Blog Posts by Elise Solé, Shine Staff

  • Orange is the New Black is the Anti-Sex and the City

    Fact: "Orange Is the New Black" is the best show on television. The one-hour Netflix series-created by Jenji Kohan, the woman behind "Weeds"-focuses on a 30-something named Piper Chapman who is serving a 15-month sentence at a federal prison for a drug-related crime she committed years prior. The female-focused series has generated so much buzz that comparisons have been drawn to "Sex and the City." But while both shows delve into women's love and sex lives, friendships, and insecurities (by way of frank dialogue and racy sex scenes), the comparisons end there. Allow us to elaborate. -By Elise Sole

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  • Reddit Marriage Proposal: She Said 'Yes,' Commenters Said 'No'

    Malcolm Collins and Simone Smith (Photo: Michèle Ovalle)A man who proposed to his girlfriend on the social networking site Reddit has triggered serious backlash for his unique brand of romance.

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    On Monday, Reddit user Malcolm Collins, 26, a graduate student in Palo Alto, California, proposed to his girlfriend Simone Smith by posting a gallery of humorous memes on Reddit's “Advice Animals” section under his user name SirTechnocracy. The memes bore messages such as “I used to have reservations about marriage and they’re gone” and “Brace yourself: A ring is coming.” It then linked to a secondary gallery that featured 18 art pieces commissioned from around the world. Each slide represented an intimate moment in the couple’s relationship—their first movie, their first date, and so forth.

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    “I wanted to propose in a way that would be meaningful for both of us and Reddit is Simone’s favorite website,” Collins told Yahoo!

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  • This Surgery Sounds Like a Really Bad Idea

    Is this butt to-die-for, literally? (Photo: Christopher Peterson/FilmMagic)Women who covet the butts of Kim Kardashian, Beyonce, and J-Lo are going to crazy lengths to achieve their curves—and many are dying in the process.

    CBS News reported on Monday that women across the country are risking their lives to pay for black market butt implant surgery, to avoid the high cost of proper cosmetic surgery. And according to a story published by Science World Report, women in Florida, Nevada, New York, Georgia, Alabama, and Pennsylvania, have been hospitalized or died from such surgeries. And it's been reported that many of these procedures are administered by untrained, unlicensed “pumpers” who use extremely high doses of industrial-grade silicone or Krazy Glue.

    Yet, even when the surgery is performed safely, there are health risks. According to a story titled “Plastic Surgery Procedures You Don’t Want” published on Dr. Oz’s website, a doctor typically makes incisions and places silicone gel implants over the muscle and under the membrane that surrounds it. After the

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  • Married Couple Spend 48 Hours Handcuffed to Each Other

    You love your spouse, but would you spend 48 hours handcuffed to each other?

    Like many busy couples, New York City comedian and filmmaker Mark Malkoff, 37, and his wife Christine Peel-Malkoff, 35, yearned for more quality time together. So, Malkoff came up with a plan. They would spend 48 hours handcuffed to each other as they went about their daily routines. “We wanted to see each other more, but we were also curious to see how our marriage would fare under such extreme conditions,” Malkoff told Yahoo! Shine. 

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    Peel-Malkoff wasn’t surprised by her husband’s proposition; it was only the latest in a string of stunts. In 2007, Malkoff visited 171 Starbucks in 24 hours. Last year, he tried to cure his Internet addiction by living in his bathroom for one week sans technology. And he conquered his fear of flying by living on an airplane for one month in 2009. “At first, Mark suggested we handcuff ourselves for a full week and I said, ‘NoRead More »from Married Couple Spend 48 Hours Handcuffed to Each Other
  • Hilarious Craigslist Ad for Mattress of Cheater

    The bed of lies (Photo: Craigslist/Jezebel)You know you've really slept with the enemy when even your mattress is a constant reminder of the failed relationship.

    A terribly upset person in San Francisco is trying to erase the memory of his or her "sociopath" of an ex, by selling their bed. The Craigslist ad, titled "Come get this Plush-ass queen Simmons Beautyrest out of my life—$150," reads as follows:

    "The pain of my broken heart now means less back pain for you! It's a plush queen-sized Simmons Beautyrest. It's three years old, and feels like you're sleeping on a f***ing cloud—even when you're unknowingly sleeping next to a lying cheater. In a bad relationship and have to lie next to the constant reminder that you didn't go to grad school so that you could move and get engaged? Then this is the bed for you, it will get you to f***ing REM and for 6-8 hours every night you'll forget that you're sleeping next to a sociopath. There are no stains, and this thing hasn't seen action in a while."

    Things to know if you're interested:

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  • Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus: How Friendship Saved Their Lives

    Michelle Knight, speaking to the court (Photo: Reuters/Aaron Josefczyk)Kidnapping victim Michelle Knight stood in front of a judge on Thursday at the sentence hearing of her abductor Ariel Castro and delivered an emotional speech detailing her decade spent imprisoned, raped, and beaten.

    “Good afternoon. My name is Michelle Knight. And I would like to tell you what this was like for me,” she said.

    At the hearing where Castro was sentenced to life, plus 1,000 years for his crimes, Knight, 32, spoke to the court about how during her capture, she missed her son who was only 2 ½ at the time of her abduction, and described how Christmas’s spent apart from him were “traumatic.” However, Knight also took the time to underscore her remarkable friendship with Gina DeJesus, 23, a fellow hostage, who (along with 27 year old Amanda Berry), spent the better half of a decade trapped inside Castro's home.

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  • The Age Every Woman Actually Wants to Look

    ThinkStockIt’s official: Smooth, taut skin and bee-stung lips are out — crow’s feet and bags are in.

    According to a story published Wednesday in the New York Times, seasoned women hoping to advance their careers (or at least stay in the corporate game) are turning their backs on Botox and fillers in favor of procedures that enhance a “middle-aged look.” 

    They’re attaining career nirvana in the posh offices of Park Avenue dermatologist Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, whose office performs procedures ranging from peels to laser therapy.

    "I don’t do a lot of arm candy," Alexiades-Armenakas said in a recent interview, quoted in the Times. "My patients aren’t in here because they’re trying to hold on to their husbands. If they’re trying to hang on to anything, it’s their jobs." To that end, the doctor aims for the "cosmetic sweet spot" — women look old enough to be taken seriously but fresh enough to still score a promotion. "If you leave a few wrinkles, it looks more authentic," she said.

    Does this mean

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  • This Woman Has the Craziest Job (She Wrestles Alligators)

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    When most people spot an alligator, they run away—fast.
    But for Ashley Lawrence, 26, these slimy and scaly swamp creatures weighing up to 600 pounds and stretching 10 feet long, are her best friends.

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    The Homestead, Florida native is an alligator rescuer and her job entails venturing into the murky Everglades to hand-capture “nuisance alligators” — those that wander from swamps onto homeowners' properties, across highways, or even into town. Normally, state trappers would remove the animals, catching and killing them, in order to sell their skin or meat. However, Lawrence and the Gator Boys (the mostly male rescue group she belongs to) step in to catch and transport the gators safely to the Everglades Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale, where young gators are returned to the wild and older ones are moved to a sanctuary. The group funds its rescues by performing alligator wrestling shows (with the nuisance gators) for the public.

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  • Why Simon Cowell's Reported Love Triangle Isn't All That Surprising

    Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman (Spread/ Cowell, the 53-year-old "X Factor" judge who once said, “God no!” to the notion of having children, is reportedly going to be a father.

    The mother of his unborn child is rumored to be New York socialite Lauren Silverman, 36, who is 10 weeks pregnant and inconveniently married to one of Cowell’s best friends, real estate mogul Andrew Silverman.  "Lauren and Andrew have been unhappy in their marriage for some time, and their divorce has been in the works for a while," a source told Us Weekly. "As their marriage deteriorated, she and Simon became close."

    Cowell’s reps haven’t confirmed the pregnancy, but if the story is true, it wouldn’t be the first time his love life has raised eyebrows.   

    In December 2012, Cowell dated '90s MTV star Carmen Electra, but how serious they actually got depends on who you ask. Cowell insisted that he and Electra were not, in fact, in a relationship but instead were “people who date.” Meanwhile Electra, 41, told reporters that they were friends who had

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  • Who Was Rosie the Riveter?

    Rosie the RiveterLong live Rosie the Riveter!

    On Wednesday, a fundraising campaign to preserve a Detroit factory that once employed the real-life version of “Rosie the Riveter” — the flexed-armed feminist icon during World War II — was given a two-month extension. If the group doesn't raise enough money, the building will be demolished. 

    So far, the Save the Bomber Plant campaign has raised $4.5 million of the $8 million it needs to preserve a portion of the Willow Run Bomber Plant, where a woman named Rosie Monroe helped build B-24 Liberator bomber planes during World War II. The campaign hopes to convert the factory space into a new, expanded home for the Yankee Air Museum, and in order to secure the building with water, gas, and electricity, the group needs to raise funds before the October 1 deadline. Part of the museum would be dedicated to Rosie the Riveter, sharing insight into the history of how females back then even managed to get (historically male) jobs building planes in the first place,

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