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Stephanie Hayes, Katie Sanders, Shelley Rossetter, Kameel Stanley, Keeley Sheehan & Keyonna Summers

Overalls, king of the lunch table, make a comback

The latest, hottest, newest... just kidding! I found this in the archives, from a fashion story in 1971. The caption: "Sandy Leland and Karen Nelson combine a little horseplay with fashion in their overall hot pants." I hope Sandy and Karen are still friends and Google their names one day and have a great laugh.

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The latest, hottest, newest... just kidding! I found this in the archives, from a fashion story in 1971. The caption: "Sandy Leland and Karen Nelson combine a little horseplay with fashion in their overall hot pants." I hope Sandy and Karen are still friends and Google their names one day and have a great laugh.

I heard someone mutter recently that overalls were coming back in style. I was skeptical at best. Nothing could ever revive the full-body denim jump sling of my middle school career, trailblazed by the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, by Lance Bass and friends, by Mary Kate and Ashley and so many pioneers who voluntarily turned their bodies into the silhouette of a Mike and Ike. Overalls quietly and rightly went the way of Ross, Rachel and frosted tips.

This had to be a vicious, baseless rumor.

Last night, I wandered into Forever 21, which has a rack turnover rate of about 9.2 seconds and designers fearless to engage in quackery. So it should have come as no surprise that I encountered a fashion Man-Bear-Pig, some hybrid amalgam of a faux-leather overall bibs topped with a mullet skirt (see slideshow). And then I knew. It was true. …

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JCP tries to entice us with sales again, and it's working

JCP is feeling a little needy these days. They can sense that I haven't been there in a while, i.e. a few weeks, so they are showing me some love by flooding my inbox. 

No worries. I still love 'em, and so should you -- which we've said a gazillion times.

They're having a 30 percent sale on women's items right now, and just because I love you, I'll also give you the secret code they left me for and extra 20% off through the end of July. It's 2GoSHOP (for online purchases).

Go forth and shop!

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H&M: Green is the new black

Recycling is about to get a lot more fashionable.

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Recycling is about to get a lot more fashionable.

Need an incentive to clean out your closet? H&M just stepped forward with a big one.

Under the battle cry of "long live fashion," the trendy mega-retailer has announced a plan to help keep old textiles out of landfills. Bring in your old clothing, and H&M will recycle it for you.

For your donation, you'll get a 15 percent off voucher to be used on a single item for each bag of clothing you bring in. (Limit of two bags per day.)

It's hardly the deal of a century, but a nice bonus -- in case doing some good wasn't enough for you.

H&M promises that any revenues made off your clothing will be used to "reward customers" or invest in local charities and recycling efforts.

You can bring your used clothing into any H&M store. The cast-offs don't have to be from H&M.

Who's in? We want to see pix of your donation bag, and the shiny new outfit it nets you.

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Set sail on these summer sales

Let's see, 50 percent off this $54.50 summery, mixed pattern cardigan is ... we don't know, buy it using the special code SUMMERLUVS and tell us.

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Let's see, 50 percent off this $54.50 summery, mixed pattern cardigan is ... we don't know, buy it using the special code SUMMERLUVS and tell us.

Life is short, and so are these sales.

Here's what we know:

Gap: Today only get 30 percent off your online order. Enter GAP24HR at checkout.

Banana Republic: Save up to 50 percent off a slate of reduced items or 30 percent on several full-priced ones through tomorrow.

Anthropologie: The store is offering up to 50 percent on clothing, dessert plates, sparkly belts, towels, frames and reading glasses. This does not happen all of the time, people.

Loft: Save 50 percent off online purchases with code SUMMERLUVS. I see white jeans, Deal Diva Kameel.

Hear about anything else? Comment away, lovelies.

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My Outfit Monday: Party dress delight

Yes, yes, I went there. The manicurist had a great time.

Yes, yes, I went there. The manicurist had a great time.

Even the most serious professional working woman among us, on occasion, can benefit from from the fruits of a party dress. A big party dress. A serious party dress that knocks wine glasses off end tables and traps squirrels in the hem. This is just my humble opinion.

I turned 30 recently, and I marked the occasion with the largest, most obnoxious party dress I could find. The checkout lady at JC Penney battled for some time trying to stuff the monster into a dress bag.

It was from Pearl by Georgina Chapman of Marchesa, a fantastic line for JCP. I would have loved one of everything in the collection, but I settled on this fluffy organza number with a pink sash. At $110, it was a bit of a splurge, but happy birthday to me, amirite?

My party theme was "rainbow," so I paired it with sparkly purple Shi pumps (that I promptly toppled right off of while attempting to Dougie) from Journeys, on sale for $20. But perhaps my favorite piece of this Roy G. Biv puzzle was a little rainbow heart necklace from Betsey Johnson I picked up at Dillard's the day before my celebration that pulled everything together just fine. …

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Making jorts work for you

THE PERFECT PAIR.

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THE PERFECT PAIR.

Today I walked to lunch in a black blazer and black pants, and as the sun beat down on the pavement like a cruel mistress, I thought to myself, "Wow, Florida is really too hot for clothes. There has to be another way. Jorts? Maybe jorts?"

Then this afternoon, this appropriate reader question arrived:

"I am very confused. I grew up in Florida and I always wore jean shorts. And apparently they're a topic of mockery everywhere else in the country? So I move back here and I'm confused on where I stand, as an adult. Can I wear jorts? Because I do. But tasteful, dark ones. Anyway, I need some authority on this."

Ah, jorts. So comically short, so easy to tease, so Andre Agassi at the Tournament of Champions. But really, they're a comfortable staple in warm weather, and they don't HAVE to be offensive. If you exercise denim responsibly, your jorts can decorate the tops of your legs all summer long. (But let's agree to still wear pants to work.)

Our tips: …

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Does your stock of summer dresses need a boost? Check out these spots

I've been lusting at this dress ever since I saw it earlier this spring on the racks at Target. I have no idea why my favorite retailer is taking so long moving it to clearance, so I might just cave and have to buy it full price ($29.99)

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I've been lusting at this dress ever since I saw it earlier this spring on the racks at Target. I have no idea why my favorite retailer is taking so long moving it to clearance, so I might just cave and have to buy it full price ($29.99)

I'm a little obsessed with summer dresses right now.

It's also a good thing, then, that I'm also slightly obsessed with Target, ModCloth, Express, Marshall's and TJ Maxx.

All -- or nearly all -- of these stores are having sales on summer dresses these days. Just in time, right? Cause these past few days have been H-O-T-T (can I get an amen?).

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Nordstrom sale time: Mark your calendars!

Get ready for a not-to-be missed Nordstrom sale!

Get ready for a not-to-be missed Nordstrom sale!

Does the sticky summer heat already have you dreaming about cooler styles? Hold onto your cash. The elusive sale season at Nordstrom is just kicking off.

As the high-end department store's sales are few and far between, they are not to be missed. For the men in your lives, Nordstrom's half-yearly men's sale currently is underway.

Even better, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale starts Friday, July 19, ending Sunday, August 4. This is your opportunity to score great deals on new merchandise just as it arrives for the fall season.

Consider packing lunch for the next few weeks, divas. That overpriced plate of calories could be the designer bag that you will flaunt for the rest of the year.


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Need gift ideas? Check out this site

A screenshot of gift suggestions from Wantful.

A screenshot of gift suggestions from Wantful.

Fun fact: Summer is a super busy season for birthdays.

Not so fun fact: I'm already out of gift ideas. Completely stumped, behind, desperate.

Fun fact: I found a website that will help!

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My Outfit Monday: Preening in paisley

My shoes, which are a couple inches away from being flats, were 80% off at Kohl's.

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My shoes, which are a couple inches away from being flats, were 80% off at Kohl's.

Morning!

We're continuing our quest to diversify our photo settings, so here I am, outside! (It was Deal Diva Katie's idea.)

What do you guys think of the outfit? I decided to give myself a challenge this morning and not wear any black.

I settled on a cream blouse and some beige near-flats that I picked up from Kohl's a couple weekends ago for $13.99 (80 percent off!) But every outfit needs a little color, right? That's where the skirt comes in.

Not gonna lie, I've almost thrown it (this skirt) away many times.

For one, it's slighty too big (which, depending on the day can be supremely frustrating or a big self esteem boost) Secondly, as much as I love the paisley print, sometimes I feel like it can be too much (probably because my instinct is to pair it with a lime green top.)

This morning, however, it seemed ... perfect.

POOF, I'm in love again.

 

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Guest Diva dishes about SJP's new shoe line

THE shoes

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THE shoes

I remember the first time I watched Sex and the City The Movie.

At the very end, when Big gives Carrie her dream closet, she pulls out the most perfect pair of shoes I've ever seen in my life and gently sets them down on her sparkling shoe rack: a pair of royal blue Manolo pumps.

The next day, I sped to International Plaza like a mad woman trying to find those shoes. I knew I wouldn't be able to afford Manolo's $965 price tag, but maybe I could find some Steve Madden knock-offs.

No luck.

I've been on the hunt for those shoes ever since.

So when a press release about Sarah Jessica Parker's new shoe line popped up in my email, my heart fluttered.

The line, dubbed SJP, will launch exclusively at Nordstrom in January. The collection will include sandals, flats, pumps (!!!) and boots ranging from $200 to $400.

The greatest news: Manolo Blahnik CEO George Malkemus is helping Parker create the collection of runway-worthy shoes at "attainable price points."

Attainable for a pair of flats? Not at all. Attainable for my dream shoes? YES.

Hopefully this new line will have something similar. At the very least, we can all feel a little more like Carrie Bradshaw. …

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Celebrate the 80s at this party

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80s. Prom. Party.

Do those words make your heart flutter? They might, if like us, you were born in the 80s. Or if you went to prom in the 80s. Or if you just like fashion from the 80s.

In any case, even if none of those apply, you still might want to check out ARTpool Gallery's next show.

The event, from 8 to midnight June 22, is all about art, fashion, music and of course, the 80s. It's also kicks off a week of PRIDE events.

ARTpool tells us there will be a costume party, neon fashion show, and other surprises. Plus, there are prizes for the best 80s outfit.

Find more info here.

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Sun protection on the chic

How cute is this swim tee, $27.30?

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How cute is this swim tee, $27.30?

Living in Florida, we need to take sun protection seriously. But as any dermatologist will tell you, suncreen is the least of your defenses. If you can't avoid the sun during peak hours, it's better to wear protective clothing than to drench yourself in lotion.

Finally, designers are taking note. Sun protective clothing is finally getting cute.

The New York Times wrote this weekend about the plight of big-name designers stuck wearing hideous rash guards when they took up surfing. Inspiration struck. Now chic abounds in these lightweight jackets, which protect the skin from rubbing against surfboards. They also offer great protection from blistering sunburns.

Another option: Lands' End is selling an affordable line of swim tees, modeled after the uber protective swimwear long hot in children's clothing. Their sailor stripe shirt, $27.30, is attractive enough to go from surf to turf.

So how fast I get my order?

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$5 Sherry's YesterDaze vintage blowout sale this weekend!

I had to call over to Sherry's YesterDaze and make sure my eyes weren't tricking me, inventing an alternate dream world in which tons of vintage stuff was all $5 or less. Rest assured, it's true.

This weekend, Sherry's is hosting a massive blowout sale at the Tempus Projects, 5132 Florida Ave. in Tampa. All items from Sherry's warehouse are $5 or less, cash only.

There are two options to shop:

You can go early from 5-7 p.m. Friday, but you need to get an advance ticket, which costs $10. You can get your ticket by stopping in Sherry's, or calling (813) 231-2020 and paying with a credit card over the phone.

If you don't want to go early, you can go from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to the same location (no ticket required) and shop your brains out. I have about a trillion things going on this weekend, but I am still working it out in my head how to get over there and see what they have. Nothing's more thrilling than a good vintage find, and there are sure to be loads.

If you go, let us know what you snag!

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Library offers closet coaching series

Single gals whose couch, bed and/or dryer has ever functioned as a de facto second closet will especially benefit from the “Making the Most of Your Closet” fashion series at Safety Harbor Library. In addition to wardrobe organization, master discount shopping and learn how to dress like a boss!

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Single gals whose couch, bed and/or dryer has ever functioned as a de facto second closet will especially benefit from the “Making the Most of Your Closet” fashion series at Safety Harbor Library. In addition to wardrobe organization, master discount shopping and learn how to dress like a boss!

Remember Deal Diva Letitia’s story of rediscovery and inspiration just by shopping her very own closet?

Well, it looks like her idea is a popular one that’s ready to take the Tampa Bay area by storm.

The Safety Harbor Library this week will kick off “Making the Most of Your Closet,” a free three-part series aimed at keeping your pesos firmly planted in your pocketbook by teaching folks how to spread the love among pieces they already own.

During part uno – “Dressing for Your Body Type” – set for 6:30 p.m. this Thursday, fashionistas will learn how to choose the most flattering outfits for their age and body shape.

Get schooled on pinching pennies during “Dressing on a Budget,” set for 6:30 p.m. July 11.

Then overcome the struggle of cramming all your new, inexpensive goodies into your armoire alongside your old faves during the “Closet Organization” session at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 15.

The 90-minute workshops, led by Safety Harbor wardrobe and fashion stylist Kara Beck (click the links to check out her website and blog), are free and open to the public. …

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