3 Easy, Modern Ways (and a Mustang) to Channel Steve McQueen’s Classic ‘Bullitt’ Style

Think about the coolest, most stylish film you’ve ever seen. Chances are, Bullitt and Steve McQueen come to mind. Sure, the car gets tons of the attention, but McQueen’s wearable apparel has become just as iconic as the kickass Mustang he drove in the 1968 film, complete with epic car chases, a fast-paced tour of San Francisco, and plenty of style lessons any guy can take and make his own.

 

 

Ford recently brought back a new version of the Bullitt just in time to celebrate the release of the flick, and the 2019 model combines some of the original’s design cues with a modern twist.


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And now, years after McQueen took the wheel on screen, we think his character’s style still holds up, too. The pieces Frank Bullitt wears are hands down some of the coolest you’ll see in any movie, but you don’t have to own the exact pieces to follow his lead.

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American actor Steve McQueen on the set of Bullitt, directed by Peter Yates. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images) Sunset Boulevard / Contributor/ Getty Images

Here, we came up with a few simple ways to give your wardrobe a modern McQueen-like upgrade—some a simple nod; other pieces, nearly identical to Frank Bullitt’s outfits—that you should be able to get miles out of for years down the road.

And if you’re sticking to a budget? You won’t spend more than around $ 250 for most of this gear (Bullitt not included).

The Shoes

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Astorflex Greenflex Boots

Taking a walk in McQueen’s shoes just got a little more possible. You won’t find a better fit than these casual Astorflex boots that nail the perfect balance of things you can wear to work or the bar. And luckily, our friends at Huckberry have you covered.

[$ 150; huckberry.com]

The Outerwear

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Flint and Tinder Flannel-lined Waxed Trucker Jacket

Because you’re not going to want to wear a blazer with elbow patches everywhere you go. (If you want to spring for a full suit, we like this Polo Ralph Lauren option, patches and all.) While you can’t go wrong with McQueen’s dressed-up attire, this versatile jacket nails his simple, timeless vibe. Its subtle color won’t take attention away from your new Mustang Bullitt, plus it’ll keep you warm when those California temperatures dip thanks to the flannel lining. Not to mention, its waxed coating will stand up to just about everything up ahead—epic car chases included.

[$ 220; huckberry.com]

The Basics

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Flint and Tinder 10 Year Crew Sweater; Proof 72-Hour Merino LS Tee

So a stylish turtleneck might not be your everyday go-to layer for driving fast cars—or getting stuck in rush hour traffic on your daily work commute. A solid navy sweater or crewneck tee will do the trick just fine, and they’ll still help you achieve McQueen’s look without making you want to stretch out your collar to get some extra breathing room. During the winter months, opt for the sweater, which you can wear on its own or under your jacket. For the rest of the year, go for something a little on the lighter side, like this Proof 72-Hour Merino top.

[$ 78, Flint and Tinder 10 Year Crew; huckberry.com; $ 78, Proof 72-Hour Merino LS Tee; huckberry.com]

Bonus

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2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt

We’re just going to leave this one here for when you find some extra space in your style budget. Don’t worry, it looks good with everything.

[$ 46,595; ford.com]

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5 Ways to Get Thicker, Fuller Hair

First things first: It’s nearly impossible to thicken your hair at the root itself unless you medically intervene with supplements or injections. But that’s not what this article is about .It’s about how to make your hair look and feel fuller—to maximize the follicles you’re already working with, and to be all the more confident when you head out into the world with each passing year.

 

 

Because the truth is every single one of us will lose hair to some extent—some quicker and to a greater degree than others—but if you act quickly and get a little crafty no one will be the wiser.

It mostly comes down to using the right hair products, and some minor dietary fixes, says Los Angeles-based celebrity groomer, KC Fee.

These are her tips for getting a fuller head of hair.


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1. Switch to a Milder Shampoo

Hopefully you already know that too much shampoo is bad for your hair. It strips all the good oils along with the bad, drying it out and making it hard to style. However, sometimes that’s the tradeoff if you actually want your hair to look fuller: When it’s parched, it stands up more and looks thicker. So, since you might be shampooing more frequently in order to get this effect, Fee suggests switching to one that’s engineered to be less harsh on your strands. It’ll still lift the hair since it removes the oil at the root, but it’ll dry the actual hair out less in the process, by preserving its natural oils.

She prefers Christophe Robin Men’s Cleansing Thickening Paste for her clients.

“It gives hair volume and a thicker feel,” Fee says.

2. Use Light, Dry Products

“When it comes to thinning hair, you don’t want to use heavy, greasy products that’ll weigh the hair down,” says Fee. “It will cause separation that only accentuates the hair loss.”

She’s referring to things like standard shiny pomade. Instead you want something with a matte finish that lifts the hair. She uses Kevin Murphy Rough Rider Clay Pomade (note that it’s not a “traditional greasy pomade—sometimes the word ‘pomade’ is used interchangeably with ‘hair product’), or a texturizing spray like Oribe’s, which kind of works like a dry shampoo to soak excess oils and add some lift.

“Both are light and dry products that give volume and texture,” says Fee. “A good rule of thumb is to start with a little product and build as needed.”


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3. Use a Round Brush (and a Hair Dryer)

You probably know that a brush isn’t the best styling device for short hair. It’s used to evenly distribute natural oils to the ends of longer hairs. So, while you keep a comb nearby for your styling needs, there is one brush you should have on-hand: a small, rounded one, like the 3/4″ brush from Spornette. If you use a cream styler, like Baxter of California’s Hard Cream Pomade, apply a small amount to clean, towel-dried hair, then use the brush with a hair dryer (a cheap, simple Conair hair dryer will do) to lift the hair and dry the product at the root, Fee says.

“It gives the hair volume and a thicker look,” she adds.

4. Follow These Dieting Principles

“Diet and supplements can be very helpful in strengthening hair and prolonging the inevitable, as hair loss comes down to genetics,” Fee says.

You can take a proactive approach to hair loss, aside from pills and procedures, by focusing on your diet.

“It can be as easy as eating a clean diet—no sugar or processed foods—and one high in antioxidants,” she says. “Or you can take supplements that include biotin, zinc, vitamin C, iron, and niacin—such as Viviscal daily hair growth supplements.”


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5. Opt for Hair fibers—Hollywood’s Big Grooming Secret

We asked Fee for the “Hollywood secret” to making hair look thicker—something beyond these everyday salon tips.

Her answer was a bit of a shock: It’s hair fibers—like those sprinkle-on powders guys use to cover their bald spots.

“You’d be surprised to know how many men being photographed or in films and on TV use this trick,” she says. “There’s absolutely no shame in it. And it works! I use Toppik Hair Fiber. It comes in every shade in a shake bottle. You can either shake it in to cover bigger areas, such as the top or back of the head, or it has a pump nozzle you can buy separately to use for a more precise application along the hairline.”

If you aren’t balding but simply want to make your hair look thicker and fuller, this could be the solution. Just don’t touch the hair much once it’s applied, and shampoo thoroughly before resting it on any pillows.

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If you designed a city from scratch, could you build a major highway through it that was downhill both ways? 

I’ll try to describe how that could work. And yes, I will be cheating.

Imagine a barge floating in a man-made container of water. If you wanted to lift that barge and its contents, all you do is stick a water hose in the container and wait. As the water rises, so does the barge. The larger the hose, the faster the rise. And when you want the barge to come down, you drain it.

Now imagine two containers with two barges. Between them, we build a platform connected to the barges by arms. Like this (conceptually).

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When both tanks are filled with water, the platform in the middle rises to meet the start of a road that was designed to rise gradually over several miles until it meets the platform. Drive off the platform and you are downhill all the way home.

Now duplicate the system on the other end, where most commuters live. The side with the most origination traffic (commuters) is the one that is highest but only for that part of the day. At the end of the commute, the heights reverse.

You would also need a third unrelated route to town, totally flat, for traveling outside commute hours. 

Okay, okay, lots of problems with this idea. Let me address a few. 

For starters, moving that much water is not easy. One solution might involve locating the city where there is a natural water source. But that water still needs to be lifted to the height of the tank. I see three ways to do that cheaply.

1. Locate near the base of a mountain stream, so water is starting out above your tank. Build pipes from the mountain streams/lakes to the tops of the water containers and let gravity do its thing.

2. Locate your city in a desert with an aquifer or ocean access. Dome the city or build it underground so weather does not interfere. Use solar power that is abundant during the day to pump water uphill for later.

3. Use the natural motion of life to pump water all day long. Ocean waves would be a good pump. And perhaps sidewalks could be designed so they pump a bit of water every time you walk on them. The pedestrian is happy for the softer sidewalk and the pumping happens all day long.

You also have a problem of getting the cars to the top of the water tank so they can head downhill. But let’s say those cars are required to park on the barge (or multiple barges) so the cars themselves rise all day long, from morning until it is time for the evening commute. Humans still need to take an elevator or stairs to the top of the platform, but that seems cheap.

Now let’s assume all cars are self-driving by then. You don’t need a car in your garage. But you do need to get to the raised platform, and that might be a mile away. No problem for a city designed underground with lots of bike paths on flat roads. Bike to your self-driving car location, take the elevator or walk to the top, and the self-driving car takes you downhill all the way to work. You might need a bike at the far end too, depending on your office location. But keep in mind that this is a designed city, so nothing is too far from anything else. Let’s say the whole city is ten miles across. You could bike the whole way if you wanted. The city is domed or underground, so weather is not an issue and roads are smooth.

And let’s assume the water you use for the barges does double-duty for farming and household use when drained. Nothing is wasted.

Could any version of this idea work if you designed your city from scratch?

[Update: Disqus locked me out and won’t let me comment from my preferred computer. It tries and apparently fails to send me an email to unlock it. It is not in spam or anywhere. I don’t have a week to dedicate to fix this so expect me absent for now.)

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Today marks the opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition “Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom,” which highlights the cultural and political renaissance that flourished in the civilization over the span of nearly 400 years. Among the pieces on display is a large-scale sculpture of Pharaoh Mentuhotep II, canopic jars used for mummification, and ornate royal jewelry inlaid with precious stones and coated in gold. Suddenly, all this gleaming excitement has us thinking: Why not bring a little Egyptian-inspired glamour to your everyday beauty routine?

Even more than 3,000 years later, a dash of bright gold—prized by the Egyptians as a divine and indestructible element and associated with the sun god Ra—still makes our hearts flutter. Just ask the gilded aficionado Pat McGrath, who adorned Parisians last week with her forthcoming 24-karat-inspired eyeshadow hue. We’re not suggesting you go full-scale Cleopatra, but a simple swipe of metallic eye gloss or a gold-handled makeup brush is enough to tap into the hue’s brilliant decorative effect.

If high-impact shine isn’t your thing, how about celebrating the ancient culture’s beauty rituals with an elongated swipe of kohl along the lashes instead? The inky black pigment creates a flattering frame to the eye that looks as inarguably cool now as it did then. Likewise, Christian Louboutin’s lapis blue nail polish—which conjures the color of the popular stone used in sacred amulets and scarabs—is fit for a modern queen.

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5 Simple Ways To Make Your Hands Look Younger

While we’re busy applying various anti-aging creams to our faces and running to the colorist to cover our grays, we often forget the body part that typically reveals our age first: our hands. 

Even A-list actresses like Julianne Moore and Cate Blanchett have shied away from the popular “mani-cam” at awards shows, which zooms in on the stars’ nail designs. Moore called it “humiliating.”

Here are some simple ways you can turn back the clock on your hands and deal with common aging issues like dryness and age spots. 

1. Wear gloves.

 

Washing the dishes every night can dry out your skin, with the hot water and abrasive dish soaps stripping away the natural oils in your skin, causing it to become parched and even cracked. The perfumes in dish soaps can also irritate your skin and exacerbate conditions like eczema. Help keep the moisture in your skin by wearing dishwashing gloves every time you clear out the sink — or opt to use the dishwasher! 

2. Moisturize like your life depends on it. 

 

Thanks to frequent washing, our hands get the moisture sapped out of them more than pretty much any other area of our body — so they definitely deserve a little more TLC. Using lotions and creams will help lock in the moisture and help your hands look younger by plumping up the skin. Dermatologists recommend using treatments which include ingredients like shea butter, olive oil, vitamin E and macadamia nut oil. Applying these to slightly damp skin helps them absorb better, so make sure to keep a jar of cream handy on your bathroom sink to use after showers or hand-washing. 

And when you’re using treatments and creams on your face, it doesn’t hurt to apply some to your hands too – especially if they are products which boost collagen production, to help plump up the thin skin on the backs of your hands. Just make sure the products don’t cause peeling or increased sensitivity to sunlight. 

3. Use a flattering polish. 

 

While things like black polish or nail art might be the hottest trends right now, they could just look severe and further age mature hands. But the right shade could help spruce up your hands and draw attention away from age spots or visible veins. Style experts recommend steering away from fads like glitter, overly long nails, or square shapes. 

While you may be tempted to use nude polishes so that you don’t draw attention to your hands, a pop of color can actually help your hands look younger. Orange-based reds are a popular pick, compared with blue-based reds (which can make your veins stand out).  If you’re afraid of going bright, just keep your nails short and well-shaped and the color will still look sophisticated. 

And if you do choose to opt for nudes, celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann says it’s all about choosing a shade with the right undertone so your skin doesn’t look gray and sallow. 

4. Wear sunscreen. 

 

Sun spots can be a true giveaway of your age. They develop over time, after years of exposure to the sun’s UV rays or even tanning beds. You can talk to your dermatologist about topical creams like hydroquinone, which helps bleach the pigment, or even some laser therapies which destroy pigment-producing cells. 

But as with everything, prevention really is the best cure, no matter how old you are. Prevent more age spots from appearing by applying sunscreen daily. Yes, we know, the first thing you want to do after applying sunscreen to the rest of your body is to wash your hands. Instead, resist the urge and slather the reamining cream onto the backs of your hands, which need the protection most. (The palms of your hands have a layer of dead skin cells which help protect against UV rays.) And make sure to reapply after hand-washing. 

5. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate. 

 

Dead skin cells can not only make your skin look flaky and dull, they can also keep treatments from sinking in. As with your face, make sure you use a gentle exfoliator  — nothing too abrasive, because it can scratch the surface of your skin. You can even make your own treatment at home by using a teaspoon of sugar combined with a hydrating oil, like coconut oil. 

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One of the benefits of my divorce last year was realizing that I am weak on boundaries. I could go so far as to say I didn’t have any. After twelve years of trying to make the marriage work I was pretty much all over the map with my feelings and actions. I’ve since regrouped and for the first time have a clear understanding of my emotions and how to deal with them. Here is what I’ve learned so far:

  1. I recently broke up with my boyfriend. Even though he is a wonderful person, he wasn’t wonderful for me. It took me over a year to come to that conclusion, but I did it.
  2. I only visit my parents when I know I’m centered enough to handle it. My father is an alcoholic and my mother has dementia. My three siblings and I have a much different approach on how we cope. One visits regularly, one actually takes care of them, and the other is still trying for the relationship we all would have liked growing up. I’ve learned it does me more harm than good when I’m not in the right place to be present with them. I dread the month before Christmas when all three call repeatedly insisting I be there for holidays. They won’t take no for an answer!
  3. I say no to my friends when they request something I can’t do. Typically this involves watching their children. There was one time I said yes when I shouldn’t have and I had to call my friend to come get her son while the other boy my son was playing with could stay. She was mad at me for months and it almost cost the friendship.
  4. I ask my children what they’re feeling and have them make their own conclusions on what action they should take. This is a life lesson. It’s important to me that they work things out on their own and learn, understand and trust their feelings. One benefit of encouraging independent thinking is that I’m showing them the respect I hope they carry with them as they grow older.
  5. I let go of clients that are causing me trouble and/or paying late. This is hard to do because it’s ingrained in my business background that “the customer is always right.” I’ve come to learn that they may or may not be right, but it’s not always right for me. If it’s not working, get rid of it.
  6. I calmly explain to my siblings that their well intended advice can sometimes sound more like criticism and that I would let them know when I need their feedback. Not long ago I would have more than likely just let it go and waited until the next family gathering before I talked to them. They’re family, I’ll still see them so what difference does it make? But then I realized they’re great to practice my new skills on for just that reason. They’re not going anywhere!
  7. I stay with a schedule as best I can to help me stay focused and make the most of my work time. Likewise, it helps my two boys to respect my time and not interrupt. They know that when I’m done I’ll be available to them.
  8. I ask myself what I’m feeling when my boyfriend does something that upsets me and then express that feeling. Instead of getting emotional or blaming him, I involve him by asking what he thinks can be done so that we can come to a solution together. This puts the relationship first and helps it grow.
  9. I make time for myself everyday. Perhaps this is the biggest incentive to stay self-employed. Truth is I’m terrified of having to go back to a full time job that isn’t flexible with my schedule. I meditate in the morning, write in my journal and exercise daily. Some afternoons I even nap. I don’t know many work environments that encourage that!
  10. I ask for help when I need it. For me, the ultimate challenge! I pride myself on being independent. I’m self-employed after all. One of my favorite things about what I do is that all the information I need is right at my fingertips on the internet. But I need a human connection too and people generally love to help and give advice. And it gives me a chance to show gratitude, of which I can’t do enough.

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Let’s cut the crap. Before Captain poopy-pants arrived, I used to work out three times a day. Now, I struggle to find time to floss. Don’t get me wrong: I don’t resent my beautiful son. I appreciate every moment I get to spend nurturing his gorgeous, tender soul. And I don’t shake my fist in the air at him silently just because he turned me into something that looks a clay sculpture of Mark Wahlberg that was dropped off a ledge and then went bald and got big rings under its eyes.

But let’s just say since Baron von Burpenstein showed up, it’s been hard to sleep. And hence hard to find time to exercise, or brush my teeth.

I used to take pride in my appearance, but I am so overjoyed at the pleasures of fatherhood I hardly even spend all day in front of the bathroom mirror weeping.

OK, so enough about who gained weight and is now embarrassed to be naked even by himself. Bottom line: I look like a piece of melted gouda cheese with two raisins stuck in it.

I bought a bathroom scale, but I was like, “How can this possibly be the number this scale is saying? It must be broken.” So I threw it out and bought a new one. The same thing happened. Odd. Doesn’t anyone make scales that work anymore? When I could no longer afford to buy more scales, I finally had to face the truth. The scales weren’t broken. The problem was me. I was having visual hallucinations.

So I went to see an eye doctor, who confirmed my suspicions. I have become so overweight it is making me go blind. It’s called morbid cornea obesity, and apparently it can be brought on by innocent everyday activities such as having a baby, or eating 997 individually wrapped Kraft cheese singles, which they don’t warn you about on the package. And really once you eat the first few, what’s the point in putting a half empty case of cheese back in the fridge, especially at 2AM?

Anyway, I realized something had to change when none of my clothes fit me. And I so began making mu-mu’s out of the bed sheets.

When none of the bed sheets fit me anymore, I decided it was finally time to stop making excuses, and do something about it.

And so I devised a few easy ways to sneak fitness routines into the day while tending to junior. I really feel like a new man now, and the best part is, you can do all of these exercises while parenting your child.

1. Carry the baby around the house on a cinderblock for an hour each morning. Good for the glutes. Note: a cinderblock can be rough on a newborn’s skin, so fold two paper towels on top of the cement as padding.

2. Lay awake at night all night worried your baby will stop breathing. Repeat in sets of one, nightly, until you can’t feel your arms anymore.

3. Put a 20-pound dumbbell inside the baby’s diapers. Carefully cradle the baby/dumbell under your arm, being sure to support his neck. Do 10 sets of 15 reps with each arm. Don’t forget to rinse off the weights when you change the diaper.

4. Get up to pee in the middle of the night, delirious with new father fatigue and stub your toe on the side of the bed so hard that you first see red, then black, then white, then some of the early abstract color fields of Barnett Newman. Declare, “It’s broken for sure” to no one in particular in between cursing like an Albanian sailor who just lost his sister and three toes in a ponzi scheme. Go to the baby and say in a whimper, “Daddy broke his toe.” Rest at least 10 minutes before next set.

5. Tuck the baby carefully inside the front of your sweatpants. Jump rope.

6. Fall asleep in the act of eating. Catch yourself as your skeletal muscles relax and your neck drops and jerks you back awake. 8 sets of eight. This is a killer neck work out. Also fall off a stool. In between each round, actively lose some hair.

7. Lay face down on the floor and have your training partner put your baby in a position so that the child’s legs are straddling your neck, as if he was riding a horse. Use duct tape to secure your infants’ ankles together in front of your throat. Do clapping push-ups.

8. Lock yourself out of your home. This works best if you have a door that locks by itself and you are wearing only that pair of underwear you cannot explain still owning. For the first rep, take out a bag of dirty diapers and drop them down the trash chute or put them in a garbage can. Make sure the door locks behind you and you have no key and are in your underwear and that no one but the baby is home so you are unable to get back inside and are in a panic that the baby stopped breathing as soon as the door latches.

9. If you live in an apartment, each time you enter the building, put the baby in the elevator, press your floor number and then run up the stairs as fast as you can. See if you can arrive before the elevator does or someone steals your baby.

10. Mention one more fucking time to your wife, who has just had a baby, that you feel fat.

Prepare to run. Fast.

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10 Ways to Make It Easier for Your Child to Come Out

October 11 is National Coming Out Day. Young people across the country are thinking about coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT*). Many have high hopes that coming out will give them relief. Maybe they’ve been hiding a secret for a long time and hunger for the freedom to be themselves with the people they love. Sadly, the one thing they may fear the most is rejection from their parents or caregivers. We can change this.

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If your child is thinking about coming out, you probably don’t know about it. You might suspect that your child is LGBT*, or you may not have the slightest idea. Either way, it’s a good idea to be prepared for any possibility. Below are ways that parents and caregivers can make the days before and after coming out much easier for their children.

If Your Child Hasn’t Come Out

If your child is planning to come out, they may be watching for clues to guess how accepting and open you might be. Consider the following tips:

1. Don’t assume. Many parents assume our children will love and marry someone of the opposite sex. Most of us also assume that we know our children’s gender from the minute they are born, if not before. On the other hand, some of us may think we know our child is gay or transgender even though they haven’t said anything about it. Avoid jumping to conclusions. Respect your child’s need to discover and disclose their own identity when they are ready.

2. Recognize and address your concerns and fears. Many parents and caregivers have fears about having a gay or transgender child. It can make a difference to realize they’re not alone and to get your questions answered. If it’s hard for you to accept the idea that your child might be gay or transgender, here are resources that may help.

3. Show that you are open and accepting. If your child hears you use offensive language or say negative things about gay or transgender people, they will assume that it’s not safe to come out to you. Use respectful language when talking about people who are LGBT*. Watch TV programs that have LGBT* characters. Find ways to show acceptance without putting your child on the spot.

4. Be approachable and available. Make time and space for your child to be able to talk to you privately. Give them openings to talk about whatever is on their mind.

5. Show unconditional love in your actions and words. Tell your child that you love them for who they are and that nothing can change that. Show your love by treating your child with care and respect. This can help give your child the confidence to confide in you.

Your child just came out. Now what?

You may be relieved that they finally told you, frantic with fear that they will never live a happy life, or somewhere in between. Now what? Your acceptance is the one thing that can make the biggest difference in their health and well being.

1. Show unconditional love in your actions and words. Remind yourself how much you love your child. Tell your child that you love them and that nothing can change that. This may be the thing your child most needs to hear. Even if you are uncomfortable with the news, show affection and avoid saying things that are hurtful.

2. Believe your child. They have probably thought long and hard about this, maybe even agonized over it, before coming out to you. Asking questions like “Are you sure?”, “How do you know?”, “Is this a phase?” won’t make your child feel accepted. They may feel that you are hoping that their identity will go away.

3. Acknowledge the courage it took.
Coming out to you may have been the bravest thing your child has ever done. Even if it’s hard to hear, let your child know that you appreciate their openness and honesty.

4. Recognize and address your own concerns and fears. If you aren’t thrilled with the news, you don’t have to fake it. It’s okay to let your child know that it is hard for you. Your child probably went through a process to accept their identity and you may need this too. Ask your child to be patient with you. Meantime, get the information and support you need.

5. Don’t out your child to others. Your child came out to you, but that doesn’t mean they are ready to be out with everyone. Respect their privacy. Ask permission before discussing it with others. If you need someone to talk to, find a way that you can do this without violating their trust.

As with any tips, take what makes sense to you and use your own judgment. Do your best, be forgiving of yourself, and always remember how much you love your child.

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50 Ways of Saying Fabulous

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Genre: Gay

Publish Date: May 2, 2015

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Sweet, fat, theatrical Billy-Boy was never cut out to be a farmer, but as his father’s only son he’s obliged to try. The cows are wayward and the chores are gruelling, but Billy finds escape in a fantasy world. A place where the turnip paddock becomes a lunar landscape, a lavender bed jacket a slinky space suit, a cow’s tail a head of beautiful blonde hair, and where Billy can become Judy Robinson, heroine of TV’s Lost in Space . But in an isolated conservative farming community in 1970s New Zealand, not everyone approves of Billy’s transformation. On the brink of adolescence, Billy is beginning to discover that growing up is far more complicated and confusing than he could ever have imagined. While the mysteries of sex confound him, emotions are unleashed which urge Billy to betray those closest to him. 50 Ways of Saying Fabulous is a poignant and endearingly comic novel. Anyone who grew up in a small town, grew up feeling that they didn’t fit in, or simply grew up will find this book funny, touching and unforgettably evocative of childhood lost.  Praise for 50 Ways of Saying Fabulous : 'I loved this funny sad tale of growing up a sissy in New Zealand. Graeme Aitken proves that even the most extraordinary events can occur to wonderfully ordinary people. If I knew fifty ways of saying fabulous, I’d use them all to praise this charming first novel.’ EDMUND WHITE 'Thoroughly engaging.' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY 'A funny but also achingly sad first novel'. OBSERVER 'A sort of gay Adrian Mole … There are laughs aplenty but also moments of agony … Told with bare faced honesty, it is a warm, cruel, funny tale.' THE SUNDAY AGE 'Touching and sad, 50 Ways of Saying Fabulous also has some very funny moments.' THE TIMES 'An entertainment, a gentle, poignant story of a fat boy who fantasises romance and glamour without yet having a name for what he is … Aitken writes with a distinctive voice, one that is wonderfully evocative.' DENNIS ALTMAN, THE AGE '… an important work … What Aitken has demonstrated fabulously is his skill in the art of telling a good story … his honesty and fearlessness in confronting those squirmy adolescent secrets is to be admired.' CANBERRA TIMES

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Most co-parenting families with school-aged children have two basic parenting time schedules: one for school vacations and holidays and the other for the school year. If you and your former spouse separated or divorced over the summer, this month may be a crucial turning point as the two of you test out the “school year” portion of your child custody agreement for the first time. What can you expect from this new schedule, and how can you tell if changes are needed in order to help your children truly thrive in the coming months? Here are three ways to tell if the custody agreement you have in place is the best fit for your child, and for you.

Does Your Parenting Time Plan Reflect Realistic Expectations?
It’s natural for emotions to run high during a separation or divorce, especially when it comes to critical matters such as deciding child custody. Parents may initially make unrealistic custody grabs based on fear or insecurity, demanding full custody or the vast majority of parenting time, even if their work schedule or living arrangement makes this kind of plan impossible or even detrimental to their children.

If you veered at first towards making bold custody claims out of your hurt or angry feelings, hopefully you had an attorney by your side who was able to steer you towards making sound decisions for the sake of your children. If you were not so lucky, you may have a parenting time plan in place that might work in the short term, but down the road is at risk of imploding when schedules clash and you start showing up late for pick-ups (or not at all), or put your kids in situations in which they lack proper care and supervision.

Yes, it can take time for any co-parenting family to settle into a new school year routine. Still, take some time this month to give your parenting time plan an honest assessment. Does it reflect your need to punish your former spouse or your child’s needs to have a calm, stable school year with love and support from both parents? If your self-assessment reveals a parenting time plan that could use some tweaks, check in with an attorney to learn more about child custody modification, which you and your former spouse may be able to renegotiate on your own terms.

Does Your Parenting Time Plan Reflect Your Children’s Ages, Activities & Needs?
When you decided on a child custody arrangement, you probably took into consideration a number of factors such as your children’s ages, personalities and developmental needs; your careers and outside commitments; child care and the geographical distance between parents’ homes; and your children’s academic and extracurricular activities.

What is important to remember is that children can change, sometimes dramatically, in only the space of a few months. For example, maybe your child will discover their passion for soccer this year and now have practice and home and away games most of the week. Or perhaps your child will unfortunately hit a stumbling block in math and benefit from after school tutoring. Or maybe you will get a promotion at work with more pay — and more hours. On the other hand, perhaps your child is now in preschool or kindergarten and can handle more frequent transitions between parental homes. Or your child recently developed a health or medical need that makes staying in one home preferable.

As inevitable changes occur for your child (or for you or your former spouse), keep track of how they may affect your parenting time plan. For example, if your child has back-to-back tutoring and then sports practice after school, does it still make sense to schedule a dinner together on the same night? Or could a different plan benefit your child?

Parenting time plans are binding, so if you and your former spouse mutually agree to make permanent changes to the schedule that you believe are your child’s best interests, you will need to submit these changes to the courts. Also be aware that if you informally cede parenting time to your former spouse on a regular basis, your former spouse could go to court seeking to have these changes incorporated, with or without your consent.

Are You and Your Former Spouse Able to Maintain Communication?
Finally, a make or break issue for many parenting time plans is how well co-parents can communicate with each other to keep their schedule on track and workable for all involved. Something as simple as arranging to text each other with neutral comments to confirm pick ups and drops offs (i.e., “Will be at bus stop at 4 pm on Friday”) can go a long ways towards creating a positive co-parenting relationship. There are even divorce apps to help co-parents stay on the same page. All you need to do is upload your current parenting time plan and the app will send you both reminders of who needs to be where and when. Or go low-tech by using a notebook that you pass back and forth during custody swaps with notes on how your child is doing and other messages.

The bottom line? Consider it your ongoing homework assignment this year to gauge how well your parenting time plan is working, and whether you are doing your part to make it work. One last point to keep in mind? The old “dog ate my homework” excuse doesn’t apply when it comes to parenting your kids.

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If you spend time around young kids, you’ve probably heard Disney’s Frozen soundtrack more times than you can count. But have you ever really listened to the lyrics of “Let It Go,” the mega-hit song from that film? Elsa, the feisty heroine of the story, sings: “Let it go, let it go/ Can’t hold it back anymore. Let it go, let it go/ Turn away and slam the door.”

If you’re going to survive the inevitable challenges, hurts, and tough decisions you’ll face during a divorce, you’d be wise to take Elsa’s advice. Here are 6 things you’ll have to “let go” if you want to move forward with your life:

  1. People who don’t support you. There’s an old saying: “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.” When you go through difficult times, you find out who’s really in your corner. Some friends and relatives who you thought would always be there for you will end up abandoning you. Others, including some folks you don’t think of as part of your inner circle, will step up and offer astonishing amounts of support, kindness and sage advice. Until you experience tough times, you really don’t know who will fall into which camp. Once it becomes clear that a particular person just isn’t there for you (or may even be working against you), you need to let them go. Concentrate on keeping the positive people in your life and actively seek out new friends who share your interests and sensibilities. (And remember, friendship is a 2-way proposition. Make sure you reach out to those around you who need a helping hand).
  2. Anger. Buddha said, “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” A divorce involves so many hurts and frustrations that it provides an unlimited supply of grist for the “anger mill.” Anger is an essential part of the grieving and recovery process, so these feelings are understandable and — to a point — useful. However, eventually your wrath will outlive its usefulness. It will work against you, poisoning your spirit and preventing you from living a full life. Acknowledge your anger, then work through it by accepting responsibility for your own life. Consciously decide to move on, to be happy and positive instead of bitter and miserable.
  3. Paralyzing Fear. Fear is a basic human emotion; it’s built into our DNA because it is required for our survival as individuals and as a species. What’s tricky is figuring out how to distinguish between circumstances that are truly threatening and those that merely bring us out of our comfort zone. Artist Georgia O’Keefe said: “I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life — and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I’ve wanted to do.” Ask yourself: “What do I want to do that I’m afraid to do?” Chances are, the thing that you fear most is the very thing you really need to do. Start small, then work up to your biggest bugaboo. There is no limit to what you can accomplish once you let go of fear.
  4. Bad habits. When we feel upset or frustrated, it’s easy to fall into toxic habits. Think of these as a modern day version of “the 7 deadly sins:” gluttony (overindulgence in food, alcohol, or drugs), sloth (isolation and lack of exercise), envy (wanting what others have, which inevitably leads to self-pity), pride (inability to ask for help when you need it), lust (looking for love in all the wrong places), wrath (lashing out at others), and greed (focusing on what you lack instead of what you have). Obviously, none of these “sins” will serve you well. Let them go and replace them with their virtuous counterparts: temperance, exercise, socialization, kindness, generosity, love, and above all, gratitude.
  5. Possessions that weigh you down. In her best-selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: the Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, Marie Kondo advises, “The best way to choose what to keep and what to throw away is to take each item in one’s hand and ask: ‘Does this spark joy?’ If it does, keep it. If not, dispose of it.” Look around you: are you surrounded by depressing mementos of your past? Do you live among objects that not only don’t bring you joy, but cause you pain and distress? Let them go. Pass the family photos along to your children. Replace the linens and towels you once shared with your spouse. Sell the jewelry your husband gave you. Use eBay or Craigslist to get rid of the fancy wedding china that you never use. Donate any outdated or ill-fitting clothing. Have a big yard sale and use the proceeds to buy new furnishings for your fabulous new life.
  6. Your old vision of the future. This last item is really tough. One of my favorite quotes comes from philosopher Joseph Campbell: “We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.” Your post-divorce life may be radically different from the life you once expected, so you’ll have to refocus your vision to match your new circumstances. Divorce initiates major life changes, many of which are extremely unwelcome and difficult to accept. You may be forced to leave your “dream” home, your income may decrease, and you may have to redefine how you and your children spend the holidays. Events you once blissfully looked forward to — growing old with your spouse, sitting side by side at your children’s weddings, hosting your grandchildren together — probably aren’t going to happen. And you will definitely have to learn how to depend more on yourself. It’s not easy, but if you want to be happy, you’ll have to let go of the old image of your life and replace it with an exciting new vision of your own design.

Alexander Graham Bell once said: “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”

Don’t waste time focusing on what’s behind you. Take Elsa’s advice: turn away and slam the door. You’ll find a new door in front of you — the door that leads to your future happy life. Don’t be afraid to open it!

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3 Ways to Increase Positivity With Your Wardrobe Mindset

How many times have you walked into your closet and thought, “I have nothing to wear” all while you’re staring at a closet that is overflowing with clothes? You then frantically search for an outfit that ends up being the same old thing you always wear, but because you’re running low on time, you just deal with it and go on with your day.

This frantic minute or two is impacting your entire day. By starting the day with a negative thought, you block your own ability to make this day the best one yet. If you start your morning with a positive mindset, you open yourself up to more positivity throughout the day. This leads to greater clarity on what your desires are and how you will achieve them. If you’re ready to add more positivity and clarity into your day, it’s time to start with the one thing that you do every single morning- getting dressed.

Detox Your Closet

Every morning you pick out an outfit and get dressed, regardless of how much time and effort you put into it. With an activity that happens so frequently in your life, it’s important to make sure that it’s not creating a negative impact on your day. The fastest way to add more joy and positivity into your day is by identifying the parts of your daily routine that are chaotic and stressful and eliminating or adjusting them so that they better serve you. By eliminating the frustrations that you have with your wardrobe, you will feel excited about what’s inside your closet door.

The best way to detox your closet is to start with baby steps. Give yourself small challenges either daily or weekly. If you’re planning to do a major closet cleanout, only do this when you know you have the time to do it. A closet cleanout always looks scarier halfway through the process, so you want to make sure you have time to complete it because if not, you’re going to have a giant pile of clothes haunting you for the rest of the weekend.

One of my favorite detox tips is to wear a pair of shoes that you haven’t worn in a while. At the end of the day, ask yourself this, “did you fall in love with them all over again?” If so, by all means keep them! However, if you realized you haven’t been wearing them because they’re uncomfortable or don’t go with any of your outfits, it’s time to get rid of them TODAY. If you plan on donating or reselling clothes or shoes, never put them back in your closet. Set them aside so that you make it a priority to get them out the door!

Define Your Signature Style

When you define your signature style, you know exactly what to wear because you know what pieces of clothing represent your best self. When you are dressed as the best version of yourself, you radiate confidence.

Defining your signature style is not about incorporating the latest trends into your outfit. It’s about identifying what colors and silhouettes you feel best in. When you look and feel your best, the rest of the world sees this.

A great way to identify what colors and silhouettes look best on you without hiring a personal stylist is simple. Here’s something you can do today: head over to your Facebook profile pictures. These pictures were chosen by you as representation of how you want the world to see you, so it’s a good indicator on what outfits you feel confident in. Take a look at each picture and ask yourself which colors and style of clothes suit you best. Hint: it’s important to look past the trends. Just because something isn’t in style anymore doesn’t mean that the color doesn’t look amazing on you!

Open Room for Clarity and Positivity

By eliminating your wardrobe frustrations and curating your closet so that you only have pieces that best represent you, you’ve opened up space that was once taken up by negative thoughts. You’ve saved yourself from a frantic and chaotic morning! This is going to open room in your life for those moments of clarity. The less you are focused on the things that aren’t going right, the more you can focus on all that you can achieve. And when you live this mindset everyday, you know that your goals are achievable. When you have a positive and clear mindset, asking for a raise or moving to a brand new city is no longer as scary as it once was. You see the outcome in the most positive way, knowing that you are acting on this decision because it’s what serves you best, instead of focusing on all of the things that could go wrong.

In the time that you used to spend searching for something in your closet, take this newfound time for a positive thought or think about what you’re grateful for that morning. By regaining control over your morning through your closet, you are bringing in positivity, allowing yourself to focus your energy on achieving your desires.

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5 Easy Ways to Elevate Your “Mom Style”

Being a mom is hard work! We have a million and one things to worry about and honestly our style is often at the bottom of that list. Here are five ways to easily keep up with your style as an on-the-go mom!

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6 Ways to Transform Your Life Before Labor Day

The summer sales are underway. And while we wait for the September Vogue to strut down the runway, there’s a change in the air. A sense of possibility and reinvention that could make our back-to-work, back-to-school return to reality a pleasure, not a chore.

Can you spell makeover? Here’s how to get your transformation started.

Wardrobe makeover. Take a good look at your clothes — the seen and unseen (like underwear). Try stuff on. Toss what’s old and un-repairable, donate what save-able but no longer right for you and organize the rest — by color or by use (work or weekend) or by type (skirts, shirts, shoes). Combine elements in new ways then photograph them for easy reference. What are your go-to garments and accessories? What are the holes that could be filled with this year’s must-haves? A closet cleanse is about more than clothes. It’s a zen way to organize your thoughts for the season ahead.

Make-up makeover. Re-think your look. Maybe it’s time for bangs or highlights. Or not. The point is to have a little fun and try something new. Change up your cosmetics too. (In-store make-up artists are your friends.) A fresh face can give you a fresh new outlook and boost your self-esteem.

Workout makeover. Seasonal change can be hard on the body and mind. Put yourself out there with new exercise programs that challenge your muscles and mental agility. You can do it solo, in classes or with a workout buddy and track your progress with wearable tech or an app. But the point is to, um, “just do it.”

Food makeover. Take advantage of the fall harvest and experiment with new recipes and healthy cooking methods. A little advance preparation can also go a long way to keeping you energized and immune to the cravings that up-end even the strongest willpower.

Sleep makeover. Power down those devices (and monkey mind) and support your sleep with a mindfulness or meditation practice. Without proper rest, you just can’t think straight and when your mind is muddled, your body is too.

Spiritual makeover. Enrich your life by committing to something bigger than you. Local nonprofits are always looking for smart and passionate volunteers so if you’re feeling stuck, this may be a good place to start. Or take a course, join a meet-up, adopt an animal. Anything to get yourself out of your head and into a more enlightened, fulfilled state of mind.

Fall is a great time to set a mid-course correction on the journey to your best { self }. What’s on your transformation agenda?

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Brimming with sunny charm, headscarves are a little bit like straw hats: effortless in theory, but tricky to pull off in real life. But judging by our favorite vacationing Insta beauties, the secret to working an irreverent bow or colorful swath of fabric into your hair comes down to one easy rule: Keep it simple. Behati Prinsloo stayed cool and protected her highlights with a gauzy solid number, and over in Uruguay, model Amanda Norgaard reminded us why Montevideo is known as the St.-Tropez of South America with a wide headband slipped over her salty knot and an Aperol in hand. Meanwhile, a poolside Rihanna found a heat wave–ready accessory in a printed silk scarf that was knotted at the front with her spiraling bangs spilling out, and Alexa Chung dressed up a split-second updo with a cheerful bow. Just in time the weekend, here are four selfie-tested hair upgrades made for a sun-soaked retreat.

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One Classic Dish, Five Ways

Whether you’re planning a wedding reception, bridal shower or backyard event, classic white dishware can be an instrumental piece to creating your beautiful tabletop. Its friendly-to-look-at, amorphous character makes it suitable to be used in a variety of ways. We were able to develop five distinct styles with white dishware as the centerpiece, classified below as rustic, vintage, traditional, modern and storybook.

We teamed up with celebrity florist, Mark Held, and vintage rental wonder, Laura Meyers, to bring this project to life. Seek inspiration from some of our favorite industry pros, and voila: You’ll have a tabletop detailed to perfection!

Rustic

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To pull off the rustic vibe with cachet, we paired classic blue glass with white china and complemented them with robust fruit and flowers. The wooden flatware added a layer of casualness, instilled the overall design with an outdoors, orchard-inspired feel. So simple and timeless!
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The team at Mark’s Garden played with colorful florals and varieties of garden roses, citrus, strawberries and viburnum. By way of jaunty, vibrant colors, the end effect was flashy but also had a serene and complete feel to it.

Vintage

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With the vintage look, the objective was to create something simply irresistible that took the party back in time. We went retro by using Nemadji pottery, which served as the perfect backdrop to Love Detailed’s copper mugs and plastic glassware.
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Colorful glass and vintage fabrics were the main elements used to develop the vintage look in floral. Alluring but muted tones of lavender, pink and ivory created what seemed to be French Impressionist’s painter’s pallet on this table.

Traditional

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A classic look that no wedding lover will ever be disappointed with! We appreciated this theme for its understated formality, and chose to use gentle, soft colors rather than loud ones. We combined the white landscape with gorgeous La Tavola linen, then added Dish Wish marble candlesticks, iridescent stemware and Love Detailed milk glasses. By using silver flatware and gold-rimmed plates, we doubled down on the design’s lush elegance.
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When going for the traditional look, there’s a whole array of reliable options that have delighted wedding guests for decades. We referred to some of them here, going with white lilac, ranunculus, tulips — imbuing the table with elegant hues of white all the more.

Modern

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The modern look required a methodical use of color and ornaments. The pivotal decision was the inclusion of the Lucite Love Detailed napkin rings, which we accented with bold, contemporary metal. We created a sensational concoction between Love Detailed’s copper votives, Dish Wish’s brass candlesticks and flatware, and Mark Garden’s gold vessels.
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Candlesticks and architectural containers in varied shades of gold made for the perfect balance to the dark dishware. For florals, we rocked an amalgamation of white, soft blush, marsala — Patatone’s color of the year — and touches of black to highlight the essential use of black in this modern theme.

Storybook

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In this design we created a surreal visage, fusing elements of white, navy and gold, and even a shade of jadeite. We fell in love with the blue sequin here, both for its texture and its sparkle against the gold flatware and dish rims. The marble chargers from BBJ Linen made for a jaw-dropping juxtaposition to the flashy tablecloth and mercury glass vessels. Lastly, we tied it together with organic blackberries.
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Dreamy elements served as a source of inspiration for the Storybook look. We used several whimsical and ethereal flowers, like immature hydrangea, anemones, ranunculus, brunia berries and helleborus. Planted atop navy linen sequin by La Tavola, Mark’s Garden left its acclaimed insignia on this design.

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