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So there's this British lady named Cath Kidston, see, and I've been in like with her every since I bought her book, Vintage Style, about a million years ago (okay, 9 years ago). Back then, she mentioned having some kind of small shop somewhere in the  UK, so when I heard she was opening a shop in NY's own Noho a while back I practically creamed my jeans (full disclosure: i don't ever actually wear jeans).
I've been curious about this truly old-school subculture trend, ever since I caught eye of some of it while in London last fall, and spotted a few people in my Brooklyn nabe wearing oversized Newsy caps, spats, and assorted other style paraphernalia from the 1920s and '30s.
Playwright Neil LaBute's work tends to be somewhat controversial, especially among feminists (you may remember the flap over In The Company Of Men). Maybe that's why publicists for his newest work to premiere here in N.Y.C., Reasons To Be Pretty, are extra-curious about what our take will be on his latest story about America's obsession with physical beauty. To that end, myself and a writer for Ms.
So it’s Friday, and I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m ready for the weekend. It’s summer, and that means outdoor fun—which always comes with a bit of boy-watching. Well, a couple of ladies I know from Philly have taken boy-watching to the next level. They’ve created shmittenkitten.com, a sort of field guide to the men of Philadelphia, complete with hand-drawn illustrations guaranteed to make you giggle or cringe in recognition.
The career of plus-sized supermodel Velvet d'Amour has been going strong since we first featured her a year ago in in the Aug/Sept '07 Fashion issue of BUST. She became a dancer on the European club circuit, was featured in a music video for the Parisian boy band Scarlet Queens, she's working on a book, and the film in which she starred, Avida, just came out on video in the U.S. In the wake of all these projects has come more and more publicity, of course, and in her latest interview, with News.com.
(photo from Electronic House) Robots are cool, right? I mean, I adore Bjork's video for “All Is Full Of Love” (and if you haven't seen it...), and I just finished reading 24Seven, an Eisner-award nominated comic anthology all about robots in NYC. But that's all theoretical, right? I mean, robots aren't actually capable of emotion, affection, love, right? Sega Toys claims otherwise. They're marketing the world's first “Robot Girlfriend,” and yeah, I thought that too, but it's not what you think. I swear.
 I am totally a nasty lady at heart. I have come along way in my single girl habits and try to keep my home less nausea inducing then in past years. But, just because I am trying doesn’t mean I really know how to clean. Thanks to this site howtocleanstuff.net everything from my bong to my hand-me-down mattress will be fresh as a daisy. And yes, there are even directions to clean a rabid monkey. The site lets users give their tips so you can keep checking back for new ways to attack. Best part, every time you give a tip, they donate $0.25 to the clean water fund.
   Summer is almost officially upon us. The time for drunken 3 am stumbles home, the time for random party hook ups, the time for putting ourselves in generally risky situations for no real reason. This website couldn't have come to my attention at a more perfect time. It's a self defense video geared toward women, especially those of us (like myself) with no martial arts training or even the slightest idea of how to defend themself.
  Nothing cramps your stilo more than a sad, floppy pair of calf-high boots. Propping them up against a wall or another boot rarely works, and wish as you might that folding the tops over won’t crease the fabric… well. Let’s just say it’s recently become kind of a sore spot. (RIP, my beautiful suede knee-highs, RIP).    Luckily, these cutie Booty Shapers have swooped in to save my soles. The inflatable supports slip right into your fave boots and keep them looking brand new.
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