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
Blog Posts by Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Healthy Living – Thu, Aug 30, 2012 3:41 PM EDT
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | 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, Shine Senior Writer | 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, Shine Senior Writer | 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, Shine Senior Writer | 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, Shine Senior Writer | 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
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Financially Fit – Thu, Aug 16, 2012 2:12 PM EDT
Do you know what's under the hood? Nowadays, people barely read their automobile manual, let alone tinker with their engine. Audra Fordin, the owner of Great Bear Auto and Body Shop in Queens, NY, tells Shine that you can save hundreds of dollars a year by tackling basic repairs yourself. "There are a ton of things you can fix--from wipers, to fuses, to headlights--with ten dollars and a screw driver instead of a trip to the garage."
Fordin, a fourth generation mechanic, learned her trade by her father's side. "My dad was a workaholic," she laughs. "I was a little girl who wanted to hang with daddy. In order to do that, I had to work." Fordin is spreading the knowledge. A mom of three, she works with the Girl Scouts and runs workshops and an instructional website, Women Auto Know. "Its always easier to be ripped off when you are uneducated," she warns. "With education comes confidence. You won't be messed with as easily."
Here are her topRead More »from How Not to Get Ripped Off on Car Repairs: Lessons from a Woman Mechanic
New York City-based photographer Rachel Hulin got the idea to create shots of her baby Henry flying last summer, when he was six months old. "He was a baby who loved to be lifted up," she tells Shine. "I was always taking pictures of him and I had an epiphany that it would be interesting to try that without another person." Hulin recalls the first images looked a little "spooky." Like many new moms, Hulin was always wondering what was going on in his mysterious baby brain. "It was Henry's world," she says. "The pictures were kind of an allegory for that." Now, at eighteen months old, Hulin says it's getting harder to photograph him airborne. "First we investigate and find a good spot that Henry is interested in," she explains. "My husband will lift him really quickly and see what pose he strikes." Mom says that about half the time the picture doesn't work. "But sometimes it's magical!"
Hulin is compiling the photographs to illustrate a children's book. Flying Henry will beRead More »from Mom Photographs Flying Baby