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  If you’re in need of some spiritual guidance via your belly, Half Moon House has you covered.  Hald Moon Kitchen offers the Bone Kitchen, a line of delicious homemade jams, jellies, marmalades and magick.   Like their website says, “There’s no more direct way to apply magick to someone than internally. Just eat it!” But this company is no ordinary Smucker's.  Along with the Bone Kitchen, Half Moon House also offers Tarot card readings and spiritual counseling.

  Last Monday, with the help of the iHeartRadio stations, the Empire State Building rocked out to some Alicia Keys, specifically, “Girl on Fire,” and “Empire State of Mind.” It was the first synchronized light show of its kind to hit the façade of the Empire State Building.  Click here to see the breathtaking light show in its entirety. Look how the lights move to the beat!   I can’t think of a more appropriate artist to serenade this city.

For adorable, vintage-inspired jewelry and accessories with a twist, look no further than With Care. Created by Rhode Islander Elizabeth Novak, With Care is an Etsy shop that includes items like place-themed souvenir rings and lockets, nautical necklaces, Victorian-inspired perfume pins, and more.      Many of With Care’s pieces are vintage-inspired, with an edge — the collar bar will take you back to the Mad Men era but the Virgin Mary charm attached to it? You’d never see Don Draper wearing one of those.

    Employee of the Month, a podcast hosted by comedienne extraordinaire, Catie Lazarus, is having a Holiday Office Party show at UCB East and we want to be there—not only to hear her banter and possibly meet her dog, but because she is having a few very special guests.  Hari Kunzru, a renowned novelist (and free-thinking badass), can tell us about how he almost got arrested for fighting censorship.  Lazarus is also hosting the fiercely intelligent Rachel Maddow—one of the first openly queer women in primetime.  Thirdly, GLORIA STEINEM WILL BE SPEAKING.

  Finally, someone is calling for Dorothy Day to be sanctified for all of the social justice and service she achieved in her lifetime.  And the biggest advocate for this woman’s sainthood is none other than the Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Dolan.   “I am convinced she is a saint for our time,” Cardinal Dolan said at the meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, according to the New York Times.

    Do you have a trendy jewelry lover on your list this holiday season?  How about an Arrested Development or Parks and Rec fanatic?  Well, do WE have a Craftacular vendor for you!     Little Pancakes makes products so cool, you’ll be overwhelmed.  I mean, I am.  They specialize in beautiful metalwork jewelry. They also make pencils with awesome sayings on them, like “Stay Sassy,” that you can nonchalantly pass to that cutie in class (or in the office).

  Got beauty and brains? Want to keep it that way?  Belle Helmets’ gorgeous, hand-painted helmets are the perfect combination of style and utilitarianism.  Founded in Brooklyn by Danielle Baskin, this one-woman company offers beautiful and uniquely designed helmets. You can protect your noggin and make a statement as you ride!  Baskin’s designs go all across the board, so your head can sport anything from a pastoral scene to a kiwi.    Baskin also does custom jobs, and can even give your old helmet a makeover.

Designer Naomi Azuma took a vacation to the Dominican Republic this past January—and returned to New York inspired by the beautiful handmade collars sported by local dogs.   She started making collars for her two pooches from colorful climbing rope, and soon expanded her line, The Knot House, to include adorable statement necklaces for her friends. The brass studs add just a glimmer of glamour to her neon-chic pieces.

  China’s next supermodel may just be 72-year-old Liu Xianping.  He’s got the bod for the latest in miniskirts and the legs to pull them off. His cross-dressing photos have gone viral and as a result, his granddaughters’ fashion store sales have increased five fold.      Apparently, Liu has plenty of input on his outfits and enjoys dressing up in contrasting colors.

  Kollabora, a new online community with inspirational DIY projects, tutorials, and the supplies to make them, is hosting a DIY Gift Lounge at this year's BUST Holiday Craftacular! Join BUST and Kollabora for a make-and-take on Finger Crochet, Chip Bezel Jewelry, and Fabric Wrapped Bangles.
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