Tuesday, April 25, 2017

JORD Wooden Watch Product Review


I'm so excited to partner with JORD Wood Watches for this post! I've seen a ton of Instagram posts with beautiful wooden timepieces in them for months now and I'm thrilled to join in on the fun.


A little bit about the materials that go into the beautiful JORD watches:

The Wood: Each JORD watch is made from one of 13 woods to include Acacia, Bamboo, Ebony, Golden Camphor, Koa, Kosso, Maple, Olive, Purpleheart, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Walnut, or Zebrawood.

Sapphire Glass: Second to diamond, sapphire glass is the hardest and most scratch-resistant materials on earth.

Movements: JORD has 8 unique movements that vary in the different designs for prime versatility and durability.

As you can see in the above picture, my watch is the Frankie 35 Zebrawood and Champagne timepiece.

As a review I would give this watch a 9/10. My reasons for this score go into my assessment of the following:
  • Beauty- this watch is absolutely gorgeous and wearable with all types of styles varying from casual to dressy to work. The wood band makes it subtle, yet the champagne face and gold accents make it classy and sophisticated.
  • Lightweight- because it is made out of zebrawood, it is extremely lightweight and comfortable.
  • Durable- because I'm a bit clumsy I've already banged it just a little to hard off of my kitchen counter and car door... oops! However, the sapphire glass really does make it quite durable and 'Haley-proof.'
  • Cost Efficient- watches can be expensive. I have quite a few and all of them have cost me quite a few hundred dollars. Granted, I believe that I good watch is a great investment so the price should reflect the quality. JORD's prices vary from $179 upward and the quality is 100% worth the price. Mine retails at $179 and I probably would have paid more for the quality, comfort, and beauty I've received.
  • Uniqueness- wood watches are unique. Often you find watches with either leather or metal bands, but the wooden band makes it unique and absolutely stunning.
  • Maintenance- this is the only reason it's a 9/10 rather than a 10/10. Wood requires maintenance. I truly believe that you should take care of all pieces that you own, but because it is wood it takes a few extra steps. These are steps I will absolutely follow, but still a bit of extra effort.


So obviously I've fallen in love with the brand. I've been visiting the website over and over again to pick out which watch I want next! I love that my zebrawood and champagne matches everything, but I'm thinking a statement watch next with a little bit of color!

I've picked out a few of my favorites to share with you:

Woman's Favorites:

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Men's Favorites:

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Stay tuned for a special GIVEAWAY!!! And again, a special thank you to JORD for sponsoring this post.
Luxury Wooden Watch

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Spring 2017 Floral Favorites

I absolutely LOVE springtime! It's such a beautiful time of re-awakening and growth. I just got back from my trip to Europe and before my trip D.C. was still in a bit of an in-between gray period that drastically changed while I was gone.

When I returned all of the leaves were bright green on the trees. Tulips and hydrangeas are everywhere, and there's a beautiful smell of spring in the air. Yes, this comes along with massive amounts of pollen, but because I'm one of the lucky ones that isn't affected by allergies I'm just elated to be outside and enjoying all of the blossoms.

Floral print is pretty much timeless, but it's REALLY popular this spring. I notice in just about every store I go into that there are countless floral dresses, blouses, shorts, bags, EVERYTHING. I especially love the comeback that 90s statement fashion is having with embroidered  pieces.

I wanted to share just a few of my favorite pieces that will hopefully be shared on my instagram next week because I may or may not have gotten some of them (cough, cough... i did).

Bottom Left/Middle: Blouse with Flounced Hem
Bottom Right/Middle: Bougainvillea iPhone 7 Plus Case

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

DC's 5 Best Outdoor Happy Hours

It's my favorite month of the year.... APRIL!

I'm a little biased because it's my birthday month and I celebrate all. month. long. I mean, my birthday isn't until the 30th so I have a perfect excuse to claim the whole month as my own.

It's also the month that my beloved sport of baseball comes back. I'm a die-hard Pittsburgh Pirates fan because I was born and raised in Pittsburgh and bleed black and gold. Still though, living in DC has made me a littleeeeeee bit of a Washington Nationals fan. Basically I'll cheer for them unless they're playing the Pirates.

But, of all of my favorite things about April my absolute favorite is that the weather gets warmer, the sun comes out, and I can FINALLY enjoy my favorite hobby of happy hour outside!

Yesterday was the first day I got to enjoy this so I just HAD to write a post. I was in my shorts, wearing an of-the-should denim top, and sipping a beer and quite frankly I couldn't have been happier.

So, I just want to share with you my go-to's when it comes to happy hour-ing (that's a word now) outside in D.C.:

1) Ambar

Deals: $4 beers, wine, and rail drinks
Hours: Monday-Friday 4:00-7:00pm

2) The Brixton

Deals: $6 wine, $6 rail drinks, $4-$8 drafts, and small plates under $8
Hours: Monday-Friday 5:00-7:00pm, Sunday 10:00am-2:00pm

3) Jack Rose


Deals: $2 off all beers, $5 wine, and half off skewers
Hours: Monday-Friday 5:00-7:30pm

4) Rustico

Deals: $2 off drafts, $5 wine, and $3.50 craft cans
Hours: Daily 4:00-7:00pm

5) Sonoma

Deals: $3 beer, $5 wine and cocktails
Hours: Monday-Friday 4:30-7:30pm

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

15 Wanderlust Quotes


I simply cannot wait. My good girlfriend and I have been planning this trip for months and it's finally here!

A little background on our spontaneous trip to Europe:

Approaching the New Year I realized that it had been awhile since I'd been on a new adventure, and since I'd done something 100% for me and not for the people surrounding me. So, I emailed a few different friends that live in various European countries to see if I could come visit and stay with them.

Well, a bunch of 'yeses' turned into an actual plan and an April week requested off of work. Because I knew Rosie had never been out of the country I ran the idea past her and she was automatically in!

Our itinerary has changed a few times since beginning the planning stage, but it is now set: London, Rome, and Paris! 10 days. 2 girls. Endless possibilities.

I plan on posting later on how we planned, the costs, and all of those tips and tricks I now have for people planning a trip. But for now, I just want to share a few quotes that have me ELATED to leave and proud of my first big, self-planned trip that I'm taking just for me:

"Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world". – Gustave Flaubert

"The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams". – Oprah Winfrey

"Travelling tends to magnify all human emotions". -Peter Hoeg

"‘I’m bored’ is a useless thing to say. You live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen non-percent of". – Louis C.K.

"I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list". – Susan Sontag

"To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, To gain all while you give, To roam the roads of lands remote: To travel is to live". – Hans Christian Andersen

"Paris is always a good idea". – Audrey Hepburn

"Once the travel bug bites, there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life". ― Michael Palin

"Nothing lasts forever, except the day before you start your vacation". – Garland Anderson

"It is a big and beautiful world. Most of us live and die in the same corner where we were born and never get to see any of it. I don’t want to be most of us". – Oberon Martell

"I am not the same having seen the moon shine from the other side of the world". – Mary Anne Radmacher

"When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable". – Clifton Radioman

"Not until we are lost do we begin to find ourselves". – Henry David Thoreau

"We travel initially to lose ourselves; and we travel next to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe where riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again – to slow time down and get taken in, and to fall in love once more". – Pico Iyer

"We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open". – Jawaharial Nehru