Here at Shine, we're are all about the bikini. But we have to admit, for such a freckle of a garment, it sure stirs up a lot of passion-and not always the right kind.
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- Liz Brody | Love + Sex – Fri, Jul 16, 2010 12:06 AM EDT
Read More »from What's Your Favorite Position in Bed? (um, no, not sleeping)
When Mastering Multiple Position Sex arrived in the mail this week, my boyfriend turned the color of wasabi. "You ordered that," he asked?
I explained I was interviewing the author. "Hmmm," he hmmmed, sounding relieved. "I thought great sex was about being emotionally close anyway, and all that trapeze stuff was for the porn industry." (I wonder if he's been reading my magazines.)
Well, obviously he's right about the intimacy factor. But I am curious to know if certain positions-pure logistics here-are best for women.
Apparently this is not a burning question among research funders, as I couldn't find a single good study on the topic. And when I did call the author of that book, sex counselor Eric Marlowe Garrison, he didn't know either. The same with Rebecca Rosenblat, aka Dr. Date, a relationship and sexuality therapist, who hosts a TV show called Sex @11 in Toronto. Clearly, we need to do our own Shine poll.
But first, the sexperts did have a few things to say I thought worth
- Liz Brody | Bikini – Wed, Jul 14, 2010 9:47 PM EDT
Read More »from Abs up the Yin Yang! 4 moves from Europe's hot new fitness import
Did something get lost in the translation? "BodyART," a workout that has taken off all over Europe, brings to mind tattoos and navel piercings more than some kind of sweaty exercise. Then again, I suppose you could call muscle sculpting "art." And the truth is, this is nothing like any fitness class I've ever taken. I'm trying to put my finger on what's so cool about it.
The Swiss creator, Robert Steinbacher (he's not too hard on the eyes, ladies), has been a dancer, a physical therapist for handicapped children, a personal trainer, and a yoga instructor-and he took everything on his bio palette and mixed it up into a whole new color. The result is a workout that saturates the body-strengthening it from the inside out, while burning fat, and making you limber, all in a seamless flow of unusual movement.
"He built his philosophy basically on yin and yang," says Taj Harris, a BodyART instructor at Crunch, which brought the workout to the U.S. this spring. "For everything masculine and
Model Kate Dillon speaks outâ€”about being too skinny, too plus-size, and what's up with the Crystal controversyBy Liz Brody | Bikini – Tue, Jul 13, 2010 3:58 AM EDT
On a 103-degree morning, Kate Dillon breezes into a New York coffee house and plunks down on a torn couch with one thing on her mind: food. There's nothing about her-the generic jeans, flats, boho blouse, E-Z Pass ponytail-that reads fashion model.
Don't get me wrong. Dillon, at 36, is a slow-mo knockout. Her skin is so luxurious, just gazing at it feels like receiving a spa treatment. And that bewitching, asymmetric smile-shot through with intelligence-has taken her from rubbing hipbones down the runway with Kate Moss, to being the first plus-size siren to ever grace the pages of Vogue (check out her most recent spread. It's smoking.)
"The spinach and salmon frittata, please, with a decaf soy-milk latte."
Four months pregnant, Dillon can't order fast enough. Pre-preggo, she says, "I only watched calories when I was training for a triathlon or running race. If I don't, I'll eat way too much." She laughs. "In general, though, I give in to temptation-pizza, French fries, Read More »from Model Kate Dillon speaks outâ€”about being too skinny, too plus-size, and what's up with the Crystal controversy
Forget cheating scandals. Forget the whole rehab thing. With Mel Gibson joining the ranks of celebrities accused of smacking, punching, and choking their women, the "issue du jour" is domestic violence.
This week, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department started investigating charges by Gibson's former girlfriend, Russian musician Oksana Grigorieva, 40, that on January 6th he hit her twice in the face-hard enough to knock out a tooth, break a veneer, and cause a concussion-all while she was holding their 3-month-old daughter, Lucia (over whom the couple have been bitterly fighting for custody). Now Radar.com reports that it has obtained an audiotape in which he actually admits to hitting her, saying she "deserved" it. And apparently there are more tapes. "Oksana was so concerned for her life after Mel made death threats," a source tells the site, "that she resorted to covertly recording him."
Things are getting spicier by the moment. According to People.com today, our 54-year-oldRead More »from The Mel Gibson Messâ€”and he's not the only one
"As the crow flies" is usually welcome news. Except when those avian feet head straight for your face and leave their telltale tracks around the eyes. But if aging is inevitable, its pace definitely isn't. As for breakouts, dryness, and general epidermal malaise? Here's what's wrecking your skin-and how to turn it around:
1. The Kate Gosselin Effect. We're talking about overexposure-solar, in this case.(If we'd called this one "Sun," your eyes might have glazed.) From wrinkles to cancer, photoaging is "the single biggest cause of damage to the skin," declares Skin Care & Repair, a new report from Harvard Medical School.
Skin Fix: You know the drill-sunscreen that's least SPF 30 and protects against both UVA and UVB rays. (Men, don't forget behind the ears and neck). Consumer Reports' top-rated product this year is Up & Up Sport Continuous SPF 30 from Target. Most dermatologists aren't concerned about retinyl palmitate, which controversial research suggests may actually causeRead More »from 10 Things that are ruining your skin
Roll out of bed, wake up your brain, and work out your body in (good morning!) 6 minutes. It's even better with your eyes closed.Read More »from 6-Minute Bikini Blast
We're not saying that 6 minutes will turn you into Kim Kardashian. But this routine is more than genius. New York City trainer Michael Gonzalez-Wallace has been teaming up with a Columbia University neuroscientist for the last couple of years to design what can only be called the next generation of exercise.
"In the begining I was training all these very succesfful people, but their minds would be on something else," says Gonzalez-Wallace. So he began to add balance and coordination challenges to the strength-training moves, inspired by his years as a former semi-pro basketball player in Spain. Sometimes he even had his clients exercise with their eyes closed. "I started seeing incredible results. The older ones were thinking more sharply and the young people were getting massive definition-really fast."
Since then, science has confirmed his instincts and
Grab a Starbucks strawberry scone in the morning and by the time you arrive at work, you've blown your saturated fat allotment for the day. That's according to the U.S. Government's new advisory report-a precursor to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines comimg out later this year. It's also what the American Heart Association recommends.Read More »from Fat Mythâ€”Busted
Saturated fat has been on the food terrorist list for a while (code name "heart attack on a plate.") So it was quite a shock when, earlier this year, research in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found otherwise. The authors reviewed 21 studies involving 347,747 people, looking for the link between eating saturated fat and the risk of heart disease, and found... nada. Now, if you're a suspicious sort, you might note that some of the funding came from the National Dairy Association (butter, cream, and cheese being poster foods for saturated fat). But the authors-and the National Institutes of Health, which also provided support-went further to ask a
- Liz Brody | Bikini – Thu, Jul 1, 2010 1:42 AM EDT
Candy is obviously not the go-to food when you're trying to lose weight. It's kind of like shopping for Manolos on a Payless budget. But we adore our shoes and our sweets. And if metallic is the new black, then cocoa is the color of confection. In our recent snacking poll, 23 percent of you admit to a weakness for candy, but of those, 21 percent say it's all about chocolate.
True, we're always reading stories about how chocolate is a health food; its flavonoids seem to reduce blood pressure, and a good portion of its fats don't clog the circulatory system. But that's when you nibble on it-and minus the chewy, gooey, truffley, nuggets that make us eat it in large, caloric amounts.
So check out this healthy GPS to guide you through the chocolate candy aisles-and beyond. Thanks to The Nutrition Twins, Tammy Lakatos Shames and Lyssie Lakatos, both registered dietitians and authors of The Secret to Skinny and Fire Up Your Metabolism, we've got some great ways to treat aRead More »from Lovinâ€™ Chocolate? 10 Smart Nixes and Healthy Fixes
"I'd rather go though menopause again than work out," Joy Behar told a panel of heart doctors at a small gathering I happened to be at. When everyone chuckled, the TV talk-show host quipped, "How many calories does that burn?"Read More »from Can't Stand Exercise?
She may have been going for a laugh, but she wasn't exactly joking.
Nor was singer and reality TV weight-loser, Carnie Wilson, when she spoke to People magazine earlier this year. "I loathe it!" she said of exercise. "When we were out today, I said, 'God, it's a gorgeous day.' And what did I think? I just want a big tub of buttered popcorn and I want to lie on the couch and watch a movie... not, 'It's a lovely day, let's go for a jog!' Maybe Renée Zellweger would, but not me."
For some lucky souls (Renée apparently being one of them), exercise is like Prozac in motion . It rings up such a mood ka-ching, they can't wait for the next sweaty hit. But for most people, there are a million things they'd rather do. And clearly, they go ahead and do those other