Throwback Thursday Two-fer || All Roads Lead to Nashville

02/05/2013 § Leave a comment

Nashville Newsies, 1910.Photo via the US National Archives.
The original caption is so great: “A group of Nashville newsies. In middle of group is 7 year old Sam. Smart and profane. He sells nights also. Nashville, Tenn, November 1910”

For TBT, you’re getting this gem partially because of the guy at far left and the fact that my grandfather worked as a newsie, but mostly because it was taken in Nashville, the city that I am bound for this morning!  We have stops planned in both Virginia and West Virginia, as well as a visit to Northern Grade, which is making a stop in Music City this weekend.  Anything I must do or see?  I demand you tell me!  And give me a shout if you’ll be around, as well!

While I’m rambling about, the best way to keep up with me will be on Instagram and Tumblr.  I’m hoping to attempt a bit of Tumbl-vlogging from the road, but no promises.  I’m not sure 1) how to do it, and 2) if my traveling partner will humor me trying to figure it out (I mean, how fun is THAT?!).

Northern Grade Nashville

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.

Afield: Northern Grade Los Angeles

04/04/2013 § Leave a comment

Northern Grade

Hello from 10,000 feet somewhere above Pennsylvania!  Skyblogging!  As I mentioned earlier, I’m heading out to visit my hometown of Los Angeles this weekend for a pretty awesome two-fer.  My twin nieces just turned ten (oof! double digits!) and Northern Grade, the travelling men’s pop-up, is in town.  I’m actually willing to consider this a three-fer, if the weather manages to stay in the 70s, as expected.

I’m really looking forward to catching up with some familiar faces and meeting a few new ones.  I’ll probably be rambling around in my sweet rental car everywhere from Simi Valley to Manhattan Beach, so do let me know if there’s anything you think I shouldn’t miss.  Over the weekend I’ll be on hand with BKLYN Dry Goods at Northern Grade, which you should definitely check out.  It’s a pretty rare opportunity in Los Angeles to find such an excellent assortment of quality, American-made menswear, accessories and collectibles all in one place and the folks at Pierrepont Hicks always put together an awesome event.  If you see me, please say hello!

Quite Continental Charm School: Day 10 – Learn How to Drive

20/02/2013 § 1 Comment

The Quite Continental Charm School
A modern guide to creating a charmed life

QC Charm School: Learn to DriveView along US 40 in Mount Vernon Canyon, Colorado, 1942.  Image via LOC.

As a California native, today’s lesson didn’t immediately come to mind.  When you are a Los Angeles teenager, it is the countdown of all countdowns until you reach the fabled age of 15 1/2 and you are finally eligible to start down the illustrious path to getting your driver’s license.  I remember that storied day in the tenth grade when the oldest person in our grade level took off her morning classes to go to the DMV with her mother.  Her return that afternoon with that piece of paper we all wanted in our own wallets, was something like the opening scene from A Hard Day’s Night.  Okay, not really.  But almost.

Getting back to my original point, in my LA brain, it is my default assumption that all adults know how to drive, but when I landed on the East Coast, I realized that this wasn’t actually true.  I encountered plenty of people who had grown up on the efficiency of public transportation and hadn’t needed to learn how to parallel park (okay, yes, I will admit that I envied that part).  And while I currently enjoy partaking of said efficient transportation, there really is something about having the ability to jump into a car and head off into the great unknown…or to IKEA to buy a dresser, if you feel like it.  It is a ticket to adventure similar to my very first Charm School lesson, where I recommended getting your passport.  Adventures happen when you make yourself available for them.  Add a few skills to your arsenal and you never know where you might end up.

Sidenote: For those of you who already know how to drive an automatic, I’d challenge you to learn how to drive a manual transmission, which will come in handy when traveling internationally.  Or when racing cars.  Or when driving sweet old cars.  If you already know how to do that, I’m sure there’s something you don’t know how to drive.  Get out there and find it.

The Quite Continental Charm School
A modern guide to creating a charmed life

QC Prêt-à-Porter || NYFW + Nemo

08/02/2013 § 3 Comments

Mariah Kunkel by William YanPhoto by the lovely William Yan.

Just a quick note today to say hello, as I’m headed to Lincoln Center for Fashion Week — Nemo be damned!  I definitely hope you are snug and warm, wherever you are.  Have a lovely weekend!

Wearing: vintage fedora, J.Crew scarf, Paul Smith coat

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Throwback Thursday: Charming Ceylon, 1931

07/02/2013 § Leave a comment


Filed under: the amazing things you can discover on the internets.
A look at the charming British colony of Ceylon (modern day Sri Lanka) in 1931.
Found via The Travel Film Archive.

Introducing Air Mail!

02/02/2013 § 2 Comments

Speaking of addresses and letters, I happened upon this lovely silent film produced by the US Postal Service that I wanted to share with you.  Produced circa 1925, it describes the benefits of Air Mail and shows the progress of a letter mailed in New York and its journey to San Francisco — a journey that normally took 90 hours by train, but by air in a Dehavilland DH-4 it was only 30! 

This clip is part one of two, and you can find the second part here.  Please note: here is a very loud clicking noise on the second portion, so it is best watched on mute.  It is a silent film, after all.

Film via the archives of the San Diego Air and Space Museum.

At The Weekend II

27/01/2013 § 2 Comments

ATW ATW ATW ATW ATW ATW ATW ATW ATW ATW ATWSome of my favorite moments spent over Men’s Market Week in New York.  Highlights included an extended visit from my lovely friend Veronika from Lark, a really awesome Vancouver-based men’s and women’s boutique you should get familiar with (not least of all because they are currently having a pretty great sale).  I was happy to made the rounds at (capsule) and also dropped by The MRket Show with Marisa to see the amazing speakeasy-inspired menswear installation created by the gents at Brooklyn Dry Goods.  I also managed to fit in an evening stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge, a bit of avocado toast at Cafe Gitane at the Jane Hotel and a wander through the Chelsea Antiques Garage.  A rather full weekend, indeed!

At The Weekend

14/01/2013 § 8 Comments

QC: At The Weekend 1

A few scenes from the weekend, spent kicking around
the city in rather unseasonably warm weather…

QC: At The Weekend 1

Happened upon the Bloomingdale branch (c.1898)
of the New York Free Circulating Library.QC: At The Weekend 1

The Met…QC: At The Weekend 1

…and the other Met.QC: At The Weekend 1

The best kind of tents and street style photographers
flocked to Lincoln Center this weekend.QC: At The Weekend 1

As I mentioned, I made it to the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts for an excellent exhibit on Katharine Hepburn’s costumes for stage and screen.  Incidentally, I discovered I had unwittingly purchased the accompanying book some months back: Katharine Hepburn: Rebel Chic.  Do give it a look, it’s quite good — especially if you didn’t make it to the exhibit!QC: At The Weekend 1 QC: At The Weekend 1 QC: At The Weekend 1

While there was plenty to love about the exhibit, my absolute favorite part was when I overheard an older couple discussing the trousers that Katharine tended to wear.  The wife, who you can see above, wore a fedora and what looked like a man’s overcoat.  When she said she wanted a pair of pants just like Katharine, her husband immediately said that he thought she would look amazing in them.  Sort of completely made my day.QC: At The Weekend 1

On my way to catch Amour at Film Forum (which I highly recommend!), I nipped into the newly opened Houston Hall to sample some of their house drafts.  Not only is it a formerly abandoned FBI garage complete with exposed trusses and industrial touches, it’s also the largest — and prettiest! — beer garden I can think of downtown.  The Standard had better watch their back.

QC: At The Weekend 1 ATW - 14Flat whites at Laughing Man Marketplace in Tribeca.
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Hope you had a lovely weekend!
xoxo. M.

Photos of me taken by the inestimably talented Tara Cole.

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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