Monday, May 30, 2011

Marcia....All-Local Farmers' Market

My eye went directly to this appealing young woman in the graphic skirt.  The bold stripes struck me as a sort of re-interpretation of plaid.....and she was simply adorable.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Alice....Farmers' Market

I had just viewed Bill Cunningham's piece for the New York Times about how this is the weekend for white to emerge when I met darling Alice. How pretty she looks...the white dress with the touches of colour....and the sunflowers from Floral & Hardy.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Cowboy Hat....St. Andrews Road

I have no idea who this gentleman is, but his cowboy hat makes an otherwise ordinary ensemble appear noteworthy, no? An historical note: the preferred hat among western horsemen, I understand, was the bowler....until a Mr. J.B. Stetson went out West in a hat of his own design.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Jahson....Five Points Post Office

As I waited behind this young man on line at the post office, I pondered the height of his knit cap: either it was stuffed with paper or he must have some quite fabulous hair encased in there. I do believe it is the latter. Jahson told me he performs with his reggae band, Jahson and the Natty Vibez. I frequently employ the adjective "natty," so I was thrilled to learn that it's also a reggae term.
Jahson also permitted me to photograph the back of his shirt, an image I did not have sufficient time to study while waiting. Congratulations to the gentlemen staffing the Five Points post office: the line moved much too quickly for that.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Museumgoer....Columbia Museum of Art

Ahead of me in the queue, I spied this attractive combination--black maxi dress, straw hat, and red bag--perfect Saturday afternoon museum attire.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sarah & Mimi....Saluda Avenue

These friends looked so pretty in their fresh summer dresses and sandals--and stood out among the Saturday morning brunch crowd, most of whom were clad in shorts and wrinkled shirts. I trotted down the sidewalk to compliment them: the adorable young women told me they'd just been to a graduation, else they might have been wearing shorts and wrinkled shirts themselves. After they walked away, I realized I had failed to ask which graduation--and if it were their own graduation they'd attended.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Melissa....The Fillmore

It seems I was confused. Invited by a young friend to accompany her to see Neon Trees, I assumed I was joining this outing to visit Darla Moore's gardens. Naturally, one would visit at night, to heighten the "neon" effect. Instead, to my surprise, I found myself at a music hall listening to a rather energetic band--and that's where I encountered Melissa and her marvelous vest.
She'd customized it in a number of ways, adding lace ventilation and a spiky defense system to the back.....
....and this patch on the side, which I took to be some sort of tree in winter. Darling Melissa, I believe I heard, lives near Aiken and is a huge fan of trees in day-glo colours. Or perhaps she meant the band on stage.

Thursday, May 19, 2011


I had just read that The Shop Tart was declaring this her summer of the caftan when I bumped into Barbara wearing a caftan-like top. (Perhaps we may call it a half-caf.) I thought her addition of a retro headband was particularly fun.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Jaime....Roller Derby

It was impossible to ignore this tall, striking, auburn-haired beauty and her swingy, striped jersey dress. To be perfectly honest, I felt a little shy about approaching her to ask for a photo, but she could not have been friendlier or more gracious. My companions and I later debated about which actress she most resembled. We, I believe, settled on this one.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Audrey....Roller Derby

I attended a roller derby match on Saturday evening, where I met many kind people including sweet Audrey, a skater who posed for this photo. Indeed, it was a night for ups, downs, and comic misunderstandings. I, for one, believed I was going to something more along the lines of the Kentucky Derby and while the attire worn for this derby was equally fabulous, I did stand out in my seersucker suit and bow tie. I could not have felt more welcome, however, since these derby fans were wonderfully friendly. Indeed, without their help, I might never have understood the rules.
Audrey is a member of the Columbia QuadSquad, a team that seems to be quite strong, and she goes by the name Beautiful Death. I regret that I did not note the other competitors' names in my jotter, for some were very punny.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Peg....S.C. Book Festival

I survived Friday the 13th to discover that Saturday the 14th was my lucky day. I attended the South Carolina Book Festival, where I was pleased to hear the charming Joseph Dabney tell his tales of mountains and moonshine. But it was bumping into the always-fascinating Peg, not corn liquor, that made me a little wobbly on my knees. Oh my.

Hoping to prolong the encounter, I insisted on a photo. Peg protested, saying she looked like her mother from the 1950s. But I rather liked the combination of crisp dress, oversized bag, and saucy red glasses. Though a tad tongue-tied as I found myself face to face with the object of my crush, I managed to ask: was the dress, by chance, from Brooks Brothers? Indeed, I was correct.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Sarah....701 Whaley

I was thoroughly charmed by this ensemble and particularly liked the way her sweet floral top dipped down in the back.
Cute Sarah told me she found that top at H&M. The wonderful shoes are from Target.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Edison....State Street

To be clear, I did not bump into Mr. Edison on the street and ask if I might take a photograph--though I do like his style. (This image comes courtesy of the National Archives.) But I am in Schenectady, NY--home of General Electric--where I will participate in a panel discussion about the style implications of retiring the old-fashioned light bulb (not to mention the secession implications, I understand, for the state of South Carolina). Indeed, when one has an idea in the future, will we place a curly florescent bulb over the thinker's head and wait for it to flicker on? I am waiting for my own light bulb moment as I struggle to formulate my answer--which I must do by morn.
To aid my thinking, I walked--by the restored Proctor's Theatre and straight toward $4 martini night at the local Thai restaurant. On their State Street, I happened by the most colourful shop window, filled with textiles and items from India. No light bulb has yet gone off for me, but I was rather de-lighted by these charming slippers.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Motorcycle Chap....Gourmet Shop

Even when I was a trim young man who enjoyed any reason to sport leather trousers, two-wheeled motorized conveyances were not my cup of tea. The truth? They terrify me, and no amount of Steve McQueen cool associated with them has enabled me to set that fear aside. (That, dear reader, is fear indeed.)

I am thrilled for others to zoom about on them, however. I was enjoying cafe alfresco at The Gourmet Shop when this gentleman rode up, and I snapped this photo from my table. I was mesmerized by the way his jeans were frayed plus the flash of silver on the toe of his shoe and how it seemed to match his motorbike.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Brigitte....Five Points

I don't know if we have the high price of petrol or the perfect weather to thank, but it's proving to be a glorious time for those of us who enjoy seeing a pretty bicycle. This woman told me she likes her Velorbis Dutch-style bike because it's skirt-friendly. I rather admire the Fat Frank brown tires and the basket, which she says is made by Cynthia's Twigs in Asheville and purchased from Cycle Center in Five Points.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother's Day...Houndstooth & Floral

This grandmother and granddaughter put me in mind of that Harper's Bazaar feature, "Fabulous at Every Age." They seemed to be having a wonderful time together.

Friday, May 6, 2011

High/Low....Garners Ferry

I'm a fan of those high/low features you see in style magazines. As one blog puts it, mixing high and low "brings democratization to fashion." Or perhaps not. At any rate, I love the mix and was delighted to happen on this example. It started with a conversation about the ballet flats.

LM: Are those Repettos?
Ms. High Low: No, from Walmart. Just $5. I bought them in every colour. They're great.
LM: And that bag?
Ms. High Low: From the dollar section at Target.
LM: Oh, but that watch...that surely wasn't a bargain.
Ms. High Low: No, I'm afraid it's Hermes.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Susan....Artista Vista

This artist works with fabrics and threads, so I suppose these fantastic stockings should not come as a surprise. Here's another look....
And here's a girl getting involved in Susan's latest installation at Artista Vista, an installation that included embroidered wedding veils...
If you care to see more photos of this and other installations, you can find some here.