Sunglasses to Suit Your Mood

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Clockwise from top left: vintage Wayfarers, All Saints Cat-eyes, Nichole Farhi Clubmasters. 

I am so glad the sun has finally decided to put in an appearance, it means we can get out our sunglasses! As with most things I’ve acquired a little collection of different styles, I really like to match my sunnies to my outfits. I think by far my favourite styles are big, thick, black frames as they are easy wear and they go with everything. Above is my ‘handbag’ collection, as in the ones I keep stashed in my handbag. They were all cheap, ┬ú20 or under so I don’t have to worry about them getting broken at the bottom of my bag. Last summer the All Saints pair were my staple, such a flattering shape, year before were the Wayfarers. This year I wanted something a bit different and was taken by the Clubmaster style. I was lusting after the Rayban Clubmasters when I found these Nicole Farhi ones. I liked that they had a lower nose bridge and of course that they were only ┬ú20 from TK Maxx. I do think my next buy will be Rayban though, as the cheapy ┬ú5 vintage ones above don’t offer much protection in strong sunlight so I would like a classic pair of Rayban Wayfarers. Red Hot Sunglasses have some amazing ones and I think their prices are very reasonable, they also have an extra large lens Wayfarer design available which I haven’t seen anywhere else.

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Clockwise from top left: Nicole Farhi, Celine, J MASKREY

Besides from my everyday sunglasses I also have a few pairs of special ones. These were either expensive so I don’t want them clunking around my bag when I’m not wearing them or they go with specific outfits. The ones above are my D-Frames, they kind of have a ‘geek’ glasses feel to them, nice and chunky. The translucent ones are really only for a bit of fancy as they don’t offer any eye protection, whilst the red Celine ones I feel need balancing out with the right outfit. The J MASKREY ones with the crystal kiss are my absolute favourite sunglasses in the world ever, aren’t they amazing!

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Clockwise from top: Gianfranco Ferre, Nike, Miu Miu, vintage Dior

If I want a softer look then I reach for my tortoiseshell sunnies, I have them in a variety of frame shapes from nice big cat-eyes, to oversized honeycombs, delicate gilt trimmed and aviator. One for any occasion really! I tend to wear these with a vintage dress and heels, perfect summer look.

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Finally I have these big, bright D&G ones. Not sure what category these would go in! They are great just for a bit of fun and would be the pair to take to sit beside a pool with a cocktail. I also have this sunglasses chain holder from GOGO PHILIP, I’ve got a real habit of tucking my sunglasses over the neck of my tops – inevitably I end up dropping them when I lean over so this is really useful and a little bit cool I think. All I could use now is a beach…

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Review: Miu Miu at Sunglasses Shop

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The sun has been shining this week, even if the wind is icy cold! This has made me very happy as you saw in my Easter Sunday post I was busting out my new shades Sunglasses Shop who invited me to do a product review. I’ve actually shopped with Sunglasses Shop in the past so was more than happy to feature them on the blog. The first thing that strikes you about the website is the huge range of styles and brands, with something for every budget – the cheapest I could find were ┬ú8, the most expensive ┬ú648! They have a tons of designer sunglasses so there was lots to choose from, I could have sat and got lost in that site for hours, dreaming of sitting on a beach! One thing that made the site so easy to navigate were all the different options for refining your search, by designer, colour, shape, lens technology and price. You can even search by your favourite celebrities style or this seasons trends! This aspect really made the site fun and a real pleasure to shop by. Since I spent all of last year in my cat-eye sunglasses I was keen to invest in another pair with that lens shape but with a different twist.

All I had to do was select ‘womens’ and click ‘cat eyes’ to be presented with a wide selection, then I could choose to refine the search by colour, price, lens type and get this, even by face shape and hair style so I could rest assured my choice would suit me! Very sci-fi! I just think this is such a neat feature as the one thing which makes buying sunglasses online tricky is that you can’t try them on. I have a bit of an addiction to sunglasses so I now know on sight which styles suit me (cat eyes, oversize, aviator) and those which don’t (round lens, small, dainty frames). Armed with this knowledge I put their soft wear to the test, but I couldn’t trick it, each time it came up with styles I knew would look good. For example when I insisted on selecting ’round’ frames, the search threw out only oversized round frames rather than little ‘Lennon’ style ones which I know give me a big round face. So I can really recommend you give this a try.

There were many brands to choose from but the range of Miu Miu sunglasses kept cropping up with styles I really liked.This stunning pair of oversized cat eyes in tortoise shell called Miu Miu 04OS Sunglasses won me over! I liked the vintage style to them and the little details such as the curve on the lens and the gold trim on the arm.

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They came the next day, after I had a confirmation email complete with tracking details. Safe and secure in a well padded box, I tore it open to find the trademark Miu Miu pale pink box. Inside this was a hard case in pink velvet and also a soft case in the same sumptuous fabric. Now I am a perfectionist when it comes to presentation and I simply cannot fault Sunglasses Shop or Miu Miu. The packaging and glasses cases are just as beautiful as the glasses they contained. You would imaging such a heavy, rich velvet to be reserved only for the finest couture, but it gives a simple, everyday pleasure to carry it around in your handbag. The sunglasses them self were exactly as imagined and they suit me to a T. I couldn’t be happier with them or the service of Sunglasses Shop and am pleased I can recommend them to you.

Have you visited Sunglasses Shop? What do you think of the Miu Miu’s?

Outfit: Wearing the 1950’s Trend in a Modern Way

(Wearing: Vivienne Westwood Doctors bag and VW Angloma tee, Whistles skirt, Matthew Williamson at H&M leather jacket, Topshop Boutique boots, vintage Mulberry belt, nail colour Chanel Delight, fragrance Agent Provocateur).

I wasn’t actually intending to wear the 50’s style trend but it just turned out that way! I have had this skirt for years, I have it in red too, I think any look with a full circle skirt is going to naturally hint to the the 1950’s. I never, ever, wear my hair up either but was inspired by Victorial Beckham’s posh-pony tail at the Spice Girls reunion, mine didn’t end up look much like VB’s but my hair has never done as it’s told. I quite like it though. My hair is very fine so it is usually hard to style, however I managed this with the help of the new Batiste XXL dry shampoo spray. It is the craziest product, I can’t describe it, nothing like regular batiste, more like glue!! Highly recommended anyway for those of you wanting massive big hair!! With the up-do in place I had to make the most of it and wear some huge earrings, these are one of my sales buys. They look great but got really pinchy by the end of the night, will have to look for those cushion things. Throwing on a leather jacket on top of anything always makes me feel like I’m in Grease! I guess even a classic white t-shirt fits in with the look too, remember James Dean folding his cigarette packet up in his sleeve? This particular fabulous white t-shirt was a lovely gift from fellow blogger Joanna of Dividing Moments, she has only just started blogging but I think you will enjoy her closet musings just as much as I do, so take a peek at her blog. I have always really liked massive big skirts, skirts that swish when you walk, there is something extra fun about that!

Shoe Shopping: Prada & Miu Miu Runway Shoes

All Prada except second left which are Miu Miu

MINE ALL MINE!!!

Oh alright they aren’t, I just couldn’t resist having a good try on of the new season Prada and Miu Miu at Selfridges. Gorgeous though they all were, you won’t believe this but I didn’t buy a single thing.

I have to say I was a bit underwhelmed with the Miu Miu’s I have been lusting after, mind you they didn’t have the exact ones I liked with the closed toe my opinion may change when I finally see those! On the other hand I really loved the Prada wedges, but they were very hard underfoot and would need padded insoles. They would look amazing with flared trousers though. Also if you are interested they fit large I am a 38.5 and as you can see the silver in a 39 are far to big, whilst the grey in a 38 are just right, same for the Miu Miu sizing. We also fell in love with a black suede pair of Prada’s with a low, chunky wedge modelled by my friend Lianne.

The summer displays were well on their way, lessons in how not too in Harvey Nic’s (left) and definitely how too in Selfridges!

Random chip-board with cut out coloured paper in HN’s looked just awful, there is no way to say treat yourself like chip-board! On the other hand all the pretty flowers and butterflies looked wonderful in Selfridges, I loved how they used bell-jars to display some of the smaller accessories, so whimsical.

(Wearing All Vivienne Westwood)

Here’s what I wore, nothing you haven’t seen before posing in front of Louis Vuitton’s striking sunburst window.

What do you think of the new season shoes?

Pearl

Shopping for Next Season


Vintage dresses

Who says you have to wait till next season before you can start enjoying the new trends? I picked up these two vintage dresses last week which will be perfect for next summer. Even though I wasn’t too keen on Prada’s collection I really loved the accessories (except those bazaar furry things), and the bright stripes. Orange was the accent colour of choice too, a colour I have been clashing with blue lately. This orange dress I won’t be saving for summer as I really want to layer it over some thick grey tights for winter.
The great thing about the S/S11 collections being 6 months before anything hits the stores is that it gives you a head start on the saving. Next summer my first buy has to be a pair of Miu Miu fluorescent shoes in pink or green. I like the shoes better than the boots and can’t wait to see which styles go into production for retail.

Miu Miu S/S11
Next on my summer dream list is a Prada striped clutch, I also really loved the satchel and these insane wedges. If only money was no object!


Prada S/S11

Of course Chanel was filled with wonderful things, such as this unique clutch and statement cuff. I can really see myself in these relaxed biker boots and chunky peep toe boots.

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Also on my radar were these desert storm boots at Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang S/S11

Chloe offered up these simple yet exceptionally chic sandals

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And finally how could I not give Marc Jacobs a mention for these whimsical animal shoes!

Louis Vuitton S/S11
Best get saving and my mind set back into winter mode. So who’s accessories caught your eye?
Pearl
(Images style.com, sartorialist)

Key Trends & Pieces A/W 10/11

Just because fashion week is over doesn’t mean you can for get all the A/W 10 shows just yet. I always keep in mind the trends I have seen and pick out all the elements I like, as during the warmer months is the perfect time to snap up winter bargains. Think mid-season sales and eBay bargains – buying out of season is always cheaper. You can also start to assess what you already have in your wardrobe, to wear in different ways or what you need to add to keep your look fresh.
Red
Ann Demulemeester, Givenchy, Alexander Wang
Pastels

Osman, Balenciaga, Roland Mouret
Grey

Stella McCartney, Roland Mouret, Chloe

Denim

Philip Lim, Chloe, Isabel Marant

Aviator Jackets

Burberry, House of Holland, Christopher Kane
Big Furry Coats

Gucci, Burberry, Chanel
Capes

Alexander Wang, Chris Benz, Gareth Pugh

Midi Full Skirts

Dries van Noten, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs
Huge Mittens

J Mendel, Givenchy, Maxmara

Unusual Tailoring


Vivienne Westwood Red Lable, Roland Mouret, Miu Miu

Oriental


Etro, Chanel pre-fall, Etro
Have a great weekend,
Pearl
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