Blog Posts by Elise Solé, Shine Staff

  • Meet New York Fashion Week's First Model in a Wheelchair

    Photo courtesy of Danielle SheypukIf you haven’t heard the name Danielle Sheypuk, well, that’s about to change. The psychologist turned fashion model is the toast of New York Fashion Week after becoming the first person to work the runway in a wheelchair.

    Sheypuk, a 35-year-old New York-based clinical psychologist who specializes in love and sex issues for the disabled, wheeled down the runway at the Feb. 6 Carrie Hammer show modeling a black cotton blouse, a newspaper-print A-line skirt, and five-inch nude snakeskin heels. “There’s a misconception about people with disabilities — that we’re not glamorous and sexy — and I want to break that stereotype," Sheypuk tells Yahoo Shine.

    At the age of 2, Sheypuk was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy, a condition that impaired her motor skills, and she was fitted for her first wheelchair. "I never had a problem adjusting to my chair; it seemed like second nature," she says. After college, Sheypuk moved to New York City and became interested in fashion, experimenting with

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  • Does Anyone Actually Want a Teddy Bear for Valentine's Day?

    CorbisGiven the many ways a man can screw up Valentine’s Day — forgetting to make dinner rezzies, buying lingerie one size too large, wrongfully assuming you’re not celebrating — gifting a teddy bear is up there. 

    The idea of a woman who is not a toddler getting excited over an expensive stuffed toy wearing a shirt that reads, “You keep me in stitches” and no pants, is both creepy and infantilizing. Yet, for some reason, the bear market is booming. Take the Big Hunka Love Bear that’s been freaking everyone out all week. It’s a 4.5-foot-tall brown bear whose zombie stare will turn you to stone. The ad features a lingerie model lying in bed cuddling the bear while a voiceover coos, “It’s a great gift for her that’s sure to pay off for you.” (Not a mood-killer at all — why?) Worse, the Vermont Teddy Bear Company is hawking the 50 Shades of Bear, a 15” Teddy with “smoky fur and smoldering blue eyes,” wearing a suit and carrying a sex mask. The ad assures women they’ll “submit to loving him.” Ew.

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  • Why Being Tired Can Make You Thinner and Healthier

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    When you’re exhausted, going to the gym is probably the last thing you want to do, but it turns out that’s when you should go. According to a new study to be published in the Journal of Consumer Research, people make better health decisions when they’re feeling tired and rundown.

    The urge to take care of our bodies when we're sleepy could be biological. “We proposed that people are more motivated to engage in healthful behavior when they are depleted and perceive their safety to be at stake," wrote study authors Monika Lisjak, assistant professor of marketing at Erasmus University in the Netherlands and Angela Y. Lee, professor of marketing at Northwestern University.

    In the study, researchers asked subjects to read about the dangers of kidney disease and early detection, those with a family history included. Afterward, those who were feeling exhausted expressed a higher likelihood of being tested than their energized counterparts. In another study, subjects were asked to complete a

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  • Stephanie Seymour's Steamy Mother-Son Photos: What's Wrong With This Picture?

    Sebastian Faena/Harper's BazaarSooo ... this is awkward. In a provocative new photo shoot for Harper’s Bazaar, supermodel Stephanie Seymour dons lingerie and strikes come-and-get-it poses while draping herself around two much-younger men. Oh, and those guys just happen to be her sons, Peter Brant II, 20, and Harry Brant, 17.

    One photo (seen left) in the 11-page spread depicts Seymour wearing a black, backless, cleavage-baring minidress. She faces one son, whose arm is wrapped around her waist, while the other son’s hand rests near her rear end. Seymour’s own hand covers her crotch. In another photo, she rocks a corset, briefs, and lace-up boots, while her sons pull at her boot strings. And in a third, Seymour sports a sheer dress, while her sons kneel on either side of her body — one hugs her thigh, the other rests his head close to her hip. The rest of the photos are two degrees tamer: The family playfully poses while applying makeup, wearing funky headdresses, and brushing their hair.

    More on Yahoo Shine: At New

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  • Why Sharing an Email Address Could Ruin Your Relationship

    Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton (Photo: Getty Images)Checking your partner's emails is stalker-crazy, right? Well, what if it were your account, too? On Sunday, the Daily Mail reported that actress Cate Blanchett shares an email account with her husband of 16 years, playwright Andrew Upton. “We work together and it’s a way of synchronizing our lives.  I can see what he’s up to – it’s not that I don’t trust him,” she told the newspaper, adding that she checks his messages because Upton "hates email." Her comment promptly ignited chatter on Twitter, with commenters calling their relationship habit "creepy" and "horrifying."
     
    Given all the ways in which couples integrate their lives — joint bank accounts and cell phone plans, and shared mortgage payments — it’s not surprising that some couples are merging their emails into one catchall account, too. Many of them claim that it’s a way to streamline their busy lives, by keeping family commitments, bill payment alerts, school calendar reminders, and, yes, personal messages, in one central

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  • The Biggest Lies Women Are Told About Labor

    CorbisGetting an epidural during labor provides sweet relief for many women, but one study published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology says it might also prolong the entire experience. 

    The study, involving 42,000 women, examined subjects that did and did not receive an epidural. The anesthetized took about two to three hours longer to deliver during the second stage of labor (when pushing begins), compared with women didn’t receive an epidural. It was previously believed that an epidural prolongs labor by about an hour. “Epidurals are associated with longer labor more so than we initially thought, but we didn’t find a direct cause,” Yvonne Cheng, the lead study's lead author and an associate professor at the University of California, San Francisco, tells Yahoo Shine.

    Many women are told that getting an epidural will not affect the length of labor. And that’s only the first misconception they have. Here are four more.

    Myth No. 1: An epidurals numbs all feeling below the waist: It’s

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  • If You Have Nightmares About Your Guy, Read This

    CorbisWe already know that men and women are wired differently, but it turns out we're even different in our sleep. A study published in the journal Sleep found that the two genders experience unpleasant dreams very differently.

    The University of Montreal study collected notes on almost 10,000 dreams from 572 people and found that men’s bad dreams typically include natural disasters (floods, fires, volcanoes, earthquakes), being chased, and insects. Meanwhile, women’s bad dreams commonly include arguing with a partner or situations that left them feeling humiliated, inadequate, or frustrated. Women also tend to have more nightmares – technically defined as a bad dream that results in waking up – than men do.

    “Women are better at retaining negative emotions than men because we tend to be more analytical, so it makes sense that unresolved issues or recurring painful feelings surface in our subconscious,” Lauri Loewenberg, author of "Dream On It; Unlock Your Dreams, Change Your Life," tells

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  • Is 'Biggest Loser' Winner Rachel Frederickson Too Thin?

    NBCWhen "The Biggest Loser" winner Rachel Frederickson revealed her 105-pound body on Tuesday night after dropping an astonishing 155 pounds from her 5’5" frame, the world collectively gasped. Her transformation, which visibly shocked the show's judges, quickly triggered a heated debate about how much is too much when it comes to weight loss.

    On Wednesday, 24-year-old Frederickson, told Us Weekly that she was thrilled about her new slender frame. "I’ve never felt this great, and it’s very exciting! Now I’m really at maintenance mode, so now it’s gonna be about doing a yoga class this day, a spin class this day, and I think I’m going to try dance classes because I don’t have a lot of rhythm, but I think it’d be fun to just add totally new things in!"

    "The Biggest Loser," in its 10th year, is shot over a seven-month period and pits overweight contestants against each other in the reality TV weight-loss competition show. At the beginning of each season, contestants are grouped into various

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  • Taylor Swift's Guide to Dating Is Kind of Fascinating

    GVK/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicSignature red lips aside, pop star Taylor Swift, 24, is known for her tumultuous, controversial, and very public love life. And while her romances don’t exactly scream “Happily ever after” — her dating roster includes noted playboys John Mayer, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Harry Styles — they do look fun (for the most part). Whether you find her relationships fascinating or exhausting, the girl has game. We rounded up Swift's most noteworthy relationship advice and had Bethany Marshall, PhD, a Los Angeles-based psychotherapist and the author of "Deal Breakers," weigh in on Swift's dating smarts. Marshall has some words of wisdom for the pop star, but Swift is a bit of a dating savant all on her own. Feel free to decide for yourself who gives the best advice. 
     
    On Knowing When a Guy Is Interested
    Swift says:
    “Freeze-out: You don’t respond to any of his texts or calls until he does something desperate [like] shows up. Or he calls and leaves a voice mail. Something that makes it very clear to you

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  • We Need To Confront Our Secret Sugar Problem

    Getty ImagesThere's sugar and then there's "added sugar — those extra sweeteners sprinkled into food when it's processed. One sneaky little word signals a secret menu of nutritional no-no's we're prone to ignore — and that's a problem.

    According to new research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people who eat too much added sugar are more likely to suffer from heart disease.

    More on Yahoo: Does My BMI Make Me Look Fat?

    The study, released Monday, found that people who consumed more than 21 percent of calories from added sugar doubled their risk of dying from heart disease compared to those who consumed less than 10 percent of calories from added sugar.

    The good news: Americans are generally eating less added sugar — the average percentage of daily calories from the sweet stuff has decreased (from 16.8 percent between 1999 and 2004 down to 14.9 percent between 2005 and 2010). And the majority of people do try to abstain, but 10 percent of people still get 25 percent or

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