I remember arguing 12 years ago with my boyfriend about my mobile phone. I had a perfectly functional mobile phone that I got for free at a Softbank (back then J-phone) shop in exchange for a contract. He kept telling me that it was old and uncool and that I ought to change it to a newer model… I couldn’t understand it back then.. A newer model? Why? When this one is working just fine!
I had the same thinking about a lot of things. For example, why would a person need more than one umbrella or more than one pair of sunglasses? And for a long time, I did indeed have only one pair of sunglasses and only one umbrella that I kept repairing again and again after each typhoon season. I still have it – my good old Vivienne Westwood stick umbrella. Love it!
Anyway, two years ago, I got beautiful Chanel shades from my friend Laura who explained to me that just like shoes and bags, sunglasses can express mood and match outfits. Her carefully coordinated looks really inspired me. Ever since then, I have been open to the crazy idea of having more than one pair of sunglasses and this year I finally got over myself and bought another one – my very first Wayfarer Ray-Ban!
My father always told me to buy shoes from a shoe maker and makeup from a cosmetics company. I ignored his advice a lot by buying all sorts of things from fashion clothing labels. I remember buying a fashion ring from Dior. The paint peeled the next day and it wasn’t even a fake.. I was also first in line when 5 or so years ago Armani opened it’s makeup stand in Shinjuku Isetan. Now I get it. If you want to walk in your shoes and not feel excruciating pain, you ought to go for Frye instead of Zara and if you want sunglasses that won’t give you headaches, you ought to buy them from a maker that knows a thing or two about making them. So, I decided to buy my next pair from Ray-ban and see what all the fuss was about.
It’s a little gamble to buy sunglasses or any glasses for that matter online because you can’t try them on but a real joy when you take the risk and it pays off! I usually do a dorky thing of taking my own picture and then collaging the cutouts of glasses on top of it in Photoshop. That’s how I was spot on with my Marc Jacobs sunglasses and my 9999 prescription glasses – both used and abused for sooo many years! This time, I didn’t have to do it because the website that sold them had this super innovative 3D simulation that allowed me to try the glasses on. The software would program the glasses to go on top of my face and then adjust its position whenever I move my head! It’s a lot of fun, you should try it at smartbuyglasses.jp!
Anyway, I really love my Ray-Bans not only because this particular model has been seen on many celebrities (my insecure self loves this fact!) but also because I got them 50% off! Yup, that’s right, me and my ways. But no really, I was just lucky to stumble upon this website. They don’t have just any brand you can imagine and they also don’t carry the latest models but the assortment is huge nonetheless and it’s a great place to find original sunglasses and the models that are sold out everywhere else at a discount price. I actually have my eye on another Ray-Ban pair at the moment – would love to have a cat-eye shape too especially because it is in this season.
The only thing I don’t like about my Ray-Bans is that I can’t peel the little label at the right corner off. It is embedded in the glass.. The wayfarer shape is so iconic, they don’t need to put any labels on top of it to identify them as Ray-Bans.. It’s stupid! I want that label off!
In the end, a decade in Japan made a monster out of me. Now, I am into all things new hoarding and hoarding all the while I need to be simplifying my life now that I have a baby instead of making it more cluttered and complicated. Will sunglasses join the circle of my obsessions? Who knows! But at least now I won’t be known as “that girl wearing the same old scratched-all over, faded Marc Jacobs shades”.. Now, I am the girl wearing the same old scratched-all over, faded Marc Jacobs shades who also has Ray-Bans! ^-^