Blog Posts by Sarah B. Weir, Yahoo! blogger
- Sarah B. Weir, Yahoo! blogger | Parenting – Wed, Sep 5, 2012 12:53 PM EDT
photo by Hill & AubreyHere is the perfect parka for the long, dark, and lonely days of winter. "Everybody needs love, don't they?" asks emerging menswear designer Si Chan on his blog. Chan says he designed his eccentric kelly green puffer jacket, which features a row of clasped hands running up the front, to make the wearer feel "warm and hugged."
While Chan, who recently graduated with top honors from London's College of Fashion, purposely exaggerated the padding to resemble a kid's stuffed toy in order to emphasize the warm and fuzzy vibe of the jacket, there's also something a little creepy about it and some of the other touchy-feely items in his collection of six outfits. The grabbing hands conjure up straight jacket from a future planet or tree branches-turned-arms from a child's nightmare.
Courtesy Si ChanChan explains that hugging hands are a symbol of what makes it possible for humans to "express love" and "depart fromRead More »from Hug Me Jacket: Coat for the Cold and Lonely
- Sarah B. Weir, Yahoo! blogger | Healthy Living – Thu, Aug 30, 2012 3:41 PM EDT
The long summer days are waning but there is still time to indulge in some hot, steamy fun and pretend that August lasts all year long. Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to kick back and check a few items off your vacation bucket list. Need inspiration? Here's what Shine's editors plan to pack in before sweater weather truly arrives. -Sarah B. Weir, Shine Staff Writer
- Sarah B. Weir, Yahoo! blogger | Fashion – Thu, Aug 30, 2012 2:07 PM EDT
fashion and beauty section has seen a lot of retouched photos over the years, and we've come to assume that unless an image of a model or celeb is specifically called out as being 100% organic it is actually chock full of artificial sweeteners and preservatives. Victoria's Secret models 15 pounds lighter/heavier? Yawn. Kim Kardashian with a 22-inch waist and no cellulite? Snore. Still, this behind-the-scenes snap of Lady Gaga being shot for the cover of September's Vogue shook us out of our jaded slumber.Shine's
The cover shows Gaga wearing an electric purple Marc Jacobs mermaid gown with her hair in a flaxen halo. Her face is lean and composed like an alabaster statue of an ancient Egyptian cat goddess, her bust perky, and her waist impossibly tiny--impossibly being the key word. "I'm a COVER GIRL, and its FAB" she tweeted when she leaked the image on August 8 in advance of its newsstand release.
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- Sarah B. Weir, Yahoo! blogger | Work + Money – Wed, Aug 29, 2012 2:09 PM EDT
Full disclosure: I'm still pining for the Old Spice "The Man Your Man Could Smell Like" uber hunk Isaiah Mustafa, but the company's eye-popping new "Muscle Music" ad with Terry Crews, 44, is a must-watch. Over 1.8 million people have checked it out on Vimeo since it was posted on August 20. Created by the agency Wieden + Kennedy, the spot features the former NFL defensive end and current star of the Expendables 2 as a kind of cyborgian one-man-rock-band with electrodes glued all over his ripped physique. He twitches his guns, pecs, quads--and many other muscles so tiny and isolated who knows what the heck they are called--to control a funky set of junkyard percussion instruments while chanting (ok, shouting): "Muscles, muscles, muscles, flex!..." The really neat thing is that viewers can use a computer keyboard code embedded in the video to manipulate Crews' incredible body parts and create and share their own music video.
- Sarah B. Weir, Yahoo! blogger | Work + Money – Tue, Aug 28, 2012 3:17 PM EDTMichelle Obama has graced magazine covers from Time to People to Vogue looking powerful, beautiful, and downright regal, but now a Spanish magazine is picturing her bare breasted, and as a slave.
The cover of Magazine Fuera de Serie, which is widely available in Spain as a newspaper lifestyles supplement, shows the first lady's face superimposed onto an 1800 portrait of a female slave by Marie-Guillemine Benoiste, a French neoclassical painter.Read More »from Spanish Magazine Courts Controversy with Michelle Obama Cover
According to the magazine's editor, the picture is meant to honor Michelle Obama who they call the "gran mujer" (great woman) who "conquered the heart" of the man who would be president and "seduced the American people."
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Many commentators aren't seeing it that way. "Let's be clear: This image has nothing to do with acknowledging Obama's enslaved foremothers, and everything to do with
- Portland Herald Press reports that the Maine grandmother, 49, acted as a surrogate for Hebert and her husband Brian and delivered their son Madden by C-Section on August 17.What's the nicest thing mom has ever given you? Chances are it won't top Linda Sirois's gift to her daughter Angel Hebert: a healthy baby boy. The
The arrangement sounds a little strange, but Hebert, 25, has a heart condition that made it too dangerous for her to get pregnant. Her cardiologist said it would be risky for both her and her baby. "It was pretty disappointing," she says. She and her husband are high school sweethearts who started dating eleven years ago.
Previously mom had told Hebert she was willing to carry a baby for her. Now it was time to see if she really meant it. "I called her last summer," Hebert told the Herald Press. "And I'm like, 'So, you know that offer...Is that offer still on the table?'"
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- Sarah B. Weir, Yahoo! blogger | Fashion – Mon, Aug 27, 2012 2:30 PM EDT
Urban Outfitters T-Shirt
The clothing chain Urban Outfitters is promoting a provocative new line of t-shirts with slogans such as "I Vote For Vodka" and "USA Drinking Team." A version modeled by a young woman, who appears to be a teen, is emblazoned with blurred letters reading, "I Drink You're Cute." Sadly, what's apparently meant to be a joke isn't far from the truth: alcohol use is associated with increased rates of sexual activity for teens as well as decreased condom use.
A recent survey reported that one out of five teens is drinking, using drugs, or smoking during school hours. For parents already rattled about kids and booze, it's a jolt to discover these items when fall clothes shopping with one's teen or 'tween. The majority of customers at Urban Outfitters (whose representatives did not respond to our calls and emails) are between 18 and 24 and the second largest demographic is under 18. "Kids shouldn't be wearingRead More »from Urban Outfitter’s T-Shirts Glorify Drinking: Just in Time for School
Souffle style pancakesHow do you make breakfast pancakes extra light and airy? Clayton Miller, Executive Chef at Wit and Wisdom, the new tavern at Baltimore's Four Seasons Hotel, developed this unique method early on in his career when he worked as a pastry chef. "One of the items on the menu was a classic French soufflé," Miller tells Shine. "That's where I got the inspiration for this dish." The secret is folding in extra egg whites, but he promises, "The pancakes aren't temperamental like a soufflé."
Miller says the dish is delicious with butter and maple syrup, but a simple caramel banana sauce makes them swoon-worthy.
Soufflé Pancakes (adapted from Clayton Miller)
Makes 6-8 substantial pancakes
5 ½ cups flourRead More »from Fluffiest Pancakes Ever—in 8 Easy Steps
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon baking soda
2 cups milk
2 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 whole eggs
2 eggs yolks
3 egg whites
Pre-heat oven to
- Sarah B. Weir, Yahoo! blogger | Book Club – Thu, Aug 16, 2012 2:39 PM EDT
Author Caitlin MoranSince when did "feminism" become the new f-bomb? Caitlin Moran's 'How to Be A Woman', a UK bestseller, aims to rehab the maligned term while dishing Gaga, Brazilian waxing, the wonder of motherhood, and why porn could be a beautiful thing-but isn't. "Without feminism, you wouldn't be allowed to have a debate on women's place in society," writes the London Times award-winning columnist, "You'd be too busy giving birth on the kitchen floor--biting down on a wooden spoon, so as not to disturb the men's card game….The more women argue loudly, against feminism, the more they both prove it exists and that they enjoy its hard-won privileges."
Part memoir, part manifesto, Moran's work was a hit with British readers and now she's ambushing United States with her rambunctious mix of teenage confessional, social critique, and celebrity gossip. Scared of political rants? Fear not, Moran hacks through the prickly thicket of being a woman in the 21st Century with more of a rubber chicken thanRead More »from Caitlin Moran Explains How to Be a Woman: Shine Q&A