(ThinkStock Photos)If your relationship is on thin ice, you've got a month to figure it out. According to the laws of love, Monday, December 6th will be the last window of opportunity to call it quits this year.
If you miss that deadline here what will happen: you'll be swept into office party week, a time when colleagues finally get to meet your partner. The stakes are raised even more by the following two weeks when you may end up meeting each other's families, or you may just forget how annoying you are to each other with a little distance and some parental pep talks. So maybe you'll give it another shot, after all it's nice to have someone to kiss on New Years. And hey, you can always reassess come January, but why would you do that when Valentine's day is coming up? See where this is going? Til death do you part.
While there's no pure science, the date is based on a few factors. A recent breakdown of 10,000 Facebook status updates suggests that the most popular time in the year to breakup is two
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(ThinkStock Photos)If your relationship is on thin ice, you've got a month to figure it out. According to the laws of love, Monday, December 6th will be the last window of opportunity to call it quits this year.Read More »from The dumpiest day of the year: December 6th
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Wed, Nov 3, 2010 10:48 PM EDT
South Carolina Republican Nikki Haley is the first Indian-American woman Governor in the U.S. (Photo by Chris Keane/Getty Images)Read More »from Milestone: Women of color become governors for first time in U.S. history
Last night, two women made gubernatorial history. South Carolina's Nikki Haley and New Mexico's Susana Martinez both became the first women of color elected to the role of governor in the United States. Haley, a Republican, is the second Indian-American in the country and the first woman in her state of South Carolina to step up to the role.
Her own campaign was rife with accusations of extra-marital affairs, something few female politicians thus far have had to contend with. In the fight to replace infamous adulterer Mark Sanford, the allegations, which she denied, were particularly stinging. But with backing from Sarah Palin, whose home-brew of strong family values has made her a Tea Party icon, Haley was able subdue the negative press.
Meanwhile, New Mexico became the first state in the U.S. to elect a female Hispanic Governor. Susana Martinez, defeated her Democratic opponent, also a woman, in last night's elections. The Texas native, originally a Democrat until 1996, also got
80's pop singer, Peter Burns, hasn't aged a bit. And that's not good. (Photo by Reveal Magazine via the Daily Mail)Read More »from Stop everything: Look at this man's face
Yes, I said man. Peter Burns, the man who brought us the '80s one-hitter "You Spin Me Round," has entered into the 'Where Are They Now' Hall of Fame thanks to several surgical procedures. He's gone from looking like The Cure's Robert Smith to notorious Cat-woman Jocelyn Wildenstein.
The poor guy is hooked on surgery, despite a botched procedure last year that almost cost him his face. According to the Daily Mail, he was close to having his lips amputated that time. But it hasn't stopped Burns from going back for more. "My most recent overhaul was about a month ago," he told Reveal Magazine. "I had a minor facelift and my eyes slanted." Minor? Not exactly the word that comes to mind. Octomom, maybe.
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Wed, Nov 3, 2010 6:04 PM EDT
(ThinkStock Photos)A new poll from Glamour reconfirmed what we already know: 71% of women feel fat. But only 46% percent surveyed were medically considered overweight. Will we ever overcome our body issues?
"It's happening in the tabloids, on MySpace, Facebook pages really like there is a great weight watch happening in the country and it's very hard for women not to internalize that message. I think that's what stat reflects," Wendy Naugle, executive editor of Glamour magazine, told CBS News.
But this is nothing new. Skinny models, gaunt actresses and other unrealistic portrayals of the female figure have long been targeted for making the rest of us feel inadequate. Add that to the problem of monthly PMS bloating and you've got yourself recipe for self-loathing.
But things have been changing for the better. Ally McBeal is long gone and plus-size characters like "Mike and Molly" are getting network airtime--not to mention, an army of supporters demanding more tolerance for different bodyRead More »from New study: Most women feel fat. When will we be okay with our bodies?
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Wed, Nov 3, 2010 1:28 AM EDT
Couples who annoy their friends with constant P.D.A, may be doing more damage to themselves. (ThinkStock Photos)Read More »from 6 annoying things couples do, and how they'll destroy a relationship
Your double dates keep getting canceled. You're the only bridesmaid without a plus one. And every time you make a plan with a friend, it's followed by the question: "just you and me, right?" These are dead give-aways you're one half of an annoying couple. You could be great as individuals but there's something about your combined forces that isn't complimentary. It might have to do with the pet names, the inside jokes and the reckless P.D.A. while other people are trying to hold a conversation with you.
But you're in love! Why is everyone trying to ruin it? They're not. Those put-off peers are doing you a service. A new book asserts that the things you do as couple that annoy people, could do more damage to your own relationship. "We realized that when two people live together, they can fall into bad habits of getting too comfortable with one another. That's when the attraction starts to fade," explains Maggie Arana and Julien Davis, co-authors of the new book, "Stop Calling Him
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Shine Food – Tue, Nov 2, 2010 10:24 PM EDT
Enjoy this humorous stock photo of an over-sized fly in soup. The pictures to follow aren't nearly as charming. (ThinkStock Images)Warning: this post is NSFL (not safe for lunch). Prepare to have the following 10 images haunt your dreams and your next meal.
The McRib is making a comeback, and while it looks delicious, it's hard to forget its urban legend origins from the '80s. Rumor had it back then a man took a bite into his McRib only to notice a tail hanging out the other side. While there's no proof that actually happened, there is some pictorial evidence of similar repulsions. Consider the new fast food diet: a survey of items reported found in to-go meals around the world. Enjoy.
A dead rat in Bacon Ranch Salad: A Texas woman sued the chain for $1.7 million when she found a 5 inch rat underneath her lettuce "drenched in dressing, wholly intact from whiskers to tail, on its back, mouth agape," according to one account. Other facts: she took about 8 bites of salad before she realized what her lunch really was. Then she had the good sense to throw up in the sink. She still claims toRead More »from 10 most gag-inducing items ever found in fast food
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Life's Little Pleasures – Mon, Nov 1, 2010 11:32 PM EDT
A closet becomes a quiet place for mom to work or relax. (Nokolas Koenig/Real Simple)A few years ago, men staked their claim on a corner of their house. A mini-fridge, a La-Z-boy and a universal remote control turned any basement alcove into the ultimate 'Man Cave.' Now it's moms' turn.
These days, many matriarchs are building makeshift kid-and-husband-free zones in their homes. For some it's a place to work, for others it's a place to do anything but work. "A mom takes care of everyone in the family, but she also has to take care of herself," says Real Simple Senior Editor Nicole Sforza. "'Mom Caves' allow her to break away from the world, even if just for a few moments, to check in and relax, de-stress, and just plain chill."
But if you're hard-pressed to find a moment's peace, you're also likely hard-pressed to find an inch of space. Good news: all it takes are a few easy steps to turn a standard nook into a Zen palace.
Step 1: Pick your spot. "A 'Mom Cave' can be anywhere from an unused closet to a guest room," says Sforza. "You can also carve outRead More »from 5 steps to make your own 'Mom Cave'
You won't find any Blues Brothers or Lazy Sunday rappers on Monday night's Saturday Night Live special. This two-hour retrospective is all about the ladies. Former Head Writer Tina Fey and breakout star Amy Poehler have ferried in some of the funniest sketches the show has ever seen. And the debut of the Bravo "Housewives" reunion spoof featuring Andy Cohen is no exception. A look back at other female titans of SNL through the years--from Cheri Oteri and Ana Gasteyer to Gilda Radnor and Nora Dunn--prove that busting open Lorne Michael's perennial boys club changed the face of comedy. But there's some unsung heroines of the show who never get their due. Maybe it was the writers, the era or the competing cast-mates who stole the spotlight, but these 8 women deserve their own round of applause for their contribution to the series. After all, they rarely get it.Read More »from 8 underrated funny women of Saturday Night Live
(Photo by ThinkStock)Read More »from Is cat-calling welcome at a certain age?
Cat-calling could become a thing of the past in New York. A non-profit group called Hollaback "is pushing the city to commission a study, a public awareness campaign and perhaps even legislation, including 'no-harassment zones' around schools to protect young women," according to the Associated Press.
If you are under 30 you may be relieved. If you're on the other side of decade three, your reaction could be more complicated. In our unscientific Shine editorial poll today, we realized the older we get the less outraged we are by objectifying comments from strangers. Dare we say, some of us even mouth a quiet "thank you" when it happens. That may be because it happens less, or when it does the content is more polite.
Growing up in New York City, one of my biggest peeves (there was nothing pet about it) was catcalling. Starting from about 15, I became increasingly angered if a head followed me when I passed. If someone uttered something along the lines of "Hey, pretty," it could bring
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Parenting – Fri, Oct 29, 2010 10:14 PM EDT
The Groton School is under fire for the recent suicide of a student accused of bullying. (Photo via Groton's Facebook Page)Three weeks ago, The Groton School, a prestigious New England boarding school, accused three of its students of bullying. Several days later, one of accused teens, committed suicide. Now the school's zero-tolerance policy on bullying is the one under fire.
After 16 year-old student Hunter Perkins, along with two other classmates, were singled out for creating sexually demeaning cartoons about another student, he was asked to withdraw from Groton, according to his father, Walter Perkins.
Hunter wanted to fight expulsion after his grieving dad had taken him back home to Virgina. The school sent numerous emails suggesting he avoid a permanent stain on his record by quietly withdrawing, according to the Boston Herald. On Oct. 11, while his father was in another room, Hunter shot himself.
"My poor son, God love him,'' he told The Herald. "He thought the whole world hated him.''
Last month, when Tyler Clementi took his own life after fellow Rutgers students allegedlyRead More »from When the bully becomes the bullied: an elite school under fire for anti-bullying policy