Blog Posts by Piper Weiss, Shine Staff
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Sat, Mar 19, 2011 12:49 AM EDT
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Fri, Mar 18, 2011 7:13 PM EDT
Ava offered up the first pick-up line on the list. (Photo courtesy of Nerve.com)Last night, Nerve.com hit the St. Patrick's Day celebrations right around the time when the Guinness began to flow. That's when their intrepid reporters asked soused men and women for sex advice. Some of the best, if not most practical, feedback they got was in the form of a pick-up line. Here are the five best*:Read More »from 5 drunken pick-up lines: a post-St. Paddy's round-up
1. "Baby take me home, I'm ready."
2. "Kiss me I'm Irish."
3. "I know the alphabet." Apparently this is something guys think women equate with a certain kind of 'selfless' pleasure.
4. "So, do you want to go have sex in the bathroom?"
5. Nothing. According to one patron, just being a girl at a bar is enough.
*Whether or not these lines worked on anyone requires a follow-up investigation.
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Just looking at these salad bar options will probably cost 16 bucks. (Think Stock Photos)Does your local salad bar talk to you? Mine says, "Go head and try to spend under $10. You'll lose." Damn you salad bar, with your deliciously expensive chunks of beets, cucumbers and pre-made Caesar salad!Read More »from Save money (and calories) at the salad bar
Nate Silver at the New York Times obviously talks to his salad bar too. He visited his local Whole Foods in order to outsmart the evil genius known as "per pound". He broke down which foods were cheaper on the produce shelves and which ones were a bargain to buy at the salad bar. His mix-n-match tips gave us a few ideas on how to keep off the pounds on the salad scale, and the doctor's scale.
1. Choose your lettuce wisely: Baby spinach is a bigger bargain than Romaine at the bar. It's also more nutrient-rich. If spinach alone isn't an option, go for the mesclun mix: it's leafier and lighter on the salad bar scale (or what I like to call 'the moment of truth') than your standard crunchy Ceasar-style green, which tends to be pre-dressed with cream and croutons.
2. Dress you salad
LeAnn Rimes in February. (Brian To/Getty Images)LeAnn Rimes lost a lot of weight recently. And Kate Middleton is skinnier than ever, according to some. Both have recently fallen under the gossip headline 'Too skinny?' But is that really the question?Read More »from LeAnn Rimes lost weight: why do we care?
We've known for years most famous women are too skinny. It's a problem that didn't go away when Ali McBeal did. We also know that images in the media can have a negative influence on young girls. But that's not what this concern over Rimes or Middleton is really about.
Real talk: it's an excuse to look at their bodies, to pull apart every aspect of their dimensions, and to criticize them for it. It's not so different from tabloid photo features of "celebrities with cellulite." It's the same amount of looking, pointing, and shaking of heads and none of it is very healthy.
On the bright side, at least we're being critical of weight loss, not weight gain. But is it any better? Obsessing over the body image of a celebrity, is one step removed from obsessing over your own body image. It's
Paging Nora Ephron, we've got your next movie right here. True story: four women all conned by the same man come together to expose his cheating ways on camera.
44-year-old Brit Simon Reid was the Bernie Madoff of love. He wasn't particularly handsome but he could charm any woman into offering up her devotion...and her money. "He cried on my shoulder and told me he had to put his dad on life support," Joanne Ward told the Today Show this morning. "He said he was the father of a fighter pilot injured in Afghanstan," said Laura Buckingham. He told Nicola Hillary a variation of both stories. All were lies concocted to extort thousands of dollars from each of his lovers. He didn't expect them to find out. (There's your movie tag line.)
Ward met Reid in 2008 when he was working as a waiter at her local pub. After hearing him talk about his dying father, she moved him into her guest house and lent him her car for weekends when he needed to visit his father. In reality, his father was
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Parenting – Thu, Mar 17, 2011 8:06 PM EDT
At Victoria Cowie is a young Einstein. (Anita Maric/Newstream via Daily Mail)Most parents think their child is a genius, but Alison and David Cowie's daughter really is smarter than Einstein. Their 11-year-old daughter Victoria scored 162 on an official IQ test, two points higher than the father of modern physics. "We were amazed," Alison Cowie tells Shine. "To us Victoria is just a normal kid who likes doing normal kid things."Read More »from Meet the world's smartest tween: girl genius with higher IQ than Einstein
Victoria is obsessed with Lady Gaga, jumping on her trampoline, and poring through Harry Potter books. But she also plays five different instruments, finishes crossword puzzles in record time and has the reading ability of someone twice her age. "As soon as she started nursery school at age three we were told by her teacher that she had a reading ability of a 7-year-old," explains Alison who runs a U.K. health consulting firm with her husband, David. Not only was Victoria an exceptional reader at age three, she could do it backwards. "We were sitting in a restaurant and she said 'you can't feed the swans in here'," recalls Alison. "So
Pot pie is the new black (think stock photos)Read More »from Fashion's hottest food fad
Pot pie is so hot right now. That's according to The New York Times, which today pronounced the home-style dish the hottest food in the fashion industry.
Calvin Klein designer Francisco Costa likes his with lobster filling. Barney's photographer Stephanie Elgort likes her with celery root. And supermodel Coco Rocha, takes hers the old-fashioned way: loaded with piping-hot chicken. Variations of the dish have appeared on the menu of major fashion functions throughout the year, despite their high-calorie content. Rocha even blogged: "We were treated to what we all agreed was probably the best chicken potpie anyone had ever tasted. Of course, none of the fashion people at the table dared to be the one to finish the whole thing."
Food has its moments just like designers and it seems both are subject to the same arbiter of taste: Anna Wintour. "It's Anna Wintour's favorite dish because it's quick to serve and moves things right along," her private chef, Hank Tomashevski, told the Times.
Jodie Foster won an Oscar for her eye-opening portrayal of a victim of abuse. Now she's a defender of an abuser. What happened? Two words: Mel Gibson.Read More »from How can Jodie Foster defend Mel Gibson?
The actress/ director has been on a pro-Mel campaign since the pair first met during the movie Maverick. And not his anti-semitic and racist rants, nor his recorded threats of violence to the mother of his child, have wavered her devotion.
In an interview with Hollywood Reporter this week, she calls Mel "so incredibly loving and sensitive" and "the most loved actor I have ever worked with." The actress who cast the troubled star in her film, "The Beaver", is preparing for its release this week by defending her old friend as misunderstood. But in the process, she's absolving men in general of domestic abuse.
"He's not saintly, and he's got a big mouth, and he'll do gross things your nephew would do," she tells The Reporter. "But I knew the minute I met him that I would love him the rest of my life."
She doesn't seem to understand that
A new ad hitting glossy magazines this week features an unretouched model's flawless skin. The no-Photoshop trend has hit advertising, and it looks really, really good. This week, national fashion magazines printed a new campaign by the cosmetics company, Make Up For Ever, featuring a woman (okay, a model) without any digital enhancement or airbrushing.Read More »from Finally! The first ever unretouched make-up ad
Let's get the cynicism out of the way: the model may be unretouched but she's also a young, gorgeous woman with flawless skin, wearing a ton of professional grade make-up in addition to the foundation being advertised.
That said, a make-up ad, or any ad where a woman hasn't been digitally enhanced, is a welcome change. Airbrushing and digital retouching are industry standards in ad campaigns and magazine covers. But after a few national magazines got attention for featuring unretouched celebrity photo shoots and ad campaigns sparked outrage for Photoshopping already flattering images, the trend of going au natural started catching on.
And that's a good thing. We need to remember what skin looks like...approximately. And we