Shortlist #4: Specs, tunes and hawks.

29/06/2012 § Leave a comment

A collection of things I’m currently obsessing over:My new Prestons in gimlet tortoise by Warby Parker.
Sidenote: love the co-ed shirt by G1 Goods — and it’s on sale right now!

The release of Beasts of the Southern Wild on Wednesday (NYC/LA).
I seriously get goosebumps every single time adorable 6 year-old
wondergirl Quvenzhané Wallis shouts “I’m the man!”
You can also read the review by AO Scott of the NY Times here.

In my summer make-up bag:
NARS eyeshadow: Silk Road (icy peach pink/ rose gold with gold flecks)

Urban Decay 24/7 eye pencil in Bourbon
Diorshow Black Out mascara in Kohl Black
Anastasia brow gel
Anastasia brow powder duo in Brunette
Sephora Collection IT brow filler brush
While I am usually a black eyeliner type of girl, this summer I’ve been changing it up with tones that are softer but help bring out my eyes (which are a funny, changeable color that’s almost blue).  I’ve been embracing warm, golden colors and perfecting my brows.  I quite like it, especially with my new specs!

I’ve been constantly listening to the magnificent playlists Moonrise Kingdom put together on  I’ve always thought that one of the most important characters in Wes Anderson films is the soundtrack, but in this case we get individual playlists organized (and inspired) by all the characters.  Find them here.

A few weeks ago, while walking down Sullivan Street in Greenwich Village, a full grown red-tailed hawk swooped down right next to me, picked up a tasty sparrow treat and proceeded to eat it in three bites while sitting on a fence not much taller than me!  I’ve since found out that who I met that evening was one half of a Village celebrity couple: Bobby and Rosie, the NYU red-tailed hawks.  I’ve seen them a few other times in the park, but the best way to watch them — and their two babies! — is via the NYU Hawk Cam, which you can find here (I’ve been watching nonstop).

Shortlist #3 ~ Pop Up Flea Edition

05/12/2011 § 3 Comments

This weekend I joined nearly everyone and their momma and attended the 4th annual Pop Up Flea put up by A Continuous Goldberg.  Happy to support quality goods and the craftspeople who make them, I did come away with few small items of note.

Billykirk No.155 card case with flap.  I’ve been in the market for a card case for a bit as I previously purchased a gorgeous mother-of-pearl antique case that proved a bit too delicate to be tossed into my purse.  I was able to choose the leather, stitching color, add my initials and watch the whole thing come together in minutes, completely original and just for me.  I’m especially looking forward to seeing the leather with a bit of age on it.  Want your own?  Head here.

Sidenote: My beautiful calling cards are also made right here in New York by the folks at Terrapin Stationers.

Items of note: green stitching and the external pocket.

Pierrepont Hicks Field Bow Tie.  Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve officially entered bow tie territory.  A festive bit of tartan and shantung, this reversible tie is going to be perfect for the impending holiday season.  I’m very excited to wear my first bow tie — once I can master tying it, that is.  This tie is now unfortunately sold out, but do peruse the rest of the Pierrepont Hicks bow ties and neckties, all lovely and all made in New York.

Sea Salt Soaps from Three Potato Four.  Made from a Swedish formula with an invigorating, fresh scent, this sea salt soap caught my eye first with its clean packaging and completely sold itself once I took a whiff.  Added bonus: it’s made in the USA and is also good for shaving.  You can purchase your own from Three Potato Four here, a lovely Philadelphia vintage home decor and curiosities shop with a great online storefront you can visit here.

Gun dog print from Wooden Sleepers.  I got a dog!  Well, kinda.  Was pleased to pick up this vintage print of an English Pointer from Brian Davis of Wooden Sleepers.  It’s one of a kind, so you can’t have mine, but you can keep your eye on the online shop in case Brian finds anything similar.

Shortlist #2

26/09/2011 § Leave a comment

Currently occupying space in my brain:

Burning Barbershop by D.S. & Durga
I recently transitioned to a new scent for the fall, and surprise, surprise, it’s men’s cologne.  Spicy, musky and warm, with notes of vanilla, lavender and lime, Burning Barbershop smells so wonderful it makes me want to make out with myself more than a little.  D. S. & Durga, a tiny, Brooklyn-based fine perfume and cologne outfit places high value on their connection to the surrounding community and procuring the best ingredients possible.  They craft, bottle, box and label everything with their four hands.  Their scents are complex, luxurious and season on the skin gorgeously.  If you catch me furiously sniffing my own wrist, you’ll know why…

I Married Adventure by Osa Johnson
A recent, hard-fought eBay battle brought this lovely book home to me.  I am excited to read all about Martin and Osa and their adventures, which will warrant a fuller post in the coming weeks.  And before you ask, yes, I had to have the 1940 zebra printing.

Hooked from the very first paragraph…

A Perfect Guide S/S 2011 issue
Flipping quickly through this delicious fashion glossy, I was immediately intrigued by a series of editorials taken around the country, especially the one chosen for the cover, set in Cape Cod.  I snapped it up in short order.  What I didn’t notice was that the magazine was in Swedish (for the most part).  Sadly my Swedish language skills are woefully bereft.  In any event, the Cape Cod editorial alone is worth the purchase price.

Quoddy Moccasin Boot
Ever come across a pair of shoes that you know should be yours inside of a second?  Have you then had every single person you’ve asked for their opinion on them disagree with you?  Well, I’m in that situation at the moment with these beauties by Quoddy.  While I envision myself in chunky cable-knit sweaters and skinny dark denim, blowing the steam off the top of a scalding cup of coffee on a wooden deck somewhere, everyone else seems to think they are rather too Frankenstein-ish for me.  Now comes the part where I decide if I care about that…or not.

Also worth mentioning are Quoddy’s Marine Woodsman Shearling-Lined Leather Boots.

Shortlist #1

05/08/2011 § 1 Comment

I have to admit that I didn’t come up with the idea for this post on my own.  I frequently notice that there are little things in my life that may not warrant an extended discussion on here, but I’m momentarily all about them, nonetheless.  Inspired by Jessica and her “A Few Things I Love,” Diana and her “Things I Like Right Now,” and Lani and her “Currently Obsessing,” I give you my inaugural Shortlist:

Giles & Brother Hook Cuff: While I like the railroad tie bracelets by G&B, I really love the dainty feel of this cuff.

Sketching pencils and eraser: Spending a lot of time sketching and painting lately. (Fun fact: The only person that gets more excited than I do when I get new art supplies is my Mom.  Isn’t she sweet?)

Big Apple Red by OPI: The most perfect red ever, hands down.

My vintage Torcan fan: Picked this up from a lovely seller on Etsy.  While I still aspire to own a GE fan like the one my grandparents had, this one is a darling little member of the household.  Don’t let the size fool you, though.  It’s so powerful I have to make sure I secure it before turning it on!

“Nobody ever lives their life all the way up except bull-fighters.”  The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway. Picked this up on the recommendation of Cooper.  Loving it.

A photo I picked up recently: How precious is his outfit?  I kind of wish he was actually wearing the hat…  Added bonus, the back of the picture is almost as interesting as the front.

“If you have beauty, come, we’ll take it,
if you have none, come, we’ll make it”

Summer Wants: The Perfect Shirtdress

01/06/2011 § 5 Comments

Image via the Sartorialist

If you’ve seen me lately, you already know I’ve been living in my J.Crew men’s chambray utility shirt.  Purchased one size too big, it floats perfectly around my body on those days when it really is too hot to be wearing any clothes at all.  I have dreams of being able to wear the shirt as a dress, belted haphazardly with braided leather and worn with very simple sandals or moccasins, but to do this successfully I’d need a good six inches added to the shirttail, as I am on the tall side.

So, I’ve been on the lookout for the next best thing: the perfect shirtdress.  My favorites look like the one this Milanese lady has on – loose, haphazard, and in the lightest of fabrics.  I’m not a fan of the aggressive shoe she’s got on — I enjoy the contrast, surely — but my vision of the places I want to wear this dress doesn’t really jive with skyscraper heels.  I see myself in parks, on beaches and roof decks, at outdoor movies and farmers markets, drinking mint juleps while wearing floaty, buttoned-down dresses like these…

Ruffled Button Down Dress by Tsumori Chisato.

Henley dress by 3.1 Phillip Lim.

Clyde dress by imogene + willie.

Cleo dress by Billy Reid.

Collarless Full Shirtdress by Mardi Jeudi.

Striped shirtdress by T-bags.
(I especially love the buttons up the back of this one)

His & Hers: Summer Uniform

20/04/2011 § 4 Comments

Gents, you’ll know I really like you when I steal that perfectly broken-in shirt of yours and refuse to give it back.  When asked for its return, I’ll probably try to remind you that you gave it to me (and I’ll be lying).  For the girls like me who love to steal clothes from their boys (and for the boys who love their little closet thieves), an idea for a shared summer uniform for S/S 2011:

Via J.Crew: Unisex Saint James® Meridien II nautical tee
Girls, your true size will be beautifully slouchy.
For a more fitted look, go a size down.

Via J.Crew: Secret Wash lightweight button-down solid shirt
Available in slim/extra small, a perfectly gauzy summer shirt.

Via J.Crew: Chambray club short
Happened upon these at the Liquor Store.
Planning to wear them a bit loose with a cuff.

Via Zappos: Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Core Ox
A classic. No need to justify.

Billykirk x Opening Ceremony 16″ Medium Carryall – Navy Stripe – 165-RS
Completely in love with this Billykirk carryall.
May be a bit busy for most men to carry, but if I saw a gent with this bag,
I’d know we were meant to be together forever.
…or at least for S/S 2011.

Shortlist: Poolside Pin-Up

29/03/2011 § 1 Comment

Sailor Stream Bikini by Rosa Cha available here || Billowed Beach Pants available here || Lemon Stick Wedges by Miss Albright available here || Diane von Furstenberg Laragh Linen Day Bag available here ||

QC Shortlist: Summer Beckons

22/03/2011 § 3 Comments

Ray-Ban Catty Clubmasters available here. || J.Crew Polka Dot Underwire Tank available here. || Fred Perry x Amy Winehouse Interlaced Moccasin Stitched Shoe available here. || Kate Spade Hello Sunshine Willow available here. || Hermès Narrow Enamel Bracelet available here. || Lilly Pulitzer Betsey Dress available here. || The Lover available here. || Old-Fashioned Latticed Cherry Pie recipe here. ||

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