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Shopping Planner: St. Pete Art and Fashion, Haute Accessories week, Summer Snow Day and Belle of the Ball

Art and fashion come together again for St. Pete Art and Fashion Week from Monday to Sept. 17 in various locations of downtown St. Petersburg. This year's theme is "Electric Avenue Meets Central Avenue." A few of the events give you the sense of being behind the scenes, like Wednesday's Making of the Runway, where you can watch local artists create the runway for the main event. The Bloom event next Thursday brings together designers and photographers as they do a live photo shoot. Sept. 16, there's Art Inspired, a showcase of work from local artists. The festival culminates with Sept. 17's Runway Fashion Show, featuring eight Florida designers, including Raul Castillo and Allison Elizabeth Designs. The prices range from $10-$35 for each event, but you can get access to all events for $99 by visiting, where you can also find a complete list of events and locations. Proceeds benefit the Warehouse Arts District.

If it feels as if there's an abundance of fashion events this month, it's probably because New York Fashion Week is always in September. This one is a little different, however, as it showcases accessory designers only, including emerging and independent ones. We're talking jewelry, shoes, handbags, hats and glasses frames. The opening night mixer was last night, but the rest of the events run through Saturday, at various locations around Tampa. The Designers Exhibit happens tonight at Kelly Reed's Boutique, which displays the designers' creations in a museum setting. The Designers Runway Presentation & Designers Boutique on Saturday is the main event, including designers Poison Jam, Shola Designs and Malchijah. It takes place at the Galleria, and all of the designers' work will be available for sale. Find a complete listing of events and prices at

It's hard to believe that high school homecoming dances are just around the corner, but they are! Yet some people have to miss the dance because they can't afford a dress. A local organization wants to make sure that doesn't happen. The Belle of the Ball Project has been distributing new and used formal dresses to Tampa Bay area in-need high school girls since 2003. They collect donated dresses from individuals and businesses all year, and then distribute them before prom and homecoming seasons. The distribution days are this Saturday, Sept. 10, Sept. 24, Oct. 8 and Oct. 22, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 1210 Holt Ave., Clearwater. No referral is needed to get a free dress, but $1 to $5 donations are appreciated. Donations of dresses may also be made at these times or you can visit for donation locations. (727) 386-4502.

It's been hot for so long, we all have likely forgotten what cold even feels like. That's why Summer Snow Day was created, to try to trick the brain into thinking it's cold outside. This Saturday, reject summer and crank down the AC, put on a sweater, make some hot chocolate, listen to holiday tunes or watch movies of that ilk, and share your fake winter with the hashtag #summersnowday. To celebrate, several Tampa businesses are participating by giving deals in the vein of a Christmas in July sale. Deals include a free peppermint foot scrub with any massage or facial treatment at Veya Fit Spa; half off a holiday family portrait booked on Summer Snow Day at FotoBohemia; and the Rays Pro Shop and Ticket Outlet are offering buy one, get one Rays holiday ornaments and 50 percent off Double Climate Rays Authentic jackets. Visit for more information.