Sapphires are the second hardest gemstone on the planet. Their strength follows diamonds, and their color is a perfect accident. Sapphires are part of the corundum family, and, without any impurity, these stones are clear. Lucky for us, Nature is a bit careless at times, and impurities find their way into the molecular structure of corundum during formation. Impurity creates color, and in the case of Sapphires, trace amounts of titanium (TI) and iron (Fe) leak into the crystalline latticework replacing what should be aluminum (Al). (Yes, that cheap atom that covers your left over food is actually quite remarkable! #science)
I recently became aware of how dirty the word “settle” is in our lexicon. So much so, that I couldn’t even find a quote where it was used in a positive light. This realization came about during a conversation with a close friend’s Mother. Upon uttering the word, she immediately took a breath to clarify her statement. It wasn’t meant to signify defeat or less than, but rather, she meant “settle down.”
Let me take you back to 1926. The year Vogue first published Chanel’s little black dress. Or, to properly quote the publication, “Chanel’s Ford.” Although Chanel did not invent the dress, she fought for it. She took an unworthy fabric—jersey—and a frowned upon color—black—and made history. While the little black dress has been reinvented thousands of times over, it has remained a staple in women’s closets for decades since.
Many golfers know the trick to playing a great round of golf is to have a few beers. Just kidding! The real secret to success is consistently playing with golfers better than yourself. Even though the scenario can be intimidating, it instantly alters your mindset: you're focused and willing to learn. Each shot is played to the best of your ability, and you look to the better player for new skills and habits. I've learned there is great value to playing the game of life under similar circumstances.
Last week I made my first trip to Vegas. When I wasn't window shopping (still dreaming of a limited edition - only 30 made - Tory Burch handbag) or lip synching along with Britney (she's still got it!) I was representing the U.S. Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) at MAGIC.
I don't have many memories from grade school, but there are a handful burned into my life's montage. One in particular from the fourth grade: I am sitting in my reading group, literature textbook closed, and staring off into space.
I haven't officially worn my Catholic school uniform since 2007, and I miss it a little more each day. It was comfortable. It was flame retardant. It was bullet proof. (Well, just the waistband against trap team shotshells, but still. That's pretty badass.)