June Trends: Branding, hearing loss, tattoos, Maycember


By Corby Carlin Winters, Public Relations & Marketing, Winters Media & Publishing Inc.

Each month, we cover some of the hot trends from health and wellness, fashion and style, business or even tapping into your creative side.

There are so many new trends happening in social media, politics, business and fashion. Look for 2019 to be filled with many new ones while still holding on to those timeless trends.

Corporate Marketing and Branding With Your Clothes
Business branding – especially company logos – are becoming more and more visible. These can range from name tags to bumper stickers and even large car magnets. But a classy and yet subtle way to show off your company is with clothing. And that can include hats, t-shirts, jackets and even button down collared shirts.

Here at Winters Media & Publishing, we have our company logo on baseball-style hats, t-shirts and dress shirts. It’s a great way to build community awareness of your business and brand. Right in downtown Newnan is One Divine Design, which has all kinds of styles for companies, high schools and colleges. Go check them out.

Hearing loss impacts
If you know someone suffering from hearing loss, you know how frustrating it can be. My dear friend Meredith Kearns has the most difficult time because she can’t hear out of one ear. The hardest thing is being in restaurants, meetings and large crowds.

So after a great deal of frustration and meeting with doctors, one of Meredith’s real estate clients told her about Bose “Hearphones.” They are “conversation-enhancing headphones that are specially designed to help you hear in louder environments. Active noise reduction makes any noisy place easier and more comfortable, taking the edge off the noisy world,” according to the Bose website. Meredith said they have been a godsend for her.

To Tat or Not To Tat
I have wanted to tackle this trend for sometime now as it seems wherever you look you can’t help but see people with tattoos. We are talking everything from near body-covering to tiny ankle tattoos. And the correct lingo is to call them “tats” now.

I did an informal poll to see if people regretted them. Almost no one did except for one woman who said she just got too many and didn’t want her daughter to do that as well.

So, if you are considering a “tat,” but aren’t sure yet, try a fake one for a while. Red Letter Merchant sells faux tattoos of all shapes, sizes and designs. They can last up to 4 weeks with very good care. Best yet they look amazingly real. The Hug Box is another place to check as that’s where The SONS picked some up for me for Mother’s Day. They got me one with the word Faith. I wore it to the middle SON’s graduation and it was quite the hit. Who knows, faux tats may become a timeless trend.

Maycember is a Real Thing
Looks like we survived Maycember. That’s the new phrase for the wacky and busy month of May, where there is too much going on, but not everyone gets presents like in December. And that’s really the only difference between the two, not as many presents.

May (or Maycember) has Mother’s Day, end of school events like recitals and concerts. And of course, graduation. And that leads to sending out invitations. Don’t forget gifts for teachers either. And we have to have pool parties and parties celebrating the beginning of summer and so on and so forth. And don’t forget Memorial Day. Oops, left out Vacation Bible School.

If just remembering all that is making you stressed or tired like me, don’t panic. Remember that life is short. Treasure the moments and people you care about. Don’t get caught up in all the hustle and bustle; rather take time to breathe and savor these times.


Corby Winters is known to many as a Power Shopper, the Little Black Dress and a life stylist. 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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