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A blues-rock goddess of singular power and grit, Janis Joplin and her electrifying voice helped to define the ’60s. Think you know the girl behind Pearl? Then take the quiz! 1 Janis Lyn Joplin was born on January 19, 1943, in _______. a. New Orleans, LA b. South Salem, NY c. Port Arthur, TX d. Vancouver, BC   2 Which of the following bands did Janis sing with? a. Big Brother and the Holding Company b. The Kozmic Blues Band c. The Full Tilt Boogie Band d. Read More
Being a Pagan in 2014 is weird. I can’t imagine where I’d be without the fantastic witchy bloggers I follow or the Etsy accounts that keep me in stock with my spells and crystals.  I won’t lie, I’m new to being a witch – but part of what I love about Paganism and Wicca is the rich history behind these beliefs.  Recently, LIFE Magazine re-published what they've called a “strikingly weird feature” about British Pagans in 1964. Read More
  Barbie has made headlines that lately; as we continue to push toy companies towards a doll that includes more diverse body types, ethnicities, careers, and lifestyles, some groundbreaking artists have reworked and re-appropriated the toy to challenge expectations and sexist assumptions. My personal favorite of these artists, Margaux Lange, shared a recent Barbie tidbit with her social media network this morning: the doll is going to be featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Read More
People love rules. We pretend we don’t, but even rebelling has its own parameters of social acceptability, which Elissa Jane Karg illustrates in her guide on How To Be a Nonconfomist. Today we’re unearthing this little gem of satire from 1968 with the help of Maria Popova’s article on Brain Pickings. Karg’s book uses adorable drawings to sardonically comment on the counterculture of the 1960s, addressing specific moments of cultural rebellion from Warhol’s soup cans to Bob Dylan and the rest of the anti-establishment folk music movement. Read More
Little known fact: Martha Stewart began modeling in her early teens! She appeared in television commercials and magazines and this amazing shoot for Chanel. Peep these pics from the ‘60s. Lana Del Rey wishes her beehive looked this perfect. And here is Martha today, at 71, looking adorbs with her dawgs.   Edit: We first saw these awesome photos over at DesignSponge.com! Photos via Martha Stewart. Read More
You’ve been hearing plenty about Hurricane Isaac this summer, but did you ever wonder why Isaac is called Isaac, and not Isa or Ingrid?   Until 1979, hurricanes were always named after women. The system started during WWII, when U.S. Air Force and Navy meteorologists needed a way to identify hurricanes while analyzing weather maps. Many of those meteorologists – male, of course - began naming the hurricanes after their wives and girlfriends in a twisted sort of tribute. Read More
I watched the premiere of Pan Am the other night, the stylish new show on ABC about 1960's Pan Am flight attendants and I came to the conclusion that although the show is based in the 60's, I don't think it warrants the "bad Mad Men" comparisons its been getting since the start of its advertisements. I like it so far and am actually really excited for such a female-character driven show. Read More
While Mad Men won't be back till early 2012, if you're missing the fabulous style created by costume designer, Janie Bryant, fear not, you can still get a dose of it come August when her 65-piece collaboration with Banana Republic's creative director, Simon Kneen, emerges. Check out some of the looks below and my thoughts on some of the pieces.    I'm definitely digging the men's wear, I'm a sucker for a bow tie or sweater vest, but I'm not totally sold on the women's wear. I see the inspiration, but I definitely see more Banana Republic than "Mad Men. Read More
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