Thursday, October 24, 2013

Why are you wearing pajamas to class?

As a long-time student (basically, I'm in 18th grade), I can say with absolute certainty that pajamas are only appropriate at home. A microscopic amount of exceptions exist and the only one I can think of right now is going to the doctor if you're so sick you can't put on real pants. Aside from that, take off your fleece pajamas and put on -- at the VERY least -- some yoga pants. 

That brings me to what I've seen on campus. In the law school, I don't think I've seen pajamas (yet), but sharing a campus with undergrads, sloppy pajama pants and floppy tees are abundant. I get it: You're tired, you haven't showered today, and will likely just go back to bed after your 9am class. No excuse. I'm not saying you need to be like the hair-and-makeup-and-heels girls; just put on some real pants. No drawstrings, no flannel, nothing you slept in the night before (walk of shame attire excluded if you're walking home. Walking to class in last night's outfit? Oh boy.). 

Here are some comfy alternatives that will turn heads in the quad for the right reason. Oh, and one last thought...

Leggings are not pants.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Glitter bomb from BA Star {{sponsored post}}

Oh heeeeey there! 
I know that as one of my 7 followers (ok, 6 because one is me) you're having serious withdrawals since I haven't posted here in a few weeks. I promise I've been busy -- Big things and such are in the works. Dreams are coming true here people but more on that a lot later, k?

So this is a sponsored post thanks to BA Star makeup. I have to admit that getting free fabulous things in the mail is one of the best things ever -- On top of that, my package from BA Star contained glitter. I know. Glitter in any form is already a winner with me. 


Anyhoo, BA Star sent me a 5-color palette of eyeshadows. The Natural Shadow Palette contains 3 mineral shadows -- Bronze, Cocoa, and Nude and 2 gel glitters -- Gold and Crystal. It also came with a pretty decent brush/applicator combo. I have what my cousin calls "mood eyes." Basically, my eyes are blue but reflect off of what I'm wearing. Blue shirt = blue eyes, green shirt = green eyes, grey shirt = grey eyes. Don't get too excited, though, because the rainbow eyeball fun ends there. 


Onto the important stuff. When it comes to eyeshadow, I don't use a primer. I have oily skin but my shadow always seems to stay put. Full disclosure -- I think this is because I don't go super cheap with my shadows. I mostly stick to Sephora, Kat von D, and MAC. 


I work in a pretty crazy anything goes office to glitter fabulous is encouraged. For my daytime look I went pretty basic, nothing mind-blowing or terribly different than the "evening" look. 


For my evening look I went a little heavier on the color and added the gel glitter shadow to my lower lashes. Fun in theory but in reality it was a little like viewing life through a glitter curtain:

Overall, I liked the colors (minus the iridescent glitter shadow -- a little too cheerleader for me) but the applicator brush was on the cheap side. Granted, 90% of brushes that come with eye shadow kits are on the cruddy side but I couldn't even use the "brush" side of the brush. The non-gel shadows were good but were crumbly. I have a feeling the individual palettes will eventually crack. The gold glitter was fun and I liked that I didn't have to use a separate gel primer like I would have to with MAC. 

Also, the shadows contain parabens -- A no-no in my book that's basically a chemical preservative. I'm not a chemist but the stuff I've heard about parabens is no bueno. Also, I can't find anywhere on BA Star's website about animal testing. That's another red flag for me. I hate to be such a Debbie Downer about this stuff, but when it comes down to it, I stay away from parabens and I am against animal testing on cosmetics. 

Want to try BA Star for yourself? Clickidy click here: 

http://www.bastar.com/category_s/1887.htm
Oh, and want some more good news? How about 50% off the shadow palette of your choice with coupon code BBSMOKY

Let me know what you order and how you like BA Star shadows! 


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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Legally Brunette

Hey there, butterbeans! 
Photo courtesy thenylife.blogspot.com. 
Long time no post and I'm really sorry! I know, I know. I can stuff my sorries in a sack. But I have a good excuse for abandoning you: I'm officially a law student! What that means is 1) my fashion-sense has hit the skids, 2) I wore heels for the first time in 3 weeks yesterday, 3) I'm exhausted (not just now, like, always exhausted), 4) I always have something to read and it's not always terribly interesting (subject matter jurisdiction, anyone?), and 5) This is where I've always wanted to be and I can't believe it's really happening. 

Anyhoozelbeez, I'll try my hardest to get something fashion-related posted A$AP. Until then, it's Civ Pro wishes and tortious dreams! 
xoxo,
Melissa
The Shop Therapist

Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Young Designers Collective: A non-profit designed to give

As I was reading through old blog posts (most are old, I know but I'm baaaaack!) and I realized I haven't talked about new/young/local designers in a long time. The Young Designers Collective based out of NYC is an amazing non-profit that encourages creativity and innovation in fashion. While I love old, established fashion houses like Dior and Louis Vuitton and designers who have been around for decades making brilliant things, young designers give the industry a fresh perspective. 
The Armor Dress
Photo courtesy The Young Designers Collective
Just last night I was reading about Jean-Michel Basquiat and how his talent was recognized and fostered by established members in the art community when he was young. Without friends and mentors like Andy Warhol, Basquiat's art may never have been internationally recognized. In my opinion, this is what The Young Designers Collective does for young artists. They foster creativity and "provide young designers a platform that would have otherwise been difficult to build and gain recognition with on their own." Brilliant. 

Check out their website here: http://www.youngdesignerscollective.com

And check out their lookbook featuring designs from some of their insanely talented artists: http://www.blurb.com/books/4055520-designs-for-giving

Beginning and Ends wedding dress
Photo courtesy The Young Designers Collective
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