Blog Posts by Jennifer Romolini, Shine editor in chief

  • Jesse James writes gross, juvenile emails to mistress number 5, we live to blog about it

    Getty ImagesGetty ImagesMaybe it's because I feel like I know Sandy Bullock, because she seems so genuine and good and human, because, this awards season, she let down her guard, opened up, and expressed something that is actually hard for many modern women to admit: Over the course of interviews and acceptance speeches, Bullock talked happiness, contentment, and comfort in her skin--and she attributed this blissful state to the true love and partnership of her husband, Jesse James. Then, a week after her Oscar win, courtesy of that very husband (and a series of wh*res straight of central casting), Bullock's heart got crushed like a rusty wreck in a Cash-for-Clunkers junkyard.

    Maybe it's because of all this that when I think about the motorcycle-riding beast to our left, I feel wildly, irrationally violent and I want to punch him in his stupid face.

    The latest in the Bullock/James infidelity saga is a series of emails leaked to the press by Merilee Gerth, alleged James' mistress number five and a former

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  • RIP Dixie Carter, one of our favorite '80s role models


    There are some characters who just grab you when you're a kid. Fictional girls and women who inspire you to be more courageous, outspoken, stylish, smarter, or make you think, "Oh, wow, that would be cool to do when I grow up." When we encounter them at just the right moment, these writer-invented role models have the power to influence the decisions we'll make and, even, to some small extent, the women we'll become.

    For me, one of those characters was Julia Sugarbaker from the '80s sitcom "Designing Women." Played with deep and abiding femininity and inner force by actress Dixie Carter, Julia was a creative, intellectual, highly moral, and intensely savvy working woman who ran an interior decorating business, wrangled and nurtured her shallow beauty queen sister, and was never afraid to express her indignation and/or speak her mind. She was also a thoughtful mother, a supportive girlfriend (Hal Holbrook, Carter's real-life husband, played her attorney-boyfriend for the show's first

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  • Be honest: Have you ever worried about your kid's looks?

    Now let me state for the record, I know what I am about to write is shallow, small, and silly. And, truly, it's not anywhere near the top of my list of new parent concerns. Above all else, I want my unborn daughter (due in just 4 weeks!) to be healthy and happy and smart and strong and curious and thoughtful and healthy and happy all over again. But the other night, lying in bed with nine-months-pregnant insomnia, something else occurred to me, something that is so shameful that I've hidden it back in a dark corner of my mind, lest it pop out awkwardly in conversation and reveal me to be the hideously trivial person I really am:

    I wonder if my baby will be ugly.

    I know, I know. It doesn't matter! I will love her no matter what! Obviously! However, if my daughter is unattractive, it will for sure be my fault.

    For my baby shower a few weeks ago, my mother and my mother-in-law gathered up dozens of my husband's and my childhood photos and scattered them around the room. It was a cute

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  • Michelle Obama talks DC for kids, teaching her daughters American history, and what she really thinks of the other first moms

    Photo by: Jonas Fredwall KarlssonPhoto by: Jonas Fredwall KarlssonIn the upcoming issue of Condé Nast Traveler, Michelle Obama opens up about what it's like to live and raise a family in D.C., her family's new-ish hometown. "Washington is a place to be immensely proud of," she tells the mag, "I want to use my role as First Lady to highlight this city." Ever the enthusiast, Obama shares her daughters' most-loved DC spots (including The Newseum and the Freshfarm Market), her favorite burger joint (Good Stuff Eatery-they've even named a healthy turkey burger after her, "The Michelle Melt") and the places where she most enjoys a romantic date night away from the kids (Restaurant Nora, Blue Duck Tavern).

    She also talks about the importance of teaching her girls about American history:
    "I felt that my kids learned so much more about the history in Europe than they did here. And I thought, 'Well the only way we're going to do that is to show them, right?" And you can't read about it, you have to go see it. So this summer, I really felt like, instead of

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  • Sweatpants that cost $1,000—has fashion gone completely insane?

    Whether we like to admit it or not, sweatpants-the loose-fitting, draw-stringed apparel synonymous with depression, overeating, and dangerous attachment to one's couch-have their place. Hungover and glued to "Tom Cruise Day" on TNT? Sweatpants it is! Hanging out with your cats in the wee hours while blubbering over an ex? Need. My. Sweatpants. Flu so bad you're a prisoner of the duvet? Surely sweatpants and re-runs of "Price is Right" become your best friends.

    But sweatpants strutting the runway, accompanied by high heels, elaborate makeup, and a fur stole? Well, folks, welcome to fashion in 2010.

    According to a story in the Wall Street Journal, sweatpants are the season's must-have fashion trend. Designed to be a bit shapelier than your basic gym-class styles, and dressed up in fancy fabrics like cashmere, the updated athletic wear is meant to be worn formally with elegant shoes, blazers, and blouses, to occasions that'd usually require a favorite cocktail dress. Fashionistas

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  • RIP Maria Pinto clothes: Favorite Michelle Obama designer closes her doors, cites "economic challenges"

    Designer Maria Pinto-a favorite of Michelle Obama-has closed the doors of her once-popular Chicago shop and filed for bankruptcy protection. A longtime fashion veteran, Pinto started her own label in 1991, but really hit her stride in 2008 when her dresses were showcased by rising star Obama in an array of glossy women's magazine spreads and high-profile TV appearances. In fact, throughout the campaign, Pinto was responsible for some of the first lady's most iconic looks, including the famous "fist bump" purple shift and the subdued teal dress she wore to give her speech at the Democratic National Convention.



    And, while Pinto cites ''increasing economic challenges'' as the reason for the closure, we can't help but wonder if the designer simply expanded too quickly-perhaps expecting that the first lady would keep her label in the spotlight. According to Chicago magazine, at the height of her popularity in 2008 (when Mrs. Obama was wearing her clothes regularly on the campaign trail),

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  • The "Eat, Pray, Love" trailer: Despite our best defenses, totally made us cry


    Even if "Eat, Pray, Love" turns out to be the worst, cheesiest, most manipulative movie of all time (we certainly had all sorts of conflicting feelings about the book), this trailer is kind of awesome and amazing. Maybe beyond kind of. And it definitely made us cry in that way that is embarrassing, but also uplifting and cynicism-abating and woman-centered and makes you happy to be alive and grateful for getting to live great things. Check it out.

  • NOOOOOO! Sandra Bullock and her husband separate, we feel devastated

    We know it's only Thursday, but we're going to go ahead and call this THE WORST RELATIONSHIP NEWS OF THE WEEK: According to multiple sources, Sandra Bullock has moved out of the home she shares with husband Jesse James, has abruptly canceled a European press tour for her movie "The Blind Side," and, in the process, she's shattered all of our dreams about Hollywood fairytales.

    Reports began surfacing yesterday that James, 40, the man who Bullock repeatedly praised during her recent awards season sweep, has been engaging in an affair with Michelle McGee, a multi-tattooed stripper and mom of two.

    While the story's details are still shaky and sordid and not totally to be trusted, McGee alleges that she reached out to James over MySpace, that he invited her over for a sexy photo shoot, that the affair lasted eleven months (while Bullock was away in Atlanta filming her Oscar-winning role for "Blind Side"), and that James told her his marriage to Bullock was a "sham" for "publicity."

    If

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  • John Edwards' mistress speaks out—we really wish she hadn't

    In the new issue of GQ magazine, John Edwards' mistress Rielle Hunter spills pretty much everything about her relationship with the former presidential candidate and, in the process, gives a bad name to essentially all womankind and certainly to any woman who's ever had an affair.

    To begin, there's the Look at Me, I'm a Sexy Mom photo shoot. In the article's accompanying slideshow, Hunter poses scantily clad for an array of ever-more curious pics-in some, she holds her (and Edwards') 2-year-old daughter Quinn close while wearing an alluring expression and baring her belly, with her pants undone; in others she is entirely pantless, sitting next to a pile of popular stuffed animals, like Kermit and Barney.

    What follows is an interview so rife with delusion, epic insensitivity, and just flat-out dumbness it makes us kind of embarrassed to share this lady's gender. The 45-year-old goes into great detail about how she and the senator first met, their many sexual escapades ("Johnny"-as she

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  • Shiloh Jolie-Pitt's new haircut: A tale of creepy gender politics and a whole lot of fear

    This week's Life & Style magazine devotes its cover (and multi-page inside story) to a true question for the ages: "Why Is Angelina Turning Shiloh Into A Boy?"

    Mind you, this is not a new topic-bloggers, gossip mags, and entertainment "news" shows have all been obsessing over the 3-year-old's "tomboy-ishness" for months. However, last week the issue reached a fever pitch of true ridiculousness and creepy, outdated gender politics when Brad Pitt took his daughters shopping in Paris and Shiloh picked out a whole lot of boy's clothes ($10,000 worth of boy clothes, according to some reports). The next day, when the little girl debuted a new short haircut to pair with her masculine French outfits, the media world went completely insane.

    The Life & Style story calls the new 'do "shockingly short" and says it ignited a "firestorm of controversy." The writer gathers a slew of pointless commentary on Shi-gate from such children's experts as Perez Hilton, some stylist from VH1, and-wait for

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