The Gift of Time

by Jessica Sturdy on February 11, 2014

By this point, I think it’s pretty evident that I’m a bit of a watch “collector.” The term collector being used lightly, as I’m mainly referring to the fact that I have a lot of watches and I keep buying more. I wear a watch every single day and on those rare days that I forget, I’m constantly glancing at my wrist for the time. See? Not just for fashion purposes either.

I know Valentine’s Day is typically associated with buying jewelry, but I feel like that is just so cliche. Don’t get me wrong — I definitely would not turn down a Cartier Love Bracelet, anything Yurman, or an Hermes bangle (or 2). Ever. (Take notes, boys.) But when it comes to Valentine’s Day presents, I feel like there are other routes to take.

Personally, I always love the idea of gifting a watch for a special occasion. It’s a gift that’s timeless and truly caters to a person’s individual style. You can choose how much you want to spend, and it’s something that he or she will wear and actually use every single day. I still remember exactly which watch I received for my high school and college graduations, the first watch I saved up and bought myself, and the list goes on. I mean, I actually still remember (and have) my very first watch… It was Pochahontas from the Disney Store. I’ve also given my brothers and multiple boyfriends watches for holidays and milestones over the years, too. The gift of time… Who can object?

In my typical tomboy fashion lately (Seriously, what has gotten into me?), I’ve actually added 2 mens watches to my collection — this one & this one. I feel like they provide just the right amount of masculinity to my usually girly outfits. It’s all about the juxtaposition, ya’ll.

I love the gunmetal face with the cognac leather band. Super chic. And it matches the elbow patch on my sweater perfectly. 😉

Full outfit: Express Mens Watch | Sweater | Turtleneck | Rag & Bone Jeans | Sam Edelman Shoes

Or if girly timepieces are more your thing, I’ve also been wearing this one from Express on the reg. Adds just the right amount of sparkle!

Express Watch | Rifle Paper To Do List | Poppin Pen | C.Wonder Candle

Check out the rest of the Mens & Womens Watches at Express! They’re the perfect Valentine’s Day gift… Even if it’s just a gift for yourself. :)

PS: Show off your Valentine’s Day style! Post your pics using #OneHotDate.
Don’t forget: Spend $100 or more between now and Feb. 15th at Express and get two free movie tickets!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Express. As always, all opinions are my own! Thanks for supporting the brands and collaborations that make Bows & Sequins possible!

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Meagan February 11, 2014 at 4:12 pm

I’ve been on the hunt for a watch! I’m saving up for a Kate Spade number!


Kristin Waldman February 11, 2014 at 4:27 pm

I have also been loving men’s watches right now! I love the gunmetal face of yours!


Sarah Patterson February 11, 2014 at 5:32 pm

I still have my snow white one from disneyland!


Beeta @ Miss Sophisticate February 11, 2014 at 5:36 pm

I am also a total watch person – I love them! I love that men’s watches are usually more simple (less bling) and have bigger faces, which I feel suits my minimalist style better. Don’t get me wrong, I do love my crystal-embellished watches too, but the men’s watches are just better for everyday wear. Love yours, it looks great with your outfit from what I can see. xo


Blaire Bingham February 11, 2014 at 7:14 pm

I love a good watch! My husband got me one on our honeymoon, and it is still one of my favorites!
xo, Blaire
Peaches In A Pod


Liz February 11, 2014 at 7:24 pm

Love men’s watches! I love the way you styled yours!

I just bought the following one, and I LOVE it (although my wrist is swimming in it!)


Maddy February 11, 2014 at 7:42 pm

I’m all about the mens watches. The one I wear daily is gold & from Guess Men.
the bigger the better!



Melinda February 11, 2014 at 7:43 pm

I love watches too – which is rather ironic since I’m usually running late!


chelsea February 11, 2014 at 9:45 pm



Hannah February 12, 2014 at 8:39 am

I am the same! Love collecting watches, my dad recently handed me down an omega watch thats 30 years old! was pretty stoked not gonna lie! that express watch is gorgeous, i love seeing women wearing masculine watches, its so chic xx


Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl February 12, 2014 at 9:48 am

I just picked up a watch while in NYC (it was so great to finally meet you, FYI!) and I’m obsessed with it! A great piece to add on to any look!

Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl


Erica February 12, 2014 at 3:49 pm

I love these watches! And the Rifle Paper Co stationary :)

xx – Erica (giveaway on my blog!!)


Amanda February 13, 2014 at 1:51 am

I agree, I love both giving and receiving watches as gifts! I was recently gifted one from my boyfriend for our first anniversary, so I think he agrees too!

xo Amanda
Strawberry Chic


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