Blog Posts by Piper Weiss, Shine Staff
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Thu, Feb 10, 2011 11:53 PM EST
(Think Stock Photos)It's time to call a truce in the temperature wars. He's too hot, she's too cold: relationship experts blame this classic relationship battleground on control issues, but science has a simpler explanation. Women are, in fact, colder than men.Read More »from The reason couples fight over heat? Women really are colder than men
A team of researchers, led by physician Han Kim, found that on average woman's hands are almost three degrees cold than a man's. The reason is that the female body produces a slightly higher core temperature around the vital organs. So women's hands and feet get the shaft. And when your hands feel cold, so does the rest of you. This research isn't new, but as icy weather endures, reminders of our biological differences are key to keeping relationship meltdowns in check. In fact, the thermostat is the source of one of the most common arguments between couples.
It's just another way men and women are from two different planets. Why on Earth would we be hard-wired so differently from the opposite sex? Survival, says Professor Mark Newton, a researcher
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Thu, Feb 10, 2011 8:29 PM EST
As good as it felt to flex those muscles for his Smartphone, Congressman Chris Lee is probably regretting the moment he snapped this incredible self-portrait. Last night, Lee resigned from the U.S. House of Representatives in a press release that stated: "It has been a tremendous honor to serve the people of Western New York. I regret the harm that my actions have caused my family, my staff and my constituents. I deeply and sincerely apologize to them all. I have made profound mistakes and I promise to work as hard as I can to seek their forgiveness."Read More »from Flex Fail: Craigslist spurs latest political sex scandal
You guessed it: the mistake was that photo. Here's what happened, according to Gawker, the site that broke the story:
"On the morning of Friday, January 14, a single 34-year-old woman put an ad in the 'Women for Men' section of Craigslist personals. 'Will someone prove to me not all CL men look like toads?' she asked, inviting 'financially & emotionally secure' men to reply. That afternoon, a man named Christopher Lee replied. He
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Wed, Feb 9, 2011 10:50 PM EST
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Fashion – Wed, Feb 9, 2011 8:22 PM EST
Looks from Urban Outfitters' new bridal line. (Via Women's Wear Daily)Read More »from Would you buy your wedding dress at Urban Outfitters?
Looking for your wedding dress? It's right next to the owl patterned bedspread and the book on mustaches. Urban Outfitters-the retail chain best known for cheap, Boho clothing and etceteras-will debut a line of bridal gowns called BHLDN, set to launch on Valentine's Day. If they're made to last as long as many other items from the store, the gown will self-destruct in three months. That's fine for UO purchases off the $20 sale rack. But the gowns from the new collection cost real money: they range from $1000 to $4000. That's because real designers-Fleur Wood, Tracy Reese, and Catherine Deane-dreamed up the unconventional looks. Based on the photos, the line will be colorful, texture-heavy and vintage-inspired.
On the more affordable end are what they're calling "event dresses" for bridesmaids presumably, that start at $200. Other bridal accessories like feather head pieces and Erickson-Beamon jewelry will bring quirkier designs to the mass market. And if it isn't enough to be styled
British party boy Guy Pelly is planning his best bud's bachelor party. F.Y.I: His best bud is Prince William. Pelly is a London nightclub impresario which means he's only qualified to do one thing: throw the booziest, bubbliest, bootiest party any dude has ever seen. Not an easy task when you're also in danger of tarnishing the royal reputation. The New York Times profiled the 29 year old, who befriended William and Harry as a young teenager shortly after their mom had passed away. He's notoriously protective of his best friend and will likely make every effort to keep the weekend event away from the press' prying eyes. Good luck with that, and with outdoing Kate Middleton's bachelorette party.Read More »from The royal bachelor party is going to be nuts
Pippa Middleton, sister of the bride, is rumored to be hatching a three day hen party at one of the royal countryside estates, complete with Kate's favorite DJ, a disco party and four course meals for a group of fifteen.
Your move, Guy. Just follow the credo of the original Bachelor Party:
Tom Cruise's bike didn't come easy. (S Granitz/ Wire Image) Xenu, couch-jumping and silent birthing. Mysterious deaths and rumors of forced abortions. A super-star believer virtually speaking in tongues and saluting his religious mentor. And a quip at the Golden Globes that was met with silence and possibly fear. Scientology doesn't want to be considered a cult, but it can't seem to escape the accusation.
This week's feature story in the New Yorker about the organization founded by the late science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard nails the church into a cult coffin. Journalist Lawrence Wright interviews current and former members of faith, including Academy Award winning writer Paul Haggis, who denounced his three-decade affiliation with Scientology publicly. The 28-page investigation into the history and horror stories of Scientology is chock full of weird. Here are the highlights:
- The FBI probe: The article reveals that the church is under investigation from the FBI for human trafficking. Former members have made claims of unpaid,
A chain of pubs pay tribute to the future bride and groom with the help of meat and veggies. After months of anticipation, it's finally here: a roast modeled after Kate and Will's engagement photo. Ever since their November announcement, meat and potato artists have been scrambling to come up with a proper tribute. Thankfully, Crown Carveries, a chain of UK pubs, stepped up with this savory tribute.Read More »from The royal roast: Kate and Wills become pub grub
Here are the ingredients for this traditional English roast: Carrots for Kate's dress; peas, sprouts and beans for Will's blazer. Strips of beef make the perfect royal hair. And for skin, try the innards of a turkey. Yummy! Unfortunately, blueberries don't lend themselves to a traditional roast recipe, so Kate's heirloom sapphire engagement ring is made from a dollop of gravy. Dinner rolls and various round, brown ball-shaped things frame the edible portrait. So there you have it. You can all sleep well knowing that this official pre-wedding task is complete. Unless you looked at the photo on the right-then you'll probably have nightmares.
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Pregnant Rachel Zoe steps out in foot-skyscrapers. (Fame/Barcroft Media/via the Daily Mail)Have you ever worn a pair of knee-high, 5-inch platform boots? It's like operating two mechanical bulls with your feet. Reality star and celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe is a pro at it. She also happens to be pregnant. Is it a health risk to be rocking mega heels in your third trimester?Read More »from Should pregnant women wear high heels?
It is if you ask foot doctors. In June, the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists issued a warning for all pregnant women to avoid the extra lift. Shoes with too much height put both mom and baby in danger. "High heels alter your posture, shorten your calf muscles and place increased pressure on your back and knees," podiatrist Lorraine Jones told the BBC. "In pregnancy this places extra pressure on your joints when they are already under strain-which can result in a host of foot, leg and back problems."
High heels also leave pregnant women for vulnerable to spills. Because your center of gravity changes with a baby bump, balancing on heels is a challenge after 25 weeks, even for stiletto veterans.