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. …
Coliseum of Comics in New Tampa is participating in Halloween Comic Fest on Saturday with free comics and a costume contest.
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. …
This dress is by Desigual, one of the brands that will be featured in BoTiki's Fall Fashion Fundraiser.
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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A worker from the Production Resource Group unrolls a large photo of the late singer Selena Quintanilla for the unveiling of the MAC Selena makeup collection, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. Known simply as Selena, the Mexican-American queen of Tejano music was shot to death in March 1995 by a former employee.
Here's what a true friend does.
A true friend goes to MAC the morning the line of makeup paying tribute to slain singer Selena comes out, gets three shades for herself, and picks up an extra "Dreaming of You" for you. That's what my pal Brittany did for me this morning, and I'm forever changed (see her handing it to me through the window of her car, ever so cooly.)
The line designed after the legendary Mexican-American performer, who was shot and killedin 1995, came out in MAC stores on Thursday morning. It includes a whole bunch of beautiful eyeshadow colors named for Selena songs, and three stunning lipsticks ($18). Check out the colors:
House to Home will be one of several vendors at the Shabby Chic Vintage Market and Artisan Day at the Tampa Garden Club on Sunday..
Retro Redux: Shabby Chic Vintage Market and Artisan Day All the florals, pastels and perfectly distressed vintage furniture your cottage decor-loving heart could dream of will be in one place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at Shabby Chic Vintage Market and Artisan Day. Vendors include House to Home, which specializes in repainted furniture in the shabby chic style; vintage jeweler Sarafina and Beachy Wreaths by Annie Gray. You’ll also find original art, artisanal goods, plants and cottage- and nautical-style decor at the Tampa Garden Club, 2629 Bayshore Blvd. There will be food and live entertainment, so you can really make a day of it. Can’t make it to Sunday’s event? Don’t fret, because the event will be held again next Sunday the 16th, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in downtown Safety Harbor, right on Main Street between Third and Fifth avenues. Visit facebook.com/shabbychicvintagemarketfl for more information. …
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.