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Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, fashionista

In addition to a penchant for XXL white button-downs, Mrs. Ahuja is a known pusher of sartorial boundaries. While most times this produces spectacular results, occasionally it is a bit of a misfire. Take this distressed denim sari, for instance.
A denim sari is an interesting concept. However, the extreme distressing kills it IMO. It's an interesting spin on the Texas Tuxedo...a Texas Sari, perhaps?
Despite the occasional dud look, one can expect two things always from Sonam. She will make bold choices and take risks (gone are the Saawariya days, thank the gods). And her hair/makeup will always be on point. Always.
Photos:@sonamkapoor, @rheakapoor, pinkvilla
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Travel Diary: Clearwater Beach

As the school year draws to an end for two of my kids, we were fortunate to have an opportunity to spend a few days beachside. Luckily, though it is May, we avoided major rain and thunderstorms. An added bonus: cloud coverage helps alleviate the heat a bit. It was a perfect mini-vacation because honestly, all the kids wanted to do was swim in the ocean, make sand castles, and swim some more. The kids also enjoyed giant inflatable slip-n-slides, and play structures located near the pier.

We stayed at the Wyndham Grand which has a prime location ocean front near the pier. The room had an airy, beach vibe and we had an excellent view of the ocean and harbor. A and I accomplished our goal of relaxing and the kiddos maximized their time in the surf. Despite the fact that all three kids remained firmly on west coast time (sleeping at midnight and waking up at 9am), the housekeeping staff was accommodating and efficient at turning the room over after we crawled out close to lunchtime most da…

Looking for a DiorShow Extase dupe

Getting 3 kiddos fed, dressed, and out the door on time on school mornings, is challenging on a good day. Between prepping breakfasts, packing lunches, double checking bags for homework, and generally refereeing Big A and S while simultaneously holding or nursing Little A, means I have precious little time to make myself presentable. As a result, mascara has taken the front and center stage of my makeup routine for rushed mornings because who has time to carefully paint on eyeliner?!
1. DiorShow Extase (discontinued) 2. IT Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara
I was crushed when Dior discontinued their Extase mascara. I adored it. The brush had the perfect shape, and unlike DiorShow or Blackout, this formulation was amenable to multiple, clump-free coats. Unfortunately, none of the current offerings in the Dior mascara lineup feature a similar brush to Extase. IT Cosmetics offered a comparable brush and sounded like it might be a good dupe. On the positive side, the m…

HRH Duchess Superwoman

By now we aren't surprised by the remarkable poise and composure demonstrated by the Duchess of Cambridge mere hours after the grueling task of childbirth. Nonetheless, for the third time, I found myself in awe of this woman; appearing in a stylish dress, feet in heels (heels!), perfectly coifed, and with a seemingly genuine smile upon her face, posing for photographers outside the hospital. We know she has access to a glam squad (because obviously), so I wasn't surprised by that. But having been through childbirth three times myself, I just couldn't understand what happened to the edema. Are there special diuretics administered as part of the royal protocol which dictates a mandatory photo shoot before royals are permitted to return home? And while some may be quick to dismiss that this is all part of the job she signed up for, I have sympathy. Sympathy because she is experiencing the mother of all periods, sitting atop a pad the size of a kayak, wrapped in enormous mesh …

A Puneri beauty routine featured in "Allure"

Check out model Rasika Navare's beauty must-haves. This global beauty feature has become one of my favourite monthly must-reads in "Allure".

Two Faced Mascara Melt-Off

**UPDATED** We all love mascara that doesn't budge, but who enjoys nightly battles with mascara removal? Not I. Which is why I was excited to give this product a whirl. It promises quick, easy, and effective mascara removal. I simply applied a coat to my lashes using the kind of wand you would expect for lower lash mascaras. I let the product remain on my lashes as I washed my face (approx. two minutes). I used a cotton pad soaked in my favorite eye-makeup remover to gently sweep off the mascara.
The Mascara Melt-Off definitely speeds up the mascara removal process, with significantly less tugging and rubbing of lashes. I felt that the results were a more thorough mascara removal than makeup remover alone.

That said, the directions stated to use a cotton pad to wipe off the mascara; but I found that you most definitely need to soak the pad in your usual remover. Also, I should note that I tested it on non-waterproof mascara. I have no idea how effective it would be in the case of …

Maneet Chauhan's home featured in March issue of "Food Network" magazine

I love cooking and I love all things desi, so a feature on chef Maneet Chauhan would naturally be of interest!