Remember the days when a new t-shirt meant ripping open a $9.99 three-pack of Fruit of the Looms? Well, get over it. This week, J. Crew came out with its new fall catalog and amongst the cardigans and "toothpick" jeans, was an item that looked very much like a t-shirt. A $1000 dollar t-shirt. The offering is jarring, particularly since CEO Mickey Drexler recently apologized to a long-time customer who complained that the brand had strayed from its classic style and core values, writing, "We are on it for sure. I hope you see a difference this fall." Umm, not really. But J. Crew's item is just one of many insanely priced tees, from Gwyneth Paltrow's "perfect" white version, to a jewel-encrusted number that costs more than most people's 401K. --Sarah B. Weir, Shine StaffRead More »from Insanely Expensive T-Shirts (Like J. Crew's $1000 Edition)
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- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Author Blog Posts – Thu, Aug 22, 2013 3:15 PM EDT
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Healthy Living – Wed, Aug 21, 2013 4:02 PM EDT
Liz Lee, 59, hadn't seen her brother Eugene Butler in 50 years — until she encountered him by chance at the nursing home where he is a patient and she works as an occupational therapy assistant.
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"They were separated when they were young," Eric Umali, the assistant director of nursing at Centinela Grand Healthcare Center in Perris, California, tells Yahoo! Shine. "They first saw each other in a hallway. We were all very happy for Liz. It was a good feeling in the facility."
Lee, whose maiden name is Butler, was raised by her grandparents in Los Angeles along with her six other siblings. When she was 9 and brother Eugene was 12, their grandfather died, according to the Press-Enterprise. The children were all sent to live with different relatives. Lee recalled that Eugene, who is cognitively impaired, was particularly upset by their grandfather's death.
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- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Healthy Living – Wed, Aug 21, 2013 12:44 PM EDT
blogger Roni Noone knows very well. It took her 12 months to drop 70 pounds and, as she writes on her blog chronicling her weight loss and her effort to get off the yo-yo dieting cycle, "It was frickin' hard and sometimes I was HUNGRY but I kept at it."Wouldn't it be incredible if "fat melted off like butter" without diet or exercise? And all it took was just popping a natural daily supplement or two? Unfortunately, that's not how it works, as
So Noone says she was surprised to spot her actual before and after photographs that she had posted on her blog — taken exactly one year apart — being used as a Facebook ad for supplements called "Garcinia Cambogia XT" and "Natural Cleanse Plus," which claimed that the pictures were taken over the course of just 30 days and that "New York blogger Jess" had lost nearly 30 pounds over five weeks while taking both pills.
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- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Parenting – Tue, Aug 20, 2013 2:41 PM EDT
Expecting Better by Emily Oster
Pregnant women queuing up for a double latte or (gasp!) ordering a glass of wine at a restaurant, can sometimes feel as if someone might call social services to report them for fetus abuse, so ingrained are the rules about proper and healthy pregnancy behavior.
Emily Oster, PhD, isn't an obstetrician, she's an economist. And her new book, "Expecting Better," is full of recommendations that buck conventional wisdom about what you can and can't do during pregnancy—including consuming alcohol and caffeine. It's both liberating and sure to raise some hackles.
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Oster, who specializes in health economics and teaches at the University of Chicago, was inspired to write her book when she became pregnant three years ago. "Like pretty much every other woman, I found I was facing a bunch of new decisions—from the big ones like prenatal testing to the little ones like whether to have a cup of coffee," she told Yahoo! Shine. "The
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Beauty – Mon, Aug 19, 2013 5:02 PM EDT
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Mandela, who lives with her husband and son in Atlanta, stopped cutting her hair in her 20s. "I started growing my hair 25 years ago, when I started having certain dreams and visions," she said. Growing dreadlocks was part of a spiritual journey to completely remake her life. Now, Mandela says, she has countless fans who call her a "living legend" and the "ninth wonder of the world." She has to carry her hair, which weighs in at 39 pounds, in a cloth baby sling when she goes out.
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At first, her family, who originally came from Trinidad, didn't approve. "My mom told me to remove the mop from my head before I am welcomed in herRead More »from Woman with Longest Dreadlocks: 'I Would Never Cut My Hair'
There is no such thing as a free lunch ... or an all-expenses paid trip to Acapulco. That's what "The Price Is Right" contestant Andrea Schwartz found out when she scored $33,000 worth of prizes, including a shiny red Mazda 2 compact car, a pool table, and a shuffle board table, on the popular television game show.
Schwartz told Yahoo! Shine that contestants won't quite know what hit them if they make it on to the show. "It's a whirlwind, they kind of shove you around, and then you are suddenly in the parking lot, saying, 'I just played Plinko.'" You may not be prepared for the hefty taxes you'll owe before picking up your prize, either.A.V. Club. "After the show, you fill out some paperwork and basically sign your life away. You say that you're going to pay the taxes on Read More »from The Price Is Right ... and the Taxes Are High
- As a teenager, I imagined a "gender Utopia" where we all wore androgynous suits and had equal access to the field of lumberjacking. Years later, I appreciate difference as much as I once thought homogeneity was the same thing as equality. Yes, my husband makes me laugh (or annoys me) when he does some "guy thing" like being oblivious to our daughter's new purple hair or stopping for take-out ribs on the way home from dinner at a ribs joint, but being okay with difference also means a four-year-old boy won't get bullied when he shows up to pre-K in a skirt.
Comments on the differences between the sexes abound on Twitter, where the hashtag 'Things Guys Don't Say' is trending. It's full of stale observations about men being horny slobs and women buying too many shoes, but, well, some men are horny slobs, and some women are obsessed with shoes and maybe having a laugh about it will mean we won't have a fight about it later. Here are our top ten:Read More »from Top 10 Things Guys Don’t Say
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Parenting – Fri, Aug 16, 2013 12:09 PM EDT
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Parenting – Thu, Aug 15, 2013 12:32 PM EDT
The average family spends over $600 a year on back-to-school shopping, making it the second-biggest consumer-spending season of the year. Sure, it's easy to blow a wad of cash - especially when your children are anxious about making a good impression on their first day back - but you really don't have to break the bank to find fun items that kids will love. Here are Yahoo! Shine's picks for the coolest - and most affordable - items available. --Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior WriterRead More »from Best Back-to-School Items for Under $25: Cheap and Chic
- Nike halted production on a line of sportswear on Wednesday after an outcry that the designs were culturally insensitive. The women's running tights, bodysuit, and sports bra in the Nike Pro Tattoo Tech line were decorated with a pattern based on Samoan tattoos called pe'a, which are traditionally reserved for men.
"To the outside world it's just a design," a commenter, Freddie Ika, wrote on a Change.org petition that was launched on August 2 to protest the sale of the items. "But to my Polynesian people, it's sacred." Another comment read, "I am 100% Samoan and I find Nike's blatant disrespect and profit over my culture's way of life shameless and irreverent. The tatau is thousands of years old with a tradition of honor and you have reduced it to $80 Spanx. Remove at once!"
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