Fresh Look: And now ... some gifts for yourself
In the spirit of holiday receiving, the Deal Divas put together a little shopping guide for those who never really shop for themselves, which ran in the St. Petersburg Times' Personal Best section earlier this month. Each Deal Diva was given the grueling assignment of shopping at a store they love and coming back with a few pieces to display for readers, to show how far your money could go and what kind of stores offer which goods.
This week, we'll post these items to offer ideas to those of you that have gift cards or are simply looking to do some post-Christmas sale shopping for yourselves.
I chose Urban Outfitters at International Plaza, and this is what I came up with:
Going into Urban Outfitters can feel a bit like walking into a hipster's novelty shop, with all the ironic T-shirts, gem-covered shoes, sweaters with swans, a section devoted to funny coffee-table books and games.
But if you can see past the child's play, Urban Outfitters has some fairly cutting-edge pieces of reasonable price and quality.
The items I chose on a recent visit were all full-price, though they were having an amazing sale, with racks jammed with clothes at up to 70 percent off. I got a very cute black-and-ivory striped shirt knotted on the side for $9.99 (not shown here).
The grape-colored miniskirt you see to the left here has a zipper in the back ($38) and is thick and stretchy. On more daring evenings, I might wear it just with platform shoes or boots, but I'm more likely to add leggings. The white shredded pullover ($39) is wispy and pretty over a bandeau or camisole.
I love these gypsy feather earrings ($29), which I can hide underneath my hair or let swing with a ponytail.
For the rest of the guide, go here.
Deal Diva Emily
Photos: Times photographer Dirk Shadd; Associated Press.