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Life in the USA Everyday Life in America

Every country has different everyday ways and cultural mores. To get to know American life, it pays to know certain mannerisms and habits most native-born Americans share.

Greetings: Americans shake hands firmly with each other when first introduced, or when they meet again, but rarely when they part (a more European custom). Social kissing, as a greeting, accompanied by a light body hug, is also sometimes acceptable between men and women who know each other well and among women. American men rarely embrace each other or kiss on both cheeks.

Distance and Eye Contact: When two Americans are standing and talking to each other they stay at least 16 inches away from each other, farther away than is customary in many other cultures. An American may feel threatened if you come too close, even if such a distance is perfectly ordinary in your own culture. Touching is not recommended, but making full, unambiguous eye contact at the first meeting stage is essential. Americans tend to warm up to people who smile, especially when the smile is accompanied by full eye contact.

Getting to the Point: When asking an American for something, especially when dealing with sales help in stores and markets, extensive preliminary pleasantries are not required as in some other countries. A brief “excuse me” is usually sufficient to get the person’s attention, say, when asking for directions. Americans may feel threatened and become suspicious if a stranger begins with a general “hello, how are you?” sequence and does not get to the point of the encounter directly. Americans do exchange pleasantries among people they already know, but even then they are likely to get to the point relatively quickly.


The Ultimate Guide For Shopping Smart In Chennai!

From colourful ethnic markets to bustling wholesale stores, Chennai has many options for any kind of shopaholic. Whether you are a street shopper or a luxury-loving kind, you need to accustom yourself with this ultimate guide to shopping in Chennai:

1. T. Nagar

This is the first place to go to in Chennai if you need to feel like a local. Saravana stores, one of the biggest retail stores, has everything you would need to set up your home. Also, if you want to buy any clothing for your relatives, check out the exclusive saree outlets like Pothy’s or Nallis.

2. Sowcarpet

If you are looking for street shopping with a North Indian essence, then head straight to Sowcarpet. You can buy some awesome lehenga cholis or jazzy salwar suits at wholesale prices. And this is one of the best places in Chennai to enjoy some mouth-watering chaat while shopping.

3. Ritchie Street


This is like Palika Bazar in Delhi (if one has been there). You can buy all these electronic goods for some really cheap prices, but they come without a warranty. So if you are little sceptical on the experience, we suggest going with a local so that you are not fooled.

4. Spencer Plaza


One of the oldest malls in Chennai is Spencer Plaza. Even though it might have a lot of shops, you will still enjoy walking through it until you find what you are looking for. The third floor has a wide range of shops selling everything from pashminas to curtains and art that are totally worth the price.

5. Pondy Bazaar


Very close to the T. Nagar shopping area is Pondy Bazaar. This is also the rightful place to go to for some street shopping. Especially if you are looking to not to travel to the other end of the city for some cheap yet everyday clothing and footwear, try this area.

Top Markets in Delhi for Wedding Shopping Within a Budget

Every girl imagines herself as a bride donned in queenly attire but finding the perfect ensemble at the right time and right price is always an uphill task. This isn’t a spur-of-the-moment’s decision! You want to visit every market possible and pick the best one for yourself.
Often, the budget is the biggest constraint. But keep calm, girls! We’ve done the research and have found the top markets in Delhi where you can buy gorgeous, trendy wedding wear within your budget. When you are on a spree to find that perfect wedding lehenga without a big price tag, don’t forget to visit these spots.
Shopping at Chandni Chowk;
Shopping at Chandni Chowk;
Chandni Chowk
This market needs no introduction. It is a mecca for Indianwear and has helped many brides find their dream outfit. But be cautious because if you don’t know what shops to visit, you will end up lost in the narrow and bustling lanes while dalals will keep haunting you to visit their stores.
Om Prakash Jawahar Lal is one store you cannot miss. Here you can find beautiful lehengas similar to the ones you see in movies as well as pricier south Delhi stores. If you have a picture of a designer lehenga you wish to wear then they will make you the closest copy of that. A Sabyasachi rip-off may cost you around Rs. 40,000 here!
Asian Couture, Pakeezah Plaza and Kamal Bhai Saree Sangam are other stores that stock a good collection of lehengas ranging from Rs. 30,000 to 80,000. Tek Chand Arjit Singh, Chetan Saris, Shringar Saris and Kalakriti are smaller shops but offer a good range of saris and anarkalis.
Shopping at Karol Bagh
Shopping at Karol Bagh
Karol Bagh
The market offers a palpable variety of lehengas for you. Ranging from Rs. 30,000 to many lakhs, you can find variety of stores here. Karol Bagh Saree House has a wide assortment of lehengas ranging from Rs. 15,000 to 3,00,000. Visit Meena Bazaar where the price range starts from Rs. 30,000 and you can also pick quite a lot of suits or saris for your trousseau.
There are also stores like Frontier Bazaar where the price range is quite high but you can alter the embellishments and design according to your budget if you like. Anarkali Store stocks a good collection starting from Rs. 20,000.
Shopping at Lajpat Nagar
Shopping at Lajpat Nagar
Lajpat Nagar
This market has all that you need – wedding outfits, artificial jewellery, and home decor stores. You must pay a visit to stores such as Libas, Malhotra’s, Shakuntalam and CTC Plaza. If you are looking for even lower prices, then visit Rudrakshi. At Nargis, you can get lehengas starting from Rs. 15,000 onwards. There are a few designers here as well such as Kapil & Mmonika but they are priced at Rs. 90,000 or above.
Shopping at Rajouri Garden
Shopping at Rajouri Garden
Rajouri Garden
This market has many shops that will help you find a budget lehenga. Visit stores like Bombay Selection (good for trousseau shopping as well), Shakuntalam, Lucky (you can get very elegant anarkalis here) and Sahiba. You can get a lehenga for Rs. 20,000 to 50,000 while a few might cost a lakh or more. After you are exhausted, refresh yourself with some chaat at Atul Chaatwala, a hot favourite here!

NY Fashion Week Spring 2018


Each season the team at the Pantone Color Institute creates the PANTONE Fashion Color rend Report; a color overview highlighting the top colors fashion designers showing at NY Fashion Week will be featuring in their collections for the upcoming season. With color on the catwalk a key indicator of the color stories we can expect to see showing up across all areas of design, the PANTONE Fashion Color Trend Report is your easily accessible guide to the season’s most important color trends.

Pantone Fashion Color Trend Report New York Spring 2018

Images extracted with permission from PANTONEVIEW Colour Planner Spring/Summer 2018. See all of our PANTONEVIEW Colour Planner trend forecasts.
Color continues to be a powerhouse and a key influencer of fashion trends for Spring 2018. In response to the consumers continued embrace of color, designers are recognizing the need to show more color in their collections. Highlighting a more multi-faceted color story that expands the opportunity for self-expression, the PANTONE® Fashion Color Trend Report for Spring 2018 features the top 12 colors for men’s and women’s fashion. In another first, the PANTONE Fashion Color Trend report spotlights four classic colors, a family of color that transcends the seasons and provides structure to any wardrobe.

The desire for colorful self-expression is a key take away for Spring 2018. The color story is wildly divergent and we see a kaleidoscopic bounty of uplifting shades and feel-good tones. There is a feeling of optimism and confidence driving a new vitality into fashion trends. That doesn’t mean that we don’t continue to look for more neutral or classic shades as while simple, these core basics are seasonal essentials, working well on their own as well as providing the landscape for the color complexity.

Along with this recognized freedom to explore and experiment with more color, fashion, and the people who interact with it, no longer want to feel limited by traditional color guidelines. Gender and seasonal borders continue to be non-issues when it comes to color. Untypical spring shades that make for complex and original combinations, communicates the consumer’s desire to experiment with color all year round without any restrictions. The color story for Spring 2018 is a perfect reflection of this new sentiment.

About the Spring 2018 Top 12 Color Palette

The Spring 2018 palette encourages a sense of fun and playful release. With an air of complexity and distinctiveness, we find ourselves in a sanctuary of color that is ideal for some more unique and dramatic color mixing.

PANTONE 13-0646 Meadowlark

PANTONE 13-0646
The bold and lively Meadowlark, a confident and outgoing bright yellow shade highlights the spring 2018 season, glistening with joy and illuminating the world around us.
PANTONE 17-1563 Cherry Tomato

PANTONE 17-1563
Cherry Tomato
Impulsive Cherry Tomato is a tempestuous orangey red that exudes heat and energy. Demanding attention, this courageous, never to be ignored, shade is viscerally alive.
PANTONE 16-4132 Little Boy Blue

PANTONE 16-4132
Little Boy Blue
With the expectation of the clear blue sky, Little Boy Blue is no longer for little boys only. Suggestive of expansiveness and continuity, this azure blue shade reassures us with its promise of a new day.
PANTONE 18-1440 Chili Oil

PANTONE 18-1440
Chili Oil
Seasoned yet season-less, Chili Oil is an earthy brown based red that adds flavorful definition to the spring 2018 palette.
PANTONE 14-3207 Pink Lavender

PANTONE 14-3207
Pink Lavender
Pink Lavender is a soft and romantic violet rose that charms with its soothing sense of quiescence.
PANTONE 15-1520 Blooming Dahlia

PANTONE 15-1520
Blooming Dahlia
With its seemingly suggestive scent, the subtly alluring Blooming Dahlia beckons us with its understated appeal.
PANTONE 16-5533 Arcadia

PANTONE 16-5533
Hinting at retro yet at the same time modern, Arcadia is a cooler, cleaner take on green that with its tinge of blue undertone takes us into a new direction for the spring 2018 season.

Top Indian Fashion Designers You Should Know

Indian Fashion Designers have made our country proud again and again with their deep-rooted Indian design philosophies. From ethnic to the everyday outfit, Indian fashion designers knows the art of making them absolutely stunning.

1. Manish Malhotra

Manish Malhotra Top Indian Fashion Designer

Manish Malhotra is one of India’s most successful fashion designers.[Malhotra has designed for many leading actresses in Bollywood. He is known in the Indian film industry for his different style and his ability to envision a ‘look’ for the character. He is known for designing the costumes for Urmila Matondkar in the film Rangeela. Stars including Madhuri Dixit, Sridevi, Kajol, Karisma Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, Kareena Kapoor, Rani Mukherji, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Katrina Kaif, Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Jacqueline Fernandez, Sonakshi Sinha, Preity Zinta and Parineeti Chopra have worn his designs. Although he usually designs for men, he designed for Shahrukh Khan in Mohabbatein and Imran Khan in I Hate Luv Storys. He was also asked to design clothes for Michael Jackson when he visited India for a Bollywood show.

2. Ritu Kumar

Ritu Kumar Indian Fashion Designer

Ritu Kumar is one of India’s foremost designers. She has developed a unique style of her own, reflecting the ancient traditions of Indian craftsmanship in a contemporary vocabulary. With a background in an art history and museology, which has enriched her horizons, Ritu’s understanding of ancient designs and the innovative use of traditional crafts has created a new classicism. Ritu, who began her work with four hand-block printers and two tables in a small village near Calcutta forty years ago, was the first woman to introduce the ‘boutique’ culture in India under the brand name ‘Ritu’. Today she has outlets in 14 cities in India. Ritu’s boutiques feature a multifaceted showcase encompassing the very best of Indian design, with specially produced range of high fashion garments and accessories using silk, leather and cotton. Ritu’s range of western and Indian apparel is all about traditions and individual talent, and women across the continents can easily identify with her vision of design.

3. Tarun Tahiliani

Tarun Tahiliani Indian Fashion Designer

Tarun Tahiliani is a noted Indian fashion designer. With his wife Sailaja ‘Sal’ Tahiliani, he co-founded Ensemble, India’s first multi-designer boutique in 1987, followed by Tahiliani Design studio in 1990. Based in Delhi, he is best known for his ability to infuse Indian craftsmanship and textile heritage with European tailored silhouette.His signature is to combine traditional aesthetics with modern design. Over the years, he also became known for his bridal wear. Of late, Tahiliani has taken on several projects in interior design. He has designed interiors for hotels (such as The Sofala, Goa),restaurants (the Aish at the Park, Hyderabad),resorts and homes, and has even begun to event design for Indian weddings. Tarun Tahiliani is to introduce a designer TV made by Vu Technologies.

4. Anamika Khanna

Anamika Khanna Indian Fashion Designer

Anamika Khanna (born in Jodhpur, July 19, 1971) is an Indian fashion designer with her own label. She has been covered by the Business of Fashion (BOF) magazine as the Indian designer who has blended traditional Indian textiles and techniques with Western silhouette and tailoring. She is the first Indian designer to have an International label: Ana mika.She is also the first female Indian fashion designer to display her collections at the Paris Fashion Week held in 2007. Ana mika was offered an exclusive contract by British Retail Giant Harrod’s after her participation in the London Fashion Week.

5. Aki Narula

Aki Narula

Aki Narula is an Indian fashion designer and costume designer and wardrobe stylist in Hindi films, who is most known for films like, Bunty Aur Babli, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom and Dostana. His brand label “AKI” was launched in 1996.

6. Masaba Gupta

Masaba Gupta Indian Fashion Designer

Masaba Gupta (born 1989) is an Indian fashion designer. Her parents are West Indian cricketer Viv Richards and Indian actress Neena Gupta. Gupta grew up in Mumbai.  At 19, she applied for Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai with support from Wendell Rodricks. Gupta is well-known for the creative and artistic/literary names she gives each collection. She named her first collection Kattran (English:miniature bits of fabric). Her LFW 2014 collection “Wanderess,” was, quote, “inspired by novelist Roman Payne’s doe-eyed gypsy girl character, Saskia” in his novel, The Wanderess. She is noted for her unconventional prints along with feminine drapes and silhouettes. DNAremarked her work has “a unique Indianness in a very modern context”, citing her “Tamil script sarees and jackets” and the way she uses cotton and muslin. Gupta has certainly made the Top Ten list of “the best Indian fashion designers.” Some even put her at the very top.

7. Neeta Lulla

Neeta Lulla Indian Fashion Designer

Neeta Lulla is an Indian costume designer and fashion stylist who has worked on over 300 films. She has been designing wedding dresses since 1985. Her name became inseparably associated with Bollywood after actresses Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit wore her costumes in Devdas (2002 Hindi film), the trend-setting setting Bollywood film. Her first big client was jewellery designer Varuna Jani, though Jani hadn’t started her business at the time. After that Lulla fully committed to a Bollywood client base when she designed for actor Spana who was prominent in the Bollywood community in South India. This success was followed by her designs for actresses Salma Agha and Sridevi.

8. Anand Kabra

Anand Kabra Indian Fashion Designer

Anand Kabra graduated from the London College of Fashion in 1997. His label ‘Anand Kabra’ was launched in 2001. He made his debut at fashion week in India with his Spring Summer ’07 collection in October 2006. He works and resides in Hyderabad, India.

9. Agnimitra Paul

Indian fashion designers

Paul started her career in 2001-02. She designed Sridevi’s personal wardrobe. She later got her first big break designing costumes for the film Koi Mere Dil Se Pooche where she designed some costumes for Esha Deol. She designed outfits for Shonal Rawat for the Femina Miss India pageant. She designed for the Bollywood film “Via Darjeeling” for Kay Kay Menon, Sonali Kulkarni, Parvin Dabas and Vinay Pathak. She also designed for more than ten Tollywood films with actors like Mithun Chakraborty, Rituparna Sengupta, Jeet, Koel Mallick, Swastika Mukherjee and Mauli Ganguly.  She established her own fashion label, called INGA, after graduation and retailed in stores in major cities across India.

10. Surily Goel

Indian Fashion Designer

Surily Goel is an Indian fashion designer.

Goel studied at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. This was followed by her own range of clothing titled “Surily”. She broke into the Bollywood film industry when she styled for Preity Zinta in the film Salaam Namaste (2005), produced by Yash Raj Films. Goel made her debut during Lakme Fashion Week in 2006. her collection was titled Roses Forever. She had Salman Khan, Malaika Arora Khan, and former actress Neelam to model her collection. Goel has been trained by fellow designer Manish Malhotra. She did the styling for Preity Zinta once again in Jaan-E-Mann (2006) and worked with acclaimed director Sanjay Leela Bhansali for his film Saawariya (2007).