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Would you try these trends for your wedding?

Social media has sparked an uptick in brides-to-be undergoing cosmetic 'hand lift' procedures to make their engagement and wedding shoots picture perfect, says one NYC dermatologist. (More in slideshow)

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Social media has sparked an uptick in brides-to-be undergoing cosmetic 'hand lift' procedures to make their engagement and wedding shoots picture perfect, says one NYC dermatologist. (More in slideshow)

With the first day of June comes peak wedding season and the customary influx of loverly (see what I did there?) photos flooding your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds.

From movie poster-themed photos to videos that look like they belong on MTV, it's become something of a sport to watch the various ways couples try to one up each another with creative wedding (and engagement and birth) announcements.

However, there's nothing quite like the classic ring selfie. And, apparently some brides are feeling the pressure to make it count.

According to an Elle.com report and WPIX-TV video, brides-to-be are turning to "hand lifts," a Botox-reminiscent procedure, to gain an upper hand on photo "likes."

The sites quote Dr. Ariel Ostad, a New York dermatologist who attributes a 40 percent increase in clients to the rise of social media and selfies.

For $1,200, the former single ladies are injected with Juvederm (primarily a facial filler), which instantly plumps the skin and smooths away boniness, wrinkles and veins that tend to crop up with age. The 10-minute procedure makes hands look up to 10 years younger, and has an estimated shelf life of nine months. …

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Deal Diva Interview: YouTube Beauty Guru Nicole Guerriero

Here's Nicole in an everyday makeup look.

Photo via Twitter

Here's Nicole in an everyday makeup look.

The best YouTube makeup videos are like salty, yummy chips. You just mean to have one or two, but before you know it you're in the bottom of a bag covered in crumbs, and hours have passed and you don't know how you got where you are. But you've ordered 12 high-pigment eye shadows and you're suddenly great at putting on false lashes.

Nicole Guerriero, a 28-year-old YouTube beauty guru who lives in St. Petersburg, has mastered this fine art. For the uninitiated, beauty gurus are renegade makeup artists who post tutuorials, reviews, hauls and all nature of fun beauty content on YouTube, then get so many clicks they're eventually able to form paid advertising partnerships with YouTube. The gold standard might be Michelle Phan, also from Tampa Bay, who I profiled some years ago when she was just a fledgling guru. She's now a huge star with Dr. Pepper commercials and major endorsments and 6.4 million subscribers. …

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Seeking sporty summer sneakers

These are by far the cutest I've seen, so of course they are Kate Spade and of they are the most expensive.

Photo via Piperlime.

These are by far the cutest I've seen, so of course they are Kate Spade and of they are the most expensive.

I've been pining more and more for easy summer sneakers lately (not slip-ons like this), and not just because I'm nursing an injured ankle and prefer more support.

The season's low-top sneaker craze seems ideal for finishing off casual looks for picnics, a day at the ol' ballfield, pedaling to the farmers market and other outdoor activities. Good news: There are affordable options.

You could go classic with Chuck Taylor Allstars ($50) and the many shades of Keds (red polka dots, teal, $40). Or you could do a cheap turn on the cream crocheted look from Payless ($16.99). During my reporting, I could not help but notice this not-so-cheap but oh-so-cute option from Kate Spade for Keds ($75). I also like these floral Bobs from Skechers ($46) and the grey starry Roxy sneaks at DSW ($36.95).

Speaking of Bobs (really, Skechers?), there are tons of options from Toms, the company that gives away a pair of shoes for each pair it sells (plus water and glasses now) and, in my mind, popularized the breezy loafer look.

Have you capitalized on this trend? Have savvy sneaker tips to share? We want to hear from you, so sound off below or tweet us @DealDivas.

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What we can't stop staring at: The new Marimekko collection at Banana Republic

Banana Republic's newest line is causing us angst -- cause it's SO GOOD. Get it while it lasts, though. |

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Banana Republic's newest line is causing us angst -- cause it's SO GOOD. Get it while it lasts, though. |

Wow. I guess Banana Republic wasn't kidding when they described the hot new Marimekko Collection as"limited edition."

This collection seriously has us drooling. And a lot of other people too, if the internet is to be trusted. If you go to Banana Republic's online store right now, they're only displaying a handful of the coveted 27-piece collection.

Why? Because it's selling out.

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A long-lasting at-home mani, for your DIY enjoyment

I didn't mean for this to look like a Sally Hansen ad, it just seems to be the brand Target has the most of. It's all worked really well for me, though, and none of it was that pricey, so no complaints.

I didn't mean for this to look like a Sally Hansen ad, it just seems to be the brand Target has the most of. It's all worked really well for me, though, and none of it was that pricey, so no complaints.

I don't like to pay other people to do things I can at least semi-adequately pull off myself, which I'm sure I've said before, particularly where nails are concerned.

I love a good professional mani, but for anything besides reeeeeally special occasions or with a good Groupon deal, I can't bring myself to spend the money regularly. But lately my nails had been looking really rough. My nails were weak and peeling, and just didn't look good.

So I did what any good millennial does when she has a problem and turned to Pinterest (if you didn't see that one coming, then I'm sorry, we can't be friends. Kidding!). This one fit my needs: complete but not TOO complicated, required me to buy a few new products but nothing I couldn't find easily at Target (it does say something about crystal nail files being better than emory boards, but for now I'm just ignoring that).

And the name does not lie, this mani does indeed last a week. I've had to occasionally touch up a chip or two during the week, but it's mostly been my own fault for not letting them dry enough or whatever.

I won't go into too much detail, you can read through it and see if it's for you. But a few random thoughts: …

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Dolly Donshey's Monstruosité accepted into New York's Nolcha Fashion Week

Here's Dolly! I took this shot at a Tampa Bay Fashion Week party a couple years ago. Be sure to check out her website linked in the post to get a look at her amazing creations.

Here's Dolly! I took this shot at a Tampa Bay Fashion Week party a couple years ago. Be sure to check out her website linked in the post to get a look at her amazing creations.

Here's some big fashion news from our backyard.

Dolly Donshey, the 23-year-old designer behind the Monstruosité brand of high-fashion hats and headpieces and a mainstay of Tampa Bay Fashion Week, has been accepted into New York's Nolcha Fashion Week presented by RUSK. The event is held during New York Fashion Week as a platform for independent fashion designers to showcase collections. Dolly was chosen as one of 13 designers for this year's event in September. She'll showcase Monstruosité's spring/summer 2015 collection titled “The Rise of Ostara.” You may recall Dolly just opened her own boutique in Tarpon Springs this year.

Dolly is raising money to get to New York in a campaign called the “Big Apple or Bust.” Learn more about the campaign and how to donate here. Donors get perks ranging from your name on the runway card handed out at the show to two plane tickets and admission to the Nolcha show. Also, Dolly plans to host a 1920s-inspired fundraiser called “Swing us to New York,” on June 14 at The Social in Ybor City.

Congratulations to Dolly, always a friend to Deal Divas and such a treat to watch at Tampa Bay Fashion Week. We'll be cheering her on!

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My Outfit Monday: Vera Wang at the Indian buffet

Buffet, you say? Right this way!

Photo by lunch buddy/non-judger Brittany Volk.

Buffet, you say? Right this way!

Happy Memorial Day! I am at work. SAD. But I hope you are all out enjoying the sun, memorial parades, beach, couch, or just quietly remembering your loved ones who have served. Whatever your preferred method of celebration.

So. This photo is the outfit I wore last Monday, but just as I went to blog it I realized Keeley had already posted her outfit, and really, one outfit is just about all anyone can handle on a Monday, right? I held onto it for this sleepy holiday.

You might notice I am posing in front of the buffet table at Bombay Grill, a newly-renovated Indian Restaurnant in downtown St. Petersburg. My date/photographer for the buffet lunch was Times designer Brittany Volk, who joined me in loading up on butter chicken and subsequent self-loathing. Anyway, onto the dress. …

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Fab Friday: Andra Richardson

Tampa fashion blogger Andra Richardson mixed designs from various retailers for this chic summer look. Check out the slideshow for more.

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Tampa fashion blogger Andra Richardson mixed designs from various retailers for this chic summer look. Check out the slideshow for more.

Happy Friday, y'all! Are you all geared up for an epic Memorial Day weekend?

Well, just in case shopping is on the agenda, we wanted to offer you inspiration in the form of yet another Fab Friday post from a local fashionista who has plenty of advice about scoping out stylish deals.

Andra Richardson is an Atlanta native, model and fashion/business student who decided to expand her empire a few years ago into the online style arena with a blog called the Knick Knacker. She writes about beauty, fashion trends and events, relationships and more.

So, without further ado, I'll let Andra take it from here! (And don't forget that you could also become a future feature by reaching out to us on Twitter @DealDivas or shooting us a photo plus some info about yourself using the email addys to the right).

Name: Andra Richardson

City: Tampa

Age: 23

Blog: Knick Knacker

Day Job: Assistant Buyer & Merchandiser at Rooms To Go

Style philosophy: It shouldn't have to cost a million bucks to look like it! …

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Dirty denim: Soapy water or really cold air?

Never feel guilty about binge shopping for ice cream again. According to Levi Strauss CEO Chip Bergh, Chunky Monkey conveniently doubles as an ice pack you can use to freeze the dirt of your jeans (or something like that).

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Never feel guilty about binge shopping for ice cream again. According to Levi Strauss CEO Chip Bergh, Chunky Monkey conveniently doubles as an ice pack you can use to freeze the dirt of your jeans (or something like that).

There's nothing quite like that feeling when you slip on a crisp white, newly-purchased shirt that's so clean that you almost feel obligated to pass out sunnies to passersby who can't handle your shine.

But it never fails. Within just a few wears, sweat and contact with dirty objects or particles flying through the air start steering your bright whites the way of a faded cream, a dingy dirple or -- in the case of those random dagnabbit specks from the spaghetti sauce you had for lunch -- a freaking rainbow that no amount of bleach can cure.

So, imagine the yuck factor when I saw media reports that Levi Strauss CEO Chip Bergh is advising folks that when it comes to their denim 501s, they should shun good old fashioned soap and water in favor of -- get this -- freezing the dirt away!

I guess I get it on some level. Blue jeans are meant to be just that -- blue -- and fewer washes equal less fading and less wear and tear. Captain Planet would also approve of Bergh's recommendation to conserve water by spot cleaning stains with a sponge or toothbrush and a bit of detergent. …

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Lorde teams up with M.A.C. cosmetics

It's Lorde! And her lips!

M.A.C. Cosmetics

It's Lorde! And her lips!

She's never seen a diamond in the flesh, guys, but she has her own (mini) makeup line.

It's Lorde! Women's Wear Daily reports she's the newest celeb to be associated with M.A.C., with two items executed in her signature goth devil-may-care girl hues. There's a lipstick in a plum shade called Pure Heroine, and -- here is where I'm slightly baffled -- M.A.C.'s Penultimate liquid liner in Rapidblack.

Why baffled? Because this is not new. How do I know this? I use M.A.C.'s Penultimate liner in Rapidblack almost every day, and I have for several years. Lorde's is supposedly a "limited edition" product, though, and I have read some places that it will be "updated." I'm going to find out what that means real soon, because I am almost out of eyeliner.

The collection goes on sale online June 5. Start working on your broody face.

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15 spring work dresses under $100

The dress that inspired this post, from Zara.com. I love the checker pattern and the shape of this frock, which retails for $79.90. |

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The dress that inspired this post, from Zara.com. I love the checker pattern and the shape of this frock, which retails for $79.90. |

I use Twitter for a lot of things. Entertainment. Information. Inspiration. And Outrage.

Ah, outrage. I felt a good dose of it the other day, after clicking on what I initially thought would have been a helpful and relevant tweet by Elle magazine:

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Shortcuts to Florida's essential, often painful summer look

These Hampton-fit striped shorts have a 5-inch inseam and are simply a delight. They're $55, get them on sale.

Photo via Banana Republic.

These Hampton-fit striped shorts have a 5-inch inseam and are simply a delight. They're $55, get them on sale.

It's that time of year again -- when we fall back on the most clichéd story intro we've ever heard because we are overcome by oppressive summer heat and it's messing with our brains and stifling our creativity.

Shorts season. It's been here for a while, and it's not going away until maybe the winter holidays (but even then who knows).

Do we care? Yes. Utter the word "shorts" around my neck of the newsroom and you'll hear groans and cries of "WHY?" and "IT'S NOT FAIR."

Do we dare? Um, what choice do we have in the State of Eternal Sunshine? I wear as many light, casual sundresses as possible in the summer, but I will never have enough to live that dream fulltime. 

We're not short on anxiety about the situation (#thickthighs, like Mindy taught me!), so let's revisit some old tricks and come up with some new ones to get through this together. 

Length: The biggest factor for me is length. I don't want a bermuda (the 3/4-length sausage casing, sorry, sleeve for your thighs) because I don't think it's flattering. And I don't want what a JV cheerleading coach once called "booty ringers." …

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A truly easy, DIY avocado hair mask

The ingredients.

The ingredients.

Last month Birchbox sent me a sample of Number 4 Reconstructing Masque. It's amaaaaaazing. It made my hair feel so soft and silky. So of course the full-size version is... $58!

I briefly considered buying it. It works so well! You only use a little bit at once, so it would last forever! It's such a good investment! Then I snapped out of it, remembered that I'm not a Kardashian or a Hilton, nor did I have rich supermodels for parents and could therefore not justify $58 on a hair masque. So I got to googling and found this cheap-o DIY alternative using the avocados I really needed to use before they went bad, anyway. Win-win.

So: whisk together an egg yolk, a teaspoon of olive oil and a teaspoon of honey. Mash in half an avocado (I used the other half on an omlet for lunch because I don't know how to successfully save half an avocado for later use). In the shower, work the mush into your hair starting at the ends. Wait 15-20 minutes, rinse, shampoo (I use good ol' fashioned 94-cent Suave, nothing special), and rinse again. Bam! Perfect, soft hair. …

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My Outfit Monday: Color blocking and dots

Banana Republic top, Target skirt.

photo by Tara McCarty

Banana Republic top, Target skirt.

I wore this outfit a couple weeks ago for a work luncheon. Now that I mostly wear jeans and sneakers to work (because the one time I wear a skirt-and-heals combo, will be the time I end up having to stand in a field for six hours or something), gotta take pics of cute outfits when I get the chance.

I got the skirt on clearance at Target last year. The top is from Banana Republic, either scored on sale or with a coupon or something like that. The shoes, which have this really cute dot pattern, are from Maurices a million years ago.

I was a ilttle iffy about the skirt when I bought it, but it was less than $15 so I couldn't resist. And good thing, too, because it's become one of the most versatile pieces in my closet. It works well with pretty much any color top. It's great with sweaters and tights in the fall/winter, or flowy tank tops like this in the spring/summer. Plus it's this nice, sturdy material so it won't fall apart. I love that I got a good investmentish piece for a non-investment price.

So what do you think? Do the colors work together? And what about you, find any good clearance deals lately?

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Fashion Fears: Minimalism

My style spirit animal, Dolly Parton.

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My style spirit animal, Dolly Parton.

I met my parents for dinner last night, and they surprised me with a big box of things I had written as a kid -- stories, books, poems. One was a little treatise on what I would do if I ruled the world. In addition to fixing the school levy, wee Stephanie declared "Everyone would have at least 20 pairs of shoes, and everything would be made of gold."

What's the point? My fashion fear is perhaps different than confessions the other bloggers offered for our Deal Divas Fashion Fears week. While they might hesitate to give themselves over to lipstick and eyeshadows and bold dresses, you have to beat me off those items with a stick. I want everything to be made of gold, you guys, and it has always been this way. I can't stop at a winged eyeliner -- I have to add a red lip. I'm naturally blond, but I have to be blonder. Heels? Taller the better. Baubles? Add one more, why not? For instance, today is Friday, a day when many people wear comfy jeans and tees to work. I chose a leopard wrap dress and black and gold platform shoes that Nancy Botwin would have loved circa Weeds. …

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