Sunglasses Review: MessyWeekend Copenhagen

At times this week it felt like Summer with lots of glorious sunshine and warm sunny days. I went for a daily walk with my boys, and grabbed my current favourite sunnies, which come from Danish brand MessyWeekend Copenhagen. MessyWeekend are a brand leader in cool handcrafted sunglasses and ski goggles, but also give something back in support of our planet,  For every pair of MessyWeekends sold, they donate to clean 2 kg of plastic waste out of our oceans.

I love the ethos behind the brand, and the cool, almost minimalist Scandinavian design of their sunglasses.

The pair I have been wearing are the New Depp in the champagne colourway. The New Dapp are a pair of classic, round, handcrafted acetate sunglasses. The slightly greenish lenses offer full UV400 protection and are a perfect combination with the transparent frame that gives you a very fresh and modern look. This design is surprisingly light and easy to wear because of this, you can wear them all day without them feeling uncomfortable or rubbing on the nose, as some glasses can do.

The champagne colour of the frame gives them a really stylish, but also a neutral look which means you can wear them with a whole host of colours and outfits and they will look great. I also love the slightly tinted frames which are not so dark that you can’t see anything, but do keep out the glare of the sun, making them good for driving in too.

The sunglasses come beautifully boxed in a trademark MessyWeekend slider box, and also have a drawstring bag which is perfect for storing the glasses in your bag when you are not wearing them to avoid the lens’s getting scratched.

I love the colour of the champagne glasses as I think it suits my hair and skin tone, but the glasses also come in other shades of frame, including tortoise, which is a more traditional animal style print, and crystal brown, which combines a darker lens with a grey white frame, so if you like this style of glasses but not necessarily this colour, you can check out the full range here.


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.

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.

Esprit Sunglasses from Perfect Glasses

I have a confession to make, I never used to like, or wear sunglasses. I had this idea that I would never find a pair that would suit me, and trying lots of pairs on in various shops seemed to confirm this for me. I instead opted to wear sunhats when I was on holiday, and then just squint in the sun at all other times.

But that was then. Now I am a bit of an addict when it comes to sunnies, it all started with a pair of oversized Michael Kors which I totally fell in love with, and now I have rather a large collection, you could say an addiction, especially when it comes to designer glasses. My most recent addition to the collection has been a pair of Esprit frames that have a very chic, almost retro feel to them.

I got the Esprit frames from Perfect Glasses. Perfect Glasses sells glasses online, these range from prescription sunglasses and regular glasses, to glasses for both men and women. Their range is, quite frankly, huge, and has lots of designer names to tempt, from Benetton and Police, to Calvin Klein and Jimmy Choo. The styles are varied, and include designs that will suit all face shapes and skin types, and you can have both prescription lenses or regular glass/sunglass lenses, allowing everyone to enjoy the fashionable shapes.

Perfect Glasses have got it just right when it comes to ordering and receiving your glasses. Ordering is simple, you just need your prescription, with most glasses coming in single vision, bifocal and multifocals. The website gives all the information about the frame size including nose bridge and frame width, so you can decide if they will fit and suit your face. Despatch can be within 48 hours for simple prescriptions, so you should be able to get your glasses fairly quickly – useful if you have broken your current pair. I also like the fact that you can order online, but if you have further questions or want to take to someone about the frames, there is a phone number where you just need to quote the reference number of the frame.

The glasses are delivered very well protected, my pair come in a glasses case that was then bubble wrapped and double packaged, ensuring that no accident would befall them on route. All glasses also come with a microfibre cloth for cleaning, another useful addition to keep your glasses clean and safe.

My Esprit shades (design Et17823 C565) are just lovely. They have an Ivory embossed frame and a slightly 1950s style shape. The Arms have Esprit at the top – not ostentatious labeling, but instead a stylish touch. They are light and comfortable to wear and have a pretty, girly feel to them.

It has been rather cold lately, but the sun still shines even when the temperatures have dropped, and I find I often wear my glasses when out in the car or watching the football. These glasses look great worn casually, or with a more dressy look. They are beautifully made and of great quality.

With a code that allows you to get many pairs of glasses at half price, you are getting both great style and value with Perfect Glasses. If you are looking for new glasses of any kind, then Perfect Glasses is well worth a look.