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  Are you into costume masks, art auctions, great writers, and supporting programs that foster creativity among at-risk youth? You just might be able to get a taste of all these on Saturday, December 17th a H.O.W. Journal party: Capote's Black and White Ball Revisited, “500 Friends 15,000 Enemies One Night.”    The event, where masks are “strongly encouraged,” is H.O.W.'s Issue 8 Launch party and features musical performances, live readings, and book signings from some of the Issue 8 authors.

                 It’s Adele’s world-- we all just live in it. Apparently no one can resist the charms of the green-eyed songstress. She’s sold more than 4 million copies of her second album, 21, thanks to her widespread appeal. Even your grandma loves her, right? Now Billboard’s crowned her the Top Artist of the Year along with Number One Song and Album of the Year honors. Not too shabby, considering it’s the first time ever a woman has earned herself the triple crown. It’s easy to see why everyone loves her.

If you love animals, greeting cards, and all things cute, you’re in luck! Enormouschampion will be at the BUST Magazine Craftacular and Food Fair Holiday 2011, with its line of  adorable assorted greetings, notecards, and various objects. Here's a sneak peak of what this shop has on offer. Illustrated Notecards: They just might make you get back into snail-mail. ($5) Holiday cards: The Kingdom Animalia
: These incredible wooden Animal Silhouettes are intended to be wall art and objets d'art, and are made in the USA from hard maple grown in a sustainably harvested forest.

Christmas is only weeks away, and most of us are in the throes of gift-hunting and buying. But if you haven't yet found the perfect present, this guide can help you find *just* the right thing for your mom, sister, boss, or girlfriend. Ranging from spendy to the cost of a cup of cocoa, these options will help you cross all the ladies in your life off your list.  COSMETICS: Some of the best gifts are what I like to call "handy candy"; useful, cheap, but adorable. An easy option is makeup.

Barnard College’s Athena Center for Leadership Studies is celebrating women in film, both behind and in front of the camera. Paying tribute to female directors, writers, and producers (as well as the female characters they help create), the second annual Athena Film Festival is “A Celebration of Women and Leadership.” The festival, running from February 9-12 at Barnard’s campus, focuses on diversity in both the real world and the film world.

A thought that has never crossed my mind: Man, I could really use some help with this pressing life matter—what would Ozzy Osbourne do in this situation?  I mean, I’m a big Black Sabbath fan, but Ozzy is not exactly the first person I’d think of to impart wisdom (that person would be Roseanne Barr, which is totally convenient because she just happens to be BUST’s new advice columnist).

If you've never had a Dutch stroopwafel (spiced waffle cookie with a caramel filling), stop by The Good Batch at the BUST Magazine Craftacular and Food Fair this weekend, where pastry chef Anna Gordon will be selling handmade stroopwafels, unique cookies, and pastries. In addition to classic stroopwafels, try special flavors like the Bonfire -- cocoa waffle cookie, salted caramel sauce, dark chocolate ganache, and roasted meringue.

Here at BUST HQ, we have coffee on the brain. We’re in a perpetual state of drinking it, discussing it, and trying to coerce the lovely interns into heading outside and buying it. Caffeine addicts like us can’t imagine a better holiday gift than a subscription to Craft Coffee’s monthly service. Every month, your giftee gets a box of three different coffees, each from an artisan roaster in the U.S. For between $20 and $25 a month (depending on the length of your subscrip), it’s way cheaper than a daily Starbucks/Stumptown habit, and way more fun.

We all know that homemade gifts are the way to make loved ones feel warm and fuzzy. At this weekend's BUST Magazine Craftacular, at 82 Mercer St., you can learn how to make a ton of cool gifts, and pick up mad skills. At the BUST DIY Guide to Life Lab there will be classes throughout Saturday and Sunday afternoon on how to make friendship bracelets, bath bombs, terrariums, snow globes, and rad retro hairstyles. All projects are excerpted from the BUST DIY Guide to Life, written by the editors of BUST Magazine, Laurie Henzel and Debbie Stoller.
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