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Posted: Thursday, Jun. 07, 2012

Send your grad off in style

By Kiran Dodeja Smith
Published in: Graduation 2014

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It’s in the bag

College chics know that big backpacks are for books, but cute clutches are just the ticket for going out with the gals. Rush attendees will be green with envy at this monogrammable envelope clutch with a detachable cross-body chain. They are made of vegan (read: faux) leather and come in turquoise, brown, black, green, pink, orange and coral. $28.95; monogramming $8 extra for one letter or $10 for three.

Eliza B’s, 8038 Providence Road. 704-335-8550;

A must-read

Move over “Oh, the Places You’ll Go,” there’s a new book on the block. “5: Where Will You Be Five Years From Today?” is not a self-help or how-to book; instead it challenges the reader to take a close look within to see what he truly wants to accomplish. Take a chance. Go big. Make it happen. This book will help him realize he can do it all. $14.95.

Paper Twist, Specialty Shops on the Park, 6401 Morrison Blvd. 704-366-3100;

Handy and hands-free

Your graduating gal can phone home with this eco-friendly amp that requires no power. The Ozaki iCarry time2brick Amp sits horizontally or vertically and lets her listen to music or video chat, offering up to 15 decibels of amplification. It’s compatible with the iPhone 4 and 4S models. $34.


Cute catchall

From the dorm room to the bathroom, this big bucket can carry all the shower essentials. Or when it’s movie night in a dorm-mate’s room, the bucket can tote goodies to and fro. It can pretty up a place or even serve as a bucket for beverages galore (like, um, a variety of juices). The galvanized bucket comes in purple, lime green, red or pink and is embellished with polka dots; each handle has a grosgrain bow on it. $28, including personalization.

An Initial Impression, 1108A Union Road, Gastonia. 704-854-8130;

Kiran Dodeja Smith is a freelance writer and mom of four young children. Got a Fab Find for her? Email

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