Blog Posts by Jennifer Romolini, Shine editor in chief

  • 3 amazing, exotic yoga retreats (for when you really need to get away)

    There comes a time in most of our lives when we know we just really need to get AWAY, not "Calgon"-away to a tub full of bubbles, not an hour-long massage escape or a night out with the girls, but the kind of "I'm stressed as hell and I can't take it anymore" retreating that can only be achieved by new surroundings, abundant sunshine, and a boatload of stretching and quiet time. Luckily, these moments don't happen too often, but when they do, here's where we suggest you go:

    1. Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Bahamas
    Located on five acres of gorgeous beach in Paradise Island, Bahamas this highly rustic spot has catered to yogis for more than 40 years. It's a humble-crunchy place for sure, but it's also REALLY affordable: Included in the package price of $89 a night is your own little cabin, two vegetarian meals and two yoga classes per day, and morning and evening meditation instruction. For additional fees you can indulge in ayurvedic spa treatments, and depending on when you're

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  • Color tip of the day: Red is not scary

    When my husband and I first moved into our Brooklyn apartment five years ago, one of the first things we did was paint one of the walls of our bedroom red. This was no easy task. First, from a labor standpoint, red is one of the more saturated pigments and it requires a ton of painting to get just right. But beyond this, it can be a very controversial color. For some people it's emotionally charged and associated with everything from war and power to wrath and blood-not something you'd necessarily want in your home. A few of my more design-y friends questioned our red-wall choice: "It's going to be so angry!" offered one. Even my husband wasn't so sure, fearing it would be too "loud."



    Thing is, I've always thought of red (the right, bright, warm red) as bold and fiery in a good way. It's a color that, for me, brings to mind passion, intense happiness, and ultimately deep and abiding love. So, many paint samples and even more paint coats later, we had one very lively poppy-hued wall.

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  • Budget-friendly kitchen accessory you should buy right now: Tea towels

    For years, my kitchen has been filled with items that don't necessarily make me proud: Dull knives, mismatched silverware, non-stick skillets with dangerously scraped off non-stickness, the chipped Princess Diana commemorative mugs that I picked up on a trip to England in 1999 and still can't bear to throw away, etc to embarrassing hoarder infinity.

    But lately (and this may or may not be a part of the whole "nesting" thing they say we pregnant ladies get-which is supposed to be involuntary and kind of obsessive, yikes!), I've been wanting to pare down everything and have that kind of sleek, but still homey kitchen you see in really well styled movies.

    I want glasses that match, dishes that stack, silverware neatly lined in clean drawers and, weirdly, most of all: I want tea towels.

    Originating in England and Ireland, these extra-absorbent kitchen cloths are a step up from their more common, fuzzy dish towel counterparts. They're thinner, which makes for easier storing, and their

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  • Are romantic comedies getting worse? GQ editors go see "When in Rome," nearly die of idiocy

    Though I recognize that many of them are embarrassing, cheaply made, unrealistic, degrading to women and insulting to my intelligence, over the years, I've maintained a sort of grading-on-a-curve policy when it comes to romantic comedies. Like crying in front of the mirror or eating peanut butter out of the jar with a spoon, they serve a comforting, yet entirely private and shameful, purpose in my life. Films like 13 Going on 30, The Wedding Planner, and nearly anything with Drew Barrymore pre-"I'm a Mac"-guy days are the very definition of a guilty pleasure; guilty sure, but oh-so pleasurable.

    However, in the past couple of years, I've started noticing a disturbing trend in this film genre. And that is that these movies are getting REALLY bad. Like crap-tastically terrible, like no one even wrote a script and just figured as long as McConaughey showed up shirtless we'd all willingly fork over our 10 bucks, even without a plot. An example of this is last year's truly idiotic and

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  • "I will not be ignored!": What jilted women have done to get revenge

    Friday's news of YaVaughnie Wilkins's over-the-top spiteful billboard campaign made us start thinking about just how deeply pissed women get when we're rejected or wronged, how exactly like crazy people we sometimes appear, and how there seems to be no real limit to what many of us will do. "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" may be a cliche, but man, can it be true.



    We rounded up some of the most famous (and downright bizarre) revenge seekers of the past few decades, all of whom--in one brutal, strange, or weirdly creative way or another-- conveyed Glenn Close's famous message from the movie 'Fatal Attraction': They will not be ignored.

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  • 11 things my new daughter will not be wearing

    So, I'm six and a half months pregnant with a real live kid, a girl, they tell me, due around the first of May. And, I'm to the point where I feel her kicking every day and every day I can't help but think: What will this little person be like? What will she look like? What clothes will she wear? The first two are a crap shoot, obviously, a lot of nature, maybe some nurture, but mostly out of my control. However, for the first couple of years at least, I will have complete say over her wardrobe. Which is a weird responsibility, when you think about it--I'll be dressing my own human doll!



    To that end: Man, there's some scary-ugly crap out there for little girls. It's as if we actually want them to become miniature shopaholics, or spoiled rotten divas, or bratty princesses, or weight-obsessed vanity cases or any number of sad, uninteresting personality clichés that give females a bad name. That, or we'd like to see saucy little infants with fashion sense and sex appeal. I can't wrap my

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  • Golden Globes style report: The pretty, the confusing, and the just kind of sad

    The Golden Globes were held Sunday night and, boy, were they wet! It was raining, HARD, and celebrities got wet and so did their clothes! Yikes. It's hard to scrutinize anyone's look when they're getting poured on, but even with all this foul-weather chaos, a few major trends emerged. We saw tons of sequins, frilly-feminine pastel hues, ruffles, and super-long gowns. Most ladies opted for natural-looking skin tones (not the orange-y-fake-bake of recent years), subtle makeup, and slicked-back hair (though this could be attributed to the weather). Check out our slideshow above for the ensembles we loved, hated, and those that just left us confused.



    For more GG outfits, head to OMG's Red Carpet Report Card

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  • Michelle Obama has a new hairdo! (No, really, this time)

    AP ImagesAP ImagesRemember back in July, when the world of style went wild over Michelle Obama's new short haircut? But then, as it turned out, it wasn't a haircut at all, just a super elegant updo, and the whole world calmed down again?

    Well, fashion and beauty scribes, start your engines! Michele Obama has a new haircut and, this time, it's for real!

    The first lady revealed a sleek, full-bodied, blunt-cut bob on Tuesday when she accompanied the president to a funeral for Jean Biden, Vice President Joe Biden's mother. According to sources who keep track of such things, this was the first time Mrs. Obama was seen publicly with her hair down in more than two months (she's chosen to pull it up and back since November 2nd).

    AP ImagesAP Images Could this hair choice possibly, finally mean a serious return of the bob? The sleek, (usually) straight style was first popularized in the '20s and was most famously pulled off by actress Louise Brooks. A longer, easier-to-manage version, which appeared in the '60s, was the work of

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  • Natalie Portman wears $40 Target dress, seems more human

    Getty ImagesGetty ImagesCelebrities, they're just like us! Well...sort of. On Sunday, A-list actress Natalie Portman turned up at The New York Times' Arts & Leisure Weekend wearing a black cardigan, heels, and a mustard-hued Target dress with a price tag of just $39.99. The filmy-frilly frock (pictured, left) is part of the retail chain's limited-edition, affordably-priced collection from coveted designer Rodarte, a line favored by Portman (she donned one of its strapless gowns to last year's Oscars). A regular, non-Target Rodarte dress costs upwards of $8,000.

    Portman is just one of a growing number of celebrities whose budget-friendly red-carpet choices make them seem more relatable, down-to-earth, and more responsible than stars who drop thousands for a single, wear-it-once dress. It's a slightly odd phenomenon, sure, but we all love it when famous people wear inexpensive clothes-it even makes us like these famous people more. Consider the praiseSharon Stone in a Gap turtleneck at the OscarsSharon Stone in a Gap turtleneck at the Oscars heaped on Michelle Obama for her multiple J.Crew outfits

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  • Chinese gender imbalance will leave 24 million men unable to marry. We wonder: Why didn't anyone see this coming?

    A new study released Monday by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences found that more than 24 million Chinese men of marrying age are likely to find themselves unable to find women to marry come 2020. The reason? There just aren't enough females to go around, because Chinese mothers often abort their baby girls.

    "Sex-specific abortions remained extremely commonplace, especially in rural areas," the study explained, saying that the reasons for this imbalance of the sexes were "complex." Generally, however, experts speculate that male offspring are preferred in China because they have better earning potential and are therefore better equipped to take care of their parents as they age. Because of this, a report from Mirror Evening newspaper calculates that in some regions of China the male-female ratio was 130 males for every 100 females (a normal ratio would be 103-107 males to 100 females). Worse yet, according to Yahoo! News, "Abductions and trafficking of women were rampant in

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