6.10.09

an indulgence

For a while I have wanted a "proper" pair of sunglasses. A pair of sunglasses I would delicately place in a protective case rather than throw in my bag, a pair I would take care not to drop. It seems that every time I open a drawer, I discover some long-forgotten pair of cheap frames that have become forgotten for a reason. Erin had told me that once I had splurged on a pair of fancy sunglasses, I would never go back. So, I decided to buy a fancy pair of Chloé sunglasses -- but on eBay, where I got them new for $100 (with a certificate of authenticity).

And it was completely worth it! I can see so much better out of this higher quality lens, and when I'm riding my bike westward in the early evening, I don't have to squint as much. My forehead will thank me later.

I had no idea what they would look like on my face, but I'm pleased. I chose ivory-coloured frames because I kept thinking of all the pictures of similarly dark-haired Françoise Hardy in white sunglasses that I've seen. I have a square-shaped face, so I know that I should choose round frames; I also decided based on the fact that these are the same frames (the "Myrte") that I had selected for my post on Camp Comfort's "How I'd Wear It." I basically had to get them.

17 comments:

  1. I love them. I think I'm still too nervous to buy a pair without trying them on first. I have a tricky myround face.

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  2. I love them! They look great on you!

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  3. I made the same decision last year, but my goal was to buy a pair of sunglasses that my daughter would love to wear as a cool vintage item, one day. :)

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  4. those are awesome. very, very good choice.

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  5. They are awesome! A friend of mine also bought some proper sunglasses this summer and she loves them so much. I'm too afraid of losing them so I can't bring myself to pay much, but so far I'm doing ok with some 50's estate sale frames, even if they fall of my face a bit. :)

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  6. oh yes, once you get the fancy ones, there's no looking back. unless of course they are stolen, along with numerous other fancies, all stuffed in your brand new ashley watson bag while on holiday : (
    now i need to find another pair that i love, because i can't find the ones i had anywhere. and it's been almost a year.

    these are perfect for you, a!

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  7. they look so good on you! and i know what you mean! the better lenses are totally worth it.

    wow, now you've got me thinking i need a pair of chloes, too!

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  8. what great glasses. i love how they look on you. i have yet to indulge in nice glasses for myself, as i tend to toss them into the abyss of my bag where they get scratched to hell. perhaps i need to make myself a nice case?

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  9. Very stylish! they really suit you. I'm quite obsessed with sunglasses.

    Sid xx

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  10. what was the name of the seller?

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  11. Thanks, everyone! I exaggerated a bit; I have a pair of badly-scratched up vintage frames that are the same shape so I had some idea of how they'd look.

    These came with a box, a lovely hard case, a cleaning cloth, and documentation about the lens type -- so luxurious!

    The eBay seller was liuqimin1983, but he doesn't seem to have any sunglasses listed at the moment. He (she?) may be worth contacting because I actually lost an auction but he contacted me with a second chance listing!

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  12. you look fabulous in them!

    i always buy proper sunglasses, but if i wore contact lenses, i would probably go cheap. my prescription is so expensive, i might as well choose carefully and keep them safe in a nice case.

    of course, even thinking about losing them makes me a nervous nellie.

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  13. love these! you're a stunna!

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  14. congratulations! haha i've yet to upgrade (i'm always afraid i'd end up not liking them on my face- small and big nosed haha).. great choice- i remember that post haha. very cute!

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  15. They look wonderful. I have yet to go from the cheapies but I do get tempted every now & then.

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