Hello LIAL readers, I’ve missed you! As much as I’d love to say I’ve done a great job keeping up with my blog, fact is, I haven’t. Whomp whomp. Here’s the reason why (not that you’re concerned about it): Derik and I moved again — this time to Texas! I also managed to squeeze in another trip to Europe last month, so between the two, I’ve had little to zero time for personal blogging. I have however kept up with my IG account, so if you want a quick recap of what we’ve been up to, check in there.
That being said, I really miss blogging. I have so much accumulated material to share with you from the last year +, I could probably blog every day until my fingers fell off and then some. I’m also considering a name change/re-brand (domain has already been purchased), and if I find time to re-haul my website between clients I probably will!
Derik and I have been in Texas for a couple months now, and are trying our best not to melt in the heat (we’ll be moving on in the Spring). The extreme temperature difference between Alaska and Texas is unreal, and I swear I almost die inside every time I step out my front door #dramaticmuch. That being said, Texas is beautiful, and we’ve been enjoying the blue skies, occasional storms (although getting caught in the torrential downpours that randomly happen during the day isn’t so fun), delicious/cheap food, and shops I haven’t stepped into for five years (looking at you Trader Joes and World Market).
We also love visiting all the historical and tourist destinations, and The Alamo was no exception. Although we had every intention on visiting first thing Sunday morning (unfortunately we could only go on the weekend due to Derik’s job schedule) to beat the crowds, we couldn’t get ourselves there until an hour after opening: aka The Alamo was already crawling with hoards people. Oh well.
If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you might be aware of my love affair with Jord Wood Watches. What does this have to do with The Alamo? Tie-in comes in the next few sentences. Derik and I have partnered with the company based out of St Louis, MO for almost a year now, and the quality, consistency, and love they put into their products is first class. Anyway, they sent us each a watch from their fall collection to review, and they are by far our favorites. We wanted to go somewhere cool to feature the products like we have in the past (here | here), and thought the Alamo would be a great place to do it. What I didn’t think about was how awkward it actually is to be taking a million pictures of our wrists/watches as the entire world stands by gawking. We even had one lady come up to us and ask why we liked our watches so much, and after inserting a shameless plug for my blog and Jord, we went on our merry way.
Derik and I had a great time walking around The Alamo and reading about the historical significance of different places/landmarks within the walls. If you decide to visit, I highly recommend going as soon as it opens in the morning or a bit before close at night. The Alamo is free admission unless you would like a guided tour or audio tour.
About our watches:
I’ve had my eye on the Frankie since it was released last year, and I was so excited to get it in Purpleheart (learn more about the wood used in the watch here). The color of the watch is super vibrant and pretty, and since I wear neutral colored clothing 99% of the time, my Frankie is the perfect compliment watch.
Derik received the Dover in Koa Wood , which is an absolutely gorgeous self-winding (no battery), skeleton-faced watch. I can’t even tell you how many compliments a day he receives from perfect strangers when he wears this watch, but it’s impressive. I can however confidently say the Dover is Derik’s #1 accessory — it literally goes with everything.
Jord is graciously running a contest exclusively for LIAL readers! The winner gets a $100 e-gift card to use at woodwatches.com and everyone else gets a $20 e-gift card just for entering! How’s that for awesome?! Christmas is coming up soon, so what better time than now to start shopping?! Enter to win here.
We were given Jord Wood Watches in exchange for an open and honest review, and all opinions are our own. We would never promote a product unless we found it 100% awesome, and thought readers would love it too.