Blog Posts by Elise Solé, Shine Staff

  • Cue the Mommy Wars! Gwyneth Paltrow Says Movie Star Moms Have It Tough

    Photo: Getty ImagesIf you do a quick Internet search for "Gwyneth Paltrow," you'll find an onslaught of furious comments about the actress. Alhough the 41-year-old often stirs up controversy (thanks to everything from her touting her own wood-burning pizza oven to referring to her recent breakup as a "conscious uncoupling"), this latest reaction is due, in part, to a New York Post open letter to Paltrow regarding an interview she gave on the challenges of being a movie-star mom.  

    On Wednesday, Paltrow, who announced her split from husband Chris Martin this week, told E! News, “I think it's different when you have an office job, because it's routine and, you know, you can do all the stuff in the morning and then you come home in the evening. When you're shooting a movie, they're like, 'We need you to go to Wisconsin for two weeks,' and then you work 14 hours a day and that part of it is very difficult. I think to have a regular job and be a mom is not as, of course there are challenges, but it's not like

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  • Self Magazine Sorry for Mocking Cancer Survivor's Marathon Tutu

    Right: Monika Allen (Photo: Facebook/Glam Runner)

    Call it a fashion faux pas. Self magazine has issued an apology to cancer survivor Monika Allen after making fun of her marathon racing outfit in its April issue.

    "In our attempt to be humorous, we were inadvertently insensitive and we deeply apologize,"  Self Editor-in-Chief Lucy Danziger said in a statement to Yahoo Shine. "I have sincerely apologized both directly to Monika and her supporters online. At SELF we support women such as Monika; she is an inspiration and embodies the qualities we admire. We have donated to her charity and would like to cover her good work in a future issue.  We wish her all the best in her road to good health."

    A few months ago, the magazine had reached out to Allen after spotting a Facebook photo of her running the 2013 Los Angeles Marathon dressed as Wonder Woman and wearing a tutu. Allen makes the tutus for her company, Glam Runner, which donates money to various charities, including ones that research brain cancer — a disease Allen was diagnosed with

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  • Could Gwyneth Paltrow's 'Conscious Uncoupling' Change Her Public Image?

    Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow (Photo: Goop/Hilary Weekes)As much as people love Gwyneth Paltrow, she also has plenty of haters. So, while the Twitter jokes begin to die down, it's somewhat surprising to observe a new sympathy grow for Paltrow after her "conscious uncoupling" from husband Chris Martin.

    For Paltrow, who built a polarizing empire based on informing women how to live (by way of a perfect marriage, gluten-free children, and duck-egg-omelet family brunches) peppered with cloying humblebrags such as, “I’ve always been told I have good skin” and “I am who I am. I can’t pretend to be somebody who makes $25,000 a year,” her impending divorce may actually improve her public image.

    In the real world, divorce can be stigmatizing for women both personally and professionally. Within the generally sexist confines of dating conventions, a divorced man is regarded as a mature catch, having proven his ability to commit (thus becoming the ideal dinner party guest); a woman, especially a mother, with a failed marriage is often viewed as damaged

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  • Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin Separation Breaks the Internet

    Getty ImagesBreaking: Gwyneth Paltrow and husband Chris Martin are dunzo, according to a statement released Tuesday by the couple on Paltrow’s blog Goop (the site is currently down, presumably due to an influx of traffic thanks to the big news.)

    The blog post is titled, “Conscious uncoupling,” — a phrase that went viral within minutes.

    In the post, the couple wrote, “It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate. We have been working hard for well over a year, some of it together, some of it separated, to see what might have been possible between us, and we have come to the conclusion that while we love each other very much we will remain separate. We are, however, and always will be a family, and in many ways we are closer than we have ever been. We are parents first and foremost, to two incredibly wonderful children and we ask for their and our space and privacy to be respected at this difficult time. We have always conducted our relationship privately, and we hope that as we

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  • Read Parent's Facebook Response to 'Ridiculous' Common Core Math Homework

    Facebook/The Patriot PostA Facebook update from a father frustrated with the Common Core math program at his son's school is making the Internet rounds after the father Jeff Severt expressed (via what looks like a kid's homework assignment) how convoluted the teaching approach is.

    The worksheet posted to Facebook shows the elaborate Common Core (CC) formula for solving a math problem (as opposed to the simple strategy of subtracting the smaller number from the larger one). It instructs the student to explain why a fictional kid named "Jack" should be using common core strategies to solve the problem: “Jack used the number line below to solve 427 - 316. Find his error. Then write a letter to Jack telling him what he did right, and what he should do to fix his mistake.”

    Severt's response reads, “Dear Jack, Don’t feel bad. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronics Engineering, which included extensive study in differential equations and other higher math applications. Even I cannot explain the Common Core

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  • 5 Bizarre Reasons You're Not Pregnant Yet

    You're not eating enough of this. (Photo: Corbis)If you’re having trouble getting pregnant, it's hard not to wonder, “What’s wrong with me?” but try not to overthink it, as stress can harm your fertility, according to a study of 500 women published Monday in the journal Human Reproduction. “This is the first time that stress has been scientifically proven to affect fertility,” lead study author Courtney Lynch, PhD, assistant professor of epidemiology at Ohio State University, tells Yahoo Shine. “Until now, the stress-fertility link has only been anecdotal.”

    The study found that women with high levels of a stress indicator called “alpha-amylase” are 29 percent less likely to get pregnant each month and more than twice as likely to meet the clinical definition of “infertile” (the inability to conceive after one year of unprotected sex.) “It’s important to pay attention to the signs; if you’ve been trying for five or six months and are worried, talk to your doctor about relaxation techniques,” says Lynch. But stress is just one

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  • Wedding Guest Etiquette: 6 Golden Rules

    Instagram/I Do Bridal CoutureLike most brides, Jamie Lynn Spears wore white at her wedding last week in New Orleans — but, interestingly, so did her mother, Lynne Spears (also mother to Britney Spears), who attended her daughter's nuptials wearing what looked like a wedding gown. The two reportedly shopped together, so it wasn't a surprise, but it did break the cardinal rule that white is reserved for the bride. In fact, there are plenty of rules to follow if you want to be a fantastic wedding guest. Here are six to keep in mind when you attend your next nuptials.

    Can you wear white?
    “It’s generally not a good idea for guests to wear white to avoid drawing attention from the bride,” Jamie Miles, editor of TheKnot.com, tells Yahoo Shine. “However, there are two exceptions: if you know the bride is wearing a colored dress or the wedding has, say, a ‘black-and-white’ theme.” Ditto for ivory, off-white, blush, or champagne. However, if you’re determined to wear white, opt for a short dress (provided the bride is

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  • Bruno Mars Turns Sleeping Baby Into Dance Machine

    Can’t get up in the morning? Take a cue from baby Christian, whose parents wake him each day by playing “Runaway Baby” by Bruno Mars. As soon as he hears it, Christian starts busting a move and shaking his butt, and then segues into an air-drum sequence that’s equal parts impressive and adorable. Enjoy.

  • You Too, Old Navy? Thigh Gap Strikes Again

    Old NavyHere we go again. Old Navy is the latest target of Internet fury after a blogger noted that a mannequin on the brand’s plus-size section of its website looked as if its thighs had been unrealistically airbrushed.

    The photo in question is of a pair of legs wearing Women’s Plus The Rockstar Mid-Rise Cropped Jeans. There’s a significant white spot carved out in between the thighs that makes them appear thinner than they might normally be on a person of that size. After Jezebel pointed out the thigh gap, an Old Navy rep sent the website the following statement:

    "At Old Navy we strive to show our customers the most accurate representation of how product fits the body. This includes pinning garments on body forms to show how they will actually appear. While we do remove these pins in post-production, we do not use any photo-altering techniques to deliberately distort the actual look or fit of our product."

    More on Yahoo Shine: Nicki Minaj Claims She Was Airbrushed 'Wrong.' What Does That

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  • Do Celebrities Belong in the Vaccination Debate?

    Getty ImagesBy now, you’ve probably heard about the measles outbreak in New York City. As of Tuesday, 20 confirmed cases (11 adults and 9 children) have been identified, according to the New York Times, and city officials are warning unvaccinated New Yorkers to get shots or, in some cases, to get revaccinated. 

    Measles is a highly infectious viral disease that causes a blotchy rash, fever, and tiny white spots inside the mouth and can lead to further complications such as pneumonia, conjunctivitis, ear infections, and even death, says the Centers for Disease Control. It’s spread from person-to-person, usually by airborne droplets from a sneeze or cough or from direct contact from touching contaminated surfaces. Since it can be prevented with the measles vaccine, doctors recommend that children receive shots between the ages of 12 and 15 months and again between 4 and 6 years.

    If measles sounds like an old-fashioned disease, that's because it mostly is. Measles was virtually eliminated in the United

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