This faux gemstone ear cuff is understated but still eye-catching. Plus, it comes with a matching stud for the other ear. It's one of several ear cuffs at Forever 21. Best part: it's only $3.80, people!
We've seen celebs sporting all sorts of things on the red carpet this awards seasons. From capes (LOVE!) to peplum gowns (STILL?), it's only a matter of time before the latest fads hit retailers at prices us Deal Divas can try for ourselves.
While I'm still waiting to hear where I can purchase my Lupita Nyong'o cape, I can share my most recent find: the ear cuff.
Sporting an ear cuff can be tricky. First, there's a fine line between edgy accessory and bedazzled bluetooth headset. Secondly, there's the pain.
The clip that attaches the cuff to the top of the ear is not the most comfortable thing I've worn. In fact, the yellow daisy cuff I purchased at Forever 21 has only lasted about an hour on my ear before my cartilege begged for a break.
But, there is a pay off for the pain. The ear cuff, for now, is unexpected and can lend a new look to an old outfit.
While the celebs can afford diamond versions, there's plenty of choices for us on more of a budget. Take a look at the photos above for a few examples.
And let us know what you think. Are ear cuffs cool?
Can't say enough about these dark green olive khakis. Want.
Admit it. You looked outside today, saw the rain, the grey clouds, and wished you could "work from home."
Here's something to cheer you up.
Gap just came out with a new line, and it channels exactly how I'm sure many of us feel right now. The collection is called "Lived In," and it's obvious what vibe designers are going for.
Casual, comfy. And stylish, of course.
We all know it's not always easy to get those three things right simultaneously. I do like what they've got up so far.
The colors are muted, the fabrics look soft and slouchy. I'm particularly enamored with the olive-colored khakis ($49.95). They also come in grey, perfect for the work day. I also like the simple button-up ($54.95) and a casual-but-fun floral shirt-dress ($59.95).
Now we just have to hope it goes on sale soon.Full Story
Tonight only! JC's Boutique, 1541 S. Dale Mabry in Tampa, is offering 20 percent off all items during its Botox, Brows & Body Love spring makeover event. This neon floral romper ($44) is just one of the items on sale.
Let's face it, ladies. Between work and family and Oscars watching, life is hard. So to congratulate yourself for making it half way through the week, why not give yourself to permission to be pampered?
Need ideas? Here's one: From 4 to 8 tonight, JC's Boutique in Tampa is hosting a spring makeover event, complete with beauty treatments and clothing discounts.
Beauty specialist Amanda Rustmann will be offering eyebrow shaping, while Loralee Koontz will do Botox treatments. Body Love Beauty Studio will also perform makeup makeovers and offer promotions for future spray tanning, facials, body waxing and eyelash extension services.
JC's will slash prices in the entire store by 20 percent. Imbibe on adult beverages while enjoying healthy snacks served by Fit Life Foods & Yogurtology. "Healthy" and "pamper" not part of the same vocabulary in your book? Some adorable Girl Scouts will also be on site selling cookies.
Space for the brows & Botox are limited, so the boutique recommends contacting the beauty technicians at the numbers or email addresses listed here.
Photo by Kohl's.
A sweet wristlet will keep your most important items near while you reach for another swig of completely terrible green beer. (Blech.)
You have two weeks to outfit yourself for St. Patrick's Day. Are you short on green?
Yes, by that I mean green outfits and dollars. No worries! Here's a starting point.
Modcloth's "treat of the week" sale is on a bunch of cute green wear (and home decor, though it probably won't help you avoid pinches around town). Save 15 percent on all of this green stuff with code GREEN15. Shades stretch from basically blue to trendy mint to traditional emerald. The offer expires at 6 p.m. PT. TONIGHT.
Some of our favorites are in the slideshow, like these two-toned emerald and white heels ($37.99), this fitted waist dress ($47.99), this "verbs and nouns" purse ($49.99), and this unique big-bow skirt ($34.99).
Kohl's also has some options for you, like this leather wristlet (get a sale, it's $59) and this green and gold bangle watch ($24.99).
Remember, emerald isn't a wear-once-and-forget-about-it shade. It was last year's color of the year and looks radiant on most if not all skin tones.
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Leslie Knope would approve. $24.
So I was on Pinterest the other day, because it was a day of the week that ended in Y, and I came across this pretzel-shaped necklace, complete with tiny bottle of mustard. Weird, sure, but also kind of cute.
But eeesh, $97. That's about $95 more than I'd ever pay for a pretzel, jewelry or not. So I took a swing around the Interwebz and found some other cute food-related jewelry, because if a super cute waffle necklace is good enough for Leslie Knope, it's good enough for me.
I found a lot of weird stuff that just kinda looked cheesy and like something you'd get out of one of those small vending machines at the grocery store, but there's some cute, fun stuff too. So in honor of Hollywood coming out for the most expensive, extensively planned pizza party ever last night, check out the slideshow.
Photo of Friend of Deal Divas/Times designer Brittany Volk.
Here I am, just casually sipping from an empty coffee thermos in front of the newspaper building.
Happy Oscars Monday, possibly the Mondayest Monday of the year!
We stayed up to watch the whole ceremony, including that adorable and relatable moment when Brad Pitt and Harvey Weinstein threw the equivalent of our life savings into Pharrell's Arby's hat -- for their share of delivery pizza. Now we're back at our desks, the opposite of bright-eyed and wealthy and glamorous.
No surprise here, I feel blergh. To keep things simple this morning, I stuck to the basics. At first I agonized about the lack of adventure, but now I'm thinking it's better we have an honest conversation about closet essentials and how to brighten them (and not, say, to dwell over my dead celly, which contained pictures of cuter outfits I've tried out these last few weeks).
I am obsessed with this hot pink Portofino button-down shirt from Express. Dressy, flowy and oh so easy. If I could, I would own one in each of the 26 available shades, in addition to this kitten and butterfly print (oh, maybe because I already own a kitten print button-down). The sticker price is $50, so wait for a good sale. Right now it's buy one, get one for $29.50, which isn't enough of a deal for me but may work for you. …Full Story
Lupita Nyong’o is the fashion star of the moment, and her look was the most anticipated of the night. And indeed, she capped awards season like a magical ice princess covered in sprinkles of love. She was classier in her self-description: “It’s a blue that reminds me of Nairobi. I wanted to have a little bit of home.” In the light of day, I have to say... there was a lot of sternum going on. It started to draw my focus through the show.
The women of Oscar opted for embellishments, rich jewel tones and a handful of dreaded nudes, keeping things more formal than edgy-cool. Why? Because it was a MAN PARTY, BABY! The men of Oscar, fed up with being relegated to black all these years, sported a variety of colorful tuxedos with risky details, including one pair of man shorts that will haunt our dreams for the week.
Check out the slideshow above and click on each photo for a rundown of the look. Be sure to pick up a Tampa Bay Times in print today, where the fashion got a lovely full-color treatment beside all the other sharp coverage from our entertainment team.
THESE TWO. I mean, really.
Oh, heyyyyyyy, celebrity best friends Jennifer Lawrence and Daniel Day-Lewis. What are you doing here? Just being famous and really good looking and super cool at the Oscars last year? Oh, right, yeah.
If you've been reading the blog this week, you know the Academy Awards are Sunday. And if you've been reading the blog for any length of time, you know it's our favorite night of the year.
The Deal Divas will be live-tweeting the red carpet starting at 6 p.m. Sunday from our account at @dealdivas, so make sure to follow us and join in the conversation. We've been known to RT a hilarious reader observation or 20. Next week, we'll have a fashion recap, but really, don't you want to be there live when Seacrest inevitably asks Amy Adams some awkward question about her two-sided chest tape? Don't you want to witness the sheer torture that is E!'s mani-cam IN REAL TIME? Dont' you want to see Tara and Johnny wearing coordinated feather ball gowns? I know I do.
For the scoop on the rest of the Times Oscar coverage, check out this handy guide from Michelle Stark. See you on the internet at 6 p.m. Sunday!Full Story
Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream promises to instantly illuminate and moisturize while firming, evening and correcting after five days of use. While it may not have perfected my skin, I did notice improvement.
I am a pale gal. And not that coveted alabaster white Nicole Kidman version. More like a see-through, freckle in the sun, bruise easily, almost sickly looking pale that exposes every flaw from blemishes to broken capillaries.
I may sound bitter, and maybe in my teens I was. But, as I've aged, I've learned to embrace my Irish roots and slather sunscreen on at the mere suggestion of sun.
But, still, I often find myself looking for the next best sunless tanning lotion or tone-evening moisturizer to try.
That search recently led me to Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream. Available at Target and drug stores for about $12 a tube, the lotion promises to hydrate and illuminate instantly while evening, firming and correcting within five days of use. It comes in two color levels: All Light Skin Tones for me and All Medium Skin Tones for the rest of civilization.
And I'm here to say, that while my skin is definitely not perfected, I have noticed visible results. The best way to describe it is that my flaws, while not erased, have at least been blurred.
It's almost as if I've applied a flattering Instagram filter. And, really, isn't that how we all want to look in real life? …Full Story
Tara Lipinski's Instagram.
Matching pink blazers. BRB, we're dead.
We didn't need another reason to watch and tweet about the Oscars this Sunday, but this one will do just fine.
What I'm really trying to say is Squeeeeee! Fresh off the plane from Sochi, America's fiercest color commentary duo, figure skaters Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir, are bringing their chemistry to the red carpet for Access Hollywood on NBC.
Fans of the pair's joint Instagram account (Shoe and purse videos! Spooning in sweaters! Parking lot dancing and dramatic ice dancing at breakfast buffet! Bathtub dispatches! Teaming with Wille Geist!) should be pleased.
I'm hopeful they won't dial down their energy for the awards show. Too many red-carpet hosts ask predictable questions that don't invite the stars to be personable and unscripted. What comes out of Johnny's mouth is often unpredictable and greatly entertaining, and Tara feeds off of it. See:
Johnny in The New York Times: "Tara and I take our work seriously. She's my work wife. And she's a slave driver, so we sit up and study until she's satisfied." …Full Story
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Midis 4 Life! (Click the slideshow for more blue and magenta goodness).
As you've probably guessed by the late timing of this post, I'm already at home. The PJs are on, the vegging has commenced.
It was a long work day and there was no time for pictures. Which makes me feel bad. So to make up for it, how about I do you one better and give you a twofer My Outfit Monday post!
When I first joined Deal Divas, I mentioned the need to expand my wardrobe's color palette. Update: I've been putting in #werk, yall!
Blue has always been one of my favorite colors. And, despite my initial aversion to most things in the red family, I've really been feeling burgundy, oxblood and especially magenta lately. From shoes to jewelry and even jeans, I've been rocking reddish-purple with pride.
The first outfit in the slideshow features a business casual office look that I think could also cross over into weekend wear. Loyal Deal Diva readers have seen my navy jacket (Crystal Expressions and Drew Street Bargain Resale in Clearwater), white blouse (Urban Outfitters) and magenta jeweled flats (Nine West via DSW) before. …Full Story
Photo by Gizaraarts.com
A look at the Distinctive Assets gift bag for the poor losers.
Think back to a time you lost a contest, and then think about what happened immediately after. I'll go first. One time, I lost a part in a school play and spent 4th period crying in a restroom stall while other girls stood on the toilets to smoke. By 5th period, I realized the intrinsic reward in defeat and carried on.
It's the same kind of thing when you're a celebrity. It's just a really humble world full of realistic expectations and results, of spirited competition based in gratitude for just being considered, of really just appreciating the simple HAHAHA OH, WAIT, NO IT'S NOT.
The "unlucky" luminaries who lose their Academy Award to someone else Sunday will walk away with gift bags valued at $80,000 each. That's not a misprint. It includes everything from vacations to shoes to pepper spray to condoms. Luxury ones, of course. …Full Story
Skinny jeans, originally $29.50, on sale for $19.
I saw a commercial yesterday for a deal Old Navy had going on where you could get $5 off for going into the store and trying on jeans. Of course (of course!) it was only for the weekend so by the time I saw the ad on Sunday, it was too late. Boo.
But a quick gander at the Old Navy website shows they've still got good deals on jeans going on, lots of them for $19. You can also save more (25 percent!) online, today only, with the code SAVEMORE. And as always, the other sales are worth a look: dresses starting at $15, tops starting at $10, etc.Full Story
I can actually picture walking in these chunky blue heels from Zara. Available for $59.90, the metallic ankle strap adds a bit of glamour.
I think I've bought and worn more boots this winter than any since moving to Florida nearly nine years ago.
Now, I'm not complaining. I love boots. And, really, we don't have it that bad. I've seen the photos and heard the stories of the never ending frigid snow storms up-north this year. From the look of it, boot season has another month or two to go in most places of the country.
But, here in Florida, it appears that the time for boots may be over.
And, so I say, REJOICE, for sandal season is upon us!
Except, a quick look at my summer shoe collection this week revealed scuffed heels, threading gladiator sandals and straps worn thin.
So, I took to the internet and discovered a few Spring/Summer shoe trends in the process. Details and examples are in the photo slideshow. But, here's some hints: color blocking, chunky heels, lots of straps. And, as always, if you can stand to wait a few weeks, these newest trends will be on sale soon.
What shoe style do you want to get your hands on this summer?
Part ways with your old jeans and allow them to insulate someone's house.
Here's some good news about your busted jeans.
When your hems turn ratty and your belt loops bust open, you don't have to throw your jeans away or live with them. Now through March 3, take them to J. Crew at International Plaza.
The store will take 15 percent off your purchase and send them on to a good cause.
J. Crew is partnering with Blue Jeans Go Green, an organization that recycles jeans into a special kind of insulation. Denim collected by Blue Jeans Go Green has been sent to Habitat for Humanity groups. Here's a FAQ for more info about the process.
Update: While we're on the subject of J. Crew, the store is offering 40 percent off final sale items now through Tuesday. Use code BIG40 for purchases in stores or online.Full Story