Sophia Babun

Sophia Babun has 5 articles published.

is an ex-aspiring-actress, but forever an undercover musical theater enthusiast. She graduated from Skidmore College with a B.A. in English and studied for a short while at the University of St. Andrews, where she basically lived in a castle (crossing that off her bucket list). Her interests include fashion, Victorian novels, music, and nonfiction writing.

What it Means to Celebrate Day of the Dead – Plus! Sugar Skull Makeup

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The Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a Mexican holiday celebrated on November 1 and 2. It is believed that on The Day of the Dead, spirits of deceased family members return to earth to partake in the day’s festivities. The day includes a variety of traditional foods, including sugar skulls, or Calaveras, and special bread called pan de muerto. People celebrating the day also build and decorate altars in their homes for their loved ones with various offerings to the spirits including candy, food, beverages and other things their loved ones enjoyed in life. It is believed that if the spirits are made happy by what they are offered, they will give the family good…

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Sisters Tackle the Surprisingly Simple Desserts in Sweet Envy

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In my opinion, the best part of dinner is always dessert. I would eat dessert first, if it was socially acceptable. I am essentially addicted to sugar. I’m the type of person who will go to the convenience store at night in my pajamas for a package of Oreos or some gummy worms. Even though I love sweets, I can barely make brownies from the box. It is quite unfortunate. But, to my delight, my younger sister will soon be studying baking and pastries at culinary school. So, I bake vicariously through my little sis. In Seton Rossini’s new cookbook Sweet Envy: Deceptively Easy Desserts, Designed to Steal the Show (The Countryman Press; October 5, 2015) she offers recipes that…

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Celebrate International Read an E-Book Day and Enter to Win an iPad Mini

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I have a terrible habit of reading multiple books at one time (my attention span is pretty short). At any given time I am reading between two to four books, not to mention magazines in between. This is why I love e-books and e-readers: I can have everything I’m reading in my purse at one time without having to lug it all around. E-readers are portable, personal, easy to use and convenient—perfect for people (like me!) who love to read on the go. Why does this all matter? Well, because Friday, September 18 is the official International Read an eBook Day, a day meant to celebrate digital reading around the world. The day pays tribute to the shift in the…

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Terrific T-shirt Transformations Without a Sewing Machine

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After the latest heat wave, it’s too darn hot to look cool. But there is a solution. Summer has always been my least-favorite season for fashion. I find myself resorting to boring T-shirts when I am hanging with friends, going to the beach or exercising. In my opinion, there are two types of T-shirts. The fashion tee: a shirt that was bought at a store, perhaps with a graphic or logo, meant to be worn casually. The thing about these T-shirts is that they tend to get ratty very quickly, especially after frequent wash and wear. Then there is the sentimental-value tee: the shirt that you are not quite ready to part with (for nostalgic reasons), but you never wear…

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Our Top Picks from Comic-Con’s Trailer Frenzy

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Our heads are still spinning from lollapalooza of entertainment excitement that is San Diego Comic-Con. We were on the edge of our seats every time we heard the word “trailer.” It was too hard to actually pick a favorite, or even agree on which one was the best, so the BookTrib team decided to do a roundup of the best trailers that dropped. You”ll be shocked, be excited, be held in suspense! Benedict Cumberbatch greeted fans in a video instead of showing up for the Sherlock panel – which he kindly apologized for—but make sure you watch until the end. Did he just say what I think he said? Is Moriarty back?! Guess we’ll have to wait to find out.…

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