Watching artist Shantell Martin draw is like witnessing a zen archer in action. Her lines are fluid and decisive. There is lightness to her movement and it is easy to tell that she finds it incredibly satisfying to glide that black ink pen over her pristine white walls. She occasionally hesitates, but there are no mistakes. Last spring Shantell invited me to her Bed-Stuy home as she was beginning to draw on the walls of her bedroom. Read More
"Oh, reeeeally?! But I kind of liked it!" isn't what you'd expect to hear from a pop diva when something goes horribly awry in the middle of a live set, but that's exactly how Marina Diamandis reacted when a pre-recorded track sounded off at the wrong moment and brought the show to a grinding halt. It was last summer, and Marina and the Diamonds were lapping the United States in a second round of touring behind the Welsh singer’s 2010 debut record, The Family Jewels. Read More
Intensity, a new vibrator-slash-“muscle stimulator,” has as many features as the cooking gizmos advertised on late-night TV. The shaft inflates and deflates to suit your vaginal size; it has multispeed clitoral and g-spot vibrators; and, strangest of all, it boasts adjustable electro stimulation. It claims to induce bonkers orgasms via vibration and has electric pads on the shaft that deliver small jolts to your internal muscles, causing them to involuntarily contract and eventually strengthen. Read More
  Just because you’re on the beach, that doesn’t mean you need to dress like a bum. Super comfy and chic, caftans are not only the perfect bathing suit cover, but they can also be easily dressed up for a night on the town.  Making your own custom caftan is a breeze. Get a breathable, cotton fabric that’s 60" wide, and measure from your shoulder down to your desired caftan length; double this measurement, adding 1/2" for the hem. Cut the fabric to the desired length, then fold in half so right sides are touching, pin the edges together, and iron down the fold. Read More
  Reviewed by Molly Labell Lizz Winstead is responsible for creating The Daily Show and for setting the progressive tone of the now defunct Air America, platforms that—bless her!—brought both Jon Stewart and Rachel Maddow into the national spotlight. With her new book of personal essays, Winstead will undoubtedly be responsible for inspiring sc-ores of creative and opinionated young women. Read More
Our favorite fierce, funny feminist addresses all that ails you   Dear Roseanne, I kept my own name when I got married, but for some reason, even if people know that, they insist on addressing letters to my husband and I as “Mr. and Mrs. John Smith” or “The Smiths,” or referring to me as “Mrs. Smith.” How do I get them to understand that I’m still “Ms. Jane Doe” and not “Mrs. Read More
  By Sonja Patterson Photographed by Aaron Spicer You may have visited the District of Columbia’s many monuments and memorials, but the city has lots of sexy, unexpected spots that go beyond the usual historical suspects. At its heart, D.C. is all about the pursuit of happiness, and for many Washingtonians, that means setting aside policies and partying when work is done. Read More
  By Lisa Butterworth Illustrated by Janice Wu   Sure, Ben & Jerry’s is delicious, but a steady diet of the stuff is ridiculously expensive. And electric ice cream makers are great, but who wants to clog up their countertop with yet another single-tasker gadget? Instead, try whipping up the warm-weather dessert yourself! All you’ll need are a handful of ingredients and a couple of coffee cans—it’s an immensely satisfying and crazy-easy project. Read More
By Desiree Stewart Photographed by Sarah Anne Ward Styled by Maya Rossi Geometric jewelry is all the rage right now, but the designer stuff will put a massive dent in your wallet. Luckily, crafting your own pieces out of Shrinky Dink plastic means you’re limited by your imagination, not your budget. The jewelry possibilities are endless—you can whip up some earrings, a brooch, or even rings out of this easy-to-use material. For this tutorial, we’ll create an ultra-hip necklace that’ll look like a million bucks, but cost less than 10. Read More
By Isa Chandra Moskowitz Styled and Photographed by Vanessa Rees Summer is the season for crispy salads, and while the bottled dressings at the supermarket are inviting, they never taste all that fresh. Luckily, whipping up your own dressing is a cinch with these recipes. Plus, they only require a handful of ingredients, many of which you probably already have in your kitchen cabinets. So give from-scratch dressings a shot; they’re way more satisfying and economical, meaning that this summer, you can spend your cash on organic veggies and Mai Tais. Read More
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