Friday, February 27, 2015

IFB Links a la Mode: Style Conscious

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Style Conscious

Believe it or not, the fashion industry is the second most dangerous industry to the planet. Between the (leather) tanning, gold mining and dye industries, fashion may look great on you, but not so much on "Mother Earth." This week we have links to bloggers who are looking into what it means to be a kinder consumer of fashion. And of course, we're all still gossiping about that Oscar's red carpet too.

Links à la Mode: February 26th

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

12 Internet Posts I Loved This Month

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February in review, segmented from the "world wide web."

Refinery29 because Phillip Picardi documenting a less-is-more beauty/health routine is absolutely GREAT... and because he says this mid article: "Do you know what 25 minutes of walking down the street while listening to Beyonce does to your confidence? EVERYTHING, that's what it does."

Instagram because who knew Barbie's personal Insta feed was so stylish.

This Is Colossal because this mummy/statue is super cool.

Pinterest because these room decorating  tips are one of the only things I've Pinned on Pinterest for the link & not just the pretty picture.

Pinterest, again, because this really is just a pretty picture + Ashley Tisdale has great hair :)

Cupcakes and Cashmere because every woman should know how to take care of her favortie, expensive shoes and handbags.

These Instagram pics from @cabarbieprincess & @emmaroberts because I am IN LOVE with their outfits:


The Man Repeller because the comments section is always 100x better than the article itself when it comes to "confessions".

The Man Repeller, again, because as someone who's never had a bikini wax and loves written comedy this article seems essential, even if it was technically written in the middle of January.

Keiko Lynn because this photo is just that cute.

The Bicyclette Blog because I really want to try a juice cleanse.

And this because Twitter is high-larious

First photo by twentythirtyfivedesign.com

Monday, February 23, 2015

Wait... So This Is Modern "Women-Empowerment"?

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I always default to Beyonce when it comes to all things feminism and woman empowerment so her photo has been slapped up at the top of this post, but this article isn't about Queen Bey nor is it targeted at her in the slightest. Well, maybe... Just kiddiinnnngg.

But I will say that though this article has been on my blog schedule for months I finally got motivated to write this post after reading a few excerpts from Meghan Trainers new Seventeen Magazine cover issue interview. I don't have the article in front of me so I'll loosely recap the piece I read:

Seventeen Editor - "So your song 'All About That Bass' is, like, super popular. What inspired you??"
Meghan - "Well in the [entertainment] industry girls are always pressured to be a size two and I sooo don't fit into that. Oh yeah, and I was bullied in school."
Seventeen Editor - "So you're basically an icon for great self-esteem and self worth. How does that feel knowing you've inspired so many young girls??"
Meghan - "Well, yeah it feels great!..."

And then I stopped reading right about there because WHHAAT?!? Female artists have been common picking grounds for "leaders in women empowerment and self confidence." By whom, I'm not entirely sure, but I've seen magazine article after magazine article and interview after interview anointing any woman who sings, writes, or briefly mentions anything remotely "empowering" to women. Is it just me or are we selectively hearing what these "empowering" women are singing?? Or what they wear? Or how they act? Maybe it's just me, but I don't consider the "I'm sexy and I know it so let me show it" attitude empowering to women. Making your body the consistent object of attention is not a screw you to men; it's a "don't objectify me, I can do it alllll by myself" to men. Women are sexual beings. Women do not have to be defined by their size nor how men feel about their individual sizes. Women do not have to feel bad about being women. Women do not have to feel bad about who they are. But most importantly, they shouldn't have to.

So riddle me this: why then, is curvy the new in 'thing'? Or why Meghan Trainer is being praised for a song that boasts "Yeah, my momma she told me don't worry about your size/She says, boys they like a little more booty to hold at night/You know I won't be no stick-figure, silicone Barbie doll"  not once but twice in its lyrics as if female empowerment is done by making fun of thin women and praising curviness primarily for its male approval rate? For all I know, these artistic women of empowerment may be the movers and shakers of modern female self confidence, but if so it's being done under the radar because what's been brought to the forefront is more backhanded than anything else.

But if nothing else, it makes for great dance party music...

Friday, February 20, 2015

NEW Sprinkles and Sparkles

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New Ban.do coming right atchya! Not too long ago Ban.do released its newest collection and to absolutely no one's surprise I was freaking out and obviously went online to order every single thing they came out with. Realistically, though, (since we kinda have to live in the real world) I only ended up getting a handful of things, However, this time around Ban.do has come out with a few more pieces for its hair accessories selection adding more It Girl bobbi pin sets and hair tie bundles. More gold glitter and kitschy headbands to make any Girlgang aptly decked out in fabulous hair jewelry.

In equally exciting news, Packed Party just released what seems to be their best package yet. If there was one package that I wanted to receive to see if PP could redeem itself, this would be it. After less-than-raving reviews from me last month I've been on the look out for particular products and packages that may have made any of the new and upcoming Packed Party packages significantly better than the one I received. I'm not a huge fan of Jonathan Adler or Rifle Paper Co and many of the new boxes where loaded with either one or both of these brands so I knew they wouldn't be the ones to tip my boat. Enter in the New Edition of The Birthday Beb. I'm going to make this completely clear: I have not tried any of the items in the box and a Birthday Beb Packed Party isn't on its way to my door soon. The brands featured in this new package are ones I have and will trust for quite a while and everything in the package is incredibly cute! Good packaging and presentation is a must and this package definitely has that. I've wanted the Ban.do disco earbuds since they became available and what sane person doesn't want a holographic, cutesy Kate Spade notebook. That's right. We all would.

Photos by @ShopBando and @PackedParty

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

I was THAT girl

 
jacket: Cynthia Rowley; skirt: *local boutique; top: Rue 21;
scarf: some random beauty store, but you could probably find similar styles anywhere;
heeled boots: Wal-mart

So I'm going to apologize in advance for the slightly horrific quality of photos. But honestly, I was running around in the snow so what kind of quality photo do you expect?!?

Not too long ago I read a hilarious post on HUNT & HARVEST about *those fashion bloggers* who wear short skirts and three inch heels in the dead of winter despite the undeniable cold (heeeellloooo, snow-mageddon!) and the hardly practical (as in, entirely impractical) slates of ice and snow everywhere. But, you see, the paradox of cold weather is that I dress in less clothing because I'm going to be staying indoors where I am protected from the harsh realities of winter. I didn't care a thing about it until it started snowing right in the middle of my TV time and I decided to go outside and rough around in the snow with my brothers.

BIG MISTAKE.

Well not entirely, since I guess I just have really great insulation because I wasn't that cold and my really warm but slightly uncomfortable jacket was over my shoulders. Oh yeah, and I had on a scarf. And a head full of hair (you wouldn't imagine how much colder it is without my extensions). But I did feel a little dumb prancing around in a leather mini skirt and cotton cropped top when it was 14 degrees outside and SNOWING. Nonetheless, I actually really liked my outfit despite the impracticalities of it all. The first coat hanging in the coat closet just happened to be this magenta Cynthia Rowley piece (that I got for an ah-mazing price! less than $20 on a 80% sale, I think) and the plaid scarf that just happened to be laying on my dining table conveniently matched my skirt and coat exactly.

I hear you, though, Olivia. We unreasonably clothed women need to be stopped. Winter is stupid. My outfit, among so many other fashion blogger OOTD  style posts are rather annoying. I know, I know. But. i. just. can't. help. it.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Love + Life + School

I'm going to be honest, maintaining A Glamorous Revelation and all of its various outlets has been the least of my concerns the past couple of weeks. I barely post on Instagram anymore, Twitter seems to be a foreign concept to me, and Lord knows how many unread poss have piled up in my Bloglovin' feed. Ever since my iPhone decided to start malfunctioning again two months ago, it has seemed like I'm constantly scrambling to pull out my laptop, set up shop, and do what I gotta do to keep this blog going. Hopefully I won't feel this way much longer and AGR will be back to its former glory soon. Until then, here are a few little updates about the life of yours truly!

Google+ does these auto awesome photos where they create these awesome GIFs with pictures you've uploaded and taken in sequence. When I went out and bore the cold this weekend in my Valentine's Day outfit, red sequin crop top and faux leather pleated skirt with lace-up wedges, and my collection of heart balloons some of the pictures were made into this fab GIF clip :)

The best part about the last several weeks is that all of my senior year college stuff is wrapping up and I've been accepted to three of the four schools I applied to (I hear from school #4 next month *fingers crossed*) and am super proud of it. I've already unofficially decided on school #3 and can't wait to be a a college student, but I'm toying with the idea of sharing the school I attend during the four years I'm there. I've kept the name of my current (and past) cities off of this blog since they are relatively small and I'm still in high school, so it seemed like an obvious choice. But I'll be moving to a major city which will definitely influence the content on this blog (you'll see come August/September/October ;)) and I'm really proud of the school I plan to attend. It seems kind of wrong to hide such a significant part of who I am and who I'll become, but I also don't want to jeopardize my safety. Darn you, internet creeps, that make life so difficult! Let me know what you think, pleeaassee! I want to hear from my fellow blog writers and readers about this particular matter so please please please pipe up.

Oh, and I haven't forgotten about that giveaway I promised you all! I'm still working out the shipping details from one of the brands and items that I'll be giving away. Then I'll finalize all of the details so stay tuned :) 

Friday, February 13, 2015

xo Valentine's Day



Happy [Early] Valentine's Day to all you beautiful Glamour Girls <3 Love is in the air and there's no reason not to be ooey-gooey and sappy today because tomorrow is the unofficial official day of L-O-V-E. The picture above is from the great Diane von Furstenberg's children's book that I can't wait to get very very soon (hopefully!). Though the book has absolutely nothing to do with Valentine's Day whatsoever this picture is waayy to pretty and pink not to share. I hope everyone enjoys tomorrow with whomever they choose to spend it with. And for those of you riding solo tomorrow night, head to Redbox, get yourself a copy of the Valentine's Day movie dvd, pop some popcorn (or if you're like me, go to the movie theatre just to buy real "movie theatre" popcorn which is so much better than anything I could make at home) and station yourself on your couch to bask in the glory of Ashton Kutcher's love problems.

Thanks, Saint Valentine, for giving us a reason to spend an entire day fawning over the idea of love and romance. We owe ya one. xo Munachi


Photo from refinery29

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Love is One-of-A-Kind

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watch: Love Is (gifted); unicorn jewelry holder: Carousel by Imm; large gem earrings: Kathy Van Zeeland; book: Cupcakes and Cashmere by Emily Schuman

I've been unintentionally following a love/hearts/valentine's theme since the month of February started and now that Valentine's Day is in just a few days, I don't see my overwhelming preference for frilly hearts, love laced products, and bubbly pinks stopping anytime soon, on the blog or in my life. Around New Year's Day I found a pop art printed, floral dress at my favorite local boutique and ended up buying it a few weeks later with plans to wear it on Valentine's Day. Except, now I have no plans of wearing it this weekend because once I actually tried it on, I looked less like a hopeless romantic and more like a freshman college girl ready to go to a Friday night party after the football game. Thinking about it now, it should have been a little obvious with the faux leather detailing and criss-crossed hemline (much like the uber-popular skorts Zara manufactured last year) that such a dress is suited more for the dance floor than an afternoon out on Valentine's Day.

But, back to what this post is actually supposed to be about: this Love Is one-of-a-kind watch. Wraparound watches seem to be my go-to time pieces of choice. Just one week after my older sister presented me with a brown and white, charmed wraparound watch from her trip to France, one of my good friends, who just happens to be a jewelry designer, gave me one of her handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces for my birthday. Made of upcycled elements from vintage watches and belts, it features a square face, roman numerals, and gold studs on a vegan leather band. With a brand name like Love Is, Valentine's Day is a perfect time to dawn my one-of-a-kind timepiece and be reminded what love really is... Donuts, magazines, pretty dresses, and the color PINK! ;)

Monday, February 9, 2015

Deal or No Deal: Sequin Hangers

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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.

This "Deal or No Deal" post is a little different than the rest because 1) I actually bought the "designer duds" that doesn't have the friendly price tag and 2) the "designer duds" in question were actually put on my Rich Girl Wishlist last year so if I'm being truly honest I've always intended to buy them. The subject of today's Deal or No Deal is Pearls and Pastries's sequin hangers. At $16 a piece I wouldn't blame you if you called me crazy for buying one or two (... I actually bought eight *cringe* but don't be judgmental just yet). That's why I DIY'd over a dozen sequin hangers with elastic sequin ribbon I bought at Wally World and a bunch of hangers I found laying around my house. It costs approximately $3 a hanger (including the sequins, glue, and hanger if you have to buy one) and about 5 minutes of work for each hanger to be made. Lucky for me, with the winter sale Pearls and Pastries had in December, I grabbed 8 hangers that were already on sale for an addition 40% off which brought them down two $4.80 a piece. Not bad, huh?

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A Fashionista's Reading List: Winter 2015


October seemed to be the month of coffee table books for fashion designers and color gurus. Diane von Furstenberg, Tory Burch, Pantone, and Kate Spade all had coffee table books released on Amazon.com fresh off the heels of Fashion Month. Winter-y months call for cups of peppermint hot chocolate and overcast afternoons/evenings spent snuggled in uber-soft blankets and throws. At times, that means you need to prop up your laptop and open up your Netflix or Amazon Prime Instant Video tab to binge watch whatever show or genre of movies your obsessed with at the moment. Other times, that means it's time to find a good book and flip through the pages nobody's business. For both the Summer and Fall reading lists on A Glamorous Revelation, the selection has been a mix of novels, autobiographies, industry tell-alls, and inspirations stories. However, this winter is bound by coffee table books -- high fashion and ultra inspirational coffee table books to be specific. Be warned: prepare your Amazon cart now.

DVF: Journey of a Dress
"In 2014, DVF celebrated the 40th anniversary of the wrap with a retrospective exhibition, Journey of a Dress, in Los Angeles. In galleries wrapped in print and color, visitors were immersed in the world of DVF. Now, Journey of a Dress has been immortalized in this striking book that lets the reader fully experience the exhibition through its three parts: the timeline, the wrap army and the art salon. The definitive history of the little dress that started it all, Journey of a Dress is a private tour, a lookbook, an art book and a history lesson, all captured in one beautiful, full-colorful volume."
from DVF.com

Tory Burch: In Color
 "The book is organized by color, each one brought to life through images of her collections and travels; how she entertains; style icons; the works of artists, authors and interior designers she admires; and the advice of business leaders — many of whom are interviewed within. The book also offers a glimpse into the more personal moments in Tory's life influenced her collection, company and philosophy. The foreword is written by Anna Wintour, Artistic Director of Condé Nast and Editor-in-Chief of Vogue, and the cover features Damien Hirst's Beautiful Primal Urges Rug."
from ToryBurch.com

Pantone on Fashion: A Century of Color in Design
"Follow global color authority Pantone on this vivid journey through the rich history of color in fashion. Favorite hues and their appearances across the decades are profiled in informative text and copiously illustrated by runway photos and archival images. Track Bright Marigold from its heyday in the 1940s as Hermès' identifying hue to its showstopping appearance in Carolina Herrera's Spring/Summer 2013 collection, and trace Cyber Yellow from 1960s mod style to Anna Sui's 1990s punk-inspired looks."
from Amazon.com

Kate Spade New York: Places to Go, People to See
"following our bestselling things we love, places to go, people to see is a look at the stylish places around the world that inspire the kate spade new york lifestyle. featuring vibrant photography, old-world glamour, a dash of charm, inspirational quotes and words of travel wisdom, places to go, people to see will have you booking a plane ticket the moment you finish turning the pages."
from KateSpade.com

Monday, February 2, 2015

Love That Is Not Madness Is Not Love

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cards (L-R): Love Letter One, Love Letter Three c/o, Love Letter Two c/o

T-twelve days until Valentine's Day. It seems to be that Valentine's Day is either a "holiday" you love or you hate. I'm not in a relationship and don't have anyone special I'm planning to spend the day with, but it's still a great day to watch sappy movies, eat TONS of candy and send pretty little cards to everyone you love. A venture away from the cheap little folding cards I loved to give in elementary school, this year I'm all about the Daydream Prints Love Letter collection of greeting cards. Love Letter One "I Love You Not Only For What..." is my absolute favorite of the three. I bought it way back when in the beginning of October, too excited to wait until February to order Valentine's Day themed cards. It ended up becoming one of my favorites in my entire stationery collection. Soon after Krystie, the mastermind behind all of Daydream Prints's amazing designs, sent me the rest of the Love Letter collection as a little thank you and, naturally, I fell in love with Love Letter Two and Love Letter Three almost as much as I fell for Love Letter One. Now here I am with three "love letters" and so many lovely people I know to send them too. On your expedition around the Daydream Prints website, I suggest buying more than one of each Valentine card since not only are there so many people to send little love notes too, but each card is oh so very pretty that I'm debating not even sending any of them so I can keep them all for myself. I have a bad habit of buying gifts and keeping them for myself and I'm afraid that will end up being the case this Valentine's Day. But now that I've said that I kind of have to send them since my intentions are now out in the open and can't be stuffed back into my head and claimed as "a last minute decision". Who to send each card to shouldn't be incredibly easy, though, because a little craziness never came easy and like they always say, "Love that is not madness is not love.
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