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With the holiday season well under way, it seems an appropriate time to review a few of the many Victorian era rules for dining in company. The etiquette of the table hasn’t changed a great deal over the years. Some rules are merely a matter of basic common sense. Nevertheless, we could all do with a refresher now and then. To that end, I’ve gathered ten tips from various Victorian era etiquette books and articles addressing the basics of dining etiquette. I present them to...
  This weekend, artists, healers, and teachers will be heading to the BUST School for Creative Living at the BUST Holiday Craftacular in Greenpoint, Brooklyn to lead workshops and lectures and teach you the basics of everything from reiki to rolling joints. One of these experts will be Shauna Cummins, a hypnotherapist who can help you learn how to manifest your own dreams through hypnosis, and through music. We chatted with Shauna about her inspirations, her goals, and—of course—what she’ll be doing December 8 and 9 at the Brooklyn Expo Center. Check...

  Though winter is a magical season, the holidays can also make it one of the most stressful times of the year, especially for a witch. In addition to dealing with some of the more common holiday stressors, witches must figure out how to find time for their craft while facing family members who are likely confused by their practice at best, and overtly bigoted or belittling about it at worst. Witches may not celebrate popular holidays like Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Christmas, choosing instead to observe...
Where can you purchase the most delightful handmade gifts, see a discussion with feminist superstars and learn how to reduce those mind-numbing period cramps under one roof? You can do all of this and more on December 8 and 9 in Greenpoint, Brooklyn at the BUST Craftacular Holiday and BUST School For Creative Living. We will be hosting a wide range of workshops and panels including two sessions of a class called "Yoni Apothecary—Herbs We Use To Heal Our Yoni" taught by Sabrina Vedete, co-founder of Sacred...
“Do you think life is worth living?” the young man asked, somewhat menacingly. The year was 1889, and the man had been hounding 23-year-old journalist Nellie Bly for the past few days as they traveled on a ship from Singapore to Hong Kong. Now, on a stormy evening, he had her alone on deck, and his tone had become threatening. “Yes, life is very sweet,” Bly answered, but the man continued talking wildly, sitting at the foot of her deck chair. “I could take you...
Astrologer Aliza Faragher, known to most as Aliza Kelly (@alizakelly), is known for her astrology memes on social media, her monthly horoscope column at Allure magazine, her intriguing BuzzFeed videos discussing celebrity birth charts and relationships, and her book The Mixology of Astrology, a delightfully cheeky book of cocktails for each zodiac sign. BUST sat down with Aliza to discuss her book and gain boozy astrological insights for the holidays, and learn about her current and upcoming projects. Your book The Mixology of Astrology: Cosmic Cocktails for Every Sign...
Devin Person is an expert in meditation, hypnosis, and—oh, did we mention he’s a wizard? For over a decade, Person has been a practitioner of all kinds of magic, which means he’s mastered everything from Jungian psychology and neurolinguistic programming to ritual magic and the occult. We’re so excited to share that Person will be bringing both his enchanting energy (and yes, his robes) to the BUST School for Creative Living at our Holiday Craftacular. Though Person has an impressive background and knowledge of philosophy and psychology, he makes...
The BUST School for Creative Living  is back Dec. 8th and 9th with a roster of mystical, meditative, sex-positive classes. The school will be hosted in tandem with the 12thth annual BUST Holiday Craftacular at the Brooklyn Expo Center in the heart of Greenpoint, featuring over 200 of the best purveyors of handmade goods. There’s a class for everyone: Guests can try their hands at classic crafting skills such as macramé and cross-stitch, dive deep into herbalism, and participate in a variety of exciting educational workshops. We’re...
Among the lovely artists and teachers that will be joining us at this year's BUST Craftacular Holiday and the BUST School for Creative Living (Dec. 8-9 at Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint, Brooklyn) are needlepoint experts Hello Bargello. Hello Bargello is a stitch and craft company with a special focus on the vintage craft of bargello, a type of needlepoint embroidery. Hello Bargello will be selling their signature craft kits, and founder Brett Bara will be teaching bargello workshops. In this spotlight, we asked Bara a few questions about her history...
MINKA is a healer-led wellness and healing center in Brooklyn serving individuals who want to learn how to thrive in every area of their lives. MINKA specialists and healers will be joining us at the BUST School for Creative Living on December 8th and 9th during the BUST Craftacular at Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. They will be offering classes based in meditation, astrology, internal decolonization, and reiki. We interviewed Aki Hirata Baker, founder of MINKA and one of the healers who will appear at the BUST School...