Violet Hamden

‘Time flies when you’re having fun.’

That’s what they say right? Well I definitely agree with this quote.  As you might have seen in previous blogposts or on my Instagram page, I looove watches. They are a great accessory and it is very useful (only if you don’t use your mobile phone to check the time and date).

Today I received a new watch from Violet Hamden. Violet Hamden exists for a conscious lifestyle. They want you to live your life and create memories. Currently, they have two collections, the Nowness collectiona and the Day & Night collection. Furthermore, they created a jewelry collection in which you can find several minimalistic bracelets, earrings and necklaces. These are perfect to combine with your watch. If you prefer some variety from time to time, these bracelets are interchangeable.

When you purchase a Violet Hamden, you will receive a watch (obviously). However, the watch comes with a journal in which you  can write your own stories. Just like they describe on their website ‘ You cannot catch time, we think back to a certain feeling, memory or a dream. Be aware at what time you get up in the morning, when you perform your rituals, when you meet new friends, and when you explore the world.’

Furthermore, when I hear Violet Hamden, I hear quality. The watches are hand-made by specialised watch makers with passion for their job. The quality of the material is very well. Moreover, the jewellery has been made perfect in every detail. And above all, it is fashionable and payable!

The watch I retreived was from the Nowness collection, the Nowness Rose Evening Rosegold. This collection features 7 watches. Furthermore, this collection consist of 4 different colours mesh bands. The watches of this collection are shown below. 

The Day & Night collection features 23 watches, it features 6 different colours of leather bands. The Day & Night collection shows elegance.

Currently, they have 2 kinds of bracelets, the moon and stones bracelet in either silver or gold. As shown on the pictures, I retreived the moon and stones bracelet in silver with my watch.

As said before, I chose for the Nowness Rose Evening Rosegold watch since I already own a silver watch and I was doubting before between the silver and the rosegold watch. Therefore, my decision was easily made. Furthermore, the watch shows class and fits to a huge part of my wardrobe. Thus, I find it easily to combine the watch with my clothing. The watch is lightweighted and very minimalistic, which I really love. Furthermore, the watch and bracelets come with a beautiful box with the company’s name on it. When I don’t wear the watch, I always attempt to put it back in the box.

In case you want to see and try the watch first, you can go to your local Brandfield store in Amsterdam or Groningen to discover the beauty of Violet Hamden. Of course, you can also shop them online exclusively at Brandfield or at the official Violet Hamden website.

Ameland

You have probably noticed that I love the beach. And what do I love more than the beach? Exactly, my dog.

Since I am leaving to Bali in 2 weeks, my mom thought it was a nice idea to visit one of the Dutch Wadden Sea Islands, namely Ameland. I wanted to travel to Ameland with my dog for about 3 years now and it finally happened. Now you can wonder why Ameland? Well my mom knew this island more than the others, since she visited it a couple of times. Furthermore, we considered the distance too.

To be honest I did not remember anything from the island anymore. I only visited it about 13 years ago once. The only thing I knew was from what I read and general knowledge. To get to the island, we took the ferry. Once there, we went to the bike rental to rent two bikes, one with a dog basket, because my little friend is getting sicker and sicker every day :(.

After we rent the bikes we went biking and my dog literally loved it. She always loves to have the wind in her hair and ears. We went biking towards the beach, which is of course everywhere, but we had to find a quiet spot so my dog could walk freely. Unfortunately the water was quite cold so we did not go for a swim..

After being at the beach for a while we went back to cycling. Afterwards we went to a terrace and had some dinner. We had dinner quite early since we had to catch the last ferry. On the way back home my dog was sleeping the entire time. Guess she had a nice time like we did.

 

JORD wood watch GIVEAWAY

”The value of a watch is not in being able to tell how much time has passed, but in being aware of the need to make that time count. Moments are bigger than minutes, and your watch should tell more than time.”

As you might have noticed, i love watches, i really, really loove watches. I can’t remember the time that I went out without a watch on my wrist. It’s not that I need it to check the time, it’s just that I find it comforting having it on my wrist and in knowing that there  is still plenty of time ahead of me. When reading the above quote which can be found on the website of JORD Wood Watches, I know it really understood me.

Before I tell you about my new favorite watch, let me tell you a little bit about the company, JORD wood watches. It is a small local organization which focuses on creating modern timepieces. JORD values efficiency, experiential living and most importantly, sustainability. This means, you don’t have to sacrifice the world for another stunning timepiece. In order to create the watches, JORD uses different kind of woods, such as acacia, bamboo and maple.

JORD makes a variety between men’s and women’s watches. Although, many of them would look great on either a man or a woman. Furthermore, there is a possibility to add a personal touch to the watch.

The watch I chose is the dark sandalwood and smoke from JORD’s frankie series. As soon as I put it on, I fell in love. As you can see, it’s absolutey beautiful and minimalistic, within short time I’ve been wearing my JORD watch. It’s incredibly lightweight so it feels amazing on my wrist as well. It truly is a statement timepiece.

I would definitely reccommend a JORD watch to anyone. And if a new watch is on your wishlist or on the wishlist of someone special, today is your lucky day!

JORD and I are partnering on a giveaway, and one lucky Fortunath reader will win a $100 gift code to use on the JORD website! I know that you’re thinking, you never win giveaways.. Well, everyone who enters will receive a consolation code worth of $25 at the end of the contest! So, enter today, and be sue to share this post with your friends so they can get their $25 code too!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

This contest end at 11.59PM on August 27, 2017, and both the $100 and the $25 codes will expire on November 12, 2017.

I wish you all good luck!

Back in the Costa Brava

I just came home from my third holiday in Spain this year. Obviously, it was as incredible as always. This time, I visited the Costa Brava. We were staying in a rather big village called Playa d’Aro or in Catalan Platja d’Aro. Lots of people, especially the Dutch, French and Germans, visit this place within the summer months. It has a great boulevard with lots of restaurants, bars and so on. Moreover, the ‘village’ has a beautiful city centre with some typical Spanish shops such as Bershka, Mango, Massimo Dutti, Stradivarius, Zara and so on. I was so glad since these shops belong to my faves and they all had sale!!

In this holiday, we actually did not do lots of activities. Basically everyday we went to the beach or swimming pool in order to get a tan. However, on the first two days the waves from the sea were so high that they thought it was too dangerous. Thus, they hang up the red flag. It was so much fun to go into these high waves and just lay there on our air mattress. Furthermore, some nights we went to the city centre for dinner and for some shopping. Furthermore, the night life in Platja d’Aro is great. There are several clubs with different kinds of music.

On our semi last day we went to the city of Girona. Since I already visited this place a few months ago, I showed my family around the old city. We went into the Cathedral and the Basilic of the city. At the end of the day we had some tapas for dinner. I have to say, I looove Spanish food.

Finally, our last day included a canyoning trip to the French Pyrenees. Let me explain what it actually is. You travel with a group of people, always with one or two guides, to a place with a river in the mountains. There, you climb towards the river and you will follow the water of the river. Since there is no way back, you have to jump from different heights into the water, you will slide from natural slides, and you will abseil. This is exactly what we’ve done. We saw incredible places with enormous waterfalls. The best things is, it is all natural, there are no signs of human engagement in the place and this makes it even more great.

The next morning we already went on our way back to the Netherlands. Again, we stayed the night in France.

My next trip is to Bali in a few weeks, what is yours?

xx Nath