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

New stores at International Plaza

Need a little preppy fashion in your life? How about something to hold everything in underneath? You're in luck. Both will soon be available at International Plaza.

According to Times retail reporter Susan Thurston, four new stores (plus a Chipotle!) will open at the Tampa mall in the coming months.

The stores include Lilly Pulitzer and Spanx as well as Boston Proper and Camicissima. I've never heard of the last two stores but check out Susan's article for more details.

The announcement has me wondering, are there any stores Tampa Bay still needs? Let us know in the comments. Then maybe we can start a White House petition or something.

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It's time to hike those low-slung jeans up ... way up

If low-waist jeans defined the last decade, this next one may be dominated by high-waist options, if what's in stores these days is any indication.

Photo from Express.com, which is having a sale through Saturday

If low-waist jeans defined the last decade, this next one may be dominated by high-waist options, if what's in stores these days is any indication.

They used to be all the rage in the early 2000s. They made a generation of young women question the proportion of their torso. They made bending (or any number of other movements) pretty scandalous. They made some dude in Louisiana so anxious in 2004 that he wanted them banned.

What a difference 10 years makes.

We've entered a new era, folks. The pendulum has swung the opposite direction, so prepare to be bombarded by a new trend in the coming years: HIGH waisted jeans.

Look, we all know how quickly "high-waisted" can veer into "mom jean" territory. Remember these? But I will say that a little higher-rise can be beneficial to many women (myself included). Hello hourglass, amirite?

Hallelujah.

Still need a little push to try this look? For the next few days - through Saturday to be exact, you can get $30 off your purchase of at least $75 at Express (and $60 off $150). Use the code 1032.

Plus, jeans are buy one, get the next at $29.90. So if you like the jeans you see in the picture, pick up a pair and a spare.

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Zooey Deschanel designs adorkable line for Tommy Hilfiger

ERMAHGERD. That is all.

Photo via Tommy Hilfiger

ERMAHGERD. That is all.

Well, this couldn't be more perfect. I just finished a Netflix binge of New Girl, seasons 1 and 2, and was going through Nick and Jess withdrawal.

Lydia Harvey, our friend and resident gossip maven over at The Juice blog, comes with this news just in time to cure what ails me. Zooey Deschanel is designing a line for Tommy Hilfiger. Somehow, that just really works.

Click here to read all about the collection, adorkably named To Tommy, From Zooey.

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Weird news file: $110 cow cologne targets fashionable, hipster urban cowboys

Are you a hipster who supports local farmers? Do you dream of one day working with livestock yourself? Farmer's Cologne maker Lisa Bodar tells the Bangor Daily News that her newest fragrance was created with  “a farmer, a rancher, a cowboy who cares about fashion and the environment” in mind.

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Are you a hipster who supports local farmers? Do you dream of one day working with livestock yourself? Farmer's Cologne maker Lisa Bodar tells the Bangor Daily News that her newest fragrance was created with “a farmer, a rancher, a cowboy who cares about fashion and the environment” in mind.

Cops today didn't say what may have prompted a farmer's cows to escape their Tarpon Springs pen and frolic alongside traffic down busy U.S. 19.

But if a report from Modern Farmer magazine is any indication, the animals' owner may want to look into a new product that might help prevent a repeat performance.

According to the article, Lisa Brodar, who owns the Portland (Maine) General Store known for its blends of natural, rustic male-oriented fragrances and grooming products, recently released her latest creation: A cow-friendly cologne targeted at the urban cowboy. The fragrance goes for $110 a vial.

Yes, you read right. A luxury perfume primarily intended to attract bovine -- not human -- ladies.

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In search of T. Swift's heels (for less)

My eyes glazed right over her outfit for the Sochi ice-dancing championships and went to the shoes, thus beginning my search.

Photo via Associated press.

My eyes glazed right over her outfit for the Sochi ice-dancing championships and went to the shoes, thus beginning my search.

No, Taylor Swift didn't win anything at the Grammys this year, bless her heart. For what it's worth, Tay, I loved Red.

More importantly, girl, I give you props for those heels you wore to the pre-Grammy gala. I can't stop thinking about them.

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My Outfit Monday: Taking the cake

My look, my cake.

By Times pal Aimee Alexander

My look, my cake.

Happy late Monday afternoon! I'd normally post earlier, but I knew I was getting a lovely cake about this time and would be posing for pictures anyway. Why, you ask? Well, you know we Deal Divas have full-time reporting jobs in addition to telling you not to wear those shoes with that dress. Some of us write about government, some of us write about crime. Until today, my most recent beat had been covering higher education. But in a very thrilling life twist for me, I'm moving on to be the performing arts critic for the Tampa Bay Times!

As a former (and current) theater nerd, I'm extremely excited and overwhelmed. To send me on my way into new territory, my friends in the newsroom gave me a cake that says "You're no Fleming, but you'll do." That's in reference to our former critic, John Fleming, who retired. I know they're teasing me, but I have to agree. His shoes are much too big for anyone to fill.

I'll still be a Deal Diva. Do not fear. And maybe I'll post some My Outfit Monday shots from the opera! …

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Groupon: $11 for $20 at Revolve

I bought this ring at Revolve. I've gotten a lot of cute stuff at Revolve, like a sleeveless orange vintage dress that I wore to two weddings in the last year. I wanted to show you guys the dress but apparently there are no pictures from either wedding of me wearing it in which I'm not making a weird face or doing some sort of awkward dance move. Hence, ring.

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I bought this ring at Revolve. I've gotten a lot of cute stuff at Revolve, like a sleeveless orange vintage dress that I wore to two weddings in the last year. I wanted to show you guys the dress but apparently there are no pictures from either wedding of me wearing it in which I'm not making a weird face or doing some sort of awkward dance move. Hence, ring.

I've taken to ignoring the Groupon deals that get sent to my inbox because for the most part they're weird and/or still expensive things I can't or won't use: deals on water sports I'll never try, salon treatments I can't afford to become accostumed to, etc.

I'm glad I didn't go on auto-pilot and delete one this morning for $11 for $20 at Revolve before reading it. As Deal Diva Kameel noted last week, some stuff has been sportin' higher price tags (which -- considering I've been spying some more, what's the right word, name-y name brands on their Instagram lately, like these Betsey Johnson dress and shoes -- makes sense).

Semi-related: I also pulled a loose string on one of my go-to work cardigans this morning and the whole thing started to unravel. So this $11 for $20 buisness sounds good to me.

 

 

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Friday Fun: Roller Derby Fashion

Hell Oh Kitty's awesome helmet and Nightmare Before Christmas tights.

Hell Oh Kitty's awesome helmet and Nightmare Before Christmas tights.

Today's post is a bit out of the ordinary. But, hey, it's Friday, so we're allowed to have some fun, right?

This weekend I am playing in my first roller derby bout (eek!), so I thought I would commemorate it here by taking a look at the fashion I've found in roller derby.

Roller derby can be pretty colorful.

First, there's the equipment.

I have cotton candy pink skates. Of course. But mine pale in comparison to some of the other options out there. From flames and stripes to geometric patterns, the sky is the limit. Add in toe stops, shoelaces and wheels of varying hues and it just keeps getting better.

Even knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards and mouthguards are customizable.

Then, there's the uniforms.

I play for the Rockabilly Rebels whose colors are red and cheetah print. Cheetah print is a color, right?

But when roller derby fashion gets really crazy is at practice or open scrimmages.

I've seen my teammates wearing everything from tights with burgers and french fries on them to metallic hot pants. I spotted a pair of Aladin tights in Hot Topic a few weeks ago that I might just have to go back for. …

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You aren't dreaming. Revolve in St. Pete has gotten pricier

When I was a kid, I had this author that, for a time, I was absolutely enthralled with. Read all his writings and books, and dreamed of meeting him, etc.

At some point, a meeting did happen, at a book signing. And boy, was I disappointed. He was rude, and I was let down.

I had that same feeling last week, on my shopping sojourn with a friend. Neither of us had been shopping in a while (bills, yo) and we both were on the hunt for some sweaters. We were stoked to start at one of our favorites - Revolve Clothing Exchange in St. Pete.

Don't get me wrong, the store was full of goodies, and I was game -- until I started looking at some of the prices.

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Peter Pilotto for Target brings the cray-cray prints

A preview of the Peter Pilotto collection for Target.

Target

A preview of the Peter Pilotto collection for Target.

About a year ago, I was very, very into stalking the designs of Peter Pilotto, the label from duo Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos. Somehow, Pilotto and De Vos were able to combine both mad levels of cray-cray print-mixing with strategically flattering, architectural midsection draping in the shape of an X, and the result was always "WOW" but now "WHOA." You know?

Anyway, of course, I could never afford it and just stuck to staring at pictures on the internet while wearing my Target pajamas. THEN, in a twist, the ever-helpful (and occasionally cyber-hacked) behemoth that born my pajamas announced it will carry a Peter Pilotto capsule starting Feb. 9.

Peter Pilotto for Target will feature almost 70 items of clothes, accessories and swimwear, ranging from $14.99 to $79.99. A curated assortment will be also available on net-a-porter.com.

Take a spin through the lookbook here. My first instinct is that I will need to try all this stuff on, for fear the amount of in-your-face prints might swallow a petite person like me whole. But I still can't help but love a brand that really GOES for it.

What's your take on the line?

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Cute chevron patterns because it's Monday and why not?

More blue(ish)! Love a good pop of color. $52.99 on sale.

Macy's

More blue(ish)! Love a good pop of color. $52.99 on sale.

I've recently decided that I'm obsessed with chevron patterned things. I was on Pinterest the other day (because I like to spend my time in an imaginary world where my walls are covered with beautifully fonted inspirational quotes against nature backdrops and all my décor comes from Pier 1 and French vintage shops) and I happened upon these pictures and decided that I need some chevron in my closet stat.

Just because I think it's pretty. That's it. It's Monday morning, after all. So what do you think, to chevron or not to chevron? As we debate the merits of its funkiness, let's all clutch our coffee cups and gaze at the slideshow with options from heels.com, some site called Coco & Simone which I'd never heard of til this morning but looks awesome, and the ever trusty Macy's, shall we?

 

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My Outfit Monday: A Florida girl's winter layers

It's a new kind of sweaterdress -- one specifically tailored for a Florida winter day. I layered a grandpa sweater over my favorite Anthropologie sundress. Plus boots, tights, socks, etc.

Photo by dedicated Times designer/Deal Diva photographer Brittany Volk.

It's a new kind of sweaterdress -- one specifically tailored for a Florida winter day. I layered a grandpa sweater over my favorite Anthropologie sundress. Plus boots, tights, socks, etc.

It's north of 50 degrees this MLK Day, and I'm in a navy sundress.

(#Florida.)

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Nail polish perfume

Revlon's Parfumerie scented nail polish comes in a cute package and the colors are pretty. But do we want our nails to smell like China Flower? I'm not sure.

Revlon

Revlon's Parfumerie scented nail polish comes in a cute package and the colors are pretty. But do we want our nails to smell like China Flower? I'm not sure.

We at Deal Divas love a good nail polish. It's a cheap but chic way to accessorize or change up an outfit.

But do we want it to double as perfume?

The folks at Revlon seem to think so.

I noticed Revlon's new Parfumerie scented nail polish line while browsing at CVS the other day. I was tempted to try it right then and there, but I'm a rule follower and I'm pretty sure that's frowned upon.

Not willing to shell out the $6 for a bottle on the spot, I haven't tried it yet. But, I'm intrigued.

Apparently, the scent is noticeable once the polish dries. Each of the 24 shades has a different fragrance, such as a dark brown called Autumn Spice and a pale blue called Tropical Rain.

So, what do you think? Is this something you would try or is this too weird?

And, am I the only one thinking about those scented markers from elementary school?

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NFL's Brad Smith launches contest for aspiring fashion designers

Wild colors, furs and ascots are a no-no in footballer Brad Smith's national fashion challenge, where he'll handpick the emerging designer who creates the perfect red carpet-ready look.

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Wild colors, furs and ascots are a no-no in footballer Brad Smith's national fashion challenge, where he'll handpick the emerging designer who creates the perfect red carpet-ready look.

When Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Brad Smith isn't busy getting down and dirty on the gridiron, it appears the footballer and apparent fashion enthusiast is looking for ways to stay so fresh and so clean off the field.

Smith has launched "Design for Brad Smith," a competition for aspiring fashion designers.

But don't break out those scissors and thread just yet! To enter, all you have to do is "like" Smith's Facebook fan page, then use pre-selectected swatches from Mood Fabrics as inspiration for your best menswear sketch. Then, upload the sketch, along with a 45-second video detailing how winning would benefit your career.

"I'd tell the participants to keep it simple,"explains Smith, who unconventially began interning last year as a style writer at Men's Health magazine. "I like clean, classic lines, with a bit of an edge. Someone took a chance with me and I always want to pay it forward."

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J.C. Penney closing store in Tampa Bay

AP photo from our files

AP photo from our files

J.C. Penney will close 33 underperforming stores, including one in Tampa Bay, as part of its "turnaround efforts," the retail company announced Wednesday.

The store will shut down its Gulf View Square location in Port Richey, as well as one other Florida store in Leesburg. In a news release, JCP said it expects to finish the store closings by early May.

The company expects to save $65 million a year. About 2,000 employees will be laid off.

"While it's always difficult to make a business decision that impacts our valued customers and associates, this important step addresses a strategic priority to improve the profitability of our stores and position JCPenney for future success," CEO Myron E. Ullman said in the release.

The chain has been struggling in past years in spite of trying to reinvigorate itself by recruiting designers to create low-priced fashions, a la Target. 

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