Did I just refer to myself in the third person? I sure did.
However, Hipstercrite is an alter ego of mine, of sorts, so I’m speaking in the third person of a person that I am not. What would the name of that be? Oh, narcissism? Ok! I’ll take it!
I’ve been reading a lot of “trend reports” for 2011. According to ABCNews cupcakes are totally f’ed for next year. In 2011 we should be expecting pies to take over the world. I read somewhere that books are dead too. USA Today says that a lot of people will be doing Civil War-related activities in 2011 and I say, hasn’t Civil War reenactments ALWAYS been in style?? I’ve been dressing as a Union soldier and partaking in Gettysburg battles since I was a little girl. Refinery29 predicts that the color orange, pajama-style day clothing, and futuristic military garb is in for next spring….just let your imagination run wild with that.
I have a few predictions of my own that I’d like to add to the list.
What trend predictions do you have for 2011?
1.) Travel– Austin, TX Becomes the South’s Manhattan
So you’ve probably been hearing a lot about Austin, Texas lately. Maybe it was while reading Forbes’ list of top cities for young people to move to where Austin was ranked as #1. Or maybe it was while reading Klipinger’s list of top cities to live in the next decade where Austin was ranked as #1. Maybe it was while hearing about South by Southwest- one of the largest music, movie, and interactive festivals in the world. Maybe you’re sick of me talking about Austin? Either way, it’s here to stay and bigger than ever. Why just yesterday the Los Angeles Times wrote about how people were no longer flocking to California, but Texas, where the unemployment rate is low (6.9% in Austin), the cost of living is low (Austin is 26% cheaper than living in LA), and the quality of life is excellent (Austin is 1,000,000% better than anywhere else in the world). You’ll be hearing more about Austin in 2011, so if you decide to move here, just make sure you don’t crap up the city, ok?
2.) Fashion– F Mustaches, 2011 Will Be the Year of Chest Hair
If 2010 was the year that men grew ironic John Oates-style mustaches and ladies wore fake ones, then I’m saying that 2011 is all about the chest hair. Having been a fan of chest hair since I was way too young to be cognoscente of such things, I’m sick of hearing about men shaving their chest hair in order to look like little girls and the women who encourage them to do so. Men, own your chest hair! It’s what makes you, you know, a dude. Ladies, instead of wearing those God-forsaken fake mustaches, why don’t you buy some hair that looks like what was left of Robin WIlliams’ last waxing appointment and glue that shit to yo’ chest! I can tell you personally, it’s liberating and for some really creepy reason the dudes really dig it.
3.) Lifestyle– Oh My God! I Know How to Write Still!
One of my favorite bloggers is Lesley M. M. Blume over at Huffington Post. This year she released the book, Let’s Bring it Back: An Encyclopedia of Forgotten-Yet-Delightful, Chic, Useful, Curious, and Otherwise Commendable Things from Times Gone By, an exercise in reclaiming the wonderful quirks of yesteryear. One of her suggestions was writing letters, and by God, she is onto something. Having worked in computer-centric businesses since I first began working at the age of 3, I find myself becoming more and more disconnected from conventional forms of communication. I know others are feeling the same way. There is something romantic and genuine about picking up a writing utensil and playing with it and I think we’ll be seeing a lot more of hand-written letters in 2011.
4.) Entertainment– Rick Moranis Will Make a Comeback
So what he hasn’t acted in movie since 1997? I predict that 2011 will be the year of the Moranis! Will he or won’t he be in the new Ghostbusters movie? Will he release another country album? Will he and Dave Thomas make another McKenzie Brothers movie? These are all questions that consume this young lady’s mind. Moranis will probably tell you that the answers to all these questions are a big ol’ whopping “No”, but I think it’s up to us, as his dutiful fans, to encourage him out of retirement. We love you, Rick. More than you will ever ever know.
5.) Social Media– Grandparents Join Facebook
If 2010 was the year that our parents joined Facebook, then 2011 is the year that our grandparents do. I already have a 92 year-old grandmother on Facebook. Granted she has never had a profile picture and a habit of commenting on her own wall when intended for others, but she is on there and there will be others like her! Soon enough you’ll be safe from no one! Your parents AND grandparents will scrutinize every picture where your hair isn’t combed or where you’re holding a cigarette that isn’t lit or where you’re wearing over-sized glasses on your face that make your nose look like that of Woody Allen or I GET IT, MOM! I KNOW I LOOK LIKE AN ASSHOLE IN MOST OF MY FACEBOOK PHOTOS, THANKS!
6.) Food– The Beauty of Beets
Forget cupcakes and pies and pork belly and fish tacos and all that jazz. Beets are where it’s at. They taste like dirt and make you feel one with the Earth. Now you can’t put a price tag on that, can you? CAN YOU? Like the avocado, beets are delicious and can be made into or added to any dish. Beet margaritas? Why not? Beet ice cream? Sure. Beet beer? F yeah! These beautiful and flavorful vegetables are a treat for anyone! Just be warned. If you eat too many, you’ll think you’re crapping blood and dying. Just ask my mother about the day I called her crying hysterically.
My family was just discussing beets last night and it's not even 2011 yet. But, we've always been a family of early adopters.
Annie's on Congress has a beet-infused rum Mojito.. it's out of control good. Highly recommended. In other news, I'm glad beets are on this list because they are DELICIOUS and people need to stop hating on them!
I think every individual that's on Facebook now and is over 67 comments on their own wall when they mean to update their status, or makes a status when they meant to write on a particular persons wall. This is at least what I have learned, being friends with a few.
Writing letters is one of my favorite hobbies!! I tend to write a lot when I'm away from home and missing my friends, but it's also great writing practice. I am so with you on the chest hair thing, I always found it sexy but here's to making chest tendrils chic!
Orange and pajama clothing… let's hope that's wrong.
I just want to go on the record, from a guys perspective, that the whole "hair" trend for ladies is rather repugnant. Couldnt tell if you were kidding on the chest hair thing but, blegh!
Other than that, spot on.
I mention beets in, well, every other blog post, so naturally I am thrilled to recieve this information.
I honestly did not know that about Texas. but I still plan on moving to Oregon. Rent is 200 dollars a month. Maybe I'll take a look see at Austin.
Lifestyle blogs are definitely coming up and getting out there.
My grandma just got her first cell phone for christmas this year. I'm hoping she gets a laptop and onto facebook ASAP so I can stop printing pictures and sending them via air mail 🙂
@DeRosa: I know exactly what you mean… my older aunts do the same. I have to repeatedly ask "Who are you talking to??!"
@Joanna- I think I'd like your family. A family who loves beets is a family…that is awesome?
@Kami- WHOA! Wait a minute? Really? I gotta try that. Thanks for the heads up.
@DeRosa- HAHAHA! That made me laugh out loud. So so true!
@Tsaritsa- Good for you. I made a promise to myself to write more. If I had stamps I'd probably be more likely to do it too.
@Edgar- But am I kidding…? 😉
@Tocalabocina- YES! I will need to read these posts.
@Jonathan- $200!? Where you talkin' about? Not Portland! Portland and Austin have similar rent costs.
@RenRexx- Haha. My Mom is nice enough to show my Grandma my FB profile in order to see new pics and updates. Her attention then wanders and my Mom is like, "Yo! Are you even looking at the screen?"
Sweet. I'm so glad my chest hair finally started coming in.
The South has a lot of things planned for 2011 in regards to the Civil War.
Most, not so good (galas celebrating each day they seceded from the Union, mock swearing-in of Jefferson Davis, etc).
I couldn't predict a trend if my life depended on it. Maybe my mother in-law will shut the hell up about her non-existent grandchildren?
Whatever happens, I'm so happy I discovered your blog. Happy New Year to one of my favorites!
I just recently came across "the 40 most drunken cities" or something, and austin was right up there, haha.
I predict a 2011 trend of more stupid pop songs coming out.