This might be how Tim Gunn felt on the show. Heidi Klum, left, and Tim Gunn, right, take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge during the Project Runway finale at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 in New York.
This is the total best.
Gentle, sweet, wise, avuncular spirit guide Tim Gunn finally FLIPPED HIS LID on Project Runway last night when he JUST COULD NOT ANYMORE with a contestant. Read the whole story here at Vanity Fair.
Frankly, I'm surprised he didn't lose his hat sooner. One man can only take so many asymmetrical hemlines, hanging threads, misaligned prints and general fashion axe murder.
Neutrals are so hot and costume-friendly right now.
If you haven’t had your Halloween costume planned for the last 11 months like I have, do not fret. As Queen Juice*, I've come up with a ton of pop culture-inspired ideas for you. And since I wouldn't want you to shell out for a costume that you can only wear once, I suggest picking up some trendy items that will make a statement long after All Hallows’ Eve.
Carole Crist, wife of Charlie Crist and a former Florida first lady, recently hosted a grand opening of her women’s clothing store Goddessey Boutique on Third Avenue just off Beach Drive. It’s big, airy and white with a South Beach feel. I talked to her about why she opened the store, her wholesale costume business, her favorite clothing lines and her husband’s next potential political post.
Why did you open the store?
It actually started with what I saw was a real need in the community in downtown St. Petersburg. I found in the last few years spending a lot of time here with Charlie when I had a special event or needed to do some shopping, really the best place for me to go was the International Plaza in Tampa to find the brands I know and love. It was a long drive there and back and I was having to carve out a half a day at least. I thought I’m sure I’m not alone in this community with all these wonderful ladies. Also having a store like this has been a lifelong dream.
Bill Edwards often said he developed Sundial so St. Petersburg residents wouldn’t have to shop in Tampa as much. Did you consider opening there? …
So, this is kind of a big deal for me. (No pun intended.)
Joining the Deal Divas, who I admire and often opine with about The Bachelorette and fashion victims at large, gives me a legit reason to spend hours staring at clothing and trying to find ways to recreate looks I love. Thank you, merciful fashion over lords, for believing in me. I will try not to offend fans of things I wish didn't exist. (Success not guaranteed.)
But enough about me. It's somehow still only Thursday. :(
Let's make plans for the weekend to brighten our lives. These plans brought to you by the color blue and the letter F for fabulous.
Cerulean Blu boutique at 400 Beach Drive, Suite 161 in St. Petersburg is planning a weekend long trunk show for the Veronica M line starting Friday morning. That means you can take 10 percent off the grey fringe cardigan, long sleeve maxi dress or any other Veronica M item you've been eyeballing on the website for months. Trunks shows are fun because they give you not just a chance to see the clothes in person, but to see them on a human up close and know if it was meant for you or if a piece is a dreaded "for stick figures only" style.
If you read theNew York Times' damning May investigation of NYC nail salons — where many workers are paid below minimum wage or nothing at all, among other health problems and humiliating circumstances — you may find yourself worrying, like me last week, whether your favorite nail salon treats its employees fairly.
I can't tell you whether some workers in Tampa Bay nail salons face remotely similar conditions. But I can pass on a few tips from the Times and Allure that a friend recently passed on to me that can make your mani search more socially conscious.
The sources offer similar advice, except on whether you should straight-up talk about wages with your manicurist during the service.
One constant is to be willing to pay more. Exceptionally low prices could present a red ethical flag.
The Times quoted Yale Law School lecturer Nicole Hallett, who has worked on some nail salon wage cases in court. She said, “We, as consumers, expect to have low prices and to be able to go to nail salons often, but the more prices are pushed down, the more employers are cutting costs. They’re cutting costs somewhere, and in many cases it’s coming out of the pockets of the workers themselves.” …
Stephanie captured a bunch of candids outside of Times HQ instead of one glamour shot, like this...
Welcome to October. It's been waiting for us!
Yes, I have a birthday-month bias, and yes, it's rainy today, but you have to admit that it feels plain awesome.
With the weather turning crisp, I'm turning down summer's bright hues (yellow Target purse excepted) in favor of toned-down, moodier wardrobe choices that match my midnight pedicure.
That doesn't mean the fun's over. With mixed patterns, the fun never stops.
I inherited this floral blouse with billowy sleeves for free from Deal Diva Alumna Kameel. There's something about tucking baggy blouses into fitted pencil skirts that leaves me inspired and happy, so that's where I took things with this navy Target skirt (also from Kameel).
I could have stuffed my toes into reliable maroon pumps for a look that made polished sense. But I wanted to give a shoutout to my pedi, and these low wedges from DSW came to mind as a neutral but playful surprise. Or are they actually bonkers?
I texted Stephanie a photo with the usual question (with usual lazy punctuation). She provided the usual answer.
She blessed this, so I went with prints on prints. …
Infinity Headbands is one of more than 40 vendors at the boutique sale.
You mean to tell me it's the first day of October and you haven't even started your holiday shopping?
Don't panic. One of the first shopping events of the season is tomorrow.
The Chic Boutique at LCC Day School in St. Petersburg is open to all from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday. It's at 4400 Chancellor St. NE. near Snell Isle and 38th Avenue NE.
The school's fifth and biggest holiday shopping market features local vendors, including one of our favorite Central Avenue boutiques, Ashe Couture. Infinity Headbands offers everything from cute bows for kids to beaded bands for the older, hipper set.
Expect clever home goods, designer children's and adult apparel, hand crafted jewelry, handbags and more.
Vendors include: Knits by Cheryl, Huntington Street Glass Art, Caydyn & Charlie Jewelry, Beyond the Needle, Boaters Republic, Dolly & George Boutique, L. Wood Athletics, Noonday Collection, Thirty-One Gifts, Usborne Books, Younique, Tone it Tampa, Stella & Dot, Enewton Designs and several more.
You will not look bad in this. It's on sale for $50, link below.
Oh gosh, oh me, oh my.
I've always loved pinup culture, and have the Alberto Vargas coffee table books to prove it. Still, I tend to incorporate pin-up style into my own look in half-committed ways. A red lip here, a flutter skirt there.
Deal Diva Lydia commits fully to the pin-up aesthetic on the reg, and we're always in awe of how she pulls it off. It's no surprise that she was the one to alert me to this sale today. The aptly named Pinup Girl Clothing (or PUG, if you're in the know) is having its famous "online yard sale, with prices up to 70 percent off, with most items coming in less than $60.
Obviously loving this can't-miss Dames dress in Red Bengaline, but I might be more interested in these purses (!!!!!!!!!!11!!!!!11!!!!!). I will take one of each, please. If that's not sale enough, check out the final sale section of the site, with deep discounts on discontinued items.
Can't wait to buy one moderately-stylized item and then be totally blown to bits by Lydia when she shows up in full victory rolls and fishnets.
It is with great sadness that we bring you the news that Blake Lively is giving up on Preserve — for now. The good news: There are major deals to be had.
The actress and new mom is shuttering the lifestyle site until she can rebrand and, basically, just do a better job.
Preserve, which was created to connect users with makers “of things, of experiences, of stories,” opened to great fanfare last summer — Lively, 28, seemingly became BFFs with Martha Stewart just seconds after the launch — but it was soon criticized for issues with everything from site design to product descriptions to prices. …
That's right, free doughnuts will be available to all on Oct. 2, while supplies last. The restaurant, located on McDill Avenue in South Tampa, opens at 7 a.m. They're celebrating their recent win in the category of "Best Dougnuts" in Creative Loafing's Best of the Bay contest. We'll take it!
More doughnut wisdom: Deal Diva Lisa told me this morning about a miraculous deal over at St. Pete Bagel Co. (seriously great bagels) in which customers who buy any size latte get a free doughnut. The hole-in-the-wall up on Fourth Street in St. Petersburg hand-makes their own bagels and dougnuts in house.
Tuesday is National Coffee Day, and lots of retailers are offering free (or very cheap) coffee in honor of the holiday. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
Don't be like me, coffee fiends. I made the awful, unforgivable mistake this morning of bringing my own coffee into work from home.
ON FREE COFFEE DAY.
I should have consulted the Times' helpful guide on where to get free coffee today. Check it out. There are deals at Kahwa, Wawa, Whole Foods, Dunkin' Donuts, Nature's Food Patch and Krispy Kreme (+ a free donut, whaaaaaaat).
I should mention there's a double bonus in play. Take a picture of your coffee and your Tampa Bay Times and tag it #TBTCoffee. Our social media team will be choosing their favorites to feature on Twitter and Instagram.
Free coffee + instant fame? That's a happy Tuesday.
$6 outfit in action, Charles and Di mug full of steaming hot java.
Today in the category of Practice What You Preach:
I present to you an outfit I got for $6 total from the Dress for Success Excess Inventory Sale over the weekend. Remember the one we told you about, where suits were $10 and clothes were $5? Yeah. I couldn't get there until the final hour, and it turned out to be a major boon because just as I started shopping, the organizers announced that everything was being reduced to $2. YES, EVERYTHING WAS $2. My heart started racing and all the women at the sale started scooping up more and more armloads of stuff, not unlike rabid wolves.
I had exactly $40 in cash in hand to keep myself within a budget, and it turned out to go way farther than I could have imagined. I left with 18 items for $36 ("You couldn't find two more things?" my boyfriend asked. I donated the last $4). I scored dresses and skirts and all kinds of stuff, items by INC, Lilly Pulitzer, Jones New York and so on. I even found a pair of Michael Kors sandals that look to be just about brand new. …
Carrie a.k.a. S.J.P was right. The scrunchie was long past the peak of its fashion lifespan when it was so prominently featured in the opening credits of the 1989 dark comedy "Heathers."
But even nails pounded into a coffin by Sarah Jessica Parker can be removed it seems allowing scrunchies by the thousands to flow back into the fashionsphere.
I've seen them at American Apparel for $3. A great vendor with a lot of throw back stuff sells them for about $5 at the St. Pete Indie Market.
But what's much more surprising than a scrunchie comeback is what some retailers have the nerve to charge for them.
Missoni sells crocheted scrunchies for $100. Nordstrom sells silk ones for $24 to $54. I mean, please tell me, who is paying that much money for a SCRUNCHIE? On second thought. Please don't tell me. I don't want to know. …
Life took me today, as it does most days, to Groupon.
I've already mentioned my affinity for Groupon vacation deals. Just last week, my guy and I scooped up a long weekend cruise for $99 on Groupon. Now, I'm in the market for a few home services, chief among them a cleaning service. I don't want a regular maid (well, I DO, but I live in reality), just someone to come once and clean the grout and the windows and that kind of thing. In the words of Groupon's effective marketing campaign, I "checked Groupon first."
While exploring my grout options, I saw a tab I never really noticed before marked "clearance," and like a moth to the flame, I clicked.
These Chanel watches can be yours for only $8,459! Before you scoff and stomp away, consider that the previous price was $16,250. Ok, now you can scoff and stomp away. I think this is something people who aren't buying a once-a-year grout cleaning on Groupon can consider, but not the rest of us. …
Hillary Clinton posted this on Instagram today, and my curiosity about what else exists like this took off.
As Deal Diva Lisa pointed out, we write for Deal Divas on the side of our usual beats at the Times. I work for PunditFact, which fact-checks pundits like PolitiFact does politicians, and today I'm reporting about Ronald Reagan's record of tax increases and cuts in the '80s.
Today I'm also taking a moment to point out something not so serious, because what's life, and politics, without some whimsy?
Like election manicures.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton today posted, in her view, a "100" emoji-worthy manicure (presumably from a fan, and not her own, though that would be different), on her Instagram. The fingertips asked "Who run the world" on one hand and answered with her cartoon likeness on the other.
At this writing, the other candidates have not embraced this brand of candidate loyalty. But hey, if you're into one of them — and I think this could be pulled off at a party convention next year, especially — the Internet can fill the void.
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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.
Following her little rockabilly heart, Lydia Harvey strives for an alternative/mid-century/elementary school mom aesthetic — a tip of the fascinator to personal heroes Joan Jett, Claire Dunphy and the iconic Elizabeth Taylor. Heels are her signature, fit-and-flare her weakness. She owns 12 too many coats for a native Floridian and has gleefully conceded that gold is bananas. Second only to scrolling through daily boutique arrivals, her dearest pastime is compulsively styling for sporting events and travel, all on a budding family’s dime. She can be reached at (727) 892-2939 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.
Robbyn Mitchell would sleep on designer sheets if she could find any on the clearance aisle. Her love for labels started as wee a one — even her canvas sneakers had to be Keds. When mom stopped footing the bill for her opulence, Robbyn got more creative with her purchases. She unapologetically mixes hard-won Black Friday Old Navy jeans with Ellen Tracy sweaters and discounted Guess pumps to ready herself for a fantasy cameo on TV fashion's holy grail, ABC's Scandal. She can be reached at (727) 893-8104 or firstname.lastname@example.org.