Blog Posts by Piper Weiss, Shine Staff

  • Will Kate and Will last? Astrologists give a royal reading

    Astrologists say Capricorn Kate and Cancer Will make a good match. Still waiting for a reading on that dude in the background, though. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)Astrologists say Capricorn Kate and Cancer Will make a good match. Still waiting for a reading on that dude in the background, though. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)Everything's going to be fine: Kate and Will are astrologically compatible.

    One of the benefits of having the wedding of the century is that Britain's leading astrologers will read your horoscope for free. And if readings were measured in thumbs, Will and Kate would get two pointing up. Jay Lucan of British Astrological and Psychic Society says their signs have a high score of "75 per cent" on the "relationship compatibility" chart (that's really good, I think) and Wendy Stacey, chair of the Astrological Association of Great Britain, calls them "soul-mates."

    It's a much better diagnosis than Prince Charles (a Scorpio) and Lady Di (a Cancer) got back in 1981, when an astrologer warned in the Associated Press that their signs suggested a "stormy marriage." Will's a Cancer like his mom, which means he's more likely to be guarded and prone to emotion. A classic Capricorn, Kate's more grounded, and comfortable with being the outgoing half of the duo. Their yin-yang combo, according to

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  • 25 and gray: Why our hair is aging faster than ever

    More women are going gray before they hit their thirtieth birthdays. (Think Stock Photos)More women are going gray before they hit their thirtieth birthday. (Think Stock Photos)How old were you when you got your first gray hair? If you were younger than 35, you're technically a premature grayer. But then we all are. New research, published in the Daily Mail, finds almost a third of women under 30 are already going gray. It's a 14 percent rise from 20 years ago, according to John Frieda, the haircare brand that commissioned the research. (Yes, it's convenient that a company that sells hair-color products is behind the study.)

    On average, women are said to go gray between 35 or 40, when the body starts producing less melanin, the pigment responsible for hair color. Some people start the graying process as early as their teens, but that segment of the population used to be more of an anomaly. Not anymore.

    This new survey finds 32 percent of women going gray before they hit their 30th birthdays. Within that demographic, two-thirds are blaming their early sign of aging on stress . In the past few years, studies have shown a marked upturn in anxiety among women.

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  • France's fad diet hits the U.S.



    First there was Atkins, then came South Beach and now there's the Dukan Diet. Dr. Pierre Dukan, dubbed the Dr. Atkins of France, is responsible for Europe's most popular diet book and the latest carnivorous weight-loss plan. In April, the book will be released in the U.S. and it's already cooking up controversy.

    The book outlines a protein-rich, low-fat approach to weight loss. According to The New York Times, there are four phases of the Dukan diet: the first involves a strict menu of non-fatty protein (skinless turkey, chicken breast, low-fat beef, or fish), plus 1.5 tablespoons of oat bran daily and loads of water. In phase two, dieters are introduced to veggies. Phase three, they're allowed two slices of bread, a serving of cheese and fruit and two servings of carbs a day, with a wine-and-dessert allowance two days a week. In the final phase of the diet, 'Dukamaniacs', as they're called, can eat anything they want provided they return to phase one's protein, oat bran and water

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  • 5 drunken pick-up lines: a post-St. Paddy's round-up

    Ava offered up the first pick-up line on the list. (Photo courtesy of Nerve.com)Ava offered up the first pick-up line on the list. (Photo courtesy of Nerve.com)Last night, Nerve.com hit the St. Patrick's Day celebrations right around the time when the Guinness began to flow. That's when their intrepid reporters asked soused men and women for sex advice. Some of the best, if not most practical, feedback they got was in the form of a pick-up line. Here are the five best*:

    1. "Baby take me home, I'm ready."

    2. "Kiss me I'm Irish."

    3. "I know the alphabet." Apparently this is something guys think women equate with a certain kind of 'selfless' pleasure.

    4. "So, do you want to go have sex in the bathroom?"

    5. Nothing. According to one patron, just being a girl at a bar is enough.

    *Whether or not these lines worked on anyone requires a follow-up investigation.


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  • Save money (and calories) at the salad bar

    Just looking at these salad bar options will probably cost 16 bucks. (Think Stock Photos)Just looking at these salad bar options will probably cost 16 bucks. (Think Stock Photos)Does your local salad bar talk to you? Mine says, "Go head and try to spend under $10. You'll lose." Damn you salad bar, with your deliciously expensive chunks of beets, cucumbers and pre-made Caesar salad!

    Nate Silver at the New York Times obviously talks to his salad bar too. He visited his local Whole Foods in order to outsmart the evil genius known as "per pound". He broke down which foods were cheaper on the produce shelves and which ones were a bargain to buy at the salad bar. His mix-n-match tips gave us a few ideas on how to keep off the pounds on the salad scale, and the doctor's scale.


    1. Choose your lettuce wisely: Baby spinach is a bigger bargain than Romaine at the bar. It's also more nutrient-rich. If spinach alone isn't an option, go for the mesclun mix: it's leafier and lighter on the salad bar scale (or what I like to call 'the moment of truth') than your standard crunchy Ceasar-style green, which tends to be pre-dressed with cream and croutons.

    2. Dress you salad

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  • LeAnn Rimes lost weight: why do we care?

    LeAnn Rimes in February. (Brian To/Getty Images)LeAnn Rimes in February. (Brian To/Getty Images)LeAnn Rimes lost a lot of weight recently. And Kate Middleton is skinnier than ever, according to some. Both have recently fallen under the gossip headline 'Too skinny?' But is that really the question?

    We've known for years most famous women are too skinny. It's a problem that didn't go away when Ali McBeal did. We also know that images in the media can have a negative influence on young girls. But that's not what this concern over Rimes or Middleton is really about.

    Real talk: it's an excuse to look at their bodies, to pull apart every aspect of their dimensions, and to criticize them for it. It's not so different from tabloid photo features of "celebrities with cellulite." It's the same amount of looking, pointing, and shaking of heads and none of it is very healthy.

    On the bright side, at least we're being critical of weight loss, not weight gain. But is it any better? Obsessing over the body image of a celebrity, is one step removed from obsessing over your own body image. It's

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  • Watch four women catch a cheat: best revenge ever



    Paging Nora Ephron, we've got your next movie right here. True story: four women all conned by the same man come together to expose his cheating ways on camera.

    44-year-old Brit Simon Reid was the Bernie Madoff of love. He wasn't particularly handsome but he could charm any woman into offering up her devotion...and her money. "He cried on my shoulder and told me he had to put his dad on life support," Joanne Ward told the Today Show this morning. "He said he was the father of a fighter pilot injured in Afghanstan," said Laura Buckingham. He told Nicola Hillary a variation of both stories. All were lies concocted to extort thousands of dollars from each of his lovers. He didn't expect them to find out. (There's your movie tag line.)

    Ward met Reid in 2008 when he was working as a waiter at her local pub. After hearing him talk about his dying father, she moved him into her guest house and lent him her car for weekends when he needed to visit his father. In reality, his father was

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  • Meet the world's smartest tween: girl genius with higher IQ than Einstein

    At Victoria Cowie is a young Einstein. (Anita Maric/Newstream via Daily Mail)At Victoria Cowie is a young Einstein. (Anita Maric/Newstream via Daily Mail)Most parents think their child is a genius, but Alison and David Cowie's daughter really is smarter than Einstein. Their 11-year-old daughter Victoria scored 162 on an official IQ test, two points higher than the father of modern physics. "We were amazed," Alison Cowie tells Shine. "To us Victoria is just a normal kid who likes doing normal kid things."

    Victoria is obsessed with Lady Gaga, jumping on her trampoline, and poring through Harry Potter books. But she also plays five different instruments, finishes crossword puzzles in record time and has the reading ability of someone twice her age. "As soon as she started nursery school at age three we were told by her teacher that she had a reading ability of a 7-year-old," explains Alison who runs a U.K. health consulting firm with her husband, David. Not only was Victoria an exceptional reader at age three, she could do it backwards. "We were sitting in a restaurant and she said 'you can't feed the swans in here'," recalls Alison. "So

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  • Fashion's hottest food fad

    Pot pie is the new black (think stock photos)Pot pie is the new black (think stock photos)
    Pot pie is so hot right now. That's according to The New York Times, which today pronounced the home-style dish the hottest food in the fashion industry.

    Calvin Klein designer Francisco Costa likes his with lobster filling. Barney's photographer Stephanie Elgort likes her with celery root. And supermodel Coco Rocha, takes hers the old-fashioned way: loaded with piping-hot chicken. Variations of the dish have appeared on the menu of major fashion functions throughout the year, despite their high-calorie content. Rocha even blogged: "We were treated to what we all agreed was probably the best chicken potpie anyone had ever tasted. Of course, none of the fashion people at the table dared to be the one to finish the whole thing."

    Food has its moments just like designers and it seems both are subject to the same arbiter of taste: Anna Wintour. "It's Anna Wintour's favorite dish because it's quick to serve and moves things right along," her private chef, Hank Tomashevski, told the Times.

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