Looking to try some alternative healing, but squeamish about acupuncture needles? The ancient Japanese massage technique known as shiatsu is a perfect substitute, since it’s based on the same philosophy and medical theory and you can do it to yourself (sans sharp objects). Shiatsu utilizes the idea of pressure-points that stimulate energy channels in order to promote mental and physical wellbeing. Plus, the positions are so simple they can be performed almost anywhere. Check out these six soothing techniques and sink into a few minutes of pure bliss, free of charge.   1. Read More
Looking to get away from it all and don’t mind a little dirt under your nails? A work exchange program known as WWOOFing might be your ticket out of town. Here, a tried-and-true traveler shares her tips and tricks for working your way around the world. A day hike in the Colombian Sierra Nevada de Santa Maria In early 2014, after handing in my master’s thesis, I hopped on a plane and headed to Colombia. I wasn’t taking a post-grad beach vacay; I was traveling to a coffee farm to work. I wouldn’t consider myself a farmer, but I wasn’t a tourist, either. Read More
Cookie never crumbles in her flawless wardrobe If you're a fan of Empire, FOX's musical drama about a family of hip-hop royalty, then you're probably obsessed with Cookie Lyon (played by Taraji P. Henson) --  and her killer look. Bite Cookie's style with bold prints, curve-hugging dresses, massive gold accessories, big brimmed hats, and a  boss bitch attitude.   1. Faux-leather Filigree-Plate Necklace, $88, BCBG2. Felt Floppy Hat, $52, TOPSHOP3. Animal Bodycon Dress, $157, Miss Selfridge4. Belle Noelle Hexagon Bangle (Gold/Leopard), $62, 80's Purple5. Read More
This fall, explore your adventurous side with '70s-inspired jumpsuits, giant sunglasses, denim sneakers, cozy sweaters and an adorable fox-printed cardigan - mountainside setting not required.  Amber Byrne Mahoney shot fellow photographer Sasha Frolova in our favorite fall fashions against the beautiful backdrop of upstate New York. Stylist Lela Maloney and makeup artist Katie Mellinger for Tarte Cosmetics gave Sasha that perfect outdoorsy look. Read More
Head chains are quickly overtaking flower crowns as the thing to wear on your hair. Making your own is easy; you don’t have to jump through hoops, just squeeze ‘em together!  What you need:- Flat nose pliers Small charm- 10" long chain for the middle (ours is a ½" wide decorative chain)- Two 9 ½" long chains Two 10 ½" long chains- One ½" long piece of ½" wide elastic Four ¼" jump rings Instructions: 1. Using flat nose pliers, open one of the jump rings. 2. Read More
Grandma Written and directed by Paul Weltz Out August 21 Grandma is one of those rare films that’s entirely about women. There are a handful of men, but none appear in more than one scene. Instead, the story focuses on a family of strong, complicated women. Lily Tomlin drives the film with her performance as Elle, the grandma from which the film takes its title. Elle is mourning both the death of her longtime partner and her recent breakup with her much-younger girlfriend (Judy Greer) when her teenage granddaughter, Sage (Julia Garner), asks for help. Read More
    It’s the end of summer, and autumn is upon us. As the daylight hours grow shorter and the nights become longer, it's the perfect time to check out new music from two of the dark ladies of indie rock, Zola Jesus and Rykarda Parasol.   Zola Jesus, a/k/a Nika Roza Danilova, has just released a fourth single, “Nail,” from her latest album, Taiga. It’s an EP on Mute Records with two additional songs. One of the breakcore scene’s most prominent producers, Xanopticon, has expertly remixed “Go (Blank Sea)” as an experimental dance groove. Read More
In Suffragette, Sarah Gavron and Abi Morgan’s powerful film about women’s struggle for the vote in England, Maud Watts, beautifully played by Carey Mulligan, is imprisoned for her part in the movement. Battered and force fed, the brutal treatment of the suffragettes was meant to break their spirits and end the burgeoning women’s rights movement of the early 20th century. Read More
This weekend at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, I had the deep misfortune of going to see the world premiere of About Ray. In fairness, there were a lot of people who warned me against doing this — especially because director Gaby Dellal did an interview earlier this summer with Refinery29 in which she deliberately refused to call her protagonist by his desired pronouns. I knew this was going to be a tricky experience for me. I did my best to go into the experience with an open mind. To focus on the story rather than the storyteller. Read More
"Seedling II" by Linda Vallejo is available for purchase to support the #YesAllWomen Art Fundraiser. While most things on the Internet should stay on the Internet, in some cases, ideas bred online are best expressed away from the pixels and asshole trollers, and placed in a live, tangible setting where real people can come together to champion a real cause. Read More