The Apple Watch: The Best Smartwatch to Own

Elegant. Minimal. Convenient.

The Apple Watch is a triple threat that covers the areas many watch wearers care about; it is elegant, has a beautiful and minimal design, and is extremely convenient. Watch wearers pride themselves on the watch that is strapped around their wrists. They wouldn’t be caught dead wearing a watch from Wal-Mart or Shopko; no, they want to be seen wearing Omega, Rolex, or even Daniel Wellington because these watches stand out to those who appreciate watches. Me? I was a Daniel Wellington and August Steiner kind-of-guy prior to my Apple Watch. They are minimal, versatile, and cheap.

And, like anyone who adores watches, I am proud of my watches because they are an extension of who I am and what I like. My black-banded, white-faced August Steiner watch was an embodiment of my minimalistic style. Just like a flashy, diamond-coated Rolex may exemplify the high roller who owns it. It’s simple: watches represent their owners, so the owners are going to pick a watch that depicts them exactly.

So, when I finally purchased my Space Gray 38mm Apple Watch over a month ago, I knew that it would be the perfect extension of myself. It is sleek and minimal in design, and it is lovely to look at. I love my accessories to add to my outfit, not take the spotlight. The simple look of the Apple Watch is just enough for others to spot it but not focus all their attention on it. Also, it has myriads of watch faces that can be changed with just a finger touch. My personal favorite is “Mickey Mouse” because he taps his foot to represent a second of time ticking by, and he talks to you if you click on him! However, to save battery life, I use the “Simple” watch face with some added complications (alarm, temperature, date, and workout) to keep it, well, simple. The various watch faces are an outstanding feature because I can pick my watch face based on my mood or the setting I am in. Super convenient and versatile.

Not only are the watch faces easily interchangeable, but the watch bands are as well. With the simple push of a tab, you may slide the current watch band off and put on another one. Also, just like the watch faces, you may choose the watch band to suit a certain occasion or your mood. The Apple Watch comes with a Sport Band that can be in a multitude of colors, but you may buy more as you please. Personally, I love the Milanese Band and bought one for my Apple Watch. However, the Apple Watch bands are pricey, so I suggest looking on eBay or Amazon to find a great deal. Pictured below is my Apple Watch with a black Milanese Band I purchased on eBay (for $12 instead of $150!). The magnet is powerful and keeps the Apple Watch resting perfectly on my wrist.

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Another – and my personal favorite – benefit to having an Apple Watch is the convenience of it. No longer am I stuffing my hand into my pocket and pulling out my iPhone just to text someone back, check an email, or look at my reminders; rather, I raise my arm to see who texted me, reply to a crucial email, or checkmark a reminder as being complete. It saves momentous amounts of time. Which is a problem in today’s society. We are all time-poor people who do not have the time to scroll through Facebook and Twitter, reply to a text, or check all our email accounts because we are too busy keeping up with our active lifestyles. So, when I bought the Apple Watch, I had no idea that it would save me time to focus on more pressing matters. (Check back to my blog in a few weeks because I am writing a post about how my Apple Watch stopped my iPhone addiction!)

So, you still may be asking yourself if it is worth spending $270+ for one smartwatch, and I want you to stop right there. Purchasing this watch is not spending… it is investing. You’re investing in a timepiece that exceeds all others, can save you the trouble of pulling out your iPhone every five minutes, looks pretty damn cool on your wrist and will last you years to come. Apple products are known for their outstanding quality and incredible lifetime, and the Apple Watch is no exception.

Leave a comment or send me a message with your thoughts on the Apple Watch. Do you think it is worth it? Would you make the investment yourself, or have you already? Let me know!

 

-Kyle Majerus

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Minimal and Versatile: The V-neck Sweater

Hello, all,

It has been quite some time since my last post. Sorry about that, I have just been bombarded with schoolwork the past two semesters, working three jobs,  tutoring students, attempting to start a podcast, serving as Co-Editor-in-Chief of a literary magazine, and working on getting published in an online news magazine. Busy, busy, busy!  While that may be the case, it seems to be time to get back into my blogging. So, I decided to make a quick post about my minimal and versatile v-neck sweaters.

As stated in my previous blogs, I tend to draw towards outfits and pieces that can be used on several different occasions, can be dressed up or dressed down with the slightest of changes, are minimal, and are neutral in color. And when I came across these two v-neck sweaters, I just knew they were must-haves in my wardrobe.

I would like to note that both of these sweaters are the same brand, Nautica, and retail at $59.50. However, I went to the local TJ-Maxx (God bless them, right?), and bought both of them for $20. I know, what a steal. I instantly had my eyes on these sweaters because they were not only wonderful pieces for my wardrobe, but they also were affordable.

I have put together three different looks with these sweaters that cover every aspect of society:

The formal event: One way you can wear these sweaters is dressing them up for a wine tasting party downtown. Wearing a black sweater over a crisp, white dress shirt; dark gray chinos or trousers, and black oxfords is a safe and minimal look that everyone appreciates. (If you want to go for a more “hip” vibe, you may switch the black oxfords for a pair of brown dress boots like I tend to do.)

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Walking the streets: Or, maybe you want to blend business casual and street wear. An excellent way to do this is to wear a navy sweater over an untucked white dress shirt, light gray trousers, and white sneakers. This look is for those who want to feel a bit edgy and attract some attention. I have rocked this look a few times this year, and, surprisingly, I get positive feedback every time. So, take the risk, blend these polar opposites, anything can be worn as long as you wear it with confidence.

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Downtown clubs: These sweaters also work for a night downtown. Wear either the black or navy sweater over a same colored t-shirt, some dark gray or navy chinos, and white sneakers or brown dress boots. But be wary, your white sneakers may not be so white after an hour or so – trust me. When I went to the clubs for the first time, I wore the look below but with brown dress boots, and, I kid you not, I was the best-dressed guy in the club.

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The v-neck sweater may appear to be for formal events or business parties only, but as you can see, they can be easily dressed up or down. It all depends on what you wear with it and how presentable you attempt to be. It is all up to you with these outstanding pieces.

Black and navy v-neck sweaters: Nautica                                                   http://www.nautica.com/v-neck-sweater/SR6430.html?dwvar_SR6430_color=713#uuid=fa3ff91f95e155375a9c25a312

White dress shirt: H&M Strech Shirt Slim fit                 http://www.hm.com/us/product/48533?article=48533-B&cm_vc=SEARCH

Dary gray chinos: JCrew 484 stretch (currently not selling gray) https://www.jcrew.com/p/mens_category/pants/484/stretch-chino-pant-in-484-fit/e1589

Light gray trousers: H&M                                                        http://www.hm.com/us/product/55624?article=55624-A&cm_vc=SEARCH

White sneakers: Steve Madden Ringwald (discontinued so I put two similar pairs). http://www.stevemadden.com/product/BONDED/242366.uts?selectedColor=WHITE OR  https://www.net-a-porter.com/us/en/product/729009?cm_mmc=ProductSearchPLA-_-US-_-Sneakers-Shoes-CommonProjects-Google&gclid=COvG34ChvdICFUe5wAodSNMESQ

Dress boots: Aldo (Also discontinued so I put a link to their books and Thursday Boots). http://www.aldoshoes.com/us/en_US/Men/Boots/c/230  OR https://thursdayboots.com/collections/boots

 

I hope you all enjoyed this blog. I truly intend on getting back into the groove of posting once a week. I want this hobby to become something more someday. More to come!

P.S. Terribly sorry for the horrendous photos. I do not have the funds for a high-quality camera or a photographer; instead, I just rely on my iPhone and setting it up with a timer. Hopefully one day I can upgrade to either a real camera or a lens for my iPhone.

 

-Kyle Majerus