Do the colours you wear at work matter?

Does the colour of the clothes you wear at work matter? Could wearing a red tie or dress be the key to getting promoted? Pennsylvania bank boss John Spier was fed up with looking like a “stuffy banker”. So after decades of wearing loose-fitting pinstripe suits and anonymous ties, he decided he wanted a fashion makeover. Taking a leap of faith, Mr Spier enlisted the help of a corporate stylist Toi Sweeney. Overnight his old wardrobe was binned, to be replaced with “warmer ties and a more fitted suit”, says…

Tom Ford opens New York Fashion Week with Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner

Tom Ford has opened New York Fashion Week with 90s glamour, showcasing sequinned gowns, structured dinner jackets and shorts. Supermodels Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner walked the runway, while Cindy Crawford and Kim Kardashian West took prime spots on the front row. Ford is credited with resurrecting Gucci and making a success of Yves Saint Laurent. He also directed last year’s Oscar-nominated Nocturnal Animal. In a busy 12 months, he’s also managed to bring out a new perfume and men’s collection alongside his Spring/Summer 2018 show. Ford has brought some…

This ‘longest’ hanging bridge in Switzerland, overlooking the Alps, will take your breath away!

Switzerland is known for many things, from snow-capped mountains to Swiss chocolates, there is no dearth of reasons why one must visit the magical place. And to top that, it has now officially opened the world’s ‘longest’ suspension bridge. The 494m-long pedestrian hanging bridge is perfect for hikers and for wanderers who love to explore nature at its best. But, it is not for the faint-hearted. The adventurous walk down the ‘Europabruecke’ bridge, connecting Grächen and Zermatt, is at a “dizzying height”, according to the Zermatt tourism board website. The…

Monarch Airlines may have unlocked the secret to helping you relax on a flight so you can avoid ‘air rage’

While there’s nothing like a holiday to help you relax and rejuvenate, in some cases the stress of actually travelling can somewhat dampen the experience. In fact, new research from Monarch Airlines has revealed that over a third of Brits don’t relax until at least day three of their getaway – and 72% find travelling to the destination stressful. However, it seems that Monarch has found the secret to keeping its passengers feeling happy and chilled out – and it involves food! Anyone who’s been ‘hangry’ knows how much hunger pangs can…

Did you know that Colombia has an ‘all-inclusive sex resort’?

Who wouldn’t want to take a break from all the hustle-bustle of everyday work and go MIA for two days? Even better, imagine leaving all your worries behind and getting to live in a luxury resort, no less. What if we say along with all the plush extravagance you will find at your beck and call in this luxurious stay, you will find just another amenity at this specific luxury stay in Colombia? What amenity? Sex. You heard us! In what is already creating ripples and controversies across the world,…

Chicago’s hottest foodie ‘hood with the Great Lakes’ best chef

Dodging a forklift is getting less and less likely in Chicago’s trendy West Loop neighborhood. The once-ubiquitous vehicles whizzing around with pallets of raw meat, vegetables and dry goods in this historic meatpacking and wholesale market district have almost completely given way to cranes, construction crews and restaurants — lots of them. Goat empanadas, Roman lamb ravioli, craft cocktails and expensive real estate are what’s for sale now in this neighborhood west of Chicago’s downtown Loop. In the past eight or nine years, the area west of the Kennedy Expressway…

My 25 Best Travel Tips After 10 Years of Traveling the World

Be Flexible We always plan for delays and try not to get upset when things inevitably go wrong. Patience is extremely important when traveling! Make a List About a week or so before each trip, I make a mental list of items I don’t want to forget — which I WILL forget if I don’t write them down. I’ve learned that when I think of something, I need to write it down. –>> Packing lists are essential! Read more: Packing Tips for World Travelers, The Ultimate Carry-On Packing Guide and our Road Trip Packing Guide.…

The Land of the Black Parrot

Islands top my bucket list. Remote ocean islands, cut away from the mainland for millennia, unique ecosystems with extraordinary plants and animals: Charles Darwin unwrapped the peculiar natural history of the Galapagos; Socotra, 340 km off the coast of Yemen, harbours otherworldly Dragon trees; Australia’s egg-laying mammals are as intriguing as New Zealand’s flightless parrots; and a far-flung Indonesian island produced a gigantic flesh-eating lizard — the Komodo Dragon. The Seychelles, whose 115 islands lie scattered in the Indian Ocean, 1,600 km east of mainland Africa, possessed my childhood imagination…

A Port of Call: The picturesque Port Louis is a city with a personality

As I nip up to Fort Adelaide, perched on Petite Montagne in Port Louis, Mauritius’s capital city, a chiaroscuro of landscapes open out before me. To my left sprawls the Caudan waterfront, brimming with elegant white cruisers moored on the Indian Ocean. To my right loom the brooding Moka mountains containing two of the island’s highest peaks: the bare-faced Pieter Both, and the knuckle-shaped Le Pouce whose forested foothills shield the rare screw pine. The fort — now designated a national monument — was once the lookout point for all…

Decoded: How tongue keeps its tastes right

Signals sent by tongue’s taste cells prevent the brain from confusing between bitter and sweet tastes, a study has showed. Humans perceive taste through thousands of tiny sensory organs called taste buds, which are located mostly on the upper surface of the tongue. Each taste bud contains 50 to 100 taste cells, which contain molecules, known as receptors, that can detect each type of taste — sweet, bitter, sour, salty, or umami (savory). These taste cells then relay this information from the tongue to the brain. Using this knowledge, the…

8 Tips for Staying Healthy and Happy During the Holidays

Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s — these are supposed to be times of celebration, togetherness, and happiness. Yet, they can bring challenges to our physical and emotional health. Here are eight tips for staying healthy and happy during this season of joy. #1. Eat well. It’s common to pack on 5-10 pounds during the holiday season, but there are ways you can eat both healthy and well! Know which foods are high in caloric content and low in nutrition. Don’t deprive yourself of such treats, but indulge in moderation. Eat smaller meals…

Mobile videos may help parents stick to infants’ sleep practices

The recommended safe sleep practices were placing babies on their backs, not on their sides or stomachs; keeping them in the room with the mother but not in the same bed A mobile programme of informational videos and messages may improve parents’ adherence to safe sleep practices for infants, new research has found. The researchers tested two different types of educational interventions. The first involved nurses teaching new parents about safe sleep practices for infants while still in the hospital. The the second intervention the mobile programme involved delivering information…