Washington [US], February 21 (ANI): American model and television personality Chrissy Teigen recently posted a tribute to her late son Jack on his original due date following the miscarriage she suffered last September.
The 35-year-old star took to her Instagram handle and paid the tribute to her baby on what would have been his due date. Teigen honoured Jack by sharing a photo of her wearing a bracelet with his name on it, alongside two similar bracelets with the names of her daughter Luna Simone, and son Miles Theodore.
She shared the photo of the bracelets stacked on her wrist and wrote, “Today was your due date. we love you forever.”
The ‘Cravings’ cookbook author, previously in September had announced that she and her husband John Legend had lost their third child in an emotional social media post.
Teigen has been open about her grieving process since she lost her son Jack at 20 weeks gestation. As per People magazine, earlier this month, the model appeared on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ and spoke about how her pregnancy loss was a “transformative” experience for her. (ANI)
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Travel the world with sly granny’s new cocktail series
Travel to exotic destinations may be on hold for the moment, but the enjoyment accompanying travel need not be affected. Sly Granny, Azure Hospitality’s swanky bar and restaurant, now offers exotic flavours from around the world to discerning Indian consumers. This exclusive series, known as The Explorer’s Club, serves cocktails inspired by travel and the experiences that go along with it. The concept promises to run a unique edition every quarter, with the first one being christened ‘Wanderlust’.
Every cocktail introduced as part of this series, pays homage to some of the most famed bars of the world. The menu consists of eight signature drinks inspired by celebrated creations of masters of this trade, albeit with Sly Granny’s particular flair. The drinks on the menu owe their genesis to some of the best establishments in the world, including Harry’s Bar in Venice, Long Bar in Raffles Hotel Singapore, Dante in New York City, American Bar in Savoy Hotel London, and Bar Hoshi in Tokyo.
Dante, the historic Italian bar located in Greenwich Village, influenced Sly Granny’s gin-based cocktail ‘The Italian’, which is exclusive to this series. Exuding a hint of exotic spices, this drink has a smooth and striking flavour. The American Bar at the Savoy is the inspiration for the vodka-based drink, ‘The Doctor’, replete with a distinct aroma of ginger and beetroot. White rum-based beverage ‘The Shogun’, evokes the rich creaminess associated with the signature menu of Bar Hoshi. The most luxuriant cocktail of the first edition of this series, however, is the ‘The Host’, inspired by creations of the iconic Harry’s Bar, known to have been frequented by Ernest Hemingway and others of his ilk.
Conceptualised by renowned Mixologist Gunjan Pal, this new cocktail menu is a nod to the classics with a modern twist. “I have always studied and been inspired by some of the most famous mixologists through history, and this menu is my way of making a mark among these stalwarts. I am most excited about the tinctures we are giving away to our guests, as I believe they make an interesting addition to a guest’s evening. They are great for personal use or for entertainment. When enjoying these tinctures at home, I hope our guests recall Sly Granny with fondness”, says Pal with a smile. A man of many talents, Pal is the head mixologist for all Azure brands across India. Under his able guidance, Azure’s bar menus have acquired a strong name in this competitive industry. Today, every Azure brand, and Sly Granny in particular, prides itself on its innovative cocktails that are appreciated by one and all.
Azure Hospitality was founded by Rahul Khanna and Kabir Suri in 2009 with its maiden venture Mamagoto, opening doors in 2010. Literally meaning “to play with food”, this Asian restaurant shot to fame almost immediately upon its launch. The team behind Azure has always focused on creating a strong narrative around each of its brands, evident through their dedication to providing unique and diverse experiential dining. Their core strength is being aware of changing trends and the dining patterns of consumers. Since it first opened, Azure’s operations have expanded across the country to include a variety of restaurants—Dhaba Est. 1986, a kitschy North Indian restaurant; Foxtrot, known equally for its coffees and cocktails; Sly Granny, a concept bar inspired by the prohibition era; Sly Granny Café, a casual dining space serving comfort food; as well as QSR brands such as Speedy Chow, Maalgadi and Biryaniwala.
The new travel series cocktail menu is available exclusively at Sly Granny, Khan Market in New Delhi and Indiranagar in Bengaluru, with cocktails priced at Rs 449++. Patrons are treated to specially curated tinctures on billing above Rs 1,500 in Delhi, which ensure the wanderlust stays strong even at home.
Tips to plan a destination birthday for children
The past year has taught us that modest weddings and birthday parties provide the same amount of pleasure, if not more, than the expensive and over-the-top celebrations mandated by our social status. Though weddings still tend to be large affairs, birthdays are best celebrated through intimate gatherings at home, or for the more adventurous, through travel. Children especially appreciate the novel experience of a well-planned destination birthday party. If you are planning one for your child, here are a few tips that will help you make it a truly momentous occasion:
1. ASK YOUR CHILDREN WHAT THEY WANT
Every child has a distinctive personality and interests. By letting them guide you on the choice of destination based on their interests, the destination birthday is far more likely to be successful. Do they love the water? Choose a beach holiday. Are they fond of animals? Go for a safari.
2. PICK A DESTINATION NEARBY
It is much easier to organise a birthday trip when you visit a place that you can drive to. Having your own car allows you to transport extra luggage with ease. Further, the shorter the time it takes to reach your destination, the longer the enjoyment of the actual getaway.
3. CHOOSE SOMETHING OFF THE BEATEN PATH
A less-frequented destination ensures exclusivity and a certain level of uniqueness. With smaller boutique hotels or home stays, you have the advantage of booking the entire place for your party, allowing you to enjoy the space as if it were your own.
4. PREPARE A SMALL GUEST LIST AND SEND INVITES BEFOREHAND
Destination celebrations are enjoyed best with smaller groups of people, and with the pandemic, this principle has become even more important. It is prudent to limit the invitees to immediate family members or the closest of friends. Be sure to give everyone advance notice so they may change any prior appointments and allow you to do the booking without hindrance.
5. PREPARE THE DAY’S ITINERARY IN ADVANCE
Planning the activities for the trip beforehand will save you a lot of time and effort later. Especially for the day of the birthday, have a rough timeline in place—from meals to cake-cutting, gift-opening to any special activities that you may have planned. Treat it as you would a regular birthday party that needs to be planned from start to finish.
6. SEARCH FOR LOCAL ATTRACTIONS
Whatever destination you choose for the birthday, do your research on the local attractions beforehand. You will be surprised at the number of lesser-known gems you will come across to make your visit especially memorable. Look for blogs or go through forums on various travel portals. Google’s Local Guides and review feature are very helpful for on-ground research.
7. CHOOSE A LOCAL VENDOR TO PROVIDE THE CAKE
The cake is one of the most important parts of any birthday celebration, and children usually have very specific demands for their birthday cakes. Instead of opting for a generic cake from the hotel’s in-house bakery, look for a local baker to do the job. Facebook groups and hashtag searches on Instagram are the best untapped resources for tried and tested recommendations provided by locals. Reach out to a minimum of 5-6 bakers, so that you can find one closest to your specifications and budget.
8. KEEP SMALL TOKENS AS MEMORABLE GIVEAWAYS OF THE HOLIDAY
It is not necessary to spend exorbitant amounts of cash on useless tokens as return gifts or giveaways for your guests. Instead, you should attempt to DIY or create something specific to your child’s interests and the chosen destination. An example could be a small photo-frame in which a picture from the holiday can be inserted.
9. TAKE LOTS OF PICTURES
Talking of pictures, do not forget to document the various memories you are sure to make on this trip. Use a DSLR camera if you have one, otherwise your phone will do. Just make sure you have enough memory on your device!
A destination birthday is the best gift you could give your child in these unprecedented times, as experiences are always cherished more than possessions.
The writer is a lawyer who write lifestyle articles for various publications and her blog www.nooranandchawla.com. She can be found on Instagram @nooranandchawla.
THE BEST CELEBRITY MATERNITY STYLE THIS SEASON
How Kareena Kapoor Khan, Anushka Sharma, Sophie Turner, Gigi Hadid and Katy Perry inspire us to look fashionably pregnant.
So, you’re pregnant and worried about your regular and not-so regular outfits not fitting you anymore. You feel out of shape and even out of place too. Who better to provide some candid and helpful advice for dressing for your pregnancy than some of our fashion icons who themselves went through their respective pregnancies, gracefully and fashionably!
KAREENA KAPOOR KHAN
In the list, Kareena comes on the top. It was during her first pregnancy that she inspired a generation of Indian women to proudly flaunt their baby bump. Now that the actress has become a mother for the second time, she seems to have perfected the art of looking fashionably pregnant. Her recent looks for an ad in which she donned a pair of yoga tights, a sportswear and a jacket went viral. In fact, it was Kareena who set the kaftan trend and was spotted at glitzy events in elegant outfits designed by Anita Dongre and Masaba Gupta. She also often stepped out in floor-length dresses and picked tunics over kurtis. At a studio, she was also photographed in a long white sleeveless dress. The outfit featured a V-neckline. She rounded off her attire with a pair of shades and gold sliders.
Anushka, recently, gave birth to a girl, too showed how to look glamorous during those nine months. Her photoshoot for a fashion glossy made headlines. Of the many looks she donned, an olive dress with fringes at the bottom was a great example of comfort chic. Ever since she announced her pregnancy in mid-2020, she upped her fashion ante, keeping her fans hooked and the fashion police smitten with her sartorial elegance. From cropped sweatshirt to knit dress, the actor continues to lead the way for all the mommies-to-be out there in the last stretch of her pregnancy.
Supermodel Gigi Hadid and beau Zayn Malik kept everything about their baby girl low-key. While occasionally posting on Instagram during her pregnancy, Hadid wore lots of casual and loose clothing, including crop tops—because maximizing comfort is essential for any parent. In a video recently posted on Instagram by the model, Hadid spoke to Sophia Roe about a plethora of topics. She even opened up about one of the most important aspects of pregnancy, and that’s finding comfortable yet stylish maternity clothing. After a fan asked, “How do you not have a tummy?”, Hadid replied: “This angle and the really baggy jumpsuit make for an optical illusion. From the side it’s a different story!”
A mom-to-be can always look up to Katy Perry to make a fashion statement. Here the singer makes boho chic look effortless as wears a tie and dye kaftan dress in blue and orange with fringes. Gazing out to the desert she looks forward to a new phase in life. A neat ponytail, and completed brown flats is all she needs as she moves forward.
If you’re a mama-to-be and want to look good, actress Sophie Turner should be the one to follow closely. Game of Thrones star flaunted some of the best maternity outfits we’ve seen this year. After confirming her pregnancy in the spring, the actress was spotted looking comfortably chic alongside husband Joe Jonas, wearing lots of babydoll dresses, leggings, sweatshirts, and, of course, face masks. Also, faux fur slippers were a staple in most of her daily looks. She was often seen dressing up her bump in comfortable yet chic summer dresses, separates, oversized t-shirts, athleisure sets, cropped tops, blazers and biker shorts.
—With agency inputs
‘Transformers’: Nickelodeon, Netflix to stream new animated series
Washington [US], February 26 (ANI): The American multinational conglomerate Entertainment One- the production arm of toymaker Hasbro, is aiming to produce ‘Transformer’, ‘My Little Pony’ animation series and aiming to air it on the video streaming platform giant- Netflix and Nickelodeon.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the entertainment studio has decided to land the new ‘Transformers’ animation series at both Nickelodeon and Netflix. Entertainment One is also producing ‘My Little Pony’ which is set for a release on the streamer later this year.
Sources reported that the entertainment studio is targeting younger audiences for the new series.
The show comes from executive producers Ant Ward (Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Nicole Dubuc (Transformers: Rescue Bots) and developer and co-exec producer Dale Malinowski.
The series will be based on new species of ‘Transformers’ who are looking for their place among the Autobots, Decepticons and the human family that adopts them.
Nickelodeon Animation president, Ramsey Naito said, “As soon as I read the creative concept, which at its core is about family, I knew we absolutely had to tell this story with our good friends at eOne and Hasbro.
“The series will tell a reimagined story featuring both original characters and fan-favourites for a whole new generation of kids and families. The creative team at Nick, overseen by Claudia Spinelli, senior VP animation development, can’t wait to get started on building this new world.”
As per The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix has ordered 20 episodes of ‘Transformers: BotBots’, based on the toy line of the same name.
Olivier Dumont, president of family brands at Eone said in an official statement that,”We are delighted to partner with Netflix to bring an all-new Transformers story to life and explore a whole new universe with BotBots,”
“Transformers storytelling has expanded into so many new avenues, and we can’t wait to surprise both existing fans and new fans coming to the franchise for the first time with these fun bots who are definitely more than meets the eye,” he added.
‘Transformers: BotBots’ is reportedly, the second original animated series in the franchise to land on Netflix, following the anime-inspired ‘Transformers: War for Cybertron’. The streamer also carries several other animated shows in the franchise.
Whereas, ‘My Little Pony’ series will expand on the occasions of the film, wherein the pony world of Equestria loses its wizardry. The show will follow the further adventures of Sunny Starscout, an optimistic Earth Pony, and her companions.
Meanwhile, the studio is also looking forward to acquiring the kid’s favourite shows like ‘PJ Masks’ and ‘Peppa Pig’. (ANI)
Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley starrer ‘Chaos Walking’ all set to release on March 4 in India
New Delhi [India], February 26 (ANI): Mark your calendars as the much-awaited Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley starrer sci-fi adventure film will be released in Indian theatres next month on March 4.
Film critic and movie trade analyst Taran Adarsh confirmed the release date on Instagram on Friday.
“IN CINEMAS, 4 MARCH 2021… #Lionsgate’s sci-fi action-adventure film #ChaosWalking – starring #TomHolland and #DaisyRidley – to release in #India on [Thursday] 4 March 2021… Cinepolis India and PEN-Marudhar release,” he wrote alongside the official poster of the film.
The flick will also feature American pop star Nick Jonas in a pivotal role.
Helmed by Doug Liman, ‘Chaos Walking’ is an American science fiction action-adventure film based on the sci-fi trilogy Chaos Walking, adapting its first book, 2008’s ‘The Knife of Never Letting Go’ by Ness. The screenplay has been written by Patrick Ness and Christopher Ford.
The story revolves around a tragic reality where there are no women and all living creatures can hear each other’s thoughts in a surge of pictures, words, and sounds called Noise. (ANI)
‘G.I. Joe’ live-action series focused on lady Jaye in the Works at Amazon
Washington [US], February 26 (ANI): The fans of the much-loved science fiction action series – ‘G.I. Joe’ now have a reason to rejoice as a live-action ‘G.I. Joe’ TV series is in the works at Amazon, confirmed Variety on Friday.
The outlet reported that the series will be a standalone story centered around ‘G.I. Joe’ undercover operative, Lady Jaye, with the series also connecting to the larger ‘G.I. Joe’ universe. The series hails from Paramount Television Studios, eOne, and Skydance Television.
Erik Oleson created the series and will serve as showrunner and executive producer. Lorenzo DiBonaventura will also serve as an executive producer.
Per Variety, Oleson is currently the show-runner and executive producer on the second season of Amazon’s ‘Carnival Row.’ He was also the head writer and executive producer of Amazon’s ‘The Man in the High Castle’ and was previously the show-runner and executive producer on ‘Daredevil’ Season 3 at Netflix. He will work on the ‘G.I. Joe’ series as part of his overall deal with Amazon.
The series started out as a line of popular figures by The Hasbro toys, which then expanded into other media, including an animated series in the 1980s.
There was also a series of animated films set in the ‘G. I Joe’ universe released over the years.
Most recently, the franchise was revived with a pair of live-action films. The first, ‘ G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,’ was released in 2009 and starred Channing Tatum, Ray Park, Christopher Eccleston, and Joseph Gordon Levitt. A sequel, ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ was released in 2013. Dwayne Johnson joined the franchise as Roadblock in that film, with Adrianne Palicki taking on the role of Lady Jaye. (ANI)
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