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We mentioned last week that MEN and CSS are touring together, and now we're giving away tickets to see them when they hit your city.  If reading JD Samson's first entry in their tour blog for BUST made you wanna shake your booty at one of those shows, you're in luck. We're offering two tickets for each the following dates: 10/23:  Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club  10/24:  Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club 10/28:  Dallas, TX @ House of Blues 10/30:  Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa This giveaway is now closed.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Canadian charity organization Rethink Breast Cancer is launching an iPhone/Droid app that encourages women to stay on top of their self-exams:  Your Man Reminder.   The free app features a bevy of buff dudes for your educational…pleasure(?): a shirtless guy of your choice will appear on your phone monthly as if by pec- er, tech magic, to remind you to examine your own boobs with a little TLC (“Touch, Look, Check”).

Even though it's unseasonable warm in some areas, I can't help but love this fall/winter time of year and the fact that it's getting closer and closer to the holiday season. While the holidays are close though, the October 25th release of the She & Him holiday album,"A Very She & Him Christmas" is even closer! I'm not exactly decking the halls just yet, but I'm definitely excited for musical holiday goodness to come. Christmas songs have a tendency to get repetitive so I'm always down for new songs or a fresh sound on old classics.

Miranda Huba’s new play, Hospital City, tells a poetic tale about two sisters desperately trying to escape their lives.  The sisters are introduced as poor drug addicts who’ve been at a debaucherous party all night and one of the sisters, Mia, has committed a wrongdoing.  It’s quickly apparent that Mel is always taking care of her sister Mia.  Mia is blissfully ignorant of any problem and is contented to stay at the party, but Mel is determined they escape for a magical place that will save them both: The Hospital.

Calling all compassionate consumers! Anyone who views clothing as a form of personal expression must check out the lovely vegan boutique Cow Jones Industrials. The beautiful, eco-conscious store can be found both online and at its brick-and-mortar location two and half hours north of NYC in Chatham, NY. Despite its rural setting, the shop has garnered quite a buzz thanks to its amazing collection of genuine non-leather, vegan apparel and a powerful commitment to ethical clothing practices, focusing on the well-being of our planet, our animals, and our selves.

Our first week of tour with CSS has been sooo fun! We are chasing their bus all over the west coast in our charcoal colored Dodge Caravan. This tour we have a drummer with us which is super duper exciting. Lee Free is our drummer, and he is playing a lot of the percussion samples from our record on live drums. We are super happy with the new texture it brings to the show. Blowtorch is at the sound helm again and we are just thrilled to have the family back together. (JD met a few cool vaginas in Portland OR @ The Wonder Ballroom!") Two people came up on stage so far.

I've been reading the adorable book "My Mom Style Icon" by Piper Weiss lately and with each picture and every story, I become more and more fascinated. I love old photos and to hear the back stories is an extra plus. As I pass each photo, I can't help but think, "My mom and grandma should totally be in this!" I had heard of this awesome blog a while back, but always forgot to submit so I figure now is as good a time as any to show the world my favorite style icons: two ladies I like to call Mom and Grandma. My grandma, Lorenza, seemed to have an enviable collection of dresses.

  There’s a corner of vintage wonders called Billy’s Antiques where a friend of mine sells some amazing jewelry at amazing prices. I once took a street style photo of a girl who works there sometimes, Jasmin Rodriguez, and have kept up with her blog, Vintage Vandalizm, ever since. I love that her style sort of blends rockabilly, pin up, and classic vintage into a pretty modern look.  She reminds me of an early Dita Von Teese in that way, but what I really admire about both ladies is the commitment to everyday style.

                                             Feeling bloated? Perhaps you’re having abdominal pain? Or maybe you’re just peeing more frequently? Although these symptoms don’t seem like much, they could all be signs of ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer was believed to be a silent killer, but more often than not these run of the mill symptoms (bloating, pelvic/abdominal pain, urinary symptoms and difficulty eating or feeling full quickly) are misdiagnosed.

When I went on a class trip to Dumbo back in 2009 and saw the work of "yarn bomber" Olek (at the time unknown to me), I didn't think that the strange art--people in crocheted body suits-- would become the subject of much talk today.
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