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

Your new fall work wardrobe? It's handled.

The collection MUST include a hat, right? It'd just be wrong if it didn't.

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The collection MUST include a hat, right? It'd just be wrong if it didn't.

Let me start this by admitting that I'm not fully caught up on the most recent season of Scandal. It just got to be too... much for me, and I haven't caught up yet (well, I haven't caught up on watching the episodes yet, but I'm fully caught up on where the season ended because I'm one of those horrible people that greedily searches out spoilers on the Internet before an episode even airs and then has to forcibly keep my mouth shut around spoiler-free people. I know, I'm the worst).

Even so, the news of a Scandal/The Limited 42-piece collection sounds preeeeeetty awesome. Check out more about it on Glamour and Women's Wear Daily, but basically Scandal AND The Limited AND Kerry Washington AND the show's costume designer have all teamed up to come up with the collection (you can see a couple sketches at both links, plus WWD has some examples of some of Olivia Pope's awesome looks from the show).

It comes out in stores and online in September, and the pieces will apparently start at $49, meaning most of them will be out of my price range but hey... it's never too early to keep an eye on when things go on sale, right?

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My Outfit Monday: 90s album cover

Revolve has been a handy place to meet all of my recent '90s-esque needs.

photos by Ren LaForme

Revolve has been a handy place to meet all of my recent '90s-esque needs.

I wore this to brunch a few weeks ago. It feels to me like something Monica would have worn in the early seasons of Friends, and since every Buzzfeed quiz I've ever taken on the subject has told me that I'm definitely a Monica, I figured it was appropriate. I was just a bit too young and too not yet into pop culture and fashion in the '90s to truly appreciate them while they were happening, so now that '90s fashion is officially vintage I find myself appreciating all its plaid and floral glory that much more.

I got the dress at Revolve for $14. The shoes, belt and purse are all from Target. The necklace is from The Trunk Stylists.

And of course my boyfriend took the pictures in front of the brick wall around the corner from Red Mesa Cantina (the location of the aforementioned brunch -- churros and hot chocolate; don't ask questions, just say yes) in downtown St. Pete because this dress just cries out to be worn on the cover of my melancholy guitar-based singer-songwriter album, which will naturally have a hit song that goes straight to the 10 Things I Hate About You soundtrack. …

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Summer Beauty Review: Maybelline foundation stick

No.

ulta.com

No.

What's that saying? If at first you don't succeed...?

Well guys, I didn't immediately succeed when I grabbed the Maybelline Fit Me Shine Free Foundation Stick earlier this week. So, I tried again. And again. And again. 

Let's begin with my intentions. I'm traveling this week, and the good (great) news is that I've embraced the “pack light” mantra. A big part of that was trying to reduce the amount of liquids I'd be carrying on my carryon. That means being picky when it came to makeup. I don't feel like I've mastered powders yet, so I figured a solid foundation stick would be cool. 

And it was.

The Fit Me stick comes in a cool tube. It's two-tone look (the main gel foundation surrounds a powder center) is intriguing. It goes on smooth. You don't need a lot. And it won't require a trip to a fancy makeup store. I picked mine up from Walgreens afterall. 

But. 

It made me green. No seriously, it had a greenish tint when I put it on. It was so ridiculous that I laughed out loud. It was so ridiculous I didn't bother taking a picture. (Yes, it was that bad).  …

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Summer beauty review: Freeman's Blue Agave Hydrating Facial Paper Mask for dry skin

Fighting sun and age, one mask at a time.

freemanbeauty.com

Fighting sun and age, one mask at a time.

I've confessed before that when it comes to putting foreign substances on my face, I'm a wuss.

Part of it has to do with the fact that I have dry skin, and sometimes makeup or products other than petroleum jelly tend to bring on more zits than a high school prom.

To combat this, I've for years shunned putting harsh oil-stripping soaps on my face in favor of lightly scrubbing with a washcloth and warm water or Ponds cleansing towelettes. It appears to have worked. Aside from occasional dry patches, typically in my eyebrow and nose area, my skin has always been fairly smooth and blemish free.

But alas, I've already celebrated nine anniversaries of my 21st birthday and I live in the Sunshine State: The lil' old ladies at the makeup counter have warned me more than once that I'm well overdue to start taking skin care seriously.

So, divas, here we are today with my review of Freeman Beauty's Blue Agave Facial Hydrating Paper Mask and its promise to "transform skin from dry to dewy!" …

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Summer beauty review: Model in a Bottle makeup setting spray

Model in a Bottle setting spray

Via Model in a Bottle

Model in a Bottle setting spray

Florida summer scenario:

You sit in your cool, crisp, air-conditioned home carefully applying your makeup, the soft brush stroke of the blush brush dancing up and down your cheeks, the mascara wand carefully coating each lash to a perfect proportion, French music frolicking out of your iPod, not a care in this temperature-controlled world. You are perfect!

Then, you open the door. You step outside.

AND SUDDENLY YOUR FACE IS MELTING OFF LIKE THE FACE MELT SCENE IN INDIANA JONES RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK AHHHHHHH. Your makeup is sliding, your cheeks are full of thumb prints, your eyeliner is melding into the corners of the sweaty, puffy face holes where your eyes once were. You wonder, what is even the point? Why wear makeup if I'm only going to end up a tragic sweatmesss sweatface no one wants to look at? You decide to move to Nuuk, Greenland, temperature currently in the 40s. …

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Summer beauty review: IT Cosmetics lip gloss and bronzer

CC+ Lip Serum Color-Correcting Liquid Creme Gloss in "live."

Image via IT Cosmetics.

CC+ Lip Serum Color-Correcting Liquid Creme Gloss in "live."

I like to keep my beauty routine simple and fresh in summer while leaving some room for new product adventures -- beauty vacations, if you will.

My jaunt with IT Cosmetics, which sent us a couple products to review, was a nice one.

The IT stands for Innovative Technology, which means they emphasize ingredients and healthful benefits. It also gives them license to make their product names a lot more complicated. It's not lip gloss but CC+ Lip Serum Color-Correcting Liquid Creme Gloss. It's not bronzer, it's a "color correcting and anti-aging waterproof bronzing veil."

Lip serum

The lip serum is up first because I've used it the most. IT says it was developed with plastic surgeons and contains collagen and shea butter to improve your mouth. It comes in the shades "live," "love" and "laugh." While that might be a cute idea for a limited product line, if you're into that kind of L-L-L lifestyle approach, it really doesn't give anyone any sense of how it will look. …

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My Outfit Monday: Whatever's clean and closest wins

Hey it's me. Hey it's Monday. That is all.

Hey it's me. Hey it's Monday. That is all.

Sorry I'm late guys. I'm working the night shift tonight, and have been running errands all day. In fact, I'm not going to say I'm cranky or anything, but ... It's Monday. And not a fun, "I-have-so-much-joy-and-energy" kind of Monday, but a "Leaving-town-in-a=couple-days-must-get-everything-done-now" kind of Monday.

So yea. The name of the game today was finding something A) clean B) quick and c) presentable

How'd I do? Pretty sure you've seen all these pieces in one form or another. The blouse is breeze and has the best, most forgiving sleeves (Michelle Obama who?). And the skirt is neutral and fits me (that's what we call a "win-win" in busy-lady speak).

The shoes are comfortable. Can you see a pattern here? (Come on, I DID put a necklace on. Give me some credit for that. 

What else? Hmm. all done. Great. Gotta run!

--Signed, I'll be better next time...

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Summer beauty review: e.l.f. HD Blush

e.l.f. Studio HD Blush in Headliner. The color I bought is called Superstar.

e.l.f.

e.l.f. Studio HD Blush in Headliner. The color I bought is called Superstar.

Last week I admitted to taking a completely (un)necessary trip to Target where I discovered the wonderfully priced world of e.l.f. makeup. I'm back to report that the blush I bought is indeed worth every penny. Plus, if you recall, it was only $3. So yay on all fronts.

I bought it without knowing if I'd actually like the color or the whole concept of cream blush, but I'm happy to report it was indeed a sound purchase. I like wearing blush and usually just buy the powder kind because it's like a comfortable sweatshirt that I wear all the time and know how to pick the right color for. But I wanted something I could wear in the summer and not have it feel heavy or cakey or gross.

I got a color that's maybe a little more vibrant than what I'd usually go with, but that ended up being a good thing because it means I only need to use the teeniest dab of it to get a nice stain kind of thing going on without looking like I've got a ton of stuff weirdly caked on my face in million-degree weather, stretching out that $3 purchase as long as possible.

What are your summer beauty essentials? Tell us in the comments or on Twitter @dealdivas!

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Sale to beat the sale: Extra 40 percent off at Loft!

Striped popover, a cool $20.

Loft

Striped popover, a cool $20.

It's the war of the sales!

Nice try, Katie, but even she admits her so-called sale at Anthropologie is not really a good enough sale around these cheap-o parts of the Deal Diva internet. Here's another sale that may just edge out things like this $40 striped tee shirt at Anthro. Everything is an extra 40 percent off at Loft, a great place to stack up on summer shorts staples and work dresses.

What's this? A striped tee for $20?

WINNER!

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Pretty things on sale at Anthropologie, just saying

Peplum top, $39.

Peplum top, $39.

One way or another, my post was going to be about Anthropologie this week. I know, I know, we really shouldn't even utter the word around these price-conscious parts. I've called them out for being needlessly expensive.

But they're having a sale. I know, I know; this is how they get us.

Anthro screams "sale!" and we scream "finally!" and then we buy something because it's less in a way, even though it's usually more than what we would normally pay for, say, a delightful peplum top. It's science.

With all that in mind, there's a lot of new stuff *up to* 50 percent off. Maybe the Garden Buzz Serveware would make a nice wedding present now that it's half off? Maybe the polka-dot watch would make a nice gift for a friend now that it's $30 instead of $58? Or do what I did and look at the "tops under $30" section.

Any other good deals going on? Like, actual good deals?

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Orange is the New Black + Gilt + Dress for Success = Love

This stuff would never fly in a job interview.

Netflix

This stuff would never fly in a job interview.

I am a little behind my fellow Divas, but this week I finally started season 2 of Orange is the New Black on Netflix. Observations: I want Laverene Cox to do my hair, and I would totally hire Taystee to work for my (imaginary) company. Also, I watched with glee the second episode, in which the prison ladies get job interview makeovers from Dress for Success, where I volunteer once a month. (No, I have never done a prison makeover, though I would!).

It was more than just for our glorious entertainment, turns out. The shopping website Gilt has partnered with Dress for Success and Orange is the New Black. Buy one item in their special OITNB collection, everything from shoes to belts to dresses and bags, and Gilt will donate a duplicate to Dress for Success. You can do good and look good, all while watching good TV. Win-win-win.

Shop here!

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My Outfit Monday: Vintage birthday blowout

She's working 9-to-5, what a way to make a living. Vintage 80s power dress from Little Brooklyn (RIP), art direction and photography by Deal Diva Katie.

She's working 9-to-5, what a way to make a living. Vintage 80s power dress from Little Brooklyn (RIP), art direction and photography by Deal Diva Katie.

Remember how Kameel and I stumbled into the Little Brooklyn Vintage closing sale a couple weeks ago? Obviously we didn't leave empty handed. In fact, I left pretty full-handed (if that's an expression), purchasing seven items for $70 total, from a leather skirt to a pair of earrings to a vintage parasol (every girl needs one). I trotted out some of my vintage scores this past weekend, which happened to be the annual celebration of my birth. …

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Today's blog post is brought to you by the letter J: Jewelry

Custom monogram gold necklaces, $22: https://www.etsy.com/listing/155609449/custom-monogram-initial-gold-fill?ref=related-4

via JustGifty on Etsy

Custom monogram gold necklaces, $22: https://www.etsy.com/listing/155609449/custom-monogram-initial-gold-fill?ref=related-4

I have a very serious and important question for everyone on this fine Monday: How do you feel about things with initials on them?

For my birthday a few months ago my friend Hannah gave me the cutest black and gold round earrings with little Ks on them that she got while she was in New York City recently. She was a little worried about whether I'd like them because, ya know, wearing your initials on stuff is maybe a little weird? Or something? I'm not sure. Her fears were unfounded, however, because I looooove them and couldn't stop cooing over them like they were small, sweet children and not earrings.

So naturally I want more. Etsy has a lot of really cool stuff you can get initials or monograms on. And not like weird monogrammed towels that fancy people I've never actually met have. I like how a lot of it's pretty and small and kind of sleek, like it would look great with a casual outfit or with whatever you're wearing to work, or with something dressier.

Check out the slideshow for some cute options (with links in the captions for your copy-and-pasting pleasure).

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I went shopping and fell in love with an e.l.f.

I just can't help myself...

via Maybelline

I just can't help myself...

Lured by the siren song of Kameel's latest post about lipsticks on clearance-in-price-but-not-in-awesomeness at Target, I found myself -- against my will, really -- pulled into its beautiful, red shininess on Dr. Martin Luther King St. N in St. Pete before work today.

Really, I just meant to stop for dog food at friendly neighboring Petsmart. But then... I needed face wash, too. And I mean, I was already THERE. So...

Anyway, let's not pick it apart. I just wanted to pop in here quickly to tell you that Maybelline Color Show nailpolish was $2. Yes. Two. Dollars. And not like, oh, here's four gross shades on sale because clearly nobody likes to paint their nails the color barf green. They had a ton of great colors. And who knows, maybe there's something I don't know about the brand and it's secretly the worst thing ever and will allow a creepy quasi-government lab to take over control of my hands, but really, I doubt it. For $2, I'm okay with finding out. …

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Fab Find: Perfect pink lipstick for summer -- on clearance too!

Every girl needs a pretty pink, and I think I found mine (and in the clearance bin, no less). The shade is "Darling Cherie 395 by COVERGIRL. |

Find it at any drugstore or at this link: http://bit.ly/UuitGV

Every girl needs a pretty pink, and I think I found mine (and in the clearance bin, no less). The shade is "Darling Cherie 395 by COVERGIRL. |

A few weeks ago I was whining to Deal Diva Katie about how I was on the hunt for a pale pink lipstick. I wanted something calm enough to wear to work but fun enough in case we went out afterward.

But after a couple fruitless trips to the mall, it was beginning to feel like finding the perfect summer pink lipstick was as elusive as taking a good selfie under unflattering flourescent office lighting. (See my attempts later in the slideshow)

Well, lamenting only gets one so far, so I decided to be proactive. Which really means, I found an excuse to go to Target this past weekend.

And look at the results!

I found not one but three new options. Granted, one is more red, but I just KNEW the middle one would be perfect. (OK, I lie. What I actually knew was that all three were on clearance for $2.98 and I figured what the heck?)

All three are from COVERGIRL's Lip Perfection collection and normally run about $7.99 at the drugstores. The shade I'm wearing today is Darling Cherie 395.

What do you guys think? Keep it or leave it for summer?

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