OOTD :: of back to school and watching time

What could possibly make me actually look forward to going back to work?

As you may know, my mantra during the school year is: the cuter the outfit, the less I want to be here. Because when I have to get up at the crack of dawn, the only thing that gets me out of bed is the thought of looking fierce in a carefully curated ensemble.

But what’s a gal to do when she has lost her campaign against expansion and all her clothes fit not quite right, making her feel shlumpy and out of sorts?

Thankfully, being a blogger – albeit a modest one – has its perks, because I was approached by JORD watches last month to feature their superb product. And we all know how I am with flattery and a deadline. So I crafted the outfit, crafted this post, and simply couldn’t wait to go to work today to show off the most fabulous timepiece evah!

How fabulous, you ask? Well, let me count the ways:

  • It comes in a very aesthetically pleasing package that hints of the contents inside. (Wood box. Get it?)
  • The aesthetically pleasing package opens up like one of those Japanese puzzle boxes my hubs used to buy me for our anniversary every year until he got tired of the clutter.
  • The watch itself is this gorgeous natural green hue (they come in other colors but I wanted a neutral).
  • The watch is super light on my arm – almost feels like I’m wearing nothing – and has fast become my summer timepiece because its heft or lack thereof is perfect in SoCal heatwaves.

Wooden Watches by JORD


No, I did not get two different watches from JORD. The pic on the left is what my baby looked like when I first unboxed, and the pic on the right is what it currently looks like after only wearing it for a week. At first, I thought it was my imagination, that it hadn’t truly changed color. But when I sent an email to my JORD rep, she informed me that this was the nature of wood watches:

All our watches will get darker with time due to sun exposure, the oils in your skin, lotion, and sweat. They don’t all darken the same way and most of them get shiny.  That is what makes them all different and unique; they react differently to each person’s skin.  We don’t treat our watches so they are still slightly porous.

How utterly fantastic is that?! So, like a heritage piece of furniture that only gets better with age, so will my watch. Perhaps this is a sign that I should finally mature fashion-wise as well and invest similarly with my clothing – buying quality over quantity.

And speaking of quality over quantity, here’s how I styled my watch for my first day back. I’m sporting pieces that are timeless (see what I did there?) to me. That is, no matter my weight fluctuation or the vagaries of fashion, I always seem to fall back on these comfort pieces: a good blazer, a crisp button up, excellent shoes, and a kick-ass attitude.

Take that, expansion!





:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Old Navy
Blazer – F21
Jeans – Mossimo Supply Co. @ Target
Shoes – Qupid

:: Linking ::
A Lovely Little à la Mode Linkup

:: Scream it from the top of your lungs ::
Beautiful Goodbye by Maroon 5


11 thoughts on “OOTD :: of back to school and watching time

  1. jenortega says:

    Wow! You know I’m not a watch person, but this one is absolutely gorgeous. And you wear it well!

  2. I didn’t realize that they change color?!? I wonder how the other woods evolve. I’ll have to keep an eye on mine (I chose maple)! I love my JORD so much that the boyfriend and I purchased one for his sister-in-law for her birthday…I believe we chose the very one you are wearing! I’m so happy that he agreed to this purchase so I can admire more than one style of these lovely watches.

    Hooray for back-to-school and (hopefully) a better school year! My official first teacher day is on Friday but I’ve signed-up for some extra meetings and trainings so I’m going back on Wednesday. Yikes! What happened to summer?!

    • mtsedwards says:

      So it was you! I kept thinking I had a blogger friend who showcased the JORD but I couldn’t for the life of me remember who it was! Aren’t they gorgeous pieces? In a time when most people look to their phones for the time, I really appreciate the classic beauty of a good watch.

      And yes, here’s to a better school year. You are so gonna rock your new job! The kids are gonna love you!

  3. Anne M Bray aka SpyGirl says:

    Scrolling down your outfit… cute blazer + shirt… cute giant cuffs on pants… BAM! Kickass shoes! Bahahahaha. Very cool watch. JORD made a wise decision in choosing you! xxox I’ve missed you — my mornings were so incomplete without you! Heehee.

    • mtsedwards says:

      Ha! I just cuffed those pants to get up and down the stairs while changing for this week’s pics and forgot to uncuff them. Glad they actually worked for this outfit but I’m probably gonna wear them down for Back to School night tonight to be a little more conservative for parents.

      I missed posting as well. Here’s to another school year and fun outfits, eh?

      • Anne M Bray aka SpyGirl says:

        Cheers! And don’t forget, I have some super crazy socks for you. If we start planning our next meetup now…

  4. Patti says:

    Love those watches – they have personality. You look wonderful and it’s great to see you again. xox

    • mtsedwards says:

      Glad to be back, Patti. Hope this means I’ll be back to regular commenting and visiting on my regular blogs. And yes, I do love the personality of these watches. They are super fun!

  5. chessakat says:

    How cool that they change color! And love the color combo of shoes and blazer! Hope your first day back rocks.

    • mtsedwards says:

      Well, it’s technically not my first day because it’s only Back to School night. Won’t meet my new batch till tomorrow so nerves aren’t on high alert yet. ;p

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