Living

In the Survival Skills for Badass Bitches series, writer Melanie LaForce walks you through everything you need to know to survive the outdoors, tough situations, and/or the forthcoming apocalypse.  2020 has taught us that we can expect the unexpected. The universe has spoken, and plainly stated that “All bets are fucking off.” Amidst pandemic, violence, wildfires, hurricanes, and oh yeah, fucking cannibal hornets, you’ll need some strategies to take the chaos in stride with a fat smile. We’re here to give you some real-world bad ass witch skills,...
Just a few months ago, people of all ages and upbringings took to the streets to make a statement about systemic racism in the U.S. True racial reconciliation is yet to come. Still, the Movement for Black Lives did lead to some fundamental changes in businesses and media. This week, UPS announced that they would allow workers to have facial hair, natural, and protective Black hairstyles like afros and dreadlocks. In 2018, UPS settled a case for $4.9 million with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission,...
Women are poised to rule the world in the business space, but as we step up and into femme-powered leadership roles, it’s important to make sure diversity is a key consideration. Amanda Russo, chief strategist and VP of events for Babes Who Create – a rapidly growing network of content creators – knows that to be true, so we picked her brain about how to be more inclusive to folks of all kinds in the business sector.  Why was it so important for you, a woman's organization, to...
Travel writer (and former BUST intern!) Libby Zay took on an adventure closer to home in February when she, her husband Raul, dog Penny, and cat Nessie moved onto a boat in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. “The seed was planted by the idea of downsizing and tiny living,” Zay says. “But once we dug in, there were so many other benefits.” Like being close to nature and saving money. Buying the two-bedroom, two-bathroom, 35-foot boat cost the couple $20K, but monthly, they pay less than half...
It could be a while before we know who the winner of the 2020 presidential election is, but one thing we know for sure is that drug policy reform won big last night. While it is easy to focus solely on the presidential race, many criminal justice reforms that directly affect our lives and the lives of our neighbors are on state ballots— we have to keep our eyes on those turnouts, too. Pew research points out that two-thirds of Americans now support marijuana legalization. While...
There will undoubtedly be some long lines today at the polls. It is incredibly frustrating that in recent years long voting lines have become commonplace in many counties around the U.S., but it has never been more critical that we stay in line. If you aren’t sure about where you can vote, go to vote.org and use their Polling Place Locator. Here are a few tips to remember when going to vote today: 1. Dress comfortably and neutrallyDepending on the length of the line, which for...
Today's election is a culmination of four long years of a Trump presidency, seven months of a global pandemic, and six months of the globalized Black Lives Matter movement. It's no wonder that this election is a huge drain on our mental and physical health. It can feel all-consuming and life-changing in the calmest moments, and apocalyptic in the worst. But whether you feel ready or not, the election is here, and we need to take care of ourselves and each other. When I feel...
In the Survival Skills for Badass Bitches series, writer Melanie LaForce walks you through everything you need to know to survive the outdoors, tough situations, and/or the forthcoming apocalypse.  2020 has taught us that we can expect the unexpected. The universe has spoken, and its words were simple: “All bets are fucking off.” Amidst a pandemic, violence, wildfires, hurricanes, and oh yeah, fucking cannibal hornets, you’ll need some strategies to take the chaos in stride with a fat smile. We’re here to give you some real-world badass witch...
If you watched the most recent season of The Great British Baking Show, you saw Halloween-loving contestant Helena Garcia make matcha-flavored wicked witch fingers, a ghost-shaped almond cake decorated with lavender buttercream flowers, and a blood-red velvet cake adorned with bat wings, pink piping, and white chocolate fangs before she was unceremoniously eliminated in Episode 5. What you didn’t see was the new mom (her daughter Flora is now two) pumping breast milk off-camera between challenges. “I lost all sense of decency,” the 41-year-old says...
On Tuesday, San Francisco voted in favor of the Caution Against Racial and Exploitative Non-Emergencies Act, otherwise known as the CAREN Act. This legislation will give targets of racially biased 911 calls the right to sue the caller and is one of a few pioneering laws that have been passed in efforts to regulate the reporting of Black individuals for non-crimes including but not limited to barbequing, birdwatching, selling water, and more.  San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passes the CAREN Act—a new law that makes it illegal for someone to call...