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The latest weird reproductive health product on the marketplace is something called the “NannoPad.” Released last month, it’s basically a pad with dirt in it—or, as parent company NannoCare calls it, “organically occurring earth elements broken into nanno particles.” And it's supposed to help with period cramps. In a press release, NannoCare describes how the pad supposedly works: These nanno particles naturally and safely work with your body to emit a needed amount of molecular vibrational energy into the body which may increase blood flow. Through increasing...
Marble Painting with BreadxButta  Thank you to everyone who came out to Industry City for the BUST Craftacular featuring the BUST School for Creative Living. With over 100 vendors, and 50 DIY classes and demos, the day was full of creativity, learning, and shopping. November Sage Palm Reading Workshop with L'enchanteur Essential Oils with Chop Wood Carry Baby The event featured the second-ever edition of the BUST School for Creative Living. We partnered up with dozens of professional teachers who taught an electric variety of introductory workshops such as herbalism,...
  House of Yes is a dazzling New York event space synonymous with outrageous and indulgent parties. On any given night, the renovated former laundromat in Bushwick, Brooklyn, plays host to themed bangers featuring thumping DJ beats, roller disco, and/or aerialist acts suspended from the raised ceiling. Since 2007, co-founders Anya Sapozhnikova and Kae Burke have been unrelenting in bringing the vision of their venue to life. Off The Beaten PathThe journey to opening House of Yes, which started as a live-in work space for artists and...
My mother loved Guyana for many reasons, but mainly because there was no television. She distrusted television. While we were growing up in Brooklyn, she felt it was a distraction and used every excuse she could find to deter us from sitting, immobilized, in front of the TV. I think it broke her heart to see her curious, creative kids staring like numbnuts at a screen, no matter how hilarious Carol Burnett was. If we did something wrong—talked back, neglected our chores, fought with each...
In the Victorian era, a broken engagement was no small matter. If a gentleman jilted his fiancée, he risked doing untold damage to both her reputation and his own. Even so, if an engaged couple discovered that they were incompatible, Victorian-era marriage manuals and books on etiquette strongly advised breaking the engagement rather than embarking on what would surely be a miserable marriage. As The New York Fashion Bazar Book of Etiquette (1887) explains: “Although a broken engagement is something to deplore, and one wishes it...
Turn food scraps, flowers, and plants into wearable art with bundle dyeing, an easy, non-toxic, and sustainable technique that extracts beautiful colors from everyday natural materials. The process, good for any natural fabric (silk, wool, cotton, or linen), uses dyestuffs (whole dye plants and extracts) that are playfully spread onto fabric, bound into a bundle, and steamed to release organic color. Upcycle an old garment or bundle dye a piece of silk to make this go-to spring accessory. What You’ll Need35" x 35" light-colored silk fabric...
"Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible." — Frank Zappa For the past seven years, Uranus, "the Great Awakener," has been blazing through Aries, creating shifts within the self by revolutionizing the ways that we assert our individual preferences and perspectives. May 15th starts the seven-year switch as Uranus glides into Taurus, causing uprisings in all Venusian areas, such as love, money, self-esteem, culinary and visual arts, and music. The seventh planet from the Sun in the Solar System, Uranus is a blue planet...
This essay was written by a student at Mighty Writers, an education nonprofit that offers free writing classes to over 2,500 inner-city Philadelphia students a year. "Aminah, are you sure you're ready for this?" said my brother. I started to worry, but I ignored him. "No! I want to start fasting!" I said cheerfully. But, let me say this: the last meal will be your last. I wish I knew this before I started fasting for the first time. I'm going to share my experience with fasting during Ramadan...
The BUST Craftacular is back on Saturday, May 12th from 11 a.m to 7 p.m alongside the BUST School for Creative Living. Join us at Industry City's Factory Floor, 274 36th St, Brooklyn, NY,274 36th St, Brooklyn, NY. Over 75 handpicked vendors will attend, offering jewelry, clothing, homewares, food and drink, art, accessories, and more. As part of the BUST School For Creative Living, dozens of local artists and businesses who will be providing interactive demos and workshops at an affordable price. Attending the BUST Craftacular and...

Yogyakarta—aka Yogya—is the heart of Indonesia’s Java Island, known for its arts and traditional crafts. Though it’s small enough that you can run into friends on the street, it’s home to dozens of universities, making it a welcome stopover for international students and travelers. Incredible hospitality and friendly locals are some of Yogyakarta’s main draws, but there are also stunning beaches, amazing street art pieces, and quirky, off-the-map sights. Come for the well-trod temples, stay for the Chicken Church.Art Survive Garage Yogya is the art capital of...