MEET OUR JANUARY MUSE, A VERSATILE FASHIONISTA WITH A NATURAL EDGE, Q! CURRENTLY RESIDING IN LONDON, HER LUSTFUL CURIOSITY ALLOWS HER TO DISCOVER AND SHARE WITH US NEW THINGS FOUND DAILY THROUGH STREETS THAT ARE RICH IN CULTURE & DIVERSITY. Q TALKS ABOUT THE DNA BEHIND HER FASHION WEBSITE, MYCLAYEXPERIENCE.COM (CURRENTLY PINNED TO OUR FAVORITES!), WALKS WITH US THROUGH THE FIRST PHASE OF HER PASSION PROJECT, AND HER RECOMMENDATION ON WHERE TO TRAVEL IN THE NEW YEAR!
HAUTE STREET: Tell us a little bit about Q.
Q: I grew up in New York City, I am the youngest of 4 children. In New York everybody shortens your name & my father did not want anyone to shorten mine… so he gave me a letter. I am currently living in London with my husband and son.
HS: How long have you lived in London?
Q: I have lived consistently in London for about 6 years. However, I leave every 10 weeks for 3 weeks to New York and Los Angeles.
HS: What do you love most about London?
Q: I love that London is built on curvy roads with hidden mews and tunnels. Everyday one can feel like a tourist as you discover new things. It’s so rich in culture and diversity. The best part is that within 2 hours you can be in the center of Paris!!! Add another hour and you’re in Berlin or Italy. What’s not to love?
HS: What is your current state-of-mind?
HS: We have your fashion blog pinned to our favorites, MyClayExperience.com. Can you tell us a little bit about it and how you got started and how the name came about?
Q: My blog was born out of creative frustration. I wanted to do a fashion blog that would be more than just a couple of pictures of me in clothes. I wanted a message, a thought, an uplifting word, a meaning and a point. Clay is a soft material that is also durable. You can add and remove and create what you want from it; it can withstand most environments. A little bit like life and the curve balls it can sometimes throw at you. Life has molded me into who I am today… I am still evolving, & learning. So, My Clay Experience is my life experiences told through fashion to share and inspire. It is still very young but the audience grew quite quickly and it is now growing every day. I am thankful I have a portal to share.
HS: Being a New York & London Insider, what are some of your favorite places that you can recommend to our readers?
Q: A must visit in NY is MoMA and of course Soho house - it’s the creative hub of the city and where I spend most of my time when I am home from home.
In London, the Tate Modern & Covent Garden are some of my favorite places. I could give a list of places to eat and so forth, however I feel it’s all about discovery. My best advice is to put on good walking shoes and get lost in the city. There is a plethora of things to find from vintage stores to eateries.
HS: How would you describe your personal style?
Q: Versatile with a touch of edge - I don’t like anything too prim and feel the most comfortable in jeans, a tee and heels.
HS: What is your idea of happiness?
Q: Happiness for me is the sound of my son laughing, the look in my husband’s eye when he says “I love you,” my mom when she hugs me tight and I smell her distinctive scent (I call it sunshine in a can), the surprised look on a friends face when you give a ‘just because’ gift..... the simple things.
HS: One of our favorite questions to ask… What is the best advice someone has given to you that has kept you going & growing?
Q: Always stay true to yourself and never compromise your integrity.
HS: What is one of your favorite trends right now?
Q: This may come as a surprise but I really don’t do trends…. I tend to invest in ‘timeless’ pieces….
HS: Your “go-to” item in your closet.
Q: That changes from season to season. In warmer months it’s my Celine tunic and in the cooler months it’s my Michael Kors jumpsuit. Both for the same reason, they go well from day to night. I start the day in flats and then add heels for the evening.
HS: What is your favorite designer to wear and why?
Q: I love so many it would be hard to say just one!!! Celine for the clean lines, Alexander Wang for the edge, Marant for the posh gypsy, Stella McCartney for the ‘cut’, Chloe for the modern vintage feel, Alexander McQueen for bringing dreams to reality via material, Miu Miu and Kenzo for the fun, Chanel for timeless pieces, 3.1 Philip Lim for embellishment. For shoes, Christian Louboutin for elongating any leg, Giuseppe Zanotti for creativity, Lanvin for that mini hidden wedge but it's still a flat, Gianvito Rossi for making the sexy pump, Saint Laurent for the perfect heeled sandal, Jimmy Choo for comfort in a heel and Esquivel for brogues. I could go on but you get the gist….
HS: Tell us about your passion project. Why did you choose this cause?
Q: Every parent wants to give their child the very best education, unfortunately most of the best institutions are fee paying private schools.
When my husband and I were searching for a school for our son we looked for the best place that would meet his creative needs plus carry a strong curriculum. During this process I thought about families that were not in the position to be able to have that choice. It made me sad to think that there are bright children that were being overlooked because of finances. I knew that if in one gifted child was in the right educational space their 'gift' could have endless possibilities, but if not the chances would be harder and much slimmer for their 'gift' to be nurtured. So, the charity was born. I am in the process of setting up a fund for kids in inner cities. It will be global effort in placing bright gifted children on a strong educational platform. We are in the first phase and it’s already so exciting. It is the hardest work I have done, however without a doubt will be the most rewarding.
HS: Are there other upcoming projects, involvements and events that HAUTE STREET readers can look forward to seeing in your MUSE DIARY?
Q: I love the element of surprise…. don’t you?
HS: Where is your favorite place that you’ve ever traveled to and why?
Q: My favorite place to travel is without a doubt Jordan.The lost city of Petra left me speechless and the Dead Sea was the most surreal thing I have ever seen. It is truly liquid salt and all the rumors are true. It is IMPOSSIBLE TO SINK. I stood on the edge of the Dead Sea and looked across the water and saw Israel. There are many ‘wonders’ of the world and I have been to a few, but by far this was THE best. Seeing is believing and if there is one place to go this would be it. You can see more HERE and HERE!
HS: Where is your next travel destination?
Q: The next place we will go to as a family is Greenland. My son is obsessed with it! (go figure!) so we are going there for him.
HS: A quote that would best describe you.
Q: She wears her heart on her sleeve.
HS: Any tips for aspiring bloggers?
Q: Find your niche - make your blog stand out by doing it a little different!
HS: Who is your fashion icon and why?
Q: I don’t have a fashion icon, I am inspired by several people. Recently, I had a chat with Dame Judy Dench and she rocked it up in a biker jacket, a white tee and diamonds around her neck that would make Elizabeth Taylor blush! Did I mention she is 79? I said to her, "I couldn’t love you more right now!"
HS: Each month we ask what they would ask the next MUSE. December’s MUSE, Brittney Cade Dirnt, asked: “What is your biggest fashion disaster?” Can you share?!
Q: My biggest fashion disaster was falling down the steps on Paul Allen’s yacht in Cannes, France. I was wearing a sheer tunic with 5 inch heels….. what did I learn?....1. that I can bounce... 2. only wear underwear you would want to show the world and not dental floss g strings and 3. to stick to flats on a yacht, despite the captain saying, "Mr Allen has laid special flooring so you can keep your shoe’s on". I still wince at the thought!
HS: What should we ask the next MUSE?
Q: You’re going to a desert island and you can only take one movie, one song, one book, one pair of shoes, & one makeup item with you. Name them all.