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It's not news that women in Washington (particularly those truly on the world stage) are scrutinized for their clothing, but I'm a little confused by Robin Givhan's Washington Post story about Palin's so-called ordinary style. Givhan is known for her no-nonsense fashion criticism of the political elite--whether or not that's responsible or even necessary is up to you--but this one just seems like a redux. Givhan waxes aesthetic for several paragraphs about Palin's run-of-the-mill style, ultimately concluding that its common roots are what make it so different, and then...well, that's it.

The Great Schlep from The Great Schlep on Vimeo. I love that our cover girl Sarah Silverman is involved in this campaign by JewsVote.org that is organizing a weekend where folks can go down to Florida and convince their grandparents (Zadie and Buppy) to vote Obama. She made this video for theGreatShlep.com and it's hilarious and hopefully effective! She's the pied piper of hipster Jews! Even if you're not Jewish, this seems like a good tactic to try on your grandparents, plus, I'm sure they'd love to see you.

Last week a couple of us from the office went to a My Little Pony party! Held at the Chelsea Art Museum to 'The MY LITTLE PONY Project: 25 Ponies for 25 Years' collection and exhibiting My Little Ponies through the years. It was a total play date flashback. Remember the mermaid ponies for the bathtub! All of Hasbro's My Little Ponies were in one room with the wine and food, so that was the first stop on the party train. It is hard for me to find the words to express my love for pigs in a blanket.

Friday September 26 Since the termination of the Miss Rockaway Armada in St. Louis last summer, former crew members have been collaborating on new creative projects that have grown out of the energy of the Mississippi river. After an installation at MassMOCA last April, the crew was invited to create an installation in Amsterdam to coincide with the American elections. Now they need the cash to get there and buy materials! Two floors of ceiling shaking goodness to twitch your tail to. Bands downstairs to thump your toes to: DARK DARK DARK, The GAMUT, VAMPIRE HANDS, U.S.

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Tease-O-Rama Roadshow The Best of the Best in New Burlesque Sept 26th - Oct 5th 2008        America's first convention dedicated to the foxy, fabulous and all-around over-the-top world of burlesque takes it on the road! SEE performances from 200+ contemporary pinup queens, TAKE classes in everything from tassel-twirling to burlesque fan dance techniques and MEET the legends of days gone by.

Now here's a sex toy that will make you feel good for multiple reasons: 10% of proceeds from Natural Contours' Petite Pink Ribbon vibrator will go to Breast Cancer Action (BCAction.org) in the United States. BCA, a grassroots breast cancer advocacy and education organization, does not accept donations from companies contributing to the cancer epidemic, and unlike most sex toys, Natural Contours' products are all free of phthalates (chemicals used to soften hard plastics that are linked to cancer and reproductive problems).

Sew Mo's Alice Bag is so insanely perfect, I'm considering writing a song about it. I found it during one of my many frenzied hunts for the perfect oversized tote (I just can't get down with those jingly-jangly leather logo bags), and I seriously feel like I've stumbled on the Holy Grail here: Earth-friendly interfacing, lining and interior, with the perfect decorative buttons and hidden pockets galore.

Did you know that October was Domestic Violence Awareness month? Neither did I, but I think I'll celebrate this year by not going to Nevada, which, according to a recent study, ranks #1 in the rate of women murdered by men for the second year in a row. In the annual report from the Violence Policy Center (VPC), which analyzed 2006 homicide data, Nevada, with a rate of Nevada, rate of 3.27 murders per 100,000 is ranked highest, followed by South Carolina at #2 with a rate of 2.84 per 100,000; Alabama at #3 with a rate of 2.20 per 100,000; Oklahoma at #4 with a rate of 2.

  BUST Magazine's Holiday Craftacular is set for Saturday, December 13, in NYC, and it's going to be our BIGGEST ONE EVER! If you would like to be a vendor, please apply here.