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Stephanie Hayes, Katie Sanders, Kameel Stanley, & Keyonna Summers

Summer trend: Step out with metallics

CLICK POST FOR SLIDESHOW: See how pretty this bright Tracy Reese dress is with metallic heels? I am in love, per ushe.

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CLICK POST FOR SLIDESHOW: See how pretty this bright Tracy Reese dress is with metallic heels? I am in love, per ushe.

For weeks, metallic heels, sandals, flats and wedges have glared out at me from the Internets.

You know how it goes with shiny things. You can't look away. You just think, I want that. No more questions.

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Monday sales roundup

So, it's nearly 5 p.m. and you're still trying to get over your Monday morning blahs. What better pick-me-up than a sale?

For your shopping pleasure, we've rounded up a few that you might want to check out.

Charlotte Russe: All shoes are buy one, get one $10. There's also free shipping on all orders over $30.

Loft: Get 40% off dresses both in store or online, using the code DRESS40 at checkout.

Old Navy: Get an automatic 20% off your purchase by either showing the cashier an online coupon via an email printout or your smartphone, or entering the code ONSAVE20 during online checkout.

The Limited: Up to 60% off purchases both in store or online.

Torrid: Take up to an additional 75% off clearance items, both online and in store.

What other great sales are going on out there? Let us know in the comments!

--Deal Diva Keyonna


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My Outfit Monday: Welcome to the Sixties!

CLICK FOR SLIDESHOW. I thought it fitting for my final My Outfit Monday dispatch from the Capitol to be taken inside the esteemed chambers of the Florida House of Representatives.

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CLICK FOR SLIDESHOW. I thought it fitting for my final My Outfit Monday dispatch from the Capitol to be taken inside the esteemed chambers of the Florida House of Representatives.

The weatherman says it's going to storm all week long up here in Tallahassee.

Know what? I DON'T CARE.

It's the final week of the intensive 60-day legislative session, so things are looking pretty bright in my book.

To celebrate, I chose this bright vintage blouse that ties at the neck and flares forgivingly in the arms.

That's right -- vintage. Super easy, super fresh vintage that reminds me of the take-no-BS, elegant Joan Holloway of Mad Men. I did it and so can you.

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Dress for Success inventory sale this weekend, suits for $6!

Hit the ATM (well, don't actually HIT it, but calmly extract money from it). It's time for the Dress for Success Tampa Bay Excess Inventory Sale, running tonight through 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lions Eye Institute, 1410 N. 21st. St. in Ybor City.

Dress for Success is a great organization that helps struggling women get back on their feet with interview clothes and help with job skills. They thrive on donations but don't always get the sizes they need. The proceeds from the excess inventory sale will help pay for plus-size business attire, larger shoes and boutique expenses.

I've been to the boutique before and saw some really, really nice stuff in great condition. Suits are $6. Dresses, blazers, shoes, purses and totes are $5. Pants, skirts and shirts are $4. Belts are $2. Jewelry is $1.

All sales are final and it's cash only, so don't forget to gently visit that cash dispensing machine. Happy hunting!

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Pregnant Princess Kate gets dotty

Well, this looks nothing like Kate's dress, but I can't begin to explain how much I love it. It's from Pearl, the Marchesa line at JCP, on sale for $60. My birthday is coming up...

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Well, this looks nothing like Kate's dress, but I can't begin to explain how much I love it. It's from Pearl, the Marchesa line at JCP, on sale for $60. My birthday is coming up...

As if we didn't have enough reasons to admire Kate, Kate Middleton, not-quite Princess Kate, Kate Duchess of Cambridge, Pippa's sister, (take THAT, Search Engine Optimization!), she is making being laden with child look easy, like a trip to a Paris bistro in the middle of May, like a stroll through the park on a summer's afternoon. We know it's not REALLY like that. Kate has famously had a pretty uncomfortable pregnancy with loads of sickness, so it's good to see her out and about smiling.

She of course set off an international frenzy Friday when she and the hubs toured Warner Brothers Studio near London, scoping out Harry Potter props in a polka dot dress from british brand Topshop, priced less than $60. The UK Mail Online reports that the frock has already sold out. No surprise there. Her jacket, we hear, is Ralph Lauren. …

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Kohl's on your paper today, y'all

This never gets old. Bring on the coupons

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This never gets old. Bring on the coupons

Who loves stickers?

We love stickers.

Is it true?

Mmmhmmm.

We do, we do, we do, we do-ooo.

Especially the ones that save us money. It's Kohl's coupon day! Now go pick up a copy of the Tampa Bay Times. It's worth $10 off a $30 purchase today through May 12. Don't shop at Kohl's? Buy a paper anyway and give me yours :-)

And while you're at it, can you grab me some orange soda, too?

--Deal Diva Kameel

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Amazon wants you to join its (kinda) new private shopping site

These 7 for all Mankind wedges are pricey ($109) but look oh-so-worth it. Perfect for summer, no?

These 7 for all Mankind wedges are pricey ($109) but look oh-so-worth it. Perfect for summer, no?

Pause with me for a second and go back to, oh, second grade. You're in the library. The cool girl comes up to you. 

"Wanna join my club?"

Do I? Yes yes yes.

I'm pretty sure retailers know how effective this ploy is. For the past couple years, they've been inviting us into their secret clubs, virtual shopping malls and flash sale sites that are available only by invite. 

And we eat it up. 

Heck, I did last night, when I got an invite to MyHabit.com. It's Amazon's version of, well, take your pick: Ideeli, TheRealReal, HauteLook...Full Story

Bid on shopping sprees for a good cause

Ready to feel warm and fuzzy while you shop?

It's time again for the Tampa Bay Times Newspapers in Education auction, with deals on packages including shopping sprees at WestShore Plaza and International Plaza, plus movie tickets, sports outings, dining certificates and trips to locales including Wine Country in California and Washington D.C.

All funds raised will support Newspapers in Education, supplying newspapers and instructional materials to local classrooms at no cost to schools, teachers or students. Literacy for the youngsters!

Auction ends May 1, so get to bidding right here!


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Close out sale? Not at Saks Fifth Avenue

Upscale retailer Saks Inc. said Tuesday it will close its Saks Fifth Avenue store located in Tampa's WestShore Plaza on May 4. More than 100 employees are affected. A Dick's Sporting Goods store will replace Saks at the mall.

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Upscale retailer Saks Inc. said Tuesday it will close its Saks Fifth Avenue store located in Tampa's WestShore Plaza on May 4. More than 100 employees are affected. A Dick's Sporting Goods store will replace Saks at the mall.

So, by now you've probably heard. Saks Fifth Avenue at Tampa's WestShore Plaza is closing May 4. 

The upscale retailer announced the news Tuesday. Our colleague Susan Thurston has all the details here

But what we really wanted to know was: Will there be sales? Late Tuesday afternoon, we got our answer. 

Nope. 

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So you wanna go strapless this spring? We've got tips

You're tall, you're confident, you like strapless dresses. Hey, I ain't mad at ya.

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You're tall, you're confident, you like strapless dresses. Hey, I ain't mad at ya.

In the past two days, I've gotten four emails about trends for spring. At the top of the list? Strapless dresses. 

Did you just make a face? 'Cause I did too, when I read that. Strapless dresses are just so... so... stressful, right?

They never stay in place.

They only work on one body type (a.k.a. not mine).

They're for prom, they're for your sister's wedding.

They can make even the lovliest bumps look like... er, lumps. 

And yet...

When they're good, they're really, really good. (See: skinny models in the slideshow above.) And despite myself, and the reasons I just listed, maybe this IS the year to dig out those old strapless frocks that are in the bottom of The Pile, and try this trend again. 

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My Outfit Monday: Sashaying in sunshine

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I'd like to think I had a little something to do with Mr. Sun finally deciding to greet us this afternoon.

All weekend, the skies had been overcast and gray. And when I woke up yet another dreary day this morning, I decided a little pick-me-up was in order.

I looked in my closet and was immediately drawn to this blue floral dress that reminded me of the blue skies and sunshine I'd much rather see outside.

A couple hours (and tons of positive vibes) later? Bright skies!

The dress was an Old Navy purchase circa spring 2011. Today, I paired it with a brown belt and brown heels. I threw on blue and gold jewelry to match the bracelet I recently snagged for $6 during a sale at Target. My jacket is from Charlotte Russe.

And just in case those sun rays decide not to stick around? I've got a bright blue umbrella ready to twirl while I'm singing in the rain.

--Deal Diva Keyonna

 

 

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Weekend sales roundup

The weekend is only a couple hours away, and I don't know about you, but I'm SO ready.

Honestly, what a week.

We can't pretend to be in a particularly cheerful mood, but we do hope the next couple days are more pleasant. There's lots happening around the Tampa Bay area that could help with that.Full Story

Are these prices for real? Yeah, but so are the labels...

Yves Saint Laurent designed these slightly metallic pumps. I love them, but at $395, I'd be perfectly OK settling for some imitation ones...

Yves Saint Laurent designed these slightly metallic pumps. I love them, but at $395, I'd be perfectly OK settling for some imitation ones...

We loooooove deals. But we also loooooove fashion.

Sometimes the two don't mash up perfectly.

That's what I was thinking when I stumbled on TheRealReal, a luxury online consignment shop. Why would I torture myself this way?

Because, it's still fun. And, it can be a great way to get inspiration for future shopping trips. So no, I can't afford this $295 sheer Chanel top. But I can gaze at it longingly and try to find something similar.Full Story

Derek Lam hits Kohl's

Drop-waist dress by Derek Lam, $37.80.

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Drop-waist dress by Derek Lam, $37.80.

Next up in the annals of fru-fru designers clothing the masses: Derek Lam is at Kohl's.

But not forever, like Vera Wang. Lam has released a time limited collection for the spring inspired by the colors and prints of Rio.

It's not only lovely but also already on sale (bless you, Kohl's.) A few of my favorite pieces include a striped drop-waist dress, $37.80, and a chambray pleated skirt, $35.

Has anyone spotted the collection in local stores? Would love feedback on quality.

Deal Diva Letitia


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A tale of 2 shoe deals

The Italian Shoemakers "Edgy" is one of the sandals featured in DSW's "Our Shoe. Your Story." contest. OPEN slideshow for more.

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The Italian Shoemakers "Edgy" is one of the sandals featured in DSW's "Our Shoe. Your Story." contest. OPEN slideshow for more.

All you shoe fanatics out there, listen up!

Make haste if you want to score a deep discount on select flats over at Ann Taylor, or care to vie for a pair of free or custom-made shoes from DSW.

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