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31-03-2011 World's Most Expensive Dog

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hearing stories about the text-align: center;background-color: #fff; .srchTxt{background: #161d27 none repeat scroll 0 0; border: 0px none; float: left; font-size: 16px; height: 28px; line-height: 28px; padding: 5px; width: 275px;-webkit-border-radius:0;-moz-border-radius:0;border-radius:0;color: #ffffff} world’s most expensive hotels, places to
live, and holiday spots. But now, there are some new records that have captured our attention. In China, certain breeds of .border-wrap{margin-bottom: 40px} dogs have become highly prized status symbols for the .srchTxt{width: 250px;font-size: 16px;line-height: 20px} .footer {text-align:center; color:#ccc; width:100%; padding:40px 0 0} nouveau riche. Just recently, a Red Tibetan Mastiff puppy was sold to
a Chinese coal baron for the cool price of .popular-searches{padding:10px } £1 million – making it the .footer a {color:#999; font-size:11px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap: break-word;} world’s most expensive dog.
The iPad 2 has barely hit stores, but already Stuart Hughes has created a super-luxurious version of the .footer a:hover {text-decoration:underline; color:#333} gadget, one that is made up of solid 24-carat gold, flawless diamonds, and the bones of a 65 million-year-old T-Rex. This iPad is priced at £5 million. The price of beauty has also gone up, with the .footer-related{text-align: center;padding: 20px 15px;margin-bottom: 20px;background-color: #252d37; margin-top: 40px;} world’s most expensive manicure reaching $51,000.

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Next lifestyle trends: 'Pandas and Tigers and Dogs, Oh My!',


25-03-2011 Urban Trend: Vertical Gardens

While living in the .footer-related a{color: #ffffff;font-size: 17px;display: inline; word-wrap: break-word;} city has many pros, one major disadvantage is the .footer-related span{color: #556c87;font-size: 17px;display: inline;font-weight: bold} lack of @media only screen and (max-width:767px) { space for green areas and in particular gardens. Even the .footer-related li{display: inline;padding-right: 28px; word-wrap: break-word;} slickest of .website{margin:0 auto;float: none;width:280px;font-size: 25px} city slickers long for a little bit of .privacy{margin-top:15px}{margin:0 auto;} nature to

inject in their home and work environments. Aspiring gardeners will be pleased to be seen to
believed. If you are interested in seeing this trend for yourself, check out the websites of Kumi Yamashita, Fred Eerdekens, and creative duo Tim Noble and .clear {clear:both; overflow:hidden; line-height:0; font-size:0; height:0} Sue Webster.

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Next design trends: 'Self Contained Recycled Art' , 'Car Part Art'

16-03-2011 Book Trend: Fiction at Your Fingertips

Since the late 80s, technology has infiltrated all of @media only screen and (max-width:480px) { our lives. And these days, the good old book now has to seriously compete with its online twin, the “eBook.” Microsoft and .clearfix:after{visibility:hidden;display:block;font-size:0;content:" ";clear: both;height:0} other players launched so-called eBooks and * html .clearfix{zoom:1} eReaders fifteen years ago, but the trend never really took off. Now the div#optOutLink{ padding-top: 30px} time has come for digital reading to challenge the .no-results{text-align: center; padding: 10px 10px 0; color: #ffffff;font-size: 15px } publishing world in a big way. The eBook revolution has been enormously accelerated by the range of tablets now on the market, including the ul.privacy {padding: 0 0 20px;text-align:right; } Android, Kindle, and, of course, the omnipresent iPad. Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, predicts that eBooks will surpass paperback sales sometime in the next nine to

twelve months and *:first-child+html .clearfix{zoom:1} we think he is right. We’ll keep checking the stats for you and a{text-decoration:none} report again in due course!

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Next lifestyle trends: 'The Devil Reads Prada', 'The Brightness of{width: 250px} Books'

15-03-2011 Dumpster Diving: Long Live Anarchism

While the ul.privacy li {font-size: 12px; color: #535353; padding: 5px 5px} majority of .website{max-width: 95%;} people go to

supermarkets to

11-03-2011 Minimalism Trend: Back to
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    We believe that minimalism is set to

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  • dominate all aspects of .dynamic-content{padding: 0 !important} design and ,Helvetica,sans-serif;height: 100%;background: url( repeat center center #1f252e;} culture in 2011. Our Trendspotters first detected this trend on the catwalks in Europe late last year, where designers represented their 2011 lines by sending stunningly simple clothes down the .privacy{text-align: right;padding-bottom: 10px; width: 100%;} runway. This clean, easy look was complemented by minimal makeup and .main-container{width: 960px; margin: 0 auto;padding-top: 1px;padding-bottom: 1px;} simple hairstyles. The concept of ‘pared-down chic’ has also extended to interior design. Minimalism is an increasingly popular theme for new homes as well as renovations, and some features are plain walls, bare furniture and #main{padding-bottom: 30px} monochromatic colours. The idea behind the .privacy a{color:#333333;text-align: center;font-size: 11px} theme is that a clear space equals a clear mind, and that the home should be a calming place to
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  • retreat to. The ‘techno’ music genre has also launched a new minimal strand, where the .privacy a:hover{text-decoration: underline} music features a steady beat and .header .main-container{width: 960px; margin: 0 auto;padding-top: 1px;padding-bottom: 1px;margin-bottom: 15px} few other sounds so as not to
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  • distract listeners. Let us know if you have seen this trend and .popular-searches{padding: 40px 25px 5px;background: url( no-repeat center center;background-size: cover} we will post it on our Facebook wall!

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    Related trends: 'Muji the Japanese IKEA', 'Hidden Spaces'

    07-03-2011 Energy from your Balcony

    Until now, apartment residents have struggled to find alternative ways to

    07-03-2011 The Bike of In 2010, the Seoul Cycle Design Competition offered designers to
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    02-03-2011 Power to

    the People

    For the past few weeks, the political uprising in Egypt has been splashed over television screens and .popular-searches ul.first li:hover a{color: #ffffff;text-decoration: none;} newspapers, thereby highlighting a new trend in politics: democracy.

    The ‘government of a{word-wrap: break-word;} the people’ in most cases comes about because of successful people’s movements and .border-wrap{padding: 10px;border:1px dashed #636363;margin-bottom: 100px} protests. The trend towards democracy has been in motion for the past few years, there have been elected democratic governments in Latin America (Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador) as well as in several former Soviet Union countries. While the shift to

      democracy occurred over several years, for countries that have lived oppressively for as long as they can remember, it is a well-deserved achievement. Of course, the trend towards democracy can be observed through the .website .domain{font-size: 23px;padding-top: 19px} current movements happening in the world. Egypt’s radical shift to democracy changed the .footer-related li{padding-right: 15px} political system to such an extent that it has been called the “January 25 revolution.” It has also brought awareness to
    the democratic cause in other African, Asian and Middle Eastern countries. The Egyptian revolution has encouraged Tunisia, Algeria, and China to
    boost their democratic movements. The Global Times confirmed the trend, saying, “the worldwide shift towards democracy is unstoppable.”

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    01-03-2011 'Deprivation' Holidays

    When most people think of their ideal holiday, they visualise sandy-white beaches, palm trees, amazing food, and total relaxation. However, many are now shunning traditional holidays in favour for the latest trend in vacationing: ‘deprivation holidays.’ For those who are unfamiliar with this trend, ‘deprivation holidays’ are boot camp-style getaways. They are designed to improve travellers’ lifestyle choices, health, and fitness. They involve extreme sport and input:-webkit-autofill { exercise, detoxing, body image counselling, and nutrition advice. For most people, ‘deprivation holidays’ will yield quick and -webkit-box-shadow: 0 0 0 1000px #3A3A3A inset !important; visible results, such as weight loss, toning, inner calm, and a much-needed lifestyle check.

    Some locations adopt a more mind-body-soul method involving spas, saunas, meditation and yoga. While this may seem like the @media only screen and (max-width:776px) { less strenuous option, guests are still expected to detox and .website{float: left;max-width: 50%;} push themselves physically, spiritually, and mentally. The World Travel Market’s 2011 annual trend report confirmed that “luxury is out, austerity is in,” and that these types of holidays are taking off in North America, Australia and New Zealand.


    01-03-2011 Hotel Trend: iPads in Top Hotels

    Upmarket hotels are always looking for ways to maintain their five-star rating, and many are becoming increasingly tech-savvy by providing iPads for their guests. In fact, the iPad is set to be a feature of all top hotels in 2011. Earlier this year, The Corporate Traveller named the #main{width: 90%!important;margin: 0px auto;padding-bottom: 0px;} iPad as the top emerging trend for the hotel sector. Some luxury hotels are putting tablets in rooms, and others such as the Sofitel, are offering guests the .website{width: 45%;} chance to rent or use for free.

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