Deal Divas

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

This sale won't cure you of your shoe obsession. Oh well.

Get yourself over to Target, where there is a sale on canvas shoes RIGHT NOW. Oh, and please pick the kicks in this slideshow for me. (Hey, they're only $15) K? Great. Thanks.

Get yourself over to Target, where there is a sale on canvas shoes RIGHT NOW. Oh, and please pick the kicks in this slideshow for me. (Hey, they're only $15) K? Great. Thanks.

This was supposed to be an intervention post.

Inspired by this article on one of my favorite sites, I was all ready to lay down a sermon about responsibility, frugalness and how not to fall in the trap of impulse buying. (Yea, I hear you laughing.)

Then Deal Diva Katie messaged me this morning, talking something about a deal at Target, and I was pretty much ruined. 

So blame her for me spilling these beans to you. Cute shoes are on sale there right now, and we say DO IT. 

I mean, it doesn't get any better than cute canvas flats for under $15, amirite?

In the meantime, let's just plan to revisit my original premise next week, ok?

Or you can just go read the post yourself, which actually is really full of good tips, like considering that if you can't decide between two items, you may not need either one. (Oooh honey, preach.)

Anyway. Carry on. Happy Wednesday. 

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Is the DIY gel mani more than an illusion?

Get more info on Sally Hansen Miracle Gel here: bit.ly/1r3ALss

Screenshot of Sally Hansen's website.

Get more info on Sally Hansen Miracle Gel here: bit.ly/1r3ALss

I've probably had more manicures in the past month than in my whole life.

Like Deal Diva Keeley, I normally don't enjoy the pricetag for something I can do pretty adequately on my own. Plus, I always said, it's not really worth the cost when my nail-chipping obsession reliably kicks in and ruins the day (a post for another time, hopefully once I figure out how to stop doing it).

Then I got engaged (!!). Something inside of me said, It's your time to become a manicure monster now. Did you know Essie has a light pink polish called Got Engaged? Did you know that's the only shade of nail polish I know by name? 

The thing is, I know the slip-into-the-nail-salon lifestyle is not sustainable. I KNOW. I also know I don't have the patience of Keeley, who was really diligent in walking us through this at-home manicure process.

I need a magical, long-lasting polish without the cost. NYMag.com's The Cut says I should try Sally Hansen's new Miracle Gel nail polish ($8-$9, Target), debuting in drug stores now.

A UV light is not required, and neither is a complicated, painful removal process that leaves your nails looking gross and scratchy. …

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My Outfit Monday: Teal for a steal

Our marketing department has colorful and uplifting walls and it isn't fair to run-of-the-mill newsies, but it did work out for this photo so I won't complain too much.

Brittany Volk | Times designer and Friend of Deal Divas.

Our marketing department has colorful and uplifting walls and it isn't fair to run-of-the-mill newsies, but it did work out for this photo so I won't complain too much.

You really can't go wrong with basics punched up by color and fun accessories. Groundbreaking information, I know. Hear me out.

I have a known obsession with Express Portofino button-downs. With good reason! They're light, professional and vibrant. Reliable, too. But they're also expensive at $50 or so, so I did what any of us would do: I waited for a sale and bought two at once. (20 more styles to go!) 

This pencil skirt's name is Old Standby, and I am grateful for it weekly, including here. It's Banana Republic.

The earrings from Misred Outfitters in St. Petersburg add a funky edge to an otherwise clean but not terribly interesting ensemble. Somehow they are the exact shade of seafoam as my shirt, with a touch of hot pink. I pop these on and people are like oh, hey earrings! 

Same with the two-tone heels from Modcloth. They're not the best-made heels, so they're not in my weekly shoe rotation. But that's okay, cause I'd rather them make a sporadic splash.

Imagine my delight when I logged onto my new favorite blog this morning, The Mindy Project Style, and saw Mindy recently combined teal and pink as a possible outfit to model on the cover of her new book. …

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Karl Lagerfeld getting his own Barbie doll because of course he is

Sketch of the doll.

pinned via WWD

Sketch of the doll.

A few months ago I told you about the very important app filled with Karl Lagerfeld emojis (you're welcome, btw). If you've been sitting around thinking, gosh, these tiny little Karl icons are great for expressing all my deepest emotions, but what I really need is a Karl doll for my shelf, you're in luck.

Check out the sketch at InStyle of Barbie dressed up as everybody's favorite creative-director-of-Chanel. The limited edition doll will be available in the fall.

So that got me thinking, what other fashion-y folks need their own Barbie doll? A few humble suggestions for Mattel:

Mindy Kaling, obviously, with a mix of her outfits from The Mindy Project, and outfits from Mindy in real life. With a BJ Novak doll sold separately that has his own tiny iPhone to take pictures of her in all her cute outfits to post on Barbie-stagram.

A limited edition Victoria's Secret runway set of dolls because can you imagine the crazy giant bedazzled wings it would come with?

A Reese Witherspoon doll with all the cute "oh, this? I just threw this on to errands!" dresses she wore recently because if I can't afford them in my size, maybe I can just look at them in tiny size. …

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FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Scrunchies are back in style?

THE DREADED (or beloved?) SCRUNCHIE

New York Times via Times files

THE DREADED (or beloved?) SCRUNCHIE

Let me guess. You woke up in a cold sweat last night after suffering a terrible nightmare that scrunchies had come back in style. And then you rolled over, grasping for a glass of water and catching your breath, relieved it was all a figment of your somnambulatory imagination.

WELL, KIDS, IT WASN'T A DREAM. IT'S TRUE.

The New York Times, eagle-eyed observer of all trends ever, has informed us that indeed, scrunchies are back. Keep in mind that not everything that's in style in New York is in style in Tampa Bay. Remember that Elaine from Seinfeld New York dress fad? My extenstive scientific research proved that people thought it was freaking weird. Nonethless, scrunchie-makers are hot on the case. I got a frenzied press release the same day from scünci, that CVS mutlipack scrunchie staple, letting me know that they they were special and gosh darnit, people liked them. …

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When will we take our own rainy day advice?

When it rains, we're just like SPLASHHHH.

When it rains, we're just like SPLASHHHH.

This is for every person who cannot even deal with the rain this week -- for our cold toes trapped in soggy flats, for soaked hems of office pants, for the sweater we need but do not have now that we're cold from running through the summer rain.  

Think your Deal Divas have it all figured out? (Ha ha, why would you do that?) Reconsider. We're eager to dish out advice for weathering stormy days, but we rarely take it ourselves.

Here's a reminder that no one is perfect, and the quest to survive rain with elegance and grace is endless.

We never wear the right shoes

As the rain trickled down yesterday, Deal Diva Stephanie shared great, relevant tips about tastefully fun wet weather footwear. She wrote it while wearing awesome, rain-repellent Harajuku Lovers wedges.

It's raining even harder today, but Stephanie is wearing rain-absorbent suede wedges. I, too, am wearing my favorite suede heels despite taking in Stephanie's post and writing my own version of "tips for rainy day shoes."

SUEDE = NOT A GOOD IDEA. We learned nothing from ourselves. …

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Boot the heat: Rainy day shoe alternatives

Melissa Ultragirl heel in purple, $120, showing rain you mean business.

Melissa shoes.

Melissa Ultragirl heel in purple, $120, showing rain you mean business.

Happy rainy Tuesday!

Was lingering in Katie's pod today after a lunch (I can't even talk about how much we ate, or what we ate, can't talk, too ashamed). She noticed my safety yellow jelly platforms with delight, which I pointed out were a stylish option for visibility and water resistance on a rainy day. She snapped a pic so I could bring them to you, readers. It's up there in the slide show.

They're Harajuku Lovers (Gwen Stefani's brand!) women's Quin T-strap sandal, and I've had them for a couple years. I love them because there's no way they're getting ruined in the rain, but for Florida's hot, sweltering summers, they're so much more temperate than a nasty hot-box rubber boot, ya heard? I don't think they're in production anymore, but it looks like there are still some available on Ebay! For being made totally of rubber, they are extremely comfortable and not even that sweaty at the end of the day. …

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Be fancy or frugal at these local shopping/fashion events

Attention Snuggie owners. It will be safe to leave the house on Thursday. Meet in downtown St. Petersburg for the city's annual Sunrise Sale and shop your heart out, no questions asked.

Times file photo by Dirk Shadd

Attention Snuggie owners. It will be safe to leave the house on Thursday. Meet in downtown St. Petersburg for the city's annual Sunrise Sale and shop your heart out, no questions asked.

It's that time of year again y'all. This week brings us two annual events for those of us who love shopping and fashion. Big bonus: both are local, homegrown events.

One will have you browsing downtown streets in your jammies, the other could spark some ideas for the crafty, DIY-diva. (We're looking at you, Keyonna)

So, without further ado...

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Your Outfit Monday: Braving a jumpsuit

Leanna rocked a navy jumpsuit this weekend that she said felt like light pajamas -- perfect for a steamy Florida summer night.

Photo by Katie Sanders, edited by Eve Edelheit.

Leanna rocked a navy jumpsuit this weekend that she said felt like light pajamas -- perfect for a steamy Florida summer night.

A few weeks ago, I received exciting news from a stylish friend and loyal blog reader, Leanna McKenzie. She bought a jumpsuit, a somewhat risky departure for a lady who favors a consistently crisp, classy look.

The jumpsuit made its very successful debut at a birthday celebration this weekend. Here are all the details in her voice.

Deal Diva Katie: Love the jumpsuit. Where did you find it?

Leanna: I got the jumpsuit at Nordstrom Rack, but I confess I have no idea what brand it was. I think it was around $30, which for a top and pants together isn't too bad.

The shoes were from Ross. I liked wearing flats because it allowed the pants to barely skim the ground.

Were you at all worried about wearing it out for the first time?

I was definitely a little nervous about wearing it. It's very different than anything else I typically wear. I think getting it in navy made it more accessible to me. I didn't want a loud print to act as a big arrow pointing to me.

I loved your jewelry -- very reinvented retro. Tell me about the long chain with a thin bar at the end (so Joan Holloway Harris of Mad Men) and why you doubled it up with a shorter horseshoe charm. …

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New hair crush: Not Your Mother's

Volumizing hair powder. A little weird when you first meet, but pretty cool once you get to know each other.

via Walmart

Volumizing hair powder. A little weird when you first meet, but pretty cool once you get to know each other.

On a hair kick lately, I've tried fancy hair masque samples from Birchbox, and slathered it in avocado goo. One of the more successful experiments was sea-salt spray from Target. After I wrote about my new-found hair crush, Not Your Mother's sent me a few other products to review.

Girl Powder Volumizing Hair Powder

My routine has always been pretty simple -- shampoo, conditioner, blow dry if necessary. But sometimes my hair sits a little flatter and heavier than I'd like, so I wanted to try this powder. Shake a small amount onto dry hair, and around the roots, then lift and fluff your hair around. It didn't work out quite right the first time I tried it. I wasn't sure what to expect, and it gave my hair this weird starchy texture that ended up being kind of gross because I focused so much on the roots. Second time around, I made sure to use less on the roots and more around the top half of my hair. It worked much better. …

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Five reasons you should be wearing a full skirt now

We can't get enough of full skirts this summer, like this lilac one from Asos.com

We can't get enough of full skirts this summer, like this lilac one from Asos.com

Growing up, I always associated full skirts with, well, grown women. My mom wore them, my teacher wore them, my bosses wore them.

But me? I rarely went for them, opting more often for a pencil or A-line shape (or, for those few misguided years in middle school, a mini).

Yet for months now, it's been hard to resist the strong pull, and appeal, of the full skirt. Probably cause I too, am now a grown woman. And do what-eva I want.* But there are plenty other reasons to indulge in a full skirt this summer. See them after the jump. 

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Everyday items that jazz up your seaside swagger

Want to look super chic at the beach this summer? Go Jackie-O with a scarf and big sunnies.

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Want to look super chic at the beach this summer? Go Jackie-O with a scarf and big sunnies.

We've blogged a lot in recent weeks about getting beach ready: Sunscreen. Check! Immaculately-coiffed hair. Check! Choosing the perfect pair of shorts and slathering on even more sunscreen. Double check!

But what about a few unconventional ways to jazz up your seaside swagger?

Our friends over at local fashion, food and life blog The DoubleCLICKLife recently chronicled ways to re-purpose streetwear items that many of us already have in our closets into beachwear.

*Belts. Just as with regular clothes, they're great for adding interesting detailing to your favorite swimsuit. And many styles feature belts and buckles anyway, so why not add your own?

*Dare to be different and ditch the usual floppy hat for a long silky scarf. Very a la Carrie Bradshaw.

*Or, my personal favorite: Tantoos. Instead of heading to the ink parlor, use things like stencils, stickers or even photo negatives to create body art out of untanned areas of skin. Little commitment for lotsa cute!

Click here for even more beach fashion ideas, photos and how-tos. …

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Deal alert: Shoes 60 percent off at Payless

Don't let anyone step on your blue suede shoes, because that would be super rude. These are on sale for $14.

Payless

Don't let anyone step on your blue suede shoes, because that would be super rude. These are on sale for $14.

A little dollop of shoe love for you on this Tuesday (Wednesday, Jr! Which means the week is almost half over!): Payless clearance shoes are up to 60 percent off right now, which means you can snag these nifty blue suede shoes for $14, these mushroom-colored lace-up boots for $24.99 and these fancy silver laser-cut loafer for $11. Or perhaps all three?

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My Outfit Monday: Spending very little green for lots of green

The deep discounts at Dillards Clearance Outlet make me dance with joy! Click through the slideshow for deets on my accessories.

Jamaal McKnight/Studio 94 (Tampa)

The deep discounts at Dillards Clearance Outlet make me dance with joy! Click through the slideshow for deets on my accessories.

So, today I decided to take a page out of Deal Diva Keeley's book and go a little 2000-and-late.

Lately, I've really been feeling 2013's color of the year: Emerald green.

Fine, so the pieces I'm wearing aren't an exact match. But I'm happy to say that, in true Deal Diva fashion, I was able to score all this here green for very little green!

I'm sure you all remember when I was a bad Diva and kinda, sorta thought about holding back on the great deals I scored at Dillards Clearance Outlet at Tampa's University Mall?

This Marc New York by Andrew Marc shift dress is among finds from that great shopping spree of 2013. Originally $138, I took it home for a deep discount of $17.92.

It's quickly become one of my go-to professional dresses. I don't know if it's the color, the fit or what. But from work meetings to networking events and more, it's helped me exude the confidence I need to tackle anything. It's that rare dress that looks perfect with a blazer or without, with heels or flats. And that is enough to make even myself green with envy that I didn't discover it sooner!

Check out the slideshow for deets on my accessories. What'dya think: Is this outfit a deal buster or total color fluster? …

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Can you exercise your way into high heels?

I bought shoes like this (but in nude) from Shoedazzle a while ago, but never mastered the art of walking in them without almost tipping over.

via Shoedazzle

I bought shoes like this (but in nude) from Shoedazzle a while ago, but never mastered the art of walking in them without almost tipping over.

Last spring, I went out with some friends for a girls' night in downtown St. Pete. I wanted to feel fab so I threw caution to the wind and donned my highest heels. Then I thought, ehhhhh, maybe I shouldn't toss caution out that quickly and stuffed a slim pair of flats in my bag, just in case.

It was a good move because the heels lasted all of a block before I just couldn't take it anymore. I've worn heels maybe a handful of times since. Much as I love them, the idea of wearing them makes me feel tired and cranky just thinking about it.

Which is why I need to point out this post from Cosmo: 8 Easy Exercises to Strengthen and Stretch Your Way Into Any Pair of High Heels. Could it really be that easy? Can I just add these exercises to my work out and then be able to strut around like I'm in a never-ending episode of Top Model?

The training manager at some fancy New York City gym seems to think so, and who am I, couch connoisseur and habitual person-who-sits-a-lot to argue?


 

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