Saturday, November 22, 2014

Whimsy & Colour....Anthropologie

I encountered this charming lass at Anthropologie in Columbia, a new retail spot that--given it's name--I felt I had to see right away. (Indeed, I'm glad I did, for I am at last inspired to add to this blog.) The young lady's attire fit the mood of the store perfectly--festive and whimsical, with a bit of an edge.  Perhaps you can't tell, but her braids were highlighted with a pretty shade of pink. And there just above her knee and just below her hemline, on her stocking, you'll note a cat's face peeking out.  Fabulous!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

S.C. Oktoberfest....Main Street

While there was a decided German theme going on at Soda City Market on Main Street yesterday, I was more taken with the look you see above than with the traditional St. Pauli-Girl-meets-Pippi-Longstocking costumes that were plentiful (and quite adorable, no question about it).

Likewise, I eschewed the traditional bratwurst in favor of these....

....beef empanadas, fried on the premises.  I was so well fortified, in fact, that I recovered my enthusiasm for photographing the local attire and posting it here.  (I do believe that the empanada may be the spinach to my Popeye.)  So, cheerfully, back at it....
...and finding that this young woman did look quite sweet, no? I believe she is the force behind Butterfly Vintage.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Pattern+Pattern....Soda City Market

Overjoyed to be back in Columbia (Aunt Dahlia would be pleased to know), I ventured out to the Saturday morning market on Main Street.  I was charmed immediately by this woman's combination of patterns....and only hope that my stalking her from booth to booth was not unnerving for her.
A block further, and I happened across a lovely collection of vintage clothing.  Best I could gather through casual eavesdropping, the stylish beauty on the left is the proprietress and the gentleman on the right was interested in purchasing the plaid sport coat.
Also at this tent--which was a bit of an open air fashion museum--I spied this extraordinary coat....
 ....and two charming displays of plaid.
If you care to seek this out on a Saturday, here's the inventive suitcase-sign. The business, I believe, is called Saint & Rambler.

Friday, August 15, 2014

"Three-hour Tour".... Best of Columbia

It seemed as if half of Columbia's residents had decided to channel their inner Thurston Howell, III. The occasion? The Free Times Best of Columbia party.  The instigators? Those charming lasses of Flock and Rally.
My fellow party-goers urged me to photograph this handsome duo.  I found myself imagining young Thurston chatting up a potential Lovey.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Fabulous Hat....Tasty Tomato Festival

While many who attend this festival find the locally grown tomatoes to be inspired, I am always rather charmed by the attire.  In a crowd of delightful outfits, this young woman and her hat stood out.
Here's another photo--and as you see, even without the hat, she's lovely.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Seersucker & Brogues....Whole Foods

This store was full of well-dressed shoppers today, including this chap in the seersucker trousers.
I was particularly delighted by the shoes.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Converge....Main Street

This fellow's t-shirt caught my eye this morning when, oddly enough, I was converging with my fellow Soda Citizens at the farmers' market.

Friday, June 27, 2014

World Cup Fans....Publick House

I hadn't given much thought to how the World Cup might be influencing work wear until I saw this photo on Facebook yesterday.  Then, a pretty young lady invited me join her merry band at The Publick House to watch the U.S. challenge Germany. I decided to pay more careful attention to how fans were attired. Here's a little of what I saw.  The group, above, is utterly charming, no? The fellow in the blazer is wearing a soccer jersey underneath.
I was fascinated by the handsome chap in the center of this group, for he was wearing both a work-worthy shirt and tie AND a sort of I-believe-I-shall-mow-the-lawn red bandana. 
Here's a closer, though blurry shot.  (Drat the low light, but I suppose an advantage for those skipping out of work for long lunches.) Is there significance to the bandana? Or was he adding some red to his white and blue?
I mustn't forget our charming waitress, who was a veritable star as she fetched beverages for our table in her red & white stripes....
....or this fellow, who'd stuffed his pockets with flags, which he told me he'd be reusing on the Fourth of July. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

A Pair of Skirts....Soda City Market

I spied these pretty friends and their skirts at a recent farmers' market.....
Here's a closer look at the details.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Not Bruno Mars....Main Street

The excited chatter about Bruno Mars being spotted on Columbia's Main Street today reminded me that I'd taken this photo of an attractive young fellow.  Not sure which I admire most....the sneakers, the lime green pants, or the trilby atop his noggin.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Happy Seersucker Day....U.S. Senate

This photo in today's Los Angeles Times inspired me to post, for if the U.S. Senate can manage to agree to bring back Seersucker Day, surely it's time for me to resurrect my will to blog.

I've written about this day before....which in its infinite wisdom, the Senate decided to squash a couple of years ago....lest it make them seem  unproductive.  Indeed. One assumes that they have finally realized that puckered fabric is not the problem.

I found a fun, visual history of seersucker, here, on the Haspel website.  Have a mint julep and enjoy!

And, lest you think that I've ignored my work in order to behave like a member of Congress--watching the telly, eating bonbons and starting pointless debates--let me assure you: My hiatus was owing to a research trip to Peru to study Andean hats.  More on that soon!

Oh, and by the way, the gentleman standing second from right is the incomparable Senate Chaplain Barry Black. He is a marvelous orator I've had the privilege to work alongside. If you ever have the opportunity to hear him speak, do take it.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Trim Suit....S.C. Book Festival

My companion at the opening reception for the S.C. Book Festival was rather taken by this man and his slim-fitting suit. She urged me to snap the handsome chap's photo (and as a bonus, I inadvertently captured the woman to his right in the entrancing floor-length floral number).
My charming date (in the black dress) played it cool as she insisted I take this photo and the one below. The woman in the striking blue dress, it turned out, was the well-suited man's pretty wife.
And here's one more angle of the fellow, who I later learned has been photographed for the cover of one of the books featured at the festival.  The entire gathering has been a delight thus far, and I've met a charming writer of children's books--Kami Kinard--who hails from Camden, I believe. I also chatted with another Camden-connected writer, the nephew of my dear friend Reid, the always-funny Christopher Buckley.  Perhaps, I will see you there today or tomorrow?  Do wear something interesting, for I'd love to take a photo!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Monday, May 5, 2014

Lauren....Gingham on Main

Cute Lauren was working at The Oak Table's tent at the Soda City market on Saturday. I wanted a picture of her sweet summer dress...., despite her misgivings, she came out from behind the table to pose for me.  I've photographed her at the farmers' market before. Here, I thought she looked perfect for going to a picnic!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Madame Magar....701 CCA

The adorable creature you see above is none other than the brilliant Leigh Magar, milliner extraordinaire, who is wearing both a hat and dress of her own design. My dear friend Millicent heard that she might have the opportunity to purchase a Magar Hatworks hat yesterday and was simply mad to get over to 701 Whaley as quickly as possible.  I was more than happy to tag along, daring to hope that I might be able to chat with Ms. Magar. Success!
Her work is, as I've mentioned, on display at 701 CCA--and this collection of hat forms is enough to make a fashion anthropologist dithery.
There was also this fabulous headpiece on display, the sort of hat one must wear to the opera with great care.  Otherwise, the delightful Ms. Magar explained to me, members of the audience might complain that you are blocking the view.

And last of all, you see above a pair of Magar Hatworks originals acquired by my chum Millicent. The little two-toned number was hand dyed and hand stitched. The black bowler is cleverly trimmed out with measuring tape and lined with a marvelous purple satin. You can still catch Leigh Magar's show at 701 CCA through the weekend. You can also find out more about her work here.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Chilly Easter....South Carolina

Alas, this Easter day feels too wintery to inspire traditional spring attire--so I'm offering a photo I took last weekend at the Soda City market, when the weather was a bit warmer. The tall young lady in the center was wearing a delightful headband of daisies, but the entire group looks perfectly springy and carefree--a feeling the weather will no doubt inspire again soon. (or at least one hopes.)

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Utility Clothing....Heathwood Circle

Bless the young folk who invite an old fellow to join them for a festive pizza party on a rainy night.  I arrived in Mac and wellies to find others wearing an array of practical clothing.  The chap above must've thought he'd have to paint for his pizza.
These "painters pants" complete with logo attracted more than a few looks from other guests.
I was rather taken with these weather-defying boots--worn quite well by a six-foot blond-haired beauty. While she graciously modeled them for me, I asked where she'd found them.
"In my daughter's closet," she confessed. "She left them behind when she went off to college."

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Reid....A Flair for Living

Reid Buckley
It saddens me to write that earlier this week, I lost a good friend, the inimitable Reid Buckley. Indeed, it is a loss felt not just by me, for he was a dear friend to many, known for his generosity and joie de vivre.
Reid Buckley
His attire, in my view, went a long way toward expressing that zest for life.  For example, the man wore cropped pants (plus-twos, knickers, breeks) with a sort of wild abandon. He once tried to convince me that this was a practical choice, so that taxis would not splash mud up on his trousers and ruin his day. But I suspected he was wearing them simply because they were a tad odd and quite a bit more fun.
Reid Buckley
As I've read the tributes to him from others, I've been gratified to see that my friend's sartorial flair has been noted. One fellow over at National Review wrote

Reid was fun, and as charming a man as you could meet, brandishing joy, a thousand-watt smile, and . . . exotic duds — you learned not to be surprised when he would appear at NR’s offices in a cape, lederhosen, walking stick, and an alpine hat adorned by a big feather. As nephew Christopher Buckley put it, “Reid is . . . Reid.” 

Indeed, it is all true. 
Reid Buckley
Over the years, I photographed Reid's outfits so frequently that I created a category on my blog just for him. I will miss the man and his style, both of which so often caused a smile to stretch across my face. 

PS: Kathleen Parker captures Reid perfectly here.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Models....Runaway Runway

Looking forward to seeing these two models walk the Runaway Runway tonight at The Township. They'll be wearing nature-inspired designs by a precocious designer--and you can read more about that here.  Do hope I'll see you!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Chanin & Reid....Fashionable Florence

 When I say Florentine fashion, perhaps you think Gucci or Ferragamo. But a trip to Florence, Alabama, these days is also quite fashionable thanks to designers Natalie Chanin (above) and Billy Reid.
I was in this friendly Southern city this week, where I visited The Factory at Alabama Chanin (and had a magnificent lunch, I might add).
Then, I caught a ride to Court Street in downtown Florence.... drop into the Billy Reid shop there.  It's wonderful to see how these two designers employ local people, have even planted and spun local cotton into socks, all served up in beautiful spaces. 
Indeed, what a treat--topped off with a delightful surprise....
....for who should I bump into at Billy Reid? None other than my darling bud May!  She was in the area to visit friends who used to live in Florence, South Carolina.  Perhaps it is a small world, after all.