In The Wind: Montauk

12/07/2013 § 1 Comment

Marilyn and Miller Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller, Amagansett, 1958.  Taken by Sam Shaw.

This weekend finds me scampering off to the beaches of Long Island: Southampton, Amagansett and Montauk.  The weather seems a bit iffy, but I’m not going to let that dampen my spirits (pun intended).  I’ll be back in a flash with tons to share, I’m sure.  Hope you have a lovely weekend, whatever you’re getting up to.  Enjoy!

Throwback Thursday Two-fer || All Roads Lead to Nashville

02/05/2013 § Leave a comment

Nashville Newsies, 1910.Photo via the US National Archives.
The original caption is so great: “A group of Nashville newsies. In middle of group is 7 year old Sam. Smart and profane. He sells nights also. Nashville, Tenn, November 1910”

For TBT, you’re getting this gem partially because of the guy at far left and the fact that my grandfather worked as a newsie, but mostly because it was taken in Nashville, the city that I am bound for this morning!  We have stops planned in both Virginia and West Virginia, as well as a visit to Northern Grade, which is making a stop in Music City this weekend.  Anything I must do or see?  I demand you tell me!  And give me a shout if you’ll be around, as well!

While I’m rambling about, the best way to keep up with me will be on Instagram and Tumblr.  I’m hoping to attempt a bit of Tumbl-vlogging from the road, but no promises.  I’m not sure 1) how to do it, and 2) if my traveling partner will humor me trying to figure it out (I mean, how fun is THAT?!).

Northern Grade Nashville

Afield: Northern Grade Los Angeles

04/04/2013 § Leave a comment

Northern Grade

Hello from 10,000 feet somewhere above Pennsylvania!  Skyblogging!  As I mentioned earlier, I’m heading out to visit my hometown of Los Angeles this weekend for a pretty awesome two-fer.  My twin nieces just turned ten (oof! double digits!) and Northern Grade, the travelling men’s pop-up, is in town.  I’m actually willing to consider this a three-fer, if the weather manages to stay in the 70s, as expected.

I’m really looking forward to catching up with some familiar faces and meeting a few new ones.  I’ll probably be rambling around in my sweet rental car everywhere from Simi Valley to Manhattan Beach, so do let me know if there’s anything you think I shouldn’t miss.  Over the weekend I’ll be on hand with BKLYN Dry Goods at Northern Grade, which you should definitely check out.  It’s a pretty rare opportunity in Los Angeles to find such an excellent assortment of quality, American-made menswear, accessories and collectibles all in one place and the folks at Pierrepont Hicks always put together an awesome event.  If you see me, please say hello!

QC Prêt-à-Porter || Brimfield Bound

11/05/2012 § 1 Comment

A weekend to wander a few antique-strewn fields in New England.
By now, Ralph’s creative services team has already swept through,
so try comfort yourself as you dig through their cast-offs.

Apesi field jacket (mens)*
J.Crew Blythe blouse in pink
Oliver Peoples Sheldrake sunglasses
J.Crew windowpane scarf
J.Crew Abingdon waxed cotton tote (only $100!)
PF Flyers Sumfun lo in black canvas
Citizens of Humanity Elson straight leg jeans
Panasonic Lumix digital camera like this one
Lots and lots of cash (Dame Bassey knows what’s up)

Additional inclement weather ingredients to include:
This jacket by Brooks Brothers (mens, currently on sale!)
My green Hunter wellies

* It’s worth noting that because I only use item shots without a background (or a person wearing the item) in my collages, I’m really limited by what I can choose.  Please don’t think I mean to recommend you must drop nearly a thousand dollars on a field jacket.  It’s a great jacket and if you can afford it, by all means — but I definitely can’t.  See more affordable jacket options here and here

This weekend I am very excited to make my annual trip to the Brimfield Antique Show with Lani!  I will also spend time in Cambridge and Boston, is there anything I should do or see?

Have a lovely weekend!
xoxo. M.

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All Dressed Up…in Los Angeles.

23/04/2012 § Leave a comment

Richard Gere adds Armani to the echelon of California style with its debut in American Gigolo (1980), which I recently revisited thanks to Lizzie’s suggestion.  A seminal moment in menswear, it marked the introduction of a new Italian aesthetic that became characteristic of the decade.

**Update 5/4/2012 — The blog Clothes on Film did a fantastic rundown of the costuming, which you can find here.

I especially love how the film captures the westside at that moment when the 1970s were turning to the 1980s, and watching a 30 year-old (and let’s face it, beautiful) Gere as he navigates the city as one of its “best boys.”  Other high points include the Blondie-infused soundtrack, Lauren Hutton, and the fact that Gere’s character lives in Westwood, which is where I lived before moving to New York.  

Portrait by Herb Ritts, 1980.
Part of “L.A. Style: Herb Ritts” at the Getty Center.  Details here.

Also: just a quick note to let you know I’m in Los Angeles for a few days!  I wanted to surprise my parents, and they read this thing, so I couldn’t mention it beforehand.  Happy to report my sneak attack was successful!

Afield: South America

18/11/2011 § Leave a comment

Evita, 1946.

Very excited to jet off to South America this morning!  Looking forward to adventuring in a new hemisphere (which — luckily — happens to be quite warm this time of year).  Things will be a bit quieter around here for a bit, but I assure you I will be back in two shakes, recharged, refreshed and full of stories.

Of course, you can always reach me via email at contact@quitecontinental.netSuggestions welcome!  What should I be doing in Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay? — or you can also follow my shenanigans in realtime via Twitter.

Evita and Juan Peron, 1946.

Images via the LIFE Archives.

Afield: California

10/10/2011 § 2 Comments

I hadn’t mentioned on here that I would be in California this week because I was hoping to surprise my Dad and he happens to read this thing.  I’m happy to report that he was completely surprised.  I’m very excited that this week will find me in Los Angeles, Big Sur, San Francisco, and a few additional stops along the way.  I’ll be visiting new places, old favorites and meeting friends old and new, so things will be a little quieter around here.

In the meantime, you can find me:
In realtime on Twitter
Tumblr || Svpply || Pinterest
Instagram: quitecontinental

And if you have any suggestions about things I must see or do,
please do send them along!
contact@quitecontinental.net

Afield: Portsmouth, New Hampshire

05/08/2011 § 2 Comments

As I mentioned earlier, I’m taking off this morning for Portsmouth, New Hampshire for a wedding and a bit of exploration.  It will the be farthest north I will have ventured into New England thus far and I am so excited to go.  I’ll be back in a few days with plenty to show and tell, I’m sure.  As always, you can keep up with me in real time via Twitter.

Have you been?  Is there anything I should see?

Have a wonderful weekend.

Afield, Kinda: Men’s Market Week in New York

17/07/2011 § Leave a comment

Today kicks off the beginning of men’s market week in New York and I am looking forward to seeing all that Spring 2012 has in store for the gents and, of course, the ladies like myself who enjoy co-opting from the best from menswear.  Also looking forward to seeing some of my favorite familiar faces (especially visiting with those from out of town) and finally putting a few faces to names.  As always, you can keep up with my shenanigans in real time via Twitter.  If you happen to see me, please do say hello!

Bisous,
Mariah

Afield: Brimfield, Massachusetts

13/05/2011 § 3 Comments

Very excited to head up to Massachusetts this weekend for a bit of an antique safari at Brimfield!  I have teamed up with the lovely Lani, editrix of Mon Petit Chou Chou, to tackle the mile-long fields and over 600 vendors and look forward to bringing you news of our vintage victories.

Also on the shortlist are some of my favorite Boston and Cambridge shops, a meet-up with a few of Boston’s best and brightest, and a cocktail or three.  Keep up with my shenanigans in real time via Twitter.  Wish me luck, cherie!

Bisous,
Mariah

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