A Big Dinner Doesn't Need to be a Big Deal Don’t you hate it when you go to someone’s home for a holiday supper and they greet you in a spotless house, fresh as a daisy, then proceed to dole out a gourmet feast as if fairies snuck in and did all the cooking? Well, it’s entirely possible that either fairies or the nearest gourmet take-out joint did the work; after all, everyone gets frazzled when it comes to special-occasion cooking. But have no fear, holiday cooking can be cheap and easy. First and foremost, do as much work as you can in advance. Read More
From Mean Girls to Masters of Sex, actress Lizzy Caplan’s career is filled with roles women love to watch. Here, she opens up about jealousy, Michael Sheen’s amazing birthday gift, and pissing off Kim Jong-Un. “I’m dressed like a 12-year-old boy but feeling like a 90-year-old woman,” Lizzy Caplan tells me as she settles down across from me at a fancypants West Hollywood restaurant. Clad in a pair of green overalls and a crop top, the 32-year-old actress looks more like an 18-year-old girl than a tween boy, but I appreciate her self-deprecating style. Read More
The Lady Parts team at The Deep End Store in N.Y.C.  Lady Parts Justice Uses Humor to Fight for Women’s Rights There’s a comedy video on YouTube in which Jesus Christ appears to comedian Sarah Silverman to spread a message of religious tolerance. When he sticks around to watch a marathon of NCIS, she asks him a hot-button question: When does life begin? “At 40,” deadpans Jesus. “But fertilized eggs aren’t people. People are people. Read More
The experience of purchasing condoms has long been geared toward men—just take a stroll down any pharmacy aisle and check out the garish boxes and butch brand names, like Trojan. But as more women take control of their sexual health and well-being, condoms are beginning to offer more than just different latex flavors. Enter the new crop of condom companies run by women. Talia Frenkel, a photojournalist, started L. Condoms (thisisl.com) after working for the Red Cross and seeing women suffering from the consequences of unsafe sex. Read More
It’s been a while since we’ve heard from powerhouse rapper Remy Ma. After all, for the last six and a half years, she’s been serving time at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for assault. But even the youngest hip-hop heads will recognize the 34-year-old’s smooth lyrical delivery from the 2004 Terror Squad track “Lean Back” with Fat Joe, which earned her a Grammy nod and a place on every “best of hip-hop” list. Here at BUST, we don’t condone violence. Read More
Smart Strategies for When Migraines Strike Your skull is pounding, and you feel like you’re about to lose your lunch. On top of that, you’re dizzy, tired, and disoriented. Welcome to having a migraine! These nasty neurological events happen to way more women than men, and they can mess up your stomach, vision, hearing, and balance, leaving you in a puddle of pain. Treatment for migraines is a headache in and of itself, since symptoms and triggers are different for everybody. Read More
Make a Donation in Someone Else's Name This Holiday Season What do you get the person who has everything or, at least, doesn’t want more things? Consider making a charitable donation in their name. (Alternatively, you can ask someone to give to a charity in your name, as their gift to you.) The following girl- and women-friendly organizations all allow contributors to give in someone else’s name, and most will notify the giftee with a letter or e-card telling them that a donation was made in their honor. Women for Women International (womenforwomen. Read More
Bring The Boho Vibe This Winter 1. Roam in style with a tan tooled-leather bag, crafted in Uruguay. Jubileo Backpack, $225, SABRINATACH.NET 2. Tell your fortune with a star sign medallion. Capricorn Garnet Zodiac Wheel Necklace, £12, MEANDZENA.COM 3. Crown yourself with a golden garland, handmade in Oregon. Gold Leaf Headband, $45, BLOOMDESIGNSTUDIO.ETSY.COM 4. Lovely lace lingerie from Kiwi brand Lonely. Flora Bra, $80 NZD, LONELYHEARTSLABEL.COM 5. Suede shoes will make you feel ready for adventure. Big City Boots, $100, BCFOOTWEAR.COM 6. Read More
A Japanese Tinting Technique That’ll Perk Up Your Linens The fabric-dye trend is everywhere right now; people are going crazy for tie-dyeing, immersion dyeing, natural dyeing, and of course, shibori. The last one is often mistaken as tie-dye, but it’s actually in a category of its own. Shibori is a Japanese method in which fabric is made into a three-dimensional form via binding, folding, twisting, stitching, plucking, and plaiting; then it’s dipped into indigo dye. Read More
The Parasitic Plant With Viking Roots I’d always figured mistletoe for a benign holiday decoration at best, and at worst, an invitation for office-party antics in movies set in the 1980s. Aside from being a tiny bundle of green leaves and white berries under which creeps occasionally try to mouth-assault you, what exactly is mistletoe and why did people start kissing under it? Mistletoe, or Viscum album, is a parasitic plant. Read More