Shades on Friday

I once heard eyewear described as the most affordable luxury purchase, the entry point into a market that is largely often seen as unaffordable for the mast majority of people this world inhabits.

This statement is quite true but I will go a bit further to explain why we should care.

  • Eyewear has a function, unlike for instance jewellery that holds purely aesthetical value, eyewear provides sight/protection from the sun.
    • In terms of sighted specs, comfort and quality of build (lenses are expensive, you don’t want to have to redo them because the frame broke) are two very important features that you should take into consideration. It is often the case although sadly not always that the more expensive pairs will pay more attention to ensuring comfort and providing a high level of quality.
    • We often overlook how important the quality of the lenses on our favourite sunglasses are, sun eye damage is real and should be treated on par with skin damage. Again, generally speaking, the lenses in the more expensive pairs are generally of a higher quality. Although always do your research.
  • Sunglasses are probably the ultimate make or break accessory. There are few outfits that can’t be made better/ more stylish / literally pulled together by a fabulous pair of shades.
  • Specs sit on your face all the time, let’s face it if you’re going to spend money on anything, from an aesthetical point of view let the investment be on the one item that will never leave your face.

And now on to O’hea Opticians and their new collection of which I am showcasing some of my favourite items.

First up is this gorgeous pair of sunglasses from Tom Ford – stylish, versatile and they match with anything.


 

Onto specs and this Dsquared pair make me wish I still needed them, they’re so so beautiful.

 

Edgy, quirky and a whole lot of fun – not for the faint-hearted but I would definitely consider these if I wore specs, they would definitely look amazing paired with some more androgynous outfits.

 

Sparkly cat-eyes by DSQUARED – so so stylish, these are the ultimate fashionista pair.

 

 

My ultimate favourite pair of shades. I honestly think these were created especially for me. The colour, the style, they’re by Loewe which is probably the most upmarket Spanish brand and is a new line that O’hea Opticians have now started carrying.

 

Last but not least is the cat-eye shape, forever a favourite. These are by Celine – this year’s sunglasses lineup from Celine retains their minimalistic but edgy look that was such a hit last year.

Think Colour – Be an Individual

I think most of us go through different style phases in our lives, I’ve definitely had a few over the last few years. Most people who’ve followed me from the beginning think of me as an eclectic dresser but the truth is, there hasn’t been that much frivolity lately. The whole minimalistic drive got to me, made me feel like I needed to tone down my colourful outfits and my play with fashion.

Of late however, I’ve felt a shift, the trends are colourful again, the shop windows are bright and vivid. I’m also spending a chunk of time in London which is a wonderful place to bring out your inner individualism.

I wouldn’t call this outfit outrageous at all but yet there are a lot of elements that a conservatively -inclined person might shy away from. First of all, let’s talk about the shades. These are by a brand called Etnia Barcelona, found at O’hea Opticians, their hashtag is #beAnArtist which gives you a sense of what they’re all about. Round, big and interesting, they make me feel alive.

Next is the jacket- yellow is really not a colour the crowds pay homage to but it’s a favourite of mine. Then there’s the fact that I’vee worn a tweed blazer under the yellow anorak. Last but not least is the bum bag.

The moral of this story is that we all need to learn who we are as people, not just when developing our characters (of course that’s fundamental) but also in the way we project ourselves through fashion. If you love fashion and clothes, don’t just copy an outfit you saw on Instagram or Pinterest, look at it, be inspired by it but find a way to make it yours.

I literally wasn’t planning on taking any pictures of this outfit but after an hour of wearing it, I looked in a mirror in a shop and realised just how much I liked it….


 


Outfit Details
Anorak, blazer, bum bag : River Island
Jeans : ASOS
Top : New Look
Sunglasses : Etnia Barcelona vis O’hea Opticians

Sunglasses Lookbook – A/W 17 Styles

The new sunglasses styles are finally here !! Some people might not know that Autumn is one of the best times to buy a new pair of sunglasses, all the new styles are released and there’s always loads of choice. For this post, I am collaborating with my favourite multi-brand store in Malta – O’hea Opticians.

For Part 1 of this lookbook series, I’ve picked 4 wireframe styles, 3 of which also have reflective lenses. Reflective lenses have been trending for the last few years and show no signs of slowing down. Of course, it does mean that capturing photos is a bit of a pain since the photographer constantly gets mirrored in the lenses – #bloggerissues.

The first pair is a pair of aviators by the exquisite Tom Ford – ERIN. The metal frame is a lovely golden shade which matches the flashy golden tinge of the lens. They’re slightly oversized which gives them an interesting edge but they’re also a really easy pair to combine with practically any outfit.

Wear with jeans, with a dress, with a hat, with your hair down, with your hair up – any way you want.


The next pair is by Dior – DIORSTELLAIRE1. Dior always make shades that are slightly different from the norm. This oversized pair with the large, flat, square lenses is no exception. The metal frame is very thin and lightweight which makes them really comfortable and allows the pink-gold mirrored lenses to shine and garner all the attention.

Wear when you’re feeling powerful or you need a dose of extra confidence. These would also look really good with hair up and a power suit but work well with the contrast of a highly feminine outfit.


This Made in Italy pair is by Roberto Cavalli and epitomises the extravagant glamour that the brand is so synonymous with. The hexagonal shape is rather unusual and in itself captures attention. I also love the side view – a stone set in the metal structure with the logo engraved inside.

Wear with something that makes you feel like a million dollars.


The last pair is again by Tom Ford. I would say these are probably the most conservative of the bunch. They’ve still got loads of style – the circular lenses, the fact that the lens colour tinge is a mix of blue and pink and my favourite part – the curved metal frame. However, the lenses are not reflective which I know is something preferred by those who prefer less flashy items and in general, they’re just more subdued, less in your face. They’re still very elegant and I feel they really work at enhancing your looks rather than being the focal point.

Wear with a pretty dress, hair down, a sweater and jeans and feel ultra chic


Outfit Details
Shades : O’hea Opticians
Pashminas, Beanie : La Vie Malta
Skirt, Top : Pedro del Hierro

That’s it folks – Part 2 will be here soon! All styles available from O’hea Opticians in Gzira, Malta.