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Stephanie Hayes, Katie Sanders, Shelley Rossetter, Kameel Stanley, Keeley Sheehan & Keyonna Summers

Last minute, and we do mean last minute, Halloween costumes

MAJESTY! Photo by our friend, Aaron, who was dressed as a monk.

MAJESTY! Photo by our friend, Aaron, who was dressed as a monk.

Happy Halloween! Up there in the photo, you'll see my Halloween costume this year (you'll also notice Deal Diva Kameel): The failed Sochi Olympic rings! Props to our friend Hilary (center ring) for dreaming up this gem.

If you're frantically trolling the internet minutes before leaving work looking for something to throw on for that Halloween party tonight, feel free to steal our look. It involves four hula hoops and one of those expanding balls, painted white and covered in twinkle lights. If you can't find four friends and an expanding ball, we have a couple places to point you for quick ideas:

Real Simple has 10 costume ideas, ranging from the punny "Ceiling Fan" to the even punnier "Pumpkin Pi."

Pop Sugar suggests you can be a crazy cat lady, or just get real funky with your eyeliner and be a cat.

HuffPo is all, "Just be a baked potato and wrap yourself in foil!" 

XOVain haunts our souls with a stellar Mommy Dearest idea. And if you have bangs and a spoon, you can just call yourself Amelie. 

And surely you've already been to Pinterst

Have fun and be safe out there, and if you have a super-stylin costume you want to share on an upcoming My Outfit Monday, tweet us at @dealdivas!

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South Tampa's Fresh Threads on the move to Clearwater

Attention, North Pinellas divas! Fresh Threads designer consignment boutique will relocate to Clearwater this December, just in time for holiday season.

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Attention, North Pinellas divas! Fresh Threads designer consignment boutique will relocate to Clearwater this December, just in time for holiday season.

The retail news for me and my fellow Clearwater fashionistas just keeps getting better and better!

First, it was confirmed that the rumors about Nordstrom Rack coming to Countryside Mall next fall were true.

NOW, we've received word that Fresh Threads, one of my fave designer clothing consignment boutiques, is not only leaving its South Dale Mabry Highway location in Tampa for new digs at 615 Pinellas St. in the even swankier Harbor Oaks area near downtown Clearwater ... but is also expanding its inventory to include home goods and locally-made trinkets plus a renewed focus on e-commerce.

From owner Juli Halifax, who says the move will allow her to focus more on her son and his special needs:

"The exclusive warehouse experience will allow locals to touch, feel and try on their luxury finds prior to us showcasing them to millions of buyers on the web. It's also the perfect opportunity to enhance our inventory to things that excite me -- including home furnishings and hand-crafted gifts -- and to support other small businesses and artisans." …

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Impatiently waiting for the Paper Crown, Rifle Paper Co. collection

Screenshot of Rifle Paper Co.'s Instagram tease about its upcoming collection with Paper Crown.

Screenshot of Rifle Paper Co.'s Instagram tease about its upcoming collection with Paper Crown.

If you've ever wanted to wrap yourself in Rifle Paper Co.'s whimsical wallpaper designs, there will soon be an option for you that makes a little more sense. Really, why should your walls have all of the fun?

Rifle has teamed with Lauren Conrad's Paper Crown line for a collection of dresses and separates in three Rifle prints (with matching stationery, natch). The line will debut in Februrary.

The sound you hear is my inner eeeeee. Based in Winter Park, Fla., Rifle has wowed me for years with its stationery, calendars, phone cases and notepads. You can find designer Anna Bond's products in places like Anthropologie and Oxford Exchange in Tampa.

And soon, LC's web store.

Explore samples from the collection at Paper Crown and tell us what you see yourself wearing in four months. Are you more in love with bold floral prints, or would you opt for a sweet, classic, tiny print?

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Beyonce wants you to look flawless at the gym, and she's making the clothes to get you there

Beyonce wants you to work out. She's making some cute clothes with Topshop to motivate you. GO.

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Beyonce wants you to work out. She's making some cute clothes with Topshop to motivate you. GO.

Perhaps you were busy or sleeping or just dead or something Monday afternoon when the Internets collectively gasped at the latest Beyonce news.

It's ok. That's what we're here for. (And no, we're not talking about the latest 'Yonce/Taylor Swift song mashup someone did. Don't EVEN get us started on that,..)

Anyway, in case you hadn't heard, your muse/inspiration/imaginary BFF/sister Beyonce is getting in the clothing biz - collaborating with Topshop for a collection of athletic wear.

If this doesn't get your butt to the gym, we don't know what will.

Full disclosure: You don't hear us talking much about Topshop on here (I don't know that I've ever bought anything from them), but scroll through their website and you'll find prices aren't so bad.

Here's what Queen B herself had to say about things:

"I have always loved Topshop for its fashion credentials and forward thinking. Working with its development team to create and produce a technical and fashion-led collection is exciting and I'm looking forward to participating in all aspects of this partnership."

Of course, there's no pictures yet of what this partnership, dubbed Parkwood Topshop Athletic Ltd., will produce. …

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Nordstrom Rack coming to Clearwater in 2015

Sometimes here at Deal Divas, our regular beat jobs intersect with our roles for you guys.

Did you see this dispatch in the paper by Deal Diva Keyonna (also a reporter in North Pinellas) about some big retail news?

Nordstrom Rack is coming to Clearwater next fall!

From Keyonna's story:

"More than a decade after Nord­strom opened a full-fledged department store at Tampa's International Plaza, it continues to steadily expand its brand within the Tampa Bay region with what will become its third lower-priced sister version.

Clearwater's Nordstrom Rack will open in a 38,080-square-foot, two-level stand-alone building formerly occupied by Sears Auto Center at the northern entrance to Westfield Countryside mall, 27001 U.S. 19."

Read the rest here. Will you go?

 

 

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My Outfit Monday: What's your uniform?

Errand outfit, with bonus dogs who, unlike Cinderella's tiny birds and mice, did not actually help me get dressed this morning.

Errand outfit, with bonus dogs who, unlike Cinderella's tiny birds and mice, did not actually help me get dressed this morning.

As much as I try to switch it up, I definitely have a uniform (figuratively anyway -- though I've done the literal uniform thing, too. Hello, red grocery store polo in college). For some of the blogs/magazines I read, uniform means adorable dresses and heals, or a great sweater. For me the equation looks like cardigan+scarf+jeans=outfit.

I wore this today to run errands -- Banana Republic cardigan, Gap three-quarter tee, Target jeans, Sperry flats and a colorful scarf. Along with this new (and very versatile) bag from Target, it was perfect to thrown on this morning to go out on my day off and get some stuff done. Simple, but without just resorting to a ratty tee and sneakers.

I wear some variation of this a lot. Actually, I think I wore this exact outfit to work one night last week. And I have another shirt just like this in a different color, and I'm pretty sure I wore that one last week too. Hey, whatever works.

Do you have a go-to for work? Or something you always reach for to run errands? What's your "uniform"?

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Sally Hansen Miracle Gel: A review

The Sally Hansen Miracle Gel is worth working into your routine, especially if you want a break from expensive treatments.

The Sally Hansen Miracle Gel is worth working into your routine, especially if you want a break from expensive treatments.

Take this review with a grain of salt, as I am the worst when it comes to chipping beautiful polish off of my nails in very haggard fashion. 

Sally Hansen's Miracle Gel polish, a two-step DIY polish that mimics the feel of a gel manicure without the UV sealing effect, seemed like it would be my answer. Finally, a product that will resist the tiny bubbles and chips that are usually the starting point to all of my practically perfect polish crumbling down around me.

I bought a bottle of pinkish-white Crème de la Crème as well as the clear top coat recently. I applied two or three coats, probably from each bottle in effort to fortify the anti-chipping properties. I really tried to wait between coats, allowing it to dry neatly. 

My results were mostly great. My nails were shiny and strong, and the polish lasted for -- oh, wait, oops -- only a day or two before the scraping set in. Somehow the challenge of removing a highly durable polish made for an enticing, and regrettable, challenge. Yes, I could do it. Yes, there is shame in waste. …

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Remembering Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta in 2008.

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Oscar de la Renta in 2008.

"I'm not interested in shock tactics. I just want to make beautiful clothes."

So said Oscar de la Renta, the iconic fashion designer who died Monday at 82 after battling cancer. It was one of many quoteables from the man with a unique ability to make old-fashioned glamour feel fresh, who informed the way American women dress today.

He outfitted everyone from first ladies to movie stars, wrapping Sarah Jessica Parker and Jennifer Lawrence and Amal Alamuddin in his lacy, figure-flattering confections. The gowns were always ladylike, always achieving some equilibrium of sleek and dainty. His power to balance a ballgown skirt with a chevron stripe was arresting, not distracting. In an era where sweatpants at the airport reign, he stood for getting dressed. He walked the walk in his tailored pinstripe suits and colorful pocket squares.

His work offers a valuable lesson in how we dress ourselves every day. If the bones are good, you don't need to shock anyone. Instead, you will impress them. That's way better. …

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Blake Lively's got great coats. Here are a few to copy her look.

VIA SPIGA ombre cape, $59.99.

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VIA SPIGA ombre cape, $59.99.

ICYMI, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds have combined their superhuman DNA to make what will probably be a ridiculously beautiful baby, complete with perpetual golden glowing aura, if the photos from her pregnancy announcement over at Preserve are any indication.

But I'm more preoccupied with the amazing coats she's been wearing recently, like the one in the photo above, or this poncho-y coat thing with toggles that I need to find an affordable version of, or this one she appears to have just casually thrown over her Michael Kors dress, as one does.

I know it's not yet coat weather here, but that hasn't stopped us from partaking in some autumn window shopping on the blog, so let's continue. I found some that look a bit like the one from Preserve, all from TJ Maxx (score!) (the hunt for an acceptable poncho-y coat thing knock off continues...), and in the meantime, here's another link to pictures of Blake Lively wearing great clothes and giving me a case of closet envy. Le sigh.

 

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My Outfit Monday: Buttoned up and down

Happy Monday! What's with all the buttons?

Happy Monday! What's with all the buttons?

I hope there's not some obscure fashion rule about how many buttons one is supposed to wear at once, because if there is, I'm probably breaking it.

I don't know how this happened. Buttons on my skirt. Buttons on my shirt. This brings a whole different perspective to the "matchy-matchy" trap. It's no so bad, though, right?

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Coupons? Cords? Giving your makeup bag a second life

One of my ipsy bags, not the designated purse coupon holder.

One of my ipsy bags, not the designated purse coupon holder.

Recently I was chatting with Times managing editor Jennifer Orsi about the plight of the makeup bag. If you're a makeup-wearing human, you probably also have an abundance of these lying around your house, whether from free Clinique or Estee Lauder gifts with purchase, or from a subscription service like Ipsy. They always seem fun to get when they arrive, but then, it's like, what do you DO with them? 

Jennifer smartly stores her phone cords and chargers in them, she said, and it got me thinking. What are some other uses for those pesky little bags? Waste not, after all.

I started using one of my Ipsy bags to store all the coupons I clip out, then stick in a drawer and forget to bring to the store. Now, I can keep them tucked in my purse for spur of the moment savings. I surveyed some more folks in Instagram to see what other suggestions people had for giving your makeup bag a second life. …

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Is this Tampa's chillest store?

Ever heard of Urban Body Clothing in Tampa?

Us either, but that's not very surprising. It's a store that caters to men, and shopping with men or for men isn't interesting, right?

Stereotype, be gone!

This store, recently spotlighted by Times correspondent Natalia Galbetti, keeps things simple for style-inclined men with a few, carefully chosen racks of clothing (since men don't like sifting through racks, apparently. Who knew? Wait, everyone.). Murses, statement socks, crisp plaid button-downs, special washed jeans -- they got 'em.

The best part: The store has a bar for customers to sip on beer or wine between shopping.

It sounds so chill, so relaxing -- so different from the sometimes overwhelming array of products to examine in women's stores.

Kameel and I want one.

More details here. The store is at 711 S Howard Ave #100.

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Deal Diva alert: Nubian Skin is up and running!

Look, they also sell tights!

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Look, they also sell tights!

Remember a few weeks ago when you guys indulged my rant thoughts on the lack of "nude" clothing for women of color? And then I gushed about a new online retailer setting up shop across the pond (the big one). called Nubian Skin?

Well, it's now open, and I have the inaugural email notifications to prove it.

Like we told you before, Nubian Skin is focused on selling a broad range of underthings for brown girls -- but really, anyone could wear them. They have a good range of shades too.

Prices hover in the Victoria's Secret range, which isn't all that bad for quality. Now I've just got to start saving my pennies for that shipping.

Go peruse the site and tell us of your faves!

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JC's Boutique in Tampa holding 6-day liquidation sale

JC's Boutique in Tampa is closing.

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JC's Boutique in Tampa is closing.

First the good news: Tomorrow through Monday, JC's Boutique is hosting a super awesome sale -- we're talking discounts of up to 75 percent off and even one day featuring a buffet-style all you can fit in your bag -- at its South Tampa location.

Which means by now that you've probably guessed the very bad news: The 1541 S. Dale Mabry Hwy. store is closing.

The bittersweet deets? Owner Cat Whitwell and her husband are moving up north for a sweet new work gig.

But they're leaving a piece of themselves behind: JC's fans will still be able to shop online or physically visit its gift/adult and children's clothing/home decor sister store, Tate & Tilly in Carrollwood.

As for the JC's liquidation sale, click here for a rundown of store hours and discounts, which increase with each day. Last call is noon to 3 p.m. Monday, when shoppers are invited to buy a bag and stuff it with as much merchandise as will fit alongside their tear-soaked tissues.

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