Blog Posts by Elise Solé, Shine Staff

  • Boston Strong Ducks Pay It Forward Around the World

    Boston Strong Ducks/FacebookAfter the deadly Boston Marathon bombings took place last April, Lori Tosches felt helpless. The 50-year-old Boston native, who had grown up cheering on the runners from the starting line as a child and continued the tradition with her husband and three children, wanted to help the victims and their families in some way, but she didn’t know how.

    “I was glued to the television, in particular the coverage about an 8-year-old boy named Martin Richard who had died at the finish line,” Tosches tells Yahoo Shine. “After seeing his photo, I couldn’t get him off my mind. He’s what really motivated me to help out.”

    Tosches remembered that back in January 2013, just a month after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the police department had decorated the campus with 500 rubber ducks to cheer up the children and welcome them back to classes.

    Photo courtesy of Lori Tosches“Since ducks already had a positive association, I thought, ‘Let’s do something with a duck,’” she says. So, Tosches created a Facebook page

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  • Wedding Dress Fairy Replaces Woman's Stolen Gown

    Photo courtesy of Kelly CaysAlmost as difficult as the hunt for the perfect guy is the hunt for the perfect wedding dress. So when  bride-to-be Kelly Cays’s gown was stolen from her car one evening, she was crushed — until a total stranger replaced it.

    “I was so happy when I found my dress because it looked like the one my grandmother wore at her own wedding,” Cays, 22, tells Yahoo Shine. Her grandmother recently passed away, but before she did, she accompanied Cays when she went wedding dress shopping, so the $1,800 strapless beaded lace gown has even greater sentimental meaning.

    One evening in March, Cays, who works as a co-manager of a shoe store in Colorado Springs, Colorado, picked up her dress from the bridal shop, went grocery shopping, and came home around 9 p.m. She parked her Jeep inside her apartment complex and debated carrying the dress upstairs, but because she was bringing it to her mother’s house the following day and didn't want her fiancé to see it, she left it in the car.

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  • Why It's Time for a Female Late-Night Host

    L-R: Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler (Photo: Getty)Stephen Colbert replacing Dave Letterman as host of "The Late Show" is not just happy-sad news for their respective fans, but also a missed opportunity to usher in some female-friendly talent.

    White male comedians, most notably Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, Carson Daly, and Craig Feguson currently dominate the late-night scene, and dudes have dominated the late-night scene so for decades. Currently, the only woman in the hot seat is Chelsea Handler, host of E!’s “Chelsea’s Lately,” who, most recently, was rumored to replace Ferguson on CBS’s “The Late Late Show” if he had taken Letterman's seat.

    While Colbert taking Letterman’s spot is big news, the excitment surrounding his replacement was even bigger — before Colbert was announced, the Internet was buzzing with possible female replacements, including Amy Schumer, star of the Comedy Central series “Inside Amy Schumer,” "SNL" alums Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, and Emmy-award winning comedy writer Wanda Sykes — women

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  • The Problem With Heidi Klum's Native American Photo Shoot

    Facebook/Heidi KlumIt's the ultimate fashion fail.

    Supermodel Heidi Klum is in hot water after posting a Native American-themed photo shoot from her television series "Germany’s Next Topmodel" to her Facebook page. Many say the pictures promote stereotypes and are culturally insensitive.

    Klum has remained silent on the topic, but on Thursday, Christoph Korfer, a rep from  ProSieben, the German TV station that airs the show, told Yahoo Shine, “We have nothing but the utmost esteem for the Native American culture and are so sorry if our shoot was offensive to anyone. By no means was our intention to insult Native Americans or in any way demean their heritage. We sincerely apologize."

    The shoot, which can still be seen on Klum’s Facebook page, began circulating on Wednesday after media outlets picked it up. It features her models wearing headdresses, face paint, antlers, and feathers, and most of the nearly 600 comments are negative. “This is a joke, right?” wrote one Facebook user. “How disappointing.

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  • Man Dumps Fiancée Via Text, She Keeps $53K Engagement Ring

    Facebook/Lou BillittierAlmost as awkward as a broken engagement is deciding what to do with the ring. For one jilted fiancée, the decision to keep her $53,000 white-gold, 2.97-carat ring was made in court. Late last week, New York State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia ruled that Christa M. Clark, 38, could keep her ring, in a lawsuit filed by her ex-fiancé Louis J. Billittier Jr., 55, to reclaim it.

    On July 1, 2012, only three months before their wedding, Clark, a nail technician from upstate New York, received a shocking text message from Billittier, co-owner of Chef’s Restaurant and her fiancé of three years, according to a story published by the Buffalo News. He informed her that their relationship was over. “You’re doing this through a text message????” she replied. Billittier promised to reimburse Clark for money she had spent on wedding preparations. He then added, “Plus you get a $50,000 parting ring. Enough for a down payment on a house.”

    A few weeks later, angry that Clark was still in

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  • Obese Kids Are Expensive, Costing $19K in Lifetime Medical Bills

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    Being a parent of an obese child is worrisome enough, but it’s expensive, too. Over a lifetime, the medical costs for someone who was obese as a child amounts to $19,000 compared with $12,900 per person for someone who was of normal weight as a kid, according to a new study published on Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

    According to the research, nearly one-fifth of children ages 6 to 19 are obese — defined by the Centers for Disease Control as a BMI at or above the 95th percentile for children of the same age and sex. And the effects of obesity continue into adulthood. The study also noted that more than three-quarters of obese teens remain that way as adults and two-thirds of normal-weight children eventually become obese. 

    What could possibly account for the $19,000 in medical bills? For one thing, obese kids are more likely to visit the doctor. Yahoo Shine could not reach the study authors for comment, but, according to the CDC, obesity causes all sorts of health problems ranging

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  • Kirsten Gillibrand: 'The American Dream Is Not True for So Many Women'

    The second day of the 5th Annual Women in the World Summit brought more women's issues to the forefront, including the lack of female representation in Congress and the need to raise the minimum wage, topics touched on by U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)  and Susan M. Collins (R-Maine). The senators shared the stage to chat with moderator Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Investments.

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    When asked about the difference between the attitudes of men and women who are running for office, Collins shared this example: “I always hear women say, 'I’m not ready,' ... If a woman is running for office, she feels she has to have a PhD in international economics to talk about trade policy. A man just feels he needs to drive a Honda.”
    When Hobson asked, “Kirsten, did you ever feel you weren’t ready?” Gillibrand quickly answered, “Not me! Women are made differently [than men], and because of those differences, we can offer

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  • Long-Lost Sisters Find Each Other on Instagram

    If you use Instagram, it's probably for sharing photos of your travels or that amazing sushi roll you ordered last night, but two long-lost sisters got much more out of the photo sharing app recently: They found each other after 18 years apart. 

    Nia Edwards, a 22-year-old customer service rep from Hazlehurst, Mississippi, has four siblings but was separated from them as a child because, though they all shared the same father, some had different mothers. “I was so young when we all split up, but I knew about my siblings because I had family photos,” Edwards tells Yahoo Shine.   

    It was only during high school when Edwards started getting more curious about her family roots. She joined MySpace, Twitter, and Facebook and began searching for her siblings, but she never found a trace of them online. “My mom and I even paid for a few of those ‘people finder’ subscriptions but we didn’t have luck and because I didn’t have contact with my father, I couldn’t ask him for help,” she says.

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  • Hillary Clinton: 'Women Sell Themselves Short'

    Double standards in the workplace, advice for young women starting their careers, and whether or not Hillary Clinton will run for president in 2016 all sound like pretty typical topics for a women's conference. The difference at the 5th Annual Women in the World Summit, which kicked off in New York City on Thursday, however, was that it was Clinton herself discussing them. She and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde both sat for an interview with Thomas L. Friedman, a columnist at The New York Times and didn't hesitate to share stories about the sexism they've both seen and experienced over their careers.

    When asked whether female politicians experience public life differently than men, Clinton shared a memory of when she was a young lawyer, reading an advice column in an Arkansas newspaper. One of the questions was, "I got a promotion and will have my own office and don’t know how to decorate it. Any advice?" The columnist responded with the advice

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  • Kids on Juice Cleanses (Yes, It's a Thing)

    CorbisToday in horribleness: Kids are doing juice cleanses, according to a story published in the New York Post.

    Juice cleanses — short-term liquid-only diets (a.k.a., "detoxes") that rid the body of so-called toxins — have always been controversial. The general idea is that organic pressed juices, often comprised of raw fruit and vegetables, flush the body of chemicals, rid the digestive system of unhealthy fats and preservatives, and provide renewed energy, weight loss, and sounder sleep. Meanwhile, trendy (and pricey) juice cleanses such as Organic Avenue and the Blueprint Cleanse have been popularized by celebrities from Gwyneth Paltrow to Blake Lively.

    The problem: According to Michael D. Gershon, M.D., professor of pathology and cell biology at Columbia University, liquid cleanses are based on “quack science.” And because many of them cause people to use the bathroom more often than they normally would, they wind up flushing out important nutrients and electrolytes that help keep their

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