Saturday, July 31, 2010

Shelby....The Vista

With rain looming in the distance, it turned out to be a lovely, oddly cool evening for an outdoor party. I admired the way this vibrant woman stood out in the crowd, so of course I could not ignore her. Shelby was a delight. Where did she find the dress, I asked. She had ordered it, she told me, from Boston Proper...and insisted I confirm her claim by examining the tag inside her garment. (I felt wildly improper doing so and reader, I did not mind that sensation at all!)

And those marvelous platform shoes, I somehow still had the presence of mind to ask.

"Can you believe it?" she said, "They're Coach!"

Friday, July 30, 2010

Michael....Main Street

I was already humming Noel Coward's "Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun" and sweating mightily, when I happened across this odd sight--a young man perched upon a fire hydrant.

Madness, indeed, I thought. Then I realized it was artist Michael Krajewski, a rather playful chap, but not mad in the least. He told me he was on the lookout for the editor of a woman's magazine, something named after an item of clothing, perhaps Bloomers or Capris or Hot Pants. I can't remember. At any rate, I was glad to see him, for as you may remember, my dear friend Millicent is a fan.
With Milli in mind, I asked him to pose so that we could take in his entire ensemble. He is rather the picture of cool, no?

Monday, July 26, 2010

Glove-Footed Runners....Riverfront Park

This morning, I encountered two women running in some interesting footwear, what looked to be rubberized gloves for the feet. I am, as you may recall (or perhaps you do not, which is quite understandable), a dabbler in alternative footwear for exercise. So I boldly stepped in front of them and asked to know about these foot gloves. My goodness, these vivacious ladies were a font of information.

One of them had just read a book called Born to Run. If you encounter someone who has read this book, perhaps you should quickly turn and run the other way. (I fear its readers have a spiritual experience and become the sort one tries to avoid at cocktail parties.)
If you do stay, however, you will learn about the practice of barefoot running, which the women say this footwear helps you approximate without the unsightly abrasions. Most intriguing to me is that the foot gloves come in a variety of colours--once again demonstrating that endearing human need to decorate even odd little utilitarian items like these.

I'm curious--do these shoe/socks represent a trend or a more permanent shift in running shoes? Do you know? Have you tried them?

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A Visitor....To Our Fair City

I returned from a two-week adventure (one that began with dropping my keys overboard, continued with a long trek from the waterfront, and only now concluded when a delightful gentleman who calls himself "Hell's Angel" gave this hitchhiker a ride home on his substantial scooter) to...what was I saying...oh yes...to find that my neighbour was hosting a charming out-of-town guest. She was rather bemused by her souvenir t-shirt from Columbia College.

She'd never heard of fighting koalas--nor, dear reader, had I. Who knew koalas were such a contentious lot? "Do you suppose they are fierce?" I ventured, admiring the way she'd made the shirt her own by rolling up the sleeves.

The darling young lady responded, "Oh yes, probably something like this....grrrr."

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Rize....Earth Fare

Indeed, I do believe I feel that heat wave moving south, but to look at Rize, one would never suspect that temperatures are rising. Despite the warm colours in her top and skirt, she appears as cool as the proverbial organic cucumber, no? I do love to see a woman wearing a hat!

A brief apology, dear reader, for my absence here of more than a week. I can only blame my passionate, burgeoning love affair--with the tango!