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....
06/13/14Crime06/12/14 Human Interest
It may not be America's most popular sport — the other football still holds that honor — but the kickoff to soccer's World Cup managed to draw out die-hard fans in Tampa Bay.
At Woodfired Pizza and Nightlife in St. Petersburg, Brazilian native Yannick Yoshizawa, 24, mouthed along with the words to his national anthem just before players took the field for the 4 p.m. start against Croatia....06/12/14 Blog
Lured by the siren song of Kameel's latest post about lipsticks on clearance-in-price-but-not-in-awesomeness at Target, I found myself -- against my will, really -- pulled into its beautiful, red shininess on Dr. Martin Luther King St. N in St. Pete before work today.
Really, I just meant to stop for dog food at friendly neighboring Petsmart. But then... I needed face wash, too. And I mean, I was already THERE. So......06/10/14 Human Interest
TAMPA — When the chance to bring a program to Hillsborough County to help homeless people with legal issues crossed Jennifer Roeper's desk, she couldn't say no.
"We see a lot of pro bono cases generally," said Roeper, an immigration lawyer. "It's a natural fit and it's needed."
Roeper, a lawyer with Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa, is helping to bring the national Project HELP to the area. Volunteer lawyers with Homeless Experience Legal Protection will spend an hour and a half at Metropolitan Ministries each Tuesday night beginning in July helping homeless people at the shelter tackle legal issues....06/10/14 Blog
Remember when Blue Crush came out in 2002? I never actually saw it but I remember the marketing. Lots and lots of TV trailers featuring Kate Bosworth and the other not-Kate Bosworths running around with surfboards and perfect beach hair.
I couldn't do much to get those beachy waves back in high school, but I recently bought Not Your Mother's sea-salt spray to try to get the effect. I suppose I could just, you know, go to the beach, but sometimes you want to look like you're been to the beach when you're really just going to brunch....06/06/14Criminal
TAMPA — The attorney for an informer at the hub of a Tampa Police Department criminal scandal wants authorities to divulge secret information about her dealings with the agency — and what officers gave her in return for her help.
Rita Girven is in jail facing state charges of food-stamp fraud and grand theft. At the same time, she is named — along with former Tampa police Detective Eric Houston and former community officer Tonia Bright — in a federal affidavit outlining suspicions of income tax fraud and identity theft....