Sunday, June 26, 2011

How to avoid crushing his ego

How to avoid crushing his ego

Men may seem strong and together, but in reality they’re easily crushed, especially if they think they’ve disappointed you. But does his ego-sensitivity mean you’re supposed to swallow hard and say “I love it” when he presents you with a truly awful gift? No. So how do you preserve your sanity and his self-esteem?

First, a little background information. The reasons your most excellent, strong man acts sometimes more like a fragile little boy are rooted, not surprisingly, in childhood.

9 Simple Steps to Younger-Looking Eyes

Sleep Smart
Photo: Patrick DeMarchelier
Wrinkles, bags, crow's-feet—they don't stand a chance against this easy plan.

Sleep Smart

Tuck an extra pillow under your head—the elevation helps prevent fluid from settling under the skin around your eyes.

Don't Overdo It
Photo: Condé Nast Digital Studio


Don't Overdo It

Resist the urge to gob on tons of eye cream at night. Too much can lead to itchy eyes the following morning—and it can actually make bags look even puffier.

Clarins UV Plus Day Screen High Protection 
SPF 40
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Cover Up

400 Sunglasses
Look for sunglasses labeled "UV 400," and choose large frames for maximum coverage. But before putting them on, load up on sunscreen: At least 30 minutes before going out each morning, apply a broad-spectrum formula with at least SPF 30.
(We like Shiseido Sun Protection Eye Cream SPF 32 PA+++ or, for those with sensitive eyes, Clarins UV Plus Day Screen High Protection SPF 40.)

12 Concept Cars Headed for the Dealership

At the end of auto-show season there's a typical letdown. Lots of fancy sheet metal was shown, but when the cars don't make it to the dealership, it feels like a hot date called off at the last second. Sometimes, though, show cars aren't just pretty teases, but harbingers of real, viable automobiles. Here are the concept cars we expect to come to the showroom (though in an altered form), with our best guess on timing, specs and, when possible, price.

2013 Alfa Romeo 4C
Pray that Fiat gobbling up Chrysler is a gamble that pays off, so that nothing scuttles the plan to bring this car to our shores. The Alfa is nothing short of a mid-engine Italian masterpiece. While the horsepower figures don't jump off the page (250 from a turbocharged, 1.75-liter four-cylinder), the show car weighed less than 1800 pounds. That would make the 4C plenty quick, and at least as entertaining as the present Lotus Elise. For handling, think of the long-departed Toyota MR2 with, we'd wager, a far more gorgeous exhaust note. And, yes, there will be a convertible version too, likely in 2013.

2013 Jaguar C-X75 Of all the cars at the Paris Motor Show last September, we thought Jaguar's C-X75 seemed the least likely to see production. Well, we were wrong, but if you want to pick one up it'll cost you a cool $1.1 million. Formula One maker Williams will help to develop the chassis and supposedly the hybrid system as well. We won't see the twin gas-powered turbine system that was originally shown in Paris. Rather, there will be a conventional gasoline-powered motor (with specs yet to be determined) mated to a hybrid-drive mechanism. Still, if the C-X75 (it will get a new name, too) features four electric motors (one at each wheel), it will offer all-wheel drive and extremely high torque. Jaguar promises a run to 60 mph in under 3 seconds, a top speed of 200 mph and a range of 31 miles in electric-only mode.

Throwback Cars

Times change, tastes change, popular attributes and features in personal vehicles change. Once-indefatigable SUVs fall out of favor, as smaller more fuel economic cars come back with a vengeance. But no matter what the current trends dictate, it seems that there’s always room for a stylish sports car. So yes, once-popular cars do get retired, but sometimes come back.

Inspired by the introduction of the new (no longer known as the "New Beetle") Beetle, we consulted Marty Padgett, Editorial Director for, for a list of comeback cars. See some of the biggest revivals below.

Chevrolet Camaro
Whether it’s a pony car or a muscle car, the Camaro has always been one cool ride. Well—almost always. “GM didn't even sell a Camaro from 2003 to 2009, but it stuck with plans to bring back the storied nameplate even through its difficult bankruptcy,” says Padgett.

The new resurrected Camaro comes in coupe, convertible, and hot SS versions. And as Padgett points out, this comeback kid is outselling the Ford Mustang this year.

Debuted: 1967
Returned: 2010
Current MSRP: $23,000 - $32,000

Jennifer Aniston Reveals New Tattoo Honoring Her Late Pooch

Jennifer Aniston has joined the ranks of the inked by getting her first tattoo.
The "Horrible Bosses" star strolled through New York City in sandals on Friday, revealing a tattoo on the inside of her right foot that has a special significance.

Jennifer Aniston Talks ‘Horrible Bosses’ & Visiting ‘Inside The Actors Studio’
The tattoo reads, "Norman," in memory of her beloved Welsh corgi/terrier mix who passed away in May at the age of 15, a rep for the actress told People.
As previously reported on, Jennifer appeared emotional while speaking about her departed dog at a taping for "Inside the Actors Studio" in New York City on Thursday.

When asked by host James Lipton to reveal her "favorite word," Jennifer said, "Norman," with a tear in her eye.
The entire "Inside The Actors Studio" experience was humbling for the star, who told Access, "You're talking with students and it's just wonderful.
"It was so refreshing and to have someone to reflecting back to you [about] your work and asking questions about where you came from and what sort of led you to be you who you are today as an actor," she continued on Friday as she promoted her new film. "I loved it, I was very humbled."