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On Precocity – Tavi Gevinson

23 Jan

I first found Tavi’s blog when people were hatin on her for being young and little and internet-famous and wearing too crazy of a hat at some runway show. Who was this creature? Primed to hate, I actually was really impressed by her really thoughtful writing, her beautiful photography, and her inspiring little sets of cool images.

She started her blog at 11, and now at 15, has founded an awesome online magazine, Rookie Mag, for teenage girls who crave something with a progressive, alt, feminist, weirdo nerd twist. What I really love is that many of the articles are written by teenage girls or by cool adult heroes. Tavi’s interviews (like this one with David Sedaris) are really fresh, smart and fun – she’s one of my favorite interviewers! It makes me really wish I had had something like that at 15. There weren’t as many options then when the internet was young. T____T

I like that the fashion photographers are young and get to do what they want:

"Home Is Just a Word" Petra Collins (18 years old)

I also like the collages in the very helpful if you’re a teenager articles:

"Living After Midnight" Emma D. (19 years old)

This mag doesn’t shy away from much – queerness, drugs, sexual assault along with fun movies(!), fun music(!), fun comics(!) – but addresses everything in an open, very helpful way. It’s not like those scared straight horror stories you read in Seventeen about being out of control / victimized. I wish I had a little niece or someone else to recommend this to!


The Black Apple

5 Sep

Emily Martin’s The Black Apple is one of my longest-running blog loves. Her art is part wistful, part spooky, and part cute. And recently her circus-inspired works have been reminding me of Geek Love. Emily’s recipes/crafting/fashion/decorating skillz inspire me.

This is Emily:

Here are some of her paintings (inexpensive prints, lockets, diaries and things available at her shop)!



Etsy’s Featured Sellers = Lots of Talented Ladies

31 Aug

Lookin on the Etsy Featured Sellers List, I realized most of said featured sellers are ladies! This makes sense on lady-dominated Etsy, but I often find that even when women compose the majority of a field, like cooking or photography, men seem to always be featured. Click the link above for some nice interviews with the ladycreators too! If you need a gift for someone…

Here are some things these featured creators are selling:

from CandyBandits


from Mrs Eliot Books


wall decals!! from Pop & Lolli

plastic bag lamp from Zipper 8 Lighting

Hungry for Korean?

29 Aug

Bibim Guksu (from eatingandliving blog)

Last week, I was making bibim guksu when rudely interrupted by THE EARTHQUAKE! Those spicy cold Korean noodles make the earth shake.

I was so happy to find eating and living: a Korean-American mom’s home cooking. Since returning to the U.S. after living in Korea for two years, I sometimes get those unshakable specific food cravings. When I was in Korea, I missed fajitas and now I crave bibimbap! I miss my favorite dishes, but haven’t been able to find recipes of everything I like. Or I have, but the recipes have been complicated with many many hard-to-find ingredients and confusing instructions. I’ve had mixed results with other bloggers’ recipes.

Hyosun Ro does a great job presenting things clearly and simply. I love that her children inspired her to start this blog with their dinnertime phone calls home asking for instructions on how to make the Korean foods they missed. I couldn’t have been happier with how this cooking process went and I have Hyosun Ro to thank for it! My bibim guksu tasted great (even though its spiciness made my dinner companions gulp down the water!) and was cheap and easy to make. I can’t wait to try some of her other recipes!

Hot Guys Reading Books

22 Aug

Washingtonian Alli Rense put together this amusing tumblr, which is exactly what it sounds like, Hot Guys Reading Books. It’s refreshing to find men objectified rather than ladies. Waiiiiiiiit, scratch that!! It’s not ok to objectify anyone, but this is ok because:

a) reading is cool

b) many hot guy photos seem to be self- or gf-submitted

c) the wide swath of guys makes me happy; real life hot definitely means different things to different people, and that range is well-represented here.

This is what I got when I clicked on “random” 4 times:

Comic Books for People Who Think They Couldn’t Possibly Like Comic Books

17 Aug

I found this via xoJane, the new project of Jane Pratt, who I had a love/hate relationship with when she edited Jane magazine and kind of maybe sort of ran it into the ground?  xoJane seems a little dumber and more obnoxious and less sassy than Jane in its glory days, or than well, Sassy, Jane’s pre-Jane also now-defunct mag. But it’s also a blawggg and the standards are a bit lower when you have to produce constant content!

Geez, I don’t know what I think about xoJane, self-described as where women go when they are being selfish, and where their selfishness is applauded.” :/ Cool. X_X   A little sassy, though. Check it out.

I DO like this post by Lesley Kinzel about comics for comics-haters. A lot of those she recommends are ladymade. Check it!

I'm assuming this is Lesley!

For Books’ Sake

5 Aug

Have you ever used technorati? Try it, it’s cooool! Technorati allows you to look for the top blogs (using some crazy popularity/legitimacy formula) for any word. I looked up “feminism” (how predictable) and found some cool sites.

One was For Books’ Sake: Books by and for Independent Women. In their own words:

For Books’ Sake is an intelligent but irreverent website featuring books by and for independent women. Featuring classic and contemporary writing by both iconic and upcoming women authors, it includes news, reviews and interviews.

With only fourteen women winners in more than forty years of the Booker Prize, and the recent statistics from VIDA showing that in a 2010 audit of mainstream media, about 75% of books reviewed were by male authors, our intention is to give women authors a platform and a voice, and to celebrate and promote their writing.

Horrible Screencap Courtesy of Windows :/

And it has a cool design! And is very well-organized for browsing purposes. Explore!