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Sam’s style | Grey fedora + cords

Bonus Sam style! You’re welcome.

Seriously, isn’t my husband just the cutest — and so stylish! — in his grey cords and grey felt fedora?! And I think he (secretly) enjoys it when I think he looks so good that I have to take pics. All for you, dear readers. I am selfless that way. ūüėČ

Librarian for Life + Style | My husband's style, grey cords + layers

Librarian for Life + Style | My husband's style, grey cords + layers

Librarian for Life + Style | Hats off to my husband's style

Sam recently took stock of his wardrobe and realized he needed some new jeans. I happened to have a couple of Gap gift cards, so it was perfect timing. Plus, we happened to hit the Gap when they were having a “buy 1, get 1 free” sale!!! Serendipity, y’all.

And Sam has NEVER bought cords before, because he’s always felt they were unflattering. But these cords must be magical. I think it’s because they’re a lighter weight of corduroy — they’re so soft! — and we both love the soft grey color. It’s fun shopping for Sam, as we don’t get to do it as often!

Librarian for Life + Style | My husband's style, grey cords + textured shoes

Librarian for Life + Style | Shoe portrait

Another shoe portrait of us as a couple! I love these tweed herringbone slip-ons of Sam’s, plus you’re getting a sneak peek at my shoes and my outfit. I’ll post those outfit photos tomorrow, so stay tuned!

Sam so often cracks me up when we’re taking photos, so it’s exciting for me when I get to crack him up and capture photos of it!

Librarian for Life + Style | Cracking my husband up

Librarian for Life + Style | My husband's style, grey cords + layers

Fedoras are definitely Sam’s signature hat! This is a fedora we bought at a wonderful little haberdashery shop in Charlottetown, during our first trip to Prince Edward Island (you can see pics from our second trip to PEI here in this post).

Classic style is timeless! I hope you enjoyed another look at my husband’s cool, classic style.

His and hers | Celebrating our anniversary with JORD wood watches + GIVEAWAY

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.¬†ūüėČ

Our anniversary brunch outing this past weekend also turned out to be a perfect occasion to wear our respective his and hers JORD wood watches. After all, love is timeless, yes? ‚ô• ‚ô• ‚ô•

Librarian for Life + Style | His and hers, JORD wood watch review

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.¬†‚ô• 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.

Librarian for Life + Style | JORD wood watch closeup of Sam's Conway watch in sandalwood and burgundy

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam with his new JORD wood watch

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam with his new JORD wood watch

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!

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam with his new JORD wood watch

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam with his new JORD wood watch

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam with his new JORD wood watch

Q&A

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.]

Librarian for Life + Style | JORD Conway wood watch close-ups

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam with his new JORD wood watch

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!

Librarian for Life + Style | JORD wood watch closeup of Sam's Conway watch in sandalwood and burgundy

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam with his new JORD wood 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! ūüėČ

Librarian for Life + Style | His and hers, JORD wood watch closeups

Librarian for Life + Style | His and hers | Celebrating our anniversary with JORD wood watches

Librarian for Life + Style | His and hers | Celebrating our anniversary with JORD wood watches

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. ūüėÄ ūüėÄ ūüėÄ

Let’s have one last shot of Sam, shall we? You’re welcome.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam with his new JORD wood watch

And no worries, I’ll be back tomorrow with more details of the outfit that I wore on our anniversary outing.

JORD giveaway

And now it’s time for the giveaway!

>>Click here to enter the JORD giveaway contest<<

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!)

Details:

  • 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! ūüôā


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What we wore to an Ugly Sweater Christmas party

A quick note to enter my holiday GIVEAWAY for a chance to win your own teeth whitening kit!

Sam and I were invited to an “Ugly Christmas Sweater” holiday party last weekend, so OF COURSE we had to take some pics for y’all. The party was also a toy drive to benefit the Toy Rescue Mission,¬†so it was a great event to enjoy and also to give back.

Librarian for Life + Style | Ugly Christmas sweaters

Librarian for Life + Style | Ugly Christmas sweaters

Sam got both of these sweaters at Target, by the way. Mine is actually a sweater vest — that still counts, right? ūüėČ — and it is pattern-mixing all on its own. True love! I also wore my red bubble earrings, as they felt particularly festive when combined with the large Christmas ornaments on the sweater vest.

Those red and green stripes are particularly searing to the eyes, aren’t they?!

Librarian for Life + Style | Ugly Christmas sweaters

Sam’s ugly Christmas sweater truly takes the cake. And if you’re wondering what those creatures are on that Christmas tree, they’re sloths. Yes, SLOTHS. And that is a sentence I never thought I’d say or write. Life is full of surprises, eh? ūüėČ I think Sam’s sweater is awesomely bad, and I quite like that it also incorporates fair isle patterns. By the way, his sweater is more noticeably, ahem,¬†sparkly up close and in person, with sequins on the tree and sparkly fibers sewn into the fair isle pattern.

Sam also had fun¬†imitating the sloths around¬†our own Christmas tree! ūüėČ

Librarian for Life + Style | Ugly Christmas sweaters

Librarian for Life + Style | Ugly Christmas sweaters

Ugly Christmas sweaters seem to be ubiquitous nowadays — where did this trend start? I personally think back to Mr. Darcy’s reindeer “jumper” in the 2001 film Bridget Jones’s Diary. I’m not alone in that, right? ūüėČ

A Time article from 2011, “A Brief History of the Ugly Christmas Sweater,” shines a light on this modern trend:

According to the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Book: The Definitive Guide to Getting Your Ugly On, there was a noticeable uptick in ugly sweater parties around 2001, and the tradition snowballed from there.  Now the tops are bigger than ever, but in a very hipstery, oh-so-ironic way.

And below is¬†a round-up of more ugly Christmas sweaters, for both men and women, including links to the exact sweaters we’re wearing (all of them are $55 or less, and our two sweaters are between the $20 to $40 range). There are a LOT of choices out there for ugly Christmas sweaters — it was hard to narrow down!

Librarian for Life + Style | Ugly Christmas sweaters collage

Row 1 (women’s): ¬†1 ¬†// ¬†2 ¬†// ¬†3 ¬†// ¬†4
Row 2 (men’s): ¬†1 ¬†// ¬†2 ¬†// ¬†3 ¬†// ¬†4

Do you have an ugly Christmas sweater, too? Do you loathe, or love, this trend? Please leave a comment and share!

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Sam’s casual pattern-mixing

A¬†companion to my style post earlier this week, this post¬†features my husband’s style! We do not coordinate outfits together, but sometimes, we find that we “go” — our sartorial instincts are obviously simpatico. ūüėČ

So I couldn’t help but take pics of Sam’s pattern-mixing (plaid shorts and plaid canvas shoes). As Sam demonstrates, it doesn’t take much for a man to look pulled together and yet still be casual and comfortable.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's casual pattern-mixing

Details:

We were in the Clinton neighborhood of Portland, and around the corner, we spied this shop sign titled¬†“The English Dept.” — and as two English majors, we couldn’t resist some cheesy posing! (FYI,¬†The English Dept. is a designer and vintage bridal salon in Portland.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Two English major nerds

Hope y’all have a great Friday and weekend!

Tacoma casual Sam

During our recent day trip to Tacoma, Washington — you can see what I wore in yesterday’s post — Sam also wore¬†light layers, which turned out perfectly for the sunny spring day with a chill in the air. (We also took rain jackets with us, just in case.)

The unexpected sun — the weather forecast had called for on-and-off showers — made for fantastic views of the Puget Sound. And more pics of the stunning Chihuly glass art!

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam along Ruston way in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | Along the Ruston Way waterfront in Tacoma

Along the Ruston Way waterfront in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | One of the Crystal Towers, along the Chihuly Bridge of Glass, a pedestrian overpass in Tacoma

One of the Crystal Towers, along the Chihuly Bridge of Glass, a pedestrian overpass in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | The Seaform Pavilion, along the Chihuly Bridge of Glass, a pedestrian overpass

The Seaform Pavilion, along the Chihuly Bridge of Glass

Librarian for Life + Style | Tacoma casual: Sam

Details:

We have been looking for lighter-weight cardigans for Sam for the past year or so — a harder task than you would think, as most men’s cardigans seem to be¬†bulkier in design and made with¬†chunkier¬†knits. We finally found what we were looking for at J.Crew Factory, including this light grey cardigan. (Sam also got versions in navy and black.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Tacoma casual: Sam

Librarian for Life + Style | Tacoma casual: Sam

Librarian for Life + Style | Couples selfie in front of the Venetian Wall, along the Chihuly Bridge of Glass

Couples selfie in front of the Venetian Wall, along the Chihuly Bridge of Glass

Can’t get enough of my husband’s style? I don’t blame you! ūüėČ You can check out past outfits of Sam’s here. Enjoy!