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5 minutes with Don Me Now owner Danielle Evans

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StaffTBO Seen

Danielle Evans describes her style as “modern with vintage soul.”

As a professional stylist and owner of Don Me Now Boutique, her mission is to help others find and embrace their style.

While pursuing a career in advertising, Evans decided to leave the corporate world to follow her passion for fashion. In 2013, she opened Don Me Now with an objective of helping her clients build confidence and develop a unique personal style.

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Cuteness Alert: Playful cheetah cubs at Busch Gardens are the most adorable thing you’ll see today

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

They wrestle, they chase each other, they stare wide-eyed into the camera.

These adorable 12-pound cheetah cubs belong to Busch Gardens, and even though they were born on Nov. 22, the park just announced their birth Tuesday.

Their names are Tendai, meaning “thankful,” and Thabo, meaning “joy.”

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Oscars delivered outstanding musical selections and uplifting speeches, but jokes fell flat

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Amanee K. CabbagestalkSpecial to TBO Seen

The often-lackluster 87th annual Academy Awards show was saved by extraordinary musical performances and inspiring acceptance speeches.

This year’s show was criticized for the lack of diversity. No women were nominated in the directing and writing categories and all 20 of the acting nominees were white. Thousands of people boycotted the awards after the trending topic, “#OscarsSoWhite” went viral on Twitter.

Host Neil Patrick Harris didn’t deliver with bad jokes including the statement, “Tonight we celebrate Hollywood’s best and whitest, sorry… brightest.” He also directed jokes at black actors in the audience, including Oprah Winfrey, Octavia Spencer and David Oyelowo, which fell flat and received few chuckles.

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2 new indie-style markets now open in Tampa

Published:   |   Updated: February 23, 2015 at 11:16 AM
Richard MullinsTribune Staff

These are great times for fans of funky, crafty marketplaces in Tampa.

Besides a slew of weekend, pop-up farmer’s markets, at least two new food and craft markets are now open, one in Ybor City and the other in Seminole Heights, and both are offering a quirky, ultra-indie ethos alternative to shopping at the mall.

Scented candles, locally made hot sauces, re-purposed furniture, and jewelry made of mechanical watch parts. It’s a dream come true for the hipster-jeans wearing, NPR-listening, weekend market prowling alternative shoppers out there. Throw in a few finely honed handlebar mustaches and some craft beer made nearby, and you have an eruption of local hipness.

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Oscar nominees offer thoughts on host Neil Patrick Harris

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The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — If Neil Patrick Harris’ nerves are running high as a first-time host of the Academy Awards on Sunday, he need look no further than the night’s nominees for a friendly face. Here’s what they had to say about the multitalented entertainer taking the Oscar reins:

• “I think he is a triple-threat. He’s such an amazing singer, performer. He’s so multi-talented. I’m really looking forward to it. He was on Broadway. He’s a spectacular man.” — Best actor nominee Eddie Redmayne of “The Theory of Everything.”

• “He’s a class act who knows how to be funny in a very dignified way, and also very irreverent. He’s an incredible showman, and that’s always been part of the Academy Awards... He’ll be unique and special as the actor, performer and artist that he is.” — Laura Dern, nominated for best supporting actress for “Wild.”

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#BeSeen photo gallery: Children’s Board Be Mine gala

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Guests at the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County’s gala, titled “Be Mine: There’s No Place Like Home,” traveled to the Land of Oz on Feb. 12 to benefit the Heart Gallery.

Outdoor heaters at Palma Ceia Golf & Country Club helped keep 450 guests warm as they dined on barbecue, fruit, coconut shrimp and carved beef and participated in a silent auction with sports tickets, jewelry, home decor and more.

Guests were greeted by Dorothy, witches, flying monkeys and plenty of Munchkins. Decorations included a field of poppies and a hot air balloon for photo opportunities.

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#BeSeen photo gallery: Women’s Leadership Award luncheon

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Stephanie, Karen and Gordon Davis glowed with admiration for their mother Feb. 11 at the inaugural Helen Gordon Davis Waves of Change Women’s Leadership Award luncheon at the Crowne Plaza Tampa Westshore.

The former state senator, who was unable to attend, founded the Centre for Women in 1977 to help women in the Tampa Bay area succeed both personally and professionally. The organization’s board has voted to change the organization’s name to The Helen Gordon Davis Centre for Women.

Women’s rights activist Gloria Steinem was presented with the first Helen Gordon Davis Women’s Leadership Award. She praised Davis’ many achievements and asked the audience to carry on by finding ways to work together.

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#BeSeen photo gallery: Zoo hosts Wild at Heart

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Valentine’s Day brought out the beasts at Lowry Park Zoo for the annual Wild at Heart dinner and animal encounters.

Almost 450 guests attended during the two days of the event, Feb. 13 and 14. They dined on spinach salad, seared salmon, grilled beef flank steak, asparagus and “wild” berry Napoleon while learning about animal behavior.

Guests enjoyed the candid conversation with the zoo’s animal ambassadors about unique courting rituals in the animal kingdom, said Steve Riddle, the zoo’s director of events.

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#BeSeen photo gallery: For the Love of a Garden

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“Love in the ’60s” was the theme of the Tampa Garden Club’s annual For the Love of a Garden Valentine’s Day dinner, dance and auction, held Feb. 14 at the club on Bayshore Boulevard.

Joanne Frazier was the honorary chair, and Tampa Federation of Garden Club Circles Inc. President Kitty Wallace served as event chair.

The event featured a New Orleans-style dinner and open bar catered by Roux, and guests danced to ’60s music. Auction items included two tickets to the Masters golf tournament, dinners at Ulele and the Epicurean Hotel, beach and mountain getaways, and gift baskets donated by area garden circles.

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Who’s playing the Big Guava Music Festival May 8-9?

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TBO.com staff

The Big Guava Music Festival has announced the lineup for the multi-stage event running May 8 and 9 at the Florida State Fairgrounds.

Friday, May 8 will feature headliner Pretty Lights along with Passion Pit, Ryan Adams and Awolnation. Saturday, May 9 will be headlined by The Strokes, with the Pixies, Hozier, TV On The Radio and James Blake also performing.

Promoter Live Nation also announced plans to begin sales of single-day tickets for the festival starting Friday, Feb. 20. Single-day tickets will run $50 for general admission on Friday and $65 for general admission on Saturday. Those prices will increase by $5 on Feb. 27 at 10 a.m.

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