Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Portero Introduces: FUR!

(Click to enlarge. From left: Hermes, Roberto Cavalli, Alessandro Dell'Acqua)

If you've taken even the slightest peek at the runways of New York Fashion Week over the last 10 days, there's no doubt you have noticed the abundance of fur on the catwalk. Whether it took the form of oversized coats, short boleros, collar accents or fabulous accessories, designers found a way to work it in whether discreet or over-the-top.

In fact, even Anna Wintour herself proclaimed to New York magazine that one of her must-have items this fall is a "savage fur" -- according to NY mag, that’s Vogue shorthand for a rough, shaggy stole or collar of some kind.

(From left: Lanvin, Alberta Ferretti, Christian Lacroix)

That's why we're so excited to bring you our just-launched Fur category featuring a curated selection of never-worn high-fashion fur accessories ranging from coats, wraps and vests to pillows and blankets. Whether you prefer to parade your fur in the fall air or use it at home for a pop of luxe texture, we have a selection sure to fit the bill. Best of all: these pristine designer furs (including Cassin, Vera Wang, Alaïa, Marni, and more) are available to Portero customers for prices unavailable anywhere else.

(From left: Andrew Gn, Sonia Rykiel, Dolce & Gabbana)

Get in on Fall's hottest trend one step ahead of the curve! Shop Portero's Fur collection now.

Images via Style.com

Monday, September 21, 2009

Fall Furs

We've been preparing a bit of a September surprise for you--and it's in the form of gorgeous fur accessories ranging from fashion to accessories to home goods. This picture is just a bit of a sneak peek--you'll have to wait until tomorrow to see the full collection of high-fashion furs that we've curated for this new Portero category.

Don't forget to check back tomorrow for the launch of this brand new collection!

Watch Sale!

Now that September is here, you'll probably be needing to check the time much more than you did during summer. Although scheduling can be a bit of a drag, at least it gives you a good reason to buy a fantastic new watch for fall. Enter our timepiece sale, running now through September 30.

All you need to do is enter code SEPTWATCH at checkout, and you'll receive an additional 20% off select pre-owned watches found right here. Not a bad way to start the season, right?

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Cut it Out

One of my favorite trends I've been seeing on the runways this week is the use of cut-outs. It's interesting to see all of the different ways that designers choose to use the technique--ranging from more subtle sheer panels to graphic removal of fabric to create pattern. Check out how Narciso Rodriguez, Marc Jacobs and Rodarte (from left to right, above) all used the technique in successful ways. (Click to enlarge)

Not ready to show quite so much skin? Get into the look with a handbag that features the same idea:

Mary Norton Gold Hard Metal Cutout Dark Peach Suede Convertible Metallica Clutch

Salvatore Ferragamo Savana Cut-Out Shoulder Tote

Images via Style.com

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Black & Gold baubles

As a longtime jewelry writer, I always appreciate when designers integrate high-end accessories into their runway shows. That's why I loved the Celestino Spring 2010 presentation that took place on Monday night at the Ukranian National Institute. It's interesting to note that the collection contained quite a few of the Pantone colors we looked at yesterday (ie Aurora, Pink Champagne and Eucalyptus), and I really liked the pairing of bold black coral, gold and diamond jewelry by Passman Galleries.

Interestingly, you can get the same look with a variety of different black materials including onyx, enamel and even rubber. Check out these pieces for sale right now to see what I mean:

M+J Savitt 14k Yellow Gold Onyx Diamond Hinged Cuff Bracelet

SOHO 18k Yellow Gold Black Enamel Hinged Bangle Bracelet

SOHO 18k Yellow Gold Tiger Enamel Diamond Rubber Necklace

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Now that we're seeing the fashions for 2010 hit the runways, I thought it would be a good time to check out Pantone's bi-annual color report for the upcoming season. It's really interesting to see what designers are gravitating towards, and I'm personally feeling a lot of pull towards Violet, Amparo Blue and the bright yellow Aurora.

Want to to invest in a pop of these soon-to-be-hot colors? Here's a few suggestions:

Judith Leiber Purple Snakeskin Triple Gold Cross Adjustable Belt

Michael Kors Bright Blue Patent Leather Envelope Clutch

Gianfranco Ferre Large Mustard Yellow Suede Horn Rope Handbag

To read all about top designers' personal predictions and sketches for the upcoming season, definitely check out Pantone's PDF.

Monday, September 14, 2009


Before we even get started with New York Fashion Week, let's take a quick look at one of the trends emerging from two of the events from this past weekend--the Creative Arts Emmys and the MTV VMAs. In addition to donning sparkly strapless minidresses, Selema Gomez, Pink and Kristin Cavallari all chose oversized sparkly earrings for the red carpet. These are not the hugely popular chandeliers of the past few years, but graphic geometric shapes studded with faceted diamonds and gemstones.

I'm really liking this evolution in earrings. While bold necklaces and cuffs were really getting all of the press last season, turning some attention back to the ears is fun and fresh. I am particularly liking the large, circular drops that feel just a bit mod. Want to shop something similar? Check out these finds at a few different prices and looks:

Jewel of Ocean 18k Yellow Gold Spessartite Garnet Convertible Drop Earrings

18k White Gold Diamond Double Circle Drop Earrings

M+J Savitt 14k Gold Plated Oval Drop Earrings

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Hermes + Liberty

I'm going to be in London on Friday, and I want to pop by the brand new Hermès pop-up shop at department store Liberty. Featuring brand new ties and scarves from the upcoming season, this month-long special event is going to also include some cool fashion shows and tutorials on ways to tie the luxe scarves.

Even cooler: Hermès has created an exclusive limited edition range of scarves and ties, using the renowned Liberty Tana Lawn cottons. (These mini-florals are the hallmark of the high-fashion department store, two of the colorways are above.) Designed by Bali Barret, Creative Director of Hermès Silk, each one is screen printed with Hermès’ iconic ‘Ex Libris’ design.

If you can't make it across the pond, you can still snag a gorgeous scarf from our collection. And you can always shop Hermès to own a piece of the iconic brand.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Book Club: 100 Years of Menswear

I'm excited to get my hands on a copy of Cally Blackman's 100 Years of Menswear when it comes out later this month -- its 347 illustrations apparently include an amazing selection of rock stars, A-listers, artists and men of style. Don't you just love the cover image of David Bowie from the 1970s?

Men's fashion has certainly evolved tremendously, just as women's fashion has over the past century. It's often easily overshadowed, but thoughtful dressing for men is working its way back into popular culture; just look at characters like Chuck Bass on Gossip Girl --his outfits are often the highlight of the show.

For me, nothing says more about a man than his timepiece. Luckily, we've got a huge selection to search on Portero.

Look of the Day: Madonna

I love Madonna's travel-chic look as she visits the ancient city of Petra, Jordan last Thursday. Besides looking weather-appropriate in cream, she puts her own spin on a gorgeous oversized scarf and wears two vintage-looking bracelets; one for each wrist. She finishes the look off with a dangling 'eye of protection' Hamsa necklace, but you don't need to invoke religious imagery to get the same vibe.

Here's a few items that would recreate Madonna's un-tourist look perfectly:

Handcrafted Sterling Silver & Gold 7.00 ctw Rough-Cut Diamond Hinged Bangle Bracelet

Handcrafted Sterling Silver & Gold 6.50 ctw Rough-Cut Diamond Hinged Bangle Bracelet

Hermès Yellow Cashmere Blend Navy Blue Silk Buckle Scarf

M+J Savitt Silver Plated Botanical Medallion Necklace

Friday, September 4, 2009

In honor of a weekend off, enjoy 10% off on us. Just enter code SEPTEN at checkout* and take advantage of holiday savings through Monday, September 7. Free Shipping On All Orders Over $1,000.**

As always, thanks for shopping with Portero.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The New Stud

I like that when Diane Kruger and Alexa Chung wore the same Opening Ceremony dress, they both decided to pick a studded accent as an accessory. Diane chose a black handbag (check out the strap and you'll see the gold stud hardware) while Alexa went with a skinny belt with silver studs.

"Biker chic" is a very hot trend come fall, and you'll be seeing studs everywhere--mark my words. Get in on the look early with some of these great pieces:

Gianni Versace Medusa Medallion Black Leather Stud Belt

Celine Black Suede and Swarovski Crystal Bag

Jimmy Choo Cream Leather Studded Ross Satchel Bag

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

VC&A 70th

Did you know that this year marks the 70th anniversary of legendary French jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels coming to the United States? In honor of the achievement, the company is producing two very limited edition Alhambra necklaces in malachite and lapis. (See above.)

If you can't get your hands on one of those (there are only 100 of each available at VC&A boutiques), definitely make sure to keep your eyes on Portero's collection. We often get Alhambra pieces, like this beautiful 18-karat gold women's watch.

Want to know a bit more about Alhambra? Here's what the company has to say:

An iconic embodiment of Van Cleef & Arpels’ most celebrated and coveted collections, the Vintage Alhambra design has become a timeless classic in the world of jewelry and fashion since its birth in 1968. The renowned quatrefoil is known to bring happiness and a joie de vivre to all who wear it. The famous clover motif is borne of nature and steeped in legend, as its four beaded petals symbolize health, wealth, luck and true love. Throughout the years, Vintage Alhambra has adorned members of the royal set, Hollywood starlets of the silver screen and well-heeled women throughout the world who have sought the ultimate in classicality and femininity when choosing their personal jewelry pieces.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Movado Artists' Series

It's a rainy Monday here in NYC, so I was looking for something bright to post this morning. These fun watches are were designed by the artist Kenny Scharf as part of the limited edition Movado Artists' Series. I love that Movado does so much for the arts, and Scharf is just one of many artists that have collaborated with the brand to create special timepieces.

The Artists' Series started in 1988 with Andy Warhol and has included Arman, James Rosenquist and Max Bill among others. Check out this calendar to see some of the unique, colorful watches that were born from the collaborations.

Even if you know little about Movado, you probably recognize the brand's single dot at 12. It's now called the "Museum Watch" because it was chosen, in 1960, as the first watch dial to be housed in the Museum of Modern Art's permanent collection.

Shop Portero's collection of Movado watches.

Friday, August 28, 2009

JIC's Jewelry Trends

I would be crazy not to point you in the direction of one of the trend-savviest women in the jewelry industry, my friend and Jewelry Information Center maven Helena Krodel. She's recently published her FALL 2009 FINE JEWELRY TRENDS and it's a must-read if you're into beautiful baubles.

According to Helena, these shapes were prominent on the Fall runways and will be big in the upcoming season:

U-Shape Necklaces
V-Shape Necklaces
Big Chandelier Earrings
Big Necklaces

Want to read all about the details? Definitely check out the JIC's site for specifics.

Excited by the big necklace craze? I love this Xing Fei Gold Plated Crochet Wire Purple Green Pearl Iolite Purple Chalcedony Bib Necklace that's pictured above. So chic and perfectly on trend for the season!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Newest Arrivals

I hope you've been taking some time to play around with the (relatively) new site--a lot of changes and updates have gone live and shopping is easier than ever now. One of my favorite tools is definitely the "Newest Arrivals" button that you can find under each category. This is absolutely the easiest way to see just what is new for sale on Portero.com.

That's why this week's homepage slides are all about the latest and the greatest via the Newest Arrivals search feature. It's just a friendly reminder that shopping is easier than ever on Portero 2.0.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Runway shoes to reality

I had to share this fantastic video from New York magazine's website--it's the staff trying on and walking in some of Fall '09s most gravity-defying shoes. How crazy are those Nina Ricci platforms?

If you're looking for something a bit more manageable, these Jil Sander Slate Gray Leather Pointed-Toe Lace up Shoes are all the rage come fall, and they sure look more comfortable than those sky-high heels.

Shop our huge selection of shoes for a wide range of styles and brands for the upcoming season.

Monday, August 24, 2009

New Look for Hope Diamond?

This is pretty interesting: to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the donation of the Hope Diamond to the Smithsonian, the museum will be putting the 45.52 carat blue diamond in an entirely new setting. The public gets to vote on and choose the winning design by jeweler Harry Winston, and it will be on exhibit starting May 2010. (You can vote through September 7, 2009.)

For now, the museum has created a page dedicated to the mysterious blue diamond, and you can learn a lot more about the gem, it's myths and it's science by checking it out.

I'm not personally sold on any of the HW designs--I find them a bit dated--but I do love all of the legend surrounding the Hope Diamond.

Want to shop Portero's diamond jewelry? While we don't have any blue diamonds, we are stocked with gorgeous pieces, including some lovely colored diamond options.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Find Fall Fashion

Yes, it's still summer, but once the September fashion magazines are out, it's time to start thinking about warm-weather gear. We've done the hard work for you and sussed out the trends that perfectly on point for late '09.

If you want to get an inside peek of how the famous September issue of Vogue gets put together, definitely check out the aptly namedThe September Issue--I've heard it's a fantastic glimpse into the world of high fashion and notorious editor Anna Wintour.

See what we've picked with our selection of exotic skin bags, rose-gold watches and bold statement jewelry.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Summer Sale is still on!

Have you scored anything fantastic yet from our first annual Sidewalk Sale? You still have a few more days to get in on the action in watches, bags, accessories and jewelry.

Just like summer, it's going fast, so be sure to stop by and find something perfect to celebrate the season.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Go Gray

Maybe it's all the rain we've had this summer, but I'm still hopelessly addicted to gray for the upcoming season. It's the perfect neutral shade that has a bit more edge than brown or black. Just take a look at Rachel McAdams, above, carrying her favorite Bally "Keli" bag in gray suede--she manages to dress it up and down with no problem.

I think that scoring a gray bag for fall will have you perfectly in line with the trends. We have a fantastic selection available right now at prices up to 80% off retail. Want a peek at some of my favorites? Check out:

Chloe Grey & Black Patent Leather East West Bay Bag at 49% off

Louis Vuitton Automne Hiver 2008 Kohl Monogram Suede & Python Whisper PM Show Bag at 25% off

Nancy Gonzalez Grey Columbian Crocodile Shoulder Tote at 34% off

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Timely Art

I just read about this great watch pictorial shot by Charles Helleu for Intersection magazine. I love how he took common industrial elements and paired them with gorgeous, high-end timepieces. I particularly like the shot above, of a Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Squadra chronograph GMT set among chain links turned on their sides.

And how cool is the Audemars Piguet Offshore Volcano Royal Oak Chronograph below? I love the pop of orange on the face with the coiled springs.

Visit the entire collection of images on Intersection magazine's blog, and shop our selection of Jaeger-LeCoultre and Audemars Piguet now!

Images Charles Helleu via Luxist

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Sartorialist

Sometimes we all need a little bit of inspiration to get dressed in the morning. I take ideas from so many different places--advertisements, magazines, movies, and living in NYC, it's often times other people I see on the street. If you agree with me, than you'll probably love a blog called The Sartorialist that has been around since 2005. The real-life photography, captured by Scott Schuman, gives me new ideas every day.

I just found out that a book of his portraits is being released later this month. You can purchase it in paperback or a special, limited-edition hardcover and have access to 500 of his favorite images from across the globe. Need another reason to check it out? The Sartorialist was chosen by Time magazine as one of the Top 100 design influencers, and The New York Times called it "the bellwether American site that turned photoblogging into an art form."

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Warhol Worth?

It's not surprising that the owner of one of Andy Warhol's Michael Jackson portraits has decided to put it up for auction on August 18. Just one of five known paintings that the Pop Art master created of the King of Pop, it obviously has tremendous value, especially after Jackson's tragic passing earlier this summer.

I'm definitely curious to see what it will go for. If you want to follow the action, check out the site for New York-based Vered Gallery.

Want to purchase your very own Warhol? Portero has a fantastic collection of serigraphs up for sale right now.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Look of the Day: Leighton Meester

I saw this image from the Teen Choice awards yesterday and I was compelled to create a whole post about it! I absolutely love Gossip Girls' Leighton Meester in this entire ensemble. (FYI: she's wearing a Louis Vuitton dress, Brian Atwood “Zenith” Mary Janes, Cathy Waterman jewels and a Nina Ricci clutch.) The look is young and fun but still totally chic. But what I'm really drawn to is the graphic black, white and red color palette--it's something that can be worn all year round if done right.

Just like Leighton added a fantastic punch of color with her shoes, you can do the same thing with a handbag. Here are two of my favorites in that perfect shade of fire engine red:

Chanel Vintage Red Suede Diagonal Quilted Envelope Style Single Flap Mini Shoulder Bag

Chanel Quilted Red Patent Leather Top Flap Handbag

Image via Just Jared. Credit: Steve Granitz/Wireimage; Photos: Frazer Harrison/Jason Merritt/Getty, INFdaily

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Park Avenue Meets Portero Sidewalk Sale!

I hope you're ready for some amazing summer savings, because we're launching our first-ever Sidewalk Sale today! So what exactly does that mean? Basically, this will be unlike any other sidewalk or yard sale you've ever been to before, because we've gathered the absolute best brands from 'the best neighborhoods' into one online event. And no leaving home necessary!

We've broken it up by category: You can shop by jewelry, watches or bags + accessories, and pieces are at savings of up to 75% off retail.

Don't wait long--prices this good will not last long.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

In the Pink

I'm excited to see what this amazing pink diamond (Named "The Vivid Pink") will go for at auction this December at Christie's Hong Kong. Weighing in at 5.00 carats, it's potentially the largest Fancy Vivid Pink Potentially Flawless diamonds to ever hit the auction block and it's estimated at $5 to $7 million.

I'm a sucker for a colored diamond myself (my engagement ring is champagne: a beautiful brown-yellow that changes color in the light) and these natural colored stones are becoming more and more popular as the years go by. I've been seeing a lot of designers use small points of colored diamonds as accents on their jewelry (including blues, greens and reds) and engagement rings are also getting the treatment.

Like the look of a pink diamond? I think any girl would say 'yes' to this GIA Certified Platinum & 18k Yellow Gold 1.15 ctw Fancy Pink & Yellow Diamond Ring.

I also love this GIA Certified 0.45 ctw Orange Pink Diamond 18k White Gold Ring--the center stone is a gorgeous shade of pink with a slightly orange undertone that is very unique.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Cool Cuffs

This is the thing that I really love about the wide cuff trend--you can totally dress it up or down. Case in point: Blake Lively wears a blue gemstone and yellow gold bracelet in the Hamptons this past weekend and manages to carry off the perfect preppy summer vibe. On the other end of the spectrum, Frieda Pinto chooses a yellow gold and purple gemstone cuff for a fancy affair in London just a few days ago. The ladies could realistically switch bracelets and the results would still be totally appropriate.

Want to hop on the trend? Here are four of my favorite up for grabs right now:

Textured Gold Vermeil Teal Geode Slice Wide Cuff Bracelet

M+J Savitt Sterling Silver Teardrop Wide Crystal Cuff Bracelet

Kara Ross 18k Yellow Gold Wide Black Onyx Cuff Bracelet

M+J Savitt Sterling Silver Turquoise Crystal Cuff Bracelet

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Bejeweled "Stilettos"

There's something I just love about Amy Adams, and I'm really smitten with her ensemble at the premiere of Julie & Julia this past Tuesday in Hollywood. Here's the breakdown of her outfit: “Aphrodite” dress in white by RM by Roland Mouret, nude suede “Maniac” pumps by Brian Atwood, and drop earrings and diamond bracelets by Tiffany & Co.

Below is a close-up of her earrings. I really like the simplicity of the long, lean drop (often called a 'stiletto' earring) and the briolette gemstone at the bottom. Want to find something similar? Here's a few options to shop:

Laura Munder 18k Gold Aquamarine Briolette Diamond Drop Earrings

JewelMak 14k Yellow Gold Lemon Quartz Diamond Drop Earrings

Platinum South Sea Pearl Diamond Convertible Drop Stud Earrings

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Ring Envy?

If you watch The Bachelorette, there's been much reported about the Neil Lane ring given to Jillian by her new fiance Ed (pictured above). Made from platinum and a pear-shaped diamond accented with baguette and round diamonds, it hasn't been getting very much love from viewers.

I have to agree, as much as I love Neil Lane, that this ring isn't my cup of tea either. Negative reactions have mostly been pointed at the pear-shape, but I don't think that's the problem. I think it's the combination of the pear with the baguettes which gives off a heavy 1980s vibe. To then plop that on top of an ultra-feminine, vintage-looking design doesn't make much sense.

Need more engagement ring inspiration? Shop our ultra-glam selection now. What do you think about Jillian's ring?

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Summer Sparkle

The red carpet is starting to see a lot of Gucci's Fall/Winter 09/10 collection, and I have to admit that I'm a sucker for some sparkle, too. Both Sienna Miller (left) and Megan Fox wore pieces from the line at premieres last week, but I think it's Megan who pulled the look off.

Sienna chose to do a head-to-toe look that was, in my opinion, overkill. I actually really like all of the pieces separately (although the pants don't seem to fit properly), but it's not easy to combine three different sequin/metallic patterns without looking like a Vegas sideshow. Megan, however, chooses just a jacket (Gucci's “Exit 30″ black match blue micro jacquard silk lurex boxy spencer jacket) paired with black jeans and a simple black top. Just enough shimmer for evening but with a rock 'n' roll edge.

Like the edgy glam look of Gucci? Shop our selection, which includes handbags, watches, jewelry and accessories.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Saddle Up

Because we work with such varied and fantastic consignors, we often get very unique and special pieces coming through the door. Take, for instance, this very cool Hermès Brown Leather Close Contact 17” English Saddle. Made of brown buffalo hide and finished with Hermès-stamped silver studs, this piece is the real deal.

After a little bit of research, I found out that "close contact" means that the rider, saddle and horse will literally be closer together because of the thinness and positioning of this saddle, allowing for the most interaction possible. Like all Hermès leatherwork, this equestrian gear is beautifully made by hand with only the finest materials.

Think you have something special to sell on Portero? Check out our How to Sell page for all of the details.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Prolific Prada

I was intrigued by an article in today's New York Times ("Prada's Brainchild Takes a New Twirl") about some of the new projects Miucca Prada (the designer of Prada) is working on. Besides her obvious penchant for fashion, Prada has also had a long love affair with art and architecture, and her prolific relationship with Rem Koolhaas has produced two flagship stores (New York and Los Angeles) as well as sets for the brand's fabulous Milan runway shows.

Now, Prada and Koolhaas are collaborating on two art/performance/ exhibition spaces, one in Seoul (the Transformer, pictured above) and one in Milan. Prada has always been candid about her appreciation for fine arts in any form, and these new multi-use, shape-shifting structures will be able to present fashion shows, exhibits and even run movies.

Definitely check out this great slideshow of the Transformer project in Korea, and then be sure to shop our collection of Prada. We stock everything from shoes to bags to watches!

Image via The New York Times/Prada

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Platinum Standard

I had a wonderful lunch yesterday with some members of the Platinum Guild team. PGI (Platinum Guild International) is an organization that promotes platinum jewelry to both the trade and the consumer, and even better for me, they work with editors to show us all of the newest and most beautiful pieces available.

I find that a lot of people don't know the difference between platinum and white gold, so here's a little intro primer straight from PGI:

–Platinum is a naturally white metal so it will not cast any of its own color into a diamond.
–Usually 95% pure (by comparison 18 karat gold is 75% pure), platinum never fades or tarnishes but keeps its natural white color for a lifetime.
–As platinum is so pure, it is naturally hypoallergenic and ideal for those with sensitive skin.
–Found in very few places around the world, platinum is 30 times more rare than gold.
–Platinum does not change shape or wear away so precious stones are held firmly and securely.

Most people only think of platinum for an engagement ring or wedding band, but there are plenty of companies making beautiful, fashionable jewelry and watches out of platinum. This is particularly a great choice if you have any metal allergies because platinum is hypoallergenic. Plus, it just feels luxurious and sturdy in your hand--ounce for ounce, platinum is heavier than white gold.

Want to see some of my favorites on Portero? Check these out:

Tiffany & Co Platinum Diamond Hexagonal Band Ring sz 6.25

Patek Philippe Vintage Platinum Diamonds Manual Winding Women's 3267/32 Watch

GIA Certified Platinum 3-Stone 2.40 ctw Diamond Ring sz 6

Gumuchian Platinum 2.75 ctw Diamond Clip-On Floral Earrings

IWC Pilot Chronograph Platinum Men's Automatic Watch

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

'Mad' Style

Since the third season of Mad Men is premiering on August 16 (hurrah!), there's been a lot of talk surrounding the Emmy-winning drama. The upcoming season is set post-Cuban Missile Crisis (which means 1963 or after), so the clothes are a bit less 1950s and a bit more swinging '60s.

I personally can't wait to see what the costume designers come up with. So many stores and brands are really embracing this '60s office-chic look (check out Banana Republic's take on the trend, complete with a contest to win a walk-on role) and I think this will be a look that's hot straight through fall.

Want some ideas of how to incorporate Mad Men style in your own wardrobe? Here are some pieces that fit the bill perfectly:

Hermes Black Crocodile Sac Ring Bag @ 85% off

Rolex Vintage 1956 Precision Stainless Steel Manual Men's Watch

GIA Certified 5.85 ctw Blue Sapphire Diamond 18k Yellow Gold Cocktail Ring sz 6.25 @ 59% off

Corcord Vintage 14k Yellow Gold Women's Quartz Watch

Chanel Vintage Cream with Fuchsia Camelias & Bijoux Trim Silk Scarf @ 54% off

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Steal Her Style: Kristen Bell

Even though I just posted about Kristen Bell the other day, she's been looking particularly cute lately. That's why I thought I'd put together a group of accessories based on the outfit she wore to a Cosmopolitan party last week. I'm surprised to like her pairing of bubble gum pink with bronzy-metallics--I think it's a great way to make the super girly dress look sophisticated.

Although it's hard to tell in the pic, Kristen's sporting a champagne diamond ring by Le Vian. I'm a fan of this Gunmetal 18k White Gold Ruby Brown Diamond Woven Cocktail Ring sz 6.25. This one piece makes enough of a statement to keep the rest of your jewelry subtle, or not wear any at all.

Kristen's is printed, but you can't go wrong with this Calvin Klein Large Bronze Metallic Clutch Evening Bag. The size is just right to fit all of your essentials without scrambling for space.

Last, pick up this Hermes Miel Alligator Gold Buckle Belt to pull it all together. These three pieces will always look great together, so you could pair them with anything from a pair of jeans to a cocktail dress.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Louis Envy

It certainly seems like Aussie model Miranda Kerr has little to worry about. She's a fixture on the Victoria Secret scene, her boyfriend is heartthrob Orlando Bloom, and she looks this good even when traveling across the world.

One easy way to look like you're living the jetsetter's life is to splurge on a set of designer luggage. Miranda chose Louis Vuitton– a dog carrier, a rolling suitcase and the luxurious Mahina bag.

Take a look through our selection of LV luggage, most of which is about 50% off retail prices. Even if you're not quite as put together as Miranda when you're running through the airport, at least your totes will be in top form.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

How do you Clutch?

I was looking through pictures of Vogue’s 1-year anniversary party for 3.1 Phillip Lim’s L.A. store held yesterday, and came across some great examples of the different styles of clutches popular right now. First of all, I love Lim, and secondly, I love the event's host Rachel Bilson (above, left). I think she has great effortless style--I mean, how many people could carry off a shiny shorts-suit?

Here she paired her Lim ensemble with a chic snakeskin bag. Go for snake if you like to mix-and-match patterns, because the natural look of the skin will always have variation. Want to get the same look? Try this Kotur Ayers Snakeskin Natural Pleated Clutch or shop our selection of snakeskin clutches.

Lisa Love, West Coast Editor of Vogue (above right) chose to go with a vintage leather envelope clutch. This is one of my favorite looks for a not-too-dressy event. Steal Love's style with this Bottega Veneta Vintage Bordeaux Woven Suede & Lizard Bag or shop our excellent collection of vintage clutches.

Lastly, take a look at cute Kristen Bell (above). She goes very Audrey Hepburn with a classic black satin clutch. (I'm coveting the whole outfit--plus those amazing diamond bracelets!) Check out this Judith Leiber Black Satin & Austrian Crystal Clutch Shoulder Bag if you like her style.

Images via Just Jared

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Behind the Brand: Gumuchian

As a journalist, I'm always very interested in the history of a product or specific company. That's why I was excited to get this short video in my inbox this morning--it's the history of jewelry brand Gumuchian. This family-owned business got its start in the diamond trade, and today they're making gorgeous fine jewelry.

Want to learn more? Get the inside scoop on the company by watching the video above.

Also, be sure to shop our extensive collection of Gumuchian jewelry. If I had to pick, I would go straight for these:

Gumuchian Platinum Diamond Deco Drop Earrings. Very chic, and they'll stay in your jewelry box forever.

Gumuchian Matte 18k Yellow Gold Platinum Green Tourmaline Diamond Ring sz 6. The exceptional gemstone color paired with matte gold gives this stunner a gothic meets fashion feel.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Understanding Rolex

Ever wonder exactly why a Rolex will set you back so much? Yes, there's a coveted brand name attached, and sure, the watch is made of precious materials. But understanding exactly how much time, precision and artistry goes into each timepiece explains quite a bit about the price tag.

Take a look at the short video above for detailed information on the creation of a single Rolex, then shop our selection at fantastic values.

Video via RolexSavings

Monday, July 13, 2009

Hot Hobos

I'll admit I have a bit of a girl-crush on Rachel McAdams--how beautiful does she look here filming Morning Glory in NYC? I am also smitten with her Givenchy "Medium Eclipse Hobo". There's something about the boho-chic lines of a hobo that seem just perfect for summer. Plus, the slouchy, oversized shape allows you to really fit in all of your necessities.

We have a really fantastic collection of hobo bags right now, many of which would be a perfect summer handbag. Here are my top three Portero picks:

Carlos Falchi Metallic Light Gold Python Tote. The gold goes with anything, and the snakeskin says luxe all the way.

Bottega Veneta White Leather Signature Woven Stitched Leather Medium Hobo Handbag. The smaller size and light weight means it's the perfect day bag. Plus, you can never go wrong with the iconic Bottega Veneta basket weave.

Yves Saint Laurent Black Patent Leather Capri Large Flap Hobo Bag. This will take you through all of the seasons and never look a bit dated.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Boy Bands?

No, I'm not talking about pop music groups, I'm talking about engagement rings for men. Haven't heard of it? Well, according to Details magazine, men are 'increasingly wearing engagement rings' after being proposed to or after proposing themselves. In the story called "Would You Wear a Male Engagement Ring?" Guys weigh in on the debate.

Being engaged myself, I can see why women might want their fiance to wear a ring before the big day. Hey; if we are pointing out to the world that we're off the market, why shouldn't you? But there's also something fun and traditional about waiting to see the band on his finger after we're actually married.

What do you think about this subject?

If you're looking for a band for your betrothed, check out these options on Portero.com:

Links of London Textured Sterling Silver Band sz 8.5

Tiffany & Co Three Row Rope 18k Gold Band Ring sz 8.5

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Portero Salutes the 4th

Although Independence Day just passed, I forgot to post this really cool image created completely from a selection of Portero's merchandise on Polyvore. Did you know you can head over to Polyvore to style your own outfits while shopping at the same time?

Check out these user-created sets that contain merchandise from Portero.com.

Sweet Skins: Nancy Gonzalez bags

I really like this '60s mod-inspired look on Hayden Panettiere. I definitely covet the cute Elizabeth and James dress, but I'm most drawn toward her bright purple Nancy Gonzalez clutch. (Although I'm not sold on the purple/pink color combo in this case.) I do love the addition of a bright bag in summer, especially when it's one of Gonzalez's exceptionally-made exotic skin totes.

Portero continues to stock quite a few of Gonzalez's bags, which is good news for shoppers. While the bags are a bit pricey, there's no doubt that the details make the price understandable. The designer uses materials like ultra-durable and luxe python and alligator, and the shapes are so classic that you never run the risk of being out of style. If I had the choice, I'd snap up this Nancy Gonzalez Grey Columbian Crocodile Shoulder Tote in a heartbeat. So chic!

Image via Just Jared

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Amazingly, I found a photo that shows exactly how Independence Day looks from my own neighborhood. Pretty nice, right? No matter where you're celebrating the 4th of July, I hope you get a moment filled with family, friends and fun!

In honor of a weekend off, enjoy 10% off on us. Just enter code JULYTEN at checkout* and take advantage of holiday savings through Sunday, July 5.

As always, thanks for shopping with Portero.

*Discount excludes Hermes Birken handbags.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Pic of the Day: Marc Jacobs

You've got to appreciate Marc Jacobs' sense of adventure. Here he is, out and about in New York City, casually sporting a red kilt and a black Hermes Birkin bag. And, you know, why not? The man is a fashion icon and I think it's great that he plays around with gender-specific clothing and accessories and has fun while doing it.

Want to buy your own Birkin? Here are some of my favorites currently up for sale on Portero:

Hermes Brand New 30cm Vert Anis Swift Leather Birkin Bag

Hermes 30cm Barenia Alligator Birkin Bag

Hermes 35cm Camel Suede Birkin Bag

And don't forget to check out our excellent selection of Marc Jacobs accessories!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Art Investing 101

I can give you tons of tips for buying jewelry, watches and handbags, but I am no expert in art. Don't get me wrong--I love looking at art, and I know what I like, but sometimes it's better to get advice from someone with a bit more expertise. That's why I wanted to direct you to a great piece on Luxist called Ten Tips for Investing in Art.

Here's what author Tom Johansmeyer has to say in his intro:

If you put any faith in conventional wisdom, the best time to invest is when the market is at the bottom. So, there's no time like the present to put some cash into the fine art asset class. Hey, what passes for a solid performance these days is more than 70 percent off last year's levels. Before you invest anywhere, it pays (sometimes literally) to do your homework, and this is especially true with the art market. A fourth grade math education equips you to watch a stock prices ups and downs – and it is supplemented by what we pick up on the nightly news and (I hope) on the likes of BloggingStocks and DailyFinance.

Art, however, is different.

To understand this market, you're staring down the task of learning thousands of years of product history, in addition to a relatively illiquid marketplace in which prevailing tastes play a major role. You can carve this mammoth amount of information into smaller pieces, but you still need to identify a starting place. It's easy to get intimidated ... and also unnecessary. Take a look at the 10 tips below to make the art market a bit more accessible.

Definitely head over to read the piece in its entirety. Then, head over to Portero's art section that contains everything from Picasso to Warhol. There are definitely some great investment pieces available!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Only Watch 2009

Watch lovers take note: The Only Watch 2009 auction will be hitting the block this September in Monaco, and the pieces up for grabs look fantastic. (See the chart above) If you haven't heard of it before, Only Watch is an annual event that features limited edition and one-of-a-kind watches from a huge selection of the world's best watchmakers.

Even better, this event is totally for charity. According to the site: Under the high patronage of HSH Prince Albert II, 34 of the most prestigious high watchmaking brands have donated unique timepieces to the Association Monégasque contre le Myopathie, to be sold at auction by Patrizzi & Co. All the proceeds of the sale go to support research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Want an example of one of the watches available? Above is Patek Philippe's celestial-themed watch in 18-karat rose gold with a dark blue alligator strap. So what does it do? Interestingly, it tells you what the night sky looks like from Geneva (where the watch was made.) Besides the position of the moon and stars, the watch also tells you the solar time and some other neat functions.

Love timepieces? Be sure to check out Only Watch 2009. You can also shop Portero's excellent selection of Patek Philippe.

Image via Only Watch 2009