Bonne année!

03/01/2013 § 13 Comments

2013.

I do hope this post finds you as thankful as I am for all that 2012 had in store for us.  Like most years, 2012 was something of a mixed bag.  We had highest highs, lowest lows and everything in between.  We cried a little, laughed a lot, and learned a bit more about ourselves.  We loved, we lost, and we moved on.  We grew.

Most of all, I am grateful this year for the support of my amazing family and friends, grateful for the lovely new people I’ve met via this tiny corner of the interwebs that I call home, and grateful for fresh starts and a sparkling clean 2013.  Here’s to the happiest of new years, my dears!

2013

Getting down to business: Where on earth have I been for two weeks?  I took a much-needed trip home for the holidays to Los Angeles to relax and recharge and visit my family, and while I was there I decided to take an unplanned break in honor of the holidays, which included my birthday.  I spent a lot of time driving around some of my old haunts, visiting with friends and perfecting my Wii dance moves with my 9 year-old nieces.  I also had time to take a few quick pictures with photographer Idris Erba, a friend I’ve had for more than a decade — and as you can see in the pictures he took, the weather in LA was pretty idyllic.

Wearing: scarf: J.Press lambswool scarf (25% off!) || blazer: vintage || shirt: J.Crew chambray work shirt || denim: Uniqlo || bag: Lotuff Leather (c/o) || watch: Form Function Form button stud weekender (c/o)

I also wanted to share a few photos from my trip home that I took via Instagram.  Snapped in Hollywood, Silverlake, Downtown, Long Beach and Manhattan Beach, they represent some of my very favorite moments.

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On trips home I frequently get asked when I’m going to finally tire of New York — the cost! the weather! the people! the subways! — and move back west.  Perhaps west coasters imagine that New York is something to suffer through, to thicken your skin and toughen up a bit.  All I know is that if I still get that thrill down my spine when I catch that first glimpse of the Manhattan skyline when I return from being out of town, I must still be in the right place.  Los Angeles has plenty to offer, and will always have a very special piece of my heart, but Manhattan has her hooks in me and she isn’t ready — just yet — to let me go.

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QC 2012 Gift Guide: In The Wind

17/12/2012 § Leave a comment

For the globe trotter in your life:

QC Guift Guide: In The Wind

From top L to R:
Billykirk Leather-bound Sketchbook
J.A. Henckels German Art Deco Airplane Bar (antique, 1920s)
Bridge & Burn Mossberg Shawl Jacket
Power Mate Plus Backup iPhone Battery in breton stripe
Lotuff Leather Trunk Duffle Bag in chestnut
Billykirk No. 265 Slouchy Fedora in charcoal (crushable & packable)
Cold Spring Apothecary Amber Fig Travel Candle
Smythson Currency Case
I Married Adventure by Osa Johnson (first edition available here)
Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime Watch
Early 20th Century Airplane Propeller (antique, American)

QC Loves || Bridge & Burn F/W 2012

17/12/2012 § 1 Comment

A gorgeous little love note to New York, Bridge & Burn‘s Fall/Winter 2012 short by Monica Reyes makes me want to bundle up in Erik Prowell’s amazing collection and take an extra long walk around the city.  I’ve long been a fan of this Portland-based brand that effortlessly mixes just the right amounts of ruggedness, prep and menswear detailing, and Fall/Winter 2012 has definitely proven to be no exception to this rule.

Be sure to visit Bridge & Burn.

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Falling for Fall

13/11/2012 § 5 Comments

I’ve said it before, but as a California transplant, I’ve really come to love what fall has to offer on the East Coast.  I’ve since found myself trying to explain the wonders of leaf peeping and apple picking to my West Coasters and I have to admit, it is something you have to experience yourself at least once to fully appreciate.

A few pictures from a perfect fall day spent with some of my best girls at the Warwick Applefest and picking apples at Soons Orchard in New Hampton.  (Editor’s note: I will admit that while my industrious ladybirds went on to make delicious confections with our spoils, I instead focused on procuring some apple cider to mull…and add bourbon to.  One must have one’s priorities in order.)

Desired Destination: Morocco

01/10/2012 § 2 Comments

When the weather turns cooler, my wanderlust for warmer climates always picks up.  I’ve frequently forgone the usual trip home for Thanksgiving in favor of a long international journey somewhere warm.  Last year it was Argentina, two years before that I went to Egypt, and lately my mind has returned to North Africa.  Morocco has officially made its way to the very top of my Desired Destination shortlist somehow, fueled at least in part by the images and inspiration I have been collecting on Pinterest.

My trip to the Maghreb probably isn’t all that far off with flights hovering around $1,000 and no annoying visa procedure for US citizens, but until that day comes,  you can find me wandering among my pictures, wistfully wishing for the smell of fragrantly perfumed tobacco, oranges and coriander, the taste of mint tea and dates, the feel of crisp linen against my body and cool tiled floors beneath my feet, and the sound of the call to prayer at dawn and the souk at dusk.

The harbor town of Essaouira.

Dying to stay at L’Heure Bleue hotel in Essaouira…gorgeous!

Marrakech, the Ochre City.

YSL in Morocco.

YSL at home in Marrakech, what is now known as the Majorelle Garden.

Casablanca

All images via Pinterest.

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Louis Vuitton City Guides 2013: New York City

18/09/2012 § 1 Comment

It’s always a favorite time of year for me when details about the annual Louis Vuitton City Guides — and their accompanying video clips — start to emerge from the ether, but when the House of Vuitton decides to feature New York City first, it’s a double win.  In its fourteenth year of publication, the Guides offer the discerning traveller expert advice on a select group of cities in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Kicking off the 2013 guides in a perfect marriage of travel and cocktailing,* we find ourselves in hot pursuit of a perfect Manhattan in Manhattan — a shaken cocktail that has shown remarkable staying power since its invention at the Manhattan Club in 1870 — we visit Jimmy at the James Hotel, Le Bain at the The Standard Hotel, The Summit Bar on the Lower East Side and Amor y Amargo in the East Village.

I don’t know about you, but my watch definitely just hit cocktail o’ clock.

*probably not a word, but should be.

New York Fashiongram

13/09/2012 § Leave a comment

Full posts to follow, but I just wanted to share a few of my
favorite New York Fashion Week moments, captured via Instagram:

Bill Cunningham at Suno 
The rush at Monika Chiang
Lovely linen at Samantha Pleet
Misha Nonoo and Olivia Palermo at Nonoo 
Lani en route to Fashion’s Night Out 
The opening of Michael Bastian 
Refreshments at Cafe Gitane

QC Prêt-à-Porter || NYC Fashion Week Essentials

07/09/2012 § Leave a comment

A few New York Fashion Week essentials:

Pour La Victoire Morandi Satchel  First and foremost, you’ll need a bag big enough to tote quite a bit of stuff.  I really love how this satchel expands, but most of all, I’m drawn by the gorgeous color.

Joie Day Dreaming Smoking Flats  You’ll welcome a respite from all the high heel duty.  Be sure to keep them in a shoe pouch (as well as your heels, when you change), to keep the inside of your bag clean.

Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm and 55-250mm lenses  Self explanatory, with two lenses to switch it up as you like.

Ray-Ban Meteor Sunglasses  Black meets tortie, with a squared-off, retro feel.  Effortless cool.

NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil in Dragon Girl  Bold red; the most iconic fashion statement…for your face.

Macally Powerlink8 Battery Charger  You will always, always, always be in search of juice.  This little gadget can power up an iPhone, iPod or iPad on the go.  Genius.

A sneak peek at Monika Chiang S/S 2013!

Yes, I’m back on the east coast and New York Fashion Week is in full swing!  I’m currently running around the city and soaking up all there is to see, and I’m really excited to share some very lovely collections with you in the coming days.  Can’t wait?  The best way to follow me over the next few days will be via Twitter (@mariahkunkel) and Instagram (@quitecontinental).  Of course, if there’s anything you think I should I check out, please email me!

Have a lovely weekend!
What will you be getting up to?

xoxo. M.

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Postcards from Los Angeles

04/09/2012 § 1 Comment

Wanted to share a few of my Los Angeles moments before I head back to NYC,
as filtered through Instagram (quitecontinental).

It’s a Wonderful Town!

23/08/2012 § Leave a comment

  “New York, New York, it’s a wonderful town,
The Bronx is up and the Battery’s down,
The people ride in a hole in the ground,
New York, New York, it’s a wonderful town!”

In honor of Gene Kelly’s 100th birthday today!

Sailors Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin sing and dance their
way through a 24-hour shore leave in New York City in On The Town (1949).

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