Friday, May 30, 2014

4 Fashion Blogs I Loved This Month

Your Guide To Summer’s Must-Have Clutches
Hello lovelies! It's been a while since I've been around these parts and I must say I've missed it. When I left for vacation last Thursday I had every intention of blogging while away and getting inspiration for new posts while I was out and about. But it wasn't long before I realized that wasn't going to happen so I decided to just let it be and wait till I was back home to show my face around here again. Plus, I broke my phone over the weekend which makes blogging 100x harder since I use it to do 85% of all AGR's "stuff." None the less my vacation was fun (I got to do a ton of shopping which I will tell you all about next week!) and I'm glad to be back home.

Now that I'm back I'm playing a serious game of Catch Up on Bloglovin' and with all of the different blogs I follow. So for the fabulous month of May I've rounded up all the blogs I love to binge-read and my favorite posts from their websites this month. With multiple posts a day it's hard to stay on top of all of these blogs. But it's always nice to spend Saturday morning or Sunday evening relaxing and reading back on all of their posts from the week. Luckily you don't have to wait for the weekend because here are all of their best posts from May right here on A Glamorous Revelation.

Rodarte's spring show. Photo: Imaxtree


Your Guide To Summer’s Must-Have Clutches


Friday, May 23, 2014

You're Styling Your Graphic Tee All Wrong

Unless you're styling your graphic tees the way these lovely ladies above have done you're doing it wrong. Graphic tees are amazing when it comes to wardrobe versatility because they really can be dressed up or down in 101 different ways.

Take row one for example. Pencil skirts are the epitome of office chic in my book so pairing it with a graphic tee takes Casual Friday to Marvelous Monday! Of course adding a pair of heels and statement bag to your office ensemble wouldn't hurt either.

Row two creates the combination of graphic tees and blazers to make a beautiful mixture of classy and sassy. Again, this is a perfect look for the office when done right, but can also be a good for a fancy day on the beach, strolling around town, or just doing whatever it is you do during the day.

And for a day out with friends, row three's got you covered. We're keeping it simple by placing a graphic tee over a pair of everyday pants. Your choice of crossbody or clutch and depending on your mood and the time of day will dictate flats or heels.

I don't think any of us have trouble styling a graphic tee for the weekend, but just in case you have a brain fart and need help getting dressed this Saturday morning, here are three flawless ways to wear your graphic tee.

Photo from Ruffles and Sequins

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Should You Shave Your Legs?

Why do you shave your legs? I've asked people that and none of them have been able to give me a clear-cut, legitimate answer as to why they do. Because their mom did. Because they're suppose to. Because it's gross not to. No one (at least that I've talked to) seems to have a real reason to shave their legs. From about mid-October to early-May I don't shave my legs on a regular basis. I can probably count the number of times I've shaved both my legs entirely since the beginining of Fall on one hand. I don't have anything against shaving, but it's time consuming, it can be dangerous, and I really don't care if people see my hairy legs. I'm not afraid of being judged for having mammoth legs because I know my decision to not shave them is just that -- my decision. We seem to think that if we don't shave our legs people will think we are dirty and unfeminine, but in reality throughout the Fall and Winter barely anyone noticed I didn't shave my legs even on the multiple occasions I wore above the knee clothing.

So why do we put ourselves through tri-weekly shave sessions when we have no real reason to? I will admit the feeling of freshly shaved legs is glorious, but is that and should that be the only reason you shave your legs? You chose to wear each garment you put on because it displays who you are and tells your story without you having to say a word and you don't care what anyone thinks or says about it because it's your outfit and your story. So shouldn't you feel the same way about your body. What you do and don't do to it should be a reflection of you are and your decisions, not those of the people around you, your parents, or society. If you feel obligated to shave your legs every other day don't do it! You don't have to do things just because other people have made it seem like there is no other option. If you can rock that rainbow striped floral jumpsuit you definitely can hair legs! If nothing else, say you're embracing the European way of life

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Rich Girl Wishlist

Doesn't every girl dream of one day being able to walk down the street in 5 inch heels with red soles to cushion her every step. Or maybe your dream is to one day walk into the office with a gleaming new Burkin hanging from the crevice of your elbow. Regardless of the specifics, every girl does or should have a Rich Girl Wishlist. The theory behind the Rich Girl Wishlist is that if you were ever to come upon a large sum of money you would buy a handful of luxury items that in your previous (i.e. current) financial situation would never dream of spending a pretty penny on. Not all the items on your Rich Girl Wishlist have to technically be luxury items. One of my items is a hanger, an expensive hanger but a hanger none the less. I dream of the day I'll be able to walk into a store, hand over my money, and receive each highly anticipated piece of fashion fantasy gold. My List has been in the making for years so owning any of these items constitutes as a milestone in my life. Shallow? Yes. But I don't care because I'll be one happy stylin' Rich Girl.

My Rich Girl Wishlist




$16 ea.




8. One cup of confetti from The Confetti Bar

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

In Defense of Being Trendy

How many times have you heard "I used to think fashion was about trends, but now I know it's about creating my own style." I have seen the very phrase or some variation of it in at at least two dozen magazines articles. Since when is fashion not about trends and who made it against the fashion law to be trendy?! Can a girl not actually like something that's popped up in 20 different stores? Maybe I'm being naive, but isn't popularity what makes trends, well, trendy. So why is it unfashionable to wear trends and be trendy? If everyone decides to stop participating in the newest trend and go against the grain, then they are in fact creating a new trend of their own. If everyone tries to become different, everyone inherently becomes the same. Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr are full of pictures of girls dressed in almost identical outfits who all claim to be "different" and "original" just because they don't get their outfit inspiration from a runway show, magazine issue, or blog post. In reality we're all trendy, whether it be regurgitating what is in every popular magazine or just buying what we love at a chain store. So go and enjoy that outfit you bought and have already seen six other people wearing because guess what -- it's OK to like the same thing as someone else!

Photo from We Heart It

Monday, May 19, 2014

Line It Up: What To Use When Applying Eyeliner

It's time for another Makeup Mondays post! Eyeliner is like the wonderkid of makeup in that just one thin line on your eyelid can make you feel 100x more confident in yourself. Eyeliner was one of the first makeup products I started using regularly as a kid. Unfortunately my technique hasn't evolved much since those first times so I've gone out of my way to find new and improved ways to apply eyeliner. For my first ever Makeup Mondays post a few weeks back I made a guide for all the basic makeup brushes a woman would have in her makeup bag. Building off of that, today's post is about getting the eyeliner look you want with the makeup brushes you already have. So click back and use the guide to help you with all your eyeliner and makeup needs. Now you won't have to cringe every time you look back at your old Facebook posts and witness your Taylor Momsen raccoon eyes.

For winged eyeliner it's best to use an angled brush when using gel, liquid, and pencil eyeliner. Getting the perfect "flick" to create a wing at the end of your lash line is much easier when one end of your eyeliner brush is a bit longer than the other.

For precision pointed eyeliner brushes are highly recommended for gel and liquid application. This allows you to make a thing straight line without the necessity of a sturdy hand. And if your using pencil eyeliner, an angled brush similar to the ones used for the winged look will create the best precise lines for your eyeliner.

For a softer look use a thick and/or wide based brush for both pencil and powder. Rarely can you achieve a soft effect when using gel or liquid so stick with pencil or powder for this one. A steady hand helps when using powder to avoid loose fleck falling across your cheeks or being applied higher up onto the eyelid.

For smudged eyeliner you can use virtually any medium: gel, liquid, pencil, or powder. The key to the smudged look id the thickness of the brush. Applying eyeliner for a smudged effect is similar to applying eyeshadow but on a smaller scale. Mistakes can easily be covered up and it usually takes less than a minute to apply per eye.

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Friday, May 16, 2014

If You Love Catbird...

Anyone who knows me or follows me on Instagram knows I love jewelry. I've discovered so many new jewelry brands as of late and not sharing them with you would be a disservice. I first heard about Catbird two months ago via in an article highlighting their signature pieces and the advice on starting a business. Their delicate rings are perfect for everyday wear and all their different designs make it easy to find a particular piece you love. But Catbird isn't the only jewelry brand making it's way to stardom in the delicate jewelry department. Here are 5 more brands and collections that sell delicate jewelry that I love.

SeoulLittle: SeoulLittle will satisfy all of your monogram necklace needs. It has single letter, multi-letter, and accent bead monogram jewelry which you can custome in half a dozen ways. I'm currently obsessed with ampersands so I love their delicate chain "&" bracelet. But the absolute best thing you'll find in the SeoulLittle Etsy shop is an adorable Mrs. neacklace. I'm not getting married anytime soon but I kind of wish I was just so my best friend could gift me this amazing necklace.

Irina Victoria Jewelry: One of the best things about delicate jewelry is that you don't need any stones or extravagant details to have an amazing piece of jewelry. The simplicity of just metal in basic shapes and sizes  of necklaces, bracelets, and rings is what makes delicates so elegant. Two weeks ago I received a rosebud ring I ordered from Irina Victoria a few weeks back and I have fallen in love with it. It's a simple 14K gold band with a tangle of knots representing a rosebud that fits around the base of my left ring finger. I purchased it for my sister but I'm already in the process of ordering one for myself. And for all of you Glamorous Girls I've including the $10 gift certificate she's offering to all her customers to use on any piece on her website.

Louun: Louun has over 200 pieces of jewelry on it's website ranging from earrings and necklaces to rings and anklets. They have a wide range of styles and designs that fit into anyone's taste in jewelry. I'm currently craving their Bar Crystal Ring, Beautiful Bird Ring, Tea Time Necklace, and Hello Necklace all of which are less than $27. Each piece, especially the Tea Time Necklace, stands out against all the mundane jewelry you see in everyday stores across the country.

Claire's Delicates Collection: Claire's is my ultimate destination for costume jewelry especially since I live in such a small town. They have great prices for such a wide variety of jewelry and almost all of their pieces are available online and in-store. Additionally, a lot of their delicates are on sale in store for a 10 for $10 sale where you can buy 10 pieces for $10. I took advantage of the sale and bought a gold bangle with a black bow which I now where everyday.

And here's your $10 gift certificate for Irina Victoria Jewelry!

Photos from respective Instagram profiles and

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Pinterest's Untapped Fashion Resource

Pinterest is one of the few places I can go for inspiration and never be disappointed. It may not be the inspiration I was looking for, but inspiration is inspiration and I can make do with what I have. So why, after having a Pinterest account for over two years, am I just now discovering the gems that have been hidden in the Men's Fashion section? As a I scrolled through picture after picture of dapper men dressed in an array of garments I realized I had been missing out on dozens of glamorous revelations by not clicking on the tab labeled "Men's Fashion." I've called upon the opposite sex for fashion inspiration in the real world plenty of times yet I've ignored the masses of inspiration it's offered on social media. Am I the only one who's never used the Men's Fashion feature of Pinterest? I hope not because I'd hate to feel as though I am the only Pinterest user unaware of it's great offerings. But on the same token I hope so because I'd hate to think that anyone more than just myself feels a void in her life created by the absence of Pinterest's Men's Fashion section for the past 24 months. Really, though. Why hadn't I discovered this sooner?

Pictures from Pinterest

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

How To Be The Best Intern You Can Be

If you haven't already heard the amazing news: I'm hosting a giveaway! Yesterday I talked about the number one rule of internships (sending thank you notes) and decided to collaborate with Light Rust Studio to giveaway a completely customized thank you card. So today I am offering up 10 more pieces of advice to make your summer internship a success.

It's no secret that I love Teen Vogue magazine. Teen Vogue gives career advice regularly through their Tumblr page, We Heart It account, and website and I read each and every one. They've also added a Fashion At Work section to their print issues that give tidbits about the daily life of fashion industry personnel which has become one of my favorite sections of their magazine. I've compiled a list of the 10 best pieces of advice they've offered within their magazine. Even if you don't have an internship this summer, these are all great tips to use in the workplace so don't feel left out. Happy Summer and Bonne Chance!

1. "A great leader needs to ask a lot of questions, make clear, firm, decisions, and have a vision."

2. "Have other interests. Knowledge of art, history, music, and current events is important."

3. "Do your homework. Making an effort to learn about the place where you want to work will pay off

4. Keep in touch with contacts. You never know when you will meet them down the road."

5. "Positivity rules. No one likes a sad social presence. Being nice and happy is key!"

6. "Have a distinctive voice. Instead of posting 'Check this out!' with a link, say something unique about what's happening in the world." [in regards to using social media as a career tool]

7. "Hard work, humility, and sheer passion trump all."

8. "Take initiative. There is always more you can be doing. If you work hard, co-workers will notice, and you will grow your skill set."

9. "Ask for help. Most people will gladly give it."

10. "Stop worrying. It's all going to be OK! Don't stress out, and try to enjoy yourself"

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Number One Rule of Internships

For a lot of people summer time = internship time. I am not an intern. I'd love to be one but unfortunately I am not. However I do spend a lot of my time volunteering and doing intern-like work because really that's all an intern really is -- a glorified volunteer. Fashion internships have gotten a lot of heat for their ethical conduct which has made getting one increasingly difficult. But I'm not writing this post to discuss the ins and outs of fashion internships. I'm writing this because if and when you do get an internship in any industry there are a few little things you can do to make a big difference in how your intern experiences turn out. One of the most important things I've been told about internships is to send thank you notes. So many times interns and unpaid assistants forget that they are not the only one providing a service. At the end of any and every internship the intern should send a hand written thank you note to the person or people he/she worked for directly. It shows you appreciate the opportunity and it makes you more memorable because down the road you will probably need the connections you made during your internship. Who do you think will have an advantage: the intern who sent a one line e-mail at the end of the summer or the one who sent a hand-written card to show his/her appreciation?

So for all of you lovely readers I'm giving away a customized thank you card from Light Rust Studio! I have been obsessed with their designs (especially this "Hello" greeting card!) since I first found them on Instagram 2 months ago so it's only fitting that a custom thank you card from them would be my first giveaway. The winner will get to design his or her very own thank you card that will be handmade by Light Rust Studio. Just about anything you can think of can be put on your thank you card. Just look at all the pictures above of the amazing designs they've already done for customers! The giveaway will be hosted on Instagram so head on over to the A Glamorous Revelation page to enter and read the contest rules.

Monday, May 12, 2014

When Should You Get New Makeup?

I am a makeup hoarder. I buy new makeup on a somewhat regular basis, but I won't through away the old products. I save mascara tubes and liquid foundation bottles long past the time I purchase their replacements and use them randomly when I want to change things up a bit or look like my "old self." This is an incredibly unhealthy practice and my skin is silently screaming at me for it so for this week's Makeup Monday I'm giving you list of beauty products and their lifespans. If you're not thanking me I know your skin is.

Mascara: 3 months
Liquid Eyeliner: 6 months
Foundation: 6-12 months
Lipgloss: 1 year
Concealer: 1 year
Nail Polish: 2 years
Lipstick: 2 years
Powders: 2 years
Eyeshadow, Bronzer, and Blush: 2 years

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Friday, May 9, 2014

My Little Obsession: Semi-Precious Stones

I've mentioned before how much I love shopping on Instagram and discovering new brands and one of the things I've been on the look out for lately is jewelers who sell necklaces with semi-precious stones. A few weeks ago Harper Designs, one of my favorite brands that I've found via Instagram, introduced 3 semi-precious stone necklaces to their online store and posted the pictures on Instagram. I fell in love with the heart shaped white crystal necklace they had and went to order it as soon as I could. But by the time I was ready to checkout the necklace had sold out! I freaked out thinking that I would never be able to own the gorgeous piece of crystal art that graced my Instagram feed so I messaged them asking if they could reserve one for me in the next shipment. Two days ago I found a little package with the Harper Designs return address in the top left corner sitting in my mail box with none other than a gorgeous druzy necklace sitting inside. I hurriedly put it on and didn't take it off until I laid down to go to bed. It's so fabulous I don't think I will ever want to take it off. You need to have a piece of Harper Designs jewelry in your accessories collection so head on over to their website and get yourself something. And for added fun, here are 3 more great brands that sell great pieces of semi-precious stone jewelry (and you can find them all on Instagram!): LoKuDesigns, Free To Wander, and All Washed Up Jewelry.

Lauren, the creator of LoKuDesigns, has only been selling her jewelry for six months, but I can already tell they are going to be a hit. I particularly love her black half heart/angel wing crystal necklace and her necklace with a purple, grey, and black cylinder pendant. All of her pieces look incredibly luxe yet relaxed. I could see myself wearing all of these necklaces with my Sunday Best and my Casual Friday.

Free To Wander is brand new to the druzy jewelry business as well (it opened mid-March of this year!) but it's designs ad prices are to die for. Semi-precious stones can be on the pricey side so the Free To Wander Ocean Druzy Bangle for just $10 is a definite must have for summer. It's simple but makes a statement and looks fab stacked or by itself which makes it 100x better. When it comes to jewelry, versatility is key. You can also find peacock crystal chain rings, clear crystal headpieces, and amethyst slice necklaces (another favorite of mine!) all for $20 or less in the Free To Wander shop. Everything you can image all for prices you wouldn't believe. That sounded like a PR catchphrase but really, check them out. You won't regret it.

All Washed Up's Etsy shop only has a handful of semi-precious stone necklaces, but their Instagram is filled with pieces that look like they came out of a fairytale. They have necklaces with smooth stones, crystal stones, striped stones and solid stones. They even have square and heart shaped rings that have stone accents. Their pink and black agate necklaces would look fabulous hanging midway down my torso over all of my summer tank tops. Just looking at them makes me excited for Summer2K14.

Photos from and all respective Instagram accounts

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Aztec Inspired Featuring Juicy Couture

This dress is probably my favorite out of all my maxi pieces (well if you're not including the shimmery, sheer grey skirt I bought last weekend that I absolutely love). This dress has bright colors and a loud print, a fabulously lethal combination in my wardrobe, and it's cinched near the bottom which makes for a difficult journey up and down stairs but a wonderful feeling if you've always dreamed of being a mermaid. It also doesn't hurt that it was $3 at Rue21. And even though I wasn't part of the festival scene I still appreciate its Coachella wearability. Juicy Couture offers a similar print in a maxi skirt and maxi dress along with a a few other festival worthy get-ups. The best part of the Juicy festival collection (that is definitely not it's official name, but I like the sound of it and it describes all of the pieces quite well) is the accessories. All of their bucket bags fit in perfectly with the Vanessa Hudgens laden Tumblr feeds and their festival survival kit... Well that one speaks for itself.

Dress: Rue21, Shoes: Old Navy, Bracelets: Juicy Couture and Jet Chic Arm Candy

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Boy, The Pashli, & The M.A.C.

I am no Bag Snob, but I do love a good purse. Particularly a crossbody. More specifically, the trifecta that is the Boy, the Pashli, and the M.A.C. It's safe to say that the Chanel Boy bag has taken over the fashion industry. Appearing in magazine after magazine and on blogger after blogger the Boy can easily be considered a wardrobe essential. And by essential I mean a $5,000 trend that will probably go out of style within the next 5 years and be considered a vintage classic within the next 30. But if I had $5,000 burning a hole in my pocket, it would more than likely transform into this particular version of the Boy bag faster than you could say oh my Chanel!

Running a close second is the Pashli Mini by Phillip Lim. I already own my own version of the iconic bag (talked about here and worn here) which I love so very much. The way it holds a thousand and one things without feeling stuffed to the brim makes one feel like Mary Poppins. The Pashli has the option of open side zipper or closed side zipper allowing the wearer to go back and forth from buttoned-up, preppy career woman to slightly hipster. trend-setting diva whenever she pleases.

And in third is the Mini M.A.C. by Rebecca Minkoff. Thanks to Instagram I'm curently craving the Mini M.A.C. in pale pink and heather grey. For those of you who aren't familiar with Rebecca Minkoff and her most popular product as of late, M.A.C. stands for Morning After Clutch. But this fabulous bag is hardly confined to such situations. It comes in a variety of colors, prints, and finishes perfect for work, school, lounging, shopping, cycling, clubbing, and virtually any other activity you can come up with. Rebecca Minkoff is a luxury designer so the M.A.C. also costs a slightly hefty stack of cash, but a girl can dream!

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Be Here Now: Tiny Time Machines

As a blogger there are tons of things I'd like to accomplish on my blog. Some of things take much longer and more experience than others and some of them take more money and more technology than I have, but one of the things I have been wanting to do for a while is host an Instagram giveaway. Many bloggers host giveaways for a multitude of reasons, particularly to drive traffic and gain popularity, but I want to host one to change someone's life. *Cue dramatic music* Okay, so that goal is a little extreme, but I really do mean it.

 A few months ago I came across an Instagram giveaway hosted by Tiny Time Machines. After entering the giveaway I looked into the company and read about the meaning of their products. I fell in love with their concept of living in the moment, finding happiness in the present, and being in the now. Even though I didn't win the contest I ordered 2 tiny time machines from their website, one that is completely white with "NOW" written in black letters on the face and another with a red and green band, yellow face, and the word "MOMENT" spelled out where the numbers would typically be. As a watch wearing and a compulsive time-checker, the first few days of wearing my tiny time machine were frustrating. I would be wanting to know the time only to look down and see "NOW" in stark, black lettering staring back at me. It wasn't until people started noticing the "watch" and asking about it that I fully began to embrace its meaning. It wasn't meant to rob me of time -- it was meant to give it back, hence the name tiny time machine. Now every time I look down at it I'm reminded that the most important time to be living in is now, and every time someone asks me about it I take the opportunity to share the Tiny Time Machine Movement because who knows who it might end up helping. One simple giveaway made all the difference which is why I use A Glamorous Revelation's Instagram account to promote giveaways from other bloggers and small businesses. You never know how someone will discovering a new blogger or brand: it might just be through an AGR Instagram post and it could very well change their life.

"NOW" watch/wristband: Tiny Time Machines, Woven bracelets: The Pulsera Project; Gold wire bauble bracelet: Britter and Jo,

Monday, May 5, 2014

How To Apply False Eyelashes

Makeup Mondays continues with Week 5: How To Apply False Eyelashes! I used to wear false eyelashes on a daily bases. I disregarded all of the experts who claimed falsies were a nighttime accessory and proudly wore my fake fringes to school almost everyday for 2 months during sophomore year. I've since set aside my stash of false eyelashes for fancy dinners and formal parties, but sometimes I miss the way they transformed my face from average-eyed teenager to porcelain-doll doe eyes. One can never not feel fancy and glamorous when wearing false eyelashes.

So for any of you planning to attend a gala or nightclub opening anytime soon here are the 4 simple steps to false eyelash application. However, the most important tip I have on falsies is that they take practice! You won't get it perfectly on the first try... or the second.... or the third (maayybbee the fourth...) so don't beat yourself up or get frustrated when it doesn't turn out right. If you mess up stay calm, take off what you have already put on, and start again. No biggie.

Step One: Remove lashes from their box by pulling from the middle. Then measure them against your eye cutting them just short of your natural lash line.

Step Two: Run a thin line of glue (black is best) along the lash band and wait 10-15 seconds or until glue is tacky. Do NOT apply while glue is still "wet."

Step Three: Carefully press the lash band along your natural lash line and hold it down for approximately 30 seconds. Do NOT release until the strip feels secure.

Step Four: Repeat steps 1-3 for your other eye. If applied correctly they shouldn't hurt or itch and should blend in with your natural lashes. 

Photo from Pinterest

Friday, May 2, 2014

Pretty Perfumes, Please!

Perfume is one of my favorite things to wear. It's the quintessential marking of a woman and just putting it on makes me feel 10x more glamorous. Throughout the years I've had different favorite perfumes that I've gone out of my way to find and purchase. My love for perfumes started in the fourth grade with Jennifer Lopez's Still and carried on to Juicy Couture's Viva La Juicy then to Lilly Pulitzer's Wink and here I am now in love with Miss Dior Cherie. If you know any of the perfumes I just listed you know that are as aesthetically pleasing as they are delightfully redolent. I love a good smelling perfume, but if it doesn't come in an attractive bottle there's a large chance I won't buy it. Not only do pretty bottles add to the glamour of the perfume they hold, they also serve as great decorating pieces for a vanity or work table. You already know about the great deals you can get on perfume this time of year so here are a few perfumes that smell lovely and look great too! And just in time for all of your Mother's Day shopping.

Photos from We Heart It
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