Ah, reading glasses. One of the universal experiences of aging, that moment when we reset our daily lives just to be able to see close up.
If you asked me, “Lisa, do you wear glasses,” I’d probably say no. But then, if we look closely, I’d have to recant. I wear reading glasses 70% of the time. And not just for reading. As evidence, here are photos from my wedding and reception. In the first, my son is pouring Perrier on me to help remove the red wine I’ve just spilled down my front. I’m holding champagne suede sparkle-toed Jimmy Choos in my hand, so they don’t get wrecked. Elegance ‘R Us.
In the second photo, I’m reading my vows. Glasses make such a nice bridal hairpiece, don’t you think?
All of which is by way of an introduction to my work with Readers.com. They sent me 4 pairs of glasses and asked me to take pictures of myself, full face and outfits, to use in the Collections part of their site. They even awarded me an eponymous pair. Just had to use that word. Behold, the Lisa. Ironically, my first choices were much more subdued, this one we came up with after a few iterations. Artsy despite myself. Thank you universe, and Readers.com.
Would you like to see a few outtakes? Before I understood what was required to actually market glasses, I took some Artsy shots. Faded to translucency in the Sophie.
Convict-style, in the Lisa.
And untrammeled hair, fuzzing in the late Berkeley sun, UNIQLO Ines de la Fressange linen blazer, Bottega Veneta hobo, double diamond solitaire necklace, and the Whistler in tortoise.
The Readers.com site, wholly apart from any of my participation, is easy to navigate, their glasses myriad and fun, prices extremely reasonable. If you need some specs, or are just curious about what the less Artsy photos looked like, I’m over here, in their Influencers Collection. Along with other midlife style bloggers you will recognize and, I suspect, enjoy.
An additional bit of fun in all this. I’m always parsimonious in my glasses-buying, never keeping more than 2-3 pair on hand. This recent abundance brought a new sense of play to the old necessity. Having a whole bunch of reading glasses is kind of like living in your own personal photo filters. Otherwise stated, glasses frames, along with rectangular scarves and dangling earrings, make a wonderful and easily switched out accessory of choice.
Finally, a big thank you to Readers.com. The project was a lot of work, but made me feel very creative and adventurous. All to the good.
P.S. Had to use “parsimonious” too. I guess talking about reading glasses also makes me feel smart, for bonus points.
I received compensation for the project of photo-taking for Readers.com, but not for this post. Wedding photos by Emilia Jane Photography.