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Black Friday deals without venturing out

This adorable elephant nut cracker would make a great gift for anyone on your list. It's $16 on sale at Anthropologie today.

Anthropologie

This adorable elephant nut cracker would make a great gift for anyone on your list. It's $16 on sale at Anthropologie today.

Black Friday shopping may be mostly over but there are still deals to be had online.

Stay out of the cold, curl up with some hot cocoa and laugh at all the people who ventured out in the wee hours of the morning and on Turkey Day itself. Because these deals are good.

Sephora: There are about a dozen Black Friday $10 specials still left on the web this morning, including this Josie Maran Hand Healers set. Regularly priced at $18, the set includes Bear Naked Nail Wipes to remove polish and Whipped Argan Oil Intensive Hand Creme. This would make a great gift.

Kate Spade: This is my favorite sale, but unless you see something you can't live without, there's no rush. Kate Spade does 75 percent off surprise sales several times a year. Just sign up for the e-mail alerts and you'll always know.

Julep: I haven't tried this nail polish brand but I've been lurking around the website for weeks now. There are several nail polish sets on sale, including this Year in Review set for $24.99. The 12 mini polish set is regularly priced $108.00. …

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Charming Charlie opens at Countryside, plus holiday weekend sales

A new Charming Charlie opened at Countryside Mall in Clearwater on Tuesday. Stop in this Saturday for grand opening deals!

charmingcharlie.com

A new Charming Charlie opened at Countryside Mall in Clearwater on Tuesday. Stop in this Saturday for grand opening deals!

Newsflash! For all you Black Friday, Cyber Monday and general holiday weekend shoppers out there, here's another stop to add to your list.

Charming Charlie, your favorite color-coded accessories retailer, is opening a new store at Clearwater's Countryside Mall this Saturday. And, according to the Facebok invite, the first 100 guests receive a scratch-off card for a chance to win gift cards ranging from $5 to $100!

The store is on the second floor, near JCPenney's and Macy's.

Which, of course, means you're going to stop at those stores and maybe a couple others, right??

A couple sales you might want to check out:

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Half off everything at Express

This dress combines all the things I love -- stripes, black and white. Throw in my polka dot shoes and we have a deal. Snag this for $34.95.

Express

This dress combines all the things I love -- stripes, black and white. Throw in my polka dot shoes and we have a deal. Snag this for $34.95.

Black Friday has come early and I, for one, am not complaining.

I'm sure there are a ton of sales this week, but this one caught my eye last night.

Half off EVERYTHING at Express! Even sale items get the additional discount.

I quickly snagged up a dress I've been coveting for an upcoming wedding I'm attending. Now, I can afford new shoes, too!

The sale lasts until Friday at noon. Happy shopping!

 

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Meet Stitch Fix, personal shopping at your doorstep

Think Stitch Fix nailed Stephanie's love for prints? The dress she's wearing is hers, and the dress she's holding is the one the company sent.

Photo by Deal Diva Katie.

Think Stitch Fix nailed Stephanie's love for prints? The dress she's wearing is hers, and the dress she's holding is the one the company sent.

Stitch Fix is a new personal shopping service catching on among my network of friends.

Heard of it? It works a little like Birchbox.

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Your Outfit Monday: Popping tags at the thrift shop

Kat McCormack in her thrifted concert look (!!!!!!).

Photo by Luis Santana for tbt*

Kat McCormack in her thrifted concert look (!!!!!!).

Did anyone go to the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis concert over the weekend at the USF Sun Dome? If you did, we trust you wore your very finest thrifted clothes. To mark the rapper's visit to our neck of the woods, our friend at tbt*, Robbyn Mitchell, found four ladies to show off looks they found at thrift stores with a spending limit of just $20.

Here are their stories. Flip through the slideshow above for the coordinating pictures. I'm really feeling this post today, because I am wearing a dress I snagged over the weekend from the Wesley Chapel Goodwill for the low price of $5. Mind-meld with Katarina McCormack and her totally radical jumpsuit, which came form the same shop.

Here we go!

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Amy King: 34, registered nurse, Largo

The Dinner Party: We assigned Amy the task of dressing up for a Thanksgiving dinner party.

Black dress: No label, $5.87

Black satin pumps: Clery, Webb & Touraine, $10.36

Earrings: $2.06

Total: $18.83

What she beelines to first: "Dresses are the best value in the store because it's basically a whole outfit for $5." …

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Pre-Black Friday sale on sweaters, dresses, etc. at Target

Giant cupcake. Also, 'nuff said. $13.79.

Giant cupcake. Also, 'nuff said. $13.79.

I had this dream last night that I was at my parents' home in Buffalo, looking for a suitcase big enough to take clothes still squireled away in my old closet back to Florida. Sadly, upon waking, I realized that I don't in fact have a secret stash of awesome clothes at my parents' house. Le sigh. I've never been the dream journal type, but I'm going to go ahead and say it means I want to go shopping. (Novel idea, I know.)

Well, look at that. Target's having a pre-Black Friday sale. How convenient. They've got 40 percent off sweaters, jeans and dresses, and buy one, get one 50 percent off boots, handbags and wallets. Great way to knock out some holiday shopping (or just get some pretty things for yourself) before the crazy train rolls in Friday morning. Or Thursday night. Or whatever insanity the retail realm has got going on this year. Cheers!

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To tuck or not to tuck?

Who What Wear even did an entire How To slideshow on the tuck. Ladies, this is serious business. The link is in the story below.

Who What Wear

Who What Wear even did an entire How To slideshow on the tuck. Ladies, this is serious business. The link is in the story below.

As I was getting ready for work this morning, I had a moment of hesitation.

Staring into the mirror, I thought: Does this untucked button down shirt look sloppy?

I wanted to change, but I was already running late.

Instead, I tucked just the front center section of my shirt into my jeans and slid on a brown belt.

Instantly, I felt more polished and put together. Confident enough, even, to wear a chambray shirt with polka dot jeans. To work.

A spin around the world of fashion blogs tells me that the partial tuck is a thing. Ladies are discovering that a front tuck nips in the waist but leaves rear problem spots covered.

Fashion website Who What Wear even did an entire How To slidewhow, folks.

Just remember, not all trends work for all people or situations.

For example: When I tucked just one side of a button down shirt into my jeans at a recent family gathering, three aunts approached me separately and quietly (bless their hearts) told me that my shirt had become untucked.

I told them it was a fashiony thing and they nodded like they understood.

Later, when one of my shirt buttons came undone, no one told me. When I asked why, my aunt said she wasn't sure if it was a fashiony thing. …

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Groupon gets fancy and confuses us all

Groupon has launched a new brand that offers more upscale deals for those who can afford the high life. These vintage Hermes bags will set you back a couple grand. I guess that's a deal ... to someone.

Groupon.com

Groupon has launched a new brand that offers more upscale deals for those who can afford the high life. These vintage Hermes bags will set you back a couple grand. I guess that's a deal ... to someone.

So picture this. Me, pre-coffee and blurry-eyed, scrolling through emails one morning, when I see the words vintage (!) purses (!) sale (!) in a message from Groupon.

All red flags for this diva. So of course, I clicked. And then promptly frowned.

Groupon has got F_A-N-C-Y, guys. I'm talking Hermes, Prada, fancy leather men's shoes- fancy. And I really don't know how I feel about all of it.

Apparently I missed the online coupon company's press release this summer, announcing its new "Groupon Reserve" brand. It's all about appealing to those who want the finer things but still want to, oh you know, NOT pay full price.

"As Groupon has evolved, we've seen growing demand from our customers for upscale offers and exclusive experiences," Groupon CEO Eric Lefkofsky said in the release. "Reserve gives the most prestigious brands a new way to reach our large and desirable audience."

Hence the email I got this week, which promised a deal on vintage purses. I was stoked about all this - until I opened the link and saw the prices.

Sure, I'd love a Prada tote. Oh wait,  it's $1,422? Moving on. I guess that vintage Hermes is going to habe to go on the 'wish list.' …

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Haven't seen this KMart boxers ad yet? You're welcome.

Ladies and gents,

Worried that the holiday shopping season is already upon us and you're still scrambling for gift ideas?

Allow me to guide you toward a new commercial that just might change your perspective on one particular retailer forever.

KMart this month has been the talk of the town since it released the mother (father?) of all ads: Joe Boxer shorts brought to you by a musically-inclined sextet of hot male models jiggling their hips to perhaps the most eye-catching rendition of "Jingle Bells" EVER.

The reaction has been explosive, ranging from laughs and saucy giggles from folks (okay, me!) who find the retailer's chutzpah amusing and quite ...ahem.. visually interesting to vociferous threats to cease patronizing a store that would resort to such non-family friendly depths.

As a woman, I can't vouch for the actual product. However, I'll definitely give the home of the blue-light special points for the great visuals on this red-light special of a commercial.

But I wanna hear from you guys: What were your thoughts on KMart before and after this commercial. Will you be swinging through to check out this product and other merchandise as a result? …

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Wednesday Link Party: Hipster sculptures, elderly style, museum eye candy and presidential shorts

The Philip Treacy "Shocking Pink Roswell Hat" at the Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! exhibition.

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The Philip Treacy "Shocking Pink Roswell Hat" at the Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! exhibition.

It's hump day! After a downer start to the week, my spirits are lifted after a lunch time trip to Dress for Success Tampa Bay, where I've signed up to be a volunteer personal shopper for the ladies who come there seeking help for job interview attire. It has changed the whole outlook for the day, and now I want to share the good juju with you, fair readers.

With that, here are some fun links to make you smile.

Denim does it: Classical sculptures dressed as hipsters look completely rad. You try looking that swaggy in your concert baby doll tee.

Dressing your age: Not these women. If you have a a little time, check out this documentary on some women aging beautifully, in combat boots and neon yellow, without Botox.

One of everything, please: Enjoy this eye candy slideshow from the "Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!" exhibition in London. I'm not sold on the shoes with the toe pockets, but maybe for the right occassion?

First lady fashion foul: Even Michelle Obama has sartorial regrets -- specifically, that time she wore shorts on Air Force One, she tells 106 and Park.

Seen any other good links floating around today? Do share! Let's all get in on the positivity Kool-Aid.

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Wine, Women & Shoes hits Tampa Thursday, supports Children's Cancer Center

'Tis the holiday season, and fashion-centric events benefiting cool causes keep popping up on our radar.

On Thursday, a charity event called Wine, Women & Shoes is coming to Tampa. Ticket sales benefit the Children's Cancer Center, a Tampa-based nonprofit offering support programs to families dealing with cancer or chronic blood disorders.

It's happening at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel at 6:30 p.m. General admission starts at $75.

The event includes a selection of wines (natch), plus hors d'oeuvres, dessert, a small marketplace of local and national designer boutiques, and a runway show featuring fashion by BCBG, W by Worth, Urban Body Clothing, Penelope T, and Andrew Ashton Couture Gowns. The emcee is Jayde Donovan of 101.5 HOT Mornings with Jayde.

Sounds fun, right?

If you go, tweet us @DealDivas with pics and feedback. 

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Free fashion show at Haute Foxx Shoppe in Valrico this Saturday

Well-stocked consignment shop? Yes plz. Long lunch break, anyone?

Haute Foxx Shoppe Facebook page

Well-stocked consignment shop? Yes plz. Long lunch break, anyone?

Do you like fashion shows? How about free admission? Hey, me too!

So when I'm not diva-ing, I am, among other things, scouting out events in east Hillsborough for a twice-weekly Brandon/SouthShore community events calendar. Among them this week, a fashion show at Haute Foxx Shoppe, a consignment shop in Valrico, that if their Facebook page is any indication, has some seriously cute stuff.

So, the deets. Fashion show this Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. featuring models from the community. They'll be done up with Mary Kay, which is a Project Runway All Stars sponsor, and styled by Bleu Salon. Haute Foxx will supply the fashion.

Haute Foxx Shoppe is located at 3437 Lithia Pinecrest Road in Valrico. Free admission, as previously mentioned. This is the store's second fashion show; the first one was in September.

There'll be a raffle, with proceeds benefiting the Women's Resource Center of Tampa Bay. Plus, all the models are members of the community representing local organizations and charities. Sounds like a stylish combo to me.

 

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My Outfit Monday: Classy plaid

Getting in touch with nature. Or, my front yard. iPhone photo courtesy of my very patient boyfriend.

Getting in touch with nature. Or, my front yard. iPhone photo courtesy of my very patient boyfriend.

In an effort to dress up my plaid this morning, I was roughly inspired by this outfit (originally found on Pinterest), but opted for pants ($24 from Target) instead of the bright colored skirt.

I got the plaid shirt on sale from Land's End Canvas. The blazer is from the Banana Republic Factory Store. Not sure where the shoes are from, but they're Sperry's I got as part of some buy one, get one a million percent off deal at a shoe store at Ellenton Outlets.

I also got my second ever manicure this weekend. I don't usually splurge on that kind of thing, but my brilliant friend/fellow Riverview office dweller Caitlin found a Living Social deal for Aqua Bella, a salon in St. Pete, a few months ago. The deal was $29 for a mani/pedi, but we also got $10 off from Living Social. Can't pass up a $19 mani/pedi. I usually do pinks, reds or beige-ish colors, so I decided to go a little crazy and pick a nice festive green. It's China Glaze's Holly-Day. I want to get my own bottle and do this for the holidays.

But back to the outfit. Thoughts? Did I succeed in classing up the plaid, or do I look like a lumberjack? I'd settle for classy lumberjack.

 

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New store brings old-school glamour to International Plaza

Polka dots, pleated skirt. Need I say more? This Ice Coffee Circle dress ($142) is so awesomely retro.

Bettie Page Clothing

Polka dots, pleated skirt. Need I say more? This Ice Coffee Circle dress ($142) is so awesomely retro.

I was on a mission at International Plaza the other day and spotted this store out of the corner of my eye: Bettie Page. Yes, an entire store dedicated to  pin-up fashion!

Unfortunatley, I didn't have time to browse but I did peek into the windows and I liked what I saw. Picture curvy mannequins, sailor outfits and cherries galore.

I googled the store soon after and learned it is a national chain that opened it's Tampa branch at the beginning of November. It's on the first floor on a corner near Nordstrom's.

The prices are higher than our normal Target fare, but I feel like this might be a place to splurge, at least every once in a while.

Enjoy the photos above and let us know in the comments how you would rock the pin-up look in day-to-day life.

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Kit's Well-Dressed celebrates grand re-opening

Want x 2.

Want x 2.

Oftentimes at Deal Divas headquarters, we feel like dogs in a field of racing squirrels. There are so many events, so many sales, so many new stores opening and celebrities wearing see-through harem pants that it can be hard to keep up. But every so often, someone seems to know the rights words to break through and get our attention. For example:

"Bling Showroom."

It's an actual thing! The Bling Showroom is a new feature at Kit's Well-Dressed, a Tampa institution celebrating its grand re-opening at a new location this weekend. Saturday from 4-7 p.m., stop by the store at 3006 W. Swann Ave. and pick up something shiny in the Bling Showroom. The best news is, 20 percent of your bling purchase will go to a local charity of your choice. And a portion of proceeds from all sales Saturday will benefit the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. While shopping, sip cocktails and eat food from 717 South.

So, just what exactly lives in a Bling Showroom? We direct you to the slideshow above. Might want to put on some shades. All photos via Kit's.

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