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The (Hopefully) Best Trends of 2010: Let's Make It Happen!

'09 was a rough year, but we can see a light on the horizon: The economy is slowly but surely picking itself up off the floor and dusting itself off, people are tentatively tiptoeing into stores again, and no one seems to be buying Chris "Beat-Her-Down" Brown's new album. We're curious as to what the big 1-0 will bring, but hope to see some of the following trends...

1) Frugality: We're weary of people acting like it's the 1940's and we're on War Rations, but nevertheless feel that this upswing in DIY and saving money is a good thing. People are realizing that they don't need to buy everything new, or eat every meal in restaurants. We're loving the handy economizing tips we found in Urawaza: Secret Everyday Tips and Tricks From Japan ($10) in particular. (Urawaza are Japanese folk wisdom tricks for economizing and cleaning, like using a piece of bread to help clean up broken glass - the small shards get caught in the air holes in the bread.) Check out TipNut.com for more great how-to's.

2) Community Service: Stop complaining that the government never does X, Y, or Z. Do it yourself! Donate clothes to a thrift store. Mentor an at-risk youth. Plant trees and walk to the store instead of driving there. Babysit kids at a domestic violence shelter. Give any spare change you've got to charities. Just do it!

3) No more Photoshop: We love shading away those extra 5 pounds from photos as much as the next girl, but 2009 presented us with some seriously egregious photoshoppery: the DVD cover of My One and Only, where Renee Zellwegger's already tiny head looks pin-sized compared to her giant slapped-on torso; the November '09 cover of Vogue, where a group shot of Nicole, Penelope, Kate, and Marion looks like they were each shot in different rooms on different continents; and the now-infamous Ralph Lauren shot of Filippa Hamilton, wherein she appears to have shrunk to about 50 pounds. Put down the computer mouse and step away from Adobe!

4) Friends and Family: It's not about seeing and being seen at all the hottest places anymore, but rather about the personal connections that matter most. The resurgence in at-home supper clubs, knitting nights, book groups and Sunday family dinners is something we hope sticks around for a long, long time. Because, be honest: what do you remember more fondly - that time you got, like, soooo drunk at the club and puked on your $300 shoes, or the time your best friend brought you homemade soup when you were sick with the Swine Flu?

Comments


Irony?

Posted on 01.02.10 at 6:56 AM

I'm as big into daydreaming as the next person but you claim that frugality is the #1 trend and then two posts down you have small bookcases that go for nearly three grand. If you hope to see frugality how about leading the way?

One Ring to Rule Them All

Posted on 01.02.10 at 9:05 AM

How about turning that daydreaming into a little DIY? With a little creativity, you could get inspired and make something for a fraction of the price.

Our job is to bring you these ideas and keep you in the know...Wouldn't you rather have seen the post and gotten that little "hmmm..." idea in your head than to not have seen it at all? It's all about looking at things with a fresh eye and making magic with the supplies you have at your disposal.

BTW, none of us here at the Outblush offices could afford anything like this.

Annelise

Posted on 01.02.10 at 9:12 AM

I love this post...great 2010 trends. Thanks Outblush :)

shannon

Posted on 01.02.10 at 11:49 AM

hi i have been a long time reader of outblush and am a big fan, and i know some what of the style of things and products shown, and i was reading a blog one day and came across this shoe line/company called "Irregular Choice" i dont know the web site but google it and cheak out some of their adorable shoes and maybe write a post about it, cuz i think their adorable and fasionable and thought i would show u guys :) enjoy! :)

Amy L.

Posted on 01.03.10 at 12:44 AM

I found what may be my favorite online shopping experience ever! Check out the Underground Flea Market. They have deals on EVERYTHING!

Has the whole flea market feel. I love it.

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