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.

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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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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Style Roulette || Flying Tiger

31/10/2013 § Leave a comment

Style RouletteStyle Roulette || Flying Tiger

Style Roulette: One item, two distinct styles.
Round 2: Étoile Isabel Marant Crisi boots

Styled by myself, and Lani of Mon Petit Chou Chou, my good friend and frequent partner in Brimfield and New York Fashion Week hijinks.  While we’ve been fast friends since the day we met, and our personal styles do have a few convergence points, I’ve always appreciated Lani’s bold approach to fashion.  While I tend to the more classic and relaxed, Lani loves vibrant contrast and drama.  Be sure to hop on over to her site to see her entry too!

From top L to R:
Rag & Bone Roseburg coat 

J.Crew western denim shirt
Kenzo Flying Tiger pullover
Cosabella Kitty bralette
Vanessa Bruno Athé leather skirt
Étoile Isabel Marant Crisi boots
Jerome Dreyfuss suede Igor bag
Isabel Marant Drake scarf

Denim, leather, camel, suede and tigers.  These are a few of my favorite things.  There’s just something about a full-length coat and a teeny tiny miniskirt that I will always love.  Throw in some flying tigers and I won’t be able to resist.  Kitty love notwithstanding, I’d normally be a bit leery of such a bold print, but with this color palette and that gorgeous topcoat the tigers become a bit more subdued — they function more as leitmotif than overture.  Meow.

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.

Style Roulette || Blue Friday

30/08/2013 § 2 Comments

roulette logoQuite Continental Style Roulette: Blue Friday

Welcome to the inaugural edition of Style Roulette!
One item, two distinct styles.

For our first selection, a pair of Harvey Faircloth lace shorts. Styled by myself, and Lani of Mon Petit Chou Chou, my good friend and frequent partner in Brimfield and New York Fashion Week hijinks.  While we’ve been fast friends since the day we met, and our personal styles do have a few convergence points, I’ve always appreciated Lani’s bold approach to fashion.  While I tend to the more classic and relaxed, Lani loves vibrant contrast and drama — as you’ll notice from our very first round of Roulette!

 Be sure to hop on over to her site to see her entry.

I envisioned this as a sort of off-duty uniform for long rambles about the city.  The kind of late summer afternoon hours that easily slip into evening without you even noticing.  As is my wont, I wanted to relax the lace — surprisingly, meditation didn’t work — and thought an easy silk shirt and slip-ons would do the trick.  I’m also completely obsessed with all the Mougin & Picard watches for J.Crew, but this Grande Seconde is my absolute favorite.

What’s probably most interesting to note is that while Lani and I refrained from peeking at each other’s selections until we were finished, we both somehow paired the lace with leopard.  Odd coincidence or next big thing?  I’ll let you be the judge…

From top L-R:
Equipment Signature washed silk shirt in bright white
Harvey Faircloth lace shorts in navy
Mougin & Picard for J.Crew Grande Seconde watch in cream
Gap animal print slip-on sneakers
Clare Vivier Bando tote in cognac
Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer Roxbury Necklace in Violet

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?

QC Prêt-à-Porter || The Getaway

12/07/2013 § 1 Comment

The Getaway

From left:
Mara Hoffman Medicine Wheel bandeau bikini
Band of Outsiders denim shirtdress
Le Renard Big Bag – Hexie Mountains
K Jacques St Tropez Picon leather sandals
Warby Parker Flannery sunglasses
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: Specter At The Feast

Quite Continental Breakfast:
Nantucket and Malibu are disappearing [via Vanity Fair]
Gaby Hoffman was the real-life Eloise of The Chelsea Hotel [via NYT]
An Ode to Lauren Hutton [via Miss Moss]
My amazing and beautiful friend Marisa was profiled by Vogue Spain!

On The Docket:
Take the Rockabus to Rockaway Beach
Attend the Museum of the City of New York event on 7/17 on the 1970s club scene
Stop by Fair Folks & a Goat for coffee and design (and become a member like me!)

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QC Prêt-à-Porter || Beach Bound

21/06/2013 § 2 Comments

QC Prêt-à-Porter: Beach Bound

From top L to R:
HUF Highball box logo volley hat
Warby Parker Winston sun glasses in cream soda (only $95!)
MANGOES!
Raquel Allegra shreded cotton-blend jersey top
Isabel Marant Waikiki reversible bikini
Nine Space for J.Crew beach towel
J Brand Vixen distressed denim shorts in white
Vans Authentics in acid denim
Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer SPF 100+ sunblock
Steel Canvas Basket Co. for J.Crew colorblock tote

HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SUMMER!
(I’m excited, can you tell?)

This weekend finds me on the beaches of Long Island and celebrating the birthday of a nearest and dearest in Brooklyn.  I hope your first days of what is truly my favorite season are filled with warm days, cool nights and sea salt — either in your hair or on your mangoes…or both!

Have a lovely weekend! What will you get up to?
xoxo. M.

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