Read More »from UNINTENTIONAL EXPERTS: Boss advice from a stay-at-home mom
Having a bully of a boss is so bad it might become illegal, thanks to a worker's rights bill heading to New York's state senate. Kate Bly may not go into an office everyday but that doesn't mean she can't relate to the pitfalls of having a cruel employer. She's got two: Ivan, 2, and Luca, 1.
They throw fits when they don't get something they've requested, they're constantly checking up to make sure she's not doing any personal work on the job, and their performance reviews are notoriously rigorous. Especially when it comes to lunch. Plus they're so cute, they're hard to stay mad at.
In the business world, you have the trials and errors of your colleagues to guide you through management issues. But a stay-at-home mom has to invent her own rules for dealing with high-maintenance employers. These are some of Kate's tactics. If they work on her bosses, they'll work on anyone.
RULE 1. SET YOUR BOUNDARIES
You know how some bosses get upset when you run out to mail a letter, buy a gift
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- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Sat, Jul 24, 2010 12:09 AM EDT
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- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Fashion – Fri, Jul 23, 2010 9:30 PM EDT
The kick off of Comic-Con in San Diego was as good excuse as any to take a look at the fashions of Archie's two favorite gang-members through the years. Whether you're a Betty or a Veronica fan (count me on team brunette), both ladies had their share of stylish moments in the period between the early 60's through the early 90's. As a girl, my Archie comic collection was my most prized possession. Now the issues sit in a magazine rack next to my toilet, where there are of no less value. I hand selected and hand-scanned some of my favorite looks from my bathroom reading. This way no one has to actually touch them.Read More »from Betty and Veronica's Fashion Extravaganza: A look back
Remember when zit cream was the only embarrassing thing in your medicine cabinet? Yeah, me neither. These days miracle products are cropping up by the dozen. The latest is a fart-fighting super-pad. On the plus side you're more protected from humiliation when you're out in public. On the down-side, anyone who happens to rifle through your medicine cabinet or look under your sink will discover your hideous secret. It's one thing to be called out on a fart, camel toe or cellulite dimple. It's another to be caught trying to prevent any of those things. So if you purchase any of the following, be sure to hide the box!
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- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Fri, Jul 23, 2010 12:03 AM EDT
Read More »from "Mad Men": Is It Better If You're in a Relationship?
A scene from season 3 of
This Sunday night, it's Valentine's day all over again. Though this time, the celebration starts and ends in front of the television, when the critically acclaimed cable series, "Mad Men" returns for a new season. Fashion magazines, television critics, bloggers and avid followers of the series are frothing at the mouth. But no one is more excited than couples. Technically, it's an excellent show, but it's even better if you're in a relationship.
Single when the show first aired, I watched five episodes back to back, alone in my apartment (well, there were cats). Despite the rich art direction, the plot felt labored, the characters were too good looking to relate to. I tuned out until season three, when I found myself in a new relationship. In reaping the benefits of couple-dom--behind sex and splitting the cost of wedding gifts-- came watching "Mad Men".
"You can't underestimate the power of the show's time-slot, even in the era of Hulu and DVRs," says Meredith Blake, a TV critic,
Days before the launch of her new fragrance, Jennifer Aniston changed its name from "Lolavie" to the inspired "Jennifer Aniston." After months of deliberations the actress had chosen the first name, which means something like, "laughing at life" because of her personal outlook, according to WWD. But the name, and outlook, was too similar to Marc Jacobs' scent Lola. So now we're just going to go with Jennifer Aniston. Got that?
The naming process of a fragrance is riddled with considerations, though sometimes, not enough. The following perfumes might also want to consider changing their names to "Jennifer Aniston"...
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So you're a celebrity who just finished writing a book and you arrive at the studio to shoot your book cover when you realize there's an elephant in the room. No really. An elephant is in the room. And you have to saddle up between its eyes and cross your legs like a lady. Now suggestively hold it's trunk. Yes! Just like that!
The cover of "Dirty Sexy Politics", Meghan McCain's upcoming book, revealed on the Daily Beast this week, needs no explanation. It's about a girl who joins the circus and shares a special bond with an elephant named Tina. Wait, it's not? Ooooooh. I get it.
It used to be that the best photos from a celebrity biography were sandwiched in the middle of the book. But nowadays, you can't beat the cover. The more outlandish the celebrity, the more prop-heavy and convoluted the concept. It's a formula that's supposed to spell out the tone of the book. Sometimes, you just end up with a famous person holding a bunch of things, looking confused. I would totally buyRead More »from 8 Awesomely Misleading Celebrity Book Covers
This just in: Angelina Jolie is in a movie called "Salt". Well, maybe you've already heard about it. The espionage action flick, out Friday, has made headlines for weeks because of its female star.But did you know that the film was originally written for a male lead? Tom Cruise, specifically. When h
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Tue, Jul 20, 2010 2:34 PM EDT
Emn Haddad-Friedman and Alex Bero are getting married on July 31, near the reported wedding site of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky.Read More »from Will Chelsea Clinton's Wedding Ruin Mine? A Bridal Nightmare
The wedding date was booked two years in advance, the dress purchased, the expenses covered. Nothing was going to rain on Emn Haddad-Friedman's wedding day. Except Chelsea Clinton.
The other bride getting married on July 31st in the Rhinebeck area has a message for the former first daughter: It's her day too. But to Rhinebeck and the rest of the world, it's not. "I know she's not doing it on purpose," says the Brooklyn-based school teacher. "But Chelsea Clinton has taken what was supposed to be a special day for me turned it into hell."
Chelsea Clinton and boyfriend, Marc Mezvinsky, an investment banker, got engaged in 2009 and speculation about their wedding details have been escalating exponentially ever since. In April, the close-knit upstate town, made the short-list for the affair. This past week, when the 50-acre estate, Astor Court, was named as the likely site, and a rumored guest list of prime ministers and superstars was leaked, Emn saw her wedding virtually disappear.
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Tue, Jul 20, 2010 1:06 AM EDT
A sunset stroll in the Florida Panhandle in 2004 (Scott Olson/Getty Images)Read More »from A LOOK BACK: Send Us Photos of Your Gulf Coast Memories
With the oil spill capped, at least for now, it's time to look towards recovery. Considered one of the worst environmental disasters on record, the area most affected--the Gulf Coast--might never be same, at least not for years. Researchers have found that spills--and sometimes even the clean-up process--can damage the wildlife and hidden pockets of the spill area for decades.
From Fort Myers to Corpus Christi and from New Orleans to Gulfport, an area once remarkably lush, is now marred. The fishing and tourism industries have nearly grounded to a halt, as tarballs wash ashore. When we tell our kids stories of how the Gulf once was, we'll may need photographic evidence.
In memory of its pristine state we're asking readers to submit their own photos of the area from back in the day--when we didn't even know how lucky we were. Family vacations, lunch break snapshots, high school sports games, weddings along the shore, anything that features the Gulf as a backdrop. Post your photos to
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Mon, Jul 19, 2010 6:49 AM EDT
The original Maude was ahead of her time in 1970 (Tom Wargacki/Wire Image)Read More »from Maude Rising: A new, improved super-cougar is beguiling younger men
Ron, a 33 year-old electrician, knew his date was going to be significantly older. Her name was Hattie, for crying out loud. "If you don't date an older woman at least once in your life you're missing out," says the self-proclaimed "cub" whose date with a 73 year-old woman is the premise of the first episode of TLC's series "Strange Sex," which premiered this week.
Hattie, his septugenerian internet date, calls herself a cougar. She's not. She's a Maude. Of "Harold and Maude"--the cult Hal Ashby film where a 19 year-old and an 80 year-old fall in love. And it makes sense. If you haven't seen the movie, trust me.
In the film, Ruth Gordon's character nude models, has multiple sex partners, and never asks her young cub to define their relationship. She's dying anyway.
This is just the attitude, as strange as it sounds, that's making much older women so attractive to young men. They're confident in a way that's almost existential. It's a fearlessness that's just the opposite of classic