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WHAT’S TRENDY

Trendy might not be the right word, but you’d have to be secluded indeed to miss out on all the buzz about downtown happenings and First Friday in particular.

This Friday, a bunch of downtown diehards have organized Get Down Down­town, a family-friendly event aimed at bringing people out to kick back with their fellow Augustans.

Starting at 5:30 p.m., there will be free performances on the Augusta Com­mon by the JAMP Mas­ters, Folly and Tara
Scheyer & The Mud Puppy Band.

After those three perform, three more groups will perform in Jessye Norman Ampitheater: Bloodkin, Stewart & Winfield and Funk You.

Music will be right there on the river starting at 8 p.m., and Brown Bag Food Truck will be around as well. Admission is $12.

Nearly 400 people have said they’re coming, according to the group’s Facebook page.

No matter how you feel about the situation downtown, this is a great way to have fun on a Friday night and promote unity among all of us who call the CSRA home.

WHAT’S NEW

Tribal prints are everywhere, and I’m looking for this trend to transition well to fall and back to school.

The geometric shapes and earthy/neon color com­bos have me hooked, and you can find them on everything from silk blouses to platform sandals.

Piperlime.com is selling a beautiful sheer tunic made by Collective Concepts that could look great with denim shorts and then black pants when the weather cools. Aldo is selling a great pair of heels that comes in olive green and pink tribal prints.

Even if you tend to gravitate towards softer looks, don’t be shy about working some of these prints into your closet. They can make a boring outfit stand out without making you look like a walking piece of modern art.

WHAT’S AFFORDABLE

The worst part of graduating from college wasn’t having to find a job, it was giving up all my student discounts.

The technology/electronics companies bend over backwards to make sure a student carries their products around campus, from Apple to Best Buy.

Apple is awarding $100 back-to-school gift cards to all students, faculty and parents buying for students who buy a Mac computer. If you buy the new iPad, you receive a $50 gift card. The cards can be used to buy music, apps, books or movies – a great deal with many college textbooks available for iBooks.

Best Buy awards $50 gift cards to students purchasing iPads and takes $100 off the price of new Apple computers for students, but also has a promotion that will excite parents and teachers much less than students. For every Windows laptop purchase of $699 and up, Best Buy will give you a free XBox 360 console.

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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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