All posts tagged Lorraine Schwartz

The Bigger the Bling…?

So maybe you’ve heard the big news: Kim Kardashian just got engaged to her NBA player boyfriend Kris Humphries. When I say ‘big’ news, I don’t mean in importance. I’m talking diamonds, folks. Specifically, a 16.5 carat emerald cut center stone flanked by two 2-carat trapezoids totalling 20.5 carats and an estimated $2 million.

I’m getting a little worried that celebrities are trying a wee bit too hard to beat each other in the bling department. While Kim managed to outdo her sister Khloe‘s 9-karat, radiant cut diamond, she can’t top Beyoncé‘s unbelievable 18-carat (!) Lorraine Schwartz emerald-cut diamond ring worth an estimated $5 million.

Other stars with ginormous gems? Mariah Carey‘s 18-carat Jacob & Co. pink diamond stunner and Melania Trump‘s 12-carat emerald cut engagement ring said to cost just under a million dollars.

So what do you think about these out-of-control carats? Would you wear more than a million on your finger, or do you think the huge rocks are just tacky?

Here’s a link to some of Portero’s favorite traditional and unique engagement rings. If you’re looking for simple with sparkle, this De Beers 1.84ctw Round Diamond Solitaire Platinum Engagement Ring is a steal at 55% off retail, or you could go more exotic with this Fancy Intense Orange Yellow Diamond and Diamond Ring at 33% off. Still hoping to score the massive diamond of your dreams? Try this 5.01ct Cushion Cut Diamond for real celebrity caché.

Grammy Glamour

Alright, I’m just going to say it: I found the Grammys kind of fun last night. Even though the winners were completely predicted by the performance right before, and even though Rihanna looks good but can’t really sing live, there were still some surprises and some great clothes. Unlike the super safe movie awards gowns, the Grammys give celebs a chance to get sassy and show their personalities. Case in point: Jennifer Hudson in Versace, Neil Lane Jewels and Christian Louboutin shoes. By far my favorite of the night, she had just the right amount of shimmer, sex appeal and class to feel rock and roll without going overboard.

Jennifer Lopez went for ultra silver shimmer in her Pucci mini, Cartier jewels, Swarovski clutch and Louboutins, but it works. She followed the rule of short skirt, long sleeves, and went minimal on the hair and makeup. The Grammys are really all about the sequin, so JLo knew that to make a statement, she’d have to rock the look from head to toe.

My final favorite was Lea Michele, also opting for Pucci. But her dress couldn’t be more different than JLo’s – instead of sparkle, she chose a plunging neckline with lace inserts and a sky-high slit. The hot pink lips and Lorraine Schwartz bracelet were the perfect additions to a slinky, sultry ensemble.

If you want to get your own red carpet rock and roll look, a silver clutch will never do you wrong. Here are some of our favorites:

JUDITH LEIBER Silver Chatelaine Minaudiere Evening Bag

ZAGLIANI

Metallic Gunmetal Python Plum Clutch

 

 

 

 

JUDITH LEIBER

 

 

 

Black & Metallic Silver Leather Austrian Crystal Evening Clutch


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Carpet Baubles

While I’d love to sit here all day and critique the Emmy gowns from Sunday night’s telecast, sometimes it pays to just stick to one topic to start. How about jewelry?

Although many women wore some serious statement jewels, I think only a few women managed to really incorporate strong jewelry looks into their entire ensembles, so let’s talk a little bit about why.

I am really loving this Grecian/Egyptian inspired Marchesa gown with a gold collar detail. This is a very refined look for Kim, and she managed to not go overboard on her makeup or too tight with her pulled-back hair. Since the neckline itself acts as jewelry, she made the right move by wearing a simple pair of studs and a gorgeous Lorraine Schwartz criss-cross cuff in white and yellow diamonds.

Lea Michele from Glee has been a red carpet standout all year, and her navy blue Oscar de la Renta is no exception. This gown could have turned into an ’80s prom fiasco, but her tousled, beach-ready hair, dark nails and stellar Lorraine Schwartz jewelry really gives the outfit a youthful, fun look. The necklace, in particular, is one of my favorite accessories of the night. Made up of natural colored diamonds, the piece was just the right amount of sparkle without being bling-y.

Talk about getting better with age! Julia Louis-Dreyfuss looks like minimalist perfection in black Narciso Rodriguez with a sheer waist panel. Since she chose black, Julia wisely opted for a pop of color at the ear and wrist. Her Irene Neuwirth earrings and bracelet (in what looks to be chalcedony) stand out without going overboard.

While she got mixed reviews from some, I personally loved Kyra Sedgwick‘s Monique Lhuillier raspberry gown. Soft waves plus a stack of colored gem bracelets from Ofira gives her a hippie goddess vibe that perfectly rides the line between formal and fashion.

Oscar gold medals

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer number of dresses to talk about at the Oscars, so I needed an extra day to process this year! I wanted to start with my own personal red carpet favorites (other critics be darned!) and why I think they worked. I’ll also slide in some great ways to accessorize like the stars. Let’s get started!

Vera Farmiga in Marchesa and Fred Leighton jewelry.

Love love love. Vera was really a vision of fab in this deep, dark pink ruffled gown. I found this dress a risk that really worked. The color played off of her fair skin beautifully and the silhouette, while dramatic, wasn’t overpowering. It felt modern and classic at the same time.

Her simple Leighton jewelry (1920′s Diamond Ear Clips; 1960′s Diamond Cluster Cocktail Ring; Diamond Leaf Brooch in her hair) let the dress really do all the talking. Get Vera’s look with our Platinum Art Deco 1920’s 2.50 ctw European-Cut Diamond Disc Earrings.

Rachel McAdams in Elie Saab and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.

It’s just. so. pretty. Normally I’m not a fan of wispy pastels, but this watercolor-esque dress works on so many levels. Even though it’s there’s a lot of fabric here, it feels light and airy and perfect for spring. It’s so hard to do a print for formalwear but this dress gets the job done.The criss-cross bodice is ultra slimming and her natural multicolor diamond earrings finish the look without being overdone.

Want a big, sparkly earring like Rachel’s without spending the big bucks? This pair of huge vintage lucite earrings is a lot of look for not a lot of money.

Gabourey Sidibe in Marchesa.

She’s been at every major red carpet event this season, but I think she finally nailed it at the Oscars. This dress is what Mo’Nique’s royal blue number wishes it was–it’s full of personality but still jaw-droppingly glamorous at the same time. Again, the use of the criss-cross bodice is ultra flattering and the sparkly floral appliques make the draped silhouette shine.

I liked her jewelry choices as well: a grouping of blackened platinum, diamond and sapphire pieces by Schwartz. These Estate White Gold, Diamond, Blue Sapphire & Akoya Pearl earrings have the same palette and will never go out of style.