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Katherine Snow Smith, Times Staff Writer

Katherine Snow Smith

Katherine Snow Smith has been at the Times either fulltime or parttime since 1995. She started as a business reporter then spent a decade writing the Rookie Mom column with stories from her own family and advice from other average moms and the experts. She now covers business in south Pinellas County. Katherine has a degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina and is married to Times political editor Adam Smith. They have three children, two dogs and still feel like rookie parents much of the time.

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  1. A fashion icon in the making


    When a friend posted her daughter's first-day-of-school picture, I immediately thought of Carrie Bradshaw's white chiffon skirt.

    Khloe, a second grader in St. Petersburg, has had an adventurous sense of style ever since she was a toddler.

    "She always loved wearing princess dresses to the grocery store. I let her be creative and she has kept that going as she's gotten older," her mom Jill said. Khloe's other favorite fashion statements include brown high-tops with pink trim, a headband with blue kitty cat ears, long kitty cat socks and suspenders with wings....

    A touch of flair from Claire's
  2. Why the pantsuits work for Hillary and the woman behind them


    Hillary Clinton came to town yesterday decked out in her trademark pantsuit. This one was bright orange. It looked pretty good.

    I’m not ready to run for office or even call myself middle age. I might live to be 100. My dad is 92 and still working. But I think it's time to consider the merits of the pantsuit. Hillary has all the stylists and wardrobes options possible, so pantsuits can’t be all one-liners....

    Clinton campaign offering "every day pantsuit" T.
  3. Give and save at Reno Beach


    Drop off some gently used clothes at Reno Beach Surf Shop and you get a coupon good for $10 off any purchase of $25.

    Owner Jon Reno LaBudde is a big supporter of Clothes To Kids, the non-profit group that has two "stores" in Pinellas where low income kids ages 5 to 18 can go and get a week's supply of free clothes. Study after study as well as individual story after story prove when students don't have to worry someone laughing at their outdated, torn, or wrong-sized clothes (because some kids are such stupid haters) have better attendance, grades and participation. ...

    Won't meet dress code, but good for beyond school.
  4. I survived packing light in NYC


    I've heard of this thing called "packing light" before but it never crossed my mind to try it. But last week, being of sound mind and body, I packed all I would wear for seven days in New York City in just a school-sized, purple backpack. And girls, I must admit, it was so liberating. 

    The only thing that could force this traveler who's been known to trail a pack mule for a four-day weekend was the mighty dollar. My 13-year-old son had a film making camp at the NY Film Academy way down in Battery Park. I pieced together two free nights at a Hampton Inn and three nights at an Air B&B within walking distance from the camp....

    A week in New York with just a backpack of clothes.
  5. Shopping as the sun rises


    Three Deal Divas met this morning at 6:15 a.m. on the Vinoy front porch in the name of journalism. Somebody had to cover the 43rd annual Sunrise Sale so it might as well be us. Yes, journalism is an ugly job sometimes. We had to sip free mimosas, nibble on doughnuts and actually BUY stuff at deep discounts. But our bosses want the paper to keep up our streak of winning Pulitzers, so you gotta do what you gotta do....

    $5 earrings at Cerulean Blu
  6. I love island time, but not island prices


    I spent a great week recently on Nantucket, two hours by ferry from the real world. Much of this island is simple. Like the fact that you can walk most everywhere, there are no bilboards or neon anywhere, the beaches look the same as they did 200 years ago when whalers ruled the island and most streets are either stone or sand.

    But shopping is far from simple. The stores are filled with the latest fashions from New York and California and priced as though they were brought over one piece at a time by a messenger whale. Mannequins and real life women who "weekend" or "summer" on Nantucket who have the bodies of mannequins were decked out mostly in boho chic looks. Off the shoulder peasant blouses with long and short sleeves were everywhere. I even saw an off the shoulder bikini. And I saw a ton of dresses, shoes, tops, skirts and bags with Mexican embroidery. ...

    At $45, this dress on Etsy is a quarter what the ones in the store windows cost
  7. St. Petersburg chef chooses sea legs over commercial kitchen

    Human Interest


    After years of working in restaurants, Suzy Johnson has proved she can stand the heat. But she still decided to get out of the kitchen, in fact, she has left dry land altogether.

    The chef is living and cooking on a houseboat at Demens Landing.

    Many know her from Apropos, a go-to downtown lunch spot in the 1980s and again in 2011 and 2012. But Johnson sold her restaurant to move to a 36-foot houseboat. She works as a personal chef preparing food at people's homes for as few as two or as many as 100....

    Johnson says her cats Louie, above, and Buster are popular with the neighbors. “They rule the dock.”
  8. Rays and some strong children wow the crowd

    Human Interest

    At the advice of former social columnist Lennie Bennett, I am making a request for the upcoming social calendar at the top of my column instead of the end.

    "Because not everybody reads to the end," Bennett reminded me. Alas, journalists know that all to well, but sometimes forget.

    So please submit information about any fundraising event your charitable organization is hosting from September through summer 2017. Even if you don't have all the details nailed down, just send the date electronically or via good old-fashioned pen, paper and stamp by July 29....

    Dream Child Atiana Baez, left, mugs for the cameras with Rays catcher Hank Conger while modeling for Rays on the Runway, a benefit for the Children’s Dream Fund on June 29.
  9. Tampa Bay Rays Raise big money on the Runway


    Barely two hours after beating the Red Socks, Rays players, coaches, wifes and girlfriends thrilled a sold out crowd and some strong kids at the Rays on the Runway Show to benefit the Children's Dream Fund. Thousands of dollars were raised through ticket sales and auction items to fund the group that creates amazing experiences for seriously ill children. 

    The planning and anticipation of a dream day helps makes the time in hospital beds go by a little easier. The time away at Disney World, on a cruise, swimming with dolphins, skiing or at a ranch out West, allows the children and their families to focus on something besides white blood cell counts and medical costs. The average dream costs $3,500. The memories are priceless. There are 65 kids on the waiting list for dreams....

    Ally and Logan Forsythe and adorable baby bump.
  10. My outfit Monday: Pajamas or posh pants? I say both.


    I love that Palazzo pants are so in these days because it's like getting permission to wear your pajamas to work. I bought this pair in Raleigh last summer at Belk's. (Belks, as I've told you before, is much better in NC than in Fla). The print is a little out there even for me. But usually receive at least five compliments each time I wear them. I think at least three of those are sincere, while two are probably someone trying to stifle their laughter, so the odds are still in my favor....

    Technicolor Palazzo pants.
  11. Community groups awarding scholarships

    Human Interest


    More than 200 people attended the 12th Annual Fischer-Carr Memorial Birthday Bash at Isla del Sol Yacht & Country Club. Guests enjoyed food, drink and auction items including an adorable puppy donated by Craig and Cheryl Patterson.

    Jah'asia Whitehead, rising sixth grader at Academy Prep spoke to the crowd. She is one of more than 260 students who have received scholarships from the St. Petersburg Kiwanis Club's Fischer-Carr Scholarship Fund created in memory of community leaders Jim Fischer and Skip Carr....

    Rising sixth grader Jah’asia Whitehead, a scholarship recipient, spoke to the large crowd at the Fischer-Carr Scholarship Bash.
  12. Pride my ride, and my look.


    I'm heading out to see Keith Urban tonight and will wear the requisite cowboy hat and studded belt buckle, of course. But since I can't support the LGBT community and precious lives lost in Orlando at the Rays tribute game, I wanted to still make a shout out at the Midflorida Amphitheater. 

    So I ran out during my lunch hour and found it easy to add some Pride to my outfit. First I stopped by Revolve Clothing Exchange at 2000 4th St N and found a great rainbow striped crocheted purse by The Sak for $15. Then I stopped into the Metro Thrift Shop at 2235 Central Ave and bought a stretchy headband for $3 and made it a hatband. I also bought a Celebrate Diversity pin to add to my little bag,...

    I Prided my hat.
  13. Foundation gala raises more than $100,000 for St. Anthony's cardiology programs

    Human Interest


    The 2016 St. Anthony's Hospital Speakeasy Gala celebrated the Roaring '20s. An estimated 300 people attended the event, which raised with more than $100,000 for the hospital's cardiology programs.

    Physicians and other community members joined in the fun including, Dan Masi, of Bright House Networks who serves as chairman of the St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation board, and his wife, Mary Kay. Other St. Anthony's staff donned long pearls, long gloves and tuxedos including James McClintic, Claudia Bundschu who was escorted by her 14-year-old son Ian, Mohan Reddy and his wife, Shalini, John Ofenloch and Joshua Rovin....

    Claudia Bundschu, medical director of the Susan Sheppard McGillicuddy Breast Center at St. Anthony’s, was escorted by her son Ian.
  14. Lots of ways to Go Red for heart health


    My daughter and I were recently speakers at the annual Go Red for Women luncheon in Tampa, which raised close to $700,000 for the American Heart Association. The purpose is important because the AHA is the second largest funder of medical research in the U.S. after the federal government. 

    But the fashion was fun. Everyone wears red. I had no idea how many variations of a red dress there are these days. ...

    This is not your mother's Red Dress
  15. Social scene

    Human Interest


    ST. PETERSBURG — Multiple generations of friends and family of Patrick Brett celebrated his 30th birthday at a kickoff for the Patrick Brett Foundation at 3 Daughters Brewing.

    Brett died in a car accident 10 years ago at the age of 20.

    Close to 300 people came out to share memories, enjoy birthday cake, play games and dine on food donated by the Chick-fil-A. ...

    Patrick Brett