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Fox & Doll  specializes in classic hair and body products for bouffant-loving babes (and their more modern counterparts). Its creative and sophisticated stylings bring beauty to vintage and retro looks of all eras and occasions. Shana Astrachan, the woman behind Fox & Doll, currently boasts her own makeup and jewelry line in addition. To learn more about Shana and Fox & Doll’s stylings, read on. Tell us about yourself! My name is Shana Astrachan and I am a San Francisco-based designer, metalsmith, makeup artist and hair stylist. Read More
   Julie Mollo is a Brooklyn-based fashion designer with the cutest retro clothes in town. She started sewing custom clothes and costumes for Katy Perry while still a college student, and has since expanded her business into street-ready skirt sets that even non-rockstars can totally rock. Read on for the story behind Julie's kooky-yet-cute creations. Read More
I’m a huge fan of girly feminist embroidery projects. I even make some myself. That’s why when I stumbled upon Mo Morgan’s sassy but honest embroideries, I absolutely fell in love.  I have a soft spot for embroidery activism. Maybe it’s the juxtaposition between the quaint, dainty art-form (with its stitched-in associations to the domestic housewife) and the bloodthirsty history of the women’s movement. The rich history behind both feminism and crafting make Morgan's modern day blend of the two so much more than just cheeky decoration. Read More
    That’s right!! Jolie Holland will be performing at Primped, our fashion, beauty and vintage fair, Sunday May 4th. Jolie’s latest album, Wine Dark Sea, will be released on May 20th, and is said to be “unlike anything she’s ever recorded, but is also the purest and most assured to date.”  “The record delivers: louder, noisier, raw and visceral. It’s a fiery reimagining of rock, delta blues, free jazz, classic r&b and country, infused throughout with a no wave abandon. Read More
The team behind the BUST Craftacular is excited for our upcoming (and brand spankin' new!) shopping event for indie fashionistas and beauty buffs: BUST Craftacular's Primped.   BUST Craftacular’s Primped is an all-day, interactive indie fashion and beauty event in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and we're looking for we're looking for amazing vendors selling vintage and handmade clothing and accessories, indie-made beauty/body/hair/nail products, and tasty treats to join us. Read More
The next time someone asks who you're knitting that sweater for, say your brain.  It's long been assumed that creative types like Sylvia Plath are somehow more susceptible to depression, when in fact the opposite might be true; writing poems may have been her brain's way of fighting depression.  "When we are involved in (creativity), we feel that we are living more fully than during the rest of life," says Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. "You know that what you need to do is possible to do, even though difficult, and sense of time disappears. You forget yourself. Read More
  And the latest socially-conscious time-waster on the interwebz is...Putin's Gay Dress-Up. In protest of Russia's highly disturbing "anti-gay propaganda" legislation, one website has taken the fight for equality to the mannequins. PGD-U creators "want to make a playful stand against homosexual discrimination and legal actions taken under the regional anti-LGBT propaganda laws." All vocal opponents to Russia's policy are invited to make a doll, spread it around, and eventually mail it to the Kremlin. Read More
  Are you a fantastic sewer, sewist, or seamstress on your nights and weekends? Would you rather spend 100 hours making a dress than 100 bucks buying one? Do you constantly rip apart your thrift store finds and turn them into your own unique fashion statements?  Have you created wedding dresses for friends, pants for yourself, or even costumes for Comic-Con? If so, don’t miss this opportunity to show off your skills...on TV! The Sewing Bee, an adaptation of the U.K. smash hit The Great British Sewing Bee, is beginning production for a major U.S. cable network. Read More
The team behind the BUST Craftacular is excited to announce a brand-spankin’-new style event for indie fashionistas and beauty buffs: BUST Craftacular's Primped. BUST Craftacular’s Primped is an all-day, interactive indie fashion and beauty event in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In addition to over 90 vendors selling handmade and vintage fashion and accessories, indie-made beauty products, and more--Primped also offers tons of complimentary primping services, free goodies, fun DIY activities, and creative cocktails. Read More
  Illustrator, art educator, and feminist Maggie Lynn Negrete needs your help to get her badass coloring book off the ground. Yes, I did just throw badass and coloring book together, and I mean it. Maggie is the creator of the Adventuring Princesses series, a coloring/comic book that features two young princesses the way they should be featured -- doing awesome ass-kicking things. Read More