The Latest Luxury Must-Haves To Welcome Spring Sun

As soon as the sun starts to shine people’s mood lifts. Not only do they feel better they start to feel more like doing things outside the house. When this happens people start to use their gardens more, go away for weekend breaks, buy new clothes for the new season and dig out their sunglasses.

Gifts for spring

Let’s go outside!

If you are looking for a special gift to give someone then one that embraces the new season is ideal. If you can afford them, then luxury gifts will often be the best received. Examples of these could include garden furniture. Although these are expensive gifts, a new table and chair set for the garden could be a great idea. A reclining chair in the latest modern style would also be a luxurious gift that would also get a great deal of use. Some of the most latest garden furniture includes garden day beds, where you and your loved one can relax in the sun on a large day bed.

Let’s go out of town!

A weekend break is amongst the special gifts that people like to receive and isn’t always too expensive if planned in advance. A weekend break to the seaside is one idea or perhaps a weekend in a cottage in the countryside? If you have a little more money and like to give expensive gifts then you could book a weekend in a luxury hotel and perhaps include a spa session for you both. If you would like the luxury to continue then why not pre order some beautiful spring flowers to be place in your room upon arrival or other luxurious gifts that you could consider are fine wine and hand made chocolates. There are adult only hotels available too should you prefer a weekend away from the children. If you have time and money a weekend to a European destination is one of the most luxurious gifts you could give someone.

To see and to be seen…

Of course special gifts don’t have to be so extravagant. When the sun comes out, so do the sunglasses and could also make a lovely present for someone. The latest designer sunglasses would tick the luxury gifts box but cheaper ones can look just as good and be just as well received. Even children like sunglasses nowadays, which would make an unusual present for someone.

…that is the question!

Luxury gifts can also include watches or clothing. The latest designer watch or spring outfit can make a perfect present. Designer shoes for ladies are also an ideal gift. Again these can be expensive, but if you shop around, especially on the internet you will be able to find cheaper alternatives. Sometimes though it is nice just to splash out on expensive gifts for someone to really make them feel special.

This post was written by Sienna Gallagher on behalf of GiftVault. Sienna is an experienced lifestyle blogger and scours the Internet for the latest fashion trends and luxury gifts. As her job involves she is a desperate shoe addict and sometimes loves to give herself a treat with nice things.

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A History Of Sunglasses

Despite what you might think, sunglasses have been around in some shape or form for thousands of years, although they often didn’t have the same use as we know today. In the consumer driven world of the 21st century, sunglasses have become a huge global market worth billions every year. There are hundreds of brands and thousands of different styles available today, from bargain basement models costing £1 or less to the luxury end where they can cost thousands. In fact, luxury car manufacturer has recently released a special limited range in association with Austrian manufacturer Estede, of which the platinum version is set to cost $15,000! But where did it all begin?

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The first evidence of anything like what we would know as sunglasses comes from the prehistoric Inuit people. Living in the arctic they had to deal with huge amounts of reflected sunlight and glare from the snow. To combat this they carved deer antler into goggles complete with horizontal slits to see out of. This reduced much of the glare whilst still giving excellent vision.

There are various other mentions of lenses and vision throughout history, including emperor Nero who is said to have liked to watch gladiator fights through emeralds, but it isn’t until around the 12th century when they appear fully documented. In ancient China, judges used thin polished discs of grey quartz as lenses when questioning witnesses in court. They were used to hide the facial expressions of the judge rather than shield his eyes from the sun, but they would have looked remarkably like sunglasses designs of hundreds of years later.

Through the 18th century, British optician James Ayscough experimented with green and blue tinted lenses, but again this wasn’t for the purpose of shielding eyes from UV or looking cool. He believed that different tints could help specific eye disorders, but sadly his work never really went anywhere. In 1929 Sam Foster designed the first pair of sunglasses that protected your eyes from UV rays. He made a fortune by selling them on the beaches of Atlantic City, and went on to form the huge eyewear company Foster Grant.

It wasn’t until 1936 that the first iconic pair of sunglasses was produced, by Bausch and Lomb subsidiary Ray Ban. Employed by the US military to design a pair of glasses for pilots to protect their eyes at high altitude, the shape and classic green tint were brought about by the need for full UV protection. They were given the added bonus of polarising technology with the help of Edwin Land the next year and put on general sale soon afterwards. They proved a huge hit, and put Ray Ban on the map.

They went on to produce the next most famous design in 1956 with the Wayfarers. They employed revolutionary manufacturing techniques along with new plastic materials to give chunkier yet lightweight frames. They were the first pair of sunglasses not to have wire frames, and the elegantly peaked design became an instant classic.
Since then the sunglasses market has proliferated hugely, and today designs move alongside fashion. There is a wider choice than ever, but will we ever see classic designs like those of the 30′s and 50′s again, or will they simply be lost in the huge volume of glasses that are turned out each year?

 

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Ensuring You Avoid Fake Designer Sunglasses

In today’s market, designer sunglasses can be notoriously expensive, and it’s not surprising that many people try to find a cheaper alternative, both online and in market places. With many designer frames costing well in excess of £100, it’s no surprise that bargain hunters are sucked in by counterfeit frames.

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In many cases, people know that they’re buying fake goods, but are happy to do so as they’re getting a product that appears very similar, but for a much cheaper price.

However, whilst it’s understandable why you might feel tempted by counterfeit goods, if you do end up buying them you’ll quickly realise why it’s a mistake. Fake products are so cheap for a very good reason; they’re not put together to a high standard, and they feature low quality materials. As a result, you’ll often find counterfeit frames break extremely easily, sometimes coming apart just from everyday use.

In addition to this, fake sunglasses simply won’t protect your eyes from the sun as they should do – particularly pertinent if you’re purchasing sunglasses for young children.

But what about when you don’t realise you’re buying fake frames? How can you spot the fake ones from the real article?

If you’re looking to avoid buying fake products, then as a general rule you shouldn’t purchase anything that seems too good to be true, particularly from market stalls. Generally, designer brands only sell their stock via official retailers and stockists on the high street, so you’ll almost never find genuine designer sunglasses in a market. You should also be extremely careful if you’re travelling abroad – don’t buy from anywhere except official licensed, branded outlets with a permanent shop.

If you’re buying online, it can be a little trickier. There are numerous retailers online that can sell designer brands at reduced prices, mainly because they have much lower overheads (as they don’t have to rent a shop, etc), so don’t be put off just because a retailer can boast low prices. If you come across a website and you’re not sure about the authenticity of the products, then there are certain things you can look for – how old is the website? Does it have any published feedback? Can you find reviews from the brand anywhere online? Do they have a phone number and physical address where you can call or visit? Are they a registered company? Do they operate a money-back guarantee or an authenticity guarantee? These are all pertinent questions, and if you can find a satisfactory answer to all of the above, then chances are you’re looking at an official stockist of genuine, branded products.

 

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