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What to look out for at the Autumn/Winter 2019 couture week

What to look out for at the Autumn/Winter 2019 couture week

After hosting its round of menswear shows for the Spring/Summer 2020 season, Paris is gearing up for the next edition of its traditional and prestigious haute couture fashion week, running June 30 to July 4.

Some of the world’s biggest fashion houses are set to present their Autumn/Winter 2019 couture collections in exceptional locations in and around the city, while jewellery houses will showcase their latest creations.

Virginie Viard’s First Couture Collection For Chanel

Although this isn’t Chanel’s first collection designed entirely by Virginie Viard (she also designed the label’s latest Cruise collection), it will be her first solo haute-couture offering for the label.

As a result, all eyes will inevitably be on the Chanel show, slated for July 2, showcasing the couture creations from the legendary Karl Lagerfeld’s successor.

Although the French fashion designer worked closely with the late Karl Lagerfeld, her own personal touch is expected to shine through, as much in the collection’s designs as in the transformation of the Grand Palais – a particular highlight of the label’s shows.

In any case, the fashion world is likely to be out in force to witness this new era dawning at Chanel.

A New Chapter At Schiaparelli

After officially confirming the departure of Bertrand Guyon, Schiaparelli named Daniel Roseberry as creative director of all its collections in April.

The 33-year-old designer, who worked alongside Thom Browne for over a decade, is now set to present his debut haute-couture collection for the historic fashion house.

The show will open day two at Paris haute-couture week, July 1. Daniel Roseberry is expected to delve into the Schiaparelli archive to draw on the fashion house’s heritage, while also bringing a more personal, modern touch – something the designer hinted at on the day of his nomination.

“It is my great honor and my joy to pick up where Mme. Schiaparelli left off some 85 years ago,” Roseberry said in a statement published on Instagram.

He added: “It is my privilege to collaborate with the astonishing talents of the atelier and in the traditions of haute couture to carry the legend and myth of this storied house into the future.”

Fendi Pays Tribute To Karl Lagerfeld

Rather than showing in Paris, the Italian fashion house will be presenting its latest haute couture collection at Rome’s Palatine Hill, a history-rich location chosen in honour of Karl Lagerfeld, who died February 19, while also evoking the luxury fashion brand’s roots.

Come July 4, hundreds of specially selected guests will discover the label’s “The Dawn of Romanity” collection, comprising 54 looks, nodding to the number of years the designer spent at the fashion house.

All in all, it promises to be a grandiose and emotional show, watched closely by the fashion world and the wider public.

This will be the second tribute event staged to honour Karl Lagerfeld. Chanel, Fendi and the Karl Lagerfeld brand previously brought together some 2,500 people, June 20, to celebrate the life and work of the legendary German designer and photographer. – AFP Relaxnews

Do you get enough sleep, but still feel tired?

Do you get enough sleep, but still feel tired?

If you’re one of those affected by chronic fatigue, i.e. ploughing through the day with a cloud of sluggishness and lethargy hanging over your head, you should read this carefully.

You might be wondering, why does this happen to me, even though I make sure to get a reasonable amount of sleep for at least seven to eight hours?

Heck, you may even go over the recommended eight hours, but still struggle to rise and shine every morning.

Many people who suffer from persistent fatigue are resigned to being condemned to a lifetime of always being asked by friends and co-workers: “Why do you look so tired today?”

It doesn’t have to be this way.

By asking yourself three questions about your lifestyle patterns and choices – and not just those related to sleep – you will have a better idea on what robs you of the vitality needed to power through daily life like the Energizer bunny.

Am I eating the right food?

What you eat probably seems entirely unrelated to fatigue levels, but just recall the last time you had a big plate of mee goreng for lunch on a workday.

Did you return to the office feeling all fired up to complete that pile of work waiting at your desk?

Or did you need to reach for a cup of coffee, only to find that an hour later, you’re trying to stay productive, but actually struggling to keep your eyes open?

Foods that are high in fat, sugar, carbohydrates, and even caffeine, are not ideal for balancing our energy levels.

The effects are temporary, providing you with a short burst of high energy, but every rise comes with an inevitable fall.

Your body is constantly having to pick up the pieces, and that in itself requires energy, both physical and mental.

Considering that some of us eat up to five meals in a day (including tea and supper), if you are making poor food choices, it’s no wonder that you are feeling tired all day long!

Such foods also lack the nutrients that fortify your body and improve the immune system, hence you are consuming calories without much of the benefits.

This puts you at risk of weight gain and obesity, which could also cause you to be more sedentary.

So, put down that piece of kuih talam and pick up a piece of guava instead. The fibre in the fruit will keep you full for longer and it’s much lower in calories.

It never hurts to remind yourself that making other similar types of healthier substitutions in the rest of your meals can help you feel lighter and more alert all day.

Am I getting enough exercise?

If exercise tires a person out, why would anyone recommend exercise to reduce fatigue?

Insomnia studies indicate that light to moderate exercise of around 30 minutes daily not only helps you to fall asleep quicker, but also improves the quality of your nightly sleep.

While it’s not entirely clear why exercise helps to improve sleep quality, we do know why it helps to increase alertness.

Many physiological processes occur when you exert yourself by brisk walking, running and doing other moderate activities.

The heart pumps faster, blood circulates through your system and body temperature increases.

Hormones like endorphins are released, sending “good vibe” signals to your body and brain.

Organs like the latter benefit greatly from exercise; it has been noted that exercise appears to boost cognitive function and alertness, as well as the size of the hippocampus – the part of your brain where memory and learning activities are stored.

The body of research by the world’s top health institutions continues to grow in support of being physically active, and you don’t even need expensive equipment to do it.

Doing light to moderate exercise (running, brisk walking or cycling) at least three to four times a week for 30 minutes can improve heart health, alleviate depression and anxiety, strengthen joint muscles, and perhaps even fight off dementia.

The growth of the fitness industry in Malaysia also means that gym memberships and fitness classes have become more affordable, and you are spoilt for choice when it comes to fitness activities, whether it is cycling, yoga, boxing, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) or others.

Sleep, tired, fatigued, waking up, alarm clock, Star2.com

Regulating your sleep time will ensure that you won’t even need the alarm clock to get up in the morning. — AFP

Am I sleeping the right way?

Now that we’ve covered diet and activity levels in our personal lifestyle, we have to take a look at our sleep habits too – yes, there is a right and a wrong way to sleep that goes beyond getting your eight hours of shuteye every night!

For starters, the body operates better when you’ve fine-tuned your sleep habits, winding down from the day and going to sleep at the same time every night.

Having an endless list of chores makes it a challenge to be consistent on that front, but a reasonable start is to get 7.5 hours of sleep every night.

Determine what time you have to be up in the mornings, then subtract 7.5 hours in order to pinpoint the time you should be tucked under the covers, on your way to dreamland.

In 7.5 hours, the average person cycles through 90-minute sleep intervals five times, alternating between light or non-rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, and deep or REM sleep.

If you are interrupted during a deep sleep phase, chances are you’ll wake up feeling like you’ve hardly slept.

The point of regulating your sleeping and waking up times is so that your body clock becomes so well acclimated to your routine that you will eventually wake up naturally in the mornings, without needing to hear the alarm go off.

Adjust your bedtime by moving it 15 minutes earlier each time until you’ve found your sweet spot.

Keep that bedtime routine consistent, and you might find yourself more alert and functioning better.

Getting a good night’s rest includes prepping properly for bed too.

Young or old alike, we are so glued to our gadgets nowadays, poring over social media and games on our phones, even when we’ve climbed into bed in a dark bedroom.

If there’s a TV in the room, it may be on as well, emitting another source of blue light that wrongly signals the brain that it’s daytime, thus, suppressing the production of melatonin.

This hormone is released when your circadian rhythm kicks in, but when these blue wavelengths throw your night rhythm out of sync, it leads to poor sleep quality and is even linked to increased chances of cancer, diabetes and other conditions.

This is sad news for the night owls amongst us!

Sleeping tips

Once you’re ready to start adjusting to better sleep habits, here are some tips to help you succeed:

• Halt the caffeine intake early in the evening.

This includes breath mints, sodas, tea, energy bars, and even chocolate.

You don’t need a boost of energy when you’re about to turn in for the night.

• Fix a “wind-down” period before your actual bedtime.

Allocate one hour for all your before-bed activities, i.e. skincare and dental care routine.

Consider playing soft music and using aromatherapy to make going to sleep even more enticing.

• Use white noise to absorb other sounds that may disrupt your sleep.

White noise is a low and consistent background sound that helps to drown out sudden loud noises that occur in the night, such as honking from a passing car, loud music from an inconsiderate neighbour or barking dogs.

Your air-conditioning unit can double up as a white noise machine, or you can buy a machine that produces white noise.

• Keep your room dark.

This may be the toughest one to get right, as it means breaking your addiction to electronic gadgets.

Not only does the artificial light trick your brain into thinking it’s still daytime and impairs melatonin levels, the concentrated light from your phone or tablet screen can impair eyesight by damaging eye muscles and the retina over time.

So, what if you’ve done all of the above and still find no improvement in your sleep quality – could it be something else?

Yes. Problems with sleeping well may indicate underlying sleep pro-blems that require medical treatment.

Not sleeping well may be a symptom of sleep apnoea, thyroid problems, hormonal imbalance, nutrient deficiency and other health issues.

If your sleep problems persist, don’t ignore the signs and consult your doctor for more advice.

Datuk Dr Nor Ashikin Mokhtar is a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, and a functional medicine practitioner. For further information, email starhealth@thestar.com.my. The information provided is for educational and communication purposes only and it should not be construed as personal medical advice. Information published in this article is not intended to replace, supplant or augment a consultation with a health professional regarding the reader’s own medical care. The Star does not give any warranty on accuracy, completeness, functionality, usefulness or other assurances as to the content appearing in this column. The Star disclaims all responsibility for any losses, damage to property or personal injury suffered directly or indirectly from reliance on such information.
How to Remove Underarm Fat?

How to Remove Underarm Fat?


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Fat can accumulate in any region of the body, and underarms are no exception. As a matter of fact, underarm fat is pretty common and the reason that it gets to develop is because it is quite difficult to spot reduce fat in one very specific region. However, there is no need to worry. With the proper regimen of exercise and tightening our muscles, we can get rid of this unwanted fat in the most uncommon area. In this post, we list down a few non-invasive procedures to get rid of unwanted fat.

How to Remove Underarm Fat

Now, the key to any specific spot – reducing regime is to follow a two pronged approach keeping in mind that;

  • To add more cardio and general overall strengthening exercises to your routine.
  • To focus on certain specific strength exercises.

With these two points in mind, let us begin to enlist a few simple exercises to help you get rid of underarm fat.

    • The Lying Chest Fly: This exercise requires you to lie flat on your back and to lift your knees above your hips at 90 degrees, while holding small weights in either hand you open them out and raise them to the ceiling. This exercise builds core body strength and helps to tighten and tone your chest and upper-arm muscles.

Lying chest fly exercise

    • Standing Reverse Fly: In this exercise, you need to stand upright and hold two small weights in either hand you slightly bend at your knees leaning forward slightly by the waist, while keeping your back straight – you raise and lower your arms as if the wings of a bird. This move is shown to improve chest and back along with toning your arms.

Standing reverse fly exercise

    • Chin Ups or Pull Ups: You have to actually cling to a crossbar and then raise and lower your body alternatively with the help of your forearms. This one has given proven results on toning your upper arms.

chin ups exercise

    • Chest Press: This one requires you to lie flat on your back and take two small weights on either hand and then bring your elbows by your side at right angles while keeping your arms above your chest, raising and lowering them slowly.

chest press exercise

    • Swan: Meant to strengthen your core and abs, you lie flat on your stomach with your arms beneath your armpits. Then you lift your body a few inches higher and then lowering it while keeping the elbows open by the side.

swan exercise

  • Pulling Measured Weights: Toning one’s back is essential to rid oneself of unwanted underarm fat, and one of the best ways of doing so would be pulling weights. In this one, you need to lie flat on your tummy, use small weights and put your arms by your side and then try reaching the back of your legs while lifting your head and chest off the ground.
  • Swimming: Swimming is one physical exercise that works wonders for your whole body. You can also mock swimming in your drawing room by lying flat on your stomach and then moving your arms and legs as if you were actually swimming in water. It has proven to be quite effective.
  • Push-ups: Push-ups can be very rewarding exercises to reduce underarm fat as they target many muscle groups throughout the body, particularly the muscles surrounding the underarm. For this, make sure to keep your body straight from head to toe. Repeat this in sets of 3 with 10 push-ups in each set and increase the number as you can gain skill.
  • Triceps-dips: Triceps dips workout have proven to be helpful in building triceps muscle. In this exercise, you use your triceps to support your weight as you dip your body. This exercise can be done on an exercise machine or a bench. For this as well, repeat in sets of 3 with 10 dips in each set.

Besides what has been stated above vis-a-vis exercises, there are some dietary tricks that too have given results. Reduced/moderated consumption of carbohydrates and polishing it off with a steady diet of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean proteins along with healthy fats like avocado, seeds and nuts. Avoid common high sugar sources like sodas, candies, alcoholic drinks, cakes, and pastries. Also, skip having foods that are high in saturated fats and that includes margarine, butter, cooking oils, non-skim dairy products, fried foods, many desserts, untrimmed meat, cold cuts, and processed or packaged foods.

With all that has been stated in the previous sections, one more thing should be added. It is the prudent and ever pertinent word of caution. No matter how pesky those flabby underarms might be, one must always practice caution while performing the above exercises. There is no upside to straining and injuring yourself during the regime. And remember that underarm fat is quite common, let’s not get carried away and throw out our backs in the process. To stay healthy and fit, we must ensure that we do not strain ourselves out and besides with all that has been enlisted above, you can get rid of your unwanted underarm fat easily and in no time. And also keep a healthy track on your food consumption, following a healthy diet just to keep those unwanted pesky pounds at bay and keeping yourself healthy and unwanted fat free, underarms or otherwise.

Well readers, tell us what you think of the regimes that we have just enlisted for your kind perusal and mutual benefit in the comments section below. for reading!

Malaysian street food to feature at Thai tourism hot spots

Malaysian street food to feature at Thai tourism hot spots

SONGKHLA, June 30 — The ministry of agriculture and agro-based industry plans to promote Malaysian street food at popular tourism areas in Thailand, owing to the success of last week’s Malaysia Fest 2019 in Bangkok. 

Ministry deputy secretary-general (development) Datuk Salim Parlan said the fest, which was launched by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on June 21, had featured a street food promotion which received a very encouraging response, with ministry officials getting to see how Thais and foreigners alike took to Malaysian cuisine. 

“I propose that tourist destinations such as Phuket and Krabi be made future venues for the Malaysia Street Food Lover tour,” Salim told reporters here today. 

The tour is now in Hatyai, Songkhla in southern Thailand, having begun on Thursday and ending today.

The Hatyai event features a total of 68 food stalls offering Malaysian delicacies such as nasi lemak, mee kolok Sarawak and asam pedas.

Nasi Lemak entrepreneur Khairi Suib lauded the plans to promote Malaysian food at popular tourist destinations in Thailand, saying “Malaysian street food has big potential for expansion”, while Nori Bujang, a mee kolok businesswoman, appreciated the ministry’s efforts towards enabling Malaysian food entrepreneurs to participate in overseas food fests as “these initiatives help promote local cuisine in international markets”. — Bernama

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