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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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.

In My Closet || J.Crew Malta Sandals

11/07/2014 § Leave a comment

In My Closet || J.Crew Malta Sandals In My Closet || J.Crew Malta Sandals

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed a certain kind of sandal has been in heavy rotation lately.  The J.Crew Malta sandal is perfect.  Flat with two leather straps, they are refreshingly simple and as my friend Lani put it “as close to Birkenstocks as I’ll ever come.”  Gotten for a song during their summer sale in both black and silver metallic, these beauties are a bit harder to find sizes in this late in the season, but if you can make it happen, you totally should.

Have a lovely weekend! M. xx

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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.

In My Closet: Samantha Pleet x Wolverine 1000 Mile Nesbit Boots

21/02/2013 § 2 Comments

Samantha Pleet x Wolverine 1k

Samantha Pleet x Wolverine 1k Samantha Pleet x Wolverine 1k Samantha Pleet x Wolverine 1kA few pictures I shot some time ago (but just re-discovered) of my Nesbit boots from the F/W 2012 Samantha Pleet for Wolverine 1000 Mile Collection.  The two-tone tan are a bit hard to find at this point, but if you happen to also like the oxford version, hop over to Need Supply, they’ve got one pair left!

Slips for Sale

11/08/2012 § Leave a comment

Pardon the repetition — I did mention these shoes only yesterday — but after noticing that The Gap currently has a 30% off Friends and Family Sale on through this Sunday (promo code: GAPFRIENDS), I realized that these slips are *only $27!*  Order two pairs, and you get free shipping.

Boom.  Your summer-to-fall footwear, instantly solved.

From top: 
Suede loafers
Tassel loafers
Herringbone loafers
Embroidered loafers

Red & Gold

07/08/2012 § 2 Comments

A summer wishlist in red and gold.

From top left:
Madewell Manuscript mini-wedge in bandana red
Sugar Paper anchor noteset
Kenneth Jay Lane lion bracelet
El Casco travel backgammon set
Spisani coral and lucite bookends
F. Scott Fitzgerald, Flappers and Philosophers

Loafing Around

24/07/2012 § 1 Comment

Can we please talk about these lovely Opening Ceremony x Dieppa Restrepo loafers?  Denim, animal print, flouro tassels?  Get. In. My. Closet.  Find them here.

Wolverine 1000 Mile Collection by Samantha Pleet F/W ’12 Lookbook (Styled by Me!)

07/05/2012 § 19 Comments

It’s here!

Very happy to share with you some of the looks I created for the Wolverine 1000 Mile Collection by Samantha Pleet F/W ’12 Lookbook!  As I mentioned in my behind-the-scenes post last week, the lookbook features an amazing collection of shoes by the lovely Brooklyn designer Samantha Pleet for Wolverine 1000 Mile, an American footwear company that has been in existence since 1883.  Based in Rockford, Michigan, Wolverine 1000 Mile is probably best known for their handsome workboots, worn by the hardworking people who built America’s railroads, highways and skyscrapers.

It is the first full-range shoe collection designed by Samantha Pleet, who best known for her whimsical apparel collections that frequently feature menswear-inspired details.  Her venture into footwear is especially apropos, considering her genealogy, with a great-grandmother who owned a shoe store and a grandfather who was a shoemaker.  The shoes made their debut at New York Fashion Week, at Samantha’s runway show, to great success.

I was ecstatic to be brought onboard to style the lookbook!  Working closely with Samantha and the great folks at Wolverine, I created a collection of looks inspired by the same amazing group of women who inspired Samantha’s designs.  Composed of vintage clothing from the amazing guys at Brooklyn Dry Goods, gorgeous accessories supplied by The Shiny Squirrel, some of Samantha’s own designs and even some of my own vintage pieces, I hoped to show how versatile the Wolverine 1000 Mile Collection by Samantha Pleet can be.

And, if I may quote myself (weird, sorry!) from the lookbook:

It was important to me to honor the spirit of adventure and independence and while creating looks for the modern woman, no matter if her adventures take her on safari in Kenya or on the subway downtown to the office.  As a girl who wears men’s shoes on occasion, I really love the subtlety of the Samantha Pleet x Wolverine 1K Mile collection.  Samantha doesn’t simply design men’s shoes for women, she combines the best of both worlds and has created something nuanced, nostalgic, but completely modern.

Last, but certainly not least, I had the privilege of working with the exceptionally talented photographer Mikael Kennedy, who took these amazing photographs.

Head here to view the lookbook!
I hope you like it!  I would love to hear your comments!

The Blixen boot.

Karen Blixen is the fearless romantic, the Out of Africa writer who left her native Denmark to establish a coffee plantation in Kenya.  When I think of Karen, I think of genteel safaris, of imported finery in the wilderness, with plenty of khaki and well-worn leather.  As I mixed vintage pieces with Samantha’s designs I felt as Karen must have, pairing romance with rough-and-tumble.  For the Blixen boot, I wanted each of these sides to show through – with one look reading more conventionally feminine and the other a bit more tomboyish.

The Earhart boot.

Amelia Earhart is travel personified.  She wanted to go everywhere, see everything – an adventurer for adventure’s sake.  When I think of Amelia, what immediately comes to mind are the trappings of an aviator, e.g., fleece-collared bombers and silk scarves, two of her personal signatures.  Here we stayed very close to Amelia’s own aesthetic, but the look is softened a silk blouse and romantic hair.

The Nesbit boot.

Evelyn Nesbit is the chameleon.  From humble beginnings, she reinvented herself as a chorus girl, actress and muse – so I really wanted to show versatile the beautiful kiltie boots she inspired Samantha to create.

The Nesbit oxford.

The Nesbit kiltie oxford is a true year-round, day-to-night shoe that will take you from the office, to the weekend, and everywhere in between.  The tomboy in me loves their dandy details with a dress or with cuffed trousers and no socks.

The Bonny boot.

Anne Bonny is a woman to be reckoned with, as she was one of the most infamous female pirates in history.  For this look I embraced the flamboyance of what Anne might have worn herself, pairing vintage ruffles with one of Samantha’s amazing capes.  I love the colors of this boot – it really widens your palette possibilities when creating outfits.

For updates on the Wolverine 1000 Mile Collection by Samantha Pleet:
Blog || Facebook || Twitter || E-mail

For more information on apparel by Samantha Pleet:
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All photographs by Mikael Kennedy, courtesy of Wolverine 1000 Mile.

Behind the Scenes || QC Styles the Wolverine 1000 Mile Collection by Samantha Pleet Lookbook

04/05/2012 § 2 Comments

Big news!

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of styling the Wolverine 1000 Mile Collection by Samantha Pleet  Fall/Winter 2012 lookbook, and I am very excited to let you know that it will be released this upcoming Monday!  I’m especially proud of everyone’s work on the finished product and can’t wait to share it with you next week!

In the meantime, your exclusive look behind the scenes:

Casting in Samantha’s atelier.

Getting ready for our first shot of the day with model Anna: (from left) Christina Vernon from Wolverine, photographer Mikael Kennedy, designer Samantha Pleet and Marshall Davis from Wolverine

Anna’s gorgeous vintage jacket is courtesy of Brooklyn Dry Goods.

Photo courtesy of BPMW

Me putting the finishing touches on model Victoria,
with gorgeous accessories supplied by The Shiny Squirrel.

Shoe-palooza!  The entire collection is so gorgeous, isn’t it?
You can imagine my dismay at not being the sample size.

Hair by Kristin Sky Olsen.

Our amazingly talented photographer Mikael Kennedy, was a joy to work with!

Also of note, Mikael just returned from an epic trip across the country with fellow photographer Sean Sullivan, founder of the blog The Impossible Cool.  Called Ramblers Bone, they documented their journey in breathtaking, wanderlust-inducing photographic detail that you must check out immediately.

Accessories by Ax + Apple, Elizabeth Knight Jewelry,
Species by the Thousands and Cursive Design; courtesy of The Shiny Squirrel

Binder clips are a stylist’s best friend.

Photo courtesy of BPMW

Me and Anna.  Sidenote: Did you notice my straight hair?!

Marshall’s expert shoe-tying technique.

Shoot at the BPMW showroom.

Don’t forget to check back in with me on Monday for the lookbook reveal!
So excited!

For more information on the Wolverine 1000 Mile Collection
by Samantha Pleet, head here.

**UPDATE 5/7/2012**
See my post on the lookbook here.

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