Blog Posts by Kim Easton Smith

  • Fruit And Vegetable Sculptures: Artist Recreates Life In Groceries

    An artist has used fruit and vegetables to create realistic sculptures of the human form, bicycles and other everyday objects - and they're awesome

    We're a bit obsessed with talended artist Dan Cretu and his incredible array of pieces, all created using humble fruit and vegetables.

    The artist has showcased his creations on Tumblr, with bicycles made of orange peel, baby birds of garlic and even anatomically impressive human figures made of potato and cucumber.

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    Good job he was never taught not to play with his food!

    Find more of Dan's work on his Tumblr.

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  • Merman Hair: Men Get In On The Rainbow Act With Bright Beards And Hair Colour

    Women have had the monopoly on hair dye forever, and now it's time for guys to get in on the act. Teal is most definitely the new black

    This weekend Pride hits London, after fabulous parades and displays around the world over the past month.

    And to celebrate the wonderful world of LGBT life, men have been getting in on the colourful hair trend, turning their tresses every colour from turquoise to peach. And with the added option of beard-colour, we're obsessed with the rainbows.

    [Instagram][Instagram]This guy is probably the king of colour, with ever-changing bright beardy fun.

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    Though he's got competition.

    And there are those who've gone classic Merman and opted for blue, teal and turquoise shades on their heads.

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    [Instagram][Instagram][Instagram][Instagram][Instagram][Instagram][Instagram][Instagram]And it's straight boys too. And the ladies love it! Get colouring!

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  • Gin Is Healthy! Let's Drink All The Gin

    From traditional cures to antioxidants, gin should be your new favourite alcoholic drink

    We've all heard a glass of red wine is actually good for you, but what about when you fancy something lighter? A spirit perhaps?

    Well, apparently, the humble gin has as a few health benefits of its own, so if you're after a healthy-ish alcoholic tipple, the English fave is the one to go for.[Giphy][Giphy]

    1. It's Botanical

    So there's lots of lovely herbal ingredients that gin-makers infuse the spirit with to give it unique flavours. Herbs such as corriander, lemongrass and black pepper are used, all with their own individual health benefits.

    2. It's A Low Calorie Option

    If you're watching your weight, gin is the best spirit to go for as it's the lowest in calories. It also contains digestive enzymes which rev up your system and prevents you bloating. Just go easy on the mixers as they're packed with sugar.[REX][REX]

    3. It's Anti-Inflammatory

    Gin-soaked raisins have been used to treat conditions such as arthritis as the juniper found in the gin works to reduce inflammation in the body.

    4. Gin And Tonic Is

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  • Why NOT Being At Glastonbury Means You're Winning At Life

    We can cure your Glasto envy in one fell swoop

    You weren't lucky enough (or didn't get up early enough) to get tickets for Glastonbury this year so you've waved off half of your Facebook friends to the King of Festivals and are feeling glum.

    It doesn't matter that you've got your own bed and toilets that flush, there's always that niggle of Glasto-envy.Is this fun? Really? [REX]Is this fun? Really? [REX]

    But don't feel downhearted. There are some truly great reasons why you not being at Glastonbury means you are very much winning at life.

    1. When it rains on the first day and those hilarious lads decide to mud wrestle for the bants. Everyone they rub up against while muddy will be caked for the rest of the week. Nice one, guys.

    2. When it rains so, so much that your mid-calf wellies aren't tall enough to keep the actual s*** out when you walk past the portaloos. Squelchy.

    3. When you wake up after a heavy night and realise your tentmate has done an actual poo in the actual tent. (True story.)Did we take a wrong turn? [REX]Did we take a wrong turn? [REX]

    4. When your mate takes so much ketamine that he finds himself sobbing at the Save The

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  • Skinny Jeans Make Woman Collapse, And Other Clothes That Might Hurt You

    After a woman had to be cut out of her skinny jeans for 'squatting in them', we take a look at other seemingly innocuous clothing trends that have sinister consequences for our health

    A 35 year old woman had to be cut out of her skinny jeans after spending too long 'squatting' in them, a timely reminder that our clothes are trying to kill us.

    The Australian woman in question was moving house and spent so much time squatting on her haunches emptying cupboards that she developed 'compartment syndrome'. Her legs ballooned and went numb, then she fell over and coudn't get up again.Kate better not squat too long in her skinnies [Getty]Kate better not squat too long in her skinnies [Getty]

    The condition is caused by the compression of the muscles and restriction of the blood supply by constricting items of clothing such as tight denim.

    But skinny jeans aren't the only item of clothing causing serious harm to our health. We can all guess that high heels can cause ankle breakages and waist trainers are bad for our internal organs, but other clothes can do the damage too... Such as:

    Neck Ties

    Take the humble neck tie. It can give you GLAUCOMA. For real! A study in the early 2000s found that neck ties significantly increase the pressure of the fluid in the eyeball which can lead to

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  • Budapest: 48 Perfect Hours In Europe’s Most Underrated City

    It’s one of our travel editor’s favourite European capitals, and while it’s still flying under the radar, there’s no better time to head to Hungary’s first city

    It began with a challenge. Excitedly wielding its brand new app aloft, Booking.com suggested a member of the UK’s Yahoo Travel team head to an undisclosed European city to try out its last-minute booking app Booking Now.

    That (obviously) sounded like a fantastic idea to us. Booking.com even loaned us an Apple Watch so we could reserve our room right from the wrist (and it was a sad day that we had to give that baby back).Grab your passport and go! [REX]Grab your passport and go! [REX]

    Spontaneous travel is on the up and with everyone in possession of a variety of devices, last minute trips and late deals are an increasingly standard way to travel.

    Modern travellers’ attention spans are too short to warrant hours of research and Millennial wanderlusters are so spoiled by the international tourism industry that spur of the moment city breaks, holidays and trips don’t phase us in the slightest.

    Already landed and haven’t picked a hotel? No problem! Pretty much all we had to do was tap twice and we were there.

    We put in our budget preferences beforehand,

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  • Japan's Capsule Living: Amazing Images Of People Living In Tiny Spaces

    Japan is famous for its packed cities and tightly organised people, and one artist has captured the reality of living in a tiny space in a series of real life photographs

    An artist working in Japan has captured the incredible lifestyle of people living long-term in the tiny spaces created for backpackers and holiday-makers.Won KimWon Kim

    Photographer Won Kim's portraits show the reality behind one of the tiny hidden hotels in Japan's capital Tokyo, where Kim himself stayed while packpacking around Japan in 2013.

    He returned two years later to make Enclosed: Living Small. For the series he lived in the place for a few months, getting to know some of the longer-stay residents and taking pictures of how they arrange their miniature temporary homes.

    The artist wrote, explaining what the series meant to him:

    "For me, the real interest of the resulting portraits is in how each resident has made use of a such a small, confining space.

    “In each case, the sharply-defined space and its contents tell something about its occupant’s personality, and his or her ability to function in such a strange, enclosed environment.”

    These capsule dwellers' lodgings are hard to find, tucked

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  • Would You Spend £650 To Stay In A TREEHOUSE?

    Make like a bird and stay in the 'ultimate love nest' up a tree in Devon

    A luxury tree house hotel room in the grounds of a Georgian manor is being hailed the 'ultimate love nest' in the Devonshire countryside with beautiful views and peaceful surrounds.

    The thatched room, which is perched between two majestic trees in the grounds of a deer park, has been described as the 'perfect romantic getaway'.But it's a LUXURY treehouse (SWN)But it's a LUXURY treehouse (SWN)

    Mark Godfrey, managing director of the Deer Park Country House Hotel, near Honiton, Devon, described the luxury tree house as 'truly unique'.

    The one bed tree house was handcrafted by specialists Blue Forest using materials including traditional water reed thatch and red cedar cladding.

    He said: "We've always loved the idea of having a tree house in the grounds but this has far excelled all our expectations.

    "It is more beautiful than we could have imagined and, with it being the first thatched tree house in Devon, it stands out as somewhere very different and hugely romantic to stay."The ultimate love nest? (SWN)The ultimate love nest? (SWN)

    The Blue Forest team has built hundreds of individual wooden structures around the

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  • Singapore Airlines’ New Lounge At Heathrow: The Best Part Of Your Holiday?

    Lush food and free flowing Champagne – so give yourself enough time to enjoy it

    Just after we got married (April 10th), Singapore Airlines opened its new SilverKris Lounge at London Heathrow, T2. Talk about perfect timing.

    We were flying with the airline for our honeymoon to Bali (via Singapore) and though we’d only plumped for economy flights, Yahoo Travel had been invited to visit the new lounge on its opening – so we were lucky enough to get a sneaky peak into the sleek world beyond.The Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge has opened at London's Heathrow T2The Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge has opened at London's Heathrow T2

    Inside the lounge is as beautifully designed and chic as you’d expect from Singapore-based design agency ONG & ONG – all smooth leather, welcoming seats and carefully arranged private pods.

    The ‘home from home’ aim is nailed, with friendly staff, cosy corners to settle in, a selection of magazines and an array of food - both home favourites and the airline’s signature ‘taste of Singapore’.

    We sampled a bit of both – the Eggs Benedict were superb and the Nasi Goreng perhaps better than anything we tried when we eventually did arrive in Bali. The food selection was delicious (KES)The food selection was delicious (KES)

    Vitamins shots, smoothies and cold breakfasts

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  • 17 Peanut Butter Treats All PB Fans Should Try Immediately

    Love a bit of peanut butter on your toast in the morning? Well that's just the gateway. If you're partial to a bit of PB, and have a sweet tooth, these are the peanutty stuff of your wildest dreams

    It began with Reece's, didn't it? Who knew that salty, nutty peanut butter could be so amazing with chocolate, in parfaits and stirred into cake mix?

    Since then the PB innovations have come rolling in thick and fast, from peanut butter cakes to ice cream. And if you love the stuff, here are 17 essential treats you have to try at least once (and probably many, many more times).

    1. Peanut Butter Banana Bites

    Pinterest via Not Enough CinnamonPinterest via Not Enough CinnamonHere's how to make them

    2. One Minute Peanut Butter Mug Cake

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    Here's how to make it.

    3. Honey Peanut Butter Cereal Bars

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    Here's how to make it.

    4. Layered Peanut Butter Brittle Ice Cream Pops

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    5. The Ultimate Peanut Butter Smoothie BowlPinterest via Vegan A La ModePinterest via Vegan A La Mode

    Here's how to make it.

    6. Peanut Butter Sandwiches

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    Here's how to make it.

    7. Mini Butterfinger Cheesecakes

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    8. Reece's Peanut Butter Cup Cake

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    9. Peanut Butter Apple Sandwich

    Tumblr via The Loser DiaryTumblr via The Loser DiaryYou can probably guess how to make this.

    10. Peanut Butter Cookie Overnight Oatmeal

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