The epiphany that we were cradling art in our newsprint-dusted fingers happened this summer.
Here in the office, some of us were drooling over Cameron Cottrill's breathtakingly nerdy illustration of the grand dames of geekdom — Carrie Fisher, Linda Hamilton, Lea Thompson.
Cameron, one of our staff news artists, conceptualized and created the illustration to run on the cover of Weekend. But the image clearly had legs beyond the news cycle. Even Thompson tweeted kind words about the cover....
Weekend concert roundup: Mary J. Blige, Lil Wayne, John Lydon, Warrant, Ratt and the Florida Orchestra11/09/15 Blog
It was a major weekend for live music in Tampa Bay. Maybe you couldn't get to all the big shows in town, or maybe you stayed firmly on the couch with Netflix. No worries. Check out these reviews from our pop music/culture critic Jay Cridlin and correspondent Jim Harper, and you'll feel like you were there.
Mary J. Blige worked it out in spike heels for a grown and sexy crowd at the USF Sun Dome. ...
I've chosen this aggro-looking studded rain boot to illustrate the following point:
You're going to want to KICK DOWN THE DOOR (see what I did there?) to DSW to get to this sale. There's an extra 25 percent off clearance both in stores and online through Nov. 11, no code needed. That would make the above pictured Dirty Laundry boots less than $30....
Attention, nerds! Disney has released a new international trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and it has new footage, including the first glimpse of the doting, lovable pile of metal, C-3PO, plus LEIA!! Soak it in and party like it's your last night on Jakku. The movie comes out Dec. 18....
(Welcome to 10 Days of Taylor, our epic countdown to the epic finale of the most epic pop tour of all time: Taylor Swift's 1989 Tour, stopping Halloween Night at Raymond James Stadium. For all of our Taylor Swift coverage, click here.)
Have you seen Taylor Swift's belly button? Anyone? No?...
Today, children, we are talking about the belly sliver. Grab a warm cup of tea and settle in by the fire, won't you?
As we all know, it's something Taylor Swift does all the time. (Yes, we HAVE been talking a lot about Taylor this week, because that's our strategy leading up to her concert Saturday. Check out 10 Days of Taylor over on SoundCheck. For non-Taylor fans, don't worry -- it's over soon.)...
Just as we finally begin to understand what contouring is and how to do it without looking like a strange creature from a Guillermo del Toro movie, there's something else to learn.
My first thought when I saw this word was that it had something to do with a club I went to in 2001, and some bad platform shoes, and I don't want to talk about it. But further investigation reveals it's basically the kid sister of contouring (using the shadows of your face to create definition and structure). Strobing involves using highlighter to make yourself look all round and dewy. A natural glow, if you will....
This is not a trick:
Tampa's Jobsite Theater is putting on a musical version of Silence of the Lambs, just in time for Halloween. Yes, that Silence. The one with the lotion and the basket and the fava beans. It's for adult eyes only, and as performing arts critic Andrew Meacham tells us, some of the song titles are not even printable in a family newspaper....
This is the total best.
Gentle, sweet, wise, avuncular spirit guide Tim Gunn finally FLIPPED HIS LID on Project Runway last night when he JUST COULD NOT ANYMORE with a contestant. Read the whole story here at Vanity Fair. ...
Oh gosh, oh me, oh my.
I've always loved pinup culture, and have the Alberto Vargas coffee table books to prove it. Still, I tend to incorporate pin-up style into my own look in half-committed ways. A red lip here, a flutter skirt there.
Deal Diva Lydia commits fully to the pin-up aesthetic on the reg, and we're always in awe of how she pulls it off. It's no surprise that she was the one to alert me to this sale today. The aptly named Pinup Girl Clothing (or PUG, if you're in the know) is having its famous "online yard sale, with prices up to 70 percent off, with most items coming in less than $60. ...
Going local is getting predictable, right?
Eating local, shopping local, growing local veggies on the local deck of your local co-op. We've all been there, seen that, sipped local beer flavored by the sweat of local mustaches.
This isn't to say we should return to big-box stores and chain restaurants out of boredom. Going local is cool, but it's time to push ourselves to new local limits....
Today in the category of Practice What You Preach:
I present to you an outfit I got for $6 total from the Dress for Success Excess Inventory Sale over the weekend. Remember the one we told you about, where suits were $10 and clothes were $5? Yeah. I couldn't get there until the final hour, and it turned out to be a major boon because just as I started shopping, the organizers announced that everything was being reduced to $2. YES, EVERYTHING WAS $2. My heart started racing and all the women at the sale started scooping up more and more armloads of stuff, not unlike rabid wolves....
Life took me today, as it does most days, to Groupon.
I've already mentioned my affinity for Groupon vacation deals. Just last week, my guy and I scooped up a long weekend cruise for $99 on Groupon. Now, I'm in the market for a few home services, chief among them a cleaning service. I don't want a regular maid (well, I DO, but I live in reality), just someone to come once and clean the grout and the windows and that kind of thing. In the words of Groupon's effective marketing campaign, I "checked Groupon first."...
09/23/15 Music & Concerts
Here's a Janet Jackson story — a parable, really — I'm going to tell my kids one day. Stay tuned for the moral.
It was middle school, and despite my Ogilvie perm and colossal glasses, I had rhythm in my heart. My destiny: the Palm Harbor Middle School dance team.
My friends and I signed up for auditions and spent an afternoon learning a dance routine set to the first 40 seconds of Janet Jackson's If, the part with the urgent, pulsing drum beats leading to some pretty inappropriate lyrics for a bunch of tweens to be slamming it to. Anyway....
Happy Monday to the tired masses! It has been a Monday to top all Mondays here. How about in your life? It has to happen this way. You can't have so much good fortune on a Sunday night and also have a smooth Monday. The universe would implode.
What good fortune is that? Where to begin? You can read a full recap from Brittany Volk and Jay Cridlin here, but, highlights:...