My Top 10 List: Huge Week In America

My Top 10 List: Huge Week In America

So much on my radar this week (besides the inauguration). Whittling it down to a Top 10 was challenging.

But I did it! And based on my observations, I’d say we’re entering a new phase of pandemic psychology.

  • Here’s what I’ve noticed: Men seem to be having an especially tough time of it right now. They’re at a breaking point when it comes to the pandemic.
  • For the first time since this mess started, I’m seeing grown men, on podcasts, weeping about the existential crises of their lives.
  • But there are also “silver linings.” The most recent example came from Steve-O on the Whiskey Ginger podcast. I found it inspiring to hear such a gnarly guy talk about how he struggled with the challenges of the pandemic. He was forced to adapt, regroup, and evolve. He developed new revenue streams to survive. He confessed that strange as it might sound, 2020 ultimately turned into a great year for him because it changed his whole mindset. On top of that, the “new,” more evolved Steve-O also figured out a way to donate $600K to charities (he’s particularly interested in ones that help put food on the table for those most in need).
  • I’m also grateful to Jill Biden for discovering the amazing Amanda Gorman. And yes, I believe there will be a poetry boom over the next year. Bravo!
And on that note, let’s scroll down for this week’s Top 10.
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My Top 10 List: Big Week Ahead For Vaccines and Return to Work

My Top 10 List: Big Week Ahead For Vaccines and Return to Work

Hopefully, only one more week of high political drama before we get back to some degree of normalcy (and civility).

  • While the fever broke last week, we are clearly not out of the woods yet. Businesses around the country, e.g., in Pittsburgh and Austin, are boarding up their storefronts again in preparation for one more round of craziness as we head into inauguration week.
  • Fortunately, there are also signs (finally) that even the most ardent proponents of the lockdown are waking up to the fact that it’s not working (see #2 below).
  • I’m also detecting a shift back to the office. Men, in particular, are chomping at the bit to get out of the house and return to a traditional work environment (see Harvard study below, #3, not good news for women, btw).
And with that, Scroll down for this week’s Top 10.
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2021: Not Off To A Great Start

2021: Not Off To A Great Start

This week’s goings-on (political, criminal, and vaccine-related) showed once again how divided, out of control, and poorly managed this country has become. It’s got me in a bit of a funk.

And being in a funk is not typically my thing so I’ve had to dig deep for some inspiration and rays of hope.
  • In doing so, I had a flashback to 2009 (the time of the Great Recession) when I had to close my business and lay off my staff. It was the darkest time of my life. Depressing and scary.
  • The one thing that pulled me through (don’t laugh!) was Gram Parsons’ “In my hour of darkness. I listened to it daily while subwaying to my office (and I played it over and over for the 30 minutes it took me to get to Bushwick every morning).
  • I hadn’t heard this song in over 10 years but I stumbled across it this week on YouTube. Let’s see if rediscovering it is enough to preserve my sanity this time around.
pls scroll down to check out this week’s Top 10. I promise it’s not all doom and gloom.
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2021: Welcome To The New Year, To New Beginnings, And To New Ideas!

2021: Welcome To The New Year, To New Beginnings, And To New Ideas!

It feels like it’s going to be a pivotal year! I certainly raised a glass to fresh starts last night. And will again at today’s New Year’s Day lunch at La Mercerie!

expect to see a lot of “letting go” and transitioning as we leave 2020 behind
  • 2020 was tough. Even with no pressing health or financial issues, it was a traumatic year.
  • But 2020 also gave people time to reflect on what they truly want out of life and figure out the best way to get where they want to be. And that’s why I believe this is going to be such an exciting year.
  • And btw, for those of you asking if I’m going to do my annual trend report, I’m not! Things feel too much in flux. However, I re-read last year’s report and it has stood the test of time. Check it out!
And with that, please scroll down for this week’s Top 10 (with a sprinkle of predictions).
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2020: Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas – From My Bubble To Yours!

2020: Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas – From My Bubble To Yours!
Christmas Eve, at home in NYC, with my boo

I don’t know quite how this happened but after a very weepy and scary start to 2020, I found my pandemic groove and managed to make the best of this strange year.

With today’s post, I’m reflecting on 2020, largely with gratitude. And with vaccinations underway, a rebirth of optimism and hope.

And when it comes to predicting what will be long-lasting trends (versus short-lived behavioral shifts), I’m not ready, just yet, to jump into the pandemic trends’ fray.

  • For example, back in April, NYC Mayor De Blasio crowed about how well remote learning was doing and how this will do away with the need for in-person teaching, physical locations, etc. And now here we are 9 months later and online learning has turned out to be an unmitigated disaster (not just in NYC, but around the country).
  • Similarly, back in April/May, everyone was baking bread, yeast was in short supply and pundits were predicting we would never go back to restaurants. Meanwhile, in NYC, restaurants (even on the coldest of days) are jam-packed.
  • When it comes to remote work, the jury is still out. I am not convinced that workers will want to continue to huddle at home, conducting business via Zoom. But I may be wrong. I only know what I would do – I would get back to the office ASAP.
And on that note, please scroll down and join me in reflecting on what we’ve experienced and learned this pandemic year.
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Top 10 List: A Choppy Week But Hey, Rants and Raves Make Life Interesting

Top 10 List: A Choppy Week But Hey, Rants and Raves Make Life Interesting
Yikes!

Bummed and annoyed about a lot of stuff that’s gone down this week (#1-4).

It’s not my style to complain – or even get political – but sometimes you just have to let it out.

BUT I also came across some great discoveries this week so there’s plenty to be cheerful about as well.

  • First and foremost: Tim and Fred Williams of #TwinsTheNewTrend on YouTube (#5 below). I cannot begin to tell you how much I love these two guys. Make sure you check out at least one of their reaction videos (they’re short, about 7 mins each).
And with that, scroll down for this week’s rants and raves.
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Top 10 List: Time To Flock That Tree, Do A Burnout, Get A Dentist Appt, More…

Top 10 List: Time To Flock That Tree, Do A Burnout, Get A Dentist Appt, More…
A very lively and productive week.
  • First dental visit since February. My teeth were in A+ condition which I attribute to being home most days and brushing and flossing more. It was great to reconnect with Dr. Blau’s office and with Heather, my dental hygienist, even if it was behind a mask or two or three (see pic above).
  • More retail/holiday scouting. Spoiler alert: Hudson Yards is still #1 when it comes to BEST holiday vibe in the city. In pandemic times, we cannot underestimate the power of sparkling lights and festive decor to lift our spirits (even therapists are weighing in on this).
  • COVID-19 vaccine approved in the UK. The first patient was a very spry 91-year old woman. Great on one level but it struck me as a risky move. What if something happens to her (she is 91 after all) and they recall the vaccine? Fingers crossed all goes well.
  • I’ve added six more cities to my Google custom news feed. I now track 10 cities daily (4 that are reliably trend-forward and 6 new ones that I will switch in and out based on how productive they turn out to be).
  • I also had my every-other-week FaceTime with Brandi Moody, former colleague, great friend, and exceptional trendologist. As I’ve said before if you need to know “what’s up” there’s no-one more observant or better at connecting the dots than Brandi.
And with that, scroll down for this week’s Top 10.
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Top 10 List: Hudson Yards At Its Sparkly Best, Artist Collabs, & Travel Is Back!

Top 10 List: Hudson Yards At Its Sparkly Best, Artist Collabs, & Travel Is Back!
It’s holiday season.

Online sales are booming. UPS and FedEx can’t get enough vans to keep up with deliveries. Even though Black Friday may have been lackluster for many brick-and-mortar retailers, I did see LOTS of people carrying Zara and Nike shopping bags on 5th Avenue.

NYC has also never looked more sparkly. I especially love what Hudson Yards has done with their lights this year – over 2 million of them. It goes a long way to making us all feel happier and more optimistic as we head into 2021.

And On that note, pls Scroll down for this week’s Top 10.
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