Slide Into Spring

23/04/2015 § 2 Comments

gap slides

In reflecting upon how much desire these simple sneaks from Gap have just inspired, it’s entirely possible that New York has finally tipped my internal balance to 51% NY, 49% CA — because when I look at these I think SPRING!!!  Which is hilarious because they are black leather sneakers, says California me.  No, no, says New York me, can’t you see??  Shoes that aren’t boots that you can wear without socks? That’s practically a tropical vacation for our feet!

Controversy aside, these babies are a perfect transition from the recent winter of our collective discontent AND a perfect price to boot — $49.95 and an additional 35% off until tomorrow, 4/24 — so get while the getting is good, and we can be spring twins.

Wants || Blue Moon

24/07/2014 § 3 Comments

QC Wants || Blue Moon

Because one can never have too much blue on hand…right?

Clockwise from top left:
3.1 Phillip Lim Mini Pashli
Current/Elliot The Perfect Denim Shirtdress
Armand Diradourian Summer Stripe Throw
Petit Bateau Essential Stripe Bralette
J.Crew Surfboard Linen Sweater
Adidas Adilette Slides
Acne Studios Cropped Wide-leg Wool Pants
Connor Engraved Octopus Cards

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Here’s to a weekend full of the good kind of blue.
And watermelon too.
M. xx

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Quite Continental Wants: Fall Back

22/09/2013 § Leave a comment

Quite Continental Wants: Fall Back
Top row, from L to R:
Helmut Lang pony hair shawl collar suit blazer
IRO Derby jacket
Rag & Bone Carrier jacket
Rag & Bone The Jean Jacket

Second row:
J Brand Ace cropped boyfriend jean
Band of Outsiders cropped wool-piqué tuxedo pants
Acne Bit Double hooded cotton-fleece sweatshirt
LPD New York Team Philo t-shirt
J.Crew merino wool turtleneck sweater

Third row:
Tibi silk tank
R13 oversized flannel shirt
Equipment Signature navy countryside floral silk shirt
Étoile Isabel Marant Damia cable knit dress
Apiece Apart Josephina slip dress

Fourth row:
J.Crew women’s monk strap loafers in navy
Alexander Wang Kori boots
J.Crew Collection Italian cashmere wrap
Kiki de Montparnasse Ondule lace bra and brief

Bottom row:
Lotuff Leather small women’s tote in chocolate
Faribault miliary wool blanket in Navy cream
Sleepy Jones Marina pajama shirt

A few fall-flavored treats I have been eying lately.  While no means an exhaustive list, my taste has definitely been trending toward marled greys, rich leather and wine-colored accents.  I’m not sure if I can attribute a discernible, albeit slight, shift in my personal style to a change in my profession, but I’m definitely sensing it.  Case in point: where once I would default to a sort of shrunken schoolboy fit, I am now drawn to a boxier and more casually slung aesthetic.  You’ll note the lack of any Ralph Lauren in the above and the appearance of Helmut Lang and Alexander Wang.  Perhaps New York is finally creeping into my west coast meets east coast vibe.  Whatever it is, it has me excited for cooler temps, most definitely.

Good News/Bad News: RRL & Co.

15/08/2013 § 1 Comment

RRL & Co serape shawl collar cardiganThe good news: this cardigan is amazing
The bad news: it’s going to set you back 7 bills*

This sweater is kind of like that really hot guy who’s always got a girlfriend — just mercilessly flirts with me whenever I walk by the RRL & Co flagship on West Broadway.  Completely shameless.  But I know he’s all talk, at least until I decide to put my money where my mouth is.  I suppose a little banter never hurt anyone.

If you’re ready to pull the trigger, you can find that amazing sweater here.  All I ask is that if you do make it yours, please don’t tell me.  Or get me one too.  Both would work, but of course I prefer the latter.  Everyone wins!

*Do people still say “bills” when referring to $100 or did I just date myself?

Praying for Polo Season

23/02/2013 § 1 Comment

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chukker_jpg2I don’t need to explain how badly I need these in my life, do I?
Stubbs & Wootton’s Spring 2013 Chukker slippers are available now. Completely appropriate for looking for divots to replace around your apartment in the winter.

QC Wants

30/01/2013 § Leave a comment

A few items that really ought to be in my life
as soon as possible:

Wanted.Benno Graziani, Reporting In Style
Jonathan Adler red letter pillow
J.Crew New Boy polka-dot cotton shirt
Hello Darling print by Sugar Paper
The Social Primer for Brooks Brothers Key Fob
Warby Parker Prestons in blue marblewood

Lotuff Leather for the Ladies

16/11/2012 § 2 Comments

Very excited to share with you Lotuff Leather’s premiere offering from their very first women’s collection, released this week!  Just in time for the holidays the Zipper Satchel #9 is a limited edition bag in sumptuous, hunter green vegetable-tanned leather, that comes with a hand-braided leather tassel, a removable leather pouch, and a detachable shoulder strap.  Befitting a truly unique piece of superior craftsmanship, each bag bears its own serial number, and can also be monogrammed.  I definitely hope that Santa is listening.

Lotuff, a New England-based luxury leather goods brand founded by brothers Joe and Rick Lotuff, is a remarkable collective of exceptionally skilled craftsmen and women dedicated to making quality things by hand with the best practices and finest materials available.  A men’s brand at heart, Lotuff has offered some of the very finest American-made all-leather bags, briefcases and accessories for nearly four years now, and the move into the women’s space is best viewed as a continuation of that tradition.

Guided by creative director Lindy McDonough, the Lotuff women’s collection is quietly elegant and timelessly stylish – the diametric opposite of the “it bag.”  Rather, your Lotuff bag is meant to be carried a lifetime and then passed on to younger generations, and this longevity is ensured by the American workmanship that went into its creation.  I especially love the collection’s nuanced menswear influence and the casual sophistication evident in the preview lookbook – these bags intend to seamlessly carry you from the office to the weekend and back.  Perfection.

I recently had the immense pleasure of spending a lovely day at Lotuff’s Norwalk, Connecticut workshop.  It’s not every day that I get to spend time talking to gifted craftspeople about heady topics such as commitment, precision and passion, so when the folks at Lotuff Leather invited me to do just that, of course I leapt at the chance.  Stay tuned — I’ll be sharing my visit with you next week.

For more information, visit Lotuff Leather.

Fall-apalooza

03/10/2012 § 6 Comments

A few fall treats that I’ve been eying…

Top row:
Rag & Bone Maharaja Coat
GANT by Michael Bastian Grey University Blazer
Rag & Bone Isabelle Pincher Cardigan
Madewell Goldrush Jean Jacket

Second row:
Barbour Down-Filled Waxed Gilet
Veronica Beard The Button-Down in olive
GANT by Michael Bastian Tartan Tuxedo Bib Sam Shirt
Tory Burch Daphne Dress

Third row:
J.Crew Cafe Capri Wool Pant (on sale!)
Topshop Blackwatch Check Cigarette Trousers (only $80!)
J.Crew Colorblock Check Mini
Topshop Tweed Invert Pleated Skirt

Fourth row:
McQ Alexander McQueen Brogue Booties
Grenson Rose Wing-Tip Brogues
Paul Stuart Wool/Silk Paisley Scarf
Tory Burch Marianne Pump
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Damned
OPI Nail Lacquer in Lincoln Park After Dark
Frye Lindsay Plate Boots in cognac stone wash

Bottom row:
Billykirk Schoolboy Statchel in golden brown
Bass Wayfarer Loafers in burgundy
Timex x J.Crew 1600 Stainless Steel Watch
Reiss Ava Trilby Hat
Mulberry Silky Snake Alexa Bag

It always feels right giving your wardrobe an overhaul in the fall, doesn’t it?  It’s like back to school, without the school — unless of course you are in school, and in that case, welcome back!

Shady Days

21/08/2012 § Leave a comment

I’ve been on a mission for a new pair of sunnies lately, and these rounded keyhole beauties definitely caught my eye.  I’m especially loving that blond tortie in the middle, but for only $55 a pair, I’m apt to walk away with the lot.

Find them here.

In The Clutch

15/08/2012 § 3 Comments

Lovely Clare Vivier Flat Pouches with:
One stripe,
two stripes,
three stripes
(love the red, white and blue!)

The perfect size for your essentials, whether you are tossing them into your carry-on, your beach bag or simply want to travel light, these elegantly minimal flat pouches by Clare Vivier have me obsessed.  I love everything about them, from the warm tan of the leather to the contrast zippers and sporty stripes – but most of all, I love the fact that they are handmade in Los Angeles.

Further Reading: For a look inside Clare Vivier’s Silver Lake headquarters, be sure to check out Lizzie’s visit.

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