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Interview: Chelsea McMillan, founder of Sunshine State brand

Chelsea McMillan, founder of Sunshine State.

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Chelsea McMillan, founder of Sunshine State.

Earlier this year, I got a request from my friend Chelsea McMillan, to like the page for her apparel brand, Sunshine State. I've known Chelsea since we were both in high school in Clearwater, but we didn't keep in touch that much through the years. I was so stoked to see what she's created: an apparel line that perfectly captured the essence of Florida's surf, skate, boat and beach culture in really stylish graphic tees and hats for men and women. I featured Sunshine State as an Item of the Week in the Shopping Planner back in July, shortly after I first saw her page.

When the line launched, it was only available online, but now you can buy Sunshine State at Ship Chic and Boater’s Republic in Tampa and the Carlton Ward Gallery in Hyde Park. The brand's also getting some love from celebrities. Collective Soul lead singer Ed Roland wore a Sunshine State shirt on stage during a concert in Miami.

I can vouch for the quality of the apparel. I ordered a shirt and it's super soft and fits well. A really nice touch is that you get stickers and window decals with your order, and a single, perfect seashell. …

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Shopping Planner: Gift and plant sale, Atomic Bazaar and merry markets

Apparel from The Littlest Trunk, one of the vendors at A Very Merry Market at Great Explorations.

A Very Merry Market

Apparel from The Littlest Trunk, one of the vendors at A Very Merry Market at Great Explorations.

MERRY MARKETS: HOLIDAY MARKET ROUNDUP
It’s that time of year, and Tampa Bay is teeming with holiday markets to meet all your shopping needs. Each week I’ll highlight one. Find a complete listing at tbtim.es/markets.
If you’re not in the holiday spirit yet, perhaps A Very Merry Market today will put you in a festive mood. The shopping event hosted by Great Explorations Children’s Museum and Sunken Gardens takes place at the museum and will have more than 30 local vendors. You’ll find “handcrafted goods for happy people” from Strands of Sunshine, fancy olive oils and vinegars by Kalamazoo Olive Company and children’s goods from the Littlest Trunk (pictured), a “curated children’s and maternity resale boutique.” Have fun goofing off in the photo booth, take advantage of discounts and complimentary gift wrapping, and enjoy free champagne and holiday cookies. Although it’s a fundraiser for Great Explorations, it’s free for the public to attend because it’s sponsored by the vendors. It happens from 4-8 p.m. at 1925 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. greatex.org. …

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Tom Ford has hilarious opinions on dressing his kid and wearing sweatpants

Fashion designer, writer and director Tom Ford attends the premiere of "Nocturnal Animals" in New York in this Nov. 17, 2016, file photo.

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Fashion designer, writer and director Tom Ford attends the premiere of "Nocturnal Animals" in New York in this Nov. 17, 2016, file photo.

There's a lot of talk this week about controversial comments by menswear designer, writer and director Tom Ford in GQThe profile by correspondent Taffy Akner is fascinating for a lot of other reasons.

Among them: Ford takes between three and five "power baths" a day starting at 6 a.m. What's a power bath, you ask? Not clear, but also "not quick," Akner tweets.

Also, he does not own sweatpants — ew — unless you count the "one pair of white sweatpants" he may wear to a London tennis club "since it's required, but no one on the street sees him because his driver pulls him right up to the club," she wrote.

Then there's the daily battle parents know all too well: dressing your kid for school. For Ford, it's elevated because his son has some strong opinions of his own.

While he lets Jack dress himself, Ford has already picked out everything. …

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So we're revisiting oversized buckle bags. Do we have to?

Nooooooo, Kate Spade. Nooooooo.

(Screengrab from promotional email)

Nooooooo, Kate Spade. Nooooooo.

A quiet morning ritual of mine is forcefully deleting promotional emails all at once — never looking back, never getting trapped, not letting anything stand in my way of inbox zero — but today I spared an understated but "very special" message from Kate Spade. 

(new arrivals! including one very new, very special bag)

Being a fan of KS bags, I needed to see this. 

Boy, was I disappointed. 

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Shopping Planner: Locally Made Gifts, Jingle Down Central

Get into the holiday spirit with spirits in these fun shot glasses from Zazoo'd, one of the participating shops in Jingle Down Central.

Courtesy of Zazoo'd

Get into the holiday spirit with spirits in these fun shot glasses from Zazoo'd, one of the participating shops in Jingle Down Central.

Items of the Week: Locally Made Gifts
The bay area is so chock full of talented artists and makers, shopping small is a breeze. Here are a few suggestions for gifts that are all locally made. …

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Get in shape, girl: 6 activity trackers that won't ruin your holiday style

Jessie Spano would not want to ruin her outfit with an ugly fitness tracker.

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Jessie Spano would not want to ruin her outfit with an ugly fitness tracker.

A list of my pet peeves:

1. Valet parking schemes in which a restaurant just puts cones in front of the spaces in the parking lot, forcing you to pay for them to drive your car 25 feet. That is not the point of valet and you know it.

2. Being late to the airport.

3. People who wear Fitbits with formalwear.

I can't do too much about the first two, other than walk several blocks out of spite and leave my house an extra hour early for all air travel. As for the third, well. I'm not a Fitbit user. I know some people find fitness trackers helpful, and I will support you, but there is something very Enemy of the State to me about tracking all my movements throughout the day.

Anyway, it's a personal choice and everyone must find her own path to health. My path are those Get in Shape, Girl fitness cassettes from the early 80s.

My peeve stems not from the fitness tracker itself, but when a fitness tracker sullies a perfectly good look. People get all dressed up, take time to put together a fire outfit, do their hair and makeup, carefully pick out accessoriess and shoes and the perfect bag and then slap on a teal rubber activity counter and head out.

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Shopping Planner: Indie Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and more

Apparel from Urban Rooster will be available at Ella's Americana Folk Cafe's Alternative Black Friday event on Nov. 25.

Courtesy of Cheryl Howell

Apparel from Urban Rooster will be available at Ella's Americana Folk Cafe's Alternative Black Friday event on Nov. 25.

MERRY MARKETS: HOLIDAY MARKET ROUNDUP

It’s that time of year, and Tampa Bay is teeming with holiday markets to meet all your shopping needs. Each week I’ll highlight one or two. Find a complete listing at tbtim.es/markets.

The Creative Life Project’s holiday market will pop up at the Flying Pig Tap House in St. Petersburg from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The organization formed last year to help emerging artists and makers get their work out in the community by popping up at local businesses, a win-win. You’ll find a mix of items at the market, from fun animal collages from Pergamo Paper Goods (pictured) to edgy apparel and designs from Seventh Ink and gemstone jewelry from Treasured Chest. Grab a beer and a snack to nosh on while you’re there. 1584 Central Ave. (727) 895-5900. …

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It's time to fulfill your destiny. Here are your Black Friday hours.

You, on Black Friday.

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You, on Black Friday.

Y'all ready for this? 

Black Friday (or Thursday, as it were these days) is upon us. After you stuff your gut, it's time to head out for the age-old tradition of stuffing your bags and unstuffing your wallet.

Times business reporter Justine Griffin has your store hours right here, as well as some handy facts and figures about the much maligned/loved shopping holiday. Don't forget to pick up your Tampa Bay Times for all those coupons. They double well as cage liner after you make the poorly thought out decision to get your daughter a set of gerbils for Christmas.

Stay safe! 

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Shopping Planner: Shopapalooza, Trollbeads, Boaters Republic sale and more

Jade Soap Shop will have a booth at the Tampa Bay Etsy Crew Village at Shopapalooza, happening Nov. 19 and 26.

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Jade Soap Shop will have a booth at the Tampa Bay Etsy Crew Village at Shopapalooza, happening Nov. 19 and 26.

MERRY MARKETS: HOLIDAY MARKET ROUNDUP
It’s that time of year, and Tampa Bay is teeming with holiday markets to meet all your shopping needs. Each week I’ll  highlight one or two. Find a complete listing at tbtim.es/markets.
The Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa opens Friday, with ice skating, Sono Cafe — a pop-up from Mise en Place featuring seasonal fare, classic snacks, and holiday inspired beverages — and a pop-up market called the Winter Village Shops. Housed in PODS containers, the market features goods from more than 20 boutiques, including decor, apparel, handmade toys, jewelry, even dog accessories. Local businesses Dark Cycle, Carnage Leather, Lularoe and Me2Designs will set up shop for the duration of the village, which ends on Dec. 24. Other vendors will rotate in and out of two additional PODS, including Pergamo Paper Goods today and Silly Dilly Children’s Boutique on Sunday. On Saturday, customized poems written by Blake High School students will be for sale, and there will be additional jewelry and toy vendors. It all opens Friday with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. The Winter Village Shops are open Thursdays and Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays noon to 7 p.m. They’re closed Thanksgiving and Dec. 10, and will be open every day from noon to 7 p.m. Dec. 18-24. It’s free to attend, and $12 to ice skate for 90 minutes. The ice rink and the cafe have different hours from the shops. wintervillagetampa.com.
Across the bay Saturday-Sunday is the Tampa Bay Holiday Market at the Coliseum in downtown St. Petersburg. The historic space will be filled holiday decor, gifts, candles, jewelry and sweets, from vendors including Seventh Avenue Apothecary (candles, which I’ve used, and they are wonderful!), Mrs. Claus’ Sewing Room and Moonbay Gourmet. The first 100 attendees per day get a free jingle bell ornament and the chance to win a television. Celebrity alert! Jolly Old St. Nick himself will be making an appearance from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. That’s just how merry this thing is. It’s free admission and parking, and the hours are
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. tampabayholidaymarket.com. …

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Michelle Obama photographed by Annie Leibovitz for 'Vogue'

Michelle Obama as photographed by Annie Leibovitz for the cover of Vogue.

Michelle Obama as photographed by Annie Leibovitz for the cover of Vogue.

No doubt, First Lady Michelle Obama has been a gift to the fashion world throughout her husband's presidency. She has never shied away from embracing style, and she's not stopping now. She's on the cover of the December issue of Vogue, her third cover for the magazine. Famed photographer Annie Leibovitz photographed Obama around the White House in frocks from Carolina Herrera to Atelier Versace.

"Any first lady, rightfully, gets to define her role," she told the magazine. "And that's a wonderful gift of freedom." 

Check out the stunning pictures here

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Shopping Planner: Holiday markets, Bags of Change and more

Proceeds from the Circle Tote, one of the styles available through Bags of Change, will help Dress for Success Tampa Bay assist women in need.

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Proceeds from the Circle Tote, one of the styles available through Bags of Change, will help Dress for Success Tampa Bay assist women in need.

Gift-Giving Season: Holiday Market RoundUp
It’s that time of year, and Tampa Bay is teeming with holiday markets to meet all your shopping needs. I’ll be highlighting one or two every week. Find a complete listing at tbtim.es/markets.
The Junior League of Tampa’s Holiday Gift Market is the mack daddy of holiday markets, boasting more than 150 vendors and large enough to fill the Expo Hall at the Florida State Fairgrounds. In addition to the wide selection of gifts, the family-oriented market also includes activities like Cookies with Santa ($20, includes admission), a Candle Pouring Party ($35, includes admission) and a Princess Meet and Greet. A Mother’s Nook provides a quiet space for baby’s needs, and there’s also a Man Cave with oversized sofas and lounge chairs to watch sports on giant flat screens. Get your gifts wrapped for a nominal fee, and there’s a bag check so you don’t have to lug around your purchases as you continue to shop. There’s a preview party tonight from 7-10 p.m., which includes live entertainment, food samplings and a raffle, all for $35. Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $8 at the door, or $5 in advance for Junior League Tampa members. Parking is $6, cash only. 4800 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. jltampa.org/holiday-gift-market. …

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Here's what Melania Trump wore during Donald Trump's acceptance speech

Donald Trump, left, arrives to speak to an election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York. From left, Trump, his son Barron, wife Melania, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, and Tiffany Trump. AP Photo/ Evan Vucci

Donald Trump, left, arrives to speak to an election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York. From left, Trump, his son Barron, wife Melania, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, and Tiffany Trump. AP Photo/ Evan Vucci

Melania Trump walked on stage in the wee hours of Wednesday morning wearing the color Hillary Clinton supporters had been encouraged to wear to the polls.

#wearwhitetovote trended before election day among Clinton supporters, honoring the historical color of the suffragettes. Trump, joining her husband to celebrate his victory over Clinton, chose a one-shoulder white jumpsuit by Ralph Lauren. Trump wore his signature black suit and red tie, a look he has not strayed from throughout the campaign.

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Slideshow: Women in pantsuits turn out for Hillary Clinton in New York

Hillary Clinton on stage with Jay Z and Beyonce for a campaign event and performance at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Nov. 4, 2016.

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Hillary Clinton on stage with Jay Z and Beyonce for a campaign event and performance at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Nov. 4, 2016.

Editor's note: Lorrie Lykins is a Tampa Bay Times correspondent who splits her time between Florida and New York. Last night, she attended Hillary Clinton's election night watch party at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, where supporters donned pantsuits in support of Clinton, an avid suit wearer. Pantsuits have become an emblematic fashion choice for the election, seen on everyone from average women heading to the polls to Beyonce playing a Clinton rally. Here's a sampling of who she met at Tuesday's event.

 

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Whoopi Goldberg is selling $139 ugly holiday sweaters

Whoopi Goldberg with the collection.

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Whoopi Goldberg with the collection.

Some years ago, I was asked to judge an ugly holiday sweater party at a night club, which is about as scientific as it sounds. Judging a bar full of people tipsy on lemon drops and all trying to be the most hideous one in the room is something most can only dream of. To outfit myself for the occasion, I stopped in a Bealls Outlet and found offending attire for something in the neighborhood of $15. Here we are.

Fine, right? Ugly. Festive. Done. This seems like a perfectly reasonable amount to spend on such an item, but apparently Whoopi Goldberg thinks you can expect more and pay more. The host of The View has created her own line of ugly holiday sweaters that retail for $139 at Lord & Taylor, lolololol. They are made of wool, alpaca, cashmere and cotton, and mine was made from the tears of elves, so.

Of holiday sweaters, Whoopi tells the New York Times: …

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Shopping Planner: Sparkle and Shine, Smartly Dressed and more

Origami Owl jewelry is one of the vendors at the Holiday Shopping Expo in Brandon on Nov. 5.

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Origami Owl jewelry is one of the vendors at the Holiday Shopping Expo in Brandon on Nov. 5.

Sparkle and Shine: Holiday Boutique
Now that Halloween is behind us, we’re officially into the holiday season, at least as far as shopping goes. Get a jump on your holiday shopping Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., as Florida CraftArt opens its festive Sparkle and Shine Holiday Boutique. Peruse the selection of handmade crafts from more than 300 artists while enjoying holiday music. You’ll find one-of-a-kind ornaments and holiday decor, works of clay, glass and wood, and of course, tons of jewelry. Shop for everyone on your list, and don’t be surprised if you pick up a few things for yourself, too. Free. 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. floridacraftart.org. …

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