Is this T-shirt offensive? (Photo: Gap.com)Clothing giant Gap has pulled a controversial T-shirt off its warehouse shelves after outraged consumers lashed out via social media.
The simple, dark-blue T-shirt with "MANIFEST DESTINY" printed on it in stark white letters was part of the "Gap x GQ" collection, a joint effort between Gap and GQ Magazine to showcase America's best new designers.
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Adding fuel to the fire, the shirt's designer, Mark McNairy, tweeted "MANIFEST DESTINY. SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST" last Friday in response to customer complaints. He quickly deleted his tweet, but not before a screengrab of it was widely circulated, and then he followed up—three days later—with an all-caps semi-apology.
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"Unfortunately, the meaning of my 'Manifest Destiny' T shirt has been misconstrued and the sentiment behind it grossly misunderstood," McNairy posted on Twitter on Tuesday, blatantly
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Fashion – Tue, Oct 16, 2012 10:59 PM EDT
Is this T-shirt offensive? (Photo: Gap.com)Clothing giant Gap has pulled a controversial T-shirt off its warehouse shelves after outraged consumers lashed out via social media.Read More »from Gap Pulls "Manifest Destiny" T-Shirt, Gets History Lesson from Outraged Consumers
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Tue, Oct 16, 2012 6:29 PM EDT
Martha Stewart is supporting small businesses with her In 1976, Martha Stewart launched her multi-million dollar empire out of her basement, making cooking and crafting not just an acceptable pastime, but a lucrative business. Now, with her "American Made" program, she's aiming to help other entrepreneurs turn their small business into big success stories.Read More »from With "American Made," Martha Stewart Pays it Forward
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"I'm very interested in things that are made in America, and I've always been very interested in craftsmanship and artisanship," she told Yahoo! Shine in an interview. "And we have probably helped more young entrepreneurs than anybody else, for a long time, by focusing on them. It's turned out to be something we really feel strongly about."
So strongly, that she decided to highlight the achievements of 10 small business owners, and encourage her readers to vote for one more who would receive $10,000 to kick-start his or her company. The winners are being honored at an open-to-the-public event in Grand Central Terminal in New York on
You don't have to limit your bargain hunting to stores! Some bills are negotiable, too. (Photo: Thinkstock)Many people enjoy hunting for bargains, but when it comes to negotiating deep discounts, it just feels awkward. Anything you buy has the potential to be a better bargain—and that goes for things you might not think you can haggle over.Read More »from 5 Things You Didn't Know You Could Negotiate
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"Virtually anything that you can buy is negotiable," Herb Cohen, author of "You Can Negotiate Anything," told Yahoo! Shine in an interview. That means that while ethical, moral, and religious principals are off the table, pretty much anything with a price tag is up for grabs.
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"Sometimes it's hard to negotiate something because the amount of energy required is greater than the benefit you can obtain," Cohen says. So, haggling over a hotdog may not be worthwhile, but when it comes to a new car or a big hospital bill? A little effort can lead to big savings.
"Be tenacious," Cohen advises. "When you negotiate, aim high, be tenacious and persistent."
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Beauty – Mon, Oct 15, 2012 2:27 PM EDT
Goldie Starling's sultry, DIY Spider Queen look for Halloween. (Photo: Goldie Starling/Facebook)A fierce pirate wench, with puckered scars running along the side of her face. An eerie doll, with pursed lips and hauntingly oversize eyes. A grim Jack The Ripper and his final victim, Mary Kelly, her throat slashed and oozing blood. Goldie Starling's Halloween make-up creations are a creepy combination of glam and gore -- and she shares her beauty secrets in her deeply detailed video tutorials.Read More »from Glam Meets Gore: Goldie Starling's Awesome Halloween Makeup Tutorials
"I happened upon YouTube beauty videos by accident," Starling, who lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, told Styleist.com. "I was on Christmas break from college and I immediately became obsessed. I think I watched 20 videos in a row and then decided to film one for myself."
Starling, whose real first name is Angie, has no formal training as a makeup artist -- she has a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in graphic design and computer animation -- but her love of drawing and painting helped her hone her makeup skills. (You can see some of her other amazing looks on her Facebook fan page.)
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Fri, Oct 12, 2012 5:21 PM EDT
Do jokes like this belong on a toddler-friendly TV channel? (Photo: Nickmoms.com)Many parents rely on a dose of "Dora" or "Diego" to help their kids to settle down in the evenings. So when Nick Jr. launched NickMom, a block of comedies aimed at adults, earlier this month, it came as a shock to those who tuned in for toddler-friendly viewing and instead found jokes about stoned busboys, sex, and how much moms dislike their kids.Read More »from Parents Aren't Pleased About Nickelodeon's NickMom
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"At a certain point in the evening, hopefully the little ones are in bed, and this is an opportunity for mom to get some much-needed me-time," Bronwen O'Keefe, senior vice president of NickMom, told Newsday. The NickMom.com homepage -- tagline: "Motherfunny" -- is crowded with video clips and snarky memes. "Everything we have on the site is a bite-sized piece of content because we know moms are busy and don't have a lot of time," O'Keefe says. (NickMom did not immediately respond to Yahoo! Shine's request for comment.)
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Roy Haynes pinches pennies by reusing paper towels, which he hangs in his living room to dry (Photo: TLC)Some people are frugal. Some people are tightwads. And others are so cheap, even they consider themselves to be extreme. Yahoo! Shine talked to three super-savers -- stars of TLC's new show, "Extreme Cheapskates," which debuts on October 16 -- to get tips on how everyday people can go for extreme savings.Read More »from Lessons from Extreme Cheapskates
"I would say 'cheapskate' is probably an understatement for me," Roy Haynes, 62, told Yahoo! Shine in an interview. "Some people think outside the box. I tend to live outside the box."
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Haynes will happily dumpster dive for gifts and items to fix and resell and, while he won't touch food from the trash, he has no problem taking leftovers from a restaurant -- even if they come from other diners.
"We go out to eat every now and then, and I ask the people at the next table for their leftover food to take home," he told Yahoo! Shine. "That's fine. I have no qualms with that."
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Martha Raddatz steers the conversation between Congressman Paul Ryan (left) and Vice President Joe Biden on Oct. 11, 2012. (Photo: Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)As viewers analyzed Thursday night's vice presidential debate, one thing became clear: While they may be divided over whether Vice President Joe Biden or Congressman Paul Ryan won the debate, most people thought that the moderator, Martha Raddatz, hit a home run.Read More »from Who is Martha Raddatz?
Missed the debate? Read the complete transcript here
Raddatz corralled the candidates with her take-charge attitude, asking pointed questions and cutting them off when they took too much time to respond. After veteran moderator Jim Lehrer's laid-back performance with the presidential candidates, Raddatz's assertiveness took many by surprise—especially those who didn't know her background.
Who is Martha Raddatz?
An Emmy award–winning journalist with a reputation for being both fearless and fair, the 59-year-old mother of two (Greta Bradlee, from her first marriage to Boston Globe projects editor Benjamin Bradlee Jr., and Jake Genachowski, from her second marriage, to current FCC head Julius Genachowski), lives with her third
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Wed, Oct 10, 2012 5:15 PM EDT
Michelle Obama at the Democratic National Convention with her daughters Malia (left) and Sasha (center) on Sept. 6, 2012. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)When it comes to raising her girls, First Lady Michelle Obama says that she's much like any other parent.Read More »from International Day of the Girl: First Lady Michelle Obama's Advice for Her Daughters
"My life is no different from any other mother's. Mine is just more public," she told Yahoo! Shine before a rally in Leesburg, Virginia, this week.
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While other parents don't have to deal with being in the spotlight -- during the Democratic National Convention, Mrs. Obama said, she was sitting in the audience urging her daughters to smile and "just look like you're listening!" -- she insisted that she faces "the challenges, the worries that we all have."
"We are really all working for the same thing, fundamentally," the first lady explained. "I just don't think that we're that far apart when we get a chance to sit down and actually talk to each other."
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On Tuesday, Yahoo! Shine caught up with the first lady to do just that. While the conversation touched on political
Ann Romney campaigns with her husband, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, in Florida on Oct. 7, 2012. (Photo: Larry Marano/Getty Images)In an essay that was part love letter, part stump speech, Ann Romney reached out to women voters online this week to tell them what she loves about her husband, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and why she thinks women need to elect him.Read More »from Ann Romney Reaches Out to Women Online
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The essay, which was published on BlogHer and on MittRomney.com, is simply titled "The Man I Know." In it, Mrs. Romney describes how she felt watching her husband of 43 years in the first 2012 presidential debate, how running for president can affect a family, and what she thinks is at stake this election. (The Romney campaign has not yet responded to Yahoo! Shine's requests for an interview with Mrs. Romney.)
"Last Wednesday night, in a debate watched by nearly 70 million people, America and the world got to see the Mitt Romney I've known for most of my life," she wrote. "The guy who is in control, the guy who knows the answers to the hard questions, the guy who
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Secrets to Your Success – Wed, Oct 10, 2012 12:31 AM EDT
last week's presidential debate, but First Lady Michelle Obama prefers to look at the bigger picture.Many supporters have criticized President Barack Obama for not polishing his performance at Read More »from Michelle Obama on the Presidential Debate: "I Think My Husband Has Done a Phenomenal Job"
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"You know, I'm biased," she told Yahoo! Shine on Tuesday during a small roundtable discussion before a rally in Leesburg, Virginia. "I think my husband has done a phenomenal job, not just in the debates, but over these last three and a half years, and I continue to just be in awe at how poised and consistent and honest he is, his ability to lay out a detailed, common-sense plan."
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Here are a few of the highlights from our conversation with the first lady:
What did you think about the President's performance during the debate?
I don't feel the horse-race of it. We just don't spend a lot of time talking about it. I'm so proud of him, and I make sure that he