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The shiniest new thing in wedding planning is a site called Lover.ly, an online treasury of photographs ranging from flowers to frosting. Lover.ly was created in October but underwent a pretty redesign last week and is now a clean, organized and monitored wedding-only version of Pinterest.

The site’s interface is elegant, and the treasuries are searchable by keywords, colors, categories, featured, popular images and more. Like Pinterest is supposed to work, users can get back to a photo’s original host blog by clicking on it.

Go to Lover.ly to create an account and start your own “bundles” (like Pinterest’s boards). In an improvement over Pinterest, the bundles remain private unless you choose to make them public (read: no more annoying idea stealing!). Users are not able to upload their own photos because the creator, Kellee Khalil, wants to keep the site “searchable and beautiful.”

WHAT’S AFFORDABLE

Start planning now for Midtown Market’s First Thursday on May 3. As always, a featured artist will be present and a local charity will benefit. Textile artist Annemarie Kipar will be displaying her Ikat fabrics, European chintz and Tibetan double brocade wall hangings. Kipar makes her home in Bali, Indonesia. The charity of the month is Friends of the Library.

Food, wine, live music and special sales run from 5 to 8 p.m. at Midtown Market on King’s Way in Summerville.

WHAT’S TRENDY

Neons have been slowly seeping into just about everyone’s spring and summer collections. For those of us hesitant to work in the blinding shades, there’s a way to catch this trend without looking like a walking highlighter.

The most important thing when wearing a color is to make sure it’s a good match for your skin tone. Like any other color family, neons run the gamut in warmth. They have the potential to make your skin glow – don’t let them overpower you.

I have seen some people go all out with neons and pull it off without hesitation. I’m much more comfortable using them as accent shades – a skinny neon pink belt takes a beige outfit from zero to60. J. Crew is one of my favorite lookbooks for how to tastefully incorporate neons. If you want to just dip your toe in the water, Target is selling a great line of neons that fall in the $20 neighborhood. Bags, clutches, belts, hats and slip-on sneakers can all add a little punch to your summer looks.

Read Staff Writer Gracie Shepherd’s Shopgirl blog on fashion and bargain buys, at augustachronicle.com. Reach her at (706) 823-3217 or gracie.shepherd@augustachronicle.com.


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