From: Philadelphia, PA and Brooklyn, NY Occupation: Audiovisual Artist Tell me about what you’re wearing. The glasses are vintage Renato Balestra, they were about $60. The bustier and the skirt are also vintage—they were both under $20. The jacket is Couture Vulture, a collaboration with Haddington District; it retails for $190. The combat boot/sandals are Jeffrey Campbell. I believe they were $140? The rose necklace was a gift; it’s from Han Cholo. I always wear a rose motif in honor of my grandmother, whose name was Rose. Read More
I always thought homemade pretzels were time-consuming, impossible to master, and a headache. No thank you, I can’t be bothered. But this homemade pretzel recipe will take you less time than getting a fancy manicure. It’s so simple, you’ll wonder why pretzel-making seemed hard before. There’s no mixer required and all the ingredients are probably sitting in your pantry right now.  So go ahead-- twist it, sister!Total Time: 30 minsMakes: 8 to 10 pretzelsYou’ll Need 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water 1 packet (2 1/4 tsp.) active yeast 1 tsp. salt 1 Tbsp. Read More
Chanel Reynolds of Seattle, WA, never got around to doing any estate-planning—after all, she and her husband José were young and super-healthy. So when José was killed while bicycling near their home, Reynolds found herself drowning in confusion, grief, and unexpected paperwork. For three years, she wrangled insurance documents and muddled her way through probate court battles. Her lack of planning was typical—a recent poll found that 61 percent of American adults don’t have a will, let alone power of attorney or other legal documents in place. Read More
  The Food Film Fest is one of the oddest and most fun movie events in the game. The conceit is (fairly) simple: the audience watches a series of short films on some element of food culture, and as each dish is introduced on screen, servers distribute tasting plates of the same dish to all the viewers. And after each screening, a party is held where the theme food is served (along with a whole lot of relevant-themed beer and cocktails, of course). The events, which are held in NYC, Chicago, and Charleston SC, benefit local food-related charities, and they are seriously not to be missed. Read More
Originating in the 17th century, literary salons were once the perfect training ground for aspiring authors, helping them improve their writing by getting feedback and criticism from the greats. (If you made it into Gertrude Stein’s super-elite salon in 1920s Paris, you were definitely hot shit.) Now, many lit lovers are organizing readings to connect with their communities. These salons, which are often free, erase the gap between audience and artist—they’re all about stimulating conversations in which everyone’s voice is heard. Read More
Dawn Maestas loves tattoos, but she loves getting rid of them even more. The 42-year-old laser tattoo-removal specialist’s two passions in life—her career and fighting domestic violence—collided one day when she received an unusual call at her Albuquerque, NM, office: a girl had been kidnapped by her abusive partner and was forcibly tattooed multiple times with his name. Could Maestas help? She could, and she did. An abuse survivor herself, Maestas had been campaigning against domestic violence and publicly sharing her story for years. Read More
It’s become a well-traveled path for young women in Hollywood. Step One: Achieve teen megafame by landing a breakout role in a Disney project, being a Svengali-managed pop star, or both. Step Two: Get caught doing something deemed “inappropriate” for your wholesome celebrity brand, even if it’s something plenty of people do in their late teens or early 20s. Step Three: Weather a shitstorm of disapproval with public apologies and/or court appearances. Read More
In Victorian England, dexterous ladies of a certain class would carefully cut, curl, and glue thin strips of light-colored paper into flowers and ornamental shapes to adorn objects like book covers and picture frames. In her studio in Portland, ME, artist Lauren Fensterstock, 38, uses the same crafty technique, called “quilling,” to carefully curl strips of black paper into pieces of a garden. In her large-scale installations, black paper flowers and blades of grass sprout from mounds of charcoal, and black leaves wind around mirrors. Read More
In a N.Y.C. diner one week after her 25th birthday and only one year after shooting her first music video, rapper Nora Lum, aka Awkwafina, is interrupted mid-sentence by a seemingly inebriated woman freestyling about “Asians doing our thing.” She’s a fan. This sort of thing is happening more and more these days. Read More
BUST's Oct/Nov 2013 issue hits the stands today featuring the one-and-only Kim Gordon and her interview with Kathleen Hanna. Hanna, the riot grrrl rockstar who kicked off third-wave feminism, talks with Sonic Youth's front woman, Gordon, about how it feels to be an icon at the young age of 44.  In the issue we only gave you a sneak peek at the interview, below we have the unedited and extended version! Enjoy!   KG: I was trying to remember what year I first saw Bikini Kill. I think it was 1990? It was after [my band Sonic Youth] did dates with STP and Nirvana. Read More