End of the Summer with Glasses Direct


There's been that slight shift and change in the air hasn't there? That first night when you realised it was not so hot that you could have the duvet on and wear pyjamas again, the days when the breeze felt just that bit chillier and the realisation that Summer is coming to an end.

I'm not a massive Summer person, I much prefer the transition seasons, and I'm not going to lie the thought of wearing more clothes and layers is appealing! But before Summer truly goes for good, I thought I'd enjoy a few more ice-creams, days spent splashing in water to keep cool and getting as much wear out of my new London Retro Albany sunglasses as I can...(but here's hoping it's going to be sunny in September so I can still wear them!)


I've been a fan of London Retro glasses from Glasses Direct for a long time, and I love how easy they are to order. I don't think I can ever just buy high-street sunglasses again after seeing the difference of having proper lenses in them makes, honestly, I always get people to try on my sunglasses just so they can see the difference! I don't have a prescription in my sunglasses, but used a tinted lens and coating to protect them. I love that you can just add a tinted lens to any frame, with or without prescription, and the clarity is just amazing, I forget I'm wearing them most the time. It's also good to know that they have 100%UV protection, and polarised lenses block 99.7% glare. I went for the Albany in dark tortoise shell.

Most importantly they are really comfortable and come in such a range of styles to suit anyone. You can order a free home trial and test out four different frames before sending them back and choosing your style or use their virtual try on through the website. If you have a prescription it's super easy to put in the details to send to the lab, as well as choosing which lens package you want, including tint, coating and colour. They also always have great deals on such as 2-4-1 or you can also get £30 off your first order by using this link!


I can't believe how lucky we were with the weather these past few months, I don't even mind that it's rained on and off for the past few weeks, as I'm definitely not cut for the hot weather, but I know I'll probably miss it once it's gone. But bring on those slightly warmer September days when everything calms down again, you can focus and restart. We're also heading off to Barcelona in October, where I'm hoping we can still get a little sun! What about you? Are you heading off anywhere before the end of the holidays, or once the kids go back to school?

Don't forget the link to get £30 off your first frames!

I received the glasses as a gift in return for a review, but all images, opinions and words are my own. The link is an affiliate link.

End of the Summer with Glasses Direct


There's been that slight shift and change in the air hasn't there? That first night when you realised it was not so hot that you could have the duvet on and wear pyjamas again, the days when the breeze felt just that bit chillier and the realisation that Summer is coming to an end.

I'm not a massive Summer person, I much prefer the transition seasons, and I'm not going to lie the thought of wearing more clothes and layers is appealing! But before Summer truly goes for good, I thought I'd enjoy a few more ice-creams, days spent splashing in water to keep cool and getting as much wear out of my new London Retro Albany sunglasses as I can...(but here's hoping it's going to be sunny in September so I can still wear them!)


I've been a fan of London Retro glasses from Glasses Direct for a long time, and I love how easy they are to order. I don't think I can ever just buy high-street sunglasses again after seeing the difference of having proper lenses in them makes, honestly, I always get people to try on my sunglasses just so they can see the difference! I don't have a prescription in my sunglasses, but used a tinted lens and coating to protect them. I love that you can just add a tinted lens to any frame, with or without prescription, and the clarity is just amazing, I forget I'm wearing them most the time. It's also good to know that they have 100%UV protection, and polarised lenses block 99.7% glare. I went for the Albany in dark tortoise shell.

Most importantly they are really comfortable and come in such a range of styles to suit anyone. You can order a free home trial and test out four different frames before sending them back and choosing your style or use their virtual try on through the website. If you have a prescription it's super easy to put in the details to send to the lab, as well as choosing which lens package you want, including tint, coating and colour. They also always have great deals on such as 2-4-1 or you can also get £30 off your first order by using this link!


I can't believe how lucky we were with the weather these past few months, I don't even mind that it's rained on and off for the past few weeks, as I'm definitely not cut for the hot weather, but I know I'll probably miss it once it's gone. But bring on those slightly warmer September days when everything calms down again, you can focus and restart. We're also heading off to Barcelona in October, where I'm hoping we can still get a little sun! What about you? Are you heading off anywhere before the end of the holidays, or once the kids go back to school?

Don't forget the link to get £30 off your first frames!

I received the glasses as a gift in return for a review, but all images, opinions and words are my own. The link is an affiliate link.

An Autumn outfit with Glasses Direct


It's finally here isn't it? Autumn has arrived and I couldn't be happier. It's not just about the colours (even though they still take my breath away time I see a beautiful tree turning various shades of red and orange) for me it's that feeling of a fresh new start, of shedding the old and making changes. I love this time of year though when the evenings are getting colder and the mornings are crisp. It's that back to school feeling and getting organised for the months ahead.

Firstly, the change I love the most - Autumn Outfits! I get so excited about finally being able to wear tights again, to dig out my jumpers and knitwear and throw on pinafores and dungaree dresses and pretend I'm going back to school. It does end up being like some sort of uniform, but I love it. I have a pretty substantial collection of vintage floral shirts and I love pairing them with denim or black dresses. This time of year though is all about layering, as it can still be surprisingly warm (like this day!) when you go out bundled up in a big cardigan only to be sweating a few minutes later! I learnt my lesson, but I was so happy to be able to walk comfortably around in just a shirt and dress for most of the day.


Since I've started my new photography business I find that I'm spending more time looking at a screen editing lots of lovely pictures for people (and for myself!) and I felt like I needed to get my eyes seen as it had been a year or two since my last check. It turned out my suspicion was right and I needed a slightly stronger prescription than my old glasses, so I'm glad I got my eyes checked out.

After I got my prescription I decided to have a look at Glasses Direct again, as I've used their service before and have always found it efficient and great value. I also love the range of glasses on offer, and the fact that even though it's an online service you can order up to four frames to try on at home before you order them with a prescription. If you're anything like me I always feel a but pressured and panic at the opticians when looking at frames, and I like to take my time in deciding and see what they look like in better light, which is important I think when you're potentially going to spend £100+ on something. So I ended up deciding on four (but it was so hard to narrow it down!) and ordered my 7 day home trial through the website. I then turned to my Instagram stories to get some advice from you lovely lot on what suited me best! I eventually, with your help, decided on the Scout 'East' Glasses in dark tortoise shell. Ordering couldn't be easier, as when you like a frame you can just click "add to my home trial" which you can then go on and order. Then once you receive your home trial you have 7 days to try them on, and then free postage return.

Once you decide on your favourite frame you can order them using the online form. You simply choose your frame (which are stored in your home trail basket) then choose what lenses and package you want, and then add your prescription. Putting in my prescription was really easy (even if you have no idea what it means!) as you just input the specific numbers from your prescription into the corresponding boxes on the form. You then have the option to choose extras for your lenses to protect them from scratches etc. After reading up about the types of lenses I opted for the Blue reflect lenses, which is a protective coating that aims to reflect blue light and glare from screens from entering your eyes, which for me was important as I spend quite a lot of my time looking at screens.


I really love the look of these glasses, they're slightly larger than my other frames which I really like as it's always good to try something new right?! They feel really great quality, and after putting my prescription they were with me in a week. If you want to get £30 off your order with Glasses Direct then follow this link!

The rest of my outfit is:

Pinafore dress: Monki
Floral shirt: Vintage
Shoes: Converse



This post is in association with Glasses Direct and I received the glasses in return for the service review. All thoughts, words and images are my own and I really do think it is a great service! 


An Autumn outfit with Glasses Direct


It's finally here isn't it? Autumn has arrived and I couldn't be happier. It's not just about the colours (even though they still take my breath away time I see a beautiful tree turning various shades of red and orange) for me it's that feeling of a fresh new start, of shedding the old and making changes. I love this time of year though when the evenings are getting colder and the mornings are crisp. It's that back to school feeling and getting organised for the months ahead.

Firstly, the change I love the most - Autumn Outfits! I get so excited about finally being able to wear tights again, to dig out my jumpers and knitwear and throw on pinafores and dungaree dresses and pretend I'm going back to school. It does end up being like some sort of uniform, but I love it. I have a pretty substantial collection of vintage floral shirts and I love pairing them with denim or black dresses. This time of year though is all about layering, as it can still be surprisingly warm (like this day!) when you go out bundled up in a big cardigan only to be sweating a few minutes later! I learnt my lesson, but I was so happy to be able to walk comfortably around in just a shirt and dress for most of the day.


Since I've started my new photography business I find that I'm spending more time looking at a screen editing lots of lovely pictures for people (and for myself!) and I felt like I needed to get my eyes seen as it had been a year or two since my last check. It turned out my suspicion was right and I needed a slightly stronger prescription than my old glasses, so I'm glad I got my eyes checked out.

After I got my prescription I decided to have a look at Glasses Direct again, as I've used their service before and have always found it efficient and great value. I also love the range of glasses on offer, and the fact that even though it's an online service you can order up to four frames to try on at home before you order them with a prescription. If you're anything like me I always feel a but pressured and panic at the opticians when looking at frames, and I like to take my time in deciding and see what they look like in better light, which is important I think when you're potentially going to spend £100+ on something. So I ended up deciding on four (but it was so hard to narrow it down!) and ordered my 7 day home trial through the website. I then turned to my Instagram stories to get some advice from you lovely lot on what suited me best! I eventually, with your help, decided on the Scout 'East' Glasses in dark tortoise shell. Ordering couldn't be easier, as when you like a frame you can just click "add to my home trial" which you can then go on and order. Then once you receive your home trial you have 7 days to try them on, and then free postage return.

Once you decide on your favourite frame you can order them using the online form. You simply choose your frame (which are stored in your home trail basket) then choose what lenses and package you want, and then add your prescription. Putting in my prescription was really easy (even if you have no idea what it means!) as you just input the specific numbers from your prescription into the corresponding boxes on the form. You then have the option to choose extras for your lenses to protect them from scratches etc. After reading up about the types of lenses I opted for the Blue reflect lenses, which is a protective coating that aims to reflect blue light and glare from screens from entering your eyes, which for me was important as I spend quite a lot of my time looking at screens.


I really love the look of these glasses, they're slightly larger than my other frames which I really like as it's always good to try something new right?! They feel really great quality, and after putting my prescription they were with me in a week. If you want to get £30 off your order with Glasses Direct then follow this link!

The rest of my outfit is:

Pinafore dress: Monki
Floral shirt: Vintage
Shoes: Converse



This post is in association with Glasses Direct and I received the glasses in return for the service review. All thoughts, words and images are my own and I really do think it is a great service! 


Summer wishlist





Clockwise from left: Kimono - M&S // Headscarf - Zara // Striped t-shirt - COS // Rose-gold Saltwater sandals - Toast // Scarlett of Soho frames - Glasses Direct // Shirtdress - Monki // Broderie blouse - M&S // Clarks Originals Dusty Soul sandals - Clarks // Denim skirt - Topshop

So seeing as the warmer weather sort of seems to be arriving I've been doing a little bit of online window shopping and I thought I'd share with you some of my finds!


 As you can see it's still all about the pastels with a little rose gold thrown in. I always look for light loose fitting clothing in the summer as there's nothing worse than tight sweaty clothes so this shirt dress would be perfect! I also hate it when dresses are too short (I'm looking at you Topshop!) and you feel super uncomfortable about going out with no sort of leggings on incase you flash your underwear so I'm always on the lookout for longer style dresses.  I'm definitely not one to show much skin either so have been loving these really pretty light cover up kimono style tops which can be thrown over a sleeveless top but still keep you cool. On to my next love that is sandals. I've been an avid wearer of Saltwater sandals for about four years now, before you could really find them in the UK, I own two pairs already but when I saw these exclusive Rose-gold pair from Toast my heart definitely skipped a beat. These Clarks originals in pink and metallic also stole a little piece of my heart and they just look so comfortable. I've been lusting over denim skirts for a while now as I think they're just so versatile, I like how you can wear them with a t-shirt and trainers or dress them up with a pretty top, and this pink acid wash is just a winner for me.

I've also been wanting to share with you my new sunglasses that I've been loving. I decided to branch out (daring I know) away from my go to tortoise shell and pick these beautiful Scarlett of Soho Churchill frames in grey from Glasses Direct. I've used Glasses direct a few times now and I'm always super impressed with the fast service and range of brands and frames available. If you fancy using it yourself you can get £30 off frames by following this link!


Summer wishlist





Clockwise from left: Kimono - M&S // Headscarf - Zara // Striped t-shirt - COS // Rose-gold Saltwater sandals - Toast // Scarlett of Soho frames - Glasses Direct // Shirtdress - Monki // Broderie blouse - M&S // Clarks Originals Dusty Soul sandals - Clarks // Denim skirt - Topshop

So seeing as the warmer weather sort of seems to be arriving I've been doing a little bit of online window shopping and I thought I'd share with you some of my finds!


 As you can see it's still all about the pastels with a little rose gold thrown in. I always look for light loose fitting clothing in the summer as there's nothing worse than tight sweaty clothes so this shirt dress would be perfect! I also hate it when dresses are too short (I'm looking at you Topshop!) and you feel super uncomfortable about going out with no sort of leggings on incase you flash your underwear so I'm always on the lookout for longer style dresses.  I'm definitely not one to show much skin either so have been loving these really pretty light cover up kimono style tops which can be thrown over a sleeveless top but still keep you cool. On to my next love that is sandals. I've been an avid wearer of Saltwater sandals for about four years now, before you could really find them in the UK, I own two pairs already but when I saw these exclusive Rose-gold pair from Toast my heart definitely skipped a beat. These Clarks originals in pink and metallic also stole a little piece of my heart and they just look so comfortable. I've been lusting over denim skirts for a while now as I think they're just so versatile, I like how you can wear them with a t-shirt and trainers or dress them up with a pretty top, and this pink acid wash is just a winner for me.

I've also been wanting to share with you my new sunglasses that I've been loving. I decided to branch out (daring I know) away from my go to tortoise shell and pick these beautiful Scarlett of Soho Churchill frames in grey from Glasses Direct. I've used Glasses direct a few times now and I'm always super impressed with the fast service and range of brands and frames available. If you fancy using it yourself you can get £30 off frames by following this link!


London Retro glasses


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Last weekend we took a little break from the city to visit family in Teignmouth. Our trips away there always seem to come at the perfect time, when we need a rest and a break from our routine and city life. The fresh sea air seems to calm, clarify and blow away worries and stresses and we can just enjoy the time as a family. There's always so much to see and do, but we seem to be drawn to the seafront on most visits, simply to have a walk and take in the views. This visit was no different and as we walked into town in the ever so slightly Spring tinged warm sunlight we all breathed a huge sigh of relief to be back.

But I'll share some more of our trip soon, because I wanted to share with you a look at my new glasses! Groundbreaking stuff I know. But it is exciting for me because as much as I didn't want to admit it I've needed glasses for a while, mainly for close up things, but for when my eyes get tired too. I've had a pair but I didn't like the look of them that much and as silly as that sounds that stopped me wearing them so much!

So when I saw that Glasses Direct had new range of London Retro glasses out I couldn't wait to try them out. I had a browse at the designer glasses in their new boutique section and ordered a few different frames to try for the free home trial.

This is what I really love about using this service as I find it so hard to imagine what styles would suit me. I loved (and still do!) my London retro sunglasses  and really wanted to find a similar style to those as I know they suit my face. I ordered four different styles (I found hard it to narrow it down to just four!) and eagerly awaited their arrival. They arrived a few days after ordering and I tried them out for a couple of days before finally settling on the London Fairbanks in dark havana. It's safe to say I love them and I didn't think I'd ever say that about a pair of glasses. Sometimes I wish I had to wear them all the time (obviously I don't wish for my sight to be poorer!) as I really like the way they look. My other glasses felt quite bulky when I was wearing them, and I felt they got in the way of my vision a little bit but these frames seem to fit just right and I forget I'm wearing them most of the time! 

I was surprised how quickly they arrived after ordering with my prescription and I've been really impressed with the quality too. If you need new glasses then you can get £30 off your first order by mentioning that I referred you, just by using my name (Abigail Oliver) when prompted. Just simply follow this link! Enjoy! 

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London Retro glasses


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Last weekend we took a little break from the city to visit family in Teignmouth. Our trips away there always seem to come at the perfect time, when we need a rest and a break from our routine and city life. The fresh sea air seems to calm, clarify and blow away worries and stresses and we can just enjoy the time as a family. There's always so much to see and do, but we seem to be drawn to the seafront on most visits, simply to have a walk and take in the views. This visit was no different and as we walked into town in the ever so slightly Spring tinged warm sunlight we all breathed a huge sigh of relief to be back.

But I'll share some more of our trip soon, because I wanted to share with you a look at my new glasses! Groundbreaking stuff I know. But it is exciting for me because as much as I didn't want to admit it I've needed glasses for a while, mainly for close up things, but for when my eyes get tired too. I've had a pair but I didn't like the look of them that much and as silly as that sounds that stopped me wearing them so much!

So when I saw that Glasses Direct had new range of London Retro glasses out I couldn't wait to try them out. I had a browse at the designer glasses in their new boutique section and ordered a few different frames to try for the free home trial.

This is what I really love about using this service as I find it so hard to imagine what styles would suit me. I loved (and still do!) my London retro sunglasses  and really wanted to find a similar style to those as I know they suit my face. I ordered four different styles (I found hard it to narrow it down to just four!) and eagerly awaited their arrival. They arrived a few days after ordering and I tried them out for a couple of days before finally settling on the London Fairbanks in dark havana. It's safe to say I love them and I didn't think I'd ever say that about a pair of glasses. Sometimes I wish I had to wear them all the time (obviously I don't wish for my sight to be poorer!) as I really like the way they look. My other glasses felt quite bulky when I was wearing them, and I felt they got in the way of my vision a little bit but these frames seem to fit just right and I forget I'm wearing them most of the time! 

I was surprised how quickly they arrived after ordering with my prescription and I've been really impressed with the quality too. If you need new glasses then you can get £30 off your first order by mentioning that I referred you, just by using my name (Abigail Oliver) when prompted. Just simply follow this link! Enjoy! 

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London Retro sunglasses giveaway

Hooray! Today's the day I've been looking forward to for the last month, the thing that's kept me going! We're off on our biggest me and him adventure yet and boarding on a plane to visit my sister in Spain.

We're hoping for warm weather and blue skies so we can warm our skin and wear sandals and sunglasses! With days at the beach planned and finding free things to do in Barcelona we're looking forward to spending our days exploring and revisiting old favourites from this wonderful city. I can't wait for Theo to experience it and be aware of being in a different country.

To celebrate our little holiday I've joined up with the excellent Glasses Direct to offer one lucky reader a chance to win a pair of London Retro sunglasses or glasses for themselves!





Glasses Direct offer a really great, quick service. There are so many different style to choose from and I did fall a little bit in love with quite a few of the frames, especially just the plain glasses version of my sunglasses. I just wish I needed to wear glasses full time, as I didn't want to take them off when I trialled them at home.

Glasses Direct offer an excellent free service, where you can trial 4 different frames for 7 days at home. Great for those who can't decide or not sure what styles suit you. I'm so glad I did this, as I had a few frames that I really liked the look of, but didn't suit me at all! I did however find the perfect pair, and I was super happy with the results. They're really lightweight but strong, and fit really well. My old pair of sunglasses had horrible nose pads that always fell off or got stuck in my hair when taking them off my head...very annoying!

So for your chance to win your choice of glasses all you have to do is enter below! Good luck!

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London Retro sunglasses giveaway

Hooray! Today's the day I've been looking forward to for the last month, the thing that's kept me going! We're off on our biggest me and him adventure yet and boarding on a plane to visit my sister in Spain.

We're hoping for warm weather and blue skies so we can warm our skin and wear sandals and sunglasses! With days at the beach planned and finding free things to do in Barcelona we're looking forward to spending our days exploring and revisiting old favourites from this wonderful city. I can't wait for Theo to experience it and be aware of being in a different country.

To celebrate our little holiday I've joined up with the excellent Glasses Direct to offer one lucky reader a chance to win a pair of London Retro sunglasses or glasses for themselves!





Glasses Direct offer a really great, quick service. There are so many different style to choose from and I did fall a little bit in love with quite a few of the frames, especially just the plain glasses version of my sunglasses. I just wish I needed to wear glasses full time, as I didn't want to take them off when I trialled them at home.

Glasses Direct offer an excellent free service, where you can trial 4 different frames for 7 days at home. Great for those who can't decide or not sure what styles suit you. I'm so glad I did this, as I had a few frames that I really liked the look of, but didn't suit me at all! I did however find the perfect pair, and I was super happy with the results. They're really lightweight but strong, and fit really well. My old pair of sunglasses had horrible nose pads that always fell off or got stuck in my hair when taking them off my head...very annoying!

So for your chance to win your choice of glasses all you have to do is enter below! Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway