Thursday, May 22, 2014

A black woman asks: What’s up with white women wanting to get dark?

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THE RIGHT IDEA: Think Julianne Moore, not Mickey Rourke. - WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
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  • THE RIGHT IDEA: Think Julianne Moore, not Mickey Rourke.
Aristotle said, “The body is at its best between the ages of 30 and 35.” I think my body was at its best at 26, but I’ll take it. The writer Edward Moore wrote, “’Tis now the summer of our youth.” Aww yeah. I’m all for that.

So, at age 34, with the semester over and Memorial Day a few days away, I’m declaring this the summer of my youth. And I’m defining youth as that time of your life when you’re plain old ballsy because you just don’t give a damn.

As my first act of ballsiness, I’m telling all you sunbathing white women this: Stop tanning. You’re freaking me the fuck out.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Ask Dream Momma: A hairy situation

Posted By on Wed, Aug 15, 2012 at 9:52 AM

“Dear Dream Momma, In my dream I feel a hair in my mouth, and I begin to remove it, but it turns into a never-ending cord of hair. There are usually between maybe ten strands and, oh, two dozen of them. I pull it out of my mouth with both hands, alternating them like a magician with scarves. I'm puzzled and slightly distressed: I'm aware it's ODD. I've never been able to find the end of the hair, because I wake up.”

Dear Dreamer,
The dream is conveying an important element of your self-identity and that is your untapped creativity. The mouth is connected to life forces and energy. The throat symbolizes conception and is linked to the Muse of Poetry. Hair represents energy too, also magical power.

So let’s put all of these symbols and connections together. Dream Momma believes you are in the process of pulling up your creative life force, which of course, is never-ending. The dream is telling you there is a great deal of unconscious energy about this as you don’t stop or slow down. The number 24 is a lucky number so she also believes you will eventually succeed in your goal that may be connected to poetry in some fashion.

Dream Momma, aka Velva Lee Heraty
Author, “The Dream Belongs to the Dreamer: A How-to, Hands-on, Step-by-Step Guide to Understanding Your Dreams” (Coming soon)

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Aging and feeling beautiful: Dr. Diller says woman can experience both

Dr. Vivian Diller, author of Face It: What Women Really Feel as Their Looks Change, appears in Tampa this weekend.

Posted By on Wed, Nov 9, 2011 at 5:49 PM

Showbiz beauty expert Vivian Diller has been seen on several talk shows sharing her inspirational words and practical how-to's on aging with beauty and confidence. The former ballet dancer and model now helps others feel beautiful as a clinical psychologist with a private practice in New York City. After years with Wilhelmina Models and appearances in Glamour and Seventeen, she chose to leave the industry to earn her doctorate.

These days, Diller is promoting her most recent book, Face It: What Women Really Feel as Their Looks Change, co-written with Jill Muir-Sukenick, Ph.D, and edited by Michele Willens. It's billed as a "psychological guide to help women deal with the emotions brought on by their changing appearances."

Diller will be making an appearance in Tampa. She will be traveling to Tampa as part of the I Can Do It! Conference (, Nov. 11-13 at the Tampa Convention Center. I Can Do It! brings together a group of distinguished, bestselling self-help authors annually to present and hold interactive workshops.

Diller took some time before her Tampa visit to share some of her aging-beautifully insights with CL.

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Wedding weight: through the thick and thin

Posted By on Mon, Apr 25, 2011 at 5:20 PM

Any change worth making involves sacrifice. With my wedding in less than six months, I've already decided to make one of the biggest changes of my life, so why not make another. It's important for me to fit the way I want into my wedding dress and my honeymoon bathing suit, but more importantly I want to fit into my new life. To jumpstart my weight loss I signed up for a month-long fitness boot camp with classes four days a week.

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Friday, January 21, 2011

CL Profile: Dr. Charles McLaughlin, plastic surgeon and connoisseur

Posted By on Fri, Jan 21, 2011 at 12:37 PM

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I didn’t quite know what to expect when I agreed to interview Tampa plastic surgeon Dr. Charles McLaughlin. I knew that his family friend Gina Flynn-Carmack had been enthusiastic enough about him to place the winning bid for “Buy the news” in the Creative Loafing Holiday Auction, ensuring that CL would do a profile of the good doctor.

But plastic surgery? What did I know of the profession beyond Nip/Tuck and Cher? What would we talk about?

Well, as it turns out, lots. Because Dr. McLaughlin, aka Charlie, is a raconteur of the first order. From his memories of why he got into medicine, to his love of horses (which he breeds on a 40-acre farm in Wesley Chapel), to the art and antiques he collects, the 63-year-old North Carolina native has a story for everything.

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The CL Sold! Issue: Content bought or inspired by winners of the Creative Loafing Holiday Auction

Posted By on Fri, Jan 21, 2011 at 12:00 PM


On their way to helping us raise $19,000 for The Children's Home in the 2010 Online Holiday Auction, several lucky readers snagged a spot for themselves (or their friends and families) on the pages of Creative Loafing. In the print edition of CL that hit the streets Jan. 19, they got to see the results in content marked, aptly enough, SOLD! And in every instance, the winning bidders gave all or part of their bounty away.

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Monday, December 13, 2010

CL Holiday Auction Mega-Monday: Bucs, SideBern's, Dalí, Big Top packages and more closing today

Posted By on Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 8:30 AM

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Don't wait any longer: Some of the most-coveted items in the Creative Loafing Holiday Auction start closing out this afternoon. Check out the list of Monday closings below, read more at, and remember: The Children's Home is the beneficiary, and your bids help nurture and protect children who have been victims of neglect and abuse.

Closing Mon., Dec. 13,  2:00 p.m.

• Item #025: A photo session with your pet from Nicole Geller Photography

• Item #041: The Hello, Dalí package: Exclusive preview of the new Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Pete, plus family membership and more

• Item #044: Art & history from St. Pete to Ybor, including memberships to the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Pete, the Ybor City Museum and a class of your choice at the Morean Arts Center

• Item #045: Family 4-pack and Christmas home tour at Bok Tower Gardens

• Item #053: SideBern's Seasonal Tasting Dinner

• Item #077: Know the skin you're in with skin analysis from Anu You Institute and microdermabrasion treatment from Indulgence Medical Day Spa

• Item #078: Indulge yourself and your BFF at Whole Aveda SalonSpa

• Item #082: Accessorize with style at penelope t and Simple Graces Artisan Jewelry Boutique

• Item #083: Hip family fashion from La France and The Icon Store

Closing Mon. Dec. 13, 3:00 p.m.

• Item #008: The ultimate Bucs party package

• Item #024: Aerial Photoshoot by Aerial Innovations

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Only a few minutes left! Tampa Improv, Channelside, health & beauty packages and lots more Holiday Auction items closing today at 2 p.m.

Posted By on Fri, Dec 10, 2010 at 12:25 PM

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Jump into the bidding right now and you may win one of the following packages in the Creative Loafing Holiday Auction for The Children's Home — all of them closing this afternoon.

Check the complete list of auction items if you want to find out what's closing in the auction's final week, Dec. 13-16. But if any of the following is on your wish list, now's the time to bid!

Closing Fri. Dec. 10, 2 p.m.

• #35: Music lessons at Atomic Audio

#40 Tampa Improv tickets, and meet & greet

#54: Brunch at Safety Harbor Resort & Spa

#59: Plaza Sweet: Gift certificates for Channelside and International plazas

#60: Beautiful baskets from BJ’s Wholesale and Amy’s Fresh Delivery

#61: Be a celebrity bartender at 717 South

#75: The “Ahhhhh…..” therapeutic package (Palm Wellness and Rubin Health centers)

#76: The beautiful-hair bonanza (Tribeca and Number 9 salons)

#79: A full underarm package from Pulido Laser Hair Removal

#80: His and her loungewear from Enchanted Beginnings

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

CL Holiday Auction: Act fast, items are closing

Posted By on Wed, Dec 8, 2010 at 7:03 PM


Waiting till the last minute to place your bids in the CL Holiday Auction?

Well, the last minute is almost here.

Starting Thurs. Dec. 9 at 12 noon, the first batch of auction items will be closing, and another batch follows on Friday. The remainder close throughout the coming week, Monday-Thursday Dec. 13-16.

For full details on the auction, which benefits The Children's Home, go to If you want to snag any of the following, you'll want to start placing your bids now.

Closing Thurs. Dec. 9, 12 Noon

Item #073: VIP tickets to the Wearable Art fashion show and one year’s Dunedin Fine Art Center membership (Pictured right: Fashion from Wearable Art 6, photographed by Chip Weiner)

Closing Thurs. Dec. 9, 2 p.m.

#36: Dinner and a show at Skipper’s Smokehouse

#46: The movie-lover’s special (passes to Beach and Tampa theatres)

#48-51: All DVD packages: Ultimate TV, Sci-Fi, Summer Flashback and Kids

#72: St. Patty’s Day Pub Crawl in St. Pete

#74: Four tickets to the 25th Annual StarPower Celebrity Fashion Show

#85: Gals, get fit! package from Shapes (three memberships)

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Shop from home, find amazing bargains at the CL Holiday Auction

Posted By on Fri, Nov 26, 2010 at 1:37 PM

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Why get stuck in mall traffic? Settle down and do your gift shopping with the CL Online Holiday Auction. It's fun, it's easy, and you'll be raising money for The Children's Home. Plus, right now, there are still plenty of high-value items with low bids — so bargains await!

Just for instance, check out the 12 amazing gift ideas below. Each package is unique to the CL Holiday Auction, and each is currently available for way under value. Of course, that may change when bids start to close (Dec. 9-16), but bid now and you may be able to set the pace. And don't stop here: check out and you'll find these and more than 70 other gifts you won't find anywhere else.

Bid amounts represent highest bids as of Nov. 25 at 1:30 p.m.

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