Thursday, 4 May 2017

Styled by Kimberley: IOLLA Sunglasses

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If there is one piece of advice I would give my younger self, it would be to buy prescription sunglasses. Seriously, it's a life changer for someone who can't see 10 feet ahead without a pair of specs on.

I've worn glasses since I was a child and I have never, ever owned prescription sunglasses. WHY?! I want to shake myself. Of course, I know why. They're normally so bloody expensive and I like to keep my monies for frivolous things, not practical matters.  There are so many nice non-prescription frames available on the high street that I snap up instead. If I must paying for prescription, I want everyday glasses. Right? Living in Scotland, I kid myself that sunglasses are not worth investing in, but the truth is that having to wear contact lenses on any day where the sun threatens to make an appearance, in the bleak hope that I might need my sunnies, is an almighty pain. Last year, I lost a contact lens during a trip to Italy and had to squint my way through the trip in my regular glasses. I decided I needed to rectify my situation before this summer.

When IOLLA contacted us to let us know about their fantastic new collection (like we hadn't been keeping up with those sneak peeks on instagram), I thought this was a great chance to give them a go. You'll know that I'm already a huge fan of IOLLA, owning two pairs of their specs already. The brand is brilliant for everyone, but especially for higher prescription Four Eyes, like me, who normally pay hundreds for the thinned versions of their milk bottle lenses. IOLLA include thinned lenses in their normal £65 price point.

Anyway, they've just dropped a whopping 50 new frames on top of their original cult classics. I had my eye on the baby pink fade Muirs but bigger is better so I opted for the supersized cat eye Swinton. What do you think?

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Jacket | Vero Moda
Jeans | New Look
Embroidered tshirt | Little Stabs by Polly
Shoes | Primark
Scarf | borrowed from Helen
Pin | Abandon Ship Apparel
Backpack | Topshop

There's probably something about these photos I should mention- my ankle! No, the bandage is not some early Nelly homage or fashion choice. I had a wee accident at home a couple of weeks ago and I've got a pretty bad sprain. It's not the first time I've got a sprain of this kind (remember when I tripped carrying a puppy, or when I fell off a wooden plinth during a photo shoot? Here's the evidence. It was a beautiful shoot, nearly worth it!) but this one was particularly bad and has left me with a laughable limp. For the moment I have only one pair of shoes I can squeeze my giant ankle and bandage into. Think I'll have to ditch them when I heal :( I was responsible and got it checked out, nothing's broken. I've been pretty diligent with my Resting, Icing, Elevating... and The Other One. I want to say... more Resting..? I advised Helen that I couldn't walk very far on the day, so we decided to quickly get photos in Stockbridge, en route to the Pissed Modernism exhibiton. It still left me shuffling along pathetically behind Helen while she took photos of my sunglasses among daisies. Don't say I don't suffer for my art.

Speaking of art, I was proper hobbling by the time we reached the exhibition but it was great. I really enjoyed the #ArtOnABeer, with unique beer label designs and the council estate birdhouses by Amy Dunne. I picked up a cute Girl Gang illustration by Alice Carnegie.
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We also saw ducks. I like ducks.

Thanks to IOLLA for gifting me these fabulous sunglasses. Keep your eyes peeled (geddit?) for Helen's pick of the new frames. Which ones are your favourites?

1 comment:

  1. YES! The bigger the better when it comes to sunnies. IOLLA helped me get over my resentment of prescription sunglasses too (I cba with contact lenses, so tended to go down the cheapie-pair-worn-over-my-glasses look, not the best).

    Been there with the ankle more times than I can count, you have my sympathy.

    Lis / last year's girl x

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