When I decided I wanted to get serious with my photos on Instagram and my blog, I did not have the freedom to simply call up a professional photographer whenever I was in the mood for photos (maybe one day if I win the lottery). Luckily, Alex (my soulmate) suggested we buy our own camera so he could learn how to take photos decent enough to pass my approval to post on my socials.
Because we were always stuck on opposite sides of one lens, there was never a possibility to have a proper photo taken together, unless you count the really awkward self timer ones which are not my favorite.
Then one day we were asked to do a photoshoot TOGETHER for an optical magazine called ‘Optik Magazine’ by the amazing editor Sheena Taff (@optician.about.town).
The process took about 3 hours for the shoot alone. My biggest fear during the shoot was that after taking all this time and effort the photos wouldn’t turn out the way I wanted. I was scared that I kept making dumb faces and awkward poses.
I could not have been more wrong. After receiving the photos I was amazed at how talented our photographer was. She caught the perfect shots during our silly moments and found the best angles during out still shots.
These photos will definitely be treasured and remembered as something fun and special that we got to experience for the first time together ❤
1.Know which lenses you’ll need. Now, I don’t mean you have to know all the techy ophthalmic terms (leave that to the Opticians) before you can even enter an optical store but at least know a few things so you are not being sold something you don’t really need, or worse, sold something that’s missing things that you really need! I recommend doing some research on the following things: Lens Index (thickness), Coatings (anti-reflective, blue-light), Lens styles (anti-fatigue, progressive, bi-focal).
2.Don’t overthink it! Realistically you should be getting new glasses every two years, so don’t get hung up on finding the one “perfect pair” because as you get to wear them you will always find something that can be better about them (but that’s a thought for the future pair). For now just make sure the frames you choose are right for your face, in terms of bridge fit and comfort.
3.Comfort. This is more of a personal preference but depending on frame material and how it’s made, it can affect the comfort if you are going to be wearing it all day long. This is why I recommend to not be shy and try on different styles of frames while you are in the store. Walk around with a thicker acetate frame and then compare it to perhaps a titanium lightweight one. If you like a heavier look then the frame will most likely weigh a little more and vice versa. Alternatively, you can ask you Optician to find you something in between!
4.Color matters… to most people. Think about your wardrobe at home not just what you are wearing while picking out your frames. Maybe even think ahead and try to wear something neutral! Really pay attention to your hair, eye, and skin color as well and see what frames compliment your coloring. I love to bring color not only into my frames but my lenses as well. Transitions lenses come in a variety of different color options and really bring your look to life when exposed to UV.
5. Be ready for some lifestyle adjustments. I don’t mean to scare anyone but being a person who got their first pair of glasses at 19, there is definitely a small adjustment period. You’ll maybe come to find that you are a bit more dependant on your glasses because they allow you to see to your full potential. Don’t let that worry you because wearing glasses will not make your vision weaker! They are a support tool for your eyes and they reduce strain and help them relax. Not wearing them can do more bad than good so keep them on you and handy everywhere you go!
6. Know how to take care of your new glasses! Glasses are exposed to a lot of dirt throughout the day. Your skins sweat and oils and all the dust and particles from the outside world are always coming into contact with your glasses and if not properly cleaned everyday it can cause bacteria and mold buildup (especially if you have nose pads) as well as scratched lenses. Use a microfibre cloth to buff your lenses when you’re out and when you get home run them under cool running water and rub a drop of mild dish soap on the lenses to get the days dirt right off.
NEVER use hot water on your lenses, leave the glasses in hot areas such as the car, shower, hot tub, oven area…etc.
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his year Vancouver missed that one week of crisp sunny Autumn and instead got bombarded with a month’s worth of rain for the first two weeks of September. Luckily, I spent my last few days of summer in some fall inspired outfits!
I found this beautiful 100% wool hat
at Aritzia on Granville and thought it would be the perfect POP of color to
brighten any neutral outfit.
And OF COURSE I had to pull out my favorite Fall frame from last year by Andy Wolf Eyewear with Transitions Lenses that tint into the perfect Emerald shade every time.
Keeping my outfits a bit on the spicy side this year. Rainfalls have definitely been a barrier for my outfits in previous years, so pairing my outfit with something that can cover me up without taking away from the whole look is ideal.
I love having the cardigan and my frames be the same shade, because if I chose to take off one or the other I would still have color somewhere in my outfit.
PS: How gorgeous are the sunset amber style color lenses by Transitions Lenses?!?
This final outfit I have been DYING to take photos in. I’ve owned this slip dress FOREVER now and was always too shy to wear it by itself. Until finally I found some inspo while browsing through the gram and decided it would be perfect with a white mock-neck sweater underneath!
I have Transitions Lenses in every pair of glasses that I own, I honestly think I would feel naked without them. It has become a habit of mine to co-ordinate my outfits with the colours of the frame and lenses together. It’s one more thing that makes picking outfits so much more fun!
Darken 30% faster, even darker
Some peoples complaint about the previous generation was that they did not turn dark quick enough when the wearer stepped outside into direct blinding sunlight. Transitions claims that the Gen8 lenses are meant to darken quicker. Based on my findings and comparing them to my Signature 7 transitions lenses, I would say they in fact do turn darker quicker if you are in the direct sunlight and are slightly darker.
Fades back 3 minutes faster!
Now this would have to be the most asked question I get from my patients:
“How fast will they fade back to all the way clear?”
I always give mine 3-6 minutes to turn back to all the way clear depending on how dark they were before I stepped inside, but the transition is so smooth I don’t even notice it happening. I compared both generations of transitions lenses, the new and last years, and the new one was visibly quicker than the old.
Gen8: From completely dark to clear: approx. 4 minutes 30 seconds
Signature 7s: From completely dark to clear: approx. 7 minutes 30 seconds
Still completely clear indoors
Transitions Gen8, although darker outdoors, are still completely clear indoors. Now that’s impressive!
I paired my brand new Gen8 brown lenses in a teal cats eye frame with a simple little black summer dress and white snakeskin textured mules. I really wanted to contrast the dress with brighter tones on the top and bottom, but at the same time really draw attention to the frame and lenses. A very quick and simple look!
Having accumulated so many frames throughout a couple years, I finally have enough to be able to create season favorites.
I have put out my summer most worn frames into my favorite Oyobox so that they are ready to be matched with my outfit every summer morning.
Because I have so many frames (even within those season bunches) I have picked my TOP THREE most worn frames this summer, and I want to share with you why I love them so much!
1 Etnia Barcelona
I get new frames quite often and this is one of my most recent finds. A geometric shaped frame made by Etnia Barcelona. It has a thin profile, made of metal that has been painted in a soft off white color. I love matching it with any brighter and more colorful outfit since it won’t clash with the majority of tones in my summer closet.
Dress: handmade by my wonderful mum
2: Prodesign Denmark
I LOVE this Prodesign exaggerated cat’s eye sunglass frame for many reasons:
It’s black so it goes with pretty much anything
The shape can make any casual outfit look sassy
It’s such a comfortable fit (at least for me)
The backside anti reflective coating on these sunglasses make me gravitate more to them because it doesn’t let light reflect into my eyes, causing discomfort (this is especially important when I’m driving so I don’t get distracted)
@UBC in Vancouver enjoying the mini falls
3: Andy Wolf
Finally, my very first frame from Andy Wolf Eyewear. This frame has been my ultimate go to frame all summer for two big reasons.
I love the shape and color of it. It goes with everything and I always receive so many compliments whenever I go out in this frame no matter what outfit I’m wearing, it’s always the star of the show.
The second reason is not the frame but the lenses in the frame. They are the Transitions XtrActive lenses in graphite green. They are more light sensitive and turn darker than regular Transitions which makes them perfect for sunny days.