Posts by Lauren Sher

  • Taylor Swift on New Album 'Red' and Life in the Spotlight

    Lauren Sher at ABC News Blogs1 yr ago

    "I tended to really explore the edges of what I'm allowed to do," Swift said today on "Good Morning America."

    "Pushing myself and taking myself out of my comfort zone, which is writing alone and going and working with my heroes, songwriters that have influenced me my whole career. It really, really kind of challenged me in the best way possible."

    Swift, who writes or co-writes all her songs, said she is writing non-stop and that the adventurous album takes her music to places she never thought her "music would ever go."

    "I'm writing all the time. I wrote a new [song] two days ago. … I just grab a guitar and make stuff up," Swift said of her creative process. "When I started writing songs when I was 12, I would run to my room and write songs about a difficult day at school or something like that. It's kind of carried me my whole life and allowed me to filter through really complicated emotions and make them simple."

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  • Exclusive First Look at Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection

    Lauren Sher at ABC News Blogs1 yr ago

    The much-buzzed about holiday gift collection features over 50 limited-edition designer products from $7.99 to $499.99, and will be available nationwide at Target and Neiman Marcus stores and online starting Dec. 1. Click here to see photos of the complete collection.

    "GMA" unveiled six pieces from the collection from designers Diane von Furstenberg, Jason Wu and Tracy Reese. 

    Legendary designer Diane von Furstenberg, known for her signature prints, created a black-and-white yoga mat and lacquer jewelry box in a twig print for the collaboration. Both items retail for $49.99. Von Furstenberg decided on a yoga mat since she is an avid yoga lover who practices on the roof of her home.

    Tracy Reese made a stylish, sequin and silk blouse for $79.99, and a $39.99-set of four printed dessert plates, which are rimmed in 18K gold, for the line.

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  • Epic Hermit Crab Migration Captured on Camera

    Lauren Sher at ABC News Blogs1 yr ago

    Veteran videographer Steve Simonsen, who captured the phenomenon last week in a video that is going viral online, said he was covered with crabs in the shooting process.

    "Crabs were crawling over my feet, arms, cameras. They crawled right into the lens hood," Simonsen said. "I was freaked out."

    Simonsen, who specializes in underwater and nature films, was summoned by a friend, author Pam Gaffin, to the beach at Nanny Point to document the spectacular sight. Gaffin had been there since 6 a.m. after hearing the crabs rustling in the underbrush the night before in a mass exodus to the beach.

    "[Gaffin] told me … there were millions and millions of them …she likened it to the migrations of Serengeti. I didn't need to hear anymore, I loaded my car with cameras and was out the door," Simonsen wrote on his Vimeo page, where the video was first posted.

    Simonsen arrived at 10 am and joined Gaffin, who was snorkeling in the water.

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  • Surrogate Mother, 61, Gives Birth to Her Grandson

    Lauren Sher at ABC News Blogs2 yrs ago

    Casey, then 61, gave birth to Finnean in February 2011 after her daughter, Sara Connell, struggled with infertility. Connell's egg and husband Bill's sperm were used in the in vitro fertilization procedure, making the couple Finnean's biological parents, and Casey the gestational carrier of their child.

    "The idea, we never could have fathomed," Connell, 36, said today on " Good Morning America." "I felt so connected with Finn and with my mom and yet it was a completely surreal, really fantastic situation."

    Connell tells the story of their family's unconventional journey to motherhood in a new book, " Bringing in Finn: An Extraordinary Surrogacy Story."

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  • National Waffle Day: Celebrate With 7 Scrumptious Recipes

    Lauren Sher at ABC News Blogs2 yrs ago

    Is there a more scrumptious way to start your day than with a crispy, cakey waffle topped with maple syrup?

    The Aug. 24 foodie holiday is timed to the first U.S. patent for a waffle iron in the 1860s, but waffles actually date back much further, all the way to ancient Greece. The Greeks cooked flat cakes called "obelios" that were similar to the waffles we've come to know and love. The Dutch first used the word "wafel" back in 1744, according to Merriam-Webster, and the Pilgrims are said to have brought the dish to America.

    Fast forward to today, when waffles - from Eggos to Belgian-style - are an American favorite, dished up for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Waffles have even become trendy in recent years, popping up on restaurant menus across the country with pairings like fried chicken, beer, caviar and more.

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  • Boston Woman Carrying Young Son Tumbles Onto Subway Tracks

    Lauren Sher at ABC News Blogs2 yrs ago

    A Boston mother holding her 4-year-old son in her arms walked right off  a subway platform during rush hour and fell face-first onto the tracks, landing dangerously close to the high-voltage third rail.

    Two go quickly jumped to the tracks to save her and her son before a train came through the station.

    Surveillance video posted onto YouTube captured the woman as she stepped off the platform and took a shocking tumble with her small son onto the tracks Wednesday just before 6 p.m. at Cambridge's Kendall Square Station outside Boston,

    Meera Thakrar, 36, from Attleboro, Mass., told an MBTA Red Line Inspector that she mistook the northbound train, which had just arrived on the platform across the tracks, for the southbound train that she was waiting for, according to the statement.

    “I thought the train was right on this platform but it was on the platform," Thakrar told ABC News’ affiliate WCVB-TV. “It was real stupid of me.”

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  • Family Selling Lou Gehrig's Home Run Baseball to Pay Off Debt

    Lauren Sher at ABC News Blogs2 yrs ago

    Eighty-four years ago, New York Yankees great Lou Gehrig hit a home run into the bleachers and the hands of a diehard fan at a 1928 World Series game. The three-run homer brought in Babe Ruth and led the Bronx Bombers to a 9-3 victory over their rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals.

    Now, that historic ball is up for auction by a family hoping to help pay off their son's medical school debt.

    Online pre-bidding for the famous baseball had already exceeded $33,000 Friday on the website for Hunt Auctions. It estimated that the ball would sell in the range of $100,000 and $200,000 based upon its condition and rich history.

    Elizabeth Gott, who has had the prized ball in her family for generations, said selling it was a difficult decision.

    "It was the right time," said Gott, 57. "My son needed money to start paying off some of the large debt he's accumulated from medical school. I had no idea how important it was. … I was sort shocked.

    "Now, maybe somebody else that loves baseball will have the ball in their possession and will be able to treasure it," she added.

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  • VIDEO: Wedding Bouquet Toss Gone Wrong

    Lauren Sher at ABC News Blogs2 yrs ago

    A bridesmaid dives to catch the bouquet, but trips and falls flat on the dance floor instead.

    Wedding videographer Dave Tebbutt just happened to catch the "epic" moment on camera and uploaded the video onto YouTube.

    "It was such a good laugh at the reception," he said. "The bride came up to me right away and said, 'You need to upload that to YouTube … that was epic.'"

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  • Why 'Call Me Maybe' Is So Catchy

    Lauren Sher at ABC News Blogs2 yrs ago

    Carly Rae Jepsen's hit song " Call Me Maybe" has taken the world by storm, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

    Don't deny it. Whether you like the song or not, you've no doubt found yourself singing along - or at least humming along - to the mega pop hit at one point or another.

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