WISE WORDS BY COCO CHANEL

“If you wish to do business, the first thing is to look prosperous.”

– Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel.

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MY NEW GLASSES!

I’m a huge fan of glasses, much to some people’s disbelief. I get people asking me all the time “Why do you not wear contacts?” and the simple answer is that I actually like wearing glasses. I find contact lenses to be a pain, I find them to be uncomfortable and “unnatural” to the eye. For me, my glasses are an important aspect of my everyday look and I try to choose glasses that reflect my style and personality. I don’t choose glasses to be discreet and blend into my face, I like to make a statement. For the past year I’ve been wearing my gorgeous Versace glasses, which I do still love, but I had my eyes tested last week at Vision Express and my eyes have both become worse by two “stages” (I don’t know what the official term is for going up stages in optometry, sorry!) and I was finding it increasingly difficult to see through them.

These are my "old" Versace glasses. I really love them still, I feel like they really suit me and I've had replacement lenses put in them. They're by Versace and I believe they come in four colours.

These are my “old” Versace glasses. I really love them still, I feel like they really suit me and I’ve had replacement lenses put in them. They’re by Versace, bought from Vision Express and I believe they come in four colours.

Now, I do love those glasses and wanted to find out how much it would cost through independent opticians to put new lenses in them to still be able to wear them. Turns out, it’s quite expensive to go to an independent opticians to do it so I enquired about it when I went for my eye test. Whilst I was there, I naturally strolled over to the vast selection they had on display and immediately began trying on as many pairs as I could and of course I decided that I wanted a new pair.

I found these glasses by Polo Ralph Lauren in the men’s section and FELL IN LOVE. I love the electric blue colour because although it’s a bright, statement making colour, it’s still quite neutral and goes with almost everything clothes-wise and makeup-wise.

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I really like big framed glasses rather than the slimmer rectangular styles and the men’s section is perfect for finding the bigger frames! I also like the contrast of the white arms on these. I was toying with this pair and a pair of Prada glasses that I absolutely LOVED as well, I originally wanted a tortoiseshell pair and they were the perfect shade, but in the end I went for these; I might ask for the Prada pair for Christmas this year (fingers crossed!).

I always find my experience as a customer in Vision Express pleasing, the staff are always very helpful, sometimes perhaps a little too helpful, but I don’t mind that really. The actual opticians are always very relaxed and make you feel at ease which is always a bonus! The shop assistants, whenever I go in there, are always on hand for assistance and leave you alone when you don’t want to be hassled when trying on glasses for yourself.

I was made aware of an offer that if you spend over £149 (I think, don’t quote me on that) that you’ll get another pair of £99 glasses for free, which I think is a fab deal! However, I couldn’t actually find any glasses in the store that suited me well enough for me to choose them; because even though they were free it would be a waste for me to have them and never wear them if I wasn’t totally comfortable with the way they looked on me. This is where I asked about the price for lenses to be put into my Versace pair.

The sales assistant left the desk to ask someone about the price and came back and told me that they could treat my pair of lenses in my Versace glasses as my free second pair of glasses so I got those for free too!

I’ve also seen some amazing sunglasses in there which I might invest in at a later date. I have a pair of prescription sunglasses already under my previous prescription from last year and as it’s getting towards the end of the Summer and I’ve already been on holiday, I think it wouldn’t be wise of me to be buying into expensive pairs of prescription sunglasses at this time.

I really recommend Vision Express, (rather than Specsavers because I’ve used them too), as an opticians for the deals they have, the vast expanse of choice in terms of frames and the staff are brilliant too.

Let me know what you think of my new glasses, do you like them or are they too much?

 

Go to VIsion Express to see some of the selection of glasses and sunglasses they do!

SURPRISING NEW LOOK.

It has to be said, I’ve never really been a fan of New Look. In the small town where I live, the only “good” shop is a teeny tiny New Look and because of that, when I was at school everyone used to wear the same thing. Now I’ve never been one to conform (I cut all my hair off, and I mean ALL of it when I was 9 or 10) and so New Look just never appealed to me. However lo and behold, the tables have turned. I don’t know who is in charge of designing the jewellery at New look at the moment but they’re doing a damn good job of it!

I was browsing Pinterest one day last week, as usual, and I came across this photo:

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I thought to myself “Wow! That necklace is to DIE FOR!” Thinking it was going to probably be about a gazillion pounds I repinned it as I do with every other dreamable item I see on there and didn’t think about it any more (for fear of subequently becoming severely depressed at how poor I am). It wasn’t until that evening when I sat down with my mum and showed her it that she said “I saw that in New Look!”. Not believing her, she made me go on the website and look for it and guess what? It was bloody there! And only £20!!! As I scrolled down the pages and pages of jewellery, there was surprisingly, very few (if any) that I DISliked!

So here is my selection of favourites of ethnic/tribal style pieces from New Look’s current season, as you’ll see they’re such affordable yet effective pieces! I’ll DEFINITELY be adding some to my already mountainous collection!

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Go to New Look to see their full collection!

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