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Review | Glasses Shop New Tortoiseshell frames

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

I was recently contacted by GlassesShop.com asking if I would like to review a pair of their eyeglasses, It couldn't have been a more perfect time. I'd just had my eyes tested and I was in the buyer remorse phase between paying for new eyeglasses at the opticians and the ten-day wait to pick them up. 

Review | Glasses Shop New Tortoiseshell frames

The eyeglasses I'd chosen at the opticians were very different to what I've had before and glassesshop.com felt like they saved the day by having a similar style to my existing eyeglasses while still being different and new.

Review | Glasses Shop New Tortoiseshell frames

The ordering process was really simple, for me I had to email the details of my prescription to then company direct. All the details were on my card from my opticians with the exception of my (Pupil Distance) PD. As my sight test was recent I knew what it was but the website shows you how to measure it or you can ask where you had your eyes tested. When you order eyeglasses online there is a section on the website for you to enter all your details.

Review | Glasses Shop New Tortoiseshell frames

I am very happy with the frames that I have chosen, I love the mix of gold and tortoise shell, my hair is currently quite light and the gold works well but having the darker details will still work when I go through my phase of dark winter hair. You know it's going to happen I've been light for a while now.

Review | Glasses Shop New Tortoiseshell frames

The detail on the arms and bridge of the nose and very nice and make the eyeglass frames seem more expensive.

They also do a range of prescription sunglasses which range from then ordinary functional glasses to some which are very cool. I have my eye on the Leila Square in Black. I'm not sure I'm cool enough to pull that style of sunglasses off but I've fallen hook line and sinker for them and they are under $40 including single vision lenses.


Review | Glasses Shop New Tortoiseshell frames

The glasses are really comfortable and fit really well, one thing I was worried about was how they would fit around my ears as when you go into the opticians they tend to spend ages checking the fit and bending the arms but these fit very well and I don't feel like they need any adjustments.

Review | Glasses Shop New Tortoiseshell frames

Delivery time was also very quick and they arrived in under  10 working days. I was on holiday when they were delivered and the boxed fitted through my letter box no problem. They also came with a plastic case and cleaning cloth. 

I've also been given a discount code for my readers.

GSHOT50

 This gives 50% off for all eyeglasses and sunglasses with free lenses only throughout the website, with the exception of sales frames. This isn't an affiliate code and I don't get anything in return for you using this code. 

I was sent these frames for review purpose and as always all opinions and words are my own

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GOALS | Update 6 - Midyear Look Back

Monday, June 26, 2017


Like with everything in life goals get lost, things go off track. Life gets in the way and up to this point, I haven’t even thought about writing a blog post in this middle month of the year.

I decided to have a quick look at percentages to see which social media platform needs a bit of TLC from me if I’m any hope of meeting these goals I’ve set for myself.

GOALS | Update 6 -  Midyear Look Back


Surprisingly I’m doing ok. All my goals are over 50% done. I’ve reached my revised Pinterest target. This will be revised but I haven’t decided If I should go big and aim for 2000 of play it safe and go for 1500. Which would be double my original target of 750.

Sadly, my worst performing social platform is also my favourite. YouTube, I’m in love. I love making videos. I need to work ok my presentation, but I’m happy with the majority of the content I put up. I don’t really over edit videos. I try and cut out long pauses and where I drop things, but in the main, I just tidy up the start and end of videos. Do I need to do more editing? I also feel like I struggle with promotion. I don’t know what else to do or how to grow my audience. I have started using a chrome extension tool to help with a few bits but I need to stop being Lazy and work ok proper thumbnails as I have just been using the thumbnail generator and I know this is a hindrance. I also need to work on Tags and a few other bits.

The second worst performer is Bloglovin, I’m not entirely worried or bothered by this, there has been a lot of talk about BL over the past few months and people are getting rid of it. There has been talk of it “stealing content” from people. I haven’t had the time or the inclination to get involved or look into it further. I occasionally promote it on Twitter but I’m kinda just leaving it to do its own thing. One day I will decide if I’m coming off it or working on it but it isn’t a priority for me right now.

Third up we have Google+. This is the one I wanted to work on this year and I love the concept of it, I hate the new interface and I can no longer change back to classic which is a bit of a stickler but not the end of the world. I think I want to dedicate a month to this platform and look around it, interact with it and generally fall back in love with it. Saying that I’, 84% to target which to say I feel like I only really spent the first two or three months of the year “working” on social media growth isn’t at all bad.

Instagram I’m torn with. I’m frantically chasing getting to 2000 followers but at the same time, it’s bobbing along nicely. It was stagnant for a while, then it took a drop and I fought and fought to get it back up and now it’s 1900s where I think it will sit for a few months. I’d love to get it to 2000 then it can sit and spent the rest of the year doing what it needs to do. I’ve also started using the stories option. I mean literally over the past 3 days. I don’t really get it and I always over posted on IG. I’ve got 4600pictures on my account. I feel like I want to delete all then old stuff but no idea how to start and I can’t face doing it manually. I guess I’, using stories to dump all the stuff I’d one put on my main page. Is that the right way to do it?

Facebook page. I don’t use this at all. I occasionally add an IG picture to auto post and I might send a Hootsuite post to it but I find when I do post something I do get engagement but I don’t always want to engage back. I don’t love Facebook but maybe I need to. I’d love to get to target by the end of the year and maybe I need a social media lesson about my FB account.


Twitter – we don’t worry about Twitter. I’m fairly close to my end of year target and while I’ve stopped checking month on month growth I think it’s doing its own thing and I’m currently enjoying using it as a platform which is great as I used to hate it. (the mobile app) 

Stats if anyone is interested. If you fancy helping me reach some of things, there are links below and in the side bar (cheeky much?) 

YouTube
58.60%
Bloglovin
79.33%
Google+
84.00%
Instagram
85.51%
IG SW
86.50%
Facebook
89.73%
Twitter
90.40%
Pinterest
101.50%

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Stationery | Sheaffer Ion Pen Review

Friday, June 23, 2017

On the back of national stationery week and my love of stationery, I have recently agreed to review a Sheaffer Ion pen, this small and compact pen measures just 3.5 inches at its smallest.

Stationery | Sheaffer Ion Pen Review
The pen is a rollerball and the ink has a gel consistency. My pen has black in, I’m not sure if they all do and it retails for £12.99, It comes in a range of 6 colours and I received the purple one which I love (I think it’s billed as lilac but I’d say it’s more of a true purple) The other colours are; black, blue, red, green and white.
Stationery | Sheaffer Ion Pen Review
I’ve been keeping my pen in the inside pocket of my work bag and it’s handy if I need to make changes or add notes in my planner. The ink pictured isn’t this pen as I took the pictures as soon as I received it. (Update Pictures)
Stationery | Sheaffer Ion Pen Review
Initially I struggled to open the pen, for some reason I kept unscrewing the barrel. I’m not sure why I struggled as it is very simple. You remove the cap and then extend the barrel to its full length, releasing the nib so it can be used. The nib is a medium width and is what we say in my family “A nice writer”, meaning it has a good and smooth flow. It doesn’t leave blobs or streaks and dries quickly.
Stationery | Sheaffer Ion Pen Review
The pen has a chunky barrel which works well for me, I broke my hand a few years ago and since then I struggle to hold thin pens and need a bigger barrel. I also like that the pen extends to reveal the nib and this not only protects it but it makes it feel like a real pen (how many fake pens have you used recently? Me and well!)
Stationery | Sheaffer Ion Pen Review
I’m really pleased with this pen and think I will use it a lot, as I’ve said the small size makes it handy to keep with me at all times and works well for my new cute planner. I think that might need its own post.Stationery | Sheaffer Ion Pen Review

I was sent the pen as a review item and as always all opinions and words are my own.

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