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Ashe Couture owner celebrates birthday with a sale for all

Ashe Couture is owned by Amanda Henderson, who is celebrating a birthday by offering 15 percent off all items on July 28.

Katie Sanders

Ashe Couture is owned by Amanda Henderson, who is celebrating a birthday by offering 15 percent off all items on July 28.

Hot tip on a sweet local sale: Save 15 percent all day on Ashe Couture — in store and online — with the code HappyBirthday15.

We never need an excuse for a sale, but since you asked, it's store owner Amanda Henderson's birthday. (We hope she's not working.)

Ashe Couture, home to pineapple sneakers swiped up by two Deal Divas at the sunrise sale as well as 80 percent of Deal Diva Lisa's closet/paycheck, is at 953 Central Ave.

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My Outfit Monday: Shopping like the enemy

Today is my last My Outfit Monday before the beginning of college football season (praise emoji), and therefore I must take this final opportunity to step out wearing the on-trend garnet, gold and black palette that for obvious reasons I will be forced to retire until January.

 

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Modcloth gets cooler, makes us love it even more

Is this my magic jumper?

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Is this my magic jumper?

ModCloth, your favorite online retailer for, well, everything, dropped us a gem this afternoon.

They're starting their own line! In about a week or so, they'll debut the first-ever ModCloth namesake label. How cool is that?

It says a lot about where we are as a culture that the email they sent out directed us to their Instagram feed for sneak peeks. So get over there! (and buy me this jumpsuit while you're at it.)

 

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Who wore it better? Oprah, me or Hannah Montana's Mamaw?

Do you think Oprah's in financial trouble? She's dressing like me?

Katherine Snow Smith

Do you think Oprah's in financial trouble? She's dressing like me?

The endless who-wore-it-better comparisons are often mean spirited, but I think celebrities in some cases gain some clout when they are seen as sharing the same fashion sense as another famous glamour girl.

Mariah Carey must have good taste or a good stylist if she's wearing the same sexy, sheer black dress as Beyonce, the reining queen of music, and, pretty much, America.

The picture of Caitlyn Jenner wowing the ESPY awards in a white Versace gown has been continuously shown next to Angelina Jolie wearing the same dress a few years ago at a movie premiere. I think Angie (as Brad and I call her) would like being seen as having the same strong and elegant style as Caitlyn.

A couple weeks ago I saw a celebrity on the cover of a magazine wearing the exact same dress I own. This is the second time, actually, that I've seen a celebrity in something I wear as well.

No, it wasn't Anne Hathaway in a little black dress or Tina Fey in a sexy scoop neck.

I dress like Oprah and Vicky Lawrence.

I LOVE both of these women as entertainer. They aren't really fashionistas. But I'll take it. I have she same style as a beloved 66-year-old comedian and a 61-year-old reining Queen of the World. …

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To prepare for back-to-school time, a round-up of student-only discounts

We're still about a month away from the start of school, but it's never to early to learn about deals. So here are some of the best deals you can get for being a student (or a parent of a student). And yes, college counts! (H/t Consumer Reports.) Stay tuned for more school-related savings, including a roundup of Tax Free Weekend deals. Florida's week runs Aug. 7 through 16 this year.

Did you know Apple offers special pricing for college students and high school graduates who are starting college? When you shop online, you can save up to $200 on a new Mac computer and up to $20 on a new iPad.  And yes, parents, if you're buying one for your student you're eligible for the discount, too.

If students register with Sony online, they can get discounts of up to 10 percent via the online Sony Education Store.

Likewise, HP offers student discounts through its HP Academy. Both college students and students in grades K through 12 can save up to 20 percent off HP products online. You can also get free shipping. Registration is required for this one, too. …

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#TBT to when you don't know what to wear to your high school reunion (and it's hosted by Vera Wang)

#tbt that time Times senior correspondent Susan Taylor Martin went to a party at Vera Wang's and had to figure out what to wear.

#tbt that time Times senior correspondent Susan Taylor Martin went to a party at Vera Wang's and had to figure out what to wear.

There's a single event uniting me and Kameel in conversation these days — our high school reunions. There are a lot of messages about planning and occasional flareups about who's responsibility is what and ... we're just not ready.

Now, this isn't a post about what we plan to wear (mine is next year, so maybe that post will happen at a later date).

Instead we're inspired to #tbt to a fun piece from Mother Times's archives, an essay about an epic reunion by a seriously fashionable reporter, Susan Taylor Martin.

In 2007, she wrote about trying to figure out what to wear to her 40th high school reunion. As if it that isn't hard enough, the party for her small high school class was happening at the posh Manhattan apartment of designer Vera Wang. Yep, her. Talk about connections.

Martin did what we all would do: She went shopping, hitting up Nordstrom and Nieman-Marcus for a look that would simultaneously live up to Wang's standards and not break her wallet. But nothing really worked out.

In this excerpt, Martin recalls the moment she realized what she needed to do: …

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A dress addict cries, "Help, I need tops!"

Work option 1: Blue and cheery from Modcloth.

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Work option 1: Blue and cheery from Modcloth.

I fear I've become lazy.

It's a rare morning when I don't reach for a dress, not because I'm doing super fancy things with my life. It's because I can't be bothered to choose two items when I can just reach for one. A dress involves really no thought whatsoever, other than shoes and accessories, which are always kind of a mish-mash afterthought for me ("Sure, purple looks great with green!" and I'm out the door). 

Lately, I've been thinking it's time to mix it up, but I realized I am woefully understocked in a crucial area: Tops.

When I look in my closet, most of my tops are long-sleeved things I bought for winter vacations, or blousy weekend tops that need lots of layering and just the right bra and just the right blazer on top. And then it's like, well, what if the smoke alarm goes off at work and I have to evacuate and it's 95 degrees and I have to take off my jacket, and then it's obvious I'm wearing a hot-pink undergarment with an inappropriate office top, WHAT THEN? WHO WILL RESPECT ME THEN? …

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30% off as Twice closes shop

A selection of Anthropologie items on Twice's website. Take an additional 30 percent off all listed prices until 3 a.m. Eastern.

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A selection of Anthropologie items on Twice's website. Take an additional 30 percent off all listed prices until 3 a.m. Eastern.

So, here's the deal.

eBay has swallowed Twice. Or something. The website that sells second-hand wares announced this week that "eBay is acquiring some of our key technology," meaning that "Twice is winding down."

Recode.com reports that eBay's acquisition of the online consignment shop is its first since splitting from PayPal. Although the price tag for Twice remains a mystery, writer Jason del Ray shared some details of the purchase:

An eBay rep confirmed the deal, and said the company will be acquiring some of Twice’s technology as well as 10 of its 40 full-time employees. The Twice website will shut down later this month, he said. Twice co-founders Noah Ready-Campbell and Calvin Young will be joining eBay’s seller experience team and Twice’s technology will be integrated into the eBay Valet assisted-selling service, which recently started accepting used clothing. A source referred to the deal as an “‘acqhire’ for [the] most part.”

What this means for you? Until midnight tonight, Pacific time, get 30 percent off all clothing and accessories with code FINAL30. Everything is final sale. …

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My outfit Monday salutes yellow

Today's outfit brought you you by: a sample sale, a NYC resale shop, an indi St. Pete store and a chain retailer

Today's outfit brought you you by: a sample sale, a NYC resale shop, an indi St. Pete store and a chain retailer

I don't think I've ever owned anything in solid yellow but now I will never go without it. I bought this shirt at a sample sale a friend hosts a few times a year. It has enabled me to wear several other printed pieces that I never had a good top to go with. It's such light weight I can wear it in summer and the long sleeves are great for the office where it's freezing.

 It's almost worth being so cold at work so there's a conversation topic for those awkward elevator rides. I saw that in a tweet a few weeks ago and am not claiming it as my own. If I'm going to steal something it's not going to be a tweet.

My dad was recently buying corn at the Farmer's Market and a seller said the corn wasn't picked that morning and was in fact three days old. My dad thanked him for being honest and the farmer replied: "Mr., if I'm going to lie about something I ani't gonna waste that sin on three-day-old corn."

I digress. My skirt is Diane von Furstenberg. I bought it at a resale store in New York City. See my earlier post on upscale thrift and consignment shops in the Big Apple. …

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We've got a case of the Monday sales

From left: Red Dress Boutique, Nordstrom, Abercrombie & Fitch.

From left: Red Dress Boutique, Nordstrom, Abercrombie & Fitch.

Welcome to the work week, everybody. The hot, exhausting work week that never ends. We know how it is, and that's why we've put together this list of sales, just for you.

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M.A.C heard fans' pleas, is releasing a Selena-inspired makeup line in 2016

Beloved Latin singer Selena Quintanilla, who died 20 years ago this year at the age of 23, was also a noted fashion and beauty icon. Her signature look - dark black eyeliner, bright red lips - has lived on, particularly in popular online makeup tutorials like these. Now, M.A.C Cosmetics is taking things one step further: The cosmetics giant tweeted yesterday morning that it is releasing a Selena-inspired makeup line in the latter part of 2016.

It's happening! MAC + Selena Quintanilla coming 2016. #MACSelena @SelenaLaLeyenda pic.twitter.com/b2rUN4fSNe

The forthcoming line is the result of a serious fan push to get M.A.C to create something based on the late pop star's look. A Change.org petition started back in February currently has more than 37,000 signatures. There's even a hashtag! …

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The Divas hit the 42nd annual Sunrise Sale in St. Petersburg, and not a shoe was safe

In our pajamas at the Times parking lot like loons, 6:30 a.m., go-time.

In our pajamas at the Times parking lot like loons, 6:30 a.m., go-time.

There are few things for which I will get out of bed before 7 a.m.

If my apartment was on fire, I like to think I would get up.

If Ryan Gosling was outside my window all, "You are so beautiful, like an orchid in the rain, please be mine right now," I guess I'd be like, "Sheesh, Ryan, keep it down, I have neighbors, and you need to respect my space, but OK hold on a second," and then I would stand up, and I would go to him.

But the 42nd annual Sunrise Sale in St. Petersburg? With deep discounts starting at 6:43 a.m. at all the best downtown boutiques? There was no question the Deal Divas, myself included, would be there.

We met up at 6:30 a.m. in the Tampa Bay Times parking lot, wearing our favorite pajamas; we knew some stores were offering free gifts and extra sales for shoppers in PJ's. Stephanie went full-on robe and slippers and the rest of us, as per usual, just tried to keep up. (See our live-blog of the shopping day here.)

We kicked things off at Misred, a perennial Diva favorite. They were still setting up when we showed up at 6:40 a.m., a few minutes before the sale technically kicked off, but they gave us their blessing to get started. …

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I fit everything I needed for my 3-night vacation into a laptop bag - and so can you

Just about everything I brought to Chattanooga last weekend. The colors all went together, so I could bring fewer accessories.

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Just about everything I brought to Chattanooga last weekend. The colors all went together, so I could bring fewer accessories.

Readers of Deal Divas may recall that, last week, I was on a great quest. I had vowed to fit the necessities of a three-night vacation into a personal item. Not a checked bag, not a carry-on bag, but a personal item.

Did I succeed in my quest to pay zero dollars in baggage fees to Allegiant Air by shoving everything into a backpack?

No.

I used a laptop bag.

And I had room left to shop.

Here is my tale of victory.

I followed some of the tips that I'd scrounged up for last week's post. I wore my bulkiest items (sweater, sneakers) on the plane. I packed only one swimsuit, and I stuck to breezy one-piece outfits like dresses and rompers.

But there are a few things I learned along the way that made packing a weekend trip into a laptop bag a cinch.

One of the reasons I've over-packed in the past has been the need for wardrobe changes. You know how you'll wear one thing, and then you'll change into your bathing suit and cover-up, and then you'll come back and shower and change into a third outfit for night? I was packing three outfits per day. …

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Get your shoppin' self out of bed early for Sunrise Sale Thursday

Decked out in his pajamas, Steele Gebicke, 3, rides on his dad Scott Gebicke's shoulders while heading down Beach Drive during the 42nd Annual Sunrise Sale in downtown St. Petersburg Thursday morning (07/16/15). Also present was Scott's wife, Natalie Gebicke and their younger son Cole, 20 months. Thursday was Scott's birthday. (he declined to give his age saying he is thirty-something. "It's how we send my birthday morning," Scott Gebicke said. "Breakfast and shopping at the Sunrise Sale." Shops opened at 6:43am with over 55 businesses participating Shoppers were encouraged to wear their PJs for extra savings.

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Decked out in his pajamas, Steele Gebicke, 3, rides on his dad Scott Gebicke's shoulders while heading down Beach Drive during the 42nd Annual Sunrise Sale in downtown St. Petersburg Thursday morning (07/16/15). Also present was Scott's wife, Natalie Gebicke and their younger son Cole, 20 months. Thursday was Scott's birthday. (he declined to give his age saying he is thirty-something. "It's how we send my birthday morning," Scott Gebicke said. "Breakfast and shopping at the Sunrise Sale." Shops opened at 6:43am with over 55 businesses participating Shoppers were encouraged to wear their PJs for extra savings.

Plan on having a bad hair day Thursday 'cause you don’t want to waste time with a flat iron when there are bargains to be had. The 42nd annual Sunrise Sale starts at 6:48 a.m. in downtown St. Petersburg.

The earlier you hit these independent stores the better the deals. Some will even give you extra discounts or freebies for wearing your pajamas.

This is the biggest Sunrise Sale yet because it includes retailers on 4th Street, Central Avenue and Sundial along with merchants on and slightly off Beach Drive. The earlier you go, the better the deals. A lot of stores have specials just for the first hour or two. Skip breakfast along with any personal grooming because a lot of places give out donuts, fruit coffee and mimosas.

(Cassis is having great $1 bakery buys.)

Last year, Bernie's & Sons jeweler gave out $5 gift cards for Cassis to shoppers in their pajamas. I was so overcome with gratitude that I dropped much more than $5 on a beautiful addition to my charm bracelet. The charm has two little gold can-can dancers on a stage and a lever in the back that makes their legs move. It came off a bracelet that he bought from an estate that had charms from arund the world. …

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Amazon Prime Day: A sneak peek at some of tomorrow's deals

Us, basically, at midnight.

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Us, basically, at midnight.

We've heard much about Amazon Prime Day tomorrow, which promises to be bigger than Black Friday. (Amazon promises this, guys, so that's kind of like me promising I will be a bigger pop star than Ariana Grande, JUST BECAUSE I BELIEVE. Take it how you will.) Then we heard Wal-Mart is getting all up in Amazon's grill. 

Naturally, the talk has made me start to take complete stock of all the things I need around my house. All I want to know is, will there be a pancake griddle? Tupperware that does not come from China Kitchen? How about a trash can with two sides, one for recycling, so I can stop piling up my bottles and cans and paper towel rolls on the kitchen counter like a common troll? And what of my Troop Beverly Hills Phyllis Nefler replica wilderness girl cape? I really need these things. 

WHAT WILL THE DEALS BE?!

Good news. Amazon sent a sampling of some deals over today, but more will be revealed tomorrow. The sale starts at midnight, so go ahead and line up your Red Bull cans. Away we go:

·         Fire TV Stick, $15 off

·         Kindle, $30 off

·         Fire HD 7, $60 off

·         Fire HD 7 Kids Edition, $60 off

·         32-inch LED TV, $75

·         40-inch 1080p LED TV, $115 …

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