Why not utilize those rays while soaking them in? This bikini does double duty by charging small electronics and serves as an eye-catching piece of swim wear. You'll never have to worry about running out of juice in your iPod at the beach again.
Brooklyn-based designer Andrew Schneider has designed this solar PV cell-studded two-piece that can charge smart phones, MP3 players and other small electronic devices through a USB connector. Each suit takes him about 80 hours to make, as he stitches them all by hand.
And I know what you're all asking yourselves: "Can you wear this in the water?" And the answer is 'yes.' One would obviously want to unplug their electronics before taking a dip, but it is completely safe to wear in the water.
Schneider is currently taking custom orders for the Solar Bikini on his website, Solar Coterie.
Jason Tesauro: The zeitgeist has really changed. We’ve seen an increase in a hunger for the return to civility and authenticity. Although I like to think of the first edition of The Modern Gentleman as having prefaced this renaissance, what started off as a trend has become more of a philosophical mandate… Now people are actually reading The Modern Gentleman instead of leaving it as decoration on their coffee tables. They want to better themselves. The trend, which started before Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and the term "metrosexual" was coined, is upon us as a critical part of our culture.
It's the next-to-last day in the Creative Loafing Holiday Auction for the benefit of The Children's Home, and it's a big one. Almost 20 items close today starting at 12 noon and continuing until 7 p.m., ranging from amazing gift certificate packages to concert and theater-ticket offers you won't see anywhere but here. This is the day to bid if someone on your gift list is a music-lover or a film aficionado, a coffee connoisseur or a gourmet foodie; you can even win an appearance on local TV.
Make your bids at cltampa.com/auction. And keep coming back, because the final batch of items closes tomorrow — including such hotly contested items as Lady Gaga tickets, a vacation anywhere in the world, and the cover of CL.
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 cltampa.com/auction, 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 #045: Family 4-pack and Christmas home tour at Bok Tower Gardens
Item #053: SideBern's Seasonal Tasting Dinner
Item #078: Indulge yourself and your BFF at Whole Aveda SalonSpa
Closing Mon. Dec. 13, 3:00 p.m.
Item #008: The ultimate Bucs party package
Item #024: Aerial Photoshoot by Aerial Innovations
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
#61: Be a celebrity bartender at 717 South
#79: A full underarm package from Pulido Laser Hair Removal
#80: His and her loungewear from Enchanted Beginnings
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.
Closing Thurs. Dec. 9, 12 Noon
Closing Thurs. Dec. 9, 2 p.m.
#36: Dinner and a show at Skippers Smokehouse
#48-51: All DVD packages: Ultimate TV, Sci-Fi, Summer Flashback and Kids
#72: St. Pattys 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)
Do I hear $16,000? $20,000? How about we double last year's total and go all the way to $25,000?
As of today at 9:30 a.m., Creative Loafing's Holiday Auction had pulled in $15,728.14 for The Children's Home. If all bids stand, that's almost $4,000 more than we raised in last year's auction and the items don't even start closing till the end of this week. (Check the auction page closings are staggered from Dec. 9-16).
How much we raise depends, of course, on the bidders. Are you waiting to pounce at the last minute with an unanswerable high bid? Good on you it's all for charity, after all. But while you're lurking waiting, consider the possibilities. We've got something for everyone on your holiday shopping list:
Jud the indie music junkie: He's a walking iTunes, a Pandora's box of musical knowledge. How do you give him something he doesn't have already?
The third annual Fall Arts showcase from the Square One art collective was held Saturday at the Ritz Theater in Ybor City. The theme this year was BERLIN!, a celebration of artistic freedom in a time of separation. It was a creative and performance arts showcase featuring great art, hot bands and a lively stage show. There were performances by Bella Danza, VYB Dance Company, Mighty Mongo and art from over 50 artists including sculpture, paintings, photography and wearable art.
Its safe to say that Tampa got a little bit more fashionable last Friday night at The Armature in Tampa Heights, where Fashion Week Tampa Bay hosted its third annual runway show featuring established and emerging local designers.
Filled with flashy Audis and all of Tampas well-dressed, The Armature building, a large vacant brick structure formerly the warehouse for Tampa Armature Works, provided a cool industrial backdrop to the stark white fashion tent where the runway show took place.
Once inside the tent, there was the undeniable sound of fashion buzz, as model-like creatures with red lipstick chatted with their business-suited counterparts, and dressed-up girlfriends with cocktails in hand looked simply excited to be a part of it all.
J. Cagua Swimwear hit the runway first with sexy swimsuits that were in-your-face Miami." Besides a beachy-glam green and-black one-piece that zigged and zagged in all the right places, we werent that impressed. We found ourselves more interested in the bright neon makeup and high ponytails with glow sticks attached like little barrettes, ready-made for an all-night seaside rave.
Nina Verklas designs for Bambina by N.V. started off with a male model in tight purple spandex shorts with glittery panels at front and back eye-catching, to say the least. For the rest of the collection, Verklas stayed true to her rocker-chic aesthetic with boldly cut dresses and bathing suits accented with chains and charm. Everything seemed to be well-made, and certainly wearable. It was easily one of the most retail-ready of the collections shown.
Helen Gerros funky, dramatic gowns were a bit much for our tastes. We got the concept, and actually liked the painted designs on luscious taffeta, but honestly wished the colors had been a bit more toned down. Who wants to look like a mango swirl popsicle at this years charity gala? The dress forms were absolutely flattering, but we were constantly confused by the conventional necklines and cheap ribbons that seemed to have been attached as an afterthought. If anything, we could call this wearable art.
We never thought pastels could be so naughty until Essence Flowers sent out a bunch of paper-thin jersey dresses so short we got a better glimpse of the Tampa Bay Bucs cheerleaders backsides than we usually do when they're wearing their cheerleading uniforms. The collection was as cute as the cupcakes who modeled it, and a crowd-pleaser bar none.
As promised, K. Hendrix showed a line of party-girl sequins that got a lot of eyes sparkling. Her adorable reworked vintage capelets were dangerously styled over bare tops and skimpy bottoms. They left us wishing we were as tall and beautiful as the models that were wearing them in order to pull them off. There were also a few tattered sequin dresses that, at first, seemed haphazardly put together, but then revealed themselves to be pretty little wonders.
Fashion Week veteran Pat McGhee also sent down some military-inspired runway looks, and Terri Funaro closed out the show with a bridal collection fit for your typical South Tampa socialite. Fashion Week Tampa Bay was uniquely Tampa, indeed.
Check out CLs Chip Weiners photos from the show here.
The runway fashion show, grand finale of the three-day Fashion Week Tampa Bay 2010, was held on Friday at the Armature (old Trolley Barn) in Tampa. The third annual community-wide event featured seven established and emerging designers. Proceeds benefit PACE Center for Girls.