Wednesday, March 30, 2011


I spied this pretty young woman, en route from Columbia to Charlotte. I admired her large olive rucksack, the boots, well, all of it really.
And then, just as I was tucking my own phone into my pocket, I noted her colour-coordinated phone and nails.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Karina....Saluda Avenue

Karina was waiting for a table to be cleared at The Gourmet Shop when I approached her. The polite young woman feared she had taken a table I was waiting for, but not at all! I was merely admiring her grey dress and grey pumps; I wanted a photograph because she looked lovely. When I explained that I am a fashion anthropologist, she told me that she blogs about style at Fashion Slice. Indeed, I believe her latest entry is about this very dress.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


It seems, of late, that everywhere I go, people are either clad in purple, green or both. Last night, I attended a concert at the which nearly every other person was wearing purple. Above, you see pretty Leslie, who was attending a musical performance Saturday for which the colour theme was green. I liked her dress, which reminded me a bit of something Johnnie Boden might offer. Leslie told me hers was quite the deal, $2.99 at Old Navy. Her shoes she found at a shop in Asheville. It was an Irish-themed event we were attending, but the shoes (which I quite admired) put me in mind of my old days as a student of Scottish country dancing.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Merlin....Cock n' Bull

Millicent and I pedaled over to a neighborhood pub today, arriving just in time to encounter this gentleman, who was on his way out. Not only was I enchanted by the kilt, but such a name! (Oh and I do hope he said "Merlin" and not "Mervin," though one should never entirely trust my hearing. On the other hand, hearing such as mine plus an active imagination can make for some rather amusing conclusions, I must say!)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Courtney & Jordan....Gervais & Vine

What fun to spy these coats, all these buttons, and the two pretty women wearing them. Jordan, on the right, was certain we'd met before. She said I had photographed her because of another coat she was wearing: "You must like my taste in coats," she said with a glorious smile. I checked my files, and she was right.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Katie....The Gourmet Shop

I find it impossible not to smile in the presence of this darling young woman and this wonderful, cheery hair.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Dapper Gent....Arts & Draughts

Doesn't he look great? I've seen this young man walking along Blossom on any number of occasions, and he always looks so put together. Pleased to at last have a photograph--and I hope for the chance to snap other images soon!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Debbie....701 Whaley

I've noticed this beautiful woman many times, and she is always so well dressed. At last, I've had the chance to make her acquaintance. Debbie told me she's a tree hugger--innocent enough, still, a curious hobby, I thought. Then she explained: she works for the Conservation Voters of South Carolina.

I complimented her on her excellent fashion sense, and she told me something utterly delightful: "Sir, I don't really wear designer clothes." To prove her point, she rattled off the sources of this ensemble: tailored denim trousers from The Limited, Sam Edelman shoes, belt and shrug from Banana Republic. Then, she showed me the secret of her American Apparel shirt; it converts into a dress, which she likes to wear with leopard pumps. I do hope I have the occasion to see that.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Mardi Gras Parade....City Roots

Kristian had hinted to me earlier that he had a special ensemble ready for Saturday's Mardi Gras parade, the first such parade in Columbia's history. I believe this suit was worthy of the occasion. He tells me he found the purple suit in a store on Main Street, then embellished it with glittering Ks from Hobby Lobby.
While there were many great outfits--or shall we say costumes--I particularly liked this gentleman's clever use of an old ruffled shirt, which echoed the feathers of his mask. Quite handsome.
This young lady was simply darling and had on the most appealing shoes.

It's not every day that you see a headdress paired with yellow sunglasses. Michael's boa was made, not of feathers, but of plastic bags.
Here, Cindi presents the traditional Mardi Gras colours rather well, I think.
Oh, and these gentlemen. The fellow on the right has impressed me with his style before. I don't believe I've ever seen a sun visor worn so well as this. And the chap on the left later saved me from near-certain doom: during the parade, my kilt became caught in the spokes of my bicycle and he freed me before I could tumble into traffic.
Though I have many more images, I'll leave you with this one--the viking in the blue dress. Debi is adorable, no? I do hope this will be the first of many parades to come. It was quite the good time.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Christopher....Arts & Draughts

Christopher was put together in that wonderful way that appears effortless. While I admired his pairing the white shirt and pinstripe jacket with jeans, I was particularly taken by his hair and the pocket square. If you do not get the full effect in this photo, blame the photographer and the lighting. The gentleman was impeccable. I like his pose, above, but worry that his loved ones might prefer to see a photo of him with his eyes open.... I include this one, which though no better lit, gives you a better look a that pocket square.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Heather....Food Truck Mania

Who knew that the promise of smoked meats served from a truck in a parking lot would draw such a crowd? Certainly not I when I set out on my Dutch-style bicycle for a bit of lunch. But indeed, the thing was so well-attended that the food ran out while we were standing on line. Still, we unfed applauded for the chef and the success of his new venture, Bone-In Artisan Barbecue on Wheels. And we had a bit of fun in the queue--I getting the opportunity to photograph this lass who has a wonderful style, both playful and tough, not unlike Hong Kong Phooey. Above, Heather is striking her superhero pose.
And here, something more along the lines of the mild-mannered Diana Prince. I do love those shoes.

And, by the way, this wily chap got the last of the food.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Tim....The Big Apple

This handsome fellow was enjoying the company of not just one, but two gorgeous women. I must say, he looked relaxed but also quite put together; I wonder if I could attempt the same look and achieve similar results!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Russell....The Big Apple

If Russell appears to be a bit startled, that's because he was. I'd been lurking between easels at this photography exhibition, attempting to snap a shot without catching his attention--but my flash gave me away. I liked his lean look, in slim jeans and fitted shirt, and also the way his hair stood up in a ruff atop his head. Altogether, it was simple yet striking.

When I explained that I was trying to capture him in his natural state, Russell laughed, telling me that I'd had no hope of that. "My natural state is sleeping," he said. Perhaps if I had encountered him yesterday rather than Friday, I would have succeeded, since Monday was National Public Sleeping Day.
Since I had his attention, I asked him to allow me this closeup.