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


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

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