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This weekend at the BUST Magazine Craftacular, you can stock up on awesome pop culture accessories from two lovely ladies named Nicole.   Nicole Krecicki strives to create social change through wearable art. Her apparel line, Rainbow Alternative, includes T-shirts, baby clothes, ties, and pins with LGBT pride slogans and pop culture references.  All designs are hand-stenciled and spray-painted by Nicole, which means each item is one-of-a-kind. I love her “Yes, Really” T-shirt and The Nightmare Before Christmas ties.

  Daniel Barnz directs this narrative sister to the school-reform doc Waiting for Superman, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis as two Pittsburgh mothers who want to fix their kids’ failing elementary school. Gyllenhaal plays an Erin Brockovich-like character with tattoos, heels, and an “I’m not an activist, I’m just a mom working two jobs” mentality. Her daughter is dyslexic, but neither her child’s tenured teacher nor the administration offer any help.

Eve Ensler is a total rock star. See? She’s best known for writing and starring in the groundbreaking play The Vagina Monologues—heck, even your grandparents have probably heard of it. Not being one to rest on her laurels, she founded a nonprofit, V-Day, that combats the epidemic (and yes, folks, it is an epidemic) of sexual and domestic violence happening all around the world.

Plastering your nose with a blackhead-removing strip and then looking at the gunk that comes out of your face is one of life’s most beautiful and disgusting pleasures. But who wants to spend money on what’s essentially sticky paper? Here’s how to make your own strips. Combine one tablespoon of unflavored gelatin with one to two tablespoons of milk. Microwave for about 10 seconds until the mixture becomes liquid, then stir and smear on your face. Once it hardens, peel off and stare at the results in horror and amusement.

  Recent college grad Sami Jo Jensen turned her passion for frugal crafting into a successful business: Poor & Pretty Bath Sweets and Body Treats. Poor & Pretty’s signature item is Cupcake Soap. Sure, it looks like a delectable treat you’d like to nosh on, but it’s 100% suds-inducing goodness. Sami packages bath “truffles” and whipped soap “frosting” in deliciously appropriate (and environmentally friendly!) containers.

If you’re a crafty and caring girl, this is a great project for you!  Girls Love Mail is a charity that collects crafty, hand-written letters that are distributed to women recently diagnosed with breast cancer and those going through treatment.  Even if you don’t consider yourself particularly artsy, kind words to these strong ladies are always appreciated.  A fun idea is gathering your friends to create cards together! Gina Mulligan founded Girls Love Mail after she won her battle with breast cancer.

To celebrate the release of Lavender Diamond's new record Incorruptible Heart, check out BUST's interview with Becky Stark, the lady behind the music! By Hilary Hughes When I meet up with Becky Stark (aka Lavender Diamond) at the Trails Café in Los Angeles' Griffith Park, it's a matter of minutes before she's effusing her thoughts on everything from the Mayans to the redefinition of femininity to "space ballet.

Amy Heckerling is the greatest. Not only is she responsible for national treasures like Clueless (1995) and Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), but she is one of the few female directors working in Hollywood, period. As an aspiring movie-maker, her awesomely quirky comedies give me a reason to get up in the morning. So when I saw that the trailer for her new movie Vamps (2012) had been released, I flipped out.

There's a fall chill in the air--so why not swaddle your pup in these super-adorable jackets from Billy Wolf Fine K-9 Coatery? Fashion designer Lyndsey Drago started the line when she couldn't find a cute coat up to her Chihuahua's standards. Since then, the line's grown to include bandanas and gorgeous leather collars.     All of the goods are handmade in NYC out of vintage, dead stock, and American-made fabrics.

Hi, all! I’m Maggie, one of BUST’s brand-spanking-new blog interns, and I’m moving into a new apartment.  This week, in fact! This is an awesome thing because it’s gigantic and sunny and in a neighborhood that I love. Also, my current abode is a subterranean nightmare, and boy, oh, boy, am I excited to GTFO. The new pad, although free of rats and creepy landlords, comes with its own, ahem, peculiar charms.
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The 14th Annual New York Burlesque Festival
Sat Oct 01 @ 8:00PM - 12:00AM
The 14th Annual New York Burlesque Festival
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