Blog Posts by Piper Weiss, Shine Staff

  • Beverly Hills 90210 Flashback: Andrea Zuckerman's Guide to Style

    Andrea Zuckerman: editor of the The Blaze, valedictorian, and worst dressed character in TV history. On Thursday, October 4, Beverly Hills 90210 celebrates its 22nd birthday, and we celebrate 22 years of suspending our disbelief that a 30-year-old woman is in high school. Not even the blanket statement, "it was the '90s," can explain why a teenager shares a wardrobe with Hillary Clinton. But Andrea has her reasons. In fact, she's a bit of a know-it-all when it comes to style. Are you surprised?


    --By Piper Weiss, Shine Staff and Andrea Zuckerman, West Beverly Blaze

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  • Victoria's Secret Geisha Lingerie Sparks Controversy: How One Blogger Took on a Brand

    It takes hundreds of employees, thousands of hours and millions of dollars to launch a mass market lingerie line. And one blogger to take it all down.

    "I never thought they would pull the Geisha outfit off the market," Nina Jacinto tells Shine. "I imagine there were a number of factors that went into that decision."

    Two weeks ago, Jacinto, a 26-year-old Bay Area blogger and non-profit development manager, most likely became one of those factors.

    It all started here. "I saw a link to [Victoria's Secret's Go East] line on the blog, Angry Asian Man," she says.

    "Hooray for exotic orientalist bull----," wrote the blogger who included a link to the "Asian-inspired" lingerie line's centerpiece: "The Sexy Little Geisha," a mesh teddy that comes with an obi belt, chopsticks and a fan.

    Victoria's Secret boosts sales in tough economy


    Immediately Jacinto sat down to write an insightful post on why she found the outfit, and the line in general, offensive. "It's the kind of overt racismRead More »from Victoria's Secret Geisha Lingerie Sparks Controversy: How One Blogger Took on a Brand
  • Women Save TV: Why All Your Small-Screen Best Friends Are Girls

    TV's heroines open the Emmy Awards. (ABC)Sunday night's Emmy Awards opened with TV's leading ladies saving the day. In a sketch that kicked of the industry's biggest awards show, Kathy Bates, Martha Plimpton, Christina Hendricks, Zooey Deschanel, Mindy Kaling, Julia Louis Dreyfuss and a naked, cake-eating Lena Dunham, took turns punching host Jimmy Kimmel's face back into form, after some botched botox injections. Then Ellen Degeneres lent him a pair fo pants to wear on stage.

    It may have been an act, but it wasn't far from the truth. Women are saving TV from itself. In a climate where networks are scrambling to keep viewers engaged in televised programming, women are the new heroes of small-screen entertainment, providing fresh, innovative content that crosses gender boundaries.

    Two of the highest rated new comedies to debut last season-The New Girl and Two Broke Girls---were created by women, and star down-to-earth, low-drama female characters. At the same time, the year's top performers have also been women.

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  • Gold Medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings was Pregnant During Olympics. Still Beat Everyone

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    Just before she tried for a third gold medal, Olympic athlete Kerri Walsh Jennings tried for a third child. She got both.

    On Monday's Today Show, the volleyball champion revealed she was five weeks pregnant during her record-breaking win at London's Olympics.

    "When I was throwing my body around fearlessly, and going for gold for our country, I was pregnant, and today I'm 11 weeks pregnant," Walsh Jennings told Matt Lauer. The 34-year-old athlete already has two sons--Sunshine, 2, and Joey, 3--with her husband Casey, also a volleyball player.

    A month before the games, while on a romantic trip in Gstaad they decided not to put off their plans for a third child any longer.

    "I just felt like it would take me a while this time to get pregnant for some reason," says Walsh Jennings.

    It didn't. Five weeks later in London, she had all the familiar signs. "I'm a pretty happy girl and I was unreasonably moody," she says. She was also four days late for her period.

    Her

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  • What I Learned from Seeing Anderson Cooper Live!

    Anderson Live invited Yahoo! Shine to the studio for a blogging-tweeting extravaganza. Here's everything that happened, including the snacks! -Piper Weiss, Shine Staff

  • 'Somances': Famous Female Friendships We Love

    It may not have the same ring as 'Bromances,' but it's the only term we've got to describe famous women who hang out together. That is, unless you count the term 'frenemies,' and we don't. --Piper Weiss, Shine Staff

  • 2C-I or 'Smiles': The New Killer Drug Every Parent Should Know About

    2C-I or Witnesses described the 17-year-old boy as "shaking, growling, foaming at the mouth." According to police reports, Elijah Stai was at a McDonald's with his friend when he began to feel ill. Soon after, he "started to smash his head against the ground" and began acting "possessed," according to a witness. Two hours later, he had stopped breathing.

    The Grand Forks, North Dakota teenager's fatal overdose has been blamed on a drug called 2C-I. The night before Stai's overdose, another area teen, Christian Bjerk, 18, was found face down on a sidewalk. His death was also linked to the drug.

    2C-I--known by its eerie street name "Smiles"--has become a serious problem in the Grand Forks area, according to local police. Overdoses of the drug have also be reported in Indiana and Minnesota. But if the internet is any indication, Smiles is on the rise all over the country.

    "At the moment I am completely and fully submerged, if you can't tell by my eyes, in a psychedelic world known

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  • Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson Reportedly Back Together. Why Do Some Celebrity Couples Matter More?

    When is an unsubstantiated celebrity tabloid story legitimate news? Answer: When it's about Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. Ever since Stewart's cheating scandal erupted, Twilight fans aren't the only consumers of K-Patz news. Maybe it's because their real-life drama mirrors their on-screen dynamic, or because they remind us of our first love highs and lows. The fact is, only a handful of celebrity couples throughout time can generate as much widespread interest as these two crazy kids. So what other famous romances have felt particularly personal and newsworthy for the public at large, and what do we make of it?

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  • The Starbucks Diet: How One Woman Dropped 76 Pounds on Coffee and BistroBoxes

    Christine Hall went from a size Grande to a size Tall. That's Starbucks-speak for a dramatic weight loss. The Virginia-based law librarian has spent the past two years buying almost all of her meals from the coffee chain. On Thursday, in an interview with The Today Show, Hall claimed to have lost 76 pounds by sticking to a self-designed Starbucks-only diet. That's some serious brand-commitment.

    It all started some two years back when Hall was rejected as a kidney donor because of her weight. At 200 pounds, an invasive surgery was too risky for her 5 foot 4 inch frame. So she turned to an unexpected place for help: a fast food chain. (And no, it wasn't Subway.)

    Starbucks strikes deal with cupcake stars

    Starbucks, the home of the whipped cream coffee drink, is not exactly a dieter's haven. But with the chain conveniently located near Hall's two jobs, and a calorie count listed on every item behind the sneeze-guard, the 66-year-old saw the potential.

    On an average day, she'd

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  • Prince Harry Turns 28, Without Prince William. How Two Princes Have Changed

    Prince Harry maybe be only two years younger than William, but as brothers they're worlds apart. On Saturday, Harry turns 28. By that age, William was already getting serious with Kate Middleton, his girlfriend of almost a decade and fulfilling his royal duties as Prince Charming-in-chief. Harry, on the other hand, is shaking off a wild night of naked debauchery in Las Vegas and celebrating his birthday in Afghanistan as Taliban public enemy number one. How did these two princes end up on such different paths? Cue photo album of their lives. --Piper Weiss, Shine Staff

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