Living

When talking about spousal abuse, we normally think of physical violence or verbal intimidation. But my husband exerted control over me by completely hijacking my finances, and it took years to repair the damage. I squint in the sunlight as I search the grocery store parking lot for my dark SUV. As I walk past a PT Cruiser parked in the same row, I unconsciously press my fingernails into the soft flesh of my palms. I hate PT Cruisers. I hate the oddly curved shape of...
Crunch Drunk Love Chili crisp is my latest food obsession. I am head over heels for this crunchy, spicy, goes-on-everything topping! You can drizzle it on every meal—at breakfast it makes eggs sing, it levels up avocado toast at lunch, it turns any steamed veg or grilled meat into a bomb-ass dinner, and of course it makes rice a thousand times more delicious. I first picked up the old-school Lao Gan Ma Chili Sauce (lao gan ma is Chinese for “old godmother”) from my local Chinese market....
Looking for the perfect float for you next beach or pool day? Well I’m in love with the LÔTELI line of floats and especially their Cassette tape version. A rather roomy and sturdy raft ( 50" wide x 75" long), this baby will certainly make a statement when you hit the waves. LÔTELI is a women-owned, small business located in NYC, and in addition to their products being super cool, they encourage sustainability by shipping with minimal packaging; suggesting that their customers extend the life of the float with...
Sorbet is the OG of dairy-free frozen desserts. No ice-cream machine necessary; all you need to make this fresh, fruity treat is a food processor— and a little advance planning. The key, especially on a steamy summer day, is to chill all your utensils in the freezer (including the food processor bowl and blade) and work quickly. With their dense, abundant flesh and plenty of naturally occurring sugar, frozen watermelon and papaya make very tasty outcomes, especially with a touch of fresh citrus juice to punch...
After losing her eyesight to a condition called incontinentia pigmenti in 2013, a teenage Lucy Edwards achieved YouTube stardom by posting tutorials on how she does her makeup blind. Now 26, the U.K.-based content creator is a successful journalist, radio broadcaster, disability activist, and social media sensation with 1.7M TikTok followers. “I started making short, educational content,” says Edwards, “answering the questions I’d get on how I do day-to-day tasks.” From showcasing how she pulls together stylish outfits to 60-second lessons on guide dogs, Edwards...
The fallout from SCOTUS’ overturn of Roe v. Wade was felt this week when it was reported that a 10-year-old girl in Ohio had been forced to travel to Indiana for a safe abortion after being raped and impregnated by an adult man. Ohio was one of the first states to take advantage of the overturn of Roe v. Wade, imposing a ban on safe abortion 6 weeks after conception, without exception for rape and incest.  Unfortunately, if not unexpectedly, the right-wing, “pro-life” response to such...
 Aisha “Pinky” Cole bristles at labels. The 34-year-old says she’s not the typical entrepreneur. “Most people start businesses because they want to make money,” Cole explains. “I started Slutty Vegan because I cared about experiences and how people viewed the experiences I could create for them.” For Cole, that means vegan burgers with a side of community activism. She started slinging her burgers—with cheeky names like the classic Fussy Hussy and bacon-topped One Night Stand, both slathered with Slut Sauce—on Instagram in 2018. Now she has...
The Royal Treatment Plant Kween Christopher Griffin shares their best tips for growth—Your Greenery's, and Your Own  No one exalts in the joys of plant parenthood like Christopher Griffin aka @plantkween. “When I water my green gurls, I make it a party! I blast music, I put on a fun outfit, I pour myself a lil’ cocktail,” they say. “It’s a whole entire mood.” And it’s infectious. They may have nearly 200 houseplants now, but a single Marble Queen Pothos, and the legacy of their garden-loving grandma, set...
Midsummer marks the beginning of a new season. It occurs from June 19-25 (Midsummer’s Eve occurs this weekend), at the beginning of the summer solstice. This occurs when the sun is at its most vibrant and highest potency, making it a celebration of life and love. Being that these days are the longest and fullest of the year, it’s a wonderful time to soak up the sun and breathe in life. You can charge your crystals and tarot cards under the sun to give them a...
Today, June 24, 2022, the United States Supreme Court overturned their decision on Roe v Wade, which  means that Americans have lost their Constitutional right to safe abortions, and 26 states are either definitely or likely to ban on abortion.  But even before this decision came down, states that oppose abortion had made the process of going to a clinic as miserable and tedious as possible. Six states require an ultrasound before receiving an abortion, a glaringly obvious attempt to guilt patients into changing their minds about the...