Shopgirl: Trendy luggage, Easter celebrations, decorating for Masters renters



It’s not too early to start thinking about what to get the graduates on your list this year. Luggage is a very convenient option, and I just love how easy it has become to find bright, unique pieces without breaking the bank.

My current favorite is a Tokyo luggage company named Hideo Wakamatsu that sells incredibly fun luggage that is built to last.

The Jelly Bean is a hard, carry-on size rolling suitcase that comes in neons, jewel tones and pastels. Ranging from $160 to $200, this is a gift that they’ll enjoy and use for years. Find them at


Easter is next Sunday and if you observe Holy Week, there are a few community events that might interest you.

• Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church is having a Maundy Thursday service featuring John Rutter’s Requiem, accompanied by scripture readings.

The musical work will be performed by the Reid Memorial Chancel Choir and a chamber ensemble featuring members of the Lyra Vivace Chamber Orchestra and organ. The service is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on March 28.

• On Good Friday, the South Augusta Pastors Alliance will hold a Way of the Cross Walk in remembrance of Jesus Christ’s walk to Calvary.

The walk begins at Burns Memorial United Methodist Church on March 29 at 10 a.m. and ends at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.


I’m sure you’ve already made major pre-Masters improvements to your home, but in case you’re looking for some ways to amp up the charm for tournament renters and don’t want to hire a construction crew, I have some expert tips.

Augusta interior designer Wesley Cadle says to start by cleaning and decluttering your home. Don’t feel like you have to make your home feel sterile, but remember that your guests don’t want to see your shampoo in the shower or a ton of family photos all over the house.

“Clutter makes a house feel small and claustrophobic while personal belongings take away from the hotel experience,” he says.

After everything is clean enough to eat off of, finish the overall effect with a few luxury items such as special soaps, high-quality towels and comfortable pillows and throws.

“It’s all in the details,” he says.