It was all a blur: stuck in traffic

Hrm, so I love this outfit a ton, but I just couldn’t get my act together with my camera on this particular day. It was extra gloomy (still haven’t managed to figure out my photo-taking schedule with daylight savings time making sunlight difficult with my work schedule) and my lens seemed to be much more interested in everything in the surrounding area except for me. This problem could’ve been fixed pretty easily, I know, but some days the mistakes and blurs are 100% reflective of how the day actually unfolded, so I didn’t bother to reshoot this outfit.

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outfit details:
blouse & purse: 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target
jeans: AG jeans (similar pairs)
combat boots: Madden Girl (exact, and on sale!)
Stuck in Traffic watch: c/o RAKANI (exact)

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Speaking of things being a blur, can we talk about this watch for a bit? I can’t even begin to tell you how much of a watch fanatic I’ve become over the last year. Ever since my bff Ines, aka “Tiny Tourist”, convinced me to buy the Vince Camuto boyfriend watch that I sport from time to time in these outfits, I’ve been looking for new interesting wrist pieces. I fell in love with the Fashionably Late collection by RAKANI, which translates universal time-related concepts into clever designs of face plates and movements. There were a lot of favourites in this collection – Running Behind featuring a counter-clockwise movement to go along with the mirrored face is absolutely genius – but I ultimately went with the Stuck in Traffic as this one really sums up the bane of my weekday commutes. The Swarovski crystals in this piece represent the piled-up cars waiting in evening rush hour traffic between the hours of 4-8. Too cute to pass up, that’s for sure!

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There are a few other things that I really liked about this watch in particular. I picked the larger-sized face (40mm) for the favoured “boyfriend” style. With other watches, picking a bigger face usually means that the strap is too long for my 6.5″ wrists, but I was pleasantly surprised when this watch fit perfectly! My wrist fits exactly in the size of the last hole on the strap, which is great because I didn’t have to use a shady method of poking an extra hole with a safety pin. haha! (Please tell me I’m not the only one guilty of DIY-ing extra strap holes?)

I actually got a chance to chat with the designer of the line, Chirayu, who really made it clear how much of a labour of love this line turned out to be. After telling him my qualms about other leather strapped watches, it was refreshing to hear that the extra holes in the straps were a design consideration that was made early on in the design process. Through our chat, I also learned that the straps are double-layered, which really explains the cushioning of the piece against the wrist. These subtle things go a long way when it comes to a piece I wear day-long on my wrist.

After understanding the inspiration behind this line and the classic, creative style that Chirayu is building behind the RAKANI brand, I can’t wait to see what the next collection looks like. The effortless styles and translation of concepts to designs are really setting apart this brand from the rest of the watch industry!

Disclosure: Thank you again to Chirayu for the opportunity to learn about this up and coming brand, RAKANI, and for providing this watch for review. The opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own.

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