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

Email: ksanders@tampabay.com

Twitter: @KatieLSanders

Blog: Deal Divas

Website: PunditFact

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  1. Awkward questions about Bridesmaid World answered by a four-time bridesmaid

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    My friend Hilary is a wise person whose opinion I ask about most things. She has particularly strong credentials in Bridesmaid World: An August wedding will mark her third occasion as a bridesmaid this year, and fourth overall.

    So, yeah, she has real talk for the alleged recycling qualities of bridesmaid dresses and spontaneous, lavish bridal party expenses. 

    Here's to hoping her advice helps you as much as it helped me....

    As bad as it gets for a bridesmaid?
  2. Questions to ask a wedding caterer -- and yourself

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    I always heard weddings were expensive, but it didn't really hit me until I started researching services for my own.

    Food and drink costs are cray, basically. I want my guests to eat, drink and be merry, of course, BUT AT WHAT COST? 

    Times food critic Laura Reiley has our backs. Last year, she wrote a story detailing what questions to ask potential wedding caterers, as well as some basic questions to ask yourself before letting costs go out of control for reasons you do not understand....

    Kind attendants put the finishing touches on my wedding cake  -- just kidding, that was the cake for Prince William and Kate Middleton.
  3. PunditFact: Whoopi Goldberg flubs fact about female Thor

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    This fact-check has it all: A deep dive into comic lore, epic superhero battles in alternate universes, female empowerment and a bombastic but mistaken celebrity.

    We couldn't refuse a reader's plea to fact-check Whoopi Goldberg of ABC's The View about big news last week in the comics world.

    "Thor, the God of Thunder, he messed up," she said July 15. "He is no longer worthy to hold that damn hammer of his. And for the first time in history that hammer is being held by a woman."...

    This image released by Marvel Comics shows a female superhero who will appear in upcoming Thor comic book issues. The new Thor was debuted on “The View” where artwork was revealed showcasing a buxom blonde clad in a caped costume and brandishing the trademark hammer.  Series writer Jason Aaron said in a statement that “This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. ... This is THE Thor.” (AP Photo/Marvel Comics) NYET207
  4. PunditFact: Whoopi Goldberg flubs fact about female Thor

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    This fact-check has it all: A deep dive into comic lore, epic superhero battles in alternate universes, female empowerment and a bombastic but mistaken celebrity.

    We couldn't refuse a reader's plea to fact-check Whoopi Goldberg of ABC's The View about big news last week in the comics world.

    "Thor, the God of Thunder, he messed up," she said July 15. "He is no longer worthy to hold that damn hammer of his. And for the first time in history that hammer is being held by a woman."...

    Whoopi Goldberg
  5. Is the DIY gel mani more than an illusion?

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    I've probably had more manicures in the past month than in my whole life.

    Like Deal Diva Keeley, I normally don't enjoy the pricetag for something I can do pretty adequately on my own. Plus, I always said, it's not really worth the cost when my nail-chipping obsession reliably kicks in and ruins the day (a post for another time, hopefully once I figure out how to stop doing it)....

    Portrait of an Unsustainable Lifestyle.
  6. My Outfit Monday: Teal for a steal

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    You really can't go wrong with basics punched up by color and fun accessories. Groundbreaking information, I know. Hear me out.

    I have a known obsession with Express Portofino button-downs. With good reason! They're light, professional and vibrant. Reliable, too. But they're also expensive at $50 or so, so I did what any of us would do: I waited for a sale and bought two at once. (20 more styles to go!) ...

    I loved how hot pink and teal worked for Mindy here and tried to replicate it a little bit for work. Summer days!
  7. When will we take our own rainy day advice?

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    This is for every person who cannot even deal with the rain this week -- for our cold toes trapped in soggy flats, for soaked hems of office pants, for the sweater we need but do not have now that we're cold from running through the summer rain.  

    Think your Deal Divas have it all figured out? (Ha ha, why would you do that?) Reconsider. We're eager to dish out advice for weathering stormy days, but we rarely take it ourselves....

    When it rains, we're just like SPLASHHHH.
  8. Your Outfit Monday: Braving a jumpsuit

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    A few weeks ago, I received exciting news from a stylish friend and loyal blog reader, Leanna McKenzie. She bought a jumpsuit, a somewhat risky departure for a lady who favors a consistently crisp, classy look.

    The jumpsuit made its very successful debut at a birthday celebration this weekend. Here are all the details in her voice.

    Deal Diva Katie: Love the jumpsuit. Where did you find it?...

    The shoes? Got 'em at Ross.
  9. PunditFact: Did Hobby Lobby know it offered birth control drugs?

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    The statement

    "Hobby Lobby provided this (birth control) coverage before they decided to drop it to file suit."

    Sally Kohn, liberal pundit, June 30 on CNN

    The ruling

    Hobby Lobby's Supreme Court victory over the federal government's contraception rule set off a fast-breaking wave of punditry on national TV. CNN brought in liberal pundit and contributor Sally Kohn, who panned the court's 5-4 decision as disastrous and Hobby Lobby's intentions as disingenuous....

  10. Peek-a-boo midriffs -- trashy or kinda classy?

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    Let's talk about the barely-there midriff. No, not the bikini blouses that have roared back anew, much to the dismay of shy girls like me.

    I mean outfits that reveal a thin band of skin between the shirt and skirt, and maybe a little more skin if you raise your arm for a stretch or a drink. Our fearless BFF Mindy Kaling wears them. Why can't we?

    I've never tried on a peek-a-boo style, but it seems a little more safe than the Belly For Days alternative. A classy acknowledgement of the resurgence of belly shirts, but not an outright embrace....

    The outfit that jumpstarted today's conversation. Get this sweet look here: http://bit.ly/1xcBjA8
  11. Summer beauty review: IT Cosmetics lip gloss and bronzer

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    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."...

    CC+ Lip Serum Color-Correcting Liquid Creme Gloss in "live."
  12. Pretty things on sale at Anthropologie, just saying

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    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....

    Peplum top, $39.
  13. Three sales you should know about STAT

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    1. Save 40 percent off spring sale looks at J. Crew TODAY ONLY with code TODAY ONLY. Hey, one-piece bathing suit with fish all over it. TODAY ONLY....

  14. My Outfit Monday: Dark and stormy, but fun

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    My dark and stormy outfit might have blended in with today's eerie weather were it not for a last-minute infusion of bright accessories.

    Let's skip that I'm wearing a lot of black pants and flats in the heat of summer (did I mention my ankle injury and accompanying bulky brace?) and focus on how I'm coping with limitation....

    Necklace by J. Crew, but don't be fooled, for this is not my lifestyle. I bought it on sale.
  15. Do you like your sunscreen liquid or powdered?

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    We know we sound a little preachy about sunscreen sometimes, but it's so important for battling cancer, wrinkles and other troubles from Mr. Golden Sun. 

    Maybe this makes it more appealing: Protection you can dust on your face....

    Mineral Fusion powder sunscreen, $17.50 at Amazon.