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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,
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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?
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"...
[Photo by Getty Images]Read More »from 10 Perfume Names That May Need a Rethink
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
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Mon, Jul 19, 2010 4:51 AM EDT
Love's all out of love inRead More »from The Ghost of Jennifer Love Hewitt Past Returns With a Message of Hope
I'm worried about you, Jennifer Love Hewitt. It's been a rough year, between the cancellation of the "Ghost Whisperer", another failed engagement (to Jamie Kennedy), an ill-timed how-to-find-a-man book "I Shot Cupid" which debuted just as your breakup went public, and now this.
In "The Client List", a Lifetime made-for-TV movie, debuting tonight (9pm EST) you play a woman who turns to prostitution to support her family. Don't get me wrong, it looks awesome. But if life imitates art, you've hit rock bottom in the romance department.
What happened to girl I used to know, who inspired Ethan Embry to write a letter in "Can't Hardly Wait"? Who inspired John Mayer to write a sleazy song in 2002? Who inspired "Party of Five" to consider an awkward spin-off in some year Before Christ? Who inspired girls like me to believe that big boobs and a rail thin body were actually something that could naturally occur in nature, at any given moment throughout the puberty process? Look, we all learned
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Sun, Jul 18, 2010 6:21 PM EDT
That is one free-spirited woman, right guys?Read More »from 10 Things Women Include In Their Online Dating Profiles...But Shouldn't
Last week, I aired my grievances about the amount of bare chests, drunk wedding pictures and Fight Club references on men's online dating profiles. Despite a wealth of perfectly awesome guys, many are lacking in the self-promotion department.
Based on the opinion of several anonymous male online daters, the same could be said for us ladies. Apparently, there are things that we include in our online profiles that are major red flags-- or just majorly eye-roll worthy--and we don't even know it. And then there's the argument, if he doesn't get us, then he's just doesn't deserve us. Sure, we can go with that.
1. LOVE ME, LOVE MY MUSTACHE
So this is a thing. We like to include one whimsical photo where we have a drawn-in, store-bought or make-shift finger mustache. It's our version of the guy's Halloween photo. I guess it's supposed to say "I don't take to myself to seriously" or "I'm not afraid to look ugly which bodes well in the bedroom". But because it's such a common gimmick
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Fri, Jul 16, 2010 11:19 PM EDT
Jason thinks pregnant bellies are hot, too. (James Devaney/Getty)Read More »from WHY CAN'T YOU BE MORE LIKE JASON HOPPY? Women across America ask their men, rhetorically
Last night on Bravo's "Bethenny Getting Married", Jason Hoppy talked his pregnant wife out of a panic attack, told her she looked sexy multiple times, laughed off her inexperience changing a diaper, frolicked on the beach shirtless without making a big thing about his six pack, teared up at the joyful prospect of becoming a dad and waxed his wife's goody trail. Oh and he cleaned up iguana s***.
A year ago Bethenny Frankel, the star of the show, didn't have a boyfriend. Now she's married to a man who women everywhere want to cuddle. And men everywhere want to punch.
Jason Hoppy is the perfect guy. Or at least he seems that way on television. When he first entered the scene as Bethenny's new man on this season of the "Real Housewives of New York", I was skeptical. Who is this guy who so willingly stands in front of a green screen feeding a dog for reality show interstitials? At that point they'd only been together a few months, and his willingness to play a major role in the show,