July 13, 2017

Sunglasses Season

Let's talk sunglasses for a quick second. As I've mentioned before, since my PRK laser eye surgery, my sunglasses collection has grown exponentially. I just can't get enough of them! So what's a girl to do when she's got a new accessory "habit" but wants to save some cash? Turn to looking for glasses online, of course.

Optically Canada features a wide range of affordable men's and women's glasses, designer glasses, sunglasses, a reglazing service... basically everything you could want in an e-optical. The company graciously offered to send me a pair to try out so I selected some OPIUM Eyewear tortoiseshell sunnies. All of Optically's frames are offered as prescription sunglasses (included in the price) although I opted for non-prescription for obvious reasons.

Tanktop: Babaton (Aritzia) / Jacket: Talula (Aritzia) / Pants: Talula (Aritzia)
Shoes: Camper / Sunglasses: OPIUM Eyewear (c/o Optically)
Necklace: Charles & Grace (c/o)

My sunglasses arrived in a hard case with two microfibre cleaning cloths, which I appreciated since I hate smudges. I was also pretty impressed with the quality -- especially for the price (and even more so when you consider the cost of prescription lenses at brick & mortar stores). With their sunglasses, you have the option of customizing the tint as well. I've been wearing a lot of mirrored sunglasses these days so the fact that you can see my eyes through the smoked lenses is kind of a fun feature.

The only issues I encountered with my order had to do with shipping. The sunglasses somehow got returned to the warehouse without any attempts at delivery. This resulted in some run-around with the sunglasses needing to be shipped back to me again. Their customer service thankfully took care of the issues but if you're in a hurry for your glasses then that's something to keep in mind. However, hopefully what happened to me is not the norm.

If you don't mind a potential wait for shipping and don't require super high index lenses (1.56 comes standard on the site along with free coatings), you can really get some great deals on eyewear with Optically. Plus, their selection is constantly changing... it seems they get limited stock of certain frames so there's always something new to pick out. Definitely fun for an eyewear fanatic ;)

July 6, 2017

Cartier Tank Solo Women's Watch

Other than a few fashion watches, which I have typically treated more as accessories than time keepers, I have not worn a watch in years (we're talking early high school). However, relying on an iPhone to tell the time, which is what I've been doing, can sometimes be annoying and even inappropriate depending on the situation (meetings, court hearings, and other events where you shouldn't be seen "playing" on your phone).

As I've gotten older, I have become increasingly interested in luxury watches. This is a world that's pretty foreign to me, unlike designer bags and shoes, and it turns out watch collectors can be serious fanatics. I still don't really understand all the intricacies of luxury watches but I knew I was looking for something that had the quality while remaining fashionable yet versatile. For me, this ended up being the Cartier Tank Solo Watch.

The Tank Solo Watch comes in two sizes; I opted for the smaller size since I have small wrists and I think it's perfect for me and my lifestyle.  It's a simple, classic design which won't go out of style.

I also like how the rectangular face makes it look a bit like a cuff... this also makes it great for stacking with other bracelets since it's not too large. Below, I'm wearing it with my Pandora bracelet and my Louis Vuitton LV & Me "A" bracelet.

To be honest, I was initially concerned that I wouldn't like wearing a watch but putting it on has quickly become part of my morning routine. I like that it's super light and feels comfortable, plus checking the time on my watch has now become second nature. It's nice to just look at my wrist instead of fumbling around in my bag for my phone. I guess you could say I'm officially a wrist watch convert!

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