On the Gabrielle side

Flipping back to the pages of Renaissance, when women were racing towards freedom in history, Coco Chanel presented the use of black and fabrics like jersey for everyday wear, in contrast to the rule of corseted dresses. She insisted that clothes should allow women to move freely and that elegance need not be overly elaborate.

To keep up, Chanel has recently come up with its liberated Gabrielle spirit, owing to her first name, endorsed by the contemporary artist, Kristen Stewart. This handpicked selection in the global star fraternity must’ve been crucial, given the likes of Emma Watson and Miley Cyrus in the same pavilion. Yet, Kristen made the cut for her symbolic bold statement at present.



How the brand earned its initial grand perfume value, is covered here:


The following link will take you to the newly crafted eau de parfum known to be an imaginary flower, based out of a bouquet of Jasmine, Ylang-Ylang, Orange Blossom and Grasse Tuberose.




Sana Husain



Of Baby Dior’s charm

“I can hear the sounds of laughing, music, dance steps. Monsieur Dior is having fun, he loves parties, music, he is ahead of his time.”

Tune into my new French Undercurrent episode about Baby Dior.


(Pic courtesy: @babydior_official • Instagram)

Tatiana Casiraghi and her children Sasha and India have posed for Baby Dior, 50 years after their great-grandmother Princess Grace of Monaco opened the brand’s first boutique.


(Pic courtesy: Daily Mail)

I agree with Christian Dior when he says,  “Transform everyday existence into a nostalgic fairy tale!”.



Sana Husain




The difficult kid was an angel

For every impediment, if there’s a great mentor at your side to run you through the safe trail, then nearly all the challenges ahead prompt towards the win-win situation.

Les choristes begins with two middle-aged men, the renowned French conductor Pierre Morhange (Jacques Perrin) and an old friend, Pépinot (Didier Flamand), who are brought together by the death of their old music teacher. Before you can say flashback, they start reminiscing about their days at a boarding school for boys.

Press ‘play’ and hear my French Undercurrent version about it.




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Can the Angels of Victoria’s Secret hold the brand and sales tight together?

Glamour can dutifully mask your prom nights, but not hide reality in the day.

A vivid instance from the world of Victoria’s Secret can help you revise your beauty checklist in few minutes of this reading.


No More Secrets

Americans are moving away from the “bombshell” look Victoria’s Secret has built its reputation on, and are instead stocking up on more natural, unstructured bralettes. Since bralettes are easier to construct, they make it simpler for nontraditional lingerie brands to challenge the stalwart.

As L Brands said that its Victoria’s Secret brand would stop selling swimwear and dial back on promotions, the company’s shares have plunged as steeply as one of its asset-baring bras.

Jefferies analyst Randal Konik recently downgraded L Brands’ shares from hold to underperform, saying industry and consumer trends could cause Victoria’s Secret to lose its dominance in intimate apparel. Among those trends are a slowdown in spending on the category and increased competition from specialty stores and online start-ups.

Strength at Bath & Body Works and the teen-focused Pink brand have helped L Brands offset declines at Victoria’s Secret. But both of these businesses are now sending warning signals.

After recording a 5 per cent comparable-sales gain in the fiscal fourth quarter, Bath & Body Works is now on pace to report a mid-single-digit decline in February. Those stores have not experienced a comparable-sales decline result in nearly three years.

Yet, NPD chief industry analyst, Marshal Cohen affirmed that the exclusive and differentiated merchandising mix that Victoria’s Secret offers shoppers has led to a unique breed of consumer that is extremely loyal.

L Brands CEO Les Wexner discontinued Victoria’s Secret’s swim line because the category wasn’t growing. Yet, while the company and several analysts contend that it is the right decision for the long term, it nonetheless eliminated roughly $500 million in annual sales.

Being A Victoria’s Secret Model/angel Was And Still Is A Prestigious Deal 

Janine Tugonon, a high-level academic performer had a plan: become a pharmacist, get married and have kids. Then, her world turned around after she entered her first pageant and quickly made way to the Miss Universe 2012 competition.


Tugonon, now a model with MSA, moved to New York and recently landed a coveted spot in a Victoria’s Secret Pink ad, making her the first-ever Filipino to model for the brand. This news went viral and raised the stakes.

Putting these experiences in her words, “For me, it’s really uncertain going into modeling and blending into this culture where there are a lot of models that are blondes with blue eyes.
A lot of people are messaging me: ‘Oh, you inspire me so much!’
I’m like, Really?”

Bagging national endorsements, she mostly aimed for the ones internationally, by clinching the best in Victoria’s Secret league.


The Converging Point 

For a long time, beauty for women meant fair skin, straight hair, thin and tall with round eyes, while men looked to Axe and Old Spice for inspiration — embodying strong, chiseled masculinity. Generally speaking, many of those values have remained the same. Through media, we are exporting that ideal.

However, media does not automatically dictate for the public what is beautiful. In recent years, people have become more vocal about what they want to see on TV and in magazines.

Campaigns are fighting for inclusion. They’ve demanded more representation for minorities and plus-sized models.

“Selling images, selling products — so much of it is about consumerism,” said a communication expert.

Companies want to sell their goods and turn a profit, so they will continue to innovate and come up with new products and new cosmetic procedures. If they think they’ll attract a wider audience by including more diversity, then that’s what they’ll do.

Don’t we all love to follow the leading Victoria’s Secret angels namely, Gigi Hadid and others, without marking the ounce of black or white pigments on their flesh?


Herein, the beauty lies in appreciating all ethnicities under one flag and inspiring others. Hence, Victoria’s Secret is here to stay.

Bringing out the lifestyle best of every season, I’d recommend you to follow my Facebook page ‘FirsthandfromSana’ for more!


Sana Husain


No less than London’s ‘221 B Baker’s Street’ experience in Bangalore

Hi all,

Your shopaholic instinct may have already touched upon the defined places in Bangalore such as Brigade road, Commercial Street and MG road. Yes, your heart may have fluttered numerous times to visualise the world renowned streets, namely 221 B Baker’s Street, London and Champs-Élysées, Paris.

Now, it’s time to look beyond that and make way for your next high-end lifestyle shopper’s enclave- 12th main road, Indiranagar.

Welcome to my outsider’s guide to 12th main Indiranagar upstreet gain episode, where I review the game-changing Entertainment Store, including a fresh take of my cricket-freak friend, Soumya Chatterjee on the same.

I. Entertainment Store cum café

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This street is a great weekend package with the following exciting variety of places as well!

II. Unbelievable royalty at your disposal- Truefitt & Hill


For over two centuries, Truefitt & Hill, London has provided discerning gentlemen with only the finest in grooming products and services.

Established in 1805, they maintain the world’s oldest barbershop and are barbers and Royal Warrant of Appointment holders to H.R.H., The Duke of Edinburgh.

III. Make the ice cream fantasy large with Häagen-Dazs


IV. Bounce is a fantastic blend of salon, spa and makeup academy !


V. Volt Energy Club


A group of fitness enthusiasts have built a luxurious den of workout regimes by becoming experts in fitness with the best-in-class trainers, therapists and nutritionists. Wherever you go, they’d ensure that you have fitness on your mind.

VI. Hot restaurateur in the town-Bombay Brasserie


Go wild with Bombay Brasserie’s experimental interpretation of Indian ingredients and flavours, on 12th main. Now, you might really want to splurge and eat your hearts out, at this exotic hangout.

VII. A home-decor boutique carrying the worldly finesse at Kosh


Kosh knows how to treat a Venetian blind, Kashmir carpet and wooden flooring on its fingertips.

VIII. Your sweet-toothed personality can have the best of both worlds.

a. Cream Stone


b. Waffle House


Isn’t this a win-win for all age groups?

I shan’t keep you long from scheduling your visit here. When you land yourself on 12th main road, Indiranagar, I’d love to see what you got and loved.

For more lifestyle highs and treats, like my Facebook page – FirsthandfromSana.


Sana Husain


The better arrives when unnamed

Movie review: Beyond Borders

By Sana Husain 


Mood suitability: The escapist instinct, relevant in times of Syrian crisis and Brexit
Star-studded flair: 3/5


From a reserved exterior in London, 1984, Sarah (Angelina Jolie), an American married to the son of a wealthy British industrialist, ponders about the purpose of life, as she plays the piano. In contrast, she’s dancing away to the rock and roll music from her past, at a London charity ball, with crème de la crème of the society. The plot spins about Nick (Clive Owen), an English Doctor, who barges in with an undernourished African boy child, to rouse emotions, but in vain. Unlike others who mock him and have him arrested, it leaves an indelible mark on Sarah’s mind.

The tiny pinch of culture comparison in U.S and U.K is relatively harmless, in front of what ensues. Acting upon her will, Sarah leaves her cosy lifestyle to help the children in Africa, by overcoming stereotypes and going the extra mile to raise funds.

Hopping onto the parched land tour in Africa, she holds a compassionate view towards the natives. With a slight glitch, she tries to blend herself into their world. When her eyes fall upon a malnourished boy lying on the ground, she gets off her vehicle and is passionately driven to save him.

The viewer is pitched with the idea of gruesome scarcity as well as outright denseness, when the doctor questions the perfume Angelina seems to be wearing while he operates the mother of the malnourished child, amidst flies.
Carefully, the movie grips onto one, when the mother voices her grief, as translated by a man in the vicinity, “She feels the pangs of hunger, but she knows that death is more hungry than pain, so she gives thanks to you.”

Sarah patiently treats the malnourished child, as well as Nick’s cynicism in no time. When she feeds the child water, in his cradle, lined up next to others, Nick, the doctor quickly vibes her gestures and decides to provide her the nurse, if the child is responsive.

In a desert of hutments and relief camps, the Westerners hope for survival, as one plans a defecation place around.
One celebrates the moment of triumph, when the child is revived and Nick smilingly confirms it to Sarah.

Due to the burgeoning size of real-time challenges in the hands of poverty, the movie throws light on money changing hands while arranging for food relief, deathly number of risks to be undertaken, unsupportive
top bureaucrats and the like.

The intense space gives way to the bond between these relief workers, especially Nick and Sarah.

As Sarah attempts to decrypt the arrogant doctor of a Nick, while she demands for a reason why he doesn’t refer to her by the name, he responds, “Everyone I lose has a name,” and he is compelled to remember them.

On that note, she flies back to her husband and boy child, in 1989. To add to her woes, her husband is unemployed.
Yet, she stands by his side, for the situation to get sorted.

Sarah’s new association with U.N again lands her in a broken world of Cambodia, yet reunited with Nick.This time, he’s ready to bend rules(such as transporting guns) for saving people dying from measles.

In the brutality of hunger games, there’s no shoulder for a baby crying in the chaos. But, the movie offers insight into finding true love in a hopeless place. Sarah confesses her deeply rooted care for Nick. Well, Nick is equally crazy about her, but refutes their relationship, due to his frequent bouts with daredevil acts.

She is left with no choice but to return home, having the second child, a girl. A happy family picture, of her birthday celebration doesn’t please her as much as the war-torn doctor’s presence in her life.

As soon as Nick’s letter reaches her, she wants to find him again, sensing trouble.

“Perhaps, we are all refugees from something. But, now I realize that there’s nothing to fear- that the worlds we hold onto, the lives we cherish, are part of something greater. It’s clear when I see my children, that the chance of life is worth fighting for,” leaves one in effective contemplation with Sarah.

The piano tune divide in each of her life’s phases makes the viewer more attached to the scenario, as the movie progresses.

Should the misery of deprived companionship draw further misery closer?

Sarah ventures to uncover the boundless love that moves her beyond borders, in heat, cold and bloodshed.

In despair, however, she seeks Nick and finally shares that they have a daughter, who is in London.

Despite being bombed, pushed by an avalanche, they begin to manage walking together, when they hear the terrorists chasing after them.

Instead of letting them die together, he requests Sarah to get help as soon as possible. But, as he’s shot twice by them, she detonates the bomb, which she stumbles upon at that moment.

In a twist of destiny, Nick is saved and ends up reading her letter, where she expresses their affinity, untouched by the past days and nights, thus closing it with “I love you Nick.”

The scene rises to life, striking the viewer in one of the most ultimate and heart-shattering ways.

Nick finds a calling to Sarah’s place, where their daughter is emulating her mother on piano.

Being the female lead, Angelina Jolie plays all the right notes. Surprisingly, her co-star, Clive Owen matches up to the marvelous theme and tear-jerking performance.

The Social Tryst With Change

Meet Arun Chandra, the Project Associate of GiftAbled, Bangalore in a rendezvous with Sana Husain, a freewheeling lifestyle curator, who analyse the factors of change and how people can become a part of the solution, rather than simply flipping the pages of their newspaper.

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Make your unique contribution to the thriving arts and culture in India, through GiftAbled, here: https://www.facebook.com/GiftAbled/?fref=ts



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AND, turn up the summer fashion volume

Apart from the buzzing streets in Indiranagar, Bangalore; the fashion league planted on 100ft Road gives many of us a reason for a weekend shopping drive.

Catch my take on Spring/Summer 2017 collection at AND, Indiranagar store.

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If you add these colors to your wardrobe, I’m sure your summertime sadness will simply fade away in an instant.

Punch ‘Global Desi’ brand name in your browser to find an exotic extension of the same.


Sana Husain