Pitcher Matt Andreis, right, gives a spin on the catwalk to Dream Child Alejandra Mejia.
Barely two hours after beating the Red Socks, Rays players, coaches, wifes and girlfriends thrilled a sold out crowd and some strong kids at the Rays on the Runway Show to benefit the Children's Dream Fund. Thousands of dollars were raised through ticket sales and auction items to fund the group that creates amazing experiences for seriously ill children.
The planning and anticipation of a dream day helps makes the time in hospital beds go by a little easier. The time away at Disney World, on a cruise, swimming with dolphins, skiing or at a ranch out West, allows the children and their families to focus on something besides white blood cell counts and medical costs. The average dream costs $3,500. The memories are priceless. There are 65 kids on the waiting list for dreams.
The Rays didn't appear winded in the least from their big game. They were high energy on the runway, cheering on kids who walked with them and making goofy poses with their wives, girlfriends and solo. Everybody was styled in fashion from Dillard's. …
Well, Amazon must have heard about this new step in relationships (dinner and a movie, dating, living together, pet, merging Amazon accounts, marriage, family) because they're making an appeal with the Deal of the Day today.
Rent the Runway: Have fancy plans this weekend? Consider renting a high-end dress for a Forever21 price. Certain dresses are marked down 30 percent off. Pay attention to the dates: The deal is only available for deliveries from June 28 to July 2.
Old Navy: You know, I am really overdue for an Old Navy shopping binge, and this could be the week to right that. Everything is 40 percent off (discount applied at checkout). If you go in store today, there are $2 tanks, $4 tees, $6 graphic tees and $8 shorts. …
Thousands of people turned out for St. Pete Pride over the weekend, and with them, a sea of body glitter, homemade shirts and rainbow everything. I was drawn to a few people in particular to get the story behind their looks:
I was amazed at how vibrant and pronounced the colors were on Katherine Olson’s rainbow mohawk. Olson, who is a lesbian, said she went to The Modern Man Grooming Salon in Gulfport for the ‘do. “I’ve never colored my hair other than natural colors,” she said, but her stylist, Lisa Merriweather, convinced her to try the dye, which lasts around six weeks, Olson said. And if you look closely below the mohawk, you can see a heartbeat symbol her stylist added in honor of the Pulse nightclub shooting victims.
This body glitter on Bianca Williams, 23, caught my attention. And so did Williams’ eye for deals. She bought the glitter at Michael’s for about $5 with a 40 percent off coupon she found online. A steal, especially considering it stayed on when she got rained on earlier in the day. “Rain or shine we're gonna be glittery,” said Williams, who is pansexual.
I love that Palazzo pants are so in these days because it's like getting permission to wear your pajamas to work. I bought this pair in Raleigh last summer at Belk's. (Belks, as I've told you before, is much better in NC than in Fla). The print is a little out there even for me. But usually receive at least five compliments each time I wear them. I think at least three of those are sincere, while two are probably someone trying to stifle their laughter, so the odds are still in my favor.
I pair my pants of many colors with a simple solid shirt and a sleek statement necklace. My friend, a frustrated lawyer who has started designing jewelry, gave me this simple rectangle of gold.
My shoes are from Peltz, which I have to admit I hadn't tried until recently. I have since been twice and found great shoes that seem to always be on sale. These Bandolinos were $39 marked down from $60. If you don't want to venture a few blocks past Tyrone Square Mall, Peltz has a website, too. It offers free shipping and there are lots of coupon codes out there for the website.
I've got to go now. I'm curling up under my desk for a comfy little nap.
How much are you willing to pay for a fashionable, functional wrist accessory?
Man, what a day, a week, a year it's been in news, and not just for political journalists. But okay, I have to say, especially for political journalists. With the conventions and debates and ads coming to swarm our TVs these next few months, I'm already just feeling like
No really, we'll be okay. We love this!
All of that was to explain how I missed a blogpost by former Diva Lydia back in May with a nugget about a stunning invention very relevant to my interests.
You know how you go all day with a hair elastic on your wrist just in case you want to throw up a ponytail? And how it leaves ghastly red marks and breaks up an otherwise solid arm party?
I can't ever stop this — I've done it since middle school. But it sure hurts sometimes.
Guys, someone had a great idea. Specifically, engineers Shireen Thor and her husband, Arni. Arni came up with the idea for a metal bracelet that discreetly doubles as a hair-tie vessel for Shireen.
You slip on the bittersweet bracelet, and then slide the elastic over it, as demo'd below.
It's a smart idea that is easy to picture inside stockings or care packages. …
If you watch Comedy Central treasure Broad City, the episode "2016" might stand out to you as the one featuring a guest appearance by presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton. To me, it stands out for another reason: ABBI'S ROMPER.
The outfit is pictured in the photo above, though I can't find a great one that showcases it in all its glory. As you can see, Abbi Jacobson (far right) wears a short-sleeved, dark floral romper with a deep neck and - the best part - a swath of fabric covering part of the shorts. I've heard this called a "privacy panel," though I do not love that term to desribe something attached to what is essentially a grownup onesie.
Ever since I saw the episode earlier this year, I have been on the hunt for a romper with similar characteristics. That search is now coming to a head, because it, my friends, is romper season.
I'm taking a trip up to New York City next month, and all I want to pack is rompers. Sleeveless, long-sleeve, with pockets, without pockets, linen, cotton, fringey, flouncy - I daydream about frollicking around the city in easy, breezy one-pieces. …
I'd like to report a total Twitter victory that can also help YOU.
I came across a Vulture story a couple days ago that reported Samira Wiley, who Orange is the New Black fans will recognize as the inimitable Poussey, is going to play a therapist on the third season of You're the Worst. Great news for Samira, a really talented artist who deserves great roles.
But I just kept looking at the photo attached. Her lipstick. It was the most beautiful berry wine shade, the kind that makes teeth and eyes look white and cheeks look rosy. It was classic, yet felt new. It was silken, and it was PERFECT. I needed to have it, the way Indiana Jones needed to recover the Ark of the Covenant to defeat the Nazis.
And then Samira RT'd me! (I love celebs who seem to genuinely keep up on social and listen to fans, BTW.) And then I started getting RTs from all corners of the world congratulating her on the job, mixed with a handful of urgent requests for the lipstick shade. This was my favorite. …
I'm heading out to see Keith Urban tonight and will wear the requisite cowboy hat and studded belt buckle, of course. But since I can't support the LGBT community and precious lives lost in Orlando at the Rays tribute game, I wanted to still make a shout out at the Midflorida Amphitheater.
So I ran out during my lunch hour and found it easy to add some Pride to my outfit. First I stopped by Revolve Clothing Exchange at 2000 4th St N and found a great rainbow striped crocheted purse by The Sak for $15. Then I stopped into the Metro Thrift Shop at 2235 Central Ave and bought a stretchy headband for $3 and made it a hatband. I also bought a Celebrate Diversity pin to add to my little bag,
The thrift store has a good offering of stickers, belts, umbrellas, hats, wings and more.
I spotted a great rainbow dress in the window of ArtPOOL Gallery across the street at 2030 Central Ave. It would be fabulous for many and any occasion. And you know owner Marina Williams will personally help you assemble the perfect look for the upcoming parade and other festivities.
My coworker handed me a Macy's postcard today that featured Edina and Patsy from Absolutely Fabulous riding on a giant exploding bottle of champagne. No words were needed.
It's clear but, IMHO, fully acceptable marketing gimmick, Macy's is celebrating the release of Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie with a shopping party. It's at 6 p.m. Thursday at the store in St. Petersburg's Tyrone Square Mall, in the men's department, of course. "See our collection of the latest must-have looks inspired by the television show, enjoy appropriately decadent sweets and treats and much more," the postcard reads.
Before you go, you can enter a contest to win a trip to New York City for the movie premiere on July 18 and a $1,000 shopping spree with a stylist from Macy's. Play by posting a photo of yourself to Facebook or Instagram in AbFab inspired style using #abfabstyle.
You guys, today is my last day with the Tampa Bay Times. I know. I didn't even tell you to sit down or anything before I unloaded that harsh reality, and for that I am truly sorry.
On Monday, I will begin a new career in marketing at a Fortune 500 company that has promised to make it do something between drizzle and rain. I am excited. And I am sad.
So in honor of my departure and on the heels of my farewell-cake sugar high, let's journey back, shall we, and chronicle my divalicious time here via photos and gifs of the woman who inspired me at age 4 to become a journalist: Mary Richards.
Jill Kirsh sets up a display of her color palates, swatch books, makeup kits and scarves.
Jill Kirsh: The Guru of Hue Feeling a little bit blah today? Maybe it’s the color you’re wearing. Looking your best often helps you feel your best, and that’s where Jill Kirsh comes in. According to Hollywood’s Guru of Hue, no matter how striking a shade you’re wearing, if it’s wrong for your hair color — not your skin tone; take note — your features will simply get lost.
But feel drab no longer, for Kirsh, who recently moved to Clearwater from Los Angeles, has come up with a solution, developing a color system for clothing and makeup that helps you best accentuate your present hair color. She categorizes as such: deep brunette; warm blonde; golden brown and red; and ash blonde, platinum and gray. …
Photo by Brittany Volk, Diva photographer to the stars.
Hai, $11 purse.
After a heavy, tragedy-filled weekend here in Central Florida, a light, bright outfit called to me from the closet this morning.
Light fabrics are essential for the sort of mid-June heat that surrounds us right now, so I went with two of my summer faves: cotton and linen. The shirt is a sturdy white tank from the Loft Outlet in Ellenton, with a lace V-neck detail. It clocked in at around $10 after the outlet discounts. The skirt, a peachy above-the-knee A-line that has a fun flowery band around bottom, is also from said Loft store. It was $15 on clearance. …
GET ARTSY: FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION Huzzah! Saturday offers an array of local art sales, and you won’t want to miss your chance to find a one-of-a-kind piece during these events.
Tampa ceramics artist Kimberli Cummings is hosting a trunk show at Florida CraftArt. Her latest work includes signature sangria pitchers and serving trays perfect for summer gatherings. 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 821-7391. floridacraftart.org.
Swing by the Westchase area to toast local artists with a champagne brunch, art show and sale that will feature interactive art, live entertainment, door prizes and an auction at 11 a.m. at Aston Gardens at Tampa Bay, 12951 W Linebaugh Ave., Tampa. $20 suggested donation. (813) 855-2811. astongardens.com.
Graphi-Ko Gallery, home to locally designed jewelry and apparel, is exhibiting the work of more than 30 local artists at 4 p.m. at 669 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 667-8126. graphi-ko.com. …
With a bestie Elizabeth Whiteley and my daughter Charlotte
My daughter and I were recently speakers at the annual Go Red for Women luncheon in Tampa, which raised close to $700,000 for the American Heart Association. The purpose is important because the AHA is the second largest funder of medical research in the U.S. after the federal government.
But the fashion was fun. Everyone wears red. I had no idea how many variations of a red dress there are these days.
I walked away so very proud of my 17-year-old daughter and reminded of how grateful I am she's made it through two serious heart procedures. (I've had some trouble with the old ticker myself but got it all fixed.) We wouldn't be here if not for amazing research and medical advancements.
I also was reminded that we need to listen to our bodies, get our numbers checked at least once a year, eat healthy and exercise. It's not just talk. Doing this can save your life.
Here's the link to the video on us... And enjoy the Go Red fashion spread.
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Stephanie Hayes , addicted to heels for 15 years, has been experimenting with ballet flats, boots and cute sneakers lately. Her poor, tired feet thank her. She can never get enough animal print, and her eye shadow collection has become a bit of a hoard. While other kids were reciting multiplication tables, she was learning to calculate an extra third off the half-price discount during buy-one-get-one week. She knows a healthy swipe of red lipstick can make any outfit better. She can be reached at (727) 893-8716 or email@example.com.
Katie Sanders foolishly spurned pretty dresses and shoes as a child, tossing new clothes over her shoulder at birthday parties with a totally rude "no, thank you." Her drab days of monocolor outfits are over now, and she certainly knows better than to turn down free stuff. Her wardrobe mixes classic with quirk. Think blazers with statement necklaces, and lots of patterned ballet flats. She can be reached at (727) 893-8037 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A compulsive deal scourer, Michelle Stark is trying to evolve her style philosophy from grab-it-because-it's-cheap-and-worry-if-it-fits later to one that embraces quality staples and more color. When it comes to her closet, it's generally still quantity over quality, but she recently splurged on a treasured pair of Lucky jeans. Progress! Her style leans toward classically cutesy - think Loft, The Limited and Banana Republic, blouses with bows, blazers with polka dots and all the skinny jeans in sight. But she never turns down a trip to a thrift store, or JC Penney. Her greatest sartorial sale achievement was finding her senior prom dress on clearance for $20. She can be reached at (727) 893-8829 or email@example.com.
Kathryn Varn spends most of her fashion energy at thrift stores, flea markets and sale racks at the mall. Her style has ranged from "preppy Hollister defender" to "eclectic hippie aunt," but she has since landed on "vintage career woman who wears sun dresses on the weekends." Her proudest secondhand find was a 1950s blue tea length skirt dotted with sunflowers from Brooklyn Flea, but there will always be a special place in her heart for the pair of high-waisted Levis she cut into jorts during college. Her closet is full of fur-fringed coats from her grandmother, and maybe one day, she'll live in a place cold enough to actually wear them. She can be reached at (727) 893-8913 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Katherine Snow Smith’s closet is filled with colorful patterns from a Lilly halter with pink and yellow giraffes to a maxi dress with oversized flowers and peace signs. She likes many styles — bohemian, preppy, vintage, classic — as long they’re unique and on sale. She’ll splurge at Saks or Anne Fontaine but favorite spots are T.J. Maxx and consignment stores. Her best purchase? A one-sleeve kaleidoscope-print Valentino blouse from the Sloan Kettering hospital resale shop in New York. (Legend has it Jackie O. used to drop her discards there.) When Katherine was 14 she bought a $29 oversized, velvet-covered anthology of Oscar fashion. She can be reached at (727) 409-3642 or email@example.com.
Lisa Gartner grew up wearing her older brother's clothes (hey Dan!) and kind of never stopped: She still has a few of his button-downs hanging in her closet; luckily his No Fear shirts have been lost to time and sense. A reformed tomboy, Lisa likes to mix masculine and feminine pieces. Her work look is, more often than not, Oxfords with pencil skirts. She owns more baggy sweaters than there are days below 70 degrees in Florida. The bags under her eyes are knock-offs. She can be reached at (727) 893-8707 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maggie Duffy got her love for fashion from her mama, and her mama's mama. While she's fond of wearing jewelry handmade by artists, you'll often catch her rocking $1.50 bamboo doorknocker earrings. Bamboo is actually a big motif in her style. Her love of color is evidenced by the many iterations of her hair, which she's having a blast with. She thought her sneaker game was on point until a recent trip where she saw just what she's been missing, so she's resigned herself to work that out. Her personal style can be described as street meets sweet. Years of working retail taught her never to buy full price. She can be reached at (727) 893-8572 or email@example.com.