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Graduation season is upon us which means one thing: graduation parties galore. Amongst the plethora of yard games and buffet style food lines, there’s one thing that drives me crazy, and that is finding the perfect grad gift. Whether it’s the young girls I used to mentor graduating high school or my best friend in the world graduating from college, the thought of finding them an appropriate gift baffles me. Using my extensive resources (asking my mom ... Read More
My heart just exploded through my ribs.  If this video of a grandfather being surprised with an English Bulldog puppy/pile of chubby wrinkles doesn’t make you smile just a little bit, then I don’t know what to tell you. What I can tell you is that his tearful, raspy cries of joy, “ Oh my gawd, holy jesus! Oh my gawd, hello sweetie!” will have you making grabby hands at the nearest soft object and clutching it to your chest!We ... Read More
Whether single, in a relationship or something in between, lets reclaim Valentine's Day as a day to recognize the amazing feminists in our lives that show the ladies (and our fundamental rights) love all year long. Here's your guide to the best feminist gifts for Valentine's day, whether you are sharing them with a partner, a friend or just treatin' yo self. Heart Print Headband from BeauxoxoThis cutesy headband is perfect for the modern Rosie the Riveter in ... Read More
  As I dug through the vintage photo archives of various families on Ebay and Pinterest circa the early to mid 20th century, I was increasingly confounded by the persistence of dolls. Almost every photograph of little girls on Christmas also features her most prized holiday gift: a doll. Of course one would hope that girls had a few more options; after all, boys are not offered toys that underscore the importance of physical beauty or childcare in the way ... Read More
  Ever since I first saw the beautiful claymation creation Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, I yearned for a stuffed animal from the Island of Misfit Toys, that glorious realm of toys that had been rejected for flaws, big or small, in their construction. These stuffed animals were one-of-a-kind; they were inexplicably soulful, both sorrowful and enduringly hopeful.     When I stumbled upon the work of the brilliant toymaker Matlyak Tatiana, my ... Read More
Do you still have friends and family on your gift-giving list? A handmade gift would be a super special way to show you really care! We've put together a list of 10 of our favorite DIY projects from the past year of BUST Magazine that are sure to get your crafty mojo going. Best of all, each of these is so simple to make you can complete them in a weekend, and each of the issues they come from are available for purchase and instant download! Check 'em ... Read More
  Got beauty and brains? Want to keep it that way?  Belle Helmets’ gorgeous, hand-painted helmets are the perfect combination of style and utilitarianism. Founded in Brooklyn by Danielle Baskin, this one-woman company offers beautiful and uniquely designed helmets. You can protect your noggin and make a statement as you ride!  Baskin’s designs go all across the board, so your head can sport anything from a pastoral scene to a ... Read More
Designer Naomi Azuma took a vacation to the Dominican Republic this past January—and returned to New York inspired by the beautiful handmade collars sported by local dogs.  She started making collars for her two pooches from colorful climbing rope, and soon expanded her line, The Knot House, to include adorable statement necklaces for her friends. The brass studs add just a glimmer of glamour to her neon-chic pieces. I’d pair this beauty with a ... Read More
Berkley Illustration is run by a powerhouse couple: self-taught artist Ryan hand-inks quirky formal portraits of woodland creatures and Lucy handles the sales and customer-service end of their business. They’ve been a huge hit on Etsy since 2007, and lucky us—we get to check out their unusual animal prints in person at the BUST Magazine Holiday Craftacular! Look for Berkley’s well-dressed creatures on frame-able prints, tote bags, bottle openers, ... Read More
November is my favorite time of the year, from pumpkin-spice everything to the gluttony of Thanksgiving and, of course, my birthday! When it comes to the holiday season, I love buying presents for others (and for myself!), so I thought I'd put together a collection of some of my favorite items of the moment, many from adorable Etsy shops I recommend exploring. Hopefully they can give you ideas for Christmas shopping to come! My first items are these fanciful, ... Read More
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