- Fri, Feb 28, 2014 6:16 PM EST | CommentsSisters Sophia, 3, and Sadie, 2, are too young to have seen any of the movies nominated for Best Picture in this year's Oscar race, but that doesn't mean they can't have a blast recreating scenes from the films.
Since 2012, the girls have been staging scenes from the Best Picture nominees on their Tumblr page, Don't Call Me Oscar. Their mother, Maggie Storino, takes the photographs and tells them how to pose.
"You might know that Bradley Cooper, Jared Leto and Sandra Bullock aren't Disney princesses, but the girls don't," Maggie tells the Good News. "Now they want to wear an astronaut suit and pink curlers every day."
She says their annual photo series is a great way to spend time together, especially now that they're spending most days inside their Chicago home during the polar vortex.
"Each photo took about a minute to take, but we learned some things in the process," says Maggie. "Sophia is three years old, so we're talking a lot about emotions. What could be a better education than studying the best performances of the year? Now when Sophia gets frustrated, she throws her hands in the air and shouts 'Nebraska!'"
Maggie says she and her daughters were inspired by Ellen and Neil Patrick Harris teaming up to recreate Oscar-nominated movies in 2011. "The girls are excited to watch Ellen host the Oscars on Sunday," she says. "Ellen's Oscar commercial is a big hit in our household. The girls love dancing along with Ellen to the Fitz & The Tantrums." So do we!
- Thu, Feb 27, 2014 12:33 PM EST | CommentsThough we may only know the most famous beauties of Hollywood's golden age as impossibly beautiful and untouchably immaculate, their perfect faces and figures relied on more than just good genes. Screen sirens like Rita Hayworth, Joan Crawford, and Marilyn Monroe, though lovely to begin with, were made over back then by the studios with almost frightening zeal. Screen tests were used as a way to zero in on whatever flaws the studio percieved, which were then remedied through truly bizarre, over-the-top ways. Rita Hayworth had her entire ethnicity changed; Marlene Dietrich gave herself homemade facelifts using duct tape and jewelry; and Jean Harlow doused herself with bleach and ammonia on a weekly basis to achieve that white-hot hair of hers. And there's more! So much more! Read on to discover the wacky, wild, and painful-sounding beauty regimens old Hollywood legends had to endure. — Charlotte Rudge, Shine Staff
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- Fri, Feb 28, 2014 5:33 PM EST | CommentsColor trends aren't just for the runway-Benjamin Moore's creative and color team dug into the most popular looks in fashion, textiles, and the arts to find the serene and calming palette of colors that they predict will be gracing homes across the country this year. Click through to see the colors on the walls of real homes!
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- Fri, Feb 28, 2014 4:37 PM EST | Comments
If you live in a small space, you know that clever storage ideas are really important. This DIY lets you use one of the often overlooked areas of your home for storage, your walls. These geometric hooks are easy to make and boast a modern look. Hanging items will also free up space on the surfaces in your home.
The hooks would be great for hanging jewelry and accessories in a dressing area (as shown in the slideshow above). They would also function well in a kitchen/washroom for towels, or even in an entry as coat hooks. Click through the slideshow above to learn how to make these geometric hooks.
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- Tue, Feb 25, 2014 3:16 PM EST | Commentsby Casey Lewis
Aside from a penchant for moose-embroidered flannel and an inescapably intoxicating cologne, Abercrombie & Fitch has made a name for itself with frequent star-studded campaigns that turn a lens on Young Hollywood's newest and most notable. Over the years, everyone from a fresh-outta-Nashville Taylor Swift to an on-the-cusp Channing Tatum has posed for the storied brand, and the latest crew just might be one of the coolest yet. From Arrow actor Colton Haynes to longtime Disney darling Debby Ryan, who's working on her debut album, this year's stars dominate small screens and radiowaves alike.
Since our own appreciation for Young Hollywood is well-documented, we were thrilled to team up with Abercrombie over the weekend to fete the latest campaign (which can currently be found gracing the walls of your local AF). It was a stylish crowd-inspired by the Americana vibes of the brand, everyone was decked out in their finest denim-and in addition to cheesing it up on the red carpet, there was a whole lot of St. Lucia-jamming and skee ball-playing going on.
Click through to see the campaign models including Kylie Bunbury, Steven R. McQueen, and Christa B. Allen, plus all of their cool pals who came along to congratulate them.
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- Fri, Feb 28, 2014 4:29 PM EST | CommentsBy: Bridget Clegg for TheKnot.com
Turn your wedding into a night of Hollywood romance with thematic nods to classic cinema. Honor your first date with movie-ticket-stub escort cards and glorify your weekend Netflix binges with a late-night popcorn bar. For your wedding (or your upcoming Oscar party!), incorporate the nostalgic mood of black-and-white films, the art-deco vibe of 1940s theaters and the bold personalities of Hollywood's elite with the 10 ideas below!
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- Fri, Feb 28, 2014 3:41 PM EST | CommentsUnless you've been living under a social media rock for the past 24 hours, chances are that you've seen the absolutely adorable "Mayhem" and her paper dresses. After watching her daughter play dress-up with everything possible, Angie (Mayhem's mother) suggested that they use paper, finding materials and items around the house. For the past year, the mom and daughter duo have copied celebrity dresses, Disney princesses, even iconic gowns - all made with paper. Thanks to a feature on Mommy Shorts blog, Angie & "Mayhem" have catapulted in popularity from 1200 Instagram followers to over 123,000 in just 24 hours. Mayhem is adorable, but more important, I am floored with the creativity and time taken each day to create these outfits. Angie claims she's not fashionable, but she definitely has a way with manipulating materials. I try to imagine myself sitting in my living room with my destruction-craving 4-year-old boy, and I just laugh. NO WAY would this happen in our house, but gosh, I am so glad it happens in Angie's so we can all enjoy the magic. -By Beth Anne Balance
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- Fri, Feb 28, 2014 2:56 PM EST | CommentsSome days, showers are the only relaxing time moms have, assuming their children aren't banging on the door and asking about missing puzzle pieces. Not that I know any kids like that. I max out my time in the shower with a revolving cast of body washes that smell good enough to eat. Wake-me-up lemony ones. Yummy-smelling sweet ones. They're a little indulgence that leave me feeling happy. There are many, many shower treats to choose from these days. So I decided to sniff, slather, scrub and generally soak up a new bunch of them, using samples sent by companies. These are the best-smellers that also left my skin in great shape. They're divided into citrus, coconut, fruit, vanilla and sweet categories, and range from bargain finds to worth-it splurges that turn your bathroom into a mini spa. A couple of tips: Use a shower puff to get more mileage from every squirt, and be sure to keep out of reach of little ones, so they don't snack on 'em. Enjoy! -Ellen Seidman
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- Fri, Feb 28, 2014 2:41 PM EST | CommentsPriya Rao
As we approach Hollywood's golden night on March 2, it's only natural to look back on Academy Awards of yore-the winners, the upsets, and, most importantly, the fashion. Who could forget Grace Kelly's enviable turn in a mint green Edith Head dress at the 1955 Oscars, when she won best actress for The Country Girl, or Elizabeth Taylor in a demure, pale yellow and floral Christian Dior gown at the 1961 Academy Awards? Certainly, these grand dames knew a thing or two about making an entrance. But their modern-day counterparts are equally exciting. America's sweetheart Julia Roberts wowed in vintage Valentino when she won best actress for Erin Brockovich, and more recently, Gwyneth Paltrow showed off her minimalist side with a white caped Tom Ford. Clearly, the most memorable best-dressed stars are those who make a statement on the red carpet. Click through the slide show for more of the all-time best Oscar looks.
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- Fri, Feb 28, 2014 2:32 PM EST | Commentsby Elana Fishman
The two-piece suit: It's an item of clothing that carries so many connotations, it's become a slang term for the sort of person who usually wears one. That'd be a business executive, a government official, a lawyer or someone else with an equally office-centric lifestyle. So it's little wonder why so many women steer clear of wearing suits in their day-to-day lives-outside of their 9-to-5 grind, at least-for fear of looking overly corporate or otherwise staid.
In fact, if you know how to style it, a suit can be one of the most valuable items in your entire closet. Today's versions don't just come in pinstriped or classic dark colors; some of our current favorites feature graphic prints and bold, eye-catching hues. And of course, you don't have to (and shouldn't!) wear both the jacket and bottoms together all the time-by mixing and matching them with other wardrobe standbys, you can create a ton of looks for every possible occasion, from weekend brunch to an evening cocktail party.
Still think a two-piece suit sounds boring? Click through the 10 chic and easy outfit ideas in the gallery above, and prepare to change your mind.
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