Holiday Gifts for Watch Lovers

Is it against their nature to leave the house without a watch on their wrist? Do they have a timepiece for every occasion? Could they explain the inner workings of watches without relying on an internet search? Sounds like you have a watch lover on your hands.

With the holidays ahead, treat them to the watch gifts that speak to their love for timekeeping companions. Here’s what to buy for the watch connoisseurs on your list:

The vintage-inspired reissue
For watch lovers with a taste for vintage timepieces, head straight to the Marlin collection. The sleek mid-century design is available in the hand-wound mechanical movement for connoisseurs who will appreciate a timepiece in its original form. You can also choose an automatic movement model for contemporary watch wearers.

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The sporty companion
Designed to keep up with active lifestyles, the Ironman® collection is the way to go for those who love digital watches made for adventures. Features such as alarms, timers, stopwatches, light-up dials and high water resistance make these timepieces ideal for watch lovers with an athletic side. The Expedition® collection also comprises utility watches that are as sleek and sophisticated as they are bold and durable.

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The custom timepiece
Even if your watch connoisseur has an extensive collection, there’s one watch they don’t already own: A customized timepiece with a personal engraving. With My Timex, you can design your own watch, choosing the dial, case and strap colors and materials. If that’s a tad overwhelming, we have some combinations to inspire your own design. Add a unique message or simply include the recipient’s initials on the back of the case for a watch that’s truly one-of-a-kind.

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The double duty
Along with watches, do they have a soft spot for Snoopy? You’re in luck because the Timex x Peanuts collection features watch face and strap designs that include lovable Peanuts characters. If they’re also an avid sports follower, shop our fan shop to select a timepiece featuring their team’s logo. Timex Co_Labs watches are created in partnership with other designers, making them exclusive timepieces that may complement your watch enthusiast’s style perfectly.

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The curated set
Check out our watch gift sets for both men and women for everything they’ll love in a holiday gift. The sets come with a watch and an extra strap, all wrapped in a sleek box that’s ready for giving.

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The add-ons
Take your watch gifts above and beyond with the accessories to match. Visit our strap shop to browse fabric, leather, stainless steel and silicone options. Choose a few straps that match their Timex watch so they can switch up the look depending on mood, outfit, season or occasion. You can also gift them a watch cabinet or specialized case to house their precious timepieces. Cleaning and repair kits are also great stocking stuffers for your watch enthusiast. For those who are always on-the-go, consider watch travel case and cleaning sets

Perfectly tuned to their appreciation for high-quality and good-looking timepieces, these gifts for watch lovers are sure to please this holiday season.

Rise of Unisex Watches

With the rise of unisex fashion, the gender divide between clothing and accessory options is slowing fading away. When it comes to watches, women shouldn’t be confined to smaller watch faces and dainty straps. In fact, many women prefer men’s watches to those designed specifically for female wearers, making it an accepted and growing trend.

As we see unisex styles continue to permeate the fashion world, women should no longer feel obligated to follow traditional watch-wearing rules. Many watch brands are even releasing more gender-neutral designs for unisex watches made for any wearer.
The idea is to choose the watch that catches your eye and suits your preferences, regardless of who the designer originally intended to wear it.

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Why do many women prefer wearing men’s watches?

Many women are drawn to men’s watches because of the statement that the larger watch faces make in comparison to the traditionally petite designs of women’s timepieces. The bolder lines and thicker bands also provide a striking contrast to more feminine clothing or jewelry.

Women who are drawn to vintage watch styles may also gravitate toward men’s watches, as watch brands tended to focus primarily on men’s collections in the past. This classic feel of a men’s watch also gives these timepieces a universal appeal.

Women wearing men’s watches is not necessarily a new trend, as many female celebrities have been known to sport classic men’s designs over the years. Additionally, menswear-inspired fashion trends began to adopt “boyfriend” in the labeling, such as the loose-fitting boyfriend jean cut. While boyfriend watches often have the sporty and chunky feel that’s more characteristic of a men’s watch, they are still designed with women wearers in mind. Unisex watches, on the other hand, are designed more so for any kind of wearer and serve as a welcome response to so many women preferring men’s designs.

What are the Timex picks?
If you’re looking to don a watch without a defined gender identity, consider these Timex options:

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MK1™ California
We gave our classic military-inspired timepiece a West Coast upgrade with bold pops of color. With six color combinations to choose from, this unisex watch has an aluminum case and fabric strap for a lightweight feel and all-day comfort.

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Fairfield
The minimalist design and clean lines of the Fairfield Chronograph 41mm Leather Strap Watch make this timepiece perfect for anyone who wants a modern watch that complements virtually anything in their closet. The strap is also easily interchangeable to switch up the watch look for any mood, outfit or occasion

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Weekender®
This collection of casual timepieces features plenty of style and color options to suit any watch wearer’s preferences.

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MyTimex
If you already have your ideal timepiece in mind, consider designing your own watch with MyTimex. Start by choosing your favorite model, and then you have free reign to select your dial design, case color and strap material.

In the spirit of unisex watches and gender-neutral fashion trends, you can embark on your watch search without any limitations on the design that’s right for you.

Top 5 Boyfriend Watches for 2018

You’ve mastered the boyfriend jeans and oversized button-down style, but does your wrist companion match the look? The boyfriend watch is a timepiece designed to wear large for a confident and edgy finish. Far from delicate, these durable watches are made to keep up with your bold ambitions and go-getter spirit.
Here’s this year’s top-watch list for boyfriend watches:

1. Fairfield
The Fairfield Chronograph 41mm Leather Strap Watch makes a sleek statement on your wrist, designed with minimalist Bauhaus influences. While a multifunction chronograph watch, it’s still tastefully simple, complete with the sophisticated detailing of the perforated leather band. Choose from the suave all-black timepiece or the tan strap with a contrasting white watch face for a bold yet neutral accessory. Either will get along with the rest of your closet, making the Fairfield an ideal everyday watch.

2. Weekender®
Designed to easily change the straps to match seasons, moods and looks, the Weekender® Chronograph makes managing versatile watch styles an effortless endeavor. Plus, when you get the Weekender Chronograph 40mm Leather Strap Watch Gift Set, you’ll already have two straps to wear: one smooth and sophisticated leather band and another casual and comfortable fabric strap, both complete with durable clasps and buckles that complement the watch case. And when you’re ready for more, we have plenty of Weekender straps to choose from.

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3. Southview
Premium style meets precise craftsmanship in a timepiece that features modern design and multi-function movement. The Southview Multifunction 41mm Leather Strap Watch evokes a distinguished style that complements your office looks, weekend denim and even your evening glitz. Choose from a sleek black genuine leather strap with a silver-tone case or go for a pop of rich color with a blue strap contrasted by a white face and silver-tone dial. Alternatively, meet in the middle with a neutral tan strap and rich blue watch face, complete with a two-tone dial and case.

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4. Expedition®
If you’re an outdoor adventure seeker, the Expedition Scout Chronograph 40mm Leather Strap may be just the boyfriend watch for you. It has the rugged aesthetic to match your hiking boots and adventurous spirit, plus features an INDIGLO® night-light, sports stopwatch with 30 lap memory, countdown timer, customizable alarm and water resistance up to 100 meters for easy, no-nonsense timekeeping and activity tracking. It’s a well-crafted, trusty companion that’s always up for an escapade.

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5. Miami
If you love a stainless steel timepiece with a hint of glamor, the Miami 38mm Bracelet Watch will suit your style. Swarovski crystals add a welcome touch of shimmer to the watch case, while an adjustable stainless-steel bracelet keeps up the shiny, sophisticated look. Also available in gold and duo tones, the Miami watch is ready to take on the day – and of course the night.

Bold lines and large watch faces are no longer exclusive to men’s fashion. Wear your watch your way with the boyfriend watch that suits your style and flair.

Choose a Watch: Weekend Edition

Are you ready for the weekend? Or maybe the more accurate question: Is it Friday yet? As you start prepping for a couple of days of exciting plans, the ideal wristwatch can help you look the part no matter what your schedule entails.

Here’s how to choose a watch that’s ideal for your cherished days off:

Starting with the type of watch

You’ve certainly got the weekend on your mind – but have you also thought about the type of watch you’re looking to buy? Tough, sleek and polished with the best of fitness tracking features, sports watches are one way to go – perfect for those who spend their weekends exploring the outdoors or working on their gains at the gym. Dress watches stand the test of time when it comes to dates and celebrations, while casual timepieces suit relaxed weekend plans like brewery tours or moseying around downtown. Maybe one of each? Who knows where the weekend will take you.

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Choosing weekend-ready materials

While watch strap and case materials are often a personal preference, there are certain factors that may help you narrow your decision. If budget is at the top of your mind, remember that watch prices vary by the type and quality of materials. As far as aesthetics go, many watch wearers tend to reserve their leather bands for the work week and take out watches with casual fabric straps for laid-back weekend activities. In the spirit of having a new watch for every weekend adventure, you may want to choose one that offers interchangeable straps. That way, you can stick with the same watch face yet switch up the entire look by simply trading out the wristband. This is also a nifty way to transition a watch from weekdays to Friday night and beyond.

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Fancying additional features

If you’re loading up the coolers and heading out for a weekend by the pool or on the boat, you’ll want a water-resistant timepiece that can withstand the splashes. When you plan to be out late, light-up watch dials make it easy to check the time after the sun goes down. Weekend travelers may be inclined to opt for time zone and date features to keep track of their journeys. Regardless of the features you want, it helps to narrow your search with your must-haves in mind.

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Complementing your weekend style

Many of us take advantage of the weekend to wear the items in our wardrobes that don’t quite fit the office requirements. Depending on what’s on the books, you’re free to wear anything from your favorite casual denim with the distressed finishes to your snazzier looks for a night on the town. Keep this in mind when shopping for your weekend watch, thinking about what you would wear for your weekend plans and looking for the timepiece to complement those looks.

Finding the ideal weekend companion

Named after everyone’s favorite days of the week, the Timex Weekender® is casual yet refined, simple yet fun and just as ready for the weekend as you are. Plus, you can easily change the straps for that versatile timepiece your assorted weekend plans demand.

Your Go-To Dress Watch

faYour alarm goes off and for once, you don’t press snooze. That “big day” feeling hits you, filling you up with energy and excitement for what’s to come. Maybe it’s an interview for your dream job or the kind of cocktail party that celebs attend. You finally scored tickets to “Hamilton” and you’re treating your better half to a decadent dinner before the show. It’s time to get ready – is your wardrobe prepared for your swanky plans?

Whether there’s a specific reason or you simply want to look sharp, there comes a time when your mood calls for more than your everyday casual timepiece. Let’s talk formal watches:

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The distinguishing factors

Reserved for formal occasions, dress watches are the must-have elegance in any watch wearer’s collection. Much like tailored suits or little black dresses, no wardrobe is complete without a go-to dress watch. Historically, these timepieces stand out from the regular crowd with their quintessential minimalism, thin case and quality leather or bracelet bands. Generally, this simplicity extends to the dial, often featuring a classic white face with the date and minimalist hour markers.

Traditionalists also pay close attention to how they wear formal watches. Of course, matching rules apply. We’ve often seen leathers and metals complementing belts, shoes and other accessories. Proper proportions are also important, as a dress watch should fit perfectly to avoid drawing unnecessary attention. This sizing includes the size and thickness of the case and strap.

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Finally, formal watches should be thin enough so dress-shirt cuffs can hover over them comfortably, rather than getting caught on bulky elements. This detail means the dress watch can sit discreetly under the shirt cuff but also make fleeting appearances with your natural movement.

The idea is to don an exquisite timepiece that doesn’t demand attention. Rather, dress watch design exemplifies an understated elegance, perfectly paired with formal attire. Less is more when it comes to the classiest of timepieces.

The right place and time

You’ve got big plans and your dress watch is the finishing touch you need to look and feel the part. When does the event become classy enough to require the elegance of formal watches? Think make-it-or-break-it business meetings with important clients or prospective employers, formal weddings that specify black-tie attire and holiday cocktail parties. If you’re digging out your best clothes, dusting off your dress shoes and wearing your most precious jewelry, the look calls for a formal watch.

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The Timex pick

If it’s time to add a dress watch to your collection, consider the Fairfield Chronograph 41 mm Mesh Bracelet Watch. With a thin case, metal detailing and tastefully simple design, this dress watch offers a sharp yet understated addition to your formal attire. You can even adjust the clasp to achieve the perfect fit of an ideal dress watch. The INDIGLO® light-up dial adds a modern touch, making the watch face clear and easy-to-read when your formal occasions take place after the sun goes down.

Have fun at the big event, looking snazzy and sophisticated with your dress watch by your side.

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My Timex is Your Timex

Great for holiday gifts and other special occasions, My Timex offers the ability to create and design your own customizable watch online. This designated space provides a fun and easy way to custom design your own Timex® watch by choosing a case, dial and strap with the additional option for personalization including free engraving on My Timex watch styles.

Watches make for great holiday gifts as well as weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, retirements and other special occasions. With My Timex, you not only get the opportunity to create a watch to a person’s specific tastes but also add customization that will make the timepiece a true original.

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Currently My Timex offers a great selection of Timex watches for customized gifts including the Weekender® Chrono, Waterbury Date 40 and the Scout Chrono. Find the perfect style and then customize it by selecting your preferred dial, case and strap. You can also add an INDIGLO® feature and choose from five night-light colors. Another added feature is to add initials as a monogram to the dial backlight when the INDIGLO® light is enabled.

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Once you have the watch you want, take advantage of free engraving on the case back where you can add initials or craft a personal message. The engraving feature allows you to choose a font and then write your own personal message using 10 characters per line across up to a maximum of three lines. Great for a spouse, significant other or someone special in your life, a custom engraved message will make this much more than just a watch but a personal keepsake for the wearer to treasure.

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My Timex makes it easy to find the perfect gift. You design the watch online, we craft it and the finished watch is delivered to you in a specially crafted box within two weeks of placing your order.

How to Clean your Watch

It’s easy to overlook watch maintenance, but regular cleaning is as necessary as doing your laundry or washing your car. Not only does this attentive care eliminate that grubby buildup of grease, dust and dirt, but it also extends the life of your timekeeping companion.

Are you treating your watch well? Here’s what you need to know about proper watch cleaning:

The nightly routine

When it’s time to call it a day and crawl into the comfort of your bed, don’t forget that your watch needs to wash its face and brush its teeth, too. For your timepiece, this daily clean involves wiping down the front and back of the watch and strap with a soft polishing cloth. This will remove the daily build-up of sweat, moisture, dirt, lotion and other debris, keeping your watch looking sharp in between cleanings.

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The deep clean

If you wear your watch every day, you’ll want to give it a deep clean once a month or so. Those timepieces reserved for special occasions may only need a cleaning every few months or whenever you’re ready to wear it.

You’ll need to follow different steps for each part of your watch, so remove the strap from the face if possible to make the process much easier.

How to clean the watch face

The following steps are only safe for watches that are water-resistant. If your watch isn’t water-resistant, a simple wipe down with a dry cloth will suffice. Additionally, you may want to take specialty or vintage watches into a jewelry store for proper cleaning.

For a water-resistant watch, start by wiping down the watch face to remove an initial layer of debris. Next, create a warm soapy bath for your watch. A drop or two of mild dish soap will do the trick, as it has the power to cut through the grease build-up on the surface of the crystal. Use a cotton swab to get into the crevices and a soft brush to gently scrub away dust or dirt, and then rinse with clean, warm water. Pat the watch face dry with a soft cloth, or use a hair dryer on a low-heat setting.

How to clean the watch band

Watch strap cleaning depends on the material of the band. Leather watch straps require the most careful care, as you’ll want to avoid water damage while rinsing the band. Plus, following up with leather conditioner is an important step for long-lasting wear. Follow these detailed steps to clean your leather strap properly.

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Clean rubber, stainless-steel, metal and bracelets bands with the same method as the watch face. Mild detergent or dish soap will cut away the grease from oil and debris, and the soft brush will allow you to get into the crevices of the band. You can finish off with a glass cleaner for an added sparkle.

You can treat your nylon and fabric bands like clothing, throwing them in your next load of laundry. Be sure to keep the strap separate by putting it in a mesh bag. Alternatively, you can hand wash the strap with warm, soapy water, and then rinse and leave it to air dry.

The continued tender love and care

Regular cleaning will certainly keep your watch in tip-top shape, but your efforts will go to waste if you don’t store it properly. Avoid damp or dusty drawers and cabinets, and try to keep your watches away from extreme temperatures or humidity levels. Your timepiece will be happiest in a watch box, velvet-lined container or cloth bag.

Remember that if you ever feel uncomfortable with watch cleaning, take your timepiece to a professional jeweler. Some even perform watch cleanings for free!

Inspired by Classics

Whether it’s surfing the waves in Indonesia and Mexico, shooting for brands such as Bacardi and Calvin Klein, or just filling his Instagram feed with stunning scenery from his travels, photographer Adam Bartoshesky has one rule: Keep it simple.

Growing up near Ocean City, Maryland, he followed his father and brother into the water. He quickly fell in love with surfing and would join them for surfing trips around the world, instilling in him a passion for adventure. After receiving his degree in marketing, he took a month off to travel before settling down in Los Angeles and beginning an Instagram feed that now boasts over 300,000 followers.

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“I started shooting surfing and scenery because that’s what I enjoy,” he says. “But then I began shooting people – my girlfriend specifically – and companies started re-posting. Then it turned into paid gigs and my hobby became a career.”

When Timex reached out to see if he would be interested in doing a campaign, his response was immediate.

“Timex is a very iconic brand,” he says. “I’m a big fan of the watches and, when the idea was mentioned, I thought it was awesome.”

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While he often wears watches designed for surfing, the Timex campaign allowed him to indulge in classic menswear looks, including the Fairfield Sub-Second and Waterbury Traditional Sub-Second.

“I’m inspired by a lot of classic styles,” he says. “I like the 1950’s/1960’s cool guy style. I do like some off-the-wall pattern shirts, but mostly I like to keep it simple and go with black and white.”

Though his upbringing was certainly adventurous, it wasn’t a whirlwind of glitz and glam.

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“I grew up very simple,” he says. “I was always attracted to things that last, not trends. I think that’s why I relate to Timex so well – we both have that strong affinity for things that are classic and timeless.”

Like many social influencers, he didn’t have a set plan for being a brand ambassador. He simply continued to fill his feed with images he liked and let the followers accumulate.

“For me, social influencer is kind of a weird term,” he says. “But I can’t think of a better way to describe it. If brands want to reach younger generations, then they have to be prominent on social media.”

With wanderlust in his heart and the world as his muse, you’ll likely find Adam traveling and capturing life as he sees it.

“All good things come from your passions,” he says. “You should do something because you love it. And, in time, you get better at it and hopefully, it can turn into a profession.”

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A New Standard

Every man’s wardrobe needs standards. A plain white t-shirt. Black dress shoes. Blue jeans. Simple and plain, these items are just some of the basics modern men can’t go without. The same is true for a watch. Complementing outfits with the right timepiece allows you to express your unique character and style. For the unpretentious man who needs a watch that will cover all the bases without going over the top, Timex introduces the Standard.

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Not as basic as the popular Easy Reader®, the new Timex Standard sticks to a classic silhouette and simple dial to produce a stylish timepiece that can be worn almost anywhere. Two versions of the Timex Standard are now available: a 40mm case size 3-hand and a 41mm case size chronograph. Changing the date on the chronograph is easy; simply pull the crown out half-way and adjust accordingly.

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Today, as watches become more intricate and complex, it’s nice to know there’s still plenty of room for a basic timepiece that appeals to a sense of understated sophistication. Even in its simplicity, the Timex Standard still has enough features to make this more than just a watch. The case has simple lines broken by a single indentation creating the appearance of a separate top ring. The crown shape has been borrowed from our first wrist watch and features an onion shape, fluting and our unique Timex emblem. The watch features 24-hour time telling, leather straps fitted with quick-release spring bars or a single-layer fabric slip-thru strap. They are water resistant up to 30m and include the INDIGLO® night-light to easily read the dial in low-light conditions.

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With its careful attention to detail. The Timex Standard shines as one of our most refined everyday watches. Designed with versatility in mind, this watch brings together classic elements with modern materials and easily interchangeable straps. Where some watches will limit you to a time and place, the Timex Standard is designed to be a go-to watch for any occasion.

She’s Like a Rainbow

While some see things in black and white, popular lifestyle Instagrammer Rosie Clayton (@rclayton) couldn’t imagine a world without color.

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“I’m from Chicago and the winters here are very cold and very grey,” she says. “I needed something to lift my mood and took it as a challenge to use vibrant colors in my work.”

Prior to becoming a social influencer, she had extensive experience in fashion working as a Merchandiser for the corporate offices of J.Crew and Abercrombie & Fitch as well as owning her own clothing store for eight years.

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“Having had exposure to various aspects of the retail industry really instilled in me the power of branding and color,” she says. “Color weaves my images together and my goal is to use captivating visual imagery to tell an impactful story.”

As Timex began to incorporate more color into its watch designs and straps, it was only natural to reach out to Rosie and get her onboard for a campaign.

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“When I was approached by Timex it started with a general creative brief,” she says. “I was given a lot of freedom to imagine the campaign in my own voice and evoke spring and summer in a way that would connect with my audience.”

She was given a selection of Timex® watches to choose from and took a liking to the Weekender® with a white dial, silver case and blue nylon slip-thru strap.

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“I partner with brands that I believe in and my aim is to create content that is timeless and classic, clean and easy to understand. I feel that Timex and I share that same creative approach.”

Whether its clothing or accessories, she pays close attention to the relationship of the object to other elements in the image. Many of her Instagram posts use vibrant backgrounds to set a scene in which she can tell her story.

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“Many would see my posts as style features,” she says. “But I look at it as lifestyle art. Walls have played a big role in my work but I actually began by posting vibrant interior spaces, creative flatlays, and travel images. My feed is a celebration of color through art, travel, and design and I hope my work brings joy to those who see it.”

One look at her Instagram feed (currently boasting over 124,000 followers) and the viewer is awash in a sea of vibrant hues reminiscent of rainbows, color bursts and mosaics. Against these backgrounds, she tells whimsical and fanciful stories that are uplifting and hard to forget. Timex could not have found a better fit to explore the relationship of colors for spring and summer stories.

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All photos courtesy of Rosie Clayton