Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Instafamous // Barbie Style

In a social media driven world, I don't know why I'm shocked that one of the most influential people in the world has a style blog inspired Instagram account. With all of the hate that has circled around Barbie for years, I'm glad to finally be able to join a community of people who still think she's as bada** as it gets. I used to feel like the lone soldier among Barbie's seemingly infinite number of haters. But now, as I turn that blue button green, I become one of 1.5 million people who support the incredibly well-dressed OG It girl and her gang.

The best part of @BarbieStyle isn't Barbie's seamless transition into the ultra-modern world of oversharing, but that she is posing in front of chic street vendors and well-known monuments; she's always adorned in accessible stylish clothing, and she is featured with so many of her friends in various shapes, sizes, skin colors, and hair types. Quite honestly Barbie, the girl who as been badgered for decades about her unrealistic and unhealthy promotion of a single beauty standard, has the most diverse social media presence of any "influencer" I've come across. And rather than tout the diversity with body encouragement hashtags and snarky comments that shut down the years of hate she's received, it goes practically unmentioned. It's treated as if it's the norm. Barbie doesn't have to brag about having a friend with a head full of dreads or explain why she and her friends don't all have the same size 4 waistline. It just is. She lives the life that I wish we all could live -- stylish, filled with friends, and representing all of the different people we're surrounded by without judgment or insecurities. 

Photos via Instagram.com/BarbieStyle

Friday, August 19, 2016

The Only Pink Lipstick You Need This Fall

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lipsticks: Trust Fund Beauty c/o, Finding Ferdinand c/o, and Kylie Cosmetics:
coloring book: EmmaKisstina

 As much as magazines and beauty bloggers want us to believe we need 20 of the best new lipsticks (or any everyday makeup item, for that matter) for fall, we reeeaally don't need to drown ourselves in buckets of waxy pigments. Inevitably you'll experience the three stages of beauty-buying remorse with 1) excitement for all of the color possibilities, 2) adoration when you find that one amazingly beautiful color among the bunch, and then 3) carrying on for the next 3 months using your newfound favorite lipstick and ignoring all the others you bought in a frenzy. Instead, put your money where it matters and get the one and only lipstick you'll need this fall: the perfect pink that'll go with your everyday outfits and your jazzed up looks for night time extravaganzas.

If you love: ultra-shine lip gloss
Trust Fund Beauty Lipgasm Lipgloss in Pretentious Pout
Pretentious Pout can only be described as a lip smackers-esque level of glittery shine that sits atop the girliest of pinks. The exact shade is practically identical to MAC's "Pink Nouveau" (my favorite lipgloss of all time) and long-wearing shine and subtle sparkle are just 90's enough to be nostalgic without crossing over into childish territory.  

If you love: perfect everyday lipstick
Finding Ferdinand Creamy Lipstick in A Glamorous Revelation
If you want something done right do it yourself, right? Instead of continuing my endless search for the perfect shade of pink lipstick, I just went to Finding Ferdinand and created my own custom color. You can create absolutely any lipstick shade you want and with FF's new minis you can order several different blends of colors before picking your favorite. Literally all you need is two minutes and $6 and you can have your own custom shade of lipstick sent straight to your door.

If you love: long-wearing matte lipstick
Kylie Jenner Lip Kit in Posie K
Despite the ongoing battle between Kylie Jenner's Lip Kits and Colour Pop's affordable dupes, I still maintain the ideology that I support brands and business(wo)men rather than faceless companies and mass marketing machines so getting a Lip Kit was always a no brainer for me. The formula is almost perfect (it's a little too drying, but aren't all matte liquid lipsticks?), the color is great as a mature alternative to my typical baby doll pinks, and it is the most long-wearing lip product I've ever used in my life. After hours of swimming around in the pool and a day full of talking, sweating, and lip rubbing there's barely a smudge on my lips. Easy application + everlasting wear + wearable color = my liquid lipstick dreams

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

5 Podcasts For Every Commute

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Coffee with Dani: Wanna have coffee with some of the best underground entrepreneurs in London and New York? Transcontinental blogger and girl gang supporter Dani sits down with movers-and-shakers each week to talk about entrepreneurship, media, politics, dating and so much more. At about 35 minutes each, Coffee with Dani is great for your morning drive to work, especially if you'll be stopping by Starbucks on your way.

Fat Mascara: For all of the women who wish beauty blogging was just a bit more 'educated' shall we say. There's no shame in the consumer perspective that beauty blogs offer, but Fat Mascara steps it up several notches by interviewing the likes of Beyonce's world tour makeup artist, the one and only Deborah Lippman, and a number of celebrity dermatologists. Also, did I mention that it's hosted by two beauty editors from Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire? While each episode would be great for your subway ride home after a long day, it's equally great to listen to while getting ready in the morning.

Material World: Every wondered how skinny jeans are single-handedly killing the fashion industry? Or how athleisure rose to popularity because of Title IX? Or you may have considered how current marijuana dispensaries feel about the impending federal legalization of Mary Jane? If not, you will now since Material World ventures into the social science of consumer goods and how small things can affect an industry/society in a subtle way (think: Miranda Priestly's speech about Andy's cerulean blue sweater). If you're ever carpooling, this is your best bet for 30 minutes of quality entertainment and approx. 20 minutes worth of perfect discussion material with your girlfriends/co-workers after you finish each episode.

Strong Opinions Loosely Held: While the topics covered during most episodes of Strong Opinions Loosely Held are on the more serious side each of the podcasts mentioned above, the 20-minute cap on each one makes it much less of a debate and more of a very creative discussion. Misogynistic dating and the alleged vocal fry of the Kardashians are talked about with the same degree of interest and education. So anytime you hop on your bike to head to the farmer's market or across town to meet up with a friend, derail your strongest opinions while pedaling your life away

Monocycle: Leandra and Co. have expertly produced two ultra Man Repeller-esque podcasts, but in my humble opinion Monocycle is the better of the two. In less than 15 minutes, Leandra digs deep into whatever topic she's feeling that day (creative burnout? the Paris terrorist attack? fashion week pretentiousness? yep!). As a college student Monocycle is incredibly convenient for my morning walk to class, but it's also a worthy choice for your lunchtime commute to and/or from your daily eatery of choice. 

Friday, August 12, 2016

I Would Like To Thank The Academy

Wildfox's aesthetic is beyond dreamy. Even more so than the kitschy LA girl loungewear they sell, I am incredibly inspired by the photography and artistry of the Wildfox brand. The Fall 2016 lookbook tells the story of the classic school girl motif and the modern #squadgoals. Each piece of the puzzle fits together to create the all-powerful girl gang. -- At the peak of your elementary school reign "ruling the school" was all the talk. The newest and brightest light up shoes, the sparkliest glitter headband, and the most bedazzled bootcut jeans were unspoken prerequisites to sitting atop the throne. Now as a twenty-something you're fighting to keep that throne beneath your buttocks by shifting your priorities from the most glittery get-up to the sophisticated yet spritely ensembles of Beverly Hills. Gone are the the childish jokes of yesteryear. You now embody the tongue-in-cheek humor of Amy Schumer and Chrissy Teigen... Maybe with a little bit of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler banter thrown in for good measure. However, despite your journey to 21st century's #girlboss-dom you've still somehow managed to transport us back to the extravagance of Marie Antoinette with her ladies in waiting. Classic yet modern, indeed. A true signature of the Wildfox aesthetic.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Pinspiration: Words Of Wisdom

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If there's one thing I've learned from going to college it's that mental health and motivation are more than important -- they're essential. Being able to get through the week can become a challenge when you're in the depths of adultish responsibilities. It's merely a coincidence that Words of Wisdom was the next Pinspiration board to be featured, but I know it's not a coincidence that it ended up being published in August amidst all of A Glamorous Revelation's back to school content. The notes of encouragement have been far from hidden since I started college. From the Fashionista's Reading List last spring centered entirely around motivation literature to my personal story with the clothing brand So Worth Loving, I've come to embrace the benefits of little pieces of motivation each day. That's pretty much what Words of Wisdom is. The entire board is over 200 Pins of encouragement and motivation to work hard, find your passion, be honest, overcome obstacles, follow your dreams, stay true to yourself, and be inspired by some of the greatest people in every industry. 

For more Words of Wisdom posts, follow me on Pinterest here.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Everything You Need To Know Before You Start Your Freshman Year

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I'm no psychic, but I do know that you googled every last thing you could think of about what you need to know about college because that's what everyone does. You have to make sure you've read every checklist that says "don't forget shower shoes!" (verryy repetitive, but very true) and studied every bit of advice that says "you and your roommate probably won't become besties" (also repetitive, but much less true). College advice for incoming freshman is very, VERY marketable and we're almost guaranteed that you'll read it because you want to be absolutely prepared for the next four (or more!) years of your life.

But even with all of the information you can find from a basic Pinterest or Google search, there's still a dozen things no one will ever tell you. Why? I have no idea. But what I do have is a few articles about the different things in college that were either never mentioned to me, not mentioned to me enough, or totally misrepresented when I was reading all of those happy-go-lucky back to school Pins. This isn't an exhaustive list of everything you should know before the first day of class; it's a supplemental list that fills in all the gaps every other list left empty so that your meticulous research combines into a compartment of knowledge of everything you need to know before freshman year officially starts.

1) Postmates will be your best friend. Every school's meal plan is different, but this super cheap delivery service is perfect for impromptu food cravings and has sooo many free food offers. Plus you get $10 off your first delivery with the code J7FRX!

2) There will still be drama, period. I was always told that once you're in college you leave all the petty high school drama behind. Let's just say you will still be screenshotting texts and spilling some tea in college.

3) College is hard. Like, really hard. Study for every test and quiz, do your homework, and for goodness's sake ASK FOR HELP.

4) You don't have to be a broke college student. Just don't buy all of the ridiculous things you think you need, like fancy detergent or a $50 all purpose Swiffer (you're probably not that dirty).

5) Just be nice. To your roommate. To your TAs. To the people who work in your dining hall, It will make a world of difference one day, I promise. 

6) Be smart about going to events/parties. ALWAYS charge your phone before hand, NEVER go to or from the event/party location alone, and SOMETIMES there will be times you feel uncomfortable while other times you'll feel adventurous but never make a decision without thinking it through to some extent. These sound obvious, but you will ignore each one of these sometime throughout your freshman year so they are worth repeating a thousand times. 

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