Unicorn dreams — more on well-being (in a stream-of-consciousness style)

It’s not like I *expected* to have a vivid dream last night after taking a bath with “Unicorn Dreams” bubble bath. Certainly not a weird dream about (of all things) eyebrows. Eyebrows! But there you go.

I suspect the catalyst for this eyebrow dream was not a quirky bubble bath product but subconscious advertising (read: Instagram ad) for a fad du jour: the boy brow (fun fact: there’s a Boy Brow Room in NY…look it up).

ICYMI, eyebrows are an industry (approximately $160 million worldwide) and, the best I can tell, the boy brow is a natural brow. We spend a huge amount of money to have natural brows. It’s all about androgyny apparently. It’s as hysterical as nude makeup.

But I digress…

This whole bathing in “unicorn dreams” stream of consciousness piece is supposed to be about well-being! It’s real. Yale University even studied the benefits of a bath for well-being and mental health.

Now that I know this, I’m not upset that I spent $8,000 to have a bathroom redone for myself. I had it done while I was out of town. Seriously. No one goes in there but me and it’s always clean. A place where unicorns can poop glitter if they want. Or dream about boy brows.

What’s the point of all of this? It’s the little things of course. Like a bath. With bubbles made of unicorn dreams.

Pro tip: In the event you are a thrifty shopper, Unicorn Dreams bubble bath can be purchased for as little as $2.97. So, drop a nickle of it in your $2,000 bath tonight and dream a little and take care of you. Thanks for reading.

An algorithms tour

A year ago, I never would have thought I would be relying on a staff of eighty data scientists to dress me. But, I do.

A year ago, in preparation for attending a conference, for example, I would’ve been trying on a stack of clothes in a dressing room and relying on a total stranger to tell me if what I had on looked good and fit well.

Today, many of the outfits I wear are personally chosen for me and delivered in a box –- 5 pieces at a time –- based on my dimensions, my style preferences, and collaborative filtering algorithms. There are actually 85 data points captured.

The clothing box service I subscribe to uses these algorithms not just on my preferences but also for warehouse assignment, cost calculation, and inventory. Trained neural networks are used to describe pictures on my Pinterest board. Natural language processing is used to score items based on my textual feedback. After all the calculations, a request gets routed to a human stylist and pick the five things they will send me and write me a short note. I can contact my personal stylist if I want to. It’s very personalized. It’s unified with other areas of my online presence. Its mobile app is simple – I just have to click keep or return.

THIS is thinking differently about the shopping experience.  Check out the tech here.

If you want to flip HR on its head, you have to think differently about the experience we provide workers. You need to think differently about the learning experience.