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!)
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

(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.

Summer on the Cape

03/08/2012 § 1 Comment

For a perfect summer on the Cape, you’ll need some pretty sailboats, a few rainy bike rides, wavy fields of tall grass, a clambake on the beach, and an overloaded jalopy.  For best results, serve over ice in a highball glass and garnish with a gaggle of Kennedys.

Photos by Alfred Eisenstaedt for Life Magazine, 1940.  Via the Life Archive.

Summer Storm

31/07/2012 § Leave a comment

A few pictures from this Saturday past.  While a terrific storm was promised, it didn’t manage to dissuade us from our plans to venture out to the beach.  And while there wasn’t much sunlight to be had, Mother Nature did present us with some strong waves and beautiful — albeit foreboding — clouds.  It was a beautiful, foggy beach day, and by the time the sky opened up, we were safe and sound and already on our way home.  A perfect day.

Robert Moses State Park

Summering with Patti and Keith

30/07/2012 § 2 Comments

This summer, Keith Richards and Patti Hansen invited Vogue to visit their private retreat at Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos, and the photos (taken by Bruce Weber, who is one of my favorite photographers) detail a lovingly chaotic Caribbean summer full of  sun, sarongs, kids and grandkids — with a decidedly bohemian flare.  But really, what else would you expect?

So. Much. Fun.
I’m hopeful my invitation is forthcoming…

All images via Vogue.

Rabbit Hole || Summer in the Vogue Archives

26/06/2012 § 4 Comments

July 1919, illustration by Helen Dryden.

Similar to the recent release of vintage beach fashion images from Vogue Spain that I highlighted a few weeks back, US Vogue has also decided to open up their vast archive to give us a look at summer fashions dating back to 1899.  Containing some very famous and iconic images, you know I couldn’t resist.  I selected a few of my favorites, but be sure to head over to Vogue to see them all.

These images have me looking forward to my planned
trip to Ft. Tilden this weekend, definitely…

July 1928, photograph by George Hoyningen-Huene.

July 1930, photograph by George Hoyningen-Huene.

May 1933, photograph by Edward Steichen.

July 1940, photograph by Toni Frissell.

May 1941, photograph by Horst P. Horst.

June 1949, photograph by Clifford Coffin.

December 1952, photograph by Richard Rutledge.

July 1954, photograph by Karen Radkai.

January 1956, photograph by Richard Rutledge.

January 1958, photograph by Richard Rutledge.

January 1959, photograph by Jerry Schatzberg.

January 1959, photograph by Tom Palumbo.

January 1966, photograph by John Cowan.

June 1976, photograph by Arthur Elgort.

June 1991, photograph by Patrick Demarchelier.

Hop futher down the rabbit hole here.
All images via Vogue.

Summer Wants: The Perfect Shirtdress

01/06/2011 § 5 Comments

Image via the Sartorialist

If you’ve seen me lately, you already know I’ve been living in my J.Crew men’s chambray utility shirt.  Purchased one size too big, it floats perfectly around my body on those days when it really is too hot to be wearing any clothes at all.  I have dreams of being able to wear the shirt as a dress, belted haphazardly with braided leather and worn with very simple sandals or moccasins, but to do this successfully I’d need a good six inches added to the shirttail, as I am on the tall side.

So, I’ve been on the lookout for the next best thing: the perfect shirtdress.  My favorites look like the one this Milanese lady has on – loose, haphazard, and in the lightest of fabrics.  I’m not a fan of the aggressive shoe she’s got on — I enjoy the contrast, surely — but my vision of the places I want to wear this dress doesn’t really jive with skyscraper heels.  I see myself in parks, on beaches and roof decks, at outdoor movies and farmers markets, drinking mint juleps while wearing floaty, buttoned-down dresses like these…

Ruffled Button Down Dress by Tsumori Chisato.

Henley dress by 3.1 Phillip Lim.

Clyde dress by imogene + willie.

Cleo dress by Billy Reid.

Collarless Full Shirtdress by Mardi Jeudi.

Striped shirtdress by T-bags.
(I especially love the buttons up the back of this one)

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