7 Intriguing Ways to Start a Conversation This Weekend
Welcome to Oscars weekend! Hopefully you'll be glamming it up over dinner in honor of Hollywood's standout stars. And when you're not talking about whose dress is most stunning and what film you want to win Best Picture, we've got all the latest discussion topics on hand. Scroll through for this week's Dinner Party Dialogue.
Balancing work and life is always challenging, but when you're lucky enough to be a mom, that challenge becomes even more impossible. The new trend? Make breakfast your family meal of the day so you can kiss late-night office-hour guilt goodbye. We often find that 6 p.m. isn't our end of day; it's more like our midpoint. Breaking to cook a family meal, wash up, and put the children to bed is our first priority, but it often disrupts our flow and ends up costing us precious hours of sleep. So, The New York Times offers us the question: Why not make breakfast the hot family meal du jour (at least some days of the week) and relieve yourself of the need to rush out of the office at 6 p.m. on the dot? "[Breakfast] is still great: a family meal, five, six, seven days a week, served in the morning, when all is possibility."
Question to ask the table: Would you feel comfortable swapping dinner for breakfast to have more quality family time?
In honor of Milan Fashion Week, we're focusing this week's design discussion on one of our favorite Milanese hotels, the Bulgari Hotel. The 58-room design sanctuary is located in the heart of the fashion capital, housed in a renovated 18th-century palazzo. The exceptionally manicured garden is a sight to behold. The Bulgari Hotel specializes exceptional attention to detail. From the heavy oak hangers in the walk-in closets to the minimalist limestone spa, everywhere you look elegant simplicity dazzles.
Question to ask the table: Have any Milan runway looks inspired an interior design change for you?
Oscars weekend may be about the designers and the films for those attending Hollywood's grandest soirée of the year, but for a TV viewing audience, Oscars weekend menus take the cake. What will you be making ahead of the red carpet? We're going for a Middle Eastern theme with this delicious vegan shawarma recipe. The trick to Oscars bites is to make them cute, easy to eat with one hand, and delicious. These chickpea delights certainly live up those standard.
Question to ask the table: If you were nominated for an Academy Award and had to sit in a tight, fancy dress all through the ceremony, what would be your ideal after-party meal?
Arianna Huffington, our favorite media mogul and the nation's unofficial ambassador of sleep, has written a new article for Glamour about the wonderful reasons we should be getting more shut-eye. Among them, Huffington cites that naps make you smarter, sleep functions as a dishwasher for your brain, and more sleep equals more sex. She quotes a University of Michigan study that showed those who get an extra hour of sleep are 14% more likely to have sex the day after.
Question to ask the table: How many hours of sleep do you get on an average night? How many do you need to feel good?
In the 1950s, men were expected to work and provide financially for their family while a woman was expected to manage all aspects of the home and children. We've come a long way since then, but gender inequality, especially in terms of the division of labor at home, is still a major issue. Sure, we have the "stay-at-home dad," and according to a study, approximately 38% of women make more money than their husbands, but money and housework continue to be large sources of contention and downfall for partnerships. In fact, studies have found that couples in which the woman makes more than her male partner have much higher divorce rates. Also, according to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center, when families have two full-time working parents, men report caring for the children and home 50-50 with their partners, while women report doing more than 50% of the work at home.
Question to ask the table: How do you define a 50-50 split when both you and your partner work?
Joshua Tree is the place to go these days. It's still not too hot in the desert, and the sunrise and sunset in this dusty, blush-hued atmosphere are so breathtaking you'll want to sync your sleep schedule with the sun. May we suggest booking an Airbnb rental or snagging a room at the Joshua Tree Inn during the week between Coachella weekends? Festival bands keep the music alive at Pappy and Harriet's, an epic bar and restaurant in Pioneertown, and some argue the vibe during this in-between period is even better than at the festivals.
Question to ask the table: If you could be in the desert with the band of your dreams for a private, starlit concert, who would it be?
Young entrepreneurs are transforming the job landscape every minute. Those who create self-sustaining businesses that have an impact on the world around them start with the same thing—a compelling mission statement. First things first: Define what your company really does, not what sounds nice. Second, convey the four key elements of your business: its value, inspiration, plausibility, and specificity. Third, edit so that your mission statement is short and sweet. Mission statements don't only apply to businesses; you can also develop a personal mission statement to help prioritize your life and steer your career in the right direction.
Question to ask the table: What's your personal mission statement?
Are you hosting an Oscars dinner party this weekend? Share your Academy Awards traditions with us in the comments.