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Jewelry from Chanel to Liven up Your Wardrobe

When it’s time to put your money where your mouth is, you want to go to the brand that never goes out of fashion. Who wouldn’t want a little more Chanel on their arm?  In honor of the legendary French fashion designer, a roundup of our five favorite Coco Chanel quotes that are full of stylish wisdom and wit, while spotlighting some of the chicest Chanel jewelry.

Luxury Must be Comfortable, Otherwise it is Not Luxury
A Chanel charm bracelet is a fun way to make a statement. When you mix some yellow gold with a smattering of rhinestones, the overall look is modern and sleek, which goes with absolutely everything.
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In Order to be Irreplaceable, You Must Always Be Different
Coupled with the fact that we’re obsessed with the Chanel C’s, it’s common knowledge that you can’t go wrong with a classic Chanel logo with enough rhinestones to go with your rock and roll mini or your vintage denim and heels.
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I Don’t Do Fashion, I am Fashion
No matter what your personal earring style is: studs, drops, or dangling – these Chanel logo clip on earrings are major eye candy. We would wear these with a cropped tuxedo jacket, a flirty cocktail dress or a power suit.
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A Girl Should be Two Things: Classy and Fabulous
How incredible is this Chanel choker? It is a little bit tough girl, a little bit chic, and versatile enough to enhance a maxi dress, biker jacket or an evening gown to highlight its unique hardware.
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Fashion Fades, only Style Remains the Same
This vintage Chanel necklace can seriously step up your style, whether you’re wearing it with a structured jacket or with your Sunday-Brunch outfit. It’s a sartorial marriage between whimsical and chic.
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Five Pieces of Jewelry Every Stylish Woman Should Own

We love being on the cutting edge of style as much as the next girl, but if you’re going to be smart about what you buy, you want to focus on timeless pieces that will really stand out. Whether it’s a simple bangle that adds a pop of color or a vintage necklace that gives you an authentic look, unique yet classic pieces can take your look from the mundane to the exceptional. These are the staples that every woman should own (or at least be shopping for)!

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1.  Classic Gold Studs
Even Audrey Hepburn wouldn’t have let her jewelry box go without timeless simple studs that are easy to throw on with any outfit from a cashmere sweater to a flirty sundress. The iconic gold Chanel logo earrings can create a hint of luxury that will pull any outfit together.

2. The Classic Go-Everywhere Gold
Even the unfashionable set recognizes the iconic Cartier LOVE detailing. Having a simple bracelet in gold is a staple that every girl should own, to either dress up your everyday casual or to add to a stack of bracelets for a night on the town. If this isn’t already on your list, it’s worth adding, as this is the kind of bracelet that you’ll regret not having.

3.  Pearls Your Way
A long pearl strand is not only functional but also does double duty as a must buy. A necklace this versatile can be worn long for cocktail parties, or can be doubled up for a brunch with friends. Whether it’s vintage like this Chanel find, or it’s something new, a long Pearl strand is a must-have in your jewelry box.

4. The Statement Ring
A big rock is a perfect way to add some flair for your next soiree. We recommend getting something big enough to make an impact, but with classic details (like the David Yurman signature rope detailing). This is also great for the strong woman who wants her right ring finger to be the point of focus, instead of her left.

5.  The Enamel Bangle
Consider the Hermès black enamel bracelet the addition your go-to work wardrobe has been waiting for. It’s classy, yet still serious enough to mean business with any outfit.

 

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Spotlight on John Hardy

In the mid-1970s, 25-year-old Canadian designer/artist and descendant of the Royal Court of Bali goldsmiths, John Hardy, escaped to Bali, where he met his wife Cynthia and established his celebrated namesake jewelry company. Handcrafted and one-of-a-kind, each John Hardy piece is inspired by the natural world’s beauty.

John Hardy’s commitment to the environment and community does not end with fine jewelry. Over the past year, John Hardy has planted 600,000 bamboo trees in Bali to support forest management and water preservation.  Additionally, its Job for Life program continues to successfully transition Bali orphans into the real world with vocational training.  Once the program is completed, many students are offered positions at the John Hardy Bali Compound, which is not only home to beautiful designs and skilled craftsman, but also an organic farm.

Upon retiring in 2007, John Hardy sold the brand to now CEO Damien Dernoncourt and Head Designer and Creative Director Guy Bedarida.  To date, Dernoncourt and Bedarida remain invested in the brand’s core values and devotion to nature and our community.

Shop Portero’s John Hardy collection here.

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In Love With LOVE: Spotlight on the Cartier LOVE Series

Audrey Hepburn famously said, “the best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” For thousands of years, cultures around the world have expressed their affections through jewelry. With Valentine’s Day at the forefront of our minds, we celebrate the ones we hold dear with the iconic symbol of love and commitment… the Cartier LOVE series.

Originally only sold to couples, the Cartier LOVE series was inspired by the medieval chastity belt with its lock and tiny screwdriver acting as a key. Today, the Cartier LOVE series is gifted to all in celebration of life’s many milestones, including: birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, and of course, Valentine’s Day.

Shop Portero’s Cartier collection here.

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The most stunning vintage Cartier jewelry

Cartier was founded in Paris in 1847 — and these exquisite jewels prove why the French designs are a favored by royalty and celebrities.

Shop Cartier here.

 

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Style crush: Balenciaga + Hermés

A red Balenciaga bag with an orange Hermès Cuff de Chien (CDC) — the ultimate rockstar look.

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Saint Laurent wearable art

An artistic piece that’s a little bit free form in turquoise and gold. Make a statement with this Yves Saint Laurent Arty Ovale and Dots Ring.

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Chopard and Princess Di forever!

In “Diana” the new biopic about Princess Diana, Naomi Watts will wear Chopard jewelry exclusively. Can’t wait to see those 80′s earrings in action!

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Fit for a princess! Let’s help New York’s newest resident out

In the most exciting Royals news on this side of the Atlantic, Princess Eugenie (daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson) is moving to New York. Like so many 23-year-olds before her, she will chase her hopes and dreams in the Big Apple. And this isn’t a pleasure trip  – Eugenie will be working at Paddle8, an online auction house that collaborates with non-profits.

Inspired by Stylite’s guide to Eugenie’s life in New York City, we’ve offered up some of our favorite handbags and accessories so that she can prove that royalty has no geographic boundaries.

THE BAG: Diplomacy comes in all forms – Eugnie has proven she isn’t afraid to make a statement with her handbag before, so here are some she might try toting around the city.

1. If the princess wants to represent her homeland abroad, she might opt for a Burberry Ashbury bag. It suits her youth by eschewing the expected nova check in favor of gold leather.



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2. This is the time to try out an American designer! This Proenza Schouler XL PS1 will fit her work necessities while flaunting the favorite label of New York socialites. Plus, that color!

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3. Eugenie’s mom has been spotted with a Birkin and they are heirlooms. Nothing says on-her-way like the ultimate Hermès it-bag.

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THE WATCH: Even princesses have to be punctual. We like the idea of Eugenie to rely on a traditional wristwatch instead of an iPhone.

1. You’re in America now, so what about the Cartier Tank Americaine? We like the bracelet feel of this white gold version.

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2. This Rolex Cellini watch calls out elegance, but the feel of the leather strap makes it very day and work appropriate.

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3. Since Brits are always off to Polo matches, Eugenie Piaget Polo quartz watch. Bonus: Princesses can always carry off diamonds.

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THE JEWELRY: The crown jewels will presumably stay in England. (Won’t they?) But that doesn’t mean that Eugenie can’t accessorize.

1. A pair of classic diamond stud earrings that she can wear day and night will be perfect for balancing a work-socialite lifestyle.

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2. Young and urban? The Hermès Collier de Chien (CDC) will give Eugenie a downtown edge when she feels rebellious, but not scandalous.

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3. Eugenie seems to favor more delicate jewelry, so a Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra necklace  will suit her just perfectly.

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Elizabeth’s Pick: Floral Cuffs from YSL

Summer is finally here! With T-shirt weather comes the need for outfit-making accessories. Elizabeth Bernstein, Portero’s Director of Handbags, says that this season, it’s all about your wrists.

“A cuff as your only accessory can make an entire outfit if it is the right piece. Don’t get me wrong, I love wearing multiple pieces, but sometimes all a gal needs is one statement piece – and voila!” said Elizabeth. “You wouldn’t want to distract from the insane artistic quality of these pieces.”

Here she demonstrated exactly what that means with two vintage costume cuffs by Yves Saint Laurent. You might try a Hermès leather cuff or wrap or bold David Yurman piece.

Shop Portero’s selection of bracelets here.

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