Monday, June 30, 2014

13 Internet Posts I Loved This Month

Probably because it's summer and I have so much more free time but this month I had an overwhelming amount of posts I wanted to feature in June's "Posts I Loved" roundup. They usually have some universal theme or connect together in some way but this time around they all have just one thing in common -- they're just plain great. So instead of overwhelming you with 4 dozen awesome posts from around the internet I'm going to break it up into pieces and feature a little bit each week. It's going to be like an unofficial mini series since I've declared July the month of series (I really don't know the plural for that word). I'll feature a weekly series almost every weekday on AGR throughout the month of July and hopefully throughout the month of August if everything turns out right. To celebrate the last few days of June here are some of the greatest things that graced my iPhone and laptop screen this month.

Twitter: This tweet cracks me up. Pretty Little Liars has such insane popularity and I have no clue how ABC Family plans to milk it for another 2 seasons, especially since PLL seasons are usually split into part A and part B so it's almost like 4 full seasons.

@nytimesfashion: I love soccer. I really do. I mean I've worked as a soccer referee for 4 years for goodness sake! But men's soccer doesn't entertain me nearly as much as women's. Howweverrr, these soccer balls look amazeballs (thank you, Guiliana Rancic for getting me hooked on that word!). No pun intended.

Loser Girl Wins: Loser Girl Wins is one of my favorite blogs to read. I feel like Sarah is me in another life which means pretty much anything she picks out as one of her favorite things will have me obsessed. PLUS she loves unicorns so that's an ultimate bonus!

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Chioma's Evolution Of Style: Chioma just got married so while she was away she had a series of guest bloggers share a bit about their style and wardrobe. My favorite was Tara with her mix 'n' match outfits. The best look? A floral top with a striped skirt.

@ttlyteala: Teala Dunn has such a pretty face and her hair always looks amazing. I wouldn't mind having my hair like this for the rest of my life.
Twitter: Great advice can be so simple at times.

Breakfast At Vogue: I've fallen in love with Courtney's blog as of late and I can't get enough of this white jacket she has. It looks so comfy and it has such an understated coolness about it. Her blogs photography is enough to make you contemplate the underlying meaning of any outfit you own.

O My Darlings: I have four words for you. HER. ROOM. LOOKS. GORGEOUS.

O My Darlings: And now I have 7 more. HER. DAUGHTER'S. ROOM. IS. SUPER. CUTE. TOO.

Fashionista: Fashionista is the queen of looking at fashion news from its dark underside and revealing the not-so-glamorous side of all the frills we see. This month's pick: Is Instagram Killing Personal Style Blogs?

Style Vanity: Who doesn't love a pretty makeup area?! These 23 unconventional ways to store your makeup are like a Glamour Girl dream.

Fashion Barbie: I don't watch runway shows so Fashion Barbie's reviews and recaps are always my go to place for high fashion news and trend photos. These looks from Burberry Prorsum will having you wishing you lived in London. But honestly... Don't we already.

Fancy Things: Beachwear is one of my favorite styles in the summer. Even though I don't live anywhere near a beach I find myself dressing like I'll be spending a day on the sand and this coral dress would go so well with all of the outfit ideas I have in my head.

Photos from all respective blogs and Instagram accounts.

Friday, June 27, 2014

My Week With Disfunkshion, Love Is & Brass Honey

I don't know why I feel so compelled to write this post rather than the post I actually planned ("7 Summer Friendly Hairstyles To Try" featuring my much loved Riled Violets hair ties), but I'm not going to fight the urge so here I am writing about my past week.

During the school year I was so excited about the summer so that I could get a chance to fully immerse myself in my blog. I was obsessed with A Glamorous Revelation and I wanted to give it my full attention. However that has been far from reality these past few weeks. I used to have posts lined up and scheduled days, even weeks, in advance! Now I'm struggling to put out a post before 10 o'clock at night every day. I still love my blog, but now I love it differently. It's starting to grow up and I'm learning to loosen my grip on it slowly but surely. I've promised myself that I would spend a maximum of 4 hours a day on my blog writing, editing, tweaking, and replying to comments and emails. Before I could spend up to 7 hours on AGR while I was still going to school for 7 hours a day working for 5 hours a week and commuting an hour and a half every week day. Even though I was so happy with my blog I was exhausted and being incredibly irresponsible with my time. I expected to have this blog-life balancing act all figured out by now but boy was I waayy overzealous. I'm just taking it one day at a time.

On the plus side my everyday non-blogging life has been fantastic. Even though I miss the darling little kids in my class from camp the last few weeks, having the past 5 days to myself to do whatever I pleased was great. I got to sleep in and lazy around the house on most days but also got to hang out with some really great people from church on 4 separate occasions. I pulled a total teenager move (since most of the time I live like a 60 year old woman) on Monday night and went out with 2 girls from a Bible study I'm in and went to see The Fault In Our Stars for a spontaneous adventure. Of course compared to the lives of thousands of teenagers across the United States that sounds like a bore but I loved it.

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I also got to do some fun shopping since I didn't spend my week chasing after kids or being tired from doing such. I bought 2 beading belts from Rue21 that I'm obsessed with. I'm pretty sure I've never bought anything full price from any Rue21 store but these belts were to die for. I also finally got to place my custom order for all the jewelry I wanted from Love Is. I hand selected the charms and decals for all the pieces and picked the words Serenity, Courage, and Wisdom for a plated necklace inspired by the prayer I pray every day. Even though Raquel, the owner and craftman behind Love Is, doesn't typically make beaded tassel necklaces I asked her to make me one and it turned out incredible. I'm planning to order another one in the coming months so stay tuned. I also got custom chain plated bracelets with my best friend and I's initials on it along with the reference to our "friendship verse."

I also went through and cleansed my Bloglovin' account and went through (almost) all of the blogs I have bookmarked and saved on my iPhone home screen. That means I read Brass Honey for the first time in weeks. Brass Honey is one of my all time favorite blogs and has inspired so many of the things you see here on A Glamorous Revelation. I've had a secret love affair with it since my early days of blogging and have yet to open up about my feelings regarding it's greatness. Up until today I had never commented on Shannon's posts or emailed her to tell her how much I love everything she writes, which are two things I've been wanting to do for a loongg time. Even today when I commented I left only my name. Just Munachi. No link to AGR and no indication that her blog has changed my life. I guess this paragraph is kind of like a little secret love letter to Brass Honey because God knows I couldn't say this to her in a comment or email. Why do Shannon and Brass Honey make me feel this way?!? I'm not usually shy and I always go out of my way to tell someone how much they mean to me buuuttt... I'll just continue to admire her and her blog from a distance.

This post is becoming so much longer than I originally intended but that kind of fits with the title "Unmet Expectations" so I'm going to just go with it. Last but not least I finally got my hands on the newest issue of Disfunkshion Magazine. They only come out with three issues a year so I look forward to each new edition (especially since I let my friend borrow all of my old issues and she hasn't given them back). This issue seemed even better than all of the other issues combined. I'm not sure if it's because they changed the layout a little or added an Editor's Pick section (fun fact: one of my favorite parts of almost any magazine is the edits and gift guide features) but it seems different in a good way. If you've never heard of Disfunkshion Magazine CHECK IT OUT NOW! It is the ultimate hippie/boho/indie, down to earth, brutally honest young adult magazine out there.

What's your summer been like lately? Better, worse, or just plain different than what you expected? Talk to me...

Phtoto from imbd.com

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Redecorating With Macarons And Peonies

In the beginning of May I ordered my first ever set of prints from Macarons and Peonies Shop. A lot of bloggers wrote about all the prints they had to decorate their homes and posted pictures on Instagram of their gorgeous decor so when I heard about Macarons and Peonies's grand opening and saw her sample prints I went straight to her Etsy shop and placed an order. I knew for sure I wanted the J'adore Macarons print, but it took some time for me to finally decide on the Creme de la Creme print of the Eiffel Tower. I didn't have frames by the time they arrived so they spent a while in their envelope on my desk. A few weeks ago I visited an antique shop and bought a truckload of 5x7 and 8x10 gold and black frames for them so I could finally put them up in my room/office space. Once I framed them and put them up on my desk and bookshelf I fell in love. I wanted to redecorate my entire desk space to compliment the je ne sais quoi of the Creme de la Creme print and reorganize my bookshelf to match the colorful youthfulness of the J'adore Macarons print.

Not too long after, Macarons and Peonies announced on Instagram that it was having another $5 print sale! Of course I rushed over to her shop to add three more prints to my cart. I chose the J'adore Diptyque Candle print, an extra Creme de la Creme print, and her personal favorite the Heels, Bows, And Lipstick print. Once they arrived I immediately framed them and rearranged my room again like I was trying to put together a puzzle. I added a little flair by hanging my Harper Designs necklace from the J'adore Dyptique Candle frame and permanently stationed my flowers and Pretty Please nail polish by the Creme de la Creme print. A little glamour goes a long way so I transferred my bauble bangles and hair ties from their boring cardboard box containers into gold trimmed tea party plates. And to keep me inspired I always have a pile of goodies from different shops sitting atop my desk (you'll hear more about that later!) with an issue of Nylon and Teen Vogue.

As a finishing touch I exchanged the bright, floral tank tops and skirts hanging from the clothing rack in my room for a selection of my favorite black, grey, and white pieces so that I could have them on hand for a quick outfit change when needed. Having pretty clothes is 10x better when you can use them to decorate your room to look more glamorous. My entire living space mixes together to create a subtle Parisian theme with a heavy tone of color and summer inspiration. Hopefully when Macarons and Peonies's next collection comes out I'll have some ideas floating around my head to change my room up a bit and give it a whole new look.

All Prints (excluding "Hello" print) from Macarons and Peonies Shop

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

My Little Obsession: 3D Printer Jewelry

I always say that I'm kinda disappointed in the world. Our ancestors of 100 years ago did not expect the year 2014 to look so much like the year 1924. We are supposed to be living in space and traveling by hovercraft while wearing metallic, trashbag outfits. Not sitting on the same dirt floor the Pilgrims did with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (the ultimate Basic meal) for lunch. However,Google is stepping up it's game and created a program where you can design your own bracelet using HTML and CSS that can actually be made with a 3D printer for you to wear. As a girl who is overly excited about the Web Design class I get to take next semester and has seen the magic that comes to life through a 3D printer I am geeking out over this technology.

The stylish cuffs can be customized to make any phrase you can code and comes in a variety of colors. Leandra Medine and co of The Man Repeller modeled the designs they made last week on their blog and I am utterly obsessed. Once I get a chance to sit down and go through the program I'll be designing a bracelet of my own. Maybe once I get pretty good at coding I can convince my bosses to let me print out my designs on the "Strictly Business" 3D printer in the office. Cetus Lapetus!!

Photos by The Man Repeller

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Fashion As An Art Form

This is not an outfit post. Well... it kinda sorta is because I posted pictures of me in outfits for this article, but it's not that kind of outfit post. I'm not going to tell you about how much I absolutely love all of the pieces I'm wearing (even though I really do) or what I did while wearing these outfits. What I'm going to say is that these outfits mean something different to me now than when I was wearing them. The days these photos were taken I felt pretty and put together. My jewelry made me smile because I bought them from indie brands most people have never heard of and I thought my clothes were fantastic because I paired them together so well to make a unique yet stylish look. Now I look at these photos and I think of art. Fashion is an art form that we all partake in everyday when we get dressed. Even those of us who think we are exempt from Fashion's tight grip are caught right in it's fist. The clothes we wear and how we wear them tell a story. These outfits all tell a similar story to me even though they are so very different. Location, time of day, outfit type, body position, and even facial expression (well... what you can see of it in the third picture, at least) are all different in every one of these photos, yet when I look at them I get the same feeling inside. They are so similar and connected in a way that can only be conveyed through art. Fashion is so much deeper than the world gives it credit for. Ever article of clothing, piece of jewelry, pair of shoes, and handbag means something beyond it's appearance. Fashion is art; sometimes it just takes three oddly similar but vastly different photos to show it.

Dress: Gianni Bini, Vest: Maurice's, Necklace: Harper Designs, Sandals: Rue21,
Floral Top: Belk, Necklace: Love Is, Bangle (top): Harper Designs, Bangle (bottom): Britter and Jo,
Shorts: Rue21, Necklace: Harper Designs, Bangles (on right): Harper Designs/Britter and Jo, Beaded Bracelet (on left): Caged Bird Blog

Monday, June 23, 2014

A Fashionista's Reading List: Summer 2014

Summer has officially started in more ways than one. The Summer solstice was this past Saturday meaning scientifically it is the summer season, yesterday the weather was the perfect mix of sunshine and breeziness that I've always imagined summer to be, and today is my first Monday since getting out of school that I don't have any responsibilities like getting work done for my summer job or studying for some exam. I am officially free! For the past few summers I've created a Bucket List of things to do before Labor Day weekend (I'm kind of obsessed with bucket lists if you haven't notice from my New Year Resolutions and 101 in 1001 posts) and every year it includes a a number of books I have to read. This year it's 15 and while almost any other year I could get through that no problem I'm already a month into summer vacation and I have only finished 1 book... But I have a feeling that's about to change really soon because I've put my own twist on the classic High School summer reading list and picked 5 fashion, beauty, and style books that every Fashionista should read this summer. All of you glamorous bookworms rejoice because these summer reads will have you filling up your Amazon Prime cart in minutes.

1. The Glitter Plan: How We Started Juicy Couture for $200 and Turned It Into a Global Brand by Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor I have a love for Juicy Couture like nothing I could ever explain. I've read it's Wikipedia page at least a dozen times and the very first online purchase I every made was from it's website nearly 4 years ago. Reading the story of how Juicy founders Pam and Gela created the iconic lifestyle brand in a book that's part memoir and part business guide is a must for anyone familiar with their all too cliche velour track suit and mirrored terrier logo.

2. Sparkle: The Girl's Guide To Living a Deliciously Dazzling, Wildly Effervescent, Kick-Ass Life by Cara Alwill Leyba If you've ever read the blog The Champagne Diet then go ahead, order the book. I don't need to convince you any further. If you haven't, then this book will be like a guide to creating the glamour in your own life. Cara has been through bad relationships (and breakups!), struggled with her body image, and climbed the ladder one rung at a time to have the career she so desperately wanted. Her book is a basic guide on loving yourself and being the author of the fabulousness in your own life.

3. #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso This book has been the talk of the fashion world since its release last month. Sophia Amoruso, the founder and CEO of Nasty Gal, is known for her business smarts and ability to get back up after every downfall. Her struggles in her earliest years of online fashion show that even the biggest setbacks can have a positive outcome. And the most quoted part of the book so far: "Don't ever grow up. Don't become a bore. Don't let The Man get to you."

4. Brunette Ambition by Lea Michelle Lea Michelle gives us a little bit of everything in Brunette Ambition. She talks about beauty, fashion, and lifestyle in an illustrated guide to living life to the fullest. Brunette Ambition is formatted like Lauren Conrad's books Style and Beauty and has the same air of light-hearted advice and personal anecdotes. It borders between mini coffee table book and illustrated how-to guide/memoir but that makes it all the better. No need to be a major Glee fan to buy the book. Just have a love for fashion, beauty, and a great personal strength story.

5. It by Alexa Chung I have an unsolicited love for Alexa Chung. I don't even know that much about her or what she does but the little I know has me mesmerized. Her book It is a literary documentary of her life in the form of personal photos, drawings, poems, and letters. She's spent much of her career being called an "It Girl" which inspired the title. What is an It Girl and what is the "It" factor? Well Alexa talks about love, life, music, and fashion so this book might be the answer.

Photos from Amazon.com

Friday, June 20, 2014

Fashion At Your Fingertips

Raise your hand if you have a Pinterest account and don't have a nail art board... *crickets* That's what I thought. There was a time when one would think nail art was just a trend but it has proven it's sustainability and as far as I can see it's not going anywhere anytime soon. Nail art started at middle school sleepovers and crept its way onto Tumblr, Pinterest, and Instagram then made appearances in Seventeen, Teen Vogue, Instyle, Glamour, and Marie Claire only to be spotted on runways for Chanel, Marc Jacobs, and Nanette Lepore a few months later. Designers and consumers alike use nail art to express themselves beyond the garments that grace their bodies. When an outfit is all but blah nail art spices it up and makes it a killer look. Even in sweatpants and a ratty t-shirt it's hard not to look good when you have 10 mini fashion statements laying on your fingers. 

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I'm not someone who's nail always have to be done but when they are they're a piece of art. My first major nail art move was when I bought the "Matte" Silver Set from Migi Nail Art. It was before nail art pens were sold in every store on every aisle and against my mother's advice I made the purchase. Not too long after I bought over 25 sheets of nail foils from Modicure in different metallics, animal prints, stripes, and plaids. I was obsessed with the ease of applying a nail sticker rather than polish and with no drying time I could forgo the dreading "helpless hands." They lasted longer than a lot of my polish manicures and looked like I went to a salon when I never even left my bedroom. *Enter caviar nails* I had never heard of Ciate until I happened upon their line of caviar polish sets. The little caviar like beads seemed incredibly impractical too have on my nails, but where entirely to cool to not to use on my manicure. I went online and ordered about 10 different colors of caviar beads and placed them on my nails the day they arrived. I didn't think anything could get better than 3D nail art until I saw the Ciate chalkboard nail art set. The set included a matte black "chalkboard" base, 4 colored "chalk" pens, and a mattifying white clear top coat. After drooling over it for months and searching Ebay up and down for an affordable listing, I picked one up from TJMaxx for $9.99 and haven't looked back since. Next stop: Pretty Please personalized nail polish. Colors number 9, 12, 20, and 24 are calling my name!

Nail Polish: Pretty Please "A Glamorous Revelation" in color #24, Beaded stacking bracelet: Caged Bird Blog, Bauble bangles (top-bottom): Fired and Wired c/o, Britter and Jo c/o, Fired and Wired c/o, Britter and Jo, Jet Chic Arm Candy, Britter and Jo, Harper Designs

Photos from my Instagram

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Deal Or No Deal: Mignonne Gavigan

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When I go shopping, I take on one of two personalities; the incredibly stingy shopper who won't spend more than $10 on any one item or the shopaholic who buys anything and everything in sight, regardless of the cost. More often than not, I'm the former. Instead of breaking the bank on costly designer duds, I find alternatives that have what I love about [insert designer item here] with a much friendlier price tag.

I've been obsessed with Mignonne Gavigan since I found out about them through their Instagram giveaway about 2 months ago. Lately I haven't been able to get my mind off of all of the gorgeous scarf necklaces on the Mignonne Gavigan website and ended up changing my iPhone lockscreen to a picture of one of their scarves from Instagram. However, no matter how much I love them they're a bit pricey for my part-time-teenager-job lifestyle. Luckily while I was on vacation last month I spotted a handful of headbands with beaded and sequin detailing in color schemes like the Mignonne Gavigan scarf necklaces. I picked my two favorites, cut out the elastic on the inside, and unfolded all the layers of fabric to create my own version of a scarf necklace. The headbands retail for about $20 a piece but I got them for a discounted price at $7. Of course they don't compare to the hand beading and silk patterns of the originals, but they should hold me over until I get the chance to purchase a Mignonne Gavigan of my own.




T-Shirt: Juicy Couture; Gold "M" necklace: Claire's; Coral Earrings: Love Is; Bracelets (top-bottom): Fired and Wired, Britter and Jo, Harper Designs, Fired and Wired, Jet Chic Arm Candy, Britter and Jo, Britter and Jo; "M" pendant necklace: Love Is, Cheetah Bangle: Juicy Couture, Watch: Tiny Time Machines

Photo by Mignonne Gavigan

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

What Would Beyonce Do?

They say comparison is the thief of joy, but sometimes I wonder if that's completely true. I mean, yeah I know we shouldn't compare someone else's "highlight reel" with the dirty details of our own life, but what if their highlight reel is inspiring and encouraging to those who look upon it? We've all heard or seen at least one form or another of the acronym WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?), WWBWD (What Would Blair Waldorf Do?), WWMD (What Would Miley Do?), or WWBD (What Would Beyonce Do?) and in each sense it's used to improve our daily lives. I trust that Jesus, Blair Waldorf, Miley Cyrus, and Beyonce have better decision making skills than I do , so when a conflict arises I look to them and their wisdom for guidance. Compared to my life, they have everything put together in a neat little package with a pretty polka dot bow on top (except in Miley's case. But she's an inspiration in her own right.) so why wouldn't I look to them for advice? They push me to be more than what I would be if I were on my own; they encourage me to live outside of my Munachi box.


Case in point: a couple of weeks ago I came across a tweet that read "The sad moment when you realize Beyonce has the same number of hours in her day as you do." It was supposed to be joke, and even though I laughed I still took it seriously. What is Beyonce doing that I am not to make her life so overtly glamorous?! Maybe she doesn't spend 4+ hours on Instagram every day, or maybe she doesn't neglect her work only to feel bad about not getting it done when the deadline comes around, or maybe she doesn't complain about every task she's given that wasn't originally on her schedule. Maybe instead of living her life she's actually making it. What if whenever I realize I've been scrolling through the lives of people I'll never meet for an unhealthy length of time I'd put my phone down, think WWBD, and get off my butt and get something done. I'd become Beyonce 2.0 and before I know it people would be saying WWMD. I can guarantee I'd feel more satisfied with my life if I was using it to be more productive. Getting things done and using my time to help others is what makes me happy every day and if I need Beyonce, Miley, or Blair to do that you can bet I'll be asking what they would do.

Photo from TheGlitterGuide.com
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