REVIEW: Jord watch – Cora

I recently received this Cora Jord Watch to style and couldn’t help myself but to also write a full review for it. To be honest, I stopped wearing a watch daily around March when I started cycling more seriously and decided to wear a fitness tracker. It was really hard to stack both the fitness band and my old Vince Camuto boyfriend watch on the same wrist because of the large face of the watch (and I have an issue with typing when something is the wrist of my dominant hand), so I stopped. This Cora watch has a casing that’s 3mm smaller than my previous watch, which doesn’t sound like a big difference, but makes it a lot easier to stack against another strap on my left arm.

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My favourite part of this watch is the beautiful combo of the rose gold face with the natural warm wood. It’s neutral enough to not look like I have competing things on my wrist and still match all my outfits. The Swarovski crystal markers are a really sweet touch, too!

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One thing that I had a bit of difficulty with was changing the time. Unlike most watches where you can easily pop the crown out and turn the knob, I didn’t realize that I had to unscrew the crown to get the knob to pop out. I spent a solid 2 minutes trying to find videos or tutorials on how to change the time (I felt like [and still kinda feel like] a bit of a dummy for not knowing how to do this) because I had never used a screw crown before.

All in all, I think this watch is fab! It’s beautifully made, lightweight, and fits well into my everyday life. Jord makes a handful of other beautiful watches that start at $120, which makes me want to consider adding another one (maybe free of the bling?) to my watch collection.

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WISH LIST: Gifts that keep giving

I’m super excited to share today’s holiday gift guide of gifts that keep giving! There are so many fun subscriptions and memberships available nowadays that I wanted to share 3 of them as great gift options!

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1 // Le Tote $49/m
2 // ClassPass $99/m
3 // Popsugar Must Have Box $40/m

1. As a big fan of Le Tote myself, I cannot recommend this subscription any more. I posted about my experience last month and think it would be awesome to gift an infinite closet to someone else. Can you imagine receiving a Le Tote subscription yourself? Being able to rotate through clothes on am almost week or two week basis is awesome!

2. “Going to the gym” is probably the #1 goal on most people’s new years resolutions. Why not gift a ClassPass membership? I got the chance to try out ClassPass in November and absolutely loved it! Having a handful of studio options with multiple gym classes is amazing!! Not to mention, if you travel, your ClassPass isn’t restricted to a single city. You can use it in any city that ClassPass has launched in. Pretty sweet as a gift, no?

3. As someone who received a Popsugar Must Have 3-month subscription for Christmas last year, it was like Christmas every month! The Must Have Box comes with the month’s hottest items in different categories and a brief explanation of what the product is and why it’s considered a must have. Not only did this help me to find some new favourite products, but also learn about what was trending in different industries. Fun, fun!

Hope these help with your holiday shopping!!

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WISH LIST: Shopbop sale picks

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1 // Nixon Kensington watch $125
2 // Rebecca Minkoff Zoey tech wallet $108
3 // Michael Kors Maritime Link triple wrap bracelet $125
4 // Rebecca Minkoff Jules satchel $375

Every year, I add a bunch of stuff to my wish list hoping to cross them off sooner than later. Majority of the list are covered by purses and watches, but there are only so many of those one can own, right? Unless there’s an awesome sale, it’s hard for me to justify buying another watch/purse/necklace/etc.

This week from Nov 25 – Dec 1, Shopbop is having their biggest sale of the year with these discounts:

Spend $250= 15% off
Spend $500= 20% off
Spend $1000 = 25% off
(coupon codes are here)

I’ve been eyeing that Nixon watch forever but really couldn’t justify spending $125 on another watch when I have two other ones that work perfectly fine as is. I’m definitely going to be reconsidering buying it now that the sale is on!

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ClassPass in Seattle

ClassPass Launches in Seattle

Fall in Seattle does one of two things to me:
1. Gets me super excited about pumpkin pies
2. Bums me out about outdoor sports because the constant rain = no biking, hiking, or kayaking

If you know me, you’ll know that I’m a bit of a commitment-phobe when it comes to signing up for gym memberships. I get bored of a single sport or activity after 1-2 months and try to keep my workouts variable. In the past, I’ve binged on barre or yoga or Flywheel or boxing circuit training classes for a couple months at a time, got bored, and then moved on to the next one as soon as things started to feel too much like a monotonous routine.

ClassPass reached out at the beginning of November, as they launched in Seattle! If you haven’t heard about ClassPass yet, they are an alternative to traditional gym memberships. Instead of having to commit to a single gym/studio, ClassPass works with a handful of studios/gyms in each of the cities that they’re available in and gives you unlimited classes every month, with a restriction of 3 classes per studio. As someone who’s in the downtown core of Seattle, there are a number of studios in the surrounding area, which would easily give me the opportunity to try 10+ classes each month.

With ClassPass being only $99/month, this works out insanely well budget-wise. If I hit my goal of 10 classes this month, it’ll be $10/class, which is 50% less (if not more) than what I used to pay per class in the past. I’m super stoked that Flywheel and a handful of yoga studios that I used to frequent are all partnered with ClassPass because I no longer have to pay $15-25/class and am saving a ton each month if I hit my goal.

I’m about 3 weeks into this month’s pass and have taken 4 classes so far. My work schedule has been a bit insane, but with the number of studios and classes available, I’ve been able to reserve spots, or change existing reservations, really easily to accommodate my schedule.

If you’re in the Seattle area and are looking for a gym membership alternative, I would highly recommend ClassPass. Their service is phenomenal and it’s surprisingly seamless given how many memberships you’d traditionally have to hold on to if you signed up to each of the gyms separately.

My complimentary pass is due to expire in December, but if anyone wants to join me for a couple classes before then let me know! I’m totally up for new work out buddies to help stay motivated. I’ll be renewing my ClassPass in the new year, as well. If you want to check it out with my referral code, I would be forever grateful!

While I’m dreading my ClassPass ending in the first week of December, I’m excited to tell you about all the classes I tried and the motivation behind them. I’m big on stats and looking at data from some of the classes, so apologies in advance if things get a little geeky starting in mid-December. ;)

Disclosure: I received a complimentary 1 month membership to ClassPass to try. All opinions in this review are 100% my own.

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Pumpkin ALL THE THINGS!

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It’s been pretty quiet around here lately. Why? Well… the sudden realization that Fall is actually here (hello perpetually cloudy Seattle!) means I’ve been obsessed with finding ways to bake pumpkin anything. In the last three days, I’ve managed to make pumpkin pancakes, a pumpkin & chocolate loaf, and last night the oven cranked out 60+ soft-baked cookies (above)!

I think it’s safe to say that I’m officially all pumpkined-out.

(at least until Thanksgiving rolls around and there’s an excuse to make pumpkin pie…)

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