This year’s Oscar darling, Ellen Page, played sassy Juno MacGuff with enough charm and grace to win over audiences and critics. If you’re gifting a new mom who is a little left-of-center and trendy, give these quirky gifts a shot:
Archive for April, 2008
If you’re like me, the vast selection of items on Portero is perfect for procrastination. I like to think of myself as a little bit of a treasure hunter, so I love clicking through page after page of items to really feel like I’m uncovering the next great find. But if you only have a few minutes to spare before your next meeting, you’ll be very excited to hear about our “newest items” feature, just launched today.
I am completely smitten with this Valentino Fango Rose tote bag. A must-have for Fall 2008, it fits in perfectly with a larger trend of flowers on the runway and in jewelry cases. All three jewelry trade shows I’ve been to so far this year (Vicenza, Milan and Basel) have been a showcase for rose-themed pieces, from rosette rings and earrings to enamel rose pendants. This same petal pattern has been showing up in fashion, especially on handbags and shoes, and I think it’s really the perfect look for spring.
Judith Leiber multicolor beaded flower clutch. Hand-set beads turn into a work of art in this eye-catching evening bag that will spice up even the most basic black dress.
While most people choose a handbag based on its ability to match with pretty much anything, some people pass up standard brown, black and metallic shades to go with something a little outside-the-box. A trend that has been growing in recent years is using artwork as a bag’s focal point, as with Hilary Duff’s Prada Fairy Bag above. The wait-listed purse, nearly impossible to find at $2,290, is becoming the ‘it’ bag of the season.
To celebrate this week’s incredible Portero collection of exotic skin Birkins in bold colors, we’re going behind the scenes…
Yesterday I was invited to attend the preview luncheon for the National Jewelry Institute‘s 2008 Designer Showcase–something not to be missed if you’re in New York between now and June 28. In a nutshell, the non-profit organization teamed up with Saks Fifth Avenue and the World Gold Council to curate an exhibit of 40 international designers working in gold, precious metals and gems.
Did you know that Rolex turns 100 this year? To celebrate the occasion, noted watch auction house Antiquorum planned “Revolution: The Evolution of the Rolex Sports Watch” that took place last Friday, April 17. Antiquorum gathered some of the brand’s most sought after and desired sports models and put them up for auction in both New York and Milan. The results? A staggering $8.5 million for 270 pieces, including nine world record buys.
I live in New York City, so it’s not a huge surprise that the only space for my office is in my living room. But whether you have a home office or a location that you go offsite to work, it’s still nice to make your space something beautiful to look at as well as functional.
I often show pictures of celebrities wearing the latest trends to give you an idea of what’s soon to be the next best thing, but sometimes the history behind a trend is where you’ll find the really juicy story. This week Portero is highlighting women’s diamond bezel watches, and while many people think that the look was invented relatively recently–say, by ‘blinged’ out rappers or sports stars, the history of the look is far more illustrious.
Japanese pearl company Mikimoto was my first stop in Basel, and as usual, they didn’t disappoint. I loved their new Midnight collection, made with black rough tourmaline and baroque pearls–it was extremely fashion forward and another step in the right direction for a company once merely known for gorgeous strands.