Trends & Trendsetters: Staycations, Job Titles, Summer Porches and Anniversaries


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.

Staycations are as popular as ever
Sometimes the best trips require no packing, no luggage and no long rides in cars or airplanes. Staycations continue to be very popular and we are lucky to have so many fun activities so close. For example, there’s the zip line in Banning Mills near Whitesburg, Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain and the new water park at Wolf Creek Lodge in LaGrange.

Banning Mills

You could also consider camping or hiking at Chattahoochee Bend State Park or Pine Mountain. You can pop up to Serenbe for a walk at the labyrinth, dinner and overnight at the farmhouse. Ladies why not schedule a massage and/or facial with your girlfriends or guys hit the golf course for a round of golf. Everyone deserves a break.

Or visit Senoia for something different. There’s The Inn at the Veranda. While there you can pop over to so many wonderful restaurants that will make you feel you have travelled far from home. Places like McGuire’s Irish Pub, Jimmy Pomodoro’s, Bistro Hilary or The Senoia Coffee House and Cafe.

Shrubs, plants and vines can be faux but look real as ever
Many have balked at and put up their nose to faux silk or plastic shrubs. If you are one of those people, that’s okay. But I am here to say faux may be your best bet at your home and no one will be the wiser. Plants look real as real can be. I have some herbs in my kitchen window that look so real my friend watered them.

You can find anything like topiaries, bushes and hanging shrubs. We even have friends who put down astroturf for areas where grass just won’t grow. And until you put your toes on it, you’d never know.

Job titles are getting a makeover 
If you have read the employment ads lately you just might be shaking your head a bit when you read some job titles. Instead of line cooks, some restaurants are looking for “sandwich artists.” If you are selling clothes then you might be a “brand ambassador” rather than a sales associate or clerk. And when it comes to talking about those at work I certainly use the word “Team” when referring to our staff, but lots like to refer to their group as “The Dream Team.” We will take that one too. And of course stay at home moms are now domestic engineers, supermom, nurse, financial planner, Uber driver and so much more… Needless to say, the times are changing.

Perfecting the perfect summer porch
Porches in the South are considered almost a necessity. Ceiling fans, ferns, outdoor rugs and just the right furniture express the look of your home. Whether you want to eat dinner outside or drink mimosas, the porch or veranda is the place to do so in the South. There are many designers and shop owners in our area that can help anyone get started on the summer porch of your dreams. It’s a timeless trend and a gift to yourself and to all who visit.

Celebrating local business anniversaries 
Every year a local business stays in business is awesome! They say for every business that opens each year another one closes. So we are excited to celebrate with Dunc’s Barbeque Kitchen on their first anniversary, Grit and Grace on their fourth, Georgia Peach is also celebrating their first anniversary and Let Them Eat Toffee is on their 10th. Please let us know when you are celebrating your business anniversary.

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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