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 || Celebrating Tomboy Style at Rugby Ralph Lauren

08/06/2012 § Leave a comment

Last night, I was very pleased to celebrate the release of Tomboy Style by the exceptionally lovely Lizzie Garrett Mettler at the Rugby Ralph Lauren store on University Place.  It was a such a lovely party, I couldn’t help but snap a few pictures to share with you…

So great to see Lizzie on the east coast!
Was hoping to kidnap her and make her stay, but I was unsuccessful.

Loved how Rugby styled four of Lizzie’s Tomboy archetypes:
(from left) the prep, the naturalist, the sophisticate, the rebel.

With my gorgeous friend Marisa Zupan, Managing Editor at Rugby Ralph Lauren, blogger at The Significant Other, and all around awesome lady.  I’m especially loving her new bangs.

Haven’t yet picked up your copy of Tomboy Style?  What are you waiting for?

And if you are in Boston this Saturday, be sure to stop by the Rugby Ralph Lauren store on Newbury Street between 5 and 7pm to meet Lizzie and get your book signed!  Rugby is also sponsoring an awesome Tomboy Style giveaway, which you can find out about on Lizzie’s blog here
I’d wish you good luck, but you know I’m hoping to win, natch…

Movin’ On Up.

04/06/2012 § 10 Comments

I don’t frequently talk about my day job, I realize (I work for a political risk consulting firm), but today is a very special day because we open our doors in a new location.  As I packed up in preparation for the move, I came to realize that in the five years I have been in New York, I have only worked in one very small slice of Manhattan.  Namely, the patch of midtown between 40th and 45th Streets and 7th and Madison Avenues.  Every morning I said hello to Grand Central, Bryant Park, Times Square, and the New York Public Library.  The not so distant pinnacles of the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building, and Rockefeller Center, grandly scraping the sky as I skipped off to grab coffee.  And while I am excited to settle in to a new area — our shiny new office will be in the Flatiron District now — I couldn’t help but already be a bit nostalgic for my former digs.  And so, in honor of the move, I wanted to share a few of the many pictures I’ve taken over the years.

Onward, upward (and 20 blocks downtown) I go!

(clockwise, from top left) The Morgan Library,
Bryant Park in spring, Lord and Taylor, our former office’s front entrance.

The New York Public Library, in fog, spring, and snow,
and the grand reading room with its paneled ceiling.

The Bank of America tower, northbound on Madison Avenue,
the constellations inside Grand Central Terminal,
the bar at the Campbell Apartment.

Bryant Park: the carousel, the Bryant Park Hotel,
summer movies on the lawn, ice skating in winter.

The Library Walk tiles, the steps to the library at night,
the counter at the Grand Central Oyster Bar,
and a very curious lion (?) I passed every day on E. 41st.

The Knox Hat Building, Times Square at night,
Grand Central in the morning, Fifth Avenue parades.

My morning coffee pit stop, the amazing fashion newsstand Around the World,
and two views from our office terrace.

One thing I will definitely miss: our amazing terrace overlooking Fifth Ave.
A few pictures from the last hurrah.

Field Notes || Brimfield Antique Show

13/05/2012 § 1 Comment

Had a lovely time visiting the Brimfield Antique Show on Friday with Lani!  Luckily, we had lovely weather to match.  Unluckily, the week’s rain had kept away a lot of the other antique hunters for the better part of the week, resulting in a very crowded and lengthy drive in, but we didn’t let that get us down!

As to be expected of the Northeast’s (and perhaps the country’s?) largest antique show, Brimfield doesn’t really offer many deals.  The Brimfield dealer is savvy, picky even.  They know that somewhere, someone is wandering around in the fields that would be willing to pay their inflated prices, either because they don’t know any better or because they just don’t care about the cost.  And for good reason, as the creative services and design teams of some of the biggest mainstream Americana brands (Ralph Lauren, Abercrombie and Fitch) regularly sweep through Brimfield looking for inspiration (and pay top dollar for it).

That said, going to Brimfield is still a lot of fun — there’s great food and even better people watching.  There’s also some truly weird stuff out there.  It’s definitely my favorite Brimfield pastime to play “Didn’t you tell me you needed _______?”  In which the blank is filled in with the weirdest thing within sight, e.g, a Liberace pillow, a 5 foot-tall tea kettle, and the like.

Canadian yacht club plaques from the 1930s.

My Brimfield kit included:
wellies
, a waxed cotton parka, and a Boat and Tote bag

The fonts! So good!

Butter dishes and Somersize. Best product placement ever.

Lani is excited for…

…some amazing lobster rolls.

Love my new leopard and zebra!
They join a thrifted elephant in my burgeoning apartment menagerie.

Behind the Scenes || QC Styles the Wolverine 1000 Mile Collection by Samantha Pleet Lookbook

04/05/2012 § 2 Comments

Big news!

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of styling the Wolverine 1000 Mile Collection by Samantha Pleet  Fall/Winter 2012 lookbook, and I am very excited to let you know that it will be released this upcoming Monday!  I’m especially proud of everyone’s work on the finished product and can’t wait to share it with you next week!

In the meantime, your exclusive look behind the scenes:

Casting in Samantha’s atelier.

Getting ready for our first shot of the day with model Anna: (from left) Christina Vernon from Wolverine, photographer Mikael Kennedy, designer Samantha Pleet and Marshall Davis from Wolverine

Anna’s gorgeous vintage jacket is courtesy of Brooklyn Dry Goods.

Photo courtesy of BPMW

Me putting the finishing touches on model Victoria,
with gorgeous accessories supplied by The Shiny Squirrel.

Shoe-palooza!  The entire collection is so gorgeous, isn’t it?
You can imagine my dismay at not being the sample size.

Hair by Kristin Sky Olsen.

Our amazingly talented photographer Mikael Kennedy, was a joy to work with!

Also of note, Mikael just returned from an epic trip across the country with fellow photographer Sean Sullivan, founder of the blog The Impossible Cool.  Called Ramblers Bone, they documented their journey in breathtaking, wanderlust-inducing photographic detail that you must check out immediately.

Accessories by Ax + Apple, Elizabeth Knight Jewelry,
Species by the Thousands and Cursive Design; courtesy of The Shiny Squirrel

Binder clips are a stylist’s best friend.

Photo courtesy of BPMW

Me and Anna.  Sidenote: Did you notice my straight hair?!

Marshall’s expert shoe-tying technique.

Shoot at the BPMW showroom.

Don’t forget to check back in with me on Monday for the lookbook reveal!
So excited!

For more information on the Wolverine 1000 Mile Collection
by Samantha Pleet, head here.

**UPDATE 5/7/2012**
See my post on the lookbook here.

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