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Josie Maran’s sunscreen not only protects against sun damage, but repairs and reverses damage already done to your skin. Find it at Sephora or online at JosieMaranCosmetics.com starting at $14.

It wasn’t too long ago I was begging for warmer weather, but now when I step outside I’m reminded what a double-edged sword Augusta summers are. Let’s dwell on the positives, though, and list some beach weekend must-haves.

You won’t go to the beach without getting sand everywhere that you don’t want it, but with smart preparation you can have as little as possible. One way to do this is by laying out a beach blanket underneath your towels, bags and coolers.

Land’s End – people who know how to do the beach right – sells a velour beach blanket measuring 78 inches by 70 inches that will give you ample room to stake out a beach HQ and keep your water bottles less gritty.

If you believe everything you read, it seems like even good things are supposedly killing us – like sunscreen. That’s right, some environmental groups are saying traditional sunscreen might be doing more harm than good.

I’m no tree hugger, but I’m a sucker for anything that says “mineral” or “all-natural” if there’s a shadow of doubt in my mind about a product. Josie Maran’s daily sun protection, using argan oil to create an SPF of 30 or higher, is a great all-natural alternative to slathering on the white greasy stuff.

Josie Maran’s sunscreen not only protects against sun damage, but repairs and reverses damage already done to your skin. Find it at Sephora or online at JosieMaranCosmetics.com starting at $14.

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Disposable cameras scattered all over wedding receptions killed two birds with one stone in the days before cameraphones – entertaining guests and giving the happy couple candid shots of a reception they were too busy to really take in. With the advent of Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and the iPhone, guests don’t need disposable cameras to take photos of your reception (and sometimes even the ceremony, horrors!).

The problem with digital media is tracking down the photos and videos after the event is over. Your wedding reception photos might not merit space on someone else’s shrinking iPhone storage space; how do you grab that photo your official photographer missed of your sister face-planting to grab the bouquet?

Wedding Snap is an app for iPhone and Android that allows guests to take photos and video of your event and directly uploads the content to an online album where you can immediately access it. Starting at $65, you get unlimited online storage for up to one year to download, share and print any photos you want out of the ones your guests upload.

Those without smartphones can upload photos from a computer. For more, go to Wedding-Snap.com.

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Artist Bob Trotman has a sculpture exhibit at Morris Museum of Art titled “Office: the noir narrative of life at the office.” The exhibition opened in April and runs until mid-September. The artist will be discussing his point of view and inspiration for the installment at a lunch lecture June 15.

Trotman works with wood, terra cotta and other mixed media to create humorous, absurdist human sculptures. Reservations for the lecture are due June 13; tickets are $10 for members and $14 for nonmembers.

Lunch will be catered by A Catered Affair. Call (706) 724-7501 to reserve your place or for more information.

Learn more

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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