Today is a special day, as it officially marks the 20th anniversary for me and the love of my life. My husband, Sam, and I actually celebrate two anniversaries: February 1, how long we’ve been together, as well as August 1, our wedding anniversary.
We celebrated our anniversary this past weekend and toasted to when we first met: Sam was in his third year at college, and I was a high school senior interviewing for an academic scholarship on his college campus. Our paths crossed because he was the editor of the college newspaper, which was hosting a party for the scholarship interviewees. Long story short, we’ve been together ever since. As I like to joke, I got both the scholarship AND the guy. 😉
Full disclosure: This is a post in collaboration with JORD Wood Watches, and my husband received a wood watch of his choice in exchange for a review post on my style blog. As always, we are 100% honest about sharing our personal thoughts and experiences with you.
And BONUS! As a special Valentine’s Day GIVEAWAY for my readers, you can enter to win a $100 e-gift code that you can put toward a JORD watch of your own. Plus, all all those who enter will receive $25 e-gift code. Win-win! Click here to skip to the giveaway info at the bottom of this post.
You might remember when I first received my JORD wood watch, back in June 2015. I’ve worn my dark sandalwood watch several times since, most recently seen on the blog in this post from November. When JORD recently released their new Conway line of men’s watches, I was excited for Sam to try one out. He had been wanting a JORD wood watch of his own! So yes, I got to spoil my sweetie for our anniversary. ♥ And a wood watch would definitely make for a unique and memorable Valentine’s Day gift.
Sam chose the Conway watch in sandalwood and burgundy, a very cool watch and color combination.
Sam is usually the one behind the scenes taking photos of me and my outfits, so it was fun for me to play the photographer for a day. You can check out more of Sam’s style here.
And I think y’all will agree with me when I say it’s a handsome watch for a handsome man!
I also thought it would be fun to do a Q&A with Sam, to record his own perspective and thoughts about his new watch.
Jen: You’ve seen me wear my JORD watch almost two years now. How do you feel about JORD watches in general?
Sam: I really like that they are distinctive because they’re made of wood, and I like that the wood is sustainably and ethically sourced. They are unique watches for sure.
Jen: Why did you choose this style of watch? What about this watch appealed to you?
Sam: I liked everything in this particular line, the Conway line. It’s clean, classic, and versatile, and this particular color combination [sandalwood and burgundy] will go with just about everything I have. The cross-hatching detail down the band is nice, and it matches the cross-hatching on the watch’s face. I also like that they’re easily adjustable with the extra links. [All JORD watches come with a couple of extra links, just in case.]
Jen: This Conway men’s watch is JORD’s first chronograph watch for men. How do you like the chronograph stopwatch feature?
Sam: It’s a nice bonus. I also realized that it will help me as a writer. When I read work my work in public, I need to be aware of how long the piece reads. The chronograph is a convenient way to time myself when I’m reading.
Jen: Can you describe your reaction when you first opened the box and saw the watch?
Sam: The packaging is classy. I like the wood box it comes in, and that it has this little pillow that the watch wraps around. It feels like I finally have a grown-up watch!
Jen: You’ve been wearing the watch a few days now. How does it feel?
Sam: I do feel it’s important to note that this is the first time I’ve regularly worn a watch in 22 years, so it took a bit of time for me to get used to wearing one again. There’s something kind of traditional about coming in the door, hanging up your keys, and taking off your watch. These are the rituals of unwinding for the day, and I like tapping into that.
Jen: Would you recommend this watch?
Sam: Absolutely. For anyone who likes watches, yes. It is a bit spendy [$229 for this particular style of watch], but the quality is worth it. You are getting what you pay for.
Jen: Any last thoughts or anything you’d like to share?
Sam: Two things. One, I’ve always been a little jealous of your watch, so it’s nice that we both have one now. [Hah!] Two, I’d like to suggest the idea of JORD venturing out and creating pocket watches. If they ever started making wood pocket watches, I’d be first in line to buy one!
His and hers
We also took some photos together, to showcase our his-and-hers JORD wood watches. There’s a common saying that the longer couples are together, the more they start to look like each other. As we both independently chose JORD watches in sandalwood, I think that saying is coming true for us! 😉
And can I also get a “Hello!” for how stylish Sam is?! (And yes, he totally put together this outfit on his own.) I mean: hello layers, hello overcoat, hello fedora, hello awesome new sneakers, and hello cool watch. 😀 😀 😀
Let’s have one last shot of Sam, shall we? You’re welcome.
And no worries, I’ll be back tomorrow with more details of the outfit that I wore on our anniversary outing.
And now it’s time for the giveaway!
Every person who enters will be entered to win a $100 e-gift code to use on the JORD site! (See my personal watch faves here on my JORD Watch Faves Pinterest board!)
- As JORD sells both men’s watches and women’s watches, everyone is welcome to enter.
- All who enter the contest will automatically receive a $25 e-gift code.
- Fill out your name and email on the form linked above to enter the contest.
- The deadline to enter the giveaway is Feb. 19, 2017.
- A JORD representative will contact the winner directly.
Do you like Sam’s personal style and/or his choice of watch? Would you like to see more posts featuring Sam’s style? Please leave a comment and share! 🙂
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