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Motherhood seems to have been quite an influential force on Kimya Dawson’s new album Thunder Thighs (out now on her label Great Crap Factory). Many of the songs--as well as the Sesame-Street-on-acid album cover--evoke whimsical sensibilities that wouldn’t be out of place in a hip kindergarten classroom. Dawson’s desire to create music she can share with her now five-year-old daughter reached an apex on 2008’s Alphabutt, a collection of quirky children’s songs rife with enough fart jokes to keep both kids and their parents well entertained.

Need some gigantic eyelashes sometime soon, say, for Halloween, and don’t want to pay almost $10 for them?  Well I got the tutorial for you!  I found a tutorial on youtube on how to make your own false lashes with just a few materials that most people have around and got to makin’. Materials: Another fake eyelash (this is just to give you a guide at how long you need to make the lash.

While all of the easy Daft Punk comparisons were flying around when Justice released 2007's Cross, there was something else going on: oh, the dreaded word “prog!” But at this point, with even Kanye bumping King Crimson, it’s safe for Justice to come out of the closet. On Audio, Video, Disco (out now on Ed Banger/Because), instead of isolated moments that sound like a '70s Italian zombie soundtrack, you’ve got an entire album full of them, with all the greasy thrills implied.

The creators of gothic lolita, harajuku, and ganguro are back! But, this time more  laid back and adventure-y. Don't worry though, they're still plenty kawaii and filled with all the layers and patterns we know, admire, and love. Of course, I'm talking about a new trend in Japan called Yama Girls.No, no it's not a mass of leather clad Japanese girls on Yamaha motorcycles zipping around Tokyo,(though that would be awesome!), this style ditches all the bells and whistles that the others have.

Halloween is a week away! Whether you're a pumpkin-carving, candy-craving kid-at-heart or can't wait for the Hallows' Eve hype to die like a horny teen in a slasher flick, you can't deny that the air gets a little weirder this time of year.  I've always looked forward to getting creative and making my own costumes (I tend to plan my next costume on November first).

Some of my favorite things in the world include burritos, sad country ballads sung by grizzled old men with braids, and Karen O. So when Chipotle enlisted the help of both Willie Nelson and Karen O for their mission to raise awareness about the hardships faced by modern farming families (another topic that hits close to home for me), I wondered if they were trying to kill me. Director David Altobelli’s short film "Abandoned" follows three young boys as they explore a deserted house in the country late one night.

Naomi Wolf is not the only woman to be arrested in the Occupy Wall Street protests but she is probably the most famous. The feminist author and activist was attending the Huffington Post's Game Changers 2011 events in New York City last Tuesday when she was arrested. She was entering the event when she saw over 200 protestors peacefully assembled snd chanting. They did not have a megaphone so they were using a human mic technique, where the audience repeats every word a main speaker says. Wolf informed the group that the first ammendment right allows protestors to use megaphones.

CMJ is over and now I can stop telling everyone about how I talked to more people in these past five days than I have in the past two months. I also feel like I’m going to have a hangover for the rest of my life, but I guess that’s just a price to pay.  Aside from the fun there is to be had in seeing a crap ton of new and exciting bands back to back to back, my favorite thing about CMJ is all the free stuff. And don’t try to lie, because I know it’s your favorite too.

Honestly, I don't quite have the patience for most D.I.Y.s, but once in a while something in a D.I.Y. blog or feature in BUST will catch my eye as something worth attempting. Color me surprised when I realized that almost every D.I.Y. post or recipe in A Beautiful Mess was looking totally amazing/do-able. There's much more to the blog than just D.I.Y. though. This fantastic blog from blogger Elsie Larson is one of my new favorites simply because it's filled with everything  from D.I.Y. tips/projects and delicious recipes to fabulous outfit posts and gorgeous photos.

Tavi Gevinson, founder of Rookie, recently sat down with founder and editor-in-chief of Lula magazine, Leith Clark, for Nowness.com to discuss a little bit of everything from fashion and magazines to feminism and Miranda July. Nowness.com cuts off quite a bit of the hour and a half conversation between these two fascinating ladies, but Tavi posted the rest of the conversational interview on StyleRookie.com. I'm really glad she posted the interview in its entirety since their thoughts on fashion and feminism about halfway through is what I found the most interesting to read.
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