It’s #TravelTuesday and I’m in Argentina on My Way to the Antarctica

It’s #TravelTuesday and I’m in Argentina on My Way to the Antarctica

 

BREAKING NEWS: THE BLOG WILL BE ON HIATUS FOR TWO WEEKS

As you’re receiving this, I am most likely checking into the Alvear Art Hotel in Buenos Aires. Later tonight I am having dinner with Dan Hallman, one of my besties from NYC who now lives in Argentina. And I am super excited that Dan will also be taking me to Floreria Atlantico, a cool bar hidden behind a flower shop that’s gotten rave reviews in Vogue, Travel & Leisure and the NY Times.

Come Wednesday morning, I will be on my way to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in South America. It’s where we pick up the Nat Geo Explorer and head off to the Antarctica.

  • Please follow me on Instagram if the Antarctica is of interest (and how can it not be?)
  • I’ve been told, if I’m lucky, there’ll be just enough bandwidth to get images and a bit of video posted.
  • Look for the next blog post on Tuesday, January 30th when I will be recapping the trip.

In the meantime, since it is #traveltuesday, I have 3 travel trends to share.

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BloomThat Acquired by FTD: I’m Betting This is the Kiss of Death

BloomThat Acquired by FTD: I’m Betting This is the Kiss of Death

 

FTD just bought BloomThat, the on-demand flower startup that I first wrote about in July 2015.

Jenn Ok (then at NASDAQ) knew the guys as they were launching and sent me a flower delivery to put them on my radar.

They were heralded as the Uber of Flowers and it was a fantastic concept!

  • Great app
  • 90 minute delivery by bike messenger.
  • Ashton Kutcher was an early investor.
  • The flower presentation was the most beautiful I’d ever seen with outstanding attention to details.
  • Unpacking the flowers was an instagram-worthy event, surprise after surprise.

What was not clear: how they could make money.

  •  And apparently they couldn’t, nor could they maintain their 90 minute delivery.
  • Their burn rate at the time was $560,000 per month – that’s a lot of flowers to sell!
  • When they went nationwide, they could only offer next day delivery which put the nail in the coffin.

All I could find on the acquisition was that FTD got them “for a small amount of money.” Sad ending but not surprising when the financials don’t add up e.g. the beautiful flowers with all that incredible packaging (see photos in link above), was priced at $32. There’s no way to make money at that rate.

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Eating Healthy: Wow! Feeling So Much Better

Eating Healthy: Wow! Feeling So Much Better

 

Sharing this post today because tomorrow, I head off to the Antarctica. Two weeks on a ship with poor internet access and lots of shipboard buffets. Could be a disaster. Definitely a true test of how much My Body Tutor has rewired my brain’s approach to food.

 

I’ve been enrolled in My Body Tutor for 3 months now. It is one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself.

Of course, I’m looking forward to the day when eating healthy comes as naturally to me as breathing (or going to the gym daily which I used to hate but now can’t live without)!

  • Unfortunately, not quite there yet – but I see definite improvements e.g. the candy bar at Ludlow House no longer calls my name.
  • If I do go off the rails and start a snacking binge, I no longer take that as permission to go all out and extend the bad behavior to everything in the fridge. I am able to stop myself before it gets totally out of hand e.g. digging into ice cream but NOT eating the whole pint!
  • It’s also taught me to shop more precisely for dinner parties so there are fewer leftovers. And problematic leftovers e.g. that ice cream, are getting tossed immediately so they don’t keep luring me for days afterwards.

As Adam Gilbert, founder of MBT, says: progress, not perfection. Very powerful mantra.

What works especially well for me about MBT is the daily reporting/feedback loop.

As their website states: What gets reported gets managed. And what gets managed gets changed.

  • 100% AGREE.
  • It’s slowly but surely training me to think differently about what I am eating.
  • Additionally, the feedback I get from my tutor (Haley Dyes) gives me the insight I need to understand WHY something is calling my name e.g. she’s helped me to uncover what needs (other than hunger) I am trying to satisfy with food.

Read on below for the 5 major changes I’ve made that have significantly decreased my overeating/drinking impulses.

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EVERYONE seems to be having babies these days. What’s going on?

EVERYONE seems to be having babies these days. What’s going on?

 

I’ve never seen so many of my friends pregnant or newly-parented. And now, seemingly overnight, all the fashion bloggers I follow are in full-on motherhood mode too: Leandra Medine (the Man Repeller), Chiara Ferragni just to name two. And, of course, there’s always the Kardashian-Jenner clan – all pregnant, all the time.

Perfect timing therefore for the new Baby Name Predictions from the U.K.’s ChannelMum.com.

What I especially like about this British parenting site, is its focus on the hottest rising trends (names that will be among the most popular in three to five years).

  • I was a little surprised that space-themed names like Luna and Orion were the most popular – mentioned by over half of parents. Those space-rocket fanatics, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, must be proud.
  • According to Siobhan Freegard, founder of ChannelMum, parents are also turning to “modern virtue names” like Faith and Hope to boost their moods during turbulent and uncertain times. ChannelMum claims the trend was started by that most virtuous duo, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, who named their son Saint following his birth in 2015. Hmmm??

Here are the top eight name trends for 2018 (and note, I have no idea how they come up with the list but it’s fun and believable).

1. Space names (51%)  e.g. Luna, Stella, Nova, Orion

2. Gender Crossover names (37%)  e.g. Teddy, Robin and Noel for girls, Carol and Aubrey for boys

3. “Bad” boys & girls name (31%) e.g. Harley, Quinn, Ronnie, Reggie, Kato

4. Bird names (28%)  e.g. Wren, Phoenix, Paloma, Birdie

5. Virtuous names (26%)  e.g. Saint, Hope, Faith

6. Botanical Names taking over from flower names (24%) e.g. Ferne, Bay, Basil, Sage

7. Names meaning wealthy or money (12%) e.g. Ottilie, Elodie, Rafferty, Cash

8. Shakespearean names (11%) e.g. Hero, Balthazar, Ophelia, Juno

And since you’ve gotten this far, I highly recommend you watch the 3 minute video below – it’s informative and entertaining.

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Poke Remains Strong, Up 643%, But It’s Going to Be All About Dumplings in 2018

Poke Remains Strong, Up 643%, But It’s Going to Be All About Dumplings in 2018

 

YES!!! Sometimes the stars align and predictions come in exactly as you anticipate. Thank you Grubhub for validating my love of poke.

  • First wrote about it two years ago after discovering it at NYC’s Wisefish Poke. Since then hundreds of poke restaurants have opened around the country – most of them dreadful – but nevertheless the trend took off like wildfire and according to Grubhub it has more room to run.

But for 2018, I’m going to put my money on DUMPLINGS:

And here’s why:

  • Dumplings are incredibly versatile, familiar to a wide range of cultures and tastes.
  • They’re casual and shareable
  • Perfect for take-out and delivery.
  • The concept is scalable
  • Foodies in the USA are embracing dumpling restaurant chains from Taiwan and Hong Kong e.g. Din Tai Fung or Tim Ho Wan.
  • Here’s what I wrote about dumplings as the ultimate comfort food exactly a year ago.

We’re also seeing dumplings showing up at higher-end restaurants e.g. Rice & Gold or Ducked Up at Ludlow House.

 

Read on below for Grubhub’s top predictions for 2018 based on deliveries. Very happy to see so many Korean faves on the list as well

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The Research Is In: Dylan and Chelsea Just Bought Their First House.

The Research Is In: Dylan and Chelsea Just Bought Their First House.

 

A just-released analysis of homebuyers’ first names by ATTOM Data Solutions pinpoints which generation is becoming the most active in real estate:

  •  The biggest percentage increases in homes purchased in 2017 were buyers with first names popular among millennials i.e. Dylan, Chelsea, Austin, Alexandra and Taylor
  • Conversely, the biggest decreases were by buyers with first names popular among Gen-Xers, the silent generation and Greatest Generation — Gerald, Kristin, Stanley, Kurt and Jaime — which spiked in popularity as baby names at various times between 1916 and 1976.

Read on below for more real estate news. Especially interesting to see which states people are moving to these days (it’s not where you think!).

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Workplace Changes: How Are You Staying Ahead of the Curve?

Workplace Changes: How Are You Staying Ahead of the Curve?

 

Workplace changes are coming at us hard and fast. Here are 3 trends I’m tracking that signal the future of work and how to not only survive but thrive in the workplace of tomorrow.

 

Trend 1:  THE OFFICE

Law Firms Loosen Up (Source: CBRE/Huff Post)

  • Law firms are reducing square footage by 27% on average.
  • 29 million sq. ft. of law firm leases are set to expire between 2018 and 2022
  • More than 70% of these expirations will include space contraction.

Strategies being adopted or considered by law firms include:

  • Shift from two-sized offices (typically 15’ X 15’ for partners and 10’ X 15‘ for associates) to glass-fronted, one-sized offices with seniority recognized by location, not size.
  • Less emphasis on grand, ceremonial client spaces and more emphasis on functional meeting spaces (see above right).
  • Orienting the reception area around hospitality, with concierge services and hosted events.
  • Transitioning cafeteria space from a place to eat to a place to socialize, in a prominent area along a window line.
  • Creating smaller, on-demand meeting rooms with interactive technology scattered throughout the practice area.
  • Adopting a paperless file storage strategy.

 

Apple’s New “Pacific” Chair Reflects a Rethink of Work (Source: Fast CoDesign)

  • Apple became the first customer for the Pacific Chair (12,000 ordered)
  • For younger generations, work represents who they know and how they socialize, offices are starting to have a more residential vibe. (NOTE: to me, the Pacific chair looks like an office chair, no more, no less but who am I to argue with Jony Ive)
  • Offices are also being designed to reflect how millennials see themselves: Not as office drones, but creative types with side hustles and Instagram followers.
  • Companies want offices to look creative and make workers feel like they’re part of a creative organization.
  • #Influencers don’t clock in. They make #impact from a lounge chair, not the confines of a cubicle.

Read on below for more on the Paperless Office and why in today’s work environment, it is CRITICAL to become a “Lifelong Learner.”

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Wi-Fi In Our Brains? Don’t laugh. It’s Absolutely a Thing

Wi-Fi In Our Brains? Don’t laugh. It’s Absolutely a Thing

 

 

Have you ever gotten a really strong gut feeling about somebody? I have.

Well guess what? We’re not crazy. It’s the “interbrain” at work which is the equivalent of having a wi-fi router installed in our brains.

New research from Digby Tantam, University of Sheffield psychotherapy professor describes it like this:

  • The “interbrain” is the direct connection between our brain and other people’s brains.
  • When our brains pick up “micro-signals,” we become aware of gut feelings about other people or situations.
  • According to Tantam’s research, communication between two human brains might be caused by an “inadvertent information leak” associated with the sense of smell, the most powerful of our senses.
  • Link to additional info, here.

Staying with the tech theme, READ ON BELOW for more on the power of social video.

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