QC Prêt-à-Porter || Tuxedo Season

18/11/2015 § 3 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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Style Roulette || Flying Tiger

31/10/2013 § Leave a comment

Style RouletteStyle Roulette || Flying Tiger

Style Roulette: One item, two distinct styles.
Round 2: Étoile Isabel Marant Crisi boots

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

From top L to R:
Rag & Bone Roseburg coat 

J.Crew western denim shirt
Kenzo Flying Tiger pullover
Cosabella Kitty bralette
Vanessa Bruno Athé leather skirt
Étoile Isabel Marant Crisi boots
Jerome Dreyfuss suede Igor bag
Isabel Marant Drake scarf

Denim, leather, camel, suede and tigers.  These are a few of my favorite things.  There’s just something about a full-length coat and a teeny tiny miniskirt that I will always love.  Throw in some flying tigers and I won’t be able to resist.  Kitty love notwithstanding, I’d normally be a bit leery of such a bold print, but with this color palette and that gorgeous topcoat the tigers become a bit more subdued — they function more as leitmotif than overture.  Meow.

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 || The Getaway

12/07/2013 § 1 Comment

The Getaway

From left:
Mara Hoffman Medicine Wheel bandeau bikini
Band of Outsiders denim shirtdress
Le Renard Big Bag – Hexie Mountains
K Jacques St Tropez Picon leather sandals
Warby Parker Flannery sunglasses
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: Specter At The Feast

Quite Continental Breakfast:
Nantucket and Malibu are disappearing [via Vanity Fair]
Gaby Hoffman was the real-life Eloise of The Chelsea Hotel [via NYT]
An Ode to Lauren Hutton [via Miss Moss]
My amazing and beautiful friend Marisa was profiled by Vogue Spain!

On The Docket:
Take the Rockabus to Rockaway Beach
Attend the Museum of the City of New York event on 7/17 on the 1970s club scene
Stop by Fair Folks & a Goat for coffee and design (and become a member like me!)

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QC Prêt-à-Porter || Beach Bound

21/06/2013 § 2 Comments

QC Prêt-à-Porter: Beach Bound

From top L to R:
HUF Highball box logo volley hat
Warby Parker Winston sun glasses in cream soda (only $95!)
MANGOES!
Raquel Allegra shreded cotton-blend jersey top
Isabel Marant Waikiki reversible bikini
Nine Space for J.Crew beach towel
J Brand Vixen distressed denim shorts in white
Vans Authentics in acid denim
Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer SPF 100+ sunblock
Steel Canvas Basket Co. for J.Crew colorblock tote

HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SUMMER!
(I’m excited, can you tell?)

This weekend finds me on the beaches of Long Island and celebrating the birthday of a nearest and dearest in Brooklyn.  I hope your first days of what is truly my favorite season are filled with warm days, cool nights and sea salt — either in your hair or on your mangoes…or both!

Have a lovely weekend! What will you get up to?
xoxo. M.

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.

QC Prêt-à-Porter || Sailing Into Spring

03/04/2013 § 1 Comment

 QC Prêt-à-Porter || Sailing Into Spring

A weekend for west coasting…
Boy. by Band of Outsiders sailboat printed silk crepe de chine shirt
Mih Jeans Paris cropped mid-rise straight-leg jeans
La Perla Donna Eleonora molded underwire bra
J.Crew wool twill schoolboy blazer
The Hill-side selvedge ticking stripe twill pocket square
Clare Vivier Besace embossed bag
Charles Philip Sheila chambray flats

Nothing like a pair of white jeans to get you in the mood for warmer climates.  With my upcoming trip to Los Angeles this weekend (a bit more on that later), I’m definitely breaking that old “no white pants before Memorial Day” rule.  Just you wait and see.

On the docket:
Trying to remember why I booked a 7am flight. Seriously?
Finishing up Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

Quite Continental Breakfast:
bits and bobs for your weekend wander

Have a lovely weekend!
xoxo.  M.

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QC Prêt-à-Porter || Lo in the City

15/03/2013 § Leave a comment

QC Prêt-à-Porter: Lolita

R13 contrast sleeve Concert-T  
Current/Elliott Boyfriend cropped jean
J.Crew hooded parka
Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers
Ray-Ban aviators
J.Crew cashmere beanie
Mimi Holliday by Damaris Bisou Bisou Pearl lace soft-cup bra
Lolita by Nabokov, first edition (anniversary edition available here)

On the docket:
Celebrating a certain St. Patrick
Audubon’s Aviary at the New York Historical Society, details here
Club Monaco sample sale (only through Friday, details here)

Quite Continental Breakfast:
bits and bobs for your weekend wander

  • Explore the cult of British designer Margaret Howell, via WSJ Magazine.
  • Fernet Branca is the equivalent of a hipster bartender handshake (and did you know that San Francisco ingests more of the stuff than Buenos Aires?!?).  A quick guide to Fernet, via Bon Appetit.
  • Patrick Robinson, formerly of Gap, is launching Pashko, his own collection of athletically-inclined comfy clothes “to hang out in” — with your help.  Using a Kickstarter campaign, Robinson plans to only make the items that people “order” via the crowd-funding mechanism, and after the initial funds are raised, turn Pashko into an e-commerce business, via NY Times.
  • Yasmin Sewell looking amazing per usual, via Vanessa Jackman.
  • Thom Browne is amused by what you think his outrageous show concepts mean, but he’s actually too busy building a business to pay you too much mind, via Business of Fashion.
  • I am a little bit (TOTALLY) obsessed by the idea of staying in this amazing Airstream on the ocean side of Highway 1 in Big Sur.  Okay, completely obsessed.
  • Peruse the Windows of New York.
  • Who exactly is the “average guy” when discussing what men wear (and #menswear)?  Via Robert, for GoLocalProv.
  • Stephanie always finds the most amazing things. For example: this portrait from the Cleveland Museum of Art.
  • Moynat, a french trunk-maker and leather goods company founded by a woman in 1849, provides a lovely bit of illustrated inspiration for your next trip to Paris:

Have a lovely weekend!
xoxo.  M.

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QC Prêt-à-Porter || Allez Les Bleus

11/03/2013 § 1 Comment

Quite Continental: Allez Les Bleus

Nothing like a flash of spring to inspire a bit of wishful thinking:
WHARF “ONE” women’s chambray shirt, blue
Mother of Pearl Spirea printed silk crepe de chine skirt
Stella McCartney Clara Whispering lace bra and silk thong
Aurélie Bidermann Santa Fe braided cotton and gold-plated necklace
Elizabeth and James Carri T-strap sandals
A.P.C. Minimal bag

On the docket:
Blues for Smoke at the Whitney Museum
Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity at The Metropolitan Museum
Whiskey and a traditional Irish seisiún at The Dead Rabbit

If you live in New York, you probably took one look at the outfit above and wondered where exactly I would like to wear it, considering the all-day dusting of snow we received on Friday.  But when you consider the near sixty degree Saturday we had, perhaps you might be willing to indulge my rather wishful warm weather thoughts.  And who knows, perhaps a trip to a more tropical region is in order…?

Have a lovely week!
xoxo. M.

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