Author: Rupal Rao

Fashion and Culture writer at Asiana Times.

Although we are forever changed by our travels, it’s easy to overlook the enduring effects we have on the places we visit and the people who call them home. Take the example of Venice in Italy. Overtourism is draining the city’s resources and making life there too difficult for locals, so they’re leaving in droves and the city is sinking. That’s just one example of a rising issue, highlighting the need for sustainable vacations. What is Sustainable Travel? Maximizing the positive effects of tourism while minimizing the negative ones is the essence of sustainable travel. Why is sustainable travel important?…

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Being a morning person sounds almost like a supernatural power. Each of us has a distinct personality type, and we all know whether we are early birds, night owls, or a hybrid of the two. Our circadian rhythm, or internal clock, regulates the times of day when we are typically alert and sleepy. There’s no harm in embracing your inner night owl; in fact, some research suggests it might even be beneficial. But a new job, life event, or companion, or maybe just longing to make better use of your mornings, might cause a shift in your usual pattern. If…

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Fall calls for cozy days in a blanket with pumpkin spice latte and with that ultimate package you need movies to binge watch. Whether you are into comfy romance or spooky movies, we have curated the ultimate fall movie to binge-watch!   You’ve Got Mail Genre: Romantic Comedy Meg Ryan, who plays another legendary role alongside Tom Hanks in You’ve Got Mail, may very well be the queen of fall. The film chronicles the romance of lead characters Kathleen and Joe, who meet and fall in love online. Both are oblivious to the fact that they are, in fact, competitors…

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Daniel Lee has been appointed to the position of chief creative officer of Burberry. The revelation, which had been expected for months, came less than 48 hours after the Italian designer Riccardo Tisci’s runway show, which turned out to be his last for the British luxury company. The move was made official on Wednesday, which means that the British designer who went from being unknown to a fashion icon with Bottega Veneta is once again leading Britain’s largest luxury company by sales. During the fiscal year that concluded on April 2nd, the corporation brought in 2.8 billion pounds ($3 billion…

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It’s Hispanic Heritage Month—spanning from September 15 to October 15—to truly celebrate this month, we need to support Hispanic and Latinx-owned businesses and voices. Designers use this season to showcase their personal cultural heritage and heritage via apparel, jewellery, accessories, and home items. “We are seeing a rise of Latinx beauty entrepreneurs because they do not see themselves represented, so they are taking matters into their own hands,” says Margarita Arriagada, founder of Valdé Beauty Although there is still much work to be done, Latinx-founded hair, makeup, and skin-care brands are gaining traction and helping to revitalize the sector. In…

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Any topic you can think of has a proponent, somewhere in the globe, who is happy to talk at length into a microphone about it. In fact, podcasts have spawned entire media conglomerates. This level of cultural permeation was formerly reserved for movies and TV programs, and now there are entire TV episodes that use podcasts as both a narrative point and a joke. (We recognize only murders in the building.) It’s a remarkable shift, considering that only the most tech-savvy internet enthusiasts were aware of podcasts a little over a decade ago. Perhaps your mother is making one for…

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Upcycling is not as difficult as it seems, and learning how to live more sustainably can be a fun and rewarding experience. No sewing machine is required (though seasoned sewers make excellent upcyclers), and neither is a significant financial outlay of cash. It’s conceivable that upcycling will help you save a lot of money. Old clothes and some imagination are all that is required. In little time, you’ll have a one-of-a-kind creation that doesn’t harm the planet. Creative reuse, or upcycling, is the process of transforming a previously used item into a new one. To “upcycle” an item of clothing…

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Removing books from a school or library’s collection because of complaints from individuals or groups that feel the need to shield others, usually children, from the content of those books is known as “book banning.” This practice of censorship dates back to the 17th century and has continued unabated, with the exception of politically induced moral panics that have led to an increase in the frequency with which “controversial” publications are challenged.  According to a statement released in November 2021 by the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom, the current wave of book banning began at the end…

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Spears shared a post on Instagram on Monday, September 12th, about wanting to be surrounded by “fat people” as it’s the “only” way to “look thin” and made a reference to Christina Aguilera’s dancers. “I found there was only one way to look thin: hang out with fat people.” In the caption alongside the quote graphic, Britney not only name-dropped Christina but claimed that she would’ve looked “extremely small” onstage with Aguilera’s dancers. “I wish I could have chosen the nannies for my children….. My dancers… I mean if I had Christina Aguilera’s dancers I would have looked extremely small……

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Fashion icon and muse to both men and women alike, Timothee Chalamet, is the first man to go solo on the cover of British Vogue’s 106-year history. The 26-year-old star told the outlet it’s an honour that feels “extraordinary” and “weird”. “When [success] came my way, I felt very particular that I didn’t want people and I really didn’t want to see myself cashing in,” He told the magazine. Styled by editor-in-chief Edward Enniful for the magazine’s October cover, the “Call me by your name” star can be seen flaunting a pearl choker on the cover, with other pictures showing…

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