Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Michael....South Edisto

I dropped by to see what this artist had been working on and discovered....
...that he was wearing almost as much paint as his canvas.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Olaf....Cock n' Bull Pub

I gather that Olaf is one of those delightful creative chaps, an artist who seems compelled to apply his inventiveness at every turn (as you can see here). His glasses provide a wonderful example: he tinted them himself using Rit dye. He has several of these DIY spectacles in various hues and told me he is a fan of rose-coloured glasses. "The world is harsh. These make it a little friendlier," he said.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Shades of Red....Drip Coffee

Rather than retreating to shade on a hot day, this gentleman met summer head on with these shades of red. I like his attitude!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Jenny....Drip Coffee

As if the new coffee shop in Five Points--Drip--weren't delightful enough, I discovered pretty Jenny and her maxi skirt gracing the establishment. I was enjoying a large cup of custom-brewed coffee when Jenny floated in.
Her look struck me as effortless and cool on a rather steamy day. The skirt was a recent purchase, she told me, found at another newly-opened business--Forever 21 at the Harbison mall.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Sarah & Dorothee....All-Local Farmers' Market

Two hats, two ruffled skirts--altogether, a darling picture for a Saturday morning. Sarah, holding the baby, told me it was a rare Saturday off for her. She entertains children at birthday parties, playing a character named Sarah Dippity, who as it happens, speaks with a British accent. Then, to my delight, she spoke in character! Serendipity, indeed.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Summer Skirt....All-Local Farmers' Market

This young woman had tossed on a skirt and top for a quick shopping run on a Saturday morning, not expecting to be harassed by a fashion anthropologist. (Indeed, who does expect such a thing!) I was taken by the vibrant colours, the feminine flair at the hem and steely grommets at the waist. It was a thrift store find, she told me, $5. That led me to wonder--which are the best thrift stores in Columbia for gentlemen?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Molly....80808 Gallery

Dear Molly often takes photographs for me, so occasionally I like to take a photograph of her. I thought she looked quite fetching on this evening and in a rather sweet old-fashioned way.

Monday, June 13, 2011


I was in Camden to see my pal Reidy, who informed me that the town now has a tequila lounge. Of course, I insisted we lunch there. We were sipping margaritas and exchanging insults in Spanish when this darling woman popped her head--and hat--over the booth to say hola. Indeed, I do not believe her name is Margarita. I fear that was the tequila talking.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Two Dresses....The Vista

Though my hearing cannot always be trusted, I did attempt to eavesdrop: I believe the woman on the right had purchased a painting by the woman on the left. The painting, I think I heard, was intended to be my favourite type of gift--a birthday gift to oneself!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Kirs....80808 Gallery

This young woman's ensemble intrigued me. I had never seen anything quite like it--and for good reason. Save the shoes and watch, she'd had a hand in making nearly everything she was wearing. The frock was a stretch of fabric she'd gathered up, pinned to a bra, and belted. Here's a closeup that shows a bit of that engineering....
The DIY marvels don't end there. She'd wrapped this lovely concoction of threads and buttons around her hair....
Then she removed her glasses to show me what may have been my favourite detail. She had replaced one temple with.....
....yes, a pair of bendy plastic drinking straws. Ingenious! As we chatted, Kirs told me she'd been featured on this blog before and I confess, my recollection was a little fuzzy. Reviewing my files, I discovered that she is right--though I think I might be forgiven, for the young lady looks rather different today than she did then.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Justin....80808 Gallery

This art show is entitled "Pretty Girls", but I thought the gentleman was quite handsome.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Jason....Main Street

After encountering this young man, I found myself wishing for a glass of prosecco.
Perhaps it was the shirt.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Pamm....Main Street

I introduced myself to Pamm outside the Tapp's building, where we were both taking a gander at a window with a live woman sitting in a bathtub. Though the scene in the window was intriguing, I found myself quite charmed by Pamm's ensemble (and do wish I'd had a steadier hand when I took this snapshot, though it is rather Maddie Hayes/Moonlighting in its fuzziness, no?).
Later, I discovered that Pamm was the artist who had created a series of paintings on display inside the Tapp's building, a series that included this work.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Blue Boots....The Whig

I went to The Whig to hear a country tune or two from this gentleman--and happened upon these wonderful blue cowboy boots. Fortunately, I had the presence of mind to see who was wearing them....
....a pretty young woman in a fresh white dress.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Jaylene....All-Local Farmers' Market

A steamy morning at the market, but Jaylene looks beautiful in her floral maxi dress. I like that you can just see a hint of her red sandals peeking out beneath.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Umbrellas....A Dark & Stormy Night

I welcomed the few raindrops that were falling last night, delighted to see these sweet umbrellas unfurl, blissfully unaware of what was in store for us as the evening progressed. I do hope these ladies fared better than the trees (and cars beneath them) in my neighborhood.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Lucas....Tapp's Building

Lucas not only looked marvelous--but he designed the artwork in the window behind him, one of the windows in the Tapp's building that faces Main Street. After we chatted, the young man graciously gave me a tour of the emerging arts center, including a peek into his studio on the lower level.