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If there is one motto that I’ve always believed in, it is this: You can learn a lot from the elderly set. My own grandmother was a huge inspiration to me, she had a career and a family, superb manners, lived to be 96, and always managed to look impeccable. So when I first saw the blog Advanced Style I was instantly smitten. The creator and founder, the wonderful Ari Seth Cohen, has a deep, real passion for women of a certain age who do their own thing and who love to dress stylishly, and he has been photographing and interviewing these amazing folks since 2008.

                American Apparel was looking for a model for the launch of its plus size line. They decided to have a contest where people could submit their own photos and other people could vote on it. The company used the tagline, “The Next BIG Thing,” which made a bunch of people mad. But one plus size woman decided to get even. Nancy Upton, a size 12 actress and student from Dallas, submitted her own photos. All of them combined elements of food and sex. Some photos featured Upton covering herself in ranch dressing.

After high school friends Stephanie Drabik and Rose Chang graduated from college, they decided to quit their part-time jobs to pursue Crywolf, "A Little Indie Shop of Horrors & Cute," which features "limited edition, collectable, wearable and affordable pieces of art" -- all based on their original drawings.

Students for Free Enterprise USA (SIFE) and Wal-Mart are teaming up to launch an economic empowerment partnership for women.  The project started earlier this year and Wal-Mart will make the announcement of the initiative via a live webcast today (September 14, 2011) from their home offices in Arkansas. SIFE is an international non- profit organization that collaborates with university students and business leaders to develop skills to help students make a difference in their community and become socially responsible business leaders.

Join us at The BUST DIY Guide to Life Lab at World Maker Faire, NYC! Come get an early look at The BUST DIY Guide to Life with authors and BUST co-founders Debbie Stoller and Laurie Henzel at the World Maker Faire in NYC this weekend: Saturday Sept 17 and Sunday Sept 18.We'll be crafting up projects from BUST's big new book with two days of exciting demos, DIY projects, book signings, and more.

Of course I'm a fan of the collections, but during Fashion Week, I'd say the real action is on the streets. Hordes of stylish attendees coming and going to shows line the sidewalks to Lincoln Center in one unique look after another. Actors, bloggers, models, editors, and even photographers themselves all put on a fashion show of their very own that no one can resist.  Olivia Palermo Hanneli. A fellow street style photographer. Miss Jay.

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When I was young, my mother told me about my suffragist grandmother Edna (that's her in the photo). “She did important work so women can vote today,” my mother said. I took the story to heart. I couldn’t wait until the subject of women’s suffrage was raised in school. I imagined raising my hand, standing up in front of my classmates, and waxing lyrically about my grandma. Nothing happened through the sixth grade. Or the seventh.

                    To me, feminism is an all-encompassing word. It’s about inclusion. But it seems not everyone agrees. In a piece on The Christian Post’s website, Sarah Hamaker declares that there’s a new feminist out there. One who “embraces Christianity” and has “a calling in politics.” It’s no surprise that she references Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin as the models for this movement. Now, I (along with many others) never thought Christian women couldn’t be feminists.

Craft vendors, food galore, free demos, and a 70 foot fire-breathing dragon! You'll find all these and much, much more at the World Maker Faire, taking place this Saturday, September 17th and Sunday, September 18th at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, NY.
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