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My Outfit Monday: Making sneakers work

Me, my mirror and my selfie skills.

iPhone pics

Me, my mirror and my selfie skills.

Sometimes it's all about the shoes.

This is an outfit from a week or so ago. I'm working the late-ish shift now, so I've found that looking more or less pulled together but also being comfy is a must, because I'm not naturally a night owl, and when I'm going into work late in the day and walking out of the office at 11 p.m., I just can't bring myself to do the pencil skirt thing.

I scooped up these shoes at Target on sale for about $14. Admittedly, they're just sneakers, nothing special. But I like the simple black and white, with no logos. I've been starting with the shoes and building around them what I think are nice, simple looks with cords or dark jeans that look appropriate enough for work. …

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Friday style inspiration from Instagram

Mindy Kaling (mindykaling) is not afraid to wear bright colors and bold patterns, making her one of my favorite Hollywood fashion follows on Instagram.

Instagram

Mindy Kaling (mindykaling) is not afraid to wear bright colors and bold patterns, making her one of my favorite Hollywood fashion follows on Instagram.

Though we'd love to take credit for it, the Deal Divas are not the first to discover the flattering effect a good Instagram filter can have an on an outfit of the day. Celebs, too, are using the social media platform to share their favorite designers, latest styles and looks.

Sure, celebrities often get their clothes loaned or gifted to them by some of the world's top designers. But, just because we can't afford to duplicate the looks doesn't mean we can't follow along for a little style inspiration.

Check out the photo gallery above for a look at a few of my favorite celeb style Instagram accounts and feel free to chime in with suggestions of your own.

Bonus tip: If you want to discover a few non-celeb fashionistas to follow on Instagram, search #ootd.

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Hairy situation in North Korea: Kim Jong Un appoints himself fashion police?

Kim Jong Un inspiration? Grammy-winning rapper Macklemore has long sported a haircut similar to the North Korea leader, who is rumored to have ordered male university students to copy his style.

Times files

Kim Jong Un inspiration? Grammy-winning rapper Macklemore has long sported a haircut similar to the North Korea leader, who is rumored to have ordered male university students to copy his style.

When I was an 11-year-old newly minted middle schooler, I thought I had it tough. My mom had the job and the money, which meant no amount of whining and pleading would result in my gaining full control of my wardrobe or hair.

I didn't have the hottest new sneaker to hit the teen market, but at least my mom let me have free reign of the thrift store and get creative with my homemade decorations and alterations. I wasn't yet old enough to go to the salon, but my grandmother did her best attempting to recreate whichever look I coveted at the moment.

Years later, I see the error of my ways. It really wasn't that bad.

And besides, being a fashionista in North Korea is waaaaaay harder.

For years, both men and women have been subject to stringent hair rules, which include an alleged state-sanctioned list of hairstyles: 18 for women and 10 for men. …

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Try this app if you want to pocket some good sales

Have you heard of the thredUp smartphone app? We hadn't until this week. It lets you shop a virtual consignment store. ...

Have you heard of the thredUp smartphone app? We hadn't until this week. It lets you shop a virtual consignment store. ...

Hey kids. Have you heard of the thredUP app? Don't worry, we handn't until a couple days ago.

Deal Divas friend Brittany Volk, a page designer at the Times, came to work the other day in an adorable ensemble. I immediately zeroed in on her printed, pastel blouse.

"Cute. Where'd you get it from?" I asked.

She held up her phone. (Pause. Can we take a minute to appreciate how futuristic our lives are? Hi, I'm an alien and I buy clothes with my phone. #technology)

At this point, you may be rolling your eyes. How often these days do you hear or read of the latest, greatest, trust-me-this-is AH-MAZING smartphone app and inside all you can think is, "Yeah, whatever"?

Stay with me on this one. Afterall, this time, we actually have some evidence to back up the hype.

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Wednesdays only: Save 25 percent at The Trunk Stylists

Does this tee speak our truth?

Photo via The Trunk Stylists.

Does this tee speak our truth?

Here's a deal for fans of Central Avenue boutique shopping: Save 25 percent off your purchase of regular priced items at The Trunk Stylists every Wednesday through the end of April.

The deal is meant for people who receive the store's email blasts, so bring your phone or print out your email with the details.

Don't get emails from The Trunk? Owner Dustin Pentz tells us he'll give you the discount if you sign up for their emails at checkout. On a Wednesday, remember.

The store is at 615 Central Ave., near Misred Outfitters, the vintage outfitter that apparently has new stock of spring basics.

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Sales you can check out from your couch

These Gap sweat pants fit my current Monday night ambitions perfectly, and are on sale for $27.99.

Gap

These Gap sweat pants fit my current Monday night ambitions perfectly, and are on sale for $27.99.

Is the gross weather making anybody feel like they just want to put on sweat pants, find a good spot on the couch and not move? Hey, me too! Here's a random smattering of sales you can enjoy from the comfort of said sweat pants and couch:

Gap: Get 25 percent off your purchase online today only with the code TREAT.

Express: They're having their semi-annual clearance sale -- you can get an additional 20 percent off items already on sale (up to 60 percent off), and free shipping on orders over $50, today and tomorrow.

Pacsun: Get 30 percent off stuff that's already been marked down.

Victoria's Secret: Last day to get cotton panties, 7 for $26.50 with the code PARTYON.

Forever 21: They're having a spring sale -- get 30 percent off new styles til April 2.

Any other good sales going on? Don't keep it to yourself, share with the class.

 

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My Outfit Monday: Spring is in the air

Celebrating spring by taking My Outfit Monday outdoors and modeling awkwardly in front of the Hillsborough River. Photos by my favorite photographer, Robbyn Mitchell.

Celebrating spring by taking My Outfit Monday outdoors and modeling awkwardly in front of the Hillsborough River. Photos by my favorite photographer, Robbyn Mitchell.

Spring has sprung! Just as Deal Diva Stephanie sought to celebrate the arrival of the season last Thursday only to discover the horror of not owning pink shoes, I, too, took to my closet for an outfit appropriate for the occassion and was distraught to find my wardrobe lacking.

In my case, I seem to have hoarded an entire collection of black and white apparel in recent months. That will not do.

Luckily, I discovered this navy floral pencil skirt a few days ago at my local Goodwill for $3!

In a look inspired, by all people, Kim Kardashian, who has been rocking the tight midi pencil skirt and coordinating top combo lately, I paired the skirt with an H&M basic tank in a matching navy blue.

I threw a green H&M cardigan over top to make it work appropriate.

The necklace is a Francesca's find. The store often has buy one get one half off deals on its jewelry, which works out particularly well when shopping with a friend.

And, the shoes are DSW sandals I picked up last summer and have worn the crap out of. But in true Deal Diva fashion, I refuse to dump them until they break.

Now, go forth, and incorporate spring blooms into your wardrobe!

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Back to the basics

I like the quality of most H&M purchases I've made. So maybe this basic v-neck jersey top could be a winner. It comes in a variety of colors and is $12.95.

H&M

I like the quality of most H&M purchases I've made. So maybe this basic v-neck jersey top could be a winner. It comes in a variety of colors and is $12.95.

I love to dress up. But by the time the weekend rolls around, a girl just wants to put on jeans and a T-shirt.

That doesn't mean we have to look sloppy, though. A great basic T-shirt can do wonders, transitioning from laid back daywear to a dinner appropriate look with the addition of a blazer and statement necklace.

The key, though, is finding a great basic T. Which is easier said than done.

For years I've relied on the much loved Target v-neck pocket T. It's cheap ($6 when on sale) and comes in a multitude of colors. But after a dozen washes, the T is often pilly and a bit stretched out. And I'm feeling over that unusable tiny square pocket. I mean, why have pockets if you can't fit snacks in them?

So, I'm on the hunt for new basics.

I want something plain, that comes in a variety of colors. It should be comfortable, fitted but not too tight. And affordable, of course. Under $20 seems appropriate.

And to find this, I'm asking you, our readers, to chime in. Let us know in the comments or reach out to us on Twitter (@DealDivas) where you've found the best basic T.

I'll also accept nominations for tanks, because this is Florida, after all.

 

 

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Sale on headbands, other cute closet essentials at Bealls

The one Tara scored for $4.50.

The one Tara scored for $4.50.

Bringing you a late-night sale tip because good deals don't keep normal business hours, and it's related to Very Important Things, i.e., cute headbands.

My stylish and thrifty friend/Times designer Tara texted me a Deal Diva tip that Bealls at 7899 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N in St. Petersburg has good deals on headbands. It's the little things, ya know? She said they're normally $8.99ish, and she got a brown one with gold trim and little bow for $4.50. (She also scored some summery shoes, originally $40, for $16.)

Reminds me of when Gossip Girl was still good (and, well, still on). I went through this phase in college while I was on the student newspaper and used my fashion choices to fake confidence by taking style cues from Blair Waldorf.

For just about an entire semester I wore some sort of sweater, flippy to-the-knee skirt, tights, heels, headband combo as many days a week as I had skirts in my closet to pull it off. I gave up the headband habit a couple years ago, but you never know when the urge to wear a big red bow in your hair will hit, so it's good to have options. Check out the pics Tara sent me in the slideshow.

 

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Happy spring! Need pink shoes.

These pale pink AK Anne Klein Elane platform pumps are  $59.95. I like the ankle strap, though as a shorty I am always wary of horizontal lines across the leg. It doesn't mean I'm opposed, just wary. I'd want to try before buying.

Photo via DSW

These pale pink AK Anne Klein Elane platform pumps are $59.95. I like the ankle strap, though as a shorty I am always wary of horizontal lines across the leg. It doesn't mean I'm opposed, just wary. I'd want to try before buying.

I had a horrifying moment this morning when I didn't know who I was or what I stood for.

I was dressing cheerfully for the first day of spring. I selected a pale pink top with a ruffle neck, and a black and white floral print jacket fresh out the 1980s that I picked up at the Dress for Success sale. I wore a blousy skort (not a misprint -- they're formal shorts to the knee that look like skirt), the kind of thing that says, "I am so relaxed without you, Polar Vortex!" The last element was shoes. Sure, it might have been a little matchy-matchy, I thought, but this was a special day and I wanted to tie in the pink top with my favorite pair of pink shoes.

Except.

I DON'T HAVE ANY.

My world fell off its axis and other overly dramatic things. I have at least five pairs of red shoes, two purples, gads and gads of blacks and nudes. But pink? Sorely lacking (other than an old pair of pink cowboy boots I reserve for theme parties on urban farms).

Clearly, I need to fix this. I once had a pair of hot pink pumps from H&M that died at a party that moved to a muddy backyard, and while I loved the neon of it all, I think I might prefer to go pastel, a more on-trend feel for spring. …

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Mid-week mashup

Local hat and fashion designer Dolly Donshey, shown here in a pic Deal Diva Stephanie snapped a couple years ago, has opened up her own showroom in Tarpon Springs!

Photo by Stephanie Hayes

Local hat and fashion designer Dolly Donshey, shown here in a pic Deal Diva Stephanie snapped a couple years ago, has opened up her own showroom in Tarpon Springs!

You guys have had one of those days where you just dont. stop. moving. Right? That's what today has been like for the divas.

We're all pretty swamped, but we didn't want you guys to think we forgot about you. So here's a collection of tidbits to tide you over til our next most awesome post about using everyday office supplies as hair accessories, or something like that  ...

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Let's talk about the alleged hair trend of 2014: the tuck

Pinterest user ChicStudios uploaded this posh take on the hair tuck trend we've been hearing about. But let's get real. Who among us can pull this off?

Snapshot from Pinterest.

Pinterest user ChicStudios uploaded this posh take on the hair tuck trend we've been hearing about. But let's get real. Who among us can pull this off?

My friend Jessica and I were deep in conversation over brews on Sunday, a really gorgeous day except for the wind that kept whipping our hair across our faces. 

Lacking a hair tie, Jessica secured her long hair under the strap of her sundress ("Is this weird?" "No, do it!"). I copied, thinking it a bright and practical idea, and pulled mine inside my puffy dress collar.

At the time I was not thinking, I am so high fashion right now. 

But that goes to show how little attention I was paying to fashion week.

Vogue and Allure are just some of the fashion websites celebrating the hair tuck as the hottest hairstyle off the designer runways of Marc Jacobs, Nina Ricci, Tory Burch and more. 

No, really. The world's top fashion minds sent out models with the ends of their hair tucked inside turtlenecks and scarfs, all looking on the cusp of grabbing their hair at the nape of their neck and releasing it without actually completing that final step. Chanel even tucked hair underneath necklaces, too.

Magazines and bloggers are loving it. Finally, a way to get that posh bob you always wanted but could not execute! They write and pin about leaving a few strands out in front for a more relaxed finish. …

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My Outfit Monday: Something old, something new...

What a dreary, dotty Monday, right?

photo by Deal Diva Katie

What a dreary, dotty Monday, right?

Hullo. It's quite dreary, today, isn't it? Rain, wind, clouds.

It's enough to make a girl positively dotty. (Haha! See how I did that)

Anyway. Here's my outfit. I wasn't in the mood to go too crazy, color-wise, but I didn't want to bore you with all black either. So I decided to keep it fairly neutral, with a fun pattern thrown in to liven things up.

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Cute umbrellas for rainy days and Mondays

Clear umbrella with fuchsia. $19.99. Also loving that coat. And purse. And tights. And boots. High five, Modcloth.

Modcloth

Clear umbrella with fuchsia. $19.99. Also loving that coat. And purse. And tights. And boots. High five, Modcloth.

Happy Monday! That grey, windy sky looks pretty miserable, doesn't it? Takes me back to my elementary school days on safety patrol, when we 9 and 10-year-olds deemed responsible enough would stand at the corners near the school and do our best to make sure none of our peers ran into the street when they shouldn't and also didn't walk on the grass.

We had these orange belt things that went around our waists and across our chests. On rainy days we had to wear them over these ridiculous yellow plastic ponchos with hoods that made us look like ducks. Paired with my most practical rain boots and a cheap umbrella, it was an interesting look.

But those elementary school days are long gone, and so are the function-over-fashion rain accessories. It might be miserable out, but my umbrella shouldn't be. My current small, compact black-and-white polka dot one is nice, but falling apart a little, so I'm looking for an upgrade. I'm digging some clear plastic ones from Modcloth and Urban Outfitters, and some cute patterned ones from Target and Overstock.com. Check them out in the slideshow and then go out and jump in some puddles. Your 9-year-old self will thank you.

 

 

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Dive into swimwear savings

Need a sexy swim top and bottom for the beach? What better place to look than Victoria's Secret, queen of skimpy skivvies! Vicky has lots of swim separates on sale, including this lace-up bandeau top ($16.99 on clearance) and bikini bottom ($14.99).

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Need a sexy swim top and bottom for the beach? What better place to look than Victoria's Secret, queen of skimpy skivvies! Vicky has lots of swim separates on sale, including this lace-up bandeau top ($16.99 on clearance) and bikini bottom ($14.99).

Our friends up north might continue shivering and counting snow days for a few weeks yet, but we Floridians (and spring breakers) are already thinking about – if not already in the thick of – swimsuit season.

To help us get beach ready, a few friendly retailers are offering some hot discounts.

Check out a few in the slideshow above, and let us know about other sales by hitting us up in the comment section below or tweeting us @DealDivas!

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