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Shopping Planner: Dress for Success Inventory Sale, Fabletics Grand Opening, Tampa Bay Fashion Week

Dress For Success Tampa Bay's excess inventory sale is on Saturday and Sunday.

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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. …

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Tampa Bay Fashion Week is live. Follow the Deal Divas.

Tampa Bay Fashion Week, 2014.

Luis Santana, Times

Tampa Bay Fashion Week, 2014.

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.

READ IT.

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.

Us:

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My Outfit Monday: Staples to the rescue

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. …

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Tweet along with the Deal Divas for Emmys red carpet Sunday

We all know who the real fashion winner (and Emmy winner) is: RuPaul, seen here at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards last week.

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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. 

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St. Pete Art and Fashion Week: Fashion fueled by passion

Designer Melissa Dolce with a muse at the opening of St. Pete Art & Fashion Week.

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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. …

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Shopping Planner: Suitsupply Opening, pet photo shoots, book fairs, LulaRoe and St. Pete Art and Fashion Week.

Suit up at the grand opening of Suitsupply in Hyde Park Village.

Suitsupply

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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In support of gothic beachwear

This is the dress I wore!

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This is the dress I wore!

I went to the beach over the weekend and wore this Forever21 gray dress with black palm trees I bought it last year before moving to New York City for an internship.

I wanted something with both a tropical vibe that reminded me of Florida and the sleek, edgy look I always associated with the city.

Well, turns out I was on to something.

One of my friends and colleagues, Scott Pollenz, told me it reminded him of a gothic beachwear spread in GQ. The photographed styles include the palm trees we know and love but shaded black and thrown against white, gray or red backdrops.

"It’s a mash-up of Hawaiian florals, Nantucket prep, and the Lucifer-gone-country stylings of Johnny Cash, all delivered with a sly smile," the article says, "and it’s here to save you from the jazz hands of 'beachwear.'"

Preach.

This is not only a more subdued substitute to beach fashion that can too often be summarized by one those sequin Victoria's Secret tote/beach bags.

And that makes it the perfect transition to ~fall beachwear~ which can't really exist most places but absolutely can and should exist in Florida. Our leaves may not change, but our bathing suits and cover ups still can.

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A search for heels you can wear to work — comfortably

Target LifeStride Bindi Cut-out Heeled Pumps, $29.99

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Target LifeStride Bindi Cut-out Heeled Pumps, $29.99

Wanted: Professional shoes with height that I can wear everywhere, that won't kill my feet.

I've been KonMari-ing my life lately, and have parted ways with shoes that don't serve me anymore. A bag of very pretty heels remains under bed, not exactly fitting the definition of bare essential but sparking all kinds of joy. My problem, though, is these heels are useful for special occasions only — and best chased with a pair of fast flats.

My everyday work shoe collection, however? Sorely lacking. Sorely!

The fun thing about analyzing every piece of your wardrobe is creating a list of things you actually need (i.e. everyday black work wedges, or a new pair of jeans that fit instead of old, dumb, white-trimmed jeans that aren't flattering). 

I had three rules for my search for work heels:

1. Nothing over 3 inches. And no stilettos. Wedge or stacked heels only.

2. No suede. It rains all of the time here. Best avoid. (This rule hurts because these Taharis are beautiful. Okay, partial suede, acceptable, unavoidable.)

3. Decent price. Duh. What's my name?

I'll be honest: I'm still looking for my one true shoe (or two). …

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Looking sweet upon the seat of a borrowed bike

My Outfit Monday.

Katie Sanders

My Outfit Monday.

First of all, thank you to the person who parked their pretty blue bike outside the Tampa Bay Times offices, providing the perfect prop for a My Outfit Monday post.

Second of all, in your face Labor Day! You have come and gone and I'm still wearing  my white jeans with pride. They go with everything. 

This sweater, however, seems to only go with my white jeans. I love it but if I try it with black, I feel I'm channeling Mini Mouse. With any other color, I think of a crayon box. I'm open to any suggestions because I love the multiple sizes of the polka dots and the three quarter length sleeves. It was an impulse buy at a sample sale at a friend's house a year ago, but I barely wear it. 

My shoes are from the Aerosoles outlet in Ellenton. They are very comfortable and the tan suede make them a good transition from summer to fall. Even better, they are from their A2 collection. So if you take them off and the label shows you don't look like you borrowed your grandmother's shoes. …

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Tim Gunn is woke about the style needs of American women

Tim Gunn, seen here with non-average woman, Heidi Klum.

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Tim Gunn, seen here with non-average woman, Heidi Klum.

I don't like to brag, but Uncle Tim Gunn and I are thisclose. Surely he remembers the phone interview we did in 2011, in advance of his appearance in Tampa, and the special moments we shared. Surely!

Well, maybe not. But I remember him. And I remember enjoying the heck out of him, and thought he was very honest, funny and open to the experience of the average American woman. So it came as not too much of a surprise to me when he penned an epic, truthy op-ed for the Washington Post. The headline goes:

Tim Gunn: Designers refuse to make clothes to fit American women. It's a disgrace.

Gunn asserts that the American fashion industry has turned its back on women who are not stick insects and seven feet tall, women who are willing to pay good money to have clothes that make them feel put together, stylish and attractive. What a crazy concept. He even takes his own show, Project Runway, to task for tokenism. 

You must read it. 

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Shopping Planner: St. Pete Art and Fashion, Haute Accessories week, Summer Snow Day and Belle of the Ball

Expect plenty of color and creativity at St. Pete Art and Fashion Week.

Courtesy of Dona Crowley

Expect plenty of color and creativity at St. Pete Art and Fashion Week.

LOCAL VOGUE: ST. PETE ART AND FASHION WEEK
Art and fashion come together again for St. Pete Art and Fashion Week from Monday to Sept. 17 in various locations of downtown St. Petersburg. This year’s theme is “Electric Avenue Meets Central Avenue.” A few of the events give you the sense of being behind the scenes, like Wednesday’s Making of the Runway, where you can watch local artists create the runway for the main event. The Bloom event next Thursday brings together designers and photographers as they do a live photo shoot. Sept. 16, there’s Art Inspired, a showcase of work from local artists. The festival culminates with Sept. 17’s Runway Fashion Show, featuring eight Florida designers, including Raul Castillo and Allison Elizabeth Designs. The prices range from $10-$35 for each event, but you can get access to all events for $99 by visiting stpeteartfashionweek.com, where you can also find a complete list of events and locations. Proceeds benefit the Warehouse Arts District. …

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Buying clothes can help schools. Who knew?

My $9 shoes.

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My $9 shoes.

A great black and white polka dot dress from ModCloth for half price. Athleta blue flowered yoga pants marked down from $64 to $22.39. Quick. Click on Schoola.com. Now.

Schoola is a win-win. Deals for us turn into financial donations to schools around the world.

The site sells new items donated by retailers and second hand items donated by us and then donates a percentage of sales to schools. You can even decide what school gets the money from the clothes you donate.

When new items donated from a retailer sell, 40 percent of that money is sent to the Malala Fund, which supports 12 years of safe education for girls around the world.

Now follow me closely here shoppers because the next part of the Schoola plan can seem confusing but I know you got this. If you donate a bag of your gently used second hand clothing or that NWT sweater you will never wear because it won’t ever get that cold in FLA, you can pick any school in the country to receive money when your items sell. The school will get 40 percent of your second hand sales as well. …

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Tampa Bay Fashion Week is back at International Plaza

A scene from Tampa Bay Fashion Week in 2014.

Luis Santana

A scene from Tampa Bay Fashion Week in 2014.

You have to give Tampa Bay Fashion Week credit for trying things and seeing what sticks.

Each year's incarnation of the annual slate of fashiony events has been a little different. While last year saw runway shows swapped in favor of smaller trunk shows in International Plaza, this year organizers are offering not one, but two runway shows. They're back in the mall again, this time in the grand court by the elevators. There are seats available for purchase, but what's cool about this approach is that it exposes the event to a wide variety of folks, people who might just be passing through shopping. It kind of reminds me of the Florida Orchestra's mall efforts, designed to do the same.

There are other TBFW events outside the mall as well. Here's the full lineup.

TBFW Sip & Shop Soiree

This networking event and exhibitor boutique gives you a chance to meet folks from the local fashion scene and buy designer items from LulaRoe, Kenzie Lee Vintage Bijoux, Teal Bliss Boutique and Rogue Swan. Includes drink specials and raffles. Free.  6-8 p.m. at the Hideaway, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd, Tampa.

Fashion Photos & Prosecco …

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Shopping Planner: Give and get, Dali and International Plaza, Inspire Your Style, Stuff the Bag and Labor Day White Parties

"Corset by Detolle for Mainbacher, 1939" is featured in the Horst exhibition at the Dali Museum.

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"Corset by Detolle for Mainbacher, 1939" is featured in the Horst exhibition at the Dali Museum.

Give and Get: Goodwill and Florida Aquarium
Most likely, you’ve got a bag of stuff lurking around that you’re meaning to donate, but keep forgetting. Maybe this deal will help you remember. During September, when you donate clothes or household items to any Goodwill Industries Suncoast store or attended donation site, you will receive a coupon good for $10 off up to four full-paid general admission tickets to the Florida Aquarium in Tampa. Goodwill shoppers who round up their purchases to the nearest dollar will also get a coupon. The coupons are redeemable at the Florida Aquarium until Nov. 30. For its part, the aquarium will donate $1 for each redeemed ticket to support Goodwill’s employment services. To find a donation site near you, visit goodwill-suncoast.org. …

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Alicia Keys isn't judging people who wear makeup

Alicia Keys and husband Swizz Beatz walk the red carpet before the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 29, 2016.

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Alicia Keys and husband Swizz Beatz walk the red carpet before the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 29, 2016.

Alicia Keys is a natural wonder, a gifted singer-songwriter and a barenaked face in a TV sea of lip kits and falsies.

Not that there is anything wrong with those. More on that in a second.

Keys, as you may have heard, is going without makeup this summer (she broke the news in a Lenny Letter essay May 31. No lipstick, no concealer. No makeup for tapings of her new show "The Voice," nor for her performance at the Democratic National Convention in July.

"Why try to be like anyone else, there's only one you! Shinin' & feeling Très Chic!!" she tweeted Aug. 12 about her Grazia cover.

Then the VMAs came along Sunday on MTV, and some dum-dums trolled Keys for either not putting on a red-carpet face or for perceiving her as judging others who like makeup.

She addressed them on Twitter, saying basically, it's not you, it's me.

Husband Swizz Beatz backed her up in an Instagram video.

"Somebody sitting home mad because somebody didn't wear makeup on their face...not your face," Beatz said. "You can do whatever you want to do. She didn't tell y'all to wear no makeup. She's just not vibing with the makeup all the way 100 percent." …

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