametrically opposite route? Besides the fact that your gift may never make it on her person, you do not want to leave her thinking that the two of you have opposing personality types, do you?


4. Take a cue from something as prosaic as her Jeans….ya you heard it right
Lori Ann Robinson, A LA based fashion consultant suggests that her Jeans can give you a clue of how raunchy you can get with that lingerie purchase. For someone wearing a timeless high waist jeans, it is safe to go with fairly conservative lingerie pieces. On the other hand, if your gal sports dangerously low waist jeans, you could up your raunchiness quotient significantly too.

5. Colors…Colors…colors
Sure black will transform your girl into a sexy siren, but do stop to see her choice in lingerie. Does she prefer girly colors…the cutesy pink replete with a bow etc. In which case pamper her with what she loves. After all when she feels sexy wearing it, there is a lot of reward that you stand to reap.

6. Cut corners everywhere but on lingerie
There is no denying the fact that top end lingerie brands with their flattering materials & sexy cuts add to the woman’s oomph like little else. Go in for cheaper variants and they may not flatter her just that much. Remember what does not make her feel good, simply doesn’t work when it comes to lingerie!

7. Accessorize
Lingerie is lingerie is lingerie, you thought. Think again? There’s a whole lot of sexy accessory that adds just that provocative touch. Choose from a whole range of suspenders, garters….what have you. That you will have an action packed time ahead, is a given.
 

8.  Still Floundering- Make the easier choice
Well, if you are struggling in this new-found sea of information- there’s hope. You can take an easier path & gift her a special Lingerie Gift Voucher. While she will revel in your thoughtfulness, you will benefit from the fact that she would have made the choice!

May we wish you luck in your exploits. Remember that the choice you make can affect the direction in which your relationship will go. However, make the right purchase once & the confidence will make you a pro!

MET Gala 2014 : Best Dressed

It was time for the most anticipated night in the world of fashion – truly a night when glamour and beauty came descending from the stars (pun intended). We bring you some fashion glimpses from the MET Ball 2014 hosted by Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

Sarah Jessica Parker was not just one of the firsts to arrive at the ball but also one of the firsts to steal hearts in her  black & white Oscar de la Renta gown. 

There was nothing to beat the sizzling chemistry of the former Spice Girl turned fashion designer Victoria Beckham, in her off shoulder white dress, and the dapper David Beckham in his white tuxedo jacket and black trousers.

Selena Gomez, in a decollete DVF gown, Lorraine Schwartz jewels and Charlotte Olympia pumps was a picture of perfection!

If looks could kill, Diane Kruger in a Hugo Boss spaghetti strap dress with a flowy overlay on the side would have killed an army.  That she had Joshua Jackson as the most handsome arm candy, added to her charm.

No better show stopper than this humongous gown sported by Fashion designer Tabitha Simmons. That it is flowing lace, makes it oh-so-romantic. 

Now that’s royal dressing! Rachel McAdams’ floor length Ralph Lauren gown befits a princess!

Well, vintage charm is what Dita von Teese brought to the event in her fishtail gown by Zac Posen.

If someone knows how to flaunt the décolletage, it has to be Blake Lively. Dressed in a custom-made Gucci Premiere gown with a plunging neckline she spelled sheer chic. The hair left in loose waves, just added to her charm.

Hand in hand with matching black & white ensembles, Charlize Theron and Sean Penn cut a picture of perfection. Charlize’s Dior gown accentuated with Fred Leighton jewels, are just the stuff Galas are made of!

Remember the allure of fairy tales? In a stunning Burberry replete with a train, Suki Waterhouse recreated the charm that fairytales are made of!

There’s no matching Kim Kardashian’s curves, especially when they are accentuated in a blue strapless gown!

A sheer skirt, a plunging neckline and a half veil…….if anyone can carry it off, it is none other than Beyonce. With hubby dear by her side, she was a picture of confidence.

Taylor Swift’s lovely satin gown fortunately did not show any signs of attack from her pet cat, that her pre-event tweet mentioned.

No one can flaunt their lean & fit body better than Rihanna. In a pristine Stella McCartney she stole the show.

Pink is certainly her color! Emma Stone looked every bit the effortless star in a Thakoon dress. The Miu Miu shoes and a Tod’s clutch were perfect accessories.

Radiance personified- that was Jessica Alba, in a gold lace DVF.

Well if it was Gold for Jessica Alba, it was silver all the way for Amy Adams. The smoky eyes did justice to her Oscar de la Renta gown & her flawless persona!

A galaxy of stars or stunning couture, whatever you prefer, this year’s Met Gala had that to offer & more. With this year’s theme being a tribute to Charles James, some over-the-top ensembles were only to be expected.

Make your own beauty products.

What if we told you that the secret to good skin or hair lies in your kitchen or your refrigerator? A slew of beauty products that you can whip up at home keep you looking younger while giving your skin the much-needed respite from the commercial counterparts with their artificial & often harmful chemicals. So if you are good to go lets raid your kitchen cabinets to turn you into a prettier version of yourself. Mirror Mirror on the wall……….we will  soon hear you say, with this curation of easy DIY beauty products.

 1.  Sun Screen Bar

Come summer & the sun’s tanning factory is working overtime to give you a tan that will take months to recover from. Commercially available sunscreens are surely an option, if you are willing to rub chemicals & even some potential carcinogens onto your skin, that is. What if you could make a sunscreen with natural ingredients that your skin will simply love. What’s more, this one is like a soap bar, making application for kids even easier.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup shea butter
  • 1 cup beeswax
  • 2 tablespoons Zinc Oxide 
  • Optional: Vitamin E oil to preserve. 
  • Optional: a few drops of vanilla or essential oil for scent 

Methodology : Combine all ingredients (except zinc oxide and essential oils) in a double boiler. Turn the burner on and bring water to a boil. Stir ingredients constantly until they melt. Remove from heat and add the zinc oxide powder and essential oils. Gently stir until essential oils are incorporated. Carefully pour into moulds to allow the lotion bars to harden. Allow the lotion bars to cool completely before attempting to pop out of moulds. They can be stored at room temperature or in the fridge for long term storage.

Recipe courtesy: wellnessmama.com


2. Mask for Damaged Hair

What if those bad hair days could just disappear from the face of the earth? Sounds like a dream, isn’t it? Here’s help for your damaged strands! Simple ingredients from your kitchen could bring back that shiny hair & have you dazzle with confidence. The simplicity of the recipe, is only indicative of its powerful action

Combine half of a ripe avocado with one egg yolk. Using a blender is best because you want the avocado as smooth as possible. Apply the mixture from your scalp to the ends of your hair. Keep it on for 15 minutes. Then rinse and clean normally.

Courtesy: buzzfeed.com


3.
Peach & Honey face mask

A soft & supple skin is now only as far as your kitchen cabinet. Bring on these simple ingredients & see your skin take on a new hue. To say that it is revitalizing, is an under statement!

Ingredients:

  • 1 large peach skinned
  • 3 teaspoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons yogurt

Methodology : Mash the peach and honey together, add 2 tablespoons yogurt until you have a workable paste. Apply evenly over your face and neck and around the eyes. Sit back and relax. Rinse off with warm water after 10 minutes. Pat dry. Tone and moisturize your skin as you normally would.

Courtesy: goodhousekeeping.com


4.
Coffee Body Scrub

Imagine a relaxed Sunday where the only work you have is to pamper yourself. What better way than to create a natural body scrub that exfoliates your skin & leaves it looking like new. A hot shower before applying this magic potion……. and you have a lot going for you!

Ingredients:

  • 
2 cups coarsely ground coffee
  • 
1/2 cup raw sugar or sea salt 
  • 
2-3 tablespoons massage oil 


Methodology: 
Mix all ingredients together. Take a hot shower to moisten your skin and open your pores. Using wide, circular motions, rub the coffee exfoliant onto your Shower off, pat skin dry and apply a thin layer of your favorite body lotion.

Courtesy: Safe cosmetics.org


5.
Mint Chocolate Lip Balm

How about beautifying your famous pout with some natural lip balm, which not just smells but tastes heavenly too. If there is some romantic action scheduled for the weekend you cannot not try this!
Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

  • 1 teaspoon pure almond oil

  • 1 teaspoon cocoa butter

  • 3-4 drops pure vitamin E oil

  • 1-2 drops pure peppermint extract

  • 3-4 semisweet chocolate chips

Methodology : Place all ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
Place a small saucepan with about 1 inch of water in it over medium-low heat, and heat until the water is steaming and simmering.
Set the bowl on top of the steaming pot of water, taking care that the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water.
Using a small spoon or spatula, slowly melt the ingredients until they are melted and thoroughly combined. This should take about 5 minutes.
When the ingredients are combined and the mixture is smooth, pour the lip gloss into a sterilized small container and allow to cool to room temperature until solid.


Have fun trying these super easy & affordable beauty products, sans harmful chemicals. It may be an added perk to know that many A list celebrities including the actress Megan Fox, despite her access to the best salons on the planet is a great stickler for DIY beauty products! Conjuring a magic lotion already, are you?