Falling for Fall

13/11/2012 § 5 Comments

I’ve said it before, but as a California transplant, I’ve really come to love what fall has to offer on the East Coast.  I’ve since found myself trying to explain the wonders of leaf peeping and apple picking to my West Coasters and I have to admit, it is something you have to experience yourself at least once to fully appreciate.

A few pictures from a perfect fall day spent with some of my best girls at the Warwick Applefest and picking apples at Soons Orchard in New Hampton.  (Editor’s note: I will admit that while my industrious ladybirds went on to make delicious confections with our spoils, I instead focused on procuring some apple cider to mull…and add bourbon to.  One must have one’s priorities in order.)

NYFW Recap: Samantha Pleet S/S 2013

26/09/2012 § Leave a comment

Loving the S/S 2013 Samantha Pleet collection!  Called the “Sands of Time” and drawing inspiration from the ancient civilizations of the Fertile Crescent and the 19th century adventurers who discovered them, Pleet’s collection is whimsically detailed and utilizes some very gorgeous prints.  And I quite obviously lost my mind at the sight of the shorts suit above — amazing! The presentation was held at the gorgeous Wolverine Company Store that has been popped up in Nolita, against a backdrop that echoed the stratified landscape of ancient Mesopotamia.

I was also excited to get a sneak peek at the new S/S Samantha Pleet for Wolverine 1000 Mile collaboration that includes sandals, boots and oxfords.  I can already tell those turquoise lovelies are poised to be quite a hit — mark my words!

View the entire Samantha Pleet S/S 2013 lookbook here.

NYFW Recap: Monika Chiang S/S 2013

24/09/2012 § 1 Comment

The spirit of designer Monika Chiang‘s eponymous collection is best viewed as an expression of her personal style and her distinctly global background.  A magpie of the best sort, Chiang draws inspiration from around the world and deftly combines seemingly disparate elements to create apparel, jewelry and accessories that are obviously fashion-forward, but effortlessly so.  These delicious tensions were immediately apparent when I attended her S/S 2013 presentation at Lincoln Center during NYFW, where she debuted a collection that was inspired by a recent trip to South Africa.

Full of jewel tones, rich textures, exotic skins, beautifully executed prints, a heaping serving of “moto” and a touch of androgyny, the Monika Chiang S/S 2013 woman is opulence and toughness, personified.  I was especially drawn to the complexity of her accessories, and her knack for juxtaposition is second to none.  I’m personally still reeling from the genius of black leather with cream silk and oxidized metal…

The gorgeous Monika Chiang.

NYFW Recap: Nonoo S/S 2013

14/09/2012 § 1 Comment

To kick off my coverage of New York Fashion Week,
one of my very favorite collections: Nonoo.

Designer Misha Nonoo and Bergdorf Goodman’s Linda Fargo.

As I stepped into the Nonoo presentation at Milk, I was pleasantly surprised to hear tropical music.  Peeking around a throng of fans that included Olivia Palermo, Linda Fargo of Bergdorf Goodman, Jamie Beck and Leandra Medine, I discovered designer Misha Nonoo’s amazing Spring Summer 2013 collection — and promptly fell in love.  Drawing inspiration from the faded beauty of Cuba, the collection deftly balances elegance with whimsy amidst a richly saturated palette and some very gorgeous prints.  The lace!  The flamingos!  The Supergas!

Smartly tailored, vintage inspired, and more than a bit Wallis Simpson in the Bahamas, Nonoo Spring/Summer 2013 is glamorous and casually refined.  Perfect for a weekend jaunt to the Caribbean…or just kicking around the West Village. 
I’ll take it all, thanks.

Be sure to pop by Nonoo.

New York Fashiongram

13/09/2012 § Leave a comment

Full posts to follow, but I just wanted to share a few of my
favorite New York Fashion Week moments, captured via Instagram:

Bill Cunningham at Suno 
The rush at Monika Chiang
Lovely linen at Samantha Pleet
Misha Nonoo and Olivia Palermo at Nonoo 
Lani en route to Fashion’s Night Out 
The opening of Michael Bastian 
Refreshments at Cafe Gitane

Postcards from Los Angeles

04/09/2012 § 1 Comment

Wanted to share a few of my Los Angeles moments before I head back to NYC,
as filtered through Instagram (quitecontinental).

At the Jazz-Age Lawn Party

22/08/2012 § 6 Comments

A few photos from my trip to the Jazz-Age Lawn Party on Governors Island over the weekend.  I hadn’t been since year before last and it was simply remarkable to see how much the event has grown in that time.  While the lines have gotten longer and space on the lawn has gotten scarcer, this event still remains one of my favorite New York things to do.  Even if you lack a straw boater or a strand of pearls, I definitely recommend checking it out next summer (held in July and August, more info here).  It is a lovely time.

Summer in the City

07/08/2012 § Leave a comment

In between cold beverages (there were many) and a little Olympics viewing (probably more than a little) and one well-deserved nap (definitely deserved), I kicked around Washington Square Park for a bit over the hot hot hot weekend.  Understandably, because of the blistering heat, I did find the park somewhat emptier than usual, but nonetheless full of lovely, summery things to see.  Sidenote: I’m not sure if I’m including the guy covered in pigeons…

Summer Storm

31/07/2012 § Leave a comment

A few pictures from this Saturday past.  While a terrific storm was promised, it didn’t manage to dissuade us from our plans to venture out to the beach.  And while there wasn’t much sunlight to be had, Mother Nature did present us with some strong waves and beautiful — albeit foreboding — clouds.  It was a beautiful, foggy beach day, and by the time the sky opened up, we were safe and sound and already on our way home.  A perfect day.

Robert Moses State Park

About Last Night || The Little Black Jacket

21/06/2012 § Leave a comment

I was fortunate to catch The Little Black Jacket in SoHo last week, during its limited run, and I wanted to share a few pictures with you.  Conceived by Carine Roitfeld and Karl Lagerfeld, the travelling exhibition revisits the iconic tweed Chanel jacket — newly redesigned by Lagerfeld — in over 100 large-scale photographs of models, actors, artists and celebrities, each with their own take on the LBJ.  The wide range of faces staring back at you from the walls — young, old, male, female, of all different colors — illustrate quite effectively why Gabrielle’s classic design has endured for decades.

The exhibit has since moved on to Taipei, with the next location to be revealed on June 25.  If it comes to your city, I definitely recommend a visit.  If you aren’t fortunate enough to make the trip in person, you can always pick up the book or peruse The Little Black Jacket “e-experience.”  You can also watch a behind-the-scenes film of the photoshoot here.

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