Archive for October, 2008

Book Club: The Necklace

October 13, 2008

My lovely fiance came home with this book for me recently, and I’m about to get started, so I thought I’d share it here. The Necklace: Thirteen women and the experiment that transformed their lives by Cheryl Jarvis was just released this year and has gotten some great press.

Here’s the jist: Four years ago a woman named Jonell McLain saw a diamond necklace in a shop window in Ventura, California. She surely could not afford the extravagant jewel, but it got her thinking about how she could have a piece of it. The answer? Sharing the necklace with 12 other women.

According to reviews: “What started as a quirky social experiment became something far richer and deeper, as the women transformed a symbol of exclusivity into a symbol of inclusiveness. They discovered that sharing the necklace among themselves was only the beginning: The more they shared with others, the more profound this experience–and experiment–became.”

I’m excited to read this, and I’ll report back when I’m done. Want to join me?

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Some Enchanted Evening

October 8, 2008

Now that Fall is here, I find my social calendar swiftly picking up speed. Everyone wants to be back in action, and that means lots of cocktail parties, dinners and work functions. That also means bringing out my collection of evening bags, which range in size from teeny tiny to roomy, and in style from over-the-shoulder to clutch. If you need to expand your own set of evening bags, you’re in the right place. Portero is featuring a huge selection of gorgeous styles this week in all prices and looks.

Let’s take a look back at the recent Emmys to get a feel for what’s happening on the red carpet. First, we have Nicolette Sheridan (right, above) in a gorgeous purple Angel Sanchez gown. Her clutch choice just goes to show that picking a matching shade can be a good thing. Her purple and gunmetal Kotur Creel bag (below) goes with the dress, but isn’t a perfect match–a very modern way to go.

I’ve already told you that Mad Men is my favorite show on TV, so I’m happy to feature Maggie Siff in this roundup (below, right. She plays Rachel Menken, FYI.) I love the simple silhouette and teal color of her strapless dress, and that she went for some oomph in her choice of clutch. By going with the black feather Celeste by Romanek, she was able to show some personality alongside a relatively classic gown.

Finally we have America Ferrerra carrying an Anya Hindmarch Maud clutch in gold (the silver version is below). The business of her dress was perfectly offset by this unadorned coin-purse style bag that doesn’t take away from her gorgeous gown.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with evening bags. I personally like to pair a black dress with a brightly colored clutch, and I often throw in pattern without going overboard by injecting a python clutch in neutral tones. To start your search, click on the links below:

Judith Leiber
Mary Norton
Leather and Skins

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Free Shipping!

October 7, 2008

It’s always a good idea to save money, especially in light of what’s going on in the world financial markets. That’s why Portero is currently offering free shipping and insurance on orders over $1,000*.

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The Gift that Keeps Giving

October 1, 2008

There are entire industries devoted to (what I would call) cheesy gifts for big occasions. The cap and gown teddy bear, above, is just one example of the type of Hallmark last-minute buys that gets thrown into a closet and never seen again. So why not choose something that has much more lasting value and will see practical use on a daily basis? This week, Portero is highlighting fantastic mid-level watches that make great gifts for occasions such as graduation. Men, often, are particularly hard to shop for, so here are some ideas for how to make every holiday a great one:

Let’s start with graduation. Whether it’s high school or college, this is the perfect time to gift a young man with something that looks and feels adult. After many years of sport watches or merely using a cell phone as a time keeper, a distinguished watch will propel him to the next phase in his life. I would strongly recommend a stainless steel model like this Tag Heuer 2000 Chronograph Quartz Men’s Watch. The oversized black face and sporty features are a perfect transition from kid to grownup, and for around $1,000, you’re getting a trusted brand.

Another traditional watch-gifting occasion is from bride to groom. This is definitely my plan for my upcoming wedding day, and I think this is a perfect time to go for something a little more dapper and classic. This Montblanc Star Reveil Stainless Steel Automatic Day Date Men’s Watch fits the bill perfectly. The embossed calfskin band looks rich, and the elegant Roman numerals on the face work wonderfully for dressy events.

Father’s Day is the perfect time to surprise him with something fashion-forward and unlike his sports or dress watches. How about this Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 18k Yellow Gold Diamond Men’s Automatic 2164.75.00 Watch? The eye-catching yellow gold may be too much for everyday, but it’s a statement piece that will really complete his collection, and it will remind him that you deserve something special for Mother’s Day as well.

Click below to go directly to the brands featured this week:

Tag Heuer