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Coddle your kisser with DIY peppermint lip scrub and orange-clove balm Harsh winter weather can leave your lips in need of some TLC. Thankfully, it’s a snap to make your own soothing lip scrub and hydrating lip balm to repair and restore your pucker. And make a bunch—they're great holiday gifts! Peppermint Lip Scrub: Makes approximately 12 4-oz jelly jars • 1 cup vanilla bean-infused white sugar (Place a few whole vanilla beans in a jar of white sugar for a few days before use)...

Christine Ferrara and her 1981 vintage Bodensee dollhouse  When I was a little girl, my absolute favorite toy was my Little Orphan Annie Mansion. I distinctly remember the grandeur of the dollhouse’s teeny chandelier, no bigger than a Triscuit. And the yellow striped Victorian-style sofa would have been a perfect make-out couch for a couple of cockroaches. I could lose myself for whole afternoons within its little rooms. Sometimes my younger brother joined me, though to escape slights to his masculinity for “playing with dolls,” he...
Once the domain of amateurs, gutter punks, and, um, prisoners, stick and poke tattoos—created using nothing but a handheld needle and ink—are now a swoon-worthy art form, and ladies are leading the DIY way.  Stick and poker Talia Migliaccio, 20, says the biggest misconception about this style is that hand-poke artists create “shitty, small tattoos.” When in reality, she and other female artists like Tati Compton, McKenzie Porritt aka MKNZ, and Sarah March are inking gorgeous, intricate designs. Migliaccio gained a cult following through her dreamy Instagram page, showcasing her delicate,...
    The fabulous BUST Craftacular Holiday edition returns to the Brooklyn Expo Center this December 19th & 20th!    The event will host over 200 of the choicest handmade vendors selling unique gifts like, jewelry, home goods, clothing (new and vintage), pottery, indie cosmetics, greeting cards, delicious food, and much more. Tickets are $3 at the door or online.   In addition to shopping you can: Learn arm knitting with Stitch 'n Bitch author Debbie Stoller,  and make a scarf! Have the Haiku Guys &...
Whether you're bemoaning a weirdly wet, warm winter or stuck inside due to multiple feet of snow, we know one thing that will make you feel better about sucky December weather: a cocktail. Below, we're featuring three recipes from the new book Cuban Cocktails: 100 Classic And Modern Drinks by Ravi DeRossi, Jane Danger and Alla Lapshuck of Cienfuegos. SWEATER WEATHERThis drink—named for the weather that inspired it—is one part Hot Toddy served cold and one part Dark and Stormy. Try it during the first few weeks of spring, when...
You are invited to join us at the BUST Craftacular in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, this Saturday and Sunday, December 19 & 20th! Wrap up your holiday shopping in a fun and relaxed way, and be assured you can give your family and friends a thoughtful, unique gift they will love.  With over 200 choicest vendors selling handmade jewelry, vintage clothing, beauty products, home goods, greeting cards, pottery, food and drinks come prepared to shop ‘till you drop. Then drop into a FREE arm knitting lesson with Stitch...

How many years has “save more money” been one of your New Year’s resolutions? It’s time to finally make it happen. Here’s how: Pay Yourself First Before you spend a dime of your paycheck—on rent, groceries, nail art, whatever—put 10 percent of it into a savings account. Set up an automatic withdrawal so the money gets diverted without you even realizing it and before long, you’ll have a nice “fuck you” fund to fall back on.  Use Technology Sign up for Digit (digit.co)—the free service links to...
  It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The 10th Annual BUST Holiday Craftacular is happening this weekend in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood. The weekend-long craft fair will feature handmade jewelry, clothes, specialty foods, house wares, art, beauty products, and more. You DO NOT want to miss out on this gathering of stellar vendors.When is the event?This weekend! Doors are open on Saturday and Sunday, December 19th and 20th, from 11am- 7pm.Where is the event?Brooklyn Expo Center72 Noble StreetGreenpoint, Brooklyn Who will be there?Here’s but a sample... Hot...
Play Out Apparel has taken a huge step in making the underwear market more inclusive of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. The company produces gender-less underwear in bold, comfortable, and sexy designs. These styles are made for people of all genders. You can choose between boxer briefs and trunks, and all graphics and colors are available in both styles. Although the trunks offer a fabric pocket in the front to accommodate anatomy, anyone can wear any pair of Play Out underwear. The company also engages with...
Buying your holiday cards from indie vendors means that they'll be super unique. Come to the BUST Craftacular in New York City and find these cards and others, along with cute and crafty holiday gifts . It's happening Saturday 12/19 and Sunday 12/20 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint. Get the full details here. Plus, be sure to hit up the holiday card-making demo by Felicia Ramos of Get Holiday Happy to make cards for the Children's Home of Poughkeepsie, an organization...