Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Sorry I'm Late

Recently, the same thing keeps on happening to me:

I discover something new. I get excited. I go to tell friends about it...

...and they already know about it. They found it MONTHS ago. 

It has suddenly dawned on me that I am very late to a lot of parties, but instead of feeling ashamed I've decided share a few of my better-late-than-never finds that you probably already know and love. 

I'd been hearing about Girls for a very long time. As someone who likes to watch their favourite shows via the world wide web, there is no excuse for me not watching it sooner, yet it took me until yesterday to finally do it. Now I am hooked. Lena Dunham, you are my hero(ine). 

I first heard the song "Mountain Sound" a little while ago. My ears loved it, so I decided to take a risk and download Of Monsters and Men's album, "My Head is An Animal". It is now my new favourite, but guess what? Everyone knew about them already and never told me. Why oh why did nobody tell me?!

So many of my friends love Cos. I've seen them wearing Cos pieces and thought, "I really need to check this Cos place out..." This weekend I finally got round to it, and wow - I'm obsessed! All of their clothes are stunning in their simplicity. Each item is a wardrobe staple that will always be stylish, and the best part is that they're not too expensive! What took me so long?

I love Mexican food with a fiery (pun intended) passion. Wahaca opened in 2007. I didn't eat there until late last year. I have to thank the lovely Cate Sevilla for suggesting we go there. If it weren't for her, who knows when I'd have eaten there?

Have you been late to any parties recently?

Much love,

Swell Vintage


Saturday, 5 January 2013

Spectacular spectacular!

Happy New Year, my Swell friends!

So I didn't blog for the whole of December - whoops! Instead of giving you a myriad of excuses, I'm just going to promise to be better and try to do more posts in 2013.

For my first post of the year, I will be reviewing a new pair of glasses, courtesy of the good folks at Lensway.co.uk. I must confess that despite being terribly short-sighted, I often don't wear any glasses, so I was looking forward to having a good pair of frames to inspire me to actually wear them! That being said, I already have a pair I love from London Retro, but it's nice to have different options to choose from on a daily basis.

After having a good ol' browse of their site, I was really impressed by the wide variety of spec styles on offer. Finally, after hours of internal debate, I settled on a pair I liked - the "Derek Cardigan" frames (who doesn't love a cardigan?) in the colour "Rootbeer".

I was a little nervous about ordering glasses without physically trying them on first, but I had no reason to worry as the frames turned out to be perfect! A slightly different shape to what I usually go for, but still flattering and comfortable. I also really like the clear plastic they're made from as it makes me look a bit cooler than I really am.

As you can see, I have modelling stuff down to a fine art nowadays...

Not only did the glasses look good, they were also really comfortable. I wore them for a full working day (from about 8am till 8pm), and hardly noticed them at all. In the past, I've had a real issue with glasses feeling heavy on my apparently soft head, but these felt nice and light.

In conclusion, I would definitely recommend a pair of specs from Lensway.co.uk. Not only do they have a lot of choice, but they're also very reasonably priced. My pair cost £89 (including the lenses), and came with a good sturdy case and even a little screwdriver should I need to tighten them up. Thanks for making my vision better and more stylish, Lensway.co.uk!

Also, if you follow me on Twitter, you may have already seen my New Years Resolution for 2013. This year, I have promised to do at least one nice thing a day for someone else. It can be big or it can be small; the only rule is that it has to be nice. To help me make sure I do it, I've started a little Tumblr. If you're interested, you can read all about it over at http://niceonefrankie.tumblr.com. Follow me and feel free to share the nice things you get up to too!

Many thanks,

Swell Vintage