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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...
It may be “the most wonderful time of the year,” however, after all the hanging out with colleagues, friends, and family, not to mention going to parties and buying gifts, it's understandable if you experience seasonal burnout. Our daily routines, like scheduling time for workouts and meditation, are tossed out the window while we all indulge in seasonal festivities, holiday shopping, and chaotic travel. All of this can cause our batteries to feel depleted, and our cups to feel half filled—which is why it’s important...
With the holidays right around the corner, and a huge assortment of seasonal films available to warm up your heart, it’s essential to pick the right flick that best suits your zodiac sign. Taking it one step further, we found films featuring the ideal female leads for each sign. Stir up the hot chocolate and grab some gingerbread cookies, prepare to enjoy the movie that best matches your zodiac sign, based on strong female characters who saved the holidays. Enjoy! Aries (March 21-April 19): Sally Albright from When Harry...
Born of humble origins in 1774, Robert Southey went on to become Poet Laureate of England from 1813 until his death in 1843. A contemporary of 19th century Romantic poets like William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, he was an incredibly prolific writer, both of poetry and of prose. He was also a great lover of cats, as evidenced in his vast correspondence with friends and family.  In The Life and Correspondence of Robert Southey (1850), Southey’s son, Charles, who edited the volume, writes of his...
Gender-based violence (GBV) affects a wide variety of people around the world on a daily basis. Survivors of sexual violence are often silenced and their stories are frequently surrounded by stigmatization. In 1991, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership started the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign. This international campaign takes place between November 25th (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) and December 10th (the International Human Rights Day). The founders of this campaign chose November 25th and December...
The holiday season is, once again, right around the corner, which means it is time for a friendly reminder that Santa’s reindeer are biologically female. About a year ago, Cat Reynolds made an observation that blew up the Twitterverse: MALE REINDEER LOSE THEIR ANTLERS IN WINTER AND FEMALES DON'T THEREFORE SANTA'S SLEIGH IS ACTUALLY PULLED BY A TEAM OF STRONG, POWERFUL, UNDERRATED WOMEN!!!!! YOU GO, GIRLS!! I SEE YOU!!! — Cat Reynolds (@catreynoldsnyc) December 11, 2017 Chelsea Ritschel of The Independent later corroborated Reynolds’ observation with scientific support. According...
Meet Sarah Potter: curator, Tarot reader, and color magic practitioner from Brooklyn, New York City. Known for her insightful tarot readings, Sarah Potter (@iamsarahpotter) also is not just a magic woman, she's also a well-known artistic director. BUST sat down with Ms. Potter to discuss her career, Tarot, art, and magic. She will be teaming up with Kristen Sollee (@kristenkorvette) for a wonderful workshop titled “Sex & Color Magic: Riding the Rainbow" at the BUST School For Creative Living in Greenpoint, Brooklyn on Sunday, December 9.  You’re a...