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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

Email: ksanders@tampabay.com

Twitter: @KatieLSanders

Blog: Deal Divas

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  1. Tent sale at The Shop in St. Pete through Wednesday

    Blog

    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 ~*~....

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

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    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. ...

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

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    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. ...

    I take this little wallet everywhere. I can just slide in my cell phone if I lose some of my burrito rewards cards. The truth is I'm also using my 2000&late bucket bag today, but I'm tired of showing it to you.
  4. National Thrift Store Day is Monday. Here are some ideas of where to go.

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    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)
  5. It's that time again: Perusing Rent the Runway's clearance sale

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    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
  6. Newest earring trend is crawly, not creepy

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    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.
  7. Ashe Couture owner celebrates birthday with a sale for all

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    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.
  8. #TBT to when you don't know what to wear to your high school reunion (and it's hosted by Vera Wang)

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    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.
  9. PolitiFact explains the gender pay gap

    Perspective

    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....

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

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    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.
  11. Caitlyn Jenner's gowns in Vanity Fair more affordable than you think

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    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....

    Rent the Runway offers the gold sparkly dress that Caitlyn Jenner wore for the Vanity Fair shoot for a much lower price of $90-$120 (this plus-sized, blush version is $90).
  12. PunditFact: A startling sex stat that checks out

    Perspective

    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)
  13. 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.
  14. Like what you see on Instagram? Some stores let you buy on the spot

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    It is a serious shopper's fear: A retailer posts a dreamy outfit on Instagram. You heart it. And then you realize you want to do more than heart it — you want to own it. So you go to the store after work to snatch it up. But there's bad news, slowpoke. While you were working or whatever it is you do, that outfit sold out.

    Bummer, right? Technology can help.

    Some local stores allow you to buy what you see on Instagram essentially that second....

    A screenshot of Misred Outfitters' Instagram account, which it is using to take orders from customers.
  15. PolitiFact explains what's at stake in King vs. Burwell

    National

    After years of political fighting and legal maneuvering, President Barack Obama's signature health care law could collapse over the interpretation of four simple words, "established by the state."

    The clause, tucked into the 906-page law, is at the center of a Supreme Court case seeking to derail federal tax subsidies in 34 states, including Florida, that opted not to create a health insurance marketplace....

    The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington onJune 15. (Zach Gibson/The New York Times)