Blog Posts by Piper Weiss, Shine Staff

  • Kate Middleton's Maternity Muse? Lady Di's Pregnant Years Provide Inspiration

    When you're pregnant, everyone seems to offer unsolicited advice. But if Kate Middleton needs a fashion muse for her maternity wear, she need look no farther than her late mother-in-law. The People's Princess blossomed during pregnancy, remaining loyal to her two favorite designers, and letting her mood, rather than a guest list, dictate her wardrobe choices.


  • Kate Middleton's Maternity Style: What Will the Royal Mom-to-Be Wear?

    Move over Hollywood moms, there's a new maternity fashion icon. With Kate Middleton pregnant, the clothing industry is giddily anticipating a "Kate Effect." for the baby bump set. "Everything from styles through fabrics to designers are going to benefit," royal expert Charles Jacoby tells Yahoo! Shine. The biggest benefactors, of course, will be those lucky designers who become Kate's go-to stylists for the next nine months. So who will they be and how will Kate's look evolve with impending motherhood? We've got some ideas.

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  • Real Kid Dolls: The Most Realistic (and Creepy) Dolls We've Ever Seen

    Have you heard of the "uncanny valley"? That's the theory of life-like inanimate objects. The more human they look the cuter they become, that is, until they're almost too human. Then they start to creep us out. That point of no return is called the "uncanny valley," and it's the home to a collection of dolls created by French Artist Laurence Ruet. Ruet is one of a handful of specialty doll-makers customizing "fake babies" so human-looking they're often mistaken for the real thing. But Ruet doesn't stop with babies. She's created a series of life-like kid dolls with remarkably "uncanny" human features and expressions. The result is not exactly something real kids want to hug when the lights go out.


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  • Mary Jo Buttafuoco and Amy Fisher: 20 Years Later

    (via Mary Jo Buttafuoco/Getty Images)(via Mary Jo Buttafuoco/Getty Images)

    In the early '90s, everyone had a joke about the "Long Island Lolita." The tale of the promiscuous, troubled teenager who shot her lover's wife in broad daylight fueled late night monologues, "Saturday Night Live" skits, and endless tabloid alliterations.

    As a kid I remember lighthearted debates over who made the better Amy Fisher: Alyssa Milano or Drew Barrymore, both cast as stars of the made-for-TV movies. The pronunciation of 'Buttafuoco' seemed to keep adults in stitches, as did impressions of a facially-paralyzed Mary Jo.

    Looking back on the 20-year anniversary of Fisher's sentencing, the story is not the joke or sensation I remembered it once to be. It's a sad story about a troubled kid, a cheating husband, an era of demented tabloid journalism, and a woman who survived it all.

    At 57, Mary Jo Buttafuoco is both prepared and reluctant to talk about the case. In an email this week to Yahoo! Shine, she offered only a nutshell description of all that happened, perhaps

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  • Sophia Loren, 78, Outshines Supermodels at Pirelli Calendar Launch. Her Hips Don't Lie (or age).

    Sophia Loren at 78.(Venturelli/Wire Image/Getty) Sophia Loren at 78.(Venturelli/Wire Image/Getty)This is what 78 looks like...if you're Sophia Loren. The iconic Italian actress put models 50 years younger to shame when she arrived at the launch of Pirelli's of annual calendar on Tuesday night in Rio de Janeiro.

    2013 Pirelli Calendar features something new

    Dressed in a low-cut sparkling, crystal-white gown that hugged her waistline, and boldly displayed her famously age-defying curves, she proved that beauty isn't wasted on the young.

    Joined by models in their '20s like Karlie Kloss and Isabeli Fontana, the 78-year-old, held court at the event celebrating 40 years of the iconic publication.

    The Pirelli calendar, sponsored by the Italian tire company, is annual flipbook of some of the world's most stunning women. For the past 40 years it has featured everyone from Heidi Klum to Kate Moss posing in the outfits they were born to wear--that is to say practically nothing.

    Sophia Loren's purse sold for staggering six figures.

    In 2007, at the age of 72, Loren was one of

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  • Starbucks' Most Expensive Cup of Coffee Ever: Worth It?

    (Photo courtesy of Starbucks)Not long ago, $7 was the price of a hearty lunch. Now it's the price of a cup of coffee. Not just any coffee, but a Grande-sized cup of Starbucks' new Costa Rica Finca Palmilera.

    The rare beans are part of the chain's "reserve" line and the most expensive black coffee served up in Starbucks' history. (A typical Starbucks latte costs around $4)

    Here we stand on a fiscal cliff, drinking $7 coffees. Is there any way to explain it?


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    "[The] price is based on rarity, demand, and green coffee prices," a Starbucks spokesperson told Yahoo! Shine. "This coffee is not widely available, so, like an opportunity to try a wine where there is limited production, demand is high."

    For coffee snobs the price point can be justified with one word: Geisha.

    Geisha is a rare varietal of coffee beans, grown in parts of Central America, coveted for its delicate fruity aroma. Because only a small amount of farms produce the red-berry-colored

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  • Justin Bieber Needs a Makeover. Overalls Are Only Part of the Problem

    After offending Canada with the snap of an overall, Justin Bieber has some explaining to do. Why would someone old enough to vote wear Osh Kosh in the presence world leader? And why not just snap both suspenders instead of one? These are the questions coming from fans, haters, and possibly, the Prime Minister of Canada, after this weekend's wardrobe malfunction. As long as everyone's going there, we've got some questions too. For starters, who on earth is dressing Justin Bieber and why do they want to destroy him?

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  • Real Benjamin Buttons Brothers: Matthew and Michael Clark Are Aging Backwards

    The Clark brothers (courtesy of Channel4)Yahoo! editors have selected this article as a favorite of 2012. It first ran on Shine on Nov 26 and was one of the most popular stories of the year. 4,407 people commented on the story, expressing heartfelt sympathy for the family and paying tribute to the Clarks'  love for their sons.

    By the looks of their home, Tony and Christine Clark are raising two rambunctious 7-year-old boys. Model train tracks and Monopoly pieces are scattered on tables and cartoons flicker on the TV set.

    But the Clarks' two sons are grown men who share only the same interests and emotional fluctuations of little boys. Like the character portrayed by Brad Pitt in the 2008 film "The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons," Matthew, 39, and Michael, 42, are aging backwards.

    Diagnosed with a terminal form of leukodystrophy, one of a group of extremely rare genetic disorders that attack the Myelin, or white matter, in the nervous system, spinal cord, and brain. In the Clarks' case, the condition has not only

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  • Human Barbie Valeria Lukyanova is probably mostly fake, which surprises probably mostly no one

    (Courtesy of V Magazine)She's been called the human Barbie. Valeria Lukyanova, the Russian model that appears to shaped by Mattel, claims she's "endowed by nature with extraordinary external data."

    Meet the Human Barbie

    But nature isn't that mysterious, according to plastic surgery experts and websites debunking Lukyanova's all-natural claims.

    "This girl is a fraud," writes an anonymous user on the website, TheDirty.com. "She had been badly Photoshopping her photos since the beginning of her time online."

    The unverified claim goes on to compare Valeria's YouTube videos, which have been viewed by well over 4 million, with her recent photo shoot for V Magazine. In the photo shoot she looks more plastic than in a recent video where Valeria talks about the fragility of her tiny neck. (Those are the kinds of topics a real doll tackles.)

    Other websites have posted alleged old photos of the viral star looking "normal and healthy," with fuller cheeks and rounder eyes, raising questions about the role

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  • 13 Questions You Should Never Ask at Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving is a high school reunion for relatives. Everyone gathers together to reflect on where they've been, how far they've come, and how much better or worse they're doing than before.

    It's a Butterball of nerves, particularly when you factor in Thanksgiving other high-stakes ingredients: the doomsday traffic, the one crazy relative who shows up and does his/her crazy thing, the underlying family feuds, the love, the all-day drinking, the hunger--the extreme hunger!--for the perpetually "almost-ready" turkey, and those ghosts of holidays past. The result is a minefield of emotions and the reason family baggage has become such a cliché.

    We've all got it, and we bring it to the table on Thanksgiving. All it takes is a seemingly innocuous question to snap that luggage right open and turn dinner into a Eugene O'Neill play. To bypass such family drama, avoid asking the following questions, or answering them.   

    Don't ask: "What happened with that guy you brought last year?"

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