8 Armed Men Rob Jewellery Worth Rs. 1 Crore From Jharkhand Temple

The robbers hid some silver ornaments under mud that has been recovered, police said. (Representational)

8 Armed Men Rob Jewellery Worth Rs 1 Crore From Jharkhand Temple


A gang robbed jewellery worth at least Rs. 1 crore from a temple in Jharkhand’s Jamtara district, police said on Monday.

Eight armed robbers ganged up against the priest of Sri Rani Sati Dadi temple in Jamtara and looted jewellery including gold chains, silver umbrellas, earrings, nose rings and gold bangles studded with diamond.

The robbers hid some silver ornaments under mud that has been recovered, police said. The police has launched a hunt to catch those responsible.


From Sock Crocs to bum bag sandals: fashion’s perfect storm of shoe ugliness

Ugly fashion is big business, but for shoes, it has now become something of an arms race. This week saw the launch of the $140 (£105) “Sport” Sock Croc – part Croc, part tube sock – and the Nike Benassi bum bag sandals, which appear to be just that.

Although aesthetically worlds apart, they do share some time-saving, practical principles. The Sock Croc is a collaboration between Crocs and 90s New York brand Alife, which bring together two elements of the ugly shoe trend in one – Crocs and sock sandals – while paying “homage to the socks-and-Crocs lifestyle”, whatever that is. The Benassi bum bag sandal, meanwhile, is a slider with a small zipped bum bag in lieu of a foot strap, allowing you to carry very small things on your feet.

While both sound like a joke fleshed out in a marketing meeting, and quite possibly both are – the fastest way to sell a pair of shoes, it seems, is to describe them as ugly – they actually mark a cornerstone moment for a trend that has become impossible to ignore. For one, it’s harder to find normal shoes than ugly shoes – see the clompy Balenciaga Triple S trainers, sky-high Crocs at Balenciaga, thigh-high trainer boots at this week’s Louis Vuitton Cruise show, and the trickle-down effect to the high street at Fila and Topshop. And, second, we seem to be witnessing a perfect storm of elective ugliness. Given ugly shoes are now interbreeding, it might be interesting to see where this trend goes next.

Regardless of how wearable this stuff is, it speaks of a change within the industry and suggests notions of beauty have shifted: that beauty and ugliness are not opposites, but rather aspects of the same thing; that prizing practicality over leg-slimming is OK; that heaven needs hell. Plus, it seems, the uglier the trainer the more on-trend it is, so you might as well commit. As most therapists would say, what is a “normal” shoe anyway?

Loewe’s curved toe trainers

Loewe curved toe trainers.
 Loewe curved toe trainers.

Ugliness rating 10/10

Style rating 7/10

Heron Preston Ugg

Heston Preston x Ugg.
 Heston Preston x Ugg.

Ugliness rating 3/10

Style rating 3/10

Chloé’s new Sonnie sneaker

Chloé Sonnie sneaker.
 Chloé Sonnie sneaker.

Ugliness rating 8/10

Style rating 7/10

Dr Marten Cleater

Dr Martens sandal.
 Dr Martens sandal.

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Fashion comes from within, says Japan’s style guru Naoko Okusa

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If you ask Naoko Okusa how to dress your best, she will tell you to look inside yourself before you stare into your overcrowded closet or oversized mirror.

Arguably the most influential fashion stylist in Japan, Okusa, who has 136,000 followers on Instagram, offers tried-and-true tips for women who are stuck in a style rut.

She helps them discover — or rediscover — the joy of dressing up by helping them experiment different stylistic affiliations while staying true to their essence.

“The way you dress and the way you live are two sides of the same coin. They can’t be disconnected,” Okusa, 45, says.

“It’s not the amount of clothes you own. It’s how well you know yourself that allows you to wear what makes you feel and look like the best version of yourself,” she says.

Okusa says if you’re relying on designer tags to make your style and people see the Hermes Birkin bag holding you and not vice versa, it’s a sign that you have yet to learn the language of fashion.

“I wouldn’t want to be remembered as ‘the lady with the Birkin bag’ because that means Birkin makes a bigger impression than you. A woman who chooses to splurge on designer handbags and be someone she is not should know that her self-esteem is superficial.”

What seems like a dream job happened by chance. After transitioning from the fashion magazine editor’s desk to the life of a freelancer, Okusa was doing everything herself.

“I was an editor, producer, creative director, stylist,” she says. Although she never called herself one, “people started referring to me as a stylist so I figured that must be my thing.”

Okusa knows fashion. She pursues it, and she breathes it. Not only does she hand-select clothing and accessories worn by models at photo shoots, she has exclusive contracts with retailers as their fashion consultant and is a best-selling author and speaker.

She’s not one to tell you to camouflage your body flaws with draped sleeves or flared pants. Rather, she would remind you that a well-maintained physique is the foundation of dressing well and tell you to hit the gym.

“Fashion is about you, but dressing well equates to good manners. It’s about making others feel good too,” she says.

“You can’t deny that it’s also a way to appeal to the other sex, whether you’re a man or a woman. Say you’re going out with a banker, an advertising agent, a tech company president, a freelance artist — wouldn’t your clothes depend on who your date is?”

Okusa says she used to alter the way she dresses to please her boyfriends, but when she met her Venezuelan partner and current husband after a failed first marriage she found a sense of security that soon reflected in her clothing choices.

“I like stronger women more than fragile women, cool over cute, self-reliant over dependent, basics over trendy. That’s me, and he has no problem with that. Now I know what I want, in fashion and in life.”

[Photo courtesy of Naoko Okusa]

There was an off-track phase post divorce, she says. At that time she needed to wear bright, vivid colors to make herself believe she was happy. She looks back on the few photos she has from those days and sees a lost girl trying hard to conceal her emotions.

Okusa says she has learned that “dressing your age” is not necessarily negative. She wants middle-aged women know that just because they are now choosing from a small selection of clothes doesn’t mean they are less attractive.

On the contrary, Okusa says, it means less stress, less distraction, less expense, and more peace.

“Age helped me declutter my wardrobe. Age helped me get rid of the things I don’t need. It made my fashion options narrower and deeper,” she says.

“Yes, you get that extra layer of fat and you start noticing gray hair. In my case, my dull complexion taught me to avoid pastel colors and light beige. But hey, a colorful closet doesn’t equal a colorful life.”

[Photo courtesy of Naoko Okusa] 

Okusa notices women in Japan are experiencing a general fashion confusion, and they think their best bet is to emulate the style of the Parisians and the New Yorkers. One of the most popular questions she gets from fans is “What do I look good in?”

But that’s a question that requires one-on-one counseling, Okusa says. She says she would need to know your background, your budget, your closet content, how you want to feel and who you want to be.

She suggests finding a brutally honest friend or a critical family member whom you can turn to for fashion advice, but better yet, she says you can always train yourself to stand back and look at yourself objectively. It takes practice to dress well, and it’s a lifelong learning curve.

One thing the fashionista strongly recommends is getting others to take photos of you. “Not the ‘say cheese’ kind of photos, but ones that capture unexpected moments,” she says. Knowing your facial features and posture is a start.

“I want people to learn to make objective decisions through fashion. It takes discipline. I’m 45 now, but I can say I’m much more fashionable than I was when I was 30. And in 15 years’ time I know I’ll be even more so because I’ll be better trained.”

Okusa has always dared to be different and original, and can’t think of a fashion icon she idolized growing up.

If not from people, where does she get her fashion inspiration?

“There’s not a fashion blogger or Instagrammer I follow. Fashion is such a big part of my life already, I feel like I get enough. So I look elsewhere,” she says.

“If I see delicate pink sweets placed on a dark gray slate plate, it teaches me that soft and hard go well together, and mixing light color to dark can add freshness that gives the combination some kick.”

If she had to name one person that influenced her fashion choices, Okusa says it would have to be her mother. She never wore anything expensive but never seemed to have a style dilemma either.

“As a little girl I used to love her color and fabric choices. She also had a sense for home decor. It was chic, and her fashion blended with the interiors. I don’t really remember her wearing flashy colors. It was more brown, beige and navy.”

Okusa says she chooses not to drop serious cash on high-end designer clothes for her three children, but she and her husband do their best to teach them fashion etiquette.

“I want to spend money on myself so I’m not buying expensive clothes for my kids. But fashion can be a communication tool if you shop together or talk about what to wear on what occasion,” says Okusa, who has two daughters and one son.

“They’re free to wear what they want at home, but I tell them it’s not okay when it involves other people. For instance, when my son insisted he wear his soccer jersey to a fine-dining restaurant, I had to explain to him clothes can show respect or disrespect.”

With her latest book — her 13th — published in April, Okusa says she is enjoying a career landed by accident but led by passion, and the longer she works, the more she realizes she is doing a lot more than helping women create the perfect wardrobe.

“The great thing about my job is that I get to relive a person’s life story. I get to learn about their past and get a glimpse of their future. Sometimes I feel more like a therapist than a fashion advisor,” Okusa says.

“I want to free women from deceptive marketing messages that make them feel worthless without a Birkin bag. No one should be measured by the number of brand items they own. Clothes don’t make the woman. The woman makes the clothes.”


Frivolous fashions! The most memorable fashion looks from Royal Ascot

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The Royal Ascot may be the most prestigious English horse race, but it’s also one of the biggest fashion events of Britain’s high-society calendar. Royals and socialites flock to the Berkshire green for five days of equestrian action and more importantly the fanciest fashions.

Ever since it’s inception in around 1711, the Royal Ascot has set the scene for exquisite sartorial style, but it must be noted, one can’t just turn up in any old thing, there’s a strict Royal Ascot dress code.

Women must wear dresses of an appropriate length, meaning just above or below the knee, dress straps must be a least 2.5cm thick (no spaghetti straps!), hats are serious business, no facinators, however a headpiece which has a solid base of 10cm or more in diameter is acceptable.

Meanwhile, for the gents, socks are a must, as are black shoes, a waistcoat must be paired with a tie (no cravats) and a black or grey top hat is to be worn.

Now you’re clued up on the fashion dos and don’ts, let’s take a look back at some of the most memorable fashion moments in the history of the Royal Ascot horse races.


Best slip-on shoes for men 2018: from Gucci to Vans

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If you’ve navigated your way to a round-up of the best slip-on shoes for men, chances are you’re a busy sort, which is lucky, because our list of the top laceless options in the shops right now not only saves you browsing time, but shoe-tying time too.

  • Whether you’re whipping a Rolls or a Renault, a gentleman’s shoe wardrobe is never complete without a pair of the very best driving shoes
  • If you know it’s a loafer you’re after, check out our list of the best loafers
  • Something for indoors, sir? These are our best slippers for men, for cosy toes and impeccable style

King of the slip-on shoes, and one that’s been making a huge resurgence lately, is the lordly loafer.

Not as dandyish or difficult to pull off as you might at first think, loafers can be amazingly comfortable but also smart enough to wear to work as well as out for dinner afterwards.

It’s with that in mind that we crown the Paul Smith Glynn Suede Penny Loafers our best men’s slip on shoes.

For their versatility and sumptuous luxury construction, they’re hard to beat, but for a more casual look, there are laid-back Vans slip-ons, retro Gucci loafers, and more.

The best men's slip on shoes


A smart suede loafer that takes you from desk to drinks to… well, anywhere

Best for: The office
Material: Suede
Size: 6-12
+Premium suede upper+Soft leather insole

A slip-on shoe that’s smart enough to wear to the office? It’s the holy grail of footwear, surely, but it’s not as hard to find as you might think.

These Paul Smith loafers are our best slip on shoes for work thanks to their sleek almond shape and premium construction: buttery soft suede, supple leather insoles that are said to make breaking in as painless as possible, and an overall minimal design that really shows off the quality build.

TODS Gomma Rafia Suede Skate Shoes


Part espadrille, part skate shoe, part loafer, all awesome

Best for: Premium skate shoes
Material: Suede
Size: 6-10
+Suede for a luxurious twist+Espadrille-style detailing

For a new twist on the espadrille, these TODS shoes hit the mark for casual weekend wear.

Their streamlined shape and premium suede upper leaves them looking a little closer to a loafer than you’d reckon for a skate shoe, but with just a hint of raffia for that classic espadrille style, a chunkier sole and a striped ribbon trim just off the vamp, they strike just the right balance: a throw-on-and-go shoe that still looks polished.

Vans Classic Black Slip-On Trainers


Whether for grinding rails or Saturdays at the garden centre, these Vans shoes always look iconic

Best for: Small feet
Material: Textile
Size: 3-8
+Ultra-comfortable rubber soles+Contrasting stitching for interest

Former skaters, rejoice. While we’re big proponents of the idea that you can’t age out of the Vans slip-on, if it’s a more grown-up look you’re after, we suggest foregoing the checkerboard and trying these all-black slip-ons instead.

This unisex shoe’s style is still iconic, the chunky rubber sole is still as comfy as you remember, and it’s still a thrill to be repping that little label, but with the added bonus of having a match-all shoe for off-duty dressing.

Gucci Roos Horsebit Embroidered Leather And Checked Tweed Loafers


They’re not just for Sloane Rangers anymore

Best for: Designer
Material: Goat leather, tweed
Size: 5-13
+New twist on a classic shoe+Luxury leather upper

Now that fashion bloggers aren’t old enough to remember yuppies, we think it’s probably safe to channel ‘80s power dressing again, and a great place to start is with these Gucci Roos.

There’s a lot to be said for the classic one-colour horsebit loafer, of course, but it’s back for 2018 with a brand new twist courtesy of a flashy checked tweed upper, and it ticks a lot of boxes. Use to brighten up a monochrome ensemble, or pattern clash, if you’re feeling brave enough.

Polo Ralph Lauren Thompson 2 Pique Slip On


No-rub and breathable, these are our best summer slip-ons

Best for: Style and comfort
Material: Textile, leather
Size: 6-11
+Breathable pique upper+Cushioned collar

Vans not quite your speed? For those of a preppier disposition, there’s a great alternative in the form of these Polo Ralph Lauren slip on shoes.

They come in a refined navy and tan colourway, with leather branding at the heel that’s both flash and functional, forming part of the padded colour intended to keep the shoe from rubbing, and the upper is a breathable pique textured for interest.

The elasticated inserts make it easy to squeeze your foot in and keep it there – oh, and it’s got a ruddy great horse on it.


The Shoe Designer Who Built Her Brand From The Sole Up

Designer and founder of Alejandra G. ShoesALEJANDRA G.

What woman doesn’t love a great pair of shoes?  When you can’t find what you are looking for it would be great if you could just make your own.  Shoe designer and entrepreneur Alejandra G.  had been creating a mark for herself with her out of the box style.  Since her first collection launched in 2012, the company hasn’t stopped growing.   Her shoes have been worn by Kylie Jenner, Tyra Banks, Giuliana Rancic, Adrienne Bailon, Christina Milian and many more. With comfort and style being of equal importance in her designs, women love them.

Joresa Blount: When did you first get inspired to create a shoe line?

Alejandra:  I’ve always been in love with fashion. I have a picture of me when I was about three years old, holding a special designer fashion kit.  My mom said I always loved drawing, and coloring in coloring books. It would always be really creative with the colors.

I didn’t always know that it would be shoes.  I’ve told this story before, and it’s the absolute truth. I was working for a television production company at the time.  I was making really good money, and I was saving up. I knew I wanted to start something. One of my friends had started a clothing line. She would take me downtown to all the manufacturers, but I noticed that there were no shoe manufacturers.  So, I was playing with the idea of first starting a clothing line.

One night I was having a dream. It was a very vivid, vivid, vivid dream of shoes. They were all candied shoes. One looked like Skittles. They were candy inspired shoes. The next day I went to sketch out what was in my dream. It was so powerful. The dream would not leave me.  I felt like it was my calling. I went and told my friend and family. They were like, what are you talking about? I didn’t know a single person in the fashion business.

Joresa: How can someone who doesn’t have a traditional background in fashion launch a business?

Alejandra:  I always recommend going to some type of school to understand what you are getting into.  With fashion specifically, it’s only 20% designing and the rest is knowing how to run a company. When I met my mentor who referred me to go to school in Milan, I just jumped in when I came back [to Los Angeles].  Before you decide to jump into running any company, especially fashion, make sure you get some form of education. Do as much research on how much it is going to cost to start a company, how much it will to take to run. The more you educate yourself in business 101, the less money you will lose and mistakes you will make.

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Joresa: Did you have a good support system when you decided to quit your job and go after your dream?

Alejandra:  Most people said, “what are you doing?”  I didn’t know anyone. It was like, okay, you have a great job.  How are you going to support yourself? How are you going to do this or that?  Why go backwards if you are already moving forward in the television production career?  They supported me, but they were surprised. No one said don’t do it. It was more shock. Then I literally packed up to go to Italy.

Joresa:  Did you have moments of doubt?

Alejandra: Before I was leaving [for Italy], I had a couple of those moments of doubt.  I had a boyfriend at the time. I had best friends I would see on the regular, and I was just putting my whole life on hold to go chase a dream.  I was excited, but I was scared. I felt like it was a complete new chapter in my life. When I got there, it was a whole lot more difficult than I thought.  Not just the school, but it was difficult being away.

Joresa:  You started school in your late 20s.  What would you say to someone who is changing careers later in life?

Alejandra:  People say, oh my God. I should have it figured out. I’m twenty-five [years old].  You have to play in so many different careers. I was a teacher’s assistant, then I got my real estate license, then I got signed to J Records when I was in a rap group, then I was a television producer.  I dabbled in a lot of different things. This is the longest I’ve done something, and I don’t see myself doing anything else. I always tell people it’s never too late to start any of their dreams. You can start in your 40s if you want to. People become successful at all different ages.

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Joresa:  How did you gain visibility with your brand?

Alejandra:  My mentor referred me to a shoe rep. I didn’t even know I needed a shoe rep. My mentor asked me how I was going to get into stores. I didn’t know.  I got these key accounts very quickly like Shopbop. My designs took off. I found out later I need public relations, but I didn’t have the money at the time. Everyone I brought on board were independent contractors.  I brought on a PR person, who had been in the business awhile. She fell in love with my brand. She took me to do desk sides with editors, because she’s from New York. So, I met up with all these editors at big magazines, and they fell in love with my brand. We started to get a lot of press in magazines.  Then we started to push that I was latina, and Latina Magazine and Cosmo For Latinas gave me press. They were very supportive.

Because I have lived in L.A. all my life, I have a lot of celebrity friends. I was constantly contacting people to get my shoes on people.  A lot of celebrities who tag me are my personal contacts. It’s all about who you know too.

Joresa:  What defining setback have you experienced on your entrepreneurial journey?

Alejandra:  Spending too much money in the wrong places.  I would think do I have to stop for a minute, and get an investor. It’s always been the money. It takes money to make money.  If I had an investor right now, I would be further ahead.

Joresa:  What advice would you give to someone who feels stuck or not progressing in their business?

Alejandra: They say most startup companies fail within two to three years. If you can get pass those two to three years, then you are in good shape.  It’s the same thing that my dad always tells me. If you have a car and it keeps breaking down, you have to get a new car. You got to figure out how to do something different.  It doesn’t mean to stop doing your dream, but it means revamp. I’ve had revamping moments. If I don’t see a lot of sales coming in then I need to revamp the collection I just did.  I need to come with a new idea. When you don’t see something moving, you can’t keep doing the same thing. It doesn’t mean to switch into another career. It means you have to take another route on how to get it done.  A lot of people want to keep pushing forward on product or even music. If it’s not working you have to figure out a different way to do it. There’s a reason why things are not working.


What is cold pressed oil? How it is different from refined oil

1. What makes them different

What makes them different

When we had started believing that refined oils are the best medium for cooking and that they keep us safe from heart diesase and obesity, scientists turned the tables again by a new research which says, cold pressed oils are what we must be consuming and not the refined ones. But what’s the difference between the two? A layman will naturally be boggled by these two types of oils that are same in appearance. Basically, cold pressed oils are the ones that are extracted in a certain way and have more nutrition than refined oil in which during the refining process, the nutritional benefits are lost.

2. What is cold pressed oil?

What is cold pressed oil?

Cold pressed oil refers to a method of oil extraction where the oilseeds are crushed and pressed (without using heat) to extract oil. The entire process involves pressure and no heat and that is what makes this oil healthier than any other form.

3. What is refined oil?

What is refined oil?

As the name suggests, it is all about filtration of oil through various chemicals and heat that makes the final output very light and shiny in texture. The mechanical process makes the oilseeds lose the majority of nutrients that the human body needs on a daily basis. They are rich in fat and devoid of nutrition completely!

4. The ancient process of oil extraction

The ancient process of oil extraction

When it comes to cooking oil, we all have heard a term called ‘Kachi Ghani’. The word ‘Ghani’ refers to a long cylindrical contraption that was used in early days to extract oil from oilseeds. It is more like a mortar and pestle device, made of stone or wood and is used to extract oil with the help of animals like cow or buffalo. This is the oldest and simplest method of oil extraction that involved no heat. Whereas, the modern age oil extraction process involves chemicals, heat, and machines to extract oil from the oilseeds.

5. Difference between the two

Difference between the two

They both come from the same source (oilseeds) but go through different processes. The process of extarcting oil through cold-pressed method is basic and mechnical. It is similar to the way we extract juice from a manual juicer. No wonder, nutrition of the oil is retained.

6. Is there anything called hot pressed oil?

Is there anything called hot pressed oil?

Yes. In this process, the press cylinders or the pressing machine is attached with heaters. Heating softens the oil seeds and hence not only the process of extraction becomes easier but more oil is extracted. However, much of the nutrition is lost.

7. Are cold pressed oils healthy?

Are cold pressed oils healthy?

According to reports, cold pressed oils are way healthier than refined oils. They are rich in antioxidants, vitamin E, and oleic acid. Also, they are free from chemicals added to oils during refining process. They are also more aromatic and hence add more taste to the dishes.

8. Are they safe for cooking on high heat

Are they safe for cooking on high heat

It entirely depends upon the type of oil that you are using. For example, sesame oil and olive oil should ideally be used at low temperatures, but mustard oil and sunflower and safflower oil can be used for cooking at moderately high temperatures.


Emails from Hart family computer indicate marital issues

— New documents were released Tuesday from Clark County investigators related to the deaths of a Washington family whose disappearance gripped the country this spring.

Jennifer and Sarah Hart, and their six adopted children, disappeared from their Woodland home in late March – shortly after a Washington Child Protective Services caseworker tried to contact the women at home. Neighbors had called CPS, concerned that the children were being abused and neglected.

The Hart family’s SUV was soon after found crashed off a northern California cliff in Mendocino county, killing the couple and four of the children. Jennifer Hart, who was driving at the time of the crash, was under the influence of alcohol, while some of the children had a Benadryl-type drug in their system that causes drowsiness. Two of the six kids, Devonte and Hannah, remain missing.

KOIN 6’s reporting following the crash revealed the family left behind a trail of child abuse concerns in three states, including Washington. Oregon investigated the family in 2013, and ruled that while there were some indications of abuse or neglect, there was insufficient data to conclude child abuse or neglect had occurred. In Minnesota, where the Harts lived while they adopted the six children, Sarah Hart was found guilty of misdemeanor domestic assault in 2010, after daughter Abigail complained of abuse.

The documents provided to KOIN 6 News on Tuesday raise new questions about what was happening with the family behind closed doors.

After adopting Markis, Abigail, and Hannah Hart in 2006, the Harts looked to continue growing their family through adoption. A 2007 document filed by a Minnesota adoption worker indicated that while the Harts had initially wanted to adopt only three more children, they changed their minds and were open to considering sibling groups of up to five kids – which would have meant eight adopted children in total.

Before the adoption of Jeremiah, Sierra, and Devonte in 2009, a Texas adoption caseworker wrote a glowing letter about the couple, calling them “open, loving, and understanding.” The caseworker said Markis, Hannah, and Abigail had blossomed in the family’s home.

“I would have no problem placing kids of any age, race, or sex in this home because I know they would be loved and cared for beyond anything I could hope to have for them,” the caseworker wrote. She called herself a friend, adding that she would “highly recommend” them to anyone seeking an adoptive family for children.

And even after the adoption of Markis, Hannah and Abigail made the Harts a family of eight, the couple looked to continue growing their brood.