Blog Posts by Jennifer Romolini, Shine editor in chief

  • POLL: Is an open marriage ever a good idea? Mo'Nique thinks it is.

    In an upcoming interview with Barbara Walters (airing Sunday on Walters' 29th-and last!-Oscar Special) entertainer and Academy Award nominee Mo'Nique reveals the true nature of her so-called "open marriage" to Sidney Hicks.

    "Let me say this: I have not had sex outside my marriage with Sidney...Could Sid have sex outside of his marriage with me? Yes. That's not a deal-breaker. That's not something that would make us say, 'Pack your things and let's end the marriage.'"

    Hmmm.

    "We've been best friends for over 25 years, and we truly know who we are. Oftentimes, people get into marriages and they don't know who they're laying next to. I'm very comfortable and secure with my husband."

    On the one hand, there's something about this which seems very civilized and highly evolved. That a purely physical sexual dalliance could not threaten decades of true love and friendship is a respectable outlook-and it values the relationship above all else. However, REALLY? You're going to let your hubs

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  • "Wow, you're carrying wide!" and 5 trillion other rude things people say to pregnant women

    "Are you getting enormous yet? You must be huge!" chirped my out-of-town friend breathlessly, almost giddily, when I answered her call last week.
    "No, not too bad, so far, I mean..."
    "Well, you know it's all downhill from here, right?"

    I'm currently 30 weeks pregnant and among the many, many annoying issues I'd anticipated about this experience (monster boobs, hormone-induced lunacy, a waddling Wheeble walk), one aspect I was entirely unprepared for was how growing a tiny human in my stomach meant people could suddenly say whatever the hell they want to me.

    The comments I've heard during the past 7 months have been rude, undermining, scary, and downright insulting-the kinds of the things you wouldn't say to a hated enemy, much less to someone you claim to like. Beyond the neverending weight/shape observations (when you're pregnant it's seriously open season on your body: "Wow, you're carrying wide!" "Well at least you're not fat in the face!"), I've been regaled with anecdotes

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  • Are tattoos of a spouse's name ever a good idea?

    Photo: NY Daily NewsPhoto: NY Daily NewsWhen my husband and I first started dating six years ago, we fell madly, intensely, almost freakishly in love. It was the kind of giddy, all-consuming courtship that makes you do corny-lame things like create too-elaborate presents, daydream obsessively, ignore everyone else in your life, and sleep with the t-shirt he left at your house. Within weeks, I wanted to run away to Vegas and marry this guy at the Elvis Chapel. I also wanted to get a tattoo of his name on my butt. If not for the wise counsel of a few dear friends, I would've done both. I'm glad I didn't- this would've set a reckless, rushed precedent for a relationship that really needed time to grow. However, now that we're married (and expecting a baby!), our bond seems much more permanent and, to celebrate it, I've recently revisited the idea of getting inked in his honor (though not on my butt).

    I bring this up today because Kelly Ripa has a new tattoo of her husband Mark's last name ("Consuelos") on her left wrist. The

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  • The worst of New York Fashion Week: Mismatched scraps, tails of fur, and parachute pants make a comeback

    Unlike some previous seasons that made us feel weird, confused, or just downright scared, some truly beautiful clothes and many exciting new trends have come out of New York's Fall/Winter 2010 Fashion Week. However, you know designers: They just can't resist throwing in the occasional wacky neighbor ensemble, bringing back trends that should stay dead and buried, and utilizing fur in ways that make us feel so sad for animals, we cry.



    Above, the worst of the worst.


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  • Remembering Alexander McQueen, 1969-2010

    World renowned designer Alexander McQueen was found dead this morning in his London apartment. He was 40 years old. The British native, who broke into the London fashion scene in 1996, was known for his precise tailoring, imaginative and outrageous clothes and 13 years of fantastical runway shows. He was also a favorite among edgier, fashion-forward celebs-his designs were often seen on stars like Sarah Jessica Parker and Rihanna. McQueen was named British designer of the year four times throughout his career and will be remembered as an entertainer and a true style visionary. We rounded up some of his most memorable designs, above.


    Source: WWD, Telegraph

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  • East Coast Snowpocalypse slows New York Fashion Week

    New York Fashion Week officially kicks off today and, due to the massive amount of snow dumped on the city in the past few days, things are getting off to a rather slow start. Several shows have been postponed, and some have been canceled altogether, as designers, models, makeup artists, and stylists all scramble to pull together presentations when getting from point A to point B is a massive inconvenience.

    "It has definitely been a huge stress for us," says Seventh House PR/Showroom Seven's Matt Kays. "[Designer Sartel's] is the second presentation we have had to postpone." Keys explains that a huge issue has been that it's next to impossible to reschedule anything during Fashion Week, "You have so many [scheduling] obstacles because everyone is using the same models, locations, and hair and makeup teams."

    Another snow-related Fashion Week problem has been air travel. With hundreds of flights delayed and canceled, out-of-town models booked for shows and international

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  • The worst Valentine's Day gifts ever

    We know what you're going to say: It's the thought that counts. But, honestly, it's really not thoughtful to buy your mate a terrible gift-on Valentine's Day or ever. So, please, we beg you, significant others everywhere, don't drop your cash on any of the cutesy-bad or clueless-gross presents we've outlined above. No one wants them. Don't waste your money on this stuff! We're in a recession!

    Let's just all love each other, OK?

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  • Mean-girl fashion and beauty rules at Cornell sorority: No 'mustaches' or 'muffin tops'

    When I was a sophomore in college, I had a friend in one of the school's more popular sororities who was always encouraging me to join. "What would I have to do?" I'd ask. "Well, just, like, wear and say whatever we want during pledge week...mostly just getting really drunk, doing stupid stuff with frat guys and wearing pins on your underwear that you'd show us if we asked. After that, it's pretty easy."

    This was never acceptable to me-even for a week. Though I think many of those young women were nice and they had fun, the rules of their sorority just seemed too humiliating and oppressive. (Pins on my underwear? No, thanks.) They were not, however, anywhere near as petty, cruel, and God-awful rude as the strict six-page style guide recently put out by Cornell University's Pi Beta Phi sorority.

    The document, which is meant to be followed by all Pi Beta Phi pledges during Rush Week and was recently leaked to several online outlets (we're a little late to the party on this one),

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  • Super Bowl ads 2010: Men can't be men and it's all our fault (wah, wah, wah)


    The theme of the night in last night's much-anticipated Super Bowl ad-bonanza was, in one shape or another: "men who could not be men." Why couldn't they be men? Because they were too busy doing unmanly stuff like washing out sinks and shopping for ladies' underwear and separating the recycling. Why were they stuck doing all this unmanly stuff? Because of us, the women in their lives and the relationships we have-from the looks of these commercials-forced them into by gunpoint. Judging by many of Super Bowl 2010's ads, modern-day monogamy is a sucky, sucky place where you have to have good manners and clean up after yourself. You know, one's basic hell on earth.

    Though the lazy, sex-starved, beer-swilling, slogan-slurring (WHASSSUP!), Neanderthal man-child mythos is nothing new in the land of Super Bowl advertising, last night's crop of Super-commercials sprinkled in the idea that somehow-through enduring the many indignities of adult relationship life-men have been broken, their

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  • Jennifer Aniston renovates her home with the single girl's life in mind

    Photo by Peggy SirotaPhoto by Peggy SirotaIf you rip out her heart, she'll rip out your...bathroom? The March issue of Architectural Digest has a first look at Jennifer Aniston's Beverly Hills mansion (following an extensive, two-and-a-half year interior renovation). Among the many design modifications, the actress's master bath is now more conducive to single life than coupledom:

    "[The house] originally had his-and-hers baths, but Aniston has turned the 'his' into a spa bath with a soaking tub," the magazine reports. The article later quotes Aniston saying her new home is "like a big hug" and it "vibrates with the love that created it."

    This all sounds inviting for one, but it may not be ideal for prospective romantic partners. Last year, the 41-year-old's then-beau John Mayer described her one-story dwelling as rather intimidating: "There is no normal thing in the Aniston house," he told Ellen on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." "You won't find a light switch. The light switch is not antiquated-there is a six-button light

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