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People are becoming increasingly short-sighted. We all spend so much time staring at screens that our eyesight is suffering. An estimated 1.9 billion people around the world already wear glasses, but a further 2.5 billion people really should be wearing glasses. As a result, sales of designer glasses are booming.

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The Designer Eyewear Market

The designer eyewear market is worth an estimated £64 billion. The first designer glasses were launched by Gucci back in 1989. Gucci is still a big brand in the designer eyewear market, but the biggest player has always been Italian giant, Luxottica, which owns the Oakley and Ray-Ban brands. However, with demand for designer eyewear increasing year on year, competition is fierce and Luxottica is facing threats from other big brands, including Gucci and Dior, who all want a bigger slice of the market share.

Leonardo Del Vecchio, billionaire founder of Luxottica, has recently come back from retirement to take charge of the company’s fortunes going forward. He recognises that in order to maximise global sales, Luxottica (and other big eyewear brands) needs to seize opportunities in new markets and e-commerce. Del Vecchio is one smart cookie, so it is likely that Luxottica will continue to dominate the designer eyewear market – at least for the foreseeable future.

The Switch from Manual Labour to Office Work

The increase in poor eyesight is largely down to modern lifestyles. A hundred years ago, most people were manual labourers of one type or another. Many worked the land, growing crops and tending to livestock. With the onset of the industrial revolution, large swathes of the population moved into the cities to work in factories. White collar jobs in offices were few and far between.

Today, modern life is very different. We are far more likely to work in an office than outdoors and eye strain is common. The global population is also aging fast and eyesight tends to fail as we grow older. Cheap glasses abound and it is very easy to pick up a pair of standard reading glasses. Most supermarkets sell them and you don’t need a prescription to buy a pair.

Eyewear is a Fashion Statement

However, eyewear is increasingly becoming a fashion statement and if you care about your appearance it is only natural that you would choose a pair of designer glasses to match your look.

Celebrities have bad eyesight just like the rest of us, but when they need glasses, they tend to buy designer glasses. It used to be difficult to find stylish designer frames and lenses at an affordable price, but today anyone can buy designer prescription glasses from online retailers or their local optician. Designer brands are available in a multitude of styles and they no longer cost the earth – although you can easily spend a small fortune you want to!

The Cartier Panthere glasses are a good example of a high-end pair of designer glasses. These gorgeous specs have 18-carat gold white frames, 561 diamonds and 64 sapphires, and are not the type of glasses you would want to misplace.

If you have problems reading or seeing at a distance, get your eyes checked as you may need glasses.

If you are a world traveler, you will definitely have had your eyes opened to the way people in other countries decorate and furnish their homes. You can take their ideas and ways of doing things and apply them to your own home to give your property an original and personal identity.

Western ideas

But why should you turn to other cultures for interior design ideas? Because by doing so, you will be able to achieve an interior that looks nothing like your neighbor’s, utilizing items that cannot be found in every main street store and colors that are out of the ordinary.

Using decorative items that you have brought back from your travels, or using a color scheme that comes from a vacation can help to bring back happy memories and inspire you in other areas of your life.

African art

Africa is a huge continent and offers a wide range of decorative interior choices. Many of us are familiar with the distinctive styles of Egypt and Morocco, for example; indeed, many of their iconic designs have found their way into mainstream Western art in some way or other. It is not unusual to see a basalt Egyptian cat serving as an ornament or Moroccan tiles decorating a bathroom. But the other African countries have much to offer as well.

For small accent touches, you can use woven baskets as decorative items, boldly patterned cushion covers and other native fabrics for soft furnishings, or carved wooden figurines that represent tribal gods that can be used as ornaments or wall art. These minimal design elements are perfect for those who are still unsure about doing a complete overhaul. For large-scale redecoration, larger design motifs can be laid upon the very walls of your interiors by choosing shades of paint that echo the natural landscape, such as tans and light browns to represent the sands of the African desert areas.

European style

The Western world naturally incorporates the continent of Europe, but perhaps the New World still has something to learn from the Old. Much of American interior design ideas come from our Quaker heritage and borrowings from England, but continental Europe has a wide range of styles that can be applied to American homes.

Take France as an example. Their interior design history is rich with ornate metalwork gilded in antique gold that lends any room a feeling of opulence, mixed with furniture that has ornate woodwork detailing. Much of French style features a distressed look, so that even if the pieces are brand new, they give the impression of having been passed down from generation to generation.

The Scandinavian countries have an almost opposite idea of style, paring down the essentials of a room to a bare minimum and showing off the beauty of natural wood furniture, teamed with plain and simple soft furnishings. This is a style for those who love minimalism and appreciate the clean look Scandinavian style offers.

Use your travels to influence your interior design style to create a home that not only represents you and your personality, but that also acts as a reminder of the places you so enjoyed visiting.


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Are you ready to get rid from the daily hell? If you are mind also looking for the same you must decide a trip to the heaven, but can you see the heaven on earth, is it possible to see heaven on earth? Yes if you select Southeast Asia as your travel destination. The Southeast Asia is the vast region fully filled with the wonders will allow you to experience the best over there. Here is a list of wonders available in Southeast Asia, Let’s see what are all the places will fill the first position in the Southeast Asia wonders.

Vietnam:

Vietnam is the Southeast Asia’s best tourist destination located in the easternmost part of the Indochina Peninsula, where you can find many green rice fields and many historic sites, old temples, ancient traditional and so on. There you must visit the Ha Long Bay located in north region of the Vietnam, which is one of the top ten tourist spot in Vietnam, where you can find thousands of islands with the dark jungle, enormous caves, lakes, floating villages and so on. Don’t miss to visit the tallest pagoda in Vietnam and then Hoan Kiem Lake, Phu Quoc, Sa Pa Terraces, Mui Ne, Mekong Delta and so on. So Vietnam is the good spot for all kind of age groups and it also offers plenty of attractions to you to explore.(image by bsmethers)7518553962_492894ccdd_z

Cambodia:

Cambodia is most famous for the stunning temples of Angkor and many tropical beaches, colonial buildings and an abundance of natural attractions, where you must first visit the Angkor Wat. The Angkor Wat is the ancient site in Cambodia with magnificent and largest huge rectangular reservoir surrounds, where you must enjoy the series of three terraces along with the moss spread water body. There you must also visit the Bayon Temple, Banteay Srei- red sandstone sculptures, Koh Ker-home of spectacular buildings and immense sculptures, Kratie- a small town situated in the banks of the Mekong River. The Kratie is the famous spot for the tourist destination, because where you can find dolphins. Cambodia is the next wonder in the Southeast Asia after Vietnam.

Thailand:

Thailand is the most popular tourist destination in Southeast Asia because of much reason, where you can find crystal blue beaches, thick jungle, and great food and so on. The great Thailand is the best tourist destination among other Southeast Asia’s wonder because of its ancient glory, where you can enjoy the tranquil weather along with the pleasant environment in Similan Islands, located western region of the Thailand, which serves as a best destination for the divers. The Similan Islands is the combination of the 9 islands and fully boost with the tropical jungle with white sandy beaches. If you want to make your trip very ancient, historic means you must invade towards the Grand Palace, which is the residence of ancient kings of Thailand. There you can also visit the Ko Chang Island, Ayuthaya, Ko Tarutao and so on.(image by roba66)5746387003_2597324251_z

These are the must visit regions in the Southest Asia, So make an itinerary and begin to explore the wonders.


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