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Starting the new year's eve with work (as usual), back-to-back interviews, meetings, recordings and working on various posts, ideas among several other things kind of took a severe toll on my body. I felt totally drained out a week before the Marathon and had almost thought of giving up. Fortunately, I worked out things in my favor and after some rest, training, I was back on my feet and successfully completed the half marathon at the SCMM (shall do an outfit post featuring the marathon gear that I wore).

Honestly, this review couldn't have come at a better time. Just a day after the marathon, I was back to my usual routine of being on my toes like a ballerina all day. My skin, being the sensitive skin that it is, as usual reacted to the kind of sleepless nights and crazy days schedule that I have had. Lakme Absolute Salon came to my rescue with one of their new packages - The Hangover Haul, which was introduced post NYE. Honestly, the only kind of hangover I can suffer is from work and the folks at the salon promised to pamper my skin and get rid of the stress. Well, that was a good enough incentive. Watch my detailed review of the Hangover Haul and get set to win a chance to experience this service yourself at a Lakme Absolute Salon near you.

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She is not your quintessential 'heroine', who likes to maintain a one hand distance while talking to the media. Nor is she a diplomatic actress, who will count her words before making anything public. Far from the clubs formed within this industry and mutual admiration societies, Sonam Kapoor is busy building her own empire. At 29, the actress has pretty much achieved everything that any other girl could only dream of. From making the paparazzi and fashion mavens from across the globe go gaga over her red carpet choices at the Cannes to becoming the first Indian Disney princess, Sonam has done it all. 
Sonam is one of the very few female actors who will always impress you with her sartorial choices. For someone who can tell her Prada from Gucci, the actress is always well turned out (she credits some of it to her sister Rhea). We meet her in between a long day of interviews at a suburban hotel and as always, the chic actress left us impressed with her outfit of the day; a Geisha Designs dress . But even before we could compliment her look, she exclaimed, "I love that shade of red lipstick on you. Is it the Pure Red collection by L'Oreal? (laughs) That colour perfectly compliments your skin tone and looks lovely on you." That, of course, came minutes before we congratulated her for looking gorgeous in the new L'Oreal Paris campaign. All we could do is grin and feel happy to get a flattering remark from the fashionista, who can make even the most boring days Mondays brighter with her presence and excellent responses. Yes, she is an absolute delight when it comes to interviews.

 With this week's release Dolly ki Doli, Sonam is all set to con her way into your hearts. The promos are already catching up, and so are the songs. She is pretty much the 'hero' of this film with a long list of Dulhas still waiting for Dolly to return and the actress confessed that she can't wait to see the final audience reaction this weekend. Excerpts from a 'cray cray' (if I am allowed to say so) conversation with fashion's own sweetheart - Sonam Kapoor.

During an earlier interview, you had mentioned that you always like to prepare for a role before getting down to filming it. Was it the same with Dolly ki Doli?
Yes, of course! So, I did some solo workshops, some sessions with the director and then, there were group workshops with my co-stars. As part of my research, I also saw a few films, read some stories and also went through some YouTube videos. But in order to get into the character, I would make occasional notes and try to understand Dolly's past. Like, how she would behave or react to a certain situation. The film only focuses on the period of 15-20 days in her life and the running time is just around 90 minutes or more. So, it was important for me to understand, what exactly made her the way she is.
What was it like to step into Dolly's shoes?
The thing about Dolly is that she is completely the opposite of me. She thinks a lot before speaking (laughs), which I am not known for. Dolly is extremely calculating and everything that she does is planned. She knowingly becomes what her target (the guy) needs. She cons a guy by becoming the dream woman of his life. So yeah, it was difficult, because being someone else is never easy.  

Since you con different people, will we see you sport different looks in the film?
Oh yes! So, she visits each of these guys in a different avatar. And when she is back to being Dolly, she has a completely disparate look. I think when you see the film, the audience will understand what I am talking about. I want you to see it for yourself and tell me how distinct each looks are (smiles). 
Did you expect the kind of reaction that your first look in Dolly ki Doli got from people across the globe?
Honestly, I know that every time a poster or still from my film is revealed, everybody comments on my look. It just goes hand-in-hand, you know. I can't help it now (laughs). Everyone was talking about the mismatched outfit and a glimpse of the sneakers in Khoobsurat's teaser poster. But the reactions that I got for Dolly ki Doli was ridiculously crazy. It was all over the place. I kept thinking, maine toh bas lehenga pehna hain yaar! But that was the whole idea, to show the audience a glimpse of my character. One bottle of daru in hand, aviators, sneakers paired with a lehenga-choli and a leather jacket. That helped building a connection.

Your character is on a conning spree. But personally, have you ever been conned?
(laughs) Well, I have been conned. Quite a few times, actually. The fact that I am so straight forward and honest makes me believe that everyone around me is like that. Also, I tend to trust people very easily and I am extremely gullible. I guess a lot of people take advantage of that. Ah! I don't know about conning, really, but a lot of people do take advantage of me. Eventually, I do find out about it, but as I said, I am just silly enough to fall into such traps sometimes.

Do you think you are comfortable in a romantic or comedy space, when compared to any other genre?
I guess, people enjoy seeing me in comedy or in real girl roles. When it comes to any genre, I don't think I have mastered anything or made myself comfortable in any space as such, because I am still a novice at everything. Contrary to my images, the characters that I portray on screen are always different. I think, people have liked seeing me in roles like Bittu (Delhi 6) or Zoya (Raanjhanaa); so I guess this is what the audience wants me to be.

Do you love experimenting and prefer variety, quality over quantity?
Absolutely! Every film or character that I have taken up is different from the other and have never done flower pot roles. Be it Aayat (Mausam - a role that is extremely close to Sonam's heart) or  Bittu (Delhi 6), I always hope that my characters are remembered, whether in good or evil way. Like post Raanjhanaa, my Twitter mentions were flooded with hate messages. Stuff like, "You bitch! Kundan ko aise kaise chod diya," was something that I got to see everyday. So, I opt for unique projects on purpose and don't believe in repeating what I have portrayed once on screen. Every morning, I want to look forward to work and trying something different each day on the set. I want to put myself in situations that are alien to me, because that's the only way you can grow, not just as an artist, but also as a person. It gives me an opportunity to hone my craft, meet new people and learn from them as well. Monotony is a turn off, trust me!  

As an actor, how difficult or easy is it to move from one project to another, especially when you are dealing with an emotionally packed character or film?
Oh, I remember how after Raanjhanaa, I was a wreck. I had lost almost 6kgs by the end of the film. We shot the film chronologically and when you see it, you will notice a distinct wear and tear. Especially during the second half of the film. I have cried without using glycerin. It took me at least four-five months to get out of that and felt literally empty. But after Raanjhanaa, it was a delight to work on a beautiful film like Khoobsurat, which was extremely positive, all things pretty and happy moments. So, working on Khoobsurat was like a rejuvenation. I needed films like Khoobsurat and Dolly ki Doli, before moving on to any project that is gonna be tougher on my psyche.

Which film in your journey so far do you treasure the most?
I would say Aisha. While working on this film, my sister was 21 and I was 23, totally stupid and young. In fact, had the film released maybe two-three years later, I think we could have done a much better job. When we started out, there was zero support. Dad was shooting in LA and we were literally going pillar to post, in order to get someone to make this film. And well, we used our father's name to get funding. "We are Anil Kapoor's daughters. Could you please make this film?" (laughs). Dad had no idea about this and we used his name like how! People were actually believing that we are rich, spoilt brats. But, they don't realize that we really worked hard on it. We got all our friends to help us, be it Pernia (Qureshi), Kunal (Rawal) or even the cinematographer; they are my friends. We tried to do the best we could with the budget that we had and used our own clothes. A lot of people thought it was a bunch of rich kids making a film about rich brats. But, it was Emma, after all. She wasn't like the characters in other Jane Austen novels, with ideals or deep thoughts. She was a spoilt brat who wanted to get married and Aisha was just that. A fun, happy chick flick! Also, this film made me realize that Rhea is my true partner. We had the best time making this film.

Photo credit: Errikos Andreou for Harpers Bazaar India (Aug 2014)
Your cousin, Arjun Kapoor, has always showered praises on you. What do you have to say about him?
He is like my jaan ka tukda. Arjun is like a teddy bear; extremely soft hearted and huggable. Very few youngsters in today's generation have this innate goodness. He is a good guy and a great brother to me, Rhea and Anshula. We have all been very close since childhood. He has gone through a lot and come out it beautifully. Also, I think he is extremely talented. Like, one on hand, he can do a 2 States and then leave you speechless with a Gunday as well.

And then, your brother Harshvardhan is making his debut as well.
Yeah! Well, he is a couple years younger than me and is a really good looking guy. You know, I have always believed that hard work is the only thing that can get you anywhere in life. But in this industry, hard work and luck need to go hand-in-hand. My brother is ridiculously hard working. I have been working for seven years and have never seen anyone work as hard as him. He likes to take things to another level and I think he is very lucky to be doing a film with Rakeysh Mehra sir. He met Rakeysh on the sets on Delhi 6 and worked out everything on his own. Hopefully, he will be lucky as well (smiles). I think, if he has good luck with him, then he will be the biggest star in this country. And yeah, I do have a little bias too (laughs).

What do you think is a sure-shot success formula for a film in today's day and age?
If your film is a damn good film, then I think it will work and will build a connect with the audience. Unless, you have a Shah Rukh Khan or Salman Khan (smiles). Then, that's like a phenomena. Every film starring Salman has smashed the box office records. He is someone who is in the league of say, Michael Jackson, Rajinikanth sir, Rajesh Khanna; a phenomena that just comes once in a lifetime. I think, even my dad had that thing in between. Yeh log jo bhi karte hain, log jaake dekhte aur pasand karte hain. For mortals like us, the film needs to pack a punch. And that's where the audience loyalty also comes in. Like, a lot of people have watched Khoobsurat and now, they wanna watch Dolly ki Doli. But otherwise, I just feel the trailer itself creates an impact and gives you the vibe of whether a film is going to be liked or not.

So, how's Prem Dhan Ratan Payo shaping up?
Very well. I have worked with Salman Khan in Saawariya and here, its like a re-hash of it. He is a kind hearted person with tons of talent. God! When he walks in, you know a star has arrived. We all feel like ordinary mortals. He is extremely hot!

- By Priya Adivarekar -
Winter is still around and we thought it is only appropriate to present a review of some products that are absolutely essential in this weather. Anti-dandruff range of hair care is one of them. And what better than reviewing one of the most trusted, well-known drugstore brands - Head & Shoulders. We are here with a detailed review of shampoo and conditioner from their Smooth and Silky range.
Oh, and there is something for you in it. A super giveaway, where we have got two big hampers up for grabs. Feeling lucky already?

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One certainly cannot stop admiring the way Deepika Padukone honestly voices out her opinion. Uninhibited, frank and courageous; the actress never takes a step back. Having interviewed her, I can vouch for the fact that she is one of the very few actresses who doesn't make a fuss about every little thing and dares to tackle each question with an intelligent response. In the past, be it while dealing with messy questions posed by certain media members or giving it back to those who try to unnecessarily target her, Padukone has won accolades for putting up a brave front and dealing with such obstacles in her own style. She is not afraid to come out of the closet and deal with such circumstances like just another girl. And her recent revelation not just shows her courage, but also makes us realize that she is indeed an epitome of girl power.

Photo Credit: Filmfare
In a recent first person interview to Hindustan Times, Padukone confessed that behind all the hard work and moments of sweeping away awards last year, she suffered from depression and anxiety; two words that most people dread. I am quite sure that most individuals, who are crushed in this fast paced life and everyday routine, are suffering or have dealt with symptoms of depression in the past. But, we live in a society that will label you faster than they can perhaps boil a vessel full of water. So, they just learn to join hands with silence and not utter a word. Forget even trying to talk to a friend, family member or even a counselor.

"In early 2014, while I was being appreciated for my work, one morning, I woke up feeling different. A day earlier, I had fainted due to exhaustion; it was all downhill from there. I felt a strange emptiness in my stomach. I thought it was stress, so I tried to distract myself by focusing on work, and surrounding myself with people, which helped for a while. But the nagging feeling didn't go away. My breath was shallow, I suffered from lack of concentration and I broke down often."

While she thought it might just be a passing phase, she admits that things began to get worse. All this at a time when Padukone was basking the in the glory of four consecutive successes in a year and shooting for Farah Khan's Happy New Year. It was only after a chat with her mother and an emotional breakdown that she went ahead and met a psychologist, only to realize that she was suffering from anxiety and depression. After being a little reluctant to opt for medication, Padukone learned to deal with her condition and admits that things are much better today. After a two month break, she got back to work and began shooting for her next, Piku, helmed by Shoojit Sircar. Sometime later, a friend of the actress committed suicide due to depression and that's when Padukone decided to discuss this issue in public.

"There is shame and stigma attached to talking about depression. In fact, one in every four people suffer from anxiety and depression. The World Health Organisation has stated that this will be the most widespread epidemic in the next few years. We talk about all kinds of aliments, but this is probably one of the deadliest mental disorders. Nothing, including life, makes sense to people suffering from it. Overcoming it has made me a stronger person and I now value my life much more. Accepting it and speaking about it has liberated me. I have stopped taking medication, and I hope my example will help people reach out for help.  I feel that at times, the patient just wants to talk, and isn’t seeking advice. But, well-wishers saying things like, ‘Don’t worry, it will all be alright,’ might be detrimental." 

The reason why I can't stop lauding Padukone is that being an icon to many, especially young girls and boys in the country, it takes guts and real courage for someone to fight against this issue and talk about her own experience at the same time. Yes, depression is a reality and if we keep shying away from it, things will never change. Maybe after taking a cue from her confession, youngsters who look up to her may just muster up the courage to admit what they have been going through. Like Padukone stated, it is not always about beauty, plush homes and the best of cars. It is about mental health. Maybe after reading about her experience, families of those suffering may just learn to come out and support the patient. Because they really need you.

Keeping all this in mind, the actress is working on an awareness campaign, along with her team, which will be revealed soon. We are quite sure Padukone's campaign will help several patients break the ice and talk about their problems, without worrying about the social stigma.

As for Padukone, I just have one thing to say,
More power to you, girl. Bravo!

The Dancebee
Before I begin, here's wishing all the readers a very Happy Makar Sankranti. "Til gul ghya aani god god bolat raha," is our way of ushering in the harvest season and first part of the festive season in the Hindu calendar. The day begins with distribution of jaggery filled sesame laddoos and a hope - that we keep saying all things sweet and kind all year long. Some live by the promise, while most do not.
It is a lot like the promise we make to ourselves at the beginning of the year (in simple terms: resolutions, that I do not believe in). It ranges from getting back to the gym, sticking to a beauty regime to the best of diets and everything else. But have you ever challenged yourself to get of inhibitions? Maybe not.

We live a life where important decisions hold you back. You want to say something, but end up blurting out something totally different. You muster up the courage to confess your love to someone or collect enough money to join a Belly Dancing workshop after months. But somewhere, you get conscious about the whole idea and start thinking about the consequences. As a result, you drop the plan. Maybe, that's what you think was the correct thing to do at that moment. Things could have gone wrong, you think. Your friend may never look at you the same way or your father will be angry at you for spending money on a 'dance' workshop. But have you ever given the idea of "let go of your fear and risk it" a thought? What if you would have explained the need to learn a new dance form and dared to give the Belly Dancing workshop a try. At the end of it, your father would have proudly said, "I am glad you are trying out new things in life." But hey, you took a step back and now the only thing you would have is regret. The regret of not letting go of your inhibitions and chasing your dreams. Is that really what you want to hold on to? If not, then ward off those restrictions and learn to believe in yourself this 2015.

It is absolutely okay to be a free spirited person. If there are people around who don't want you to be like that, tell them that it is a positive word and there is absolutely no harm in being a person who expresses himself/herself freely. Don't bound yourself because of societal judgement. If you really believe in what you are doing and are not indulging in anything that will shame your family or name, then why fear? A few years back, I promised myself that I shall never let inhibitions hold me back. So, if I feel something is right and that I must do it, I just go ahead with my family and the almighty's blessings. I believe that both Success and Happiness are a mix of many elements, and letting go of your inhibitions is just one of them.

The outfit in this post shows off my free spirited side quite wonderfully. I let go off everything when I am working out or dancing with the music blasting on full volume. Its wonderful how Puma, as a brand, has always presented varied range of designs, prints and colors in each collection. The gym leggings in this outfit pretty much explains why I loved these graphic prints from their latest collection. They are colorful, bold and yet not very 'in your face'. Its the kind of an outfit that allows you to celebrate freedom -The freedom to run against the wind. The freedom to do an air split in the middle of nowhere. The freedom to train for hours and be unstoppable! The freedom to be myself. 2015 is going to be all about this and a lot more. Let's ditch those inhibitions and regrets, shall we?

Oh! And did I tell you that the SS 2015 collection by Puma looks super lust worthy? Well, we had a sneak peek and shall give you more details very soon. Also, lots of luck to all the participants of SCMM 2015. I will be there for the run. Quite nervous and excited, but I am sure its gonna be good.

Outfit Details

Gym 3/4 Tight leggings
Studio Graphic Tee
Formlite XT Ultra2 Ombre WNS shoes
PR Pure Nightcat Jacket {All} - Puma

The Dancebee
At Diary of a Dancebee, we are constantly bringing out new initiatives and fun posts to keep our readers happy, be it in the fashion, beauty or film sphere. To kick off the brand new year in style, we are excited and pleased to celebrate 'Beauty Month on Diary of a Dancebee' starting today, going all the way up to February 9 2015. Expect fun product reviews, beauty query chats on Twitter and Facebook, features with important beauty tips and yes, awesome contests as well. So folks, don't forget to follow us on Twitter and Instagram, Like us on Facebook and Hit the Subscribe button on YouTube for everyday Beauty Love. 

We are starting this fun celebration with a review of the new Za Two Way Foundation, which comes with a gorgeous limited edition customized case (available at Shopper's Stop outlets across the country). Watch the video to find out what I think about this newbie on the block.

The Dancebee

"I like to be somebody different everyday"

She is one of the few actresses who will not shy away from calling a spade, a spade. She is doing more films than her contemporaries, or even some of the male actors her age. From a dream debut in Dabangg to working in maximum number of 100 crore club hits in Bollywood, Sonakshi Sinha has been successfully shining in the galaxy of stars, making a mark and walking away with tons of fans with each film. She has been a lucky charm for most of her directors and actors. And they too can't stop raving about her. With a masaledaar entertainer like Tevar coming up this week and an action film with Murgadoss (where she will be seen playing the solo lead) that she will soon start working on, Sinha sure has her hands full with all things amazing. In an exclusive chat, Shotgun Jr. talks to Priya Adivarekar about everything that she loves - Fashion, Films and more. Oh, and did I mention her new crop with red streaks looks fantastic. Yes, it does!

Picture Credit: L'Officiel Magazine

You have worked with actors like Ajay Devgn, Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan; as well as actors from the younger generation like Shahid Kapoor and now Arjun Kapoor. Is there any difference in the equation you share with them?
As such, there is no difference. With any actor, one can't really compare two people because every individual has a different personality and a completely unique style of working. They conduct themselves in a different manner on the sets. But if I really have to pick a difference between the seniors and actors who are my age, I would say that while working with the seniors, you get to learn a lot because of the vast experience they have had in the industry. With actors my age, we sort of learn and grow together, along with learning from the technicians and crew members that we work with.

 As an actor, what kind of success gives you more happiness? Commercial or critical?
For me, films are meant to entertain as many people as they can. So, if my film is reaching out to more people, that definitely makes me happy. Hence, I will obviously pick box office success over the other. But on the other hand, if people appreciate my work like they did in Lootera, even that makes me happy.

Although Action Jackson didn't quite hit the bulls eye, your Tamil Debut, Lingaa, got a good response. 
Yes, and I couldn't have asked for a better debut down South, than working with the legend - Rajini sir, himself. He is loved, respected and worshipped across the globe. But, I am yet to meet someone more humble and simple as him. There is so much to learn from someone who is as passionate about his work as he must have been decades back. The first time I met Rajini sir was as a kid, when I had gone to Chennai with my parents, and directly after that, I met him on the set (laughs). I told him, "Sir, I am very nervous," but instead, he turned and said, "Why are you nervous? I am the one who should be nervous, because you are my friend's daughter." That really broke the ice. He is a very cool person! On the sets of Lingaa, I was not made to feel like an outsider at all. The entire cast and crew made me feel extremely comfortable. The director, K.S.Ravikumar, was also quite impressed with the way I picked up the language, although I would always need someone with a placard to prompt me in between scenes (smiles). But, he was shocked at my accent and even said that "You sound like one of us." Maybe, it helps when you do three films with Prabhu Dheva and one with Murgadoss (laughs).

In each of the back-to-back releases that you have had, be it Action Jackson, Lingaa or Tevar, you are seen sporting a different look. How easy or difficult is it to balance each look and character, especially when you are working on these films around the same time?
Each film requires me to look a certain way and I enjoy that process. Its not very difficult, especially since I am a Geminian. I like to be somebody different everyday and I am more than happy to experiment in every film. Different looks, different characters. Its great fun!

Will your fans get to see you doing a full fledged woman oriented film? 
Absolutely! (smiles) My next film with AR Muragadoss sir is an out and out woman centric action film, which I start working on by the end of this month. Here, its me who will be doing all the action, so I may undergo some training for the stunts to look a little real. I am looking forward to that film.

Being someone with an experience in fashion, do you give inputs when it comes to your look in a film?
Well, I always have a stylist and designer who works on my look, be it in a film or an event appearance. But despite all that, I love adding my own little inputs here and there. If there is a particular scene where I feel like incorporating something from my own wardrobe, I don't shy away from doing that. I have been doing this right from the beginning of my career. I actually believe that no one understands your body better than you. Also, since I have studied fashion designing for three years before getting into acting, I feel I have good knowledge about such things.

Have you ever felt like going the fashionista way like your contemporaries?
Ah well! Not really. Its not something that I would give importance to (laughs). I am very happy about the way I am today and I like being casual, which I think is my kind of style. That's just how I have been. So, for me to become a prim and proper fashionista would require additional effort and thought, which I think is not going to make a difference to my career in the bigger scheme of things. My work is to act and be a part of films. I would rather focus on that. Anyway, my outfits in most films pretty much set a trend. Like some Sonakshi salwar from Rowdy Rathore and the Saree ke fall sa sari from R... Rajkumar became quite popular. That's what I like more.

Working on multiple projects, dubbing for Rio 2 and making a debut in the Tamil Film Industry. Do you think 2014 has been a landmark year for you?
Kind of you to say that (smiles). But, whatever it has been, I am just gonna make sure that 2015 is even better.

-- By Priya Adivarekar --
Before I start, here's wishing all the fans and readers of Diary of a Dancebee a very Happy and Prosperous New Year. Personally, 2014 has been a great year and I truly felt like the almighty has blessed me in the best way possible. I took some major decisions, drifted away from a few things and decided to hold on to things I love the most. And to be honest, I am glad I took this step. It gave me the confidence to believe in my work and rise above the usual. I can't thank my family enough for their support, but over and above everything, I must thank all of you. Yes, the readers and well wishers who stood by Diary of a Dancebee and my work for weeks and months, while I juggled a full time job as a journalist. While I do realize that the first half of 2014 saw days when there were no posts or updates, I promised myself to get back with a bang in the second half. And I, along with everyone associated with Diary of a Dancebee, did that in style. The brand transformed itself and presented new dimensions, that will continue to entertain the readers. Thank you for making 2014 a special year for me and Team Diary of a Dancebee. Keep showering your love! xoxo
And now, on to the second part of our 'Training like a Pro' feature with Nike.

While in the first part, we spoke about the fabric, technology, style that Nike swears by, along with putting together the perfect look for training in winters. I have now tweaked the look for a pre-training look (before heading to the gym) or for those want to see how they can style the same look for the upcoming Spring/Summer 2015. Remember, these looks are a sure no-no inside the training area, except for one shown towards the end, where we have kept the jacket aside. Post workout, you can put on the jacket again and head back home with it on, in order to keep your muscles warm and maintain the body temperature. If you catch the cold breeze in anyway, its really not a good thing for your body.

In case you plan to meet your friends before the workout and would like to jazz up the training outfit a bit, play with the way you are wearing that jacket. Wear it over your shoulders for that classic look or just go the casual way by tying it around your waist. These two looks never go wrong and can add a nice twist to the outfit. What's interesting is that Nike has got jackets in different fabrics and a fantastic variety of colors. If you are not the color loving individual, worry not, because you always have the good ol' black or grey option to choose from.

For the training period (and for those who don't want to carry a jacket along to a pre-workout meet up) can just pick a T-shirt in a pretty, bold color and opt for a material that is comfortable for all forms of exercise (be it aerobics, weight lifting, Pilates among others). Wear it with a pair of colorful track pants or workout leggings (or go the sober way by opting for a steel grey hue). Remember to tie your hair up in a neat pony tail or bun during the workout. Once done, leave it open so that the extra sweat doesn't stay there to build residue.

With 2015 just a day away, I am sure most of you would get down to jotting resolutions in a diary somewhere. Going back to the gym or getting fit will surely make its way to most resolution lists. If you are one of them, let me tell you one thing. If you do take up the challenge, don't leave it mid-way. The journey might be a tough one, but the results will only benefit you and that too, on a long term.
So get out there and Just do it!

Have a wonderful NYE and we shall see you in 2015, with tons of new articles, updates, videos and a brand new campaign!

Outfit Details
Obsessed FZ hoodie
Slim Fit swoosh tee in Purple
Hyperwarm Mezzo Training tights
Studio Training shoes - (All) Nike

The Dancebee
This week, in our aim to present some lip smacking yet simple and quick healthy food items, we have got a pineapple salad for you. The scrumptious salad is a good mix of veggies, with some chicken/tofu (we have got an option for fellow vegetarians) and the yummy, tangy taste of pineapple. This salad is rich in Vitamin C, with some proteins and can help those who are looking at adding a few kilos (in a good way) to balance their weight.

1 small onion
3 slices of pineapple
3 leaves of iceberg lettuce
250gm Chicken breast/fish/tofu 
(any one, depending on your choice)

½ tsp salt 
½ tsp pepper
½ tsp oregano 
1 tbsp mayonnaise 
(you can choose the egg-less variety, if you are a vegetarian)

- If you choose chicken or fish, first boil and grind it in a mixer for a few minutes (please refrain from grinding it too much) / or / if you choose tofu, mash it lightly with your hands.
- Cut the onion into rings
- Cut the pineapple into thin pieces 
- Finely chop the iceburg lettuce

- Take a big bowl and add the minced chicken/fish/tofu, onion rings, lettuce and pineapple pieces.
- Now, take a small bowl and mix the dressing ingredients together (mayonnaise, salt and pepper)
- Add the dressing in the big bowl and mix all the ingredients well.
- For the plating, put the salad with some pineapple pieces next to it. Finally, sprinkle a little bit of oregano before serving.

Your Pineapple salad is ready to eat!

By Humera M A Shaikh
(Photographs courtesy: Author)
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