Friday, December 4, 2015

Happy Birthday To Me!

floral birthday card: Hartland Brooklyn c/o; cheeseburger birthday card: Hartland Brooklyn c/o

Tomorrow is my birthday! Unlike every other year, I'm keeping it extra low-key with my new friends. Most years I'm surrounded by people I really care about and have grown to love over the years. Some of my best birthday memories are from times where I got to experience true friendship and love with the people who mean the most to me. Since I am right in the middle of my first year in college, all of my friends are brand new and we're experiencing different dynamics on days we've always spent with the same people.The one thing that will stay absolutely the same, though, is my obsession with cute cards to commemorate significant events. I love Hartland Brooklyn's birthday card designs, especially as someone who would much rather have a delicious burger over a piece of cake any day. The different birthday card designs on the HB website can go with any personality. There's something for your girly-girl little sister who loves flower crowns and Coachella as well as you spunky best friend who loves to laugh. I still plan on wearing my signature "birthday outfit," which as you probably guessed by the name, is the outfit I wear on my birthday every year. Nothing says "pay attention to me! I'm important! It's my birthday!" like a pale pink skater skirt with a bright blue cashmere sweater. Instead of having an actual celebration I'm just going to spend quality time with the friends I have with me here in Nashville. And instead of baking like I do almost every single year, I'm going to stop by Gigi's Cupcakes in West Nashville and get a dozen mini cupcakes for everyone who spends my special day with me. A little goes a long way when it comes to birthdays for me.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Pinspiration: Everyday is Shoesday!

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First things first: I love Sophia Webster shoes. I feel like that must be said at the beginning of every shoes related post on my blog. She infamously made it to the very top of my Rich Girl Wishlist and is still churning out ah-mazing whimsical designs despite fashion's momentary fling with normcore. I always tell my mom that I'll know when I've made it in life because I'll have a row of Sophia Webster shoes in my closet. But until that time, I am fawning over a dozen other pairs of shoes that I would kill to have in my closet. TOMS's wedges have been a weirdly universal favorite of mine (except when I'm running back and forth from one class to another) and "basic" flats that I can wear wherever whenever. Not to mention the more outrageous, fun designs that I couldn't pull off on a daily basis but have absolutely no problem oggling over on Pinterest. That's pretty much the gist of my Everyday is Shoesday! board -- one part expensive shoes, one part wearable shoes that I'll probably end up actually buying, and one part over-the-top shoes that I would love to own but would likely never wear. Every one of the pictures I used above fits into one of the three categories which just goes to show how segmented my shoe dreams are: extravagant, attainable, or aspirational. And that's that.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December // Dates To Celebrate

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December 1 - Eat A Red Apple Day


December 7 - National Cotton Candy Day


December 13 - International Children's Day


December 20 - Go Caroling Day


December 28 - Card Playing Day


December 31 - Make Up Your Mind Day



Photo by Ban.do

Monday, November 30, 2015

Twitter #Trending Topics Are My Worst Enemy: Blogger Confessions VII

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Hello my name is Munachi and I have an addiction to social media. Instagram is my main source of inspiration throughout the day, Pinterest is the one place I can get all my thoughts combined into one beautiful place, and Twitter has practically my only source of communication with the outside world. But now I can't help but engage in the sensational aspects of media that I see every day on Twitter. The number one rule of branding in blogging is to stay "on brand" and not be controversial. However, is it really being true to your brand to ignore hot topic issues on social media if you are your brand and these issues are something you care about?? Well, if I'm being honest I know that what I tweet matters for me and for my brand, but I refuse to sit silently on Twitter while social movements and societal growth occurs. Elaine Welteroth, the senior beauty editor at Teen Vogue, tweeted about how thankful she is that she can use her position as an influencer to share her thoughts and be part of world change. Some of the topics she mentions on Snapchat and Twitter have nothing to do with the beauty industry or the superficial aspects of being a fashion magazine editor, yet she still maintains a loyal following of beauty junkies and Teen Vogue readers.

So the real question is do I stay true to me or stay true to my brand... or both? How do I maneuver tweeting #BlackLivesMatter one second and #BestLipstickEver the next? Obviously I could just have a strictly business/blog Twitter account, but I've spent two years integrating my personal life with my blogging life on one Twitter account because that is the truest version of me. I don't every post something I wouldn't be proud of and I always want to support the causes I care about so why wouldn't Twitter be a place to do that. Isn't that what Twitter is for -- sharing your thoughts with the world? And isn't that what this blog is about -- supporting businesses and brands and authentic ideas? Are we contributing to the problem if we sit silently while running our businesses or are we carving out our own little spot of the internet where we share how we feel in our own private way?

Friday, November 27, 2015

3 Blog Posts I Loved This Month

3 Blog Posts I Loved This Month | A Glamorous Revelation Blog

1) Courtney's style is always a combination of classy and hipster chic so obviously I'd be a fan of her list of tips for transitioning your favorite summer pieces to fall.

2) It's that time of year again, the time when there's no shortage of gift guides and shopping lists.

3)  You've probably already heard about the Instagram superstar who shared her feelings about the not-so-glamorous parts of media, but here it is again because it's worth revisiting.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving Indulgences

perfume: "Kiele" by Callio Fragrance c/o; nails: "Say Yellow To My Little Friend" by Jenna Hipp

My family isn't really into the traditions of Thanksgiving so I've always seen Thanksgiving as an introduction to Christmas. This year, instead of the typical Thanksgiving lunch and dinner that most traditional, American families partake in, my family is trying an alternative, almost hipster approach by attending a midday picnic with hotdogs and hamburgers. Instead of indulging in pumpkin pie and a thousand pound turkey I'm going to enjoy indulging in the new season of Vanderpump Rules, colorful licorice, and the last remnants of my collection of Callio Fragrance perfumes. I have been dousing myself in the last drops of my bottle of Adele and my new bottle of Summer so I guess it shouldn't be so surprising that I'm almost out of both of them. All I really have left in my Callio collection is my Kiele roll-on which has to last me until Christmas since I won't be able to restock until then. I already put three new rollerballs of Callio Fragrance perfume on Christmas list so that my little luxuries will last my throughout the entire year, but who knows... Maybe Callio Fragrance will become something I gift myself every year as a tradition.

Monday, November 23, 2015

How To Shop Small For Christmas Gifts

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Shopping small can be a little difficult, especially when it comes to Christmas shopping. The last couple of months have been so busy that not only have I not had time to blog, but I also haven't really gone shopping. However, now that Christmas is right around the corner I've carved out time to head to some of my favorite stores and check out my favorite websites to pick what I'll be giving and receiving. I've been on this rodeo a few times already so shopping small isn't as hefty of a task for me as it used to be, but for some of you who are dipping into the small business pond for the first (... or second... or third) time here a few tips to keep in mind:

Be prepared. There are soooo many indie brands in the world that it'll be impossible to find every single store that suites you. Start by making a list of what you're looking to buy and/or what aesthetic you want from a brand. I have a pretty particular "type" of store that I like to shop at so scanning through 30+ websites and Instagram pages is not biggie for me because within minutes I can tell if it'll be a hit or miss.

Do your research. With that being said, don't be afraid to scout different stores that sell similar or even identical products. Once you know what you want and what you;re looking for you can start doing your "research" to narrow down your shopping prospects to a handful of stores... And by handful I mean anything that qualifies as a handful to you, whether that's 2-3 stores like my mom or 10 stores like me.

Check. Check again. Then triple check. The most important part about shopping small during Christmas is checking a store's policies about shipping times and returns. The earlier you shop the better when it comes to guarantees, but if you like to wait until Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or any into December to buy gifts it is absolutely crucial that you are sure of the shipping times and the return policies for before and after Christmas. A lot of stores change their policies for the holiday season so make sure you know what they are, even if they're not listed plainly on their website.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A Fashionista's Reading List: Fall 2015

So I will admit that this is coming a little late in the season, but I don't want to let a time go by where one of my favorite series is ignored or skipped because I got "too busy." I love A Fashionista's Reading list even if the selection of books/reading material each time seems a bit all over the place. I originally created this series based on the things I wanted to read as a self proclaimed fashionista; fashion and style based books that fashion-y girls would spend their weekends engrossed in. But that's not what it has become. Like, at all. There are definitely fashion industry books that show up on every list (including this one), but that isn't entirely intentional. I simply choose the books I want to read, regardless of their subject matter, within the next few months and present them to you all here on A Glamorous Revelation.

This time around the theme is more along the lines of art: artistic freedom and influence. Tavi Gevinson has made a name for herself in both of those aspects, Riot Grrrl is undeniably a marker of feminine history (artistically and otherwise), and poetry is one of the oldest art forms. Together they compile Fall reading list for anyone looking to be moved by a literary or visual artistry.

Babe x Petra Collins and Tavi Gevinson (Amazon)
Curated by one of today's most sought-after photographers, this collection of work by young female artists captures the voices and visions that are shaping a generation of women. 21-year-old Canadian photographer Petra Collins is leading the way in a contemporary girl power revolution that proves feminism and sexuality aren't mutually exclusive. Babe includes work by Collins as well as over 30 artists who have been part of her online collective The Ardorous. Though their work is aesthetically varied, it all represents a current zeitgeist characterized by explorations of female identity, scrutinization of the role of the Internet and social media, and a penchant for pastel colors

Riot Grrrl x [An Entire Generation] (Amazon)
Against the backdrop of the culture wars and before the rise of the Internet or desktop publishing, the zine and music culture of the Riot Grrrl movement empowered young women across the country to speak out against sexism and oppression, creating a powerful new force of liberation and unity within and outside of the women's movement. While feminist bands like Bikini Kill and Bratmobile fought for their place in a male-dominated punk scene, their members and fans developed an extensive DIY network of activism and support.The Riot Grrrl Collection reproduces a sampling of the original zines, posters, and printed matter for the first time since their initial distribution in the 1980s and '90s, and includes an original essay by Johanna Fateman and an introduction by Lisa Darms.

My Apologies Accepted x Bunny Rogers (Amazon)
A simply wonderful book of poetry with beautiful illustrations! Bunny's poems are young, fresh, contemporary, brings poetry to a new place. A human place where everyone can meet. The writing style and its short poems, reminds me of the Modernism age poems in Portugal, very influenced by the Modernism in Russia. It's got rhythm, sometimes will make you float, others will make you run, or even fly. Some of the poems are truly brilliant and so clever expressed. Because it's so personal, you cannot deconstruct it and try to fit it into neat intellectual shelves with proper names, don't do it... you will break the magic of it. It's a book to read, meditate and enjoy, over and over again. It's a whiff of fresh air into contemporary poetry [from Amazon customer reviews]
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Monday, November 9, 2015

Strawberries & Kittens & Ice Cream & Rock N Roll

t-shirt: Luxe Boutique; hat: Rue 21; necklace: (r-ki-tekt); watch; Love Is;

It feels like it's been forever and a day since I've done an outfit post but really it's been forever since I've written a post, period. As you all know, I've practically abandoned A Glamorous Revelation since I've been in college. I've had an unbelievable amount of work to do since day one and going to a prestigious university is no walk in the park, no matter how many times I try to convince myself it is. Even though I planned to publish this outfit over a month ago, I'm totally okay with finally getting around to posting it now because 1) it's still unusually warm on random days so I would still conceivably wear this outfit despite the fact that Courtney's version, which inspired mine, includes a tank top and sunglasses and 2) this shirt is a perfect reminder of 'the little things in life' that I've been forgetting about lately. Well, other than ice cream and cute boys because those have both been a big part of my college experience.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Being A Tourist In My Own City

Road Trip Commission for Nylon Magazine March 2014

Traveling around the world is something pretty much everyone wants to do sometime in their life, but more often than not the only time that happens is during a semester abroad in college. I've been lucky enough to travel to several different major cities within the United States and a few around the world, but overall I just like experiencing something new. This summer I moved to Nashville for college and the past three months have been a series of mini adventures of discovery around the city. I didn't move that far from home (especially compared to my roommates who came all the way from New York and Texas) so I'd visited Nashville  before ever having come to college, but even during those trips I had never genuinely explored. I never stood in line at a food truck after a Passion Pit concert in front of a courthouse; I'd never walked through Downtown and The Gulch just to get to an Urban Outfitters; I'd never woken up at 10am on a Saturday to have breakfast at one of the most popular restaurants in Tennessee (or left campus at noon on a Tuesday to eat lunch at another one of the most popular restaurants in the state). Now I won't say those things are regular occurrences for me, by any means, however, little by little I'm adventuring out into the place I now call home (which, with the particular school I go to, is much more difficult than you'd think). Eventually I'll make a list of my favorite restaurants, stores, and interesting things to see/experience in Nashville, but until then I'll keep finding new things to try with my friends while I'm here for the next four years.



Photo via Nylon

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The Last Memories of Summer

The Last Memories of Summer | A Glamorous Revelation Blog & Sumer by Callio Fragrance
perfume: Summer by Callio Fragrance c/o; dress: Luxe Boutique; necklace: (r-ki-tekt) c/o

If you hadn't noticed already, I think it's pretty obvious now that it's no longer summer. I miss being able to be lazy whenever I wanted, spend 6 hours a day visiting friends and going shopping every day of the week. Now that I'm in college I constantly have work to do. There are no such thing as stress-free days and Friday nights are filled with Chemistry lab reports and biological theories instead of partying and going out. But the one piece of summer I still have is my Summer by Callio Fragrance perfume. Even though it's not 85 degrees outside, it still feels like there's a little bit of summer left in the air when I wear Summer. Now that I have a Callio Fragrance specifically for reminiscing summer to go along with Adele, my go-to winter perfume, All I need is a designated spring and fall scent to have a well-rounded collection of Callio Fragrance.


Monday, November 2, 2015

November // Dates To Celebrate

AT THE MOMENT | NOVEMBER ALREADY?!

November 3 - Sandwich Day

November 7 - Book Lovers' Day

November 10 - Forget-Me-Not Day

November 13 - World Kindness Day

November 17 - Take A Hike Day

November 20 - Absurdity Day

November 25 - National Parfait Day



Photo by Hibrid

Friday, August 21, 2015

Two Ways You Can Shop Small

Shopping small isn't always as expensive as people make it seem. Ethical buying options are practically everywhere and there are so many options that finding something you'd be willing to buy isn't that far of a stretch. Across the world wide web and all of the different brick-and-mortar stores available in your town there are likely several different ways you can shop small, but here are two ways you can support independently owned brands and get cute stuff in an ethical way.

1. Buy clothes and accessories online. Instead of going to forever21.com, browse Etsy or check you favorite blogs/magazines for brand and website suggestions. Editors and bloggers LOVE talking about different shops and new products. I always check out Nylon.com for shopping ideas to support smaller, indie brands and the editors of Teen Vogue give amazing product advice on Insta and Twitter. Plus, many blogs and magazines use affiliate links so visiting their website suggestions not only support the brand but the blogger/magazine that you suggested it.

2. Shop the clearance rack of your local boutique. I am a sucker for a good sale or clearance rack and my local boutique is probably my #1 spot for amazing clothes for incredible cheap prices. Earlier this year I bought my all time favorite winter jacket that was originally priced at $99 for $5.99 at my favorite hometown store simply because they were having a seasonal sale to make room for their newer S/S 15 collections. The prices in your local boutiques can seem reeaally intimidating at first, but once you find their clearance or sale section you'll never go back to buying full price anywhere.


Photo by Pearls and Pastries

Thursday, August 20, 2015

An Endless Summer

The perfect summer look that'll transition perfectly for a Southern autumn.
{dress: Gianni Bini} {sandals: Rue 21} {necklace: Harper Designs}

Why is it already nearing the end of August?? This summer has been so amazingly relaxing and I don't want it to end. I like wearing flouncy dresses even when I have absolutely nowhere to go. I Like slipping on sandals and getting a weird shoe thong tan. I like being able to pair cropped vests with a laser-cut spaghetti strap dress and not caring that I look like a Coachella/Country music star wannabe.

I wore this a loonngg time ago and I'm still in love with it now which means there must be something good about it. This outfit is obviously a "summer" look, but I'm so into it that I can honestly see myself wearing it in the middle of October. In Tennessee we get summer-like weather even when it's fall so this probably won't be the most daring thing I'll end up wearing, but it will no doubt remind me of all the long summer days I spent editing blog posts and sipping Sonic milkshakes. Sitting around doing practically nothing everyday is kind of what dreams are made of, right? Yes, it definitely is. So I guess I will be wearing this outfit in fall... And possibly even in the spring.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Beauty Brand Wishlist

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There are so many things in the world that I would love to buy and try if only I were rolling in money with thousands of dollars to spend on whatever whenever. Until then, I'm sticking to a beauty brand wishlist with my top four favorite brands that I've been dying to try, but have yet to splurge on. Well except for Glossier that is. Last month I ordered the Mega Greens Galaxy Face Mask, the Balm Dotcom, and received two free Rosewater Face Mists so I'm (finally!) getting to try the overwhelmingly praised products of Emily Weiss and her Into The Gloss team. Buuuttt.... Glossier is still on my beauty brand wishlist because still I want to try the other three products in the Phase 1 kit (and the hinted at Phase 2 that's in the works).

Smith & Cult, Jo Malone, and Commodity Goods are all properly placed on my list as brands I haven't gotten to try at all but reeaally want to despite their intimidating price tags. Smith & Cult is a luxury nail polish brand founded by the creator of the 90's fan favorite Hard Candy and retails for a whopping $18 a bottle. In its defense, the bottles are huge and super chic but that's still a pretty penny when you can't decide which color to get and want to buy all six of your favorites. Jo Malone speaks for itself as a highly exclusive luxury brand that makes delicious smelling candles and perfumes. I am a candle addict so naturally I'd want at least one Jo Malone before I die for bragging rights, if nothing else. On the opposing side of delicious smelling fragrances, Commodity Goods has made a name for itself by offering off-beat scents that you didn't think you'd like but end up falling in love with. Rain and Whiskey aren't typically perfumes I'd buy, but thanks to Commodity Goods's secret sauce of everyday experiences + unusual notes I want every single one.


Photos all via Instagram

My Thoughts On Life... & The End of An Era

Downton Abbey's final season, Cara Delevingne is officially done with modelling, and I'm going to college! Woohoo!!

As Penny Lane would say, "It's all happening"...

...Of course I'm going to go through a lot of changes in my life, but this will definitely be one of the biggest. Going to college is not a joke, people.

...I had forgotten that Downton Abbey is premiering its final season this winter until someone reminded me about it on social media last week. Crying may or may not have been involved.

...Per usual, I'm working on a few new things for the blog so if you see any new changes tell me what ya think and how you like it ;)

...AND don't be afraid to let me know how you feel about the changes I've already made so far -- a change in template design, a redirection of content, a brand spankin' new "About" page, and the new content on Instagram.

...You might've heard that Cara Delevingne is quitting modeling for good. As somewhat of an activist in the modeling industry I'm a bit sad she's leaving, but I am happy to get a chance to see her in films.

Monday, August 17, 2015

College Must-Haves, Advice, and Tips from A Glamorous Revelation

What DO you need for college? When is the BEST time to shop for college items? Where can I find CUTE dorm decorations?

College is just around the corner and I have no doubt that there are several students stressing about textbooks and class schedules, dorm room decor, restrictive college student budgets, and the undeniable party scene that they'll be a part of for the next 10 months. Even for college sophmores, juniors, and seniors balancing everything can be a bit of a circus act. A Glamorous Revelation has a handful of articles in its archives that can help alleviate some of the last minute stress with a some advice, tips, and tricks about the college questions you've been asking (or haven't even thought of yet). Here's a list of past blog posts that'll help with the little things you may have been thinking about:







Photo via Instagram

Friday, August 14, 2015

Why You Should Shop Small

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Last week I wrote a post talking about and defining the term "shop small", but knowing what exactly shopping small means is only the beginning. The important part comes when you're choosing what stores to shop at and what brands to buy. I know, I know. Forever 21 and H&M are sooo cheap and who doesn't want a well-priced, designer collab by Target? The stigma with shopping small, ethical, sustainable, and/or indie is that it's just too expensive. We all want to be better shoppers and support better brands, but we're not willing to put our money where our mouth is. But here's the truth: shopping small isn't always the more expensive option.

At face value many independent, ethical brands seem like they cost an arm and a leg when in reality there are many small shops that are much cheaper than fast fashion chains. You can get a great piece of clothing (or jewelry, or makeup, or stationery, or  music, or whatever it is you're into) for a great price and know that your purchase represents a more honest and ethical way of living. A lot of the things major chain stores do behind closed doors is or should be illegal. Sweatshops, dangerous work conditions,and unequal distribution of pay are not just documentary plots of HBO specials; they are real, everyday occurrences that we are allowing to happen because we keep swarming to stores like Zara, Forever 21, and H&M for all of our shopping "needs". But when we choose to shop independently owned brands we are supporting companies that source their products from safe manufacturers and spend more time focused on customer care rather than tax loopholes and seven figure salaries. A lot of indie and ethical brands share behind the scenes moments on Instagram or Snapchat so you can see the hard work that goes into each product they sell. When you decide to shop small you are supporting the life of an entrepreneur who is working everyday to create unique and well-designed pieces so that she can go home at night to feed her family and wake back up the next morning to do it all over again. That's the kind of business you want to support.

Next week I'll be publishing a post about how to shop small plus giving you the lowdown on all the different (affordable!) ways you can shop small/indie/local/ethical/sustainable without breaking the bank. Stay tuned, bebs.


Photo by @ShopBando

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Pinspiration: *BLING*BLING*BLING*

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Diamonds are a girl's best friend is probably one of society's biggest lies, but that doesn't mean I don't love my fair share of jewelry. Nowadays browsing Pinterest substitutes for going wedding ring shopping even when you're not engaged and makes you want jewelry you never even thought you'd like (cat necklaces? Really?!?). I love Pinterest and have over a dozen themed boards so I'm resurrecting my beloved, weekly "Pinspiration" series to select my favorite Pins and make them into and edit to share here on A Glamorous Revelation. My recent jewelry Pins have been minimalistic and a little edgy. Well except for those insane statement earrings and that tortoiseshell statement necklace. This time last year I was all about outrageous baubles and extravagant accessories, now I'm back to the classic gold with little embellishments here and there. Minimalism has never really been my thing, but I guess my Pinterest boards are telling me otherwise.

To see more of my favorite jewelry Pins follow my board "*Bling*Bling*Bling*" or follow all of my boards on Pinterest here!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

4 New Releases To Shop This Week

What's New? New Products from Hartland Brooklyn, BoxFox, Packed Party, and Trust Fund Beauty!
Happy Humpday! Which in my world means "Happy I'm-So-Done-With-This-Week-Let's-Go-Shopping Day" There's no scientific formula on how to get over the Wednesday blues, but here at A Glamorous Revelation we've been thinking long and hard about it and we've come up with a near perfect solution: online shopping. It's the best Wednesday night (...or morning, if work's already gotchya down in the dumps. No judgement here. I understand.) activity to cure the humpday blues. Lucky for us, four pretty rad brands have dropped new sets of products that are all available online now and are less than a day's paycheck away.

The biggest announcement this week was that Trust Fund Beauty finally released their 2- and 6-piece 'sample sets' featuring itty bitty bottles of nail polish that they've been hinting at for ages. I mean, who can focus on what ridiculous thing Donald Trump is saying now when there are bite-sized bottles of TFB nail polish to be bought??? And once you've decided on exactly which mini nail polishes to get, you can head straight on over to hartlandbrooklyn.com because what was once just a stationery brand now boasts a wide variety of nail stickers and manicure decals. Each set of about 50 stickers/decals is themed -- Great Outdoors, Fruits & Veggies, Junk Food, and Holiday -- and can technically be applied to nails or skin. Who doesn't love a multitasking product?

In the department of gift boxes it seems that you can have your cake and eat it, too. Packed Party announced their brand new Yay, You package on Snapchat today which includes goods from Sugarfina, Ban.do, and that one company that apparently makes the cutest sparklers you'll ever find on the internet. But don't be fooled. The packaged is titled Yay, You but I would love to send it as a totally unnecessary yet entirely welcome unbirthday gift to myself or possibly as a because I love you gift to my bestfriend. BoxFox is also a gift box service, but on top of being able to buy pre-made packages you can also Build-A-BoxFox and customize every little thing about your package from the overall content all the way down to the greeting card design. They've introduced a few more products to their Buld-A-BoxFox shop such as luxe hand lotions, Love + Roses beauty mist, prettily packaged toffee, and a stackable gold ring that you can add to any box you curate. It's pretty much like having 10 different types of stores all at your disposal when you're sending a personalized present to anyone in the world.


Individual photos from respective Instagram accounts

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

What's In My [School] Bag: College Edition

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{houndstooth binder: Walmart} {I AM VERY BUSY agenda: Ban.do}
{"Summer" perfume: Callio Fragrance c/o} {sunglasses: local boutique}
{backpack: Claire's}

I don't really know why school and office supplies are my favorite things to photograph and write about on my blog. Maybe because they always look so pretty and put together. Possibly because I feel more organized simply by owning the materials I need to stay organized. Who knows?! But what I do know is that I am l-o-v-i-n-g this year's products and am soooo excited to get back to school so that I can use them all. the. stinkin'. time.

The funny thing is that my back-to-school style has barely changed since I was in elementary school and everything I pick out is usually in the same kitchsy/cute color scheme with recurring cool girl/mod chic/fashion girl themes. This year particularly, so many of the supplies I have is practically identical to what I bought last year because I was so stuck on how much I loved everything from my senior year. Hey, what can I say -- if it ain't broken, don't fix it. I reordered my Sweet Talk pen set and beloved I AM VERY BUSY agenda from Ban.do and somehow got my hands on the Teen Vogue x Staples heart printed pink pencils that would've matched my Teen Vogue heart printed notebook that were in my school bag last year. On the topic of notebooks: for my freshman year of college I want to do a semester long #ThrowbackThursday with classic black and white composition books personalized with an array of stickers from craft stores, Sassy Celebs, and my 2014 agenda.

But the contents of my college school bag doesn't stop at classroom notebooks and homework binders. Going off to college requires more than the typical school supplies list and I've already picked out a few extra things to carry around with me that will be floating around the bottom of my bag with organic granola bars and pre-sharpened pencils everyday. The most important of the aforementioned extra things is without a doubt an issue of Nylon Magazine, past or present, to read while taking study breaks or waiting for friends in The Commons. I've already subscribed for this year and will have each issue sent to my P.O. box without a shame in the world. Equally as "essential" as a Nylon subscription, a bottle of Callio Fragrance; a pair of Olsen Twins sunglasses; and a tube of lip color (whether it'll be a Revlon Colorburst, NYX Butter Gloss, or Butter London tinted lip balm is to be decided) will always be on hand, 8 AM classes included. Who said I had to stop being an fashionista just because I'm going to college?

Monday, August 10, 2015

Lovely Lady: Julianne Hough

The Best Style Moments of Julianne Hough, The Princess of DWTS
Julianne Hough is the princess of Dancing With The Stars. I think it's safe to say that not many millennials watch Dancing With The Stars. I obsessed over the show when my great aunt visited us for an extended period of time when I was in junior high. She watched each episode without fail and was invested enough to watch each dance  but not overly enthusiastic enough to cheer for any one couple or call in a vote at the end of the performances. With my obsession with the show came my love for Julianne Hough and her brother Derek. Julianne is an incredible dancer, but there's icing on the cake since she's turned out to be a well-styled, sophisticated, bohemian chic women who strolls around Hollywood as a talented athlete and unassuming style icon. She's at Coachella every year but barely makes the waves Vanessa Hudgens and the Kardashians do. She's held producing, judging, and choreography positions on different movies and shows but manages to carry herself as a laid back, simple gal with God-given talent. So I guess you'd say I'm in love with Julianne Hough herself just as much as I'm in love with her style.

Friday, August 7, 2015

What Does It Mean To Shop Small?

Fast Fashion vs Shopping Small. What Does It Really Mean To "Shop Small"?

Despite how often the term "shopping small" is used, it isn't clear cut all the time -- particularly with Etsy going public on the stock exchange and Instagram sellers becoming more prevelant. Over a year ago I decided to refocus my blog on supporting small businesses and independently owned brands. Specifically choosing to feature people and companies who make their products on the floor of their bedroom or in a 20 foot by 20 foot rented "studio" or in the back of their RV as they continue on their 3 year adventure across America became a part of the A Glamorous Revelation brand behind the scenes and on social media. But I never truly defined my new focus on A Glamorous Revelation and for most people shopping small isn't something that's really on their radar.

Simply put, "shopping small" means to buy things from stores that are not owned by a big corporation or parent company, are not publicly traded, and typically have a small tight-knit group of employees or are just run by one person or a small group of people. Wikipedia and U.S. laws define a small business strictly by the number of employees and revenue, but the "standard" amounts they use (approx 500 and around $1M) are so huge it's kind of laughable to use that as a blanket definition of all small shops, especially in this social media driven day and age. A small business can better be described by the ambiance and business model that you see whenever you follow them on social media or buy from their store (or Instagram! Many small shops now sell completely through Instagram where you can buy an item straight from your insta-feed!). Ban.do is a great example of a small business that has a huge following on social media. Even though @ShopBando has hundreds of thousands of followers it's genuinely a small business because there are only a handful of employees (who all make cameos regularly on the Ban.do Instagram page:)), it's not owned by any parent company, and everyone who works at Ban.do is a part of the brand and engaged with their customers.

If you're ever in doubt of where you're shopping or what kind of business you're supporting ask yourself the tried and true question: where is my money going? Is it going to the hands of a multi-millionaire CEO, the hands of designers and manufacturers with the sole purpose of knocking off and stealing ideas from other brands and designers, or possibly even to the hands of developers building unsafe sweatshop factories in third world countries (as it would if you purchased from stores like Forever 21 and Zara)?

Or is it going to the hands of a mom creating jewelry while homeschooling her little girls (Love Is), the hands of a super creative team of #girlbosses who didn't fit into the mold of the corporate world and decided to leave it (Ban.do), or the hands of a perfume genius who creates hand-blended fragrances in her NYC apartment (Callio Fragrance) or the hands of any of the other thousands of small business owners who sell ridiculously amazing things on the internet?

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Be The Reason Someone Smiles Today

Words of Encouragement. Graphic Tees by Poplar and Co. "Be The Reason Someone Smiles Today"
Words of Encouragement. Graphic Tees by Poplar and Co. "Be The Reason Someone Smiles Today"
 "Be The Reason Someone Smiles Today" T-Shirt by Poplar and Co.
Little April Showers Jewellery "Skull and Feather" earrings
{"Be The Reason" tee: Poplar & Co.} {faux leather purse: Rue 21}
{skull earrings: Little April Showers Jewellery}

Last month I was lucky enough to be a contributing blogger on the Poplar & Co. website. I wrote four articles and surprisingly, over that short period of time I learned a lot about myself and my writing. I hadn't written a blog post for another blog since last summer when I published my Monetizing Your Blog: Blogger Confessions on Kierra's website, In The Grey and branching out again revamped my appreciation for blogging. It also introduced me to Poplar & Co. apparel which is the first brand I've ever come across that specifically creates graphic tees and tanks to support different lifestyles. Self-love, adoption, and trans and gay acceptance are common themes throughout their shop and all of their brand ambassadors represent different walks of life. My "Be The Reason" t-shirt is one of their newer designs and is now on sale for $15 plus free shipping with very limited quantities. And to add to the excitement of getting stuff on sale, the handmade skull earrings I'm wearing are now only $3 plus shipping with just the skull charm or $6 with the dangling feather attached.

All of my contributor posts are on poplarandco.com, but you can read each one individually right here on A Glamorous Revelation!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The Best Vegan Fruit Pizza

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I may or may not be scared of the word recipe. I don't like to follow the rules when it comes to cooking so you can image all of the concoctions I've made in my kitchen. But this vegan fruit pizza "recipe" can hardly even be called a recipe because there's no real cooking involved and you can add and omit what you like and what you don't. DisFunkshion Magazine is my go-to glossy for yogis and bohemian health nuts who also like a little bit of social conversation. They published this "recipe" just a few weeks ago and I've been dying to try it despite the fact that I've been avoiding watermelon for almost 3 years. Pizza is arguably my favorite food group. Yes, I consider it a food group, a major food group at that. There are dozens of types of pizzas in the world and I am willing to try just about every kind. So without further ado: 

Ingredients (Serves two)
1/8 of a round medium organic watermelon
1 Medium organic peach (sliced]
2/3 Cups of organic raspberries (wash, dry & slice in half)
3/4 Cups of organic blackberries
1/8 Cups of raw pecans (whole)
1 Tablespoon of coconut flakes (dried)
Cocoa Drizzle
1 Tablespoon of cocoa powder
2 Teaspoons of organic coconut oil
¼ Teaspoon of agave
For Preparation: see dsfmag.com/VeganFruitPizza

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Raves & Rants: Social Media "Shaming"

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We live in 2015 so that means we are going to "reinvent" and reclaim just about every word or phrase  within the English language that can be used to make ourselves seem witty and in-the-know in 140 characters or less.

[Fill in person, place, thing, or idea here] is bae.

Throwing shade.

On fleek.

The tea has been spilled.

And now we've entered into the genre of 'shaming." More political than comical, the word shaming has been tagged on to the end of a half dozen different words on social media to condemn the behavior of making someone feel bad, guilty, or anything short of encouraged for living, looking, or acting a certain way. Fat-shaming, skinny-shaming, slut-shaming, victim-shaming... the list goes on. In theory, the idea of fighting against "shaming" is a good step towards a better society but like all things on the internet, it went overboard before it even got its sea legs. It quickly shifted from "hey it's not okay to believe women deserve to be hacked because they've taken risque photographs" to "whoa, it's never okay to tell a woman that too much sugar is bad for her." This type of over-sensitive use of shaming diminishes the legitimate purpose of getting rid of hateful ideologies by calling out judgmental behavior. Expressing the importance of understanding white privilege is not "white-shaming" and sharing your disbelief in Wicca is not "religion-shaming" so let's stop sensationalizing social media and bring it back to what it once was: an open community to connect with others. Tweeting about social injustices is a definite DO in my book, but taking it beyond its bounds and labeling every opinionated comment or strong belief is unfair and incredibly unbecoming.

Monday, August 3, 2015

August // Dates To Celebrate


August 1 - National Thrift Shop Day

August 2 - Sisters Day

August 6 - Wiggle Your Toes Day

August 10 - Lazy Day

August 12 - Vinyl Record Day

August 21 - Poet's Day

August 30 - Frankenstein Day


Photo by @BicycletteBoutique


Monday, July 13, 2015

1... 2... 3...

Dear Glamour Girl,

Okay, so I know this may seem a taaaddd more dramatic than this really is and I kind of hate that I have to announce it because it feels "too official" but I'm going on what they like to call a blogging break. I hate to say that because even though I won't be blogging, I'm definitely not taking a break from being a blogger. I've been planning to use this summer as a time to pretty much revamp and in a way relaunch A Glamorous Revelation. I was contemplating changing my blog name, going self-hosted, completely (re)designing a new blog website, redirecting my content, getting a more focused aesthetic, and soooo much more. But, to my dismay this summer has been busier than I expected and I've been less motivated than ever to spend 10 hours a day trying to become a tech genius. Running the behind the scenes aspects of a blog can be ridiculously time consuming and then to add publishing a blog post, Instagram photo, and promotional tweet everyday and you've got a recipe for a potential disaster. Trying to keep up with 1000 things is already hard enough, so for the next 3 weeks (that's until the beginning of August ;)) you won't see another blog post from me here on AGR. Doing back-end work is enough to keep me busy for the next several weeks and with the extra time I'll have since I won't be writing daily posts, I'll be able to prepare for the new and improved A Glamorous Revelation website. 

Friday, July 10, 2015

8 Internet Posts I Loved This Week

1) This is a list of the 14 things you should learn to do now that will make the rest of your life 10x better.

2) A little rocker chic #OOTD style in the summer never hurt anybody.

3) What happens to your favorite movies when they're edited to only show every word spoken by a person of color? Well, let's just say you'd be in and out of the theatre reeeaal fast.

4) Some of the best street style from Paris Haute Couture. Oui oui!

5) I'm still a little giddy from my NYC trip in May so I'm definitely loving this travel inspiration.

6) Starbuck's just introduced 3 new lemonades/refreshers that look absolutely delicious, but which one's did they have to get rid of to make room for the new flavor blends?

7) The NYU Gaming Center just created a game inspired by The Grand Budapest Hotel.

8) This is what happens when Rifle Paper Co collaborates with Paper Crown Clothing to make the perfect summertime floral dress.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Lovely Lady: Lily Collins

Lily Collins has been a style icon of mine for as long as I can remember. She looks incredible no matter where she's going and her style always looks refined and classic even if she's mixing prints or indulging in the newest trends. Although I hate to admit it, my closest consists of unholy amounts of black, white, and grey keeping even my most outrageous outfits slightly muted. Lily Collins seems to have gravitated towards neutral colors throughout the years making it even easier for me to pull from her looks when creating style inspiration of my own. A simple t-shirt layered over a button down, a graphic tee paired with knee length shorts, and thigh high boots worn in a non-risqué way are some of my favorite style choices that Lily has pulled off flawlessly. She makes walking around in 5 inch heels look like a piece of cake and her over the top outerwear looks so chic you'd wonder why you've never gone shopping in a black and white cape.

Monday, July 6, 2015

There's Nothing Like Nylon

Taylor Momsen - Nylon Magazine Cover [Singapore] (May 2013)
#tbt lindsay lohan's may 2007 cover
Elizabeth Olsen Nylon Magazine via Olsens Anonymous

There are two types of people in this world: those who love Nylon Magazine and those who don't. If you haven't had a chance to flip through a few issues of the alternative, classic, witty magazine then I suggest you stop by your nearest newsstand and check it out. The editors at Nylon are laid back, honest, and have a killer ear for music. Each issue features anywhere from the newest indie rocker to the undiscovered folk-pop band that just celebrated its 10 year anniversary. The fashion focal point of the magazine isn't lost in advertisements, but it also steers clear of being the cliche vintage-obsessed, hardcore, 70's classic, over-the-top rebellion that many non-mainstream glossies seem to embrace.

Over the years Nylon has had just about every true It Girl you can think of on the cover of its monthly magazine. Taylor Momsen, Lindsey Lohan, and Elizabeth Olsen are just the tip of the iceberg. Haim, Tavi Gevinson, Dakota Fanning, and Anna Kendrick have all graced the cover of Nylon and that's just within the last year. Their pop culture spirit bleeds through each article they publish on their website and in their print issue. To explain to you who the "Nylon girl" is, one need only read the comments of @NylonMag's April Fool's Day Instagram post that announced Kim Kardashian as the next cover star. Let's just say the readers where outraged and the graphic designers had a serious sense of humor designing the mock cover. That's not to say you can't be a Nylon girl and keep up with the Kardashians (and the Jenners!); it just means you know the difference between a Hollywood phenomenon and careered entertainer.

So which kind of person are you? One of the ones who love Nylon Magazine or one of the ones who don't?

Friday, July 3, 2015

6 Internet Posts I Loved This Week

1. I've never heard anyone wax poetic about her love for hair extensions and defend her reasoning for being obsessed with them so eloquently. (P.S. this is also a great read for any of you who think "weave" is just for black girls and magazine covers)

2. Cara Delevingne unofficial announces that she's done with modeling and explains why.

3. If you haven't heard, Misty Copeland is making history and is the first black principle dancer at the American Ballet Theatre.

4. The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team just won the 2015 World Cup and I couldn't be happier.

5. I might be a little obsessed with stripes, but I think we can all agree that this outfit is fierce.

6. "I Cussed In My Cover Letter: The Unlikely Trick That Got Me The Job." The title pretty much speaks for itself.


Photo from PicsHype.com

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Simple Summer Hairstyle Ideas

10 Days, 10 Ways
This is the perfect simple guide by Julia Engel of "Gal Meets Glam" for hair ideas that you can put on rotation throughout the entire summer. The second I found it on Pinterest I had to find a way to post it on A Glamorous Revelation because who doesn't want 10 easy-breezy hairstyles they can do when they're having a lazy day or a night out during the summer? No one, that's who!


Photo by Julia Engel

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July // Dates To Celebrate



July 1 - International Joke Day

July 3 - Disobedience Day

July 9 - National Sugar Cookie Day

July 14 - National Nude Day

July 18 - Caviar Day

July 23 - Vanilla Ice Cream Day

July 24 - Cousins Day

July 30 - National Cheesecake Day

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Happy Un-birthday!

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Packed Party, Ban.do, @PackedParty, Birthday Beb, Gift Ideas, Kate Spade Mini Hologram Notebook, Confetti Push Pop, Celebrate, Happy Un-birthday, Unbirthday
Packed Party, Ban.do, @PackedParty, Birthday Beb, Gift Ideas, Kate Spade Mini Hologram Notebook, Confetti Push Pop, Celebrate, Happy Un-birthday, Unbirthday

Alice: Unbirthday? I'm sorry, but I don't quite understand. 

March Hare: It's very simple. Now, thirty days has Septem -No. wait... An unbirthday... She doesn't know what an unbirthday is!


Happy Un-birthday to me because a couple of months ago I bought myself a "Birthday Beb" even though my actual birthday isn't until the beginning of December. I was super excited to get this package from Packed Party since this has probably been one of my favorite editions they've ever released. The last time I bought myself a Packed Party I was underwhelmed and disappointed by many of the items I received, but this time around I was just as excited to use everything as I was when I first saw them online to order.

For those of you who aren't familiar with Packed Party here's a little rundown of what it is: First of all Packed Party is not a subscription service... it's 10x better because each package is specifically curated for any special occasion that deserves a little party-of-one delivered to your or a friend's doorstep. Second, each edition of a particular box is only available for a limited time since orders start flooding in and they sell out of the products they use to curate each package (ex. you can still purchase a Birthday Beb package from PackedParty.com but the specific items inside won't be the exact same as the ones I got from the package I ordered in March). Third, the best part about Packed Party is how the whole thing started. Jordan Jones, the founder, is an incredible entrepreneur who started the entire business from her bedroom floor.

The current Birthday Beb has all of the same products I received in mine except in different color schemes and patterns. So far my least favorite item has been the Ban.do disco headphones which, coincidentally, I already wanted to buy from the Ban.do website before Packed Party put them in their packages. The "disco" design on the back of each earbuds has already started started wearing away even though I've only used them a handful of times. I love the Kate Spade holographic mini notebook even though it was a little smaller than I was expecting. The cover appears to be leather and the paper inside is thick enough to not let ink bleed through when you're jotting down quick notes. The drink holder and confetti popper are still sitting on my desk unused. The confetti popper is way bigger than I thought it would be (which is a good thing) so I'm going to wait until a major event where I can pop it in front of a ton of people to celebrate. I don't use drink holders that often but this "I Wanna Party With You" one from Ban.do is cute and seems like it would be perfect for keeping drinks handy at summer festivals and backyard BBQs. All in all, I love this Birthday Beb and it was a perfect gift to wish myself the happiest of un-birthdays!
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