Finish Your Holiday Shopping At The Airport With A Gorgeous, Boozy Skull

This Limited-Edition Crystal Head Vodka, John Alexander Artist Series, is only available in select duty-free shops.Crystal Head Vodka

A survey by the National Retail Federation late last year revealed that 53 percent of consumers or some whopping 126 million people aren’t finished with their Christmas shopping until the last Saturday before Christmas.

If you’re one of those 126 million people – or the ones like some of my relatives who don’t finish their shopping until Christmas Eve – and you’ve already checked your bags at the airport, don’t worry.  There are always the shops at the airport, and if you’re flying out of one of the dozens of airports with Duty Free Shopping stores, you’re not out of time – or out of great gifts. In fact, there are some unique gifts that can ONLY be found in these stores.

One such item is the Limited-Edition Crystal Head Vodka, John Alexander Artist Series. This iconic vodka, known for its skull-sculpted, crystal bottles, has been selling its first limited edition, artist series bottle only through duty-free travel stores in airports. That’s right. It’s not available in retail stores elsewhere.

This limited edition bottle is decorated with a finish derived from Alexander’s painting, Dancing on the Water Lilies of Life  (the real painting, completed in 1988, is displayed at the Dallas Museum of Art). Each of the 25,000 limited edition bottles are painted by hand by one of three craftsmen in a small workshop in Milan, Italy, and each bottle is numbered.

The John Alexander Artist Series No. 1 bottle comes in 750 ml size, and its suggested retail price is $149.95.  Domestically, you can find this on sale at Dufry Travel Retail outlets in Las Vegas, Chicago, Seattle, Houston, Minneapolis, Tampa, Newark and Detroit. It’s also for sale at outlets in Istanbul, Copenhagen, Amsterdam,  Berlin, Vienna, Hong Kong, Jeju (South Korea), and Sydney, among other places.

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Three Ethical Retailers For Your Next Sustainable Fashion Purchase

Think of your most recent clothing purchase: do you know where it was manufactured, whether the people who made it were treated fairly, whether any animals were harmed or the environmental impact of its production?

Though most people couldn’t answer these questions, there’s an increasing proportion of consumers that are becoming conscious of what they’re buying.

Ethical spending now accounts for £81.3 billion of the UK retail market, according to Ethical Consumer, and KPMG’s latest annual retail survey noted that almost 20% of shoppers were drawn to retailers that they know ethically source their goods.

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Think of your most recent clothing purchase: do you know where it was manufactured, whether the people who made it were treated fairly, whether any animals were harmed or the environmental impact of its production?

Though most people couldn’t answer these questions, there’s an increasing proportion of consumers that are becoming conscious of what they’re buying.

Ethical spending now accounts for £81.3 billion of the UK retail market, according to Ethical Consumer, and KPMG’s latest annual retail survey noted that almost 20% of shoppers were drawn to retailers that they know ethically source their goods.

Although high street brands such as H&M and Zara have launched conscious lines, shoppers who are clued up on sustainability are growing frustrated with fast fashion brands who only dip into the ethical retail world.

Instead, these are three retailers who provide conscious consumers with a huge selection of clothes, accessories and more, all of which is produced ethically and sustainably.

Gather & See

Every ethical shopper is different: one might care more about the workers behind the products; another might be concerned about buying only environmentally-friendly items.

s such as H&M and Zara have launched conscious lines, shoppers who are clued up on sustainability are growing frustrated with fast fashion brands who only dip into the ethical retail world.

Instead, these are three retailers who provide conscious consumers with a huge selection of clothes, accessories and more, all of which is produced ethically and sustainably.

Gather & See

Every ethical shopper is different: one might care more about the workers behind the products; another might be concerned about buying only environmentally-friendly items.

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The Australian Jewellery Brand You Should Have On Your Radar This Summer

Classic and yet of-the-moment, The Silver Collective is the Australian jewellery brand you should get to know, stat. Lending summer wardrobes a hit of shine, the brand’s collection of super-cool—and surprisingly affordable—minimalist pieces will elevate both your off-duty looks (think denim cut-offs and linen button-up blouses) and after-hours style.

Headed by mother-and-daughter duo Maria and Anastasia Papazoglou, the brand specialises in versatile Sterling Silver jewellery that transcends seasons. A mix of classic elegance and contemporary flourishes, the designs balance timeless style with modern detailing—think of them as heirlooms you’ll want to wear now.

Launching from home under the brand name ICONIC-STYLE in 2015, the label has since been rebranded as The Silver Collective. After two years of online business, the start-up now operates both online and from their year-old Sydney boutique.

The Silver Collective’s wide-ranging jewellery collection includes ultra-fine necklaces and chokers (perfect for layering under beach coverups or metallic party dresses), sculptural earrings and stackable rings. Despite the brand’s love of clean lines and a pared-back aesthetic, each season is crafted with unique personality. One of the brand’s best-sellers—and one of our top picks—the Pella necklace is made from an ancient gold-plated coin. Distinct in shape, it’ll add an insouciant edge to any summer look.

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7 Reasons To Stop Wearing Shoes In Your House

Your home might be your castle, but that doesn’t mean you have to treat it like some kind of dirty medieval fortress. Taking off your shoes inside can help keep your home in good condition, create a more relaxed atmosphere and cut down on dirt and dust.

However, that’s barely the beginning; keeping those shoes off inside can improve foot health, and overall hygiene around the home. So after reading these top seven reasons for why you shouldn’t wear shoes inside, you’ll probably agree there is pretty much no reason to be keeping those clompers on indoors.

1. It’s already more common than you think

Excuse me for indulging in an argumentum ad populum, but it’s worth pointing out that taking your shoes off inside doesn’t make you some kind of pedantic oddball. On the contrary, you’re weird if you don’t, according to this survey that found 87 percent of Americans take their shoes off indoors. You might be a bit surprised by that figure.

“But wait,” I hear you say, “none of my friends make me take my shoes off at their houses!”

That’s true. Indeed, the same study found around half of Americans don’t ask guests to follow suit. Naturally, this goes a long way towards explaining why everyone seems to think they’re the only ones who go barefoot indoors. The reality is though, that pretty much everyone is already doing it, and you just don’t know it.

2. Your shoes are disgusting

Sorry, but it’s true. Research from the University of Arizona found that a new pair of shoes can attract 440,000 units of bacteria within two weeks. Not only that, but researchers also noted that viruses thrive better on the bottom of your shoes than they do on toilet seats. So your shoes are basically Trojan horses laden with bacteria and viruses, clumping around your supposedly clean house.

3. The disgusting-ness of your shoes is getting everywhere

At this point, you might be wondering if it’s really that bad to wear dirty shoes inside.

Turns out it is. Remember that research from in #2? Those same researchers also looked at just how much bacteria is transferred from shoes to clean surfaces.

On clean tiles, researchers found a 90 percent transfer rate. If you think that’s bad, then don’t even think about carpet. Still, you might think that’s no big deal; indeed, most of the time it isn’t. However, according to Jonathan Sexton, a research assistant at the University of Arizona’s College of Public Health, the research indicates that wearing shoes indoors could be downright dangerous for small children.

Speaking to ABC, she explained that small children can put their hands in their mouths as much as 80 times an hour — those same hands they tend to play on the floor with. “That means that your child can possibly be exposed to every single bacteria that you picked up on your shoe […] all the bacteria from the park, the store, everywhere you went that day,” she said.

Not horrified yet? Well how about the fact that…

4. There’s always poo on your shoes. Always. Sorry.

We all know that depressing feeling when you sink your foot into some dog-do. Next time it happens to you, take solace in the fact that we’re all walking around with poo on our shoes. All day, everyday.

After all, that was pretty much the finding of a research projectcommissioned by the Rockport shoe company (make what you will of that) into just how gross shoes are. As the company discovered, basically the first thing us consumers do when we get hold of their product is — you guessed it — step in poo.

After swabbing 26 shoes worn for at least three months, researchers found all but one pair were infected with coliform bacteria. For the record, coliform bacteria is universally found in the gut and feces of large mammals (like for example, human beings with poor hygiene). While the bacteria aren’t dangerous in themselves, they are often used by health authorities to gauge whether something has been contaminated with fecal matter.

Even the researchers were grossed out by just how much evidence of fecal contamination they found on ordinary shoes. “I’m starting to make myself paranoid,” microbiologist Charles P. Gerba said. “It seems like we step in a lot more poop than I thought.”

5. They’re noisy

Poo isn’t the only threat to your health that your shoes pose indoors. Noise pollution can be genuinely harmful for your health. what’s the noisiest thing in your home? Boots, obviously, but shoes in general. So do yourself and everyone around you a favor, and trade those noisy shoes at the door for some silent slippers.

6. They are destroying your floor

Your shoes are destroying your hardwood floor. Or any even vaguely delicate flooring. Over time, shoes can leave scratches, dings and scuffs that can be expensive or impossible to remove. Save yourself problems in the long run, and just don’t wear shoes inside.

7. Your feet will be healthier

A landmark 2007 study found that shoes have secretly dedicated the past few thousand years to mutating our feet. The study compared 180 modern humans from three population groups (Sotho, European and Zulu) with 2,000-year-old skeletons. Who had the healthiest feet? The 2,000-year-old skeletons, of course.

Somehow, all our technological progress of the past 2000 years has succeeded in making our feet worse off — well, not quite everyone’s. Of the modern humans, the Zulu participants had the healthiest feet. The Zulu participants were also the least likely to wear full closed-in shoes in their daily lives, and most likely to go barefoot.

Researchers point to a number of reasons why our feet are worse off, but perhaps journalist Adam Sternbergh put it best when he said, “Imagine if someone put a cast on your arm when you were three years old and you never took it off. Your arm would stop working. That’s kind of what’s happened with our feet.”

Of course, we can’t all go barefoot all day, but at least at home you can get a reprieve from those devices that have destroyed your feet.

Do you wear shoes indoors? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments below!

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For shoes that fit your style

For shoes that fit your style

For shoes that fit your style

Glam up your look with trendy shoes that can add to your personality. From mules to stacked heels, experts suggest many options.

Shreyasi Pathak, Stylist at Vajor and Harkirat Singh, MD at Woodland list down some top trends. Lace-up Espadrilles: If you want to update your casual summer outfit, add espadrilles to the mix.

Available in different colours, patterns and styles they can work with any style and look. Laced up espadrilles are ideal to add extra chic vibe to your outfit, these espadrille wedges with back tie-ups and suede finish are sure to make lasting impressions. They are casual yet classy!

Mules: Mules are backless shoes, and can be worn with pretty much everything. It can be paired with slim leg pants that hits above the ankle. A popping hued pair of mules can be beautifully worn with a muted dress and a sling bag to get a perfect balanc

This style makes it a go-to choice for any evening event! This is an ideal style for summers because of its breezy, effortless feel and iconic presence in every known fashion figure’s shoe closet.

Stacked heels: The short stacked heel has been doing the rounds since last spring and is a great staple footwear. Frequently seen in a wooden heel, these shoes are comfortable yet give that extra height. Stacked heels are perfect for both day and night looks! You can wear it with wide leg linen pants or denim for the day look. While you can opt for the fun printed midi skirt for your night look.

Boho sandals: For a more elaborate bohemian look, such sandals are your go-to choice. Embellished and embroidered, these strappy sandals keep your feet stylish and comfortable at the same time.

High top sneakers: High-tops have been around since forever and serve numerous purposes. The trick to styling such statement sneakers is to play down your rest of the outfit a bit, just straight fit jeans and regular looking t-shirt will do. And also, they are ideal kicks for off duty looks.

Slip-ons: Slip-ons are favourable choice for summers. They are very easy to wear and they look extremely stylish with any casual outfit. Go ahead and experiment them with desirable colour combinations this season.

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Ditch Your Stripes For These 4 Fun Prints This Winter

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Ditch Your Stripes For These 4 Fun Prints This Winter

Don’t let your print game get boring this season

The chilly season is just weeks away and you’re still wearing tropical patterns and polka dots? No can do! Like the rest of your wardrobe, you better update your prints and give your usual choices a much-needed break. The best way to do that is by picking from these 4 prints to try this winter.

As the trees shed their leaves all around, show solidarity with the Ziory Leaf Print Scarf. The Georgette silk blend has a lightly hued leaf print in blue and red tones, which is extremely autumn appropriate. It is available for Rs 695 from Rs 999. Shop here.

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Scarf from Ziory

A chic choice for the season is definitely camouflage. The Imagica Camouflage Hot Shorts come in the rugged print and are sure to add a funky touch with a solid black t-shirt. It is available for Rs 600 from Rs 750. Shop here.

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