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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Reading List || The Titanic Edition

12/04/2012 § 2 Comments

Grand staircase of the Titanic. Image via Retronaut.

I have a mild obsession with Titanic — the historical event much more so than the Cameron film, but I’m not going to even try to pretend like I didn’t make my high school boyfriend sit through that 3 hour extravaganza — twice.**   And so, I’ve put together a roundup Reading List in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster; the concurrent 15th anniversary and 3D release of the 1997 James Cameron film; and the people who didn’t realize Titanic was real, not just a movie:

Amazing photographs:  Construction of the Titanic || Interiors of the Titanic || Photographs taken onboard Titanic by Father SJ Browne || Titanic Survivors {all via Retronaut}

Titanic Guide to New York City Part 1 & Part 2 {via Scouting New York} — top it off with a stay at The Jane Hotel, where the survivors stayed 100 years ago {via Designtripper}

Seven Famous People Who Missed the Titanic {via Smithsonian.com}

Guernsey’s and Bonhams both auction off Titanic artifacts this week.  View selected items {via Artinfo}

Fashion and ephemera salvaged from the deep: On the Titanic, Defined by What They Wore {via NY Times}

Every *MAN* for himself: Researchers say male chivalry on sinking ships is a myth {via Washington Post}

Remastering Rose and Jack: Converting Titanic to 3D with a cool infographic {via NY Times}, but if you happen to be in China, don’t get all excited about Rose’s 3D boobs {via LA Times}

Unsinkable Molly Brown presenting a loving cup to Captain Arthur Rostron, master of the RMS Carpathia, the ocean liner that rescued the survivors from the Titanic.  Image via the Library of Congress.

**and I may have gotten the tiniest of lumps in my throat upon my first viewing of the 3D trailer in the theatre.  Don’t you judge me!  I was young and impressionable!

Yes, Virginia, there is…

24/12/2011 § 2 Comments

DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.
Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.
Papa says, ‘If you see it in THE SUN it’s so.’
Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?

VIRGINIA O’HANLON.
115 WEST NINETY-FIFTH STREET.

VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except [what] they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You may tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, VIRGINIA, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

Unsigned editorial (written by Francis Pharcellus Church), appeared in the New York Sun on September 21, 1897.

View the original clipping here, courtesy of the Newseum.

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