Tag Archive: Glasses

Oct 30 2014

Wedding Inspiration: Brides In Glasses

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I have loved every minute of planning my wedding, which if you care is now less than a week away and there are only two more sleeps until I jet off to New York, but the one thing that has come up a lot is the question of whether I would be wearing my glasses on my big day, which I hope you will be pleased to find out – yes I will be!!!

Whether it was at a wedding dress appointment, picking out lipstick colours, or even just looking at venues, the amount of times I was asked if I was would be wearing my glasses was a little frustrating. What was even more annoying was the sad, pity look I got each and every time I said “of course, why wouldn’t I?”.

Why is it so weird for brides to wear glasses, are we less attractive just because we have poor eyesight? I thought the whole point about your wedding day was to look the most beautiful version of yourself, and to me if you wear glasses, I don’t understand why you wouldn’t want to rock a cute pair of frames. With the amount of times I was asked, it even made me wonder if I should try out contact lenses but thankfully my wonderful future husband said he loved me in my glasses and encouraged me to look for the perfect frame.

I can totally understand why many brides choose to either opt for contact lenses or even go blind for the photographs as there is a bit of pressure to be a princess bride, even Princess Mia had her glasses snapped in half by her stylist in her ugly duckling to beauty stunner transformation. But I really wanted to let other brides-to-be out there who are considering ditching their trusty frames to consider that your glasses are part of your beauty.

Don’t get me wrong I still sometimes get self conscious about wearing glasses, I am a girl after all it and it wouldn’t be normal not to fret sometimes about my appearance, but I have come to the conclusion that I don’t really look myself without my glasses. Plus I saw my wedding as opportunity to add another great set of frames to my collection, glasses are like bags you can never have too many.

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So when it came to choosing my glasses I knew that I would need to not only love them but also love wearing them with my wedding gowns, so I turned to Glasses Direct and their fab seven-day trial.

I first thought I wanted something clear, I think it was because I had everyone telling me not to wear them that I was thinking clear frames would make them some how invisible, they don’t, they just made me look weird. Clear frames totally work well as sunglasses but as opticals it just didn’t work for me. So in the end I decided to go for ones to match my hair as I really didn’t want to wear black frames on my wedding day.

The best advice I can give is go for frame shapes that you wear regularly, are comfortable in, and what suits your face, rather than what you think will work with your style. As I am wearing a vintage wedding gown it made me think vintage-inspired winged specs would be a good idea, instead it was an instant no, which I was so gutted about as I had found the most amazing glitter Miu Miu pair.

I finally settled on brown, a great shade for glasses as there are so many options to choose from, which made adding just four sets into my Glasses Direct home trial very difficult. So I went for similar shaped frames ranging in size, from the oversized Jil Sander beauties like a pair I wear everyday to the smaller, delicate looking Jones New York style, which just felt so good on and having our wedding location in the name just made them a complete winner.

I then wore all four frames with my gowns to see which one I prefered, which one enhanced my beauty, and I have to say the delicate Jones New York pair won out, which totally surprised me as I don’t normally like such small frames but they really did work perfectly and I can’t wait to wear them next week and become a bride in glasses.

If you are a bride-to-be wrestling with the idea of wearing your glasses or not, why not go for a free seven-day trial and see if the frames you love go with your dress and wedding vision, I bet you will be surprised by how much more like yourself you look.

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For more inspiration, or to just gush at gorgeous brides in glasses check out my Pinterest board, aptly named ‘Brides In Glasses’, which I promise that I will keep on adding to after I am married as I would love to see more beautiful women feeling confident enough to rock their favourite frames.

Follow Fashionista Barbie Danielle Wightman-Stone’s board Brides In Glasses on Pinterest.

[Pics: Top image – via vintagebrides.tumblr.com // all others Fashionista Barbie]

Jan 17 2014

Beauty Bytes: Make Up For Glasses Wearers

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As much as I love beauty, stocking my bathroom with potions and lotions, acquiring so many nail varnishes my vases are overflowing, make-up is my major downfall. I am terrible at getting it right, which generally means I just do the bare minimum to get by, foundation, a little bronzer, mascara and the occasional lip gloss and hope for the best.

So being asked by the lovely Lauren and Fran to be star on their fab beauty channel ‘Made Up’ on YouTube was also an opportunity for me to learn a trick or two!!! What I love most, well except for how pretty Lauren made me, is that it is very rare to see make-up tutorials for glasses wearers who realise that we also want our eyes to shine – most are focused on adding blusher and lip stick, whereas Lauren really went for striking eye make-up that is easy to replicate.

I really love the Made Up Back to Basics series – everything from shaping eyebrows to covering spots and even easy contouring for beginners – if like me you are a lover of make-up but not very good I would recommend checking out their video channel to pick up some tips.

Let me know what you think of my makeover.

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Apr 14 2013

My Style: An Outfit To Make My Glasses Shine

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On Saturday my new Swag & Stare glasses arrived so to celebrate I thought I would wear an outfit to show off my new specs. As I went for the Gramercy in red I decided to wear my new red River Island smock dress, which is kind of perfect for this in-between weather we are kind of having, as it looks good layered up with a chunky cardigan and paired with biker boots for a casual weekend look, and it matches perfectly with my red and black frames.

As we had friends over this weekend we went into Cambridge to enjoy the gorgeous sunshine, yes for most of the day it was warm, the sun was shining, and it was actually spring-like, it sadly changed towards the end of the day into rain showers, but hey a couple of hours of sunshine is better than none.

While in Cambridge we just had a chilled out day, took a walk along the river, saw some fluffy baby geese, messed around on a huge log, oh and nearly fell off, wandered around Corpus Christi College, so I could admire the architecture, oh and stopped now and then for a bite to eat and a couple of drinks.

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My Style: Gramercy Red Glasses, Swag & Stare (c/o) // Red printed smock dress, River Island // Skinny black belt, New Look // Biker boots // Black cardigan, AllSaints //

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Apr 05 2013

For Glasses Wearers: Buying Online At Swag & Stare

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I have been wearing glasses now for the past few years, it started off just for driving and somehow, seemingly overnight, not sure when, I started wearing them all the time, it just felt right. My first pair of glasses were slim, thin frames, you know the ones I mean, the glasses you think no one can see – they can and they look terrible. It wasn’t until I started wearing them more often that I realised that my glasses could be as stylish as the rest of my accessories, which meant I started looking around for cool frames, and I now have about four pairs – two black, one purple, and a brown tortoise-shell pair that I adore – each are comfortable, each a little different, but at the same way kind of the same – retro with slightly larger frames.

But each of these pairs of glasses I have either got them from Specsavers, they have a great designer selection and my Karen Millen beauties are the lightest glasses I own, or Tescos, don’t mock it, they sell Retro54 glasses that I love and always have a great 2 for 1 deal. Buying glasses online has always scared me a little, maybe it is a case of not being able to try them on, or worried about the quality, but something has always held me back – well that was until Swag & Stare reached out and asked me to try out their site.

First thing, lets discuss the name, Swag & Stare, anyone else thinking that it is genius – I love how it makes wearing glasses cool. But even though it is the name that draws you in it is everything else that converts you from the amazing selection of vintage-inspired frames to the bargain price, you get designer glasses for £95 including frames, lenses, coatings and shipping, and then you find out that it is also a company that loves to give back as 10% of its profits are donated to British eye charities – kind of reminded me a little of Toms.

Even with the price and the charity angle most of my friends still said they were worried about buying glasses online – so I thought I would take you through how easy it was to use Swag & Stare – I promise it is easy, plus you will get a great pair of glasses!!!

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There are two ways in which to decide whether they are the right frames for you – either use the online virtual try-on feature using your webcam, which is surprisingly accurate, or what I did and would recommend is to do the home try-on, where you get to choose 4 pairs of glasses, keep them for 5 days to try them on at your leisure and then send them back in the free pre-paid – so easy.swag stare glasses 1 For Glasses Wearers: Buying Online At Swag & Stare %tag

Having four slots sounds a lot, but I loved so many of the styles, but I finally settled on four very similar shaped frames, but instead of black I actually went for a little colour. First up we have the Gramercy in red, Astrid in pink, Bohannon in a honey shade, and Duval in a navy blue hue – yep I couldn’t resist modelling them all.

From just looking online I thought I would go for the Duval, I am going through a blue moment, but actually the feel just wasn’t right, in the end my favourites were the super lightweight Gramercy that are made from the durable and flexible Flexpex, and the Bohannon, which kind of surprised me a little, they were my wildcard addition but actually love the honey colouring of the frames.

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In the end I went for the Gramercy, I think the light frame just helped it win over the Bohannon, plus I love the subtle colouring of the red as it is looks darker and brighter dependant on the lighting and the black arms were so comfortable. I can’t wait for them to arrive with my prescription in – I think these beauties are going to be my new everyday glasses.

What do you think – did I go for the right frames?

Have you ever bought glasses online? I am interested to know your views and also recommendations for other great sites – leave me a comment below.

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Sep 20 2011

More Glasses: This Time From Kirk Originals

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If you wear glasses you will understand my on-going struggle to find the perfect pair of glasses. The ones I wear on a day-to-day are amazing, just a little plain, so I have been on the look out for some that have a sparkle for days when I need a change. I found the amazing London Retro, but they are more great frames for every day, whereas these Kirk Originals are more fun, fun, fun!!

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Saturn Collection

As soon as I saw the collections online I quickly fell in love with the Saturn line as I just love the glitter effect to the frames. Also they have a great selection of colours from my favourite red, as well as cherry, grey, brown, turquoise, green, azur and orange.

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Saturn Pan Azur

What I love is that with colour doesn’t bring wacky styles, which is generally what happens, the Saturn comes in seven classic retro styles: Dione, Janus, Mirnus, Pan, Phoebe, Rhea, Telesto.

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My favourite colours have to be the red and the cherry as they are just so cute and would really love the Dione frame above, as well as the Rhea below.

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I think I might have to swing by the flagship store at 6 Conduit Street, London to check them out.

Sep 14 2011

AW11 Preview: Chanel Prestige Eyewear Collection

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I love glasses, well I kind of have to as I wear them, and I adore sunglasses, so I was in heaven yesterday as I previewed the autumn/winter 2011 Chanel Prestige Eyewear collection. For most designer lovers sunglasses are the best option to have a piece of your favourite label in your wardrobe, and this Chanel eyewear line has all the signature touches of the clothing and iconic handbags.

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The collection takes its inspiration from the interlaced leather chain from the classic Chanel 2.55 bag, with both the optical and sunglasses featuring the weave chain-effect along the arms. There are three styles square oversize, aviator and my favourite the cat’s eye style. As well as classic black, the frames are available in muted hues of blue, taupe, grey, and a wine red.

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What did catch my attention was how adorable the optical eyewear was, I know we all love big sunglasses, but for fellow specky geeks it is nice to know Chanel has your back with stylish frames. I feel in love with these wine coloured ones – how amazing are they – roll on November when they are out.

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As well as loving all the frames the campaign for the collection is completely stunning starring the gorgeous Claudia Schiffer. Shot in black and white, Claudia’ striking looks really standout and I love the addition of camellias in her hair, cute touch.

I also found this amazing video about the creation of the collection, which features Karl himself sketching out his designs, oh how I would love to meet him!!

As well as checking out the new collection the showroom had some of the sunglasses seen on the runway. Love the feathered sunglasses.Chaneleyewear3 AW11 Preview: Chanel Prestige Eyewear Collection %tagChaneleyewear2 AW11 Preview: Chanel Prestige Eyewear Collection %tagChaneleyewear6 AW11 Preview: Chanel Prestige Eyewear Collection %tag

It was so sweet of the Chanel PR team to invite me I had a blast, and I was so surprised and thrilled that I got to take pair of sunglasses away, so now I finally own something Chanel!! I have the lovely cat-eye sunglasses in the gorgeous grey-brown hue, I just can’t stop looking at them!!!

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I love them so much!!!

Aug 30 2011

Specky Chic: London Retro Look Book

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Over the last few weeks I seem to be wearing my glasses for more than just driving. I don’t generally think it is because my eyesight has gotten any worse, more than I am more comfortable in wearing them, only taken me about three years!!! So with that in mind I have been looking at getting some more specks that work more as an accessory, and that is when I stumbled upon London Retro.

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The collection is filled with bold acetate frames that take vintage-inspiration from the coolest sections of London, from Portobello to Camden, and even Shoreditch and Soho. All the frames hark back to the 50s, 60s and 70s but with a quirky modern vibe and I just love them.

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Carnaby

My favourites have to be Carnaby above, I love the 60s retro styling, and they come in tortoise colouring as pictured or red for something a bit different. Don’t get me wrong this wouldn’t be my day-to-day glasses, I am not cool enough for that, but rocked without the right outfit they would become part of the look rather than just through necessity.

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Queens

The glasses I love most but know that I would never be able to pull off have to be Queens with its cats-eye frames – very 50s chic. The pale silver and gold studded detail on the front mixes quirky with glamour and for the right vintage styling would look amazing.

 

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Soho

Each frame is priced at £99 including single vision lenses and is available exclusively online at Glasses Direct and Designer Glasses Shop. Here lies my problem, love the glasses, not so sure about the buying glasses online, anyone done it before? I like to try on frames, lots of them in the shop making certain that I love them.

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