Instagram from my friend Hilary.
Ask for this mani at the nail salon -- quick! Or try it yourself.
It's New Year's Eve, an annual rite deeply cherished by Deal Divas. We can sparkle plenty and dress to the nines, and no one will question it.
We're going all out, and we're not going to spend that much doing it. Here's how you can, too.
(Yes, even at the very last minute.)
That's me and my hubby, posing for a rare fancied up portrait. We like to color coordinate like it's prom 2004 all over again.
Am I the only one who already has champagne chilling for tomorrow night?
New Year's Eve is one of my favorite holidays and it's mainly just because of the bubbly. Though, let's be real, I keep a bottle of (cheap!) champagne on hand at all times, because you never know when you'll want to celebrate.
In the spirit of celebrations, today's My Outfit Monday is a glimpse back in the past to another day worth busting out the bubbly. My two friends got married! Woop!
Held a few weeks ago at the Postcard Inn on St. Pete Beach, the ceremony was outside, but not on the sand. Which, coupled with cooler temps, gave me the opportunity to rock black suede booties and sheer black tights a la Kate Middleton, my personal style idol.
The dress you may recall from a previous post, came from Express, snagged during a 50 percent off sale.
I had a bit of trouble deciding what jewelry to wear. The dress itself has a sort of silvery metallic thread running through it but the exposed back zipper was more gold toned. For some reason, metallics always confuse me. …Full Story
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Blake Lively's getting a new job in 2014.
We bid adieu to another year this week. See ya to 2013, hellllllo 2014, how you doin'? Deal Diva Stephanie took a look back at this year's trends--some of them awesome, some of them whackadoodle. So I'm going to look ahead to the fashion and fashion-adjacent things I'm looking forward to in 2014. My scientific, in-no-particular-order list:
More news on Blake Lively's new Company that will do a Thing …Full Story
Rent the Runway
This Trina Turk dress is dripping in sequins a.k.a. perfect for New Year's Eve. The dress retails for $398 but it can be yours for four Cinderella-like days for only $20.14.
Still searching for the perfect New Year's Eve dress? There's time left to order one from Rent the Runway and get it before the ball drops.
And, at a great price.
Order by Monday at 3 p.m. to get sparkly, short, flirty designer dresses starting at $20.14 for a 4-day rental delivered by Tuesday evening (here's how it works).
I haven't had the opportunity to try this service yet, but I've heard great reviews from friends.
I'm hoping to use it in 2014 for some upcoming vacations and celebrations. In fact, I've already spent countless hours browsing through the customer uploaded photos (my favorite part! because, let's be honest, those model photos are not a great representation for us all) and marking my favorite styles.
Until then, and since my holiday plans don't include champagne toasts or fancy clothes, we'll just dream a little. Check out the slideshow above for my favorites.
And let us know, have you ever used Rent the Runway? What did you think? Pictures please!
Already sick of your family? Get out of the house and hit those end-of-the-year sales. This pretty blue dress is half off at Express - but only for today! Check our list for other sales.
Ah, the holidays. For all the frenzy they can bring, sometimes it's also the best time to just be lazy and catch up on things.Unfortunately, some of us still had to work this week.
But that doesn't mean we can't live vicariously through you guys, right?
So, without further ado here's our list for the perfect ways to spend your lazy days this time of year, Deal Diva-style. Enjoy!
I'm not one for many holiday traditions, but I like quality couch-time as much as the next America. So if you find yourself truly in no mood to do anything but veg, check out these fashion-related flicks.
After you do your nails, watch a movie and nap (because there should ALWAYS be a nap), you should be ready to burn off some energy, right? So go shopping already. The malls are back open and the stores are already starting to promote "end of year" sales. Here are a few that we know about:Full Story
Getting a jump start on 2014 with Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant polish in Grapevine.
I don't have a favorite color. When I was little I would just sort of pick one for a while to use for all those goofy little kid assignments that made you talk about your favorites. You know, those "All About Me" posters for open house and such. My most recent faux favorite is green. I picked it because I associate it with all those amazing photos of sprawling European landscape and I just really want to hang out with a furry cow in some really, really green field in Scotland, as one does.
But nope, no favorite. Why pick one when there's a whole rainbow of colors appropriate for any given occasion, outfit, wall of your home, etc.? That's why I'm really into the fact that Pantone names a Color of the Year every year. A new, awesome color gets to take the spotlight each year. Last year's was emerald. For 2014, it's all about orchid. …Full Story
Me posing with the new grad inside the O Dome at the University of Florida. My brother was probably just telling me how happy he is that one of his first post-grad accomplishments is being featured on Deal Divas.
I'm playing a little trick on you today, and I hope you don't mind.
As you read this, I am at home, as in home home, for the holidays. So what I am actually wearing are seven misplaced bows with abandoned strips of Scotch tape over leisure pants and a high school tee while wrapping last-minute presents. Here at Deal Divas, we call that NSFB (not safe for the blog).
That would be fun, but I thought it would be even more fun to take you all the way back in time to Dec. 14 in Gainesville, Fla., when I attended my brother's college graduation. Awww.
Yeah, enough about sibling pride already. Here's what I wore:Full Story
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Holiday shoppers stream past each other at a local Target on Thanksgiving. A massive data breach may have affected Black Friday and holiday shoppers in the past few weeks, the retailer announced Thursday
We like to keep it light and fun over here at Deal Divas. Your haven from stress at work, home, etc, and whatnot.
But let's be honest, we were all a little sickened to wake up to news this morning of a massive data breach at Tar-Jay.
Is something in the water? This seems to be happening a lot, amirite?
The dreaded bubble necklace. If you still want one, make sure just to pay a few dollars. They're on the way out.
The end of the year is a time for personal reflection, growth and change. And to that end, we have a couple options.
We could look back, counting the triumphs, devastations and ultimate shortcomings of a mankind constantly striving for unattainable happiness, then grab another chocolate frosted brownie from the sweets table of the company holiday buffet and eat our feelings. OR, we could look back on the year in fashion and not think about any of that other stuff.
Let's do the second one! Herewith, the 13 most worn (and worn out) trends that were either born or got really popular in 2013. We've packaged it with a patented Deal Diva rating of "LOVE IT" or "LEAVE IT," helping you pick and choose the trends to transition into the new year. Tell us, do you agree? Are you ready to abandon the looks of 2013, or do you want to try and work it out? How is your existential crisis going?
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Hair and makeup stylist wants to help out single mothers this holiday season. She's offering free makeovers to two women. How's that for Christmas spirit?
Stylist Neki Campbell is on a mission this Christmas. The 24-year-old, a recent beauty school grad who moved here from Miami just weeks ago, wants to give stuff instead of get stuff. So she's planned to donate free services to two deserving single mothers.
"Everyone always makes sure to take care of kids around the holidays," Campbell said. "Why not the moms, especially the single mothers. Why not pamper them?"
Replicate Florida's heat on chilly mornings with a sweater from Old Navy. They're only sale for $10 in stores Wednesday.
These chilly mornings of late have really driven home how long I've lived in Florida. I barely own any socks, I can't figure out how heavy of a jacket 50 versus 60 degrees plus sunshine calls for, and my thickest sweaters are laughably thin.
Thankfully I can solve at least one of those problems today, courtesy of Old Navy!
In stores today only, they're offering sweaters for $10 a pop (down from the usual $17 to $30). And not only that, they've marked other merchandise up to 60 percent off!
Can't make it into the store today? Don't feel left out. Through Thursday, Old Navy is offering 20 percent off the purchases of online shoppers who use the promo code LASTCHANCE.
Stay warm out there, folks!Full Story
PayPal reported a 94 percent jump in consumers shopping on mobile devices on Cyber Monday.
In an ideal world, one in which I am not the world's worst holiday shopping procrastinator with no choice but to brave the mall this weekend, I'd completely avoid the cramped chaos there and do all of my shopping by phone.
Many Americans are already on it.
Deborah Lippman's Pseudo Silk Komono, a milky alabaster white, is pricey at $19, but you'll stunned by the matte finish. Since we're in Florida, this is the closest we're going to get to snow.
I had a nailmergency over the weekend. After four solid weeks of perfect gel manicures and nails that felt like they would grow healthily for the rest of my days, my nails apparently got TOO long for their own good, or at least for physics, and started BREAKING AT THE SAME PLACE ON EVERY FINGER OMG. Naturally, I freaked out and lost all perspective. The breaks were perilously low, I told my friends, and they were all going to rip at the same time while I tried to do something mundane, like wash a cereal bowl.
My friend Lisa looked me in the eyes with an expression that said, "Calm down, you fool," and told me to simply cut off each nail as low as I could to decrease the leverage on the broken parts and keep them from ripping. This, of course, worked fine. I avoided any injury. …Full Story
Had to break my promise to you guys about awkward selfies. People are busy around here and no one had time to take a pic, so... reflection on side of building works, right?
When I was a kid, I remember learning about the mysterious "Roy G. Biv." Who was this man, and why was he essential to figuring out the rainbow? And yet, the little trick has stuck with me all these years.
I always think of it when I wear this frock, which I like to call my "roygbiv" dress. It has ALL THE COLORS, and I love it.
Starlet necklace, on sale for $54.99. Still a little pricey for me, but in my fantasy world where things don't work out with Cressida and Harry decides to throw convention aside and fall madly in love a random American reporter who wears the same jeans several days in a row, this would totally work.
Over the years, I've become one of those super annoying Americans who is really into British things without having a firm grasp on British history. I've got the basic historical outline down, but more or less I just really love Doctor Who, Jane Austen, the Top Gear guys, holiday-ish movies partly set in Surrey and the Duchess of Cambridge.
So I sorta kinda obsessively follow what Kate Middleton wears via What Kate Wore. I can only imagine you do, too, so I'm SURE you know all about the $35 Zara (currently unavailable, but here's some similar ones) necklace she wore with the world's most perfect long sleeved ivory dress to the premiere of the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
The dress was gooooorg, and pairing it with a pretty cheap necklace, I love. I can only imagine the Duchess gives such price-mixing style tips to Prince Harry's main squeeze Cressida Bonas, since in my head they're BFFs, and Cressida will be spending some holiday time at the Queen's estate in Sandringham while the Queen is there (which obvi means Harry's probably going to propose, which hopefully means another extravagant royal wedding, woot woot!). …Full Story