Know what else is a dish best served cold? Jello. This Thanksgiving the old-school desert is getting a new school makeover, courtesy of the internet.Some of the best and brightest food bloggers have put their creative impulses to the test and concocted 21st century molds out of 20th century gelatin.
Blog Posts by Piper Weiss, Shine Staff
(ThinkStock Photos)Real talk: Giving isn't always better than receiving. That's especially true when you spend more than you expected. Despite the rash of holiday discounts, hidden fees and fine print policies can end up adding to your expenses without you even knowing it. But in the frenzy of gift-gathering, who wants to harp on the details? That's what Consumer Reports is for. This week, the retail watchdog released its list of companies that are "naughty or nice" when it comes to holiday shopping. Their round-up offers insight into some of the secret costs of being Santa-like. Hint: they're not exactly nice.
1. Restocking fees. Several electronic stores try to offset or reduce the cost of exchanges by adding hidden deductions on returns. Consumer Reports singles out CompUSA for charging up to 25 percent of the purchasing price on any products "the retailer decides doesn't meet its criteria." What that means is if you purchase a laptop for $700, the store may deduct $175 if your recipient tries toRead More »from 5 hidden costs of holiday shopping
It's hard to remember a time when Banana Republic didn't look like the fashionable heir to the Apple Store. The sleek, white trademark design is accented only by muted silk blouses, silver jewelry, and black and white photography featuring models in urban office settings. But back in the '80s, the store was the color of sawdust. And you had to walk around the hull of a Jeep to get to the safari jacket you've been coveting ever since you fell in love with Paul Hogan.
As holiday shopping season goes into full-swing, let's harken back to a purer time of retail, when our favorite chain stores were still off-line and their signature looks were still being folded to perfection by the stars of "Reality Bites."Read More »from Chain stores: then and now
The royal couple and the ring that rocked the world. (AFP/Getty)
Ever since Prince William announced his engagement to Kate Middleton last week, the 18-carat oval sapphire on the finger of the world's most famous bride-to-be became instantly coveted by women all over the world. The $60,000 gem, adorned with 14 smaller white diamonds, once belonged to Lady Di. But-thanks to a flurry of recent replicas-affordable versions are now available to non-royals.
"Everyone wants to feel like a princess," says Evan Guttman of The Natural Sapphire Company. Guttman's New York jewelry shop was the first to announce a recreation of the royal engagement piece, after William gave word of his proposal to the press. The company's version is now out-selling everything on their site.
"We've been getting requests from Russia to Japan," says Guttman, whose website crashed last Tuesday, the day of the Wills and Kate engagement news, due to an overwhelming amount of searches. "We did a lot of researchRead More »from Celebrity rings and their knock-offs
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It's never a good sign when your husband buys a two-bedroom apartment in another country. Eva Longoria may have picked up on that when she filed for divorce on Wednesday from NBA star Tony Parker. More than a month ago, Parker posed for photos in front of his new $8 million bachelor pad in Lake Geneva.
So when Parker revealed today how NOT shocked he was about his divorce proceedings, we believed him.
If you're in the business of high-end real estate, you may have gotten a press release in October touting the NBA player as its newest resident. He even did a solo photo shoot for the complex. Strangely, there's not a mention of his famous wife.
"NBA San Antonio Spurs basketball star Tony Parker has bought an apartment in the luxury "Du Parc Kempinski Private Residences" above Lake Geneva, Switzerland, which looks out onto stunning views of the Alps. [The] former Grand Hotel that was built in 1906, in the architectural mould of the Grand Hotels of the beginning of the century and willRead More »from Welcome to Tony Parker's $8 million bachelor pad
- It's the Kama Sutra celebrity style. Face to face, side by side or from behind, stars have taught us everything we need to know about selling sex.
This week, Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway offered three more positions in the name of promoting their new movie "Love & Other Drugs."
They're on three different covers of Entertainment Weekly in various nudist romantic embraces. The response from critics and bloggers has ranged from overly-excited to crying "awkward." But no one is looking away.
And that's a good thing for a flailing magazine industry, according to Christopher John Farley in a recent post on WSJ.com. "The magazine industry has been in trouble for a number of years now, which may be one reason why we're seeing a rash of disrobed stars on the front covers of various periodicals."
It's one thing to disrobe for a cover, it's another to engage in the hug. To put it lightly, the hug is like calling in the big guns.
Back in 1976, Barbra Streisand and Kris KristoffersonRead More »from The nude hug: a pop culture history
As the abortion debate continues to take new forms on the internet, the most pervasive may be through merchandise. We came across several online stores selling clothing emblazoned with graphic images in support of either side of the issue. In the heated debate concerning a woman's body, should fashion play a role in protest?Read More »from Should fashion and abortion beliefs mix?
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Holiday Guide – Thu, Nov 18, 2010 3:00 AM EST
An ugly sweater that's not for sale. Boo. (Photo courtesy of Get Off My Internets)The winter chill is setting in, the leaves have fallen from the trees and Starbucks is offering peppermint flavored drinks. You know what that means? UGLY SWEATER SEASON. 'Tis the time of year when people cast aside their fashion sensibilities and dress in the most unappealing knit garments then can find. But with so many looks designed to NOT flatter this season, it's hard to know where to start. So consider this your user's manual to the top 10 worst holiday fashions for the 2010 holidays.
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Real men don't eat yogurt. At least not on TV. For years, the product's been sold specifically to female gender.
Now a New Zealand dairy company is hoping to give the food a butch makeover. The brand Fronterra is marketing their extra-hearty version of the breakfast food loaded with nuts, grains and fruits, to the male sector in hopes of reaching a wider audience. "This is a men's yogurt and you are a man," reads the label, in case there was any confusion.
When did yogurt lose it's macho magnetism? In 1977, Dannon employed footage of old Soviet men who've spent their lives eating the breakfast food, in an attempt to reach both men and women. By the '80s, the big demographic was kids and the big mistake was Go-gurt. Ew. But by the end of that decade, yogurt commercials started targeting women. Or "women." As Sarah Haskins of "Target: Women" noted, yogurt is responsible for the funniest female stereotypes on TV today.
Stereotype 1: We're Francophiles. Put an accent on a turd and
(Image by Think Stock Photos)A Pennsylvania woman had her baby taken away only three days after giving birth. She tested positive for opiates on a drug test mandated by the hospital for all new moms. A few days later, her newborn was placed in foster care for five days. And it was all because of a poppy seed bagel.Read More »from Beware of the poppy seed bagel
The mother, who's since regained custody of her child after proving her results were due to poppy seeds, has filed a civil suit. Considering a single bagel eaten the night before labor can result in losing a child, drug testing accuracy needs reconsidering. But so does our choice at the bagel store.
Is the poppy seed bagel really that delicious? More so than a sesame or pumpernickel? And can't the 'everything' use one less thing anyway? In this age of rampant drug-testing, is it worth all the trouble? The seeded breakfast food has been responsible for parent-child rifts, job losses and jail-time, for starters. Not to mention a Seinfeld episode. The seeds contain small traces of opium alkaloids, like