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Wanna know what it takes to put together a craft book? Here, our book editor at STC Craft|Melanie Falick Books, Liana Allday, tells the true story of how the "The BUST DIY Guide to Life" came to be. --------------- The idea for The BUST DIY Guide to Life came to us one day in fall 2009 as Melanie [Falick, of STC Craft|Melanie Falick Books] and I sat around the office, dreaming up future books.

  Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s The 30-Day Vegan Challenge is meant to be read chapter-by-chapter in 30 days, but I couldn’t put it down all weekend. I never thought I would read a cookbook cover to cover like that! However, this is so much more than just a cookbook. It has recipes for sure, and over 100 delicious ones at that, but it also serves as a personalized, all-encompassing, crash course in veganism. It’s as if Colleen Patrick-Goudreau becomes your new brilliant and persuasive vegan best friend.

Watch models Karen Elson and Raquel Zimmerman awkwardly dance to Pitbull's "I Know You Want Me" dressed head to toe in Lanvin's F/W 2011-2012 collection. This video is amazing on so many levels. The clothes are gorgeous, but I'm really kind of excited to see Karen Elson, one of my favorite models and overall fabulous redheads, shaking her groove thang. Somehow this song reminds me of my attempt to dance hip hop at junior high dances so long ago. I'm glad to know even models look semi awkward dancing to these kind of rump shaker songs.

  This year, September 8th, Fashion’s Night Out will be celebrated by over 1,000 stores in New York City alone, along with a crazy amount of stores in over 250 cities across the U.S., joining in with the 18 total countries celebrating around the world! Whoa. When you think about it, that’s actually pretty amazing and seems kind of exciting from an economic standpoint. As the actual night approaches, more and more fantastic sounding events keep popping up here in NYC and in cities across the U.S. Living in New York, I must admit, I'm a little overwhelmed...

Boardwalk Empire has been on my "to watch" list for quite some time now. I have a weird thing for Steve Buscemi and I hear it's one of the most stylish shows on TV, but it's this promotional stunt that's really got my attention.

  Get ready for the woman with coolest name ever: Jazz Domino Holly! It gets better though; Holly is an empowered crafter who’s launched a new book called Queen of Crafts. Not to mention she’s also the daughter of punk rock legend Joe Strummer of the Clash. Her new book covers everything from knitting and quilting to baking and preserving, and she insists that all of her crafts are quick, "faddy," and affordable. Holly, the 27-year-old wonder, says she was always encouraged to be creative.

  Any avid beer drinker will tell you that finding the perfect beer for your particular tastes can be hard. Some are dark and heavy, others are flavored, and some are light and mellow. Variety is indeed the spice of life so why should beer be any different? There's a new alcoholic beverage on the market, that is being marketed exclusively to women: Chick Beer. Out beer shopping one day, Maryland resident Shazz Lewis got the idea to develop a female-friendly beer after realizing that none of the choices spoke to her as a woman.

  “Punk godmother” Patti Smith recently received the Polar Music Prize, a prestigious Swedish award which has been given out annually since 1992 to notable talents from Bjork to Zeppelin. The late ABBA lyricist and manager Stig Anderson created the prize to recognize the musical achievements of artists from a variety of genres and cultures, ensuring that the world would thank him for more than just “Dancing Queen” (but seriously, Mr. Anderson, thank you for “Dancing Queen”).

  Guess what arrived in the office today? The very first copies of  The BUST DIY Guide to Life!! And boy is it beautiful, chock-full of awesome info and super sweet projects. Editor-in-chief Debbie Stoller and creative director Laurie Henzel compiled over 250 of your favorite BUST projects from the last 15 years in one handy-dandy volume. No more digging through your back issues for that how-to story, or searching through scraps of paper for that cocktail recipe you clipped.

  The Rock the Bells Festival has become one of music’s biggest and hottest tickets, evolving from SoCal hip-hop showcase to sold-out international tour. The festival is famous for bringing together some of the biggest names in hip-hop (the first Rock the Bells Festival in 2004 featured a reunited Wu-Tang Clan), and this year’s tour is no exception. What is exceptional, though, is that two of the headlining acts are female artists.
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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
Sun Oct 02 @ 8:00PM - 12:00AM