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Katie Sanders, PunditFact Staff Writer

Katie Sanders

Katie Sanders is a staff writer for PunditFact , a website founded by the Tampa Bay Times and Poynter Institute to fact-check talking heads. She previously reported on state politics and government for PolitiFact Florida from the Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee bureau and on breaking news for the Times in St. Petersburg. She earned bachelor's degrees in journalism and English from the University of Florida.

Phone: (727) 893-8037; cell: (850) 673-1511


Twitter: @KatieLSanders

Blog: Deal Divas

Website: PunditFact

  1. How and why you should apply face primer before foundation


    I tend to use samples with the most obvious purpose and payoff from my Ipsy beauty bags first — the bold lipsticks, fun eye shadows and liners, etc. Their use is straightforward and don't make me feel a million years behind my most glamorous friends.

    The remnant Ipsy and Birchbox samples fall into an "IDK/W/E" catch-all pile of neglect, irritation and plain misunderstanding — packets of masks, exfoliants, foot creams, "HD powder" (no really, what is that), as well as samples of primer for every part of the face, including lips and eyes....

    I received a Smashbox sample as part of my Ipsy bag delivery recently, and a good friend is telling me why I should keep it up as part of my beauty routine.
  2. PunditFact: Why we fact-check political cartoons


    As fact-checkers of pundits and media, we try to stay on top of where people are getting their information, constantly mining the usual places — TV and radio shows, columns, and Sunday shows, Facebook and Twitter — for ideas. Every so often, we scope out a source that isn't as intuitive but is just as valid: an editorial cartoon.

    Take this fact-check of a cartoon by Matt Wuerker, a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist for Politico. Wuerker's cartoon shows a confused Uncle Sam standing on top of a pipeline of aid to Afghanistan riven with cracks that spell the word "corruption" and spew resources to drunken contractors and military officials....

    The cartoon missed some nuance but did fall in line with Census studies.
  3. Tent sale at The Shop in St. Pete through Wednesday


    Deal Diva Lisa and I turned our lunch break into a spin through The Shop's big tent sale Wednesday.

    This is the sale where normally pricey boutique clothes are marked down to $5, $10, $15 or $20 — what we in the biz refer to as "deals."

    How'd we do? Let's just say we'll be making pasta at my house for a few more days (or weeks) to make up for the number of deals we unlocked. I scored a couple $15 dresses and a maxi skirt for an upcoming ~*~ CRUISE ~*~....

  4. Strands of Sunshine celebrates shop dog Oscar's 10th birthday with fundraiser


    From the department of ermagersh: St. Pete's Strands of Sunshine boutique is throwing a birthday fundraiser for its shop dog, Oscar.

    Oscar Friday

    Oscar is turning 10 this moth. Happy birthday, cutie!

    To celebrate, 10 percent of all sales today through Aug. 29 will benefit Pawlicious Poochie Pet Rescue, a nonprofit rescue group that looks out for small, older dogs saved from kill shelters. ...

  5. My Outfit Monday: Mixing, and nixing, the Monday blues


    In honor of National Thrift Store Day, my outfit today aims to show how you can stretch budget buys with fun accessories.

    Now in truth, my shirt and skirt are not from a thrift store. 

    They did cost me next to nothing, though.

    The navy pencil skirt is a perfect fit in my wardrobe and a parting gift from Diva alumna Kameel. I got it Wednesday, and I've already worn it twice. ...

  6. National Thrift Store Day is Monday. Here are some ideas of where to go.


    Count your dollars. We're going shopping.

    Monday, Aug. 17, is National Thrift Store Day, an unofficial recognition of all cheap, secondhand wonders that go toward a good cause.

    Just like the July 23 combo of National Hot Dog Day and National Vanilla Ice Cream Day, the Deal Divas intend to celebrate. ...

    Sunshine Thrift store, located at 4304 South Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, sells name brand clothing, such as Hollister and Ralph Lauren. What the store lacks in appearance and curb appeal, it makes up for in deals and hidden treasure. (Sawyer Carlton/Times archives)
  7. It's that time again: Perusing Rent the Runway's clearance sale


    Look, I was going to let this slide past the blog because I've admitted to having a problem with Rent the Runway, and I'm trying to be better.

    But Rent the Runway's annual annual clearance sale, the one where you can purchase (used) designer gear in two-figure territory instead of just renting it, is still going on....

    $75 Slate & Willow glistening hi-lo dress
  8. Newest earring trend is crawly, not creepy


    Today, accessories dangerland BaubleBar reached out to let me know that I should really be open to trying out tassel jewelry. BB says tassels are great in a jewel tone, will carry into the winter months (what are those?) and also work as a bracelet if I'm scared about too much tasslin', too fast with a necklace. ...

    Asymmetrical ear crawlers from Bauble Bar.
  9. Ashe Couture owner celebrates birthday with a sale for all


    Hot tip on a sweet local sale: Save 15 percent all day on Ashe Couture — in store and online — with the code HappyBirthday15.

    We never need an excuse for a sale, but since you asked, it's store owner Amanda Henderson's birthday. (We hope she's not working.)

    Ashe Couture, home to pineapple sneakers swiped up by two Deal Divas at the sunrise sale as well as 80 percent of Deal Diva Lisa's closet/paycheck, is at 953 Central Ave....

    Ashe Couture is owned by Amanda Henderson, who is celebrating a birthday by offering 15 percent off all items on July 28.
  10. #TBT to when you don't know what to wear to your high school reunion (and it's hosted by Vera Wang)


    There's a single event uniting me and Kameel in conversation these days — our high school reunions. There are a lot of messages about planning and occasional flareups about who's responsibility is what and ... we're just not ready.

    Now, this isn't a post about what we plan to wear (mine is next year, so maybe that post will happen at a later date).

    Instead we're inspired to #tbt to a fun piece from Mother Times's archives, an essay about an epic reunion by a seriously fashionable reporter, Susan Taylor Martin....

    #tbt that time Times senior correspondent Susan Taylor Martin went to a party at Vera Wang's and had to figure out what to wear.
  11. PolitiFact explains the gender pay gap


    It has been one of the consistent cries, mainly of Democrats, over the past seven years. It goes something like: Women earn 77 cents on the dollar (or pick your amount) for doing the same work as a man (or pick your description). But critics say the wage gap is more fiction than anything. What are the facts?

    Our PolitiFact Sheet on the gender wage gap explains.

    The top line

    The first thing you can do to protect yourself against misusing the 77 cents statistic is simple: Listen carefully. Slight differences in wording can drastically alter the accuracy of a claim about the wage gap....

  12. The new Naked Smoky palette is here (and so is our hunt for loose change)


    Clean out your car and tear up your couch cushions: Urban Decay's latest Naked eyeshadow palette is out, and you're going to need more than a few pennies if you want to call it yours (or some friends, maybe some very generous friends).

    Urban Decay dubbed the 2015 edition of its $54 popular eyeshadow palette "Naked Smoky," a theme plainly reinforced by its 12 mostly moody, metal hues that create (with the help of a how-to video) an array of smoky looks. It's a departure from earlier Naked palettes that focused on neutral, everyday tones, with a few shades for play.  ...

    Urban Decay released its newest Naked palette for smoky eye looks on July 8 -- and sold out very quickly.
  13. Caitlyn Jenner's gowns in Vanity Fair more affordable than you think


    I admit I'm reallllly late to the Caitlyn Jenner coverage party, category: fashion. I had a lot going on in the wedding department in June, and my first chance to read the Vanity Fair profile of Jenner by Buzz Bissinger was on the plane and en route to our honeymoon destination....

    You can grab your own version from Rent the Runway for $100 -- about 1/6 the retail price.
  14. PunditFact: A startling sex stat that checks out


    Aziz Ansari departs from the usual comedian slapstick in his first book, Modern Romance, teaming up with a sociologist and traveling overseas to examine the science of how people date in the Internet-at-your-fingertips age.

    The academic effort intrigued The Daily Show's Jon Stewart during his June 16 interview with Ansari. Stewart asked his former Daily Show intern if he learned anything shocking during his time reporting for the book....

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 12:  Comedian Aziz Ansari attends the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
  15. Florida not quite the pretrial services model, despite what John Oliver says

    State Roundup

    HBO host and news-comedian John Oliver surprised us, and maybe even himself, on Last Week Tonight when he hailed Florida as a model for the country for a component of its judicial system — and not for, say, assaults with a slice of pizza, or something like that.

    "Pretrial service programs have succeeded around the country in places ranging from Oregon to Florida," Oliver said. "And it is a truly frightening state of affairs when Florida is a model for progressive change."...

    John Oliver on HBO’s June 7 episode of Last Week Tonight called Florida a “model of progressive change” in pretrial service programs as an alternative to jailing people who can’t afford bail.