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The station attendant at the Broadway/Lafayette subway stop is the cutest lady ever (totally blowing up her spot!). The whiteboard in her cubicle displays pertinent train information, but I noticed recently that she also writes inspiring messages and aphorisms that make even a tired, black-hearted, cranky commuting jerkface like me smile.

Until yesterday, I didn't know that camel toe was a problem that you needed a product to solve, but if you've been wondering how to stop your clothes from displaying your crotch crack, the Smoothgroove is here! Fashionista is reporting---with an understandable tinge of disbelief---that the front-wedgie-eliminating wonder (created by a woman named Susan Laurie) is finally available for purchase. SmoothGroove is like a sports cup that covers the vulva to make it look smooth and even. The cup is made of medical grade polymer that forms to your shape.

I love books. A lot. I have a book in my purse at all times (last month it was The Small Room by May Sarton, right now it’s The Russian Dreambook of Color and Flight by Gina Ochsner—next up will be Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger) and spend many of my lunch breaks browsing at Barnes & Noble. For part of our summer holiday, my college roommate and I went to the little town of Hay-on-Wye, Wales, which makes its living off bookshops; there are about two dozen of them there. (That’s when you know you’re a book lover, by the way.

  The BUST office has been all a-giggles at this clip from The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Apparently, Kristen Bell---star of Veronica Mars and Forgetting Sarah Marshall ---is in LOVE, LOVE, LOVE with sloths; so when her boyfriend (Dax Shepard) surprised her on her 31st birthday with Bimbo the Sloth, this happened:  [video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5jw3T3Jy70 425x344] Cutest, sweetest meltdown ever.  If you're a K-Bell fan (and admit it, you are now), you can catch her on the Showtime comedy  Hou$e of Lie$ this season (Sundays at 10pm).

You won't see this at the Oscars: an award for "The Fempire" -- Diablo Cody, Dana Fox, Liz Meriwether, and Lorene Scafaria -- to celebrate their creativity and panache as screenwriters. These female filmmakers and many more will be honored at The Athena Film Festival: A Celebration of Women and Leadership, taking place from February 9-12 on the Barnard College campus in Morningside Heights, NYC.BUST Magazine is thrilled to sponsor the second year of The Athena Film Festival, which continues to highlight stories of courageous women who have made a difference across the globe.

If you’re in the Northeast this weekend, you should really check out Ladyfest, a 3-day art and music festival featuring workshops, vendors, readings and discussions by feminist organizations and punk legends (Alice Bag!), and over 20 bands. Ladyfest goes down Feb. 3-5 at the YMCA in Cambridge, MA, organized by volunteers with the goal of creating a safe, empowering space for women in the arts.

Just when you thought you might die of the midwinter blues, the greatest reality show of all time—RuPaul’s Drag Race—has returned to cure your Seasonal Affective Disorder. Based on Monday night’s premiere, it looks like season four is gonna be good, with synthetic hair, catfights, and gloriously bitchy insults galore. Before the episode even properly begins, the preview montage gives us, “Go back to Party City where you belong.” Oh Ru, It’s been too long.

I'm coveting at least four of these iPhone cases by Brooklyn-based illustrator Sirin Thada. I first saw her art on Tumblr a few months ago, and was struck by her sense of humor (the "Animal Print" drawing was the first thing I saw). All of her designs have that same playfulness, cute but not too cutesy. The only problem is that I don’t have an iPhone yet ─ I still have this stupid old sliding-keyboard dumbphone. It’s barely a step up from two rusty tin cans and a waxed string, and it draws jeers from my peer group.

Gotye’s highly-anticipated third release Making Mirrors (out now on Samples'n'Seconds/Fairfax/Universal Republic) is filled with percussion-driven songs in a wide range of compositional styles. Recorded in a barn down under in remote Australia, Belgian multi-instrumentalist Wouter "Wally" De Backer creates an intricate, expansive sound on what's sure to be a breakout album (FYI: Gotye is pronounced "Gauthier," from the French translation of Wouter). The lead-off title track is a quiet one-minute introduction, with layers of echoing vocals over waves of synths.

  In a total mindf*ck for me and basically everyone  interested in women's sports, sources---from The Guardian to ESPN---are confirming that the Women's Professional Soccer league has been cancelled, even though the United States National team just qualified to play in the Olympics.  The reason seems to be that team owner Dan Borislow, who has a history of clashing with WPS officials, is battling it out big-time with league owners in the court room. Some will try to continue bending it like Mia Hamm  in 2012, but it looks the league has officially been cancelled till 2013.
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