Deal Divas

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

Check out these scary good Halloween sales

It's the last day you can get away with chugging these. Bye bye October!

It's the last day you can get away with chugging these. Bye bye October!

Seen on a city sidewalk this morning: a pint-sized scuba diver, a pirate princess and a pumpkin.

Happy Halloween, y'all.

As we say goodbye to October 2013, our friends in retail remind us once again that sometimes the best way to celebrate a holiday is to .... go shopping?? Whatever, lets go with it. Because, whatever.

Check out just-for-today deals below. No tricks here. These sales are a treat. (Like my jokes.)

Know of any more sales going on today? Let us know in the comments.

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A new one for your next spa visit: The V-Steam

Could you get down with the V-Steam, a spa treatment touted as the latest in female beauty and health?

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Could you get down with the V-Steam, a spa treatment touted as the latest in female beauty and health?

Divas. I had hoped, for your sake, that we wouldn't end up here again.

Yet, here I am scratching my head at the latest weird news to be churned out by the interwebs. And what kind of diva would I be if I didn't share it with you?

This week's culprit? The euphemistically-named "V-Steam." AKA a facial for your ...ahem...lady parts.

It's the latest "it" trend in spa treatment and holistic health.

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An unexpected bandage dress miracle

My friend Hilary, wearing a flattering wine peplum dress Ann Taylor, picked out the bandage dress, and all I can say is, thanks, girl.

My friend Hilary, wearing a flattering wine peplum dress Ann Taylor, picked out the bandage dress, and all I can say is, thanks, girl.

The other day, I shopped for a dress to wear to a friend's wedding with two of my most honest friends.

We stopped in White House Black Market. I pulled out a patterned frock from the clearance rack, as I am predictable and like to hide my body behind waist-flare. My friend Hilary pulled out a teal bandage dress from the "instantly slim" line for me, a style so far out of my comfort zone that I think I just nodded silently and averted my eyes to the rest of the rack. I have hated bandage dresses for so long. I thought they were reserved for thin, straight bodies.

Peer pressure won the day, and I tried it on. I closed my eyes, felt the fabric all around, asked for help with the zipper.  My friends reacted with big eyes, open mouths. I peeked.

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25 percent off at Old Navy to help you make it to hump day

I've got a chambray-adjacent shirt. It's cute, but it has this weird slight poof thing going on at the shoulders that doesn't always work. But this one appears to be poof-free. $14.97

I've got a chambray-adjacent shirt. It's cute, but it has this weird slight poof thing going on at the shoulders that doesn't always work. But this one appears to be poof-free. $14.97

Did your weekend go by too quickly? What a coincidence, mine too!

But this sale at Old Navy's putting a little pep in my step, and maybe some new sweaters in my closet. You can get 25 percent off at their website til Wednesday.

Also, they have approximately a million things on clearance, and it's a pretty good haul. I may or may not be contemplating some skinny jeans. Happy deal hunting!

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My Outfit Monday: Is it the weekend yet?

We can't decide what color these jeans are - blue? purple? I say fabulous.

We can't decide what color these jeans are - blue? purple? I say fabulous.

First things first: This is not what I'm wearing today.

It's actually what I wore Saturday. And since it's better than what I have on today (trust me) I decided to use my "get-out-of-actually-posting-what-you're-wearing" card and show you this instead. 

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An app that makes Target even more affordable

Take 10 percent off a Sonia Kashuk makeup organizer with the Cartwheel app. Regular price of this stylish one: $16.99.

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Take 10 percent off a Sonia Kashuk makeup organizer with the Cartwheel app. Regular price of this stylish one: $16.99.

It's no secret that Target is a Deal Diva favorite. So, imagine how excited I was to discover something that has made shopping at Target even more affordable.

It's called Cartwheel and it's an app designed by Target that offers extra discounts, kind of like digital coupons. You choose which savings you want to use and they are applied when the store clerk scans the barcode on your phone at checkout. New deals are added all the time and they have expiration dates. And many of them let you apply the discount on already on sale merchanise (just check the fine print on each deal).

Remember those sweaters Deal Diva Kameel mentioned are on sale this week? Yeah, I scored one of those for an additional 20 percent off. That's a $12 cardigan, people!

Plus, I got 20 percent off of a dress I've been coveting since last month. …

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Oh, you shouldn't have! Favorite birthday freebies

Piperlime's birthday offer makes this sequin key sweater I've been eyeing a little more attainable.

Piperlime's birthday offer makes this sequin key sweater I've been eyeing a little more attainable.

My brother Daniel and cousin Robbie are pros at finding freebies on their birthdays. They team up on their special days, hopping from place to place in Gainesville and reaping free fro-yo, coffee, doughnuts, subs and lobster dinners. Yes, lobster. 

Today, it's my turn (yay, birthday!). So far, I've scheduled a free facial and perused my online shopping options. I'm sharing some of the more generous offers so you can sign up and enjoy them on your birthday. Discounts make daily store solicitations worth it.

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Need a sweater? Grab one while it's on sale this week

Don't have a boyfriend? No problem! Buy this sweater instead. (Send me a line if you get that joke. ... I aim to cheese.... haaaaaa. Cracking myself up. ... Ok I'll stop now.)

Don't have a boyfriend? No problem! Buy this sweater instead. (Send me a line if you get that joke. ... I aim to cheese.... haaaaaa. Cracking myself up. ... Ok I'll stop now.)

Guys, Target knows what we want, and it knows what we need: sweaters.

Fall is here! And we love it. But, did anybody else wake up this morning and go, "Whoa, now."

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Mary Kay hosts fundraiser Thursday for domestic violence shelter

What's more beautiful than helping women and children in need? Join Mary Kay this Thursday for its fundraiser benefiting Haven of RCS domestic violence shelter in Clearwater.

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What's more beautiful than helping women and children in need? Join Mary Kay this Thursday for its fundraiser benefiting Haven of RCS domestic violence shelter in Clearwater.

The Haven of RCS has partnered with local Mary Kay consultants on a fundraiser to benefit domestic violence victims who live at the Clearwater shelter.

The event, set for 6:45 to 9 p.m. Thursday, will feature a silent auction, pampering by beauty experts, food, prizes and information on how citizens can assist the shelter and advocate against domestic abuse.

The fundraiser will be held at Mary Kay's training center, 3411 S Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa.

A portion of proceeds from product purchases will be donated to the Haven. Attendees are also asked to bring flip- flops, new socks, feminine hygiene products, new adult and children's underwear -- essentials that will be distributed to shelter residents.

Please RSVP by contacting Courtney Taylor at courtneytaylor@marykay.com or (813) 484-0123.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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Always a party at Dillard's Clearance Outlet in Tampa

I scored this Betsy & Adam dress, originally $180, for $11.99 at the Dillard's Clearance Outlet at University Mall in Tampa. View slideshow for more!

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I scored this Betsy & Adam dress, originally $180, for $11.99 at the Dillard's Clearance Outlet at University Mall in Tampa. View slideshow for more!

OK, it's true. I selfishly wanted to hold back on telling y'all about this one because I wanted to keep the deals all to myself!

And, maybe I'm actually late to the party. But, boy, am I glad I showed up in time to both have my cake and eat it too!

The party in question? Dillard's Clearance Outlet at University Mall in Tampa.

I'm mad that no one told me about it until a couple Fridays ago when a friend invited me to meet her there after work and assist in the hunt for the perfect dress for a weekend gala.

At first glance, the scant decoration and sheer number of yellow and red discount signs had me convinced the place was going out of business. Great sales, but a limited supply. However, I was quickly corrected by a fellow customer, who assured me that this seasonally-updated orphanage of ready-to-be-loved Dillards discards seeking a good home was, in fact, THE mecca of discounts on top of discounts on top of discounts.

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Pinterest gets slightly creepy yet helpful

Ah, Pinterest.

I can't (or won't) admit to how much time I spend pinning tiny photos of beautiful things because then I'd have to admit I have a problem. I'm sure my 1,000 + pins tell the sad, sad story of my addiction on their own.

But, besides being a major boredom buster and sometimes drug, Pinterest has served a purpose in my life. It has helped me make a few new recipes (some more successfully than others) and it encouraged me to stretch my DIY muscle with a few new crafty decorations that now adorn my house. And it has acted as a dream closet throughout it all.

Well, now, it can serve another purpose.

It can tell you when your long forgotten pins go on sale!

My friend Stephanie got an e-mail this morning from her Pinterest account. Subject line: Your pin's price dropped!

She opened it to read: Hi, Stephanie!

Good news!

Today your pin is 30 % less.

In her case, it was a gorgeous deep v dress from Revolve Clothing. It was obviously a dream closet pin because even with the 30 percent price drop the dress is still more than $100. Plus, that deep v. Hello, where do people wear these things? …

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My Outfit Monday: Island Turban Time

It's 2 p.m. on my first day back from a weeklong vacation, and I JUST got through my terrifying block of e-mail. I am about to tackle the voicemail box next, which I fear is equally scary, but first I wanted to take a break and remember a better time, a more peaceful time, a time that required no e-mail, no phone, no shoes.

This special time was last week. I was in Ocho Rios Jamaica at an all-inclusive resort, courtesy of a Groupon that was too good to pass up. In this pic, I am wearing no makeup and a yellow turban-type thing I purchased at Beauty Depot on Fowler Avenue for $4. Everyone should get one for bad hair days, IMHO. That dress? It's a Target tie-dye maxi skirt that I hiked up-up-up until it became a dress. No rules in Jamaica!

I accessorized with a look of tropical relaxation and a can of "Coca-Cola Light," which is the island version of Diet Coke (not the same, not the same). Can I go back now? Please? Pretty please? I'll even bring my own Diet Coke.

 

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Fixing jewlery like a DIY pro

Necklaces in all the colors! $22

Bauble Bar

Necklaces in all the colors! $22

I went with a bunch of friends to Pops in the Park at Vinoy Park in St. Pete on Friday (there's nothing better than listening to an orchestra play your favorite show tunes while eating Oreos on a picnic blanket, FYI). But before heading to the park, we convened at a friend's house a few blocks away for some good ol' fashioned chit chat. I complimented my friend Taylor on her awesome necklace and she shared a little secret with me.

She got the necklace from Bauble Bar with a gift card, but the big baubley jewel thing in the very middle fell off and she couldn't find it. On her grandmother's advice, she went to Michael's, found another baubley jewel thing that went with the theme/color scheme, and broke out the glue gun. Cheap, easy fix, and I never would have known that part had been replaced if she hadn't told me. It also seems like a super obvious fixing strategy, but I never would have thought to do that if she hadn't told me about that, either. …

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Fictional fashion for your Friday enjoyment

I'm guessing this R2-D2 dress would be a big hit at the many comic book and anime conventions in Tampa each year.

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I'm guessing this R2-D2 dress would be a big hit at the many comic book and anime conventions in Tampa each year.

Happy Friday! Today's post isn't heavy on the deals, so please forgive me. But, it does have fashion, of a sort.

I stumbled across the website for Black Milk, a clothing company based in Australia, a few months ago and haven't been able to forget about it.

In particular, I can't get the Hogwarts line out of my head. Yes, most of the items are made of lycra and a bit on the skimpy side, but it's Harry Potter, people!

I'm swooning over the Daily Prophet leggings and First-Year swimsuit. I'm also trying to rationalize spending more than $80 on each and sporting that much stretch material.

My current inner-monologue is going something like this: I would totally be able to wear those leggings under a cute tunic! And that swimsuit with Harry Potter's head smack dab in the middle of the torso, so practical for swimming laps!

Obviously, these clothes, which are oozing with what I'll call nerdish sex appeal, are aimed at adult fans of the works of fiction. In fact, the whole company seems to be built on nerd fandom, featuring lines based on Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. …

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American Apparel created these horrible mom jeans and we just can't

No.

Source: American Apparel

No.

The call to action came in a tip two days ago. 

"Deal Divas alum Emily Nipps recommends one of us react to these HORRIFIC jeans from American Apparel 'with the appropriate tone of outrage and confusion,'" Deal Diva Katie wrote to us in an email blast.

And so, we're rising to the challenge. Honestly, is there anything appropriate to say about these jeans? 

I tried. Here's my conversation with Katie after she sent me a link (via instant message):

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