Blog Posts by Elise Solé, Shine Staff

  • When your girlfriend is Amanda Knox

    INFDespite her 2011 acquittal in the murder of former roommate British exchange student Meredith Kercher, Amanda Knox's case has been overturned, and she's now coping with the threat of being ordered back to Italy to stand trial again. The news of a retrial, announced Tuesday, means that Knox's relationship with her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito will again be scrutinized. 

    In the meantime, she's been in a new relationship.
    For the past two years, she's been reportedly serious with University of Washington classical guitar student James Terrano.

    According to Terrano's nuclear physicist brother William, 27, the pair, both 25, were friends long before Knox's fateful trip to Italy in 2007. Knox and Terrano reportedly share a $1,500 per month apartment in a brick building with a flashing neon sign out front that reads: "Hong Kong" in Seattle's Chinatown neighborhood and have been spotted engaging in normal couple activities: Sharing Haagan Dazs ice cream, strolling on coffee runs, buying

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  • Jesse James's Marriage Problem is Worse Than We Thought


    Photo by Facebook/West Coast Choppers. Is this really happily-ever-after?On Sunday, reality star and infamous cheater Jesse James tied the knot to drag racer Alexis Dijoria, his girlfriend of a mere seven months, marking his fourth marriage. Uh, congrats?

    As we all know, it's not the first time James has been a blushing groom. From 1991 to 2002, he was married to his first wife Karla with whom he had a daughter and a son. The same year he got divorced, he wed stripper/porn star/producer Janine Lindemulder and had a daughter with her. The union lasted just two years before they split (and Lindemulder claimed James cheated on her just weeks into their marriage). Just one year later, James married actress Sandra Bullock. After reportedly cheating on her with at least seven women, Bullock divorced him in June 2010. Cut to two months later, James landed in another relationship—this time with tattoo artist Kat Von D with whom he had an on-again, off-again engagement to in 2011. Two months after the breakup, Von D posted on her Facebook page that James had cheated

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  • Crazy Prom Invites Go Viral



    A bold Maryland teen recently put his heart on the line by inviting his crush to their high school prom in a very public manner.

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    Last Wednesday, 18-year-old Bobby Chin approached his friend Sofia in the hallway of Centennial High School in Ellicott City, MD with a red rose tucked behind his ear. His friend Kevin Qin played Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours" on the guitar as a crowd gathered. “Hey Sofia, I want you to know that I met you about six months ago. You made me some large fries. They were the best fries of my life,” Chin sang. "What are you doing on 4/20? That’s our prom you want to go with somebody? I’m hoping that person is you. Please make my dreams come true.” 

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    Chin handed the rose to Sofia who looked mortified but accepted his invite for their April 20th prom.

    The video, which has gone viral earning almost 21,000 likes on Facebook and 1,230 shares, is just

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  • Salt Can Be Fatal, says Study

    ThinkStockA pinch of salt can perk up your morning omelet—but that innocent shaker is responsible for 2.3 million deaths around the world and 85,000 deaths per year in the United States, says a study released Thursday from Harvard's School of Public Health. 

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    One in ten people die from heart attack, stroke, or other type of cardiovascular disease as a result of eating too much sodium, according to lead study author Dariush Mozaffarian, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard University. 

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    Despite the fact that the World Health Organization recommends limiting sodium to less than 2,000 milligrams a day and the American Heart Association recommends 1,500 mg per day, the global national average for the U.S. is 4,000 mg of sodium," Mozaffarian told Shine. For perspective: One teaspoon of salt has 2,325 mg of sodium.

    Researchers analyzed 247 national surveys

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  • Meet Tiffany Trump


    Getty ImagesEating supper at the campus dining hall, showering in a communal bathroom, and washing clothes at the laundromat isn't the type of lifestyle typically associated with the name "Trump." But that's just a normal day for Tiffany Trump, the 19-year-old daughter of actress Marla Maples and real estate tycoon Donald Trump, who's navigating her freshman year in college as a girl who just happens to have one of the most famous names in the world.

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    "I love school," Trump told Shine. "I toured 31 colleges with my mom before deciding on UPenn. My dad went here, it's close to New York, and the people are awesome." That's not to say that navigating the social scene has been easy. "When I got here, I was a little nervous about how people would perceive me because of my last name. There will always be people who judge me as a spoiled L.A. rich girl like when football players, who shall go unnamed, shout 'Look, there's the Trump!' when I walk

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  • If Michelle Obama Were Queen, This Is What She'd Look Like (On a Stamp)

    GreyLondon/TwitterMichelle Obama as fashion royalty? There's a stamp for that.

    After Britain's Sunday Times Style magazine ranked the FLOTUS at the top of its Best Dressed List (Kate Middleton, who?), they promoted their issue by releasing an ad created by the Grey London agency featuring Michelle Obama wearing a crown on a British first-class postage stamp, a space traditionally reserved for the Queen of England's profile. 

    According to the style mag, the first lady achieved the top honor “for understanding that, as her primary role as first lady is visual, fashion can be a force for good used to inspire and entertain."

    The stamp campaign comes off the heels of Michelle Obama's recent Vogue cover where she wore a blue Reed Krakoff dress with a flourish of purple at the neckline. Inside the issue she said, "I always say that women should wear whatever makes them feel good about themselves. That’s what I always try to do."


    "I also believe that if you’re comfortable in your clothes it’s easy to connect with

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  • American Eagle Skinny Skinny Jeans are an April Fool's Joke, says Source

    American Eagle Outfitters, a clothing and accessory retailer that targets 15 to 25 year-old girls and boys, has put out a line of blue jeans so incredibly tight, it has people wondering if the whole thing is a joke—and it turns out, it is.

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    On Thursday, a representative who did not want to be named revealed to Yahoo! Shine that the jeans are part of an April Fool's joke. When asked for an official statement about the controversial jeans, the rep said, "We're releasing another video closer to April...can you read between the lines?" then requested help with keeping things "under wraps."

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    The video ad for the jeans features a woman's voice over saying, "You spend so much time working but if it's your passion, it isn't really work…I love coming up with something new." A guy chimes in saying "I like skinny jeans. Sometimes they're not

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  • Kate Middleton's Uncle Shares Private Family Details in HELLO Interview

    Photo by Paul Grover/Rex/Rex USA   Kate Middleton's wealthy uncle Gary Goldsmith shared some very personal details about the royal couple in the new issue of HELLO! magazine posted online Monday, offering new insight into Kate and William's relationship, including their temporary split in 2007. 

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    Goldsmith, 47, a property developer reportedly worth millions, is Kate's mom Carole Middleton's younger brother. He spoke about meeting Prince William for the first time when Kate took her then-boyfriend to a dinner party. "When I saw them together you actually just thought, even if he wasn’t going to be the King, they would make a great couple. They were very, very good together."

    And in 2007, after dating several years, when the couple split for almost three months allegedly due to the pressures of the spotlight, Goldsmith said his niece mended her broken heart at "Casa Bang Bang", his villa in Ibiza. "Kate was very low. [She was] spending a

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  • Princess Di Dress Auction Sells for Over 1 Million

    Princess Di may not be with us but her memory as a fashion icon remains eternal. On Tuesday morning, 10 of the Princess' most fabulous dresses were auctioned off at Kerry Taylor Auctions in Bermondsey, South-East London. This wasn't the first time Diana's dresses had gone to auction-three months before her death in 1997, her son William had encouraged her to sell dozens of her dresses at a New York charity auction at Christie's but due to high prices, not many sold. This time around, the collection of dresses sold for $1,303,777.08 with the highest bid going toward that navy blue Victor Edelstein dress Princess Di danced in with John Travolta.


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  • How Far Would You Go For a Pet?

    Photo by Jackie VestalJackie Vestal, 34, a business systems analyst at a Los Angeles real estate agency doted on her 7-year-old miniature pincher Maddox, rarely leaving home without him. So when Maddox went missing on Christmas Eve Vestal made an extraordinary vow to never give up looking for him—and 84 days later, she's still on the hunt.

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    During the holidays, Vestal and her husband went to visit her in-laws in Oklahoma City and naturally Maddox came along for the ride. From Oklahoma, the family had planned a quick getaway to a resort in Dallas. The only problem? The resort didn't allow dogs so Vestal was faced with the uncomfortable dilemma of leaving Maddox behind with a friend of the family, a fellow dog owner for several nights. "I really didn't want to leave him even for a night and had this weird, awful feeling in the pit of my stomach," says Vestal. "But I didn't want to spoil everyone's good time and the Read More »from How Far Would You Go For a Pet?

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