Being a Man: The Metrosexual Era a Decade On

The force behind metrosexual mania in 2003, Marian is now CEO of Havas PR North America, which produced this paper. Click here to read more about how she helped usher the word into pop culture and how what it means to be a man has evolved since then.

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March 15, 2014, 10:30 pm

How Metrosexuality Has Made Over the Men of Connecticut

[Originally published by the Stamford Advocate.]

Connecticut: birthplace of the metrosexual?

Almost 11 years ago, when metrosexual was the hot new word on everyone’s lips—thanks largely to work my colleagues and I were doing at the ad agency that is now Havas; I’m CEO of Havas PR—it was a uniquely urban phenomenon. In time, it came to … [continue reading... ]

January 9, 2014, 12:12 pm

Trends to Expect in 2014 … and Beyond

Originally published by the Stamford Advocate.

Age is more than the proverbial number today, and for trends we’ll see in the new year, it’s a thread in the narratives of many that I’m forecasting. From retirement age now being midcareer to our workplaces looking more and more like millennials, Americans are challenging and redefining age markers.

Education, … [continue reading... ]

February 27, 2013, 9:01 am

Would Mindy McCready Have Agreed with Her Final Branding Statements?

Originally posted on

A colleague of mine recalls a time when a new boss had taken over her department and everyone was anxious. One of his first acts: handing out New York Times obituaries of distinguished people. “Read these,” he said, “and think about what your obituaries would say.”

His gambit worked. The … [continue reading... ]

February 18, 2013, 9:00 am

Finding (Who to Blame for) Nemo

Originally published on Stamford magazine’s website.

Global warming makes me feel overwhelmed. I’ve been writing about extreme weather and various trends surrounding it—from weather watching in the social media age and our need to feel in control to the global state of discussions about clean water—for so long, but now that I’m living it, I’m tired. … [continue reading... ]

September 12, 2012, 8:55 am

In Transit

Originally published on Stamford magazine’s website.

Living in Connecticut and working in New York City, I’m a devoted Metro North commuter. When the day comes that I cease being a commuter, I might have to join a support group to help me through life without the transitions. Commuting is my psychic punctuation, separating my work life … [continue reading... ]

May 28, 2012, 4:11 pm

Our American War Hero

Originally posted in the Danbury (Conn.) News-Times.

Very near to Danbury there lived a true American war hero. His name was Rob J. Lytle Jr., and you may have heard of him when his obituary turned up in local newspapers in 2010.

His widow, Lori-Ann Lytle, who lives in New Milford, broke away from custom when … [continue reading... ]

May 25, 2012, 11:48 am

A Special Father to Remember This Memorial Day

Originally posted on Stamford magazine’s website.

Dear Alex,

Although I don’t know you, I saw you once on a very sad day almost two years ago, at your dad’s wake. My partner, Jim Diamond, was your dad’s lawyer and friend, and when your dad committed suicide, Jim was very sad because Rob was a good guy who … [continue reading... ]

May 9, 2011, 9:31 am

The Problem with Local

Originally published on

As someone who has made a career of tracking trends, I have not let this whole notion of local gone loco escape my sights. I’ve talked for a while about global going local, due in large part not only to our newfound connectivity on all things social media, but also to our … [continue reading... ]

May 5, 2011, 10:37 am

The Importance of Patch and the Rise of Hyperlocal Media

Originally posted on

We already know the world has gone hyperlocal—from rooftop gardens to online deals for everything from facials near your home to ceviche dinners close to your office on LivingSocial, Groupon and Dealtificate. The media industry is no exception, and right now I’m watching the model as a symbolic nod to where … [continue reading... ]

January 21, 2011, 9:00 am

Climate Control

Originally posted on

For the record, “snowpocalypse” is not one of my favorite blurred terms. Ever since the first big storm hit the Northeast this winter—through to this week, with me in Dubai and my family in Connecticut, where power was out one night because of an ice storm and half a foot of snow … [continue reading... ]