Bianca Venerayan Toronto, Ontario, Canada Student/Designer/Writer Tell me about this outfit. The jacket is courtesy of; it’s $55. The pants are from Club Monaco seasons ago—they’re pajamas disguised as socially acceptable pants. They were on sale for about $60. The socks are from the men’s section at Uniqlo (four for $10), the shoes are by Jeffrey Campbell ($120 on, and the necklace is from Zara ($30). I think the best part of my outfit is the clear box purse with silver hardware. It was $10 at Public Butter, a vintage shop in Toronto. Read More
Last year was exciting for women and the news.  BUST is proud to have brought you so many of those stories, and we thought the start of the new year would be a great time to recap the posts that got the most virtual hits on the BUST blog.  So without further delay, here were the top 10 stories from us: 1.  10 Awesome Feminist Halloween Costume Ideas. From dressing as a gay couple to show support for marriage equality, to dressing as members of the newsworthy Pussy Riot, BUST readers seemed eager to find cool, creative, feminist costumes for Halloween. 2. Read More
It seems like only yesterday I was fighting to stay awake till midnight on the last evening of 2011, and now we’re saying good- bye to 2012—which has been a challenging, turbulent, crazy-ass year. Oh well, time waits for no one, not even Roseanne—or you, my friends and BUST readers. Now, if there’s one thing I love, it’s giving people advice. So don’t piss me off—read these suggestions, because they’re for your own good. Read More
Sometime around the release of his 1984 album Climate of Hunter, Scott Walker discorporated and his consciousness scattered. Periodically, he’s able to gather his atoms back together and create a harrowing dispatch from the ether before vanishing for another decade or so. His once-golden voice reduced to a haunted wail, Walker painstakingly recreates the sounds of traveling through half-existence surrounded by phantoms of the 20th century’s cruelty. Read More
Ellie Goulding ’s debut Lights reached the U.S. in 2011, but it didn’t take off for over a year. Now, Goulding is new pop royalty, and Halcyon presents a stark contrast to her introduction. Where Lights possessed an almost naïve view of the world, Halcyon shows her to have matured. Songs like “My Blood” and “Dead in the Water” take hopelessness to new heights. There are some nods to EDM—as on the Calvin Harris –produced bonus track “I Need Your Love”—but most of the al- bum’s songs maintain a perfect balance of analog and digital. Read More
It’s the perfect time for Jack Kerouac’s iconic autobio- graphical novel On the Road to come to the big screen, despite skepticism that this singular staple of beat liter- ature has finally been sold out. Today we find ourselves in an era of uncertain futures populated by emasculated, cigarette-smoking young men with thick-framed glasses and the women who love them—not unlike the late ’40s. Read More
If you ever wished Ronnie Spector had gone through a goth phase, then you might like the Casket Girls. The Savannah, GA, trio—made up of Black Moth Super Rainbow singer Ryan Graveface and sisters Elsa and Phaedra Greene— combines the familiar harmonies of ’60s girl groups with synths to make their own very distinct style of pop. Staying in a minor key throughout Sleepwalking, their debut album, the Casket Girls are pleasantly morose. Read More
  Much like the Academy voters, I am a total sucker for period dramas starring Keira Knightley. They’re not always great, but man, are they pretty. Joe Wright’s new adaptation seems like the hundredth version of Anna to make it to the screen, but it is instantly recognizable as one of the most original. Tom Stoppard’s screenplay sets most of the action on an actual stage that moves with the characters. It’s initially difficult to adjust to this conceit, but it makes so much sense in conjunction with the novel’s themes that it eventually becomes almost unnoticeable. Read More
  Maïa Vidal is living out the bohemian cousin of the American dream. The 24-year-old Californian booked it for Europe after her college graduation and never looked back, honing her chops on the accordion, violin, and toy piano while living abroad in Paris and Barcelona. Any chanteuse who sounds as though she could singlehandedly take on the Amélie soundtrack is OK in my book, and in that regard, Vidal’s effortlessly offbeat style fits the bill beautifully. Flush with finger-snaps, handclaps, warm strings, and the pings of toy instruments, God Is My Bike is an ambitious, busy effort. Read More
  With her brave performance in Smashed, Mary Elizabeth Winstead proved she’s an acting force to be reckoned with. Here, the up-and-comer who gained cult status as Ramona Flowers in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World opens up about getting star-struck, getting wasted, and getting excited for Jell-O-mold season   How did you get into acting? I feel like I’ve been acting my entire life. I started out on the stage as a toddler, dancing and singing and performing in plays. I lived in Salt Lake City, and in the ’90s, Utah was a big place for film shoots. Read More