Nicole Smolen is exactly the type of young actress that we love. She's active with social causes and social media, plus she’s into crafting, blogging and cooking. Nicole, 18, began acting as a child with appearances on TV series including Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Criminal Minds and Brothers & Sisters. Now, she’s making her leap to the big screen with the thriller 8 Days, out on Digital HD, On Demand and DVD today, and an upcoming horror film, Citrus Springs. Directed by Jaco Booyens and inspired by actual events, 8 Days deals with a dark and difficult topic: sex trafficking. Read More
Dewey-Hagborg collected DNA from this gum to create this face Chicago-based artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg, 33, has loved science since she was a child. And her ongoing project, Stranger Visions, is an eerie and surprising intersection of these two passions. Read More
What is a witch? The term has morphed over time from wise woman and priestess to practitioner of the dark arts and enemy of Christianity. The witches of fairy tales embodied undesirable characteristics of womanhood like jealousy, ugliness, independence, and old age. We cannot help but notice the similar criteria for killing women in the witch trials of the Middle Ages and beyond. The majority of women accused and killed for witchcraft were older women, often single or widowed, who acted as healers and midwives for their communities. Read More
Everyone has watched Abigail Breslin grow up, it seems. Not long after we sit down in New York’s venerable Italian bakery Veniero’s, an admirer approaches us. She’s not a fellow teen—as many of the 19-year-old’s most ardent fans are—but a middle-aged woman who has known the actress/writer/singer since she was a kid. Breslin was born and raised on the Lower East Side, and she’s been coming to Veniero’s for years. Unlike this woman, you’ve most likely never watched Breslin eat pastries. Read More
  "Women of Letters" is fucking hilarious. Laughing, crying, peeing yourself hilarious. When it’s not being hilarious, it’s moving you in ways you didn’t think were possible outside the shit romantic comedies that you totally don’t watch and definitely don’t cry at. A monthly event in NYC (and also in Australia, where it originated), "Women of Letters" presents a group of female writers, actresses, prominent intellectuals, and all around badass ladies, who read letters they have written to that month’s topic. Read More
“Your words of comfort conveyed a message that someone who likes you might hurt you,” Merritt Smith wrote on a now-viral Facebook post this week. The post was written in response to a member of staff at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Colombus, Ohio, who had told her four-year-old daughter that the boy who hit her probably had a crush on her.  The boy had hit her so hard she required stitches. Maybe this is a stretch. A far reach. Read More
The succulent trend is certainly showing no signs of slowing down. It's not only the plants themselves that are in the limelight, it's the pots that hold them – and the macramé hangers (watch this space for a macramé taster workshop coming to the BUST London Craftacular).  Then there are the cactus prints, tea towels, stationery, jewellery and much more. And the best of the spiky bunch can be found at the BUST London Craftacular on November 22. Read More
  Suffragette doesn’t come out until October 23, but it’s already earned enough press for five movies. There’s plenty of good press - early Oscar buzz for both Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter; praise for the rare existence of a movie directed by, written by and starring women; acknowledgement of the importance of learning about this seldom-told part of history. Read More
The latest in a long tradition of vomiting pink every October in the name of boobs comes from several police departments’ attempts to brighten their public relations. The police of Greenfield, Massachusetts, are using pink handcuffs to for realsies arrest people. For breast cancer. Sounds bizarre? Sounds kinda stupid and useless? Well, that’s because you’re a heartless monster. The police of Anne Arundel County, Maryland, have gone the extra mile to repaint their jail cell pink complete with an adorable pink ribbon. Read More
As President Obama’s Proclamation of Columbus Day 2015 states, today marks 523 years since Christopher Columbus “sailed the ocean blue” and landed in North America. For more than 80 years, the United States has recognized Oct. 12 in celebration of Columbus, a man who brought disease, slaughter and patriarchy with him from Europe to the indigenous people of North America. Read More