(Indigo/Getty Images)Kate Middleton is living every little girl's dream. Dashing prince? Check. Royal wedding plans? Check. Possibility of being named Princess? Yup.
Now comes the work. For the next several months leading up to her wedding, Middleton will have to prove to the royal family, the British traditionalists and the public at large, she's a national treasure.
"It's quite a daunting prospect but hopefully I'll take it in stride," Middleton told the press after her long-time boyfriend Prince William (know him?) proposed with his mother, Diana's, engagement ring.
Daunting is nice way of putting the task at hand. "It will be a baptism by fire," says Mark Ellwood, a British journalist and royal watcher.
Kate's eight-year courtship to the Prince, which started in college, has prepared her for basic rites of royalty, but her new title will bring more responsibilities.
One gift of her marriage will be letters HRH. With those officially attached to her name, people must to curtsy before her. "She'll
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- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Tue, Nov 16, 2010 10:47 PM EST
(Indigo/Getty Images)Kate Middleton is living every little girl's dream. Dashing prince? Check. Royal wedding plans? Check. Possibility of being named Princess? Yup.Read More »from Kate's next move: training for the title of Princess
(Image by ThinkStock Photos)In totally heart-breaking news, a team of researchers found evidence that people die of broken hearts. It's called the "Widowhood effect" and it's claimed the lives of spouses in mourning, both young and old. The St. Andrews University study found that 40 percent of women and 26 percent of men they surveyed died within three years of losing their partner. What's more, 12 of the people in their study died on the exact same day.Read More »from Study: people really die of broken hearts
Based on the 58,000 married couples they followed since 1991, causes of death ranged from cancer and heart disease to suicide and accidents. "The key message is that it doesn't matter what causes of death you look at there is still a widowhood effect," Paul Boyle, the study's lead researcher told the Daily Mail. "We now have robust evidence that the widowhood effect does exist and that people who lose a partner deserve support because it can leave them in a vulnerable situation."
For those suffering from loss, The National Resource Directory has a comprehensive
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A broken heart and a Facebook account is a bad combination--especially if you live in New Zealand. Twenty year-old Joshua Simon Ashby, was just sentenced to four months in jail after posting nude photos of his ex-girlfriend one particularly vengeful (and drunken) night. It was a cruel move on his part, but hardly the first of its kind. Ever since its inception, the site has had a history of inspiring revenge when placed in the wrong hands...or in the hands of someone with a sixth can of beer in his hand. Consider the hall of fame-rs, but don't copy them. The following is considered cruel and unusual punishment.
Brotherly hate: After his sister ratted him out for hiding beer in his room, one pissed-off brother concocted the ultimate evil plan. He dug up and scanned in his sisters "wish list" of boys she wanted to date, complete with doodled hearts, and then posted it on her Facebook profile. Everyone, I mean everyone on the internet, saw it.
T.M.I. Message: One British woman got
Nothing says true love like a robotic officient named I-Fairy. (AP)Weddings are getting weirder. Forget those tame bridal trends like cupcakes, honeymoon registries or 'greening your reception'. Things have gotten Clockwork Orange dystopian future weird.
Reality television may have played a part, celebrating obsessively cruel brides, over-the-top ceremonies and all the competitive aspects of walking down the aisle. And the legalities of same-sex marriage are starting to inspire new kinds of nuptial tactics. But that's just in America. Across the globe, the wedding tradition is taking on new meaning. Some are already mega-trends while others may be setting new precedents for the nuptial process. One thing is clear: weddings aren't getting any easier.
- Digital officiants : With same-sex marriage laws varying from state to state, one savvy couple took a trip to the web. They enlisted a minister in Washington D.C., where it's legal for homosexual couples to wed, to oversee the ceremony in their home state of Texas via Skype. While it's not likely to
A scene from the 1973 movie, The Exorcist (via The London Telegraph)This past weekend, over 100 Catholic bishops and priests convened in Baltimore to talk about one thing: the devil. The two-day conference on exorcism was an educational and training session to prepare clergy for the practice which has seen an increase in demand.
"The real hope here and the purpose is to provide some training so that really every diocese could have its own resources to handle such inquires," Bishop Thomas Paprocki, chairman of the bishops' Committee on Canonical Affairs and Church Governance, told abcnews.com.While the conference was relegated to members of the clergy, several facts about the practice have been made public.
- Only 5 or 6 Catholic priests in the U.S. perform exorcisms today, which is part of the reason the conference was held. Providing hands-on training that's approved by the Catholic church is an important issue for the religious community.
- Pope John Paul II once performed an exorcism on a woman brought to the Vatican "writhing and
A lot of kids' books are funny. Not these. They're the saddest books I've ever seen. I started crying while I was scrolling through Amazon reading some of these titles. Some parents face brutal challenges, and explaining it all to their children must be the hardest thing they ever have to do. And some kids are forced to confront the kinds of tragedies many adults never even face in a lifetime. Some people are very brave.
The birds and the bees used to the be the trickiest talk parents tackled with their kids. Either life has gotten more complicated or parents have gotten more open (or both), but early childhood books are confronting a host of issues generations past never really addressed. And that's not a bad thing. The benefits of confronting fears, traumas and mixed messages in early childhood can help your child process the experience rather than repress it. But what exactly are we confronting these days? For starters, mommy's lower back tattoo.Read More »from New kids' books for modern families
Read More »from Reversible jeans and other fashion solutions
Two pairs of jeans in one? It's about freaking time. The European denim label, Salsa Fits My Life, just introduced a pair of reversible denims currently being sold in high-end boutiques. One side is a dark wash, the other is a light wash. But once you own them that quickly becomes: one side is dirty, the other side is still relatively clean. The line, which retails for $179, is called "The Two," but a better name might have been, "How have we never thought of this before?"
It's times like these I'm grateful that a few brilliant thinkers are still tackling life's everyday problems. Consider a few other solutions to fashion dilemmas spawned in the 21st century.
Problem: Sandwich belly. One of the worst feelings--busting out of a pair of jeans that were comfortable only an hour before lunch. Why do you have to be so delicious, ham, and yet so cruel?
Solution: Adjust-a-button. This little life-changer functions like an earring for your fly. Pin and fasten the button to any layer of denim
Before you answer that, take a look at this video of a bunch of high school girls doing hurdles. The synopsis posted on YouTube reads: "In this video is Alexis who displayed the courage it takes to continue. She didn't give up when others would have. It was a very proud moment for her parents." Despite that sentiment and the motivational muscle music, Alexis and the other young runners seem to be in a lot of pain.
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Shine Food – Fri, Nov 12, 2010 2:04 AM EST
Jessica Seinfeld says her chicken parmesan made Jerry fall in love with her. "He couldn't believe he'd met a girl who actually cooks," she tells Goop. Really? Cooking seems to be a requirement if you're going to marry a celebrity.
Is it just a coincidence that every non-famous wife of a major celebrity has a cookbook? They can't all have a culinary degree. And they don't. But being wife and mother of a celebrity household, is credibility enough. It can't hurt that their famous husbands help with press opportunities and superstar pals like Gwyneth Paltrow and Oprah join in the media dissemination. Seinfeld's gotten non-stop press for her first book about cooking for kids--some good, some bad. And now she's pushing forward in her cooking career with a new website and a second cookbook for busy moms.
She's part of a movement of celeb wives whose side project du jour has shifted from jewelry lines and baby boutiques to culinary endeavors. Strangely, the homemakers of the rich andRead More »from Cookbook wives: pet projects of the rich and famously married