A Whole New World

January 27, 2013

A whole new world pick 2A whole new 2

It was about time.  After years of drug-store glasses (for closeup) and complaining that I couldn’t read street signs (far away), the final straw was not being able to read the labels on the grocery store shelves (middle).  Clearly an intervention was in order.  I love them…I think.

A whole new world glasses closeupA whole new world earrings

It’s just weird to have something sitting on my nose all the time, though I suppose eventually it will be second nature.  Also, since they’re progressive lenses, my peripheral vision is compromised.  I don’t love that part.

A whole new worldA whole new world closeup

I do love how they look with some of my favorite accessories.  These were supposed to be non-glare; I guess I’ll have to investigate what that means exactly.  One thing I do know, however, is that I can see.  For real.

A whole new world bookA Whole new

Look Ma, I can read!  (By the way, this is a fun book of it’s kind, with lots of vintage photos and lists of great resources.)  I have to confess that in the future you will probably see more photos of me without the glasses than with, but at least once I put them back on, I’ll know what I’m posting.

You know, it really can be a pretty world out there, especially in focus.

Outfit details: Striped dress and boots-thrifted, hat-DSW, cardigan-Target, scarf-?, vintage earrings-flea market, other jewelry-personal collection 30+ years, glasses-local optician.

I’m also focusing on Patti’s Visible Monday party; see you there!



41 Responses to A Whole New World

  1. Four Seasons One Wardrobe on January 27, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    You rock those glasses!

  2. Jeannie on January 27, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Those glasses look so GREAT on you! Very chic & smart!
    I was in your shoes not too long ago, but I couldn’t get used to the progressive lenses. They made me dizzy. I, now, have bi-focals. Still not wearing them like I should, but I have them for driving and reading tiny tiny writings. :)
    As always, you look fabulous in your outfit & accessories! And the glasses!

  3. Patti @ NotDeadYet Style on January 27, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Yes, you are owning those glasses, and looking chic as ever! Like Jeannie, I could not get the hang of progressives but I think I need to try them again; it would be great to see everything clearly! Thanks for sharing your cool, stylish look with Visible Monday.

  4. Val Sparkle on January 27, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    You look great with the glasses! (Or without, too.) I’ve worn glasses since I was nine. I’m just used to them, but I am in the market for some new frames, something really special this time. Yours are really nice!

    • Jean on January 27, 2013 at 7:52 pm

      These were not particularly expensive. I believe they were made in Korea and they’re extremely lightweight, which is part of what won me over.

  5. Pam@over50feeling40 on January 27, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    I went last week to the eye doctor and one of my eyes is worse…so my new glasses should be here by the end of the week and they are VERY similar to yours. I wanted something different from my current frames. I will post them so you can see!! Have a clear bright week Jean!! You look great!

    • Jean on January 27, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      Looking forward to seeing yours!

  6. Amber of Butane Anvil on January 27, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Gorgeous, Jean! I’m having my vision checked on Friday. :)

    • Jean on January 27, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      New frames maybe? But I have to say I LOVE your current ones.

  7. PinkCheetahVintage on January 27, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Very chic!! Love the glasses with the hat and the striped skirt is great :)

    • Jean on January 27, 2013 at 7:54 pm

      I really love vintage looks but had trouble finding the perfect frames. Maybe I should come see you for my second pair!

  8. Lisa Walter on January 27, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Hi Jean, they look great on you. You certainly picked the right frames. Now I have to tell you that you will want to have a back up pair on hand too…and its fun to pick out different ones!

    I have worn progressive lens for about 8 years. I have worn glasses since I was about 9 or ten. I can tell you that I have NO issues with the peripheral vision; my lenses were properly measured and I don’t even have to adjust my head position abnormally to read or do tasks. It feels the same as not wearing glasses. The curve to get used to it should be very small and if its not, they may need to remeasure and adjust your lenses. That has happened to me one time, and the place that I went to that time denied that there was anything amiss. They tried to convince me that I was wrong, but after wearing glasses for years I knew I wasn’t. I pushed until they fixed them (took three tries) and I never went back. The next place was perfect!

    Just wanted to let you know that in case you do have concerns.

    • Jean on January 27, 2013 at 7:49 pm

      Thanks for the info! The only thing that’s actually bothering me in the moment is at night. I was assured these would help with my night vision, but I think I’m getting too much flare when I look at lights. I’ll be asking a few questions about that, too. Glad to know about your overall experience with progressives, however. It’s very encouraging.

      • sis on January 27, 2013 at 10:34 pm

        I found that the night time glare took time to get used to. It did happen, however. It’s worth it. I’ve had both anti-glare and non and it’s never seemed to make any difference.
        Re: progressives. I still struggle with the peripheral vision somewhat, but that also has improved over time. I LOVE the progressives except for when I spend a lot of time at the computer or doing lots of close up work (reading, knitting). Then I switch to the appropriate strength of “cheaters”.
        Regardless, you always look mahvelous dahling!

  9. Practical Paralegalism on January 27, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    You look great in those glasses – like I wish I looked in glasses :) I think we both got the memo today on black and white stripes!

  10. Lisa@Dreamz~n~Wishz on January 27, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    I love your new glasses! You look great. Your accessories are gorgeous.

  11. Ofelia on January 27, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Jean you look very Parisian chic and the fact that now you can read is like the sugar on the Vanilla Crème Brûlée!
    Thanks for the book recommendation!

  12. The Style Crone on January 27, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    I remember coming to the same realization about my eyesight, and now it states on my driver’s license that I need to wear glasses to drive. Sigh! But as you state, it’s nice to be able to focus!

    Great glasses! Makes you look even more sophisticated than usual, if that’s possible. Black with stripes and silver is a stunning combo. The vintage earrings are really quite special!

  13. Jane on January 28, 2013 at 1:31 am

    They suit you. I wear glasses for driving and distance but rarely throughout the day although the time will come.

  14. Trina on January 28, 2013 at 2:22 am

    You look fantastic in your new glasses. They accessorise this outfit perfectly and make you look so hip. I, too, had to give in and add glasses to my accessories and have found I’m collecting quite a few. For some reason my husband doesn’t quite understand why I need glasses to match certain outfits.

  15. Vix on January 28, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Sexy in specs! You look brilliant in your glasses, they look so classy.
    Isn’t it nice to see things clearly again? I was shocked what a difference mine made. xxx

  16. Curtise on January 28, 2013 at 9:18 am

    You look wonderful in your new glasses, Jean – very chic and intellectual, like a cool beatnik chick writing poetry and having inappropriate love affairs on the Left Bank!
    I wear varifocal (I assume this is the same as progressive) contact lenses, and it took a little time to adjust to them, the flare from lights at night was definitely something I noticed. They are completely fine now though and I’m glad I got them.
    Loving the stripes and all the gorgeous silverwear! xxxx

  17. Joni on January 28, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Jean, I love your always elegant look and your new glasses certainly don’t take away from that one bit. I have reading glasses a bit like it and often wish I could just keep wearing them throughout the day but they’re hard to see to walk in of course. 😉 If I did get a prescription they’d have to be bifocals which for the the line is hard to get use to. Ho hum…Your hair is looking especially beautiful in these photos too. Hope you have a wonderful week!

  18. SACRAMENTO on January 28, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Fabulous glasses, and wonderful skirt indeed.

  19. Louisa on January 28, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    You look lovely as always, Jean! Don’t worry – you’ll get so used to glasses you will forget they’re even there. Just don’t try to focus where you can’t see and try turning your head slightly instead. It soon becomes automatic. I’ve been wearing glasses since I was in 7th grade and progressives for over a decade. It’s really nice to be able to see what I’m doing! I just wish I could afford more than one pair at a time. It’s a lot of fun to play with styles.

  20. Tamera on January 28, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE you in glasses!! I love the outfit–so cute!

    I’ve worn glasses since I was 9 years old. Tried contacts of all sorts but found I am allergic to what they make the lenses out of.

    I’m due back next month for checkup and new glasses–I’m going to try frames in that style!

  21. Debbi on January 28, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    I have been pretty blind all my life. My glasses are a part of my face so much so that I feel naked without them. I’ve never had good peripheral vision even before progressive lenses.

    Your new glasses look great on you. The dark frame is very attractive with your hair and with the colors you wear. The earrings look fab along with your stack of silver bracelets.

    I read that book a while back and really did enjoy it.

  22. April on January 28, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    (SMART men make passes at girls who wear glasses. What’s sexier than beauty AND brains!

    Lookin’ good, dear heart. Lookin’ good!


  23. pao on January 28, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Cool glasses. I have fun wearing my cheapo reading glasses. I’ve been using them since my mid-40’s and they steadily increase in magnification. I need them for reading and sewing. Otherwise I can read anything at mid or far range. Anway, you look tres chic with them. And with your ensemble. Toujour chic.

  24. Anne the SpyGirl on January 28, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    I’ve been wearing corrective lenses for 50 years.
    Once I also needed reading glasses, I ditched the contacts and went for progressive (too annoying to constantly be looking for the readers). I wear super giant ones so they act as my maquillage (in my mind any way). They’re from the 90s, and I stocked up on the frames before they disappeared – I knew they were my signature look.

    LOVE your stripey skirt!
    You look smashing!

  25. Bella Q, The Citizen Rosebud on January 29, 2013 at 12:29 am

    How smart and brainy you look, you beautiful creature you.

    I like seeing your striped pants and armload of silver shiny bangles. The glasses are pure frosting.

  26. Ariane on January 29, 2013 at 7:43 am

    wow don’t you look gorgeous!
    I love the glasses, good choice perfect for you
    Adore your boho look, the long skirt, bangles – So fab!

    Ariane xxx

  27. Rose on January 29, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Well, glasses, eh? Fortunately you can carry this look off. It makes you look ever so intellectual. And really, the world being in focus is a bonus, isn’t it? I hardly ever wear glasses, but I have 5 pair of the bright coloured variety ones that I got for £1 each at Poundland. One for each location where I need a pair of glasses! Anyway, I think I can manage with these for another coupla years, so my vanity is perserved.

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE those earrings. How gorgeous are they?!!

    Much love from your twin in England,

    Rosemary from http://www.foreveronthecatwalkoflife.blogspot.com

  28. Jan Graham-McMillen on January 29, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    You have the pretty face that makes glasses look good! This is no small thing, Jean … not everyone looks fabulous in glasses, as much as we all pretend otherwise. And here’s how mature women really do have an effect on trends … it’s no coincidence that specs are fashionable now. And I’m so happy you can see! You’ll be safer that way, and we’ll have you around longer. And there is always the possibility of a whole wardrobe of frames.
    Looking so beautifully intellectual! You remind me of Audrey Hepburn’s beautiful bookworm character in “Funny Face”!

  29. Melanie on January 30, 2013 at 2:18 am

    You look awesome in your glasses. And what a bonus that you can SEE in them too. I’m getting a Diane Keaton vibe here, gorgeous!
    I’ve worn glasses since forever and would love to have a wardrobe of frames like Elton John had!

  30. Sabine on January 30, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    I’m late, but hopefully not too late. First thank you for your kind comment.
    No need to complain about the glasses, you look amazing with it (and without as well). Curiously I did not find out by reading that I need glasses but by trying to thread a needle. That’s now 1o years ago and nowadays I need my glasses even for reading the price labels while shopping. First I hate it now I appreciate it. I love the style of your glasses, very sophisticated.

  31. Kaffesoester on January 30, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Your new glasses are just right on your face, and perfect with the black and white outfit. If you’ve never worn glasses before it does take a while to get used to it. For people like me who’ve worn glasses since early childhood it’s a bit different. We feel naked without our glasses!

    I’m crazy about your earrings! They remind me of Danish Silversmith George Jensen’s work, very beautiful!

  32. Style Higher™ on January 30, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    Hi Jean! Long time no blog see. I have been out of the mix for a few months.
    When I was 12 I got my first pair of glasses and could see clearly for the first time in my life. It was such an amazing experience. I think you look smart in them. :-) BTW, it is so windy in Atlanta right now I am worried about the roof blowing off. :-) I still think I need to accidentally run into you at Foxes. xo

  33. Gigi on February 2, 2013 at 6:18 am

    Perfect pair of glasses! Looks good on you!

    I’m officially in love with all your silver! Hope all is going well with you. Big hug.


  34. Megan Mae on February 4, 2013 at 12:47 am

    The new glasses are very cute!! I lost my first pair because I refused to wear them for a year. I didn’t have glasses until high school. I finally found some frames that suit my face and I’m quite happy to wear glasses now.

  35. Serene on February 4, 2013 at 6:08 am

    I LOVE the glasses! They look great on you! I may be heading in that direction myself, as everything seems to have to be held at arms length for me to be able to read it!! Hugs to you!! Serene

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