Chasing Time with Henry London

Such a strange thing, time. We get impatient and will it to speed up but we also panic when we realize how it flies and beg for it to slow down. But whichever route we want time to take it always governs how we live our lives. Everything is in relation to time—memories, fears, goals, and dreams.

I realized early on that time has to take its own course and have learned to love and respect my own unique life pace even if I don’t always necessarily understand it. Still, just like everyone else, I constantly rush (traffic and my weird sleeping patterns are mostly to blame) and I do tend to feel pressured to make more out of my day. Beyonce also has 24 hours in a day so what on earth is happening to mine?

But time, much to my dismay, is something that we can’t bend to conform to our needs and desires. The clock ticks as it does—day after day, hour after hour, second after second. There’s really no use trying to one-up it. We roll with the punches. We take what we can get and we make the most out of things. Easier said than done, I know. After all, time management is one of the hardest skills to master despite the many self-help books and number of courses to aid you.

What you do in an hour, a day, a week, a month, or a year — that’s completely up to you. Though I do hope that when you look back on how you’ve been spending it, you find it worthwhile. There is, unfortunately, no clear-cut path to conquering time. But while you figure out what to do with it, I think the best way to actually track it, so to speak, is via a beautiful timepiece.

I’m very particular with accoutrements of all kinds—I rarely ever wear accessories. Watches are no exception. I was very recently introduced to Henry London and it evoked a lot of emotions especially since the brand celebrates all things London. Their watches are named after subway stations, the first ever piece was inspired by a vintage watch found in the markets of Portobello, and the selection, in its diversity and eclecticism, mimics the people of London—a diverse group of people who are all equally captivating, charming, inspiring and yes, I need to go there, quintessentially polite.

Since it’s been exactly a year since one of the greatest experiences of my life—my lovely stint in Oxford—I  will always look at London with love.

And I guess that’s exactly what the watches evoke—a sense of love. And not just because the watches are objectively gorgeous. Dome-shaped dials, classic vintage styles, genuine leather straps that are interchangeable, even a dial that includes moon phases— these are all objectively appealing to any watch connoisseur. But the great thing about Henry, “a sprinkle of magic dust” acco. to Managing Director Paul Harry, is that each timepiece is customizable for free. You can engrave whatever you want at the back of the dial. Names, significant dates, declarations of love—those are all plausible options.

Obviously, when I got my first Henry I had mine engraved too, but instead of going the usual route, I had my ‘word of the year’ immortalized instead. Each year I come up with a word—an overarching theme of how I want my year to go—and this year it’s “Soar”. Isn’t it nice to not only be able to tell time on a beautiful timepiece, but also have it as a constant reminder of whatever it is you hold dear—in my case a frame of mind? Now it can always be within reach to remind me, at a glance, whenever I feel like I’ve been losing direction that it’s always forward and up. Always.

In my humble opinion, if Cinderella just had a watch, she wouldn’t have had to go home with a shoe missing. Heels nowadays are way too expensive to just leave at some party. Even in the hands of some lovestruck prince.

Henry London watches are available in all Wristpod and Swissgear branches, Landmark Makati and select SM Department Stores 

Denim Days

Full disclosure: I’m all about denim. Boot cut, boyfriend, cropped, straight – I’m obsessed with it. I’d like to think that in a world of tulle skirts and lace dresses, I can rely on this mining-inspired classic to keep me grounded style-wise and not be swept up in the whirlwind of trends that will not always work on me and will eventually regret wearing some Instagram scrolls later. I think I’m at an age where I’m starting to become a bit more trend-averse and have recently realized that certain stores I used to love don’t have the same allure anymore and certain pieces I thought were too “old” for me are slowly humming their siren call. 

But denim? Denim is timeless. Cliche but true. I have throwback photos of me as a child looking cute in denim (if I may say so myself), and even throughout my teens when I looked awkward as hell denim was always there. Whether my jeans had snoopy embroidered on them (true story), or whether my pair was exaggeratedly flared and way too long for my petite frame that it turned filthy after just 10 minutes on me all because Britney Spears wore the same silhouette circa I’m a Slave 4 U, for some reason denim has always felt stylish. Even circa 2015 when #normcore was thrown around right and left and boyfriend jeans were paired with Nike slides and the plainest of shirts, it still felt fashionable. Even if it is at its very core #basic, the right pair can still imbibe Kate Moss-effortless instead of a sartorial hump day. 

That’s exactly what I love about jeans. And I’m always in them especially when I travel. I always bring a pair and I somehow always end up buying another pair when I’m away. Though I’m partial to anything bootleg at the moment, I must say that my favorite travel silhouette will always be the skinny.

Skinny is just easy. When I travel I want a no-brainer, no-fail piece that doesn’t come with the stress of having to think about what to wear in addition to everything else (like a debate on how much my Uber will be versus my willingness to walk an unimaginable number of blocks, which, quite frankly, is a debate that is all-consuming). It looks good with just about anything. The risk of seeming sloppy is basically non-existent. All kinds of footwear would be accentuated especially boots that instantly up the sartorial ante. I assume that when you’re on the go, run around a lot, and pack a lot (I’m lucky I’ve been living out of my luggage the past few months for a change) you need tried and tested staples. The skinny will always be mine. 

What is difficult though is finding the right pair in terms of length, fit, rise, and the ability to flatter one’s behind. Luckily, Promod recently released five new denim silhouettes and, of course, I gravitated towards the Gaspard, a mid-rise skinny. It comes in six washes but I tried on three: a faded blue, gray, and black. If you’re torn, I would recommend buying it in black – a hue of skinnies I think everyone should own. True to form, when I had to pack my bags for a staycation, it was the skinny  I chose to bring. Wore it with a sweater, a loose white button down, a tee and a motorcycle jacket.   It’s both versatile and universally flattering. 

The good news is that if you do get yourself a pair of jeans from Promod and show my photo in this post (or on Instagram wearing the Gaspar) they’ll give you a free gift (until September 30 only). So try on a pair and jumpstart that wardrobe haul for the holidays. I can assure you, you’ll be doing a lot of shopping, prepping, and hopefully traveling in jeans in the next few months. Style and function have never been more seamless, pun intended.

All clothes from Promod. They are also having a buy one, get one at 50% off for all pairs of denim until September 10. So don’t forget to visit a branch near you!