I grew up in the Augusta area, living in Waynesboro for as long as I can remember. I went to college in Indianapolis, interned at the Chronicle over summer and Christmas breaks, and landed a job as sports clerk the summer after I graduated. Eventually, the sports job turned into writing for the business section and now I report on local business happenings as well as writing for the Shopgirl column/blog.
Posted June 3, 2011 04:22 pm - Updated June 3, 2011 04:24 pm

It's officially summer

 Remember Polariods?

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.

I took my Instax on a trip last spring, and there's just something special about recording adventures on a credit card-sized piece of film you can watch turn into a charmingly grainy likeness of you and your loved ones.

You can get your own Instax Mini from several online retailers. On Amazon, you can find them for $68, and 20 film exposures for about $14. 


With temperatures in the 90s, it's safe to say summer is all the way here.

Yellow is a color that shouts summer, and it can bring a shot of excitement to an outfit that otherwise might be a little boring. I found a great slim yellow leather belt at Gap for $29.50, and I plan to wear it with dresses throughout this summer.

If you're worried wearing yellow will wash you out, the most important thing to be mindful of is whether your skin tone is warm or cool. If the veins on the inside of your wrist look bluish, you have cool undertones and you should stick towards shades of yellow that are either primary-color yellow or have green tones. If the veins are greenish, shades of yellow that have orange or peach undertones will flatter you the most.


Summer is the best time for outdoor concerts, and there are several coming up this week that won't break your budget.

On Sunday at 8 p.m., the Reggie Sullivan Trio will play in the Candlelight Jazz Series on the Augusta Riverwalk. The concert will be on the stage at the Eighth Street bulk head, and admission is only $6. Bring your own chairs and a picnic.

On Monday, the Hopeland Gardens Summer Concert Series will host Maureen Simpson and the Aiken Choral Society. Simpson is the current music director for the society, and was trained at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. The concert is free and will begin at 7 p.m., but make sure to bring your own seating.

On Tuesday at 8 p.m., the Appleby Branch Library on Walton Way will be hosting Hotlanta Dixieland Jazz as a part of their "Evenings in the Appleby Garden." This concert is free as well, and organizers say to expect "a lot of jazz, a bit of blues." Some seating will be available, but bring a blanket or chairs just in case.