A Company of Angels, who offer a variety of crystals, jewelry, textiles, and incense, is one of the vendors at the New You Holistic Expo.
Self-Published: Daddy Kool Zine Fest If you’re not aware of what a zine is, it’s a self-published, minimagazine of original texts and/or artwork with a small circulation. They are often associated with the punk rock, DIY movement, and in the early years they were made on photocopiers and sometimes handwritten. They were really popular in the ’90s, especially with the Riot Grrl movement. With all the ’90s nostalgia these days, it’s really no surprise that zines are having a renaissance, enough to have a Zine Fest at Daddy Kool Records in St. Pete on Saturday. Local and national zine vendors will be there and you can check some of them out on Daddy Kool’s Facebook page, facebook.com/daddykoolrecords. The organizer has mini-interviews with some of the vendors so you can get to know them a bit. Bonus: Most zines run just $2-$6 each! There will also be food trucks and FREE BEER from New Belgium Brewing Co. It’s free to attend, and runs from noon-6 p.m. at 666 Central Ave. …
The Obamas and their guests of honor Tuesday night.
It's that time in the day on a Wednesday when you probably need to fantasize about a life other than yours. For instance, I just ate a microwave meal at my desk, I'm wearing a secondhand H&M jacket and my hair is too tight.
Come with me, children, to Tuesday's White House state dinner for Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzi and his wife Agnese Landini. pictured above with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Indeed, this is the kind of event you attend in your head when you're staring off into the middle distance during the marketing meeting.
Let's take a closer look at what Michelle Obama wore, and then die because it is Versace, and it is perfect. She has wowed at many a state dinner throughout her husband's presidency. This was her final dinner, and you can't blame a woman for going out in full bronze shimmer.
The event honored people of Italian heritage and was catered by Mario Batali. Who else was there?
Calamity Kim's cute and creepy sculptures will be available at Holizaar on Sunday.
Dark Arts: Hauntizaar The Halloween season is all the way upon us, and my neighborhood already looks like a set from a number of different horror movies. I want to join the party and decorate too, but most decor in stores is cheap, tacky stuff I wouldn’t want to spend money on. I want something spooky, yet tasteful. Enter the Hauntizaar event at the Studio@620 on Saturday. The inaugural event is presented by St. Pete Craft Heroes, who also put on the annual artists’ holiday market, Holizaar. This event is a similar concept, featuring original creations of seasonal artwork from 20 area artists. This one is all about Halloween and the Day of the Dead. You’ll find lots of creepy-cool creations, ranging from fine art oil paintings, to textiles, sculpture and ceramics. Participating artists include the Crafty Hag, Paper Moon Boxes and Calamity Kim, whose work is pictured. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. …
17-year-old YouTube guru James Charles, now a face for CoverGirl.
When I saw this photo, the first thing I thought was, "Ugh, those cheekbones. Jealous." It took a minute to comprehend that the newest face of CoverGirl was not a girl at all, but 17-year-old James Charles.
The self-made beauty king has just landed a new job as a face for the CoverGirl brand, and deservedly so based on his portfolio. Please take a minute to get lost forever down the rabbit hole of his Instagram. And then, get no work done for the rest of the day with his YouTube account. Finally,read a Q&A with Charles in Cosmo, then pack up and go home for the day, hopefully still having a job.
On Instagram, Charles wrote: “I am so honored and excited to be working with such an iconic brand. I started my Instagram one year ago to inspire others and as an artistic outlet to challenge myself creatively. I truly hope that this shows that anyone and everyone can wear makeup and can do anything if you work hard.”
Amen, brother. Now tell me how you contour so well.
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A worker from the Production Resource Group unrolls a large photo of the late singer Selena Quintanilla for the unveiling of the MAC Selena makeup collection, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. Known simply as Selena, the Mexican-American queen of Tejano music was shot to death in March 1995 by a former employee.
Here's what a true friend does.
A true friend goes to MAC the morning the line of makeup paying tribute to slain singer Selena comes out, gets three shades for herself, and picks up an extra "Dreaming of You" for you. That's what my pal Brittany did for me this morning, and I'm forever changed (see her handing it to me through the window of her car, ever so cooly.)
The line designed after the legendary Mexican-American performer, who was shot and killedin 1995, came out in MAC stores on Thursday morning. It includes a whole bunch of beautiful eyeshadow colors named for Selena songs, and three stunning lipsticks ($18). Check out the colors:
House to Home will be one of several vendors at the Shabby Chic Vintage Market and Artisan Day at the Tampa Garden Club on Sunday..
Retro Redux: Shabby Chic Vintage Market and Artisan Day All the florals, pastels and perfectly distressed vintage furniture your cottage decor-loving heart could dream of will be in one place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at Shabby Chic Vintage Market and Artisan Day. Vendors include House to Home, which specializes in repainted furniture in the shabby chic style; vintage jeweler Sarafina and Beachy Wreaths by Annie Gray. You’ll also find original art, artisanal goods, plants and cottage- and nautical-style decor at the Tampa Garden Club, 2629 Bayshore Blvd. There will be food and live entertainment, so you can really make a day of it. Can’t make it to Sunday’s event? Don’t fret, because the event will be held again next Sunday the 16th, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in downtown Safety Harbor, right on Main Street between Third and Fifth avenues. Visit facebook.com/shabbychicvintagemarketfl for more information. …
Rhea Lana's St. Petersburg children's consignment event runs Sunday the third through Thursday the sixth.
KID STUFF: RHEA LANA’S ST. PETERSBURG CHILDREN’S CONSIGNMENT EVENT Rhea Lana’s is a national franchise of children’s consignment events in which a local business owner gathers quality children’s items from consignors and then holds semi-annual sales. We’re not talking a little sale in someone’s garage; this is a full-blown event that runs Sunday through Thursday, at the former Sports Authority building at 3700 Tyrone Blvd., St. Petersburg. Expect to find everything related to infants, children and teens including cribs, toys, games, strollers, furniture, books and clothing. Consignors set their own prices, and everything has been tagged and entered into a database before the event. The company has earned acclaim for using software to keep track of the inventory, pay the consignors and run the events. They’ll have a special presale event for consignors, volunteers, moms-to-be and members of the military and law enforcement on Saturday, and a special half-price sale for them on Tuesday evening. But don’t feel left out if you’re not in that group; Tuesday is a 25-percent-off day for the public from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and Wednesday and Thursday are half off to the public from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. It’s free to enter, and they accept all forms of credit cards and cash. Visit facebook.com/RheaLanasStPetersburg for more information. …
This year, for the first time, Fashion Week included brand names in the runway shows, from Banana Republic to Free People to Pandora jewelry. On the one hand, it was polished and professional and you can hardly blame them for wanting to show off Florida-friendly styles from mall retailers. On the other hand, it was a good reminder that nothing can replace the exhilaration of seeing local designers, who were still in the mix. When Elizabeth Carson Racker's line sailed down the runway to Beyonce's Freedom, it was chill-inducing. Her show was built around the concept of unity. Models wore labels like "Democrat," "Republican," "Conservative" and "Progressive" and ripped them off once they got to the end. It obviously took a lot of planning and thought, and all the polish and perfect seams in the world can't make up for seeing that kind of creativity born in our own community. …
Deal Divas looking all manners of surprised, weird, kind of offset from the backdrop and not ready for the photo. I think we stayed true to ourselves.
Getting ready for Tampa Bay Fashion Week, in my mind, is always a luxurious exercise. It involves cucumber eye patches, blowouts, careful application of false eyelashes. In this fantasy, we roll up to Tampa Bay's most stylish annual event looking fresh and relaxed, ready to inspire and be inspired.
In reality, your faithful Deal Divas typically work a full day at our jobs as journalists in everything from the arts to politics, and we get ready for Fashion Week by frantically putting on a high heel while running to the car, like something out of a rom com from 2002, and doing our makeup in the rear view at a stop light. By the time we get there, it's a miracle that we look good at all.
This year, Katie, Lisa, Maggie and Kathryn and I barely pulled it together, but we did! We ushered our megabuns and maxi dresses into Kathryn's car on the curb and hauled butt to International Plaza. The show was a great time as usual, in a fresh environment at the mall. More on that soon. …
Dress For Success Tampa Bay's excess inventory sale is on Saturday and Sunday.
Power Suit: Dress for Success Inventory Sale They say clothes don’t make the man (or woman), but I know I feel more confident when I look pulled together, especially for a job interview. But if you’re looking for a job, you might not have the means to buy an expensive outfit. That’s where Dress for Success comes in. The international nonprofit organization helps disadvantaged women by providing not only the tools, but also the attire for a professional career. Our own arts and entertainment editor and Deal Diva, Stephanie Hayes, volunteers with Dress for Success Tampa Bay as a personal shopper. The organization receives donations of clothes and ends up with a surplus of attire. So twice a year, it has an excess inventory sale that’s open to the public with proceeds going back to the charity so it can run the boutique and buy larger-sized business attire, shoes and bags. The next sale is 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Bayshore Baptist Church, 3111 W Morrisson Ave., Tampa. Suits are $10; separates, shoes and purses are $5; and jewelry is $2. It’s a good idea to wear leggings and a tank top, as the dressing room is one big open space. All sales are final and there’s a $25 minimum for using a credit card. Organizers ask you to please leave children at home. (813) 259-1876. tampabay.dressforsuccess.org. …
Tampa Bay Fashion Week is officially open. What is going on this year? Maggie wrote all about it in this story, which provides a full schedule and outlines not one, but two runway shows going down fer real.
There are events all week, starting with the Sip and Shop Soiree tonight (check the link for deets). Five of us will be at Friday's runway show at International Plaza tweeting from the stands, so please follow @dealdivas and check back Monday for a recap if you missed the show.
I took a photo in front of a downtown St. Pete burger joint because it's Monday and I've given up and I would just like a burger please.
Of all the Mondays that ever Mondayed, this is by far the most Mondayest.
It's the day after the Emmy Awards, a fun cultural event in which I like to participate but one that always leaves me dragging at work. Too much excitement for a Sunday night, I guess.
So today's outfit was inspired by a category of clothing I like to call Things I Don't Have to Think About. That means pieces that reliably make you feel good, and fit, and do what they can to help you look nice and also stay comfortable. Because, honestly, I just wanted to wear jeggings today.
The skirt is a Loft staple purchased a couple of years ago for about $12 at the Loft Outlet in Ellenton. It has a scalloped edge. I play favorites with it very often. …
We all know who the real fashion winner (and Emmy winner) is: RuPaul, seen here at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards last week.
I think I speak for millions when I articulate this dream:
Sarah Paulson and the real-life Marcia Clark walk the Emmys red carpet together Sunday night. They both have awesome hair, much better than the 90s would allow, certainly not the cropped perm of OJ lore. Then, when Paulson inevitably wins her Emmy for playing Clark in The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story, they go backstage and do the presser with the statute WEARING the Marcia Clark wig from the program.
If this happens, I will start a new career as Nostradamus.
For more Hollywood hopes and dreams, get out your finest pajamas and join the Deal Divas for red carpet tweeting from the Emmy's Sunday night, starting at 6 p.m. at @dealdivas
We will be on the lookout for everyone in this exhaustive list of predicitons from the Times' Brittany Volk and Andy Rosenthal. Looking at you, Taraji P. Henson and Amy Schumer. To be a part of the Times' Emmys live blog, use the hashtag #tbtemmys. It's so worth it.
Designer Melissa Dolce with a muse at the opening of St. Pete Art & Fashion Week.
The St. Pete Art & Fashion Week benefitting the Warehouse Arts District is in full swing.
Tonight designers present models in a wildflower theme for a photo shoot open to the public from 7 to 11 p.m., at Platformz, 179 1st Ave. N. It costs $10.
Friday is Art Night with local artists and live art demonstrations from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at BBD LIfe Studio at 465 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. This is an even $16.
The grand finale on Saturday s the runway fashion show featuring eight Florida designers, artists, cocktails and hors d’ ouvres. That’s 6 to 10 p.m. at One Progress Plaza, 200 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Tickets are $35 at the door but $28 if you buy them at stpeteartfashionweek.
I chatted with one of the designers, Melissa Dolce, earlier this week and realized I had just seen her completely creative work at the Wearable Art show in Dunedin a few weeks ago. There she created a sports related line including a basketball net overlaying and black and red skirt, a true leather dress made of baseball gloves and an adorable be it pointy shift created completely with golf tees. …
Suit up at the grand opening of Suitsupply in Hyde Park Village.
DAPPER DUDS: SUITSUPPLY GRAND OPENING We all know dudes who love getting booted and suited, so having Suitsupply open in Hyde Park Village is exciting. The Dutch company is known for its modern takes on classic silhouettes, use of Italian fabrics and relatively economical tailored suits. Fashion forward men have probably heard of it, as it was named one of GQ’s 100 Best Suit Shops in America. So come fete the local arrival from 6-9 p.m. today and enjoy music, drinks and light snacks. Complimentary valet will be provided. 1525 W Swann Ave., Tampa.
BARK FOR THE CAMERA: PET PHOTO SHOOT FUNDRAISER So while your phone is likely loaded with snaps of your fur babies being adorable, having a professional photo would be nice, especially when it’s for a good cause. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay and AGoldPhoto have teamed up this Saturday and Sunday from noon-5 p.m. to photograph your pet for a minimum donation of $75. This includes three digital photos of the pet, which you’ll receive via email, and you’ll have an opportunity to purchase more photo products, with 50 percent of donations going to the shelter, 3607 N Armenia Ave., Tampa. (813) 876-4150. humanesocietytampa.org. …
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kathryn Varn spends most of her fashion energy at thrift stores, flea markets and sale racks at the mall. Her style has ranged from "preppy Hollister defender" to "eclectic hippie aunt," but she has since landed on "vintage career woman who wears sun dresses on the weekends." Her proudest secondhand find was a 1950s blue tea length skirt dotted with sunflowers from Brooklyn Flea, but there will always be a special place in her heart for the pair of high-waisted Levis she cut into jorts during college. Her closet is full of fur-fringed coats from her grandmother, and maybe one day, she'll live in a place cold enough to actually wear them. She can be reached at (727) 893-8913 or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Maggie Duffy got her love for fashion from her mama, and her mama's mama. While she's fond of wearing jewelry handmade by artists, you'll often catch her rocking $1.50 bamboo doorknocker earrings. Bamboo is actually a big motif in her style. Her love of color is evidenced by the many iterations of her hair, which she's having a blast with. She thought her sneaker game was on point until a recent trip where she saw just what she's been missing, so she's resigned herself to work that out. Her personal style can be described as street meets sweet. Years of working retail taught her never to buy full price. She can be reached at (727) 893-8572 or firstname.lastname@example.org.