Pastels, Luxulite & Lilac Capri’s

Along with pretty much every other ‘vintage’ girl out there, I have been lusting after a Luxulite brooch for a veery long time. When I say long, I mean over a year. Why have I waited thus long to bag myself one you may well ask? Well, because: I am an extremely indecisive person, and faced with numerous beautiful colour combinations, I simply could not choose which I wanted to own more! Also, Luxulite brooches do not hang around for long, the minute Katy (the founder) posts her latest creations on her Instagram account, some of them are sold only a few minutes later!

So, when I finally managed to nab this one, I was a very happy bunny indeed. I settled on this pastel confetti Lucite brooch, as I love pastel colours and thought this brooch might encourage me to wear pastels more often.

Fuelled by my love of pastels, I decided to make a pair of lilac capri pants to wear with my new brooch (I also made a pale blue pencil skirt, which I wore to the Classic Car Boot Sale, see this post here). The pattern for the capri pants is adapted from an original early 1960’s pattern, so has a wonderful high waist with flattering darts and tapers down to a skinny leg. I finished the inside hems with bright magenta binding; as I intended to wear the capri’s rolled up, so I wanted to show off the bright hems!

For these pictures, I attempted a beehive ‘do, but I’ll admit I did it in less than 15 minutes, so it was pretty messy!

*Side note* My nail polish is by Miss Sporty which I purchased about a year ago. I dubiously applied it thinking it would be too thin/not the consistency I wanted/etc, but it was AMAZING. It was £1 when I brought it, the colour was extremely vibrant, and – it lasted over 2 full days without a single chip! Which for me is an accomplishment, as usually I manage to chip my nail polish 3 hours after I have applied it, even expensive brands like Nails Inc. It also came off easily, and DIDN’T STAIN my nails. A-MA-ZING. So, in case you haven’t gathered; I highly recommend Miss Sporty nail polishes!

Until next time dear readers!

Men seldom make passes..

At girl’s who wear glasses.. Now, of course we all know this to be completely untrue! Having been a spectacle wearing lady from the tender age of 9, I sure have clocked-up many a pair of frames.

From my very first pair (lilac with daisies in the upper winged corners), I knew that I always wanted to make a statement of my sight impediment, and not hide it. Although, having said that, like practically every teenager, I did go through an ’embarrassed to be seen in anything that is slightly different from the ‘cool kids’ phase’, which thankfully didn’t last too long.

My late 1940’s aquamarine spectacles

 I obtained my beloved aquamarine frames from trusty ol’ Ebay. And I absolutely adore them! They are French, late 1940’s frames, most likely made from Lucite. They feature delicate hand-carved acorns on the upper wings and hand-rolled pure gold legs (which I was most astonished to find out from the opticians). I decided to bid on them all those years ago on Ebay, as it was the colour of them that particularly lured me in, as – sounding terribly vain here sorry! – it is the same shade as my eyes, so I thought the frames would sit nicely on me. I never expected to win them, I was certain someone would outbid me, but luckily for me I nabbed them (for the grand sum of LESS THAN A FIVER. Including postage! Madness) Anyway, I was still doubtful that they would actually fit me, as I knew that some vintage spectacles were terribly small, with the lenses being rather close-together, but hurray for me, they were an absolute perfect fit! I feel with these frames that they were truly meant to be mine, and we have had a grand ol’ time of it for the past 7 years! (Excluding of course that time I trod on them stepping out of the shower.. a incident many a tear was shed over, but thankfully my local optician rescued them for me)

 Since then, I have obtained a few other vintage pairs (well I girl has to have options!) I have a late 1930’s tortoiseshell round pair, which I had fitted with reactions lenses so I can gaze into the sunlight and not be blinded, and a early 1960’s winged cat eye pair which suit my 1950’s and 1960’s outfits perfectly.

My late 1950’s/early 1960’s winged frames

Now of course, in order to wear and to actually SEE though these wonderful frames, I have had to have my own prescription lenses put in them. 7 years ago (I believe vintage frames were not as popular back then as they are now) I was literally scoffed and laughed-at by my optician, who incredulously exclaimed ‘but why would I want lenses put in these?’ To which I replied ‘Why all the better to see you with my dear!’ Long story short, my experience of modern-day opticians has not been too favourable, although I believe they are getting better now-a-days at dealing with vintage frames.

I now get all my frames re-lensed with the amazing I Need Spex. They are extremely quick, super friendly and offer brilliant customer service. They also now even offer their own vintage frames which they have sourced, and can put your prescription lenses in!

Another company of note, is the wonderful Madam’s Vintage. Owner Alex always has the most impeccable selection of frames, many of which she previews on her Instagram (which always has me ‘hearting’ away!) I think the aptly named Jennifer frames are just peachy!

If you need any guidance on the type of frames to best suit your face, place your peepers on this wonderful video, compiled by Glamourdaze:

Until next time dear readers!