QC Prêt-à-Porter || NYFW + Nemo

08/02/2013 § 3 Comments

Mariah Kunkel by William YanPhoto by the lovely William Yan.

Just a quick note today to say hello, as I’m headed to Lincoln Center for Fashion Week — Nemo be damned!  I definitely hope you are snug and warm, wherever you are.  Have a lovely weekend!

Wearing: vintage fedora, J.Crew scarf, Paul Smith coat

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QC Prêt-à-Porter || Plaid & Camel

21/01/2013 § 1 Comment

Plaid & CamelA weekend for catching up:
UNIQLO wool tailored blazer
J.Crew Keeper chambray shirt
UNIQLO easy print leggings pants
Ray-Ban Original Aviator sunglasses
form function form button stud weekender
APC Cabas Chic Shopper
rag & bone Harrow booties

On the docket:
The Chelsea Antiques Garage
Drag bingo
Brooklyn Dry Goods menswear installations at MRket Show

This long weekend has me visiting with out of town friends and navigating the start of men’s market week in New York, as well as making my long-overdue return to Sunday afternoon bingo hosted by the fabulous Ms Vodka Stinger.  I hope you’ll excuse my brevity (and tardiness) today, as I’ve got quite of bit of running around to do — but I promise to be back soon to share pictures of it all.

Have a lovely holiday weekend!
xoxo.  M.

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QC Prêt-à-Porter || The Greys

11/01/2013 § 1 Comment

QC Prêt-à-Porter || The GreysA weekend to skip over puddles…
TOPSHOP longline boyfriend coat
Charles Philip Lana wool loafers
CLARE VIVIER stripe flat clutch
Duffy knitted sweater
J.Crew Blythe silk shirt
Pendleton Indy Hat (on sale!)
J.Crew cashmere purl-stitch snood
J Brand Aiden cropped distressed boyfriend jean

On the docket:
Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen (closing weekend!)
Amour at Film Forum
Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham

This weekend I plan to use the rainy days to my full advantage.  I’ll hop uptown for an exhibit on the costumes and personal style Katharine Hepburn, then come back downtown for a screening of Amour, which recently garnered a Best Actress Oscar nomination for Emmanuelle Riva’s performance (Riva also starred in one of my very favorite films, Hiroshima mon amour).  This outfit would be perfectly cozy for traipsing about this weekend, and I even included a charcoal version of my new favorite Pendleton hat (on sale!).

Quite Continental Breakfast:
Sidenote: Quite Continental Breakfast is something that I used to put together a while back and have decided to revive.  It’s a shortlist of items I’ve collected over the week that probably won’t warrant a post on QC, but I thought they might prove interesting for your weekend perusal.  Have something to recommend? Please definitely send it my way!

  • The Economist recommends you read my firm’s annual report on the top geopolitical risks for the year with a stiff whisky.  I shan’t disagree with that.  You can find the report here.
  • Have spent many, many minutes perusing the beautiful and unique travel destinations on Welcome Beyond.  Definitely check out the Treehotel, a property in North Sweden that is made up entirely of tree houses!
  • Quite enjoyed these photos of gangster Mickey Cohen and wife at home in Los Angeles in 1949, via LIFE.  Cohen served as the real-life inspiration for Sean Penn’s character in the film Gangster Squad, which opened today.  Also, did you know one of Mickey’s henchmen, Johnny Stompanato, was stabbed to death by the 14 year-old daughter of Lana Turner? Me neither!
  • Former Menswear Crush Hackett London had their first-ever show this week. You can view their perfectly British Autumn/Winter 2013 collection via Vogue UK.
  • Completely obsessed with the photography of African cultures by Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher.  Especially the pictures of the Dinka people of South Sudan — AMAZING!
  • A bit of vintage interior inspiration, in the form of a converted warehouse via HouseToHome.
  • Lastly, an amusing little alphabetical list of important architects and their best known building.

Have a lovely weekend!
xoxo.  M.

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Bonne année!

03/01/2013 § 13 Comments

2013.

I do hope this post finds you as thankful as I am for all that 2012 had in store for us.  Like most years, 2012 was something of a mixed bag.  We had highest highs, lowest lows and everything in between.  We cried a little, laughed a lot, and learned a bit more about ourselves.  We loved, we lost, and we moved on.  We grew.

Most of all, I am grateful this year for the support of my amazing family and friends, grateful for the lovely new people I’ve met via this tiny corner of the interwebs that I call home, and grateful for fresh starts and a sparkling clean 2013.  Here’s to the happiest of new years, my dears!

2013

Getting down to business: Where on earth have I been for two weeks?  I took a much-needed trip home for the holidays to Los Angeles to relax and recharge and visit my family, and while I was there I decided to take an unplanned break in honor of the holidays, which included my birthday.  I spent a lot of time driving around some of my old haunts, visiting with friends and perfecting my Wii dance moves with my 9 year-old nieces.  I also had time to take a few quick pictures with photographer Idris Erba, a friend I’ve had for more than a decade — and as you can see in the pictures he took, the weather in LA was pretty idyllic.

Wearing: scarf: J.Press lambswool scarf (25% off!) || blazer: vintage || shirt: J.Crew chambray work shirt || denim: Uniqlo || bag: Lotuff Leather (c/o) || watch: Form Function Form button stud weekender (c/o)

I also wanted to share a few photos from my trip home that I took via Instagram.  Snapped in Hollywood, Silverlake, Downtown, Long Beach and Manhattan Beach, they represent some of my very favorite moments.

2013 2013 2013 2013 2013

On trips home I frequently get asked when I’m going to finally tire of New York — the cost! the weather! the people! the subways! — and move back west.  Perhaps west coasters imagine that New York is something to suffer through, to thicken your skin and toughen up a bit.  All I know is that if I still get that thrill down my spine when I catch that first glimpse of the Manhattan skyline when I return from being out of town, I must still be in the right place.  Los Angeles has plenty to offer, and will always have a very special piece of my heart, but Manhattan has her hooks in me and she isn’t ready — just yet — to let me go.

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QC Prêt-à-Porter || Le Beaujolais Est Arrivé!

19/10/2012 § 4 Comments

A weekend to sip red wine…from a flask:
GANT by Michael Bastian Donegal blazer
J. Crew slim cashmere V-neck sweater
Rag & Bone floppy brim fedora
Mulberry mid-rise cords
Ernest Alexander Jane merlot messenger
J.Crew houndstooth wool scarf
Bass Washington tassel loafers
Ernest Alexander Dean flask set
J.Crew x Timex military watch

This weekend I’ve definitely got plenty to keep me busy.  I’ll be putting the finishing touches on my (top secret) Halloween costume, heading uptown for a bit of fine arts and antiques at the Park Avenue Armory, celebrating a friend’s very special birthday and trying to figure out how to mull wine (any guidance would be welcomed).  With the changeable weather New York has been having, I bet I’ll be layering up and down all weekend while I run around the city.

You might have noticed that I am sort of obsessed with shades of burgundy these days.  The obsession has made it all the way to my nails, which have been sporting Chanel Vamp lately.  Color crazes aside, it’s such a nostalgic color for me.  It was the very first expensive nail lacquer I ever purchased for myself, and to my barely-in-high-school self, it really couldn’t get much more luxurious than a $15 bottle of nail polish in the “it color” of 1994.  Thank goodness they’ve re-released it — even though I’m less than thrilled at the $10 increase in price.

Have a lovely weekend!
What will you be getting up to?

xoxo. M.

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QC Prêt-à-Porter || Fantastic Ms. Fox

01/10/2012 § 2 Comments

Acne Mape cropped lizard-embossed leather jacket
Tory Burch Samantha sweater
McQ Alexander McQueen tartan wool mini skirt
Eugenia Kim Gabriella feather trimmed rabbit-felt fedora
Tory Burch fox head hinge bracelet
J.Crew cashmere-lined leather gloves
J.Crew Brompton hobo
Sam Edelman Petty Kid suede ankle boot
J.Crew solid opaque tights

For me, fall doesn’t really begin until I’ve got my first pair of tights on for the season, and guess what?  Today was that day.  In honor of fall’s arrival, an outfit with just the right amount of schoolgirl gone bad and a few foxes thrown in for good measure.  I’m especially drawn to the richness of deep jewel tones this fall and am in love with the burgundy and green here.  The Acne moto jacket is the obvious budget-killer here, but I couldn’t resist  You can find a similar and much more affordable and non-leather option here, if either qualities are more desirable to you — but alas, no green.

What’s keeping me busy around the city this week?  Quite a few things, indeed!  I will be catching Grace Kelly in Hitchcock’s Dial M for Murder (in 3-D!) at Film Forum before it closes,  a champagne-infused girldate at The Drybar in Flatiron, an opening reception for artist John Whitlock at Goose Barnacle in Brooklyn on Thursday (details here), a record release party for the country duo The Vanity Belles (tickets here) and a happy hour or two.  I’m definitely in need of a pair of boots made for walking like those gorgeous Sam Edelmans above.  Love!

Have a lovely week!
What will you be getting up to?

xoxo. M.

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It’s All Transitory

15/09/2012 § 8 Comments

Transitory
tran·si·to·ry/ˈtransiˌtôrē/
Adjective
Meaning: not permanent
transitory periods of medieval greatness
Origin: late Middle English: from Old French transitoire,
from Christian Latin transitorius, from transit- ‘gone across’

Wearing: GANT shirt (similar), H&M skirt (similar idea) and belt (similar),
Cooperative tassel skimmer, Bag by San Fernando Valley Mercantile
Lips: NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil in Dragon Girl
Photos taken by Jenna Rosebery in Madison Square Park

There’s been a snap in the weather in New York that arrived this week like an old familiar friend.  It was that moment when the endless sun-filled possibilities of summer darken — just a bit — and you realize that it’s only a matter of days before the leaves will be gone and you start to pull on clothes you’ve forgotten you have. While the California girl in me will always want it to be just a little warmer and sunnier outside, since moving to New York I’ve really come to value the transitional seasons of fall and spring — two seasons that Los Angeles distinctly lacks.

Fall is a time for introspection — it isn’t hopeful and promising in the same way that spring is.  There are no fuzzy spring chicks or pretty buds, but rather falling leaves and ripening apples that can cause your thoughts wander to the areas in your own life that have changed, will be changing, or need to be changed.  Definitely over the last few weeks of my own life, this has been this case.  With the emphasis on the spring of 2013 during fashion week, the fact that we are in for a stretch of colder weather, a few more holidays, a new year and yet another birthday of mine, came into sharp focus.  I’ve also been met with some pretty big changes in my professional and personal life that I’m currently navigating.

Taking a step back from it all, the word “transitory” repeatedly came to my mind, and how we are forever in transit, forever navigating, and while changes can range from the annoying to the downright painful, it helps to remember that constant motion forward.  Not to mention the friends, family members and colleagues who are there to help us along the way.  But most importantly, keep in mind that you are completely in charge of yourself.  While we can’t control what happens to us, we definitely can control how we react.  So don’t ever forget to drive your own bus.

With that, please join me in welcoming fall!
xoxo. M.

QC Prêt-à-Porter || NYC Fashion Week Essentials

07/09/2012 § Leave a comment

A few New York Fashion Week essentials:

Pour La Victoire Morandi Satchel  First and foremost, you’ll need a bag big enough to tote quite a bit of stuff.  I really love how this satchel expands, but most of all, I’m drawn by the gorgeous color.

Joie Day Dreaming Smoking Flats  You’ll welcome a respite from all the high heel duty.  Be sure to keep them in a shoe pouch (as well as your heels, when you change), to keep the inside of your bag clean.

Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm and 55-250mm lenses  Self explanatory, with two lenses to switch it up as you like.

Ray-Ban Meteor Sunglasses  Black meets tortie, with a squared-off, retro feel.  Effortless cool.

NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil in Dragon Girl  Bold red; the most iconic fashion statement…for your face.

Macally Powerlink8 Battery Charger  You will always, always, always be in search of juice.  This little gadget can power up an iPhone, iPod or iPad on the go.  Genius.

A sneak peek at Monika Chiang S/S 2013!

Yes, I’m back on the east coast and New York Fashion Week is in full swing!  I’m currently running around the city and soaking up all there is to see, and I’m really excited to share some very lovely collections with you in the coming days.  Can’t wait?  The best way to follow me over the next few days will be via Twitter (@mariahkunkel) and Instagram (@quitecontinental).  Of course, if there’s anything you think I should I check out, please email me!

Have a lovely weekend!
What will you be getting up to?

xoxo. M.

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QC Prêt-à-Porter || Guest of the Bride

31/08/2012 § 3 Comments

A weekend to celebrate love:

J.Crew Origami pleated wool-crepe dress
Roberto Cavalli Alligator gold-plated Swarovski crystal cuff
J.Crew Daisylace Minaudiere
Kate Spade New York Stoney heels
The Row Oversized cat eye acetate sunglasses
My Go-To Red Lip: NARS Velvet Matte lip pencil in Cruella
…and copious amounts of bubbly!

This weekend finds me in Los Angeles for a good friend’s wedding and so I have thrown together a somewhat midcentury modern, Betty Draper-inspired, emerald-infused party outfit featuring a rather dazzling alligator cuff — yes, I realize it completely breaks the bank, but it was so good I had to include it!  The neckline on this dress is fantastic, and demands a bare canvas — no necklaces or chandelier earrings, please.  Top it off with an updo, a precise cat eye and a crimson lip and you’re ready for cocktails with Don.

Other activities will include a bit of auntie duty, catching up with some west coast friends and relearning how to parallel park with my super sweet rental car.  If you have any recommendations for me, please do pass them along!  Since moving to New York five years ago, my Angeleno intel on what to do and where to go has probably grown a bit rusty.

Have a lovely weekend!
What will you be getting up to?

xoxo. M.

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Sidenote:  You may have noticed I was a bit quieter than usual this weekend — not because I lacked anything to say, definitely — but more likely because of my awesomely full weekend hiking and camping, I felt a bit less inclined to sit in front of my computer for the next few days.  Add to that the preparations for trip I am currently on, the strategy sessions with Lani for Fashion Week, and the general realization that summer is coming to a close, it felt like a good time to take a step back from my usual routine and I am happy to say that I am really enjoying myself.  Regular posting will resume when I return to the city.  I’ve got tons to dish about and Fashion Week is going to be a blast!

QC Prêt-à-Porter || Summer Camp

24/08/2012 § 5 Comments

A weekend for the great outdoors:

Taylor Stitch x Ebbet’s Field California bear ballcap
J.Crew cotton chambray shirt
Etoile Isabel Marant Amba shorts
Bandana scarf
Bulleit Rye Whiskey
Happy Socks in zebra ivory
Wolverine 1000 Mile boots
Topo Designs Klettersack in orange
Starbucks Via instant coffee
Coleman® Classic XPS LED Lantern

This weekend will find me on my very first camping trip ever and I am quite excited about it!  I’ll be heading up to Cold Spring area with a few friends who are gearing up for their trip of a lifetime to Machu Picchu, and they’ve generously agreed to take me along and show me the ropes.  I’ve been told I won’t need to bring an axe.  I must admit, I was a little disappointed.  Inspired by my outdoorsy turn this weekend, my kit includes a some essential items that don’t sacrifice style for utility — or vice-versa.  I especially love the Taylor Stitch x Ebbet’s Field ballcap!  Such a classy way to show my California pride.

Aspirational goal: not being eaten by a bear.

Items of note/mini reading list:

  • It’s the Bridgehampton Polo Club’s 2012 season closing weekend at Two Trees Farm.  Info for spectators can be found here.
  • Alice Carey has amazing style.  Read her feature on Advanced Style.  Thank you to Nat for the tip!
  • Out this week: Forbes lists the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World.  What’s more interesting, Gaga at 14 or Queen Elizabeth at 26?
  • Two blogs I recently discovered that you should definitely check out: Tales of a Madcap Heiress and Le blog de SoVeNa

Have a lovely weekend!
What will you be getting up to?

xoxo. M.

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