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100 Fourth of July sales you need to know about this weekend

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’Merica! It’s that time again.

 

Time to cook out, soak up the sun, play with fireworks and shop at rock-bottom prices. Here are more than 100 sales you absolutely need to know about this holiday weekend. Happy Fourth!

 

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Donna Karan steps down from her own brand

Donna Karan in her studio upstairs from Urban Zen in New York, Feb. 21, 2014.

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Donna Karan in her studio upstairs from Urban Zen in New York, Feb. 21, 2014.

Everyone bust out your 90s graphic block lettering DKNY shirts!

Donna Karan has stepped down as the chief designer at her company, Donna Karan International, Women's Wear Daily reports. She's going to focus on her charitable organization, Urban Zen, which is all about healthcare, education and preserving cultures. Urban Zen collections feature "seasonless basics in a neutral color palette and corresponding jewelry, accessories and home decor handmade by artisans employed by Urban Zen," WWD writes.

She'll remain a consultant to the brand. Fun fact, WWD points out, is that the most recent was Karan's best collection in basically forever. But good for her for doing good things with her success.

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What we're loving for July

These are a few of our fav-o-rite things.... okay, I'll stop singing and talk about summer sandals.

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These are a few of our fav-o-rite things.... okay, I'll stop singing and talk about summer sandals.

Wednesdays are when you are trying to swim from the United States to Cuba but get tired halfway through and are too far from either shore to save yourself.

And Wednesday, of course, is my posting day. Sorry for all the struggle.

But why wallow? More than just a Wednesday, it's July 1; a whole new month is upon us, and there's plenty to celebrate. So today I'd like to share with you my favorite things (category: Deal Divas) for the month ahead. Cue Maria.

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My Outfit Monday: The Most Special Diva Wedding Edition Ever

A shot of the stunning dress, (and natty tux) by ace photographer and Deal Diva, Lisa Gartner.

A shot of the stunning dress, (and natty tux) by ace photographer and Deal Diva, Lisa Gartner.

It's going to be hard to top this My Outfit Monday.

Deal Diva Katie got married on Friday (which, in an appropriate newshound universe for Katie just so happened to also be a super historic day for marriage). Several of us Deal Divas had the pleasure of attending and watching Katie take vows with her handsome hubby (!) and our friend, T.J.. And while the focus was mostly on the bride and groom and their love, we couldn't help but focus a little on the clothes.

First, Katie. Well, no one can top her. She was stunning in a vintage-inspired beaded dress with an off-the shoulder sleeve from The Dressing Room in St. Pete, coupled with a breathtaking veil. We all watched gasping from the seats at the Mirror Lake Lyceum. …

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Women can tie one on, too

Tampa Bay Times web developer Alex Sanchez knows how to rock a bowtie.

Tampa Bay Times web developer Alex Sanchez knows how to rock a bowtie.

  Alex Sanchez, Tampa Bay Times web developer, by day and beautiful hipster by 24-7 isn't the first female to rock a bowtie but she may be leading the trend in Tampa Bay.

Rihanna wore one to a Met Gala party. Drew Barrymore calls them "fabric smiles." Emma Stone and Kim Kardashian have also been sporting the neck candy that has wrongly been relegated to men for centuries.

Alex, celebs and women on the site girlinabowtie.com show you can wear bowties as casual or cocktail attire. But to wear one as it's intended a collar shirt is best, especially a button-down oxford.

While some bowties out there are designated for women, you can totally wear one from any men's shop or website. Etsy has a slew in all shades and sizes from $15 to about $50.

Alex is a purist and only buys self-tie bowties. She taught herself how with a YouTube video. You can also get ones that are pre-tied, wrap around your neck and fasten at the back. But, please, no clip-ons.

 

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Feel some "Pride In Fashion" at Tyrone Square

Ross Mathews will be at the Macy's at the Tyrone Square mall from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Ross Mathews

Ross Mathews will be at the Macy's at the Tyrone Square mall from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Can't wait for Pride weekend, St. Petersburg? You don't have to - it's already upon us.

As I mentioned yesterday, shops around the EDGE District (that's Central Ave and surrounding, west of downtown) are extending their hours this evening to offer discounts to shoppers who wear a pride button.

But there's more!

The Macy's at Tyrone Square Mall presents "Pride in Fashion" this evening, hosted by RuPaul's Drag Race judge (and E! personality) Ross Mathews.

According to St. Pete Pride, Mathews is up for "a candid discussion on fame, influence and his support of the LGBT community." There will also be photo ops, live music, a fashion show and refreshments. The fashion show promises to showcase "all the latest must have Pride fashions," per the Pride website.

The event kicks off at 6 p.m. and goes until about 8 p.m. The only cost for admission is a donation at the door, and every $10 donation gets you a $10 Macy's gift card, so do that beautiful math for yourself.

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Mid-week sales roundup: The Limited, Old Navy, Kohl's

Swing tank dress

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Swing tank dress

Yes, it's only Wednesday. Sorry! To get you over the mid-week hump, here's a roundup of sales happening in the next few days:

Old Navy has its swing tank dresses (pictured above) for $8 through Monday. And today only in stores and online, you can get these linen pants for $12. Both seem perfect for casual summer lounging, especially the dresses, which are screaming to be thrown over a bathing suit or belted and paired with some flip-flops. I'm dubious of the light blue pants, which look suspiciously like a lesser version of this fashion trend Lisa blogged about. Plus, today only, you can take an extra 15 percent off everything on oldnavy.com.

At The Limited and thelimited.com, you can take 50 percent off sale items, today only. I've found many a work-appropriate skirt for less than $15 on Limited's half-off sales racks.

Kohl's is offering $10 off $30 coupons starting tomorrow and running through Sunday. If you got some Kohl's cash in the past few weeks, this coupon is already on your cash.

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Brocante Vintage Market plus 3 Daughters Brewing? Yes, please.

A vendor's display display at Brocante Vintage Market, 2200 2nd Ave S. The market is held every month for two days.

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A vendor's display display at Brocante Vintage Market, 2200 2nd Ave S. The market is held every month for two days.

Vintage hounds know Brocante Vintage Market is always open the first weekend of each month inside a 15,000-square-foot former piano factory in St. Petersburg. Last time I stopped in, I snagged a rad set of 1970's jelly jar glasses featuring my favorite comic book superhero, Archie, plus an exact copy of the monk cookie jar my grandmother used to have. And I came dangerously close to walking out with a chandelier (happens to everyone at Brocante).

But July 4th weekend outdoes even the usual mix of odds and ends, furniture and vintage clothes. Brocante is teaming up with 3 Daughters Brewing across the street for Brocante, Brews and BBQ, a block party that combines vintage shopping with craft beer and noms from JJ's Barbecue truck. The party is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at 22nd Street North and 2nd Avenue South. Brocante is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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St. Pete Pride amps up Thursday with shopping deals

Support St. Pete Pride while scooping up great style this Thursday in the Edge District.

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Support St. Pete Pride while scooping up great style this Thursday in the Edge District.

Have you been living under a rock? I am not here to judge. There are some really solid rocks out there. My parents, when they were first starting out, lived under a nice quartz in Brooklyn.

But I digress.

Unless you have been living under a rock, you probably know that St. Pete Pride is this weekend. The parade is Saturday, starting with a block party at 5 p.m. The street festival is Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

What you may not know is that, this year, St. Pete Pride is bringing 'round fashion deals starting this very Thursday.

Local businesses in the Edge District, including Plain Jane and Ashe Couture, are selling pride buttons for a small donation. Wear your button and receive special discounts at 21 participating shops. Each is extending its hours Thursday for your shopping pleasure.

Plain Jane and Ashe Couture will both be open until 8 p.m. offering a 15 percent discount on purchases over $20. CASA Collections Thrift Shoppe will offer 35 percent off until 6 p.m. Until 8 p.m., Three 9 Shoes will give customers 20 percent off. …

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My Outfit Monday: The weather made me do it

Trying to look cool and collected (what sweat? no sweat here! Just loving life in my blazer in summer Florida weather)

Trying to look cool and collected (what sweat? no sweat here! Just loving life in my blazer in summer Florida weather)

This morning was one of those rare occasion when I woke up fairly confident about what I was going to wear to work.

To be sure, I had a bit of help from the weather. It was actually a thunderous, only-in-Florida summer storm, -- and not one of my many alarms -- that startled me out of bed. I swiftly crossed skirts or dressed from my mental list, (Really, who wants to be bothered?)

And then you know what came next. Once I was committed to pants, it was a swift, slippery slope to my favorite dark-wash jeans. Don't scold me. I know it's not Friday yet. Would you feel better if I told you they were free -- a gem I found at a company clothing swap. …

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Why buy when you can rent maternity fashion?

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You know how sometimes you look in your closet and think, “I have nothing to wear?” Well, think of how the pregnant version of you must feel. Pregnant You wants to feel comfortable and beautiful and fashion-forward. Pregnant You also doesn’t want to spend a fortune on waves of pieces that will fit for only a few months.

 

Enter rentable maternity fashion. It is a thing that is real, and it almost makes me want to birth another child just to try it out.

 

Do you have a holiday party to attend? Your sister’s wedding? Are you lucky enough to have a red carpet event on the horizon? Surely you don’t want to shell out for fancy maternity garb that you only wear once.

 

Here are some sites that can help you stay chic for the duration without making a big commitment:

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Like what you see on Instagram? Some stores let you buy on the spot

A screenshot of Misred Outfitters' Instagram account, which it is using to take orders from customers.

A screenshot of Misred Outfitters' Instagram account, which it is using to take orders from customers.

It is a serious shopper's fear: A retailer posts a dreamy outfit on Instagram. You heart it. And then you realize you want to do more than heart it — you want to own it. So you go to the store after work to snatch it up. But there's bad news, slowpoke. While you were working or whatever it is you do, that outfit sold out.

Bummer, right? Technology can help.

Some local stores allow you to buy what you see on Instagram essentially that second.

Misred Outfitters lets shoppers text their size and email to a store line. When Misred gets the request, they send you an invoice. They call it #text2buy. (Related news about Misred: The online store opened. Use code SHOPNOW for $10 off.) …

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Chambray pants: a do or a don't?

These Anthropologie chambray cargo joggers look cool on her, don't they?

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These Anthropologie chambray cargo joggers look cool on her, don't they?

Let's start here: I own a pair of chambray pants. The shop I ordered them from describes the pants as "relaxed through hip and thigh, with an easy, straight leg." I would describe them as lightweight and comfortable. My boyfriend describes them as "the ugliest thing I have ever seen."

It is very hot and important to remember that it is only June. We deserve a pants option that breathes, and in this sense chambray pants are the anti-legging jean. But are these pants a chic option for summer, or marked-up hospital scrubs?

Chambray pants are certainly making the rounds. Gap is hawking "broken-in straight chambray pants" in colors ranging from "fig" to "gunpowder." Style deity Anthropologie has chambray "joggers," with a description explaining, "Soft pants are our newest outfitting obsession." They can also be found at Macy's, Nordstrom Rack, kade spade and virtually everywhere else.

Mine are a $17.99 J.Crew Factory purchase from last June. I bought them with visions of jaunting around the Saturday Morning Market, basket full of sunflowers, and meeting girlfriends for brunch. In reality, I've worn them more around the house, or as pajamas. …

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Clothing hack: How to make your old clothes cute again

Bow sleeve shirt

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Bow sleeve shirt

Every three months, I get sick of everything in my closet. Natural, yes, but it's especially bad in the summer, probably because in 95-degree Florida heat I don't want to wear anything but a bathing suit.

These days, I'm constantly looking for ways to repurpose clothes I already have, wear them differently - or, as a last-ditch effort before they end up in the garbage, cut them up and make something "new." Now, I know what you're thinking.

"I don't have a sewing machine."

"Those Pinterest tricks never work."

"I'm lazy and did I mention it's summer and if you need me I'll be by the pool with a mojito."

Well, rejoice. Because I've selected three clothing hacks that are simple to follow, low-effort and make your old, ratty clothes look cute and exciting again. Grab your favorite pair of scissors - it's craft time.

 

You'll need: a T-shirt, a pair of scissors, a tape measure. …

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Pineapples: So hot right now

Is pineapple the dream trend you've been waiting for? Then by all means, go all in with this quilted nylon and leather Kate Spade purse, $298. Not ready for that kind of commitment? Click through the slideshow for more subtle (and affordable) pineapple punches.

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Is pineapple the dream trend you've been waiting for? Then by all means, go all in with this quilted nylon and leather Kate Spade purse, $298. Not ready for that kind of commitment? Click through the slideshow for more subtle (and affordable) pineapple punches.

"Do you still have them?"

I was mid-outfit-change in a fitting room at Ashe Couture on Central when I heard a woman run in the store and breathlessly ask a question of owner Amanda.

The answer was yes -- Amanda was close, but had not quite sold out of pineapple-printed shoes that she'd showed off on the shop's Instagram page.

"I really ordered these into the shop so I could buy them myself," the owner admitted.

Since then, I have seen pineapples everywhere. EVERY SINGLE WHERE. I have probably seen them more on clothes and accessories than in real life, on forks, being pushed into people's face holes.

Pineapples, it would seem, are in for the summer.

Monday morning I received an email from kate spade, subject line: "Q: what's sweet, summery and makes for an eye-catching garnish?"

The answer, inside: "PINEAPPLES!" And this enormous collection of pineapple accessories, from keychains and phone cases to wallets and totes. I'm particularly beholden of these pineapple earrings; and if I hadn't just sprung for a Rifle Paper Co. phone case, I might be going for this summer-y pineapple case. …

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