Friday, February 27, 2009

The Lady in Orange

I've learned at least one thing from my psychic: when one's aura glows orange, one possesses intellectual ambition and stubbornness. I also intuit in this one an easy, appealing confidence. When I inquired about her inspiration, she shrugged and said, "It's Friday."

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Olya...Harden Street

Olya, originally from Ukraine, was recently asked for her hand in marriage. No wonder the adorable smile.

Jacket: Sugarfly

Pants: Old Navy

Shoes: Puma

Monday, February 23, 2009

Top Hat....and Goggles

This dear young man told me the long history of his top hat and goggles, and I proceeded to misplace my notes. As best I remember, the hat is quite old. It once was run over by a truck. The young man meticulously repaired it. I don't know if you can make it out, but a photo is placed within the ribbon of the hat. The dear fellow told me it is a photo of his wife who died in a car accident. A touching memorial.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Sebastian...El Burrito

T-shirt: from a kung fu school he attended

Shoes: Lakai

Calculator watch: $3.00 from internet site (he'd always longed for one as a child; therefore, he treated himself to one as an adult).

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Monday, February 16, 2009

Tasa & Reid....Saluda Avenue

Before there was Penelope Cruz, there was Tasa. I fell for her first, but it's old Reidy who managed to snag her. As I may have mentioned, Reid and I are chums from those wild days in Madrid under Franco in the late 50s. We were introduced by no less than Ava Gardner. She, I recall, hailed from one of the Carolinas (at the time they were a vast wilderness to me. who knew I would one day reside here?) I was new to Madrid, and Reid tried to convince me that knickers and capes were all the rage. I don't recall ever seeing a single Madrileno in such a getup, but perhaps you have. Apparently, he is trying to perpetrate the same scam here. I love it....particularly the tasseled sock.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

Well readers, I must admit: at first glance, I believed this to be a heart-shaped bib. Then it occurred to me that if a bib, it is being worn by quite the busty infant. If you see this on a living, breathing female, do let me know how it looks--but feel free to omit all the other details. I fear they might be inelegant.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Mason...Woodleigh Road

I was quite taken with Mason's dress, but even more so with her glowing porcelain complexion. Her lovely locks and delicate features bring to mind a pre-raphaelite painting I once admired in the Louvre.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Nick....The Half and Half

Nick—one half of The Half and Half—Columbia's local design firm and silkscreen shop. I don't know if you can make it out, but a small flyer behind Nick states: "We are The Half and Half, the hottest thing to hit Columbia since Sherman. Yes, yes y'all." Quite witty, if I do say so myself.

Nick's chapeau transported me to a long ago snowy night in Leningrad. Vodka and caviar and...

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Denzel...Saluda Avenue

It would be entirely remiss of me not to post the standard uniform of the men and women living here at Fort Jackson. (Although Denzel is stationed at Fort Benning). The website Tate Online claims that the "word camouflage appeared for the first time in English on May 25, 1917 in the London Daily News, when it was used in this sentence: "the act of hiding anything from your enemy is termed 'camouflage.' " However, with further research, it seems the French army created a "camouflage division" in 1915. Camouflage is derived from the French word "camoufler" meaning to diguise. Ah, how I detest conceding anything to the French. (Exceptions made of course for Hermes, foie gras and the superb Eric Rohmer movie, Claire's Knee).

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


Kirsten bought her 1970's dress on ebay for one dollar. Her necklace is Avon, as in "Avon Calling." Seems the company had quite a successful line of jewelry throughout the 60s and 70s.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Wrist....and Watch

I met a very shy woman this afternoon who emphatically did not want her photo taken. She did, however, allow me a snap of her Hermes Cape Cod Double Tour. In my second life, I'd like to be born into the Dumas family. What vision, what savoir faire, what beauty, what quality of craft! The apex of class and sophistication.