New Attitudes About Dating and Marriage: Blame It On The Millennials!

New Attitudes About Dating and Marriage: Blame It On The Millennials!

 

Lots of new dating lingo – and we’ll just credit (blame) the millennials for it.

Here are five that caught my attention:

  • Breadcrumbing: when someone sends flirtatious text messages, comments, or likes on social media but they’re just leading you on, nothing ever comes of it.
  • Ghosting: not new but still one of the biggest trends on the dating scene. 78% of millennials admit to being ghosted. It means someone they’ve been seeing suddenly disappears and they can’t reach them for days or weeks. They might reappear randomly but with no explanation as to where they’ve been.
  • Micro-cheating: small flirtations with someone you’re attracted to that you keep secret from your partner. Nothing serious may be happening but deception is involved.
  • Love-bombing: instant chemistry, love at first sight, all too much, too fast. Fun but unrealistic and generally doesn’t end well. Love-bombing is practiced by those who are in love with love, as opposed to in love with you specifically.
  • Benching: after a few dates, they’re no longer asking you out. They stay in touch (you’re not being ghosted) but they’re hoping there’s someone better out there.

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Freehand Hotel: Traveling to NYC? Want “cool” digs? Stay here!

Freehand Hotel: Traveling to NYC? Want “cool” digs? Stay here!


 

Have been a fan of the Freehand since 2014 when I first discovered them in Miami.

  • Since then they’ve opened in Chicago, Downtown LA, and most recently in NYC.
  • Their collaborators and “friends of the brand” include Roman & Williams for design, Gabriel Stulman and the Smile guys in NYC for F&B, Gabriel Orta and Elad Zvi of Bar Lab for Broken Shaker (opening on the rooftop before the summer).
  • Mega site, Man Repeller (1.9MM followers on IG) will be doing a hotel takeover in April for a two-day sleepover extravaganza. They’re calling it Hotel Man Repeller.

LOVE everything about this place but have never stayed here. So while I’ve eaten, had drinks and hung out at Freehand, I have never spent a night in one of the rooms. They may be tiny, they may be noisy – I don’t know but based on pics, based on the vibe, and based on the staff I’ve met, I believe I would love staying here.

Read on below for 5 more travel trends and stats I’ve come across this week – including some potential destinations for my “Weekends In America” project.

One final note on why this matters: We’re all spending more on experiences especially on travel and hospitality. Understanding the ins-and-outs of this trend can help retailers and restaurateurs provide more relevant and engaging experiences.

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Asia Pacific Is Tops For Bathtub Aficionados

Asia Pacific Is Tops For Bathtub Aficionados

 

Although bathtubs are not as popular in the States, they continue to be a hot trend in the Asian Pacific countries where they will account for $9.9 billion in sales by 2023.

The major drivers for the growth of the category in the Asian Pacific countries are a rise in housing construction, increasing demand for luxury plumbing fixtures, a rise in household income and, of course, a bath culture that we don’t have in the States.

4 emerging trends to look for:

  • High-tech bathtubs with advanced features including wall-mounted LCDs
  • Hydrotherapy features
  • The increasing adoption of soaking tubs
  • Whirlpool bathtubs are expected to show above average growth.

Scroll down for more photos as well as the link to the Bathtub Market Trend Report.

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Health Update: My Osteoarthritis 50% Improved, Most of the Time

Health Update: My Osteoarthritis 50% Improved, Most of the Time

 

I’ve now reached my weight goal (lost 14 lbs) and although my osteoarthritis can never be “cured”, I feel 50% better most of the time.

  • Instead of surgery, I opted to go the exercise and healthy weight route to manage the pain and stiffness that comes with osteoarthritis (as recommended by my doctor)
  • One of the things I’ve noticed over the last couple of months, however, is that every time I have two cocktails (vs. two wines), my osteoarthritis REALLY flares up.
  • I’ve done some research on it and there is evidence that alcohol does exacerbate the inflammation arthritis already has created in the body.
  • Anybody else experienced this when drinking cocktails vs. wine?

Osteoarthritis, for those of you that don’t know, is a chronic condition – it will not go away but it can be managed by:

  • Reducing weight. For every pound lost, your joints will experience 4lb less burden. My joints are feeling 50lbs lighter, and they are singing my praises!
  • Exercising.  It helps reduce pain and stiffness by improving your mobility and flexibility – huge difference for me now vs. a year ago.
  • Strengthening the muscles around the joints. The stronger they are, the more weight they can take and, again, less burden on your joints.

Read on below for more on America’s failing health and what we’re doing about it.

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Is Valentine’s Day the Perfect Day to Discuss the LESS Sex Trend?

Is Valentine’s Day the Perfect Day to Discuss the LESS Sex Trend?

 

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!!

Here are some key facts to mull over as we celebrate Valentine’s Day 2018:

  • 14% decline in sexual frequency. American adults have sex 9 fewer times per year now vs. the late 1990s.
  • 22% of adults had no sex in the previous year, up from 18% reporting no sex in the late 1990s
  • 66% of 18-30 year olds have sex 2 x month, down from 73% in the early 2000s.
  • 18% of 18-30 year olds had no sex during the previous year, up from 12% in 2004.
  • 59% of teens are virgins up from 53% in 2005.

Read on below for all the reasons WHY this is happening.

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The New Aristocracy: Soon-To-Be-Wealthy Millennials

The New Aristocracy: Soon-To-Be-Wealthy Millennials

 

Fascinating study (albeit small scale) of the upcoming intergenerational wealth transfer from high-net-worth boomers to their millennial children – and the impact it will have on the real estate market.

25 to 49 year olds with high-net worth boomer parents are expected to receive an average of $3.8 million in inheritance:

  • 16% of this group will inherit $10 million or more
  • 18% will inherit between $5 million and $10 million

They’re expected to purchase large homes in cities

  • 54% prefer urban locations as their personal residence
  • 25% are looking to buy a home sized 5,000 to 7,500 square feet
  • 23% want 20,000 square feet or more.
  • Many are looking for four or more bedrooms and three or more bathrooms
  • Luxury amenities most requested: jacuzzis, top of the line surveillance cameras, commercial-grade kitchen appliances.

Their preference is for loft-style homes with traditional building exteriors but with interiors featuring open spaces, contemporary design and modern conveniences.

The millennial study was done by YouGov, a London-headquartered market research firm, and Luxury Portfolio, a global network of luxury brokerages and comes to us via Mansion Global. Link here.

Bottom Line:

This “New Aristocracy” (as they have been called), will ultimately be larger in number and greater in economic power than the wealthy in the gilded age of the Rockefellers – so look for them to be influential and set trends for a new style of luxury living, design aesthetic, travel, and philanthropy.

 

READ ON BELOW, for emerging trends in high-end senior housing (the other end of the spectrum) as well as 3 major home design trends for 2018.

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VERY Excited to Be Heading to the Nordic Countries in June

VERY Excited to Be Heading to the Nordic Countries in June

 

Am in the midst of planning my month-long scouting trip to the Nordic countries in June/July (on my own, no Nat Geo).

I’m zoning in on cool areas/neighborhoods where I might want to spend more time as well as potential hotels and must-do’s.

My goal is to get a feel for how people live, work and play in this part of the world. And, of course, I want to learn more about Nordic influences, tastemakers and emerging trends in food, design, entrepreneurship and culture.

I know some of my friends have family or business connections in Scandinavia. I’m hoping this post will encourage all of you to send some of those connections and recommendations my way. I will be forever grateful for any introductions. The goal is to immerse myself in the culture and live as a local as much as possible.

The four cities/countries I will be visiting are:

  • Oslo, Norway
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • Helsinki, Finland

Read on below for a brief recap of what I currently have on the agenda for each city.

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Health Update: How Can This Be? Lost Weight While On This Ship!

Health Update: How Can This Be? Lost Weight While On This Ship!

 

Shocked to find I had lost one pound while on my trip. Now down 13 lbs total. This was especially surprising since I had told my body tutor that my goal was to NOT GAIN more than 3lbs!

So what happened?

I kept up the daily reporting while on the ship

  • And after a few days of buffet splurges, Haley pulled me back to center when she asked me to think about my plate strategy (i.e. fill up only one plate when at the buffet and make sure that half of that plate is greens)
  • As they say at MBT: What gets reported gets managed. And what gets managed gets changed.

 

I became acutely aware of my temptations and focused on not letting them get the best of me

  • Cheese at lunch buffet, chips/snacks late afternoon in the lounge and fresh fruit were my biggest temptations
  • I’ve always craved cheese so had to either eliminate it entirely or limit myself to one cracker with cheese per day (I did the latter)
  • The snacks were more difficult because I generally found the afternoons pretty boring.
  • Cutting down my fruit consumption has also been extremely difficult but I substituted it for all the creamy, delicious-looking desserts that were served morning to night on the ship. Haley cut me some slack on the fruit as long as I didn’t go back for seconds (or thirds).

 

Discovered that trekking around in knee-deep snow, taking stairs from the lowest level of the ship to the bridge multiple times a day and just generally being out in the cold, burns LOTS of calories

  •  My daily calorie count was around 2500 (1000 more than usual) which means the only reason I didn’t put on any weight is because I was burning more calories than I consumed.

 

See below for a few photos from the the ship’s dining options.

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