Nick Jonas planning anniversary surprise for wife Priyanka

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas. (File Photo: IANS)

Los Angeles: Singer-actor Nick Jonas says he is working on something extra special to mark his first wedding anniversary with actress Priyanka Chopra.

The couple got married in India in December last year. Priyanka and Nick had three-day wedding festivities at Jodhpur’s royal Umaid Bhawan Palace, where they exchanged wedding vows as per both Christian and Hindu rituals in two separate ceremonies.

“Well, I don’t wanna say what we’re doing to celebrate because it’s a surprise for her, and she might be watching. And if she is, then I wouldn’t want the surprise to be spoiled,” quoted Nick as saying.

“We will be taking a few days away from the tour to have some time. It’s been a crazy year. It’s flown by, it’s hard to believe it. John Varvatos was at our wedding, so he was there to be with us and it was a great couple days celebration. This year’s been, for she and I both, probably the craziest of our lives, but kind of nice to have that centering grounding feeling with each other,” he added.

Nick said that it didn’t take long to adjust to married life.

“I think we settled into our roles as husband and wife fairly quickly. A lot of our friends always said that it seemed like we were supposed to be together, so it feels natural. There are natural adjustments when your life is becoming one together, but it’s been a beautiful year. Hopefully next year we have a bit more time to be in the same place, but being busy is not bad either,” he shared.

Nick and Priyanka don’t have a rule of how long they will go without seeing each other, but he said that communication is key in their successful relationship.

“The good news is that we both really enjoy talking to each other, which I think is probably pretty important if you married somebody. There aren’t as many rules for, like, how long we can go and things like that. I think we just — we’d always just do the best we can and understand first and foremost we love what we do as well and support each other as well,” he said.

Nick continued: “She’s (in India) making a movie that’s gonna be amazing. It’s a great thing to have a creative partner who totally understands your schedule as well and we’re both very supportive in that sense.”

Priyanka is in Delhi shooting for Netflix’s “The White Tiger”. Adapted from Aravind Adiga’s prize-winning novel of the same name, the film is being helmed by Ramin Bahrani.

It follows the extraordinary journey of a self-made man from being a tea-shop worker in a village to a successful entrepreneur in a big city.


Self-care for women, the Lara Dutta way

Mumbai: Actress Lara Dutta at the star studded red carpet of “Miss Diva 2017” in Mumbai on Sept 18, 2017. (Photo: IANS)

New Delhi, Sep 10 (IANSlife) Miss Universe winner (2000) and actor Lara Dutta Bhupathi has turned entrepreneur. She recently launched of her own beauty brand, and is advocating better skincare for women.

She says most women are more willing to spend their hard-earned money on an array of make-up products, rather than on one that betters their skin from within. “Make-up can do wonders, but if its canvas is not healthy to begin with, then you won’t be able to correct much,” Lara told IANS in a telephonic interview.

The former beauty queen reveals that her own makeup requirements have only simplified with age.

“I use a lot less makeup than I did. I want to stop loading my skin with products just because they are out in the market. My skincare is increased and my makeup has gone down. The problem is we are constantly bombarded with miracle products which we think are going to change our lives for the better,” says the actor-turned-entrepreneur.

According to Lara, one should start taking care of their skin in one’s 20s.

“What ages Indian skin the quickest is pollution in the air, stress, the sunlight we’re exposed to. One maybe using a great cream made in America, but the American skin is entirely different. We take youth for granted. You don’t see fine lines on your face, so you don’t really invest in a consistent skincare routine,” she says.

‘Arias’ skincare range has been launched keeping in mind the dermatological needs of the Indians and includes facial toners, face washes and masks, serums, and day and night creams for the Indian skin. The products are paraben and sulphate-free and do not use animal products.

For the 41-year-old actor, having a night-time routine is the key to skincare, since the body repairs itself the most during sleep.

“Taking gentle, good care of your skin should be a habit, like drinking tea in the morning, that you follow up for life,” explains Lara.

“We shouldn’t beat ourselves up about the fact that we want to look good. I also feel that we can’t keep constantly hiding behind the mask. Women say ‘I’m not going to be loved or respected or given my due unless I look a certain way, I am a certain size, I have a certain amount of accomplishments under my belt, we never stop beating ourselves up about it. Women need to be comfortable in their own skin. They need to be unafraid, they need to look into the mirror and love themselves,” she adds.


Indian fashion industry lacks discipline: Payal Singhal


New Delhi: In her over two-decade-long career as a designer, Payal Singhal has seen the evolution of the Indian fashion industry, but she feels it still lacks the discipline and unity seen in fashion industries elsewhere.

“Indians are unparalleled in terms of design and craft. But unfortunately, we are not an industry that stands together,” says the designer.

According to Singhal unlike in India where fashion industry is seen as “perilous”, designers in other countries take their work a lot more seriously. “I don’t know why. It’s about business… People have to realise how many millions of people the industry gives jobs to. It’s a serious business. People’s attitude has to change,” she points out.

“Today, our industry is a lot more organised. The social media has changed the way the industry used to work. Earlier the collections would take 2 to 3 months to reach the stores after the show, but it now takes just 15 days. That’s a huge change… Our industry has become a lot more serious, which I like. And such changes have happened in the film industry as well. It is more corporatised now,” says Singhal, who is known for designing outfits inspired gypsy and bohemian by styles that have sizable patrons among Bollywood celebrities.

The Mumbai-based designer, 42, feels the need for a federation to support the Indian fashion industry. “The garment industry is one of the top industries in the world. But I don’t see the discipline expected of our community. For example, in the jewellery industry, there’s a jewellers association. But we don’t have that. And that is something holding us back. We need to be more united. We should have a federation behind us that could bring things together and work on the backend to train the designers to understand quality, deliverables, delivery and time. If that happens, there’s no stopping us from becoming no. 1 in the world,” Singhal notes.