A Girlie Night In With Glimpse Opticians

Glimpse Opticians are independent eyewear experts based in arguably the most beautiful setting in Birmingham, the Great Western Arcade. Glimpse has a carefully curated selection of frames, both prescription and sunglasses,  with eyewear ranges that are entirely exclusive to Birmingham including MYKITA, Garrett Leight, Maui Jim, Anne et Valentin, Vinylize, Ørgreen, Theo and LINDBERG.

Glimpse was the setting for an exlusive, invite only, girls night in a couple of weeks ago. Joining forces with some of the other independents from the Great Western Arcade including 1847 Birmingham who provided the Veggie canapes on the night, fashion accessories from Peter Forson, hair styling from Umberto Giannini and stress relieving massages from At One Day Stay. Add in food from Anderson & Hill, delicious lemon bespoke macaroons from Miss Macaroon, and delicious gin from Edinburgh Gin, and you were all set for a stylish evening of fashion, style and pampering, with a little gin thrown in.

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If you are yet to visit Glimpse, it is a great, friendly opticians with a rang of frames that are totally covetable. The girls night in was a great excuse to try on a range of frames, the only tough part was making a decision on which ones to get for the upcoming Summer holidays. There are designs that suit every taste, from large Jackie O style frames, to animal print and patterned frames of all shapes and sizes. I have a sunglasses obsession, and have to say I felt totally spoilt by the choices available at Glimpse, loving the independent brands that I could not find anywhere else in Birmingham.                                . I had a lovely time at the Glimpse Girls Night in. If you would like to find out more about the ranges available at Glimpse, you can visit their website here.                                                 .With thanks to East Village PR for the invite.

What makes the best parties so great?

There is nothing like a good party. A combination of great people, food, drinks and music, the best parties have a little something more, something to make them memorable and much talked about.  Whether the party is small and intimate, a large rowdy gathering, something that has been organised by events management companies the best parties will remain in the mind long after the debris has been cleared away.

Here are a few of the best parties that I have attended, and what made them just so wonderful.

Harvey Nichols 10th Birthday in Birmingham

Why: This is the party that had it all, a free flowing bar, lots of celebs in attendance mingling with the party goers, photo booths, dressing up opportunities, a coconut shy where you could win a pair of Louboutins, a fashion catwalk show – need I go on? Truly one of the best parties I have ever attended, and definitely one that gave me an enormous hangover the next day.

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Nelly.com launch Aqua London

Why: One word. Shoes. Free shoes. The launch of Nelly.com, referred to as a Scandi ASOS, was fabulous, and one of the main reasons for this was the fact that guests could chose a pair of shoes that would be sent for free. As a gimmick, it takes a lot of beating. Still have my fabulous shoes too.

Boohoo Christmas Party

Why: The venue made this party very special. A trip to drink potent vodka at IceBar London was an experience not to be missed, very cool, very cold and very different. This party is proof that you don’t actually need to be wearing a super slinky frock to enjoy a party, 20 minutes in an IceBar may just be the perfect night.

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Why: This time it was all about the cocktails, which had been specially created for the evening. These were totally lush and ensured I had a really terrible hangover on a school night yet again.

The Lobby on Hill Street Launch Party

Why: This music at this one was incredible, a total classic funk soul explosion with a celebrity DJ in the form of Craig Charles. This was one night when I didn’t want to get off the dance floor, even wearing heels.

Spot Craig Charles in the background

What made your fave parties so special?

Celebrating Left Handers Day

Next week, on the 13th August, people all across the Country taking part in National Left Handers Day, a celebration of being left handed, but also a recognition of some of the difficulties that left handed people face every single day. These days, we dismiss the chosen hand as merely a quirk of nature, something in our brains that makes the choice. But in the past being a left hander was thought to be somewhat ‘sinister’ (just check out the Italian word for left), and these days left handers still face lots of difficulties living in a right-handed world.

keep-left-200As an ex-teacher, I always made sure I had left handed scissors and pens in my classroom to cater for those who preferred that hand, but that was about as far as my interest went. But now I have a child of my own, my little boy Joe, who seemed to not have a preferred hand until very late into his nursery year. And when he did make the choice, he proved to be a left hander.

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My left handed son pointing things out with his left hand.

And he does have some problems. Sometimes he can’t make felt tips and pens work properly, as he tries to push them across the page rather than pull. Scissors are difficult to cut with, it looks more like he is ripping and tearing the paper than actually cutting it. And he forms some of his letters in a different way than I, (right handed) do. To give the right handed people an insight into what it is like to be left handed, Betta Living are challenging people to take the Betta Living Challenge and have a left handed day. using utensils like can openers and bread knives, garden tools and corkscrews, even golf clubs, all which are generally designed with right handed people in mind. I think this is a great idea, just an insight into the way some people live each day with difficulties which must be very frustrating at times.

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Eating left handed.

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Colouring.

left-handed-definition-300x251 I am trying to make life a little easier for my left handed son by picking up things like left handed scissors, pens and pencil sharpeners. His school produced a helpful sheet showing how Joe will form his letters and numbers. He is already proving to have a great left foot to match his left hand, so maybe a football career awaits.  I love the fact that he is special, and in good company, with Sir Isaac Newton, Sir Paul McCartney, Julius Caesar, Bill Gates and Charlie Chaplin amongst other famous, creative and talented lefties. So we will be celebrating Left Handers Day next week by getting a little insight into Joe’s world.

You can find more information about Left Handers Day by visiting http://www.lefthandersday.com/

*Collaborative post in conjunction with Betta Living to raise awareness of Left handed day.