Interesting news from the North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill--a study being published in the February issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology by Dr. David Grimes and his team of researchers show that between the years 1998 and 2005, the risk of death associated with live births (full-term pregnancies) was significantly higher than those of documented legal abortions. Though the risk of death is low for both procedures, live births had a rate of 8.8 deaths per 100,000 women while legal abortions averaged at 0.6 deaths per 100,000 women. Read More
As much as I love the surrealist movement for dragging my subconscious mind out of its deep slumber, I can't help but feel perturbed that it is an art movement commonly identified with men. Women were often represented in surrealist art as objects of beauty, but a good number of them stepped outside of the frame and made important creative contributions. To illustrate women's involvement in the surrealist movement, Ilene Susan Fort, Tere Arcq, and Terri Geis teamed up to put together In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States (Prestel). Read More
I am a sucker for any British soul songstress with a wicked sense of style, and so I am in all types of love with Lianne La Havas. It’s not just her penchant for conservative blouses paired with a bright statement accessory, or her natural hair-- her voice is all that is right about contemporary soul-folk music. She’s neo-neo-soul, like a younger, bubblegum-loving Jill Scott, and she puts a light spin on the soul music that raised me in the 1990’s. Lianne was named a BBC Sound of 2012 Artist, and she seems poised for great things. Read More
I just walked to Qdoba in the rain. Felicity Aston just skied across Antarctica alone.  Aston, a 33 year-old British explorer, is the first person to make a solo ski trip across the icy continent; her journey began 59 days-- and over 1,000 miles-- ago.  She documented the trip on Twitter and her blog, and just reading her Tweets takes my breath away and makes me want to put another pair of socks on. Read More
Some of you comics-savvy readers may be familiar with Philip Bond, a British comic book artist who has done a lot of awesome stuff both here and across the pond. (He’s worked on such titles as Tank Girl and Kill Your Boyfriend.) Since 2009, Bond has been creating a set of drawings of famous female astronauts, from Valentina Tereshkova to Margaret Seddon, and we think they're heavenly. On display at Bond's flickr page, each drawing includes a caption with facts and stats about the spacewoman depicted. Read More
If the Dowager Countess and I were frenemies in real life, she would probably ask me, "What's an Inter-net?" and to that, I would reply, "It is a place where this happens, THANK GOODNESS."  Downton Abbeyonce is where your Downton Abbey addiction and your Beyonce obsession meet. Brilliant. Read More
Flavorwire recently ran a piece on “10 Legendary Bad Boys of Literature,” and, as game as I am for any discussion of Lord Byron’s poetry/incestuous affairs/commitment to culturally-appropriated fashion, I couldn’t help but agree with one commenter that the “bad girls” of literature deserved their due-- and are, in fact, even more compelling than their male counterparts.  Luckily, Flavorwire editor Judy Berman responded to the call, and compiled a list of ladies who broke rules and wrote game-changing, enduring literature. Read More
BUST Magazine is teaming up with saucy Parisian sister brands Locher's and Maude & Tilda to give one lucky winner a prize package full of naughty jewelry and edgy eco-friendly tote bags!Nicole Locher opened her design atelier in 2005, taking inspiration from flea market found objects in Paris and London. The basic concept behind her vintage yet modern designs is "perversions with a touch of class." This giveaway is now closed. Read More

Bummer Shop

BY Intern Caroline in General

I think the only thing worse than a break up is healthy bread. Break ups are wretched! After things go sour, your own home becomes a nightmare hellscape full of shit from the better times that now makes you binge-watch Downton Abbey, crying into your ice cream for poor Mary. She just wants to be her own person! Gifts, mementos, and tokens that once served as reminders of a beautiful union between two people become detritus blocking the road to Move-Onville. I'm sure Carrie Bradshaw has waxed poetic on this topic at some point, so I'll stop.    Enter NeverLikedItAnyway. Read More
Meet our newest office crush: youtube user ycfan1985. This dude loves his goddamn Yankee Candles!  You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this video  I sincerely want to bro down with this guy. He seems to genuinely appreciate the details. He doesn't make the typical "haul" video: each scent comes with a childhood memory or imagined scenario described in vivid detail. I feel like if we were buds, he'd notice when I got a haircut or new perfume and he'd definitely comment on it. He'd be down to keep me company at the laundromat even though that's such a waste of a day off. Read More