Des Moines, Iowa: Super Cool and Ranked #3 For Millennial Homebuyers

Des Moines, Iowa: Super Cool and Ranked #3 For Millennial Homebuyers

 

Heading to Des Moines in August for the Iowa State Fair (and if you’ve been reading this blog, you know State Fairs are my thing).

  • Top of my to-do list: check out what’s trending in Fair foods, livestock showings and the Thrill Zone!
  • 90’s Music Night (Millennials’ favorite pop culture decade).

But, I have an additional reason (beyond the State Fair) to check out Des Moines.

  • It came in #3 on the list of cities nationwide where millennials are buying homes.
  • 44% of millennials in Des Moines are currently home owners vs. just 20% in the NY Metro area and 18% in LA.

I’m always on the lookout for cities undergoing a renaissance and attracting millennials e.g. Detroit, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia.  Excited to add Des Moines to my roster.

Based on this excellent report from credit.com on home ownership among millennials, I’m also recommending the cities on this list for patterning and millennial trend scouting trips.

Read on below for all I am looking forward to exploring while in Des Moines.

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Do You Think Like A Millennial? Take This Quiz!

Do You Think Like A Millennial? Take This Quiz!

 

I got 80% right!  See how you do.  Here’s the link.  Report back.

And while we’re at it, here are 5 things impacted by Millennials that we’re all now doing a little differently. (Source: MarketWatch):

The 9 to 5 work week

  • Nearly 40% of U.S. workers can now work from home at least one day a week.
  • Millennials don’t unplug at 5 p.m., 68% check work emails from home.

Dinner dates

  • They’re dating more often and more casually, making the idea of sitting across from someone at a pricey dinner for a potentially long amount of time less desirable.
  • “Online dating creates an enormous number of first dates in a short period of time,” said relationship and etiquette expert April Masini.

Napkins

  • 86% opt to use a paper towel as a napkin at the dinner table.
  • The paper towel’s ability to clean up messes makes it a more versatile and economical choice, especially as fewer millennials eat dinner at home.

Soap bars

  • They prefer liquid soap.
  • 60% believe soap bars are gross and covered in germs after use.

Wine corks

  • Millennials love wine, consuming nearly half of all wine in the U.S., but they’re opting for bottles with twist-off caps and cans of wine.
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FRIEZE Was Major: A Flock Of DiCaprios, Epic Sales, Massive Flooding

FRIEZE Was Major: A Flock Of DiCaprios, Epic Sales, Massive Flooding

 

This year’s Frieze Art Fair was more of a crazy happening than I’ve experienced before. First, there was a torrential downpour of biblical proportions – 3 inches of rain over a couple of hours. Workers securing the fair tents caught everyone’s attention as did the rain buckets scattered around the booths protecting $100K works of art.

  • But my favorite art piece was created by Dora Budor. She recruited three Leo DiCaprio-lookalikes to roam the fair impersonating some of his most memorable characters: Jordan Belfort (The Wolf of Wall Street), Hugh Glass (The Revenant) and Frank Abagnale Jr. (Catch Me If You Can).
  • Budor’s performance piece, a commission for the fair’s Frieze Projects sector, is titled MANICOMIO!, which translated from Italian means “Madhouse!” according to Artnews.
  • I encountered “Catch Me If You Can” Leo first and thought it strange that a military officer was attending Frieze and being so smirky about it. Then I ran into the “Reverent”. I did not see “The Wolf Of Wall Street” in person.
  • Here’s what the artist told Artnews about the project: “I wanted to create the opportunity for unsuspecting visitors at the fair to experience a disjointed reality—believing that the actor Leonardo DiCaprio might be there, but seeing him, impossibly, many years younger and as characters he has played. He comes every year so that’s part of the idea: he becomes the fourth actor, as himself. It’s like the rings of Saturn, where all Leos orbit the central idea of the eternal Leo.”

Just love this concept!!

Read on below for my top 10 Frieze galleries and artists.

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LOVE this Spectrum Commercial – Absolutely No Idea If It’s Effective

LOVE this Spectrum Commercial – Absolutely No Idea If It’s Effective

 

LOVE LOVE LOVE this commercial – cracks me up every time I watch it. Whoever wrote the script for this droll, conversation between the four “monsters next doors” on their morning commute deserves an award. Brilliantly funny!

I must admit I had no idea what the commercial was for when I first saw it. Also, can’t say it would make me sign up for Spectrum if it wasn’t already my carrier.

It was produced by Brooklyn-based independent agency Something Different.

Make sure you watch it.

 

 

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The Perfect Weekend in Atlanta: Curated By Rodrigo Padilla

The Perfect Weekend in Atlanta: Curated By Rodrigo Padilla

 

Fabulous weekend in Atlanta last week as guest of my friends, Rodrigo and Elliott. Not only was the agenda 100% on-point, I also had my own stunning suite at their gorgeous home (pics below).

So here – per the Opinionator – are the six must-dos for a great weekend in the ATL. And note, much of what I love most about Atlanta is in the Old Fourth Ward (O4W) – so be sure to check it out.

Ponce City Market

  • LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this place. And whereas malls all around the country are dying, this place was jammed – of course it’s 80% food hall.
  • The people behind it also developed Chelsea Market in NYC. They are clearly expert at doing adaptive reuse projects in historic buildings (this one a Sears, Roebuck from the 1920s).
  • This is also where we rented bikes for our 3 hour tour of the Beltline and Piedmont Park which are adjacent to the market.

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Mike Tyson Interview: Captivating, engrossing, MUST-SEE TV

Mike Tyson Interview: Captivating, engrossing, MUST-SEE TV

So listen-up friends, this interview (from 2010) between Mike Tyson and Michael Kay is MUST WATCH TV. Why you may ask? Because it is ruthlessly honest – and funny! And every man in the audience is engrossed and captivated because Mike speaks the truth.

But Wallace Matthews from ESPN – and Mike Tyson’s actual words – say it better than I can:

Unlike so many of the prepackaged, overprocessed and mega-rehearsed professional athletes who are churned out today, Mike Tyson remains that rarest of all commodities. Instead of the human being sold as superhero, Tyson is the superhero who is selling himself as a human being.

“Sometimes I’m a dreadful, disgusting human being. I have a lot of pain and I don’t know how to let it go.”

Moments later, he said, “I’m living such an awesome life, it’s scary. I ain’t got no drama going on right now.”

Tyson is must-see TV. Fighting or talking, he is about as compelling an athlete as this country has even known.

Tyson was alternately funny and frightening, inspirational and heartbreaking. More than once, he choked back tears.

Tyson moved through his glory years, becoming the youngest heavyweight champion in history (“I knew I would. I knew it like I know Sunday follows Saturday. It had been drilled into my brain.”), through his decline at the hands of Don King and Robin Givens, to the lowest point of his life (the 1992 rape conviction, however, going to jail he said, wasn’t a big deal “I fit right in”), and the lowest point of his career (the night he resorted to biting a piece out of one of Evander Holyfield’s ears to escape a beating).

“I despised him so much because I admired him so much,” Tyson said of Holyfield. “I wanted to kill him. I had been jealous of him from when we were kids. I’m a spoiled brat and things weren’t going my way. I wanted to hurt him. So I bit him. I was just a [bleeping] mess.”

Sometimes I’m filthy. I’m wretched,” he said. “And sometimes I’m not so bad. Mike Tyson ain’t nothing special. Just another human being, trying to get along.”

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The Top 5 Things To Do In Savannah

The Top 5 Things To Do In Savannah

Savannah is an extremely beautiful, historic city. It’s also known as America’s first planned city with lots of parks and squares (22 survive to this day). And because of SCAD, it has a young, creative vibe.

I visited for 4 days/3 nights and was the guest of two longtime Savannahians so my experience was definitely more “insider” than tourist. I also appreciated getting a local’s perspective on the who, what and where of the city. Alice and Bob seemingly know everyone so I met lots of fascinating people – including one of Savannah’s major style icons, Ann Lytle (see pic below).

Here are my top recommendations for a weekend visit to Savannah:

1. Explore The City On Foot

It’s a small, easily navigable town with lots of charming old buildings. I especially love the variety of ironwork balconies and the downspout fountains that are shaped like fish or dolphins (see pic below).

Make sure you stop by some of the major squares and parks e.g. Forsyth Park. There are also lots of small restaurants and bars with outdoor seating. And you MUST stop by Leopold’s Ice Cream Parlor – it’s 100 years old and popular with both locals and visitors – and they make rosewater ice cream! Other restaurants worth dropping in on as you explore: The Public Kitchen & Bar, Soho South Cafe, The Grey, The Collins Quarter.

See below for more pics of Savannah and additional tips.

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VALENTINE’S DAY 2017: Couples-Selfies at the #LoveWall

VALENTINE’S DAY 2017: Couples-Selfies at the #LoveWall

Was in Chinatown this past weekend and noticed crowds lined up at the corner of Mott and Kenmare getting their selfies on for Valentine’s Day. This is so cool and so fun! Look for more retailers and brands to get creative with selfies and hashtags in the future.

Here are more details:

  • The #LoveWall was created by artist James Goldcrown. His work is all around NYC. This piece has been at this location for a few years but its popularity is exploding with over 29K #lovewall posts on Instagram.
  • The #MoetMoment, around the corner from the #lovewall, is a brilliant piece of social media marketing from the Moet Chandon team. The Moet Moments campaign (without the selfie wall) was initially launched in 2013 with Roger Federer to celebrate special moments. At that time fans were asked to post photos and messages of extraordinary occasions in their lives that are worthy of celebrating with a bottle of Moët & Chandon champagne. The selfie wall is a MAJOR UPGRADE!!

And one last noteworthy Valentine’s Day event comes from the Elizabeth Street Retailers who organized and hosted the LOVE BLOCK PARTY on the weekend before Valentine’s. The street and storefronts were festooned with red heart balloons. Participation was high and included Tom’s, Aesop, Kit & Ace, and Steve Alan.

Photos below.

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