- Mon, Dec 2, 2013 8:06 PM EST | CommentsEveryone has an opinion about UGG boots. Some say the sheepskin styles are the most comfortable shoes of all time, while experts insist they're horrible for your feet. Many people think the boots the warmest winter option, while others joke that they'd rather be freezing than wear the hideous shoes. UGGs have even been banned from a few schools after students got caught sneaking cellphones in the generously sized boots. Nevertheless, despite the decade-long debate over the controversial footwear, UGG boots have reclaimed their position as the most popular fashion item this holiday season. Google shared its Black Friday search results, and UGG boots are at the top of the fashion list, with North Face clothing and Nike Air Jordans claiming the next two spots.
The truth is, this often-mocked footwear design remains a cozy cold-weather staple among adults and children alike, and thus it's a popular holiday gift. Decker Outdoor Corporation, the parent company for UGG Australia, has had an exceptional year, with its stock increasing by 40 points since January. Maybe this is due to a lack of competition. Other trendy cold-weather footwear like leather booties, motorcycle boots, riding boots, and wellies, may look more stylish than UGGs, but perhaps they cannot compare in terms of warmth or practicality. Wearers say that UGGs feel like slippers, which aligns with the trend in recent years of comfort dressing in sweatpants and pajamas outside the house. The real secret to UGGs' continuous popularity may remain a mystery, but they have somehow outlasted Crocs and every other recent footwear fad as the company has constantly cranked out new versions of its classic short boots. Here are some of their wildest models available this holiday season. — By Joanna Douglas, Yahoo Shine Senior Fashion & Beauty Editor
- Mon, Dec 2, 2013 8:05 PM EST | CommentsMove over "Cava-poo-chon" because there's a new mixed-breed animal in town being crowned the world's cutest hybrid animal. "Dirds," also known as "Dogbirds," are an awesome breed that meshes the best qualities of a dog — their expressive eyes, adorable ears and slobbering mouths — with bird bodies. But don't be fooled by the superrealistic images that, at first glance, seem to confirm the existence of dog head/bird body creatures flying around. Unfortunately, Dirds weren't created by geneticists in a scientific laboratory, but instead by people more like you and me, who may or may not have a PhD, but do have advanced computer skills in photo manipulation. Hybrids like the Wholphin (killer whale and dolphin), Grolar Bear (grizzly bear and polar bear), and Cheetoh (Bengal cat and ocicat) actually exist, but with the wonders of image editing we can easily imagine a day when cross-breeds like Dirds, Belugulls (beluga whale and seagull), and Pengwhale (penguin and whale) really roam the Earth. With a Reddit thread started a few months ago called HybridAnimals, people have submitted their mixed-breed dream creatures from land, sky or sea. Countless combinations have been made, but the Dird seems to stand out in the crowd as the favorite. Contributor gyyp appears to be the originator of the Dird, and after the fly away success of one in particular, the Purd (pug and bird), others have tried to emulate it by creating kooky Dogbird amalgams of their own. However, until the day when Dirds truly become man's best friend, enjoy the wackiness of the Internet's latest mind-blowing manipulated creations. — Lauren Tuck, Shine Staff
- Tue, Nov 19, 2013 11:03 AM EST | Commentsby Sarah Ferguson
Even if nail art is dead to you, you must admit: nothing screams "holiday season" quite like a hand full of twinkling glitter. Of course, icy blues, Christmas-y reds and greens are festive, too. And then you've got your rich navys and plums-decadent, just like the season itself.
Feeling festive yet? Click through above to shop winter and holiday-perfect nail colors.
- Mon, Dec 2, 2013 11:47 AM EST | CommentsAn amazing photographer Sarah Beth, from Minneapolis, MN has been offering a unique service she calls "Joy Sessions" under her distinctive pet photography business Sarah Beth Photography. And when I saw her photos, I instantly fell in love. Joy Sessions began almost 4 years ago and it was inspired by a black lab service dog named Joy, who Sarah Beth met when she was commissioned to photograph her owner Joan, who didn't have much time left on this earth. Sitting and talking with Joan, who shared her incredible bond and love for her service dog Joy, an idea sparked. Sarah Beth decided to offer end-of-life photography sessions, which highlight the relationship between human and elderly or terminally ill pets. These sessions, according to Sarah Beth, "really are for people who want to celebrate the happiness - the joy - their pets have brought to their lives," and her images capture this joy and happiness so beautifully.
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- Wed, Nov 27, 2013 6:15 PM EST | CommentsA new project from photographer Alexander Khokhlov is prompting doubletakes and pushing portraiture in a new direction. The Moscow-based artist’s latest series, dubbed “2D or not 2D,” uses heavy makeup and post-production techniques to transform human faces into seemingly two-dimensional images. “We tried to make ‘alive posters,’” Alexander Khokhlov tells Yahoo Shine. “It’s challenging to make people look like a poster while at the same time not very digitized.” Working with makeup artist Valeriya Kutsan, and his wife, Veronica (whom he also describes as his muse), Khokhlov shot a total of 13 images, some of which are still in production. Here's a look at our favorite finished shots.— Jennifer Carofano
- Wed, Nov 27, 2013 12:33 PM EST | CommentsThanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays of the year. I love all of the family and friends gathering together to gorge themselves on turkey and pie. What could be better? The fall decorations are so beautiful as well, and there are so many decorative DIY projects you can do to make the season come alive. To help get your kids as excited as you are, go after some amazing and easy crafts that they can do themselves. Some are educational, some are festive, but they are all pretty cute and a lot of fun! Click through for 7 awesome and easy Thanksgiving DIYs for kids! -By Melanie Blodgett
- Wed, Nov 27, 2013 10:34 AM EST | CommentsHave you been asked to come bearing something to accompany the turkey? domino magazine's hit parade of sides and a dessert will help the decision-making process. Better still, tote your contribution in a dish that's cute enough to serve in and cheap enough to leave as a gift for the host.
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- Tue, Nov 26, 2013 8:20 PM EST | CommentsYou already know that turkey is the most important part of the Thanksgiving meal. Why else would we call the holiday Turkey Day? But while many home cooks think nothing of spending hours upon hours brining, basting, and baking the perfect bird, when it comes to serving the thing, most of us fall apart, turning instead to Uncle Jim or Grandpa Fred to do the honors and get the applause.
This year, though, is going to be different. The people behind the classic cookbook Joy of Cooking are sharing the six basic steps you need to know to tackle turkey carving, so that you can grab that knife yourself and finally get the credit you deserve for mastering the main course.
- Tue, Nov 26, 2013 11:19 AM EST | CommentsBy Tara Rasmus, Refinery29
Call us fickle, but we never seem to be able to resist the siren song of a new skin-care product - a habit which tends to leave our medicine cabinets clogged and our skin freaking out from the lack of routine. Yes, we know we should probably find a super-basic, French-lady-worthy skin regimen, but the promises of new lotions and potions are just too much to resist. How can we say no to all of the latest claims and promises?
Well, our Euro-chic skin-care dreams have come true: The latest skin craze is micellar cleansing waters, which are liquids that claim to take the place of cleanser, toner, and makeup remover. According to dermatologist Dr. Brandt, who recently debuted his very own one, micellar water does all of the work of multiple products - without disturbing the skin's delicate pH balance.
"Micelles are tiny molecules that are extended in water, and they help digest oil, debris, makeup, and dirt from the face and hold onto it, so that it's swept away," explains the derm. "The micellar water won't disturb the pH balance of your face, unlike regular water that can vary between acidic and alkaline. Plus, [micellar water] is also anti-inflammatory."
So, if you're wondering if you have the right skin type to benefit from this all-in-one skin-care superstar, the answer is: yes. According to Dr. Brandt, there's no skin type that wouldn't benefit from micellar water. It's gentle enough that it won't irritate even the most sensitive skin types, yet powerful enough to replace all three steps of your cleansing routine. Bottom line: It's clean, soft, soothed skin made foolproof.
Click through to check out Dr. Brandt's micellar-packed pick, along with four more ways to get your super-quick cleanse on!
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- Tue, Nov 26, 2013 10:53 AM EST | CommentsAs jam-packed as the holiday party season is, many of us have made room for a new go-to event in recent years: the ugly Christmas sweater party. The tradition reportedly got its start in 2001, when two guys in Vancouver, Canada, threw the first official fugly function of its kind. Since then, the idea has not only spread to the States but all over the Internet, where many of the world's most terribly tacky sweaters live on. National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day isn't until December 20, so there's still plenty of time to buy (hint: eBay is a goldmine) or make (YouTube tutorials galore!) the most ghastly and repugnant sweater you possibly can. Here, some inspiration for your ugly Christmas sweater hunt. — Lauren Tuck, Shine Staff
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