Our next Style Ambassador manages to juggle being a full time mum with her many creative outlets. Based in New Zealand’s Gisborne, Phoebe Gander dabbles in everything from painting to photography, while always donning a stylish pair of frames.
We spoke with the artistic mumma about her biggest inspirations and top tips for finding the perfect pair of frames.
Name & Nickname: Phoebe, Pheebs
Home base: Gisborne, New Zealand, but orginally from Devon in the UK.
Current occupation: Full time mum, part time artist/photographer/maker of nice things/very slack blogger.
What inspires me: The sea, my kids, windy walks on the beach with my family, laughing with my friends/sister on Skype, good food, looking through our photographs of the foreign places I’ve been, and dreaming of the future and places I’d love to visit/live…
My glasses collection consists of: Four pairs of specs and two pairs of prescription sunnies.
I chose the pair of glasses I’m wearing because: I fell in love with the bamboo arms! And I have been wearing square glasses for about three years so I decided to go for round this time. Round is the new square I think! I like big lenses so that I don’t get distracted by the frames.
Frame Style: Derek Cardigan 7040 in Dark Tortoise
Round is the new square I think! I like big lenses so that I don’t get distracted by the frames.
A tip on picking out the perfect pair of frames is: Get someone to take a photo of you with the glasses on, side and front view, as that way you can be more objective than when looking in a mirror. Also, don’t be afraid to pick something a little different and adventurous. Life’s too short for boring glasses! And with online places like Clearly you can easily afford to have a ‘fun’ weekend pair!
Glasses are an important part of your outfit because: I like wearing them, to me they’re like another accessory along with earrings, it means I rarely bother with make-up.
My favourite online source for style inspiration is: Pinterest, Instagram, ASOS
My favourite fashion trend of the moment is: With two busy boys I’m usually lucky if I manage to leave the house without a food stain on my top! Life’s a bit busy for following fashion trends, however I do have a weakness for the colour mint and an Aztec print.
If I could go on holiday with anyone in the world, it would be: Aside from my family – umm, Ricky Gervais would be good company I think. His laugh is so infectious!
Sunglasses Style: LOVE L7001S in Black
Get someone to take a photo of you with the glasses on, side and front view, as that way you can be more objective than when looking in a mirror.
I would describe my personal style as: Messy, colourful, eclectic.
My current style muse is: A wonderful artist/maker on Instagram called Ariel Alasko, everything she does is efforlessly cool. Even her name is cool, dammit!
Favourite city to go shopping is: Bristol in the UK – but that’s possible due to the comany I’d go with, chatting over a cuppa and cake usually presides over shopping!
Final word: Never, ever take yourself too seriously 😉