Google unveiled the beta version of their new social network, Google+, the last week of June, and already there are an estimated 10 million people on board. There would be even more, but Google is keeping it invitation only.
The big question everyone is asking about Google+ is what makes it different from every other social networking site they already have to keep up with. The answer? It's...complicated. I'll be posting a more in-depth review sometime in the next few weeks, but here's a short one for now.
Between farmers market shopping, day trips to the beach and picnics with friends, everyone needs a good tote bag this time of year.
If you're shopping at a farmers market or somewhere you will be carrying loose produce or flowers, I suggest using a stiff, basket-style bag. The stiff sides make your tomatoes less likely to be smashed into ketchup, and also create a good place to stack cartons of berries or bottles of salsa.
There's a new store in town, and you're not going to find its contents anywhere else in Augusta.
Curvitude Boutique is a new downtown shop that specializes in plus-size clothing, but the accessories inside could fit into anyone's wardrobe. I saw a really cute straw clutch that would be perfect for weddings and outdoor parties this summer.
The instant cameras went the way of Family Feud last year, but you can still get the fun of instamatic photography to take with you on summer travels this year.
The Fujifilm Instax Mini is a sleek little instant camera that works a lot like a Polaroid, shooting film out the top after you snap a photo. The Instax also has four exposure settings to make sure your pictures aren't too dark or washed out.
Looked everywhere and still can't find the perfect gift? Try Etsy.
Etsy.com is a site that sells handmade and vintage items. Looking for a zombie T-shirt? Jackalope art? Unique jewelry? You can find it. There are a couple of ways to search for gifts.
One new way is by using the personalized gift suggestions on Facebook. After connecting to Facebook (click "buy") you can pick a Facebook friend for recommendations. Using the person's "likes," it gives various gift ideas.
Faux fur is making a comeback this winter, showing up on celebrities and mall store racks.
As a more divisive trend, much like the early days of jeggings (jean leggings), it can be a hit or miss depending on the item and how you wear it. I scoped the mall for a few good examples.
Now that December is here, it's time to start thinking about all the holiday parties you'll attend.
Because of the number of parties, it's difficult to not wear the same thing twice around the same people or in Facebook photos. With that in mind, I'm going to give examples of how less than $100 can be spent to create six outfits.
I'm assuming this is building on basics you already have in your closet.
Here are the items:
- Ruffle tier skirt, black, $26.50 from Old Navy
- Sequin striped cardigan, black or white, $34.50 from Old Navy