Do you love Halloween? Do you hate your neighbors? Do cobwebs and Frankenstein window clings just not cut it for you? There's a new terror sweeping suburbia: Light-O-Rama! Last Christmas, I became obsessed with videos of people using Light-O-Rama to create crazy music-synchronized lighting effects on their houses (the Slayer house started it all for me).  It comes as no surprise, then, that the same breed of people do it for Halloween, ... Read More
Every year, Heidi Klum throws an all-out Halloween bash and tries to top herself year after year in terms of costume intricacy. I kind of love when girls are unafraid to be not "pretty" in the name of an awesome Halloween costume and I love that for each costume, Heidi totally commits. This year, she's got two costumes in the works to be full revealed the Saturday before Halloween [updated above]. The first is some sort of monkey boy and the second is a ... Read More
While Laurie is already on the West Coast (she had a wedding there this weekend), I am just starting my trip to our first stop: Seattle. I'm travelling cross country by train, which I've been doing pretty frequently for the past 12 years -- in fact, the very first time I ever did was for the book tour for the first BUST book, back in 1999. Anyway, the first part of this 3-day journey is an overnite train trip from NYC to Chicago -- all of Amtrak's trains that go to ... Read More
There are a million fabulous fashion blogs I try to regularly read, but I must admit, I just discovered this gem of a blog yesterday via tumblr. I'm down with anyone whose style source is vintage or vintage inspired so the name, Vixen Vintage, caught my eye, but what sold me was the fact that blogger, Solanah, seems to be just as obsessed with petticoats as I am! She even has a helpful guide on how to wear them and what kind is needed for certain dresses. Mine is ... Read More
The centuries-old rule that recognizes male precedence in who takes the throne of the British monarchy has been overturned. Primogenture in royal terms states that the firstborn son will take the crown and after many years that is no longer true. The current rules date back to the late 1600s and were put in place in part to make sure that anyone in line to the throne married a Protestant. Sixteen nations that have Queen Elizabeth as their monarchy, including the ... Read More
                    I consider myself a conscious consumer. I like to know where the things I buy are made so I don't feel any guilt when I slip on that dress or use that new mascara. But just because these things weren't made in Taiwanese sweatshops doesn't mean they're entirely guilt-free. There's still the question of where the sum of the parts were made. Where did the minerals come from for that ... Read More
The weather is getting colder and the ultimate cuddle buddy is primed for its comeback: a book! Sometimes, a girl wants one to stretch the horizons of her brain (and not just her heartstrings--I'm talking about you Harper Collins Romance!), so it's great that books like New Art/Science Affinities exist.  The book, co-published by Carnegie Mellon University's Miller Gallery and the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, is 190 pages of contemporary art focusing on ... Read More
I thought designer pumpkin carvings were something, but take a look these intricate designer-inspired dresses totally made out of food! In the newest issue of Garage Magazine, photographer Fulvio Bonavia and stylist, Giovanna Battaglia bring together food and fashion to create edible art pieces for the photo shoot "Food Dresses." The dresses are each inspired by pieces from Alexander McQueen, Louis Vuiton, Prada, and Moncler and are made out of lettuce, ... Read More
I hope that many of you got the chance to watch Miss Representation on HBO. It is truly a remarkable and eye-opening documentary. One of the most amazing thing about the film, though, is how it’s launched a movement to end negative depictions of women in the media: MissRepresentation.org. Recently they’ve turned their campaign toward Halloween, including this video that some of the Miss Rep interns made on a trip to a store selling costumes for ... Read More
What do you get when you take a man who sings about rebelling against authority and following your own rules and add a child to the mix? How does fatherhood change the ultimate bad ass lifestyle? What does it mean to be on tour and be a father? Those are just a few of the topics that the rock documentary, The Other F Word explores. In director, Andrea Blaugrund Nevins newest work she follows some of the most well known puck rock band members in their newest and ... Read More
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