Thursday, November 29, 2012

Tracie....701 Whaley

It's not the first time I've noticed: Tracie is one of those wonderful red-haired beauties who knows how to wear red well.  My memory tells me her skirt was more on the aqua-to-green spectrum than it's showing here.  Nevertheless, I like the way she and her gift bags are colour coordinated.  Perhaps that will become a holiday trend this season. If you do give it a try, please send me a photo!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Adorable Volunteer....701 Whaley

I startled this darling young woman by taking a photograph of her. But when I complimented her on the choice of pink tulle skirt, she seemed rather delighted.
She even posed for a second picture.  Sustainable Midlands was quite lucky to have such a winsome volunteer!

Of course, 'tis the season for tulle, what with The Nutcracker being performed on stages about town.  One simply cannot have a Sugarplum Fairy without it ("it" being tulle or The Nutcracker, since both are essential, now that I consider it). Tulle netting was named for the French city of Tulle, known for its lace production in the 18th century.  The tulle you see above--and in various tutus--is more likely bobbinet, a British invention.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Holiday Shoppers....Sustainable Midlands

There was quite the crowd at the Sustainable Midlands annual holiday event to promote shopping locally for gifts.  I saw these two as soon as I walked into 701 Whaley and was instantly charmed by their style.
This was, perhaps, my favourite item of handmade clothing.....a onesie that permits you to disguise your newborn as a football.  Brilliant! And useful, no doubt.  The work of Peacock Handmade & Vintage, you can find it online at Etsy.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Cowboy Hatted Chap....Around Town

All the fond tributes to fashion icon J.R. Ewing (or perhaps I should say Larry Hagman) reminded me that I had taken a couple of photos of a man in a cowboy hat. Above, at the Jam Room Music Festival....
...and here, at the Columbia Blues Festival.  I do not know who he is, but I like his cowboy attire!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Let Them Eat Toast....Art Museum

Is that a chrome handbag in the foreground of this photo? Yes and is, in fact, a "handbag toaster", one of the many charming toasters I viewed last night at The Columbia Museum of Art.
Here's a combination toaster and curling iron.  The gentleman who collects these, Dr. Ken Huggins, is pictured below at right.  He is supposed to have amassed the largest collection of toasters in the world.
He is also the best sort of collector, or dare I say, toaster anthropologist--for while he has a rather serious collection of bread-burning devices, he does not take himself seriously.  I laughed throughout his informative presentation.  I learned, among other things, that the Hotpoint clothing iron got its name because it was the first electric iron to have a hot point.  Indeed, I am so swept up by this toaster madness that I suggest you replace your turkey with a large platter of toast.  I would not be surprised to learn that Dr. Huggins has a toaster shaped like a turkey in which you could singe your slices.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Chief Louie....Native American Film Festival

I just came across this photo of Chief Louie, a majestic fellow I met earlier this month during the Native American Film Festival.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Lucas....A New Look

Ah, young artists. Like Madonna and Lady Gaga, they have a penchant for reinventing themselves. Plus ça change. Or perhaps I mean vive la différence. At any rate, Lucas looked splendid with this new he did before that....and before that.  (The wolf-like glint in his eye is not a part of the new look but indicative of my need for a new camera.)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Neon Gear....Columbia Airport Runway

"You'll be like Cary Grant in North by Northwest," my friend Millicent said when I told her I was thinking of participating in a 5K on the Columbia Airport runway. Having never seen the film, I assumed this meant I should put on a snazzy suit and run to catch a flight with a beautiful woman. It sounded like a fine plan.  But when I arrived in my tweeds and tie, I realized my attire for Saturday morning's race was all wrong.  It seems vivid colours and stretchy fabrics were the order of the day.  I was delighted by the neon arm warmers I saw on some women..... well as the amusing array of socks.  As a reader has explained to me earlier, these are not "depression" socks nor are they "expression" socks.  In fact, some runners seeking an edge are quite serious about this sort of legwear.
Though I was a tad too overdressed to race, I stuck around and bumped into my darling bud May, who was--as usual--perfectly attired.  And as she demonstrated with the blazing pace of her run, fitness is always in style.  Circling back to the Cary Grant connection, those of you who know the film may be amused to learn that I was able to outrun an incoming US Airways flight, despite my age and leather-soled footwear.  It seems that adrenaline is the ultimate performance enhancing drug.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Pilots & Twinkies....Dallas

Pilots, while always nice-looking in their uniforms, rarely attract my notice because they all look more or less the same. This pilot, however, did spark my curiosity with his rolling bag.....
...because the de rigueur black accessory was sporting some unexpected stickers.  Alas, the airport train arrived and whisked him away before I could ask about them.

On a side note: my trip to Dallas to document the history of hairnets worn by Hostess bakers was thwarted when the business shut down its ovens. While others bemoan the loss of the Twinkie, I will miss most their chocolate cupcakes with the iconic white swirl. Above, you see a 1930s bathing suit that captures the essence of everything, design-wise, that I admired.

Hairnets, by the way, have a fascinating history and can be traced as far back as ancient Greece, giving them a shelf life to rival that of the Twinkie.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Trace....Tapp's Arts Center

I was drawn to the confident combination of striped stockings, floral skirt, and patterned top.
I strolled around this pair and discovered that the boldly-clad woman was none other than Trace. She'd found the skirt, she told me, at a consignment shop. As for the gentleman in the cap, I feel I should know him. Perhaps you can tell me who he is.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Cyclist....Main Street

I'm rather fond of cyclists in general and of stylish ones, in particular.  I did admire this chap's style, especially the plaid cap!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Michael....With & Without

Photographer Molly Harrell has an amusing series of photos hanging in the lower level of the Tapp's Arts Center.  All depict good-humoured chaps sporting mustaches.  Here you see Michael, with his mustache in four photos, and without it, standing to the right.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Courtnie....Drip Coffee

Desperate for a latte to launch me into action, I lugged my old bones into Drip Coffee in Five Points yesterday morning. The sight of Courtnie so invigorated me, however, that I very nearly broke into a chorus of "Oh What a Beautiful Morning." I loved everything about her style, especially the mix of patterns.  Though I was inspired, I still imbibed. Indeed, I was next in line.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Molly....Main Street

My chum Molly Harrell is always snapping photos for this blog, for which I am tremendously grateful.  That doesn't mean, however, that she is above mocking me on occasion--as she is doing here, "posing" as a photographer for my photo. I think she looks smashing in her grey stripes with touches of bright green, nevertheless.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Space Suit....Tapp's Arts Center

Here's a fun shirt/tunic/dress depicting what appears to be our solar system.  Very Jetsons, which is among the highest praise I can heap.   Don't you like the way the leggings and socks pick up the colours of the planets?

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Elvish Vest....MLK Park

I was quite taken by the lines of this intriguing hooded vest which, yes, put me in mind of an elf or pixie.  Delightful! I also admire the way she paired the brilliant blue with full, flowing red trousers and a purple shirt.  What fun, indeed.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Bare-shouldered Dress....Tapp's Arts Center

I managed to grab a quick snapshot of this beautiful woman wearing a striking dress....and wearing it so well.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Gingham & Gold....Five Points

I encountered these two chaps Saturday at the chili cookoff in Five Points.  I was delighted by their large gold accessories and cheerful demeanor but was unsure what to make of their fashion statement. "Your check's no good here" perhaps?  If you can enlighten me, please do!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Elisabeth & Jessica....A Tale of Two Coats

I spied this pretty pair and their colourful coats from across the Tapp's Arts Center gallery--and followed them in what I hoped was an unobtrusive manner.
Jessica, in yellow, confirmed my suspicion: her romantic shawl collared coat was from Anthropologie.  Elisabeth had found her classic red coat at Belk.  I understand that voters waiting yesterday in long lines might have elected to don either coat, or both, to stay warm.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Stripes, Cuffs....Main Street

While this good-looking chap admired the Jaguars on display this past weekend, I was admiring his Saturday morning casual look.  I liked the way he'd put it all together, the layered shirts, the stripes, the colours--and particularly, the cuffed trousers and shoes.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Mystery Man....Arts & Draughts

I was so keen to capture a photograph of this gentleman and his trousers that I forgot to ask his name.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Jennifer....Tapp's Arts Center

I had already been admiring this woman's jacket when she sidled up to me and whispered, "Sir, I know who you are. You're rather famous."  I must confess: for a moment, I dared hope she thought me to be Sean Connery.

But no.  And quite better, actually....for the tall, dark-haired beauty is a regular reader of this blog.  Indeed, my heart soared.  The jacket, she told me, was a recent purchase for a trip to Boston.  The bag was handmade by none other than the adorable Sally Peek, from her line of Nana Bags.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Jessica....Tapp's Arts Center

I am a huge fan of this young woman's style.  But it may surprise you to learn that, though I am an old-ish chap, I also happen to be a fan of this woman's music.  Indeed! I have been known to stay up considerably past my bedtime to hear Jessica play with Can't Kids and Hauswerk.  I'm a particular fan of Hauswerk, which has been billed as "the Columbia, SC, all-housewife punk band".  Here's a link to them playing Xanax.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Colourful Threads....Plaza on Main

I was drawn to the plaza in front of the Columbia Museum of Art by a strange sight--trees wearing leg warmers.  Or perhaps I should call them limb warmers.  Or trunk warmers.  Fortunately, the charming artist Leslie Pierce (below, center) was on hand to explain: a yarn bombing was underway.  (Lucky for me, I was wearing a crocheted flak jacket!)
 Leslie was talking to, among others, a woman with a most intriguing style. You see a side view of her on the right, above.  Of course, I introduced myself--and was able to get Patti to pose for a photo.
I adored her glasses, the long sweater, and the touches of red, literally from head to toe! Marvelous!
I was also rather taken by what the trees were wearing and enjoyed watching this woman stitch a sweater dress of sorts onto one of the trunks.
And here's another one, using large doilies...not granny squares, exactly. Perhaps we shall call them granny rounds.  Do go by and take a look! Though I know virtually nothing about knitted grafitti,  I do believe you will be enchanted by the cozy jumpers you see on these trees.