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Friday, November 28, 2014

Must-See Indie Films To Watch This Weekend


I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving and those of you not in the U.S. have adequately enjoyed your winter/fall weather... or spring/summer temperatures, depending on where you are. Any who, it's Friday, most of us are stuffed to the brim, it's officially Christmas recognition time, and Christmas shopping is in full swing. Like I said on Wednesday, I'm planning to use the break as a time of rest and relaxation and finally make use of my Amazon Prime On Demand movie and TV perks. For those of you going out to shop later today (or just getting back, if you're the early bird Black Friday type) or all day tomorrow for Small Business Saturday, once you've scored all the best deals sit back and spend some time in front of your computer/TV/movie theatre screen watching these five must-see indie films.

Moonrise Kingdom:

Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore -- and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle. (RottenTomatoes.com)


Dear White People:
  1. A campus culture war between blacks and whites at a predominantly white school comes to a head when the staff of a humor magazine stages an offensive Halloween party. (Google.com)

Palo Alto:

Shy, sensitive April is the class virgin, torn between an illicit flirtation with her soccer coach Mr. B and an unrequited crush on sweet stoner Teddy. Emily, meanwhile, offers sexual favors to every boy to cross her path - including both Teddy and his best friend Fred, a live wire without filters or boundaries. As one high school party bleeds into the next - and April and Teddy struggle to admit their mutual affection - Fred's escalating recklessness starts to spiral into chaos. (imbd.com)

The Grand Budapest Hotel:

In the 1930s, the Grand Budapest Hotel is a popular European ski resort, presided over by concierge Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes). Zero, a junior lobby boy, becomes Gustave's friend and protege. Gustave prides himself on providing first-class service to the hotel's guests, including satisfying the sexual needs of the many elderly women who stay there. When one of Gustave's lovers dies mysteriously, Gustave finds himself the recipient of a priceless painting and the chief suspect in her murder. (Google.com)


Men, Women, and Children:

Like many Americans, average suburbanite Don Truby (Adam Sandler) and his 15-year-old son use the Internet for information, communication and viewing pornography. Don's son Chris also maintains sexually explicit conversations with classmate Hannah, an aspiring actress whose mother (Judy Greer) posts pictures of her daughter on a modeling Web site. In sharp contrast, overprotective mom Patricia Beltmeyer (Jennifer Garner) does everything in her power to protect her daughter from the digital age. (Google.com)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

13 Blog Posts I Loved This Month

As of last Tuesday, I'm officially in holiday mode. I love the holiday season and enjoying the cold weather of November and December is always highlighted with extreme glee when I think about all of the great things that happen between my brothers birthday, November 17th, and New Year's Day. Plus, pre-winter holiday season is the only time you can use the word "glee" without seeming completely pretentious. I hope you all enjoy your Thanksgivings tomorrow and your shopping excursions on Friday and beyond. As for me and my household (that may or may not be a biblical allusion), I look forward to feasting on great food and taking a much needed break from being in school so that I can actually get school and college work done. Happy Thanksgiving. Here are the 13 blog posts I loved this month! XO

1. Pearls & Pastries: a great holiday gift guide for the movie lover in your life. 

2. Morning Elegance: pleated leather skirts have been done before, but they haven't been paired with the thoughtful, poetic words of a girl struggling to be creative in a bland, Type A world.

3. A Little Dash Of Darling: her chic cape OOTD reminds me that winter is approaching and there's nothing more glamorous than a black, warm cape to throw over a simple outfit.

4. Pretty Sweet Life: here's your new favorite beauty brand that's safe for all skin -- BeautyCounter

5. Look Sharp Sconnie: ever looked back at old photos and realized that you were way cooler back then with a whole lot more confidence? You're not alone.

6. Fashion Flirtation: another holiday gift guide, this time featuring simple little luxuries and elegant pieces every Glamour Girl loves.

7. Book of Leisure: this bright, swan printed skirt has me wishing I was surrounded by poultry. <3

8. Hunt and Harvest: winter is stupid. But only because fashion bloggers still take pictures in short skirts and stilettos.

9. Independent Fashion Bloggers: fresh off the heels of a Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season 3 marathon, I've got Yolanda's words "Are you my real friend or a Hollywood friend?" stuck in my head. Except with blogging it's "Are blogger friends real or strictly business?"

10. Cupcakes and Cashmere: a baby bump and lace dress trim. Emily Schuman for the win.

11. Breakfast At Vogue: I have a particular preference to Breakfast At Vogue simply because the photography is spectacular. These black and white photos from her trip to New York City are a story in and of themselves.

12. Pearls and Pastries: yet another holiday gift guide, except this one only has one item -- this gorgeous sequin dress.

13. Natalie Off Duty: a seemingly thrown together outfit looking ever so stylish on Natalie's model-esque frame. Riding boots, pattern mixing, a leather backpack, and a drop waist dress. How does she do it?

Monday, November 24, 2014

My Thoughts on Life... & Small Business Saturday


… I am super excited about Small Business Saturday on November 29th!  Over the last seven months I’ve come to truly love and appreciate the small business industry. This blog has become a showcase for some of my favorite small businesses so that you all can discover them, too, and support such a motivated and amazing aspect of retail.

… On that note, though, I’ m also really excited about Christmas shopping. I’m hoping to rush the stores for Black Friday sales, but I’m not sure I’m up for the challenge. I’ve been in more of a mood to stay home and relax so who knows what’ll happen.

… Thanksgiving is in three days and my family is going to attempt to make most of the meal. Since we’ve gone out to eat or ordered premade services in years past, it is seriously going to be an adventure.

… I was a little skeptical about going back to publishing three times a week, but I’m absolutely loving it. I get to give you all great content without stressing about deadlines too much. Win-Win.

… I have a feeling you all will love what I have planned for December. Some of my favorite brands and business owners will be making appearances and I maaayyyy or may not be hosting a giveaway. Stay tuned, lovelies!

Friday, November 21, 2014

...(Saying Hello) The Old Fashioned Way

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greeting card: "Much Love" by Mara Mi (multi-pack of 16 for $6.99)

As I told you all before, I'm in the midst of rebuilding my stationery collection almost entirely from scratch. I went from writing notes on pretty printed cardstock every other day to improvising with college ruled, loose leaf paper. However, I managed to save a few cards from my original collection. This bright red and gold foil "Much Love" greeting card from Mara-Mi was one of the reasons I fell in love with stationery in the first place. The simple design looked sophisticated, but the bright color and glamorous gold foil kept it fun and unexpected. This set, which also includes a purple "Go Wild," green "You're Sweet," and blue "You Rock" card, is still sold at TJMaxx. It's one of the most popular Mara-Mi sets in store.

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greeting cards: "Jingle Bells" and "Love Letter One" from Daydream Prints

Probably two of my all time favorite greeting cards I've ever had, this flagged "Jingle Bells" card and bold faced "Love Letter" card from Daydream Prints are almost always in plain sight. The minimalism on both cards serves as a perfect platform for the exceptionally modern, hand illustrated design that makes me love them so very very much. I truly love just about every greeting card on the Daydream Prints website, but the Love Letter collection has stolen my heart at the top of my must-have stationery list. "I love you not only for what you are but for what I am when I am with you" - R. Croft

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greeting card: "Cape" from Garance Dore x Rifle Paper Co ($4.50 )
nail polish: Trust Fund Beauty

Garance Dore and Rifle Paper Co are all the talk nowadays and I can see why. Though I am not a follower of Garance's blog and am unfamiliar with any of her work outside of her collaboration with Rifle Paper and a few of her video, I feel as though I already love her. Of the many designs she created for Rifle Paper Co this one of a girl looking over her shoulder with her hair tucked into her colorless, conservative cape has captured my attention. Dare I say it's a piece of art. The story behind this mystery girl is one I have tried to come up with more than a time or two and have fallen short of true satisfaction. Each tale I attached to this nameless, colorless, mystery girl felt inadequate because I could not, and still cannot, know for sure if that it really her story. Why, you ask, have I thought so much about a simple greeting card? Well, the only reason I can think of as of right now is that just like the letters I write and notes I send, this girl has a story to tell that I'd love to hear.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Elegantly Wasted


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nail lacquer: Trust Fund Beauty in "Elegantly Wasted" c/o and "Blow" c/o ($13.50 USD)

While I'm between seasons of #RichKidsOfBeverlyHIlls and Keeping Up With The Kardashians,  Trusts Fund Beauty has been giving me my weekly portions of glamorously snobby, privilege , rich girl fun. Trust Fund Beauty nail polish is designed with the spirit of Serena and Blair from the Upper East side with an equally important spirit of ethical consciousness. Trust Fund Beauty operates under an "absolutely no animal testing" system and all of its polish formulas are 5-free and vegan.

Beyond the formulas and testing practices of Trust Fund Beauty, the quality and color of the each nail polish are never compromised. I received two hues titled Elegantly Wasted and Blow in a dark lilac and a French manicure-style white, respectively. Elegantly Wasted is a departure from my usual pink toned polishes,but the blue-purple tint is a surprisingly cool alternative that I've quickly come to love. Though the actually lacquer seems to run thin as though it's been mixed with water or nail polish remover, the pigment is so strong with just one coat the color is so intensified there is barely a need for a second or third coat. The color itself is so rich (no pun intended) that the single coat of polish can easily pack the same punch as some of your run of the mill nail art.

As for Blow, despite its French manicure potential I coated my entirely nail to create unexpected, festively winter nails. Unlike Elegantly Wasted, Blow requires a minimum of two coats and a suggested three in order to maintain complete coverage and whiter than white color. However, the slight transparency comes in handy for color layering nail art. I experimented by painting my nail with a two coats of pink Ciate nail polish in Candy Floss and covering it in one coat of Blow. The result was an intentionally streaked cotton candy pink that looked as though it just came home from the county fair. The next Trust fund Beauty hue on my list is Snappy Socialite. It's similar in shade to Elegantly Wasted except Snappy Socialite has a thermal sensitive formula so the color and shade of your nails changes with the temperature. There are dozens of colors on the Trust Fund Beauty website and you can order sample packs of 3, 5, or 6 polishes all less than $15 USD (the website is priced in Canadian dollars) to try out the different collections and see which shades you like best.

Monday, November 17, 2014

A Sea Of Shoes And Flowers

top: Rue 21; skirt: Express Luxe Collection; shoes: vintage; purse: Coach

Sea of Shoes was one of the first fashion blog I ever encountered. Jane's luxurious lifestyle was the first taste of the blogging industry and I was totally obsessed with discovering more and more about it. Jane published this outfit with her in a flower-y pink pencil skirt and grey t-shirt at the end of the summer so I remixed it with the items in my closet to create my own floral look. I paired my own silk, flower-y skirt with a lace trimmed, three-quarter sleeve, cropped tee from Rue 21. This outfit seem entirely too summer-y for the current weather, but here in Tennessee one day it will be 70 degrees and sunny and just one week later I'll be sitting at home because school's been cancelled for a snow day. I styled this look during one of the seventy degree days even though I've finally gotten around to posting it on one of the snowier days.

On another note, last week I mentioned that there will be a few changes here at A Glamorous Revelation and one of them starts today! After a little thought I've decided that AGR will be going back to its 3x a week schedule so that I will be able to focus on school and college while still putting out the best content I can for you all. I'll finally be able to plan all of the posts I've been wanting to share with you all and publish them in time for you all to enjoy. Plus, I get to spend my weekends enjoying a break from life rather than feeling guilty for not grinding out article after article. In fact, I spent this past weekend watching tons of TV  on the ABC Go and Fox Now apps. So far I'm up to date with Black-ish, Manhattan Love Story (which, sadly, has been cancelled), Selfie, and The Red Band Society (which I highly recommend).

So cheers to new beginnings! Have a great week, lovelies.

Friday, November 14, 2014

A Fashionista's Reading List: Fall 2014

Technically, fall is never my ideal time to embark on a reading list since I'm already swamped with things to read and write in school. I'm currently dissecting Frankenstein for my English class and writing more than a few essays for colleges and scholarships. However, no matter how many school obligations I have on my plate, there is always a sense of calming satisfaction whenever I place everything to the side and embrace a new book. Especially with Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks coming up, I'm looking forward to spending some time relaxing and burying my nose between pages of the books on my Fashionista's Reading List for Fall 2014. These books range from celebrity written fiction to fashion industry insider handbooks so feel free to pick a book or two off of the list and make use of your Amazon Prime account.

The Teen Vogue Handbook was originally released in 2009, but the editors of TV decided that it was time to release another guide to getting into the fashion industry. This time around, The Teen Vogue Handbook was updated to contain 90% new content with some of the biggest names in modern fashion. The first edition featured interviews with Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Wintour, Patrick Demarchelier, Marc Jacobs, and Pat McGrath just to name a few so there's no telling how fantabulous the industry insiders in the second edition will be. Mark your calendars for its November 28, 2014 re-release!

Similar to that of Alexa Chung's It, through pictures, excerpts, and a continuous story being told throughout James Franco explores his childhood and reminisces about his hometown of Palo Alto. A California Childhood is just one of Franco's many literary works and takes a different approach to his usual writing. Unlike his highly praised book Palo Alto (which is also a great read to add to your reading list), A California Childhood is not just a compilation of stories or essays -- it's the story of James Franco through a different lens.

This past October, Refinery 29 came out with a book filled with street style photos from around the world. However, Style Stalking is not just a photo book of pictures chosen by the Refinery 29 team. The book is semi-categorized based on style, fabric, and trends. Outfit breakdowns and short interviews are scattered throughout and well known fashionista's give their two cents many-a-times so what are you waiting for?? Hop on over to Amazon and buy yourself a copy.

4. Not That Kind Of Girl by Lena Dunham ($16.99)
Lena Dunham has become a force to be reckoned with. Her book Not That Kind Of Girl has become one of the most talked about pieces of literature talk in the fashion and entertainment industry this fall. The super, crazy fun girls behind The Man Repeller published an article about their discusion over Lena Dunham's new book and their thoughts alone are enough to convince you to go out get yourself a copy.

5. Rebels: City of Indra by Kendall and Kylie Jenner ($11.49)
Hear me out, hear me out! I know half of you are rolling your eyes at any and everything with a Kardashian/Jenner name slapped onto it, but this may be different. I've gained a particular interest in the new generation of teen celebrity written fiction novels and Rebels: City of Indra is on the top of my list. Others include those written by YouTube star Zoella amd Disney "It Girl" Bella Thorn. And I know your curious to see if Kris Jenner gave birth to the next great YA authors.

6. Fashionable Selby by Todd Selby ($24.49)
Coffee table books are my literary love and Fashionable Selby is my newest obsession. Todd Selby has already written about eclectic home decor and food in The Selby Is In Your Place and Edible Selby. Now his newest edition is about the backdoor fashion lovers who have flown under the radar while making fabulous contributions to fashion as an art form. Oh, and did I mention the ah-may-zing photography??

7. Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year by Demi Lovato (14.99)
Demi Lovato's book Staying Strong came out exactly a year ago Wednesday. The book contains 365 snippets of encouragement, one for each day of the year, for those who need a little pick me up to get them through the day. Even for those of us who aren't struggling with something in our lives right now, getting into the habit of positive thinking and using words of encouragement to energize your life is a good thing to do. Demi Lovato has been through Hell and back in the public eye and her using her struggles to help others is a great way to get her life back on track and make a difference in the world. Word to the wise: Stay Strong.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Glamour Magazine + The Dangers of Cigarettes=?

I stopped reading Glamour Magazine 8 months ago and I hate to say it but it's been hard. There are many reasons why I decided not to continue buy Glamour Magazine or flipping through the magazine at the grocery store. However, the deciding factor was the article/letter from the editor Glamour published in its pages several months ago about smoking cigarettes. Long story short, Glamour blatantly marked smoking as one of its iconic fashion don'ts, yet less than a 100 pages later there is a full page ad for one of the biggest cigarette companies in America. The hypocrisy was so outright that I was taken aback that anyone in the Glamour Magazine offices thought that featuring that ad along with such a contradictory article. Unfortunately, that wasn't the worst part of my Glamour Mag discovery. The most shameful part was that after I discovered the article and ad and got upset about the situation I still wanted to continue buying Glamour. I spent months justifying not canceling my subscription and even buying monthly issues after my subscription ended only to feel guilty and ashamed after flipping through the glossy pages. I eventually stood my ground and and made the decision to no longer patronize the publication. I felt better about myself knowing I stuck with what my heart felt by not rewarding such disgusting tactics. Now, 8 months later I have a different approach to Glamour. I can't say I will ever have the respect for the magazine like I once did, but I will say that I am more open to being a consumer of Glamour Magazine again. I am not any more accepting of what they did than I was back then, but I think now that I've proven to myself and made a small but significant point to the magazine industry that I am not okay with such behavior and will not brush it under the rug. So as the holidays come around and I go about my yearly tradition of buying almost every fashion magazine to drown myself in their gift guides, I can take a step back and understand that these magazines are not as surface as they seem to be.

Photo by Caters News Agency

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Saying Hello (The Old Fashion Way)...

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greeting card: Hart Paper Co ($4.50)

I am not ashamed of my old fashioned ways when it comes to my unquestionable attraction to stationary and snail mail. I love sending little notes in the mail or dropping them off in person for my bosses, friends, and advisers. For a while I used Mara Mi greeting cards almost exclusively, but once my stationary stash started running low I decided to branch out and get a few cards from some of my newest favorite stationary brands. As a celebration of friendship, I ordered the "Cheers To Friendship" from Hart Paper Co. The two Glamour Girls depicted in the illustration fit perfectly with my idea of a great friendship since I've always loved the thought of having coffee/tea in pretty cups with my bestie while wearing some of my favorite jewelry.

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notecard: Mara Mi ($4.99 for a pack of 12)

Even though I decided to "branch out" from Mara Mi, when I stopped by TJMaxx over my fall break I saw a box set of mini George Stanley x Mara Mi notecards in the same floral and striped print that my first ever Mara Mi notebook was in. The bright graphic print is fun for saying a quick "How do you do?" and making a major impression on the lucky guy or girl on the receiving end. Plus, each notecard makes for great eye candy on your desk with you biggest and brightest statement necklace and coffee table book.

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greeting cards: Hartland Brooklyn c/o ($4.50 each)

Hartland Brooklyn has been on my radar for a little over 5 months now, but it wasn't until I accidentally came across the brand again on Instagram in September that I got to see all of the stationary designs Hartland Brooklyn has to offer. With almost 100 different hand illustrated-style designs, there is hardly a shortage of occasions that deserve to be accompanied by an HB greeting card. These two go along with one of its main themes of floral with a feminine, floral wreath happy birthday design and potted flower welcome home design. 

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greeting cards: Hartland Brooklyn c/o ($4.50 each)

A secondary theme of Hartand Brooklyn is food. From the spring/summer trend of pineapples to the cheeky hamburger birthday "cake," you'll find an assortment of delectable edibles illustrated on number of cards. Puny phrases like "YOU'RE A LITTLE SLICE OF HEAVEN" accompany the ironic edible items and take a modern route to the age old love notes we used to send back and forth in our early elementary days. No longer shall I ponder the perfect pick me up to send to a special someone when I have a Hartland Brooklyn card sitting in my stash of stationary treasuries.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Clashist Tee

Samantha Jones may not be up to any new tricks, but she's been in tons of new closets ever since Clashist released its Samantha Jones Powersuit Tee. Clashist should have been on my radar a long time ago with its frequent mentions in Nylon Magazine. The Clashist website features designs of Ryan Gosling, Snoop Dogg, Lena Dunham (also reeaally popular as of late), and James Franco among others in doodles, cutouts, and full body snapshots slapped across a variety of crew neck tees. Each tee shirt design pays homage to Hollywood greats like the ever-so-wise Samantha Jones on Sex and The City. But if you're not so into having a celebrity branded across your chest on a pastel piece of cloth (though, I don't know why you wouldn't), I suggest you check out the "textured" tees Clashist has too offer. The floral/plaid/polka dotted top is my favorite from the "textured" collection, but the "Oil Slick" design that looks exactly like the bubbles I used to blow in my backyard when they would shine in the sunlight and the "Digi-Crumpled" design that looks as if the tee shirt itself is a crumpled piece of copy paper are also contenders all-time best tees by Clashist.

However, don't be mislead. Clashist also sells a handful of skirts, leggings, socks, sweatshirts, totes, and swimwear in a select number of the designs mentioned above. The masterminds behind the Clashist brand have taken it upon themselves to grace us with these 'textured' patterns and celebrity prints on almost everything we use to cover out bodies. With the exception of undergarments, that is. Nonetheless, at $55 a pop you have an important decision to make: should you or should you not invest in Samantha Jones, Ryan Gosling, Snoop Dogg, Lena Dunham, and James Franco and buy one of Clashist's trending tees?

Monday, November 10, 2014

My Thoughts On Life... And Peppermint Hot Chocolate

So life has gotten the best of me lately...

...But that's not entirely the worst case scenario because life has also been kind of great lately, too.

...Namely my excitement for the holiday season since Christmas shopping is literally just around the corner! Yes, I've already started my Christmas Wishlist and created a lineup of holiday themed movies I want to watch throughout December :)

...Speaking of Christmas, it's finally the time of year to buy peppermint hot chocolate mix which, mind you, is 10x better than pumpkin spice lattes will ever be.

...Technology has thrown some serious shade my way lately. My phone has been spazzing out deciding randomly when it will or will not work. So all of the photography I had saved on my phone for AGR... yeeaahhh it may be a while before you get to lay eyes on it.

...Senior year is equal parts stressful/scary/hard and exciting/fun/monumental. Everyday I pray that one year from now I'm living the fabulous college life I've always dreamed of. *fingers crossed*

...The past several days have been filled with spontaneous shopping trips to all types of stores in my little town. From boutiques to discount stores to mass chain stores, I've been dropping it like it's hot at the cash register.

...Just kidding. "Dropping it like it's hot" is not really an option for me as an underage high school student. But I have picked up a few great pieces on sale such as heart printed tights, hunter green loafers, twp playtime necklace from (r-ki-tekt), and a creme chiffon dress.

...FYI there may or may not be a few changes happening here on A Glamorous Revelation in the near future so hold on tight because it's going to be crazy fun ride!

...I'm not going to ignore the fact that my blogging schedule has been totally off since, well, before Halloween. I know some bloggers say you should never apologize for a lack of blog content (which I do agree with most times), but this time around I do feel like you all deserve an apology because I know I wasn't just "taking a break" from my blog; I was pretty much neglecting it.

...I am typing this post as I watch the newest episode of Kourtney And Khloe Take The Hamptons and let me tell ya, Lord Disick is the real MVP of reality tv.

...Oh! And BTW, this lovely photo is from my very first Deal Or No Deal post based on a Missoni scarf I found on Hautelook and fell in love with.
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