“I can’t think without my glasses.” ~ Vivienne Westwood
Fashionably Four Eyes: Part One
A year ago June, I wrote a piece that went viral which not only shocked me (it is always interesting to me, what wins the post popularity contest) but even appalled my sense of vanity since a whole-lotta people saw me in my glasses. No, not cool 007 shades, but my specs with supped up special lenses, which while they bless my lil eyes with eyesight, are so thick, you can’t tell what color my eyes are!
I have been “Four Eyes” since I was six years old. It could have been my super hero moniker complete with some cool laser shooting action like Cyclone from X-Men. Creation of super hero aside, I unlike a lot of my friends who look amazing with glasses have abhorred mine, Thankfully due to enough begging and a skating career, my parents took pity on me when I was ten and let me get contacts. Oh was it a happy day!
Rest in Spectacle Heaven
I still needed glasses despite my love affair with contacts, and while I didn’t run to wear my passable Kate Spade specs that I had written so lovingly about, I also didn’t hate them either. They were a constant accessory all through my battle with lyme. They kept me company when I binge watched GoT and Shameless at night. It was one of those nights as I readied for bed, that the temple arm slipped from its mooring plopping oh so gently into my hand. Blind as a bat, I knew it was safer to inspect it in the morning when I had put my “eyes” in.
Once I could see in dawns early light I realized the problem was actually quite bad. What I originally thought was the screw and a quick fix, alas was not. I went to the optician where I had bought my glasses and was told there was nothing they could do.
The Quick Fix
I had a scheduled an eye-exam for the end of July and decided to wait to order a new frame until the appointment. Unfortunately it was months away and I NEEDED glasses in the interim. As much as I love my contacts, it isn’t healthy to wear them twenty-four-seven. (I wish!) Because of the shape and thickness of my lenses, finding a substitute frame was difficult, thankfully the optician was able to proxy my lenses into men’s frames giving a whole new definition to coke-bottle glasses!
I grudgingly made do, counting down the days until my appointment. The irony of anxiously waiting to get new glasses, when I hated them, was not lost on me. When the auspicious day came, I not only got a new (worse) prescription, but I happily picked my frames out in record time.
I am a Kate Spade girl. Maybe it’s the name (and the fact she spells it correctly) or her designs, which are colorful and fun while still being modern. Whatever the reason, I made a beeline for her frames and in minutes had fallen in love with a pair of blush pink tortoise gems.
I have written a lot about my obsession with blush pink and the fact it is still going strong this season does not hurt. While blue is my favorite color after the bitter heartbreak of a LITERAL break of my aqua blue specs, I decided a complete revamp was in order.
With a tortoise pattern, the blackish brown mixed with the blush creates a subtle yet still eye popping (pun intended) look. The shape of the frame isn’t just a traditional squoval, but has a slight cat-eye that gives the frames character, while still keeping them versatile. The nose guards are integrated into the structure minimizing those sexy marks left on the bridge of your nose. It also came with a cute blue and green case that is as much fashionable accessory as it is functional.
Owning My Fashionably Four Eye-ism
These glasses just MIGHT have won me over. Since my illustrious eye glass wearing career started when I was six, I have had four pairs of glasses and I can honestly say these are by far my favorite! Gone are the days when “Four-Eyes” was a bad thing, and I lamented about my appalling vision. I will happily rock these. In fact who knows, maybe an eye glass wielding super hero is about to be discovered?
What do you think of these two-eyed beauties? Do you like glasses? Do you wear them?