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Bizarre but Beautiful: People Are Now Coloring Their Hair with Glass and a Paint Brush

Trust us, you want to see the results.<p>If you get your hair colored at the salon, you know there are two commonly used techniques that pros use to apply color: balayage (where the color is painted on with a brush) and foils (when the hair is covered with color and then wrapped in foil), but now …

A 17-Year-Old Artist Created This Incredible Map Of Literature

Martin Vargic's intricate cartography is basically porn for book lovers.

Books

‘Mindfulness’ Messes With Your Memory

If Oprah practices mindfulness, it must be a good thing—right? But new science disagrees.<p>Mindfulness—that buzzword that means, “focusing on emotions …

Mindfulness

The New It Hairstyle Is The Shag

The long bob, or lob as it's called, has been the "it" hairstyle for a while now, but celebrity hairstylist Anh Co Tran says it's time to grow it out with a new hairstyle—the modern shag.<p>"The shag creates movement, which is easier to grow out," he says. "Of course depending on the hair texture, …

Dismaland with the Hasselblad Stellar by Sebastien Bey-Haut

Guitarists Can Sync Their Brains With Other Players, Forming A Giant Hyperbrain

The neuroscience of jamming is a giant mind meld.<p>Guitarists perform a kind of mind-meld when they play together, syncing their brainwaves to the extent that they can anticipate each other’s moves. They also switch off the outside world while playing, leaving them in a tiny universe of them and …

Toast recipes to turn a slice of bread into a feast

To celebrate National Toast Day - yes, there is such a thing - some delicious and inventive ideas from Diana Henry<p>Toast is essentially a private pleasure, not something we serve to others (except at breakfast). It is also my “go to” emotional <b>food</b>.<p>If I’m unhappy, I think I deserve toast. If I get …

Breakfast

How to Make the Ultimate Mac & Cheese.... Because It's Important

Our digital food editor walks you through the steps to creating the perfect mac & cheese—a recipe everyone should know how to make.<p>There's not really a debate at this point—macaroni and cheese is pretty much universally accepted as the ultimate comfort food. But the dish comes in many forms, and …

Italian Food

How to create a half-crown braid in two minutes

Here’s a video tutorial for one of my favourite hairstyles, the half-crown braid.<p>I wear this style a lot because it’s both pretty and practical. You can wear your hair down but the braids keep your hair back and away from your face. Plus it takes less than two minutes to do.<p>This hairstyle works on …

What The Greatest Self-Help Books Of The Last Decades Can Teach You In 7 Minutes

As a writer, I’m fortunate to connect with authors and experts all over the globe who have vitally important messages to share. While each of these experts sees the world in his or her own very unique way, and shares a special filter or perspective on life, progress and success, when you peel the …

20 Pasta Recipes to Make this Fall

So long, fresh tomatoes and super ripe zucchini. We've moved onto some rich fall flavors now, and are craving squash, pork ragu, mushrooms, and more<p><b>So long, fresh tomatoes and super-ripe zucchini.</b> We've moved onto some rich fall flavors now, and are craving squash, pork ragu, mushrooms, and more. …

Cooking

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5 Simple Tips to Improve Your Travel Photos

Photography

Weekend at the Asylum: Europe's biggest steampunk convention heads to Lincoln

The squid is pink, glassy-eyed and unnerving. And it is perched on the head of a 55-year-old lecturer.<p>“It’s actually a kraken,” says Heather Rosa. “A …

How To Make Caramel & Pecan Brittle | Jamie's Comfort Food | Pete Begg

97 Brunch Recipes to Make This Weekend

At-home brunch means no waiting in line, plus: eating in pajamas! These leisurely homemade brunch ideas will help you do it up in style.<p><b>An at-home brunch means no waiting in line</b>, as many mimosas as your heart desires, and, best of all, eating in your pajamas. These recipes will help you tackle a …

Cooking

Forget baked Alaska - here's five really hard cakes for Bake Off

A contestant went into meltdown on The Great British Bake Off this week over baked Alaska. Here are some challenges we reckon could be even harder...<p>Never have emotions ran so high on <b>The Great British Bake Off</b>as in last night’s episode, when “russet Gandalf” Iain Watters's baked Alaska collapsed in …

Dessert

How to eat: burritos

Gourmands! Pedants! Human dustbins! How to Eat is back, back, back on Word of Mouth and, this month, we're trying to nail the perfect version of fast food's rising star: the burrito. Purists may despair at the ongoing maltreatment of this historic Mexican dish – one blithely supersized in …

10 Tips to Improve Your Food Photography

Have you ever tried shooting food? If you have, then you know how hard this can be. There are so many things you have to think about while making …

Photography

Fujifilm's high-end X30 compact adds an electronic viewfinder and tilting screen

Ships in September for $599.95<p>Fujifilm has announced the X30, a premium compact camera that follows in the line of the X20 and X10 before it. The X30 features the same 12-megapixel 2/3-inch sensor and 28-112mm-equivalent f/2.0-f/2.8 lens as its predecessor, but much else has changed.<p>The magnesium …

Diet Tips: 4 Healthy Eating Myths Busted Including 'Does Bread Make You Bloated'

With a new diet cropping up every other week, it can be tricky to know your enemy from your friend when it comes to deciding what to eat.<p>To help set …

Seasonal eating: does it matter?

A BBC poll has revealed that fewer than one in 10 Brits know when some of the UK's most well-known fruit and vegetables are in season, and supermarkets do little to help. But would a strawberry at the Christmas table really be so out of place?<p>It's always five o'clock somewhere, goes the sot's …

15 Dinner Recipes that You Should Really Eat for Breakfast

Our favorite breakfasts look an awful lot like dinner—here are the best nontraditional breakfast foods to start your day.<p><b>It's time breakfast breaks free from its shackles.</b> Think about it: We're totally cool with pancakes and bacon for dinner, so why shouldn't we inject a little dinner food into our …

Cooking

We've had a lot #lobstergram shots lately, but @csaffitz's urban clambake is particularly worthy.

How to start a food blog: everything you need to know

Emma Gardner, author of the award-winning blog Poires au Chocolat, gives her tips on blog design, food photography and recipe writing<p><b>Blogging basics</b> <br>Create your blog on <b>blogger.com</b><b>,</b> which is the platform I use, or <b>wordpress.com</b> – both are free and easy to set up. Choose a name that is memorable and …

Writing

Pom Pom Shorts, Cobalt Blue Bird of Paradise with Large White Pom Pom Trim Pants

Cobalt Blue and White Bird Patterned Chiffon Fabric with Large White Pom Pom Trim.<p>Lightweight chiffon (80% rayon, 20% chiffon) pom pom shorts.<p>Elastic waistband (3cm). Pom Pom trim around leg openings.<p>Can be worn as high waisted shorts or on the hips. Flattering loose fit. A must-have for your …