“Imagine if someone erased your personality at age twenty. You have to figure out what kind of person you are without the first twenty years.” Ithaca, NY - 2012 Trigger Warning: This post contains descriptions of rape and sexual assault that may be triggering to survivors.  After her close friend was raped in college, the photographer Lydia Billings was devastated by the geographical distance between them, and she confronted her own feelings with ... Read More
  When we’re young, we’re told that sex is an act of love or affection; we grow to understand that our vaginas can be sources of intimacy and pleasure. But with all these modern demands on how our vaginas are supposed to look and smell, it gets confusing. The “cool” pubic hairdo changes from week to week, and we are bombarded with images of the ideal vagina, in all its neat, tight, perfumed and symmetrical glory.    You ... Read More
  Photoshop is so laughably overused in today’s media that it’s become a rarity to see an image untouched by digital doctoring. Photoshop allows advertisers to construct the modern fantasy face, and beauty product ads entice consumers with absurdly manicured images of the human form. In most cases, we know it’s not the product that makes one’s skin perfectly blemish-free but the digital alterations, yet we are are continuously urged-- ... Read More
  After a recent rape trial divided the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA, the English and psychology student Hannah Boes took action to combat the pervasive rape culture that often persists on college campuses. She founded William & Mary Stands With Survivors, an online catalog of photographs “dedicated to showcasing allies who support sexual assault survivors and refuse to perpetuate rape culture, or the attitudes that normalize ... Read More
Red’s Vintage Threads has something for everyone, from ’90s grunge girls to adorable 1940s ladies! Founder Maegan Hayward’s truly distinctive eye and passion for vintage reveals itself in her clothing and accessory treasures. From graphic tees to prom dresses, her carefully collected garments will transport you to any decade of your choosing. We are so thrilled to feature Red’s Vintage Threads as one of our vendors at this December's BUST ... Read More
  Barbie’s place in adolescence and constructed femininity has baffled psychologists and feminist alike: on one hand, she’s a patient confidante onto which girls might project their hopes and aspirations. But she also espouses limited and damaging views on female roles, bodies, and sexuality. She sends conflicting messages, passively listening to you for hours while remaining inhumanly cold. As girls, we intuitively pick up that Barbie is ... Read More
  Whether you’re punk rocker chick or a magical fairy princess, or anywhere in between, New York Couture has something just for you. Founder Cassie Kogler’s one-of-a-kind items are the perfect blend of fantasy and practicality, of sophistication and play. Internationally recognized for her unique fashions, Kogler offers clothing experiences like none other, and we could not be prouder to feature New York Couture as one of our vendors at this ... Read More
  The family photo album came into vogue in the 1800s, soon after photography was invented; the relatively quick process was convenient for middle class families who could not afford a painting. This isn’t to say that photography was ubiquitous; on the contrary, most folks could only afford to have one shot within their lifetimes. So unlike families today, who can easily upload thousands of images, Victorian families cherished each and every shot. It ... Read More
Photo by Jessica Marquez   There’s nothing like giving or receiving a handwritten letter or card, and Your Secret Admiral’s cards will take make your messages even more special. Each card, hand-crafted by founder Julie Schneider, offers a distinctive dose of whimsy and intricacy that you won’t find anywhere else. Each creation is a beautifully nostalgic treasure in itself, and we are so honored to feature Your Secret Admiral as one of our ... Read More
  In conversation with Extra’s Mario Lopez, Britney Spears admitted that she’s considering retirement after her over-the-top two year stint at Planet Hollywood for the “Britney Spears Piece of Me” show. The Las Vegas show opens December 27th and is rumored to have more dancing than ever and a plethora of props and gags. If this is her last hurrah, it seems like it would be a good note to end on; she explains that it is both her hardest ... Read More
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