A Rumination on the 2015 Pirelli Calendar

06/08/2014 § 3 Comments

Candice

I’m not sure how closely you follow the annual release of the Pirelli Calendar, so I’ll give you a quick rundown. Since 1964 the calendar has been known as an annual high-gloss, high-glamour affair, featuring marquee name models shot by equally notable photographers (Lindbergh, Avedon, Ritts, Testino, Sorrenti, Weber…even Richardson). It’s printed in an exceptionally limited edition and gifted to a select group of important clients and VIPs. It’s sort of like the highest possible form of those cheesy automotive calendars you might expect to see hanging in a garage – and yes, nudity is known to abound.

 So why on earth are we talking about this? Glad you asked!

It turns out that this year’s edition – the 50th, if you didn’t notice already – features a beautiful plus-size model named Candice Huffine, pictured above. While purists argue she isn’t the first woman over a size 10 to appear in “The Cal,” citing Sophie Dahl in 1999 and Pollyanna MacIntosh in 2004, Huffine is being touted in the media as such.  Admittedly, I was caught a bit off-guard by the announcement, but in a good way.  It made me think about a few things in quick succession.  First, why was I initially shocked by the idea?  As if Huffine didn’t belong in a sea of nearly naked Adriana Limas and Joan Smalls, perhaps?  No matter the reason, that feeling quickly gave way to excitement at this small victory in the battle to shift entrenched standards of beauty.

While Huffine is obviously super-humanly attractive, the fact that her body more closely resembles those bodies belonging to us “mere mortals” is a move in the right direction.  This acceptance of a deviation from the norm ushers us to a point of reflection: what is the norm? why is this a deviation? how do we feel about that? how do we feel about our own bodies as a result? what kind of representations of beauty do we personally prefer? what kind of representations should we endorse?

This subject has inspired me to work on a new Charm School entry that touches on a subject I’m surprised I haven’t yet dealt with: body image.  In the meantime, I would love to hear your thoughts on the subject of the Pirelli Calendar and Candice Huffine’s appearance in it.

Watch this space.  The conversation will continue.

Wants || Blue Moon

24/07/2014 § 3 Comments

QC Wants || Blue Moon

Because one can never have too much blue on hand…right?

Clockwise from top left:
3.1 Phillip Lim Mini Pashli
Current/Elliot The Perfect Denim Shirtdress
Armand Diradourian Summer Stripe Throw
Petit Bateau Essential Stripe Bralette
J.Crew Surfboard Linen Sweater
Adidas Adilette Slides
Acne Studios Cropped Wide-leg Wool Pants
Connor Engraved Octopus Cards

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Here’s to a weekend full of the good kind of blue.
And watermelon too.
M. xx

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Summer Daze

21/07/2014 § 1 Comment

Quite Continental || Summer Daze

“Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always
been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
-Henry James

Things that have recently amused me on summer afternoons:

Brunch at Buvette, Navy or Hundred Acres

Discussing the proper time to “Turn Down”

Blogs: Girls I Know and Sioux Wild Horses

In My Closet || J.Crew Malta Sandals

11/07/2014 § Leave a comment

In My Closet || J.Crew Malta Sandals In My Closet || J.Crew Malta Sandals

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed a certain kind of sandal has been in heavy rotation lately.  The J.Crew Malta sandal is perfect.  Flat with two leather straps, they are refreshingly simple and as my friend Lani put it “as close to Birkenstocks as I’ll ever come.”  Gotten for a song during their summer sale in both black and silver metallic, these beauties are a bit harder to find sizes in this late in the season, but if you can make it happen, you totally should.

Have a lovely weekend! M. xx

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The Natural: Jess Gold for Marie Claire Australia, July 2014

03/07/2014 § 3 Comments

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Photographer: Nicole Bentley
Stylist: Jana Pokorny
Hair: Koh
Makeup: Victoria Baron

Quiet, tailored and natural, photographer Nicole Bentley has captured exactly what I want my summer to feel like, look like, wear like…down to the wild hair and the amazing eyebrows.  Have we ever discussed my lackluster brows?  While my mother and sister have had to wage a lifelong battle with theirs, mine just decided to never show up.  Fact: I’ve never ever had them done, ever.  Rather, since I was old enough to care, I’ve filled them in using a variety techniques and have always harbored intense jealousy at those lucky to be born with “strong brows” like Jess here.  I suppose the grass truly is always greener…even when it comes to eyebrows.

Featured: Summary Magazine

04/04/2014 § Leave a comment

Trench Coat - Summary Mag

Just a quick note to mention a piece I wrote for Summary Magazine on the history of the trench coat and a few of its big moments onscreen.  Head here to read it.

Have a lovely weekend! M. xx

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Tchau Winter!

01/04/2014 § Leave a comment

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So it’s officially April and I’m feeling optimistic.  Like warm weather and sunshine are just around the corner waiting for me.  With the worst winter in a record 40 years, New York has felt like a purgatory since…forever.  So to treat my slight case of seasonal depression I’ve prescribed myself a regular visit with these photographs by Matthew Williams for Elle Decoration UK of a gorgeous beach home in Brazil.  White walls, polished floors, weathered wood, all offset by the lushness of green fronds and lazy vines.

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I want, I want, I want.  The only question left: who’s coming with me?

Harvey Faircloth Fall Winter 2014 Look Book || Bright Lights, Big City

27/03/2014 § 1 Comment

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I am pleased to present the Harvey Faircloth FW 2014 look book, which I had the honor of shooting myself on Impossible Project polaroid film with a Polaroid Spectra ProCam.  Different from our past look books which are much more straightforward, our aim was to capture the essence of season’s inspiration: our Creative Director Christopher Rivers’ memories and favorite places of late night New York City during the late 1980s and early 1990s (“Bright Lights, Big City”).  Intimate and ephemeral, it has a undeniably voyeuristic quality — it almost feels like we’re following this girl on a nighttime prowl all over the city.

Working in Polaroid was challenging in a really great way.  Because the photographs take time to develop, I had to shoot and move on in the interest of time.  In an era of digital cameras and Photoshop, truly only having one chance was initially daunting but eventually liberating.  I first figured out how to focus and then shortly thereafter I found a way to trust myself.

I hope you enjoy it!

Photographer: Mariah Kunkel
Hair: Walton Nunez
Make up: James Vincent
Model: Kuyan Elliot (Re:Direct)

DIY: Organic Shower Scrub

12/01/2014 § 3 Comments

QC DIY: Organic Shower Scrub

This Christmas, instead of simply handling all of my shopping online as I am usually wont to do, I decided to put my paws to work and create as many homemade gifts as I could.  This included an organic raw sugar and virgin coconut oil shower scrub, which is a relatively quick and easy beauty remedy for dry skin — no mean feat in the winter, but truly makes a great gift all year-round.  While the scrub itself doesn’t take much effort, I especially enjoyed working on the packaging.  My East Coast recipients received pretty blue Heritage Collection Ball Jars topped with brown craft paper, green twine, manila packing tags and a spring of evergreen.  My West Coasters received rubber gasket jars topped with ribbon and smudge sticks from Juniper Ridge.

Ingredients (all organic if possible): raw sugar, virgin coconut oil, argan oil, essential oils (optional)

Combine two parts sugar to one part coconut oil in a large bowl.  Add a tablespoon of argan oil and mix well.  If you want to add fragrance — I honestly like it without, and prefer the natural coconut/sugar scent, but to each her own — essential oils are most effective, but you can also try natural ingredients like vanilla extract, lemon zest, fresh mint.  Pop the mix into a jar and you’re all done!  Easy!

QC DIY: Organic Shower Scrub

On Evolutions and Dead Sharks

11/01/2014 § 1 Comment

“Have you discontinued your blog?”

Here we are, 2014.  I started this blog in July of 2010 without any real idea why I was doing it and what I wanted to write about.  Fast forward 3.5 years later, and I find myself in a completely different place personally, professionally and I wholeheartedly admit that I didn’t tend this blog in 2013 as well as I did in the past.  I can proffer plenty of explanations: I’m much more visually focused these days and spend the lion’s share of my time on Instagram and Tumblr; with all the transitions I’ve experienced in the last 12 months I’ve felt less inclined to talk as much and have had markedly less time to search the internets for cool stuff to share with you; I haven’t been using my camera quite as much; blah blah blah BLAH.

What it comes down to, and what I hope you will understand, is that my desire for expression and my focus, continue to evolve.  I very much appreciate those of you who have noticed my increased silence and sporadic posting, and also those of you who have said something.  I’m still here, I assure you.  I really admire those of my blogging cohort who just keep cranking it out — their drive is a constant inspiration to me.

So what now?

For 2014, I’m resolving to try my best, guys.  I’m taking to heart a quote from one of my favorite movies, Annie Hall: “A relationship, I think, is like a shark. It has to constantly move forward or it dies. I think what we’ve got on our hands is a dead shark.”  The shark has stopped moving lately, and I’m prepared to change that.  And it was comments and emails like the one at the top of this post that snapped me out of this slumber, so I want to thank ya’ll for that.  It was nice to know you missed me.  I missed you too.

Onward and upward!
M. xx

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