Shopgirl: Dating app Bumble can help you make friends, too

Children pick up candy and watch the festivities during the St. Patrick's Day parade in Augusta Tuesday afternoon March 17, 2015. Michael Holahan / Staff

Popular dating app Bumble is taking its talents to BFF hunt – opening its algorithms to those of us who are interested in finding great friends as well as great dates.


Finding adult friends can be challenging, especially after a big move. This feature in the app uses the same location information, bios and photos features that the dating side utilizes (of course you can change them depending on which side you’re using).

Pretty ingenious, especially when you consider how many people wind up dating their friends. Download Bumble and look for the “BFFL” option.


WHAT’S TRENDY: Skinny jeans have been on the way out for some time, but you might not even know about the new trends in denim that have come to replace them.

Levi’s has a new shape that is straight leg but still high-waisted and fitted in the hips and thighs (they call it the Wedgie Fit), and is also cut more towards your ankle than a regular long hem.

Brands like Madewell and Mother are also dialing back the clock to the ’80s and ’90s, with a looser leg still fitted in the hips and thighs. Madewell’s “perfect summer jean” is a great show of this, especially in the light Fitzgerald wash.


WHAT’S AFFORDABLE: There’s no better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than to take in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in downtown Augusta.

The parade kicks off at 2 p.m. March 17, starting at James Brown Arena parking lot on Seventh Street and continuing up Telfair Street to 11th Street. The parade runs in a loop downtown up Broad Street and down Sixth, eventually returning to James Brown Arena.

The parade is put on by the Irish-American Heritage Society of Augusta, and is a guaranteed fun afternoon even if you don’t have a drop of Irish in you. Find more information at