QC Prêt-à-Porter || Guest of the Bride

31/08/2012 § 3 Comments

A weekend to celebrate love:

J.Crew Origami pleated wool-crepe dress
Roberto Cavalli Alligator gold-plated Swarovski crystal cuff
J.Crew Daisylace Minaudiere
Kate Spade New York Stoney heels
The Row Oversized cat eye acetate sunglasses
My Go-To Red Lip: NARS Velvet Matte lip pencil in Cruella
…and copious amounts of bubbly!

This weekend finds me in Los Angeles for a good friend’s wedding and so I have thrown together a somewhat midcentury modern, Betty Draper-inspired, emerald-infused party outfit featuring a rather dazzling alligator cuff — yes, I realize it completely breaks the bank, but it was so good I had to include it!  The neckline on this dress is fantastic, and demands a bare canvas — no necklaces or chandelier earrings, please.  Top it off with an updo, a precise cat eye and a crimson lip and you’re ready for cocktails with Don.

Other activities will include a bit of auntie duty, catching up with some west coast friends and relearning how to parallel park with my super sweet rental car.  If you have any recommendations for me, please do pass them along!  Since moving to New York five years ago, my Angeleno intel on what to do and where to go has probably grown a bit rusty.

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

xoxo. M.

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Sidenote:  You may have noticed I was a bit quieter than usual this weekend — not because I lacked anything to say, definitely — but more likely because of my awesomely full weekend hiking and camping, I felt a bit less inclined to sit in front of my computer for the next few days.  Add to that the preparations for trip I am currently on, the strategy sessions with Lani for Fashion Week, and the general realization that summer is coming to a close, it felt like a good time to take a step back from my usual routine and I am happy to say that I am really enjoying myself.  Regular posting will resume when I return to the city.  I’ve got tons to dish about and Fashion Week is going to be a blast!

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QC Prêt-à-Porter || Take Me Out To The Ball Game

05/07/2012 § 2 Comments

A weekend to enjoy the Great American Pastime…

Hers:
Gucci straw boat hat 
Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses
J.Crew Brompton raffia and leather clutch
K Jacques St Tropez Epicure multi-strap sandals
T by Alexander Wang racerback jersey tank
J.Crew Dapper striped linen-blend shorts

His:
J.Crew lightweight gingham check cotton shirt
J.Crew Stanton cotton chino shorts
Ebbets Field Flannels twill ball cap
Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses
James Perse cotton t
Jack Purcell cotton-twill sneakers

This was a strange week, indeed.  With a midweek day off and our *third* heatwave of the summer (I’m no meteorologist, but err, maybe this is just…summer?) I spent a fun Fourth of July at a barbecue or two, sweating profusely.  So this weekend, with a trip to the ball game planned, as well as a day at the beach, my outfit choices are all about comfort and style at high temps.  I love the orange with the navy here, and those striped linen shorts are perfection for sitting in the stands and on the sand.

Aspirational goals include wearing a foam finger, purchasing new beach towels (I quite like these red striped ones, which you can monogram for just $6 extra!) and wearing my hair curly for a change.

You’ll also notice a matching “His” this week — although you could definitely catch me in either of these outfits, by the bye — something new I wanted to try out.  As I am somewhat sure I might have some male readers, I thought they might feel a bit left out looking at clutch bags all the time.

Here’s to a grand weekend!
What are you getting up to?

xoxo. M.

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QC Prêt-à-Porter || Uptown Downtown

27/04/2012 § 4 Comments

Ralph Lauren Black Label Halia silk dress
One gorgeous dress, two ways:

For uptown haunts (at left)…
Callula Lillibelle tuxedo jacket

Kenneth Jay Lane chain necklace
Alexander McQueen Degrade python/pearl clutch

Gucci ostrich peep-toe pumps

…and downtown hideaways (at right).
Vivienne Westwood Anglomania jacket

Day Birger et Mikkelsen cuffs

Acne suede clutch

Alexander McQueen skull slippers

This cultured weekend includes a sojourn way, way uptown to catch La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera (details here) and attempting to rush the Tribeca Film Festival (details here) way, way downtown.

I pledge to rely mainly on the subway and only cab in moments of desperation, but I can probably guess “desperation” will be loosely construed, indeed.

In honor of my uptown/downtown weekend, two outfits built around one amazing Ralph Lauren dress, that can take you from Lincoln Center to Battery Park, and all points in between.  And even to the other four buroughs, too.

Next week we’ll have a proper catch up on my trip to Los Angeles.
Have a lovely weekend!
xoxo. M.

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