Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Darling Young Woman....Downtown

I snapped this photo a few weeks ago and kept coming back to it. I was completely smitten with this young woman's style, true, the short ruffled skirt, the purple plimsolls.  But there was something more, something about that adorable knit cap beyond its general cuteness.  As I searched through my files for a clue, I realized....
 ...I'd seen something quite like it before.  First, on the always-fashionable Faith, above.  I had written about Faith's Japanese-influenced sensibility well before I came across the same sort of cap again....
....on this charming young woman, who was all tangled up in a craft project at the Columbia Museum of Art when I met her.  

Monday, July 30, 2012

Reader Submissions....All Around Town

I am always delighted to discover that this blog has readers and am beyond overjoyed when those readers submit photos and notes for my consideration. Above, an image of a car spied recently in the parking lot of Earth Fare emailed to me with the note: "It's sort of an accessory, don't you think?"
Here, a woman sent me a photo of a body painting, created on her arm by a local artist.  Based on photos received previously from other readers, I deduce that the chap routinely paints on quite a few parts of ladies' bodies. I'll just show you an arm, for now.
Lastly, this--one of several submitted to me by a ten-year-old reader who took great delight in the snappy sayings on t-shirts at Mast General Store on Main Street.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Lauren....All-Local Farmers' Market

Pretty Lauren looked perfect for a farmers' market morning, with a bouquet of fresh zinnias from Floral & Hardy among her purchases.  I wanted to know more about her embroidered top.  "I'm usually a Loose Lucy's girl when I'm shopping for something fun," she told me--but this top she found at Folly Beach.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Fellow Cafe-Goer....Five Points

This morning, well before the day's temperature added a third digit, I bicycled over to Drip in Five Points for a spot of coffee.  While imbibing the gossip at the neighboring table, as well as a cup or two of Joe, I spied this woman at the counter. I liked her sophisticated golden tones, made lively with a distinctive, bold-patterned, embroidered top.
Above, a little closer view.

On another note, confidential to The Gentleman in the Plaid Shirt: that lovely woman to whom you are married may leave you if you do not cease your discussion of the "Tao of Poo."  (Indeed sir, I was eavesdropping. And indeed, I regret it!)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Corazon de Mujer....Guatemala

My old chum Sir Hubert Egg sent me this photograph, one he took on a recent trip to Guatemala, where he toured the country alongside a group of students from Shandon Presbyterian Church. These women have formed a weaving cooperative called Corazon de Mujer, and they make beautiful scarves and shawls in their country's tradition.

Sir Hubert wrote me:
The woman who is second from the left told us of her life with Corazon de Mujer. In the early 80s, soldiers (I’m assuming the right wing coalition) came into her village and destroyed it. She, her husband, and three children were able to escape but were separated. If she did not find her husband, her life in Guatemala would be hell. She considered suicide but found out her husband was alive. After they were reunited, she decided that life for herself and her daughter would be different. They would liberate themselves. She found out about the self-sustaining opportunity of Corazon de Mujer, and through them, has educated herself and her daughter. We were told this story through an interpreter, of course, but all of these women have similar experiences. Their office is a rundown concrete building in a poor neighborhood. But the work that comes from them is vibrant and free, just as they are now.

If you would like to see their work, learn more about traditional Guatemalan weaving, or perhaps even purchase an item, you may do so at this website: corazonscarves.com

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Shorts & Shoes....All-Local Farmers' Market

I was interested in capturing the silver sandals and interesting sleeve that this woman was sporting when the chap on the right happened into my view.  I switched my focus rapidly, hoping to document these fabulous short trousers and shoes before he could get away.
 Here, you see the two items that caught my notice....
...and finally, a photo of the striking fellow and his wonderful summer ensemble.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

April Showers....State House

This pretty young lady captured a perfect spring day for me--from her floral umbrella down to her yellow shoes.
Here's another look at that wonderful green striped dress.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Painted Protester....State House

While the young lady and her bikini-clad friends may have been paying homage to one of the oldest art forms--body painting--I also found their attire extremely practical for a rainy, too-warm evening. It was, as my Aunt Dahlia's chum Mies van der Rohe would have noted, a perfect case of less is more.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Polite Protester....State House

This young woman seemed to be suspending her bumbershoot at an unnaturally high altitude. As it turned out, she was trying to keep it from blocking my photo.
She was surprised to learn that I was trying to photograph her. Adorable, don't you think? I love the colours.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Arts Enthusiast....State House

We fashion anthropologists love rain, because it inspires intriguing outfits. So you might be able to imagine the thrill I felt when I realized I could attend an event chock full of artists IN the rain. Oh my. One of the first people who caught my eye at this rally for South Carolina arts was the woman with the parasol you see above. She was intent on her mission--and who was I to interrupt?  So I followed her...

 ...my old bones hobbling after her, back and forth across the grounds....
...waiting, watching and trying not to appear too creepy....
...until, at last, I managed a proper photo.  I do not know her name, but I do know she sang with a flashing mob on the State House steps, a song from Hairspray according to newspaper reports.  (You'll be relieved to know these flashing mobsters did not wear raincoats or show anything unsightly.)  I do love her cloud socks and parasol--well done!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Molly....Tasty Tomato Festival

There were many women in pretty dresses at yesterday's tomato fest, but I was having too much fun chatting to photograph them.  When my companions saw Molly's inspired ensemble they insisted that I stop talking, find my phone, and snap a photo.  She looks wonderful, no?

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Stacey....Tasty Tomato Contest

I took my friend Millicent's great-niece along with me to the judging of the Tasty Tomato contest last week. She was completely smitten with this dress (which she said looked like a watercolour) and the woman wearing it (whom she suspected of being a princess).  High praise from a 10-year-old, indeed!
Stacey graciously accommodated my young friend, pausing for a photo.  I was delighted to make her acquaintance; she is the serene force behind City Yoga. Perhaps that explains the regal posture and inner glow!

As for the tomatoes, I'm about to board my bicycle and venture over to City Roots to discover which were deemed tastiest. Perhaps I may see you there.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Coco....Barbecue Trail

Though I missed catching a ride on The Barbecue Bus, I did fashion a trip of my own into the wilds of eastern North Carolina for a bit of lunch.  And that is where I encountered cute little Coco, who was sporting an adorable summer dress, one she proudly told me she'd just purchased for 75 percent off.  The fabric was a witty pattern made up of pelicans wearing caps. 

I was put in mind of an old limerick oft told to me when I was her age, by my somewhat frightening Uncle Fergus, a rather crusty sea captain:
An extraordinary bird is the Pelican.
His beak can hold more than his belly can.
He can store in his beak
Enough food for a week,
But I'll be deuced if I know how the hellican.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Pa!ge....701 Whaley

What a splendid look.  Pa!ge told me she felt very "madmen," a notion that left me a tad bewildered, for I found her perfectly rational and nothing about this ensemble made me the least bit irritable.  In fact, I found it both sensible and utterly charming. Pa!ge reminded me that I had photographed her before and told me she is a huge fan of 1960s fashion, because it offers such range. Looking back at that earlier photo, I see that Pa!ge is, herself, a woman of great fashion range. Delightful! This dress is also from Hip Wa Zee, I believe.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Tasty Tomato Judge....701 Whaley

Having never before attended the judging of a tomato contest, I wondered what these arbiters of good taste might wear.  Bibs?  Protective overalls?  One of those unappetizing silver cups on a chain you see at wine tastings in French caves? Thankfully, I discovered that the judges were well-dressed--and in particular, I fancied this intriguing one-shouldered frock with a peacock feather embroidered across the back.  My young companion tugged at my sleeve and told me I should see the front of the dress.  I walked around the tomato table and indeed....
...the lovely lady was sporting more feathers, along with a serious demeanor, well-suited to her role as judge, no? Judging took place last night, with the winners to be announced Sunday at the Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Print Shorts....All-Local Farmers' Market

"WOMEN! We need some shorts!!" That was the cry issued forth from Sid and Nancy in Five Points yesterday.  (To be accurate, they tweeted it, but somehow "tweet" sounds rather wimpy, no?) 

Their call for abbreviated trousers reminded me that I'd snapped this photo a while back because I rather liked these bright shorts with the small print.  The photo was taken less than 30 days ago, on a morning when it was cool enough that long sleeves were in order.  Hard to imagine now, only a few weeks later.  Oh well, that is indeed the nature of summer.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Kellane....Farmers' Market

While everyone else on the veranda of the All-Local Farmer's Market appeared to have spotted a bird, a plane or perhaps Superman--I preferred to take note of Kellane's ensemble. It seemed absolutely perfect for a too-hot Saturday morning at the farmers' market.
I attempted to get a closer shot here.  Despite the steamy weather, Kellane looked cool and pretty in her lightweight print top, burst of yellow, and shorts.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Free-Thinking Chap....Maple Street

This fellow told me he'd declared his independence from a turtleneck by lopping the neck and sleeves off, then affixing strips of old t-shirts to his "new" t-shirt.  Rather inventive--and it put me in mind of a refashioning whiz, who I hear will get her day in the sun tomorrow, on the always-sunny Rachel Ray show. American ingenuity, indeed!