Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Polka Dots....711 Whaley

I was charmed by this delightful pair in polka dots. I spotted them (if you will) at the All-Local Farmers' Market on Saturday morning.
People often ask me about the connection between the dots and the dance.  It seems when the polka craze struck in the 19th century, trendsters attached "polka" to any number of things--polka jackets, polka hats...and polka dots.
Though many types have been known to don the polka dot and and attempt to change its tenor (the professional wrestler Dusty Rhodes comes to mind), polka dots continue to be associated with frivolity, youth and general cuteness--precisely as embodied by the adorable tyke you see above.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Nathalie....All-Local Farmers' Market

 The gorgeous woman seated next to me at the market on Saturday grabbed my arm and whispered, "oh my".  For a fleeting moment, I thought that I, despite my advanced years, might have somehow inspired her reaction. But no, it was stylish Nathalie who caused her gasp of awe. Not only was the pretty young woman wearing this romantic red and black ensemble but....
...she was also sporting this fish bag, a rather realistic version of something one might see while snorkeling with Salma Hayek at Yal Ku Lagoon in Quintana Roo, for example.  Gasp-worthy, indeed. After I snapped my photo, we toasted Nathalie with a bit of bubbly. I do enjoy grabbing a seat on the market veranda. If you have not yet tried it, do.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Kat....Five Points

I am always delighted to run into darling Kat, the young woman who I suspect inspired invention of the word "adorable".  She had set off this simple dress with an intriguing nautical-esque belt. I inquired and learned it had quite a story.
The belt is the work of Thomasine Dolan, a former designer for Banana Republic. Kat had helped orchestrate a pop-up shop to show her line, ThomDolan, of which this belt was a part. The belt is hand-knotted, Kat told me, by genuine sailors.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Chad....Devine Street

As soon as I walked into Salty's Board Shop, I noticed Chad's cheery gingham shirt--and complimented the handsome fellow on his selection right away.  He responded by saying that several people had told him he looked like a picnic. Is there a higher compliment, indeed?
I had gone to Salty's in search of a pair of TOMs sunglasses. In the same way that they donate a pair of shoes for every pair you purchase, TOMs is also providing eyeglasses for people in need whenever you purchase their sunglasses.  I considered a pair of aviators (which I dare say looked rather handsome on me) but with Chad's help, settled on the blue wayfarers you see below.
And for those of you who find it strange that a chap of my advanced years is shopping in a board shop, consider this: Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys will be 69 on June 20 of this year.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Breedlove....Columbia Museum of Art

I encountered this wonderful looking woman at a meeting of the Columbia Design League. Please join me in admiring the pert angle of her distinctive hat. Well done, indeed!
There were so many wonderful details to take in. I wonder if you can see the adornment she is wearing in her hair. It looks like a miniature Calder mobile.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Mysterious Patterns....Riverfront Park

Not since we discovered a series of miniature "crop circles" in Aunt Agatha's rose garden in Cornwall one summer have I been so haunted by recurring pattern.  I happened across a large mosaic bird feeder a couple of weeks ago.  Then, Friday evening at Riverfront Park, I spied the gentleman on the right wearing this rather mosaic, magical outfit.  I was afraid to approach him for a photo, lest it offend his magical sensibilities, so tried to capture his essence as I walked by.  As you can see, the chap on the left caught me in flagrante.
As I neared the river, I discovered that another mosaic bird feeder was in the works. Could there be a connection between the gentleman's garb and this rangoli?  The rangoli, I know, was part of Art on the Trail, which was a charming event complete with installations, film, music and refreshments.  I dare say the gentleman in the magical ensemble was also art on the trail, whether he intended it or not!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Vision in Pink....Devine Street

I do hope my darling bud May won't be peeved with me for posting this photograph. She had just crossed the finish line at the Get In the Pink race this morning on Devine Street when I took it.  She looked adorable in her shades of pink, including the rosy glow on her cheeks.  Bravo to the young people getting their morning exercise.  Had I not been sipping a mimosa, I might have been overwhelmed by the urge to pursue fitness myself.

As for the knee socks on the chap behind her, I understand those are not merely decorative but have some sort of fitness purpose. Indeed, a runner of my acquaintance told me they were depression socks, or possibly repression socks, though that doesn't seem quite right and as we know, my hearing cannot be trusted. I welcome any data you might add!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Pipes & Drums....701 Whaley

I happen to be one of those annoying chaps who tries to find the sunny side in nearly every situation.  Sunday, I took a tumble on my bicycle, had to be stitched and bandaged, and have spent the week propped up on the sofa with Old Fashioneds absolutely forbidden by my (lovely, albeit stern) physician.  So where is the sunny side in all of this, you might wonder....
I've had plenty of opportunity to click through old photos (using my one unscathed finger) and found these shots, which I'd snapped last week and promptly forgotten. At the time, I was overjoyed to discover these gentlemen in matching kilts and socks, preparing to launch into a tune.
They were performing outside a gala for the South Carolina Arts Commission.  I was shopping the farmers' market next door, so it was a bit of good fortune that I happened across them the first time. Had I not learned the meaning of "face plant" on Sunday (dear reader, I was shocked to learn it is not a species of flora) I might not have happened across them again, a sunny turn of events indeed.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Kenneth....Here & There

For quite some months now, I've spotted this fellow and admired his sartorial flair. I've even tried to take photos of him without attracting his attention.....
  ...the one above, for example, a fuzzy thing I snapped at Runaway Runway several weeks ago. I'm afraid it doesn't do his marvelous Western-style shirt justice.  At the Columbia Museum of Art gala, it was my good fortune to meet him at last.  It turns out the gentleman is an anthropologist and professor at the university.  Furthermore, Ken was familiar with my work! What a thrill, indeed.  (An aside, thus the parentheses: I am beginning to suspect that we anthropologists may be the best dressed of the academic lot.  Is this a case of damning with faint praise? Hmm.)
 
The lighting was not the best, but I did at last take an honest photo of him.  And I met his fascinating, alluring wife Cecile, who very nearly made me swoon.  Alas, just days after I made their acquaintance, they left the country.  I assure you, it is not because of me. They are on some sort of research and writing sabbatical. I do look forward to their return--or even perhaps looking them up abroad!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Sally....Crafty Feast

Sally is the creator of Nana bags and always looks darling. I do wish you could have seen this dress in motion. It fluttered and flowed in the most delightful way.  I chatted with Sally at Crafty Feast, a craft festival that was going on this past Saturday at the Columbia Convention Center.  I saw more than a few intriguing items, including this crown...
...which was billed as "Up-Cycled Fun for Grown-Ups." I do regret not purchasing it, for I could have affixed it to my balding pate, headed to my local watering hole, and indulged in an Old Fashioned to gauge my level of fun and report back to you!