Saturday, December 8, 2012

My first giveaway! Courtesy of FIRMOO!

Who doesn't love free stuff? And free FABULOUS stuff? Don't get me started. A few months back Firmoo.com sent me a pair of the most adorbs (non-prescrip, tee hee) glasses and now it's time to spread the love to you guys! 
Photo courtesy http://birdwillbirdwont.tumblr.com
Whether you want a pair of hipster Zooey Deschanel frames like mine...
or a pair of wire framed glasses, Firmoo has you and your peepers covered. 

So here's the deal! The first 25 people who leave a comment below get $20 to spend at
Firmoo! No strings, no nonsense, just $20 to spend on glasses (designer eyeglasses are excluded). Oh, and they have frames starting at $15! But HURRY! You only have until 12/25 to use the voucher code. 

Get to commenting NOW! 


xoxo,

Melissa, The Shop Therapist

Sunday, December 2, 2012

DIY: Pastel extensions (aka My Little Pony hair)

Ok so now that I'm almost fully healed from my FRI (see previous post) and the job and stuff is settling down, it's time to get back to the 'ole blog! Since my FRI left me MIA, I feel like I owe you buttons something big. So here it is: How to make pastel hair extensions (aka My Little Pony hair).
I always wanted pink hair but going to Catholic school then having internships and a job throughout college put the kibosh on that dream. Little Sis, however, got to have the pink, purple, and blue hair (still jealous). But now thanks to Etsy, YouTube, Pinterest, and Sally's, I now have a rainbow of clip in hair!

Before I get started, I have to preface this DIY by saying I'm not a hair stylist and honestly I still have no idea how to dye hair 100% properly. This was trial and error on hair no longer attached to anyone's head.


Ok, so here's what you'll need:

- 100% REAL human hair extensions -- Get the lightest blonde you can find. The lighter the hair, the easier your life will be. BTW -- Fake hair won't take any color (not even Rit dye). And I used 1" wide individual extensions but you could just as easily use wider extensions with more clips. 
- Colors! I used Ion Color Brilliance magenta, purple, orange, aqua, and sky blue
- Plastic bowls -- enough for 1 per color (I used old Tupperware)
- Hair color tint brushes -- one per color
- Shampoo
- A lot of white conditioner
- Rubber/plastic gloves
- Foil and scotch tape

Optional:

- Dawn dish soap (the original blue)
- Bleach and developer (talk to a pro about what exactly to buy and ALWAYS do a strand test when messing with bleach!!)
- A mini clothesline to dry your extensions

1. The first thing you need to do is shampoo and condition the extensions. The hair is coated in silicone when you first get it so you need to wash that off so the hair will take the color. 


And don't do what I did: 


Washing the extensions in one clump created a wet rats nest. Solution? Use a rubberband to keep the extensions together. You'll end up with fewer tangles and snarls ("snarls" copyright my Granny). 


Lay out the hair on a towel. DO NOT brush/comb until they are 100% dry. If you aren't patient you'll pull out hair and make the snarls worse. 


2. Once your extensions are dry and brushed, you can start prepping the fun stuff! 


I put down a few strips of aluminum foil and taped them down so there wasn't any scooting around. I also set up a separate "workstation" for my bleaching experiment. More on that later. 


3. Onto the colors! I started with pink because it's my favorite color. First, I followed the instructions a few YouTube video blogs and filled a plastic container with white (Tresseme) conditioner with a dot of pink dye to get a nice pastel pink. Well, no dice. When I did a strand test the hair didn't take any of the color. This trick may with with another brand of hair dye but not with Ion's color. 


*Note: I didn't buy special hair dye bowls from Sally's because a) I'm cheap, b) I probably wouldn't use them again, and c) I was working with small amounts of hair dye. 


So here's what I did: I put on my gloves and I mixed approx. 1 tablespoon of dye with 2 tablespoons of conditioner plus a little developer (full disclosure: I have no idea what developer is or does. Honestly I don't think I needed it in my mixture). I mixed it all up with my mini tint brushes then applied the color to one of the extensions. I set the timer for 5 minutes then rinsed out the hair. 

My silly (yet amazingly helpful!) kitchen hair extension clothesline ;)
Here are the optional steps!

4. After hanging up the hair to dry, I thought the color was too bright. Stop here if you like the jewel-tones. I think the extensions look like candy ribbons ;)

With some research, I discovered that Dawn original blue dish soap will fade color. After washing the strands with Dawn and conditioning with Tresseme, the color faded nicely -- Not quite pastel but the color was gorgeous. 

Over the next few days I kept dying my 20 clip in extensions a variety of colors then washing and re-dying the ends of extensions for a more fun/funky effect. 



To get an ombre effect, I applied color to an extension then quickly washed the color out. After the hair dried, I added more color to 3/4 of the extension. Washed and dried the hair. I repeated these steps until I had the right amount of color-fade effect. Doing a rainbow strand was basically the same thing. 

5. I went to another beauty supply store (an independent store near my house that's always a disaster and the owner is rude and not willing to help anyone with anything. But I was desperate.) Anyhoozelbeez, I bought a packet of bleach and some developer. This is clearly where I'm an amateur. The super sweet girl I got the extensions from told me that I shouldn't bleach the extensions but I've never been one for rules so I did a strand test and everything turned out fine. 

I'm not going to give much advice on this so don't blame me if your hair ends up a mess if you go for the bleach! One thing I will tell you is that this is where you need to wear your gloves. 


On a few extensions, I bleached out highlights, tips, and random strands. Like all bleached hair, it now has a slightly different texture but it's still pretty and shiny! 


Here's my final product! If you're a licensed hair stylist, I apologize for my terrible explanations (and probably terrible techniques) but it all turned out beautifully! I wore these to my friend/coworker's wedding and it was a hit :) I can't believe I haven't done this sooner! I may switch out the beige clips for dark brown ones and dye the top inch or two of each extension to blend better with my hair but for now, they're still super cute and fun! 






I'd post more pics of my hair at the wedding but I over-curled it and it looked like Helena Bonham-Carter's crazy American cousin. Here's a teeny peek at my unfortunate curls:
Yikes.
Combing out this mess took some elbow grease.  At least Linds's wedding was beautiful!
Feel free to ask questions in the comments section! I'll try my best to answer your questions! 
My dog loves them too ;)

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

I finally got my Zooey D glasses! (Sponsored post)



Hello, you fabulous boys and girls!
I’m super excited to be writing today because it’s my first sponsored post! Firmoo was kind enough to send me the most adorable and comfortable Zooey Deschanel-style glasses. I know that quite a few of you have been looking for a less expensive alternative to Zooey’s Olivier Peoples Wacks glasses and I think I found them:
So what is Firmoo? They are an online company who sell glasses (prescription, sunglasses, and clear lenses) to cost-conscious fashionistas like me. In fact, the first time you order from Firmoo, your glasses and lenses (anything other than 1.50 index single vision lenses) are FREE! You just pay s&h (which, btw, is super reasonable). Just clickity click here for more info: http://www.firmoo.com/free-glasses.html

After picking out the style I wanted (the Unisex Full-Frame Acetate with tortoiseshell frames and clear lenses – Your girl has always wanted glasses but was the lucky/unlucky sister with 20/15 vision), Firmoo promptly sent out the exact glasses I wanted complete with a hard case, a soft case, a micro-fiber lens cloth, one screwdriver, and extra screws. Crazy, right?! While the frames I ordered have been discontinued, the p-1240 and the p-1205 are very similar – and super cute!
Side note: I need a bang trim like WOAH. Oh, and the lip gloss is Stila "Grapefruit."
The glasses themselves are very substantial. While they don’t have a “true” spring hinge, they fit my ginormous noggin perfectly. Said noggin has always created trouble in the glasses department for me so I was SO happy these fit so well. Even at full price ($25) I would still buy these peepers! Shipping was quick (possibly because I ordered clear frames).

Overall, I think you would be crazy not to check out Firmoo. I promise I would never ever promote a product or brand I didn’t believe in 100%. Between the great product, fast shipping, extensive selection, and fabulous customer service, I strongly urge you to check them out! (Real talk: I don’t get anything extra if you lovely buttons order glasses. I’m just looking out for you – Promise!)
Happy Happy!
Have questions about my new spectacles? Drop me a line in the comments section!
Thanks for popping in!
Xoxo,
Melissa, The Shop Therapist

Friday, August 31, 2012

I have an FRI (a fashion-related injury)

Hey there Buttons! 
I can't believe I haven't chitty chatted with you lovelies for a month! I promise that a longer post is coming soon but I have to share with you my latest FRI (fashion-related injury). 

First, let me say that I love LOVE Jeffrey Campbell and I still love my JC 6" "Get Out" ankle-breakers: 
Luckily, I didn't break my ankle -- It was just a sprain. However, this means I'll be forced to wear flats for the next week or so :( But beauty is pain, right? But just a suggestion for Jeffrey Campbell: Maybe create a line of fabulous crutches because the ones my doctor gave me are BEYOND ugly. 

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Iconic looks today with StyleSays

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of their iconic ads, Guess has re-released some of the pieces that helped launch the careers of Claudia Schiffer, Eva Herzigova, and, of course, Anna Nichole Smith. And I have to say -- Claudia HAS NOT aged one bit since 1989. It's kinda cray but she actually looks better now. 
Photo courtesy guess1981.com
So, using the newest version of StyleSays (omg I love StyleSays. Leave me a comment to get an invite.) and taking inspiration from Guess, here are a few of my own personal iconic looks and how to make them work today:
Photo courtesy tweedandvulture.blogspot.com
Using the shmamazeballs "Creation" tool on StyleSays, I was able to recreate some iconic outfits worn by Debbie Harry, Audrey Hepburn, and Sofia Loren. L.O.V.E. 


Sofia Loren: The ultimate pin-up. Photo courtesy bizarretambourine.blogspot.co.uk
Photo courtesy fanpop.com

While we're on the topic of killer style, here are a few more stylish ladies (and David Bowie) worthy of icon status: 

Mary Kate and Ashley have certainly come a long way from Full House and overalls. Photo courtesy theyallhateus.com (best blog name ever.)
Duchess Kate in McQueen = Perfection. Photo courtesy mirror.co.uk
Kate Moss yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Photo courtesy thefashiontag.wordpress.com
I feel like Gwen Steffani just wears whatever she wants and I LOVE that. Photo courtesy cheekychicago.com
Another killer DH look. Photo courtesy mrkate.com
Princess Grace. No words. Just "perfection." Photo courtesy deepdownworld.tumblr.com
Obvi there are SO many more and I'm sure I'll talk about them soon. Don't forget to ask for a StyleSays invite, btw! It's so much fun :)
 

Oh and I can't forget about Nomi Malone: 
Yeah, I went there.You can get her look on most street corners in big cities.
Happy weekend!
Melissa, The Shop Therapist



Friday, June 29, 2012

Beating the summer (or office) heat

It's no secret that I hate the heat. 5 days of 100+ degree weather and a sometimes-functioning air conditioner at the office makes for a cranky and sweaty girl. Luckily my office has a pretty lax dress code that allows for skirts and tank tops -- But what are your options when you work in a suit and tie office that heats up to 90 degrees by 2pm? 


1. Layer
Summer Layers for the Office

Staying within office dress code, start in the morning with layers -- Each of which is office appropriate. A skirt, lightweight silk blouse, cotton blazer, and scarf allow for maximum outfit  versatility. Oh, and going light on the accessories and wearing your hair in a chic bun will save you some discomfort. 


2. Stay away from synthetics
We've all seen the ads about how cotton is the fabric of our lives. In the summer, we should all take that to heart. Natural fibers BREATHE. You know why? Because they aren't PLASTIC! Synthetic fabrics like rayon don't allow for proper air circulation and trap heat between you and your clothes. This makes you hotter so you sweat more. Major ew. If you can avoid them, ditch the synthetics on super hot days and stick to cotton, silk, and lightweight wool. 


3. Keep a spare shirt in your office
Big meetings always seem to happen right after you get some major schmutz on your shirt or you've been roasting in your cubicle for 4 hours. My advice? Stock up on some reinforcements. A sleek white oxford will go with most anything -- or at least it will get you through the rest of the day. Go with something wrinkle-free because chances are no one will have an ironing board in the board room. My favorite wrinkle-free options are from Eddie Bauer and Banana Republic 


When all else fails, ask your boss if you can work remotely in the comfort of a 68 degree Starbucks. Your wardrobe is too fabulous to be ruined by icky sticky sweat. 

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Tarts and Tiaras 2: Pretty Women


It's pageant time! This really has very little to do with fashion. Honestly, I'm just writing so I can post pictures of my favorite toddler with a tiara, Alana: 

Photo courtesy bestweekever.tv
And only 10 years ago, these girls were drinking their go-go juice, wearing false teeth, and being forced to wear more makeup than a Friday night hooker. From the looks of tonights talent pool, not much has changed. I kid! I kid! Onto the show!

8:02 Oh holy Lord. These girls look as tragic as runway set they found in the Circus Circus dumpster.

8:03 At least the actors in the “front row” are clearly Julliard trained.

8:04 So now they’re all Madonna with dream catcher earrings? What happened to the cheap hats?

8:05 Not even Kesha is amused by this trash.

8:06 Laura Taylor Lordeen? Miss OK has my vote for the name alone. Her bang-fierceness just sends her OTT. Best in Show!

8:07 What’s the age limit on this thing? TX looks seriously haggard.

8:08 They seriously couldn’t find a tailor for these dresses? C’mon Trump.

8:09 The Black Keys are playing with Johnny Depp on the MTV Movie whatevers. This takes precedence over everything in life. Fun fact: Little Sis and I saw the Black Keys open for Beck almost 10 years ago. I love when great bands get the love they deserve. And when their drum kit is glitter-rainbow striped. Shmamazeballs.

Photo courtesy popwatch.ew.com
8:12 Another concert fun fact: I grabbed Joe Perry’s arm at an Aerosmith show. 

8:15 Back to the disaster at hand. Hahaha Shana Moakler!

8:15 For the record, I think anyone would rather have a son play in the Super Bowl than to compete in this slapped together mess. At least those guys get paid and have some type of usable skill.

8:17 FYI: Graduating from Auburn with a 3.5 GPA is like graduating from a Detroit public high school with a 1.5.

8:18 Oklahomo is in! That’s my girl!

8:19 RI is a stunner, too. I’m getting some Minka Kelly vibes. Or Leighton Meester? Same diff.

8:21 NV is toooootes a future (current?) stripper. I can see it in her dead eyes. Same goes for 95% of the other contestants.

8:26 I don’t think these “judges” are at all qualified to determine the fate/future of themselves let alone a young girl’s. It’s like NBC called everyone on their payroll and all they could get was a Jonas Brother, a former Bachelorette, and some Apprentice losers.

8:33 How horrid does Love in the Wild look?

8:34 Oooooh loving G’s second dress!

8:36 This is horrible. I don’t know if I’m going to make it through this train wreck.

8:37 Jeanie Mai: You don’t get nice legs from teaching deaf kids how to ride horses. Teaching blind kids does. Duh.

8:40 I thought Cobra Starship was a real band. What’s with the man-pris?

8:43 Miss AK looks like she smells like hair bleach and fake tanner.

8:44 I think I’m the only person watching this disaster of a show. Leave me a comment if you actually tuned in and watched this thing live.

8:52 I’m SHOCKED no one has eaten it yet in their platforms. I miss messes like this: 



8:53 Miss NV could easily charge double for her lap dances if she wins this.

9:00 The introductions!

9:01 Alabama = Dull, OK = Anne Hathaway (aka dull), Ohio = delusional, Georgia = Loveable dork, Texas = I can’t hate on a girl talking about her memaw, Colorado = Got her earrings in Queens, NY, Jersey = J Woww, Maryland = Conceited, Rhode Island = Stalker, Nevada = Stripper

9:05 hahahaha the rejects have to be fake statues! OH they’re pissed!

9:06 I totally would have pulled a Showgirls sabotage.
9:06 Why are they walking so slow? OK’s dress is BEYOND for a pageant gown.

9:08 GA is giving me shades of Toni Braxton.

9:08 TX is giving me shades of her bits and pieces.

9:10 Jersey went all out at Love Culture!

9:10 RI you look like a moron. Stop playing with your dress.

9:11 How nice was Floyd Mayweather to lend her one of his boxing belts while he’s in the pokey!

9:16 G’s dress looks scratchy.

9:17 Fun fact: Miss MD is actually Cynthia from the Real Housewives of Atlanta.

9:18 So Oklahomo is out. I guess I’m all about Miss Georgia now.

9:20 “I admire Angie Jo because she’s a self-righteous fame whore like me.”

9:30 I think the goal should be to become a You Tube sensation. It worked out pretty well for Katie Upton

9:33 Rhode Island: I like you. Maryland: You’re 7 feet tall and you scare me.

9:34 Andy Cohen: I love you for the “go-go juice” plug.

9:35 A) Pretty Woman is 20 years old. B) She was a hooker. There’s no profession more degrading to women. C) In the end, she was “saved” by a rich guy. Ohio, I hate to say it but that was the worst movie to bring up and you’re a moron.

9:44 Is performing here part of Akon’s community service?

9:46 Oh, Ohio. Fun fact: After tonight, she’ll be just like Julia Roberts’s character in Pretty Woman minus the quirky roommate, rich “John,” and happy herp-free ending.

9:53 Nice Marchesa knock-off, soon to be Miss Nobody! I do like her hair color a lot better, now, though.

9:56 Georgia is out so that leaves RI as my girl!

9:56 NV: Back to the Spearmint Rhino for you!

9:57 No surprise here: Ohio’s riding her yellow short bus dress back to Columbus.

9:59 Blah blah blah Miss Rhode Island won. Cue the mascara tears and fumbling to get the crown pinned on and the sash straight. I like this girl, though. She’s giving me Sarah Shahi and I like her.

Photo courtesy usatoday.com
10:00 And there you have it! The future Real Housewives of America! Goodnight and God help us all. 

Duchess Katherine at the Queen's Jubilee: Absolute Perfection!

My Royal Family obsession is being fueled by the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. 

Photo courtesy cbsnews.com
Photo courtesy dailymail.co.uk
Only one word can describe Duchess Katherine's ensemble today: S.T.U.N.N.I.N.G. Kate could probably wear sweats from the K-Mart clearance bin and still look like a slice of British perfection but I think we're all glad she went with this bright red Alexander McQueen dress, sensible LK Bennett nude heels, and a Lock & Co. hat. Although she was on a boat in the rain for two hours watching every boat in all of Great Britain toot by, her hair stayed perfectly curled and her makeup never smudged. Oh, to be a princess! 

Kimmy K has actually wore the same dress but it just looked blegh on her. She (of course) shortened it, over accessorized, and it was 3 sizes too small. But enough about that nasty trollop and back to the princess of grace and beauty! 

Photo courtesy cbsnews.com
How beyond is her Lock & Co. hat?! Or is it a fascinator? Either way, I wants. In celebration of the Jubilee, my co-worker and I will be sporting our fanciest fascinators on Tuesday. Pictures to be posted here and on Twitter! Oh, and Prince Harry (aka Prince Hot Ginge) and his bro were the picture of royalty.
Photo courtesy cbsnews.com
And while this post is all about Duchess Kate, I must say that the Queen looked fabulous, too. I have a soft spot for her because she looks like my Granny when she smiles ;) 

Photo courtesy cbsnews.com

Oh, and we can't forget about our favorite non-royal royal Pippa. Her jacket looks Queen-approved and is a bit of a snooze fest. (Maybe it's because Kate asked her sis to not embarrass her?) But considering the crappy London weather, I'll let this one slide. Oh, and how adorbs is her brosef?!


Photo courtesy cbsnews.com

There are more celebrations and stuff Monday and Tuesday. Being in the States there isn't too much news coverage so I'll be glued to BBC America. Keep checking back for more fancy pants pics and posts about the world's most famous family! 

xoxo,
Melissa, the Shop Therapist

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Flats are for quitters.

Charlotte Olympia F/12. Photo courtesy style.com.
(Full disclosure: I'm writing this post barefoot sitting on my giant purple chair all loopy from a migraine/vicodin. If things don't make sense -- more so than usual -- that's why, my Buttons!)


So I was just watching The Conversation, that new interview show on Lifetime with Amanda de Cadenet. She asked Diane von Furstenberg what her vice was. Amanda said her vice was shoes and Diane responded that shoes aren't a vice; shoes are a necessity (or something to that effect). I couldn't agree more. Wedges, stilettos, platforms, chunky heels, funky heels: I love them all. But size really does matter. 


Oh, and the title of this post? It's probably my most favorite quote from 30 Rock. Yes, I wear flats when I walk to work and I'm barefoot when I'm doing yoga, but for me, anything lower than a 3 inch heel just doesn't work. It doesn't make sense to me. With shoes, it's all or nothing. Ballet flats or ankle breakers. Anything in between is just wrong. I may be 5' 8" but I ADORE sky high heels. The engineering that goes into the perfect pair of stilettos baffles and amazes me. The design that occurs simultaneously fills my little heart with joy. 


Ok, I'm done with my loopy ranting. It's time for some serious shoe love. Side note: I know the price points for these beauties is astronomical but 1) a girl can dream, 2) you get what you pay for, 3) shopping mall knock-offs make me want to cry. 


Alexander McQueen F/12. Photo courtesy style.com.
Alexander McQueen F/12. Photo courtesy style.com.
Nicholas Kirkwood F/12. Photo courtesy style.com.


Jerome C. Rousseau F/12. Photo courtesy style.com.
Nicholas Kirkwood F/12. Photo courtesy style.com.
Chelsea Paris F/12. Photo courtesy style.com.
Casadei F/12. Photo courtesy style.com.
John Galliano F/12. Photo courtesy style.com.
Tory Burch F/12. Photo courtesy style.com.
Alejandro Ingelmo F/12. Photo courtesy style.com.
Diane von Furstenberg F/12. Photo courtesy style.com.
Stuart Weitzman F/12. Photo courtesy style.com.
Diego Dolcini F/12. Photo courtesy style.com.

Nicholas Kirkwood F/12. Photo courtesy style.com.


Roger Vivier F/12. Photo courtesy style.com.
Yves Saint Laurent F/12. Photo courtesy style.com.




Gio Diev F/12. Photo courtesy style.com.
Versus F/12. Photo courtesy style.com.
Edmundo Castillo F/12. Photo courtesy style.com.
Pedro Garcia F/12. Photo courtesy style.com.







Burak Uyan F/12. Photo courtesy style.com.
Diego Dolcini F/12. Photo courtesy style.com.


















































































So there you go! Just a few of my Fall 2012 favorites. My birthday isn't until October but I'll gladly accept gifts in the form of footwear in advance ;) 

xoxo,
Melissa, your Shop Therapist