February Trends & Trendsetters: Lingo, Tea and Online Selling

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By Corby Carlin Winters, The Shopper Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator
Each month the Trends and Trendsetters column covers some of the hot trends from health and wellness, fashion and style, business or even tapping into your creative side.
The latest and hippest lingo …
Update your lingo – in this day and age words are invented and reinvented daily, old words have new meaning and phrases often appear out of nowhere and take on a life of their own.  The teens are saying things are “lit,” which most often means something is cool, good or they really like it. But our eldest son is a freshman in college and he says “lit” often means something entirely different to his friends. “Savage” is also a good thing, at least that is what the middle SON’s friends called me. I wasn’t sure at first, but if you understand the definition, it can mean fierce but it can also mean, cruel and uncivilized.  I prefer to stick with the former and also assume it means I am cool. For some time “like” became a commonly used phrase, “like they say.” And Winters used to ask me, who is “they?” So now we have “join the conversation.” It can mean to just get up on what’s hip, or to give your input. Lately, however, it has referred to the discussion on sexual harassment and the #metoo movement. The thing about all the latest hip words, is they don’t stay hip for long. When things become too commonplace, you can be sure new words or phrases are on the way.
Not a coffee lover? Well, that is just fine

So if coffee is not for you then why not try a multitude of teas.
There are a large variety of flavors,  standbys like Earl Grey but even peppermint, chai, mango and other tea blends. I love tea, but so does our columnist Angela McRae, who has even written a book on the subject. Check out the Downtown Olive or the two Herb Shop locations for some great choices. I personally love creating my own concoction that my friend Brenda shared with me which includes Red Rooibos, ginger and cloves.  It is perfect any time of day or season. And if you have a percolator then just put it on and the house will smell wonderful all day.
And while we’re on the subject, why not polish up your favorite tea set (if you don’t have one, head to one of our great stores this side of the perimeter and pick one up) and gather your friends or children for a moment of relaxation and fellowship.
When The SONS were little we had tea all the time and it remains a special memory for all of us. When they were younger it was apple juice, but they soon graduated to more refined palates. It was not what was in the cup that mattered most but the moments shared with them. Recently, our first floor flooded after a pipe burst and my neighbor Ruth showed up with a survival box – warm muffins, tea and a little jar of sugar and stevia.  Tea and friendship just seem to go hand in hand.
Online selling
Right here in our area more and more people are selling items online and in the classifieds.  This naturally leads to deciding whether to mail the items or meeting somewhere to complete the transaction. They may sound nice on the phone or online, but who really knows in this day and age?The team at The Paper/The Shopper have a few recommendations to help you be safe with this latest trend. First, the Newnan Police Department and the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office will let you meet at their respective parkings lots, and an officer will even come out to make sure everything goes okay.  Also, make sure friends or a family member know who you are supposed to meet and where. If you can’t meet at the police station, make sure it’s a high visibility and very public place. And finally, always trust your gut. If it doesn’t feel right, then it might not be so don’t worry about walking away.
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Corby is known to many as a Power Shopper, the Little Black Dress and a fashionista. She’s crazy about shoes, clothes, accessories, and of course leopard prints. She loves writing, speaking, ministering, life coaching and being with friends, Winters and the SONs of Thunder.

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