Shopgirl: Wearable tech can be beautiful, too

WHAT’S NEW: Ringly, one of my favorite wearable tech companies, has a new selection of styles that you have to look at before making your wish list this holiday season.


One of the biggest drawbacks to much of wearable technology is that the aesthetics are not great – rubber wristbands, or at best uber-sleek silhouettes that don’t match everyone’s vibe. That complaint doesn’t hold water with Ringly, because these models are absolutely beautiful. Opening Night is an all-black version of the emerald-cut standard Ringly ring, with an onyx stone.

Dive Bar is tourmalated quartz, a kind of slate grey stone with a pewter-colored band. Wanderlust is labradorite, and Daybreak is pink chalcedony. These models range in price from $195 to $225. You can find them all at


WHAT’S TRENDY: Capes are everywhere this season, from knit poncho capes to wool structured capes that have a distinct military feel.

H&M has a great selection of outerwear this year that isn’t just ordinary coats and jackets, including a black wool-blend cape that would look good with anything from jeans to a cocktail dress. LOFT also has a wool-blend cape jacket that will fit in with any fall/winter wardrobe or with any occasion.


WHAT’S AFFORDABLE: Friends of the Aiken County Public Library are holding their Big One Day Book Sale on Nov. 14, with hundreds of donated, used books available at discounted prices. This sale benefits the library, and it will be on the first floor in the meeting room all day starting at 10 a.m.

This is a great way to expand your personal library while supporting a good cause – the main branch of the Aiken library is at 314 Chesterfield St. SW in downtown Aiken.