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Grace Helbig: comedian, Youtube personality, actress, and #1 New York Times bestselling author. Her latest book Grace & Style: The Art of Pretending You Have It is a beautifully illustrated, outspoken ode to fashion, humor, and being a confident woman despite unavoidable insecurities. I interviewed this gal and picked her brain about her most recent publication. Danniah Daher: Your book Grace & Style: The Art of Pretending You Have It just came out. You not only focus on fashion and comedy, but you also...

Picture via Myspace I show up bleeding from my left eye, dressed in fishnet thigh-highs and garter clips, a black and silver silken corset, brown hair piled on my head like a sloppy noose or a cinnamon roll. I never meant to be a part of neo-burlesque when I came to New York, but it happened and here I am with the bandleader outside Duane Park as he double-takes at my eye while I pay off the cab."Alabaster," his trumpet, dangles on two long fingers, "What...
The more progress we see women making in the world, the more the media  begins to reflect that.  Commercials are portraying a much stronger independent woman in order to keep their businesses afloat.  Claiming “your worth it,” and that we as women “deserve the best.” Commercials have changed from women with vacuum bags, to women driving cars, in the military, as doctors, and even feminine hygiene ads are now dominated by female athletes.  Feminine hygiene  is unsurprisingly one of the largest industries in the country....

Meet Gimo! The ball of fluff with googly eyes is the cutest cat on the internet. He enjoys looking deeply into your soul, basking in the glow of his unimaginable cuteness and sometimes will rear back on his hind legs and pounce at the camera.  The cuteness of this cat is actually so mind-boggling it can be disorienting if you aren't properly prepared.  Without further ado, here is Gimo, the only cat made up entirely of fluff and gigantic eyes: The orange is there to provide scale for...
Me and You As a feminist shopper, sometimes you want to put your money where your mouth is. Or, your booty. Luckily, a number of designers are making lingerie with the female gaze in mind. LonelyOne such artisan is New Zealander Helene Morris, who launched Lonely in 2009 because she “wanted to take away all expectations of how you ‘should’ look” in lingerie. High-waisted undies and strappy bras Broad City’s Ilana would happily rock take the place of thongs and push-ups. Now the brand has a team...
Malaysian makeup artist Saraswati uses her hijab and amazing makeup skills to transform herself into ultra-realistic Disney characters. The self-proclaimed Disnerd, known to her Instagram fans as Queen of Luna, has posted over 300 looks, dressing up as everyone from Belle to Jafar. The imaginative full-time mom is breaking down barriers and shattering the notion that the Muslim headscarf can’t also be a totally fabulous accessory or statement piece (for people who wear them for religious reasons, obviously.) The diverse looks are absolutely mind-blowing.    ''   Her love of cosplay...
I asked my mother if it was okay for women to call themselves sluts. We sat in her bedroom and had a conversation. I interjected only slightly for clarity.She begins:Actually, don’t call me a feminist, I’m one of the original feminists.It gives you power to be a slut, and then you realize that all men are emotional doofuses, and it makes you realize that men should just be out hunting, screwing , and working. So, calling yourself a slut contributes to helping men be men and women...
All photos via The SCAR Project - not of the author. Within a few weeks of my breast cancer diagnosis, I received a sympathy card from a male acquaintance who knew very little of my prognosis but, concerned about the potential loss of my breasts, encouraged me to have them professionally photographed before I was treated for the disease. At this point I didn't yet know if or how far the cancer had spread or how serious the treatments would be, but the card fanned a...
Whether you want to surprise your lover with a decadent dessert or celebrate being your own damn Valentine, this divine confection will do the trick. It’s Iowa City pie maestro Emily Magnuson’s secret weapon—a buttery graham cracker crust filled with rich chocolate custard and topped with whipped cream. But this treat is no quick fix; making something so heavenly takes time and patience, just like love. TO MAKE THE CRUST INGREDIENTS9 graham crackers, finely crushed6 Tbsp. brown sugar6 Tbsp. butter, plus extra for greasingDIRECTIONSPreheat oven...
I've dropped my car off at the dealership three times since I bought it a month ago. Because the car is defective? No. Because when I speak, the mechanic doesn't pay attention. Worse the latest drop off was in the morning, and the only person there was some asshole mechanic who seemed very pissed off that he had the task of taking my keys from me. He told me I was early and “you’re lucky I’m even here.”  He then told me that I should...