Shopgirl: Free Time2 app searches for gaps in your schedule to plan out downtime fun

There’s nothing like being surprised by free time in your schedule, but even better is when you know about the free time in advance and have planned something enjoyable.


Free Time2 is an app that looks at your calendar and lets you know when you have gaps, and even allows you to share those gaps with your friends. Scheduling fun has never been easier, and the app’s user interface makes it a visual pleasure as well. You can find Free Time2 in the App Store for iOS – sorry Android users, no version for you yet.


WHAT’S TRENDY: During Paris Fashion Week, street-style fashionistas were wearing a lot of full-length styles as seasonal transition pieces – maxi dresses, lightweight trenches and even capes.

The key to keeping it light and fresh (and not like an Arctic explorer) is to layer these pieces over textures, patterns or lengths that are reminiscent of warmer seasons. So, think mini skirt with a lightweight, floor-length trench or a maxi dress with a sweater pulled over it worn with boots.

It’s a great way to get more than just one season of use from pieces, and a way to keep from saying goodbye to your favorite warm-weather pieces just yet.


WHAT’S AFFORDABLE: The Georgia Literary Festival is coming to Augusta next month, on Nov. 7 at the Augusta University Summerville Campus, and it will be a can’t-miss event for anyone who loves books.

The event is free and open to the public and will honor authors Erskine Caldwell, Frank Yerby and Barry Fleming and feature works by a wide selection of Georgia authors.

The festival is supported completely by donations, and there’s a GoFundMe open to raise money for the event. Every dollar not spent on the festival will go to buy new books for the Augusta Public Library system. Every little bit helps, so I hope you’ll consider giving and go to