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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. Tim Gunn finally loses his mind on 'Project Runway' and it is perfect


    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. ...

    This might be how Tim Gunn felt on the show. Heidi Klum, left, and Tim Gunn, right, take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge during the Project Runway finale at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 in New York.
  2. Living that pinup life with Pinup Girl Clothing's yard sale


    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. ...

    I'll take six.
  3. Column: 4 ideas for local Tampa Bay Halloween costumes


    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....

    Crews from Sonny Glasbrenner Inc. dismantle the Pier in St. Petersburg on Monday.
  4. My Outfit Monday: This outfit cost $6


    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....

    $6 outfit in action, Charles and Di mug full of steaming hot java.
  5. $8,000 Chanel watches: Discovering the Groupon clearance rack


    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."...

  6. Column: When Janet Jackson haunts your middle school memories

    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....

    I cannot dance like this. Janet Jackson in concert at the American Airlines Arena, Miami, America - 20 Sep 2015
  7. Hamm and Legs: A Very Deal Diva Emmys Red Carpet Recap


    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:...

    Chains, exhibit B. Claire Danes said she picked this out last minute. The E! aliens told her someone else was also wearing chains and she seemed momentarily kind of like, "WHAT" but then played it real cool-like. In the battle of Taraji v. Danes, I like Danes, (PURPLE IS DIVINE) though I wish it didn't look quite so draggy around the chest.
  8. RIP, Jackie Collins: Let's all toast our dusty copies today


    I purchased a dusty, dog-eared copy of Jackie Collins' Hollywood Wives at a library sale for something like 10 cents my senior year of high school. I am certain it was the leopard print cover that drew me to it. 

    The book did the rest. Sweet mama, what a ride! It was like having secrets for the first time. Hearing news that Collins has died at 77 after battling breast cancer, I went to retrieve the book off my (highly disorganized, non-alphabetized) shelf, and laughed. Is it any coincidence that it's right next to The Awakening? ...

    Time to go book hunting. Hollywood Wives, anyone?
  9. Join the Deal Divas Sunday for an Emmys fashion live-tweet


    It's a holiday Hamm! A Hamm dunk! A grand Hamm! 

    It's Hamm time, ladies and germs. The 67th Emmy Awards are Sunday, and we're prepared to step in as Jon Hamm's date at a moment's notice (he's had a hard year, you guys). Will Hamm and Eggs finally win his Emmy for being stoic, embattled sad widdle lothario Don Draper on Mad Men all those years? Will Amy Schumer come away victorious in what has been the year of her life? Will an African-American actress finally win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress? Will Modern Family win yet again, becoming that kid everyone resents who is on student council, wins homecoming queen and somehow even gets to hang out with the cool kids who smoke behind the trash bay? ...

    Executive producer Don Mischer, left, host Andy Samberg, center, and Television Academy Chairman/CEO Bruce Rosenblum roll out the ceremonial red carpet during the 67th Emmy Awards Press Preview Day on Wednesday in Los Angeles. The Emmy Awards will be held on Sunday at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles.
  10. Get ready for the latest Dress for Success Excess Inventory Sale


    Most days, I play a fun mental game with myself in which I peer down at what I'm wearing and try to list where I got everything. Most of the time, a good 70 percent, I would say, is secondhand. 

    Right now, I'm wearing a New York and Company dress I got from Goodwill for $5 (yes, it is THE INFAMOUS GREEN DRESS that Michelle and I both wore to work on the same day), and shoes former DD Kameel gave me before she left for St. Louis. In a perfect world we'd all buy things hand-woven by locals, but sharing and buying used when possible makes me feel slightly better about partaking in this hyper-consumptive world of disposable clothing. Besides, I've always loved getting cast-offs, back to the days when my cousin Beth would bestow large bags of her awesome 80s clothes....

    A look at the scene from the sale. OPTIONS.
  11. Column: If Taylor Swift's most-followed Instagram is too depressing, here are some alternatives

    Music & Concerts

    It has become depressing, following the Instagram account.

    I'm talking, of course, about Taylor Swift's Instagram account, @taylorswift, which as of Tuesday became the site's most-followed, surpassing Kim Kardashian. There are times I really appreciate its more down-to-earth content (Taylor talking to goats on a farm, or Taylor talking to her cats, Taylor talking to species other than beautiful girls who would not have been my friend in high school). ...

    Taylor Swift
  12. Crafty Fest is back at ARTpool Gallery!


    Well, it may not be cooling down that much, but one of the bigger arts and crafts fairs in town is back from its dog days of summer hiatus.

    ARTpool Gallery’s monthly artisan craft fair returns to St. Pete this weekend. Check out wares from local Etsy sellers, plus vintage clothes, vinyl records, antique jewelry, plants and more. If you want to sell something, you can reserve a booth at The event is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at ARTpool Gallery & Cafe. 2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 324-3878. Hopefully shop owner Marina Williams will be there in some awesome headgear toting her cutie-pie mini schnauzer....

    A little taste of the craft action at Crafty Fest.
  13. A trip through the hotel that inspired Stephen King's 'The Shining'



    It was raining as we drove into town, a cloud of mist hanging heavy over the mountains. GPS was spotty, but I was sure we would find the hotel without a map. Our inner voices would guide us there. Our shining, you could say.

    Besides, this was no squat motel that sat along the roadside. This was the historic Stanley Hotel, which despite its spooky reputation was supposed to shine white like a wedding cake against the landscape....

    The Stanley Hotel’s Room 217 is the hotel’s most requested room. It’s where Stephen King stayed on his spooky visit. The same room number appears in the book The Shining.
  14. Kermit the Frog has a new girlfriend, and she looks like a Kardashian


    This whole world is falling apart.

    We told you how Kermit and Miss Piggy split up back in August. Well, it's been one whole month and Kermit already has a Kardashian-looking jezebel at his side. His new girlfriend is named "Denise." And we're all like, GIANT EYE ROLL....

  15. BREAKING: Chico's $10 shoe sale is BACK


    Hey, remember that time the Deal Divas all collectively grasped our chests and flopped to the ground and the SOME OF US, NOT NAMING NAMES, might have maybe ordered 11 pairs of shoes at one time because Chico's was practically giving them away for $10 a pair?


    Hello, pretties. For a couple more hours, score these for $10.