35 Before 35 ~ Get new glasses

Every year I make a list of things I’d like to achieve before my next birthday, and every year I fail to tick off at least 75% of them. I’m notoriously rubbish at them, but I just like making the lists, and giving it a go. And then it gets to a week before my birthday, and I realise that I have ticked some things off, but completely forgotten to blog about them.

So here we are again; my birthday is on Sunday and I’m blogging frantically! One thing that I put on the list as a way to try and motivate me to actually do, was to get new glasses. I’ve needed to get my eyes tested for ages, but have put it off again and again, before finally heading along to Boots in March.

Once I had a new prescription, I started looking for new glasses. I never buy from opticians anymore, because their glasses are just too darn expensive. So I always take a look at a variety of online glasses retailers, to see if anything takes my fancy.


I ended up buying from a company called Glasseslit, because I spotted these particular glasses in a sponsored Instagram post (Instagram, you know what you’re doing). Glasseslit are based in Asia, and offer some really competitive prices. My glasses took a long time to come, but this was due to my prescription, and I have to say, the customer service has been second to none. They answer queries really quickly, and have been really helpful.

I LOVE these glasses. They are big and obnoxious, but I just feel like they suit me, and I think they are most excellent. I recently worked at a big work event, processing people coming through the doors, and I got quite a few comments about my glasses (all positive of course – would anyone be mean enough to say anything nasty?).

I’m already in the market for another pair of glasses, simply because I like to have a lot of choice, but I think I’ll be hard pressed to find another pair that I like as much as these.

In case you’re interested, the frames that I chose are called Ansel, but they appear to no longer be available to purchase. However, the Josie frames are very similar, though slightly different colours, and are a bargainous $9.90.

7. Get new glasses


Pretavoir ~ Superdry Navigator 102 glasses

If you had told me ten years ago that I would be buying my glasses online, I’m not sure I necessarily would have believed you. It all just seems too simple somehow; you find a pair of glasses you like, enter your prescription details, and a few days later, they pop through your letterbox. Gone are the days of being limited to whatever frames your local optician has in stock.

When I was offered the opportunity to try out a pair of glasses from Pretavoir, I was thrilled. It’s no secret that I am mildly obsessed with glasses; I spend probably more time than is strictly healthy browsing through frames online and decided which pairs would suit me. I have been after a pair of semi-rimless frames for a while; I love the retro feel of them, and the fact that they are all business at the top, and subtle at the bottom on my cheekbone. So after having a long browse through the Pretavoir website, I finally decided on a pair of Superdry Navigator 102 frames.

I haven’t stopped wearing them since I got these! I have two other pairs of glasses, but I love these so much that I don’t want to take them off! My only concern with them is that I keep touching the lenses at the bottom, where I am forgetting that there is no frame there to protect from smears. But that’s just me being an idiot, and something I need to get used to.

My face just looks right with a pair of glasses on it, and particularly these ones! If you want to make these super cool frames yours, they are available for £90.50. If not, there are hundreds of other frames to choose from, including Gucci, Prada and Marc Jacobs. I’ve already found myself lusting over a pair of red Jimmy Choo frames! Alternatively, Pretavoir also offer designer sunglasses. As a bonus, shipping on all UK orders is free!

When it comes to using this blog to recommend a company, I have to say that while price and item quality is important, customer service is the real dealbreaker. Pretavoir have been communicative and friendly at every turn of the ordering and dispatching process, so they get a big thumbs up from Is That You Darling. I’ll definitely be recommending them to anyone who is after a pair of designer glasses from now on!

* Post contains a PR sample. All photos are my own.

Dial G for Glasses

At the weekend I went to see a free preview of the film Hitchcock. I will be posting a My Thoughts On… post in due course (as soon as I catch up), but apparently I’m obsessed with glasses, because all the way through the film I was thinking about them!

The film is set in 1959, and the clothes and styling are all fantastic, as you would expect from a period film. The glasses are just a small part of that, and they really do help to create an authentic late fifties feel.

Helen Mirren plays Alma Reville, Hitchcock’s wife. She mainly wears two pairs of glasses throughout the film. This pair, which are semi-rimless, are particularly nice; I like the slight cats eye effect of them.

Alma Helen Mirren Hitchcock

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I managed to find two pairs of glasses that are similar to the pair in the film, though they don’t have that cat’s eye effect that I like.

Ray Ban RX5154 2000

Ray Ban RX5154 2000 ~ SpecsPost ~ £85

Superdry Harper 101

SuperDry Glasses Harper 101 ~ SpecsPost ~ £89

The other pair of glasses that Helen Mirren wears throughout the film are a bit bigger, and they seem to be a more 80s inspired than 50s inspired! I love them, but I don’t think I would ever be able to get away with them!

Hitchcock Helen Mirren glasses

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I haven’t been able to find any glasses that match them completely, they are obviously completely out of fashion! The closest I have found are these Gok Wan frames at Specsavers.

Gok Wan 58 Glasses Specsavers

Gok Wan 58 ~ Specsavers ~ £99

Toni Collette plays Hitchcock’s secretary, Peggy. Her glasses are proper cat’s eyes frames! So very fifties/sixties, and so lovely!

Toni Collette Hitchcock

I managed to find lots of frames in this style.

Vintage Glasses

Daughters of Darkness ~ Madam’s Vintage Specs ~ £80

Cat's Eye Leopard Print glasses

Osiris B26 ~ Specsavers ~ £125

Pink glasses Specspost

Lola ~ SpecsPost ~ £50

Finally, Scarlett Johansson plays Janet Leigh, the star of Psycho. She doesn’t wear glasses throughout the film, apart from a pair of fabulous sunglasses. They are also semi-rimless, like Alma’s specs.

Scarlet Johansson glasses

I found two pairs of sunglasses that are a pretty good match!

Guess Sunglasses

Guess 7164 ~ The Sunglasses Shop ~ £74

green sunglasses

Moods of Norway Stryn ~ The Sunglasses Shop ~ £94

What do you think? Any of these glasses take your fancy?

Giveaway ~ Win Glasses with SpecsPost


As you may remember, last year, I got myself some new glasses courtesy of the lovely folks at SpecsPost. I couldn’t have been happier with them; they are a lovely pair of specs at a bargain price.

So when SpecsPost offered me the chance to run a giveaway for all my wonderful readers, I jumped at the chance! With a brand new year, what better time than to reinvent yourself slightly with some brand new glasses? SpecsPost are offering one of you a pair of their glasses up to the value of £45, with free anti-reflective coating.

Maybe you’ve been meaning to get a new pair of glasses for ages, and haven’t got around to it. Or maybe you’ve got glasses, but you fancy trying out a brand new style. This is your ideal opportunity!

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~ Fearne – £45 ~ and ~ Tulips – £25 ~

All you need to do is go to the SpecsPost website, and leave me a comment telling me which frames you would pick if you won. Pictured above are just two of the options; take a look at them all and let me know what you think!

For an extra entry, you can tweet the following:

I’ve entered to win some @specspost glasses with @janeylambert http://wp.me/pMzGp-1Uo

Please note that you MUST complete the first step (choosing frames and commenting on this post) in order to enter. The tweet is an EXTRA entry.

Please leave an extra comment on this post confirming that you have tweeted.


  • The competition is open to UK residents only
  • The closing date for entries is midnight on 25th January 2013. Any entries received after this time will not be counted.
  • The winner will be selected using an online randomiser (randomizer.org or similar), and notified after the end of the giveaway. Glasses will be posted directly from SpecsPost.

SpecsPost are also offering a 10% discount code for Is That You Darling readers, just enter ITYD10 at checkout!

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