NAT GEO Around The World Northern Route: Getting Excited!

NAT GEO Around The World Northern Route: Getting Excited!

 

FINALLY!! With only 17 days til departure, my visas for Mongolia and Russia were approved! And my Nat Geo fancy rolling bag, along with final details on the trip including information on my fellow travelers, also arrived.

  • The destination that most intrigues me is Mongolia and the Gobi Desert.
  • We’re staying at the Three Camel Lodge which is part of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection.
  • My goal to see the reindeer people seems highly unlikely. The Dukhas, as they are known, live in northern Mongolia and this last nomadic tribe of the region is down to 40 families – highly doubtful our paths will cross.
  • But we will see many camels and Mongolian ponies around our camp.

Not sure how much internet will be available throughout the trip or how much downtime I’ll have for posting but I will definitely get on instagram and snapchat whenever I can so if this Northern Route trip is of interest, follow me on:

  • Instagram: Irma Zandl (link here)
  • Snapchat: irmatz
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Rei Kawakubo at The Met: A Knockout Show, Inspiring and Beautiful

Rei Kawakubo at The Met: A Knockout Show, Inspiring and Beautiful

 

Saw this show on opening day and have been thinking about it non-stop. This is one of my favorite designers – altho I don’t wear (and can’t afford) her clothes. However, there were many people at the opening paying homage by wearing her outfits.

Some were even attempting to do clandestine fashion shoots – and were quickly shut down.

For my eye, this exhibition is superior to the McQueen show although my fashion-savvy friends don’t agree. I do concede that it won’t be as popular as the McQueen show – it’s way too strange.

For those of you not familiar with Rei Kawakubo, she’s known for her avant-garde designs and her ability to challenge conventional notions of beauty, good taste, and fashionability.

  • The thematic show features 140 examples from the early 1980s to her most recent collection, many with heads and wigs created and styled by Julien d’Ys.
  • The galleries illustrate the designer’s revolutionary experiments in “in-betweenness” —the space between boundaries.
  • Objects are organized into nine aesthetic expressions of interstitiality: Absence/Presence, Design/Not Design, Fashion/Anti-Fashion, Model/Multiple, Then/Now, High/Low, Self/Other, Object/Subject, and Clothes/Not Clothes.

The show runs through September 4th.

See photos below.

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What We’re Learning From Culinary Curators

What We’re Learning From Culinary Curators

 

Here are the top food trends I’m currently tracking.

1. Los Angeles: the food city of the moment (Source: LA Times)

  • So many trends start here: avocado toast, things in a bowl, Egg Slut, Kogi food trucks.
  • The line between high and low is being obliterated: a chef in a truck can be as talented and respected as a chef in a temple of cuisine
  • Also tracking what the culinary curators lined up for the major West Coast festivals (Coachella, of course, and in June, the Arroyo Seco Weekend at the Rose Bowl)
  • Coming out of those events: More Asian cuisine with items made with Matcha and Poke Bowls still big.
  • The discovery and sharing of food has become just as important as discovering and sharing music. “I knew [band] before it was cool” has turned into “I ate that before it was cool,” because unique food with quality ingredients is more accessible than ever. And given the marketing power of social media, it’s more picturesque. (Source: LA Weekly)

Read on below for more on Mexican influences, and my take on what the popularity of Le Coucou vs. Le Cirque tells us about shifting tastes and trends not only in food but in real estate, society and culture in NYC.

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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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PSFK 2017 Conference: Great Speaker Line-Up, Highly Recommend!

PSFK 2017 Conference: Great Speaker Line-Up, Highly Recommend!

 

Big fan of the annual PSFK event held in NYC.  Always built around an incredibly prescient, relevant theme: this year’s is Innovation With Purpose. And it goes without saying, always excellent, inspiring speakers.

  • Not only will I be attending this year, I will be on stage interviewing Nicholas Morgenstern of Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream about how he created his business, who influences and inspires him, how we picks his partners and collaborators, and where he sees the restaurant and culinary world heading over the next decade.

Besides Nicholas, I am especially looking forward to hearing from:

If you’re in NYC, I highly recommend this conference – and if you do attend, please come and say hello.

Information on tickets, here.

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The Digitization of Money: Venmo Is Just The Start

The Digitization of Money: Venmo Is Just The Start

 

LOVE Venmo – so easy and efficient. If any of you aren’t using it yet, you MUST sign up for the app immediately. I’ve used it recently to pay my share of a group dinner and to get paid when I sold my bike. Next, I am going to see if my cleaning person will let me pay her via Venmo.

Great interview with Dan Schulman, the CEO of PayPal and Venmo  on how the digitization of money (from cash to digital) is driving their growth.

On Venmo, which started out as a millennial-oriented peer-to-peer payment service and went viral with almost zero marketing, he revealed:

  • Venmo just saw its 15th straight quarter in which its user volume doubled
  • Venmo will soon be available for retail transactions

He predicts the financial services industry will see more change in the next 5 years than it has in the last 30 because of mobile and digitization.

Read on below for more on the digitization of money and the surge of interest in fintech (seen through google trends searches).

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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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These RVs Are Just So Damn Cute

These RVs Are Just So Damn Cute

 

Last year, Clint Peralta, one of my best sources when it comes to trends, told me I MUST visit Happier Camper in LA’s Frogtown (pic upper left).

He was right. Here’s the post (#3 in this link).

Now, however, he’s shown himself to be even more prescient. Bloomberg recently ran a piece on the twee RV movement and Happier Camper is featured prominently right along with Winnebago and Airstream.

Key takeaways:

  • The RV industry just had its best year in four decades, thanks to the popularity of trimmed-down rigs, like Winnebago’s Winnie, the kitschy Basecamp from Airstream, and LA’s own retro-inspired Happier Camper.
  • Winnebago recently bought Grand Design RV, which makes a line of towable rigs, more efficient, affordable and culturally relevant than gigantic, gas-guzzling RVs.
  • Grand Design complements a growing line of minimalist products at Winnebago, including the adorable Winnie Drop (pic above, lower right).
  • Winnebago sales surged 64% with almost half coming from towable rigs
  • The pint-size RV trend coincides with the tiny-house movement and #vanlife.
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