I've lived the better part of the past decade in solely JCrew. I fell head over heels for the brand back in 2007 as a freshman at Boston College. That Christmas, my wish list was simply a link to their website and a couple dozen style numbers.
I launched SCOPES on the first day of spring in 2015. When I started the project, I was ambitious and ready to take on the world of blogging. To say I bit off more than I could chew is a major understatement. A few months in and I was paralyzed. Nevermind the pressure for high-quality photos and new clothes to be photographed in, it was the pursuit of perfection that left me motionless.
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.
I think Millennials - more than any other generation - are obsessed with the concept of time. We Instagram our favorite #tbt memories from the past, we preach about living in the present, and we talk about our big dreams for the future. Fact: time is a non-renewable resource. And each time we stop to measure, we lose a bit more.
Happy first day of Spring sassy cats! The weather might be dreary here in DC, but I'm definitely in a celebratory mood. As of today, SCOPES is officially one year old! Pop the cork! (Hard to believe this journey started a year ago...time flies when you're having fun!) And if I had to give one word to describe this past revolution around the sun, it would be growth.