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Red Coral- Hottest Hue in the Vintage Market

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The hottest color in the secondary market right now is red coral. Although corals can be found in different hues, like pink, black, white, and yellow, red is the most sought after color. Red coral has been used in decorative items for thousands of years. It is believed that red coral has healing properties, prevents bad fortune, strengthens the circulatory system and nourishes blood cells. In addition, the color red is highly stimulating visually, lifting the mood and protecting from depression…

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Vintage Trunks as Home Decor?

click to enlarge! One of my favorite decor and design blogs, Design*Sponge, had a great post today about using vintage trunks and luggage in the home. Not only are old trunks beautiful, but they are also extremely practical as storage or side tables. Classic monogram Louis Vuitton, like in the image above, matches nearly any color scheme, but Goyard is another great choice if you want to incorporate a pop of color. Definitely click through to the post to get tons…

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Alison M. Won Chanel!

We’d love for you to meet the winner of our Portero Luxury/Refinery29 sweepstakes, Alison M. from San Francisco! Although she had no idea what she won initially (don’t forget, this was a “secret” sweeps), Alison fell in love with the bag immediately. Here’s what she told us via email: “I got the handbag today; it’s so classy! The strange thing is that I had deja vu when I saw it, like I owned it before. It’s lovely!” Alison, we totally agree! The…

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Deal of the Day

There’s not too much explanation needed here — we’re looking at a vintage CHANEL Black Jumbo Flap Bag for $2,199. If you bought this bag at Chanel today, you’d pay over $4,000, and honestly, it probably wouldn’t be as cool as this vintage version. This bag will absolutely never go out of style, so when you think of $2,199 over the next 20 years, this bag pays for itself easily! Don’t believe the hype? Check out some pics below to see the…

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Retro Glam

Dita Von Teese can basically do no wrong in my book. She is always immaculately put together, and she knows exactly what suits her and sticks with it. This lady has a look. I love her here in a peach Jenny Packham dress and bronze accessories. Most people would never go with red lips, but she pulls it off with panache. She smartly went simple with the jewels, choosing a pair of yellow gold and diamond retro earrings that aren’t…

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Notable Necklaces

I think Mandy Moore looks adorable here promoting her new Disney movie Tangled. Her sweet Paule Ka LBD only needs two strong accessories–fabulous red satin heels and a multi-strand pearl and diamond necklace (that I’m assuming is vintage). Some people might look at this necklace and think ‘old’, but Mandy did it just right. Her not-too-perfect topknot is just the right hair for her age, and she wisely stays minimal on the makeup and other jewelry. Think pearls and crystals…

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Diamonds & Lace

Lately all the young starlets have been taking to the red carpet in peek-a-boo black lace dresses. Just in the past couple of weeks, Emma Watson stepped out in Rafael Lopez, Taylor Swift chose Jenny Packham and Kirsten Dunst wore just-off-the-runway Valentino. It’s interesting to see just how different these similar fabrics can look—Emma is sexy and sassy, Taylor is black-tie-ready, and Kirsten’s choice could go from day to night. One thing that could tie all of these dresses together? A…

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Stack 'em Up

Alright, I admit that the first thing that caught my eye on this month’s issue of Australian GQ was True Blood‘s Ryan Kwanten. But then I immediately turned to the unnamed woman’s arm and her mix-and-match stack of bangles. I love the combination of white and gold metal, all accentuated with a bit of diamond bling. Plus, the different shapes and sizes give the stack a really fresh look that somehow feels at once vintage and contemporary. If you go…

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Drew's Very Vintage

Drew Barrymore is one of my favorite celebs–I so admire her ability to be herself, at all times, even when her look or style may be unpopular. That’s why I love her ensemble at last night’s Nylon + Express August Denim Issue Party in West Hollywood–she chose a $25 vintage dress picked up at an Austin shop. I’m a sucker for anything sequined, and the slightly slouchy shape is more sophisticated than a skintight mini. Want to check out some of…

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Kanye's Vintage Hermes

Love him or hate him, Kanye West definitely has strong opinions about style. He’s collaborated with Louis Vuitton on a shoe line, has an apartment full of modern art that has been featured in many magazines, and even loves to talk about his accessories on his Twitter account. His most recent post? The worn leather tote above, complete with a caption reading: “Vintage Hermes travel bags are tight yo!!!” While everyone might not get the appeal of a bag with…

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