#2592 Stripes And Solids

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Hey, gidday mates! Allow me to detract from the matter at hand for a moment to say that this has been a crazy ass month. First, I went to Nicaragua. Then I came home and I’ve had a combination of two Australian boys and my parents staying at my apartment. Next, it’s getting hot in NYC which means that everyone is on the street constantly and tempers are flaring; there have been two shootings on my block in the last week. And finally, I’m turning 31 on Wednesday. It’s all happening. I remember GQ writing one time that the key to getting through stressful times (or work meetings when you haven’t slept), is to be the most dressed up guy in the room. I also remember hearing one time that blue makes people feel at ease. This outfit is my response to May. Do with it as you will.

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#2591 The Acupuncturist Has A Point

Paige Bourassa Acupuncture

As one of just five caucasian kids at a predominantly Asian school in Vancouver, Paige Bourassa spent her teen years hanging out with Chinese friends who lived with multiple generations of grand and great grandparents. She recalls a constant thought: ‘Why are these people not dying? I have Aunts and Uncles who are dying of cancer at 40, and this Chinese guy over here looks like he’s 120 years old.’ She spent the better part of the next decade studying numerous methods of healing, before finally settling on acupuncture, which she now practices full-time in Chelsea, NYC. We met at Maderas Village in Nicaragua last month, and I was fascinated to hear that she spends a lot of her time treating patients with broken hearts and sexual hang-ups (alongside the more traditional aches and pains you’d expect). Intrigued, I decided to ask her a few questions about how acupuncture pins can help the lovesick:

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#2590 Double D White Out

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Hey, gidday mates! Today’s outfit was brought to you by the colour white and the letter D. As I’ve mentioned a billion times before, it had never even occurred to me to wear white jeans before I moved to America, but now that I’m here, I spend a good amount of time in the most stain-friendly of stain-friendly pants. They’re literally the white T-shirt of bottoms, they go with everything. But for those of you who don’t come from a country that embraces the white and you’re not quite sure how to do it, the only way is to just do it. Wear them hard, like you’d wear any other pants any other day. Don’t be scared of ketchup or mustard or dirty park benches. The good lord invented bleach for a reason. Then, when you’re used to it, go the whole hog and throw on a white denim jacket to complete the ultimate white-out ensemble. What could go wrong!?

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#2589 Converting For Love

Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller

Aubrey asks: Hi Isaac. My boyfriend and I are both 32. We’ve been together five years. He still lives at home. He’s Persian and Jewish and I’m American — therefore his family doesn’t approve of our relationship, so I’ve never met them. I was told that they don’t accept me because I’m not Jewish, so I converted to Judaism. It was a long, hard, two year program. NOTHING has changed. No engagement. No introduction to his family. My boyfriend is STILL just giving excuses about it and apparently the family’s issue is that I am a convert in the first place (he never told me that before I converted). What gives? Do I keep waiting around for him? If this were you, what would you do? Why do guys only say what they think you want to hear?

Oy vey. This is a pickle of a situation.

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#2588 HBD Original Penguin!

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Hey, gidday mates! From 1950s college campuses to Sinatra and the Rat Pack, Original Penguin has been outfitting cool kids all over the world now for 60 years. My first dabble with the brand occurred 10 years ago in Los Angeles when I bought a couple of pairs of Penguin swimming shorts that were unlike anything I’d seen before back home — i.e. awesome 1960s style trunks as opposed to baggy below-the-knee boardies — and I’m pleased to say that the offering is still just as solid. I picked up this seersucker suit and polo combo to wear to the Tan Lines gig the brand put on as a 60 year birthday party last week in Williamsburg (good times all round) and I can honestly say that my CPW (compliments per wear) ratio has been absurdly high. The people have spoken, and the people love seersucker. Get in the game!

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