Monday, August 29, 2011

Ian....Tapp's Building

I met Ian outside the Tapp's Building, where he was surveying the windows on a Sunday afternoon. It seems the young man has been charged with designing one of them for First Thursday this week.  I was delighted by the way his graphic black and white ensemble seemed to match the building's--and I was quite taken with how he had twisted his moustache.  It made me all the more curious to see his window, which is at present still under wraps.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Eufren....Night Market

I always like this man's style and thought he looked particularly striking in his boots and cap. I bumped into charming Eufren at the All-Local Farmers' Market on Wednesday night (a new event for the community, I might add). He was eager for me to see his little friend....
 ...a tiny piglet with a most adorable pink nose.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Kymber....Columbiana Mall

I saw this adorable girl as I walked by a store, so spun about and went in to interrupt her shopping. The colours first caught my eye, but upon closer inspection, I discovered that she was also decked out in an array of fun, fascinating accessories.....
...including this pink backpack.  Don't you like her style?

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Rafi....Columbiana Mall

Rafi proves here, for me, it's not the items of clothing (your basic white t-shirt, denim, flip-flops) but how you wear them.  I do wish I'd taken separate photos of both his hair and his orange messenger bag, but alas, I was balancing a shopping bag and a giant pretzel at the time, so my capacity was limited....moreso than usual. Rafi told me he was visiting from New York and that he has a blog at Tumblr. Alas, again....I seem to have recorded the address incorrectly, so cannot link to it. Dear Rafi, if you happen across this post, I hope you'll add it.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Shannon....Columbiana Center

This young woman most definitely stood out at the mall's food court, so I had to ask about her ensemble. She told me it was theme day at the store she manages, The Body Shop.
The store's employees have decided to dress around a theme every Saturday. This Saturday's was a club theme. Grinning, Shannon told me her boyfriend had called her outfit a variation on the description of a mullet--business in the front, party in the back.  "He says this is gangster up top, party on bottom," she said with a big laugh.
Gangsters, parties, theme days and costumes aside, there's no denying Shannon's gorgeous smile.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Russell....All-Local Farmers' Market

I run into this gentleman frequently at the All-Local Farmers' Market, and on occasion, we've even shared a bottle of bubbly. I'm always struck by what a handsome fellow he is. He's typically dressed rather ruggedly, as if about to make the trek along Spain's Camino de Santiago. Today he posed for me with his pup. I rather like the squash, too, which reminded me of a pair of maracas.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Larry....Over-the-Top Hat

At a party brimming over with noteworthy get-ups, Larry's managed to be the noteworthiest. I'm not certain what to say about the shirt-jacket combination short of "indeed." The hat also needs explanation--and that I can provide. It's fabricated with scenes from the film "Shut Up and Sing."  The crown features shots of the Dixie Chicks. The brim is George W. Bush. Larry, who is with The Nickelodeon, had another film about which he wanted to chat: "Bill Cunningham New York."  I am more than a little excited to see that documentary, as you might imagine.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Debi....A Perfect Hat

 I was completely smitten by this hat. In fact, I admired the entire ensemble.....
...though the "party" lighting doesn't allow my poor camera to do the colour of the dress justice.  Having chatted with this young lady before, I do suspect the dress is a vintage find.  And indeed, I'd love to know more about that hat.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sleeve & Stripes....701 Whaley

The bold stripes first caught my eye but the cut-out sleeves were, for me, the most intriguing element.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Ruffles & Razorblades....Devine Street

While this woman admired a painting by Michael Krajewski at HoFP Gallery, I admired her ruffled white dress. The dress was delightful, as was the show. I particularly liked the tiny works Mr. Krajewski had painted on razorblades; I thought of them as variations on old-fashioned miniatures with, if you'll pardon me, an edge.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Shanika....701 Whaley

When I walked up to 701 Whaley on Wednesday evening, I was delighted to see Shanika perched on a windowsill--even moreso when I realized that she was wearing this extravagant, poufy, swishy white skirt. It was, she told me, the crinoline she wore with her wedding dress.
Later in the evening, I discovered her relaxing with a gentleman, the fellow who inspired her to don the crinoline that first time, I'm presuming.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Best Of....701 Whaley

I was quite fortunate to be a guest last night at a party to celebrate the Free Times's Best of Columbia issue. Party planners Flock and Rally had turned the space into a stylish carnival complete with photo booth. The photo booth (manned by my birthday twin Forrest Clonts) is where I found these two adorable young women in their bold print dresses.....
....and handsome Eric, who wears this hat almost as well as he wears overalls.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Lorie....Lincoln Street

Lorie's was a darling combination for a summer day. The t-shirt dress with hand-stitched applique she purchased this summer on a trip to Maine, the wedge sandals in Atlanta. And Lorie was sporting a Slap watch, always popular with readers of this blog.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Asymmetry....Arts & Draughts

Isn't it nice when the young people invite an old fellow to tag along? I attended this event at the Columbia Museum of Art on Friday evening and noticed several women wearing one-shouldered dresses. I found the dress above to be particularly elegant.
And this sock pairing made me smile.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Lucas....Main Street

Since I'm having a lazing-around-in-my-heliotrope-pyjamas sort of Sunday, I rather liked the idea of adding this image of Lucas to my blog. Lucas was strolling up and down Main Street in this striking ensemble, and he appeared to be enjoying himself immensely. But then, as I've noted here previously, the young man has a distinct style. Bravo!
I caught up with Lucas at the Tapp's Building, where I also photographed these bonnets. Yes, you read that correctly. These are bonnets like the ones worn by Laura Ingalls and Holly Hobbie--if Ms. Hobbie wanted to give off the appearance of having her brains devoured by an alien, I suppose.  The eyeballs are not lamps, but some kind of reflectors; the glow is my camera's flash bouncing back at me. I'd love to have one of these for Easter, wouldn't you?

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Jernell....Tapp's Building

Some people have a knack for putting things together. Jernell appears to be one of them. I like the vivid colours, particularly in this wilting heat.  Jernell told me most of what she was wearing is thrifted. Her glasses came from 20!20 Vision in Five Points.  I was also delighted to discover that Jernell and I have an acquaintance in common--this charming student of anthropology, no less.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Pa!ge....Tapp's Building

I was chatting with an intriguing chap, a charming and brilliant linguist from the university, when we both noticed the young woman in this floor-length dress. I was drawn to the floral pattern and the cut of the shoulders. He was mesmerized by her hair.  With his encouragement, I ventured forth to learn more.
Pa!ge (yes, that is how she spells it) was fascinating.  She was fending off the evening's Easy-Bake-Oven-like heat with a richly-hued fan. She'd procured this particular fan from World Market, she told me, for about $5.  A fan enthusiast (would that be a fan fan?), she likes to go to clubs to dance and finds a fan indispensable on those occasions.  The authentic 1970s frock was purchased at Hip Wa Zee in Five Points.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Katie Alice....Nickelodeon

This adorable woman was managing the impossible: with the mercury tickling 105 degrees, she looked effortlessly put together, and in long sleeves at that! I very much liked this floaty, patterned dress and the way Katie Alice was wearing it with a bit of blue in shoes and bag. We'd both arrived at The Nick to view a documentary about the New York Times, which turned out to be the story of some middle-aged men attempting to manage the impossible. I assure you, none were as stylishly dressed as Katie Alice.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Jazz....Hunter Gatherer

Indeed, jazz remains timeless--and cool, no matter how high the temperature may be out of doors on any night. I dropped by Hunter-Gatherer last week and was promptly invited to join a table full of attractive, intelligent women. My luck can be rather good, I must say.
I could not prevent myself from talking shop, try though I might. Amanda was wearing an intriguing striped top--horizontal stripes on top, vertical on bottom--and had cinched it with a wide brown leather belt. She picked up the top, she told me, on a recent jaunt to Manhattan.
I was so keen to know what these two were laughing about that I very nearly missed out on a delight a little closer to home; it seems a darling young woman, a fellow Brit I've featured on this blog before, was seated right at my elbow.  And at the table behind me, there were women in the most marvelous dresses.  Had I not been intimidated by their beauty and style, I would have insisted they stand and pose for photos. But alas....I had only the courage to snap my fingers and try to gin up a bit of hepcat aura about myself.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Traveler....The Maxi Dress

On a recent trip, I noticed any number of maxi dresses sweeping through airports and thought them quite sensible, really, a sort of wearable blanket, if you will. I particularly liked the print fabric of the dress, above, spotted in the Indianapolis airport.  I also spied this rather ingenious seating there....
I do believe that's my boyhood valise on the far left--or, perhaps its evil twin. At any rate, if you've wondered where lost luggage goes....
...this may provide one answer. (If you'll zoom in on those last two photos, you'll discover tiny people perched about. Curious.)