“For 2009, your first resolution should be, ‘I will make relationships the first priority and consumption the last.’ That’s the most important thing you can do.”
—DEEPAK CHOPRA, author of Jesus: A Story of Enlightenment
“People will be interested in cooking and entertaining at home, looking for ways to live richly without spending a lot.”
—MARTHA STEWART, author of Martha Stewart’s Cooking School
“What’s really happening is we’re simplifying life. Less financial freedom will result in things like fewer nannies, so you’ll spend more time with your kids, which will lead to more connected families.”
—DR. MEHMET OZ, author of the bestselling YOU self-help books
“We’re going to see a lot of fringe. Chunky knits. Yummy oversize scarves. And denim is the biggest ever.”
—RACHEL ZOE, stylist and TV star
“The big exercise trend is going to be group fitness classes. A spin class is considerably less money than paying for a personal training session.”
—BOB GREEN, Biggest Loser trainer
“We are entering a time where it is a must to always do what’s right versus what’s easy. Never forget: People first, then money, then things.”
—SUZE ORMAN, personal finance expert
EVEN MORE INCENTIVE TO GO GREEN
“When it comes to living green, people want practical, not precious,” says Mandy Levenberg, Iconoculture Inc. senior director and consumer strategist. Her current fave product? Aluminum SIGG water bottles. “Your water stays cold and they’re easy to clean. Spending money on bottled water will continue to look bad from a green standpoint but it’s even worse on your pocketbook.”
John Grisham’s latest novel, The Associate, is out Jan. 27.
New albums from U2, the Fray and Franz Ferdinand.
Can’t wait ’til May! Bruno, the new Sacha Baron Cohen movie, debuts May 15. Also due: X-Men Origins: Wolverine (May 1) and the latest Star Trek film (May 8).
Conan O’Brien moves up an hour to take over Jay Leno’s Tonight Show duties, while Leno moves from late night to prime time.
GETTING TO RELIVE THOSE MAD MEN DAYS
“People can look forward to rediscovering classic cocktails such as manhattans and old-fashioneds,” says Fred Dexheimer, the national wine and beverage director for the BLT restaurant group. “I also think the home bar will be more important than ever now, as many people are dining out with less frequency. Why not enjoy a great drink at home too?”
“I think we’re going back to fundamentals of shape—shapes that work on real women,” says designer Zac Posen. “Comfort, the cozy factor will be a big thing. And we’re going to see new variations on classics.”
“Lobster for everyone,” says chef Tyler Florence, host of Tyler’s Ultimate on Food Network. “Despite the recession, lobster prices—thanks to recent record catches—are as low as they’ve been for 25 years. Consumers in New York can currently get lobster for as little as $7.95 a pound!”