5 Affordable Watches I’m Loving Right Now

Watches are back, and in a big way. I used to opt not to wear a watch, but I’ve been loving the boyfriend-inspired watches that have been coming out lately and I want to get in on the trend. Also, sometimes when I’m not wearing a watch, I’m reminded of the moment on “The Hills” when Kelly Cutrone scolds Lauren Conrad for not wearing a watch during her internship. It was kind of a defining moment for me (as so many of “The Hills” episodes are, right?).

I also love the layered look that’s popping up, which combines watches and bracelet. You can see my first attempt at it above. I thought the watched paired well with my Alex and Ani bracelets!

So, these are these 5 watches I’m coveting.

watch1This watch is at the top of my list. I love that it’s silver (my favorite metallic hue) and it’s menswear-inspired, which I think is a great look.

watch2Since all of my jewelry is silver, I’ve been hesitant to introduce rose gold into the mix, even though I love it. I think this watch would provide a nice middle ground. (Also, please reassure me it’s totally fine to mix silver and shades of gold, please.)

Large Face Slim Strap Watch, ASOS, $37.37


The thin band on this watch is to-die-for! I also love the roman numerals on the face.

Chevron Chic Watch, Charming Charlie, $15

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How cute is this chevron watch? I also like that it comes in a neutral color, which will go with anything.

Style&co. Women’s Silver-Tone Bracelet Watch, Kohl’s, $29.98


This watch combines menswear with a little sparkle. I love it!

Which watches are you into these days?


100 Years of Beauty Video

I appreciate retro fashion statements, but I hate when women of color are excluded. This video provides a peek into hairstyles that women have worn throughout the decades, starting with 1910. I appreciate that these looks are appropriate for women with different types of hair, too! My favorite featured looks are from the 1940s, 1960s, and (of course) the 2010s.

Which decade has your favorite hairstyle?


Things I Bought That I Love: Burt’s Bees Hand Creme and Elephant Earrings

Recently, on a free lunch break, I ventured over to the bookstore on campus. I used to really love the campus Co-Op at UConn, where I went to school; they had a perfect combination of things I needed and things I never knew I needed but suddenly had to have.

Even though the college where I work is a little smaller than UConn, I was excited to see that the bookstore had a great selection of items. I walked out with:

  • Burt’s Bees Hand Creme: Every week, Bill and I spend some time doing manicures. No shame in our game, okay? It’s a really great bonding experience where I do our nails, and end it by using some Burt’s Bees lime-scented cuticle cream. I ran out of the cream, so I needed a replacement and this hand creme seemed like the perfect solution. I love the packaging, it smells great, and it leaves our hands feeling smooth.
  • Elephant Earrings: You can never have too many cute pairs of earrings. I love elephants something fierce, so I saw these studs and instantly knew I needed to have them. They’re so cute!

Tell me something you’ve recently purchased that you love!


Things I Bought That a Love is a recurring column inspired by Mindy Kaling’s blog