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Shopping Planner: Clothing swap and the rebirth of the Black Market

Disco Dolls Studio celebrates Fashion Revolution Week, a campaign that calls for sustainability in fashion, with a kick-off clothing swap on April 24 and a wrap party on April 29.

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Disco Dolls Studio celebrates Fashion Revolution Week, a campaign that calls for sustainability in fashion, with a kick-off clothing swap on April 24 and a wrap party on April 29.

Eco Fashion: Swap at Disco Dolls
Disco Dolls Studio is participating in Fashion Revolution Week, a national campaign for “greater transparency, sustainability, and ethics in the fashion industry.” The campaign uses the hashtag #whomadeyourclothes from Monday to April 30 to mark the anniversary of the 2013 Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,100 people. The Disco Dolls do their part for the effort on Monday with a clothing swap and a viewing of The True Cost documentary. Between 6 and 7 p.m., bring in up to six items of gently worn clothing, shoes or accessories, but not jewelry. You will be given a ticket for each item you bring. BYOB and a chair for the viewing. It’s free, but registration is required by emailing discodolls.tampa@gmail.com. 4632 N Florida Ave. (813) 641-4367. thediscodolls.com. …

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Shopping Planner: Night Markets, a mermaid party and more

 Blossom and Shine jewelry and home decor will be at the St. Pete Night Market on April 13 and at the St. Pete Indie Market's pop up in the Fringe District on April 14.

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Blossom and Shine jewelry and home decor will be at the St. Pete Night Market on April 13 and at the St. Pete Indie Market's pop up in the Fringe District on April 14.

Night Moves: Night Markets
The night market trend has been steadily rising. Don’t believe me? The four this weekend prove my point:
Today, the Night Market St. Pete returns to the St. Pete Side Lot (2133 Second Ave. S) from 6-10 p.m. They have a huge roster of vendors, including Latin American Boutique, Blossom and Shine, work shown right, and True Vintage Eyewear. A DJ, kids fun zone and food trucks round out the festivities.

Friday, the St. Pete Indie Market hosts a pop-up in the up-and-coming Fringe District, on the 200 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street N in the lots next to Coney Island and Planet Retro Records and along the sidewalk. In addition to vendors, there will be a food truck village, beer from Green Bench Brewing and tunes from DJ Holiday. 5-9 p.m.

Tampa’s in on the action too, with the Fringe Bazaar at 81Bay Brewing Co. on Friday. Hosted by Fringe Creatives, this market includes vendors and artists, including the Kate S. Cottle Pop Up Art Shop. 7-10 p.m. 4465 W Gandy Blvd., Tampa. …

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Shopping Planner: Elzoria Red Carpet Party and Trollbeads anniversary celebration

Little girls and moms alike will enjoy Elzoria's Red Carpet Party Saturday and Sunday at the Sundial in St. Petersburg.

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Little girls and moms alike will enjoy Elzoria's Red Carpet Party Saturday and Sunday at the Sundial in St. Petersburg.

Step and Repeat: Elzoria Red Carpet Party
Little girls will get a taste of the Hollywood life this weekend at women and girls’ apparel brand Elzoria’s red carpet party. The fete happens at Ansley Z Kids Co. (115 Second Ave. N) and Jackie Z Style Co. (173 Second Ave. N) boutiques in St. Petersburg’s Sundial shopping complex, from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. The shops are offering 20 percent discounts on Elzoria items, which will include an extensive selection of the Mommy & Me collection, clothing and accessories for girls and baby girls. There will also be custom matching dolls and accessories, giveaways, a fashion showcase, a red carpet experience with interviews and photo ops, and spring styling advice. Rose and champagne will be available for parents and there will be pastries for everyone. (727) 826-0732. …

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Shopping Planner: Indie markets, Sip and Shop for a Cure and a succulent sale

Bask's new mural at Hyde Park Village gives a nod to retail, with its shopping bag design.

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Bask's new mural at Hyde Park Village gives a nod to retail, with its shopping bag design.

MUCHAS MARKETS: INDIE MARKET ROUNDUP
Ever doubt St. Petersburg is a hub for indie markets?
There are three this weekend alone.
The Film and Funky Flea kicks the weekend off on Friday from 7 to 11 p.m. at Calusa Commons, at First Avenue S and 22nd Street. Hosted by Cinema Squatch, this market features a screening of the B movie Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter. Vendors include Bluebird Books, Anchor Skate Supply, hats shown left, and Refashioned Apparel and Home Decor. Black Crow Coffee Roasting will be slinging the beverages, and Urban Brew and BBQ provides the eats.

The O.G. of local indie markets, St. Pete Indie Market, happens Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Green Bench Brewing (1133 Baum Ave. N) with its trademark eclectic selection of makers and artists, including plush monsters by Poopy Doops and cross-stitch creations by the Indigo Owl. There will be food trucks and, of course, beer from Green Bench.

Just down the street on Saturday is the Grand Central Market, held at Punky’s Bar and Grill (3063 Central Ave.) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This market features art, antiques and collectibles. …

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Shopping Planner: Rock and Roll Swap Meet, Fido and Frida and more

"Smack Crossed Lovers," Hardison Collins' homage to Sid and Nancy, will be available at the Rock and Roll Swap Meet on March 26.

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"Smack Crossed Lovers," Hardison Collins' homage to Sid and Nancy, will be available at the Rock and Roll Swap Meet on March 26.

MUSICAL MARKET: ROCK AND ROLL SWAP MEET
If you love rock ‘n’ roll, or any music really, this event Sunday at Cage Brewing in St. Petersburg is for you. The Rock and Roll Swap Meet will not only have nine bands performing, including Car Bomb Driver, Pretty Voices and Mondo Diablo, but there will also be vendors selling vinyl, CDs, books and memorabilia. The event isn’t really a swap meet, so no trading, but more of an indie market that includes Daddy Kool Records, WMNF Community Radio and Planet Retro Records as vendors. If you’re in the market for some rockin’ art, they’ve got you covered there too, including Hardison Collins’ large-scale pop art “EyeHurts,” like the one of Sid and Nancy that’s pictured. There’s a $5 cover charge, but I’d say for nine bands and tons of cool stuff, that’s a deal. Oh yeah, and you can grab a nice cold beer (or a few) at Cage Brewing, 2001 First Ave. S. The event runs from 2-7 p.m. …

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Katy Perry's rainbow-colored shoe line is giving us life

Katy Perry's "Hillary," a shoe named after Hillary Clinton. $139.

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Katy Perry's "Hillary," a shoe named after Hillary Clinton. $139.

Did you know Katy Perry had a shoe line? It doesn't really matter. Everyone has a shoe line. My cat has a shoe line (it's kind of rote, to be honest, but she doesn't get out much).

However, in the saturated realm of celeb shoe lines, Katy Perry's new collection is exceedingly on-point. The collection dropped in February, and the headline-making design has been one named for Hillary Clinton, pictured above (Perry is a noted supporter). But if you get past that political nugget, you enter a vast wonderland of multicolored foot confections. The styles, many of which are named after Perry's famous friends, are available at Macy's and online. I'll take ten!

Some highlights:

The Stella, $139

The Kate, $115

The Carmen, $139 

The Perry, $149

The Richie, $169

The Jackie, $169

The Margot, $100

The Shannon, $129

The Geli, $49


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Find your perfect shade of green to wear on St. Patrick's Day

It's St. Patrick's Day tomorrow, so you better wear something green or you'll get pinched! Not everyone can carry off the shamrock green associated with St. Paddy's, but there is a shade of green for everyone. Color consultant Jill Kirsh, "Hollywood's Guru of Hue," has suggestions on which green is right for you, which she bases on hair color. Find your celebrity doppelganger below to learn which green to go with.

Warm blondes like Margot Robbie have more fun in Kelly green.


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Deep brunettes like Taraji P. Henson rock emerald green like a boss.



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While golden browns like Jennifer Lopez or redheads like Emma Stone can easily pull off a variety of greens, olive is the most flattering for those tones, according to Kirsh.


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Helen Mirren is a great example of how fresh mint green is on ash blondes, platinum and grey hair.


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Now that you've found your ideal hue, you're St. Paddy's Day ready. And you don't have to lie and say that you're wearing green underwear to avoid getting pinched. …

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Shopping Planner: Mad Hatter's Masquerade, Florida's Largest Home Show and a button show

Funky headpieces, masks and body art are on display at ARTpool's Mad Hatter's Masquerade Ball on March 18.

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Funky headpieces, masks and body art are on display at ARTpool's Mad Hatter's Masquerade Ball on March 18.

Tip Your Hat: Mad Hatter’s Masquerade
ARTpool knows how to throw an art party, and they say that the Mad Hatter’s Masquerade Ball is the fanciest of the year. The event Saturday in St. Petersburg has a lot going on: an art show, video art presentation, body art and a fashion show featuring unique hats, masks and custom couture from local designers. Don’t expect to see some ordinary fedoras going down the runway; it’s much more Eyes Wide Shut, with a Venetian, dark fantasy theme. Guests are encouraged to dress up, as there will be a costume contest. All attendees must wear a hat or a mask to get in. The party runs from 8 p.m. to midnight. $15, $25 VIP. artpoolgallery.com. …

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Shopping Planner: Trashy Treasures, Chiselers Market and Verve grand Opening

Someone's unwanted art can be your treasure to fins at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center's Trashy Treasures "art garage sale."

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Someone's unwanted art can be your treasure to fins at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center's Trashy Treasures "art garage sale."

Party Arty: Trashy Treasures at DFAC
Trashy Treasures, the Dunedin Fine Art Center’s “art garage sale, ” is so much more than that. Yes, you can shop the donated art, books, frames and supplies on Saturday, but Friday night’s event elevates it to a fringe arts festival. This year’s theme is Steamy Punk, and people are encouraged to dress up in more adult-oriented interpretations, and enter a costume contest with prizes. $10 gets you into the party, which begins at 6 p.m. where there will be cash bars, music and everyone gets a free hot dog and drink. Guests can also bid on the best of donated items, culled by the staff of the DFAC, in a silent auction. The garage sale 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday is free to attend. 1143 Michigan Blvd. (727) 298-3322. dfac.org. …

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Shopping Planner: 321 Books, Shop St. Pete and more

Thousands of books for $3 and under will be available at the grand opening of 321 Books at Tyrone Square mall this weekend.

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Thousands of books for $3 and under will be available at the grand opening of 321 Books at Tyrone Square mall this weekend.

Literary Rescue: 321 Books Grand Opening
Tyrone Square mall hasn’t had a bookstore since Borders closed years ago. True, Barnes and Noble is just across the street, but being that I’m old enough to remember when every mall had a bookstore, this was sad to me. Now those pangs can dissipate because 321 Books is opening in a 10,000-square-foot space at Tyrone Square on Friday. The company is one of Amazon’s largest used-book sellers, operating out of a warehouse in Clearwater. They find books cheap at thrift stores and receive donations. As a result, no book is priced more than $3, and they have a trade-in deal where you get a book for every two you bring in of the same type. Beyond books, they’ll also sell CDs, DVDs, records, school supplies and more. Read more about 321 Books here. They open at 10 a.m. Friday, in Tyrone Square mall (6901 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg), in the space that the Gap previously occupied, near JCPenney. …

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Oscars 2017 red carpet fashion recap (with video)

Now with video! 

At this hour in the day, after last night's late, late Oscars cast, reading feels like a tall order. As me how I know. If you still want a fashion recap but don't want to attempt to process words on a page, here I am describing it for you on video. Don't say we never do anything for you.

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Oscars fashion recap: Hardly a neck in sight!

Janelle Monae owns the red carpet before the 89th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Noel West/The New York Times

Janelle Monae owns the red carpet before the 89th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Noel West/The New York Times

Well, well, well.

Remember how Faye Dunaway read the wrong best movie winner? THAT WAS WEIRD.

We're all in a chocolate haze of confusion here at the office, so it helps to focus on one thing in order to concentrate. Let's do that with fashion while others scramble to decode what just happened at the end of The Dullest Oscars In History Until the Last Three Minutes.

So, fashion! Remember how everyone came to the Golden Globes in plunging necklines that traveled all the way to belly buttons? And then all the fashion prognosticators were like, this is the year of the flat cleavage! They shall all come with long, exposed sternums, come, come they shall!

The stylists must have been in a fit trying to go against the grain, because a ton of stars showed up to the 89th Academy Awards wearing the exact opposite. Mock turtlenecks! High collars! Ruffle chokers! That, coupled with the abundant American Civil Liberties Union ribbons, made me wonder if it was less pure trend, like a single shoulder or a fishtail, and more of a concerted move away from overt sexualization, from chest tape and sliced abdominal cutouts. Ask us more. Give us jobs. We are up here.

Let us explore.

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Shopping Planner: Health and Fitness Expo, Misred's 7th anniversary

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Witness the fitness at the 8 On Your Side Health and Fitness Expo at the Tampa Convention Center Friday-Saturday.

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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. …

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Your boyfriend probably wants you to wash your hair more often

Make hair washing more enjoyable by getting a young Robert Redford to do it for you.

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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." …

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Review: It's Stitch Fix for Men vs. Trunk Club in a battle for my closet

The box from Trunk Club arrived a full two days faster than my Stitch Fix.

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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: 

THE STYLING PROCESS …

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