DO-GOODERS
Matt Damon Uses Celebrity for Clean Water in India, Empowering Women

This past Friday, Matt Damon went on a tour in India, and it wasn’t to promote his latest sci-fi blockbuster, Elysium, but rather to help India’s rural and urban poor gain access to clean water and sanitation. Rather than signing autographs and escaping paparazzi, Damon formed relationships with struggling individuals and families while investing in tube wells, hand pumps, and toilets with proper drainage facilities.

And this was no spontaneous trip on Damon’s part--he and Gary White cofounded Water.org, a nonprofit organization that partners with microfinance institutions to facilitate loans so that people can afford clean water and the dignity of sanitary units like toilets.

INDIA
Roundup of week events at Taj Lounge

Taj is a combination of a restaurant and a lounge. Its decor is admirable and unique. Inspired by India, Taj is one of New York's ultimate luxury nightlife lounge. For the night, guest are transported to another side of the world surrounded by dancing shivas, carved teak and a mahogany and copper-topped bar.

Here are some upcoming events at Taj:

Doors open for Happy hour at "Taj Tuesdays After Work" at 5:30 P.M. Get there before 7 P.M for free admission. The drink special are 2 for 1 drinks and the best part... the kitchen is open. What's better then having drinks and food? Not much! If you like house music, Bachata, Merengue and Salsa then Taj Tuesday's are for you!

BEHNAZ SARAFPOUR
Designers Carry On

Life isn't just about Marc Jacobs and Lorenzo Martone on vacation. There are actually other people and things going on in fashion - believe it or not. For instance, the stud muffin Yigal Azrouel going surfing in Costa Rica - hmm, I wonder if he's still cheating with Billy Joel's ex-wife? Or, the ever so delightful Behnaz Sarafpour, taking on India and elephant rides with primary colored cloths. Whatever satisfaction the warmer climates bring our creative souls on holiday, we hope they bring us even warmer collections for fashion week - to put it simply, it's cold in this city of dreams.

AUSTRALIA
Hair-Raising Accessories

Australian designer Polly van der Glas has found a new yet pre-historic way to accessorize your wardrobe. Glas’s collection features sterling silver pieces, which are hand-made in Melbourne, AU; however the hand crafted sterling silver is overshadowed by the usage of real human teeth and hair. Have no fear, all human teeth are locally donated and sterilized, and the human hair is either locally donated or sourced from India and China. To be completely honest, I like Polly van der Glas’ collection and I would even wear a few of her pieces. -Would you?

COW URINE
Protest Sushi on Hudson
COW URINE
“This tastes like piss. Oh, wait . . .”