A couple of years ago, a friend of mine convinced me to try drinking kombucha in order to get some probiotics in my system during a particularly pesky bout of digestive struggles (I’ll spare you the details). She warned me that kombucha is an acquired taste, but told me to just grin and bear it at first until I could get used to it. I’ll admit that the first sip I took was a little weird, but by the time I finished the whole bottle I was hooked. I felt thoroughly refreshed, and I didn’t really care if its purported healing properties were placebo or not.
If you weren't already excited for Ocean's Eight, the all-female remake of the hit Ocean's 11, you will be now. As of yesterday, it was confirmed that the film will begin production in October, and SEVEN out of the EIGHT members of Danny (Danielle?) Ocean's heist club have been cast. Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, and Awkwafina have all joined the crew, and we couldn't be more excited for the results.
  You may think you know what burlesque is. If you have a specific definition in mind, you are wrong. Burlesque is anything an individual performer wants it to be: It cannot be defined. This is what I learned immediately after watching the documentary on a group of uniquely talented burlesque performers, whose home base is in Portland, Oregon.
Etheldreda Laing first began taking photos of her daughters when she was 38 years old, using Autochrome, an early color photography process. She processed the photos in a darkroom in her Oxford home and later became known for photos she took of her daughters, Janet and Iris, ages 12 and 7 respectively.  Check out these photos of her daughters Laing took in the garden of her Oxford home in 1908.
Either you've done it yourself or you've given it a highly-coveted "like," but either way, we've all seen engagement photos on Facebook. Usually they're on a beach (regardless of the season), on a windy day, and there are about 200 pictures of the same two people who can't stop making googly eyes at each other. Overall, the entire ordeal makes me want to barf a little at its cuteness.
Donald Trump has implied an assassination threat against Hillary Clinton, proving once again (as if we needed more proof) that he is a complete and total asshat. At a rally in Wilmington, North Carolina, the Republican presidential candidate said, “Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish, the second amendment.” The crowd responded with a chorus of boos. He continued, “If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the second amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know. But I’ll tell you what, that will be a horrible day.
Photo by Kay Wang Stitch, Please BE A BLUE JEAN QUEEN WITH THIS JAPANESE DENIM-REPAIR TECHNIQUE Sashiko, which translates to little stabs, is a traditional Japanese hand-repair technique developed by the working class in the 18th century as a way to fix holes in apparel and home textiles. Back then, indigo was the most inexpensive textile dye, so it was most common among the poorer classes—farmers, fishermen, and laborers—who often fixed blue items using white thread with this “functional embroidery.
Welp, it's true that we as a society take two steps back every time we take one step forward. With greater social awareness of what cultural appropriation is and why it's not okay, we still have time after time where celebrity "role models" commit major social faux pas.  Kylie Jenner, daughter of Kris and Caitlyn Jenner and Instagram star extraordinaire, recently celebrated her 19th birthday.
Unknown Painting by Ivan Makarov, 1870. During the early and mid-Victorian era, a great many health and beauty books echoed the popular 19th century sentiment that plumpness equaled good health. It was leanness, not heaviness, to which beauty experts directed the majority of their criticism. For example, in his 1870 book Personal Beauty: How to Cultivate and Preserve it in Accordance with the Laws of Health, author Daniel Brinton states that a “scrawny bony figure” is “intolerable to gods and men.
Something rotten is going on in the Bronx and not many people are noticing. Last month, New York City councilman Andy King publicly voiced his worries about teenage girls in the Bronx. Sine July 2014, 14 Bronx girls have gone missing and six of them went missing in the month of June alone. The girls were between 12-19 and all black or Hispanic. King said in a statement per Daily News, “Ever other week our young girls are just vanishing off our streets. Something is going on. They are attractive girls.