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Calling all models: Tampa Bay Fashion Week is casting

This could be you! One of the models from last year's runway show, shot by tbt*'s Luis Santana.

This could be you! One of the models from last year's runway show, shot by tbt*'s Luis Santana.

Do you look like a model? Do you have modeling experience? OH, MUST BE NICE.

Anyway, all jealousy aside, we wanted to let you know that Tampa Bay Fashion Week is holding an open casting call for models to walk in this year's runway show, strutting in the best locally-designed fashion in Tampa Bay. Casting is from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Art Institute of Tampa, 4401 North Himes Ave. in Tampa. Your arrival time is determined by your last name, so if you're A-I, come at 9:30 a.m., if you're J-Q, come at 10 a.m., and if you're R-Z, come at 10:30 a.m. If you can't make it for your block, come before 11 a.m. If you come past 11:30 a.m., you're out of luck.

Check the website here for all the size and height requirements, plus what to wear (or not wear) and bring. And good luck! The Deal Divas love rooting for the models at the runway show almost as much we we love rooting for the clothes. This year's Tampa Bay Fashion Week designer showcase will be held Sept. 17 at the Hilton in Downtown Tampa. We will see you there!

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Quick! Read this post. It may make you money ... or just laugh

Do you really need a caption? |

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Do you really need a caption? |

Let's do an experiment. Everyone, put your hand in your pockets.

They're empty, right?

Yea, so are ours. That's why we're happy to hear about this bit of news, passed onto us by Deal Diva friend Katherine Snow Smith, who tracks all the new businesses coming to town.

On Sept. 4, the Tampa Bay area is getting another resale/trade shop. Think along the lines of Plato's closet, Revolve, etc. Discount used clothes with the option to bring your old ones to the counter for some cash.

And word on the street is this new place - called Clothes Mentor -- is stocking up on inventory now, just in time for everyone who's cleaning (or told themself they will clean) out their closet. A grand opening is scheduled for Sept. 4. Clothes Mentors, whose owners have other locations in New York, is near Tyrone Square Mall in St. Pete (official address: 6752 22nd Ave N)

The store is taking "better brand" womens clothing and accessories from size 0-26  We haven't been by ourselves, but Katherine has, and told us she got $25 for 8 items.

Ok, now that the business meeting is over, let's get to the fun stuff. Like this.

Happy Thursday, y'all.

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Planning ahead: Runway show and charity shopping this Saturday

Designer Rogerio Martins' creation, called the 'Cyborg Matador,' was featured in the 2010 Wearable Art show.

Times files

Designer Rogerio Martins' creation, called the 'Cyborg Matador,' was featured in the 2010 Wearable Art show.

Looking for Saturday plans? Go ahead and add these to your calendar:

*The Wearable Art fashion show returns for its 10th year Saturday at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd. Known for stretching the definition of "garment," the show challenges local artists and designers to transform everyday items -- think cotton balls, mops, table doilies -- into haute couture.

The runway portion is at 8:30 p.m., sandwiched between a 7 p.m. pre-party and a 9:30 p.m. after-party. Catwalk seats are sold out, but you can still snag bleacher seats for $40 or standing-room tickets for $20. Click here for more information.

*Need something to wear to the show? Or just prefer to stay in? Macy's has got you covered!

The retailer is offering 25 percent discounts Saturday to customers who make a $5 donation to the March of Dimes either in stores or online. The ninth annual "Shop for a Cause" event benefits local charities that support pregnancy and baby health.

Last year's event raised more than $200,000 across Florida alone, officials said. More info here.

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My Outfit Monday: Back to the Target rack

Target's clearance rack does it again! Feeling very Audrey Hepburn-ish in my white floral sheath dress. Shoes: DexFlex by Payless. Jacket: Crystal Expressions & Drew Street Bargain Resale in Clearwater.

Julie Kliegman | TIMES

Target's clearance rack does it again! Feeling very Audrey Hepburn-ish in my white floral sheath dress. Shoes: DexFlex by Payless. Jacket: Crystal Expressions & Drew Street Bargain Resale in Clearwater.

Over the years, friends have joked that I could singlehandedly keep Target afloat with my clothing and accessories purchases alone. And as we all know, jokes are often rooted in a modicum of truth.

To that end, I put myself on a self-imposed ban a few months ago: Wandering around Tar-jay just for wandering's sake was out, as were quick trips for a specific dinner item. Only shop with friends who are well-versed in pep talks that might resemble a Hollywood police negotiation scene ..."Stop! Slowly lower the stack of sweaters back onto the nice table then back away with your hands up and this Taco Bell gift card I have here for you doesn't get hurt..."

Sooooo, yeah, the bad news is I broke the ban last week. But, but, wait, there's good news! All the pep talks must've worked like Pavlov's charm because I'm proud to announce that I successfully navigated a solo Target trip with only one clothing purchase!

I initially scanned the entire clothing and jewelry section and managed to walk away empty-handed. But somewhere between greeting cards and cereal, the clearance tag on this gorgeous floral sheath dress eeked its way into my peripherals. …

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ICYMI: Britney Spears' new lingerie, sleepwear collection

A set from the collection.

via Pinterest

A set from the collection.

This is old-ish news, but I don't think we've talked about it and I just really think we should. Since every celebrity is apparently also secretly a designer with deep wells of talent we just never knew about, Britney Spears is launching a lingerie and sleepwear collection. She posted a photo of herself in a set from the collection last month, and I can't believe I didn't know she had Instagram until just now. For shame.

The collection has a website saying is launches in the U.S. and Canada on Sept. 9. E! says items will be priced from $17 to $79, so hey, not too bad.

Maybe once it launches, they'll do a line inspired by her best music video looks. I can't decide if I'm saying that with sarcasm or sincerity.

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Your friendly Friday afternoon link party

Posh Spice is selling her Spice Girls wardrobe. Expect even more fivesomes dressed up as our favorite all-girl British group come Halloween (with one who looks really, really authentic).

Photo from Times archives.

Posh Spice is selling her Spice Girls wardrobe. Expect even more fivesomes dressed up as our favorite all-girl British group come Halloween (with one who looks really, really authentic).

Yes, it's raining tons, and that's a downer. But we know you still can't wait to bust out of the workplace and jumpstart this whole weekend thing.

Kick off whatever you have planned with our occasional, high-brow blog post series we have professionally deemed LINK PARTY!!!

* Victoria Beckham, more relevantly known to us as Posh Spice, is selling her clothes from her years as a Spice Girl. And guess what? A portion of the proceeds will go to mothers2mothers, a group that helps mothers infected with HIV get jobs. The private sale is from Aug. 20-25. More details about how you can register for that authentic Halloween ensemble from mtv.com here. (h/t @craigtimes)

* Shave an extra 30 percent off your basket of J. Crew final sale selections with code SHOPSALE. (h/t @itsren)

The Poppy Boutique, a really cute store in Hyde Park that is conveniently located near Anthropologie, is having a So Long, Summer sale starting today. Everything in the store is marked down by either 20 to 80 percent. Jewelry and purses are buy one, get one 50 percent off. (Oh, and we hear you get a free koozie from the store if you spend at least $75.) …

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Pregnancy fashion: Fact or farce?

Who says moms-to-be can't have fun with fashion too? Overall shorts, $34.95.

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Who says moms-to-be can't have fun with fashion too? Overall shorts, $34.95.

Throughout her pregnancy and perhaps even more so in pictures taken shortly after giving birth Wednesday, Today show anchor Savannah Guthrie, IMHO, looked fabulous.

But, as documented on her blog leading up to baby Vale's debut, not everyone shared those sentiments.

In mid-July, Guthrie tackled the issue of pregnancy fashion -- or, rather, the fact that some critics argued that there was no such thing.

Among the snark was a viewer's accusation that Guthrie was intentionally enveloping her ever-growing 8 1/2-month bump in tight clothes to "flaunt" her pregnancy ... rather than, you know, wearing normal maternity wear whose stretchiness is meant to grow with you and not actually act as a girdle which shields the fact that you're slowly baking an 8-pound bun within.

Guthrie fought back with a segment on how maternity fashion has evolved from the days when women hid under muumuus to include clothing lines that feature pencil skirts, bikinis and everything in between.

After you check out this video of some of Guthrie's fashion highlights, take a gander at the slideshow above.

Then, tell us your thoughts: Is pregnancy couture a fact or a farce?

 

 

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Girl, fix your face (and other tips for emergency skin breakouts)

Our friend Hilary swears by this stuff, which she says does a good job of killing the bacteria that causes acne.

Our friend Hilary swears by this stuff, which she says does a good job of killing the bacteria that causes acne.

Ladies, let's talk.

A couple weekends back, I flew away for a long weekend. It was lovely and a great escape. I got some much-needed rest, some quality hang-out time, and witnessed the nuptials of some dear friends. And while on a shopping trip with my sister, I decided to be a little adventurous.

We ducked into a Bath & Body Works because she needed something. I didn't have plans to get anything. I'm picky about what does go on my sensitive skin, and it's been years since I actually bought something for myself from there.

So I hovered around the sale display (naturally) and was instantly intigued by a jar of lotions -- 3 for $6! I picked out three, of course, and went on with my day.

Later that night, I slathered my new purchase (from the really nicely packaged "Artisan Frangrance" line) all over my face and collar area. Instantly, I smelled like lemons! Pomegranate! Honey! Almond! Who could resist?

Me. I should have resisted.

The next day, I was on an early-morning train to another destination. I ran a hand over my face and knew something wasn't right. BUMPS. ITCH. UGH.

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Deal Diva pet peeves and advice for more pleasant shopping

When you're shopping, how close is too close? This close is too close.

Single White Female screen grab, Times files.

When you're shopping, how close is too close? This close is too close.

Last week I had the honor of delivering the keynote speech at the Best in Biz Awards from LocalShops1, an organization that supports local shopping and small businesses in Tampa Bay, run by former Tampa Bay Times employee Ester Venouziou. Ester asked if I would deliver some pithy commentary from the point of view of an avid shopper and Deal Diva, giving tips to the store owners about what we like or don't like in our shopping experiences.

I was like, sure! Then I was like, oh. Oh, wait. Are the shop owners are going to hate me for essentially spotlighting all the things I wish were different? Are they going to get mad when I compare overzealous customer service to something out of Single White Female (above)? Am I going to get a face full of chicken marsala from the angry crowd? After all, we love our local shop owners and know their struggle is real, too. …

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A fall makeup collection for the perfect plot from MAC

The name of this MAC lipstick is Reckless Desire.

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The name of this MAC lipstick is Reckless Desire.

Have you ever looked at the cover of one of those cheap drugstore romance novels and thought, man, I wish I could run away and find a dashing, gruff, but secretly kind-hearted pirate king all while wearing a great old timey red velvet dress and the perfect smokey eye?

Well MAC's new fall 2014 makeup collection will presumably be able to help you with at least one of those things. They're coming out with this new collection all based on romance novels, like the really great old ones with Fabio on the cover. It'll have lipsticks and eye shadows and the whole nine yards in lots of really pretty shades. There's even an eyeliner called Evil Twin, which I think is great. It's like, let's not let a trope go unreferenced, you know?

Plus they got these beautiful modely people to pose like the people on the cover of those books. It's kind of amazing. Refinery 29 has a slide show of all of them. It's worth clicking through. …

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My Outfit Monday: Chambray for days

The Sunday brunch outfit: J. Crew Factory shirt and shorts, necklace from Trunk Stylist in St. Pete, small arm party from H&M.

photo by Ren LaForme

The Sunday brunch outfit: J. Crew Factory shirt and shorts, necklace from Trunk Stylist in St. Pete, small arm party from H&M.

After seeing chambray shirts all over my favorite style blogs and then looking high and low for my perfect version, I finally found it a few months ago at J. Crew Factory (similar to this one but I think I paid less than that for it). It's become my go-to shirt because it goes so well with everything in my closet. It works great with all my jeans, shorts, skirts, etc., and also as a nice cover up if a sweater would be to bulky, like for a late night at the beach or in a movie theater.

It's so go-to in fact, that I wore it twice this weekend. I wore it to work Saturday night and then again Sunday for brunch with friends and then out running errands.

Check out the slideshow to see how I wore it, and also -- since my definition of work appropriate is more loose than most people's -- for some examples of ways you can make chambray work for more traditional work outfits.

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Fab Friday: Natasha Bernard

A diva after our own heart! Tampa blogger Natasha Bernard absolutely slays in this part-DIY/part-thrift ensemble. Want to learn her tricks of the trade? Inquire within (... or just click through the slideshow for more glamor)!

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A diva after our own heart! Tampa blogger Natasha Bernard absolutely slays in this part-DIY/part-thrift ensemble. Want to learn her tricks of the trade? Inquire within (... or just click through the slideshow for more glamor)!

Mom, wife, businesswoman, interior design maven, foodie, music lover, globe-trotter, domestic diva, fashionista cultural enthusiast and Renaissance woman.

With a resume like that, it's no wonder local stylista Natasha Bernard's blog, Fashionably Fabulous, has gained a tremendous following of hundreds of Twitter followers, more than 3,000 Facebook fans and nearly 5,100 Instagram followers in four short years.

Natasha -- who describes her blog as "a fashion space where classic, romantic, casual chic, edgy, street or bohemian styles collide to produce a fashionably fabulous ending" -- nimbly covers everything from recipes to fashion industry news and events to makeup and accessories.

But her special forte? Thrifting and DIY couture. As such, we leave you in her capable hands this Fab Friday! Do you want to be featured? Tweet us @DealDivas or email us at the addys to the right.

Name: Natasha Bernard

City: Tampa

Blog: FashionablyFab.com

Day Job: Healthcare IT Project Manager …

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#WeddingWeek bonus: Registration open for September bridal show

Put all those Deal Divas Wedding Week lessons to work at a bridal show set for next month in Dunedin.

Put all those Deal Divas Wedding Week lessons to work at a bridal show set for next month in Dunedin.

Last week's healthy dose of Wedding Week not enough for you? Well, here's another tidbit.

Online registration is open for a bridal showcase being held noon to 3 p.m. on Sun., Sept. 28 at Bon Appetit Restaurant, 148 Marina Plaza in Dunedin.

The event, hosted by Weddings on the Water, invites brides-to-be and their betrotheds to enjoy an afternoon of hors d'oeuvre and champagne tastings, chitchat with wedding professionals and a chance at door prizes. Cost is $5 per person.

You have until Sept. 26 to RSVP here or by calling (727) 733-215 ext. 270.

It's the perfect opportunity to put to use the wealth of advice we learned straight from the mouths of brides, bridesmaids, frequent guests, wedding planners and more who have been there, done that and walked away with plenty of discounts or cool party favors!

 

 

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Review: Sean Daly loves Birchbox Man, hates saggy boxers

The dreaded Grover boxers, perfect for all your private medical exams.

Photo via Birchbox

The dreaded Grover boxers, perfect for all your private medical exams.

Editor's note -- Sean Daly, the Tampa Bay Times' pop music critic and self-described "roiling sea of uncertainty" was at his desk a couple days ago pulling out a pair of powder blue boxer shorts and holding them in the air with great concern. Knowing Sean for as long as I have, I was like, "yawn," until I realized he was pulling said shorties out of a Birchbox, the OG beauty sample grab bag (box?). Turns out, Sean is a subscriber to Birchbox Man, and of course, we had to have a review. Here's Sean's take on the plethora of bro oils and boxers he gets from Birchbox once a month. Enjoy. And follow our Deal Diva for Day at @seandalypoplife, if you dare. -- Stephanie

I like the underpants the best.

Comfy, secure, but, most importantly, timely: Whenever I’m running low on unmentionables (I despise laundry), Birchbox Man, the dudecentric spinoff of the monthly beauty products subscription service, always seems to ship me fresh undies. I’m telling you, it’s those magical nick-of-time ’wears, especially ones from Bread & Boxers, that keep my love for Birchbox burning. …

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Snip, snip! Look, a new outfit

This shirt was a dress before Kameel showed it the way it needed to be all along.

This shirt was a dress before Kameel showed it the way it needed to be all along.

I admire people who take scissors to their clothes and turn them into something more fabulous. Brave, creative people like Kameel.

(Look, there's no rule that says your outfit cannot be featured twice in one week.)

Like my fear of drastic hairstyles, I worry about cutting into fabric of, say, an old bridesmaid's dress or a pair of jeans with ragged hems even though something better could emerge. Yes, even though whatever happens will not be the worst thing in the world.

Not Kameel, nor a lot of other brave, creative people I know. 

For years, a flouncy Marshalls dress with a modern floral print tantalized Kameel from her closet -- too short for work, too fancy for dinner.

So this morning, she cut it below the seam at the waist, including the bulky pockets (sorry, no before picture) (and also, sorry, it feels kind of wrong to talk about cutting out pockets). She tucked it into a thrifted pencil skirt with a purple accent belt.

The result: A classy blouse suited for shirt-skirt office combos. And, bonus! We discovered the modified dress also works as a peplum shirt. …

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