Dot To Dot

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Morgan Dress: Igigi

Shoes: Chie Mihara

There are polkadot people, and there are non-polkadot people. I don’t know what the non-polkadot people do (stripes?) but personally I adore a good dotty print, so when I saw this twofer dress on Igigi’s website I knew I had to try it.

The fun thing about spring, and autumn (fall!) is that all that new trans-seasonal stuff pops up on the UK and US-based websites and you can actually wear it straight away without having to wait six months for it to get cold/hot enough. The “Morgan” dress is actually part of Igigi’s fall line when all the northern hemisphericans are packing up their sunny sundresses and donning longer sleeves and hemlines in anticipation for the cooler months. But it works in the opposite direction for those of us down under. We’re just taking the first forays out of our cardigans and tights, and baring our ghostly white legs to the sun, and this dress is a nice one for that, too.

The skirt’s a gauzy georgette, fully lined so as not to be completely transparent and it flutters enticingly in the breeze. I like the large size of the polkadots – a smaller dot often just has the print fading into obscurity at a distance whereas this one is bold and clear.

I’m going to have to sew some bra-strap keepers into the shoulders, but apart from that little quirk the wide neckline is absolutely divine. It’s lined as well, and constructed from Igigi’s usual good-quality jersey. The outer shell of the bodice is designed to be a little blousy, so it’s a good style if you’re shy about the little rolls around your middle. The keyhole detail at the front’s a sexy little addition that gives a peek of cleavage without being overt. It makes the Morgan into a dress that will transition easily from the office to a party, and I’d be happy to wear it to a fancy wedding or for a picnic on the grass.

The waistband is fully stretchy, so even though the dress fastens with a zip up the side it actually possible to pull it on over your head, and it’s perfectly comfortable around the waist, even after a substantial lunch of fish and chips on the St Kilda Esplanade (not that I’d know anything about that!).

I like the monochrome myself, but you could easily add a brightly coloured belt and shoes, or even some blinging gold accessories. I decided to keep it simple, and teamed it with a simple little necklace from a great new online costume jewellery store I’ve discovered called “Totally Jewel

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Clover Necklace: Totally Jewel

For Eyes

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Dress: Wallis

Cardigan: Glassons

Tights: Levante

Shoes: Ara via Shoebuy

So, a month or so ago I discovered to my disgust that my cool new specs from Fabulous Fannies had developed a fatal crack in one of the arms. They weren’t hugely expensive  (and my ex had bought them for me, anyway) but it was still pretty annoying, considering they were barely a year old.

Fortunately luck, or Karma, or whatever, was obviously on my side, and later that day I got an email from Mariana at Vision Direct, an online eyewear store that boasts Australia’s largest range of designer sunglasses, prescription eyewear, and contact lenses.

I was a bit nervous about the idea of selecting glasses without trying them on first (hell, it takes me weeks to choose the right pair, and that’s when I can try them on in person) but Vision Direct also boasts a “Virtual 3D Try-on” system to go with their best price guarantee, and full 100 day exchange/refund policy.

I spent a diverting few hours in bed one evening playing around with the virtual try-on system, and it was hilariously fun, and surprisingly effective. Basically, you choose the frame you want to “try on” and your computer’s camera cranks into action. The system takes a virtual 3D image of the glasses and superimposes them over your face and when you move, or tilt you head or turn to the side so do the virtual glasses. This kind of rocked my world. You can tweak the positioning of the glasses, push them further up your “nose” or straighten them if they’re crooked, and you can take a picture so you can compare and contrast your favourites.

After a bit (a lot) of deliberation, I decided on a pair of Persols – a cool Italian brand with a signature arrow motif on the hinge that dates back to the Deco era.

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The frames I chose were the PO3012V, and after consulting Facebook (thanks everyone!) I decided to give the tortoiseshell a whirl.

They arrived quickly and safely (Vision Direct has free same day shipping on most of their products) and with a very handy little lens kit that included cleaning spray, a good quality lens cloth, and an incredibly useful screwdriver for tightening tiny, tiny screws.

Persol Pack

You can get your prescription filled when you place your order at Vision Direct, but it turned out I didn’t have my prescription so I thought I’d just get the lenses put in when the glasses arrived. I ended up getting them done at LensPro in Doncaster, and the team there were magnificent. Not only did it cost me nearly a quarter less than I’d been quoted at OPSM, but they were able to establish my prescription simply by measuring my current glasses, and the turnaround was 45 minutes, not a week. When they handed them back they made sure that the glasses were sitting straight on my face (I have one ear verrry slightly higher than the other, which can make for wonky glasses if they haven’t been fitted correctly). All up, it involved way less drama and expense than my usual month-long circus of glasses-choosing. And my mum (who hated my NYC glasses) has grudgingly admitted that these a “marginally better”.

Also, if you were wondering how close the “virtual” glasses looked in comparison, here’s my screenshot of the Persol 3012V glasses (in black):

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Pretty spot-on, I think!

Would you ever consider buying your glasses online? I probably wouldn’t have before now, but I had a great experience with Vision Direct, and I have to admit it was convenient to be able to “try” glasses on in the comfort of my own home at a time that was convenient to me.

To finish up: Here’s a gratuitous shot of Suki photobombing (photobumming?) my photoshoot

Suki & Me