Today's Curated NoPo Headlines - February 12, 2019

CONSUMER/PERSONAL FINANCE

Who’s top dog? We’ll find out tonight! More than 2,880 canines from 200+ breeds look to win Best in Show at Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show; Vanguard dramatically cuts its expected rate of return for stock market over next decade; Americans’ confidence in their personal finances keeps growing (optimism at levels not seen in > 16 years); Company that promised one-way ticket to Mars is…bankrupt; Snap – keep winning in 2019?; Amazon acquiring home Wi-Fi startup Eero; Car insurance rates rising for 83% of US drivers; Toys R Us coming back under new name; Trucking industry–changing (no drivers); The dirt-cheap bank that’s Forbes‘ Best Bank in America two years in row; A new vending machine at Ritz Carlton Naples for…champagne; World-class chocolates that will make you a hero this Valentine’s Day [Yes, Walt – Hershey’s fine, too].

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Study finds eating ‘ultraprocessed’ foods accelerates your risk of early death; Weed company Green Growth Brands plans to open CBD shops in malls across USA; Measles cases nationwide rise to 101; Water lily seeds – next big trendy snack?; What facial acupunture is and whether right for you; Why tidying up is powerful stress reliever; A surprisingly easy way to become happier [Spoiler Alert: human interaction].

FASHION/BEAUTY

The hottest new fashion trend for men is…harnesses?; Barneys adding cannabis department at its Beverly Hills flagship store; Rebag looking to become Kelley Blue Book of luxury resale (company just had another big funding round); Crystal facials – next buzzy Instagram skin-care and wellness trend?; How teens use photo retouching apps; Why lipstick isn’t as useful as an economic indicator as it used to be; Biggest takeaway from New York Fashion Week–everyone just wants to be comfortable and cozy??

FITNESS/DIET

Study finds there are many different diets – from those that restrict calorie intake to those that improve nutrient intake – that can improve mood and reduce depression symptoms; FDA targets illegally marketed dietary supplements; Why weight loss is no longer just ‘one size fits all’ (according to Nutrisystem CEO); How to make your pizza habit healthier (according to a dietitian); The skinny on the Volumetrics Diet Plan; A definitive ranking of best blood-sugar-balancing diets.

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