For Your Next Life

Thank you Jayda Knight for sharing.

1 * Accept the fact that some days you’re the pigeon, and some days you’re the statue

2 *Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.

3 * Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

4 * Drive carefully. It’s not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker.

5 *If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

6 * If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

7 * It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.

8 * Never buy a car you can’t push.

9 *Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won’t have a leg to stand on.

10 * Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.

11 * Since it’s the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.

12 * The second mouse gets the cheese.

13 * When everything’s coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.

14 * Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.

15 * Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.

16 * We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.

17 * A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

18 * Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today.

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY

19 *Save the earth. It’s the only planet with chocolate!*

The Future Of The Physical Clothing Store

Amazon to open its first-ever physical clothing store. Amazon’s latest store concept is designed to combine the personalization of e-commerce with the immediacy of brick-and-mortar shopping

Thank you Chain Store Age for alerting us.

Amazon to open its first-ever physical clothing store – in a California lifestyle center

  • Amazon Style
  • Amazon Style touchscreen
  • fitting room
  • Amazon Style fitting room

Amazon’s latest store concept is designed to combine the personalization of e-commerce with the immediacy of brick-and-mortar shopping.

The first Amazon Style store will open later this year, year at The Americana at Brand, a lifestyle center in Glendale, Calif. The approximate 30,000-sq.-ft. store, designed to offer a high-tech shopping experience, will feature women’s and men’s apparel, shoes and accessories. The assortment will feature “hundreds of brands” chosen by fashion creators and “feedback provided by millions of customers shopping on Amazon.com,” according to Amazon.

How Amazon Style will work
Not surprisingly, Amazon Style will distinguish itself from traditional clothing stores with high-tech flourishes.  Most of the clothing will be out of sight and kept in the back of the store, with only one sample of each item displayed on the sales floor. The format will allow Amazon Style to offer more than double the number of products offered for sale in a fashion store of its size.

Using the Amazon Shopping app, customers will scan an item’s QR code to see sizes, colors, overall customer ratings and additional product details. With the tap of a button, shoppers can have the item brought to a fitting room. If the customer doesn’t want to try it on, the item can be sent directly to the pickup counter. 

Customers can continue shopping in the fitting rooms, which have touchscreens where they can browse more options, rate items, and request more sizes or styles to be delivered directly to the room within minutes.  As customers browse the store and scan items, Amazon will leverage its machine learning algorithms to recommend tailored, real-time suggestions regarding other items they be interested in buying. 

For a more tailored experience, customers can share preferences like style and fit to receive more refined recommendations. Shoppers can also view deals in-store that match their preferences, right in the Amazon Shopping app.

Amazon Style will feature automated technologies and processes used in Amazon fulfillment centers for fast delivery of requested items to fitting rooms.  Store associates will provide customer service, deliver items to fitting room closets, merchandise the store, help customers at checkout and manage back-of-house operations.

Items scanned at Amazon Style are saved in a customer’s Amazon Shopping app, enabling them to purchase at a later time or find more items online from new brands discovered in the store. Customers can shop millions of apparel items on Amazon.com, request delivery to Amazon Style and then try on items in the fitting room when they get to the store. Items can also be returned in the store. 

In-store prices will be the same as on Amazon.com. Customers can view deals in store that match their preferences in the Amazon Shopping app. The stores will also feature new complex inventory management systems, new technology to support customer service, and Amazon One palm recognition-based payment. Select customers will be invited to preview the store’s shopping experience before it opens to the public.

Amazon Style will join Amazon’s other existing brick-and-mortar banners – Amazon Go, Whole Foods Market, Amazon Books, Amazon 4-star, Amazon Fresh, and Amazon Pop Up stores. By combining app-based shopping with automated micro-fulfillment technology and endless aisle inventory, the retailer is attempting to truly duplicate the online shopping experience in a physical store. Amazon Style stores could also easily serve as pickup and return points for online purchases, as well as provide ship-from-store capability for fashion purchases.

“We obsessed over designing a shopping experience focused on helping customers find great looks, and it led us to create Amazon Style,” said Simoina Vasen, managing director, Amazon Style, in a corporate blog post. “We’re so excited to offer a shopping experience that inspires discovery and combines the best of shopping on Amazon.com with the benefit of touching and trying on items to ensure a great fit.

The Weekend Posse

It all started out when friends Cris Sweeny and Claire Lardner invited six pals to join them, and their humungous RV, at a dude ranch called Westgate in River Ranch, Florida. It’s about an hour south of Orlando.

Cris and Claire, owners of Frameworks, live in Miami and go on road trips all the time. They invited us, (Gail Williams and Dawn McCall, Randy Bridges and Ron Moorman, and Eliot and yours truly) to this outing because the ranch guest accommodations suited our individual needs. As big as the RV is, we all couldn’t sleep together. Westgate has lodges, townhomes, teepees, tents, and a huge RV park.

We spent most of the time hanging out in Claire and Cris’ RV, the general store, the saloon, the western store, the BBQ Smokehouse restaurant, and the rodeo. There were so many cowboy outdoor activities, but we loved just spending time together and telling stories around the campfire Claire and Cris built.

The 1,700 acre Westgate River Ranch has horseback riding, swimming, golf, petting farm, nature hikes, trap and skeet shooting, hayrides, cookouts and a full-service marina complete with boating, fishing, and airboat and swamp buggy rides. Westgate River Ranch also features a 5,000-foot paved and lighted runway, the award-winning Smokehouse Grill, River Ranch Saloon and the longest-running Saturday night championship rodeo in the United States that offers trick riding, bull riding, calf roping and barrel racing at the 1,200-seat rodeo arena. A herd of grazing Watusi cattle (known for their long, distinctive horns) makes its home at Westgate River Ranch. New additions to Westgate River Ranch include an 18-hole miniature golf course, rock climbing wall, zip line, mechanical bull, and a bungee jumper.

The River Ranch was originally built in the 1960s by Gulf American Corp. (GAC), then one of the largest land developers in the state, as the centerpiece of a huge proposed development in the area called “River Ranch Acres.” By 1971, the property featured a large motel, Western-style saloon and café, swimming pool, airstrip, rodeo and trap & skeet range. In 1976, the All-American Corp. purchased River Ranch from GAC and sold the development to a group of Ohio developers in 1980. In 1986, that group sold River Ranch Resort to Outdoor Resorts. In 2001, Westgate Resorts purchased River Ranch and Westgate River Ranch reopened its doors the following year.

Westgate River Ranch, which has evolved into the largest dude ranch East of the Mississippi, is surrounded on all sides by approximately 400,000 acres of state and federally protected wetlands.

We all had an amazing time. If you want to experience something different, this is the place for you. We all loved it.

Westgate River Ranch Rodeo cowgirl falls from horse

The redo start of the festivities

An uncooperative bull make the cowboys flex their muscle

Bull kicks cowboy down. Ouch!

Two Client Stories

Our PR company, HWH PR, was the first agency to handle super star hair colorist Joel Warren. The name of his salon was Parallel and it was located in the same building as the Vertical Club on 61st Street. Abe Hirschfeld, the parking garage magnate, was the owner/builder. Every celeb worked out at the Vertical Club and went to Joel to get their hair done. This went on for years. Joel then formed the Warren Tricomi partnership with Edward Tricomi and Roxana Pintilie. Joel is one amazing guy. If he said he got screwed, he got screwed. Sak’s pay up.

Saks sued by hair salon for $75M over alleged co-working plan at flagship

https://pagesix.com/2022/01/18/saks-sued-by-hair-salon-over-co-working-plan-at-flagship/?utm_campaign=iphone_nyp&utm_source=mail_app

If you have any interest in this topic, contact me. We are looking for print, broadcast, internet coverage everywhere. Podcast link below.


Dr. Arthur Bregman, MD, a Psychiatry Specialist in Coral Gables, FL, wants to talk about the fact that there has been a 25-33% increase in domestic violence since the start of the pandemic. “The American Journal of Emergency Medicine reported a 25-33% increase while other sources have placed the numbers between 25-80%.


“I’ve seen it at my own practice. The problems of covid have created a lot of mental friction in and between people. Domestic violence can include violence between a romantic couple, elder abuse, and child abuse. While there are other ways domestic violence occurs these are the three big ones. First social isolation and distancing took away peoples’ usual social support systems. Whereas a victim might have had friends and distant relatives to go to for comfort and help, they were suddenly thrust into a closed off habitation with abusers
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“Even with vaccines and the re-starting of public life, families still face financial troubles, new stressors they’ve never seen before, and almost as much uncertainty as there was last year.All of this Covid strife has led to the exacerbation of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and skyrocketing levels of substance abuse. These together create a fertile environment for domestic violence.


“Abusers essentially use the pandemic’s consequences to victimize. Domestic violence often often occurs in settings where one individual has authoritative power over the others like a parent, overbearing partner, or nefarious caretaker. Over the past two years they’ve had more chances for violence as people isolate and fear/stress pervades their mindset. It causes regression to intemperate behaviors many might have been suppressing, and mixed with substance abuse or a serious mental disorder it can wreak havoc in close quarters
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And sometimes, victims are too ashamed to speak up. Dr Bregman also points out, “Because of the shame, only recently in our society have we talked about this happening. We live in a culture where image is important and shame goes a long way to silencing things.” But now the culture of silence is starting to change.

“Police reports, domestic abuse hotlines calls, and even at our psychiatry practice there’s been a marked increase in domestic violence victims seeking support since early 2020.This uptick is jarring but luckily these avenues are exactly where domestic violence sufferers need to go for professional help.One can not stress enough the importance of seeking professional help in these situations. It’s the best solution because it gets the ball rolling on change.Expert guidance can provide the confidence needed to break free. It can be through a hotline, a support group, a mental health professional, or of course the authorities if it comes to that.”

However sometimes it’s hard to gain access to resources in an emergency, so 3 general tips from Dr. Bregman for safety in a domestic violence situation are:

– Stay away from weapons and if they’re at your household, keep them safely locked away at all times.

– Confide in a trusted friend or loved one so they can go to the authorities if you can’t.

– Be as prepared as possible to make an escape in case of danger: keep a packed bag hidden if you can, have a safe destination in mind, etc.

A thoroughly detailed list of ways to prepare for leaving can be found at https://asafeplaceforhelp.org/get-help/domestic-violence-safety-tips/

“We can also raise awareness. This serves to further empower sufferers of domestic violence and bring attention to the cause so we can work together to stop this pandemic within a pandemic, and support the victims.”

Dr. Arthur Bregman, MD, is a Psychiatry Specialist in Coral Gables, FL, with over 47 years of expertise treating illnesses including ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and various other problems

Listening to “Domestic Abuse is on the Rise” at https://www.buzzsprout.com/1686676/9861805-domestic-abuse-is-on-the-rise

The Miami Real Estate Market By Zack Belil

This is my friend Zack. The reason I posted his talk is because so many people ask me about the Miami real estate market. He sums it up. One of the best.

Steve Greenberg and Robert Armada took these photos of where we live as their airplane took off from Miami to New York yesterday. Our condo is second from the left. Fisher island is on the bottom right. Great shot men. Thank you!
Here is a wider shot. Our condo is just in the center where the marina starts. Hey, there’s Monty’s restaurant with the aqua top to the left. Eliot loves the spare ribs.

Yvette Mimieux, Who Found Fame With ‘The Time Machine,’ Dies at 80

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/18/arts/yvette-mimieux-dead.html?referringSource=articleShare

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https://variety.com/2022/scene/news/andre-leon-talley-dead-reactions-1235156915

Every day I create an Andy Warhol happy birthday picture for friends on Facebook. I have been doing this for years. Here are some of my recent ones.

Marissa Buckanoff worked at HWH PR for a few years. Long time executive at the UN. Travels the world.
Zac Karp, son of friends Caryl and Franklin Karp of Long Beach, NY. Zac lives in Denver and is an avid skier.
Gloria Winkowski lives in South Beach, a few blocks from us. She and her husband Bill were best next door neighbors to our friends Kent and Brian.
Joao Lemos of Ft. Lauderdale recently married Juan Carlos Zapata in Colombia, South America.
Meghan Dougherty, an undertaker’s daughter, worked at HWH PR for a few years. Now she lives in Denver with her husband and children.
Gary Arlen, the famous Washington DC writer, who visits more museums around world than anyone else you know.
Alex Nunez, an extraordinary artist. She lives in Miami and we are partnering on a series of projects yet to be announced.
Dr. Steve Mandy, famous dermatologist, painter, photographer, avid skier and wine connoisseur. Lives in our condo building.
Gary Arlen again. A new type of selfie.

Dr. Bruce Yaffe is a leading concierge internist/gastroenterologist in NYC. His office is directly across the street from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Powerful golfer.

Started My Day Off With These

Janis Ian Lets Her Music Speak Her Mind (One Last Time)


https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/17/arts/music/janis-ian-light-at-the-end-of-the-line.html?referringSource=articleShare

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The New York Times’ Is on the Hunt for Its Next Media Columnist | Vanity Fair


https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2022/01/new-york-times-is-on-the-hunt-for-its-next-media-columnist

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Father and son, Eddie and Justin Young, my cousins, spent last Sunday with us. Justin is living in Miami and Eddie, from New York, flew down to visit all of us. We spent the day talking, talking, talking. We couldn’t believe how the hours flew by. We did go to Chica for a wonderful brunch. The wind was fierce. We are not that fat.

I Want To Do This !!! Who Wants To Join Us? A night under the stars, how fabulous.

Heads Up! Get Used To It, Metaverse Here We Come.

I predict this will be for family get togethers as well as business. You can fight it all you want. It’s going to happen with or without you.

You will be going to office meetings in the metaverse within three years. Or at least that’s what Bill Gates thinks.

Now more than ever, business agility is key to success

FROM WORKDAY

The billionaire Microsoft founder made a major metaverse prediction in his famous “Year in Review,” an annual collection of reflections and guesses about what will happen in the year to come. 

“Within the next two or three years, I predict most virtual meetings will move from 2D camera image grids—which I call the Hollywood Squares model, although I know that probably dates me—to the metaverse, a 3D space with digital avatars,” Gates wrote. 

Gates believes that instead of physically meeting in an office space, we will soon be using avatars to interact in a similar way, ideally using motion capture and spatial audio technology to make the metaverse feel like real life. It should be noted that Microsoft announced last month that it was launching Mesh, a platform for virtual teams to collaborate in a 3D space using customized avatars.null

The metaverse is part of the internet and made up of multiple platforms dedicated to virtual world-building, which major companies have already begun to invest in. Meta (formerly known as Facebook) opened its metaverse platform Horizon Worlds to the public on Thursday, CNBC reported. 

Gates wrote in his predictions that there have been some astounding recent developments when it comes to our digital activity, all spurred on by the pandemic, and there will be more to come. 

“People shouldn’t assume that the quality of the software that lets you have virtual experiences will stay the same. The acceleration of innovation is just starting,” he wrote.

One of the most exciting technological innovations already in development, according to Gates, is enhanced audio to supplement 3D virtual communication.

“One of the biggest improvements over what we use now is the use of spatial audio, where speech sounds like it’s actually coming from the direction of the person talking. You don’t realize how unusual it is to have meeting audio only coming from your computer’s speaker until you try something else,” he wrote.

Goggles and motion capture gloves are still necessary for advanced 3D interaction. 

Gates’ predictions come in the wake of both Google and Meta pushing back their 2022 return-to-work dates because of the unpredictable Omicron variant. Spotifyannounced a permanent “work from anywhere” program last February, allowing employees flexibility to choose where and how they work. And companies like Upwork and Pinterest are now completely “remote first,” permanently closing down one office each.  

“Although most companies will likely opt for the hybrid approach, there’s a good deal of flexibility around what exactly that approach might look like,” Gates wrote.

Gates added that we’re at the very beginning of what is possible in a virtual working world, because the pandemic challenged how we define what is “essential” to a working space.

“The pandemic has revolutionized how companies think about productivity and presence in the workplace,” he noted.