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It was early summer, and I’d been sitting on the sofa, sort of reading a novel, when the text came. “Do you fancy going out sometime?” it asked. I was thrilled; it was from a guy I’d recently met who I was hoping would ask me out. But before I could answer, another text came through. “Maybe grabbing some lunch?” he asked. That’s when I freaked out. Severe anorexia had taken over my life for a long while, and although I wasn’t better yet, not by...
I started the pill in my late teens, mostly because my gynecologist told me it would help me overcome the horrendous cramping I experienced once a month. I was tired of cursing my uterus every time the intense hollow aching rocked my core and left me immobile. I was also concerned about how much Advil and Midol I was taking in order to dull the pain. After being on the pill for about three years, there was no improvement in my cramping and my body had...

An imperial city with a seedy communist past, Budapest sits directly at the intersection of glamour and grit. By night, the “Capital of Freedom” is an illuminated fairytale split in half by the black waters of the Danube river, animated by partiers both foreign and domestic. By day, it’s a bustling capital boasting Turkish influences, Habsburg history, and the many scars of war. Like any good love affair, this affordable Central European gem is a heady combination of pleasure and history, destined to seduce even...
The life of Empress Lucilla is one that can be read a myriad of ways, and history has had a crack at all of them. She’s been a scheming bitch, a jealous scheming bitch, and also an innocent (and occasionally scheming) maternal type. But, as with anything, life isn’t that black and white. In fact, the life of Lucilla is more shades of grey. Was she an innocent? No. Was she a stone cold bitch? No. Was she a schemer extrodinare? Hell yes! The daughter of...
Laura Jackson, a drama student at the University of Exeter in the U.K., grew out her body hair in May 2018 for a performance, and her choice resulted in mixed reactions. In an Instagram post, Laura explained how she felt liberated and confident in herself and her body hair, but a few people did not understand or agree with her decision to not shave. As a result, Laura has started the #Januhairy movement, encouraging women to embrace their body hair and challenge the taboo of...

I first sense it as I walk into the far room of Then & Now, an old department store refurbished as an antique shop. Then & Now is one of the largest buildings in Angola, Indiana—the small town in which I grew up so quietly. For at least a hundred years, there’s been whispers of hauntings in our town—some say there’s a ghost of a man who sobs quietly in the back of our tiny theater and cries out for a long, lost love. Another is...
There’s nothing more quintessentially Christmas than a Victorian Christmas, complete with mistletoe, tinsel, and candles on the tree. But there was more to Victorian holiday decorating than tinsel and candles. Just like us, many Victorians had a fondness for glitter and gold. In my new Victorian Christmas romance A Holiday By Gaslight, there’s a scene in which the guests at a country house party decorate for Christmas by gilding acorns and artificially frosting the tips of holly and ivy leaves with crystals. These Victorian decorating ideas...

The holiday season can bring mixed emotions to us all. It’s important to stay calm and grounded during the holiday season, to ensure more pleasure than “bah humbug.” Read below below how to add joy to your holiday by zodiac sign. Get rid of Scroogey-feelings and replac them calmness and serenity. After all, ‘tis the season! Aries (March 21-April 19)Don’t let your anxieties get the best of you this holiday season. Use your impulsive nature to live in the moment and not stress over minor issues...
According to the National Organization for Rare Diseases (NORD), morning sickness plagues up to 90% of pregnancies. Nausea and vomiting because of pregnancy are often written off as an expected side effect and have long been thought to be caused by a rise in hormone levels, despite the fact that this hypothesis is not supported by science. Extreme morning sickness, or Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG), affects around 2% of pregnancies, according to NORD, but it is the second leading cause of hospitalization during pregnancy. There is no known...
Need more feminine rage and lovely outerwear in your Instagram feed? Look no further. BUST friend and contributor Sara Benincasa has created our favorite new Instagram account of the week, @excellentcoatsonirritatedwomen. At only five days old, the account already has over 6,000 followers and shows no signs of slowing growth. The pull? Fierce women and fierce coats. The account began with a picture of Nancy Pelosi. "Pelosi's Max Mara coat became my burnt sienna North Star the other day. It was great to see Democratic leadership step...