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A Mesmerizing Flower Bloom Turns This Entire Forest Blue Every Spring

The space looks like a scene right out of a fairy tale.<p>Head to the Hallerbos forest in Belgium in the springtime and you’ll be treated to a magical …

Rabbits

How to Know If Your Sunscreen Is Killing Coral Reefs — and 12 Brands to Try Instead

This Earth Day, we're tossing out our toxic sunblock.<p>The next time you take a dip in the warm waters of the Caribbean or Hawaii, think about this — …

Skin Care

Hit by hammers and trampled with fire? The wacky hidden spas of Chiang Mai

I am letting a man walk all over me – and not only that, his feet are on fire. No, this is not a metaphor for a relationship gone horribly wrong; this is an ancient Thai massage known as yam kang, a therapy so rare that nowadays it can only be found in a handful of home salons hidden in the …

15 love lessons EVERY millennial needs to know

From Tinder to Bumble via plenty of awkward dates and a spot of ghosting, modern dating is an absolute minefield.<p>If you're a millennial attempting to …

A Travel Expert's Guide to Cape Town, from Wine Estates to Vegan Ice Cream

It's essentially Jen Rubio's job, as cofounder of the super-sleek luggage company Away, to travel, so winning the title of one of her favorite cities is no easy feat. Still, amidst her recent journeys everywhere from Marrakech to Barcelona to Tulum, one place has managed to stand out: Cape Town, a …

Cape Town

Customise your home with these build-your-own modular products

Ever fancied yourself as a product designer? Thanks to a new crop of modular items for the home, you can now have much more of a creative hand in how your interiors look. It’s like Lego for grown-ups: take a handful of simple elements and build them in a unique way to express your style.<p>“People are …

Interior Designers Share Their Game-Changing Shopping Secrets

When you're a home editor, you become a magnet for decorating inquiries of all sorts, but the most common question I get is about where to shop for blank (pretty much every household decorative item you can imagine). To deviate from my usual list, I turned to another group of professionals: …

Savour Sri Lanka: sights, sunshine and beaches – away from the crowds

Sri Lanka is on the brink of a tourism boom with hotel chains rushing to open luxury resorts. But venture off the beaten track a little and you will find deserted shores, natural beauty and little-visited temples<p>The beach at Gurupokuna on Sri Lanka’s south coast is wild and empty. Look up and down …

Asia Travel

Sri Lanka's best new hotels, hostels and cottages

A tea plantation bungalow, surfer hostel, cottage near the beach and off-grid lodge are among our picks of great new places to stay in Sri Lanka<p>Family bungalows with pool, near Galle<p>For families, <b>Thalpe Bungalows</b>, south-east of Galle, are an affordable alternative to renting a villa. Each of the …

Asia Travel

Don't do that, do this: dodging the crowds in Sri Lanka

Kandy, Sigiriya and Yala may be stunning but you’ll have to share them with thousands of other tourists. We pick equally alluring but less-visited alternatives to the main honeypot sites<p>CULTURE & HISTORY<p><b>Swap Kandy for Jaffna</b><p>Kandy is home to one of Sri Lanka’s greatest and most-visited Buddhist …

Sri Lanka

Top 10 Japanese Skin Care Products!

follow<p>2016-11-01<p>Back with another informative video, Kim Dao shares her favorite skin care products from Japan. All these brands have been ranked …

Sri Lanka’s best food and where to eat it

Chef Jon Lewin reveals his favourite places around the island for feasting on rich, dark, deeply flavoured curries of fish, goat, pork and more<p>Some of my favourite dishes come from Jaffna in the north. I have a slight addiction to crab, and to slow-cooked goat. The goat curry is made with Jaffna’s …

Sri Lanka

35 perfect little places that brighten up London

True beauty may come from the inside, but you have to admire those fetching little places that brighten up London's streets. As we gather your votes …

The £4 serum that is challenging the price of premium skincare

From hyaluronic acid to retinol, there is always a hero ingredient that the beauty industry is claiming will transform your skin. More often than not it will cost though and when it comes to skincare the general assumption is that the more you pay the more effective and potent the product will be. …

A Soft Seductive Family Home

This modern home has the ultimate modern main floor. It's entirely in simple shades of grey except for a single pop of colour in each space. This …

Proof That a Pair of Statement Sandals Can Transform Your Outfit

Everyone knows that the shoe silhouette of the summer is sandals. Whether it's minimalistic slides or block-heeled mules, these shoes are the one of …

London's Secret Gardens

Chelsea Physic Garden<p>House Of St Barnabas<p>Kensington Roof Gardens<p>St. John's Lodge in Regent's Park<p>Fenton House<p>Kyoto Gardens in Holland Park<p>Hampstead …

England

28 things I learned about Europe after visiting all 28 EU countries

<b>Jonathan Thompson has spent the last four weeks driving around every single EU country. Here are the nuggets of wisdom he picked up along the way</b><p><b>1. Zagreb is home to Europe’s strangest museum.</b> Dedicated to the study of heartbreak, the Museum of Broken Relationships will make you laugh and cry in …

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My New Roots ginger, lime and avocado smoothie

My smoothie is spiked with a hearty dose of digestive ginger and tangy lime. If you want to get things even greener, toss in a handful of tender greens, such as kale or romaine and get glowing!<p>SERVES<p>1<p>INGREDIENTS<p>1 medium avocado<br>• juice and zest of 1 lime<br>• 1 tsp. minced ginger<br>• 1 cup / 250 ml coconut water …

Want to Be Happier? Science Says Do These 11 Things Every Single Day

Try them. They work. (If you can't trust science, what can you trust?)<p>Obviously, we all want to be happier. But there's another reason to wish to be more lighthearted and content: Happiness is definitely a result, but happiness is also a driver.<p>While I'm definitely into finding ways to improve …

Happiness

How to get a wardrobe that means you’ll never spend more than 5 minutes getting dressed

With new studies showing the average woman spends 17 minutes a day deciding what to wear each morning, Lisa Armstrong suggests how to whittle back your wardrobe so you save an hour a week. And never feel like you have nothing to wear…<p>Seventeen minutes out of 24 hours – is that such a terrible …

Fill not freeze: why Botox is out and fillers are in

Most beauty editors will tell you that one of their major skills is spotting cosmetic work a mile off. A face upwards of 40 years old without wrinkles jars our brain. That too-far face, however well done, has an unnerving poker-faced finish.<p>But recently on a trip to LA, my prowess failed. There was …

9 Home Decor Pieces You Should Never Splurge On

5 Words And Phrases That Can Transform Your Work Life

A Stanford design and engineering professor says making simple changes to the words and phrases we use can empower us to achieve our goals.<p>Reporting for this story took a different turn from the beginning.<p>Usually when I reach out to experts I get enthusiastic replies. But that was not the case when …

Stanford University

One Day: 'I couldn’t bear our daughter being a bridesmaid at my ex's wedding'

It was the moment I realised that I wasn’t over my divorce. My ex-husband, who I’d left three years earlier, was marrying another woman. I should have been thrilled he had moved on. His girlfriend – now wife – had been a calming influence, kind to our three-year-old daughter and polite, if wary, …

The 12 Best Beauty Oils You Should Be Using Now

By now you should know the benefits of adding oils to your beauty routine. What may not be so clear, however, is which formulation is right for your specific skin, hair, or makeup concern. We slathered and spritzed the newest oils to help you find out.<p>Courtesy of Smashbox<p><b>If You Want a Flawless</b> …

This writer's shed was designed to be a quiet haven in the big city

WSD Architecture were commissioned by their client, an author and illustrator, to design and build a backyard shed where they could work, at the end …

London

How to Get Jennifer Lawrence's Superhero Abs

Her former trainer, Dalton Wong, shares some diet and fitness tips, plus an easy to follow workout.<p>As we all know, Jennifer Lawrence is a junk food lover.<p>But despite her proclivity for pizza and fries, she's also maintained a killer physique. One person she can thank for that? Dalton Wong, her …