Blog Posts by Jennifer Romolini, Shine editor in chief

  • Introducing Shine's Beauty Gurus! (With a few tips on staying cool when the weather is killer hot)

    A couple of months ago we here at Shine Fashion+Beauty held a contest. We were looking for a handful of smart, interesting, talented women to write about a topic that's not always so smart and interesting. We wanted Beauty Gurus, ladies who were real-life knowledgeable about cosmetics and hair issues and skincare and could give all of us solid, honest practical advice.

    We announced the winners on July 10th and, since then, these new bloggers have completed their first assignment.

    It's on one of my favorite topics: Dealing with the grossness of summer. I asked our gurus, "What's your favorite summer beauty trick?"
    Check out their posts below. Start feeling less summer-disgusting immediately.

    Feeling the heat? Keep a cool head

    Calling for backup: The fight against frizz--Elizabeth

    My hair vs. Texas heat and humidity…and I WIN!--Amanda

    Tips for fighting summertime frizz--J-Love

    Simple summertime hair frizzy formula--Jude

    Blot and go be beautiful--Heather


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  • 'Gossip Girl' preview: "I know what you did this summer. And who."

    My alternative title for this post was "Gossip Girl: Amazing for adults, bad for everyone else," because God-dang, I am crazy about this show's sexy-campiness, about its utterly fantastical, smutty, unrealistic portrayal of not only teenage life, but all life. I also love the over-the-top clothes and the perfect hair and the makeup--all of which I know I could never afford. But would I want my 14-year-old daughter to watch it (that is, if I had a 14-year-old daughter)? Er, no. I'd probably sit her down and have the same conversation with her that my mom had with me about Three's Company, about how this isn't the way real people talk to each other and it's absolutely not how young women should think about sex and their sexuality. This, of course, would make her want to watch it with a frenzied insanity, which would basically put me and my hypothetical daughter in the exact same spot. Come back, Gossip Girl! I've gone too long without your trashy, snotty awesomeness!
    Preview above.

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  • Holy snobbery! Times writer appalled by J.C. Penney's large sizes and "obese" mannequins

    File under reason number 2,947 why we're sick of fashion people: In today's New York Times, style columnist Cintra Wilson (pictured, left) reviews the new Manhattan outpost of mega-chain J.C. Penney and, well, let's just say she does not find it to her liking.

    Wilson begins her story by asking why Penney's, which she refers to as both a "perennially square department store" and a "dowdy Middle American entity" would "waddle into Midtown in its big old shorts and flip-flops without even bothering to update its ancient logo?" How DARE you J.C. Penney! You came to New York and didn't even DRESS UP FOR US??! J.C. Penney, you are a frowzy monster!

    Despite Wilson's incredulity over its existence, she manages to make it to the store. Once there, she uses her time to poke fun at the excited young girls and their mothers who are back-to-school shopping and squealing over what Wilson deems only "lukewarm" clothes. Next the writer insults a cheerful J.C. Penney salesclerk who admits to

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  • Hillary's "I'm secretary of state" rant: Hysterical or badass?

    Earlier this week, after a Congolese university student asked what her husband Bill Clinton thought about an international trade situation, Hillary Clinton had a little snap attack. Her face and body got tense. She raised her voice, and she said: "Wait, you want me to tell you what my husband thinks? My husband is not secretary of state, I am. If you ask my opinion I will tell you my opinion, but I am not going to be channeling my husband."

    This flare-up was assertive for sure, and perhaps even a little aggressive, but was it really so wrong? So out of line? If that question was real (it turned out to be a translator's mistake), it was kind of offensive, and honestly, it's likely it never would've been asked of a man.

    Let's also consider that Ms. Clinton was in the middle of a weeks-long trip to insane-hot Africa, where she'd been discussing heady subjects like land mines, wartime rapes, and the World Bank for days. Let's further imagine that since this was her first extended

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  • Should Speedos be banned?

    This week, U.K. water park Alton Towers issued a mandate to male guests: No more Speedos. Reps for the park called the ban on tiny trunks an "extreme measure," but explained it was meant "to prevent embarrassment among fellow members of the public and to maintain the family-friendly atmosphere at the resort."


    "We feel this small brief style is not appropriate for a family venue so we are advising male bathers to wear more protective swimwear such as shorts."

    Such a tough issue! Sure, there's a bit of discrimnation going on. Alton park allows female guests to wear thong bathing suits, which seem, by this measure, as offensive as a man's banana hammock. If it's a conservative family park, one would think it'd find bare butts as unseemly as the outline of a bulge.

    However, Speedos are kind of gross. They're cheesy-hilarious, sure, but they're also pretty much twig-and-berry X-ray machines, revealing a super-graphic silhouette of the wearer's junk. It's like having shiny seal

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  • How the women of John Hughes movies taught us everything we know about style

    John Hughes died yesterday and we here at Shine are in serious mourning. It's dorky and strange and perhaps too emotional to say that John Hughes helped shape who we are, but it's not an exaggeration. I honestly don't know if I would be a fashion editor today were it not for my 587 viewings of "Sixt

  • Susan Boyle is back with a super-chic makeover (and we've got the behind the scenes!)

    Hugh Stewart for Harper's BazaarHugh Stewart for Harper's BazaarRemember back in April when it seemed like the whole world had Susan Boyle fever? When every news outlet you turned to was practically shouting her praises and the 47-year-old "Britain's Got Talent" star was being exalted for her unpretentious persona and angelic voice? Next came the speculation: Would she or wouldn't she get a makeover? A new jacket for Susan! Today she's wearing a designer scarf! OMG, are those new eyebrows?! But then things took a turn. After weeks of constant and increasingly nasty media attention, the Scottish singer needed a break. And, directly after coming in second place in the "Britain's Got Talent" finale, Boyle checked herself into a clinic for exhaustion and kept a low profile. Now she's stepping back into the spotlight in a big way.

    Boyle is featured in the September issue of Harper's Bazaar with a completely revamped look and a positive, seemingly stronger attitude. The interview is unbelievably sweet in that authentic Susan Boyle way, but we were also

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  • Today in Retro Beauty: Cate Blanchett's gorgeous Australian Vogue covers

    There's something about these old-timey, illustrated Cate Blanchett covers that makes me feel completely delighted. They're for Australian Vogue's 50th anniversary issue and they remind me of magazines from a million years ago, when it was all about style, clothes, and fashion fantasy and less about celebrities and Photoshop and lying cover lines.

    What do you think?

    Source: WWD

  • Dear Shake Weight: You have to be kidding us...

    There are lots of things to say about the women's exercise product, Shake Weight, but hey, this is a family blog, so we'll just let the commercial speak for itself. Just one question: Did no one who made this thing think what we thought?

  • Today in Photoshop: Gisele's pregnancy just *poof* disappeared!

    So, Gisele's pregnant. She hasn't said it, but everyone kind of knows it's true. However, Gisele is also the face of raincoat retailer London Fog's fall campaign and the company, according to WWD, wanted to ramp up its image this season with sexy ads.

    So what to do? Show a pregnant lady wearing a trench coat? Naw. Not steamy enough! Instead, London Fog put Gisele in some underwear, belted a jacket over her, took some pictures, and then airbrushed out both the underwear and the Brazilian model's entire stomach. The result, as you can see at left, is kind of...weird. Gisele's midsection looks creepily smooth, like Silly Putty when you first take it out of the egg, like a synthetic fleshy substitute that may not be able to lift images from newspapers, like a Ken doll's nether regions.

    A spokesperson from Iconix Brand Group, the company that owns London Fog, told WWD that the campaign was shot a few weeks ago and Gisele's visibly pregnant tummy was retouched to "respect her privacy."

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