Today's Curated NoPo Headlines - December 12, 2018

CONSUMER/PERSONAL FINANCE

Airlines expect 5.2% increase in air travel during Christmas and New Year’s break…to > 2.5 million people/day!; Hertz partners w/Clear to speed up car rentals using biometric technology; Uber selects Morgan Stanley to lead coveted IPO; Whole Foods’ ’12 Days of Cheese’ sale starts….today; Verizon – probably regrets buying Yahoo and AOL?; Delta ditching zone boarding in 2019; American workers turning to the pod; Fear of Fed raising interest rates…fading; Luxury wooden board games – the new coffee table books?; The British toy retailer that’s expected to soon make its mark in U.S.; An unlikely place [housing!] to hide out if recession coming; Krispy Kreme’s $1 dozen.

HEALTH & WELLNESS

‘Hey, Alexa! How’s my blood pressure?’; Baby boomers aging alone more than any other generation in U.S. history, and resulting loneliness a looming public health threat; Whole Foods cutting food packaging w/cancer-linked chemicals; McDonald’s reducing antibiotic use in beef; University of Connecticut offering course on Horticulture of Cannabis; Your aging brain – “use it or lose it”?; Blender Face-Off: Vitamix vs. Blendtec; Wellness trends you can expect to see everywhere in 2019.

FASHION/BEAUTY

Remember the puffer coat gowns we featured here a few weeks ago, suggesting you buy one for New Year’s Eve? Moncler [and NoPo] now getting last laugh – they’re selling out, and even becoming collectors’ items!!; Glossier, the fast-growing millennial makeup company, hits $100 million in sales and takes aim at big beauty; Alice & Olivia sues Betsey Johnson for copyright infringement; H&M’s comical yet perplexing ‘skirt w/a hood’ leaves internet users baffled…??; What to avoid doing right before getting spray tan; How Christie Brinkley shops; Plastic surgery trends for 2019.

FITNESS/DIET

Is improving your health one of your New Year’s resolutions? Prices on fitness trackers and smartwatches at all-time lows!; Instagram tightens eating disorder filters after BBC investigation; New study says regular weigh-ins help prevent pounds from piling on at Christmas (duh); Planet Fitness – gonna burn these hedge funds?; The revival of Puma’s 1986 smart shoe for the modern era.

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