Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Otis....Far From Home

Could it be? I cleaned and returned my monocle to my right eye. Indeed, the pose was unmistakable. My favourite music writer was, in fact, sitting in Starbucks in this remote corner of eastern North Carolina.  It's always a delight to bump into acquaintances from home when one is traveling, no? He was on his way to a family gathering, and I was visiting a farm family I got to know last Christmas during the blizzard of 2010.  Otis, who has built a signature look on hoodies and Vans, told me he rarely wears red t-shirts--so I took note.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Jean....Gift Wrapped

Jean looked as pretty as the package she was holding, in fact, prettier by my estimation. The woman has a wonderful, whimsical style--which I've captured before for this blog.

On this evening, she was perfectly adorable....right down to her red velvet clogs.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Jolly Elves....Hagood Street

One must admit there are benefits that come with wearing a red and white suit--chief among them, the opportunity to have a dish of a blonde sit on your knee and whisper her fondest wishes into your ear.  Oh my. 
The jolly old elf arrived at the party a few nights ago, accompanied by this pretty young elf--who looked very helpful in her green frock and red platform pumps. I do hope Santa and his staff found you and yours well this season. Cheers!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Trace....701 Whaley

I have long admired Trace's striking good looks and her fashion sensibility. Last night, I was able to persuade her to strike a little pose for me, in order to capture for you this tunic from Singapore and scarf from Bali.  Her ensemble was a veritable small world, no?  And she a good sport, to boot.
Trace also wanted me to see her bag, made entirely of hardware. It's from Hardwear by Renee.
It's quite extraordinary, down to its wooden base.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Sean....New Brookland Tavern

Apologies to any and all who had to wait for their ales on my account last night. Sean was working behind the bar at New Brookland Tavern, and I dearly wanted a photo of his fringed jacket.  Thank you, sir. The jacket is marvelous, no?

What is an older gentleman such as myself doing at a tavern on a Monday night, you are justified in wondering. Indeed, a charming young chap had asked me to attend a concert by, I thought I heard him say, Kristi Yamaguchi.  Who knew the skater could sing?  It was, however, another example of why my friends have urged me to get an ear horn.  I was going to hear Rachel Yamagata--and she was quite good. In fact, I am her newest ardent fan--though I have no idea if she can ice skate.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Anna....Five Points

With her boots and ethereal top, I thought this darling young woman was the very picture of bohemian chic. (It is a style, by the way, that I adore, for reasons associated with my days as a rapscallion, which I might be willing to discuss were you to treat me to an Old Fashioned).  How appropriate, it turns out, that she works at the boutique named "Bohemian" in Five Points.
She graciously held her arms out so that I could capture the shape of this tunic.  Then, to my further delight, she revealed that she and her Bohemian colleagues are regular readers of this humble blog. What an honour for me, indeed!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Janet....Devine Street

I met this beautiful, merry woman inside HoFP Gallery on Devine Street. We were both participating in the annual holiday stroll.  Janet's whimsical hat delighted me, as did the "under the sea" theme at the gallery, where owner Alice Perritt had outdone herself. One employee was dressed as a jellyfish, wearing a many-tentacled hat I'd like to own myself.  Upstairs, a decidedly fit young man was posing as scantily clad King Neptune.  And all around, the most wonderful fish sculptures by this artist--the reason, I believe, for the evening's theme.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Holiday Shopper....Earth Fare

What fun to look up from that blasted debit card swiping contraption and discover this lovely lady in line behind me. If I understood correctly, she had been part of a Christmas musical ensemble--and does not dress this way every day, alas.  (A rather delightful dash for groceries all around, I must say. I also discovered that now both Earth Fare and The Gourmet Shop are stocking one of my favourite American-made cheeses.)

Monday, December 5, 2011

Floral & Stripe....All-Local Farmers' Market

This enchanting sprite inspired coos of delight from the women I was seated amongst.  One of them noted and I agree: "She looks darling, and I'm sure she gets her sense of style from her mother."

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Tom....701 Whaley

I bumped into charming Tom Chinn at the All-Local Farmers' Market yesterday. He was reluctant to be photographed, saying he'd just rolled out of bed and tossed something on.  I thought he looked marvelous, perfectly attired for Saturday morning errands--and my admiration increases this morning as I loll about on my plush new mattress, an aptly named "Heavenly Bed." Indeed, at this moment,  just being dressed and out at all on a weekend morning strikes me as the height of ambition!  I believe I will stay put and finish reading Crossing the Heart of Africa, a fascinating account of the rather ambitious Ewart Grogan, who walked across Africa in the early 1900s.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Thanksgiving Traveler....Columbia Airport

I arrived at the Columbia Airport on Thanksgiving Day, returning from a quick jaunt south of the border.  While waiting for my trunk, I admired this woman's combination--a lush, furry coat and over-the-knee suede boots--finding it to be a most appealing travel costume. 
Yes, dear reader, while you were roasting your native bird and such, I was returning from a brief research mission to Mexico. Among my fascinating discoveries were these bar stools at my hotel's tequila bar--actual Western-style saddles. You might find the horn very useful if you are tempted to over-sample the local spirits. Do I say this from experience? Or perhaps from observation?
Back home in time to enjoy a delicious turkey dinner provided by a thoughtful friend, I ventured out for a walk later to offset my intake and discovered that there may indeed be royalty in the neighborhood--a rather British notion on an all-American day.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sisters....701 Whaley

While attending a party for Jasper Magazine, I was delighted to see a gorgeous woman in this bold striped dress.  But dare I trust my aged eyes?  Two? A lucky night, you must agree! These beauties are sisters and as it turns out, I had featured both Lorrie (left) and Ashleigh (right) on this blog before.  The dears encouraged me to make an appointment with a chap called Dr. Sketchy, though I insisted that I am perfectly well.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Shopper....A Curious Accessory

I've grown accustomed to seeing people shop with dogs in tow; indeed, today I spied a woman shopping alongside her Great Dane.  But this was new to me: a woman shopping with her bird.  It was delightful, really. When she needed to free her hand, she'd simply set the little fellow on her shoulder.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Sandra....Harden Street

If only every quest to purchase office supplies were this fruitful. And if only you could see beautiful Sandra in motion. I was mesmerized by the way this wrap and dress flowed. (I hope her iPad problem had a cheerful resolution!)

Monday, November 7, 2011

The Mix....711 Whaley

Fashion magazines are always making a fuss about the mix--by which they usually mean pairing a Prada skirt (or the like) with a t-shirt from Target.  It all seems rather less-than-inspired when one compares it to the mix orchestrated by this young woman. What to make of this ensemble--a lumberjack's shirt, a shiny skirt, and violet plimsolls--other than to say viva la mix!  Not only was I delighted by her melange, but I was also thoroughly charmed by her pretty auburn braids.  (Try saying "auburn braids" aloud three times, dear reader, and I believe you will hit upon a new tongue twister!)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Ginger....All-Local Farmers' Market

If you've ever ventured over to the All-Local Farmers' Market, perhaps you've noticed the fun-loving crowd that gathers on the veranda to sip bubbly. On occasion, I am fortunate enough to be invited to join them.  Saturday I noticed that Ginger, who always looks splendid, had paired a sheer lace dress with modest black top, leggings and boots.  Her handsome rascal of a husband told me she had hand-crocheted the dress--which caused Ginger to laugh heartily.
Once she'd regained her composure, she confessed to me: the dress was an inexpensive item she'd picked up at "one of those stores that caters to young girls."  I tip my hat to her for making an excellent selection!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Sally....Nana Bags

It made perfect sense to me that the designer behind Nana would be a winsome young woman, and her coat with the ruffled placket was nearly as adorable as she--and her bags.
Sally displays a knack for combining colour and pattern that made me wish I had enough style and confidence to carry one of these bags myself.  Instead, I found myself purchasing one for my old chum Millicent....
 Meanwhile, Sally told me that she had not hand-sewn her jacket--but rather purchased it from Urban Threads in Five Points.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Curious Pup....Florence

I am at last headed home after a rather long-ish series of trips and quite eager to spend some time in Columbia.  As I sit in the White Plains, New York, airport I have been reviewing some photos--and came across one I took nearly a month ago that I still find amusing. This insouciant Italian dog rather reminded me of that all-American canine, Spuds McKenzie.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Traveling Feet....Here, There, Everywhere

Work has required more than a bit of travel lately, and I've found myself in a bit of quandary when it comes to footwear. Do I choose style over comfort, as is my wont? Or do I show my poor feet a bit of mercy? I found myself looking at others' shoes in an effort to refine my approach. Above, you see a pair of charming yet sensible shoes that I spied trodding upon the Ponte Vecchio in Florence.
And here, a rather smart pair of two-toned brogues, worn by a gentleman on an airport shuttle in Philadelphia.
Indeed, the sneaker has been a standby for many an American traveler, and though I've shunned them in days gone by, I may have to reconsider. Above, you see a woman (who happens to live in Columbia!) riding the water taxi in Baltimore; I notice she'd smartened hers by pairing them with a blazer and snappy green phone cover.
And here, a young man from the Ukraine, napping on our train trip across Italy, looking rather fresh with his Addidas striped tennies.

I also encountered an American gentleman (and South Carolina resident) who'd toured three countries--Italy, Kenya, and the United Arab Emirates--crediting his complete comfort to his shoes, a brand called Keen. He also swore that no matter where he went, people stared at his shoes, as if they were the oddest footwear they'd ever seen.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Morgan....Columbia Airport

Oh  how I do appreciate a snappily-dressed traveler.  The sight of darling Morgan and her fabulous hat almost made my six hour wait yesterday at the Columbia airport worthwhile.  Indeed, I had to know more. Morgan told me she couldn't pack the hat, so wearing it seemed the best choice. I admired not only the topper but also the aplomb with which she wore it--as if wearing a hat to the airport were an everyday sort of thing--and well it should be!  Morgan had traveled to Aiken to visit her father for his birthday and to attend the steeplechase.  She was on her way back to Philadelphia.  Such a fortunate father he is, with this sparkling gem of a daughter!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Candy & Costumes....All Hallows' Eve Eve

I took these photographs about a month ago, while on a trip to Baltimore. They were part of a delightful candy store display. (I understand the franchise also staffs outposts in Dubai and Myrtle Beach.) The Halloween holiday weekend seemed a splendid time to post them.
They run the gamut from slightly naughty to sweetly girlish....
.....a solution to any last minute costume quandary as well as a use for excess trick or treat candy, perhaps?
If you have collected a preponderance of Twizzlers and gumballs, I can imagine seeing you out and about in something like this, even next weekend. Indeed, I hope so! (Apologies gentlemen, but the store only featured ladies' attire. Perhaps you might venture a fringed cowboy vest with the stuff.)

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Michael....Maple Street

While bicycling over to my friend Millicent's house last week, I happened across my pal Michael, who seems always to be up to something that causes this old gent's eyebrows to lift. This time, he appeared to be wearing a lady's suit jacket with 3/4 length sleeves--an item, he told me, he had in fact purloined from a woman's closet.  (Ladies, be warned--lock your closets if Mr. Krajewski is about!)
Not entirely pleased with my haphazard snapshot, Michael insisted on striking a pose, to better show off the ensemble. He told me he'd received a number of compliments (yes compliments, not comments) on the jacket--a look he thinks could catch on with young men around town.  We shall see!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Frog King Kwok....Installation

Perhaps if you crossed The Lizard Man of Lee County with local event planners Flock and Rally (the duo behind the Free Times Best Of festivities), you might get something like this installation I happened across while visiting Venice.
It was part of the Venice Biennale, and one of its chief features was the option for visitors to dress up in wacky costumes from a selection of items provided by the artist. Perhaps you will find inspiration for the upcoming costume holiday next week.
The entire display was the work of a chap who calls himself Frog King Kwok (though I find myself wanting to call him Hong Kong Phooey).  HRH Kwok has produced thousands of events around the world over the last 30 years.
Here's a photo of his logo, which does bear some resemblance to my favourite character....
...Hello Kitty.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Seasonal Palette....Main Street

Indeed, I loved the way this gorgeous woman was wearing the seasonally-appropriate combination of orange and black. She looked so marvelous....
 ...that I followed her down the street in order to get another shot.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

DJ Kingpin....Main Street

A reader submitted this photo, thinking I would like to add this t-shirt to my collection--and that reader was correct!  Apparently, Mr. Kingpin played a role in the Cola-Con event last month, helping to organize an afterparty that began well past this old chap's bedtime, alas.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Emilia....Italian Festival

I met this Polish-born beauty at the Italian Festival on Columbia's Main Street today. Grazie, dear Emilia, for pausing to pose.  Or perhaps I should say dziekuje (if only I knew how!).

Friday, October 21, 2011

Ian....Tapp's Building

I met Ian a few weeks ago, during a show at the Tapp's Building, and once again found myself thinking what a cyclical business fashion can be. No, I am not talking about the return of the Aztec print, though his shirt can make the case for it.  I refer to the accessory he's sporting--used for swatting unwelcome visitors long before the world invented handbags. That's right, the caveman's club.
There are many types of clubs in the world--the Japanese kanabo, the Irish shillelagh, and the Zulu knobkerry to name a few. Ian fashions his clubs from tree parts he collects, turning them on a lathe to give form--but at the same time, striving to retain their rustic knottiness.  Will these, perchance, catch on as the must-have item for Fall 2011?