The Bamboo Diaries with JORD Watches

I don’t know about you, but summer is hands down my favorite season of the year, even though I live in Southern California where it’s summer for about 7 months out of the year. Growing up in Wisconsin, summer was much more precious since it only lasted about 3 months (if you’re lucky) before the leaves changed color then suddenly everything froze over.

But enough about freezing cold weather, I am writing to share my new favorite summer accessory that I am absolutely obsessed with – my wooden JORD watch with a turquoise face. Awhile back, I wrote about my love for turquoise – so when JORD sent me this beauty I couldn’t help but gush with excitement.

The first time I wore it out I got SO many compliments – and everyone said it was such a unique watch and “just my style”. I have a very specific style, which may seem strange to some, but I am picky about what I wear and I am always drawn to the easy, breezy, California girl, boho style. Don’t get me wrong, I can take on the LBD, and so can this watch.

My new JORD watch has become a staple to my summer style, and will easily wear it year round. Whether I am hanging out in the city, cruising the coast, bronzing in the sun or dressing up for date night with my honey – I let time get away from me, but my JORD watch keeps me on time.

There’s something catchy about classic simplicity and subtle sophistication – the way the soft wood creates a nude palette sandy brown but with a pop of color in the face of the watch, it couldn’t be more versatile without being boring. Not a turquoise fan? This wooden watch also comes in a gorgeous coral hue as well as rose gold face when you shop Women’s watches. Men have a choice from wooden watch with wooden face or a darker wood with a black face – which you can see when you shop Men’s watches.


Want a watch of your own or looking for a cool engraved gift? Enter my giveaway for your chance to win a JORD watch of your choice!

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Have a happy summer loves, and let me know if you need help entering the giveaway or deciding which watch to pick for your style preferences! Only one lucky winner, but every entry guarantees you a $25 discount code once the contest ends 9/03! One entry per person. #myjord

Wooden Wrist Watch

Boho Luxe Details: Turquoise Treasures


While most of you know, I am normally writing all about shoes on here, but I also have an infinite love for one-of-a-kind handmade turquoise jewelry. Ever since my latest Thanksgiving post (see latest post links on the right!) I’ve been getting A LOT of questions about where I find my boho luxe style turquoise jewelry and how to know if it’s quality, including inspiration from Gypsy Loving Light and JoJo Fletcher from the Bachelorette!


First thing – you need to look at on their website or Etsy account is where their turquoise is coming from. Do they post pictures of the raw stone by itself? Is their inventory sold in mass? What does the setting of the stone look like? Is it true sterling silver? Do your research, ask around. Do NOT buy the first thing you see unless you are obsessed with it – you will know when you see it. Read reviews, compare inventory.

I’ve pulled a few of my favorite designers and boutiques, listed below, that I keep a close eye on whenever they release new merchandise. The downfall about getting into turquoise buying is you have to act FAST. If you see a piece you LOVE, jump on it immediately because they sell out fast and if it’s a reputable seller they usually only have one piece made. However, the up side is if you plead to them about how much you loved it, they’ll usually be willing to search for another stone to make a comparable piece just for! Totally customized. A lot of turquoise and silversmiths even take specifically custom orders.

img_2399Second thing – know what you are looking for, or you will get overwhelmed. Do you want a ring? A necklace? A cuff? Do you want deep sky blue Bisbee turquoise? Do you want a stacked ring with turquoise and coral? Do you want a brighter Blue gem turquoise? A golden limonite Carico Lake turquoise? Do you want the Indian Mountain turquoise that has waves of black spider-webbing? Being familiar and knowing the history behind the stone can also help you call BS on pricing or know when you’re getting a killer deal. Knowing what stone you want will make the buying process easier.

Third thing – know your size, because most purchases are non-refundable. What’s your finger size? What’s the width of your wrist? What’s the length of your chest? Look at the measurements and take the time to measure yourself. This way, you aren’t disappointed that the ring is too small or the necklace is longer than you expected.

Now to find you your perfect piece of turquoise!

img_2419One of my main go-to turquoise vendors is Turquoise Canyon. They have some of the largest variety of styles, every kind of real turquoise including Larimar (which I talk about later) and red coral (if turquoise isn’t your color) and almost every size available.
Navajo Native American Blue Gem Turquoise Ring, size 7, $248
Pictured (Pinky finger, top)Navajo Native American Kingman Turquoise Ring size 7 3/4, $159 (on sale!)
Dead Pawn Sterling Silver & Turquoise Cuff, $239
img_2415Navajo Native American Turquoise Mountain Mine Link Bracelet, $636 **I got this as a set with earrings, bracelet and choker style necklace (picture and post coming soon).

Classic Oval American Kingman Turquoise Stud Earrings, $179 **These are the PERFECT turquoise staple easy to pair with any outfit at a great price! Very similar to the earrings I am wearing (pictured in my post).

American Orange Oyster Shell and American Blue Gem Turquoise Drop Earrings (GORGEOUS), $111

SongYeeDesigns, $234

Erin Fox Silver, $138

Claire Lush Designs, $250


Another great source of variety of style and sizes in Salty Design Foundry. With stunning cuffs and rings of all shapes and sizes, everyone can find a unique piece. It’s also a great boutique to start, or continue, your turquoise collection!

Pictured (left hand top): LOVE + PEACE COLLECTION TURQUOISE CUFF, w/ Blue Ridge and Kingman stones, Salty Design Foundry Jewelry, $90

ALLURE TURQUOISE RING, size 7, Salty Design Foundry, $140


screen-shot-2016-12-21-at-12-46-51-pmBesides my favorite traditional Bisbee turquoise it’s a close tie with Larimar, another type of sky blue stone that’s usually marbled with white. Embella Jewelry is one of my all time favorite online boutiques – shipping from the coast of Australia. I found her through Gypsy Loving Light, who also has a GORGEOUS online store, and have been obsessed ever since.
Pictured: LARIMAR STONE RING, size 57, Embella Jewelry, $130.09



If you are looking for something unique & non-turquoise, one of my absolute favorite jewelry boutiques – Jugar N Spice – makes GORGEOUS fine jewelry as well as unique quartz bracelets like this JoJo Druzy Bracelet with white tone and 24k gold plated druzy set on 24k gold plated 3mm nuggets. There are many other styles and colors available online!
Pictured: JOJO DRUZY BRACELET in white and gold quartz, Jugar N Spice, $50

A similar design to the JoJo Druzy bracelet is DRUZY QUARTZ AGATE SLICE GEMSTONE BANGLE CUFF WITH rose gold wire wrapped quartz cuff by Salame Jewelry, $74 online!


Want help styling or sourcing a special piece? Comment on this post or send me a DM on instagram and I’ll respond promptly.

Enjoy + Happy Holidays!

Sincerely, Ss