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


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