Tuesday, June 30, 2009

South Chattanooga Style

It's always an honor to meet someone who reads this 'blog. Southside creatives make Main Street the place to see and be seen.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Grey and Pink

Her choice of pink sash brightens the understated grey dress and silver jewelry.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

At Niedlov's

Three simple elements: texture, ruffle and bit of contasting piping make a memorable composition. Look here for a previous encouter with this label in Knoxville. It's no wonder that Anthropologie is so popular. Her well chosen blouse from a time out of mind echoes those themes in a lighter tone.

Friday, June 26, 2009

St. Elmo Scene

elegant geometry at the opening party for Michael Wimmer at Lookout Mountain Gallery

Tropical and Paisley on Frazier Avenue

All too often it seems that parents dress their children beautifully without giving a thought to themselves. It must not have been so for this mother, who today keeps cool tropically in the company of youthful exuberance.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Art Deco

Fan print dress, woven leather sandals and carpet pattern agree: great styles are timeless.

Those Shoes

Every man should have a pair of shoes that cost more than he would care to admit. Enough said.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Chattanooga Artists Reserve

You need not live in NYC to know that Handmade is the {New New} Black. Beat the heat and buy some local art Saturday from noon 'til seven at The Gannon Art Center, 3250 Brainerd Road. Crafty folks like Tobi Wheldon, Matthew Dutton and Nicole Pinkerton put on a show not to be missed.

Espresso, Tats and a Tag

Urbane Commuters

Be it aboard a vintage German city bike or a thrifty scooter, the ride to work is stylish fun for these gents.


The brainchild of two Leopolds, Mannes and Godowsky, musicians working in Kodak labs, Kodachrome became the world's first color film in 1935. Essentially a positive monchrome emulsion in camera, the film gains its color dyes when processed, something only Kodak or its licensed labs can do. When viewed at certain angles, that ghost of black and white may be seen on the surface of a Kodachrome transparency. For 74 years the unique properties of man and God's creation have inspired both notable photographers like Ernst Haas and captured the popular imagination. Songwriter Paul Simon's 1973 plaint Don't take my Kodachrome away has come to pass. By the close of 2009, all will be memory.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Photography Workshop

A young photographer found himself the subject of a portrait for his choices of cardigan sweater and plaid shorts. Custom Chuck Taylor's are reminiscent of this earlier posting. In town for a school workshop, he and the other students were darkroom bound to print their compositions. We also talked a bit about what put me on this path. Anyone interested may click here.


Whoever saw fabric in flax possessed an abundance of imagination and tenacity. The labor intensive process is outlined at The Textile Museum in Washington, DC. Linen is highly absorbent, lending comfort to summer garments. See it large for details like the bow tie and shirred panel.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Old Friends

Everyone's wardrobe should have an 'old friend' or two, timeless expressions of personal style that we hold ever dear. So it is for her shoes, which were first worn to a prom. Pendant necklace is a token of love. Kohl's provided the plaid geometry. About the amazing jacket she told me, "I was going through the closet. It just appeared one day and I've liked it ever since."

Friday, June 19, 2009

Summer Seersucker

Yesterday was the U.S. Senate's Seersucker Thursday, a tradition begun in 1996 by Trent Lott of Mississippi. We Southerners know the value of this thin cotton fabric in the heat of summer.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Market Street

Don't bury me in this prairie
Take me where the cement grows
Let's move down to some big town
Where they love a gal by the cut o' her clothes
And I'll stand out
In buttons and bows

from Buttons and Bows
by Winchester, Tennessee native Dinah Shore

Friday, June 12, 2009


dress and belt by Bridget Astronette from LEO
bag from Los Angeles
poster art by Young Monster
stripes artfully arrayed

LEO opening scenes

Thursday, June 11, 2009

LEO Handmade Gallery

Come to 149 River Street Friday between 2 and 10 pm for the much anticipated opening of LEO. Nowhere else in Chattanooga will you find such unique glad rags, 'zines and zany critters, all artists and designers handmade goods. From 7 pm onward, Chad will be spinning the vinyl.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Hip Hop in Coolidge Park

Good Works, Great Style

Her shoes were a Rack Room find. The skirt and blouse came from TJ Maxx. His outfit is a souvenir of London.
His shoes are by TOMS, who promise: For every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of shoes to a child in need. Wristband promotes 46NYC, a clothing funded charity seeking justice for oppressed children.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Bug Button Bouquets

Bug Button Bouquets
Originally uploaded by Cameron Adams
Just the thing for your VW Bug's vase, these whimsical buds sway like bobbleheads and never wilt.

Keeping Cool in St. Elmo

Her choice of floral headdress and sandals shows that small details make all the difference. A thrifted skirt and an unique ring of citrine more bound than set add to this simple, elegant and comfortable look.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Retro Styles

Vintage fashions meet Tennessee swing in this quartet from Knoxville, Christabel and the Jons. Even their luggage harks back to another time. Catch them tomorrow night at The Bessie Smith Strut on Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Seen at Riverbend

Hollister provided his pearl snap shirt. Her sundress is Forever 21 thrifted from Collective Clothing in St. Elmo. The woven leather belt she inherited from her grandmother. His shorts are Guess and the two-tone sneakers are by Vans. "I wear them like everywhere," says she of her Dillard's sandals.Her ring is a Riverbend original and the beribboned gift came from WalMart.


Gold button accents on her leggings chime nicely with the polka dotted flats. Sundress is from Rugged Warehouse and welcomes a more seasonable Saturday to Chattanooga.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Summer's Chill

The visitor from California must have found our Chattanooga June a bit chilly. Click on the large size for lots of cute details like the turquoise lace work and narrow grey and white stripes. It was gratifying to hear that her hostess already knew about this 'blog. Enjoy your visit.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Broad Street Revisited

Shoes, pocket hankerchief and shirt provide white accents that set off the beaded pin stripe in his suit.