I have terrible vision. I’ve been wearing glasses since grade 2, after I went in for an eye test because I couldn’t see the board at the back of the class. Glasses used to be a mark of weakness; a sign of my bad vision, an item that I relied on so heavily. When I’d accidentally sit or step on them, I’d tape them up (à la Harry Potter) until I could get to the eye doctor’s office to get them fixed. It was in grade 8 I was fitted for contacts and was relieved when I was able to hide that weakness.
As I get older, glasses have become a source of comfort. At the end of a long day in front of the computer in contacts, all I want to do is go home and relive my dry and tired eyes. When I wear glasses, I get a lot of those “I didn’t know you wear glasses!” comments. That makes me feel a little vulnerable, like I’m exposing another side of myself that people don’t often get to see. Almost like an alter-ego. A alter-ego with near-sightedness.
Over the years, my eye style has ranged from perfectly circular frames (again, à la The Boy Who Lived), to thick squared frames, to frames with huge, ridiculous heart decals. I would dig out photos to show the evolution of then and now, but I prefer to focus on the now, which are these Derek Cardigan 7004 in Root Beer. I was chosen to be a Clearly Contacts Style Ambassador, which I could not be more thrilled. Check out my feature on their blog here, and take 25% off a new pair of glasses at clearlycontacts.ca, using code SA1SD7A.
aldo purse, $54.99, and necklace, $9.99 / shoes, Zara, $10.00
dress, Kersh Sample Sale, $15.00 / jacket, H&M, $25.00