The Crafty Hag, aka Coralette Damme, is one of the artists featured in the Spirit Animals Art Show and Gypsy Market.
Mystic Creatures: “Spirit Animals” Art Show and Gypsy Market Black Amethyst Tattoo Gallery and the St. Pete Indie Market have teamed up to bring a special art show and market to St. Pete’s Green Bench Brewing from 7-11 p.m. Saturday. The crew at Black Amethyst curated the show, selecting 30 artists including Chad Mize, Spencer Meyer and Coralette Damme (an example of her work is pictured) to interpret the spirit animals theme. A smaller, intimate version of the indie market, a Gypsy Market, will include henna, tarot readings, gypsy jewelry and clothing (think Stevie Nicks), as well as artwork and photography. There will also be live screen printing of three spirit animal designs on T-shirts from go-to local printer Extra Medium. Traditional Aztec dancing by a local tribe and fire dancing performances set the spiritual ambiance. DJ Re:Pete provides the tunes. The show will be only be on display that night at Green Bench (1133 Baum Ave. N, St. Petersburg), but will move to Black Amethyst Tattoo Gallery (689 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg) and remain on display through Sept. 3. …
First lady Michelle Obama walks on stage to deliver remarks on the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. The dress is American designer Christian Siriano.
First lady Michelle Obama stunned at the Democratic National Convention's opening night in Philadelphia with a powerful address in support of presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Obama said the United States has come far to be the greatest country in the world considering she wakes "up every morning in a house that was built by slaves." (That's True, by the way.)
Obama gave her remarks in a striking blue dress with cap sleeves.
The Twittersphere had already nailed the designer of the frock before she left the stage: Christian Siriano, the most successful winner of Bravo reality show Project Runway. (How appropriate, given the influence of reality TV on GOP nominee Donald Trump.)
Siriano's husband Brad Walsh gushed about Obama's choice, which Siriano retweeted.
Bachelorette party night, and all of the girls wore black while I wore white. I looked for a while for an appropriate dress, something that could say I'M HERE TO PARTY but also I'M A CLASSY LADY. Charlotte Russe had many white options (this color is not as easy to find as you'd think), and I ended up going with this simple body con one. The girls got me a festive flower crown and a sash, and I was basically Miss America.
When I got back from a two-week road trip last night, I had in my trunk a large suitcase full of clothes. And a duffel bag full of clothes. And two other tote bags full of clothes.
I am not someone who thinks "packing light" is commendable. But when I set out to prepare for a 17-day trip up the East Coast, I knew it would be my greatest challenge yet. The trip included a lot of high-stakes, Instagrammable moments: seeing Lin-Manual Miranda's final Hamilton performance in New York City, exploring Washington D.C. for a week, celebrating my bachelorette party with my four best friends. …
Ivanka Trump waves to the crowd as she walks on stage to deliver a speech during the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
Wondering what Ivanka Trump wore on stage at the closing night of the Republican National Convention to introduce her father, Donald Trump? She (or her people) made it very easy to find out.
On Twitter Friday, @IvankaTrump posted a link to her look, a pale pink sheath, a color choice that was likely no coincidence given that every pundit and commentator believes she may help soften her father's image.
You can shop the lookright here, from Macy's. It's also sold at Nordstrom and wherever Ivanka's line is sold. And it is -- no surprise here -- from her own fashion collection. $138, still in stock if you're a size 2, a 14 or a 16. Worth noting -- the dress Ivanka wore is slightly different than the one on sale at Macy's. This one has studs along the front and appears to have no slit, whereas Ivanka's has a slit and no studs. Vanity Fair says the dress she wore is "coming soon," and this one is a close model.
Zazoo'd welcomed us with grapefruit, champagne and matching PJs
Three Deal Divas met this morning at 6:15 a.m. on the Vinoy front porch in the name of journalism. Somebody had to cover the 43rd annual Sunrise Sale so it might as well be us. Yes, journalism is an ugly job sometimes. We had to sip free mimosas, nibble on doughnuts and actually BUY stuff at deep discounts. But our bosses want the paper to keep up our streak of winning Pulitzers, so you gotta do what you gotta do.
The sale sponsored by St. Petersburg's Downtown Business Association is a summer tradition that gets folks dressed in their pajamas out while the moon is still up to shop the independents along Beach Drive, Central Avenue and down Fourth Street.
We started at the Museum of Fine Arts where the deals and mimosas started flowing in the gift shop at 6:43 a.m., the official start of the sale. I found a giant Andy Warhol Portraits book for $12 that will be a Christmas present for my oldest daughter if I can find it five months from now. Deal Diva Kathryn Varn bought what she thought was a succulent-shaped candle for $8. …
Decked out in her pajamas and slippers, Cora Kostka reads over the sales in while having breakfast on Beach Drive during the 42nd Annual Sunrise Sale in downtown St. Petersburg in 2015. This was Kostka's second year to participate in the morning event. "I love this," Kostka said. "That's why I'm back." Shops opened at 6:43am with over 55 businesses participating Shoppers were encouraged to wear their PJs for extra savings.
Last year, the Deal Divas did this really weird thing in which we got out of bed in the middle of the night, put on FRESH pajamas and then headed to the Sunrise Sale in and around downtown St. Petersburg. It was ridiculous, made no sense and was tons of fun. Michelle stood in line for eternity to get BOGO olive oil, and Lisa feel deeply in love with a lamp (they're still going strong). Please relive all of the exploits from last year RIGHT HERE. AndRIGHT HERE ALSO.
Some of us will be venturing back out Thursday morning to snag bags of local goods at big discounts. It's the 43rd year of the Sunrise Sale, put on by the Downtown Business Association, and it always draws fun crowds and long lines. More than 40 shops are participating this year. Check out the Facebook page for a list of sales and places to stop. Many retaliers offer an extra discount if you show in in your PJs, so there's your incentive, other than the funny Instagrams.
The madness starts at 6:43 a.m., or, sunrise. YES, REALLY. Follow @dealdivas on Twitter for live updates, and check back here for a recap of our finds!
One for every color of the rainbow! Not pictured: the 10 more in my drawer.
I took a trip to my parents’ house in Jacksonville this weekend and, while digging through drawers of high school clothes to find a bathing suit, I stumbled on my extensive one-piece bathing suit collection.
After 10-plus years on competitive swim teams, I had 10-plus suits that left me with tan lines that still faintly show up on my body years after I quit the sport. I’ve accepted at this point that my stomach will be lighter than the rest of my body. Like, so-translucent-you-can-see-my-veins white.
The first time I wore a bikini at an eighth-grade beach day, I was so nervous that I spent most of the day with a towel around me. I’ve since gotten over that thanks to not being 13, but I’ve still gone most summers wishing that one-pieces were in style.
Well here I am, 10 years since my bikini debut, with my wish coming true — almost to a fault. There are so many styles and patterns now that I didn’t know where to begin.
At the suggestion of a style-savvy aunt, I started with everythingbutwater.com. I can afford exactly zero things on the website, but it had a massive selection that helped me narrow down some looks I liked. …
I spent a great week recently on Nantucket, two hours by ferry from the real world. Much of this island is simple. Like the fact that you can walk most everywhere, there are no bilboards or neon anywhere, the beaches look the same as they did 200 years ago when whalers ruled the island and most streets are either stone or sand.
But shopping is far from simple. The stores are filled with the latest fashions from New York and California and priced as though they were brought over one piece at a time by a messenger whale. Mannequins and real life women who "weekend" or "summer" on Nantucket who have the bodies of mannequins were decked out mostly in boho chic looks. Off the shoulder peasant blouses with long and short sleeves were everywhere. I even saw an off the shoulder bikini. And I saw a ton of dresses, shoes, tops, skirts and bags with Mexican embroidery.
I didn't see a single top of either style under $150 and dresses were $200-600. So here's what I learned. Go to a remote, historic island to escape everyday life. Go online to Etsy or Gap to escape the clothing prices of the remote, historic island. …
Last weekend, I took part in the storied tradition of discount shopping suburbanites everywhere. I got stuck inside Super Target during a rainstorm. Scholars shall write volumes on it as a study in human behavior. Chapter One will chronicle the soaking wet toddler I saw dive headlong into a display of iced tea.
Anyway, the storm gave me time to traverse every single aisle in the big box, a good reminder that the Fourth of July is upon us. Of course, we have you covered. Plan your outing of choice with our giant list of fireworks and activities.
It would have been easy to pick up a cheap Americana shirt (most of them, by the way, made outside America) and call it Independence Day. But I maintain it’s possible to look festive for the Fourth of July without being so on-the-nose. …
Pitcher Matt Andreis, right, gives a spin on the catwalk to Dream Child Alejandra Mejia.
Barely two hours after beating the Red Socks, Rays players, coaches, wifes and girlfriends thrilled a sold out crowd and some strong kids at the Rays on the Runway Show to benefit the Children's Dream Fund. Thousands of dollars were raised through ticket sales and auction items to fund the group that creates amazing experiences for seriously ill children.
The planning and anticipation of a dream day helps makes the time in hospital beds go by a little easier. The time away at Disney World, on a cruise, swimming with dolphins, skiing or at a ranch out West, allows the children and their families to focus on something besides white blood cell counts and medical costs. The average dream costs $3,500. The memories are priceless. There are 65 kids on the waiting list for dreams.
The Rays didn't appear winded in the least from their big game. They were high energy on the runway, cheering on kids who walked with them and making goofy poses with their wives, girlfriends and solo. Everybody was styled in fashion from Dillard's. …
Well, Amazon must have heard about this new step in relationships (dinner and a movie, dating, living together, pet, merging Amazon accounts, marriage, family) because they're making an appeal with the Deal of the Day today.
Rent the Runway: Have fancy plans this weekend? Consider renting a high-end dress for a Forever21 price. Certain dresses are marked down 30 percent off. Pay attention to the dates: The deal is only available for deliveries from June 28 to July 2.
Old Navy: You know, I am really overdue for an Old Navy shopping binge, and this could be the week to right that. Everything is 40 percent off (discount applied at checkout). If you go in store today, there are $2 tanks, $4 tees, $6 graphic tees and $8 shorts. …
Thousands of people turned out for St. Pete Pride over the weekend, and with them, a sea of body glitter, homemade shirts and rainbow everything. I was drawn to a few people in particular to get the story behind their looks:
I was amazed at how vibrant and pronounced the colors were on Katherine Olson’s rainbow mohawk. Olson, who is a lesbian, said she went to The Modern Man Grooming Salon in Gulfport for the ‘do. “I’ve never colored my hair other than natural colors,” she said, but her stylist, Lisa Merriweather, convinced her to try the dye, which lasts around six weeks, Olson said. And if you look closely below the mohawk, you can see a heartbeat symbol her stylist added in honor of the Pulse nightclub shooting victims.
This body glitter on Bianca Williams, 23, caught my attention. And so did Williams’ eye for deals. She bought the glitter at Michael’s for about $5 with a 40 percent off coupon she found online. A steal, especially considering it stayed on when she got rained on earlier in the day. “Rain or shine we're gonna be glittery,” said Williams, who is pansexual.
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Stephanie Hayes , addicted to heels for 15 years, has been experimenting with ballet flats, boots and cute sneakers lately. Her poor, tired feet thank her. She can never get enough animal print, and her eye shadow collection has become a bit of a hoard. While other kids were reciting multiplication tables, she was learning to calculate an extra third off the half-price discount during buy-one-get-one week. She knows a healthy swipe of red lipstick can make any outfit better. She can be reached at (727) 893-8716 or email@example.com.
Katie Sanders foolishly spurned pretty dresses and shoes as a child, tossing new clothes over her shoulder at birthday parties with a totally rude "no, thank you." Her drab days of monocolor outfits are over now, and she certainly knows better than to turn down free stuff. Her wardrobe mixes classic with quirk. Think blazers with statement necklaces, and lots of patterned ballet flats. She can be reached at (727) 893-8037 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A compulsive deal scourer, Michelle Stark is trying to evolve her style philosophy from grab-it-because-it's-cheap-and-worry-if-it-fits later to one that embraces quality staples and more color. When it comes to her closet, it's generally still quantity over quality, but she recently splurged on a treasured pair of Lucky jeans. Progress! Her style leans toward classically cutesy - think Loft, The Limited and Banana Republic, blouses with bows, blazers with polka dots and all the skinny jeans in sight. But she never turns down a trip to a thrift store, or JC Penney. Her greatest sartorial sale achievement was finding her senior prom dress on clearance for $20. She can be reached at (727) 893-8829 or email@example.com.
Following her little rockabilly heart, Lydia Harvey strives for an alternative/mid-century/elementary school mom aesthetic — a tip of the fascinator to personal heroes Joan Jett, Claire Dunphy and the iconic Elizabeth Taylor. Heels are her signature, fit-and-flare her weakness. She owns 12 too many coats for a native Floridian and has gleefully conceded that gold is bananas. Second only to scrolling through daily boutique arrivals, her dearest pastime is compulsively styling for sporting events and travel, all on a budding family’s dime. She can be reached at (727) 892-2939 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Katherine Snow Smith’s closet is filled with colorful patterns from a Lilly halter with pink and yellow giraffes to a maxi dress with oversized flowers and peace signs. She likes many styles — bohemian, preppy, vintage, classic — as long they’re unique and on sale. She’ll splurge at Saks or Anne Fontaine but favorite spots are T.J. Maxx and consignment stores. Her best purchase? A one-sleeve kaleidoscope-print Valentino blouse from the Sloan Kettering hospital resale shop in New York. (Legend has it Jackie O. used to drop her discards there.) When Katherine was 14 she bought a $29 oversized, velvet-covered anthology of Oscar fashion. She can be reached at (727) 409-3642 or email@example.com.
Lisa Gartner grew up wearing her older brother's clothes (hey Dan!) and kind of never stopped: She still has a few of his button-downs hanging in her closet; luckily his No Fear shirts have been lost to time and sense. A reformed tomboy, Lisa likes to mix masculine and feminine pieces. Her work look is, more often than not, Oxfords with pencil skirts. She owns more baggy sweaters than there are days below 70 degrees in Florida. The bags under her eyes are knock-offs. She can be reached at (727) 893-8707 or firstname.lastname@example.org.