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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

Courtesy of Kitty Lyons

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. …

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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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Shopping Planner: African Fashions, excess inventory sale and more

Find gorgeous apparel and fabrics at the African Fashions Pop Up in Tampa on Feb. 18.

Courtesy of Yemisi Bamisaye.

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.

More For Less: DFS Excess Inventory Sale …

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Keds, Rifle Paper collaborate on romantic line of sneakers

Rifle Paper Co. is bringing its floral brand to Keds sneakers.

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Rifle Paper Co. is bringing its floral brand to Keds sneakers.

Rifle Paper Company's floral takeover of the world — first with our stationery, then our bagsphone caseschildren's book classics and even our walls — is coming along nicely.

Starting today, you can pre-order Keds sneakers bedecked in three of Rifle founder Anna Bond's girliest prints. (And you can get file folders to match.)

The Keds classic "Champion" tennis shoe is $55 in the coral-toned Jardin de Paris print.

The Keds "Triple Decker" platform slip-on is $60 in the black Lively Floral pattern with pops of pink and blue.

The "Triple Decker Champion" is, naturally, what you get when you combine those shoes, available in the pale-pink Wildflower print. Also $60.

Shipments begin March 9.

*This post was authored by someone sporting a temporary Rifle tattoo this weekend. Products are addictive.

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Shopping Planner: Make and Take Valentines, Hello Kitty Cafe Truck and Ashe Couture Grand Re-Opening

The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck will be parked at International Plaza's Bay Street in Tampa on Feb. 11, 2017.

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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. …

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Shopping Planner: Localtopia, Women's Expo and more

Localtopia returns to Williams Park in downtown St. Petersburg on Feb. 4, 2017.

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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. …

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