Tori is a writer at large and a recovering fatalist. Her writing has appeared in Salon, Jezebel, The Hairpin, Chicago Magazine, the Barnes & Noble Book Blog, and elsewhere. Here, she tries out weird beauty projects and talks to people doing cool things in publishing.

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Natural Skincare Gift Ideas for Your Hippie Pals

Quality skincare is basically the beauty gift that keeps on giving. You buy your friend the perfect facial oil, her skin begins to glow from regular use, Prince Harry asks her out, and before you know...
By Tori Telfer

Gift Ideas For Your Shockingly Cool Little Brother

Having a younger brother is a special thing, and I'm lucky enough to have two. But finding gifts for younger brothers? Sometimes it feels impossible. See, younger brothers are a strange species. As ki...
By Tori Telfer

How to Thrift... While Looking Like You Don't

Let's talk about thrift, baby. Let's talk about you and me. Let's talk about how hard it is to flip through our favorite brands' latest lookbooks and long for the life we see therein, knowing that we ...
By Tori Telfer

Costumes You Can Find At Every Thrift Store

Halloween can be fun and all, but it can also be a time of great stress. Yesterday, someone asked me what I was going to be for Halloween. What? Am I supposed to be thinking about that already? If you...
By Tori Telfer

The Saddest Denim You'll Find at the Thrift Store

One of the most volatile categories of thrifting can be found in the Denim Section. Looking for high-quality skinny jeans? HA! Hoping to find an adorably oversized denim button-down that's not covered...
By Tori Telfer

I Drank Charcoal For A Week & My Skin Liked It

Late on the night of June 25, I arrived back at my apartment from a 2-week jaunt through Wisconsin and Chicago, ready to drink some charcoal juice. Let me explain: I was dehydrated from hours on a cra...
By Tori Telfer

How To Wear Black In The Summer Without Melting

Black will never go out of style; it's a color that's suitable for all seasons; blah, blah, blah. I'm not hear to praise the elegance, coolness, and straight-up convenience of an all-black wardrobe. I...
By Tori Telfer

What Happens When You Write Fiction Every Day?

I write — for work — almost every single day. Which is great! But when it comes to the writing I don't get paid to do, like fiction, I have always, and I mean always, struggled with sticking to a rout...
By Tori Telfer

Can Grownups Wear Kendall & Kylie's Pacsun Line?

In not so surprising news, Kendall and Kylie Jenner are turning into quite the little fashion powerhouses. And I would know: I follow them on Instagram. Yeah, yeah, it's kind of like we went
By Tori Telfer

How To Choose a Self Help Book That Actually Works

So you feel like reading a self help book. Welcome to America! We have them all. Maybe you're in the sort of funk that only a chipper title can cure — How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, anyone? Ma...
By Tori Telfer

10 Outfits For When You're Feeling Pretentious

"Being pretentious" is often seen as a terrible thing, but I'm here to ask you, comrades: WHY??? Being pretentious is awesome! How else are you supposed to subtly imply that you've read more books tha...
By Tori Telfer

21 Hot Hot Hot Romance Novel Covers, Captioned

Once, when I was in college, I checked out a stack of romance novels from the library as a joke — I found lots of weird things hilarious at the time, OK?! — and the "new hire" working at the library's...
By Tori Telfer

Proof That Everyone Can Rock Minimalist Beauty

You've probably noticed that minimalism (especially minimalist beauty routines) is trending right now. Everybody wants to feel light and breeze and well-curated these days, what with their airy white ...
By Tori Telfer

11 Of Your Fave Novels If They Starred Amy Dunne

Amy Dunne, the ice-blonde lead of Gone Girl, is fictional (we hope, we hope, we hope). But when even a real life FBI agent starts calling her “one of the most disturbing female villains in movie histo...
By Tori Telfer

23 Incredible Books For Beginning Writers

Five years ago, Google told us that there were 129 million different books in the world. Five years ago! This means that, as a fledging writer, you may feel a sensation of acute overwhelmedness when t...
By Tori Telfer

How to Pretend You Were Totally at Coachella

If you really, really, really, really, really want to go to Coachella, but you can't possibly scrounge up a ticket, avoid the Internet. Everywhere you look, it's Coachella this! Coachella that! Coache...
By Tori Telfer

3-Word Writing Advice From Writers And Editors

Sometimes you need to read an entire craft book to figure out this whole writing game, but other times, all you need to know can be condensed into a simple phrase. Kill your darlings. Write what you k...
By Tori Telfer

I Tried A Skin Cleanse & It Was (Mostly) Glorious

My penchant for DIY skincare has been well-documented here on Bustle. Whether it’s a weird chia face mask or the world’s most terrifying nose strip, I am down like a clown who hangs out at Whole Foods...
By Tori Telfer

Emily Weiss Talks Mall Rats and Moisturizer

Emily Weiss, the mastermind behind cult beauty blog Into the Gloss and, more recently, the founder and CEO of Glossier, is cool. We get it. The fact is hammered home every time someone writes
By Tori Telfer

What It's Really Like To Be Instagram Famous

As an “art,” Instagram is fairly straightforward. People enjoy photos with bright white lighting. People judge selfies, but “heart” them anyway. You can’t go wrong with a painstakingly arranged photo ...
By Tori Telfer