Blog Posts by Kim Hookem-Smith

  • Is Your Mobile Phone Brainwashing You?

    Smartphones have taken away our boundaries and over our lives, says unplugging expert Orianna Fielding

    “I realised I wasn’t awake. My life wasn’t my own,” says Orianna Fielding, explaining why she’s become a digital detoxing expert.

    Fielding moved to Costa Brava in Northern Spain for a better quality of life, and after a while managed to slow down to the pace of life there – allowing herself to relax and just ‘be’.

    Until the smart phone came along.Slaves to our smartphones?[REX]Slaves to our smartphones?[REX]

    “The world was on to me 24/7 – I was 100 per cent digitally connected. But I realised that I was personally disconnected from my real surroundings. I was in the most beautiful place, where people would come to escape, and I couldn’t escape my phone.”

    What Are Our Phones Really Doing To Us?

    It’s been creeping up on us, scientific study by scientific study, that perhaps these pocket gateways to the internet, are doing us more harm than good. And with today's warnings from scientists that we're 'offloading' our intuition to these machines, it's time to take a good, hard look at our relationship with our smartphones.

    They change our brain

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  • Average Penis Size: New Study Reassures Many Men. Thanks Science

    New graphs reveal that the average size of a man's penis when flaccid and erect - and it's smaller than previously thought

    Very important findings have been in the news today. The average length of a man's penis is 3.6 inches (9.16cm) when flaccid and 5.21 inches (13.24cm) when erect - not the previously assumed six inches.

    Before now, the NHS suggested average legnth was 5.5-6.3 inches erect. So men who've been feeling inadequate at below this, can breath a sigh of relief.Yeah this is an excuse to use a picture of Becks in his pants (H&M/Rex)Yeah this is an excuse to use a picture of Becks in his pants (H&M/Rex)

    Though if that doesn't help, Professor Wylie goes on to say on NHS Choices, "Most women have very little interest in the size of their [man's] penis."

    The findings come after scientists analysed 17 studies on penis size involving more than 15,500 men. As well as length, girth was measured and the range was taken into account.

    Girth-wise, the average penis is 4.59 inches (11.66 cm) when erect, and 3.66 inches (9.31cm) when flaccid.

    Over the study it was found that penises range from 1.9 to 8.3 inches when erect. This huge variation makes doctors hopeful that the new findings can help men who worry about their penis size.

    “Men compare

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  • Mix Up Your Fitness Regime For Spring (To Really See Results)

    We asked the experts how to change your exercise plans to see your fitness leap forward

    As we head into spring, it’s the perfect time to reassess your fitness plans and shake up your exercise regime to make sure you continue to see improvements and keep your motivation.

    We spoke to Scott Mackenzie, fitness manager at Fitness First to find out what happens when your body gets used to your chosen exercises, and how to mix it up for the best results.Mixing in other exercise with your running can make you stronger and fitter (REX)Mixing in other exercise with your running can make you stronger and fitter (REX)

    “When we do things over and over we do them with more ease and without conscious effort or thought from our brains,” explains Scott.

    “It’s basically autopilot. Your body gets used to what you’re putting it through, you gain muscle memory and you don’t use as much energy as you used to - which can lead to a fitness plateau.”

    So if you’ve been very good with your New Year Resolutions and you’ve been knuckling down to your preferred activity, now’s the perfect time to switch it up. So if you’ve been running, why not switch to swimming? If you’ve been swimming, move onto cycling and so on.

    “Doing different types of training benefits

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  • Old Love: Couples Celebrating Decades Of Love And Marriage

    A couple who total 212 years of age between them are celebrating their 82nd wedding anniversary - proving that sometimes, love really can go the distance

    It's been a good (if a little sad) week for old love.

    Two couples who've been together their whole lives have proven that just sometimes in a world full of divorce and growing apart, some pairs really do manage to mate for life.Duranord and Jeanne Veillard (Tania Savayan/The Journal News)Duranord and Jeanne Veillard (Tania Savayan/The Journal News)

    Duranord Veillard is celebrating his 108th birthday this weekend, and and his wife Jeanne will be 105 in May - which makes them one of the oldest couples in the world. And just how long have they been married? Oh, only the 82 YEARS.

    The US couple, who live in Spring Valley, New York State met and married in Haiti, and moved to the US in 1968. They raised five children together and now live with their daughter Marie Eveillard.

    When asked how they met in an interview at the brithday celebrations, Jeanne joked: "I found him in the street," making the roomful of wellwishers laugh.

    And in sadder news, a husband and wife who were married for 67 years died just five hours apart, holding hands. Floyd and Violet Hartwig from Easton, California, died at the ages 90 and

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  • New Ways With Chicken: Three Easy Recipes To Make Chicken Breast More Interesting

    If chicken breast is your dinner fall back, it's time to spice it up a bit (and we don't mean with chillies) - here are some new recipes to reignite your passion for chicken tonight

    Chicken breasts are one of the most popular cuts of meat. But it’s easy to get stuck in a rut with them. They’re also easily overcooked, making them tough and dry.

    So, you want some new (easy) ideas for succulent chicken breast? Here you go…

    Roast them: Citrus Spanish Style Chicken
    Spanish Chicken (Jo Romero)Spanish Chicken (Jo Romero)This dish is really easy to make, and as long as you have a few spices in your cupboard, probably won’t involve much special shopping for ingredients.

    It’s spicy and smoky, thanks to the pimentón and the orange juice helps keep the chicken breasts moist and tender. If you don’t have pimentón you could use chilli powder instead. Serves 2-3

    Ingredients
    2 tsp olive oil
    quarter teaspoon garlic salt
    half teaspoon dried oregano
    quarter teaspoon dried parsley
    quarter teaspoon hot pimentón
    juice of 1 orange
    2 chicken breasts, skin-on, boneless

    Method
    Heat the oven up to gas mark 6/200ºC. Drizzle the olive oil into a small, shallow roasting dish. In a small bowl, mix together the garlic salt, oregano, parsley and pimentón.

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  • London Fashion Week: It's Not All Glam Behind The Scenes

    Fashion is the most glamorous industry, but pulling off a massive event like LFW takes a LOT of behind-the-scenes prep, so our photographer went backstage to catch the not-so-shiny side of LFW

    From the outside LFW is a glamorous whirlwind of beautiful clothes, crazy hair, colourful bloggers and celebrities looking gorgous in the FROW.This is the Fashion Week we see [Getty]This is the Fashion Week we see [Getty]

    But behind the scenes it ranges from boredom to mayhem - and you never know what you're going to get. It could be a mad scramble to backcomb 12 models' hair or it could be that there's an hour delay getting backstage so everyone just has to sit tight and try not to panic.But backstage, boredom can be the name of the game, (and waiting for your hair to set) (Yahoo)But backstage, boredom can be the name of the game, (and waiting for your hair to set) (Yahoo)

    Our photographer stuck into the backstage to capture some of the not-so-glam moments of fashion week - to remind us all that underneath the glitz, models, designers and beauty gurus are just people too. And those oh-so-expensive clothes? They're still made of earthly cloth.Desperate fixing before the show starts (Yahoo)Desperate fixing before the show starts (Yahoo)

    And they break!

    Oh, and no matter what VB claims, heels will never be comfy.Just get them OFF (Yahoo)Just get them OFF (Yahoo)

    If you thought models didn't eat - thank again, they're always catching a snack on though go.

    Are those mini doughnuts in the cup?Is that pastry? Surely not... (Yahoo)Is that pastry? Surely not... (Yahoo)

    Whatever it is, they look suspiciously carb-y for the fashion industry. Yay for nourished models!

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  • WEDDING BLOG: Can I Press Pause?

    The wedding is getting closer and closer, but Yahoo's Bride To Be just want to slow it all down a bit please

    The last few weeks before your own wedding are peculiar.

    We’ve got seven and a half weeks to go and this feels like a lull - the calm before the storm. Adam’s survived his Stag and we’ve agreed on (beautiful) bridesmaids dresses for my (gorgeous) best ladies. Adam was forced into a Superman onesie at Heathrow (Yahoo)Adam was forced into a Superman onesie at Heathrow (Yahoo)

    The RSVPs are trickling in (get on with it, chaps!). We both got overly excited about picking up our new wedding rings. Everything is going according to plan. I think.

    The weirdest thing about all this is that it’s us doing these things this time. We’ve been on the wedding merry go round with friends for the past few years, and now it’s time for us to jump off.

    The Stag Do signalled our wedding juggernaut firing up and careering towards April, with us on board. There’s no stopping it now, it’s really happening and it’s picking up speed.

    It feels quite surreal.

    I’m beside myself with excitement, but if I think about it too much I just revert to tremulous list-making. Of course I’m nervous too - I feel a bit like a first-time actress

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  • London Fashion Week AW15: Behind The Scenes With Our Expert Fashion And Beauty Bloggers

    Yahoo's Girls On The Ground bloggers braved the cold this week to take you behind the scenes for the Autumn/Winter 2015 collections - bringing you all the looks, streetstyle and expert beauty tips from fashion capital London

    In September two lucky competition-winning bloggers joined us to go backstage and report from London's biggest fashion event. Zoe Dubs and Charlotte Goodayle were so good we decided to do it again.

    So this season, we took six beauty and fashion bloggers behind the scenes at the AW15 shows to speak to the designers, stylists and make-up artists who dream up the looks we'll be wearing in a few month's time - and the wonderful world of weird and wacky street style London's so famous for.

    Heading To Fashion Week

    Our Girls On The Ground know their stuff - experts in their chosen blog subject (fashion or beauty), they know about the latest trends, they've tried the latest looks and they know the movers and shakers in the blogging community - so we gave them a packed schedule, a cameraman and a microphone and pointed them towards LFW AW2015.

    We headed backstage at Eudon Choi, PREEN, Felder Felder, Phoebe English, House of Holland, Apu Jan and Amanda Wakeley and reported form the catwalks for

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  • Oscars 2015 Red Carpet Fashion: Hollywood's Ladies Show Off Knicker-Less Trend

    If the Grammys were all about the boobs, female stars attending the Academy Awards went a step further - wearing body-baring dresses that definitely required losing the underpants

    We might be hoping presenters will #AskHerMore but it seems the fashion trend for the Oscars was to #WearLess, with several big stars opting for dresses that definitely went for a less is more aproach.

    And knickers were the first to go.Irina Shayk arrives at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills (Reuters)Irina Shayk arrives at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills (Reuters)

    Earlier this month the Grammys' main fashion trend was undoubtably boobs - with necklines slashed to the waist and sheer panels everywhere you looked. But that wasn't enough for Rita Ora, Irina Shayk, Sophie Hunter and Chrissy Teigen, who all took revealing dresses to the next level for the Academy Awards.Looking a little shake-like, Irina showed off her model figure (REX)Looking a little shake-like, Irina showed off her model figure (REX)

    Irina Shayk showed ex-boyfriend Christiano Ronaldo - and the rest of the world - exactly what he was missing in a dramatic black and sheer dress/jumpsuit combination outfit that left little the imagination.

    She let the embellished body tight to do talking, pairing the outfit with simple black heels and natural-looking touseled hair.Rita Ora wasn't afraid to bare her booty in sheer Donna Karan at the Vanity Fair after-party (REX)Rita Ora wasn't afraid to bare her booty in sheer Donna Karan at the Vanity Fair after-party (REX)

    Joining her with the barely-there look was Rita Ora, who opted for a similarly sheer outfit, showing off a few tattoos

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  • The Wedding Body Plan: Navigating The Hen Do

    PT Scott Laidler on how to survive your hen do without ruining your diet - or your fun

    You've been working hard at getting your body in condition for the wedding, so the last thing you really need is a night - or a weekend - of debauchery is the last thing you need.

    But the hen party will come round and there's no need to panic for we have some tips from expert personal trainer Scott Laidler on how to make sure it doesn't totally derail you - but you still have a great time.Yay! Hen party! (Videojug)Yay! Hen party! (Videojug)

    Scott's Survival Tips:

    Sometimes there will be pre-planned engagements, such as your hen party, where you know you’ll be expected to drink and party. It's unavoidable but that’s life and what you can do is learn to work around them, then eventually, it will become habitual and you won’t even consider them a problem.

    Here are some strategies to help you to minimize the damage to both your health and your waistline.

    1) Don't train too hard the day before or after a big blowout
    If you keep up your rigorous training program and still go to the party, the chances are the poor nutrition, alcohol and lack of

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