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My new London Retro specs

I’m quite picky about the brands that I feature on this blog – I only ever talk about my favourites – and as a thrifty retail kinda gal, the products I share need to be the best bargains around. So when the lovely team at MyOptique got in touch with me last week offering all my readers the chance to win a free pair of their super-cool glasses, how could I possibly say no?! Not only is it a treat for you guys, but luckily, when I looked into their product range, I found a massive selection of über-cool designs at super-saver prices – I am officially a MyOptique fan and I’m not ashamed to say it!

my optique london retro glasses

As a glasses-wear since my teens, I’ve spent years wearing the wrong kind of glasses for me and have always been driven to contact lenses as a result. Every time I head to the opticians (usually a famous high street optician) I am always left slightly deflated by their product range and I find it really difficult to choose a pair of glasses at a price that I’m happy to pay. Lets face it, I’m never going to be the kind of person to spend hundreds of pounds on a pair of glasses – I know that I change my mind so often to I’ll probably be fed up with the design in a couple of months time, plus I am super-clumsy and am likely to sit on them and do them some damage! So it makes sense to me to shop as thriftily for specs as I would with any other piece of clothing. But with this ethos usually comes a lack of choice and I always have to allocate at least an hour to umm and ahh over the glasses and eventually chose a pair from the limited range. Thank goodness that I have now found MyOptique!

The designs on the website are very cool and exactly what I have been looking for all these years. Their London Retro range are fabulously well designed and do exactly what the name suggests – they are retro-style specs with a modern twist so I won’t end up looking like my grandma in an NHS pair! The glasses in this collection are named after iconic London stations and famous locations around the capital. I chose this pair of Carnaby glasses for their funky shape – I now feel like a trendy fashion blogger when I wear them! 😉 They were available in 3 colour choices but I went for red. I was delighted when they arrived looking exactly like the images online: a gorgeous deep burgundy red that would go with most of the clothing in my wardrobe – I’m a sucker for burgundy and can’t get enough of it! Plus these glasses come with a scratch-resistant and anti-reflective lenses (which I’d usually have to pay extra for!) as standard, which is great news for a clumsy glasses-dropper like me!

london retro glasses from my optique

So, on to the good news about the giveaway – one lucky reader will win their favourite pair of London Retro glasses from MyOptique but don’t worry if you don’t need prescription glasses – they can be made up as sunglasses too so will be great for everyone! It’s so simple to enter and there are no questions to answer. Just do the following:

  1. Like my Cassiefairy Facebook page
  2. Like MyOptique’s Facebook page
  3. Post on MyOptique’s wall “Enter Cassiefairy Blog’s Giveaway”

That’s all there is to it! The giveaway will run for 7 days ending on Wednesday 26th February at 23:59pm. The lucky winner will be contacted directly and please reply to the message within 48 hours, otherwise another winner will have to be chosen!

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Looking spexy Holly Willoughby

I don’t know whether she actually needs glasses to see, but I’ve spotted my favourite TV girly – the gorgeous Holly Willoughby – wearing specs recently and it has got me thinking about my own glasses and how I can make myself look as cool as she does in eyewear.

Image courtesy of Now Magazine

Image courtesy of Now Magazine

I’ve needed ‘optical enhancement’ in order to see properly since I was a teenager and I’ve made some pretty disastrous choices in the glasses department over the years. After my very first sight test (and being told I needed glasses as an already kinda nerdy teenager) I remember badgering my mum to buy me some funky (or so I thought at the time) Nike glasses with green frames and springs on the arms. Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, they were out of our price range and I went home with a pair of specs that would rival NHS glasses in the style stakes. Needless to say, I never wore them, and struggled on squinting at the blackboard (yes, we still had blackboards in those days!).

Cassiefairy's glasses

I’ve never seen anything like those green glasses since, but I’ve forever been trying to make good eyewear choices and wear something that makes me look as cool and as secretary-like as Holly does in hers, but this has resulted in the selection of not-so-trendy choices of purple-and-blue frames, pink sparkly and half-rims in the photo above. I once ordered some red frames for my hubby but accidentally bought them in MY prescription by mistake – so he never wore them, and even though I tried to pull them off, red-rimmed eyes are not really the look I want to go for, so I never wore them either. The most recent pair I’ve bought are the black thick frames. I spent an hour trying on tons of frames in the shop and I think that my hubby was getting pretty impatient by the end when be told me to buy these black ones “which look great”. They are comfortable to wear (I’m wearing them right now) but they are not cool or spexy, and they are just a bit too pointy for my face – I look like I’m trying to be an extra in Grease

I’ve basically stuck to contact lenses all these years and envied girls like Holly who can make glasses look geek chic. So now I’m hunting around for a pair of ‘vintage’ style specs as my next too-cool-for-school eyewear accessory and I’ve come up with this wish list from Optical Express including Guess by Marciano colourful print frames, square Jimmy Choo glasses and ultimate-secretary style Dior specs and his-n-hers eyewear from Gucci. Now that’s what you call a shopping list!

Images courtesy of Optical Express

Images courtesy of Optical Express

Fair enough, if I actually ordered a pair and they were on my face, I’d probably chicken out and go back to the contacts, so it’s probably best if I stick with some cheap ‘n’ cheerful glasses to start with! But you can’t blame me for trying to look like Holly Willoughby, who wouldn’t want to?!

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