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....
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....
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. ...
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....
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....
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!...
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....
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”)....
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....
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....
04/03/16 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....
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 wleb21.com was actually behind this latest Internet hoax designed to bait you into clicking....
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? ...
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....
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!...