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Love her or hate her, everyone has to admit that Katy Perry always seems to be ON POINT with her nails. Most recently she has me (and scores of her fans) wishing for a personal fingernail artist with the photo she tweeted of her Daria inspired manicure. If you don’t know who Daria is we can’t be friends. Just kidding, but please go on YouTube right this second and watch an episode; you won’t be disappointed (though you might be hooked.) The combination of huge pop star/awesome nail art/one of my favorite fictional television ladies got me all excited again about life.

This weekend at the BUST Craftacular, you can ward off the blue Mondays with Mondays handmade ceramics! Brooklyn artists Jennifer Flore, Nina Lalli, and Signe Yberg create beautiful handmade ceramics for use and display. Each piece is a work of art, and no two are the same. Mondays creates bowls, cups, dishes, platters, planters, vases, and more. I’m loving their Green Bubble Plates, Triangle Vases, Confetti Cups, and Small Shell Bowl (all pictured here). Come see Mondays at the BUST Magazine Craftacular at World Maker Faire on Saturday, September 29 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

TIME’s Paul Moakley uncovered a softer side of Tin Man presidential candidate Mitt Romney, shown in a romantic photo he sent to then-girlfriend Ann in 1968. Romney apparently sent Ann a series of similar photos, an effort to keep her interested while he was doing missionary work in France.  The two married just a few months after he returned to the States.

  We rarely think about how our mindless consumption affects the lives of creatures without a voice. On Midway Island, a remote cluster of islands miles from mainland human interface, albatrosses have taken a serious hit. Chris Jordan began photographing the thousands of birds that were dying on the islands, a result of their innocent feeding on lethal plastic waste in the Pacific Ocean. Jordan blurs the line between memorial ceremony and abstract art with his work as each open carcass is contrasted by piles of garbage that lies within it.

Loop of the Loom is home to New York City’s first certified SAORI method studio, gallery, and loom distributor – and they’re coming to the BUST Magazine Craftacular! SAORI is a contemporary hand weaving program founded by Misao Jo in Japan in 1969. She created her own loom and style called SAORI, from the Zen word “Sai,” meaning everything has its own individual dignity, and “Ori,” meaning weaving. SAORI is a hand weaving method in which everyone can express themselves freely; no two weavings are alike.

Gawd, I love colored cords. They're so much more fun than blue jeans. When wearing colored cords, I usually like to keep the rest of my outfit simple; a grey sweater looks great with cords of any color, and you can never go wrong with a pair of black flats. Corduroy Pant, $22.99, target.

The Chocolate Swirl is an amazing dessert company founded by Lisa Bracigliano.   Some of the yummy treats include brownie pops, truffles, cakes, and cupcakes.   They come in a huge variety of delectable flavors including chocolate butterscotch ripple, red velvet, cookie dough, coffee, and toasted almond, among others.   If these pictures are making your mouth water, The Chocolate Swirl will be at the BUST Magazine Craftacular at World Maker Faire, at the New York Hall of Science in Queens.  The Craftacular is open Saturday from 10 am - 7 pm and Sunday from 10 am - 6 pm.

Something I can get behind: a man critically evaluating how society views traditional “manhood” and how this limiting perspective is affecting women all over the world. Tony Porter is a co-founder of A Call to Men, an organization that works to end violence against women by promoting healthier attitudes about masculinity. Porter and his co-founder Ted Bunch have spread the message of A Call to Men everywhere from the NFL to West Point to the U.N.

If you haven't seen the debut episode of BUST covergirl Mindy Kaling's new show, The Mindy Project, you probably need to drop everything you're doing right now and get in the loop. As Mindy's same-name character tells a five-year-old in the first episode: "You're boring. Contribute something!" And contribute we have - everyone's been recapping, buzzing, and writing critically about the show for the past week after FOX streamed the show early. We'll be recapping all the episodes as they happen, too, but the season premiere has been beaten and praised to death this week.

With bacon jam appearing on restaurant menus and artisan pickles piled high at farmer’s markets, it’s clear that canning has made a comeback. It’s a great way to enjoy your favorite fresh produce all year long; it’ll stay shelf-stable and botulism-free, as long as you follow the directions carefully. If you’ve wanted to try “putting up”—the old-timey term for preserving at home—but didn’t know where to start, kick things off with water-bath canning; it works for foods with a high acidity level, like tomatoes and fruits.