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The summer after I graduated from college, I worked 40 hours per week at minimum wage. Even with the buffer of being on my parents’ healthcare plan and living with relatives, it was difficult to get by. After shelling out cash for loans, food, transportation, and clothing, I had little to show in my bank account afterward. I couldn’t imagine paying rent, much less raising a family on minimum wage. Nevertheless, millions of Americans–4.4 million to be exact–get by on these wages, according to The Fiscal...
Just last month, 14-year-old Julia Bluhm was invited to Seventeen magazine’s HQ, where she met with editor-in-chief Anne Shoket and presented her petition asking the magazine to run just one non-photoshopped spread per issue. As Jezebel put it, the magazine said “thanks but no thanks” and did not appear to have any plans to listen to Bluhm’s pleas--not to mention the 25,000 others she brought along with her. Recently, the number of signatures more than tripled with 84,000 total, and just this week, Shoket officially announced...
From rare vintage sunhats to painstakingly handmade baubles, Etsy is the place to go for summer accessories. Sure, you could go the chain-store route, but why would you want to? Especially when you have the chance to support independent designers and score a find that won’t tear after a few wears. While I can kill hours at a time enjoying all the goodness Etsy has to offer, here are seven summery accessories for you beach-loving gals on the go:   Purple Beach Sarong, $35, etsy.com  This hand-dyed, Asian-inspired sarong...
Like the majority of 20-somethings who have self-proclaimed ‘family issues,’ I often find it difficult to look past the last pointless argument with my mom or generalized frustration with my dad to appreciate the unique beauty that familial relationships can entail. With the exception of over-commercialized pseudo-holidays like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, how often are we able to take the time to analyze and appreciate the meaning of parenthood within our society and our world? Just a few minutes browsing through the awesome website MAMA,...
What happens when you team up punk-rock legend Iggy Pop and surf-pop darling Bethany Cosentino? You get a rockin’ track that’s a little gritty, a little dreamy, and utterly infectious. The forefather of punk rock and Best Coast front woman were approached by HBO’s True Blood to collaborate on a song for an upcoming episode and each really dug the idea.  Pop and Cosentino, both self-proclaimed fans of the show, recently recorded “Let’s Boot and Rally,” which was co-written by KCRW DJ James Combs, and...