Ian and I spent the Spring Bank Holiday weekend up in the North East. We went to Bamburgh, a place Ian has visited on many occasions, but somewhere that was new to me. This stretch of the Northumberland coastline is a popular holiday destination and yet remains unspoiled and immaculate. It is famous for its beautiful beaches, sand dunes and the castle, which is believed to have been occupied for over 10,000 years.
As you can see from the photographs, it was a windy, but beautifully clear day. It was warm but not warm enough for shorts, so jeans it was. These are the Betty Jean from Mistral. They are a very flattering stretchy straight fit. The legs look just as good rolled up and they are long enough for taller gals like me. (I’m 5 feet 9 inches, 175cm tall).
The embroidered blouse is one of my favourites. This is its third spring and it still looks fresh and current. A statement sleeve will forever make me smile.
My string bead earrings are also from Mistral, but it looks like they might have sold out. If you’re quick though, you can get 15% off any full priced items at Mistral with the code LIZZY15, until the end of today, 31st May.
The Perfect Pair: Otis Sunglasses
What is the perfect pair of sunglasses to compliment a casual beach outfit? Something simple yet stylish in an easy-to-wear colour. These grey tortoiseshell sunglasses called “Little Lies” from Otis Eyewear are an excellent choice. Otis has its roots along the rugged, surf-rich Australia coast. Not only that, the lenses are made from mineral glass which is created from natural elements like sand and soda ash. It’s endlessly recyclable and harmless to humans and animals alike. Therefore, this pair seemed particularly appropriate to wear on a beautiful unspoiled beach such as Bamburgh.
About Otis Sunglasses
I met Nathan Omodei, the CEO of Otis at 100% Optical earlier this year and had a chat with him about his eyewear. He wanted to create a brand with a unique point of difference in the eyewear market; a premium product to transcend the boundaries between style, durability and technical excellence. This includes the use of the world’s best lens material, mineral glass, in every pair. Nathan set out to build an eyewear brand that stands alone, in both style and substance. And he succeeded.
Mineral glass lenses require no added layers or coatings during the manufacturing process. It has a natural rigidity that ensures its shape is maintained. Unlike a plastic lens which flexes under stress, mineral glass will never flex and distort within the frame. Glass scratches much less easily than plastic too. If you’ve worn glass lenses before, you might have noticed that they are heavier than a plastic equivalent. This is not the case with Otis sunglasses. The mineral glass is a hybrid with half the weight and twice the strength of the crown glass more commonly used in spectacles and sunglasses. I’d say that these Otis sunglasses are as lightweight and comfortable as any other. I love them.