no traffic. quiet streets. a chance to stop and breathe for once. the sun came out today and though i had hefty plans of watching netflix alone in my apartment, i wandered outside. i sat near the lake and felt the cool air in my lungs. i can live without a white christmas.
i'm working in a suburb of chicago for a new store opening. my creative energy is slowly coming back to me. it's important to change your routine.
i had a blog identity crisis. i stopped posting because i didn’t have much to say. it’s hard to write something genuine when i feel like others have been influenced by what we think people want to hear. i struggled to find the reason why i wanted to write and what exactly it is i want to publish on this blog. i struggled to find my voice.
the truth is, fashion has changed. i’ve changed too. so what does that mean for this blog?
flash revolutions started as my personal style blog without me knowing exactly what my personal style was. i’d inserted a few lifestyle things here and there, and it started to feel empty once i had garnered interest from brands and companies and PR folks. from here on out, flash revolutions will serve as a personal creative outlet with posts ranging from food, travel, music, and fashion.
i wandered out on the lakefront today despite the subzero temperatures and -45 degree windchill. it was cold and dangerous, but what i saw was absolutely beautiful. and it was worth taking the risk.
2013, i gave up. i took a year off from being young. 2012 had taken its toll on me and i was just trying to find a little bit of stability. but now a new year has dawned, and i'm ready to stop living in fear. i'm ready to make more mistakes and i'm ready to take some risks. cheers to 2014 - i think we're going to have a great year.
the isabel marant x h&m collaboration was something i tried to keep out of my head. i told myself, i don't NEED to give in to another h&m collab, as brilliant as they are. i spent a ton of money on the margiela collaboration and those dresses aren't as functional for the working (retail) woman. but when i saw the collection for myself, all of those ideas flew out of my head.
the sweaters were the most coveted pieces of the collection - i couldn't find them anywhere days following the launch. but a week later? this beauty popped up at the michigan avenue location and i grabbed it off the rack and hugged it and whispered, "i'll never let you go." sometimes certain things can make you look and feel crazy. this sweater is worth it.
during northerngrade this weekend, i came across a vendor booth for billy reid. for those of you who are unfamiliar with northerngrade - it's a (mostly) mens pop-up market that hits major u.s. cities with vendors selling goods made in the USA.
designer willam "billy" reid has won several prestigious awards in the past few years, including the cfda/vogue fashion fund award and cfda's best menswear designer of the year 2012. why has it taken me this long to find this brand? the menswear is great, and the womenswear is AMAZING.
his fall 2013 collection is exactly what i want in my wardrobe (check out the video for the show on vimeo). i love the menswear influence that's present in this collection. and a red lip? i'm sold. can't wait to see what this brand will release in the upcoming seasons.
for the past few years, i felt that finding the perfect basic tee was impossible. i've spent hundreds of dollars on basics from kain and t by alexander wang, only to find that they don't hold up any better than basics that i could buy for much less. i decided to quit searching.
last weekend, i happened to find the most perfect t-shirt ever. why is it so perfect? a) 100% cotton. b) it feels like it's already been broken in for me. c) IT'S NOT $80.
meet the vintage cotton tee from j. crew.
it's everything you want a basic to be - comfortable, versatile, and reasonably priced. and if you're in the market, j.crew is running a fall promotion: 25% off your fall purchase online with the code SHOPFALL and free shipping on all orders! (ends september 25)
on my recent trip back to minnesota a few weeks ago, i picked up this apolis global market bag from blackblue. it's a reminder of home whenever i'm feeling a bit blue, and it serves as a sturdier reusable bag for trips to the grocery store.
the global market bag is a part of apolis' "local + global" project with over 60 communities around the world that support bangladesh women. to learn more about the project and apolis products, check out the apolis website.
18 cities and one yellow school bus - warby parker is hitting the road to showcase their eyewear across america. this new york based company believes that prescription eyewear shouldn't cost a fortune with prescription eyewear starting at $95. on top of that, warby parker runs a "buy a pair, give a pair" program - with each pair of glasses purchased by a customer, warby parker provides funding and/or glasses to non-profit programs that distribute to those in need.
the warby parker class trip is currently in minneapolis for one more day - after that, it hits the road and heads to chicago. on thursday, september 5, warby parker will kick off its stay in chicago with a launch party at salvage one from 7-10 pm. for more updates on where to find the warby parker bus and its destinations on their road trip across the states, check in at the class trip website, warbyparkerclasstrip.com.
midwestern summers are always unpredictable. it's blistering hot one day, and the next day, it's 50º F. who knows, i might be blasting my AC in late september. so what exactly have i been doing with my summer? i'll let a few of my favorite instagram posts from these past few months tell you.