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the specs shop

Yesterday Stuart and I went to visit ellenlindner in the specs shop where she works in Covent Garden. I desperately need a new pair of glasses, something which became fairly clear last week as I was squinting at the stage to see Little Shop of Horrors.

I have a very wide face and not very clear-cut features, so it's kind of hard finding a pair of glasses that don't look totally stupid. And since I'm not wearing my own lenses, it's really hard to figure out how the shop glasses look, with my nose one inch away from the mirror. I had way more fun trying specs on Stuart, because then I could actually see how they looked. Here are some of the most fun ones:

And here are the top two pairs from that shop, but I'm still not sure about them. The first ones look pretty classy, but I'm not certain they're really 'me', and the second pair are hard to tell, because they have dark lenses in them, and the other shop assistant couldn't manage to pop out the lenses to see how they look and asked me to come back when the manager was around. Hmm. I wonder what I should get.

Valentine's Day was a day for running into people in central London; we ran into Stuart's work colleague, my publisher, a long-lost Georgian friend, and Derek Jacobi, on his way to act in Twelfth Night.

On the trip into London, I was having fun pretending to be the Sartorialist, because the people who live around here never fail to surprise me with their clothing choices. Except I'm not bold enough to grab the people and take them a short distance to a more photogenic location like he does (which is one of the reasons why I am not a photographer).

I'll label these two pictures Variations on a theme of winter white and ochre. That guy really did have a gold velour patterned track suit, he was storming. When I asked if I could take his photo, he sounded highly amused.

Here are a few more lovely ladies in elegant frocks. (Vogue, take note.)


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Feb. 15th, 2009 10:33 am (UTC)
New glasses, hooray! The red ones are very dashing ("flash"? Is that what they say?) but then again that might just be the model. I vote for your pair #2, tres chic.
Feb. 15th, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :-)
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Feb. 15th, 2009 06:05 pm (UTC)
I totally agree with you about the wide glasses thing. It's very hard to find wide glasses! And I don't want those black rectangular ones that everyone seems to be wearing, although they're the widest thing going at the moment. You'd think cat-eye glasses would be wide, but most of them look small enough to fit a baby.
Feb. 15th, 2009 11:21 am (UTC)
I like the oval glasses
These images are super! Trying to find glasses is really tricky. I like the oval shaded ones you are pictured wearing, but as glasses instead of shades.

Good luck!

Feb. 15th, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
Re: I like the oval glasses
Thanks, Jen! :-)
Feb. 15th, 2009 12:09 pm (UTC)
Hey - just to say I think the squared-rim ones look good on you in that picture!
Feb. 15th, 2009 12:09 pm (UTC)
I realise I am going against the grain there.
Feb. 15th, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks! My friend Ellen said they looked good, too, and would really dress up vintage clothes. So I am tempted, but still not sure. Hmm.
Feb. 15th, 2009 01:01 pm (UTC)
I like the rectangular ones, too.
Feb. 15th, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
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Feb. 15th, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
He was unbelievably awesome!
Feb. 15th, 2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
Who is Jacobi playing in Twelfth Night? Feste? Malvolio?
Feb. 15th, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
Feb. 15th, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
That is so great.
Feb. 15th, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah, we might try to get stand-by tickets next week, it should be a great show.
Feb. 15th, 2009 08:42 pm (UTC)
I would vote for number 3 but I am a stranger.
Feb. 17th, 2009 07:17 am (UTC)
Feb. 16th, 2009 12:15 am (UTC)
Sarah this is Tor's website who I mentioned to you at the APF - http://www.torfreeman.com - she does stuff for Attack!!!! sometimes, which is wonderful of her.
Feb. 17th, 2009 07:21 am (UTC)
Hey, thanks for that! I went and had a quick look at her work and bookmarked it to go back. It's really lovely! She has a beautiful use of line and cosy colours.
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Feb. 17th, 2009 07:22 am (UTC)
Haha, I'm sure you are right about the Gold Man from the future.

Yeah, I think you're right about them sitting high on my face, I was kind of thinking that, too.
Feb. 16th, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
Sarah, seems you are making the most of a blurry situation. Group Health Optical used to have a closed circuit camera so that you could actually see (wearing your glasses) what you looked like. Both pair of glasses you are wearing have definite merit. The rectangular lens appear to give you a squarer jaw line. The ovals, which indeed would be easier to tell without shades, seem quite glamorous, especially with that sumptuous shade of lipstick you wear. Decisions, decisions, . . .
Feb. 17th, 2009 07:22 am (UTC)
Re: glasses
Thanks, Mom!
Feb. 17th, 2009 11:03 am (UTC)
I like your first pair, but I'm not so sure they are really "you" (they're so angular). Your second pair sits too high / doesn't compliment your face, imho.
My real vote goes to Stuart's fourth pair. I hope he bought those!

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