Book Review: Dictionary of Fashion History

The most exciting part of all WORN staff meetings is when it’s time to assign the book reviews. Everyone sits up a little straighter, eyes the most coveted titles, sizes up their competition; it’s an office full of fashion nerds and the promise of a thick, educational book on an obscure area of fashion is tempting to all of us. Yet every so often it happens that a book will be held up and no one will jump to claim it. “Anyone?” our editor-in-pants will prod. Sometimes she’ll flip through it. “It looks really good, you guys,” she’ll say, and everyone will look around the room to see if anyone dares accept the challenge. I never turn down a challenge and so at the last meeting, I took the plunge. “Okay,” I said, “I’ll give it a try.”

As soon as I put The Dictionary of Fashion History in my bag I was positive I had made a mistake: I mean, a dictionary? My assignment was to write six hundred words on a literal dictionary. Just a collection of pages with words in alphabetical order and dry descriptions of each. There are barely any pictures, the five year old in me whined. I flipped through it once, twice, hoping to be hit with some sort of inspiration but nothing came except a particularly stubborn bout of procrastination.
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The BUST Magazine Craftacular Wants You!

Are you a crafty genius looking to show off your crafts-pertise? Bring your wares to the BUST Magazine Craftacular at World Maker Faire New York. Applications are due August 15, 2012 (but you might be able to sneak in a late application if you send it before the weekend—not that you heard it from me).

This is BUST Magazine‘s third year as part of the World Maker Faire, a huge two-day event celebrating science, art, craft, engineering, and music in a unique outdoor forum. Over 40,000 people will explore the world’s largest DIY festival; you might even bump into a few Wornettes.

Apply here!

Heartbreak Karaoke: Summer Fling Edition

Was it a California girl? A summer fling that didn’t mean a thing? But oh—those summer nights.

On Tuesday, July 31st, WORN Fashion Journal will get your achey-breakey heart in front of a karaoke machine at SUPERMARKET (268 Augusta Avenue).

We’ve got a karaoke machine, a microphone, sad, sad, sad songs, and enough bitter tears and sweet liquor to fill a swimming pool. What else could you possibly need to mourn your latest romantic folly?

All proceeds go to the production of WORN Fashion Journal. This time, Heartbreak Karaoke will fund the summer rent for our office! We can’t make a magazine without a roof over our heads. Support independent publishing, and sing us a sad song!

$7 Admission
$5 Admission if you’re wearing red or pink
Each song is $1
Jump the line for $10
Celine Dion songs are $5

268 Augusta Avenue
Hosted by: Karaoke Ted
Bring on the heartbreak: 9:00 p.m.
You don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here: 2:00 a.m.

Red and pink: preferred
Your heart on your sleeve: mandatory

Can’t attend this event, but you still want to support independent fashion publishing? You’re making us blush! No amount is too small to win our hearts.

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Wear Your Heart on Your Nails: Heartbreak Karaoke Nail Art Tutorial

You could wear your heart on your sleeve, but why not paint it on all ten of your fingernails? Pinky’s Nails has created this special nail art tutorial for WORN’s Heartbreak Karaoke: Summer Fling edition. This video shows how to create three looks each with two different options: a full heart and a broken heart, a crying Wornette and a clear-eyed Wornette, and two different kinds of music notes.
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