Sonya Mann tippity-tap-types on her computer, walks a dog named Button, and voraciously consumes media of all types. She enjoys making zines and wishes she knew more about gardening.

How To Use Fashion To Boost Your Band

"A band is like a big art project, the music being the core of the project, but the more dimensions that you have dialed as a band, the more interesting for everybody. Album art fashion, and music videos are all part of this." So says Katie Colver,…
By Sonya Mann

The Story Of Allistyle: From Tragedy To Change

On July 12, 2006, Alli Shapiro-Amar died of cancer, after fighting Hodgkin's lymphoma for eight years. Not long before passing away, Shapiro-Amar and her mother Pamela Shainhouse co-founded a charity, Alli's Journey, and a clothing line called…
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Fashion Reducing The Stigma Of Mental Illness

Wear Your Label is a Canadian "conscious clothing line with the goal to create conversations around mental health." I discovered the brand while browsing an Etsy-like website called Colabination. Due to my devastating personal experiences with…
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Why Are Forest Animal Patterns So Popular?

Fawns and foxes and owls, oh my! Why are fairytale animals so popular in fashion? You can't browse ModCloth or Etsy without seeing a pattern that features forest critters, like panties with a fox face. InStyle called the trend "Natural Wonders" and…
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Mythology Is Why Spring Fashion Means Something

For the most part I don't envy you Midwesterners and East Coasters. Who would choose such brutal winters? And yet, aesthetically, I am a tiny bit jealous. Growing up in a seasonless place is sad. Places sans seasons, like my beloved California,…
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Don't Judge People Based On This Accessory, Or Any

In 2006, the coolest cell phone was the Motorola Razr. Remember that? There was a girl in my sixth grade class who had the bubblegum pink version. She texted all the time — even sending pictures! — and I was so jealous. (I didn't get a cell phone…
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A Fashion Guide For All You Dog Walkers

I started walking my neighbor's dog for $10 an hour several months ago. It's a nice side gig. The dog is a sweetheart and I can listen to audiobooks while I walk. $10 an hour is barely minimum wage (I live in California), but it's not nothing. In…
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Our Obsession With Pearly Teeth Needs Reevaluating

During the Oscars, did you notice that celebrities all sported perfect pearly whites? Here's one reason why: People with bad teeth don't get to be famous. More importantly, movie stars can afford to spend thousands of dollars on top-notch dental…
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The Body Positive Anthem We Actually Needed

Mz. 007, a rapper from Saint Louis, Missouri, is important. And she wants you to know it. Her single "Important" starts out, "Pass me a drink, I'm important!" That demand is followed by unabashedly vain lyrics such as, "I'm comin' through, bitch,…
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Why Street Style Photography Must Be Exhausting

New York Fashion Week is finished, leaving some of us bereft. (I assume that Bustle's own Tyler Atwood misses the flood of Instagram weirdness.) Throughout the year, various fashion weeks in major global cities draw hordes of style devotees, in turn…
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The Actual Catholic Schoolgirl Experience

I was a Catholic schoolgirl, and it was the opposite of Britney Spears in the "Baby One More Time" music video. Instead of shimmying around in a plaid miniskirt with a tight white button-down, knotted up to show off a tanned belly, I wore a loose…
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Is This Website The New Etsy?

You can look at shopping as a collaborative endeavor. It's like one of those group projects they made you do in high school, but not horrible. Everyone participates by working hard: The manufacturers work hard to create a desirable product. The…
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The High Style Standards For Women In Tech

Computer companies are notoriously male dominated. To the uninitiated, the faces of the industry are slouchy bros like Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) and Evan Williams (Twitter, Medium), both commonly seen wearing jeans. You might not expect millionaire…
By Sonya Mann

Sexy Indie Lingerie, Regardless Of 'Fifty Shades'

As everybody and their mother knows — especially their mother — the Fifty Shades of Grey movie came out this weekend, premiering on Valentine's Day. Maybe you dashed into the theater, eager for the previews to end and the spanking to start. Maybe…
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How To Charm Gatsby's Socks Off Circa 1920

After looking at drinks and dresses, I'm compelled to find more outfits appropriate for a swanky champagne brunch. You might think that all champagne brunches are swanky, but that is not the case: One Sunday my boyfriend filled his water bottle with…
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Travel Fashion To Avoid Going Insane On The Road

Travel can be approached two ways. The first is to focus on preserving memories for after you get home, trying to ensure that you won’t lose the wonder and mind-expansion of visiting a new place. This is a good idea. Fondly recalling a trip is one…
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What To Wear While Drinking 4 Obscure Cocktails

Recently, I've started getting into cocktail culture, mixing various syrups and sodas with both liqueurs and liquors. It's a throwback to underground saloons in the 1920s when Prohibition was strict — though not well-enforced, judging by wild…
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What To Wear On A Date With An Angsty Musician

Thankfully, I’ve gotten over my thing for angsty boys — mostly. My boyfriend isn’t, like, 100 PERCENT SATISFIED WITH LIFE AT ALL TIMES, but he’s generally pretty cheery and positive. He doesn’t flaunt his angst all over the place. However, my…
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What Is Crazy Girl Chic And Why Does It Matter?

I first heard Tove Lo’s “Habits (Stay High)” while driving on the freeway. I thought it was a Miley Cyrus song so I was annoyed that I liked it. Still, my heart had to swell. I’ve never reacted to a breakup with “gotta stay high all the time” — more…
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A DIY Face Mask Experiment For Tasty Skin

Are rosemary and money good for your skin? I meant to write "honey" but the typo is perfect. Money is definitely good for your skin. Bathe in it. Money is the only acceptable moisturizer. Money has, like, cocaine residue, right? AND COCAINE RESIDUE…
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