I was recently invited to attend the Citizen Watch “Make Time For Love” blogger event at the company’s flagship store in Times Square. Citizen put together a morning presentation that included relationship, finance, fashion and beauty experts, all reminding us that whatever we’re currently doing, be it planning a wedding, taking a trip, or launching a new business, we need to remember to make time for love.
Even before attending this event, I had a special connection to Citizen watches. Back in 2004, my husband Carlos bought me a beautiful Citizen watch on our honeymoon cruise to Bermuda. It was my favorite watch ever. Unfortunately, I lost it a few years ago. I was devastated. That particular style had been discontinued and I was unable to replace it.
I was thrilled to find a new model at the Times Square store that was very similar to the one Carlos had given me. I ended up purchasing this classic Silhouette model that features a bangle style bracelet and Swarovski® crystals.
As soon as I put it on, it reminded me of my honeymoon trip to Bermuda. It reminded me that I’ve been married for over 10 years. It reminded me of how far we’ve come, and how rare it is these days that a marriage even makes it to the 10 year mark.
Isn’t it funny how something like a watch or a piece of jewelry can instantly take you back to a certain time and memory and make you think about how far you’ve come? The official hashtag for Citizen’s “Make Time For Love” campaign is #BetterStartsNow. And I think that should be a general hashtag for life. Every day when you wake up in the morning, #BetterStartsNow.
Last night around 11 pm, I told Carlos I wanted to take a photo of us with me wearing the new watch so I could include it in the blog post. He didn’t want to take the photo, said he was too tired from work, his hair was messed up, etc. But I insisted. And now this photo of us is one of my favorites. (He even admitted that he liked the photo too.) It was spontaneous and I love that. It’s funny that years ago before we were married, 11:00 pm on a Wednesday night would probably find us out at our favorite bar on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Nowadays, 11 pm on a weeknight finds us snuggled in bed watching Seinfeld reruns with 2 cats and a large German Shepherd. Yes, our life now looks much different than the day Carlos bought me that first Citizen watch on our honeymoon. Different, but better. #BetterStartsNow.
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