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I’m on day 12 of self-quarantining. Or is it day 15? Day 10? I can’t seem to remember when I last left the house — can you? Life has been kind of feeling foggy recently, with each day running into the next. People are saying that this is the time to think, reflect, and create, and maybe that’s true. But we also still need to move. My daily commute from my bed to the fridge to my desk isn’t cutting it anymore. I can’t remember the last time...
IN 2017, AMY QUICHIZ was a recent college grad from Queens, NY, who wanted to eat healthier after too much student-style sustenance. So she began collecting plant-based recipes from other Latinx people in her community. “People wanted to share how their kids are vegan, how they do gardening, or how they live a low-waste lifestyle,” she says. “And I was like, ‘Wow, this can be more than just recipes.’” With the help of her friend Mariah Bermeo, Quichiz launched Veggie Mijas (veggiemijas.com), a vegan-focused collective...
Right now, there are 42 million people living in the U.S. with outstanding student loan debt. On average, individuals who graduated college in 2017 still owe nearly $30,000. Even in the middle of a crisis, the government has done little to help. While Democrats have proposed a student loan debt reduction of $10,000 per person, it appears that the U.S. will only implement a short term pause on paying student loan debt during these trying times. In short, it’s highly unlikely that the United States...
None of us could have predicted we’d be here, in our homes, quarantining from a global pandemic the first third of the new decade. But here we are. Dow is down, kids aren’t in school, Trump is being Trump, there are no gloves, thermometers, hand sanitizer, or even mouth masks on the shelves. But of all the shortages, there is no damn toilet tissue. When the shortage hit and viral videos of shoppers fighting over packs appeared online, BUST’s own Debbie Stoller asked “Am I...
I’M A JEWISH WOMAN with mixed-texture hair. Wavy, often frizzy, and with inexplicable straight patches throughout, my tresses have long been a source of stress, because they become tangled so easily—but not anymore. Ever since I discovered the Genie Supreme hairbrush by Knot Genie ($22.99)—invented by 46-year-old Denver, CO-based mom Rikki Mor—detangling has been a breeze. Its bristles are different lengths, which somehow allows the brush to gently pick apart knots as it moves through hair without yanking the scalp. Plus, there are no little...
Self-care: it’s all the rage these days, as it should be, but especially now as the world is fighting the coronavirus. Turns out, combining a healthy lifestyle with woo-woo stuff like tarot, astrology, and meditation can really make a huge difference in stress reduction. Along the same lines, I’ve been into the idea of manifesting goals through positive thinking since I read Shakti Gawain’s Creative Visualization in the 1980s, and am stoked ideas like this have gained wider attention. Recently, I’ve fallen down a rabbit...

We're bringing each sign some messages and truisms for Aries season, courtesy of BUST's resident astrologer, Emmalea Russo. Catch her seasonal 'scopes in BUST's print magazine. ARIES The joystick of your life is aglow, just how you like it, with pure solar power. This time around, the Sun heats up a memo that heals your relationship with your most badass companion: yourself. TAURUS “To be young was to be more closely rooted to the thing that forms you,” wrote Rachel Kushner. Call it earth, call it nature, call it...
When it comes to tidying up like a witch, there’s a lot more to it than just wiggling your nose at something messy. Here, BUST’s resident occultist shares how to add a touch of magical intent to your cleaning routine. Everyone knows spring cleaning is a thing, but for witches, it’s a whole-ass ritual. Typically it’s done on Ostara, the celebration of the spring equinox, which generally falls between March 19th and 21st. But you can adopt some of these pagan-inspired procedures any time you feel...
When spring hits, my garden goes bananas. The herbs, the flowers, the colors! As a private chef and caterer, I’ve always loved incorporating the edible flowers I grow into my dishes, but one day I realized I could combine the age-old romance of flower pressing with my signature shortbread cookies and the result is *chef’s kiss*! With just a handful of ingredients (and an easy extra step in the cookie-making process to ensure the petals keep their hues), these cookies are a total win in...
COVID-19 is everywhere. It has infiltrated conversations, thoughts, social media, memes, the news and is currently bombarding medical services. The virus itself is also everywhere, from Wuhan, where it is reported to have started, to NYC, to my home of Tenerife to Italy and almost every country in the world. And, as mentioned previously, healthcare is becoming more than overwhelmed. Hospitals are running out of beds, staff are running out, or have run out of, sanitation products and are being overworked to the point of...