Monday, 23 May 2011

Specs Appeal



I've lusted after Hip Hotels for ages so when I found a copy for 50p at a table top sale on Saturday I soon snapped it up and have been pouring over photographs the most divine heritage hotels and beach hideaways ever since. A confirmed backpacker I may be but a girl can dream.


I rarely buy a new book, when my friends and I find a great read we'll pass it on. My lovely pal Cheryl dropped this pile off before we hit the pub at the weekend, I'm already halfway through Jo Nesbo's The Snowman and it's a gripping read. I do love dark Scandinavian thrillers and this one's no exception.

Of course reading's a lot easier now I've got my new glasses.


When a recent eye test revealed I needed reading glasses there was no way I could justify splashing out over £100 on something I was only going to wear around the house.

 
After finding these vintage 1950's Mafline specs at the town centre flea market for 20p I did some research and found Glasses Complete who offered a complete re glazing service for £20. I was able to discuss my prescription with an extremely helpful optician over the phone, pay by Paypal and had my glasses returned by post within 10 days of sending them away.

Vintage nylon nightie (My dearest Helga), Marabou trimmed mules (British Heart Foundation £3.49)
The Mela was rather marvellous, the winning lifter was able to pick up a whopping 180kg stone. I've no idea how he managed to bring it with him, I'm assuming it wasn't by public transport. It was rather strange to be the only woman amongst over a thousand men, maybe my idea of Sunday afternoon fun isn't the same as your average Black Country woman.

Do check out the marvellous Mrs Bossa's blog today, there's some fantastic quotes and positive thinking from some of my favourite bloggers.

75 comments:

  1. Those glasses are fabulous - what a great idea. So much prettier than a modern pair and they really suit you.

    Loving all the turquoise as ever - looking forward to having some semblance of a tab so I can wear it too.

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  2. Tan even! I miss tabs too sometimes, although it's been 8 years...

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  3. YOU LOOK VERY SEXY IN THE NIGHTY AND SLIPPERS!

    I LOVE THE IDEA OF USING VINTAGE GLASSES - I BOUGHT SOME CATS EYE LADIES SPECS WITH A PERFECT PRESCRIPTION! FAB X

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  4. Love your glasses and your collection of books.
    The nylon nightie color and shape is so gorgeous on you my dear!
    I wear reading glasses as well and I have many colors and shapes because is one of the few things that my insurance covers almost completely.

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  5. The specs are amazing but I can't stop looking at that nightie. It's utterly gorgeous.

    And aren't your photos beautifully arty today? You look like you're wistfully dreaming of your next trip away.

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  6. Those specs are great. I love that you've found somewhere to get old frames refilled - what a great idea! And so reasonable!

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  7. wow - I never knew you could reuse vintage glasses by adding new lenses - brilliant way to bring new life!

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  8. I love your nighty ,great photo's... please take me shopping you get some amazing things :)

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  9. Hi my dear-those glasses are a real gem and oh so stylish-what an amazing price too!! You look so glam and relaxed, enjoy that great stack of books!! xxx

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  10. Vix, how gorgeous do you look in your specs, you so suit them! And I'd expect nothing less than some thrifty behaviour finding them.

    xxx

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  11. I think I might need reading glasses to as am long sighted! And it has got worse of late . Love your ones - they are perfect and also I really want to read The Snowman now, Scandinavian thriller sold it to me. I was going to send you my last read but it was a bit turgid in parts not sure anyone would really welcome it!

    xx

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  12. You look fabulous! I have developed rubbish eyes so have to wear glasses (and my trusty contacts) and have also done the same with vintage frames and had the lenses put in through an online company, you cant beat a good pair of vintage spec! Scarlett x

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  13. Vix you look lush! I must do the same with my next pair of specs. I found Glasses Complete by accident a while back...I have some vintage frames good to go that just need my lenses put it. I was whacked with £180.00 a few years ago....I'm never paying that again!
    Love Jo Nesbo's books too, unputdownable as they say!
    xxx

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  14. You make those glasses sooooo sexy!!! Mega hot superstar sexy,even!!! They suit you,and now you can read proper like!!!
    And FECK ME you are working that divine nylon nightie!!!Gawd,that is SO your colour!!!
    Mmmm,nice stack of books.Stacks of books make me very happy.
    LOVE YOU!
    xxxXXXxxx Helga!

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  15. Fab glasses Vix, its great that you could get them re-glazed. I have to wear glasses all the time wish I just had to wear them for reading!
    I love the nightie too its so pretty.
    Dx

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  16. You look glam even in your nightdess! Love the new glasses, they really suit you!
    Sophie
    x

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  17. Hip hotels, what a bargain! You look so glam even in those fabulous specs. Thanks for the glasses direct tip too, I've got a pair of specs I need reglazing and the £20 is cheaper than the £35 I usually pay! xx

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  18. Love you window seat, it looks like the perfect relaxing spot to do some reading.

    I've always wanted glasses since I was a teen. I really love the black thick rimmed 'geek' style ones. Pyf says I need glasses for reading subtitles on the television so maybe I should book myself in for an eye test some time soon haa!

    Love your specs. xxx

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  19. My dad just bought a Jo Nesbo, he said I can read it first. Good to hear a positive review before I start! I'm interested to hear how Tracy Emin's book is, too.

    The glasses look grand, with your eyebrows especially they make you look like you're weighing up whether or not you should say the witty observation you've just thought up.

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  20. Nana M returns! Those glasses are perfect on you and you look so elegant in that nightie x

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  21. The books, the specs, the nightie - love them all, especially the nightie.

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  22. Vix those glasses look fantastic on you, such a good idea to go online too & a bargain! xxx

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  23. I meant to say, have you read Aravind Adiga's Between The Assasinations? I'll send it to you if you haven't.

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  24. You look stunning, those glasses are the muts nuts and that dress makes your eyes pop with colour :) i love your description about getting your eyebrows tattoed... I find tattoos dont hurt but waxing does. However thats nothing compared to a dislocated hip! xxxx

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  25. The glasses are fab Vix, I love them. I'm definitely going to keep an eye out for vintage frames and then buy lenses online. Love your brows too! I pencil mine in every day, seriously considering the tattooing. x

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  26. Jo Nesbo??? Seriously the BEST! OMG how much am I wanting the next Jo Nesbo?

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  27. You look most serene, Vix, and not a little intellectual - in a nightie'n'fluffy slipper-wearing kinda way, of course!

    Love the glasses, great idea.

    I need a new brooding, slightly nasty thriller writer to satisfy the darker reaches of my poor damaged psyche - will try Jo Nesbo for size!

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  28. You look fab in those glasses! They really suit you. Loving that turquoise too. xxxxx

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  29. Ooh, take down a letter Miss Jones! Very foxy indeed. I'm dying to read the Jo Nesbo books too, did you see the documentary about Scandinavian writers on the BBC recently. Just my thing xx

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  30. What a wonderful thing the web is that brings us not just fab friends but fab fashion! The glasses are brilliant and you wear them well.

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  31. Looking wonderful in your new specs, Vix!
    Your pile of books to read is almost as big as mine!
    xo

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  32. You are looking amazing in your new specs, they are gorgeous! Looks like you have a lot of reading to keep you busy x

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  33. You look SOO HOT!!! :) That color looks amazing on you! :) Keep Reading if you are gonna look so good while doing it!

    ♡ from © tanvii.com

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  34. glasses look fantastic.. they really suit you and what a fantastic idea getting it all done online to, mine cost a fortune as im so blind!!

    love that nighty colour looks fab on you.. and the slippers are just to cute!!

    charl
    x

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  35. beautiful photos today - so pretty & dreamy!

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  36. I havent read Jo Nesbo but will check him out since i love dark thrillers too! Love the color of ur nightdress.

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  37. GASP!! These photos are so beautiful!! YOU are so beautiful!! This colour is amazing on you and my GOD you look sexy with those glasses!!

    ...sigh Vix... I need your time management skills... I don't have time to read a book anymore, I work 9am-6:30pm, NEED to spend time with my family, all the others things, etc... books are piling up on my bedside table and collecting dust. sigh. oh well. boo hoo. first world problem... !!

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  38. Vix you are so sexy, in your negligee and fluffy mules and now sexy glasses too! What an absolute bargain I always thought getting custom lenses like that would be really dear, I will tell everyone about it x

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  39. I agree with previous comments - you are seriously sexy in those glasses! I have never seen such a fabulous nightgown - its fit for dancing the night away somewhere. If I ever need reading glasses I'm going to remember the great money saving tip in this post!

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  40. that colour is fabulous on you!

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  41. love ur nightie and ur pecs vix... its soo sexy!!

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  42. VERY NANA MOSKOURI.. and that's a GREAT thing! She's gold! Love them.

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  43. Hell-oo Nana, hee hee! No seriously the glasses look great, they must make reading a little easier too. Divine decadence, darling!

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  44. You look so bloody gorgeous in those glasses - I am honestly considering coming over and stealing them from you I love them so much!

    I keep looking for a pair myself but I can never find a pair I like and I loathe my crappy modern frames. I did find a pair of Ray Ban frames that I adore but $600 - they must be frickin joking right, who pays that???

    You are divine in your Helga nightie - so floaty and gorgeous! And your eyebrows are looking spectacular!

    Love,

    Sarah xxx

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  45. You look so comfy in your phot.I just love the nighty.and it's my favorite color.Love your glasses too.i need new ones.lol.

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  46. Jarvis will be jealous of those specs! They look brilliant on you.

    And the nightie from Helga!! Love it and the colour's amazing with your tan.

    Let me know what the books are like. I love Christopher Brookmyre and Ms Emin.

    The only woman amongst over a thousand men? Sounds like a good afternoon to me!

    Great to speak to you. Love you very much xx

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  47. I need reading glasses but I'm in denial!

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  48. I have always wanted a pair of marabou mules since i was little,i thought they would make me grown up lol.The nightie is fab.
    xx

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  49. Fab glasses and the nightie looks lovely.

    I buy the majority of my books at charity shops although if I want a certain book I will get it as Asda because they are so cheap.

    I have also used the local library
    xx

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  50. So glad your glasses arrived, they look great on you. I used to do the same when I needed glasses before I had my eyes done, that way your glasses were unique!I must say you look far more elegant than I do when I'm reading, have fun and so glad you finally got your hotel book :)

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  51. Such a gorgeous nightie i love it and the color is stunning on you. And your sexy mules ;-) great idea with the glasses. Enjoy your books, hugs dee xx

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  52. I love your reading glasses, they look perfect on you. The nightie and mules are pretty darn awsome too!

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  53. A gorgeous shade of turquoise there Vix - both the nightie and on your nails.

    Those glasses really suit you; Husband has a similar pair that he's saving for when he needs prescription specs (I can't wait 'cos they look great on him). Tell you what though, I'll book mark that website as Mum could have done with that the other day, as she got ripped off big time in Boots whose optician said that they can't replace lenses in old frames.

    xxx

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  54. I love the close ups with you wearing your fab glasses.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  55. those glasses are amazing! I need an eyetest, and new frames bad! I'm going to hunt down some vintage ones and get them re-glazed; thanks for the inspiration! x

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  56. Bloody hell you look fab in your glasses flicking through your glossy book in your negligee and fluffy mules!! Now that's what I call lounging in style. I really don't think the ensemble would be quite right with modern frames - I love these. oooooh and 20p!!! xoxoxoxo

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  57. Love the glasses! They suit you beautifully.

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  58. Fantastic about the glasses! Great to know it's so cheap - I bet more people would do that if they knew the price.

    I came home last night to my neighbour throwing about 10 cook books in the recycling!!! I was like, NOOOOO, don't throw them away! I couldn't bloody believe it - who throws books in the trash?!

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  59. Vix, I have spent hours today checking out your blog - Love it! I was brought here, looking for a picture of the Gypsy chandelier for my blog, and I find you have one too! Can I ask you (because I've searched and can't find it!) the name of your shop on e-bay please? I'm a plus size myself, so don't know about the reality of finding much available in my size, but I love your style and how well you manage to look so stylish while out and at home, on a budget... Inspiring and beautiful stuff. Thank you - Fhina x http://www.awomanofnoimportance.com/

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  60. I can not be alone in thinking this: but is there anything that you don't look STUNNING in? Good lord, you make reading glasses all sexy, Vix. Mah GAWD! I now want to dig out a pair of glasses and look all academic so I can be cool like you. You sizzle.

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  61. Your new glasses are fab Vix. I'd love something like that for myself, but would have to go through the optician as my prescription is so high they need to use a special kind of glass! Bugger that I say, and just stick to the contact lenses.

    Were you honestly the only girl? What an odd lot Black Country gals are! Don't the grannies know this is where you pick up your jumble sale tactics ;) xx

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  62. Am at work,trying out the commenting thing.....
    grrrr,sexy trollop!

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  63. Why were you the only woman, Vix? I would have loved to see some guys heaving stones! The thrifty glasses link is a great tip - will keep that in mind. & get a friend to pass the 'Girl with Dragon Tattoo' books on to you if you like dark Skandinavian thrillers (but you've probably read them already).
    xxx

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  64. This is one of my favourite colours in your nightie. It looks quite beautiful on you. xo

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  65. Love your glasses Vix, they look gorgeous on you! xxx

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  66. Omg I wish I looked as good in glasses as you do! On most people (me) glasses look frumpy. But you wear them with such elegance and ease, it actually looks quite cool. :)

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  67. I love these glasses and that color you are wearing is stunning! Adore your style and happy to have found your blog!
    Christine
    http://un-stitched.com/

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  68. what contrasts put together.... the softness of the ruffled dress and colors and the stern look with the specs and the hairdo...
    great!


    http://dipikavijay.blogspot.com/

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  69. Vix, you look incredible in these frames and that gorgeous seafoam dress.
    Just beautiful!
    xx

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  70. Your specs are fab, I'd love a pair like that! I'm a bit Margaret Atwood fan, not read that one yet though xx

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  71. How do you do… specs

    Help him! The Bionic Man needs his micro fibre lens cloth or he will almost certainly not see the impending incoming Global Holocaust! What? It was just a fat fly and a bit of gravy. Well good job you incinerated it and saved us from that erm fly, cheers, in future Bionic Man can we just call you man.

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