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Jord Wood Watch (with Floral Cogs Mani)

By A Lacquered Affair · October 7, 2015 · 0 Comments ·

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old norse for "earth, soil; a rock- or sand-based unconsolidated material in which land plants grow" - WordSense




ei everyone! 

This post is a slight deviation from the usual full-fledged nails and polish content. While the object in the spotlight is out of my familiar territory, it complements nails and vice versa.

When JORD approached me to review one of their watches, I was hesitant. I was even suspicious if it was spam! With my limited knowledge of timepieces and zero experience reviewing or blogging about any, I was certain there was a mistake. I rarely even wear one in my daily life; the nature of my day job puts nice watches at risk of damages. But JORD's social media specialist's openness to unconventional pairing of diverse elements and backgrounds with their wood watches sparked possibilities in my head.

So with my less-than-amateur knowledge, here's my journey with JORD.
The Story
JORD's roots is in Missouri, USA. The brand specialises in hand-crafted watches made from natural wood and sustainable materials, not make-believe kids' watches, but well-crafted timepieces that complement a modern lifetyle. Watches are beyond mere time-telling tools but statement pieces that project personality and story.

Prior to hearing about JORD, watches and wood seem like the unlikeliest of combinations to me for these reasons:
1. It could look artificial/ awkward/ dull/ dated or like a child's pretend one that some European toy companies have (example).
2. Would the material be resistant to daily wear and tear, perspiration and everyday environmental elements?
3. To fulfill the above, it would be exorbitant to produce.
4. And...and, what about trees/ forest preservation? Wouldn't it be eco-unfriendly?

My perceptions gradually changed after further reading, receiving facts and the eventual product.

First Impressions
The model I selected is from the Fieldcrest series in Dark Sandalwood. I was drawn to the dark, minimalist design which would be most versatile with my style. JORD has over 30 designs and shades of watches, and growing.

They ship free internationally, and mine came in a registered package. A cardboard box and bubblewrap snugly protected this engraved solid maplewood box that the watch was nestled in:JORD Wood Watch Packaging

It reminds me of a Japanese wooden puzzle box, finding the side it opens. But it's pretty straightforward, putting a finger to the small crater beneath the engraved 'J' monogram and sliding the lid off to reveal the watch inside. It exudes a sense of nature with a touch of luxury.</p>

One might think, gosh, that's a lot of wood (and trees) used for, what most would consider, a non-necessity. However, JORD's products are made from re-purposed wood from all over the world and sustainable materials. 
JORD Wood Watch Fieldcrest Dark SandalwoodThe watch is snugly wrapped around an embroidered (what seems like) tweed cushion, with a monogram-engraved wooden disc tied around the wristband. A removable clear film protects the glass on the face of the watch.

Underneath the cushion are soft and relatively firm limited warranty and brand deck cards:
JORD Wood WatchJORD watches are warranted for 12 months from the date of delivery from material and workmanship defects. 

At the back of the limited warranty and deck cards are detailed explanation of the warranty with fields to fill the owner's details, and social media marketing shouts respectively:
JORD Wood WatchIn the spirit of re-purposing, a nail enthusiast could also use them as a scraper for nail art stamping. *wink*

Also included in the 10x10x8cm keepsake box are a JORD branded cleaning cloth and the extra links (packed in separate resealable plastic bags) that were removed to fit the size of my wrist:
JORD Wood Watches accessoriesJORD offers the option to resize the watch according to one's wrist before shipping it out for a slight additional fee. They provide a clear guide on every watch listing on how to provide the correct measurement of one's wrist to JORD for resizing. It was very convenient!

The Watch: Fieldcrest in Dark Sandalwood
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"Sandalwood is the name of a class of woods from trees in the genus Santalum. The woods are heavy, yellow, and fine-grained, and unlike many other aromatic woods, they retain their fragrance for decades." - Wikipedia

JORD Wood Watches Fieldcrest series in Dark SandalwoodThe Fieldcrest series feature a clean, no frills design available in 4 shades/ wood types. Dark Sandalwood is the deepest of the 4, and is said to compliment all skin tones. It is listed under Women's Watches, but is versatile to be unisex in my opinion.

JORD also provides useful information on the wood the watch is made from on its site to understand and appreciate the timepiece. It also makes for good "Did You Know" conversational opportunities a la Sheldon Cooper.
JORD Wood Watches Fieldcrest series in Dark SandalwoodThe face is covered with a clear glass that, together with the dials and hands, gleams at every moment they catch a light. The body, links and face of the watch is made from natural wood and is treated with tung oils.

Here's a close-up of the face:
JORD Wood WatchesLove the depth that the black grainy wood face brings to this watch! I secretly wished they had this and more watches in black.

The face is suited for women's wrist, but not in a tiny dainty sense, making it suitable for men too. But on my abnormally small wrist, it felt slightly overwhelming, but still comfortable.
JORD Wood Watches Fieldcrest series in Dark SandalwoodDespite that, it is light, so it doesn't hinder my arm movements or make me conscious about it.

The back casing, also made from wood, is engraved with the watch's information:
JORD Wood Watches back casingThe movement used is indicated as "JAPAN MOVT-2035'. Information on this battery-operated movement (listed as CITIZEN MIYOTA 2035) can be found here.
I'd like to highlight the mark indicating the watch is NOT waterproof. As advised on its site, it is "splash-proof". So, bits of perspiration or exposure to light drizzle should be fine.

I live in a hot and humid climate so having something in porous material raises concerns. However, the watch will remain in good condition with periodic care. This information is also provided on JORD's site. To err on the side of caution, I'd store it in an air-tight container with some desiccant/ silica gel.

The bottom of the links is engraved with the JORD brand:
JORD Wood Watches Fieldcrest series in Dark SandalwoodWhichever angle the watch is viewed on my wrist, one is able to tell the brand, but done subtly and with a tasteful touch, which I appreciate.

The fastening is a stainless steel dual-fold clasp:
JORD Wood Watches dual-fold claspPictured above is one side of the clasp unfastened.

The feature I appreciate most is the push-button action to undo the clasp:
JORD Wood Watches dual-fold claspThis feature is heaven for nail OCDs like me whose peeve is breaking or flaking their nails when undoing watch or jewellery clasps.

JORD's attention to detail is superb. Check out the screw-down crown engraved with the brand's monogram:
JORD Wood Watches crown

The Styles
JORD Wood Watches Fieldcrest series in Dark Sandalwood
The watch proved to be a pretty versatile accessory to my wardobe and for various occasions. It naturally looks most charming against a nature backdrop, but it also looks smart in urban settings.

I paired it with some looks below:

♥ For brunch one Sunday morning at a quaint little d'Good Café in Singapore:
(cue ♫"these are a few of my favourite things..."♪ song)
JORD Wood Watchesd'Good Café (rooftop alfreso)
♥ For a Maroon 5 concert at the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix:
JORD Wood Watches Fieldcrest series in Dark SandalwoodJORD Wood Watches Fieldcrest series in Dark SandalwoodJORD Wood Watches Fieldcrest series in Dark SandalwoodMaroon 5 at Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix
♥ With fancy manicure, inspired by florals and cogs/ watch gears:
JORD Wood Watch with nail artPolishes used (from index finger to pinky):
♥ piCture pOlish Douceur
♥ piCture pOlish Ornate (my collaboration shade with piCture pOlish)
♥ OPI My Private Jet
♥ OPI Black Onyx

The base shades (except My Private Jet) are given the matte effect with Essie Matte About You topcoat.
JORD Wood Watch nail artDouceur-Ornate and Ornate-My Private Jet are sponged in a vertical gradient.
JORD Wood Watch inspired nail artThe floral vines and rose are nail stickers from SaSa (gifted by a friend). The cogs are from eBay, and adhered using nail art glue. The 'hands' are hand-drawn using gold acrylic paint.

Final Thoughts
JORD made a positive and lasting impression on me with their concept, design and impeccable service. The wood watch makes a unique yet versatile addition to any watch collection, or a cool staple worth sharing about. It manages to exude a certain sense of refinement, yet possessing an edge.

It also makes a pretty sentimental and intriguing gift to a close one, with the handy box it comes in and all.

The Fieldcrest series retails on JORD's online store for USD120.00 (price correct at time of posting), inclusive of worldwide delivery.

Aside from their website - woodwatches.com, check out their latest updates, and stylish and inspiring posts via their social media:
♥ Twitter
♥ Google+
♥ Instagram
♥ Pinterest
♥ Vine

Parting Shot
JORD Wood Watch inspired nail artNow where's that Christmas list...

'Til the next post, love your nails!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

<p>Disclaimer: The product was sent for review. However, all opinions expressed are my own, and will always be.

piCture pOlish Ornate (Collaboration Shade)

By A Lacquered Affair · September 21, 2015 · 0 Comments ·

| awr-neyt |
"elaborately or sumptuously adorned, often excessively" - Dictionary.com

ello lovelies!
It's been a long time since I've done a proper blog post, no thanks to increased responsibilies at work on top of an already demanding job scope. This post, however, has rekindled the spark to appreciate and share nail polishes, so more should follow very soon.

I'm beyond ecstatic about the polish in this post!
As a reward as one of the selected winners in last year's Blog/ Insta Fest, I had the privilege of working with piCture pOlish for a collaboration shade. Click here to revisit my post for Blog/ Insta Fest 2014.

piCture pOlish is an Australian boutique nail polish brand founded by 2 Australian girls that produces fast forward colours, unique finishes and durable-wear polishes. Their polishes are now 5-Free, and are formulated and made in Australia. They ship internationally, and are also available through various stockists around the world. More details at the end of this post.

The Inspiration
piCture pOlish Ornate Inspiration Collage
The name and inspiration of my collaboration shade is Ornate. As far as I can remember, I am drawn to the colour purple, and sumptious, intricate embellishments and motifs. Ornate designs, art and objects are found in cultures all over the world, throughout the eras, often exuding wealth and status.

The Polish

I'm thrilled that piCture pOlish has encapsulated my idea in a bottle.
piCture pOlish OrnateOrnate's base shade exudes the richness of plush plum taffeta. It is richly adorned with gold hex glitter, small bronze glitter, and playful sparks of small neon pink matte glitter. To top it off, it is enhanced with gold shimmer and a dash of scattered holo particles.
piCture pOlish OrnateIt took 2 coats to achieve full opacity on the nails:
picture pOlish OrnateThe swatch above is without topcoat. Despite being dense with glitter and particles, the application is smooth with no glitter-fishing required. The base shade is not a jelly finish, hence the glitter tends to get overpowered by the plum shade. But it's a trade-off for no visible nail line in fewer coats.</p>

It dries slightly textured, with a satin finish.

Here, with 1 thick coat of Essence Gel-Look topcoat:
piCture pOlish Ornate
piCture pOlish Ornate
Under (harsh) white lighting, the tint is slightly different and leans toward purple:
piCture pOlish Ornate

Here's a macro shot for a closer look at all the good stuff condensed into this polish:
piCture pOlish Ornate Macro
Another mood shot:
piCture pOlish OrnateDue to the amount of glitter, the polish removal process is longer.

In case some are curious about a comparison with some of piCture pOlish's existing shades, I laid the closest ones from my stash side by side:
piCture pOlish Ornate ComparisonpiCture pOlish Ornate ComparisonAll the polishes above are shown with 2 coats each, without topcoat. Ornate sits right in the middle of burgundy and purple.

Parting Shot
In keeping with the theme of the inspiration, I had to indulge in nail art.
The mani shown here was achieved with some gold nail studs, metal foil, flat-back crystals, free-hand painting (after nail stamping failed me) and nail polish remover(?).

piCture pOlish Ornate Nail Design
The negative space seen is achieved by removing the top half of the polish with polish remover. Because it is glitter-heavy, the glitter does not come off easily, leaving a trail of it behind, an effect which I fancy.

Most of the free-hand design (done with Rica's Gold Digger one-coater gold polish) is overlayed by gold studs to cover the cringe-worthy uneven lines.
piCture pOlish Ornate Nail DesignAlong with Ornate, piCture pOlish is also releasing other new collaboration shades (my wallet shudders). Check them out on piCture pOlish's website or social media:
♥ Store - http://www.picturepolish.com.au
♥ International Stockists - http://www.picturepolish.com.au/network
♥ Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/picturepolish
<strong>♥ Instagram - <a target="_blank" href="http://www.instagram.com/picturepolish">http://www.instagram.com/picturepolish

</a></strong>I hope you enjoy this post as much as I have developing it with the wonderful team at piCture pOlish, and that it'll find its way to your stash one day.

'Til the next post, I bid you adieu and a well-polished week ahead!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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Disclaimer: The product was sent for the purpose of this blog post. However, all opinions expressed are my own, and will always be.

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Happy 50th Birthday Singapore (Our Golden Jubilee)!

By A Lacquered Affair · August 9, 2015 · 0 Comments ·

Greetings lovelies!

It's the 9th of August and for us here in Singapore, it's a celebration of our independence. We experience the biggest ever celebration this year, being our golden jubilee. We have a 4-day long National Day weekend (woohoo)! It has been a year of incredible highs and some lows for our 50 year-old country, and we're only in the month of August. In fact, we've been overwhelmed with a slew of #SG50 commemorations and perks since the start of 2015. 

Almost every year, my nails are decked out in national pride. Looking back, here are the past National Day manicures: 2012 & 2013.

This is what I'm dawning today for our golden jubilee:
National Day 2015 (Celebrating SG50)I went super sparkly this year!

1965 was the year Singapore was declared independent, and 2015 marks the golden 50th year of independence. The numbers were freehanded with red acrylic paint.
The Ruffian manicure on the middle finger is perfect in representing the crescent moon on our flag. The five stars are typically white on our flag, but I went with gold glitter nail stickers this year, to drive through the 'golden jubilee' theme.
The red blob using red acrylic paint on the pinky is my feeble attempt at silhouetting our little red dot, our island, stippled with fireworks in the background.

Polishes used:
Estessimo TiNS 079 Notes From Heaven (white crelly with holographic micro glitter and iridescent flecks)
 Darling Diva Polish Little Red Corvette (red crelly with red and holographic glitter)
 Glam Polish Life Is A Story (opaque gold holographic glitter with purple flakies)
Glam Polish Comet Storm (purple-green-blue shifting flakies)

Here's a parting shot:
National Day 2015 (Golden Jubilee)Now, I'm off to make the most out of the rest of the weekend break and perhaps get re-acquainted with my polishes.

Cheers to another 50 years, Singapore!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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Disclaimer: I am not sponsored/ endorsed by any of the above-mentioned companies. All opinions expressed are my own, and will always be. All products, with the exception of Glam Polish Comet Storm, were purchased on my own.

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