JORD Wood Watch: The Cora Maple & Silver

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We are in the heart of autumn. The mornings are crisp, the mist is hovering a little longer than those early hours, the golden afternoons fly by in what seems like mere minutes, you start to reach for the comfort of an extra layer and take full advantage of the fall style I, for one, long for the entire year, and look to cosy up at home a little earlier every evening. It’s about the best time to embrace all things simple, feel-good, real and authentic. And welcome new ones that promise to become mainstays, and even story tellers, in your life. My Cora Maple & Silver JORD wood watch is one of them.
 
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I am more than pleased to have been invited to join the JORD wood watches team. I have an ongoing love story with watches, but trying to pin down my fascination with timepieces is not exactly easy. It just is. I know I like the history behind, the functionality, the dynamism they engage, the nod to menswear style. But I like them as stand-alone accessories, too. The kind that have become part of my everyday look – and now, that my schedule revolves around a baby for the time being, it’s less about telling the time and more about appreciating the moments…, and being my little (much-needed) daily luxury.

That said, when I was asked to choose a luxury watch from the JORD collection, I knew what I was looking for – simplicity, elegance, high standard, timelessness. But when my watch arrived, from St. Louis, Missouri, I was surprised with much more – craftsmanship, attention to details, quality mechanical engineering, character. And a new experience.

JORD is the Danish, Swedish and Norwegian word for earth. There is something about my new watch that commands authenticity and purposefulness.
 

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What finally made me settle for the Cora Maple & Silver model (a next to impossible task when I have to choose a watch) was the classic and clean design and the natural wooden, nude-tinged hue, which make it very versatile to wear. What has made me love it even more once I started wearing it is that it is is even more understated than I had anticipated, it’s incredibly light, it is automatic (those seconds I steal every morning to wind it truly feel like a luxury, too, and a much sought for me-moment) and it has an open case back revealing the mechanism beneath (that only adds to the sense of craftsmanship and beautiful design). The watch is hand-finished and made of natural maple wood, it features a sapphire crystal glass and Swarovski crystal markers. And last, but not least, the packaging was beautiful, too. I give importance to well thought packaging, just as I do to a beautiful book cover. The watch came in a wooden box, secured inside around a herringbone fabric (another nice touch) cushion. Every little detail was inviting me to remember to savour the journey I was about to start with my new timepiece. I know I will.
 
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This blog post is in partnership JORD wood watches. Wooden Watch Review
Opinions and thoughts, entirely my own. Photos: by me and exclusively for Classiq.

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A Classic Pairing

Camel and denim 
A feel-good look. That’s what camel and denim put together do for me. A pairing that’s just as classic as monochrome, like black or grey, but so much more liberating. Take a camel essential (skirt) and a denim jacket, a camel accessory (hat) and a denim one-piece, or a woolen coat with subtle camel detailing (lining) and a pair of blue jeans, or style the two in any way you like. Understated, without being dull, simple, but textured, elegant, but unpretentious, and in the autumn light they simply look their best.
 
Denim and camel

Denim and camel

photos: 1-9to5Chic / 2-Jean Stories / 3-Park & Cube

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The Golden Age of Italian Style

La dolce vita The golden age of Italian style and celebrity 
It was Federico Fellini’s 1960 landmark movie that advanced the term “la dolce vita” into popular usage. It pointed to important changes in Italian society, introducing the world not only to the Italian fashion, style and elegance, but also to the unlicensed celebrity photographer, the paparazzo, who emerged with the rise of celebrity culture. The book La Dolce Vita: The Golden Age of Italian Style & Celebrity is a beautiful photography recounter of that late 1950s – early 1960s Italian era that has become synonymous with effortless style and glamour. The Italian fashion was what first made an impression on the Hollywood movie industry, leading to many productions filmed on location in Italy, and to its actors and actresses (often dressed in Italian fashion – luxurious and comfortable, and mostly hand-made) embracing “la dolce vita” (usually under the candid lens of the paparazzi).
 
La dolce vita: The golden age of Italian style & celebrity 
Obviously, it is the photos that do most of the talking in the book, so here are my conclusions:

Being stylish was a way of life. There are photos of Lauren Bacall, Audrey Hepburn, Frank Sinatra, Marcello Mastroianni and other legendary style figures, but the fact is that just about everybody else (actors and non-actors) filling the pages of this book looked stylish – to the beach, to the market, boarding a plane, to a film premiere, everywhere.

People have always been obsessed with celebrity. The difference is that back then people were fascinated with the famous, while now everybody wants to be famous.

Suits were like a second skin for men. They looked at ease and comfortable in them. You noticed the man. Today you notice (much too often) the suit (often too tight).

Italians always dressed up when leaving the house (they still do, I think), even if it was only for la passeggiata, the evening stroll that could very well be the social event of the day (see-and-be-seen).

Even the French actresses wore Italian designers.

A white shirt, capri pants and ballerinas remain one of the most chic looks to this day.

Okay, now this was the biggest revelation: the stars of the fifties also wore flip-flops! Yes, Anita Ekberg is shown in a pair of black flip-flops worn with an elegant all-black outfit cinched at the waist. I swore flip-flops off, even to the beach, a long time ago, but just for a split of a second, that photo got me considering the thought.

The stars loved to talk to the people in the streets.

And to pose for a photograph offscreen, too. The paparazzi may be unscrupulous by definition, but there often seemed to be a consensual invasion of privacy.

Oversized sunglasses and woven baskets were worn by many even before Audrey Hepburn and Jane Birkin, respectively, made them popular.

Those were the times for stylish cars, too: from Ferrari and Maserati, to Lancia and Fiat seicento. My love for classic cars has been reinforced.
 
La dolce vita: The golden age of Italian style & celebrity

photos by me from the book La Dolce Vita: The Golden Age of Italian Style & Celebrity

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The Way Films Were

Robert Redford Sydney Pollack on set 
The other night my husband and I were watching this special feature on the Three Days of the Condor – a proper movie night, without me usually falling asleep after less than half an hour, is still pretty much out of the question in our life with a six (six?!!) months old baby, so documentaries (which I have no problem with watching in more parts if necessary) of any kind are our new thing at the moment – about Sydney Pollack’s filmography, with both Pollack and Redford talking about their seven movies they made together. And right at the end Sydney says something about their working relationship and friendship (I am a sucker for this kind of lifetime friendships’ insights) that I liked very much: “When we shot a film together we practically lived together. I cook a lot. And he can’t even make a cup of coffee. So he would always come over to my condo or apartment or room or whatever it was and we’d sit and have a bottle of wine and cook and talk about tomorrow’s work or whatever. But we would laugh and make each other laugh and always talk about the fact that we ought to make a comedy and I am really sorry we haven’t.”

They were “kindred spirits”, in Robert Redford’s own words. They met on a low-budget independent film in 1960, War Hunt, and immediately bonded and became close friends. I have always admired Redford’s strong voice and uncompromising work in the industry, and the direction towards more independent films he took, and now, on the brink of a new awards season (not that I put too much price on these awards – I view them rather as an excuse to watch even more movies and I like the attention the worthwhile ones get), these words of him from an interview in Time magazine, from May 27, 2008, resonate with me more than ever: “I think that the best times that he and I had were when the film industry was a different business. It was mainly because, in more of the films he and I did during the time we worked together, we were going against the grain. The business has so drastically changed now, it’s just a completely different business than it was. And I don’t know that we could ever produce the fun he and I had during the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, when we were constantly trying to forge projects that were going to be hard to get the studios to go with and working against those odds. A lot of the appeal was it was great fun.”

“You know, Sydney, the most fun I had was in those years, when we were doing original pieces and not adaptations and not remakes or anything like that.”

photo: Anwar Hussein, 1979, Robert Redford and Sydney Pollack on the set of The Electric Horseman, via IMDb.com

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Scarves for Water

Scarves for water Obakki Foundation

Scarves forester Obakki foundation  
I love a beautiful scarf. It’s, hands down, the fashion item I purchase most often, and the one I reach for almost every time I walk out the door – I think it has become rather essential for livening up another day in jeans. And although the aesthetic remains the first consideration when buying, I have realised that, in time, what I appreciate the most (and what manages to make it from one year to the next) is a piece that has something more attached to it – whether it was a gift from someone dear, marks a special occasion (or just the change of season), or makes you a part of a change.

Scarves for water. The name says it all. Fashion designer Treana Peake and her Obakki Foundation never seize to impress me, setting one of the most wonderful examples of how fashion can genuinely make a difference. Yes, these are words that may have been used too liberally lately – I myself look away skeptical when I hear or read them. But here is where Obakki and The Obakki Foundation do things differently.

The three new limited edition scarves they have recently launched – Cobalt (blue), Maize (gold) and Sand (taupe) – are not only beautiful (I love a socially conscious fashion designer who puts price on a beautiful design, besides the greater purpose it aims for), a great autumn accessory and a wonderful idea for the approaching gift-giving season, but every 500 scarves sold will build a clean water well in an identified village in South Sudan. A meaningful, simple, transparent way to make the lives of villagers and their children’s better and safer, and to bring hope to their future. And that, I believe, is the best kind of fashion statement you can make with your clothes (even if you are the only one who knows it).
 
photos: courtesy of Obakki

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