February 2021

Athiya Shetty is stunning for Femina India February 2021

Indian actress on the rise, Athiya Shetty is the cover star of Femina India, edition of February 2021. Photographed by Keegan Crasto, Athiya, who is the daughter of acclaimed Bollywood actor Sunil Shetty, wears a stunning ruffled pink dress from Dolly J for the cover, styled with Outhouse Jewellery’s Nymphet shell button earrings. Wearing romantic ensembles for the rest of the shoot, the actress is styled by Yukti Sodha, and dolls up in feathers and frills, while showing plenty of skin. For one editorial image, Athiya flaunts a blush hued dress with a stylish sash, and for another, she puts her legs on display in a red mini dress with  a ruffled hemline. For beauty, Kritika Gill has given the rising star wavy tresses with a glamorous makeup look.


ATHIYA SHETTY BY KEEGAN CRASTO FOR FEMINA INDIA

Athiya Shetty Poses in Rosy Styles for Femina India

Athiya Shetty for Femina India February 2021

Athiya Shetty for Femina India February 2021

Athiya Shetty for Femina India February 2021

Athiya Shetty for Femina India February 2021

Athiya Shetty for Femina India February 2021


Cardi B goes topless as she poses for Interview Magazine

Cardi B leaves little to the imagination as she strips for Interview Magazine, edition of March 2021. The smouldering rapper is a vision as she bares it all for the cover, wearing metallic thigh-high gladiator inspired boots from Balenciaga and nothing else. Wearing her hair in curls and showing off ample cleavage, Cardi B is bold, and causes a scene for sure. Photographed by Ahmad Barber and Donte Maurice, with styling by Kollin Carter, the superstar wears next to nothing high-end pieces for the rest of the shoot, showing off plenty of skin and curves. Cardi B is interviewed for the publication by Mariah Carey, and talks about her new album, being in lockdown, and her childhood insecurities.

Skirt and Briefs by David Koma. Earrings and Bracelets by GLD. Gloves by Givenchy. Shoes by Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello.

Boots by Balenciaga. Rings by Lillian Shalom.

Sternum Piercing (worn throughout) Cardi B’s Own. Rings by Lillian Shalom.

Dress by Area Couture. Gloves by B. Åkerlund x Handsome Stockholm. Earrings by House of Emmanuele.

Skirt and Briefs by David Koma. Earrings and Bracelets by GLD. Gloves by Givenchy. Shoes by Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello.


Megan Thee Stallion for Harper’s Bazaar US March 2021

American rapper Megan Thee Stallion is the cover star of Harper's Bazar US, issue of March 2021. The 26 year old features on the cover wearing Chanel and Bulgari, and is photographed by Collier Schorr. With styling by Samira Nasr, Megan is a sight to behold, and talks to the publication about being on the top of her game, finishing college and being young and black. The photospread has the star dressed to the nines in designs from Valentino, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga and more, and Megan puts skin and curves on show for the shoot.

Chanel cape, top, briefs, and belt; Bulgari High Jewelry earrings.

Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello jumpsuit and choker; Bulgari High Jewelry earrings (worn throughout).

Prada coat and Femme L.A. sandals.

Alaïa corset and bodysuit.

Valentino gown and Bulgari High Jewelry earrings.

Dior dress.

Balenciaga jacket and pants; Buccellati necklace; Femme L.A. sandals.

Chanel top and Kit Undergarments thong.

Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello jumpsuit and choker; Bulgari High Jewelry earrings.


Kitty Spencer is the new global brand ambassador for Dolce & Gabbana.

Aristocrat Lady Kitty Spencer is announced as Dolce & Gabbana’s new Global Brand Ambassador. The Britisher is seen in a new series of shots for the high-end Italian fashion brand, dolled up in clinging black ensembles and delicate gold jewelry. The 30 year old, who is the niece of Diana, Princess of Wales, has previously walked the runway for Dolce & Gabbana, and for her shoot as Global Ambassador, puts skin on show in a sweetheart neckline, her blonde hair done in a loose updo, and lips a glossy pink.

“I am truly honored to be @dolcegabbana’s Global Ambassador. Domenico and Stefano celebrate life’s wonders and working with them is always a unique opportunity to rediscover Italian culture, art, savoir-faire and lifestyle,” Kitty shares on Instagram.

The niece of Princess Diana, Kitty Spencer, poses for Dolce & Gabbana.

British aristocrat Lady Kitty Spencer is Dolce & Gabbana’s new global brand ambassador.


Experience 'Ecstasy' on New Jam by Jesse Eplan (feat. Da Last Phoenix & Kfedey)

Los Angeles, CA -- Emerging Hip Hop Performer/Producer Jesse Eplan has teamed up with Da Last Phoenix & Kfedey to release the video for their single “Ecstasy”, available now on Spotify and all the major services. 




With major influences ranging from artists like Future to Lil Uzi Vert, Chris Brown and Travis Scott - Jesse Eplan has taken their flow, hooks, beat selection, and more into account when creating his own music. Jesse’s latest efforts show a real maturity in songwriting. Take note of his unique approach to the sonic production and attention to the smallest details coupled with a genius level creativity in the world of beat creation. A New York native, Jesse broke major ground with the release of his first two major LP's recorded while at the University of Tampa - 2017's "Trap Harmony" and 2018's "Purple Wave", and the Trap and Hip-Hop world took MAJOR notice of the rising young star through his collaborations with like minded artists like Famous Dex (A$AP Rocky, Lil Pump) and Kontraversy (Grafh, LouGotCash). After blazing into high gear last fall with “Player” and “Bakwoods”, it’s safe to say that the five tool Hip-hop/R&B Songwriter and Performer has proven he is ready to take the next step in his career.


Da Last Phoenix, also known as Phoenix is a Haitian American artist out of Brooklyn. His music has a very unique melodic sound. Some might mistake his music as Jeremiah’s or Frank Ocean, just to name a few but we’ll leave you to decide. Da Last Phoenix’s unique sound has been taking over the streets of Brooklyn and across the seas. His music is a balance singing and the popular RnB Drill sound. Raised and grew up in the 9, the grimy street of Brooklyn, he’s here to set the tone and show his fans it’s cool to be vulnerable and sing. Da Last Phoenix can be found on All Dsps.


KFedey is an aspiring artist from Brooklyn NY. Fedey has been creating music for well over 7years now. He would say his style of music is “real rap” But he is constantly  creating and challenging himself  with new sounds and styles. "Failure made me great!"

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(New York, NY) -- #Elektragaaz are a global live and virtual instrumental group featuring a mix of live and electronic music with most of the members based in the New York metropolitan area but headed by a mysterious and intensely private Frisian composer using the pseudonym of Poppo Redband but usually referred to as simply Redband. The group exists in both the real world and in a fictional universe, a volatile blend that can be bewitching or bewildering or both. The music too may leave listeners both bewildered and bewitched, drawing on such far flung influences as classical music, hip hop, rock, club, techno, pop, dance, film noir, comic books and video games-- all  precipitated by Redband's neurological condition which causes him to see music as well as hear it.  

As an introduction to the world of Elektragaaz, here's “Cabin Fever”, a salute to all of us who are hanging tough and sheltering in place despite the madness of the plague years with a special shout-out to all the front-line workers keeping us all afloat. 

LISTEN: https://soundcloud.com/elektragaaz/cabin-fever

Major contributors to Elektragaaz include a mix of rising young musical stars and seasoned veterans including Tom McCaffrey, Mathew Muntz, Kathy Sheppard, Mike Nolan, Jasper Shogo Dutz, Kate Amrine and Josh Henderson. Other featured contributors have included Michael Suke Cerulo, Jake Chapman, Lisa Dowling, Luisa Bastidas, Erin Hill and Keve Wilson. The music is arranged and produced by Trebor Lloyd of City Canyons Productions who most recently produced The Painted Caravan Trilogy for The Peter Ulrich Collaboration headed by ex Dead Can Dance percussionist Peter Ulrich. Elektragaaz’s first release, the digital EP, “ The Synaesthetic Picture Show Now Playing Part 1” will be released on Feb. 12 by AIS Records and will be distributed by City Hall Records and Orchard. Additional EPs from Elektragaaz will be released every three to four months after the initial release.

ABOUT ELEKTRAGAAZ:

The Elektragaaz project all began with a mysterious phone call to Lloyd on a late spring evening in 2017. Lloyd, in his Manhattan apartment, was idly surfing the web when his iPhone buzzed. After he responded with a "hello," there was a long pause Then a young voice spoke, in clear English with a smidgeon of an accent: “Hello, I see some music that needs listening”. Lloyd smiled at the odd turn of phrase and asked “OK, and who are you?”.  Another long pause. “I don’t use my real name. I go by Poppo Redband but just Redband mostly.” Lloyd gleaned little information on that night or subsequently as to the identity of “Redband”, though in the course of the conversation it appeared that Redband is a fledgling video games developer as well as a composer, purportedly based in Friesland, a province of the Netherlands,. Redband told Lloyd he was working on a musical project that he styled Elektragaaz and wanted to gather collaborators and a producer for what he called his musical “quest”. Following the conversation Redband began to send Lloyd intriguing electronic tracks via WeTranfer, Dropbox and Google Drive, the material originating from an ever changing array of email addresses. Lloyd pulled in the most talented folk available in the New York area for the purposes of the Elektragaaz collaboration, eventually recording a deep and wildly varied collection of instrumental music, a small slice of which will be included in the debut EP.

Thus the the Elektragaaz saga began but it is far from over and continues, with a variety of twists and turns including, for example, the introduction of the characters Tom Elektron, Mat Thunder, Kathy Kaos, Jas Windstorm, Kosmik Kate, Josh Firebow and Steel Mike. And exactly who is Redband? The only image that purports to be him is carefully doctored to hide more than it reveals. But that’s another story for another time.

Mark Newman: Upcoming Airplay and Appearances in February 2021

(New York, NY) -- Catch Long Island based Singer/Songwriter Mark Newman as he makes his rounds for several live appearances - both on air and in person - all throughout the month of February.

Here are the specific details:

Wed Feb. 10th - LIVE on FB @ 8:30 PM www.facebook.com/marknewmanmusic

Fri Feb. 12th - The Paramount Founders Room @ 6 PM www.paramountny.com

Fri Feb. 19th - Goldie’s Garage on Sirius/XM channel 21 (Little Steven’s Underground Garage) @ 11 PM - DJ Genya Ravan will play Mark’s track “Scapegoat” from Empirical Truth. www.undergroundgarage.com

Sat Feb 6th - Graveyard Blues show with Jerry Schafer on 94.3 The Shark @ 11 PM hear “From Me To You” and three original tracks and an interview with Mark. www.943theshark.com

LISTEN TO MARK NEWMAN’S “FROM ME TO YOU” ON SPOTIFY

Mark Newman is a well traveled and in demand professional who has played with an eclectic mix of noted musical talents including John Oates (Hall & Oates) Jim McCarty (The Yardbirds), Willy DeVille (Mink DeVille), Sam The Sham, Bobby Whitlock (Derek and the Dominos) and Sam Moore (Sam & Dave).

A multi stringsman, he has mastered electric/acoustic/lap steel guitar as well as the mandolin and dobro. Mark’s musical prowess has taken him around the world several times over; working alongside many soul, blues, and rock greats of our time.

As part of several of these bands, he has shared the stage with stars such as Sting, Elvis Costello, Travis Tritt and Carla Thomas as well, and as an opening act, Mark and his band have played dates with Delbert McClinton, Les Dudek, The Doobie Brothers, Don Felder of The Eagles, David Bromberg and many others.

Before “From Me To You”, his most recent offering, “Empirical Truth” was the 2019 Winner of The Long Island Blues Society Best Album Category, and represented the NY area in competition at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis earlier this year.

Past releases include 2006’s “Must Be a Pony”, 2010’s “Walls of Jericho”, and 2015’s “Brussels” - a live acoustic-driven EP.

For More on Mark Newman, VISIT: www.MarkNewman.us
Facebook.com/MarkNewmanMusic
Twitter.com/MarkNewmanMusic
Instagram.com/MarkNewmanMusic

Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Kate Bock announce engagement

Kevin Love and Kate Bock are engaged! The couple announced their engagement on Sunday, and revealed that the NBA star popped the question to the model over her birthday weekend. Bock, who has been a Sports Illustrated Swim model, and also covered the Maxim March/April 2020 edition, shared the news on social media network Instagram, and wrote, "Well, this was the best birthday surprise I could have ever imagined, I couldn’t be happier to have been asked to be a Love by my love. 🤍🤍🤍 Heart bursting all day & night." The model, who turned 33, had no idea about basketball when the two began dating. Love, 32, also shared the news on his Instagram, calling Bock, "The Joy of My Life." Here's wishing the happy couple more love and happiness.

Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Kate Bock are engaged


All Hype or Actually Good for Your Health? The Science Behind These 9 Naturally-Derived Products and Supplements

More and more people are moving towards natural or therapeutic products rather than traditional goods in recent years. Traditional products, from over the counter medicine to cleaners to beauty products, often contain hidden ingredients that lead to significant health concerns. This is why these new environmentally-conscious generation consumers want to know where their products come from and what ingredients they contain. 

Whether it's for better sleep or better exercise, natural alternatives can provide plenty of benefits. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular beauty products and supplements to understand why they have consumers everywhere making significant lifestyle changes.

Natural Ingredients as Dietary Supplements

According to the 2019 CRN Survey, 77 percent of Americans reported consuming dietary supplements, with older adults consuming a larger amount of multivitamins. Many people are demanding transparency from brands and looking for natural ingredients that provide them the most benefits. However, there are plenty of products on the market that claim to be good for health, but is there science behind them?

Here’s the Science Behind Nine of the Popular Health Supplements:

Garcinia Cambogia Extract

This extract is sold as a diet pill, and many people use it to boost weight loss. The skin of the green fruit garcinia cambogia contains HCA or hydroxycitric acid, and an animal study showed with the fruit’s extract reduced cravings

The Science- A 2014 study with 130 people on garcinia and a dummy pill showed no weight difference. However, a review of 12 studies showed that it contributed to a weight loss of 2 pounds over a few weeks.

MCT Oil

There are various benefits of proper MCT oil dosage and use, such as reducing cravings, boosting energy, and kick-starting ketosis for those on a low-carb diet. Many people use it for weight management.

The Science- According to a study comparing LCTS and MCTS (present in MCT oil), the latter decreased body weight and total body fat according to research.

Bacopa Monnieri

A herb made into a drug, bacopa monnieri, claims to improve brain power, reduce anxiety and stress, reduce blood pressure and ADHD symptoms.

The Science- One study showed that bacopa monnieri reduced signs of memory impairment in rats. In contrast, a 12-week study showed that older adults that consumed the remedy showed improved retention and attention.

A rodent study showed that it improved anxiety compared to lorazepam, while a human study showed no effect.

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender oil is often used for improved hair growth, fighting fungal infections, and treating anxiety symptoms. It is also said to have anti-inflammatory properties and treats digestive issues.

The Science- A study found in a Medical Microbiology journal shows mixed results with treating fungal infections. However, it requires further research. In another, lavender promotes hair growth over four weeks when applied to mice backs.

Tea Tree Oil

Many people use tea tree essential oil to help treat dry skin, combat oily and acne-prone skin, reduce inflammation, and treat dandruff.

The Science- One study showed that tea tree oil was more effective than zinc oxide for treating eczema, while another study showed that it reduces oiliness for those using a tea tree oil-based sunscreen.

It has been proven to reduce inflammation for nickel-induced contact, but there is no evidence for treating dandruff.

Kava

Many people use kava root supplements for reducing anxiety, stress, and insomnia.

The Science- A review of 11 studies showed that kava extracts do effectively treated anxiety. In another study, kava extracts reduced stress and insomnia when consumed for six weeks.

CBD

CBD is another supplement that many people use to relieve anxiety, reduce neurodegenerative symptoms, and provide pain relief.

The Science- One study shows that a dose of 600 mg reduced anxiety for people with a phobia of public speaking. Studies also have shown success in reducing pain when applied to the skin, but this area could use further research.

Turmeric

Turmeric is said to be good for boosting brain function and has anti-inflammatory properties.

The Science- Curcumin, the compounds present in turmeric, can increase brain-derived neurotrophic factors, which may help to reverse brain diseases. Research suggests that turmeric may also be more efficient than certain anti-inflammatory drugs.

Chaga Mushroom

Apart from being packed with nutrients, Chaga mushrooms reduce signs of aging and lower cholesterol and blood pressure.

The Science- Physical signs of aging, such as wrinkles and sagging skin, appear from oxidative stress. If you consume more antioxidants present in Chaga mushrooms, this may help reduce signs of aging. However, there is no evidence linked to this benefit.

Antioxidants in the mushrooms could also reduce cholesterol and blood pressure caused by oxidative stress. However, there isn't currently enough research to back this up.

Make Your Choice Wisely

There are plenty of supplements available in the market. However, now that you know which are scientifically backed up, you can make your choice. Keep your fitness and health goals in mind and continue to research for the best benefits.

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