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ShopGirl: Fall looks, app for notes and a show at DuPont Planetarium

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School is just now starting back, but fall styles are already popping up places. From what I’m seeing so far, we can expect a lot of animal prints, bright graphics and textured fabrics as the temperatures drop.

Target and H&M are good lookbooks to glance through for a gauge of what “real people” will be wearing each season, because they aren’t selling just to fashion magazine editors. In Target’s fall collection, I noticed a lot of asymmetrical hems and florals that were graphic but edging away from neon. I’m not a fan of the grunge look, so I’m hoping the clunky boots in the photos were just an editor trying to stay “edgy.” In H&M’s fall collection photos, there were a few metallic pops of color punctuated with a good amount of leather. Still a lot of menswear detailing, but moving toward exaggerated structure (read: shoulder pads) instead of the Americana feel of last fall.

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I hope I never stop sending real thank-you notes after big life events, but the Red Stamp app is a great way to cheat a little when the event is small enough and my life is busy enough that the notecard and envelope thank-yous just won’t be happening.

Red Stamp has tons of templates for cards that say thank-you, congratulations, I love you, happy birthday and more, all personalized with your photos and exactly what you want to say. Once you are done with the card, you can text, e-mail, tweet, facebook or instagram it to whoever you want to see it. If you really love the note, you can even mail a paper postcard. If you are having trouble coming up with the right words, there’s even a prompter fueled by modern etiquette experts.

The app is free, and there are more than 400 templates to choose from.

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The DuPont Planetarium at the University of South Carolina Aiken will hold its last Follow the Drinking Gourd public show Aug. 25, using constellations and songs to paint a vivid picture of how slaves escaped along the Underground Railroad into Canada.

The show is a Digistar Virtual Journey, with fast-paced motion and expansive digital projection. Hear how the words of the song Follow the Drinking Gourd provided clues to help the slaves. You’ll follow one family along a treacherous journey to Canada, sing along with the song and learn what the Drinking Gourd actually is.

Tickets start at $3.50 for children and $5.50 for adults. Go to www.rpsec.usca.edu/planetarium for more information.


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