Friday 20 April 2018

Global village: Take a selfie as good as Kim's

Selfless: Kim Kardashian poses for a selfie with a fan
Selfless: Kim Kardashian poses for a selfie with a fan
Sienna Miller
Travel Vest
The Land Where Lemons Grow

Over 25 per cent of people take their first holiday selfie at the airport, according to

The most popular holiday selfie poses are kissing couples (23.6 pc), photos of legs or feet facing the beach (14.5 pc) and a sunset selfie (16.4 pc).

Kim Kardashian reportedly took 1,200 selfies while on holiday in Thailand.

Tricks for taking a good holiday selfie include lying down on a sunbed, as your tummy will look more toned.

Angle your camera to your good side, and don't be an optical illusion - holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa is a cliche. Use a filter which brings out the best of the sky, sea and sand.

Sienna strolls in Big Apple

Actress Sienna Miller, was recently spotted out and about in New York following the calling-off of her engagement to actor Tom Sturridge.

While the gorgeous Sienna (33), the star of Alfie and Factory Girl, and mum to daughter Marlowe (3), no doubt did a lot of A-list activities while in the Big Apple, here are a few free things to do if you're on a smaller budget.

Battery Park is a 25-acre green space in Manhattan, and is home to monuments, memorials, sculptures, a farm-to-table cafe, plus killer waterfront views from the promenade.

The Bronx Museum of the Arts was founded in 1971 and features more than 800 works. A multicultural art museum, it shines a spotlight on many of the 20th- and 21st-Century artists who were, or are, Bronx-based.

Coney Island Boardwalk is where you'll find dance parties on the boardwalk.

The travel jacket with safe pockets

You can't be too careful while travelling if you want to avoid pickpockets and thieves. The Scottevest Q.U.E.S.T Vest for Women has 42 in-built compartments in which you can safely stash your iPad Mini, phone, chargers, and other travel necessities without anyone being any the wiser.

While Scottevest provide icons with suggested uses for some of the pockets, part of the fun is determining your own layout and deciding how you want to organise your travel essentials amongst the pockets.

The vest has an attached eyeglass chamois, detachable key holder and a zippered compartment in the collar to stow the hood, The Q.U.E.S.T is 65% cotton/35% nylon fabric and can be worn indoors. It costs approx. €130. There's also a version for men.

Helen goes on a hunt for juicy citrus

For many years, author Helena Attlee has written about gardens in Italy. In her new book, The Land Where Lemons Grow: The Story of Italy and Its Citrus Fruit, she recounts her travels across Italy in pursuit of citrus fruits, from a garden once owned by the Medici family with trees that are 300 years old to the slopes of Mount Etna.

Attlee has said, "My book explores the curious past and present of citrus, the uses of its essential oils in perfumes and the primitive violence of the Battle of Oranges in Ivrea. I have delved into the earliest manifestations of the Mafia among lemon gardens outside Palermo, and traced ongoing links between crime and the citrus industry."

Her book is published by Penguin, and is priced approx. €16.

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