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Because I am drunk with power, to illustrate parenthood you get this photo of John Travolta and Kirstie Alley from Look Who's Talking Too, the one where Roseanne voiced the baby girl and we all didn't know what to believe in anymore.

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Because I am drunk with power, to illustrate parenthood you get this photo of John Travolta and Kirstie Alley from Look Who's Talking Too, the one where Roseanne voiced the baby girl and we all didn't know what to believe in anymore.

I think it's the natural result of being in the 30s, but I am experiencing a wave of friends with babies, friends having babies, friends thinking of having babies, babies being babies. My first nephew was born this year, too. He looks like Winston Churchill and is rad. 

I digress. The influx of babies has made me take more notice of useful shopping deals like today's, even when they depart a little from our realm of fashion and beauty. So, moms and dads, check it:

Amazon Mom, a membership service for parents and caretakers, is running an awesome promotion. It's $99 a year and you get perks like 20 percent off diapers, free two-day shipping and other exclusive deals all the time. BUT, sign up between now and Feb. 10, and you get HALF OFF qualifying Huggies Diapers, Pull-Ups Training Pants and Goodnites Youth Pants.

K, back to cradling my cat like an infant.

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My Outfit Monday: A cheap way to tie everything together

A few minutes later I ditched the heels for flats, cause I'm getting old.

A few minutes later I ditched the heels for flats, cause I'm getting old.

I knew when I put this outfit together, it had a lot of potential. Potential to be good. Potential to look ridiculous.

Carrying on my tradition of "Wearing slacks to the office that are neither brown nor black or gray or navy." I woke up this morning and decided what my Monday needed was PURPLE.

Of course, I just happened to have a pair of plum-colored pants in my closet. What to put on top though? Well, black sweater works well enough.

And what if it was really cold in the office, I threw on a caramel colored blazer.

So let's recap: purple pants, black sweater, caramel blazer. Could it work?

Well like any good diva, I just happened to have a scarf with all three colors, perfect for an impromptu belt. And, it was only 99 cents from the thrift store. #winning.

How'd I do?

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Big sale on boots at Zulily

Ring the alarm! Cheap boots.

Ring the alarm! Cheap boots.

This morning we're thanking our stars that we live in Florida and not the northeast, which is buckling down for a mighty blizzard. (Bliz-zard [noun]: a severe snowstorm that goes on for a long time.)

Here in the Deal Divas department, the winter weather got us thinking about boots. We all need them at some point or another. If now is that time for you, we may have a helpful tip on a sale.

Zulily tweeted today that its stock of winter boots is on sale for up to 70 percent off with prices starting at $13.99.

Check out the selection here.

And really, we hope our northeastern friends stay safe this week.

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QVC debate: Is the moon a star or planet?

A gruesome garment featured on QVC sparked the world's most epic argument about the moon's merits as a star versus planet. The answer's up for debate, but most scientists say neither.

TIMES | Jim Damaske (2014)

A gruesome garment featured on QVC sparked the world's most epic argument about the moon's merits as a star versus planet. The answer's up for debate, but most scientists say neither.

I've learned a lot blogging for Deal Divas over the years:

Eyeball piercing for fashion's sake is a thing. Snail mucus, foreskin cells and mammal urine each work wonders for facial rejuvenation. Cows apparently go gaga for perfumes and colognes with earthy undertones -- critical information for all avid late-night-cereal-and-milk-philes and the urban hipster cowboys they love for their craving-quenching abilities.

But today, I re-learned a scientific nugget that is useful to all of us who have long forgotten the days of struggling to stay awake while excitedly scanning our grade school textbooks for fun factoids buried deep in the storied pages.

QVC host Shawn Killinger and designer Isaac Mizrahi made news last week when an off-the-cuff comment about printed fabric turned into a spirited debate on the moon's classification as a planet or star (scroll to 7:20). From Huffington Post:

"Isn't the Moon a star?" Killinger wonders aloud, having seconds earlier called it a planet.

"No. The Moon is a planet, darling," Mizrahi croons in reply.

"The sun is a star. Is the Moon really a planet?" Killinger asks, to which Mizrahi responds, "I don't know what the sun is."

.... (blah, blah, blah)
 …

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Ashe Couture opening Central Avenue store Friday

Screenshot of Ashe Couture's Instagram feed.

Screenshot of Ashe Couture's Instagram feed.

Just this week, one of my great uncles who has lived here for most of his 90-plus years assured me St. Petersburg is an "old person's town." 

Here's just one reason why I respectfully disagree: the continued reinvigoration of Central Avenue storefronts with cool new boutiques for the younger set.

Throwing its grand opening this Friday is Ashe Couture Boutique, 953 Central Ave. 

The store will open at 11 a.m. and have extended hours until 8 p.m. There will be champagne and beer and hors d'oeuvres in the evening hours, plus discounts and giveaways throughout the day. See more and RSVP on their Facebook invite.

The store wil also be open Thursday after 4 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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My Outfit Tuesday: Making four eyes fashionable

Handy-dandy labeling with finger numbers. 1 or 2? Photo brought to you by selfie (no stick).

Handy-dandy labeling with finger numbers. 1 or 2? Photo brought to you by selfie (no stick).

It's My Outfit Tuesday!

Yes, I know that's all wrong. But we figured you were probably enjoying a day off yesterday, spending time with friends and family or taking in a MLK parade. And let's be honest: We all know you read this blog at work. It's our escape, too.

Anyway, since we're breaking tradition anyway, today's post is less about clothes and more about facial accessories -- facessories? Glasses, I mean. I'm having an ongoing bout of uveitis which is a thing you can Google if you really like looking at pictures of gross eyes. Yeah, I didn't think so. Anyway, it has mostly healed, but the medicine for it has forced me out of my contacts and into my glasses for the next six weeks.

I know, this is not a big deal. Everyone wears glasses all the time with great confidence. Glasses are no longer societally nerdy. They are fun and fancy and come in all shapes and sizes. Our very own Keyonna knows how to work the heck out of her specs. …

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Cocktails X Couture slips out of Fashion Week, back Saturday

A model walks the runway at 2013's Cocktails X Couture. It's baaaaack.

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A model walks the runway at 2013's Cocktails X Couture. It's baaaaack.

More on Cocktails X Couture, which Kameel mentioned in her roundup of events this week:

If you're a fan of Tampa Bay Fashion Week and noticed the event missing from the most recent lineup, you're not crazy. The annual fashion show and fancy drink party at the Ritz Ybor was moved from Fashion Week in order to spread the fashion love through the months, reports tbt*'s Robbyn Mitchell. But good news -- the event is back Saturday. This year's event plays with notions of gender identity, and features drinks including the Gin Kardashian (not even Bruce Jenner could resist).

Doors open at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Tickets are $15-$20; $50 VIP. For more info, see cocktailsxcouture.com.

 

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Get your fashion show fix with these local events

The annual fall Fashion Week is still many months away, but a handful of events over the next few weeks will help get you in the mood. There's opportunities on both sides of the bay. 

On Saturday, you have your pick.

In St. Petersburg, the annual I ♥ St. Pete event hosted by ARTpool gallery promises a runway show at 10 p.m. (Tickets are $10 and $15). In Tampa, the Cocktails X Couture show is kicking off at the RITZ Ybor at 7 p.m. (Tickets are $15 and 20).

Both events promise music, fashion, food, drink, and (we're sure) some great people watching.

Can't make it this weekend? About a week later - Jan.. 25 - there'll be a fashion show as part of the 15th annual Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival. The 4:30 p.m. show (tickets range from $25 to $60) will take place at the Holiday Inn - Westshore in Tampa.

So go, get some ideas for spring trends, and report back to us (with pics!)

 

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Steals at LOFT, The Shop's sidewalk sale in St. Pete

This gold sequined top would look so cute under a cardigan or tucked into a skirt. And it's on sale for $18.

All images are screenshots from Loft.com.

This gold sequined top would look so cute under a cardigan or tucked into a skirt. And it's on sale for $18.

It's easy to scroll past Ann Taylor LOFT promotion emails, but one this morning caught my eye. 

Lots of beautiful winter clothing is marked down "up to" 75 percent. I include sarcastic quotations because the things I like are only up to 60 percent off. Yes, only. I collected my favorites for the slideshow. We'll need cute, cozy sweaters one day again, right?

Locally, The Shop on 3440 Fourth St. N in St. Petesrburg is throwing its (annual?) sidewalk sale. Today there were cute boutique-style dresses, skirts and tops at a price of either $5-$20. There are $5 earrings and bling necklaces, too.

It runs through Wednesday.

I stopped by The Shop during my lunch break, and let's just say I decided not to cash out my LOFT shopping bag. 

Guys, I bought a lacy crop top. I figured for $10, and paired with the right high-waisted skirt, this was the ideal time to see if I can duplicate Taylor Swift's navel-skimming style.

Tell us if you score anything!

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Taste the Rainbow: Deal Divas Golden Globes fashion recap

I think I audibly squealed when Jennifer Lopez appeared on my television yesterday wearing a deep V plunge, a dangerously high leg slit, an all-over sequin and a FLOOR LENGTH CAPE. Then I confessed to my close friend, the internet, that I have at times dreamed of a cape element in my imaginary wedding dress. But would it compete with the feathers? Well, that's another story for another day. J.Lo for Congress.

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I think I audibly squealed when Jennifer Lopez appeared on my television yesterday wearing a deep V plunge, a dangerously high leg slit, an all-over sequin and a FLOOR LENGTH CAPE. Then I confessed to my close friend, the internet, that I have at times dreamed of a cape element in my imaginary wedding dress. But would it compete with the feathers? Well, that's another story for another day. J.Lo for Congress.

Joan Rivers, God rest her soul, really nailed it when she said the stars had ceased the practice of looking ugly for attention, and RIP to the days of the Bjork swan dress and all that. Take last night's Golden Globes red carpet, where the majority of the walkers looked perfectly presentable, glam and stylish. Still, I sense a slight restlessness growing in the well-heeled masses, a swing of the pendulum back toward creativity. Sunday brought out just about every color imaginable (check out the back page of today's Tampa Bay Times A section for a delicious color rainbow display form designer Brittany Volk), and some daring choices, including bodice shapes and serpentine neckwear. It was a fun, unpredictable red carpet, even though no one appeared in a dress made of Oral B Glide and origami cranes.

And when all else fails, there is Jennifer Lopez.

Click through the slideshow and click on the picture to make the caption appear. And let us know your picks for best, worst and most Lopezian of the night. If you missed our live commetary last night, take a spin through Twitter at @dealdivas, and don't forget to follow us. Oscars are a glimmering sequin in the near future.

 

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My Outfit Monday: Rainy days are for the birds

Today I built my outfit around a new favorite find: a vintage golden feather belt.

I'm pretty sure a similar one is lurking inside your mom's closet. You should steal it!

I bought it before the holidays at the St. Pete indie market on the 600 block of Central Avenue. The market, by the way, is really fun. I also bought my other favorite thing there, a sweatshirt that says Mindy Is My Spirit Animal. (If you have to ask "Who's Mindy?" you haven't tuned in for a while, have you?)

The belt is flashy, and a little jangly too, but I think it works for the office when coupled with this muted Banana Republic black skirt (from the newsroom exchange!) and ivory Mango for JC Penney button-down shirt.

I balanced out the shine with chandelier earrings and my go-to burgundy heels from the Maxx. Oh, and I added tights because even though it's in the 70s, it's January! Seize the season! I always say.

What do you think? 

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Follow the Deal Divas during tonight's Golden Globes

Our beloveds.

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Our beloveds.

It's Golden Globes night! The one where the celebrities get tipsy at their tables! And Tina and Amy are back!

All seems right with the world, does it not? And in the category of Steph's Award Show Traditions, I'm shooting right down the middle tonight. I've slipped into my tackiest leggings, the ones with the giant tiger faces down the side. The TV is warming up, laptop charging. But I'm about to make a pizza rather than order a stuffed crust with extra cheese topped with cheese with a side of cheese, because it's a new year and we can't be living this way and expect to fit into the tiger leggings come Oscars, now, can we (me)? I'll keep you posted about the tub of Nutella in the pantry, though.

Join us starting at 6 p.m. at @dealdivas for enough red carpet live tweeting to distract you from sinking further into the pizza box. We'll start on the E! network with our animal spirit guide, Ryan Seacrest, then maybe flip around if everyone wants. Be sure to chime in, because we love to retweet you precious gems. And come back to the blog Monday for a full fashion recap.  …

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Huge liquidation sale at dELiA*s as store goes out of business

Sad news for dELia*s, good news for your inner teenager.

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Sad news for dELia*s, good news for your inner teenager.

I can remember being a teenager and combing through dELia*s catalogs, coveting Paul Frank monkey sweatshirts and sparkly short dresses. Problem was, I had exactly zero homecoming dances to shop for and their prices were always higher than my back-to-school budget allowed. My dELiA*s wardrobe was slim to nonexistent. 

Alert: Things have changed.

The store is going out of business - donezo, outta here, that's all, folks. (Pause for moment of silence.)

This means there is a limited time for your inner teenager (or your actual teenager) to get that sparkly homecoming dress of your dreams at a crazy low price.

Everything in the store and online is 50-70 percent off, and clearance is even lower. If you spend more than $25, you can get free shipping with the code DHN25.

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More weird hair news: Eyelash jewelry and human hair stilettos

Forget the mascara and liner: Decorate your face with eyelash jewelry!

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Forget the mascara and liner: Decorate your face with eyelash jewelry!

Since I embarked on a “weird hair” kick at the end of 2014, I figured I'd not only keep the important news wheel churning but also give you a twofer!

Today, we highlight eyelash jewelry and human hair stilettos.

Eyelash jewelry is the brainchild of former Seattle deli worker Natalie Russo who has been wearing the handmade fashions since college. The artist says her jewelry – which takes falsies to a whimsical new level, with designs ranging from unicorns to fruit to webby Spiderman-like tentacles – is lightweight, waterproof and flexible … and surprisingly comfortable.

Thankfully, wearability doesn't matter in the case of human hair stilettos, which were created by Chinese artist Zhu Tian for Elle's 25th anniversary. Made of flesh-like rubber and real recycled hair, the shoes are intended as art pieces that make a fashion statement, questioning our thoughts about “sexy” images.

I won't editorialize too much except to say that the thought of both make me feel extremely squirmish.

I've said before that I can barely apply mascara without tearing up, so layering glue and jewels on my lids is a definite no go. …

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Some Lilly Pulitzer fans depressed about designer 'selling out' to Target

Oh noes! Lilly Pulitzer might be affordable for some people now!

Oh noes! Lilly Pulitzer might be affordable for some people now!

In case you missed it, we slipped in some news in Wednesday's post about Target's newest partnership with Florida-girl favorite Lilly Pulitzer.

Some editors here wondered how Lilly's biggest (really, richest) fans would handle the news.

It appears not well.

Refinery29 came up with the brilliant idea to round up some of the best, if not snobby and disappointing, Twitter reactions to the collection, planned to debut in mid April.

It's safe to assume these are not our deal-minded readers. My favorite so far is, "I don't want basics to start wearing Lilly :( :( :("

Some others:

Lilly and Jackie are crying tonight in heaven at the thought of #LillyForTarget. It was never suppose to be this way

disappointed in Lilly Pulitzer for selling out to target

Simply Vera Vera Wang is not real Vera Wang. Ralph Lauren Polo is not real Ralph. Lilly Pulitzer for Target is not going to be real Lilly.

Raise your hand if you've never been more proud to be widely considered basic.

Read more at Refinery29, and see a preview of the collection here.

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