What’s [Unusually] Hot? #072017

Lately, Australians are loving the Harry Potter costumes while the U.S. and U.K. citizens have fountain pens and tumble dryers on their minds. What else is in the top 10 list for these 3 countries?

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Hello lovely people! August is here and Spring is fast approaching. I have a feeling that my running shoes will hit the roads more often in the following weeks!

The last time I wrote up a trend report was three months ago and I thought it’s about time to discover what consumers are loving lately.

Australia

1. Harry Potter Costumes

Coincidentally, my friends are I are planning to do a Harry Potter marathon soon. Should we be wearing the costumes while we’re at it? Maybe. 

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Source: The Sun

2. Discontinued iPods 

My brother found one on the street years ago and I still have mine kept away in a box somewhere in my hometown. I wonder how much I’ll get back if I sell them now…

3. Rick & Morty Merchandise

Not a fan (I can’t stand Morty’s voice) but my boyfriend loves this series. 

4. Air plants

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Source: Pinterest

5. Google Home

An air freshener-looking assistant anyone? Hey Google, play me Atomic Blonde’s soundtrack. Oh and put that on repeat until I tell you otherwise. 

6. Seiko 5

An oldie from 1963 is making a comeback. I actually quite like the design.

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7. Magnetic Eyelashes

For those of you who struggle with glue, magnets could be your friend. 

8. Vinyl Records

If you use vinyl records to decorate your bedroom wall, it’s time to take them down.

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Source: Analog Jazz

9. Bose headphones

10. Wedding dresses

What type of dress do you like? Long sleeve, sheer and unconventional designs are my go-to.

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Source: Praise Wedding

United States

1. Fountain Pen

2. Polaris Slingshot

I have no idea these exist but they sure look cool.

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Source: Ultimate Motorcycling

3. MacBook

4. OMEGA Speedmaster

“The Omega Speedmaster wasn’t the first watch in space, but the first worn on the moon, on the wrist of Buzz Aldrin on July 21st 1969. Neil Armstrong had left his Speedmaster in the Lunar Module as a back-up for the onboard timekeeping system.” Ablogtowatch.com

5. JBL

6. Pinball machine

7. Brandy Melville

This brand is an interesting one. It doesn’t have an ABOUT US section and most of its Instagram posts only have #brandyusa in the caption. Despite that, Brandy Melville has a strong following of 3.9m and I bet they are stylish young women who enjoys everyday life and live in basics.

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Rose Bodysuit $28
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Robbie Dress $38

8. Pencil case

When I was in primary school, all I wanted was to change up my pencil case and school bag every once in a while. Of course my mum would tell me I don’t need them. Can anyone relate?

9. Vintage Pyrex

I’m pretty sure my future kitchen would look something like this…

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10. Star Wars Black Series

United Kingdom

1. Tumble Dryer

Top on the list! How unusual.

2. Board games

3. Philips One Blade

4. Fleetwood Mac

I checked this band out on Spotify and realized I’ve heard Everywhere over the radio when I was younger.

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5. Miitopia

“Miitopia starts off with a familiar story: A heroic Mii is called upon by the citizens of the vast kingdom to save the land. With a party of three other Miis, the character journeys from town to town, battling enemies, unlocking treasure chests and taking down bosses throughout their quest.”

6. Star Wars bobble head

7. Passchendaele

For those of you who aren’t clued-up, here’s a summary of the Third Battle of Ypres (July 31 – November 6, 1917). 

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Soldiers during the First World War’s battle of Passchendaele. Credit: PA

When the British commander Sir Douglas Haig received a warning about a German blockade, he decided to lead his men into the Belgian coast to destroy the German submarine bases there. Days into the attack, Ypres suffered the heaviest rain for 30 years causing tanks to immobilize, rifles to clog up and turn shelters into swamps. As if things couldn’t get worst, the constant shelling during the war smashed the drainage systems, leading to the deaths of countless men and animals as they drown in the quagmire. 

8. Golf clubs iron set

9. Adidas NMD_XR1

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10. Huel

Huel is a nutritionally complete powdered food ​that contains all the proteins, carbs, and fats you need, plus at least 100% of the European Union’s “Daily Recommended Amounts” of all 26 essential vitamins and minerals​. Huel is 100% vegan (better for the environment and animals), super convenient, high in protein (148g per 2000 calories) and fibre (35g), contains just 4.6 grams of sugar per 2000 calories (no added sugar), requires minimal packaging and has a shelf-life of 12 months (so zero food waste).

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Source: Foodbev Media

If you want to try this, I recommend that you do some research and listen to what others have to say before you commit. 

 

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What’s [Unusually] Hot? #052017

In this new monthly series, I explore trends beyond the industries I’m familiar with.

One day while I was home alone browsing through fashion blogs, I had an idea to put together a WHAT’S HOT post every month. I thought it would be beneficial as I’ll be able to stay on top of trends that stem from the industries I’m interested in (i.e. beauty, fashion, health and lifestyle).

I still think it’s a good idea as I’m writing this until it occurred to me that I do catch up with trends when I’m on social media. I guess I was just having one of those I-don’t-think-I-know-enough moments…

Then I thought to myself: wouldn’t it be interesting to discover the trends outside the industries I’m familiar with? Hence, I’ve decided to start the What’s [Unusually] Hot series. Every month, I’ll seek out things that are trending or topics that are currently being discussed in different countries.

To include all of the trends is not only tedious but will make you zone out faster than when you’re in a lecture. Therefore, what you read here has been selectively chosen by me.

Note: The following trends appear in no particular order.

 

Ebay

1. Gakken Kits

Gakken Holdings was established in Japan during the 1940s. Its initial focus was on publishing educational books and magazines but it soon expanded to include the development of teaching materials and tools for preschools, kindergartens and high schools during the 1970s.

Edison Wax Candle Cylinder Phonograph Kit

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Edo-Style Clock Kit

The Pinhole Planetarium Kit

I’ve never heard of this company before but my God, these are cool! I miss those days when children and adults would look forward to hands-on projects during their free time instead of being smitten to an electronic device.

2. Chandeliers

Things I admire or would get when I own a house…

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Epiphanots.com
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Zaha Hadid’s almost aquatic LED chandelier
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Pinterest

3. Fidget toys

4. Levi’s

Strangely enough I don’t own a pair of Levi’s jeans. These are the styles I hope to get my hands on in the future.

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501 Skinny Jeans OLD HANGOUTS
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501 Straight Cut LONESOME ROAD

5. Baby Groot

I squeal whenever Baby Groot appears on screen. I can understand why sales has spiked for this little one.

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Amazon

6. Lies of a Real Housewife: Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil by Angela Stanton

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7. The Islamic Enlightenment: The Struggle Between Faith and Reason, 1798 to Modern Times by Christopher de Bellaigue

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8. The Cancer Revolution: A Groundbreaking Program to Reverse and Prevent Cancer by Leigh Erin Connealy

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9. Canon T6 EOS Rebel DSLR Camera

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10. Nikon D3400 DSLR Camera

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11. XJW Mini Remote Control

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It may look like a clothes hook but it’s actually a hidden spy camera which allows you to see what’s happening when you’re not at home or at the office.

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U.S.

12. French election

13. Alien: Covenant

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14. Princess Diana

15. 13 Reasons Why Season 2 

Australia

16. Masterchef Australia 2017

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Daily Mail

17. MotoGP

18. NAPLAN

Malaysia

19. Liverpool

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The Sun

20. Cabotage policy 

U.K.

21. Banksy

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I hope you enjoyed the first of What’s [Unusually] Hot series. Catch you soon!

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