Friday, July 29, 2016

7 Blog Posts I Loved This Month

Man Repeller, TopShop, Cupcakes and Cashmere, Office decor, cute puppies, nail art, 90's chick, ring pop, instagram tips, leather jacket, shark week

If it feels like it's been forever since I've told you what I've loved on the internet for the month it's because it pretty much has been forever. After a little bit of debating with myself, it is time to bring it back! A Glamorous Revelation is rooted in supporting small businesses, indie brands, entrepreneurs and the like so why not keep true to what we're all about and support the hundreds of thousands of people on the internet by sharing their content with all of you. Sharing is caring, right? And if you even remotely like my content (which, I think, it's safe to say you do since you're reading this) then you'll no doubt love all of these other content creators across the interwebs.

The best part of this Man Repeller x Topshop collab is seeing Leandra enjoying her morning coffee in rainbow pajamas.

You know what they say -- America loves a girl who loves her dog.

The new Cupcakes & Cashmere offices are so uniquely gorgeous. I genuinely want to live there.

90's inspired manicure from a true 90's baby.

What a modern day Audrey Hepburn's Instragram account might look like.

Chanel Boy bag inspired purse + a leather jacket is enough to make an OOTD great, but then she pairs it with a quirky dress and heels and just like that it goes to a whole other level.

These ten pet peeves from a blogger in the UK make me laugh a little every time I read them.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Love the Art ; Protect the Artist

Zara, ShopArtTheft, etsy, Small Businesses, Flair, Forever 21, Badges, Accessories, Stolen, Lifestyle, Opinion


No one really knows what "a glamorous revelation" means. I can try my hardest to articulate the tingly, inner feeling that inspired this blog's name, but I never seem to get it quite right conveying instead a more confusing yet aspirational definition. What I can articulate, and with relative ease I might add, is the purpose behind A Glamorous Revelation the blog. AGR has evolved quite a bit since its beginning days, but it has become rooted in the artistry of small business entrepreneurs. For the girl who is redefining glamour by where she shops and the brands she wears, as the tagline says.

Fashion, glamour, and style are not determined by the designer you choose to wear but rather the story and ethos behind the brand they chose to create. Companies like Forever 21, Zara, and H&M would love to convince you that the artistry and creativity behind fashion and beauty (and film and music and literature, for that matter) doesn't matter. Your only concern should be on what you see when you enter their stores or click on their websites. The condition of the workshops oversees don't matter; the "inspirations" for new products don't matter; the environmentally unsound practices of consumerism don't matter. At  least, according to retail conglomerates like Zara, Forever 21, H&M, and every other major fast fashion brand. They provide you with a variety of clothing, beauty, and homeware products that are the result of hundreds of hours of tireless labor... But that labor does not occur in their corporate offices. It happens in the studios of every small business owner/artist whose designs have been ripped off tocreate Zara's extensive collection of pins and patches. It also occurs in French ateliers months before Paris Fashion Week prior to being (very cheaply) duplicated in a matter of days in order to hang from H&M's racks. You can also find that labor at a sweatshop at 5am at a sweatshop in Bangladesh that violates no less than five safety codes so that your $3.99 t-shirt can get to Forever 21 in time. And the list goes on.

This time around, Zara's distasteful and arguably unethical use of dozens of artists's work has been exposed to the harsh light of today's instantaneous social media world. Thanks to @ShopArtTheft and countless other outspoken artists the bright, hot lights have shown consumers who Zara is as a company, as a brand. More importantly, though, they have done the one thing that shifts this narrative from a David-and-Goliath fight (but in this version Goliath wins.) to a phoenix's rise from the ashes. Their efforts have been focused on identifying each design that has been stolen and connected it back to the artist that originally created it. Rather than helplessly watching Zara's products continue to sell, we can now take back some of our power and purchase each of the original designs from the original artists who created them. It's not enough to just love the art. Loving the art is appreciating the work and skill that goes into each piece without any action or initiative. But if we love the art, we have a responsibility as consumers to protect the artists. That requires us to go beyond admiration and into actions -- purchasing power, media platforms, etc -- to ensure artistry and entrepreneurship don't diminish. As a lifestyle writer who chooses to build my personal brand around such entrepreneurship and art, I've seen too many small businesses close their doors because they can't compete with the major players in the market. Love the art, yes. But also make it your duty to protect the artist. If you stay silent in a moment of injustice you have chosen the side of the oppressor. 

Photo (underlay) by @ShopArtTheft

Friday, July 22, 2016

If You Love Nylon.com...

nylon magazine, nylon shop, jade taylor, local heroes, high heels suicide, jump from paper, sonix sunglasses, yeah bunny, summer, must haves, bts, backpack, leather jacket, denim jacket, back to school

Nylon Magazine is an indie, hipster girlboss's dreeaaamm. It has a great mix of underground and underrated brands with high end, over-produced, under-appreciated labels that only the geniuses behind the desks at Nylon could come up with. Nylon.com bumps it up 10 notches and adds in a healthy dose of quirky and cool. Pimped out illustrations and pop culture influenced accessories sit side by side and the "Shop" section is nothing short of American Apparel meets Wacky Wacko on crack. So, in true spirit of Nylon.com, here are a few companies from Nylon Shop that are the boom to your bang and the "Bye" to your "Felicia" in the best, most punk'd out way possible.


Not quite athleisure, not quite loungewear -- Local Heroes is an eccentric, cool girl company that has some of the best "chill day" clothing. Their insane sock designs put Rob Kardashian to shame and make spending Sunday afternoon in a long t-shirt, underwear, and comfy socks 10x better.

With its beginning days as just another Etsy Shop, Yeah Bunny now provides the Nylon girl with space age undergarments and Beyonce-esque tech accessories. Geeks and nerds be weary; your wallet may not forgive you once you step foot into the Yeah Bunny abyss.

Jump From Paper is another one of those companies that I found long before my shopping "trips" to Nylon Shop. But having my favorite brands all in one place makes me want to buy everything even more. Even if it's a cartoonish backpack that will definitely turn heads as I walk to and from class.

Here's the beautiful alternative to Quay Australia that you've been waiting for. Summer is still upon us, and if you live in one of the many places that has sunshine well into the depths of fall, finding a great pair of sunglasses is far from frivolous. 

I know you've seen all of the 90's inspired, embellished bombers everywhere on social media. If you're not quite inclined to try your own DIY denim jacket or potentially ruin your favorite leather motorcycle jacket, try your hand at the many designs of High Heels Suicide girrrl power outerwear.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Summer Essentials: Face Mists

air repair, glossier, soothing face mist, evian, complexion quenching facial spray, summer, essential, rosewater, phase 1

air repair, glossier, soothing face mist, evian, complexion quenching facial spray, summer, essential, rosewater, phase 1, review

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face mists (L-R): Air Repair Complexion Quenching Facial Spray, Glossier Soothing Face Mist, Evian Facial Spray; notebooks: Kate Spade; keychain wallet: Coach

Merely a year ago, face mists were a foreign concept to me. The only time I had come across even the slightest hint of fancy face water was 1) Massie's constant sprays of Evian in the tween book series of yesterdecade, The Clique and 2) that one time Man Repeller debated the worth of Caudalie's $50 beauty elixir. In my oblivion I dove feet first into the face mist world exactly 12 months ago during the glossier.com *buy anything, get a face mist free* promo. It was my introduction to Glossier and my introduction to luxury face hydration. Like any typical drug addiction, it started out with a tentative trial that lasted a few weeks, but then quickly grew into a ten times a day back-of-the-mind yearning that preoccupied my ever wandering mind. After whizzing threw my first bottle, I decided to settle down and savor bottle #2 of my Soothing Face Mist as well as swim out into deeper waters and try even more versions of this utopian skin product.

My first impression of Air Repair was that it was the rough around the edges, geeky older brother to Glossier. Though Air Repair pre-dates Glossier, its product line seems a little like Phase 1's less glamorous twin sister. Initially, the Complexion Quenching Facial Spray seemed like my no nonsense replacement for my depleting rosewater spray, but it became abundantly clear after just a few uses that they would work sooo much better in tandem rather than as alternates. Soothing Face Mist is, as the name suggests, Glossier's take on facial mists. However, the Complexion Quenching Facial Spray goes far beyond that. It's a spray on moisturizer that can practically replace your current face cream in the morning. Instead of coating my face with a medium to heavy lotion in the morning, I spritz a little Air Repair mist followed by a thin layer of rosewater spray. It is the most refreshing and moisturizing summer skincare routine I've tried yet.

On the other hand, Evian face mist was a little disappointing for me. Mostly because I always envisioned something super luxurious whenever I read The Clique books. Plus, the first experiences I had with face mist involved a beautifully scented concoction and an ultra quenching spray. Evian face mist is quite literally misted water. The only real ingredient is water mixed with elements in their most basic forms. Nevertheless, when spending a day at the pool or sitting at the drive thru drenched in sweat, it serves its purpose and hydrates/refreshes my skin. But with all the different deluxe varieties out there I really wish there was a little more oomf to make me want to purchase again. What matters, though, is that I've got every version of face mist I will need for the rest of the summer. No complaints here :)

Friday, July 15, 2016

4 New Releases To Get Excited About {JULY}

kylie jenner, lipkit, alexa chung, alexachung, milk makeup, lightweight foundation, alessia cara, know-it-all-tour part two, nashville, tennessee

Alexa Chung is (finally!) creating a clothing line: The ultimate It Girl has decided that it's high time she graced us with her satorial genius with her very own, namesake clothing line. It's set to be released in May of next year, but until then we'll get to see sneak peeks and editorial previews galore.

Milk Makeup's new products are literally out of this world: Never have I ever thought I needed roll on foundation or lavender highlighter until now. Milk Makeup has taken a step into the extra terrestrial and released a lightweight foundation with a rollerball applicator. To add to the madness, they also released a holographic highlighter stick that comes in a a ridiculously and suprisingly flattering lavender.

Up and coming artist, Alessia Cara, is going on tour yet again: Living in the Music City gives me a renewed appreciation for live music. After experiencing the soulful vibes of Alessia's first tour earlier this year, I am beyond ready for her to come back to Nashville for part deux of the Know-It-All tour.

Kylie Jenner just released a brand new selection of lip glosses: Today is what seems like the thousandth restock of Kylie Jenner Lipkits. But not only is today a restock of all the ultra popular matte lipstick sets, she is also releasing a new collection of longwear glosses in Candy K, Koko K, Posie K, and Exposed (some of her most popular matte shades). Additionally, she is  set to announce her newest summer shades that'll be released later this season.There's no question that today is the day for kyliecosmetics.com. *Update* On top of all the new lipgloss and liquid lipstick releases, Kylie has been teasing #SummerSuprises for her "newest and biggest" announcement this summer. There's a lot of speculation but from the detailed sources I've read and the patents King Kylie, LLC has filed, I think it's a safe bet to prepare yourself for an entire range of Kylie Jenner cosmetics -- from high-pigment eyeshadows all the way to intense, shimmery highlighters. Kylie Cosmetics is soon to be a full fledged makeup brand.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Pinspiration: Nail'd It!

It's been a while since I've posted any nailspiration on my blog, but today I've decided that it's time to change things up. Even though the nail art trend has faded, my love for over the top nail decor has not. The blue and green gem design is still one of my all-time favorites for Pinterest. The black and gold shattered glass nail art is simultaneously absurd and practical because, despite it's rather insane concept, it can function as just a regular manicure without obstructing daily activities. Admittedly, these designs are slightly toned down from my typical nail art aspirations. Some of these designs feel very classic (re: white and black polka dots w/pink heart, neon blue themed plaid, and simplistic pale pink) and others feel a bit edgier (re: Victorian-esque black lace, mermaid netting, and a British-y style variety show).  The irony is that this third "series" in a row that I've done is in one way changing it up, but in another way it's sticking with the same ol' same ol'. To be fair, I kind of hate putting series after series after series on A Glamorous Revelation, so I do apologize for the string of IFB link ups, Style Envy posts, and other articles that are a part of a series. However, there are some reeaally exciting things coming to AGR in 2016. Summer is always the best time for me to get the ball rolling because like anyone in the academic system can attest, you have so much more free time during summer break than during the school year. I am really happy that I've finally come full circle from the major slump I slipped into as a blogger at the end of 2014. For the past year and a half there have been some great parts of A Glamorous Revelation and all its entities and there have been some not so great parts. But now that I've gotten over the hill, there will be infinitely more great parts especially as we head into the second half of 2016. Yay for new content; yay for partnerships and blog collabs; yay for giveaways...

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Style Envy: Alexa Chung

I still don't understand what Alexa Chung actually does with her career. I know she is a TV personality here and there, but in all honesty she has a stronger presence as an elusively employed It girl with a crazy good sense of style. Her mysteriousness is kind of why I love her so much. Her memoir It is one of my favorite books and her style is always something I can draw inspiration from. This summer, I've decided to embrace her tomboy chic aesthetic by pairing shapeless long sleeve tees with colored skirts, patterned button downs with Glastonbury-worthy hats, and sparkly dresses with worn out tennis shoes. As a bonus, her style can easily transition into fall without much effort. Long skirts are breezy enough for an eighty-five degree shopping day and warm enough for a sixty-eight degree lunch date at a local cafe. I also love that throughout her years as a style icon she has kept the same no nonsense hair style. She's been asked about her effortless locks a plethora of times and always responding with "it's natural!". But still, I appreciate the simplicity in her hair and beauty look that compliments her simplistically outrageous (oxymoron?) sense of style.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Masking The Truth



face masks (clockwise from top): Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask, Dr. Jart Vital Hydra Solution, and Dr. Jart Brightening Solution; eye mask: Forever 21

I'm kind of obsessed with face masks now that I've finally found a few good ones. I remember the days of picking up ninety-nine cent clay masks in the checkout aisle at WalMart and begging my mom if I could get one. Since then I've transitioned to the self-heating, soothing feeling of Biore's charcoal mask and then eventually upgraded to the magic of Glossier and Dr. Jart. Though I'm not quite on the level of masking nirvana, I definitely have a variety of favorites --and a couple of disappointments-- to share.

I l-o-v-e the Glossier Moisturizing Moon mask. I've talked about it ad nauseum on A Glamorous Revelation, but this time instead of using it as part of my Sunday night masking ritual I've been mixing in activated charcoal to each dollop before slathering it across my face in the mornings. The results were a more satisfyingly hydrated, deeply cleansed face prepped for makeup application. In the absence of my Glossier galaxy mask, it served its ultimate dual purpose of clearing my pours and hydrating skin without being too harsh.

But the moisturizing moon mask + charcoal had nothing on the amazing results of the Dr. Jart Brightening Solution sheet mask. I am borderline obsessed with this sheet mask now and am already mourning the precious dollars I will spend buying more in the future. The quality of the serum was definitely above average, but the quality of the sheet mask material itself sealed the deal. Once applied, it locked in place without a single budge during the 40+ minutes I had it on. My biggest sheet mask pet peeve is that when they are on your face they don't stay put when you talk or move any facial muscles; a problem I no longer have to face with Dr. Jart sheet masks. After leaving the sheet on my face for twice as long as the recommended time, I washed my face and basked in the glorious results of a brighter face and slightly less visible scars.

However, I can't say the same for Dr. Jart's Vital Hydra Solution. During the summer, hydration is barely a problem for my skin so this sheet mask didn't have much to work on. Nonetheless I barely saw any changes in the state of my skin and would hardly say it made a lasting difference. This mask came after my day with the Brightening Solution Dr. Jart mask so my expectations were high, but with the price of the VHS I had to be honest with myself about what it did for my skin.... Nothing. I really wanted it to be amazing, especially since the quality of the mask material was almost as good as the Brightening Solution and the mask serum felt sooo soothing on my face. But alas, I am an honest lad and must say I am thoroughly disappointed.
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