A few months ago I told you about the very important app filled with Karl Lagerfeld emojis (you're welcome, btw). If you've been sitting around thinking, gosh, these tiny little Karl icons are great for expressing all my deepest emotions, but what I really need is a Karl doll for my shelf, you're in luck....
TAMPA — Charlie Crist opened a new field office in Tampa on Saturday, giving the bay area its first look at Annette Taddeo-Goldstein, the South Florida businesswoman he announced as his running mate for governor.
Volunteers and supporters crowded outside the new office on W Waters Avenue to hear from Crist and Taddeo-Goldstein, who also is chairwoman of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party....
07/17/14 Human Interest
When Scott Barry and Vincent Zeoli can marry — someday soon, they hope — it will be in the church they say has become part of their community.
"We will get married in this church, in our state," Barry, 57, said of Unity of Tampa Church.
The Bayport couple of 31 years were among those from the church and Equality Florida who gathered in Unity's Fellowship Hall on Thursday night to celebrate a Monroe County judge's ruling earlier in the day overturning Florida's 2008 constitutional ban on gay marriage....
07/16/14 Human Interest
TAMPA — For retired Tampa police Maj. Sophie Teague, training the department's bloodhound, Snoop, to help people was one of the most rewarding parts of her job.
"They're like your partner," she said. "You're with them every day. They go to work with you, they come home with you."
Snoop died Monday at the Temple Terrace Animal Hospital at the age of 8½. His leg was swollen, and veterinarians said he likely suffered a poisonous insect bite, Teague said. She and Snoop both retired last year....
07/15/14 Human Interest
The high school baseball coaches had more than 200 years of experience among them.
They recalled the big games and the players who would go on to make their mark — from Tino Martinez to Gary Sheffield and many more.
But for the six coaches, what they remembered most was guiding their own young players.
"The most important thing to me was developing the kids," said Billy Reed, who coached for 24 years at Hillsborough High School. "We're called coaches, but we're not coaches, we're teachers."...
On a hair kick lately, I've tried fancy hair masque samples from Birchbox, and slathered it in avocado goo. One of the more successful experiments was sea-salt spray from Target. After I wrote about my new-found hair crush, Not Your Mother's sent me a few other products to review....
Last spring, I went out with some friends for a girls' night in downtown St. Pete. I wanted to feel fab so I threw caution to the wind and donned my highest heels. Then I thought, ehhhhh, maybe I shouldn't toss caution out that quickly and stuffed a slim pair of flats in my bag, just in case.
It was a good move because the heels lasted all of a block before I just couldn't take it anymore. I've worn heels maybe a handful of times since. Much as I love them, the idea of wearing them makes me feel tired and cranky just thinking about it....
TAMPA — When the Iraq War veteran realized his customized motorcycle was stolen from outside his apartment last month, he wasn't sure what to feel.
"I came outside and stood at the door," Paul Rivera said. "I didn't know whether to be angry or sad. My first reaction was to call the police."
After a Hillsborough County sheriff's detective spotted the stolen motorcycle and the agency arrested two people Thursday, deputies and the Nam Knights Motorcycle Club returned the bike to him Friday....
07/01/14 Human Interest
TAMPA — Timothy Loy thought he'd miss much of the USA vs. Belgium World Cup game. When his 5:55 p.m. flight to Vermont was delayed Tuesday, it wasn't the worst luck.
"I thought I was going to miss the last 20 minutes," he said.
Loy, 37, of Sarasota, stopped with his sons at a big LED screen above the C Gate in the Tampa International Airport main terminal to watch the game before their new 8:05 p.m. flight....
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)....
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....
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....
06/22/14 Human Interest
TAMPA — Four years ago, when Joannie Melendez-Alicea last lived in Sulphur Springs, just walking to the coin laundry could be frightening.
She often heard gunshots as she lay in bed at night. Men hung out on street corners drinking beer.
"It was just not an environment I would want my kids in," she said.
But now she and her husband are going back. The couple has purchased a new home in Sulphur Springs, encouraged by a city housing program and efforts to improve the neighborhood....
TAMPA — A weeklong search for a missing 16-year-old girl traveling with a sex offender came to a violent end more than 700 miles from her Valrico home after a Louisiana truck stop cashier recognized the teen from a Facebook post.
"I just saw her face and was like, 'Oh my God,' " said Fawn Domingue, 28, who was filling in for a coworker at the Tiger Truck Stop near Baton Rouge when the pair came in Wednesday night....
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....