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Red, White, and Bling

Red, White, and Bling

The perfect outfit is perfectly proportioned. But what about the proportion of clothing to jewelry? This Independence Day, embrace your sparkly side and create an outfit that shines as bright as the fireworks by adding more than a few pieces of bling.

Start with a simple red, white and blue ensemble. A pair of blue jeans and a lightweight tee keep things classic and are easily punched up by a red jacket. The versatility of this outfit means that the footwear options are endless, although sandals or loafers are a good place to start.

   
  
 
  
    
  
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    FABIANA FILIPPI COTTON JACKET, THREE DOTS BRITISH COTTON TEE, AG JEANS THE PRIMA, KISMET HEROINE LONG STAR NECKLACE BLACK DIAMONDS, KISMET HEROINE LONG STAR EARRING BLACK DIAMONDS & SAMIRA 13 JEWELRY FRINGE BRACELET

FABIANA FILIPPI COTTON JACKET, THREE DOTS BRITISH COTTON TEE, AG JEANS THE PRIMA, KISMET HEROINE LONG STAR NECKLACE BLACK DIAMONDS, KISMET HEROINE LONG STAR EARRING BLACK DIAMONDS & SAMIRA 13 JEWELRY FRINGE BRACELET

Finally, layer on the bling. The star shape of these Kismet earrings and necklace pay homage to the Independence Day theme. Their dark color also ties in nicely with the dark wash of the denim. A fun Samira 13 fringe bracelet adds a final layer of playfulness to the look.

XO,

Mercantile

Graphic in G. Kero

Graphic in G. Kero

Created as a result of artistic passion and consumer frustration, G. Kero is now a brand modeled by celebrities and fashionistas alike. The love child of artist Marguerite Bartherotte, the French bohemian began painting designs straight onto t-shirts when her brother was dissatisfied with the t-shirt selection around him.

 G. KERO SUPER JUNGLE

G. KERO SUPER JUNGLE

The brand has since grown into a worldwide presence, but stays true to its origins by using bright, painted designs. The name G. Kero gains its origin from the short film, Giselle Kérozène, a name which Batherotte herself has since adopted as a pseudonym.

 G. KERO SUPER SEX BOMB

G. KERO SUPER SEX BOMB

So take a note from stars like Elle Fanning and Cara Delevingne and keep it casual. Pair your graphic G. Kero top with denim shorts and a leather jacket. Or if you’re looking to make a bolder statement, follow in the footsteps of Kate Moss and keep the rest of your outfit black. Our favorite model rocked her graphic top with leather leggings, a black shag jacket and a black clutch.

XO

Mercantile

Memorial Day Midi

Memorial Day Midi

A week of sunshine has never been more welcome or needed here in Portland.  After a long, cold, wet winter and disappointing start to spring, a few days of 75 and sunny is just what the doctor ordered.  Unfortunately, our phones can't tell us exactly what's happening over the holiday weekend, so it's best to be prepared.  Rather than risk freezing your tail off in a sundress and sandals or wilting in jeans and a jacket, we thought we'd combine the best of both looks for an easy and casual Memorial Day look.

From L to R: ALC Sandra Dress, Vince Military jacket, shay white gold and diamond choker & Jack gomme leather tote.

Start with a breezy midi dress that can stand on it's own - this is a great time of year to snag a couple of versatile dresses (hello, wedding season) that can be worn day to evening - then trade your sandals for a pair of white sneakers to keep your look fresh and comfy.  Throw a military jacket over your shoulders to keep you warm into the evening and add a choker (that's on sale!) for a touch of glam. Finish it all with a light weight leather tote bag so you can bring along your BBQ essentials (a bottle of rosé and your favorite sunnies of course).

XO
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Designer to Know: Jen Hansen

Designer to Know: Jen Hansen

We're thrilled to be hosting Chicago based jewelry designer Jen Hansen for a trunk show this weekend.  We love the contrast between her oxidized sterling silver chains that can be mixed and matched with delicate diamond and gemstone encrusted pendants, all of which makes her pieces easy to wear and super unique.

We thought the best way to get to know Jen and her collection would be to ask her a few questions about her process, inspiration and commitment to charity.

1. How did you get your start in jewelry design?
When I was a child, my grandmother took me to gem and jewelry shows. She really spent time with me and encouraged me with designing. She was a potter who had her own ceramics business, so I really learned a lot from watching her as an artist and an entrepreneur. Her nickname was Peppina, so when I launched my business I named it after her. She meant so much to me and did so much for me.

2. Who or what inspires you most?
Nature! My brand started with the PEPPINA ORIGINALS line, which for me was really about designing beautiful jewelry inspired by the unique, natural inner beauty of each woman, which is reflected in the one of a kind gemstones used in these pieces. I designed my first collections in my family's lakeside cabin in northern Minnesota. Now it's really about spending time near a body of water - lake, river, ocean. I've been spending more time on the West Coast recently and really enjoy my days at the beach. The colors in the jewelry all come straight from nature, so any time spent there gives me ideas!

3. When and how did you decide to integrate charity and giving back into your
business?

True luxury is giving. We say it every day, but we don't take it for granted because it's so true. Giving freedom is at the core of our brand. When I started my business, I was contented making pieces for friends and family, but I knew I could do so much more for others, particularly on the issue of trafficking, which is so close to my heart, if I had a brand to use as a platform from which to speak out on this issue. From the beginning I was giving to organizations like International Justice Mission, and as the brand has grown, so has our ability to make an impact. Last year we celebrated the launch of our new website with a Freedom Package contribution to IJM, which sponsored a sex trafficking rescue operation inclusive of aftercare packages and trauma counseling for survivors. It just means so much to me, so deeply, that we can do this for others through the jewelry.

Jen Hansen Jewelry

4. What is your favorite metal to work with?
14kt! It's just so durable, and the quality really shines through. We have 14kt pieces in our FINE and DIAMOND lines. FINE is so light and delicate and DIAMOND is more modern and edge, more statement, so there's really something for everyone.

5. Favorite piece for spring/summer?
I LOVE our entire MIX & MATCH assortment from the DIAMOND line, and it has been so popular, and so well received by our long time clients. Everything is so easy to wear. The long necklaces are great to layer and the ability to switch out the pendants keeps your look fresh for summer. I love mixing metals, having the 14kt gold with the oxidized sterling and the gemstones for a pop of color, but if you prefer a monochromatic look we can do that too - so chic. The jewelry really makes the outfit.

6. Favorite way to style your jewelry?
Layer, mix and match! I love having four lines, from fine jewelry to fashion jewelry. There's something for every taste and budget. Everything is designed with layering in mind. Here are a few examples:  Rings - FINE rings can be stacked together, with multiple rings on each finger. Necklaces - in DIAMOND, we have chokers for the top necklace layer, beautiful pieces where the pendant lays on the chest, and then long necklaces, as well as our pendants and chains from MIX & MATCH, so you can really create a unique look for each outfit.

Thank you Jen!

XO
Mercantile

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mother's Day Gift Guide

What can we say, we love our mothers, seriously, what would we do without them???  They're our best friends, toughest and most honest critics as well as the BEST shopping partners.  It's important to show these leading ladies that we love and appreciate them all year round, but Mother's Day is the perfect chance to remind them just how fab they really are. 

We know what she really wants - breakfast in bed, a thoughtful card, a morning to sleep in and maybe a mimosa or two - but why not add a little something extra to that tray of coffee and french toast.  We've got some no-brainer ideas that will please any mom, from brand new with baby to the chicest grandmothers we know.

 From L to R: G. Kero "Hip Hop" cotton shirt, Rani Arabella "Stirrups" cashmere scarf, Annabel Ingall leather cross-body & Jen Hansen sterling silver and diamond starburst pendant.

From L to R: G. Kero "Hip Hop" cotton shirt, Rani Arabella "Stirrups" cashmere scarf, Annabel Ingall leather cross-body & Jen Hansen sterling silver and diamond starburst pendant.

Cheers to Mom!
Mercantile