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Deciding to DIY your skincare can be a stressful endeavor. You start out strong, committed to using all-natural ingredients. You think, My skin will thank me! My wallet will thank me! But then you start researching, and it’s all downhill: A double boiler? A blended emulsion? Special waxes? Forget it. That’s how I felt when I entered the crazy (but awesome) world of DIY. But it’s not all as challenging as you might believe. In fact, the best DIY skin-care recipes are easy to make and have just a few high-quality ingredients—like the three olive oil-based projects below. Read More
Rice pudding. It’s amazing, right? Timeless comfort from the humble union of rice and milk, sweetened, stirred, and perhaps bedazzled with a spark of dried fruit or ground cinnamon. Made with long-grain (basmati) white rice, it’s an elegant dessert, but made with chewy, short-grain brown rice, it’s my jam as a substantial snack or—made with a little less sugar—an alternative to oatmeal for breakfast.  For this vegan version, homemade cashew-coconut milk makes a smooth and creamy backdrop. Read More
The golden age of podcasting is upon us—everyone and their mother seems to want to host a digital radio show. But how can you compete with the nearly 300,000 podcasts currently listed in iTunes? As someone who’s produced both StoryCorps and the Moth Radio Hour, and is now Director of Audio at BuzzFeed, I can help. It’s going to take some doing to make your show stand out. And though the podcasting community is about as white and male as it could possibly be, more and more women and people of color are coming to the forefront, hosting smart, engaging shows. Read More
These days, online privacy is a big deal. Everyone's worried about being hacked, spied on, companies following their every move, exes trying to ruin their reputation, and making mistakes that they can’t fix. Often, our privacy gets violated because no one warned us about what to look out for, or who not to trust. You wouldn’t give your ID to a random dude on the street—why give it to Facebook? One of the biggest problems we women face is that most websites and apps are not designed to safeguard us. We’re targets. Read More
Take a time out from the turkey this year, and instead host a Thanksgiving dinner with a menu inspired by your favorite feminist icons We all know that today’s interpretation of the first Thanksgiving is kind of a sham—we’re pretty sure there was no congenial corn-cob sharing between the colonizing pilgrims and the Native Americans they persecuted. Read More
This is not the fluorescent green-apple martini you may have tried on your 21st birthday. This is your grandmother’s famous apple pie but in a martini glass—and with bourbon. (Grandma would surely approve.) Delicious served straight up, on the rocks, warmed in a mug for one, or made as a punch for all your fall gatherings, November Dream is the perfect dessert drink for the season.  Martini  2 oz. bourbon 1½ oz. organic apple cider ¾ oz. cinnamon clove brown sugar  simple syrup * 2 tsp. orange brandy liqueur 1 Tbsp. Read More
Candy corn is the quintessential Halloween treat, and who knew you could actually make it at home? This DIY version is a bit time consuming, but the end result is well worth it. Best of all, it’s vegan, so all your pals can enjoy it (store-bought candy corn typically contains animal products like gelatin, egg whites, and beeswax). If you really want to get into the spooky spirit, host a candy-corn-making party, so you can assemble these little confections in the company of friends.   1. In a large saucepan, bring 1 cup sugar, 2⁄3 cup corn syrup, 5 Tbsp. Read More
Add a subtle dash of creep to your everyday decor with this easy-to-make mirror. Looking glass spray paint is just the about the only black magic you'll need to turn a picture frame into a faux-antique mirror with a spirit trapped inside. Start by getting a frame the size you’d like your finished “mirror” to be. Find an image of a face you want to use as the ghost (I found a vintage photo of a girl using Google image search), and blow it up so the face is life-size. Print the image out in black and white. Read More
What is a witch? The term has morphed over time from wise woman and priestess to practitioner of the dark arts and enemy of Christianity. The witches of fairy tales embodied undesirable characteristics of womanhood like jealousy, ugliness, independence, and old age. We cannot help but notice the similar criteria for killing women in the witch trials of the Middle Ages and beyond. The majority of women accused and killed for witchcraft were older women, often single or widowed, who acted as healers and midwives for their communities. Read More
Who says suds are just for dudes? These lady-owned craft beer companies are brewing up some of the tastiest small-batch ales around. Jackalope Brewing Company  This Nashville, Tennessee-based brewery was founded by BFFs Bailey Spaulding and Robyn Virball. Spaulding is the brewmistress behind the delicious Lovebird Wheat Beer (4.4% ABV), a hefeweizen crafted with heaps of strawberries and raspberries. It’s light, crisp, and not too sweet; a perfect choice for lazy Sunday sippin’. Lovebird, $9.99 for a 6-pack of 12-oz. cans, jackalopebrew. Read More