Saturday, January 7, 2012
Crystal Ball 2012
With the new year upon us, I've been doing a lot of thinking about what this year might bring. I am hoping for a kindler, gentler 2012. 2011 was incredibly stressful for everyone - the world still seemed to be on edge from the recession. For that reason, I think most people are looking for a return to a simpler life and some normalcy while also valuing what the earth already provides for us outside of our material possessions. That's why I'm predicting the following trends for this year:
Bikes - Already gaining lots of traction in Europe and New York, bikes are definitely the way to get around the city these days. I can't tell you how happy it makes me to see people riding down the street with their farmer's market haul in a basket on front (or back) of their bike.
Back to Nature - I was just reading Conde Nast Traveler and they had a fantastic line-up of "quiet places" trips for people who need to completely disconnect and retreat to a deserted isle. While that's all well and good for those who can afford a $30k vacation, I do think there will be a return to nature this year with more visitors to our national parks and an appreciation for visiting endangered wildlife, native tribes and more of the bounty that this beautiful planet has to offer.
Clean Eating - Here in sunny SoCal, the detox is a big, big thing. In fact, we just got a Detox Lounge in our neighborhood, which I love. I also love Cheetos. But instead of eating Cheetos, I'm going to focus on cleaner eating this year. Beans, fresh/locally grown fruits and veggies. Start your day with a glass of lemon water to help counteract the toxins and acid in your cup of coffee - your tummy will thank you.
Classics - In fashion, there is also a return to basics...or classics. Sure, there will be trends everyone still has to jump on, but I think customers are looking for value and quality in classic pieces they can mix and match with the more trendy. Refer to my earlier post on Ines de la Fressange's book or J. Crew's latest collection for a great line-up of classic wardrobe pieces.
Good deeds/good people - The backlash against the Kardashians is just the start of a continued disassociation with bling and mean girls. The buzz this year will be all about those who are doing good or celebrities who are actually nice. Think of the shift in judging style on last year's American Idol and you'll see where I'm headed with this. Greed is no longer good.
Blessings to you all in the New Year. Cheers to happiness and health!