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Friday, July 3, 2015

Shore Projects | My New Watch

Portland with Coral Polka Dot Strap

I've always had huge magpie eyes when it comes to a beautiful watch.  The only watches I have ever owned have cost about $20, and have always just ended up sitting in a drawer.  I never really had any desire to wear a watch, until I finished school and started working.  I saw so many women I worked with wearing nice watches, and I thought it looked so professional.  When I hit my two year work anniversary I decided to splurge and get into the watch market.  At first I thought I would go for something from Michael Kors, or Kate Spade, as there are so many stunning watches from those collections.  I pictured myself with a straight-forward gold piece that would go with everything, and have that professional appeal I was searching for.  I was still on the fence when I saw an ad for Shore Projects. 

Shore Projects describe themselves as:

"a watch brand inspired by the beauty and fun of the British seaside. Our ambition is to create timeless, quality products that can be worn every day."



I found myself completely drawn in by the pictures from the Instagram site, and Facebook page.  For the next few weeks I mulled over making my splurgey purchase, until one late night I finally took the plunge.  It always seems to happen late at night, lowered inhibitions, I suspect!  I decided to purchase one of the Gift Boxes, because I loved the idea of having different strap options.


When buying a gift box, you get to choose your watch face; I went for Portland, a gorgeous gold rimmed watch with a white face, and black markings.  Portland is from Project 1.  Portland is so incredibly classic, and just stunning to look at.  I then got to choose four straps.  At the time of my purchase, they had Mesh, Polka Dot, Leather, and Classic options.  They have since added Silicone options as well.  I wanted the gold mesh, but they were sold out when I was putting my box together, which was disappointing. I decided to go for the Navy Blue Classic, Coral Polka Dot, Tan Suede (which was grouped in with the Leather options), and Black Leather.



Portland with Black Leather Strap

Portland with Navy Classic Strap

Portland with Tan Suede Strap






The gift box is quite costly, but with four strap options, I think it becomes a lot more bearable.  It's like getting four watches.  After conversion from Pounds to Canadian Dollars the watch with the four straps came to approximately $330.  I felt pretty okay with this, considering what I was aiming for was something good quality, professional, and attractive. What I wasn't expecting was the additional $60 tax/duty charge I had to pay when the package was finally delivered to my door!  I had never ordered something this expensive and had it shipped internationally, so perhaps it was my own ignorance.  This is disappointing because I think this will make it more difficult to order more straps in the future, if the cost to have it shipped is going to be so astronomical.  

All in all, I am very, very happy with this purchase, and I think it was well worth the cost.  I have worn it to work everyday, and with the strap options, it goes with all outfits.  It is professional, with a mixture of masculine and feminine attributes.  The face is very clean looking, and the crystal sapphire glass ensures that it will never get scratched.



A splendid splurge by one frugal lady!  But you know sometimes, in the wise words of Tom, and Donna from Parks and Rec... you got to TREAT YOSELF!




10 comments:

  1. I have such a weird obsession with watches and these are all so cute!!

    xx aubsmeetsblog.blogspot.com

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  2. This has definitely sparked an obsession for me too!! Thanks for your comment :)

    Kat

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  3. These watches are gorgeous I love one with the simple black leather strap!
    The Lipstick, The Girl and Her Wardrobe

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    1. Thanks so much! I definitely get the most wear with the black, and the tan straps :) Thanks for your comment!

      Kat

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  4. I love the polka dot straps, so much fun. But then again I never wear a watch...

    LindaLibraLoca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. I never used to wear a watch either, but now I feel naked without one! Thanks for your comment :)

      Kat

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  5. Cute watches! I always wear my Olivia Burton ones they are my absolute favourite x

    Phoebe | Phoebe’s Diaries

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    1. Which Olivia Burton watch do you have, they are all soooo gorgeous!!

      Kat

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  6. i pretty much live by tom and donna's philosophy ;) love that polka dot strap, it looks so cute!
    natasha // eyebrows, inc.

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    1. Thanks for the comment! :)

      Kat ♥ www.pastelwhimsy.com

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