Girl Boss

The Boss is in

My favorite room in my house is my lady room, my home office that I have designed and decorated to be my creative space. It’s where I come to write my blogs, and it is now getting much more use as it is the office of the Optical & Fashion Editor of Optik Magazine.

It has been a labour of love to get this room just the way I envisioned it. Now I can sit back and look at my handy work, very proud that I painted the room myself (twice, the first colour was all wrong) and refinished an old sideboard to match the rest of the furniture.

The first sparks of inspiration for the room design came from black and gold foil print I found at HomeGoods, after that it seemed that I could rarely get out of a HomeGoods, Marshals or TJ Maxx without a picture with glasses or eyes.

Etsy is another great place that I was able to find prints and pictures for the gallery wall. I really like that Etsy is a marketplace for independent artists and vendors. Many print shops customize quotes, giving you the opportunity to have the words that give you the most motivation printed in stylish fonts.

I decided on a neutral pallet to create a serene and relaxing vibe. The walls are soft blush pink, nearly white with a watercolor wash of color. All the furniture is white, except for my office chair. Another great find from HomeGoods, the fushia and gold office chair is the focal point of the room. It’s as close as I will ever get to a throne and it’s hard not to feel empowered when you sit in this chair.

What I love most about this room is each item is a reflection of me. Most of the items displayed on the desk and shelves are gifts from family and friends, each memento holding a special significance to me.

There is definitely a theme to my lady room. If I had to explain it in one work I would say empowering. The word BOSS is visible throughout. This definitely lead to my mantra life.

In most houses the office is the afterthought the room that is function far more than fashion. I am happy I have found the ideal balance between the two in my lady room. It’s part office, part optical boutique, part closet and a whole lot of me! And with this tour you will get to know me a little better.

Eye Style

Classic Cats Eye for Christmas

The holidays are a time of year where I often find myself seeking the warm embrace of nostalgia. When December hits I am all about Christmas traditions and the spirit of classic things that I love to experience year after year. I always look forward to taking out the Christmas decorations and trimming the tree.  It seems to inspires everything from what I bake (shortbread cookies from my nana’s recipe) to how I dress (a red dress with a bow, yes please!). This year that feeling crept into my EyeStyle, leading me to seek a classic black cats eye frame that was a perfect compliment to all the fashions of the season.

Surprising as it is, I did not have a black plastic cats eye frame in my collection!

If I had a signature frame shape it would surely be it. I love a cats eye for it’s feminine, uplifting and sexy shape. I have it in many colors and materials, but I had overlooked it in a traditional, glossy black acetate.

The Andy Wolf 5060 caught my eye and I could no longer go without this classic shape and color combination in my eyeglass wardrobe. Handcrafted, in a traditional and timeless silhouette. A pair of glasses that I will no doubt wear frequently and have in my collection for years to come.

Now I meet ladies everyday that are dead set against a cats eye frame,  and if you have this thought then this is the frame to change your mind. It is not too “wingy”, it actually has a slightly straighter browline, but the bridge dip and thoughtful edge angle give lift and defines the wearers cheekbone (and who wouldn’t want to enhance their cheekbones).

This classic cats eye frame is one that I paired with some of my favorite holidays looks. I found it to match perfectly with so many EyeStyle inspired outfits. This year I decided not to match my black glasses, and now I think a bright red dress is a better holiday staple than a little black dress. This dress from Zara was easy to dress up or dress down. For work I paired it with solid opaque tights and a chunky heeled lace up boots by Steve Madden. These boots have a great tread for winter weather and they give me a nostalgic feeling with their 90’s vibes. I consider them my grown up Doc Martin boots. For holiday parties and dinners, I combined the dress and patterned tights with a classic black pump. Regardless if it was a fancy affair or just a Tuesday at work, I topped the outfit with this houndstooth coat from Forever21, for just right amount of pattern and texture. To complete the look I added a bright red lip to add the pop of color on my lips to replace the color I often get from my glasses.

As I wrap up another holiday season I look forward to all the EyeStyle and adventures that 2019 has in store for OpticianAboutTown!