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Stephanie Hayes, Times Arts and Entertainment Editor

Stephanie Hayes

Stephanie Hayes is the arts and entertainment editor for the Tampa Bay Times, directing features coverage and the Times' staff of critics. Previously, she was performing arts critic, covering plays, musicals, classical music, dance, comedy and more. She also blogs about fashion for the Times' style blog, Deal Divas. She started writing for the Times in 2003, covering everything from suburban politics to zoning to snack foods to Britney Spears. She wrote the Times' feature obituary column, Epilogue, and went on to work as a general assignment reporter, entertainment reporter and higher education reporter. She grew up near Cleveland and graduated from St. Petersburg College and the University of South Florida.

Phone: (727) 893-8716


Twitter: @StephHayes

Blog: Deal Divas

  1. Local shop Juxtapose gets some national love


    Congrats to Juxtapose, which has locations in Hyde Park Village in Tampa and Sundial in St. Pete. The boutique got a little love from Home Accents Today, a trade magazine for the "home accents industry," which I didn't really realize was a thing, but, of course it is! The shop was named one of the top 50 retail stores for 2016....

    Some agate stone-on-leather bracelets from Love, Nina Jane at Juxtapose in Tampa a couple years back.
  2. Save your poor feet with this shoe tote from Two Sisters Accessories


    Here's a fond memory on which to reflect:

    Recently, I was all, "Wahh, I have to walk a few blocks to get into my office, sniff, sob, construction, wahhh." I discussed my recent aquisition of stacked heels to ease the treacherous walk into the building from the far-flung parking garage....

    Lookie there. No bunions!
  3. Aéropostale to close 113 stores, destroying teen mall enthusiasts


    Basically, all our teenage dreams are crumbling.

    Times business reporter Justine Griffin reports that Aéropostale has filed for Ch. 11 bankruptcy protection and will close 113 stores. We're still waiting to find out which Tampa Bay stores will be impacted. ...

    Teens and Jeans: A Love Story. An Aeropostale story in the Shops at Wiregrass in 2008.
  4. Here's some Met Ball galactic fan fiction, because why not?


    If you're seeing a lot of photos today of celebrities wearing head-to-toe space armor, it's because Monday night was the Met Ball. Officially, it was the "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Anna Wintour's annual party always has a theme, and this year it was the melding of man and machine. That mostly meant everyone wore a lot of Balmain....

    Discussing her recent casting in this very exciting project.
  5. Perfect party templates for any type of mom this Mother's Day


    Mothers. They gave us life. They were there all those years we called to explain just how our hair accidentally got dyed purple at Stacey's. They are there now to guide us through careers, tough breaks, family life and possibly more unfortunate dye jobs.

    But moms are a not a cookie-cutter bunch. Some moms like brunch, and some prefer Netflix and beer. Some people don't have moms around at all, or have a weird relationship with mom, or have another female figure in their life to honor this Sunday. Read suggestions from our critics and writers that veer outside the expected....

  6. My Outfit Monday: Twirling on haters in Beyoncé shirts


    People keep asking me how the Beyoncé Formation World Tour concert was on Friday, and I can only explain it as such: I will be one of those super old ladies, blind, deaf, wearing a leopard caftan, telling my bored, disinterested grandchildren who are only concerned with watching holographic pop stars through their eyeball implants, about the time I saw Beyoncé in concert live in Tampa. It was just one of those nights you can never recreate or replace, let alone forget. I'm going to bore the crap out of my grandkids! I can't wait!...

    More mind blowing looks from top left: Kat twirls them haters right out of the room, Kay works hard and dreams big, Eve joins in this twirl battle to the death and Ileana did not come to play, she came to slay.
  7. Stacked heels, helping us walk in from parking garages since 2016


    A few months ago, my coworkers and I started parking in a garage a couple blocks from the office. It's surrounded by constant construction so we have to hoof it quite a bit to get into work.

    I try not to complain too much about this, even though we regularly make jokes about calling an Uber to get to our car. The exercise and fresh air is good, and building an extra five minutes into my routine has been a positive thing for this perpetually late person....

    I live in these.
  8. Beyonce Week: Dealing with anxiety about learning the whole 'Lemonade' album in one week


    Totally honest thought of which I’m not proud:

    I didn’t want Beyoncé to drop her new album. Not yet.

    Don’t hurl lemons at me! I’m a huge fan, and I have a ticket to Friday’s show at Raymond James Stadium. My own eight-member BeyHive is busy planning outfits (Bootylicious T-shirt and jorts) and snacks for the pre-show tailgate (“I Don’t Think You’re Ready for These Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars”)....

  9. Our reporter tried Beyonce's Ivy Park onesie so you don't have to


    Every now and then, you come across an act of bravery so remarkable, you are lost for words.

    Ladies and gentlemen, Alexa Volland tried on Beyonce's Ivy Park onesie and took a picture of herself in it. For you. For me. For all of us.

    Frankly, I think she looks great. Check out her review of the line on Soundcheck, along with the brave photo. And check out the rest of Soundcheck for a weeklong party of all things Beyonce as we get ready for her show on Friday at Raymond James Stadium. I bought new jorts for the event and everything....

    Beyonce's Ivy Park collection goes on sale at TopShop on April 14, 2016 in London, England.
  10. My Outfit Monday: This outfit cost zero dollars


    Oh, sweet clothing swap lifestyle. It takes a while to cultivate, but if you get in the habit of trading clothes with friends, eventually, most of your wardrobe will be $Free.99.

    Here's how my outfit breaks down today.

    Blouse: $0.00, acquired at a clothing swap at a synagogue luncheon at which the Deal Divas were guest speakers several years ago. We all brought items to swap with the ladies. I think the bow detail on the back is sweet....

    Free from the back!
  11. What I learned about Trump and life from binge-watching 'The Apprentice'

    Pop Culture

    The morning the Trumpucation began, America already was in the manic phase of the Trumpcycle.

    I had barely sipped coffee. Sacha Baron Cohen was on Today in character as an English soccer player, fantasizing about Donald Trump getting HIV. Then the ads started. Anti-Trump ad, pro-Trump ad, Trump smiling, Make America Great Again hat on. Trump, Trump, Trump.

    I turned on the DVD player. For a moment, there was silence. Then....

    The NBC reality show The Apprentice starred business mogul Donald Trump. His catchphrase was “You’re Fired!”
  12. Yeah, it's a hoax. But here are some reasons for Lady Gaga to move to St. Pete


    If you happened to be on Facebook over the weekend, and of course you were, you probably saw some exciting celeb news in your feed.

    Lady Gaga was moving to St. Petersburg! We had arrived! You immediately started dreaming of drinks with her at Green Bench Brewing, taking her out on Beach Drive for some charcuterie and Roquefort, helping her live simply in our waterfront oasis.

    Except, the report was false. Ellen E. Clarke, editor of the Times' sister publication, tbt*, explained that a sketchy website called was actually behind this latest Internet hoax designed to bait you into clicking....

    Lady Gaga attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California.
  13. Here it is: A highly skeptical, non-gushing Stitch Fix review


    We've had an insane amount of love for Stitch Fix on this blog. Even in life outside the blog, I've been hearing nonstop praise for the shopping service. It's like, when everyone is standing around a table of cheesy crab puffs talking about how tasty they are, how long are you going to hold out? ...

    Modeling the Stitch Fix skirt I purchased, roiling with ennui.
  14. Floridians, Jersey Shore producers want you for a new reality show


    There comes a time in one's life when one must ask oneself certain important questions: Is it time to audition for a reality show? Do I have what it takes to live in a house with several oiled individuals and do shots until I forget there are boom mics overhead? Will it benefit my retirement fund to extract another woman's hair on camera while throwing a highball glass at the wall?

    Now, it's Florida's turn for that kind of soul searching. Our resident strange Florida life expert Craig Pittman noticed today that producers behind Jersey Shore and Party Down South are sniffing for TV fodder around the Sunshine State. The show will so far be called Beach House....

    You know who they are.
  15. Column: Get Irish from the comfort of home this St. Patrick's Day


    A couple years ago, St. Patrick's Day fell on a Monday, the most dreaded day of drudgery. On top of that, it was pouring rain. It was a perfect evening to hang with my friends Sweatpants McGee, Netflix Lewis and DiGiorno Pizzastein.

    Still, for some inexplicable need to seize the day, my friend Lisa and I decided to brave Dunedin's street festival anyway. Surely the rain couldn't be that bad! Not with our winning attitudes at play!...