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My fashion eyewear makes me blind

November 27, 2012

by Jamie Brazil, Portland
Her blog
Author of Prince Charming, Inc.

My vision is seriously impaired.  Not only do I suffer occasional bouts of label blindness, but 365 days a year I can’t see a damn thing from behind the rims of my one-and-only pair of Chanel sunglasses!  I’m seriously thinking of getting rid of them… except they were such a great deal.

Two years ago, I bought this authentic pair of 1990s-era Chanel sunglasses for $15 at a yard sale.  The smooth black frames and the noticeable-but-not-too-obnoxious interlocking C’s are chic and timeless.  Unfortunately, the lenses are so dark I strain to make out shadowed objects on the brightest days of August.  I wouldn’t dare drive in these glasses.  There’s such as a thing as lenses being too dark (unless of course the wearer is facing a paparazzi mob – something I’ve never done – but I imagine these glasses would be an excellent choice for say, Bono or Lindsey Lohan).

My own reality equals Oregon.  Which equals rain.  Which equals dark, cloudy days.

Why do I own these sunglasses?

Maybe the downsizing gal who sold these to me at her yard sale was onto something. I have two pairs of sunglasses that are more useful.

  1. A cheap pair of over-sized Dockers that wrap around my head (outdoor sports)
  2. A pair of Kate Spade’s I bought at Off 5th for only $40!  Now those are driving sunglasses, alfresco sunglasses, shopping sunglasses.  They’re my go-to pair.

Yet here I am, holding onto a pair of glasses I don’t need, wear, or can see out of.  Am I really so label-blind that I must continue to keep them?  The rational part of my mind says consign them to a re-sale shop.  The collector in me insists on keeping them.  Maybe the paparazzi are just a little slow finding me.

But seriously… what am I going to do?  Sell or keep?

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Amy C. November 27, 2012

LOL. I have been there. Done that. 🙂

Kimo November 27, 2012

Keep those shades. The moment you let them go, you will then wish you had them days later. At least that is what the obsessive in me says. Really, have fun, keep’m.

admn November 27, 2012

I adore those sides styles.

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