Blog Posts by Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor

  • Christian Dior show goes on without Galliano

    Getty ImagesGetty ImagesDespite John Galliano's recent dismissal as head designer for Christian Dior, the Dior show went on just days later at Paris Fashion Week, though the presentation was noticeably different.

    Outside the venue, one man opted to ignore and/or dismiss the video of Galliano making anti-Semitic remarks and held up a sign that said "The king is gone." Sentiments were a bit different inside the show where
    Dior CEO Sidney Toledano made a thoughtful pre-show statement. "It has been deeply painful to see the Dior name associated with the disgraceful statements attributed to its designer, however brilliant he may be," Toledano said. "Such statements are intolerable because of our collective duty to never forget the Holocaust and its victims, and because of the respect for human dignity that is owed to each person and to all peoples. These statements have deeply shocked and saddened all at Dior who give body and soul to their work, and it is particularly painful that they came from someone so

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  • Kate Middleton will walk down the aisle in flats

    Flats can be pretty too! We love these silk Manolo Blahniks.Flats can be pretty too! We love these silk Manolo Blahniks.The royal wedding is just weeks away, and we're anxiously anticipating what everyone-especially bride-to-be-Kate Middleton-is going to wear to the wedding ceremony.
    A group of designers from Manolo Blahnik to Giuseppe Zanotti all sketched potential footwear for Middleton's big day, but according to industry insiders, none of them were chosen for the actual wedding ceremony. Why? The future Mrs. Prince William is said to be wearing flats for the walk down the aisle at Westminster Abbey.

    Huffington Post's Yvonne Yorke says Middleton's wedding day shoes will be slipper-like, covered with multiple layers of silk, and heavily embroidered. We love that Middleton is going the practical route for her vows. It's a long walk down the aisle, and if fashion week is any indication, falling down from impractical heels is could potentially eclipse the actual festivities.

    Supposedly Middleton has commissioned four pairs of shoes (including the flats) for her big day each with varying heel heights

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  • 9 surprising facts your dermatologist wants you to know

    Photo by ThinkstockPhoto by ThinkstockMaintaining a healthy, glowing complexion is a big beauty goal for most of us, but, whether you're a teenager or middle aged, great skin isn't always easy to achieve with products alone-sometimes you need the help of an expert.

    We asked Dr. Ava Shamban, a California-based dermatologist and author of the upcoming book "Heal Your Skin: The Breakthrough Plan for Renewal" about mistakes patients make when it comes to their skin and how to get the most out of every doctor visit. Below are her top bits of advice for patients.

    1. Don't be embarrassed by your acne-most adult patients have it

    "In my practice, more than 50 percent of the patients have acne-it's the most common reason people see the dermatologist," says Dr. Shamban, who explains that half the population are acne sufferers, and they typically range from 12 to 30 years old. "Acne may last two, or up to 10 years, but while you have it, it really needs to be treated."

    2. There are "good" patients and "bad" patients, whichever you

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  • Women spend over eight years of their lives shopping

    ThinkstockThinkstockMany women are raised to be shoppers. We go back-to-school shopping, hang out at the mall with our friends, go grocery shopping with our parents, and pick out cosmetics at the drugstore as soon as we're able and allowed to. Those shopping trips grow exponentially when you're independent and no longer need an adult to provide you with allowance and a ride. But how many hours have ladies clocked browsing and spending over the course of our lifetimes? Marketing research firm OnePoll.com surveyed 2,000 female shoppers to find out and, um, it's a lot.

    The average woman makes 301 shopping excursions each year, spending around 400 hours buying clothing, books, food, and toiletries. They multiplied that by 63 shopping years and discovered that ladies spend 8.5 years, or 3,148 days of their lives shopping. Now, let's take a minute to remember women are the primary shoppers in each household. Picking up new socks for her kids or buying food for dinner and school lunches are hardly selfish acts

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  • What’s the most you’d pay for a plain t-shirt?

    Alexander Wang teeAlexander Wang teeFashion writer and New York Times "Critical Shopper" columnist Cintra Wilson loves herself an expensive t-shirt. At the recent opening of Alexander Wang's new boutique, she paid $80 for the one seen here (at left.) Ok, so maybe it's not 100% cotton, but as years go by, it seems more and more women can rationalize paying big bucks for what they consider the perfect fitting tee.

    Wilson writes, "An $80 black rayon T-shirt should be a grotesque plutocratic sin. But when you put on one of Mr. Wang's, you realize: oh. This would be equally appropriate for work, bowling, lawn darts, gnocchi fights ... and it drapes well enough to be worn as rebellious evening wear. It connects dots you hadn't imagined were connectible before."

    We may not be throwing pasta around (seriously?), but I kind of know what she's talking about. While I love a good 3-pack of plain white Hanes tees, I've tried and temporarily adored many pricier, more stylized brands, always on the quest for a better t-shirt. My

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  • Yay! Crystal Renn is new J.Crew swimsuit model

    There's been much discussion over the changing body of famed model Crystal Renn. While she used to be labeled as "plus-size" by the modeling industry, but she has lost some weight, and now her measurements come in somewhere between "plus size" and "straight size," a grey area we haven't really seen much before in the fashion world. In a recent interview she explained, "I had anorexia ultimately because someone else set the standard for me, and I wanted to follow it." (To watch the full video click here.) On her own terms, Renn has gained and lost some pounds over the years, but we agree with Renn's nugget of wisdom on ideal body size: "I think the most important thing that we all need to know is...it's about individual health. You cannot tell if someone is healthy, where they are mentally, from what's going on on the outside, because health is different for everybody at different sizes."



    A healthy size, for Renn, sometimes means her weight and shape fluctuates, yet we think she's

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  • Bieber’s hair clippings sell for $40,668

    courtesy of The Ellen DeGeneres Showcourtesy of The Ellen DeGeneres ShowYou may have heard that 17-year-old Justin Bieber chopped off his famous eyelash-grazing hair for a cleaner, more mature look. The monumental haircut cost him $750 and lost him 80,000 Twitter followers! Apparently his teen fan base cares more about his hair than his music. Which perhaps the pop sensation kept in mind.

    Bieber brought his hair clippings in an autographed jar to the Ellen DeGeneres show for his February 23 appearance. "We're doing something special," Bieber told the host. "We want you to donate it to whichever charity you want." DeGeneres listed the jar of hair on eBay and naturally the bidding took off. The winning price? $40,668. Surprisingly a wealthy teen didn't set her dad up to make the purchase as far as we can tell. The winning bidder was online casino GoldenPalace.com. All proceeds will go to the Gentle Barn Foundation, which rescues and rehabilitates animals in need of care. A haircut for a good cause! We love it.

    DeGeneres has sold personal celebrity items

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  • Shine Beauty Gurus review: Estee Lauder’s Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara

    Ask most ladies which three cosmetics they could simply could not live without, and one of them is definitely mascara. Long, luscious lashes are high up on the beauty wish list, as evidenced by the rise in falsies, eyelash tinting, and extensions. Hunting for the perfect mascara is often like finding great jeans. You search and search and once you find a great out, you could stay loyal for life. This month, our Shine Beauty Gurus were provided with tubes of Estee Lauder's Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara to see how well it stacked up against their usual brands. Let's see how well it performed.

    The design

    "Packaging is uber-important especially for a beauty consumer like me, and Estee Lauder's packaging always sings of luxury; in particular this product draped with navy and gold and cursive inscription," says Mrs. Kim. "Housed in a beautiful gold tube with black script, it's definitely the prettiest tube of mascara I've seen," says M.J.. "I think the brush made a

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  • Fashion that makes us sad: Tory Burch’s $325 bajas would bring a tear to Spiccoli's eye

    Tory Burch and Tory Burch and Who remembers bajas, the Mexican hoodies with kangaroo pockets in the front? They were huge in the past amongst surfers, skateboarders, and hippie types (they referred to them as "drug rugs"), but how well would they fair amongst the masses today? Apparently designer Tory Burch thinks they're ready for a high-end revival.

    We'd like to give props to our friends over at SheFinds for bringing the Anthony Hoodie to our attention. For $325 you too can be the proud owner of a a baja that Jeff Spiccoli of "Fast Times of Ridgemont High" would consider pretty far out, man. But whoaaa, 300 bucks? That's totally freaking gnarly!

    We were surprised to see that Tory Burch ditched the logo nameplate off her signature ballet flats this season, but bringing slacker gear like bajas to high end retail is jarring. Looking for affordable bajas? You can find similar styles here for $24.

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  • Critics split on Cate Blanchett’s Oscar dress

    Getty ImagesGetty ImagesFashion is always up to wildly varying interpretation, and there's been no better recent example of a dividing garment than the Givenchy gown Cate Blanchett wore to last Sunday's Academy Awards. For the record, we at Shine were not fans of the beaded look (especially the green all over the back) and thought the dress appeared as if an Easter egg had exploded onto fabric. But many highly-respected critics in the fashion world felt otherwise. We've rounded up two teams of comments: those who loved the dress, and those who felt it was a poor style choice. Read these critiques and then take our poll to let us know where you stand on this lilac Oscar frock!

    THOSE WHO LOVED THE DRESS


    "Can you say flawless? Cate Blanchett always pulls out the big guns for the Oscars, but her structured lilac Givenchy haute couture gown was exceptionally beautiful. Her simple, sleek 'do is the perfect complement." - Glamour


    "The statuesque Aussie stunner, herself an Oscar winner (for 2005's The Aviator),

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