Every few years, my passion for tortoiseshell is reignited.  This turn’s trigger:  Taza of The Rockstar Diaries and her wicked awesome Oliver Goldsmith O’Connell glasses in ‘Tokyo Tortoise’.

It’s All Just A Little Bit of History Repeating …

Tortoiseshell was widely used in the 1960s and 1970s in the manufacture of items such as combs, sunglasses, and guitar picks.  But don’t let the product’s namesake scare you, the trade of real tortoiseshell was banned worldwide by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species in 1973.  Now most tortoiseshell designs are made of resin and plastic (bonus – this makes the pieces extra durable).

And without further ado, my summer tortoiseshell picks …

1. Alexander Wang by Linda Farrow Sunglasses // 2. Michael Kors Gold & Tortoise Watch // 3. Ted Baker Bangle – Sold Out (Similar: Michael Kors Tortoise Bracelet + Marc by Marc Jacobs Studded Tortoise Bangle) // 4. Theory Jacket – Sold Out (Similar: Theory Cropped Cream Leather Jacket) // 5. Selima Optique Cat-Eye



  1. I love tortoiseshell. After a brief dalliance with black frames, I’m going back to tortoiseshell-rimmed glasses. I’m so excited to pick them up this week!

  2. lara ramos

    i love tortoiseshell and taza’s blog! how cute is baby el?!

  3. I love this look!!! Especially the Cat-Eye glasses! They would look purrrrr-fect on me!!

  4. tasia

    I am also loving the tortoiseshell patterns! I’m actually contemplating buying a Guess watch with the same pattern…..Oh so gorgeous. And goes with everything! Cute post!

    • Thanks so much! You should definitely go for the watch – a little lighter for summer!

  5. These are so cool Lexi!! Love them all.

  6. Rhi

    So cool and retro 🙂 yay for bringing it back !

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  7. Wow! That Micael Koors watch! I’ve been scouring the internet trying to find it but with no luck…you wouldn’t happen to have a link to where you found it would you? 🙂

    • Oops just found it, so cute! Also put one too many “o’s” in Kors…

  8. I love these tortoiseshell glasses! Super cute! I need to find some like it. And that baby is just adorable, especially with that knit hat!
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  9. Kristin

    Could she be any cuter? Methinks not. I WANT those glasses!

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