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With the Philly Naked Bike Ride and fall’s SlutWalk Providence quickly approaching, I needed something glitzy to complete my event attire - or non-attire. Yeah, yeah, it’s called ‘Naked’ Bike Ride, but it’s also an opportunity to wear nipple tassels and pasties and prance around in public. Since I don’t have the funds for the fancy stuff (like these babies from Agent Provocateur), I rolled up my sleeves and crafted my own no-sew nipple tassels. They’re easy to make, and your wallet won't go running for the toilet.

Rockabilly sweetheart Nikki Lane pays homage to old school country in a new video for her song, "Gone, Gone, Gone." The track is off her recently-released EP of the same name, which was co-written and produced by Lewis Pesacov of Fool’s Gold. A little Loretta Lynn and a little Holly Golightly, Nikki brings a cool, modern edge to classic country without the sugary popness of today's country (step aside, Taylor Swift). Nikki's debut LP, Walk of Shame, is set to be released on September 27th. Check out Nikki's page on the I Am Sound site.

     The brain child of 26 year old producer and writer Issa Rae, The Mis-adventures of Awkward Black Girl is a web show that follows J, a self proclaimed awkward black girl as she navigates through life, love, and work. Tired of not seeing accurate representations of herself on television, Rae rallied a group of friends and college buddies to help produce the first few episodes.  What began this past January as a three minute web show has quickly gained a legion of devoted fans who can definitely relate to the situations  J winds up in.

BUST Magazine is giving away a limited edition Washed Out t-shirt!  Insound and Delicious Design League teamed up to create a series of high-quality t-shirts for six of their favorite bands. These t-shirts feature original designs by Delicious Design and are only available for sale on Insound.com.Washed Out is the third artist to be featured in this collection. Check out the previous designs: Best Coast and Walkmen. The final three designs will be revealed in the coming weeks on Insound.com.This giveaway is now closed.

Oh for F's sake! Yet another post comes out of the woodwork with the same-old same-old, tired-old tired-old idiotic hypothesis. Peg Aloi's HuffPo post, published yesterday, titled "Tough Gals: Do They Still Exist?" basically boils down to the same thing old Henry Higgins asks in My Fair Lady:" Why can't a woman be more like a man?" Aloi is unhappy that women are "girly" again. Her evidence of contemporary women's girliness is that some of us like cupcakes, crafting, cooking, and gardening, and apparantly, not enough of us are wearing leather.

She was possibly the most badass woman in the history of World War II. One of the most decorated WWII servicewomen, Nancy Wake led 7,000 maquisards - armed resistance fighters -  in battles against the Nazis. She rode a bicycle for more than 500 miles through several German checkpoints to replace codes her wireless operator had been forced to destroy in a raid. She even killed an SS sentry with her bare hands - a fatal karate chop - to prevent him from raising an alarm.

One of my favorite people in NYC is Galadriel Masterson, fashion stylist, BUST contributor, and self proclaimed “cuntastic lezberry,” she knows it all and she isn’t afraid to tell you! Luckily for us, Galadriel has recently launched her new web series, “In Bed with Galadriel” where she’ll be interviewing various NY luminaries (in bed, natch) and getting all up in their faces.

  Now, more so than ever before, obesity rates in America are hitting an all time high. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that over one third, or 33% of adult Americans are obese,and 17% of U.S. children are now following in their footsteps. Many factors contribute to this epidemic including:  inflated portion sizes, a reliance on fast food instead of healthier home cooked meals, and less physical activity. First lady Michelle Obama for her part has started the Let’s Move! initiative, aiming to get youth moving and eating better.

This Sunday, August 14th, join Booze & Yarn and Otto's Shrunken Head for A Day for Girls Sew-athon, sponsored by BUST Magazine!Days for Girls is a non-profit organization that makes and distributes washable sanitary pad kits to women in impoverished communities. Young women across the globe miss school and work once a month because of a lack of funds to buy basic sanitary products -- just one feminine hygiene kit can improve a girl's life immensely. Stop by Otto's Shrunken Head Tiki Bar & Lounge any time between noon and 5 PM to help cut and assemble reusable sanitary pads and kits.

Nowadays, when one thinks of Burlesque and Vaudeville, images of a scantily clad woman covered in feathers and flashy underwear come to mind. But Burlesque, in it’s original incarnation had more to do with off-kilter performances from comedians, singers, and dancers rather then titillating stripteases a la Dita Von Teese. Here are some photos, housed at the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E Lee theater of The Ohio State University, that shows 19th century female Vaudeville and Burlesque performers in their element.
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