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TJ Maxx now sells stuff online

TJ Maxx, full treasure hunt mode.

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TJ Maxx, full treasure hunt mode.

Guys, I feel so lost and confused.

I just found out that Helen Fielding HAS KILLED MARK DARCY in the new Bridget Jones book (this is not a spoiler -- you apparently find out in the story right away). And while I was emotionally crumbling from that horrific revelation, whimpering like a squirrel lost in a dark woods, a friend pointed out to me that, WHOA, TJ Maxx is now selling clothes online. And then I felt like I was a squirrel floating through a black space beyond my understanding.

But some quick research tells me it's true -- TJ Maxx has recently started selling its wares online. The prices are on-point with what's in the store, but there doesn't appear to be a clearance section. I'm not saying I would NEVER buy anything from TJ Maxx online, but isn't part of the fun of off-price retailers the treasure hunt? The quest for a designer gem buried deep within the racks?

What do you guys think? Will you be shopping TJ Maxx online? And can we all start a petition to get Mr. Darcy back?

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End of season sale at Shoedazzle

Purse, $23.02. The color screams fall to me. Like the boots, not sure how it's part of a summer sale, but if you don't point it out to them, I won't.

Shoedazzle

Purse, $23.02. The color screams fall to me. Like the boots, not sure how it's part of a summer sale, but if you don't point it out to them, I won't.

I got an email from Shoedazzle about their end of season sale, and realized something awesome about shopping in Florida. End of season does not mean "stock up for next spring," it means "find great stuff you can pretty much continue wearing until December and then maybe take a break until mid-February."

So Shoedazzle's got a whole bunch of stuff on sale--shoes, handbags, some accessories. A lot of it's already out of stock, but there are a bunch of cute things still left. Most of it's very summery, but I think there's some good transition stuff in there, too. It's a mixed bag, but worth a look. …

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My Outfit Monday: Cheap thrill

Y'know, just being Diva-like and flaunting my thrifty threads in the Times' Clearwater bureau parking lot, as ush.

Laura C. Morel | Times

Y'know, just being Diva-like and flaunting my thrifty threads in the Times' Clearwater bureau parking lot, as ush.

Full-fledged confession here, y'all: I'm cheap.

I'm sure you probably already figured that out given the nature of this blog. But, unlike some folks who take offense to the term and try to sub in pleasant euphemisms like "frugal" or "thrifty," I fully embrace my cheapness and, in fact, proudly wear it on my sleeve -- literally!

Today's outfit is my latest example of what I'll happily call a "cheap thrill."

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Cute workout wear on a budget

As a girl with new fall bangs, I learned fast that I need something to push them off my face during a workout. These hairbands from H&M would be perfect. They are $3.95 for a three-pack.

H&M

As a girl with new fall bangs, I learned fast that I need something to push them off my face during a workout. These hairbands from H&M would be perfect. They are $3.95 for a three-pack.

Despite my love of dresses, I often feel like the majority of my free time is spent in workout clothes. Most of the time, it's because I'm at roller derby practice (yes! roller derby!) or going for a run. But, let's be honest, sometimes it's just nice to relax in a pair of stretchy yoga pants while watching reruns of Revenge and shoveling popcorn.

Whatever the activity, comfort and great fit is always my first goal. I don't want to be constantly adjusting my shorts during a workout. And today's workout wear is chock full of strategically placed compression panels and sweat wicking fabrics to help. But, fashion is not far behind. I'm much more excited to head outdoors for a run if my outfit looks put together. And, for me, that means gravitating towards bright patterns or neon colors. …

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The iThigh: For those really passionate about hands-free phones

For the girl who can't be bothered to carry her phone in a purse or her hand, we bring you the iThigh, a gift from the Internet gods. More than just a garter belt!

Product shot from www.theiThigh.com

For the girl who can't be bothered to carry her phone in a purse or her hand, we bring you the iThigh, a gift from the Internet gods. More than just a garter belt!

There's been a lot of buzz in the past couple weeks about the latest, greatest incarnation of Apple's new iPhone. 

I get it, It's great. And shiny. And I want one. 

But until last night, I hadn't realized just how ... unsexy ... it is to carry it around. I mean, sometimes it won't fit into my purse when I go to parties! Sometimes I don't want to carry a purse at all, and THEN what am I supposed to do?

Luckily, the Internets have spoken. Check out what I came across, guys. It's called the "iThigh."

And yes, it is exactly what it sounds like - a handy way for you (I) to carry your phone on your leg (thigh).

Why didn't WE think of that? (Keep reading, it gets better)

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Recap: Tampa Bay Fashion Week comes to a close!

Alexandra Lin for the International Academy of Design and Technology student showcase

| Luis Santana/tbt*

Alexandra Lin for the International Academy of Design and Technology student showcase

I think I promised this recap of Tampa Bay Fashion Week on Monday, but it has taken me this long to just rest and recover from the whirlwind of last week. Apologies.

Katie and I had a blast at Cocktails & Couture, as she told you. The rain may have kept some people home, but organizers still put on a great show. The cocktails, including the fave "Diane von Pumpkinberg," were pricey ($11!), but proceeds went to the Pediatric Cancer Foundation, so it's all good. Last year, most of the runway styles came from Saks Fifth Avenue, so the looks were pretty cohesive. This year, there was everything from Lululemon Athletica yoga pants to studded cowboy boots from Keys Country to androgynous punk looks from Revolve Clothing Exchange envisioned by Branden Hollywood.Full Story

Beat the rainy day blues in bright cobalt

Flats!

Photo via Piperlime.

Flats!

You may wonder how we come up with posts about hot trends for the season. Today seems like a good day to pull back the curtain.

Here's the secret! We read magazines and blogs. We scour Pinterest. We take notes when the holiday season, Tampa Bay Fashion Week, rolls around.

And sometimes, like when three women show up to the office wearing the same hue of blue, trendy looks just slap us in the face. Today is one of those days, courtesy of my new best friend, cobalt.

If you haven't already, you're going to see this color everywhere, from tops to dresses to necklaces to purses to skirts to heels to nail polish. And heavy jackets that invite pathetic justifications for purchase.

See, there's this lovely cobalt wool coat from Banana Republic, and it's beautiful and structured, and I know I live in Florida but what if I get sent on assignment to Chicago or Mongolia in the winter months, and what if I wait for a 50 percent off day to bring the price down, and look, look, Deal Diva Stephanie kind of did it ...

Cobalt is dangerous, kids. Check out our slideshow, and shop responsibly.

 

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Highs and lows from Emmy's red carpet

Some of the winners (and not-so-winners) from last night's red carpet.

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Some of the winners (and not-so-winners) from last night's red carpet.

What did everyone think about last night's Emmys? No, not the 3-hour sad-fest with only two minutes of jokes. We mean the fashion.

Here's a short recap of mine that ran in today's Tampa Bay Times, touching on Zosia Mamet's chest sunglasses and Heidi Klum's intense neckery. For the full recap, check out our Twitter feed, including a very special guest appearance by Dot Com from 30 Rock, weighing in on Tracy Morgan's tie! Highlight of the night for your Deal Divas, avid 30 Rock fans.

Let us know your highs and lows from the night!

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My Outfit Monday: Fun with polka dots

H&M bracelets.

H&M bracelets.

I had plans for my inaugural My Outfit Monday post. They included carefully picked jewelry, perhaps swapping out glasses for the contacts I never wear, and a fully brushed head of hair.

But then it happened that my first outfit post would fall on the Monday after a late Sunday flight back to Tampa from home sweet home (let's go Buffalo!), so all my best laid plans ended up half-happening, which is less fabulous but definitely more realistic.

So, the outfit. I bought the skirt at Revolve in St. Pete like a year ago, but this is the first time I've worn it. I figured, hey, black and white polka dots, it'll go with anything! But it's a little too much WHITE with all the white shirts in my closet. But I picked up this black T-shirt at Target a couple weeks ago. I think it makes the skirt look less optical-illusiony. I topped it off with a blue cardigan that I got a million years ago from Land's End Canvas (they have THE BEST clearance sales). I don't remember where the black flats are from, but I pretty much only buy my shoes from Target these days, so it's a solid bet. …

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Deal Divas live-tweeting Emmy fashion at 6 p.m.!

My sparkliest foot candy, from Bakers.

My sparkliest foot candy, from Bakers.

There are very few occasions to whip out shoes like this. One was a couple years ago for my birthday at a drag queen show. And two is tonight, for the Emmy's, in which we will experience loads of Liberace thanks to the masterpiece that was Behind the Candelabra.

If you're already planning to hurl insults at the TV as celebs sail down the red carpet, be sure to join the Deal Divas for a live-tweet starting at 6 p.m. We'll start on E!, but we might surf around because we know not everyone gets that channel.

And heck, why wait? Tweet us a pic of your gaudiest Liberace shoes to @dealdivas and we'll retweet it. Because we care.

See you at 6 p.m.!

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Still time to sign up for Blogger Brilliance!

Fun blogger friends in today's tbt*. Pick one up, and then head to Blogger Brilliance tomorrow!

Fun blogger friends in today's tbt*. Pick one up, and then head to Blogger Brilliance tomorrow!

Tampa Bay Fashion Week is almost over, and as our dry hair and sore feet can attest, it has been a busy one! The big runway show is tonight at the Hilton in Downtown Tampa, and five out of six of your Divas will be in attendance. Look for a big recap on Monday, and don't forget to follow us for live tweets at @dealdivas and Instagram shots at tampabaytimes.

If you're coming to the event tonight, make sure to stop by the tbt* booth from 6-7 p.m. to meet us, and enter to win a fantastic gift basket with some fashion books, hair products and a bottle of bubbly. Check out the pic above!

And if that's not enough and you still crave more Fashion Week know-how, you can still register for Blogger Brilliance, going on all day tomorrow at Channleside Bay Plaza. The event attracts bloggers from all over the country for tips, tricks and networking, and the panel lineup includes a host of bloggers including ME. Yes, me. You can find out how the Deal Diva, er, "magic," happens in person. Sign up here! …

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Dress for Success Sale

Here's the event flyer. So many great deals! Save something for me!

Dress for Success Tampa Bay

Here's the event flyer. So many great deals! Save something for me!

Happy Friday, everyone! The Deal Divas are excited to be headed to Tampa Bay Fashion Week's big runway show at the Hilton in downtown Tampa tonight. Say hello if you see us there.

But the runway show isn't the only thing I'm looking forward to this weekend. The Dress for Success Tampa Bay Excess Inventory Sale is today and Saturday. Held at Bayshore Baptist Church (3111 W Morrison Ave. in Tampa), the sale will feature $6 suits, $5 dresses, $4 pants, $2 belts, $1 jewelry, $5 purses and plenty more deals. 

It's cash only, so come prepared. And all sales are final.

The sale runs today until 7 p.m. and again Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Get there early, several friends have raved about this event all week. 

Let us know if you find something fabulous! 

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Recap: Tampa Bay Fashion Week's most family friendly event about underwear

The Deal Divas took in an underwear-themed event at St. Pete's Museum of History on Tuesday night. Don't worry  - it's totally safe for work. Models like these sported looks from the 30s to present day from downtown's Ramblin Rose and Little Brooklyn Vintage. The one-shoulder brown Grecian shift is $125 and the present-day  black lace dress is $78. The middle dress unfortunately isn't for sale.

Photo by Deal Diva Stephanie

The Deal Divas took in an underwear-themed event at St. Pete's Museum of History on Tuesday night. Don't worry - it's totally safe for work. Models like these sported looks from the 30s to present day from downtown's Ramblin Rose and Little Brooklyn Vintage. The one-shoulder brown Grecian shift is $125 and the present-day black lace dress is $78. The middle dress unfortunately isn't for sale.

When's the last time you went to a museum for an exhibit about underwear?

Exactly.

That's one of the reasons Deal Diva Stephanie and I were so excited Tuesday night to jet over to St. Pete's Museum of History after work. As part of Tampa Bay Fashion Week, the museum hosted an event that promised a "unique stroll through the forbidden fashion of St Pete."

Calm down. It wasn't as racy as it sounds. But there were a bunch of cute frocks, modeled by a handful of girls who circulated through the crowd and posed in various locations. It was more art-installation than a traditional runway show this time around. 

We soon figured out why.

Organizer Jenni Parrish said that two weeks before the event, the online boutique officials were coordinating with backed out of the job. (Insert gasp here.)

Parrish rallied though, and recruited models, clothes and everything else.

"We had 14 days to pull everything together," Parrish said. "This is my baby. I just thought, let's go crazy. Let's get interactive." …

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Seeing red for winter

The Limited punched up this popular peplum style top ($44.95) with a flouncy skirt ($59.95) and satchel ($79.95) from the red family.

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The Limited punched up this popular peplum style top ($44.95) with a flouncy skirt ($59.95) and satchel ($79.95) from the red family.

While daydreaming this morning about the AH-MAZING time the Deal Divas had hosting the Macy's fall fashion show last weekend, I recalled how one of the stylists casually mentioned how red will compete with gold for this season's title of hottest holiday color.

Sure enough, a browse through the ads passing through my email inbox and on fashion sites make it clear: Red is where it's at!

This fall/winter's most popular shade -- oxblood (a rich, dark tone somewhere between burgundy and brown) -- is a carryover from last year. But other shades, like cherry and plum red, are also getting plenty of attention.

Flip through the slideshow above for a few of the latest looks.

I've never been much for this color, but these have me thinking I just might become a convert. Are you a fan?


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A fierce runway at TBFW's Cocktails & Couture show

CLICK FOR SLIDESHOW from the Cocktails & Couture hair and fashion show at the Ritz Ybor. Prints! Leather!

Photo by Luis Santana, tbt* staff.

CLICK FOR SLIDESHOW from the Cocktails & Couture hair and fashion show at the Ritz Ybor. Prints! Leather!

Sunday's Cocktails & Couture fashion and hair show at the Ritz Ybor started with models in casual Lululemon sweats and ended with the Dark Queen of Realness in a black gown and spiked crown, hands clasped around a golden skull.

Deal Diva Stephanie and I were scared, in a good way. Talk about variety!

The second annual show featured local looks from Keys Country, Revolve Clothing Exchange and stylings by Branden Hollywood. Tribeca ColorSalon handled the hair.

Wearing our Sunday (night fashion show) best, we took note of fringetastic cowgirl boots, sheer and rosy asymmetrical hemlines, a flouncy leather skirt, and plenty of fierce black heels, all as I sipped a "Diane von Pumpkinberg" martini. (I felt a little better about the $11 drink after learning proceeds benefited the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.) 

Definitely check out this collection of (professional) photos from the night by tbt* photographer Luis Santana. Stephanie and I shared our social media shots in the slideshow above. (Click for a glimpse of Steph's shuxedo, if nothing else.)  …

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