Saturday, March 25, 2017

My New Glasses (2017 Edition)

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You may have noticed that I got new glasses a few weeks ago. Given that some of my most popular past posts were one about my glasses, I thought I’d do a post about the new pairs that I got this time. (This post is not sponsored – I wish it were! – I just know that people are interested in reading about my glasses.)

I went to ASDA again as they are cheap. But the service is good and they seem to do a thorough eye examination (and as someone who’s been having her eyes tested since she was eight, I should know!). I had my eyes tested and my sight had got even shorter than before meaning I needed to pick out some new glasses. I was kind of thinking I would get some new ones anyway, even if my prescription hadn’t changed, as I’d had my other pairs almost two and a half years and I was ready for a change.

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After about an hour of deliberation (it takes ages to choose new frames when you can’t see your whole face in the mirror when you’re close enough to the mirror to be able to see clearly – if I want to see clearly in the mirror my nose has to be about an inch away from it, at that distance you can’t see your whole face. So I had to try on a pair of frames, take a picture on my phone, put my own glasses back on, look at the picture and decide what I thought. Yes it would have been easier to come back another time when I had my contact lenses in. No I didn’t want to do that as the ASDA store with the optician in isn’t that close to my house or work now – I used to drive past it on the way home from my previous job. Yes the whole process was much more difficult before the invention of camera phones.) I finally picked out a pair of ordinary glasses and a pair of sunglasses. Well, I picked out two options for the sunglasses, but given my complex prescription (I think that’s just a polite way of them saying that I’m blind as a bat!), and therefore the thickness of my lenses, I had to go for the smaller option.

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The ordinary glasses are by Morgan and the model number is 201094-4133. They are black on the outside with a bright pink inside and you can see them on the ASDA website here.

The sunglasses I chose are by 7 For All Mankind (and it’s my dream to get a pair of jeans from the same brand to match them…) and are model number 7095 (here on the ASDA website).  At the time of writing I hadn’t actually worn them as it hadn’t been sunny enough… but I’m sure they’ll come into their own come the summer. I picked them because they look like regular sunglasses and when you spent as many years as I did not wearing sunglasses at all because you couldn’t see through them, getting to wear them now is still something of a novelty. Even after all the years I’ve had contact lenses.

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So there you have it: two pairs of new glasses, one of which is getting (almost) constant wear, the other I live in hope that the sun will come out one day and let me wear them!

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Outfit: March 15th – Navy Suit, Sort Of

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It was another beautifully sunny day on Wednesday. I wore a mis-matched navy suit (the jacket is a little lighter than the pants) and dressed it down with sneakers and stripes as there is no need to wear a suit in my office. I love this little navy blazer. I bought it on eBay with the matching skirt about four or five years ago for about £10. The skirt was too small so I sold it on, but for that price I didn’t mind just having the jacket and it has certainly been worn enough to bring its cost per wear into fairly low pence.

The pants I got in Next last year when I was temping and needed some smarter work trousers. When my previous office went casual full time I didn’t bother to replace many of my smarter trousers so when I suddenly had to smarten myself up again I was short. They are not supposed to be cropped, that’s just what Next’s long length looks like on me (and probably why Next and all other retailers should rethink their definition of ‘long’). It was spring though, so it didn’t really matter. And the top is ancient H&M – I also have the red version of this and purchased the navy colourway as I knew the sleeve length was good on the red one for a non-tall item. But also because, buttons on the sleeves and shoulder.

Blazer – Long Tall Sally (eBay)
Top – H&M
Trousers – Next
Shoes – Primark
Necklace – Primark (charity shop)

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Outfit: March 14th – Red Jacket

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I like to wear a jacket rather than a sweater or cardi as my cover up to smarten up my outfits a bit. This bright red number is by Episode but was purchased from a charity shop a couple of years ago for all of about £5. The only thing I would change about it is the zip, for a silver one, but that isn’t a big deal. I like the fitted shape and the bright, vibrant colour.

I kept the rest of my outfit fairly simple with the black pants and stripes, but I added in a leopard print shoe and my leopard print hoop earrings just for a little something extra.

Jacket – Episode (charity shop)
Top – Zara (sale)
Pants – F+F at Tesco
Shoes – George at ASDA
Earrings – gifted
Necklace – gifted

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Outfit: March 13th – Gingham

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Gingham is a big trend this season so I raided my wardrobe for this gingham shirt that I’ve had for a couple of years but which tends to only get worn in the summer. It’s a TM Lewin men’s one that I picked up in a charity shop because of the super long sleeves/big cuffs. I always check (pun not intentional!) out the men’s shirt section of charity shops for shirts in size small or extra small, as I find that men’s shirts are longer in the sleeve and body and therefore fit me.

If you’re wearing a shirt with sleeves as fabulous as this you have to play them up, so I folded them over my cardigan sleeves. And thus tapped into the insane sleeve trend at the same time. Or whatever we’re calling that one.

Cardi – F+F at Tesco
Shirt – TM Lewin men’s (charity shop)
Jeans – Dorothy Perkins Tall
Shoes – TK Maxx
Necklace – gifted

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Outfit: March 10th – Feeling Spring

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I felt really spring-like in this outfit. I think it was the turned up jeans and the white pumps. And possibly the exposed shoulder. You can really only wear white pumps when there’s no danger of them getting wet or dirty outside, making it officially spring in my book.

It occurred to me last week that I could use my gel styling spray as my everyday hairspray, not just to hold curls and waves in place. Hence this fabulous 90s side-sweep I was sporting this day. And it stayed exactly like that all day, even after walking to work and back.

Top – Amazon
Vest – M&S
Jeans – New Look (distressed by me)
Shoes – Primark

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Outfit: March 9th – Lace Up Shoes

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Some mornings I will try on a couple of different shoes with an outfit, to see which ones will work best. This was one of those days and it was a toss-up between the lace up flats I have on, and my white trainer/pumps (fake Converse from Primark). I tried the white pumps on and I freaking loved the look, but decided that ultimately the shoes were more office appropriate and less likely to get dirty as it had been raining in the early morning and the ground outside was still wet. I will definitely be returning to this outfit with the white pumps though. Probably next week.

My hair was third day and behaving extremely well. I brushed out the previous days curls, straightened out the overnight kinks with my flat iron (I’d slept with a ponytail in), applied a little dry shampoo to the roots and then used what I have decided is my holy grail hair product: Wella’s Gel Styler from the Shockwaves range. It’s a hairspray but it’s a liquid gel that is a million times better for holding my hair in place than any regular hairspray I’ve ever tried. It is the ONLY thing that will hold a curl in my hair, it seems to give me more wave/curl than I think I’ve created when I spray it onto my hair and now I’ve written this they’ll probably discontinue it. Hey ho.

Sweater – Primark
Trousers – Next
Shoes – Primark
Necklace – Primark (via charity shop)

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