Blog Posts by Jennifer Romolini, Shine editor in chief

  • Why Do We Care If Justin Bieber Smokes Pot?

    Justin Bieber might make girls swoon, but his outfits are terrible.On Tuesday evening, celeb photographer Chris Guerra died tragically while trying to capture paparazzi photos of singer Justin Bieber. But these weren't just any photos.

    According to TMZ, Guerra made a call shortly before his death to alert his photo agency that Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez were staying at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, that he had spotted their cars there, and...that he thought he'd seen Bieber smoking pot in one the said cars.

    Shortly after this call, Guerra was hit crossing a busy street and killed while pursuing the image.

    The pointless death of a young guy in his prime (Guerra was 29) is truly sad, but--in our aggro-paparazzi times--it's hardly surprising. An exclusive Bieber-pot-toking pic could fetch a photographer well into six figures and get picked up by thousands of gossip-greedy tabloids the world over. Guerra was just being good at his job, even if his job was to hunt teenage celebrities.

    The larger question here is: Why the hell do we care

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  • Kim Kardashian Pregnant with Kanye West's Baby: We Don't Know Where to Begin with This

    Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have procreated Oh my goodness, guys, this is what happened Sunday tonight: Kanye West stood on a stage in Atlantic City and announced to thousands of fans that his girlfriend, reality-television empress Kim Kardashian, is carrying a tiny little West in her very famous womb.

    West announced the pregnancy to concertgoers and told fans to congratulate his "baby mom" on "this amazing thing."

    Immediately after this announcement, about a million people no one knows started talking about the Kimye baby on Twitter. And immediately after that, various Jenner-Kardashian-Odoms chimed in:

    Khloé Kardashian Odom (the Kardashian my 81-year-old grandmother likes the best, yes, everyone is watching their show) wrote, "Keeping secrets is hard with so many family members! Especially when you are so freaking excited!!!!! LOVE is everything!!!!"

    "Im a happy girl !!!!!!!!! Wowza! Oh BABY BABY BABY," said momager (TM) Kris Jenner.

    And sensible sister Kourtney Kardashian became uncharacteristically jubilant with this

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  • What Do You Lie to Your Partner About? (I Lie About Money)

    All the money I lie about.I am not an inherently dishonest person. I don't cheat or steal; my issues with authority make me compulsively confessional to bosses, cops, the insurance guy, and our cleaning lady; and I'm not even one of those married ladies who casually flirts on Facebook. But I do lie to the person most important to in my life and when I lie, I lie about money.

    Turns out, I'm not alone. In a recent poll of 23,000 women conducted by the "Today Show" and Self Magazine, 46 percent of women admitted to regularly lying to their partners about financial matters--everything from concealing debt to hiding major purchases.

    To be clear, my own lies are not serious, I-jus'-gambled-the-house-away-at-my-wild-Pokeno-game, they're more small, meaningless (and unnecessary) fibs that I find myself unable to stop telling. I shave money off purchase prices, stretch the truth on bargains, and exaggerate my need to own new things. Usually my lies unfold like this:

    Husband: "Is that a new dress? It's nice."

    Me:

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  • When I Grow Up, I Want to Be Lana Del Rey

    Well, I want to be singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey without all the weird career controversy and name changing (real name: Elizabeth Woolridge Grant) and dating Axl Rose. Really I just want all of Lana's ladylike-perfect clothes. I have rarely, in recent memory, seen a woman who looks so lovely, so often; who pulls off red carpet looks, on-stage looks, and street looks, who just knows who she is style-wise and nails it each and every time. These are my favorite Lana looks from the past few months.


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  • Shine Tries It: Ken Paves' SelfHelp Hair Program ("Hollywood's Secret to Hair Therapy!" Really?)


    This is how refreshing SelfHelp Hair Shampoo is on TV. Not so much in real life. This is how refreshing SelfHelp Hair Shampoo is on TV. Not so much in real life. Welcome to "Shine Tries It," a new feature where we try things so you don't have to. Every Friday our editors will road-test unusual products and unbelievable promises to find out what lives up to the hype and what doesn't. Warning: don't try any of this at home until we do.


    I have a problem with infomercials. It dates back to the late 90s when I was a waitress in Boston; I'd come home late from a dinner shift, crack open whatever booze was around, and turn on the TV. Because I was 24, poor, and cable-less, television at that hour involved two choices: fuzzy, unwatchable "Frasier" reruns (Niles, so dreamy) or an array of glossy, sitcom-length commercials hawking products I always seemed to need. Because I was drunk, I often bought them. Throughout this period, I three-easy-payments-'d my way into a manual ice cream maker/food processor (there is a reason these appliances have a motor, by the way: this product was akin to a butter churn), an Epilady which gave me shocks and a nasty

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  • The Muppets Take Shine!

    Miss Piggy plays editor-in-chief of Shine for the day (fyi: her office is waaayy nicer than mine).Miss Piggy plays editor-in-chief of Shine for the day (fyi: her office is waaayy nicer than mine).Last month, The Muppets (or, rather, their people, you know how it is, they're...fancy) contacted Shine with a request: Could they guest edit our site for one day? It took us seconds to reply with a resounding "Hell's yes!" I mean, it was a pretty obvious decision. Who doesn't love and have ridiculously happy memories of Piggy, Kermit, Fozzie, Gonzo and the gang? All of us at Shine do, for sure--in fact, this request sparked a major Muppets-memory-lane conversation, which sparked a weeks-long obsession, which ultimately inspired Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor Joanna Douglas to dress as an ultra-glam version of Miss Piggy for Halloween.

    So, what did The Muppets want to do on Shine? Blog, of course. Help us with story ideas. And, on the eve of the premiere of their new movie (simply titled "The Muppets," because really did we need any more 'splainin?), they especially wanted to share the wisdom that comes from decades of adventures, high-jinks, friendship, love, and, of course, jewel

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  • The Muppets' Janice on Love and Relationships with Unavailable Men

    In Shine's exclusive interview, rock icon and lead guitarist for The Electric Mayhem Band Janice talks about love, life and, like, everything else, fer sure.

    Shine: Why are women obsessed with rock musicians and other unavailable men?

    J: Unavailable men, whether they're rockers or not, are like always totally hot….At least until they become available, and you realize all that intense attitude and quirky behavior is, like, totally annoying. The difference with rockers is, they're louder and tend to, like, use up all your hair care products.

    Shine: Who is your female rock idol and why?
    J: Oh wow! I got so many rock goddesses in my pantheon. (Which is like a hall of fame, not a sportscar. Groovy, huh?) Definitely Joan Jett, Chrissie Hynde, Aviril Lavigne, Janice Joplin, Hayley Williams, Pat Benatar, Stevie Nicks…….etcetera, like, etcetera… Why are they my idols? Whoa, like, if you, like, have to, like, ask…then there's no way I can, like, explain. Listen and you'll totally grok what

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  • The Swedish Chef's Favorite Thanksgiving Recipe

    EDITOR'S NOTE: We asked world-renowned culinary expert, The Swedish Chef, to cook (or in his case, køøk) up a special treat for Thanksgiving. And so...the Chef came up with a recipe for Sweet Potato Pineapple Casserole. Here it is, translated (thank goodness) with comments from the Chef on how you can make it too!

    Sweet Potato Pineapple Casserole
    SWEDISH CHEF: Ya ya de yümmee-yümmee shweetie tater un de piney-aplle mishy-møøshy der køøkee üpp kvickee-qvick…..

    Ingredients:
    3 sweet potatoes
    CHEF: De shweetie tater

    1/2 cup crushed pineapple with juice
    CHEF: De piney-aplle un dee squeezee-squoosh

    1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
    CHEF: De rollee-stoneee jagger søngee

    3 tablespoons butter
    CHEF: De chuürnee-chuürnee

    Directions:
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)
    CHEF: Ooh das der heisers, yøøbetcha!

    2. Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.

    CHEF: Slickee fisker dee dishees

    3. In a large soup pot, boil sweet potatoes whole until soft.

     Remove skins, and dice into

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  • Kermit the Frog's Top Tips for Being "Green"

    Hi ho, Kermit the Frog here…and I'm here to say "it's easy being green". Oh, I know, you've heard me sing just the opposite. And it's true that it might be nicer being red, or yellow, or gold or something much more colorful like that. But right now I'm talking about how easy it is to Go Green--doing little things to conserve energy, protect the environment and basically make this planet an even better place for people, frogs and other species.

    Here are a few simple tips to help you Go Green.

    1. Turn Off The Lights When You Leave the Room.

    That's just good sense. You don't need lights to see if you're not in the room, right? And if you're in the room - especially with a pig who wants to hug and kiss you - make sure you leave the room before she turns off the lights.

    2. Time Your Showers So You Don't Waste Water. Personally, I prefer to soak in the swamp. (Nothing like pond scum to keep amphibious skin supple and smooth.) But if you're not a frog and you take showers, keep your

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  • Miss Piggy’s Top 10 Fashion Tips

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    1. If it's expensive (and he's paying)…it fits!

    2. Your wardrobe should always make a statement. Mine says: "Hey, look at moi! I'm wearing haute couture…and you're not!"

    3. Never wear anything that makes it impossible to enter a room without turning sideways.

    4. Remember that style comes in all sizes. So, the bigger you are, the more style you have, n'est ce pas!?

    5. Avoid body piercing: Moi much prefers to skewer others.

    6. Watch what vous eat: My advice: Never eat anything you can't lift.

    7. Don't be a fashion victim: If you enter a room and it's assumed that you lost the bet…go home and change.

    8. Be happy with who you are. And if this doesn't work for you, then be happy with who I am!

    9. The best things in life are free. But only if you're being comped.

    10. If you're dating a frog, make sure your wardrobe is waterproof. If you're dating moi's frog, you're toast, sister!

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