Blog Posts by Piper Weiss, Shine Staff

  • 4 Ways 'The Carrie Diaries' Gets Carrie Bradshaw Wrong (and Why Everyone's Freaking Out About It)

    Carrie Bradshaw: Then and Now (HBO/CW)"I'm worried," writes a real person on a fake Carrie Bradshaw Facebook page. "I loved Sex and the City sooooo Muchhh.... I have no Idea how I'm gonna feel about this...."

    We are all worried, dear soul, after spending more than a decade falling asleep to episodes of "Sex and the City" on HBO, TBS and DVD, memorizing every minute detail of the alternate universe of Manhattan--where it's always springtime, limos are always pulling up on abandoned streets not in search of prostitutes, and hot strangers are always saying things like "have dinner with me!" If a single hole is poked in the already improbable math of "Sex and the City," what will we believe? Enter "The Carrie Diaries," the new prequel series to the original HBO hit, and a sharp thorn in the side of Bradshaw loyalists.

    No really: people are in hysterics over "The Carrie Diaries," (Mondays at 8pm EST on the CW), a one-hour soap tracing the origin of Carrie Bradshaw through her teen years. Sure it's based on author

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  • When You Least Expect It: 88-year-old Single Woman Falls in Love, Weds After Whirlwind Romance

    Betty plus Walter equals true love. (Philip G. Pavely/Tribune-Review)After nearly nine decades of being single, Betty Jane Allshouse had no shame about her Valentine's Day plans. She was moving into Masonic Village, a retirement community in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. And yes, she was doing it alone.

    The 88-year-old had probably heard all the smug platitudes about love throughout her life: it happens when you least expect it, it's all about timing, you never know.

    Growing up in an era before single women redefined the meaning of success, she probably also was familiar with the term "old maid".

    "It didn’t bother me being single when I was younger, but all my friends were married," Betty told Yahoo! Shine in a phone interview from her room in the Pennsylvania retirement home. "It's not like I didn't date—I had plenty of boyfriends but they didn’t propose."

    Betty may have been old-school when it came to proposals, but her independence also meant she was ahead of her time in the workplace. She was a life-long employee at

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  • I've Seen the Future of Men's Fashion and I'm Afraid

    This week, menswear designers took a giant step for all mankind. Now they might want to take a few baby steps back. The London Men's Collection, a week-long preview of cutting edge collections for the Fall/Winter 2013-2014 season, is supposed to offer a glimpse into the future of menswear. Instead it was a harbinger of a fashion apocalypse. Wooden face barricades, toxic waste jumpsuits, and strapless dresses worn by dour male pixies. Ladies, meet your new stylish man. He's your worst nightmare and he knows it.


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  • The Best Lindsay Lohan Movie I've Ever Seen


    (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)Is coming to you via home delivery of The New York Times this weekend. An eleven-page in depth feature about Lindsay Lohan's onset drama in this week's magazine section, was released online in its entirety Wednesday.

    I laughed, I cried, I understood momentarily why Lohan may be the greatest Hollywood star alive. Writer Stephen Rodrick provides a gripping all-access glimpse into the sordid filming of "The Canyons," an upcoming movie starring Lohan and porn star James Deen. The film itself, directed by the frightening Paul Schrader (he wrote "Taxi Driver") is based on a Bret Easton Ellis script. But Rodrick's Times profile focuses on the behind-the-scenes story of movie-making with a uniquely talented, emotionally unstable actress who won't be ignored.

    It begins with Lohan in negotiations for the part and ends with the screening of a film with a questionable future. What happens in between can only be fully absorbed by taking 30 minutes from your workday to read the entire article. For

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  • Wait, Where is the Ikea Monkey Now? Naked, Lawyered-up and Miles from the Nearest Ikea

    Darwin gets used to his new home. (facebook.com/ikeamonkeydarwin)Up until a month ago, no one would believe a monkey in a shearling coat would shop at Ikea.

    But ever since Darwin, the well-dressed rhesus macaque monkey, escaped from his human mom's parked car and entered a Toronto Ikea with the same panicked expression seen on humans at the furniture outlet, we've learned that nothing is impossible.

    So what first-world problems is the Ikea monkey facing in 2013? There's an ugly custody battle, a new home with none of the luxuries of suburban life, and too many Facebook pages to keep track of.

    "Hello world!!! Thanks for bringing me to Story Book Farm!! You all rock...I just wish I had a mommy to help me through these tough times!!" writes Darwin, or rather Darwin's Facebook "translator" at the animal sanctuary where the ten-month-old primate now resides.

    After his traumatic Ikea appearance, Darwin was captured by animal services and ultimately brought to Story Book Farm, an Ontario sanctuary housing 23 other primates about an hour

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  • The New Way to Wear Your Breasts

    Beyonce on GQDo your boobs hang low? That's looks good with a deep V. Do they waddle too and fro? No problem, just wear a half-shirt and let your underboob make the statement.

    These days it's less important to make your breasts look like everyone else's, and more important just to show them. Let's call the trend du jour "peek-a-boob".

    In the post-nip-slip era, everyone from porn stars to squeaky clean celebrities are letting it all hang out. Sorry, bra, but we like our boobs so much we want to show them--as is.

    Gone are the pushed-up and padded milkmaid cleavages created by Wonderbras. Now the view isn't up top but under, inner and outer. Got that?

    On Beyonce's latest GQ cover, the brilliantly self-branded pop star, turns cleavage upside down with a cropped t-shirt cut a little too short for her bra-less chest. Ever since the cover was leaked online earlier this week, everyone--really everyone--is transfixed. Crushable, the women's pop-culture site, wrote a rant of pure envy calling her chest

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  • Why 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis is Youngest Best Actress Oscar Nominee Ever

    Quvenzhane Wallis portraying Hushpuppy in a scene from, Because she doesn't talk about her "craft". She doesn't use the word "instrument" as a metaphor for her body. She doesn't tattoo Marilyn Monroe on her forearm as an homage, and she definitely doesn't talk about "convincing" the director to let her audition for her celebrated role in "Beasts of the Southern Wild."

    You know how actresses love to talk about their instincts? 9-years-old Quvenzhane Wallis, now the youngest Best Actress nominee ever, doesn't talk, she does. The little girl from a small town in Louisiana who helped turn a micro-budget film by a first time director into an Oscar nominee sweeper has no prior experience in Hollywood, film or acting in general. When the 85th Annual Oscar nominations were announced Thursday morning (see the full list here), somewhere sandwiched somewhere between the names Abe Lincoln and Anne Hathaway was the name Quvenzhane (nickname "Nazie") Wallis. Here's why:

    -Because never took an acting class before: Wallis isn't a child actress in the

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  • 'Real Housewife' Gets Naked for Cancer, Offends Everyone. Can We Stop Raising Awareness Nude Now?

    Do you know how much courage it takes for a reality star to pose naked for a cause? Not much. "Real Housewives of Orange County" star Gretchen Rossi is the latest micro-celebrity to use other people's struggles as an excuse to show off her breasts. She also might be the last considering the reception her print ad for a breast cancer charity has received from the survivor community. It's great to support a worthwhile cause, but why do celebrities always get their bare butts in the way? -Piper Weiss, Shine Staff


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  • 'The Bachelor' Week One: 13 Things You Didn't See

    If you clicked on this post, you probably don't need a recap of the first episode of the new season "The Bachelor." You watched it. Now it's time for a closer read. Here are 13 things you may have missed from week one. -Piper Weiss, Shine Staff


  • The Three Minute Workout? I Guess I Can Squeeze It In

    This was the last exercise machine I used. It's going to be a long month of short workouts.This was the last exercise machine I used. It's going to be a long month of short workouts.

    If I were raising myself, I'd be a terrible parent. The older I get, the bossier and less-disciplined my inner-child has become. She decides what we eat (cheese), when we eat (every 30 minutes) and what extra-curricular activities we engage in (Netflix). As you can see, we're very busy. So busy, in fact, we just can't find the time to workout. So many shoe-laces, so few matching socks, so much planning to not drink or eat for longer than is comfortable.


    Then, last week, I spotted an exercise plan that even a 34-year-old childless woman with a Wikipedia addiction could fit into her crowded schedule. It's a 30-second workout. Actually it's 3 minutes of a 30-second high intensity exercise three times a week, but let's keep that between us.


    This proposed exercise program isn't the kind of thing you can buy on Amazon. There's no beefy celebrity trainer holding an exercise ball waving three fingers at you from the cover of a book. There's no DVD hosted by a washboard stomach that once

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