Glasses, Beach Wear and Chanel No.5

After struggling incessantly to thread a needle this week, I decided I had better get my eyes tested again! Part of the fun or torture, I can’t decide, of getting new glasses is the choosing of new frames. By the time I get to the stage of needing new glasses, I have usually destroyed, abused and chewed the arms of my old frames so much that they are no longer reusable. The problem I find is knowing which shape frames suit your face.

While the current fashion trend has moved away from the small rectangular shapes to much larger frames, I think this is a look best left to the young although Iris Apfel, the New York interior designer who is now in her nineties, has made large frames one of her style signatures, along with huge accessories. She looks great and can carry them off but when I tried a pair my daughter said I just looked like Professor Trelawney in Harry Potter! I needed such strong magnification that with a larger lens area it looked like I had  2 magnifying glasses stuck on my nose. Not a good look for most people. Needless to say I haven’t found a new pair of frames yet but I continue my search!

Iris Apfel image from lifestylehunters

Professor Trelawney image from

I have been looking at frame websites in order to find out more and get information on frame and face shapes and found this basic advice on face shapes and frames from

Square faces: Oval, round or butterfly shaped frames.

Oval faces: Most frames can be worn, in particular square, rectangular and geometric shapes to add angles to soft curves.

Oblong faces: Tall frames that help create a shorter face. Broad frames with an accentuated top rim or decorative temple to add width to the face.

Round faces: Angular or geometric shapes to sharpen facial features.Rectangular and horizontal styles make the face look longer and thinner.

Diamond shape face: Up swept styles like cat eyes that emphasize cheek bones. Oval rimless frames allow cheekbones to shine.

Heart shape face: Bottom heavy frames that add width to the lower face. Styles with low set temples to draw attention downwards. Narrow round frames that soften the forehead.

Triangle shape face: Semi rimless shapes that accentuate the upper face. Top heavy frames that balance the width of the jaw.


I had a look at a few frames this week but there are so many available that it’s difficult to know which ones to put on the blog. I decided on these few that I saw because they area bit different to the ones that I have seen around and that I am usually drawn to. I have been thinking about a colour rather than my usual black or tortoiseshell but it would have to be something neutral that goes with everything. Maybe the time to get a coloured frame is if it’s a second or third and not a primary pair of glasses so you can mix and match with your clothes!

Nude Dolce and Gabbana frames at My Spec in Chatswood

Red Dolce and Gabbana frames at My Spec in Chatswood

Barton Perreira frames at Proview Chatswood

Chanel metallic frames at Proview Chatswood

These did not photograph particularly well but they have beautiful mirror shiny metallic corners in gold, pewter and silver colours.


Beach and Pool wear.

With December nearly upon us and hopefully lovely beach holidays or just weekends outside at the pool, I had a look at beach or pool wear.

Beaded dresses and tops at Camilla


Beaded tops and dresses at Camilla

Camilla top

I love all the Camilla dresses and tops and would especially love to wear them to the beach or around the pool. They are great to wear for lunch or drinks after the beach but I realise they are a bit costly to use as a just a beach kaftan.

Seafolly kaftan

Seafolly beachwear

Tigerlily dress

Tigerlily dress

Tigerlily dress

Megan Park Beaded dress

Natasha Gan at David Jones

Lee Mathews Cotton dress

Seafolly beach kaftan

Jewelled thongs at Witchery

I would wear these jeweled thongs to the beach with a bright coloured kaftan or wrap and you could go straight to lunch or shopping in them after the beach. It would be lovely to sew sequins and beads onto any of these  kaftans dresses either plains or prints and create your own Camilla type of cover up at quarter the price. A large colourful chunky necklace or earrings and you’re ready for anything anywhere!

Sun hats, sandals and totes at Seed.

I spotted these beautiful Kate Spade shoes at David Jones today and just had to put them in this weeks blog. I think they are beautiful.

Kate Spade patent heels at David Jones

Kate Spade patent patterned heels at David Jones

Chanel have launched a limited edition range of No 5 products to coincide with what has turned out to be their most controversial ad campaign to date, featuring Brad Pitt. Everywhere you look, magazines and TV shows have an opinion about it. I was unsure how I felt about it so I Googled it and found that everyone is divided in their views on it. Some people feel that as men have to smell the perfume on woman that a man doing the ad is a good selling point. Others think that it makes no sense and that Mr Pitt is not looking his usual devastating self and because of that no woman will be rushing to buy No 5.

As Andrea d’Avack, president of Chanel Fragrance and Beauty, told Women’s Wear Daily “the perspective of a man on the most feminine fragrance of all time.” is why they are using a man in the champagne for the first time in their history. She added “To keep a legend fresh, you always have to change its point of view. It is the first time we’ve had a man speaking about a women’s fragrance. We think very much that the perfume is a seduction between a man, a woman and the perfume. No. 5 is our leading fragrance, and we are willing to make the investment to keep it on that level.” The second part of the ad seems to make a bit more sense, as two woman move through the video to Brad Pitt’s voice again reciting the poem. Whatever you think of it, it has achieved it’s objective and has everyone talking about it.

Limited Edition Chanel No 5 products

Chanel No 5

I really like the soap. It smells absolutely wonderful and feels great when you hold it, it’s a lovely fat, shiny oval shape. It’s definitely on my Christmas wish list!

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