Dos and Don’ts of Celebrity Travel Styles

The great artist Noel Coward once observed, “Why do the wrong people travel when the right people stay at home?” If you're one of those traveling afar this summer, thank your lucky stars. And pay close attention to 10 dos and don'ts that reveal the travel habits and styles, rightly or wrongly, of America’s celebrities.

Corporate Philanthropy: Good for Business, or Just Plain Good?

Where should companies draw the line on corporate philanthropy? Is all charitable giving considered “good giving”? Should getting a bang for your buck be part of every marketing effort, including ones intended to “give back” to the community? Even PBS gives you a DVD when you donate enough cash. Corporations have feelings, too, you know.

Fitness Trends for 2014

Exercising like a caffeinated maniac with breaks in-between – aka, High-Intensity Interval Training – recently took first place among the predicted Fitness Trends for 2014. Unseated from first place for the first time since 2008? Educated, Certified and Experienced Fitness Professionals. Here are the Top 10 Trends for 2014.

13 Beauty Trends for 2014

What does it say about the nature of fashion when the strongest motifs are those that come from makeup, hair and nails? When the accent outweighs the melody, it’s certain that sexiness isn't far behind. With a whip and a few cleverly designed chains. Do such tricks dominate? Or do they seduce?

What Makes U.S. Brands Patriotic?

Among established brands, what’s more American than apple pie and the Fourth of July? According to a new survey, Jeep was determined to be the most patriotic brand among 197 names across 35 categories. Is that something a car company can even be? Does patriotism even matter in a global economy? Who and what determines what makes U.S. brands patriotic?

IT’s Growing Role in What You Buy at the Supermarket

Business Intelligence (BI) systems have been around since at least the late 1950s. Now, with the advent of better tech and faster systems, what took days to find out can take as little as a few seconds. But do buyers of consumer packaged goods really want the Geek Patrol telling everyone what to stock and, presumably, what to buy?

Holiday Spending Highlights U.S. Wealth Gap

With one percent of the U.S. population controlling a little more than half of the country’s assets these days, how do marketers deal with the growing divide between rich and poor in America, aka the Wealth Gap? A look at how those on the lower end of the economic ladder could provide some insight. If you know your Charles Dickens, that is.

Social Zeroes

Given how far social media guidelines seem not to have traveled within the global community, it seems way past time for a refresher – especially when it comes to pushing a company message in the wake of a death or tragedy. It all boils down to something fairly simple, really. Go ahead. Take a moment. It’ll come to you.

13 Fitness Trends Emerging in 2013

The latest developments in exercise involve more than just the progression of a tried-and-true routine. Combining principles of different disciplines into a single approach, maximizing regimens to combat age and going virtual to the mutual benefit of trainers and clients are where fitness is headed, say the experts at Shape magazine. And there’s little to no turning back in sight.

Ready-to-Wear Goes Austere…and Weird

The news regarding London Fashion Week can only be summed up in one word: disturbing. Has the fashion world finally been tamed to cater more exclusively to bourgeois/nouveau riche tastes? Or have designers finally wised up to the idea that Seventies-style fashions (an oxymoron if ever there was one) can be used for inspiration but not as outright archetypes?