QC Prêt-à-Porter || Nude & Ombre

10/06/2013 § 1 Comment

The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.
-Isak Dinesen

 QC Prêt-à-Porter || Nude & Ombre
Clockwise from top left:
Henrik Vibskov lowfire shirt 
T by Alexander Wang muscle jersey t-shirt
Current/Elliot distressed boyfriend jean
Vintage Rolex 
Chan Luu five wrap bracelet 
Jimmy Choo suede Abel pumps 
Claire Vivier foldover clutch
Isabel Marant braided Elia belt

These sandy nudes and faded blues make you think of the ocean, no?  And if one’s body can’t be near the sea, I have to think the next best thing is if one’s mind is.  I didn’t manage to get to the beach this weekend, after Andrea sort of threw a monkey wrench in my confidence in the weather, but there’s always next weekend…

Field Notes || Myrtle

20/05/2013 § Leave a comment

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During my recent trip to Los Angeles, I had the pleasure of visiting with Whitney Bickers, the proprietress of Myrtle, a delightful boutique snuggled on a corner of Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park.  Featuring independent female designers and an excellent selection of vintage clothing, as well as accessories, books and other assorted gifty items, this adorable little shop feels more like a clubhouse than mere retail experience, completely due to the amount of personal attention Whitney provides her customers.  Shopping at Myrtle is akin to spending a leisurely time with a trusted friend, trying out all sorts of interesting designers and original pieces you may have never heard of before — almost like your personal, inside track to style.

Whitney and Myrtle first appeared on my radar via mutual friends Samantha Pleet and Lizzie Garrett Mettler, and while it may have taken awhile for us to connect in the non-internet world, I’m so glad we did.  Aside from being one of the loveliest people ever (ever!), her path to opening Myrtle is certainly an inspiration.  While working in the entertainment industry on the production side, Whitney came to the realization that what she was really dreaming of was having a store of her own.  With no formal background in retail, but armed with some good advice, a tiny bit of luck and a whole lot of hard work, Whitney took a leap and opened in 2011.  In the years since, this one-woman show has continued to evolve, expanding to e-commerce and one of my very favorite Instagram feeds, where Whitney tries on new store arrivals in the massive mirror you can see above, giving internet fans of Myrtle an early head’s up at stock that hasn’t made it to the webstore just yet — but the best part is that you can tell how much fun she’s having.  And of course, when she wanted to turn the camera on me during our visit, I immediately insisted on a double mirror portrait of our own…

Myrtle

Myrtle
2213 Sunset Boulevard  || Los Angeles, CA 90026 || (213) 413-0004

QC Prêt-à-Porter || Spring (Fever) Kit

29/04/2013 § Leave a comment

Quite Continental Spring KitÉtoile Isabel Marant Kiliann cotton-blend cardigan
T by Alexander Wang Classic jersey racer-back tank
Isabel Marant Bady scarf
Equipment Signature washed-silk shirt in white
K. Jacques Barigoule sandal
J.Crew Perfect Shirt in suckered gingham
Current/Elliott The High Waist distressed denim shorts
Levi’s Made & Crafted Flecked cotton-jersey sweatshirt
T by Alexander Wang Classic Muscle jersey T-shirt
Mrs. P. Hicks Honey Chukka Moccasin
Ray-Ban Clubmasters
Clare Vivier La Tropezienne 5″ tote
Billykirk No. 205 Double Wrap Cuff in tan

What a busy few days I’ve had!  Between moving apartments, my computer deciding to go on strike and…well, just life, I’ve been a little quiet as of late.  My sincerest apologies!  I’ve got a terrifically full week this week, but I will be doing my best to keep up with you.  I’m most excited about settling into my new place (!!) and a road trip to Nashville (!!!), but we can talk more about all that later.

In the meantime, I’ve been overtaken with a restless spirit that seems to have been brought on by the slow procession of spring and my recent trip to Los Angeles.  I’m dreaming of wide open spaces and the wind in my hair, which is reflected in my spring kit that you see above, as well as my Tumblr (which you can see below).

QC Tumblr

While I’ve been in the wind (and at times without a computer and/or internet — imagine that!), I’ve found that I can at least keep up with Tumblr with my phone, so if ever you wonder where I’ve gotten off to, it’s a good place to check in with me.

Hope all is well with you!
xoxo. M.

New Additions: Los Angeles Stowaways

16/04/2013 § Leave a comment

Officially back on the east coast after my trip to Los Angeles!  If you follow me on Instagram you’ll have already seen my bajillion and three beach and car and Mexican food pictures, so I will spare you.  But you’d like to see my recap of Northern Grade, the American-made men’s pop-up shop, you can find it on the BKLYN Dry Goods blog here.  I’ve also still got plenty of other stuff to share from my trip, so please be on the lookout for future posts.Los Angeles Stow Aways

Of course, no trip home is complete without a few stowaways.  In fact, because it is one of my personal rules to never ever EVER check a bag, it’s become something of a ritual to leave behind an item or two that won’t fit in my carry-on, with instructions to ship it to me (sorry, Mom).  This time around was no exception.

Shown above, from top left:
Vintage Guam t-shirt* from BKLYN Dry Goods
T-shirt* from Deus Ex Machina
T-shirt* from General Quarters (call to order)
Personalized postcards from Black Sheep Postal Service
Veg tan belt from Cause and Effect (that I helped make at Northern Grade!)
Juniper Ridge incense from General Store

*I’m designating summer 2013 “The Summer of the T-shirt,” evidently

Shown below, my magnificent vintage Ralph Lauren blanket coat from BKLYN Dry Goods.  If you want one of your own, they’ve still got a beautiful aztec-y pink and greenish one — but act fast and contact them directly, as it isn’t on the site just yet.

Los Angeles Stow Aways

I do hope all is well with you.  Yesterday’s devastating events at the Boston Marathon left me more than a little shell-shocked and my thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected.  For more information on how you can help, please visit the American Red Cross.
Be safe. xo.

QC Prêt-à-Porter || Sailing Into Spring

03/04/2013 § 1 Comment

 QC Prêt-à-Porter || Sailing Into Spring

A weekend for west coasting…
Boy. by Band of Outsiders sailboat printed silk crepe de chine shirt
Mih Jeans Paris cropped mid-rise straight-leg jeans
La Perla Donna Eleonora molded underwire bra
J.Crew wool twill schoolboy blazer
The Hill-side selvedge ticking stripe twill pocket square
Clare Vivier Besace embossed bag
Charles Philip Sheila chambray flats

Nothing like a pair of white jeans to get you in the mood for warmer climates.  With my upcoming trip to Los Angeles this weekend (a bit more on that later), I’m definitely breaking that old “no white pants before Memorial Day” rule.  Just you wait and see.

On the docket:
Trying to remember why I booked a 7am flight. Seriously?
Finishing up Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

Quite Continental Breakfast:
bits and bobs for your weekend wander

Have a lovely weekend!
xoxo.  M.

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Thanks, Ralph.

27/03/2013 § 2 Comments

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Double RL & Co. for women has finally arrived, and I am a very happy girl.  Amazingly, this beaut of a lookbook manages to serve merely as icing on the cake that is the S/S 2013 collection, full of western shirts, 40s-era day dresses, and a boyfriend jean that I desperately need in my life.

Thanks, Ralph.  This almost makes up for killing off Rugby and some rather lackluster Collections since F/W 2012.  Almost.  I mean, you are trying to sell me this as an actual accessory.

QC Prêt-à-Porter || Allez Les Bleus

11/03/2013 § 1 Comment

Quite Continental: Allez Les Bleus

Nothing like a flash of spring to inspire a bit of wishful thinking:
WHARF “ONE” women’s chambray shirt, blue
Mother of Pearl Spirea printed silk crepe de chine skirt
Stella McCartney Clara Whispering lace bra and silk thong
Aurélie Bidermann Santa Fe braided cotton and gold-plated necklace
Elizabeth and James Carri T-strap sandals
A.P.C. Minimal bag

On the docket:
Blues for Smoke at the Whitney Museum
Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity at The Metropolitan Museum
Whiskey and a traditional Irish seisiún at The Dead Rabbit

If you live in New York, you probably took one look at the outfit above and wondered where exactly I would like to wear it, considering the all-day dusting of snow we received on Friday.  But when you consider the near sixty degree Saturday we had, perhaps you might be willing to indulge my rather wishful warm weather thoughts.  And who knows, perhaps a trip to a more tropical region is in order…?

Have a lovely week!
xoxo. M.

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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.

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

QC Prêt-à-Porter || The Greys

11/01/2013 § 1 Comment

QC Prêt-à-Porter || The GreysA weekend to skip over puddles…
TOPSHOP longline boyfriend coat
Charles Philip Lana wool loafers
CLARE VIVIER stripe flat clutch
Duffy knitted sweater
J.Crew Blythe silk shirt
Pendleton Indy Hat (on sale!)
J.Crew cashmere purl-stitch snood
J Brand Aiden cropped distressed boyfriend jean

On the docket:
Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen (closing weekend!)
Amour at Film Forum
Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham

This weekend I plan to use the rainy days to my full advantage.  I’ll hop uptown for an exhibit on the costumes and personal style Katharine Hepburn, then come back downtown for a screening of Amour, which recently garnered a Best Actress Oscar nomination for Emmanuelle Riva’s performance (Riva also starred in one of my very favorite films, Hiroshima mon amour).  This outfit would be perfectly cozy for traipsing about this weekend, and I even included a charcoal version of my new favorite Pendleton hat (on sale!).

Quite Continental Breakfast:
Sidenote: Quite Continental Breakfast is something that I used to put together a while back and have decided to revive.  It’s a shortlist of items I’ve collected over the week that probably won’t warrant a post on QC, but I thought they might prove interesting for your weekend perusal.  Have something to recommend? Please definitely send it my way!

  • The Economist recommends you read my firm’s annual report on the top geopolitical risks for the year with a stiff whisky.  I shan’t disagree with that.  You can find the report here.
  • Have spent many, many minutes perusing the beautiful and unique travel destinations on Welcome Beyond.  Definitely check out the Treehotel, a property in North Sweden that is made up entirely of tree houses!
  • Quite enjoyed these photos of gangster Mickey Cohen and wife at home in Los Angeles in 1949, via LIFE.  Cohen served as the real-life inspiration for Sean Penn’s character in the film Gangster Squad, which opened today.  Also, did you know one of Mickey’s henchmen, Johnny Stompanato, was stabbed to death by the 14 year-old daughter of Lana Turner? Me neither!
  • Former Menswear Crush Hackett London had their first-ever show this week. You can view their perfectly British Autumn/Winter 2013 collection via Vogue UK.
  • Completely obsessed with the photography of African cultures by Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher.  Especially the pictures of the Dinka people of South Sudan — AMAZING!
  • A bit of vintage interior inspiration, in the form of a converted warehouse via HouseToHome.
  • Lastly, an amusing little alphabetical list of important architects and their best known building.

Have a lovely weekend!
xoxo.  M.

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