Blog Posts by Piper Weiss, Shine Staff

  • Most Surprising Portraits of 2012 Olympic Athletes (or the 9 People I'm Rooting for This Summer)

    While every single competitor headed to London has superhero chops, a few take a really awesome picture. NBC's official Olympics site has portraits of every 2012 athlete headed for the games. Most are just as you'd expect: face forward, dressed in a team uniform, looking serious. But a handful of official bio portraits don't follow the pack. If they gave out gold medals for most attitude in a single snapshot, these guys would make a clean sweep.


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  • France's New First Lady Valerie Trierweiler Vs. Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. No Comparison.

    Out: Carla. In: Valerie.Out: Carla. In: Valerie.Move over Carla, there's a new first lady in France. Valerie Trierweiler is next at bat as Premiere Dame now that that Francoise Hollande has beaten Nicolas Sarkozy in the country's presidential election. Like Carla, Valerie is taller, better looking and perhaps more well-known in certain circles, than her partner. But the similarities between the two women end there. Let's compare:





    AGE
    Carla: 44
    Valerie: 47

    OCCUPATION
    Carla: Singer-songwriter, actress, ex-supermodel.
    Valerie:
    Journalist. She originally wrote about politics for Paris Match, but has switched to arts and culture due to, ahem, a major conflict of interest.

    NUMBER OF KIDS
    Carla: 2. Her youngest, Guila, was born last year, while Sarkozy was in office.
    Valerie: 3.

    NICKNAME
    Carla: Marie-Antoinette. As wife of the "bling bling president" Bruni-Sarkozy has developed a reputation for living big. When she's not photographed cavorting on exotic beaches with her husband, she's busy dressing in Chanel and trying to adapt the

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  • So This Happened...It's Dress as Your Favorite Chimney Sweep Day!

    (Getty Images)(Getty Images)[Shine's daily spotlight of the most jaw-dropping photo from today's news. We don't even have the words for it, do you?]

    Happy National Chimney Sweep Day! (Don't tell me you forgot again, Dick Van Dyke.) If you live anywhere near Rochester, England, May 7 is all kinds of special. For 400 years, town has played host to a festival honoring those hard-working soot cleaners so fondly stereotyped in technicolor in the 1960s. It's a chance to show sweeper pride, haul out a big bristle brush, rub charcoal on your face and say the word 'guvnah!' like it means something. It's also a chance to remind people that chimney sweeps wore awesome hats. (See festival participant and lovechild of Mary Poppins and Bert, above). Take note, hipsters and Ashlee Simpson. The top hat is the new fedora.

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  • Princess Diana's Childhood Albums for Sale (she was a Dylan Fan)

    Young Diana is a badass (AP)Young Diana is a badass (AP)Bob Dylan has glared at many a lonely teen from the cover his 1976 Hard Rain album. Lady Di was one of them.

    An auction site has just listed a collection of albums belonging to Princess Di in her younger years. Among those on the sale altogether, are the 1976 Dylan album, Paul Simon's Still Crazy After All These Years, The Eagles Greatest Hits, John Denver's Rocky Mountain High and a personal favorite: the soundtrack to Romeo and Juliet, the sexy 60's Zeffirelli version.

    Before the blue sapphire ringand the couture gowns, these were Diana's prized possessions, as proven by her "Property of" signature scrawled on the front and back sides of the album covers. "It was custom for the Spencer children to put first names on records to make it clear which record belonged to which child," according to DJ Paul Gambaccini, Diana's official record collection archivist.

    It's been a long road from Di's childhood home to the online auction where the records are posted now. Shortly after her death,

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  • So This Happened...Kids Are All 'Remind Me Why We're Here Again?'

    [Shine's daily spotlight of the most jaw-dropping photo from today's news. We don't even have the words for it, do you?]

    Nine kids, two adults and 30 discarded Bachelor roses recreated a scene from "Beauty and the Beast" at a London hotel.

    I don't know why it happened, alls I know is that it happened. Discuss.

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  • Vogue Bans Underage Models, Calls for Healthy Fashion Reform. At Last.

    (Courtesy of ABC News)Cover girls under 16 are out. So says Vogue, fashion's longtime dictator.

    In a statement released Thursday morning, publisher Conde Nast announced the magazine's worldwide ban of the use of models 15 and younger in their pages.

    "Vogue believes that good health is beautiful. Vogue Editors around the world want the magazines to reflect their commitment to the health of the models who appear on the pages and the well-being of their readers," said Conde Nast International Chairman Jonathan Newhouse in the press release.

    Read more on Vogue's manifesto here

    The accountability movement has been brewing since the deaths of malnourished models and shrinking ages of cover girls. Last season, the Council of Fashion Designers of America publicly urged runway designers not to hire those younger than 16. And this past February, the Model's Alliance, the first union designed to protect the rights of fashion models was launched.

    Sara Ziff, founder of the Model's Alliance welcomed Vogue's

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  • The Polka Dot House Next Door: Awesome or Eyesore?


    Jim Deitz puts the final touches on his polka dot house. (AP Photo/Grand Forks Herald, Eric Hylden)

    Polka dots aren't just for bikinis, according to the Grand Forks painter behind the now-famous polka dot house.

    Jim Deitz, a retired house painter, is in the process of converting a two-story house into an apartment rental complex, by covering the exterior in brightly-colored dots. "Pizza delivery drivers won't have any trouble finding this place," Deitz joked to the Associated Press on Wednesday. "You can't miss it."

    Photos: amazingly colorful homes around the world

    The paint upgrade of his 100-year-old home has become a local attraction, reports the Grand Forks Herald, with crowds gathered daily to watch Deitz choose colors for his slightly imperfect circles. He first got the idea for the project after a virtual tour of colorful homes. "I looked at all kinds of crazy paint jobs on the Internet and came up with this polka dot deal," Deitz said. "She looks good."

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  • So This Happened... Last Night with Alec Baldwin's Fiancee

    Unintentional art alert! (Getty Images)Unintentional art alert! (Getty Images)
    [Shine's daily spotlight of the most jaw-dropping photo from today's news. We don't even have the words for it, do you?]


    The superstar, his yoga instructor lover and the Village Person enthusiast. At Tuesday's "Passion for Silk" designer tie event (WTF?) in Manhattan, Alec Baldwin and his future wife, Hilaria Thomas, posed with famed architect Peter Marino, a man who un-ironically wears '70s motorcycle gear round the clock. Together, the three created a layered meditation on sexuality in contemporary society, or as I like to call it, one amazing photo.


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  • The Man Dress: Coming to a Guy Near You?

    Women have been taking cues from menswear since the dawn of the last century. Finally, we're returning the favor. At Australian Fashion Week on Tuesday, all the good gowns were for guys. Shine investigates an emerging male fashion trend.

  • So This Happened...Woman Wears Uncomfortable Fashion Mask

    (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)[Shine's daily spotlight of the most jaw-dropping photo from today's news. We don't even have the words for it, do you?]


    It's fashion week in Australia and here's how they do it down under. Backstage at a show for designer Magdalena Veleveska a model wears a hand-threaded mask that almost makes you forget about her neon lipstick. Does this make you take Aussie fashion more seriously or does it just give your bad dreams some ammo? It's okay to be honest. We won't tell.

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