The Beat Generation || Vogue UK October 2015

22/11/2015 § 1 Comment

Quite Continental: UK Vogue October 2015

Holy moly, this is so good…

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Models: Heather Kemesky (Hive), Suvi Koponen (Next),
Damaris Goddrie (Viva) and Issa Lish (Storm)
Photographer: Karim Sadli (artandcommerce)
Stylist: Francesca Burns

Via Visual Optimism.

QC Prêt-à-Porter || Tuxedo Season

18/11/2015 § 2 Comments

quite continental: tuxedo season

Gold, nude, black, leather and lace.
These are a few of my [current] favorite things:

Clockwise from top left:
Maison Martin Margiela Jazz Club Candle
Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
Larsson & Jennings Saxon Watch
Essie All Eyes On Nudes Matte Nail Polish
Garance Dore Love Style Life
Only Hearts Penelope Bralette
Frye Carson Harness Riding Boot
Bauble Bar Mason Pavé Ring

Recent items of note:
Hacker tips on how to travel the world for free. [via Vice]
Dear Men: please feel free to order a Cosmo. I won’t judge. I mean I’ll try. [via MSN]
Smoking your cocktail in a bong is a real thing. [via LA Mag]
A brief history of the restaurant matchbook. [via Eater]

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Denim, the Latest Fad

15/09/2015 § Leave a comment


“Wellesley freshmen students gathered outside the Hathaway House Bookshop (note girls wearing denim, the latest fad).”

Photo by Lisa Larsen, for Life Magazine, 1953.

Dude, serious girlcrush on the girl in front.
I want those mom jeans and her hat, like right. now.

With apologies to Pierce and Rene…

12/08/2015 § Leave a comment

Because they’ll never be as cool as this.

The (REAL) Thomas Crown Affair (1968).

Ugh, so good.

Stream it here, buy it here.

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


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

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Reading List (& Giveaway!) || It by Alexa Chung

02/12/2013 § 24 Comments

Alexa Chung giveaway on QC

Over the long weekend I had the good fortune to curl up with Alexa Chung’s new book It, courtesy of Penguin Books.  Part memoir, part photo book, part how-to style manual, and completely hilarious, it was the perfect companion for a leisurely few blustery days that were best spent inside.  Written in a uniquely conversational tone — borderline stream of consciousness at times — it almost feels like Alexa’s sitting right there with you, having a chat.  I loved it, having long been a fan of Alexa’s personal style (which I will leave you to peruse on Pinterest or Tumblr on your own time — a definite rabbit hole if there ever was one), and I definitely recommend giving “It” a whirl.

Now, for the exciting part!  Thanks to the generous folks at Penguin, I’ve got a copy of Alexa’s book to give away, which you can enter to win by leaving a comment below!  Enter by noon on next Monday, December 9th, and I’ll randomly draw a winner from the entries.  Please note: this drawing is open to US residents only.

Good Luck!!

QC***UPDATE*** Leslie, you’ve won!  Please send me your mailing address at and your copy will be right on its way to you!  Congrats! xx

Quite Continental Wants: Fall Back

22/09/2013 § Leave a comment

Quite Continental Wants: Fall Back
Top row, from L to R:
Helmut Lang pony hair shawl collar suit blazer
IRO Derby jacket
Rag & Bone Carrier jacket
Rag & Bone The Jean Jacket

Second row:
J Brand Ace cropped boyfriend jean
Band of Outsiders cropped wool-piqué tuxedo pants
Acne Bit Double hooded cotton-fleece sweatshirt
LPD New York Team Philo t-shirt
J.Crew merino wool turtleneck sweater

Third row:
Tibi silk tank
R13 oversized flannel shirt
Equipment Signature navy countryside floral silk shirt
Étoile Isabel Marant Damia cable knit dress
Apiece Apart Josephina slip dress

Fourth row:
J.Crew women’s monk strap loafers in navy
Alexander Wang Kori boots
J.Crew Collection Italian cashmere wrap
Kiki de Montparnasse Ondule lace bra and brief

Bottom row:
Lotuff Leather small women’s tote in chocolate
Faribault miliary wool blanket in Navy cream
Sleepy Jones Marina pajama shirt

A few fall-flavored treats I have been eying lately.  While no means an exhaustive list, my taste has definitely been trending toward marled greys, rich leather and wine-colored accents.  I’m not sure if I can attribute a discernible, albeit slight, shift in my personal style to a change in my profession, but I’m definitely sensing it.  Case in point: where once I would default to a sort of shrunken schoolboy fit, I am now drawn to a boxier and more casually slung aesthetic.  You’ll note the lack of any Ralph Lauren in the above and the appearance of Helmut Lang and Alexander Wang.  Perhaps New York is finally creeping into my west coast meets east coast vibe.  Whatever it is, it has me excited for cooler temps, most definitely.

Style Roulette || Blue Friday

30/08/2013 § 2 Comments

roulette logoQuite Continental Style Roulette: Blue Friday

Welcome to the inaugural edition of Style Roulette!
One item, two distinct styles.

For our first selection, a pair of Harvey Faircloth lace shorts. Styled by myself, and Lani of Mon Petit Chou Chou, my good friend and frequent partner in Brimfield and New York Fashion Week hijinks.  While we’ve been fast friends since the day we met, and our personal styles do have a few convergence points, I’ve always appreciated Lani’s bold approach to fashion.  While I tend to the more classic and relaxed, Lani loves vibrant contrast and drama — as you’ll notice from our very first round of Roulette!

 Be sure to hop on over to her site to see her entry.

I envisioned this as a sort of off-duty uniform for long rambles about the city.  The kind of late summer afternoon hours that easily slip into evening without you even noticing.  As is my wont, I wanted to relax the lace — surprisingly, meditation didn’t work — and thought an easy silk shirt and slip-ons would do the trick.  I’m also completely obsessed with all the Mougin & Picard watches for J.Crew, but this Grande Seconde is my absolute favorite.

What’s probably most interesting to note is that while Lani and I refrained from peeking at each other’s selections until we were finished, we both somehow paired the lace with leopard.  Odd coincidence or next big thing?  I’ll let you be the judge…

From top L-R:
Equipment Signature washed silk shirt in bright white
Harvey Faircloth lace shorts in navy
Mougin & Picard for J.Crew Grande Seconde watch in cream
Gap animal print slip-on sneakers
Clare Vivier Bando tote in cognac
Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer Roxbury Necklace in Violet

QC Prêt-à-Porter || Nude & Ombre

10/06/2013 § 1 Comment

The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.
-Isak Dinesen

 QC Prêt-à-Porter || Nude & Ombre
Clockwise from top left:
Henrik Vibskov lowfire shirt 
T by Alexander Wang muscle jersey t-shirt
Current/Elliot distressed boyfriend jean
Vintage Rolex 
Chan Luu five wrap bracelet 
Jimmy Choo suede Abel pumps 
Claire Vivier foldover clutch
Isabel Marant braided Elia belt

These sandy nudes and faded blues make you think of the ocean, no?  And if one’s body can’t be near the sea, I have to think the next best thing is if one’s mind is.  I didn’t manage to get to the beach this weekend, after Andrea sort of threw a monkey wrench in my confidence in the weather, but there’s always next weekend…

QC Prêt-à-Porter || Spring (Fever) Kit

29/04/2013 § Leave a comment

Quite Continental Spring KitÉtoile Isabel Marant Kiliann cotton-blend cardigan
T by Alexander Wang Classic jersey racer-back tank
Isabel Marant Bady scarf
Equipment Signature washed-silk shirt in white
K. Jacques Barigoule sandal
J.Crew Perfect Shirt in suckered gingham
Current/Elliott The High Waist distressed denim shorts
Levi’s Made & Crafted Flecked cotton-jersey sweatshirt
T by Alexander Wang Classic Muscle jersey T-shirt
Mrs. P. Hicks Honey Chukka Moccasin
Ray-Ban Clubmasters
Clare Vivier La Tropezienne 5″ tote
Billykirk No. 205 Double Wrap Cuff in tan

What a busy few days I’ve had!  Between moving apartments, my computer deciding to go on strike and…well, just life, I’ve been a little quiet as of late.  My sincerest apologies!  I’ve got a terrifically full week this week, but I will be doing my best to keep up with you.  I’m most excited about settling into my new place (!!) and a road trip to Nashville (!!!), but we can talk more about all that later.

In the meantime, I’ve been overtaken with a restless spirit that seems to have been brought on by the slow procession of spring and my recent trip to Los Angeles.  I’m dreaming of wide open spaces and the wind in my hair, which is reflected in my spring kit that you see above, as well as my Tumblr (which you can see below).

QC Tumblr

While I’ve been in the wind (and at times without a computer and/or internet — imagine that!), I’ve found that I can at least keep up with Tumblr with my phone, so if ever you wonder where I’ve gotten off to, it’s a good place to check in with me.

Hope all is well with you!
xoxo. M.

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