Shopgirl: Waterproof cases, Target and Neiman Marcus, and Young Friends of the Augusta Ballet

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The Scuba Suit for the iPhone protects the device and allows it to shoot photos in up to 15 feet of water.  PHOTOJOJO.COM
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The Scuba Suit for the iPhone protects the device and allows it to shoot photos in up to 15 feet of water.

We all want vacation photos, but taking your smartphone or camera to the beach or poolside is a nerve-wracking experience. Water damage is rarely covered by warranties, and the choice between possibly having to buy a new phone and getting photos of your sand castle usually ends in no photos at all.

To the rescue comes the iPhone Scuba Suit from PhotoJojo.com.

The Scuba Suit is only $60 and is 100 percent waterproof. The screen is still totally usable, just as if it were caseless. You can take your iPhone up to 15 feet under water in the case, and an optical-grade lens cover keeps your camera producing crisp, sharp photos.

Another great water case is the Lifeproof, with many of the same features as the Scuba Suit.

The Lifeproof store (at Lifeproof.com) also carries waterproof headphones so you can listen to music while floating in the pool or swimming in the ocean. This case is $79.99, a lot cheaper than the hundreds of dollars you would have to spend to replace a water-damaged iPhone.

WHAT’S NEW

What do Target and Neiman Marcus stores have in common? Maybe not too much on the surface, but the stores are leveraging each other’s strong suits in limited-time collections until Dec. 1.

This cooperative effort is reminiscent of Target’s designer collections such as Missoni and Jason Wu, but this time it’s a two-way street.

Not only will Target get to carry pieces with big names on the tags, but Neiman Marcus stores will carry pieces significantly more affordable than their typical inventory. They’re hoping to lure new shoppers who ordinarily wouldn’t have considered them a shopping option at all.

A lot of the details are fuzzy, but it’s a little comforting to see that even Neiman isn’t immune to our challenging economy.

WHAT’S TRENDY

The Augusta Ballet is looking for young Augustans (ages 21-40) who want to support the ballet and enjoy it all season long.

The Young Friends of Augusta Ballet is a membership option that allows young professionals to support this art form for only $150 and get a long list of perks.

A Y-FAB membership gets your name listed in all playbills of the season; your name listed on the Web site; two complimentary reservations for Bike for the Ballet and the post-celebration; two complimentary tickets to a season performance; and discounted tickets to all season events.

For more information, go to www.AugustaBallet.org.

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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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