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Breaking up is always hard to do. But divorce—with its negotiations and financial pitfalls—is a whole other level. Here, N.Y.C.-based divorce lawyer Jacqueline Newman provides a crash course in setting yourself up for post-marital success, from navigating common legal issues to finding the right attorney for you. By Jacqueline Newman As crazy as this may sound, I love being a divorce attorney (which is good, because I have been doing it for over 20 years). People often ask, “Isn’t it depressing, seeing marriages fall apart all the...
Dr. Nof Atamna-Ismaeel, founder of the 'A-Sham' food festival Breaking Bread, Beth Elise Hawk’s directorial debut, is a stunning documentary on Israeli and Arab chefs working together for a food festival that gives us a rare portrait of friendship and togetherness in the Middle East. The hour and a half long film, which was selected to premiere at over 65 film festivals, is out in theaters on February 4, 2022.  Israel has been a hotbed of war and violence for decades. Since the British declared it a “Jewish...
Lunar New Year, celebrated by many East Asian countries, is an occasion honoring a fresh start based on the moon cycle. Here, an expert walks us through her rituals and traditions—from haircuts to dumplings—along with ways everyone can help ring in the holiday with a powerful roar. By Jennifer Chen   Lunar New Year is a special holiday that I look forward to every year. And I love sharing what my traditions mean with non-Asian folks to both demystify this amazing annual festival and help them understand what...
Whether you want a clear head at your holiday fête or are making resolutions for a dry January, there are plenty of reasons to skip the tippling this season. But really, you don’t need to justify not drinking to anyone. Thankfully, the growing interest in booze-free imbibing means there’s a new crop of spiritless spirits delivering complex flavors and inspired mixers for sipping and celebrating while still promising hangover-free mornings. Here’s the lowdown on a few women-owned favorites. – STEPHANIE GANZ GHIA ($33 for 528ml, drinkghia.com) Aperol-lovers will...
For many of us, especially in marginalized communities, functioning in a state of chronic stress feels like the norm. Fortunately, there’s a powerful, calming tool within our bodies, one that we often take for granted: breath. Breathwork—an active meditation practice—refers to intentional, deep-breathing techniques that deactivate the body’s fight-or-flight response to stress while stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system, which is associated with the body’s calm “rest-and-digest” response. According to Jasmine Marie, an Atlanta-based breathwork practitioner and the founder and CEO of black girls breathing—an organization that...
  Aaaaaaaannnndd in the blink of an eye, 2021 is over. Thank god. Last year was a bit of a rollercoaster, to say the least. If your resolution from this past year never came to fruition, you're not to blame. Still, when considering potential methods of self-improvement to tackle in 2022, it’s crucial to be kind to yourself. A New Year’s resolution is supposed to be a goal that can be worked towards throughout the incoming year for the sake of putting yourself on a more...
This is a PSA for all of the Christmas ornament hoarders and ladies who need festive decorations that are as extra as they are (me). This silly, chic, and adorably-odd list of our unique ornaments will glow up any tree. No need to get rid of your traditional, glass ornaments, just spice things up by adding in some of these quirky Christmas goodies. Not to mention these make a great last minute gift for a white elephant or just for a gal-pal who needs a...
The holiday season has descended upon us, and you know what that means– food, food, and more food! My electric mixer has not seen this much activity in months, and it’s only getting started. Holiday parties and family gatherings mean lots of cooking (and baking!), so here are a collection of Bust-approved recipes that will make you the supreme Christmas host:   1. Old School Bourbon Eggnog Nothing screams Christmas more than a glass of old-fashioned eggnog. Flash forward to adulthood, and now any childhood drink can become instantly...
Over 250 tons of textile waste have been diverted from landfills thanks to Los Angeles’ small-but-mighty Suay Sew Shop where thousands of pounds of fabric are donated by L.A. county residents every single week. Since 2017, founders Lindsay Rose Medoff and Tina Dosewell, along with production manager Silvia Acevedo, have been building Suay as more than a brand—they’ve created a movement that puts remade textiles and garment workers’ rights front and center.   Medoff and Dosewell met through L.A.’s sewing community, and though they had been working together...
Tired of the store-bought status quo? Unleash your inner artist this holiday season with these easy and affordable DIY gifts for everyone on your list.  1. Feminist Power Necklace Why say it when you can wear it? This statement chain necklace by Karen Kavett is the perfect present for any jewelry-loving nasty woman in your life. While Kavett uses “Feminist” as her example, feel free to use whatever phrase or word (preferably of the girlboss variety) that suits your fancy. 2. One-Braid Knot Necklace Goddess of macrame, Windy Chien,...