I dabbled in yoga for years, attending the odd class, telling myself I’d practice more, buying the cool yoga pants and wearing them to go get coffee — you know the drill. Only when I worked up the courage to attend a Mysore-style class (Ashtanga) at The BE did I find my yoga groove (What writer wouldn’t try a yoga studio named after a Walt Whitman poem?). Jade Skinner changed my entire outlook on yoga — Mysore is like having a personal trainer for yoga, and the self-paced nature of the class means I can take more time to get a pose right instead of keeping up with the rest of the yogis. As my yoga practice evolves, I’m taking more and more things from the mat into the rest of my life, too. They have a saying at The BE: Flow your own way. Jade’s class is how I flow. The Body Electric, 685 30th Ave. N., St. Petersburg. —CS
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Who would’ve known that we’d spend our mid-30s (and beyond) collecting buttons and pins for our lapels and guitar straps? Thanks to the comic book-inspired selection at Tampa’s Bronze Age Buttons and veteran local comics artist/musician Josh Sullivan’s wide variety of enamel pins both cute and snide, getting older (and throwing around our disposable income) never felt — or looked — so cool. —Ray Roa/Scott Harrell
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