Blog Posts by Elise Solé, Shine Staff

  • Remembering Designer (and Mick Jagger's Unique Paramour) L'Wren Scott

    photo: Getty ImagesIt’s a sad day in the fashion world. L’Wren Scott, designer to the stars and long-time girlfriend of Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, has died from an apparent suicide at the age of 49, Reuters reported.

    While the details are scarce, Scott allegedly texted her assistant at 8:30 a.m. Monday to “come by” her Manhattan apartment. When the assistant arrived 90 minutes later, she found her boss hanging from a doorknob. According to Jagger’s representative, the 70-year-old singer, who is currently on tour with his band in Australia, is "completely shocked and devastated by the news."

    Raised by adoptive parents who named her Laura “Luann” Bambrough, she changed her name to “L’Wren Scott” after moving to Paris at the age of 18 and becoming a model for Chanel. In 2001, after she had been living for years in Los Angeles, she met Jagger on a photo shoot, and the two become became a couple. Though Scott, at 6’3", towered over 5’10" Jagger, he kept a sense of humor about the height difference —

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  • Memo to Hollister: Superskinny Models Are out of Fashion

    HollisterThat was fast. Fashion teen brand Hollister quickly removed a photo of a model from its Facebook and Twitter pages on Friday after people complained that her legs were “too skinny” and “emaciated.”
    "Leading a healthy and active lifestyle is a core part of our brand and company culture. We think these are qualities that appeal to our customer base," a company spokesman tells Yahoo Shine. "Because the photo may not have been consistent with this message, we have removed it."

    On Twitter, the photo has gotten plenty of negative feedback:

    More on Yahoo Shine: ELLE Magazine Under Fire for Melissa McCarthy Cover

    Hollister's parent company Abercrombie & Fitch has had a rocky year with its anti-plus-size messages. In May, CEO

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  • 5 Surprising Secrets To a Happy Marriage

    CorbisTurns out the adage, 'Happy wife, happy life," may not be true. New research conducted by the University of Chicago finds that a happy and healthy husband is the key to having an awesome marriage. “We studied older, more conventional couples, but results may apply to younger generations since people tend to become more traditional as they age,” lead author, James Iveniuk, a PhD candidate in the department of sociology, tells Yahoo Shine. Chalk it up to cultural norms: “Even in the most modern marriages, there are gender role expectations,” he says. “Women tend to police the emotional temperature of the home, so if a husband is sick or being difficult, women are often the ones to smooth things over, versus men who are more avoidant.” Here are four more factors that make marriages tick.

    An average-looking husband: So, you didn’t marry David Beckham — that’s a good thing. Plain-looking men make better husbands, according to the Journal of Family Psychology. Researchers filmed 82 newlywed

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  • Would You Shave Your Head For a Friend With Breast Cancer?

    This will restore your faith in friendship: 11 women in South Africa recently put their hair — and their vanity — on the line by shaving their heads in solidarity with friend Gerdi McKenna who was diagnosed with breast cancer in February. “I learned one thing this morning and that is that hair is but a small part of you, and your biggest gift is that you are healthy,” said one woman after shaving her head.

    Photographer Albert Bredenhann captured the altruistic act in a 4-minute video and photo shoot, set to the Meatloaf song “I Would Do Anything For Love,” along with McKenna’s stunned reaction when she arrived at what she assumed was just another group gathering. “You girls look awesome!” says a teary McKenna.

    Watch, cry, then go hug your girlfriends.


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  • iPads May Be OK For Babies, Says Doctor. Seriously?

    CorbisIf you’re the parent of a toddler, you’ve probably heard that kids under the age of two who use multi-media (computers, video games, television) suffer from developmental problems. However, one pediatrician famous for his anti-television views has changed his tune — at least, when it comes to the iPad.

    Dimitri A. Christakis, M.D., a Seattle doctor whose opinion piece was published this week in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, says kids under the age of 2 could actually benefit from using the iPad for up to 60 minutes per day, as long as they’re engaging in mentally stimulating activities such as learning games rather than simply watching videos. 

    He also notes that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)’s 2011 recommendation that kids under the age of two generally avoid using media (which he co-authored) was written one decade before the debut of the iPad, tablets, and devices. “The statement was drafted with no knowledge that such a device would ever exist,” wrote Christakis. “Now, 3

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  • Sarah Jessica Parker's Stressy Vogue Interview: 12 Things We Learned

    Sarah Jessica Parker gave an interview to Vogue on Wednesday that was equal parts fascinating and breathless. The fashion magazine sent a reporter to SJP’s townhouse in Manhattan's West Village to ask her 73 rapid-fire questions over the course of five-and-a-half minutes, while she took him (and us) through the various rooms in her humongous home. It was a lot of information we never needed, but suddenly really wanted, all at once. Here's what we learned from touring Parker's home and brain in under six minutes.

    1) She’s a fantastic host. As quickly as she answers questions, SJP offers to take her interviewer's coat, offers him a sunny place to sit and a glass of water.

    2) She's been a New Yorker for 13 years.

    3) Her favorite color is peacock blue but you’d never know it from the monochromatic-theme she has in her apartment. Everything from her couch, chairs, rugs, and walls are emerald-green.

    4) She still uses a Blackberry.

    5) Coke is her favorite drink; sausage, peppers, and onions

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  • The 5-Second Rule Is For Real, People!

    CorbisYou drop a delicious snack on the floor and quickly pick it up in a matter of seconds. Is too dirty to eat, or is it just fine?  Duh-duh-duh!

    “The 5-second rule” has gotten the reputation for being a myth — conveniently employed to salvage dropped treats.  But wait, it's not a joke.


    Recently, British scientists tested this theory and found that the amount of time a piece of food spends on the floor (and what type is surface it is) really does affect whether or not it’s safe to eat.

    Researchers at Aston University in Birmingham, England tested the safety of various foods (pasta, ham, dried fruit, sticky dessert, toast, biscuits) after being tainted by the common bacteria Escherichia coli (E.coli) and Staphylococcus aureus from carpet, tiled, and laminate surfaces. They allowed the food to remain on the floor from anywhere between three and 30 seconds.

    The study found some surprising results. First of all, you're better off dropping (and eating) food on a carpet, because bacteria is

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  • Dear Target, Your Airbrushing Is Out of Control (Again)

    Photo: Target
    Overly airbrushed photos of models are nothing new, but retailer Target shocked the Internet recently by running a shot of an super slimmed-down model sporting a bikini on the teen section of its website.

    The photo was first spotted on Monday by blogger Blogilates and quickly circulated online. On Tuesday, after the ad was mocked for being “disastrously wrong” and “freakish,” Target emailed Buzzfeed the following statement: “This was an unfortunate error on our part and we apologize. We have removed the image from our website.” You can still view the photo but it's been cropped to reveal only the top, the only part of the bikini now being sold. 

    Where to begin? At first, the ad for Xhilaration Junior’s Midkini 2-piece Swimsuit in Leopard Print looks normal enough. But upon closer inspection, there’s a big chunk missing from the model’s crotch area, resembling “thigh gap,” whereby a woman’s thighs are so thin, that they don’t touch when she stands. The model’s left leg was also slimmed

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  • Happy Birthday, Girl Scouts! Here Are 5 Lessons You Could Teach the Boy Scouts

    Photo: Getty ImagesWay back in 1912, a 45-year-old widow named Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Law got together with 18 young girls from her hometown of Savannah, Georgia, to talk about making friends, job hunting, playing sports, and participating in community service — and in doing so, the first Girl Scouts troop was born. Fast-forward to 2014 and the Girl Scouts of the USA boasts 3.2 million members and the First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama as its Honorary National President. To celebrate the group's 102nd birthday on March 12, we're taking a side-by-side comparison of the Girl Scouts and its male counterpart, the Boy Scouts of America. Here are five lessons the boys can learn from the girls.

    Lesson 1: Your gender and sexuality are no one else’s business: Gay or straight, girls of any sexual orientation can join the Girl Scouts and the group upholds a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Ditto for gender differences: In 2011, a Colorado troop granted membership to a 7-year-old transgender girl named

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  • Long Distance Blind Dates Are About to Exist

    CorbisWould you trek across the country for a first date? Matchmaking startup The Dating Ring is offering to fly New York City women to San Francisco and Bay Area men to the Big Apple for a big singles weekend, in order to bridge a gender imbalance in both cities. To fund these cross-country trips, the company has launched a Crowdtilt campaign, which, so far has raised $3,180 of its $10,000 goal.

    According to CEO Lauren Kay, in New York, single women outnumber single men by 150,000; in the Bay Area, there are 50,000 more single men than women. Her theory is that people don’t invest enough time and effort in relationships these days. “Meanwhile —if you have to film a video, crowdfund a campaign, wait two months and fly across the country for a date, you might take that date a little more seriously,” she says.

    It sounds so whimsical and romantic but Kay’s research is dubious. Her source is a web developer named Jonathan Soma who created an interactive map in 2013, revealing the disproportion

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