Saturday, September 24, 2011

Debi....Night Market

Debi and I were both having dinner at the Wednesday night version of the All-Local Farmers' Market (where one of my favourite aspects is the opportunity to spend time with friends without having to plan anything).  I thought she--and her silk floral dress--were a knockout!  I was a little surprised to learn it's a Lilly Pulitzer dress from that cheery boutique on Devine Street.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Eco Couture....ATL

As you may know, I am a tremendous fan of the Columbia Design League's annual recycled trashion show, Runaway Runway. So I was thrilled to happen upon this exhibit of Eco Trash Couture while scurrying through the Atlanta airport. The dress above is made of Target bags....
....and was shown with this amusing coordinated headpiece.

This suit, an homage to the golden era of the flight attendant called "The Environmental Steward-ess", is rather wittily constructed from the pleather hides of discarded Delta airplane seats. The cape is made of those handy laminated safety instruction cards. There are a number of other striking creations, as well, all designed and assembled by Nancy Judd

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Allison.....701 CCA Gallery

This adorable volunteer was there to greet us when I dropped by the gallery with two dashing artist friends in tow. They were insisting I view the current exhibit, Triennial Revisited.  I was, as you might imagine, just as eager to view more closely Allison's ensemble. Her scarf, she told me, was a gift from her mother. The boots she snagged at Forever 21. She also volunteered a tip: Allison recommends giving yourself a time limit when you shop the new Forever 21 at the mall. Otherwise, she says, the amount of time you spend there could become ridiculous.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Boots & Dresses....All-Local Farmers' Market

Viva la difference, I always say. 
For reasons known only to himself, my chum Michael elected to wear a floral frock to shop the local farmers' market. He appeared to be bonding with another shopper, a pretty woman also clad in dress and cowboy boots. I was approaching to inquire when I overheard this exchange:
She: I'm a nurse.
Michael: I have a nurse's uniform in my van.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Flourishes....S.C. Philharmonic

Ah, as if the music were not thrilling enough, I ventured into the lobby of the Koger Center Thursday evening and discovered the woman who makes my heart sing!  Even without the good fortune of encountering darling Peg, seen above, I must admit my favourite part of any night at the symphony is intermission--and the chance to see what people are wearing. The event seems to inspire people to add a little something to their everyday attire...Peg topping a floral dress with a fuschia sweater....
...and this pretty lass with her vivid pink scarf vibrating against her cyan hued dress. Delightful. As was this woman's hairstyle.....

....I loved the drama of it.  Well done, indeed!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

On the Street....Colombia

Yes, dear reader, you are seeing the "o" used twice--and intentionally. I journeyed from our Columbia to Bogota, Colombia, to undertake some research. While there, I explored Colombian street style--to see if a second "o" made for significant differences. The answer? Yes and no. Above, you see a rather unusual Colombian accessory in the city's historic plaza.  Juan Valdez would be pleased. You will not find a handbag that can carry quite so much as this llama, though the handbag does hang more nicely on the back of a chair, one supposes.
Meanwhile, this woman making fresh potato crisps at her pushcart could, in her parka and sneakers, fit in here in South Carolina--on a winter's day, of course.
I spotted this fellow outside the Botero museum. I was mesmerized by the interplay of patterns you see above...in the alternating rocks and tiles...and if you will zoom in.....
....also between the gentleman's cap and shirt.  Marvelous!  As were the Botero paintings....
....which always make me feel as though I owe it to myself to enjoy a good meal. Muchos gracias, Senorita Lisa, for I enjoyed my dinner and my companion at Abasto.
I admired this restaurant's facade and not just because I was hungry. It's located in the charming neighborhood of Usaquen. That's where I also met a charming Bogota native who had, for a while, lived in our very own Columbia, S.C.
 
Adriana works as a translator, speaks English and Spanish brilliantly, and was dressed in the typical professional fashion for women of the city--where the weather is autumn-like every day of the year and the preferred handbag is a satchel worn across the body.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Otis....Columbia Museum of Art

Perfectly charming--a thoroughly modern man playing old-fashioned records. I've admired this fellow's fashion sensibility for some time and was pleased to make his acquaintance at a recent museum event.  One amusing note: the gentleman is known for his sock wardrobe. His socks have their own Facebook fan club. Yet, I managed to capture him on a rare sockless occasion. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Malia & Tegan....State Street

Ah, how I delight in the young people and their joie de vivre. These two indulged me with lively conversation over a glass of white wine from Spanish Vines. Malia, on left, had found her little black dress at His House. I was so taken by their tales of 21st century dating via the internet that I completely forgot to ask Tegan about her colourful dress--though I did like it very much. I suspect the dress's origins might be exotic, worthy of an adventure-seeker; Tegan told me she is Peace Corps bound!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Labor Day....Summer Maxed

As we hover on the brink of Summer II (the season that runs through Thanksgiving, with October 31 as a sort of independence day), I've looked back fondly over my photos from Summer I, 2011. By all appearances, it seems to have been the summer of the maxi in Columbia....
...which leads one to wonder if long skirts will become a permanent part of our fair city's hemline mix. Speculations, anyone?

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Kimberly....First Thursday

I adored this young woman's bold look. She's a college student and an artist; she had, she told me, designed one of the windows on display at present in the Tapp's Building on Main Street. I was particularly interested in her eye makeup.  Had she used masking tape to achieve that band, I found myself wondering aloud. No, she told me she applied it freehand using liquid eyeliner. The oversized ring on her right hand is made of Murano glass, a souvenir from her trip to Venice.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Alex & Anne....Night Market

I bumped into this delightful pair at the new Wednesday night edition of our beloved All-Local Farmers' Market. Anne, you may know, is an enthusiast for shopping local. Is Alex pointing toward his impressive plate of lasagna? Or toward the chic woman standing by his side?  I'm not certain but I do know that I was taken by Anne's print dress--and the way she wore it so well.