- Wed, Nov 20, 2013 11:40 AM EST | Comments
A big sale can seem overwhelming - deals galore, tons of people, and usually a short amount of time until you're ready to go home and enjoy your purchases. The best way to handle flash sales (or the kind you'll probably see in your town on Black Friday) is to have a plan of attack... and it starts with doing some work at home.
What are your tips for shopping a big sale? Share them with us!
- Tue, Nov 19, 2013 5:53 PM EST | CommentsNew Orleans-based artist Candy Chang has brought the bucket list to the masses. Her new book, “Before I Die,” released this month by St. Martin’s Press, is a collection of images and stories of Chang's very personal art installation gone global. “I’m passionate about how our public spaces can help us make sense of our lives,” Chang tells Yahoo Shine. When Chang unexpectedly lost a loved one four years ago, she wanted a way to ease her own grief and express what was meaningful to her. In 2011, she decided to turn the side of an abandoned house in her neighborhood into a giant chalkboard and stenciled it with a fill-in-the-blank statement, “Before I die I want to..." According to Chang, within a day the wall was filled with colorful chalked sentiments written by her neighbors and, since then, more than 400 walls have been replicated in more than 60 countries and 25 languages. Here, a sampling of the some of the walls from around the world — and the stories that went with them — all featured in Chang's 304-page book. — Jennifer Carofano, Shine Staff
- Tue, Nov 19, 2013 5:26 PM EST | CommentsJulia Kramer
No disrespect to Mom's stuffing, but what if this year you were to introduce a few twists to your Thanksgiving? Maybe add some duck fat. Dabble with "Friendsgiving." Even spice up your bird. Tradition can evolve. Just don't lose the mashed potatoes.
- Tue, Nov 19, 2013 2:06 PM EST | CommentsWhat’s in your fridge? Photographer Mark Menjivar wants to know. The 33-year-old San Antonio, Texas, native has spent the past four years snapping the insides of people’s refrigerators for “You Are What You Eat,” a photo series that recently inspired his first book, simply titled "Refrigerators," to be published in December. “I was hoping to learn about people through their food — refrigerators are a private space — but more importantly to shine light on how people take care of their bodies and our food supply,” Menjivar tells Yahoo Shine. Here, fascinating fridge photos that capture the lives of 10 very different people. —By Elise Sole
- Tue, Nov 19, 2013 2:04 PM EST | CommentsDark berry lips have been a huge trend all season, but thanks to the current '90s fashion revival, the look has morphed into full-blown goth. Suddenly, celebs from Jennifer Lawrence to Khloe Kardashian are looking a lot like extras from "The Craft." Velvet clothing, chokers, and black boots are all on-trend this fall, and when paired with the popular deep-color lipsticks and dark, pointy stiletto nails the result would make Morticia Addams proud. But this style isn't just for Halloween! "Although many people associate goth makeup as harsh, too dark, and overdone, it can look classy, romantic, and beautiful with the right balance of color and depth," celebrity makeup artist Michiko Boorberg tells Yahoo Shine. "You don't have to do a full goth makeup look with dark eyes and dark lips, [but] you can take elements of it and play with colors." Here's how to wear this edgy makeup look any day of the week ... By Joanna Douglas, Yahoo Shine Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor
- Tue, Nov 19, 2013 1:25 PM EST | CommentsThere are countless posts all over the Internet that pledge to "restore your faith in humanity." The story of a 5-year-old cancer patient named Miles who became Batkid for a day truly will do just that.
Miles, whose family lives in the Bay Area, has been battling leukemia since he was 2 years old, more than half his short life. He's in remission, and hopefully will stay that way.
Miles loves Batman, and his parents wrote to Make-A-Wish asking for them to help turn their son's fantasy of crime-fighting into a reality - or as much of a reality as possible. Amazingly, the foundation took on the family's request, and with the help of social media, they were joined by thousands of volunteers and supporters who wanted to help make the little boy's dreams come true.
Miles, dressed in uniform as Batkid, spent the day on Friday, November 16 traveling throughout the city of San Francisco - we mean Gotham - stopping The Riddler and The Penguin as thousands of people cheered him on. He rode in a Batmobile, and was given a key to the city by the mayor.
Everyone was enchanted by Batkid, and helped the fiction become more and more real. President Obama gave a shout-out to the tiny superhero, and the U.S. Attorney's office even released a fake press release indicting The Riddler and The Penguin for kidnapping and conspiracy.
Several of the actors who have played the superhero on the big and small screen, including Michael Keaton, Adam West, Christian Bale, and soon-to-be-Batman Ben Affleck, have even expressed their support of Gotham's tiniest hero. Hans Zimmer, who composed the score for "The Dark Knight" trilogy, has even completed a theme song for Batkid.
The plan was to give a little boy, one who had been through so much, a day of joy. Everyone who participated in Batkid's exploits, or watched them from the sidelines, on the livestream, or on Twitter (where #SFBatkid was a trending topic), was able to experience the same joy that comes when people come together to do something wonderful for someone else.
Relive this awesome day over and over by checking out our favorite photos from Batkid's takeover.
- Tue, Nov 19, 2013 12:39 PM EST | Comments
Last week, CBS, in a partnership with the Grammys, announced it will air a two-hour special in February featuring some of our favorite musicians performing the songs that the Beatles sang on their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. For many of us, it is our parents who will remember their personal moment when "the Beatles invasion" happened in their life. It's hard to pin down the exact instant when the whole world took notice, but about fifty years ago, music changed. The performance of the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964 is how CBS and the Grammys are measuring the Beatle's impact on music. In so many ways the Beatles have been a part of our lives. It's the little things, but we all do them: sing their songs to our children, quote their lyrics when we need that perfect phrase, celebrate when we recognize a Fab Four reference within pop culture... Here are 7 ways The Beatles are influencing us all around the world. -By Dresden Shumaker
- Tue, Nov 19, 2013 11:36 AM EST | Comments
If I could go back and tell myself certain things during my first pregnancy, I think I would have looked at the experience in a completely different way. I've learned so many things going through other pregnancies that I feel so much more prepared going through this one. Now that I have two little ones running around, this third pregnancy is completely different in so many ways. There is so much more to do and to get done, and hardly any time to really focus on the pregnancy like I did the first time. With very little time to sit and think about this pregnancy, I am taking the time I do have to sit and reflect on just how much different this experience is from my other pregnancies. -By Lauren Jimeson
- Tue, Nov 19, 2013 11:25 AM EST | CommentsOne of my favorite ways to make a room stand out is with a few really great lamps. Not only do they add some very much needed lighting to your space, but they can also add a wow factor to a room that might otherwise be lacking. It's like a two for one! Lately I have been drawn to lamps that are unique, gorgeous and get the whole lighting job done. Here are 8 really pretty lamps that would be perfect for lighting up your home!
-By Liz Stanley
- Tue, Nov 19, 2013 11:20 AM EST | CommentsI can drink my superfood smoothies for breakfast every morning and make amazing salads every day for lunch. But to me, life's not worth living if I can't indulge every now and then. I'm a firm believer that making something completely off limits will just make you obsess over it and want it more, so I'm all about everything in moderation. Yes, I sometimes eat what some would consider "junk food." I don't deprive myself of my favorite cookies or peanut butter cups, for example. I just try to make good choices most of the time so that I can fit them in. And I try not to eat them all the time. But as people pay more attention to the foods they're putting into their bodies, companies are paying more attention to what they're putting in those foods. Healthier versions of "junk food" have come out - and they're options you can actually feel good about munching on. These options are special treats, but they're special in that you shouldn't feel guilty about enjoying them! Here are just a few of my favorite substitutes for junk food favorites. You just might find a new option or two! - By Erin Whitehead
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