Shopgirl: Take an early look at Westobou

Kevin Hart will perform two nights during the 10th anniversary of the Westobou Festival. SPECIAL

As October approaches, don’t forget to sit down with the Westobou Festival calendar and take note of events you want to be sure not to miss.

 

This year’s festival takes place over 10 days, celebrating the fact it has been bringing arts and culture to the Augusta area for a decade. It kicks off Oct. 3 and you won’t want to miss a single part of the festival.

If you have to pick and choose though, be sure to catch the free gallery hop Oct. 6, when a trolley will be running a continuous loop among six galleries and exhibits. Additionally, world-renowned comic Kevin Hart will be in town as a part of the “Fun” quadrant of the festival with two performances – at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 and 8 – at Bell Auditorium.

And as far as music, there are excellent chamber music performances scheduled throughout the 10 days, as well as soul music, and the headline performance by Allen Stone will be Oct. 14. There’s truly no way to do this full festival justice, so go to westoboufestival.com or drop by the office and gallery at 1129 Broad St. in downtown Augusta to learn more.

WHAT’S TRENDY: Uniqlo is a brand that I think is vastly underrated by most shoppers, especially those in towns the size of Augusta that don’t get to venture into big city shopping on a regular basis.

Uniqlo’s very reasonably priced basics and interesting designer collaborations make them a brand that is a little like H&M and a little like COS, but with a very distinctive Japanese/global take. Their latest collaboration is one not to miss – with J.W. Anderson, a British label that uses a lot of traditional British silhouettes and patterns, but adds a touch of extra detail to keep boredom away.

This Uniqlo x J.W. Anderson line has plenty to add to your fall/winter lineup, but there are a few standouts you’ll want to make sure to get. One of my immediate favorites is the plaid puffer jacket, using both Uniqlo’s tried and true heat technology and J.W. Anderson’s lovely plaids.

Another great one is a red cashmere oversized sweater dress, with a turtleneck and tiny knit bow ties at each wrist. The line is full of great outerwear, great knitwear, and some fun graphic T’s and sweaters. The items are available at Uniqlo.com, but I bet they won’t be for long.

 

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