Blog Posts by Piper Weiss, Shine Staff

  • Royal Baby Celebrations Around the World. It's Party Time.

    After months of anticipation leading up to the Duchess of Cambridge's safe and healthy delivery of a son, the celebrations have begun. From monuments alight in honor of the royal birth to monumental cork-popping shenanigans in pubs around the globe, one thing can be said about the day-old Prince of Cambridge: He knows how to get a party started.-Piper Weiss, Shine Senior Features Editor

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  • Kate Middleton and Prince William Welcome Royal Baby ... It's a Boy!


    (Samir Hussein/WireImage)It's a prince! On Monday, the world welcomed the newest addition to the royal family and the future heir to England's throne. Palace officials confirmed the arrival of His Royal Highness the Prince of Cambridge, born at St. Mary's Hospital at 4:24 p.m. BST, and weighing 8 lbs. 6 oz..

    "We could not be happier," said Prince William in a statement released by the palace shortly after the birth of his son. He was at his wife's side during her delivery, unlike past royals. Both mother and child are doing fine, the palace confirmed, and are expected to leave the hospital on Tuesday evening (not before 6 pm BST) or Wednesday morning.

    "Mother, son and father are all doing well this morning" palace officials stated in a press release on Tuesday. The name of the future monarch will be released "in due course." 

    "We would like to thank the staff at the Lindo Wing and the whole hospital for the tremendous care the three of us have received," said the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in a statement

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  • Jenny McCarthy Joins 'The View' and Instantly Sparks Internet Outrage

    On Monday morning, Jenny McCarthy was officially named the new co-host of "The View." By that afternoon, she could unofficially be called the series's most controversial addition yet. McCarthy has an unusual resumé for a mainstream talk show host: Playboy Playmate, MTV game show host, parody film star, parenting author, and one of the biggest public opponents of childhood vaccines. It's that last line on her CV that's sparking the outrage bubbling up on social media after the announcement.  

    "Sickened that is going to give anti-vaccination zealot Jenny McCarthy a bigger platform,"
    tweeted feminist author Jessica Valenti.

    When Bill Maher took on "The View"

    "ABC and the View should be ashamed of themselves. Jenny McCarthy deserves to be on some History conspiracy show, not network television," tweeted the Guardian's Harry Enten.

    "The View? I for one am immune to her charms," culture critic Mo Rocca quipped, pun intended.

    Comedian and TV writer Julie Klausner, meanwhile,

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  • Couple Reunited With Wedding Album After 50-Plus Years

    In June of 1952, the month Rose Scott and Patrick Roach were married, Harry Truman was president, Queen Elizabeth II had just inherited the monarchy, and photo albums were exclusively items you could hold in your hands.

    When the Roaches lost their leather-bound wedding album, they thought they’d never see it again. But with the help of a thoughtful stranger and a local newspaper, they were reunited with their irreplaceable photos. 

    Couple reunited by letter after 63 years

    "It's a miracle to have it back," Patrick Roach told BBC News. The couple can't recall when or how the book was misplaced, but a lot has happened in the 61 years since their wedding day at Hall Green Parish Church. It's possible the book was lost during one of their moves in the 1960s. The couple relocated to Ireland and South Africa for Patrick's work before settling in Staffordshire. Somewhere  between the couple's raising their two children and becoming great-grandparents of four, their treasured wedding photos

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  • George Clooney and the Sex Appeal of Men who Won't Commit

    It's over, folks. (Getty Images)George Clooney has been honest from the start. He doesn’t want to get married, he doesn’t think about getting married, he did it once and it didn’t work out, and even his sister will tell you, he’d rather be single.

    So let’s not repeat the same mistakes we’ve made in past and act surprised by Clooney’s split with Stacy Keibler.  The couple dated two years, following Clooney’s two year relationship with Elisabetta Canalis. Both relationships are said to have ended for the same reason: George Clooney won’t settle down. You can’t blame a woman for taking a ride on his two year relationship train—Lake Como! The Oscars!— but you can’t expect her to change him either.

    Oh, but we do. With every Clooney break-up comes the inevitable disappointment for all who wrestle with a commitment-averse partner. Let’s call them commitment-phobe-aholics—those marrying types (yes, often heterosexual women) most attracted to partners who never want to wed. There is plenty of evidence from Clooney alone, that

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  • 15 Reasons Paris Fashion Week is Crazy

    Paris Fashion Week began like any other. Socialites, celebrities and editors converged for the Spring/Summer 2014 Menswear, Ready-To-Wear and Haute Couture collections, to catch a glimpse at next season's designer trends. It was business as usual for the event which runs through Friday, until an invasion of soldiers in leather skirts and snap-on diapers turned the runway into a dystopian dream-scape. As swamp-like creatures emerged from the mist, aristocrats hid in giant red drapes, shielding themselves from warriors carrying human heads like shiny new purses. Also, Naomi Campbell was there.

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  • On Princess Diana's Birthday, Everything She Touched is Still Gold

    Princess Diana would have turned 52 today. In her short life, she left behind a legacy of aspiration, taste and philanthropy. But in tangible terms, she left behind a wealth of possessions. In the years since her tragic death in 1997, everything she touched became a relic of her reign as the People's Princess. From the blue sapphire ring Prince William passed from his mother to his bride, to the iconic dresses that serve as artifacts on display around the world, Diana's belongings hold tremendous value for her family, friends and for collectors. To this day, her possessions are still coveted as important pieces of history, selling for record prices to the highest bidder. Here's a look at Lady Di's recent items up for auction, or on display. They serve as testament to the undying interest in a life cut short.


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  • Kate Middleton Picked the Wrong Wedding to Skip

    This past weekend was like the Big Chill for royals. Prince Harry's close friends, Tom Van Straubenzee and Lady Melissa Percy, got hitched and everyone was there-Prince William, Beatrice, Eugenie, Pippa, you know, the whole gang. The only missing link was Kate Middleton, who bowed out at the last minute, because when you're almost nine month's pregnant and a Duchess, you can play that card. Not to make her feel bad, but this party had everything: chariots, ex-girlfriends, little Peter Pans. Here are some highlights.


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  • Wedding Gift Sparks Epic Text Battle: Is Marriage Etiquette Dead?


    The gift that sparked a wedding war. (Photo by Barry Gray/Hamilton Spectator)This is the story of how a jar of marshmallow fluff ruined a friendship, clouded a joyful wedding day, and sparked debate across the Internet. 

    It all began on Wednesday, when the Hamilton Spectator published a letter from a disgruntled wedding guest, detailing his text battle over a gift he had sent a newly married co-worker.

    More on Yahoo: Wedding photo's unlikely guest

    Kathy Mason and her boyfriend (who chose to remain anonymous) attended the wedding of two Canadian women, and things went afoul from there. Mason's boyfriend, who sent his story, along with a hostile text exchange with the brides, to the Spectator wrote the following: "As a gift, my Girlfriend and I gave them a wicker box with a hinged lid, filled with food items, most of them PC Black Label, including: tri-color pasta, salsas, Balsamic vinegar and Olive oil, Gourmet croutons, Panko Breading, Pesto, some baking ingredients, Biscuits from Godiva and a few 'Fun' items like Marshmallow Fluff, Sour Patch Kids and

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  • Serena Williams' Troubling Apology for Steubenville Rape Comments

    (Getty Images)On Wednesday, the day after Serena Williams called a 16-year-old rape victim "lucky" in a Rolling Stone profile, the tennis star released a strange, somewhat veiled apology.

    "For someone to be raped, and at only sixteen, is such a horrible tragedy!" Williams posted on her website, after her comments sparked heated outrage on Tuesday. "For both families involved — that of the rape victim and of the accused. I am currently reaching out to the girl's family to let her know that I am deeply sorry for what was written in the Rolling Stone article. What was written — what I supposedly said — is insensitive and hurtful, and I by no means would say or insinuate that she was at all to blame."

    On Tuesday, Rolling Stone published a four-page article on the tennis superstar. In it, Williams opens up on everything from freezing her eggs to her battles with body image. But it was her comments on the Steubenville rape case that stain an otherwise quirky impression of the athlete.

    Near the end of the

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