Be Spectacular™: The Organized Way to Select New Eyewear
I don’t know about you, but I would (seriously, almost) rather shop for a new swimsuit than to shop for new glasses. There are so many choices! And most of them look hideous on me. It’s a big commitment to choose something that you are going to wear every single day. You want it to look, well, if not downright attractive, then at least not off-putting in any way. Am I right?
Apparently some people have a whole wardrobe of glasses for different looks. But I am not one of them. The only time I get new glasses is if mine get damaged, or if my prescription changes dramatically. I’ve been through a lifetime of glasses, starting at ages 2-4 with corrective lenses for amblyopia, and picking up again at age 10 with glasses, a brief contacts phase in college, LASIK surgery and no glasses for awhile, cataract surgery, readers, bifocals, trifocals, transitions, progressives, you name it, I’ve tried it.Be Spectacular™: The Organized Way to Select New Eyewear Click To Tweet
Enter my friend Dawn Nieto-Gouy, who is a Personal Stylist and Wardrobe Consultant. She knew my regular MO was to go by myself and make the best of it. She made me promise that next time I needed new glasses I’d take her along. So the day finally came.
But first…Dawn made me take a personality test. WHAT?! But, of course…we needed to determine my style. My predominant style turned out to be The Natural (no surprise there) with a dash of Elegant Charmer (hmmm….). Here, you can take the quiz too, online: What Style are You? This quiz and consultation method was created by Wendy Buchanan, a Canadian licensed optician and image consultant. She calls it Be Spectacular™. (Spec-tacular. Get it?)
The quiz is just the first step, mind you. There are also Face Shape, Fitting Goals, and a Top 10 Spec Shopping Guide to consider (part of the package for clients who get a Be Spectacular™ consultation). Then there are the eyewear features, including temple size and placement; shape and size of lenses; no rims v. top rims only v. full rims; contrasting colors, various material choices….the list goes on. Who knew?
Next we went shopping. Dawn took me to her favorite local optical shop, which was nicer than the budget places I usually frequent, where a nice lady helped us pick a dozen contenders based on my new Fitting Goals (what to look for, what to avoid). So, although there were still choices to be made, it was MUCH easier to narrow it down with guidelines… and with help.
Here are my BEFORE and AFTER shots (ignore the flat hair and bad lighting… if you can):
What do you think? I called Dawn a week or so later and said, “I love my new glasses but I can’t say they are changing my life in magical ways.” I complained that no one was noticing them and raving about them. But, to be fair, I hadn’t been out much, nor had I had many one-on-one conversations in good light with people who would notice and care. She said, “That’s good! That means they aren’t distracted by your glasses. They are seeing YOU, and paying attention to what you have to say.” I think she’s right.
Although this is a specific recommendation for Dawn, and the Be Spectacular™ consultation, I realize that not everyone who reads this will have access to them. So, it’s also a general recommendation to ask a Personal Stylist or Image Consultant for help, if you know one. It’s always a great confidence booster to know you look your best!
Albuquerque Area: Contact Dawn Nieto-Gouy at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Outside NM: Contact Wendy Buchanan at Perceptions Eyewear, or look for an Image Consultant or Optician near you who is trained in Be Spectacular™ consultations.
If nothing else: Take someone shopping with you whose fashion sense you respect, and who will tell you if you are about to make a big mistake.
FYI, I get nothing except personal satisfaction if you contact Dawn or Wendy. But if you do get new glasses, send me before and after photos. I’d love to see them!
Have you ever worked (or do you think you would) with an Image Consultant or a Personal Stylist? Was it for wardrobe? Eyewear? Hair and makeup? Other? What was your experience? Share with us by leaving a comment!
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