Blog Posts by Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor

  • Why your toes are in danger this summer

    Getty ImagesGetty ImagesWhen the weather gets warmer, what is the first thing you want to do? Take off your socks and put on some sandals! Well, that's what I like to do anyways. But living in New York City where the sidewalks are uneven and you can unexpectedly walk several miles in an afternoon, a pair of flip-flops just doesn't cut it. And I know that thanks to Dr. Rock Positano, Director of the Non-surgical Foot and Ankle Center at the from the Hospital for Special Surgery. If you're planning on wearing flip-flops, sandals, or high heels this summer there are some things you should know.

    Dr. Positano has many celeb friends and clients, and I have used him as an expert in my stories where he discussed the dangers of wearing sheepskin boots like Uggs, and what can happen to your feet after prolonged use of high heels. During these interviews he warned me also about wearing sufficient, supportive footwear when walking around the city. OK, sneakers with good arch support are obviously the best choice, but as

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  • Tide jumps on the anti-sweatpants bandwagon

    Is it ever acceptable to wear sweatpants in public? Shiners seem torn. But Tide has made a firm anti-sweatpants stance in their new commercial. While advertising their Tide-to-Go pen (which I have been obsessed with for years, by the way), they poke fun of a dude who tries to clean up his dirty pair and wear them out on the town.

    With the inventions of pajama jeans and Snuggie outfits and the popularity of high-end sweatpants, I've begun to wonder: are we too lazy for real clothes? Though, yes, people are free to wear whatever they want, I imply a self-imposed dresscode: no sweatpants or pajamas out of the house. In fact, it's on my list of fashion trends I wish would die forever.) I would feel fine going to a drive-through window, or dropping kids of for school while wearing sweatpants, but I don't like anyone to see me "not dressed" outside of the home. One British supermarket has banned pajamas and all "nightwear" from their store, because they feel it is inappropriate. Yet, when

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  • Need answers for your fashion and beauty questions? Write a post on Shine!

    Getty ImagesGetty ImagesAs the Fashion + Beauty editor here on Shine, I comb through all of your posts looking for fun user contributions to feature and share with the community. Sadly, I haven't seen as many user posts lately. And I WANT to feature your posts! Shine is very unique in that we have a forum where expert bloggers and readers alike can speak their minds, and I want to make sure that you are being heard. Don't be shy!

    Reading your thoughtful, funny, and often helpful comments on blog posts are what I love most Shine, but I would love for you guys to share even more. Every time one of you writes about your fashion obsession, has a question about eye makeup, or needs help finding a pale yellow bridesmaid dress in two weeks, I feature the post. (Hope you found something, Katie!) Now I want to promote a post of yours.

    Getty ImagesGetty ImagesTo get the ball rolling, here are some topics you could write about:

    • A new trend that you love, or completely hate
    • Your favorite new makeup item that you can't believe you lived
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  • Diet Coke launches nail polish

    Diet Coke and Nails Inc. City Collection nail polish.Diet Coke and Nails Inc. City Collection nail polish.Coca-Cola knows good taste, and now they're putting their fashion sense to the test. Marketing Week reports that the popular soft drink company has collaborated with Nails Inc. to create the Diet Coke City Collection. Each shade is inspired by one of the four fashion capitals: London, Paris, New York, and Milan.

    As for the color selection, "London" is a nude hue depicts the cool fashion of Brits. The deep purple of "Paris" is said to depict the sunset over the Eiffel Tower. "New York" is a vivid fuchsia for the city that never sleeps, while "Milan" is a fiery Italian red. But no matter where you're from or which city is your fave, these pretty shades will look nice on every skin tone.

    The nail polishes will be given away free with every purchase of two 500ml bottles of Diet Coke at Boots in England until June 30, and for those of us living stateside, you will soon be able to order the polish online at, which has an ongoing partnership with Coca-Cola.

    Coco Rocha in an ad for Coca-Cola Light by Karl LagerfeldCoco Rocha in an ad for Coca-Cola Light by Karl LagerfeldThe brand is making a

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  • The dissolvable wedding dress

    Jen Aniston and Brad Pitt during happier times. / ReutersJen Aniston and Brad Pitt during happier times. / ReutersAccording to the Wedding Report, the average wedding costs $28,000. Depending on the bride, a good percentage of that can be spent on the dress, a gown she will only wear once in her life, and the way marriage statistics are looking these days, perhaps money could be better spent. Cue: the dissolvable wedding dress.

    British engineering students at Sheffield Hallam University have invented a wedding dress that breaks down into five separate pieces. Jane Blohm, a lecturer on the fashion design course at Sheffield Hallam, said: "The students wanted to challenge the notion that a wedding dress should only be used once and aimed to explore modern society's attitudes towards throwaway fashion. The project is a union between art and technology which explores the possibilities of using alternative materials for our clothing. The wedding gown is perhaps one of the most iconic and symbolic garments in humanity's wardrobe and represents the challenges of 'throwaway fashion'."

    5 incarnations of the dissolvable wedding dress. / Sheffield Hallam University5 incarnations of the dissolvable wedding dress. / Sheffield Hallam UniversityWe love the idea of

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  • Which fashion trend do you most wish would die?

    The new Crocs store in New York City / photo via RackedThe new Crocs store in New York City / photo via RackedMany people consider New York City the fashion capital of the world, and I often see trends take off and fade out here before they reach the rest of the country. Sometimes, the runway-inspired looks never even make it to the suburbs, and other times they go there to die. Crocs is one of these latter items. I never saw anyone wearing Crocs in New York. Thankfully. I'm sure many of you will disagree with me claiming they are cute, or really comfortable, or practical, but I just think they're hideous and was shocked that such an unlikely trend like Crocs became immensely popular. To me the rubber clog-like footwear are best suited for garden work.

    So imagine my surprise when I was walking through Manhattan's super fashionable Soho neighborhood, and spotted a gigantic, brand new Crocs store amid designer shops like Chanel, Burberry, and Louis Vuitton. Seriously? Why Crocs, and why NOW? Also, the store was packed. I don't know if I felt for angry or scared. I definitely couldn't go inside,

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  • Shine Beauty Gurus review: CoverGirl Smoky ShadowBlast

    CoverGirlCoverGirlThe truth is, many women would love to experiment with a new makeup look, but don't really know how or don't take the time to do so. CoverGirl has taken the guesswork out of the equation with their new DIY Smoky ShadowBlast kits. These creamy shadows come in expertly-paired shades along with complete instructions on how to create a bold, smoky eye-something we'd all love to achieve. The shadows are available in six color combinations: Onyx Smoke, Silver Sky, Purple Plume, Bronze Fire, Citrus Flair, Tempest Blue. For this month's Shine Beauty Guru challenge, we let our panel of beauty experts choose their desired combo and create their own smoky eyes. Read on for the results and how you can receive your own kit!


    Mrs. Kim loved that it was purse-friendly, and J thought the package was neat and fun to use. Michelle from Fierce Glamour Blog said, "
    The stick allows quick swipage, which is helpful during a running late morning." Sounds handy! CarolB thought the product was very

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  • Marie Claire airbrushes years off SJP’s hands

    We're beginning to think that anyone who wears Balmain on a magazine cover is cursed. Last December Demi Moore wore a similar gold outfit on the cover on W magazine, and there was a major controversy over whether our not her body was airbrushed or downright stolen from a model. Now Sarah Jessica Parker has donned the golden threads on the May cover of Marie Claire to promote the new "Sex and the City" movie, and she experienced a similar bout of suspicious retouching.

    Sure, at this point we should expect that all mags are airbrushing their cover models unless otherwise noted. But why did Marie Claire replace Sarah Jessica's realistic (though really veiny) hands with those of a 12-year-old? Surely her real hands may not look ideal, but on a 45-year-old actress the fake ones are pretty freakish. [Jezebel]

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  • Leighton Meester talks low-maintenance style vs. “Gossip Girl” chic

    Herbal EssencesHerbal EssencesYou may know 24-year-old actress Leighton Meester as Blair Waldorf, the impeccably dressed, bitchy Upper East Sider who rules "Gossip Girl," but Meester has little in common with her character aside from an assuredly awesome wardrobe. (She was wearing a gorgeous two-piece floral Derek Lam outfit when I caught up with her on Tuesday.) Meester has just been named the global ambassador for Herbal Essences, and I can't really think of a better spokesperson for the brand. From her high-end designer image on "Gossip Girl," to her rock and roll persona on stage (she put an album out last year), to her cool, laid-back personal style, Meester easily transforms her look-and her hair-and always looks stunning. Read on for her personal beauty and fashion tips, insight into her style icons, and the inside scoop on "Gossip Girl." She even gave me a Season 4 spoiler at the end, so consider yourselves warned!

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  • Iman thinks models and actresses are too thin

    Getty ImagesGetty ImagesThe fashion industry appears to making a conscious effort to change their asthetic by using less airbrushing, less makeup, and more realistic sized models. Iman, a 54-year-old former model and goddess among mere mortals, loves this recent change. "I'm so for it. Are you kidding me?" Iman told New York magazine last night at a Harper's Bazaar's dinner. "I think the fashion industry has been just walking around it and they do maybe one issue out of the year called 'the Body Issue.'" We have to agree. We love seeing real women represented in fashion, and hope it's not just a current trend, but something that will last going forward.

    "I think not only fashion models," added Iman. "I think a lot of people, especially in the media, actresses as well, they're getting a little bit too skinny and a little bit scary. And not pretty. That's the thing-I don't know why anybody doesn't want to look pretty. It doesn't look good."

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