Friday, May 29, 2009

Association For Visual Arts

On view at AVA through June 26, "The Salty Side of Sweet" is a part fairy tale, part carnival in mixed media by Kirsten Stingle. Close browsing of this exhibition is time well spent.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

On the Walnut Street Bridge

"I collect cute things," she told me. Shoes more like jewelry for feet are by Luocheng.

Have You Heard?

The newspaper comes off the windows Saturday morning when Sondra and Travis Aten present Collective Clothing. Their vintage shop is located at 3393 St. Elmo Avenue and fills a long felt need in Chattanooga.

The door opens at 11am for the all day event. Make an evening of it when the deejays spin their tunes at 8pm. Questions? Call (423)653-0158.

Bluff View Style

Here are the timeless elements of classic style, artfully coordinated.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

at the Hipfest!

Woven leather bag by Dede coordinates with the Forever 21 sundress, but the floral headdress pulls everything together.

seen at the Who-Fest

Her floppy hat, thrifted blouse and ring from Florida brought some sunshine to the Who-Fest Saturday.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

at the Lookout Mountain Gallery

Rosette hat from Merlefest in North Carolina, bracelet, necklace and earrings by Andrea May of Atlanta, blouse from River City Apparel, Chattanooga, Brazilian-style jeans from Miami and quilted patent leather flats by Cole Haan all add up to a summery look.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Floral Notes

"It only looks stiched," she explained of this printed skirt. Well chosen shoes coordinate with the pink ribbon, which the morning's cool breeze artfully broke for her portrait. Like the black dress of yesterday, her blouse displays contrasting knitted textures and adds color gradations of its own. Look at it in the large size. There's a lot going on in this thrift shop find.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Retro on Broad Street

It's not everyone who rides a bike to work sporting a well-chosen necktie and cufflinks.

Beyond Basic Black

Her empire line dress is divided by contrasting textures. Rib knit sleeves and bodice adjoin a smoother weave for the skirt that floats above polished boots.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Layers of History

The slips belonged to her greatgrandmother. A previous generation would have said, "It's snowing down south."

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Outside Easy Bistro

That most summery fabric, seersucker lends itself to so many looks. Here, his suit jacket teams up with an Oxford cloth shirt, denim and boots for one of Chattanooga's great dining experiences.

Thursday, May 14, 2009


Her steampunk typewriter key necklace was a bridesmaid's gift.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Shoe Shoe at the Choo Choo

A fund raiser to benefit Chattanooga Room in the Inn, the event filled the Choo Choo ballroom with shoe lovers whose singular mission it is to help homeless women and their children get back on their feet. The fabulous crowd heard real life success stories and saw volunteers modeling unforgettable wares from
Shoe Candy

Monday, May 11, 2009

Introducing Chattanooga Pets

Dear ones,

Yesterday The Chattanoogan logged its 3000th view. From London to Sweden and Nashville to Knoxville, you are being noticed. Asheville's Mountain Xpress has elevated Chattanooga to its style pantheon and it is all of your own dressing. Take a bow!

Building on this success, I am pleased to offer you a new blog, Chattanooga Pets. Here I hope to present everything of interest to our city's animal lovers, from who walks whom to why we can't cross the Walnut Street Bridge, yet.

If you know of something that I do not (but ought to) please send it to Like the street fashions, this pets forum will be as good as we make it.



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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

from Knoxville

During a recent visit to Knoxville's Market Square District, The Chattanoogan became acquainted with a charming boutique called Vagabondia, so discovering one of its Papillon sundresses worn to The Chattanooga Market closed a circle of sorts.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

at Tanner Hill Gallery

Mary Barnett's photodocumentary And The Iron Did Swim opened last night at the Tanner Hill Gallery, a stone's throw from the site of its subject, a U.S. Pipe and Foundary plant. More than a year in the making, images both journalistic and abstract tell the story of industrial decline. If you were not present, please find the time to visit this remarkable installation. Here are but a few highlights from the smartly dressed crowd.