Archive for July, 2008

Best in Show

July 9, 2008

I have always been a huge fan of watches–it must be the accessory lover in me. I think it’s also the appeal of taking something utilitarian and making it beautiful. It’s very cool to be able to express a little bit about yourself with something you wear every day. 
This week’s Portero spotlight is on our best selling watches, so I thought I’d bring you a little bit of background or interesting facts about some of the styles featured. Let’s start with the Rolex Submariner (above). You might know that it was introduced in 1954, and was intended for diving. But did you know that this model has also appeared in 11 James Bond movies? Ian Fleming, the character’s creator, actually wrote the watch into the series of spy novels, and Sean Connery, Roger Moore, George Lazenby and Timothy Dalton all wore Submariners when in character.  
If you’re a fan of the bold design of the Cartier Pasha, you might also be interested to know that Cartier has created a range of accessories in this line that includes pens, money clips, travel clocks and even a USB stick. To watch a close-up film of the details of the Pasha, click right here
Here’s an interesting tidbit: The idea for the signature face on the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso came from a game. The year was 1931 and the game was polo: It was in British India that players found they needed a watch with a face that could turn downward to stay out of harm’s way during play. 
This innovation left room for initials or a crest to be engraved on the reverse side, which immediately became a hit with high society. The basic design hasn’t changed in 65 years. 
To see the other best-selling watches featured this week, click below:
Breitling Chronomat
Breitling Aeromarine
Baume & Mercier Hampton Classic
Cartier Tank
Cartier Francaise
Cartier Santos
Rolex Datejust
Omega Constellation
Omega Seamaster

Great White

July 7, 2008

Jennifer Garner doesn’t seem to go anywhere without daughter Violet, and recently she’s also been carrying her Lanvin “Hero” handbag on all of her errands. A white handbag is the perfect summer accessory, and I particularly like how this one has simple black accents and chain detailing. 
If you like this bag, you’ll probably lust after this Lanvin nubuck small cushion sable handbag. Also white with a crisp dark brown strip and chain handles, it will really go with anything in your wardrobe in the upcoming months. 
If you’re looking for a white handbag, here are some of my favorites:
Dolce & Gabanna white patent leather hobo. This across-the-body strap style is perfectly on trend for summer. 
Mulberry white leather handbag. Although this bag has a bit of fashion-forward slouch, it’s also perfectly tailored and very chic. 
Kooba white leather large handbag. Super generous proportions means that this bag can do double-duty as an airport carry on. 
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SummerStones

July 2, 2008

There’s nothing I like better than a bit of a tan and some great, colorful jewelry to make a summer outfit. Luckily, our homepage this week is in full agreement. Although most people tend toward materials like turquoise or coral, fashion forward pearls are also a great bet for the warmer months of the year. 
If you never thought much about where pearls come from, check out the image above. This is a photo from a Tahitian pearl farm–pretty spectacular, right? Tahitian (or black) pearls are found in French Polynesia, and the farms themselves are strategically placed in shallow atolls, just inside a lagoon. 
In the picture above, you can see a pearl diver carefully checking the harvest. Whether you like black pearls or any of the wide variety of colors available, there are a few helpful hints for cleaning and storing the precious gems that will keep your jewelry in great shape:
–If you can, try not to expose pearls to a lot of makeup or hand creams. 
–You don’t need fancy cleaners, just a simple solution of mild soap and water works well.
–Don’t use ammonia or harsh detergents on pearls; they are delicate and can get damaged.
–Don’t rub pearls with anything abrasive. You can rub off the beautiful nacre (the colored coating). 
–Store pearls separately from other jewels. Harder metal or gemstones could scratch them. 
–If you have a strand of pearls, check periodically to see if they need to be restrung. 
Whether you are feeling more pearl or gemstone, definitely check out our featured items this week. 
Images via travelwithchallenge.com