Monday, January 31, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Renown for its traffic jams, the Atlanta perimeter highway I285 is emblematic of the city's sprawling growth model and a commuting challenge for many who would venture from one part of town to another. In a bygone era, most goods were shipped by rail instead of roads. The remnants of that local system are being reimagined as a 22 mile inner loop for pedestrian and light rail traffic, the Beltline. Saturday a sizeable group gathered at the Inman Park-Reynoldstown MARTA station for a 6.5 mile urban trek along its corridor through southeast Atlanta, ending at the West End station.
First we heard from Chris Campbell, proud owner of the first Volt in Georgia. This sleek hybrid car differs from the Prius et al in that its gasoline motor works only to charge the batteries. Like a locomotive, its impetus is entirely electric. The first 35 miles of travel are battery powered. Only then does the gasoline motor fire up. Fuel consumption from Washington, DC to Atlanta averaged 37 mpg, but he hasn't bought gas for it since arriving here in December. Overnight electrical charging from a standard outlet all but replaces the pump. Chris demonstrated the awesome electric torque while zooming in near silence 'round the parking lot.
Our guide for the walk was Angel Luis Poventud, an urban cyclist and Wonderroot board member whose day job as a CSX freight conductor lent unique insight to the project. He even knew the archictect who created this stunning bit of trackside modernism.
Enough digression: this is a fashion blog, after all. While creativity shows in the handpainting she lavished on these shoes, her ventursome spirit wore them on this ardurous hike. Check the old school film camera. 'Tis fun to see so many children of the digital age using analog media. Is theirs a yen for something personal and tangible, like a fountain pen and paper instead of Word and a computer?
The urbanscape provided ample photo ops for all of us.
scarf: maid of honor gift
shades: vintage Ray-Ban Wayfarer
"This is my to do laundry look," she laughed. Some people just know how to mix it.
jacket: Lucky Brand
cardigan: TJ Maxx
Our track walk may have ended at Allene Avenue, SW but the fashion show continued with an impromptu urban photo op en route to the West End MARTA station.
For reasons best known to MARTA, it was necessary to change trains at the King Memorial station. This minor delay gave me yet another photo op, one with the talented Mister Friday. Rock that fixie!
Thursday, January 27, 2011
News arrived informing me that this image of Chelle Fulk and Darcy Nair of The Pyrates Royale has been accepted for exhibition at the Southeastern Flower Show February 25-27. Thank you, kind judges, for inclusion in the All Things Musical category.
Monday, January 24, 2011
Colonia Condesa is the bohemian quarter of Mexico City and an inspiration for Condesa Coffee, newly opened at the intersection of Boulevard, Freedom Parkway and Path Foundation's Stone Mountain Trail.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Some labels are aspirational. The witty iconography of Paul Smith gives us something for which to strive. In another mood, the dry, matter-of-fact "English Tradition" graphic succeeds as a desirable object through its quirky charm. These people expect school children to misplace their scarves. Add a jacket from Atlanta designer Bill Hallman, Nudie Jeans and a sweater from the depths of his wardrobe to prove once again that the hows matter just as much as the whats.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
photo by Heidi Vreeland
Longtime readers of this blog may remember my visit with Heidi Vreeland on the campus of Georgia Tech last August. Please welcome her as a guest contributor of these stylish folk who yesterday celebrated a return to life as usual after the winter storm.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
With both the Hawks and Falcons playing home games plus the gift market and boat show crowding downtown, Saturday proved to be a good day to visit Decatur. Even the dogs were well turned out. Here Beastie, a thirteen year old Vizsla, keeps warm while holding court at the Brick Store Pub.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Candid images from the street were my first lens loves. The remarkable visions of people like Henri Cartier-Bresson, Elliott Erwitt and Helen Levitt inspired me to follow their quest for moments of archetype, humor and irony that may be found in the public lives of strangers. That taste for authenticity today informs my approach to street fashion and is shared by fellow bloggers like Meligrosa of Bikes And The City. Now her "homefries" is blogging his views at notmyrichie and has introduced me to the work of Vivian Maier, an unsung heroine of mid-twentieth century street photography. Just as remarkable is the story of how her trove came to light after languishing decades in obscurity. Thanks, Richie.
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
This posting brings to mind memories of swanning around Atlanta aboard my own Vespa scooters to coffee shops and markets, of Dr. Martens and stringback gloves. Of her look, she said: "I'm a sucker for ruffles. Anthropologie is about the only place I shop. For jewelry, Beehive is where I bought this necklace. It's good to support local artists and they sell beautiful work."
Often umbrellas block our view. Her clear canopy allows an unobstructed look at the world and ensures that she does not escape notice, either.
prairie style dress: Target
necklace: The Beehive
cardigan: J. Crew
belt: Urban Outfitters