What makes you happy?

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Happiness around the world, year after year, seems less connected to money! Although wealth or financial security ensures a certain quality of life, and implicitly, a certain level of satisfaction, I am convinced that the secret is in the details…

The most recent report on happiness is The Better Life Index, issued by the OECD. Statistically, it’s pretty irrelevant, given the fact that it takes into consideration only OECD member states – there are only 34 out of 206 total states worldwide. (whose sovereignty and independence have been dully recongnized).

Matt Killingsworth built an app, Track Your Happiness, that let people report their feelings in real time. The paradox of happiness is that despite all advances in life, we are still clueless about what makes us happy.

Question: would the best job in the world make you happier? what is that? how would you know it’s the best ever?

How exactly do you go about it? Is the balance between less and more? Is getting what we want? Is making our dreams come true? Is it programmed science? Is happiness a result of our prefrontal cortex simulating our experiences before they happen…it’s this part of the brain that makes us say waw! whenever we see a haagen dazs ad because we have already stored that information that almonds and caramel taste awesome? or the rememberance of the mere aroma of good icecream that made us once smile and satisfied?

A summer breezy morning, a shiny winter day with crisp white snow and calm flakes, a cup of good coffee on a porch, reading The portrait of Dorian Gray, or the New York Times, a girls movies night , browsing the web for the latest IT items…there are so many things that mean happiness and give meaning to the word!

Food for the brain

There are several lectures that shaped my perspective on fashion, both as business and as lifestyle. Although they might not be yesterday’s news…they are a mix of past reading worth giving an eye.

Vanity Fair

All Valentino Garavani ever wanted was to dress the world’s most beautiful and famous women. All Giancarlo Giammetti wanted—from the day he met Valentino, on the Via Veneto, in 1960—was to help him do it.

A wonderfully written piece on one of the last great couturiers, his sense of style, elegance and grace, living, whims and private choices. It’s inspiring for a Saturday morning quiet moment, with a good coffee and an open mind set to jet away.

Stealing Style

Gizia Scarves

IS CONSERVATIVE THE new radical? The fashion world certainly seems to think so. This season, designers filled their runways with restrained silhouettes that echo the graceful, showing-less-is-more aesthetic of generations past

Humorous and enjoyable, this article reminds us of why it’s a good strategy to keep certain items that stick to our hearts, irrespective of the trends that sweap our heads off.

Brands in touch with people

Don't wait for Cupid

The brands’ embrace of real-people photos feeds the needs of young consumers for connection, as well as retailers’ need to engage them. “It makes it more real to see it on a real person at a real event,” says Ms. Lin, who also peruses the photos uploaded by other consumers. “With professional models it’s different—obviously it looks good on them.”

Online and not only online has timidly started to shift its attention to the real consumer. Some brands embraced this attitude earlier, with great results and obvious achievements in terms of bonding with its audience. Others came later to the game but played it better. Bottom line, models inspire, but real people wear that inspiration.

The Shoe Battle

Marc Rosenthal for NY Times

In 2008, a Harvey Nichols sales campaign was depicting vultures swooping upon several items. The article above describe the frensy and the passion unleashed by sales in a shoe department of Bergdorf Goodman on the first day of designer sales. The sarcastic but yet indulging NY TIMES tone allows very objective and clear-minded observations about female pshycology, the resilience of this item in facing the effects of recession and the business rationale behind the production, pricing and marketing of these iconic items.

The real first ladies of fashion

Natalie Massenet and Caroline Rush - Philip Sinden

Glamourous, stylish, smart and refined. Two fashion ambassadors to follow.Natalie Massenet and Caroline Rush. The brains of Net – a – Porter and the CEO of the British Fashion Council.

About Jewelry, the High Street, Globetrotting and Online

The founders of Dannijo — Danielle Snyder, 27, and her sister, Jodie Snyder, 30 — are known to post photographs of themselves sunning in Mexico, hobnobbing with billionaires like Richard Branson, and palling with Cynthia Rowley at Art Basel Miami Beach.

That their boho-chic jewelry — made of oxidized metals, dotted with colorful stones and studded with shards of crystal — is peripheral in the photos is precisely the point.

A success story of how to deal with a small business, a huge potential, tons of creativity and plenty of personal touch.

This is it for today…coming more..soon! enjoy!

Inspiration – Scott Schuman, aka The Sartorialist

Blogger, photographer, trend setter…I am convinced that most of us who say fashion and street style, think at least once at the sartorialist. The beauty of his endeavor is that he puts colors and people into so simple and yet expressive equations.

ChannelIntel features this beautifully shot video that together with the main character and his voice, as well as the background music create a specific ambiance of storytelling and lifetime journey. Saturday I will start my street adventure…great muse and sense of approaching the use of photography for both the audience and the author.