Dena Blizzard is one funny mother. Before you meet Anderson Cooper, you have to meet Dena Blizzard. She's what is known in the talk show circuit as "the warm-up coach." Blizzard is "Anderson Live's" pre-host: she entertains the studio audience before the show starts. She reminds us not to chew gum, or pick our nose when the camera pans over our seats. She makes it okay for audience members to break out into 'running man' during commercial breaks. And that's just scratching the surface of her job. I spent the day at the "Anderson Live" studio and fell totally in love with Blizzard, a mom of three, who proudly wears an apron over her jeans with the words "one funny mother" emblazoned on the pocket. So when she got a break today, I pulled her aside for a little post-show interview.
How did you land this sweet gig?
I love when people ask me what they'd have to do to get my job. What I usually tell them is you only have to work in crappy bars in Philly as a waitress getting beer splashed on you for about six years.
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- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Parenting – Wed, Dec 12, 2012 6:26 PM EST
Dena Blizzard is one funny mother. Before you meet Anderson Cooper, you have to meet Dena Blizzard. She's what is known in the talk show circuit as "the warm-up coach." Blizzard is "Anderson Live's" pre-host: she entertains the studio audience before the show starts. She reminds us not to chew gum, or pick our nose when the camera pans over our seats. She makes it okay for audience members to break out into 'running man' during commercial breaks. And that's just scratching the surface of her job. I spent the day at the "Anderson Live" studio and fell totally in love with Blizzard, a mom of three, who proudly wears an apron over her jeans with the words "one funny mother" emblazoned on the pocket. So when she got a break today, I pulled her aside for a little post-show interview.Read More »from Meet Daytime Talk Show's Warm-up Mom: Dena Blizzard Rules
If it seemed like this year's TV slate was particularly entertaining, there's a reason: women. They're not just in front of the camera, they're literally running the show. The Hollywood Reporter's List of the 100 most powerful women in entertainment pulls the curtain back on the CEO's, presidents and creative executives steering the pop culture mothership in 2012. Most of the women in their round-up are TV executives holding down key roles in what used-to-be a boys-only club. You can thank these women for convincing networks to spend millions on a show about storage spaces, convincing a movie star to do a TV movie, and convincing you to watch one more episode of "Kardashians"--even nothing really happened in the last three episodes. Yeah, they get us.
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- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Fashion – Thu, Dec 6, 2012 3:23 PM EST
Hudson and Brad in their most recent trip down the runway together. (via twitter @CC_Linlithgow) Hudson Kroenig: remember that name. He's fashion's rising runway star. He's also four.Read More »from Hudson Kroenig: 4-year-old Male Model and Chanel Muse
On Tuesday night, Hudson walked his third Chanel runway show, at the annual Chanel Metiers d'Art collection in Scotland. Dressed like Little Lord Fauntleroy in a bowed blouse, knickers, kilt, and a velvet beret, it was the kind of outfit that would prompt most kids his age to throw a tantrum. But Hudson is a professional.
Christy Turlington's 8-year-old models
At age one, he was photographed for German Vogue. By two he was taking Paris' fashion week by storm, walking for Chanel hand in hand with his father Brad. By four he had two campaigns (Fendi, Dolce&Gabbana), and several glossy photo shoots (W, Harper's Bazaar, Pirelli Calendar) under his belt.
Hudson was born into the industry. The 32-year-old Brad Kroenig is one of the leading male supermodels in the industry. After rising the ranks from Abercrombie poster-boy to the face Chanel, Brad became close with Karl Lagerfeld, the iconic brand's
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Parenting – Wed, Dec 5, 2012 4:42 PM EST
Jessica Hay giving an interview with the Today Show. (NBC/Today.com)Before Kate Middleton confirmed she was pregnant, Kate's friend spilled the beans. Uh-oh. On Monday, the royal couple's reps made an official announcement, putting to rest the seemingly endless speculation dating back to their honeymoon. The pregnancy is in its "very early stages," read a statement from St. James palace. "The entire royal family is delighted with the news."
The timing was suspicious. Only two weeks earlier, Kate's high school friend Jessica Hay broke the news to New Idea magazine, an Australian gossip rag.
"They're planning to make an announcement in December," Hay told the magazine. "They've discussed it endlessly and don't want to be older parents." She went on to predict William to be a "hands-on dad" and even dished about the amount of kids they plan to have. "It seems very traditional, but of course they'll be happy with boys or two girls, they don't want more," she revealed.
What will the royal spawn look like?
Not long after her quote was picked upRead More »from Kate Middleton's Pregnancy Whistleblower: Who is She?
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Wed, Dec 5, 2012 12:01 PM EST
"We made a bad decision when we purchased this product," Marta Calle, CB2's President and Chief Merchant wrote in a statement to Yahoo! Shine. "We apologize for the product and the insensitive language used in its description. We have pulled the product from our stores and our website. Please accept our apologies for this lapse in judgment."
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The insensitive product is no longer available at CB2, Crate and Barrel's younger, edgier spin-off: A coffee cup wallet.
It may seem innocuous at first glance, but several news outlets took offense when the wallet appeared in CB2's latest catalog.
First of all, there was the product's name: "The Lucky Beggar Wallet," a reference to the coffee cup's use as a method of gathering spare change.
Then there was the description: "Street Fare. Inspired by the iconic blue and white coffee cup often seen in the hands ofRead More »from CB2 Pulls Lucky Beggar Wallet, Apologizes for Making Fun of Homeless People
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Parenting – Tue, Dec 4, 2012 1:39 PM EST
When you're pregnant, everyone seems to offer unsolicited advice. But if Kate Middleton needs a fashion muse for her maternity wear, she need look no farther than her late mother-in-law. The People's Princess blossomed during pregnancy, remaining loyal to her two favorite designers, and letting her mood, rather than a guest list, dictate her wardrobe choices.
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Style Crush – Mon, Dec 3, 2012 5:32 PM EST
Move over Hollywood moms, there's a new maternity fashion icon. With Kate Middleton pregnant, the clothing industry is giddily anticipating a "Kate Effect." for the baby bump set. "Everything from styles through fabrics to designers are going to benefit," royal expert Charles Jacoby tells Yahoo! Shine. The biggest benefactors, of course, will be those lucky designers who become Kate's go-to stylists for the next nine months. So who will they be and how will Kate's look evolve with impending motherhood? We've got some ideas.Read More »from Kate Middleton's Maternity Style: What Will the Royal Mom-to-Be Wear?
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Parenting – Fri, Nov 30, 2012 6:55 PM EST
Have you heard of the "uncanny valley"? That's the theory of life-like inanimate objects. The more human they look the cuter they become, that is, until they're almost too human. Then they start to creep us out. That point of no return is called the "uncanny valley," and it's the home to a collection of dolls created by French Artist Laurence Ruet. Ruet is one of a handful of specialty doll-makers customizing "fake babies" so human-looking they're often mistaken for the real thing. But Ruet doesn't stop with babies. She's created a series of life-like kid dolls with remarkably "uncanny" human features and expressions. The result is not exactly something real kids want to hug when the lights go out.
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In the early '90s, everyone had a joke about the "Long Island Lolita." The tale of the promiscuous, troubled teenager who shot her lover's wife in broad daylight fueled late night monologues, "Saturday Night Live" skits, and endless tabloid alliterations.
As a kid I remember lighthearted debates over who made the better Amy Fisher: Alyssa Milano or Drew Barrymore, both cast as stars of the made-for-TV movies. The pronunciation of 'Buttafuoco' seemed to keep adults in stitches, as did impressions of a facially-paralyzed Mary Jo.
Looking back on the 20-year anniversary of Fisher's sentencing, the story is not the joke or sensation I remembered it once to be. It's a sad story about a troubled kid, a cheating husband, an era of demented tabloid journalism, and a woman who survived it all.
At 57, Mary Jo Buttafuoco is both prepared and reluctant to talk about the case. In an email this week to Yahoo! Shine, she offered only a nutshell description of all that happened, perhapsRead More »from Mary Jo Buttafuoco and Amy Fisher: 20 Years Later
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Beauty on Shine – Wed, Nov 28, 2012 1:14 PM EST
Sophia Loren. The iconic Italian actress put models 50 years younger to shame when she arrived at the launch of Pirelli's annual calendar on Tuesday night in Rio de Janeiro.This is what 78 looks like...if you're
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Dressed in a low-cut sparkling, crystal-white gown that hugged her waistline, and boldly displayed her famously age-defying curves, she proved that beauty isn't wasted on the young.
Joined by models in their '20s like Karlie Kloss and Isabeli Fontana, the 78-year-old, held court at the event celebrating 40 years of the iconic publication.
The Pirelli calendar, sponsored by the Italian tire company, is an annual flipbook of some of the world's most stunning women. For the past 40 years it has featured everyone from Heidi Klum to Kate Moss posing in the outfits they were born to wear--that is to say practically nothing.
Sophia Loren's purse sold for staggering six figures.
In 2007, at the age of 72, Loren was oneRead More »from Sophia Loren, 78, Outshines Supermodels at Pirelli Calendar Launch. Her Hips Don't Lie (or age).