Blog Posts by Jennifer Romolini, Shine editor in chief

  • Vampire Babies: Could They Exist in Real "Vampire" Life? (The Latest in Weird Online Obsessions)

    This baby is way cuter than a real vampire baby would probably be.
    Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson's cinematic "Twilight" odyssey continues today with the release of the duo's latest vampire-love collaboration, "Breaking Dawn." In this installment, the crazy kids follow a well-tread, familiar path to hetero-normality: First came love, then came marriage and then--SPOILER ALERT--comes a terrifying monster baby in a baby carriage (or, in this case, a big pregs stomach, blood-sucking from the inside).

    Sounds happily ever after-ish, right?

    But here's the thing: Twi-hards are obsessed with the new Bell-ward creature spawn, or at least the idea of it. In fact, according to numerous blogs and our own Yahoo! search results, queries about "vampire babies" have been spiking all this week and online debates have grown heated, pitting fan again fan in commenting forums. The issue at the center of these debates is: Can vampires make vampire babies?

    Twilight Saga Answers says: "Whether vampires can have babies depends on what sort of vampire lore you're

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  • Welcome to the New Shine!

    If you're a regular reader of Shine, you've probably noticed some big (and small) changes around these parts in the past couple of days. After nearly four years online, and after publishing hundreds of thousands of blogs, videos, photos, comments, recipes (many of which came from all of you--thank you!), our dear site needed a bit of sprucing up, not to mention a technical upgrade to help us serve you all a lot better-and faster. On the redesigned Shine, you'll find new sections like:

    Style: We've expanded our fashion and beauty section into one big area of the site, to bring you even more coverage on affordable style, makeup and skincare secrets, the latest anti-aging news and basically everything that makes us all obsessed with (and sometimes frustrated by) looking great.
    At Home: Our new section dedicated to all things cleaning, organizing and decorating
    Green: A new place to find simple ways to live more respectfully and responsibly and treat to the planet with care.

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  • Daylight-saving time disasters: Do you have a story?

    ThinkstockThinkstockA few years ago, during the first days of our honeymoon, my husband and I got stranded in the Naples train station for 13 hours. This was after being stranded on a tiny island where no one spoke English for four hours, missing two boats and three trains and probably a rickshaw ride and a few cabs in between. It was only 22 hours later, when we finally arrived in Florence at the world's creepiest hotel (not the "hidden gem" I was led to believe-thanks, internet!) and were lying on the polyester-floral-vaguely-burnt-smelling comforter that we realized how our day had gone horribly wrong: It was the end of daylight-saving time in Europe, the clocks had been turned back an hour, and our sad travel-guide Italian had only prepared us to say 'thank you' and politely ask for wine, NOT: 'Is your whole country undergoing a major time change?'

    Daylight-saving time ends this Sunday, November 6, which means it's time to turn back the clocks one hour, starting at 2 a.m. If you're anything like us,

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  • Beyoncé's baby bump featured in truly, deeply excellent new video

    Photo courtesy of MTVPhoto courtesy of MTVIt's not often that we here at Shine are rendered giddily speechless by a pop icon performing on a certain Music Television network, but-oh my goodness!-Beyoncé's new video for her new song "Countdown" is no regular MTV experience. Clad in an array of chic, retro-sleek, poppy outfits that flash vividly among wildly colorful screens, Ms B's performance here is exuberant, beautiful, stylish, and filled with a kind of wonderfulness we haven't seen in a video since maybe, well, forever.

    On top of all this, the lady shows off her burgeoning belly throughout, making pregnancy look sexy and strong, and decidedly not like some weird, dated "delicate condition." It's inspiring and, quite simply, badass.

    Photo courtesy of MTVPhoto courtesy of MTV
    Here's a preview of "Countdown." Happy Friday!

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    Who wore it better: Beyoncé or Leighton?

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  • 'Sesame Street' debuts new poverty-stricken character to teach kids about hunger issues

    PBSPBSMeet Lily. She's a seven-year-old muppet and new arrival to "Sesame Street" who like, many children-puppets her age, loves her friends, family, and headbands. However, unlike many her age, Lily is seriously struggling with getting enough food each day and living within a family deep in the throes of poverty.

    Lily is the star of a new primetime special called 'Growing Hope Against Hunger', a program that's meant to teach kids about America's hunger crisis, which currently affects nearly 17 million U.S. families.

    During the hour-long show (which airs this Sunday, October 9, on PBS), Lily and fellow muppet friends like Elmo and Rosita address her family's food shortage and explore community-based solutions like planning a drive for the local food bank and visiting a neighborhood garden to see how food can be grown locally. Deeper messages about hope, support, and giving back are conveyed through songs and that signature "Sesame Street" sincerity-silliness. Country star Brad Paisley and

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  • Eyes! They're Weirder Than You Ever Thought

    Big eyes can make you crazy, says study.This is a blog about eyes and how they are scary. We are born with adult-size eyes that is why babies' eyes are so crazy looking. Don't look at a baby's for too long! No seriously, you will be freaked out!

  • Louboutin loses to YSL in battle of red soles

    A fight by fancy French footwear king Christian Louboutin for the exclusive right to put red soles on shoes got kicked out of court Wednesday in a victory for rival Yves Saint Laurent. The legal battle in a New York court pitted two fashion leaders in a bitter contest for what Louboutin said was th

  • Best Facebook update of all time, posted by a dad

    Sometimes the internet surfaces something so completely delightful, we can forgive it for turning us into Googfacetubemail droids. This Facebook update, posted by a dad who came upon his son Chris's profile when the teenager forgot to log off, is just that thing. Here, Shine readers, for your viewing pleasure, the best Facebook update we've ever seen:
    In case you can't read it: "To all of Chris' friends: This is his father. My son carelessly left his account logged in [sic] so I decided to snoop around. Upon reading my son's personal information, I would like to clear a few things up. My son is not a "gangsta," he will not "beat a ho's ass" and he will most certainly not "roll a fatty wit his boyz." So for all of those who think he is some hard ass thug, think again...he is Chris _____[redacted], a 15 year old kid that was afraid of the dark untill he was 12 and cried at the end of Marley and Me."

    The message is hilarious, obviously, though as a mom (and therefore now forever on the

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  • "World's best restaurant" El Bulli set to close

    Spanish Chef Ferran Adria posing in front of El Bulli restaurant in Roses, northern Spain. (Photo: AFP, Relax News)Spanish Chef Ferran Adria posing in front of El Bulli restaurant in Roses, northern Spain. (Photo: AFP, Relax News)elBulli, the beachside Spanish restaurant repeatedly crowned the world's best, will close Saturday after pushing the boundaries of cuisine for more than two decades under chef Ferran Adria.

    The remote eatery in Cala Montjoi, some two hours north of Barcelona, will re-open in 2014 as a non-profit culinary think tank that will investigate new cooking techniques and develop new flavors.

    Most unhealthy restaurant dishes

    The elBullifoundation plans to grant between 20 and 25 scholarships annually for chefs to spend a year working with elBulli's core staff. It will share its ideas and findings on the Internet.

    Adria, whose radical innovations since he became the head chef at elBulli in 1987 include foie grass noodles and potato foam, says he is dispensing with the Michelin three-star restaurant to spend more time being creative.

    "elBulli is not closing, it is transforming itself, because its soul is going to remain," he told a group of students in Valencia earlier this

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  • Megan Fox probably faked her 'no-Botox' photos. That's just sad.

    Megan Fox proves she hasn't had Botox? Not if this photo is fake.Megan FoxLast week, in an effort to dispel tabloid rumors that she'd become addicted to the facial injectable Botox, 'Transformers' actress Megan Fox shared a series of photos on her Facebook page under the rather forceful title: "THINGS YOU CAN'T DO WITH YOUR FACE WHEN YOU HAVE BOTOX."

    Though Fox was widely praised for posting the pics, (which show her in an array of wrinkly scowls and frowns), and for "standing up for herself" turns out her heroic internet defense may have been a weirdly elaborate lie.

    In an article posted yesterday in the OC Register, more than half a dozen cosmetic surgeons from around the country questioned the authenticity of the photos.

    "Looks like Megan is just as talented with Photoshop as she is in entertainment," [ed note: Oh, SNAP!] plastic surgeon Dr. Nicholas Vendemia told the paper. "Those lines on her forehead are totally fake. … Muscles in the forehead and brow simply don't create curved wrinkles like that. The wrinkles Megan is showing us don't

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