New glasses!!

Even I am wearing pink!

I say that my current glasses are a key part of my look. And I do love them -- the color makes me really happy and I think they flatter my face shape. I've had them five years, and the lenses are wicked scratched. I was going to replace the lenses in the same frames.

Then, at my favorite eyeglass store (Eye Gotcha on Castro St), a sales guy with a knack for choosing the right frames completely sold me on the idea of something new. These frames were the first ones he thought of, and the boldness of the black frame with icy pink sides just called out to me.

I was there on a day that the designer (Anne et Valentin) had a trunk show with all the frame color options (the shop was so crowded!). For this same frame, I could have gone with a color theme similar to my old glasses, warm tortoiseshell in front and a vibrant purple-blue on the sides. But it was time for a change, and the trunk show designer rep also said he preferred these because they were a little edgier and matched my style better.

I hope he's right! It's always hard to adjust to a new look but it's exciting, too.

My one aesthetic dilemma, photo #3: I've been wearing lime green eye shadow occasionally (no mascara, going for a sort of weird Tilda Swinton effect). I'm not sure it really goes with the pink frames. What do you think?

ps - as a bonus, these stay on my face so much better. My old glasses always slid down my nose, with no nose pads. In fact, I'm pretty sure that's the main source of my forehead wrinkles, a lifetime of scrunching up my face to move my glasses up my nose.

pps - these photos are from the day I bought them, without prescription lenses. My eyes look so much bigger! I don't have good photos yet of the final version, but it's too bad that my strong prescription will always shrink my eyes (-6 plus -3 astigmatism).

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  • Nomad replied 7 years ago

    I really like those on you! The shape is very flattering but a little unusual, and the black + pink does edge up the pink well.

    I think the lime green eyeshadow actually works really well with the pink. I've seen the color pairing before (see: Maybelline's classic Great Lash packaging), and it's a nice kind of edgy juxtaposition of a pastel plus an acid/neon. It also plays as a sort of variant of the red/green complementary pairing (but without the Christmas vibes).  I say go for it, and you even have color theory on your side.

  • JAileen replied 7 years ago

    I agree with the green works very well with the pink. I like the frames. Kind of cool nerd.

  • replied 7 years ago

    Cool! I definitely agree with a shake-up after 5 years. These are much edgier than your other ones.

    I think the green eyeshadow goes well with the pink.

  • Brooklyn replied 7 years ago

    I like them! They are unique and statement-ish. I think the green eyeshadow goes well with them.

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    LOVE!! Those are fantastic on you. Wow. So glad you went for the change. I love how they echo the aesthetic of your hairstyle. The soft pale pink picking up the romance of your curls; the sharp black picking up the punk undercut. And the green shadow looks sensational with them in this photo! 

  • Thea replied 7 years ago

    Love Love Love the new frames! They fit and flatter, and seem to me to go super well with your edgy style. The pink is lovely soft pink that looks beautiful against your skin.

  • Sal replied 7 years ago

    I love the frames and they sound comfortable and practical too!!

    Wear the green shadow- green and pink are complementary tones so they totally go together:)

  • Jaime replied 7 years ago

    Love the frames on you! I think the pink and green does a nice ironic flip on the preppy handbook (dated reference obviously).

  • Joy replied 7 years ago

    Yes!  edgy and feminine too and I think the neon green eye shadow works.  Maybe you need a neon green bag :)

  • Greyscale replied 7 years ago

    I'm so glad you all like them!! Thanks. And I was just at dinner with friends who thought they were a good choice, too. Phew. New-glasses anxiety has been conquered.

    Joy, I've considered a neon green bag! Maybe I'll do it. Someone here (can't remember who, oops) posted photos this week with a citron hip pack which reminded me how cool a pop of color can look.

    Shevia, funny point about the preppy combo! I did grow up in the epicenter of prep-land (Connecticut) so maybe I'm pre-conditioned to like it!

  • bella replied 7 years ago

    Cool frames and the eyeshadow is amazing and looks very well with your new frames! 

  • Jenni NZ replied 7 years ago

    I love the new frames as much as the old ones. Something quite unexpected about the pink which really suits you ( she says incoherently). Maybe it's the juxtaposition of a princessy pink with you non-princessy style? I like the lime green with them too. Tilda Swinton is a good style icon for you, I agree. Have you looked at Kibbe types to see if you and she are a similar one?
    Will we be able to turn you a bit matchy-matchy do you think ( to the dark side, or maybe the light side is the dark side to you? ) :)

  • Tisa replied 7 years ago

    Edgy! Black and pink is a good combination in my opinion. I don't think many people could wear these glasses well, but you pull it off beautifully.
    They fit your style.

  • Lucy replied 7 years ago

    Awesome choice! I find choosing glasses super stressful - especially as I can't see them to choose lol. Though this has been made easier with iPads and phones, it's still not quite the same. But these look amazing on you, just the right amount of edge. 

  • lyn67 replied 7 years ago

    Wow, they are K2K! Supper cool with the green eyeshadow and Tilda Swanson look!

  • Cee replied 7 years ago

    I love them !

  • Joana replied 7 years ago

    Very edgy, and the juxtaposition of black and pink just adds to that edginess. They suit you.
    And somehow these glasses loosely associate for me with that girl from music band Die Antwoord in some movie carrying a pink gun.

    p.s. Tilda Swinton is a great source for inspiration :)

  • replied 7 years ago

    They suit you very well, and look great with the green eyeshadow! 

    Picking out frames is the devil, isn't it?  Congratulations on finding the perfect pair!

  • Angie replied 7 years ago

    LOVE the new specs on you. Killer. 

  • JuniperGreen replied 7 years ago

    GREAT choice!  Love em for you and you rock the green eye shadow!  (I agree with Joy you need a lime bag now to match!!)

    Isn't picking out a new pair of glasses just harrowing?!  It's an investment and a commitment.  I waited over 6 months to pull the trigger on my current pair because they *felt* like such a departure from my last frame style, though looking back, they really aren't so different.  I was lucky my best friend was in town when I went to make the final decision.  I tried on just about every pair in the store and landed of course on the pair I'd been considering for so long.  

    (PS it's so great to look with a dear trusted friend ... she can say "oh dear Lord NO" to frames in a way that makes me LAUGH instead of cringe!) 

  • Diana replied 7 years ago

    Those are great specs! I really like the combo with the green eyeshadow.

  • karen13 replied 7 years ago

    They look so good! And with the green eyeshadow too. Very fun look. I'm going to need a new prescription and this inspires me to venture in to a higher end store. I got my first set of progressive 3 years ago, and like not having to take the on and off, but did not realize how much I would wear them. So it will be worth it to spend a bit more next time to get the right frame.

    Are those multi focal or single?

  • Janet replied 7 years ago

    Those are awesome -- I love them on you. I think the combination with the green eyeshadow is brilliant. 

  • Greyscale replied 7 years ago

    Jenni, I do feel a bit of a pull to the light side! I've set aside my dislike of pink (the dislike came from childhood gender dynamics, not an aesthetic preference) and I can almost imagine adding a few pink items into my look occasionally. Maybe a blush tee instead of white, for instance (I've already been wearing more white than I used to). We'll see.

    Joana, I'm delighted by that Die Antwoord association! I am nowhere near as edgy as her, of course, but she's got an impressive style.

    Karen, they're single focus (near-sighted). The one nice thing about my very strong prescription is that age might actually improve it a bit for the next few years, until I eventually need reading correction too.

    And I agree with you all about how stressful it can be to commit. This decision was easier than usual, with good iphone photos taken by my boyfriend, but I did a lot of second-guessing after I'd ordered them. My sweet boyfriend realized that and did a sort of Jedi mind trick... he was actually in favor of a different pair at first but once I made the decision and was waiting apprehensively to get them back from the optometrist, he'd steadfastly say how great they are with no reservation, every time I said something uncertain. He knows me well! (I just remembered that I bought my previous frames in one of the multi year long-distance phases of our relationship -- it was so nice to have him around this time! He's got great taste.)

    Another great thing about this optometry store is that they do take VSP insurance -- most places with high end frames don't. It still came to quite a bit after insurance, especially with my very strong lenses, but since it's the first thing people see about me, it seemed worth it.

  • rachylou replied 7 years ago

    Fun! Go Pink! :)

  • JAileen replied 7 years ago

    Greyscale, you reminded me that I should be getting my new glasses soon, from the boutique optical place in our neighborhood. The guy helping me was nerdy cool, and probably around my son's age. I told him I didn't want anything frilly. He really got my style, which was great. He didn't show me any old lady glasses. Note: I can say that because I'm an old lady.

    We have VSP, too, but the allowance for frames is something like $200, when most frames are at least twice that.

  • replied 7 years ago

    Very nice unexpected way to wear pink! I can relate to eyes-look-smaller-because of strong prescription as I have a similar correction & astigmatism. But I just got new glasses too & although they're larger frames than my last ones, I was pleasantly surprised by how thin they are. So, I hope your lenses are thinner than you expected too!


  • approprio replied 7 years ago

    Excellent choice! I feel your pain with the strong prescription (-5 here) but lenses are so much better than they used to be. Do you have prescription sunnies too?

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