Thursday, February 28, 2013

Lauren....Circa 1332

I met pretty, charming Lauren when I happened into Circa 1332, a store brimming with stylish menswear on Main Street.  Her outfit coordinated perfectly with the impressive selection of denim and leather.
Indeed, everything was so well put together that I was tempted to abandon my late afternoon plans and shop a bit. Then I remembered that my plans were to meet two scintillating women for bourbon cocktails at The Oak Table....so, sensibly, I saved my shopping for another day.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Peg....Birthday Soiree

I was helping a whippersnapper celebrate his 50th birthday when I spied this marvelous patterned coat on a woman who was hovering near the boiled peanut buffet.  What a treat for me when it turned out to be worn by the loveliest woman I know, dear Peg.  Her eye for the extraordinary is undeniable, which I suppose is why her shop Finleaf is full of delightful things.  I was attempting witty repartee when, per usual, Mr. Peg turned up and whisked her away--this time to the dance floor.  I am sorry for myself to report, the chap is a smooth dancer.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Plaid & Stripes.....S.C. State Museum

When I saw the striking gentleman at a distance, backlit by the cold grey from those windows, I confess my first look was for his cheery striped bag.
But as he drew closer, I realized he was wearing a delightful Saturday ensemble of cozy plaid shirt, trim dark denim trousers, and a wonderful pair of charcoal shoes.

We were both shopping at the South Carolina State Museum's garage sale, where I happened across a few treasures.  I love the look of this building, and it's history. As you may know, it was once a textile mill--the world's first totally electric textile mill--opened in 1894 to make duck cloth.  And there I stood, 119 years later, admiring the space on a day fit for a duck!

Another notion that strikes me as I type: We are all very grateful for a spot of cheery colour on rainy days. My sincere thanks if you happen to be someone who is bringing a splash of vividness to counter the gloom.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Ferret Al Fresco....Five Points

I spied this stylish trio outside of Drip in Five Points, enjoying the sun. I understand that, meanwhile, a Yappy Hour is taking place at Jake's, with dogs and their owners gathering on the back deck.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Handsome....701 Whaley

This young man was so well put together that I insisted on a photograph as soon as he walked in the door for the What's Love burlesque show on Thursday.  I much liked the vest and layers of clothing, with the subtle inclusion of red (it was Valentine's Day)  by way of the plaid shirt.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Adorable....Main Street

A playful hat--this one a sock monkey--brought warmth and cheer on a rainy day at the Soda City market.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Debbie....Five Points

Perhaps you know this dazzling woman as a local business owner....or as Columbia's Mardi Gras queen. I was delighted to find her outside one of her shops on Valentine's Day, wearing this wonderful dress. She'd just purchased it in New York, she told me, thinking it would be the perfect thing to wear to the What's Love show, which was set for later that night.
Indeed, I did see her wearing it a few hours later at that very show, which was a charming evening of burlesque.  I must say, I will never look at passementerie in quite the same way again.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Chris....The Deconstructed Suit

Odd how these things happen. I had just encountered the gentleman by way of a saucy comment on Facebook that morning, then met him for the first time the same day, just after noon. We were both riding our bicycles in the Columbia Mardi Gras parade.  Chris appeared to have re-imagined the suit--and I quite liked it.
Here's a different angle, one that shows how he went with a small lobster rather than the traditional pocket square for his breast pocket.  Do I detect a new trend?

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Michael....The Arcade on Main

At first, I thought the gentleman was hoping to launch a new trend--mismatched shoes--one my chum Sir Hubert Egg had already attempted to inspire back in the summer, when he showed up at a pool party wearing a sandal on his left foot and a plaid plimsoll on his right.

Upon closer inspection, however, I determined that it all made perfect sense.  The gentleman was my friend, artist Michael Krajewski, and the shoe on his right foot was covered in paint. I was witnessing an occupational hazard not a fashion frivolity!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Striped Coat....Colonial Center

I spied this brave woman at the University of South Carolina women's basketball game today. She was bringing a number of children to the game, all the while keeping her cool. Indeed, she made it look quite stylish.  My eye was drawn to the bold jacket, but every aspect of her outfit was nicely done!