Witness the fitness at the 8 On Your Side Health and Fitness Expo at the Tampa Convention Center Friday-Saturday.
Courtesy of Kitty Lyons
Pump You Up: Health and Fitness Expo It feels good to be healthy and fit, right? I feel extremely virtuous after a day of working out and healthy food choices. Plus, with everybody wearing athleisure, even people who aren’t interested in exercise like looking as if they are. That said, the 8 On Your Side Health and Fitness Expo is large enough to fill the Tampa Convention Center on Friday and Saturday. The event is in conjunction with the Gasparilla Distance Classic all weekend in downtown Tampa. The expo is free and features a variety of vendors. Find the latest trends in running shoes from Brooks and New Balance; visit OrangeTheory’s booth to learn about a different kind of gym experience; and sample deliciousness from Yucatan Guacamole and Tsamma Watermelon Juice. Other vendors offer medical services and more healthy biz. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 6 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday in the center’s East Hall. 333 S Franklin St. tampabayrun.com. …
Make hair washing more enjoyable by getting a young Robert Redford to do it for you.
How often do you wash your hair?
It's confusing, right? One minute, the pros are telling you to barely ever wash it, to let your natural oils do the work because all that shampooing can be drying. The next, as in, this moment, they're saying, wash more!
The New York Times reports that the people who love women and have to smell them are begging stylists to advocate for more washing, because, well, you stink. A couple days is fine. Ten days of not washing, studded with frequent workouts and a spritz of dry shampoo is not delightful. (This story is from January, but just sailed into my FB feed this morning, so you're getting it now.)
I am with Camp 2. Dry shampoo doesn't do much for me. I can go two days, three at most before feeling like Dan Aykroyd in Trading Places.
A couple of problems with this piece, though.
A) It's pretty much about white women. And B) The story describes weekly the habits of these women thusly:
"Instead of regularly lathering up at home, a weekly routine might now go like this: a blowout at a blow-dry bar, dry shampoo, dry shampoo, dry shampoo, followed by another professional styling session, and so on." …
The box from Trunk Club arrived a full two days faster than my Stitch Fix.
There's a new competitor on the subscription box scene. Stitch Fix For Men launched in September, offering guys who don't like to shop, or maybe don't have much time for it, their own version of the popular Stitch Fix, which some women swear by (and others, not so much).
The idea, as I interpret it, is that technology can raise your fashion game to the level of having a personal stylist, once only a thing for celebs and rich people, but at a reasonable price (we'll get into exactly how "reasonable" it is later). Through the magic of the internet, they gather some info about you, then send you clothes that you can try on at home and keep, or not.
Since I secretly kind of want to dress like both a celebrity and a rich person, and I'm always up for claiming I don't have time for things, I was interested in trying a subscription fashion box. I don't think my style is bad really, but I could liven things up. So I tested out the new Stitch Fix for Men, as well as the old stalwart, Nordstrom-owned Trunk Club, which has been aiming to help guys improve their wardrobe for eight years now. Here's what happened:
Find gorgeous apparel and fabrics at the African Fashions Pop Up in Tampa on Feb. 18.
Fit For A Queen: African Fashions Pop Up
Has anyone else noticed daishikis everywhere lately? I’ve certainly noticed an influx of beautiful African fabric clothing, and my Pinterest board can prove it. I’m excited about the African Fashions Pop Up in Tampa on Saturday. Based in Oak Park, Mich., African Fashions design and create stunning apparel using intricate, colorful African fabrics. The branch of Motherland Fabrics travels around the country to hold events with apparel and fabrics for sale, local accessory vendors and a fashion show. Yemisi Bamisaye is the designer behind African Fashions who transforms the exquisite fabrics into even more stunning pieces of wearable art. I love her modern take on the daishiki, which gets an update by having a hood. Structured dresses, regal maxi skirts, chic capes and head wraps are other favorites. Prices are reasonable, and if you have a business, they offer wholesale pricing. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Hall at Seminole Heights, 4205 N Florida Ave. facebook.com/african.fashions.
The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck will be parked at International Plaza's Bay Street in Tampa on Feb. 11, 2017.
Who Loves Ya? Valentine’s Day Make and Takes I suspect that most Valentine’s Day gifts are bought last minute, even though the stores have been full of heart-shaped items since Dec. 26. If you haven’t gotten your boo anything yet, you’re probably not alone. This year, why not make your gift? A few places around the area can help you be creatively thoughtful.
For kid-friendly activities, Great Explorations Children’s Museum in St. Petersburg is having a “Hearts and Crafts” day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Activities include making an “I’m in your heart” picture frame and origami hearts. Included with admission, $10, $9 seniors, children one and younger free. 1925 Fourth St. N. greatexplorations.org. In Safety Harbor, Practically Pikasso is having a Daddy Daughter Clay Date from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, to make a clay heart dish (for Mom, maybe?) that will be fired and available in two weeks. $18 per couple, $10 each additional child. 500 Main St. practicallypikasso.com. …
Localtopia returns to Williams Park in downtown St. Petersburg on Feb. 4, 2017.
Cool Community: Localtopia Downtown St. Petersburg’s Williams Park will be transformed into a hotbed of activity on Saturday, thanks to the annual Localtopia festival, left. Keep Saint Petersburg Local brings enough variety in activities and goods that it’s family-friendly, but cool enough for the hipsters, too. While the event is predominantly St. Petersburg businesses, they will have a few outsiders in a section they’re calling “Neighbors and Nomads.” The event is organized into “villages.” The Arts Village will include the Native Collective; the Health and Wellness Village will feature Brick Street Farms; you’ll find men’s clothing vendor Grey Space, among many others at the Makers and Merchants Village and a skate ramp and Anchor Skate Supply at the Skate Village. The Family Village is where a bunch of fun activities happen, including the Tampa Bay Rowdies doing Human Foosball. Vendors on wheels include the Nomad Art Bus and Ashe Couture’s Airstream. The event has a full lineup of entertainment, including music from Lounge Cat. Local restaurants and food trucks will be available including — this is not a drill — a Mazarro’s food truck. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 330 Second Ave. N. localtopia.keepsaintpetersburglocal.org. …
Maybe because it's Monday, or maybe because the constant barrage of the news is making me want to lock myself in my house, close all the curtains and eat an entire jar of peanut butter with a spoon, I'm feeling the urge to purchase this PEANUT BUTTER sweatshirt from Rad. It is on sale for $31.90. You may also recognize said sweatshirt from the social media of one Kylie Jenner.
The clothing company, which specializes in pithy and ironic shirts and also pairing hip-hop and pop lyrics with classic artworks, is having a mega sale you may want to know about if you are also in the market for a PEANUT BUTTER sweatshirt.
Some years ago, I was asked to judge an ugly holiday sweater party at a night club, which is about as scientific as it sounds. Judging a bar full of people tipsy on lemon drops and all trying to be the most hideous one in the room is something most can only dream of. To outfit myself for the occasion, I stopped in a Bealls Outlet and found offending attire for something in the neighborhood of $15. Here we are.
Fine, right? Ugly. Festive. Done. This seems like a perfectly reasonable amount to spend on such an item, but apparently Whoopi Goldberg thinks you can expect more and pay more. The host of The View has created her own line of ugly holiday sweaters that retail for $139 at Lord & Taylor, lolololol. They are made of wool, alpaca, cashmere and cotton, and mine was made from the tears of elves, so.
This Christmas decoration, handmade by Helene Bess, will be available at Florida CraftArt's Sparkle and Shine Holiday Boutique.
Sparkle and Shine: Holiday Boutique Now that Halloween is behind us, we’re officially into the holiday season, at least as far as shopping goes. Get a jump on your holiday shopping Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., as Florida CraftArt opens its festive Sparkle and Shine Holiday Boutique. Peruse the selection of handmade crafts from more than 300 artists while enjoying holiday music. You’ll find one-of-a-kind ornaments and holiday decor, works of clay, glass and wood, and of course, tons of jewelry. Shop for everyone on your list, and don’t be surprised if you pick up a few things for yourself, too. Free. 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. floridacraftart.org. …
Find deals on tableware, textiles and gifts at Coton Colors' Warehouse sale.
Fresh Fiesta: Casa Tina’s Dia de los Muertos Celebration Casa Tina, the Dunedin Mexican restaurant, is known for its annual Dia de los Muertos celebration in Pioneer Park, perhaps the most elaborate of any in the area. The theme of Saturday’s event is “Leyendas Prehispanicas,” based on the legend of Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl. The celebration includes a Dia de los Muertos fashion show and costume contest. Count on a lot of sugar skull-painted faces, flower crowns and soldadera garb. The fashions and makeup were co-created with Mayra Guerrero, Claudia Bo, Neva Durham, Estragos D Gante, Sati Jaya, Perla Leal Balch and Shawn Ryan. The costume contest has three categories: Local Artist, Fridas (as in Kahlo) and Calaveritas (meaning little skeletons, or your children). There will be an abundance of authentic Mexican folk art for sale, live music, drumming and folkloric dancing. The festivities all culminate in Casa Tina’s Calaca Krewe candlelit procession down Main Street. The event runs from 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Suggested donation: $10. casatinas.com. …
A selection of zines by Somewhere Btwn, who is one of the vendors at Daddy Kool Records' Zine Fest, taking place on Saturday.
Self-Published: Daddy Kool Zine Fest If you’re not aware of what a zine is, it’s a self-published, minimagazine of original texts and/or artwork with a small circulation. They are often associated with the punk rock, DIY movement, and in the early years they were made on photocopiers and sometimes handwritten. They were really popular in the ’90s, especially with the Riot Grrl movement. With all the ’90s nostalgia these days, it’s really no surprise that zines are having a renaissance, enough to have a Zine Fest at Daddy Kool Records in St. Pete on Saturday. Local and national zine vendors will be there and you can check some of them out on Daddy Kool’s Facebook page, facebook.com/daddykoolrecords. The organizer has mini-interviews with some of the vendors so you can get to know them a bit. Bonus: Most zines run just $2-$6 each! There will also be food trucks and FREE BEER from New Belgium Brewing Co. It’s free to attend, and runs from noon-6 p.m. at 666 Central Ave. …
The Obamas and their guests of honor Tuesday night.
It's that time in the day on a Wednesday when you probably need to fantasize about a life other than yours. For instance, I just ate a microwave meal at my desk, I'm wearing a secondhand H&M jacket and my hair is too tight.
Come with me, children, to Tuesday's White House state dinner for Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzi and his wife Agnese Landini. pictured above with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Indeed, this is the kind of event you attend in your head when you're staring off into the middle distance during the marketing meeting.
Let's take a closer look at what Michelle Obama wore, and then die because it is Versace, and it is perfect. She has wowed at many a state dinner throughout her husband's presidency. This was her final dinner, and you can't blame a woman for going out in full bronze shimmer.
The event honored people of Italian heritage and was catered by Mario Batali. Who else was there?
Calamity Kim's cute and creepy sculptures will be available at Holizaar on Sunday.
Dark Arts: Hauntizaar The Halloween season is all the way upon us, and my neighborhood already looks like a set from a number of different horror movies. I want to join the party and decorate too, but most decor in stores is cheap, tacky stuff I wouldn’t want to spend money on. I want something spooky, yet tasteful. Enter the Hauntizaar event at the Studio@620 on Saturday. The inaugural event is presented by St. Pete Craft Heroes, who also put on the annual artists’ holiday market, Holizaar. This event is a similar concept, featuring original creations of seasonal artwork from 20 area artists. This one is all about Halloween and the Day of the Dead. You’ll find lots of creepy-cool creations, ranging from fine art oil paintings, to textiles, sculpture and ceramics. Participating artists include the Crafty Hag, Paper Moon Boxes and Calamity Kim, whose work is pictured. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. …
17-year-old YouTube guru James Charles, now a face for CoverGirl.
When I saw this photo, the first thing I thought was, "Ugh, those cheekbones. Jealous." It took a minute to comprehend that the newest face of CoverGirl was not a girl at all, but 17-year-old James Charles.
The self-made beauty king has just landed a new job as a face for the CoverGirl brand, and deservedly so based on his portfolio. Please take a minute to get lost forever down the rabbit hole of his Instagram. And then, get no work done for the rest of the day with his YouTube account. Finally,read a Q&A with Charles in Cosmo, then pack up and go home for the day, hopefully still having a job.
On Instagram, Charles wrote: “I am so honored and excited to be working with such an iconic brand. I started my Instagram one year ago to inspire others and as an artistic outlet to challenge myself creatively. I truly hope that this shows that anyone and everyone can wear makeup and can do anything if you work hard.”
Amen, brother. Now tell me how you contour so well.
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