Bairbre Power: did anyone see my glasses ?
Identifying your own sense of style
It's one of the supreme ironies in my life that now that I've put on a bit of weight - I buy size 12 instead of size eight - I've discovered that I have thin corneas. This means that I don't qualify for laser treatment, so I'm back wearing glasses after years of juggling with daily disposable lenses.
After hating 'specs' from my teenage years, I've now made peace with the concept of 'face furniture', but vanity does stick its nose into the equation here, because I refuse to wear my glasses on a chain around my neck, even if I do end up frequently bleating, "Has anyone seen my glasses?"
Twiggy, the 1960s sensation and the world's first supermodel, is my new optical icon now that I'm firmly in the head space that specs and Bairbre are a partnership for the immediate future.
Fabulous at 66, she is new to the designer eye-wear space and has just brought out her own optical range, 'Twiggy for Aurora' collection, which is available exclusively from Specsavers. There are six styles of Swarovski-decorated optical-wear which are also included in the Specsavers two-for-one offer.
Twiggy has lots of pairs of glasses in different shapes and colours so she can choose the best pair to go with what she is wearing. She named her new glasses after gemstones, and next season, she is very excited about adding sunglasses to the collection.
Twiggy wore three pairs of false eyelashes and painted on a lower set as a jet-setting teenage model, but now a grandmother, knitting for the new generation in the Lawson household, she wears glasses for reading/driving and still loves her "smokey eyes.
"Make-up is such a personal thing but I feel naked if I don't put my eyes on," Twiggy told me. "I don't wear lots of base and powder and stuff. I wear a little foundation as a base but I do think, as you get older, less is more" said Twiggy.
Having designed her range of bed linen and women's clothing, Twiggy has a keen sense of her own style
"I like most colours. I find bright yellow is hard for me because I'm blonde but my favourite colours are navy, purple and I love pink. If I could only have five things in my wardrobe, it would be my black skinny jeans because you can dress them up or down, a black leather or a dark leather biker jacket. I'm obsessed with boots and I collect brogues. The final thing is a great shirt, because you can do so much with a shirt. My shirts are usually quite long and you can dress it up with a necklace or wear it open with a T-shirt. I think some people get frightened of fashion but I still love going out shopping, I'm of the old school - I love having a mooch around the shops."
Check out the Elizabeth Arden Oxygen blast facial which delivers a perfect shot of oxygen deep into the cellular layers of the skin to revive, refresh and recharge. It can be applied over your make-up and is available for €20 for approximately 15 minutes' treatment, redeemable against any Elizabeth Arden purchase at Arnotts, House of Fraser and branches of Debenhams.
What Mary did next...
When designer Mary Grant asked her cashmere knitters in Nepal how she could help them after the recent disaster, they wrote back "Please just keep sending us orders." And she has. Irish customers love the luxe layering which features in her AW15 collection.
Floral print voile over-dress, €195; black ruched-back jersey dress, €140; floral print obi which comes in a range of prints, €45.
Black pinstripe wool mix pinny dress, €360; frost long-sleeved tee, €60, also available in a new mesh; vanilla 100pc cashmere wrap, €150.
Print voile over-dress, €195; frost jersey under-dress €140; purple ash jersey obi, €30; parchment 100pc cashmere wrap, €150.
Go to: Mary Grant, Powerscourt Townhouse Centre and Cutlery Road, Newbridge, marygrant.com