Blog Posts by Piper Weiss, Shine Staff

  • A LOOK BACK: Send Us Photos of Your Gulf Coast Memories

    A sunset stroll in the Florida Panhandle in 2004 (Scott Olson/Getty Images)A sunset stroll in the Florida Panhandle in 2004 (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
    With the oil spill capped, at least for now, it's time to look towards recovery. Considered one of the worst environmental disasters on record, the area most affected--the Gulf Coast--might never be same, at least not for years. Researchers have found that spills--and sometimes even the clean-up process--can damage the wildlife and hidden pockets of the spill area for decades.

    From Fort Myers to Corpus Christi and from New Orleans to Gulfport, an area once remarkably lush, is now marred. The fishing and tourism industries have nearly grounded to a halt, as tarballs wash ashore. When we tell our kids stories of how the Gulf once was, we'll may need photographic evidence.

    In memory of its pristine state we're asking readers to submit their own photos of the area from back in the day--when we didn't even know how lucky we were. Family vacations, lunch break snapshots, high school sports games, weddings along the shore, anything that features the Gulf as a backdrop. Post your photos to

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  • Maude Rising: A new, improved super-cougar is beguiling younger men

    The original Maude was ahead of her time in 1970 (Tom Wargacki/Wire Image)The original Maude was ahead of her time in 1970 (Tom Wargacki/Wire Image)

    Ron, a 33 year-old electrician, knew his date was going to be significantly older. Her name was Hattie, for crying out loud. "If you don't date an older woman at least once in your life you're missing out," says the self-proclaimed "cub" whose date with a 73 year-old woman is the premise of the first episode of TLC's series "Strange Sex," which premiered this week.

    Hattie, his septugenerian internet date, calls herself a cougar. She's not. She's a Maude. Of "Harold and Maude"--the cult Hal Ashby film where a 19 year-old and an 80 year-old fall in love. And it makes sense. If you haven't seen the movie, trust me.

    In the film, Ruth Gordon's character nude models, has multiple sex partners, and never asks her young cub to define their relationship. She's dying anyway.

    This is just the attitude, as strange as it sounds, that's making much older women so attractive to young men. They're confident in a way that's almost existential. It's a fearlessness that's just the opposite of classic

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  • The Ghost of Jennifer Love Hewitt Past Returns With a Message of Hope

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    I'm worried about you, Jennifer Love Hewitt. It's been a rough year, between the cancellation of the "Ghost Whisperer", another failed engagement (to Jamie Kennedy), an ill-timed how-to-find-a-man book "I Shot Cupid" which debuted just as your breakup went public, and now this.

    In "The Client List", a Lifetime made-for-TV movie, debuting tonight (9pm EST) you play a woman who turns to prostitution to support her family. Don't get me wrong, it looks awesome. But if life imitates art, you've hit rock bottom in the romance department.

    What happened to girl I used to know, who inspired Ethan Embry to write a letter in "Can't Hardly Wait"? Who inspired John Mayer to write a sleazy song in 2002? Who inspired "Party of Five" to consider an awkward spin-off in some year Before Christ? Who inspired girls like me to believe that big boobs and a rail thin body were actually something that could naturally occur in nature, at any given moment throughout the puberty process? Look, we all learned

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  • 10 Things Women Include In Their Online Dating Profiles...But Shouldn't

    That is one free-spirited woman, right guys? That is one free-spirited woman, right guys?

    Last week, I aired my grievances about the amount of bare chests, drunk wedding pictures and Fight Club references on men's online dating profiles. Despite a wealth of perfectly awesome guys, many are lacking in the self-promotion department.

    Based on the opinion of several anonymous male online daters, the same could be said for us ladies. Apparently, there are things that we include in our online profiles that are major red flags-- or just majorly eye-roll worthy--and we don't even know it. And then there's the argument, if he doesn't get us, then he's just doesn't deserve us. Sure, we can go with that.

    1. LOVE ME, LOVE MY MUSTACHE
    So this is a thing. We like to include one whimsical photo where we have a drawn-in, store-bought or make-shift finger mustache. It's our version of the guy's Halloween photo. I guess it's supposed to say "I don't take to myself to seriously" or "I'm not afraid to look ugly which bodes well in the bedroom". But because it's such a common gimmick

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  • WHY CAN'T YOU BE MORE LIKE JASON HOPPY? Women across America ask their men, rhetorically

    Jason thinks pregnant bellies are hot, too. (James Devaney/Getty)Jason thinks pregnant bellies are hot, too. (James Devaney/Getty)
    Last night on Bravo's "Bethenny Getting Married", Jason Hoppy talked his pregnant wife out of a panic attack, told her she looked sexy multiple times, laughed off her inexperience changing a diaper, frolicked on the beach shirtless without making a big thing about his six pack, teared up at the joyful prospect of becoming a dad and waxed his wife's goody trail. Oh and he cleaned up iguana s***.
    A year ago Bethenny Frankel, the star of the show, didn't have a boyfriend. Now she's married to a man who women everywhere want to cuddle. And men everywhere want to punch.
    Jason Hoppy is the perfect guy. Or at least he seems that way on television. When he first entered the scene as Bethenny's new man on this season of the "Real Housewives of New York", I was skeptical. Who is this guy who so willingly stands in front of a green screen feeding a dog for reality show interstitials? At that point they'd only been together a few months, and his willingness to play a major role in the show,

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  • DON'T DIE: Pink and the other female pop stars who risk their lives while Justin Bieber sits on a stool

    Remember when you went to a concert and someone famous sang to you? That doesn't happen much anymore, at least if your seeing a female pop star perform. Yesterday, singer Pink was rushed to the hospital when she fell from her harness during a concert in Germany. The artist was performing a song in mid-air when she dropped 8 feet, landing on a steel barricade. Escaping major injuries, the artist tweeted that the fall was a result of not getting clipped into the harness properly. Sure but why were you flying in the first place?

    Maybe it's because she's female. "Like everything else, there's a double standard with female artists. How they look is going to matter more than men. It's pored over in magazines and on TV and drives their career," says Caryn Ganz, deputy editor of RollingStone.com. "That translates to their live performances," she explains. Whether it's to flaunt their body or test their strength, female pop stars are expected to visually blow people's minds. For most

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  • Inside "Real Housewives'" Teresa Giudice's Scene-Stealing New Jersey Mansion


    On a recent episode of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey", Teresa Giudice revealed that she cleans her own house. That would seem unexceptional, until you see her house. All 12,000 square feet of it. The Jersey mother of four (Gia, 9, Gabriella, 5, Milania, 4, and Audriana, 10 months), opens the doors of her palatial six bedroom, six bathroom mansion, in the new issue of In Touch.



    "My house is very warm - even though it's big, it's very inviting and that's what I love," says Giudice, now in her second season of hit Bravo reality show, airing Monday nights. "We designed our house knowing we wanted to use every room."



    One room in particular took a starring role. The great room, designed with a built-in plasma screen over the fire-place, was the site of their 200-person house-warming party-- not to mention on-camera drama.



    But with the camera's off, Giudice, author of the "Skinny Italian" cookbook, spends most of her time in the earth-toned kitchen.



    "That's where I live," says

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  • 10 Things Guys Include On Their Online Dating Profiles...But Shouldn't

    That's totally normal that you're posing shirtless with your face cut off.That's totally normal that you're posing shirtless with your face cut off.

    This week one mom launched the dating site, Date My Single Kid, to pawn off her own very adorable 31 year-old son, Colby. Balk if you must (actually, don't--that's a terrible sound) but Colby's mom may be on to something. Just as some grown men need a little help from mom with fashion, they also need a woman's touch when it comes to self-promotion.

    In the name of science (okay under the name 'Science'), I scrolled through hundreds of male profiles on online dating sites like Nerve, Match and OKCupid to find the 10 most common blunders guys make when profiling themselves. But I know there are more so drop them in the comments section!

    1. NOBODY CARES ABOUT YOUR CHEST
    I mean we do, but when we're alone in bed with you. At this point, it's more important that we see you're jacked...on the inside. It's also more important that we don't see your chest. Proof that you work out, possibly obsessively, and with the help of injections is something we'd rather find out never.

    2. THAT'S GREAT

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  • Mel Gibson's On-Set Pranks Not So Funny In Hindsight: A Look Back

    Scrolling through Mel Gibson's Wikipedia page, we noticed underneath the various allegations of racism, sexism, alcohol abuse etc., was the entry "Prankster." Before he was known for tirades, Mel Gibson was famous for his practical jokes.

    During his ten year reign over Hollywood in the 90's and early 2000's, directors and leading ladies, in particular, came to anticipate Gibson's antics. Helen Hunt even claims she "begged" him to spare her on the set of "What Women Want." That's because his "jokes" were not of the Saran-wrapped toilet seat variety. Designed for a scare more than a laugh, his largely female targets rarely seemed to laugh as hard as the movie star himself. In a 1995 interview, Mel explained his penchant for pranks: "A practical joke is based on making people believe the worst, or finding out their greatest fear is and then playing on it."

    In an effort to dig up some of his old pranks, we searched archived articles from his heyday. What we found was pretty disturbing.

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  • I Miss U Bristol...and 5 Other Texts That Changed History


    When Levi Johnston texted Bristol Palin the words " "I miss you. I love you. I want to be with you again", nothing would ever be the same--at least for Sarah Palin.



    Since the invention of the text message, significant things have happened. People replaced words like "your" and "for" with "ur" and "4" (props for Levi for spelling out "you"). They also discovered that a simple text can alter the course of their relationship, their career and sometimes, their entire industry.

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