Blog Posts by Piper Weiss, Shine Staff

  • Cat Makes Runway Debut at New York Fashion Week. Totally Deserves a Treat

    The buzziest new model at New York Fashion Week is a four-year-old covered in fur. Designer Tracy Reese sent a live cat, named Lily, down the runway on Sunday at New York Fashion Week. It was a first for fashion and for the feline community. As you'd imagine, it took a lot of planning and not a little backstage drama to break that cat-based glass ceiling. Here's a look at how it all went down.


    --Piper Weiss, Shine Staff

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  • Adam Levine: Ridiculous Man

    Namaste Adam Levine. (Photo by Eric Ray Davidson/Details) Poor Adam Levine. He's pretty, rich, business-minded and not at all rock and roll. There's no tribal tattoo on the planet that can obscure the fact that he writes love songs for mom's car when she's picking you up from the train. But look, he's good at it. He's also good at coaching reality show competitions and translating his pop star status into lucrative cross-branding opportunities. But Levine wants more. He wants to be taken seriously.

    That's a tall order from a rock star who tweets about his Macy's fragrance. But hey, that is why Adam Levine is a ridiculous man. Here are more reasons he's hard to take seriously:

    Because before he had his own fragrance he was making fun of people who did. Remember when he called celebrity perfumes a sin "punishable by death"?

    Because he has an interior design philosophy: "Furnishing a home is no different than going into the studio and making music," Levine told Architectural Digest. "You want to make sure you've pared down all the extra

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  • 8 Illegal Pairs of Pants: How Fashion Insiders Break Paris' Sexist No-pants Law

    If France really wants to remain a leader in the fashion industry, they should consider wiping out a law that makes their country seem like it's trapped in the 1800s. A vintage 19th century law banning women from wearing pants (unless they're riding a bike or a horse) has been kept on the books to this day. Despite protestations of women's rights groups, lawmakers have preserved the outdated Parisian rule as a kind of homage to history. Even if the no-pants law isn't practiced in Paris, it's shocking that it's even in an issue in a country where women practically invented the elegant lady-pant. Do you think the following street-style models posing outside Paris Fashion Week had any idea they were breaking the law? Probably not, but their pants still made a statement.

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  • 5 Reasons We're Excited for the SuperBowl, nay, BeyonceBowl

    This is the team I'm rooting for. (iam.beyonce.com)This is the team I'm rooting for. (iam.beyonce.com)This is the team I'm rooting for. (iam.beyonce.com)This Sunday marksBeyonceBowl. I haven't been this excited for a football game since the New Kids on the Block played the SuperBowl half-time show in 1991. This past week the lady B has provided plenty of reasons to get excited for a game where a bunch of people throw a ball and then stop and then throw a ball again. For all my fellow football non-fans out there, here are five good reasons to get excited for the big game, courtesy of Beyonce's personal photo blog.

    1. Beyonce's game day social updates. She's been sharing rehearsal photos on her blog all week, so she'll probably update her site with backstage photos on the big day too. Want to know how a per(iam.beyonce.com)(iam.beyonce.com)former's dressing room compares to the players' locker room? This is your chance.











    2. An all-woman horns section. Beyonce's band has three brass ticklers, and not a one is named David Sanborn.
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    3. Lots of inspiration for your next "sexy" Halloween costume. Sexy ref! How did we never think of that? This is the promo photo for Beyonce's

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  • In Defense of Cats: Those Toxic Planet-Killing Pets

    A gang of hooligans. (ThinkStock Photos)

    Cats are having a Britney Spears moment. After a few years of being the hottest thing on the Internet, they're now being blamed for everything wrong in the world.

    Why is everyone hating on cats? Some guy in New Zealand wants them banned from his country. Some other guy in England says they're destroying the planet. And now a study in the U.S. has earned cats the title of "cold blooded killers."

    All because--get this--cats kill birds. We already knew this from cartoons. The shocking thing here is that cats are much better at getting the job done than we realized. Our massive street cat population may be responsible for wiping out up to 3.7 billion birds a year--that's 15 percent of the country's bird population, according to research published Tuesday in the scientific journal Nature Communications. On a grand scale that could cause a damaging environmental ripple effect.

    One solution is to lock the roaming street cats up and cut down on the 80 million wild felines

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  • Bachelor Week Four: 14 Things You Didn't See

    Great news, guys: only 150 more episodes until we start recognizing people! In the meantime, here's what you missed from week four of "The Bachelor." -Piper Weiss, Shine Staff


  • Jennifer Lawrence's Dress Did Not Rip, Says Dior Rep. It totally meant to do that!

    Jennifer Lawrence's dress: stepping not recommended. (Youtube/Getty Images)You know when you find that dress that's just perfect and you're standing in front of a dressing room mirror and everyone is like "You have to get it!" and you're like "Does it matter that I have to hold it together when I move?" and everyone is like "No! It'll be fine. No one will notice!"

    I imagine that's what happened with Jennifer Lawrence when she selected that navy Dior satin floor-length gown for the SAG Awards. It was billowing and classic at the bottom, sleek and strapless at the top and really weird in the middle, especially when she moved.

    When the actress stepped to the podium to receive her SAG Award for Outstanding Female Actress, the gown appeared to split in half just above her thighs. The moment "drew gasps" from the audience--according to one newspaper's possibly melodramatic account--and was quickly turned into a viral blooper for all the world to see first thing Monday morning. Did Jennifer Lawrence really just live the teenage nightmare of being semi-naked on

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  • 8 Ironic Fashion Statements that Could Make You a Flight Risk

    This week, the list of things you shouldn't bring on a plan was expanded to include Mandy Patinkin monologues. A man wearing a t-shirt imprinted with one of the best lines in cinema history ("My Name is Inigo Montoya...") scared passengers on an international flight half to death. Obviously it's time for a worldwide re-screening of "The Princess Bride." It's also time to reconsider that joke t-shirt you were planning to wear to the airport. It may be not as comfortable for your fellow passengers as it is for you.


    --Piper Weiss, Shine Staff



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  • The Making of a Life-Size Lady Gaga Cake (Don't Try This at Home)

    In the event that you need to build a replica of Lady Gaga out of sugar, you should probably consult with someone who's done it before. That would be Jay Murphy, the owner of Arizona's Kick Ass Kakes bakery and the mad genius who constructed an 180-pound human-shaped confection to herald the pop star's arrival in Phoenix for a series of concert dates. If this doesn't get him a backstage pass, there is no justice.


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  • "What Are Sasha and Malia Doing in that Picture?" the Question Old People Are Asking Young People Right Now

    Today I discovered an awesome question on a parenting forum: "The sideways peace sign and puckered lips: what is the meaning of this hand signal? My daughter and her friends all do this on Facebook. I asked her and even she doesn't what it means." Turns out no one really could provide this confused mom with an answer--not even her daughter. Do people even know why they do it or when they're doing it? It never really mattered until Monday night, when Sasha and Malia Obama, the nation's first kids flashed the symbol. Now everyone under 30, even those who've never made that sideways peace sign for photos, are going to have to field questions about it. Here's a handy explainer to refer to if someone won't take "I don't know" for an answer. --Piper Weiss, Shine Staff


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