An old pair of new glasses

Ha, that fooled you, not giving away the video in the title! 😛

Yes, today I had my sight test, and after all the clever stuff, I went and selected 2 pairs of frames. Yes, with Specsavers, when you spend more than £69, you get two sets of frames, and lenses for the price of one. So yes, I got my very 30’s style cats eye’s glasses, in a blue frame, really lovely for a vintage loving lady like me. I also got a pair with silver/white frames, not quite as round, but very much in with the time, and look, all the same.

Absolutely thrilled, will get them in just over a week.

The thing I really noticed is how much the eye test has changed over nearly 50 years. Back when I first needed them, it was a lit screen at the optician, and you simply read down the list as far as you could. Nowadays there are multiple ways of doing things, and the letters can easily be changed, just so you dont know what they are. Of course, nowadays they have devices that look at the back of your eyes, test the pressure in your eyes, and several other things too.

And to be honest, today, including eye test, I paid less for 2 pairs of glasses, the eye test, and anti glare on both pairs than I was 10 years or so ago, for 1 pair! Just under £170 ($260) in fact.

Oh, and I finally got my hair done, but not at the usual place. My regular lady had to go to the doctor, so I went elsewhere, just around the corner in fact. Judging by reaction from everyone, including me, I will be sticking to going there! You want a look, oh fine. Thanks to Nicole this afternoon for taking this for me, not a strict selfie, but close enough. The curls have died down a bit since Thursday, but you can get the idea at least

Me with curls

There will be even more shortly, after the perm make up top up, I’m absolutely sure. Seriously, its getting to the point where I really do only need the Jean Harlow neural download, and she really could live again!

The video, a song from the year I first started wearing glasses, 1968, though this is a live ’69 version.

A pair of vintage glasses

Yes, I’ve finally done it, only about 15 months late, I’ve put in for an eye test! Needed doing for several reasons, in all honesty.

Firstly, I know my eyesight has deteriorated again, I’ve long since needed reading glasses for close up stuff, but my regular pair are getting less good, for slightly further afield, and lets face it, I’m getting old, and my eyes are going.

Secondly, the anti glare reflection stuff on these has well and truly worn off, leaving a bit of a smear on the glasses, so they need changing anyway, regardless of any sight issues.

So I gave in tonight, and booked it, even though it will not be until after pay day on Friday, I am that practical! Mind, there is also the fact that the only other day off I have before then, is Thursday, when I’m getting my hair done, and nails too. But, in the near future, new glasses.

And before you ask, no, the glasses, or the frames are not genuine vintage, just a modern take on them. Of course, the fun challenge was, finding a pair that look like they are from the 30’s though. And lets face it, Jean Harlow never wore glasses, did she?

Wrong, though this may have been an absolute one off, in a radio station studio

Jean in glasses

And so, when I found this pair at Specsavers…

Well, they make a pretty good match, dont you think?

As Specsavers do 2 for 1 at this price level, I might get a more modern second pair, or another vintage style look, I will have to wait and see.

The blessing today, over lenses back then, they are no longer glass! So yes, I might really look like a certain 30’s movie star when I hit Hollywood lol!

The video, what my optical look will be doing, going back in time

Should have gone to Specsavers?

Firstly, for the sake of my many North American readers, let me explain away the title. Over here in the UK, we have a long running series of adverts, by a company of that name, who sell glasses, and eye tests, for those short sighted biddies like myself, who need to wear glasses, in my case now, for about 45 years! Yes, I have been short sighted that long! Basically they spoof situations, where if someone could have seen properly, they wouldnt have tried to resuscitate a fur hat, shear the dog, instead of the sheep, and various other things.

Thankfully, I do go to one of their rivals, so have never done anything as silly as that…yet! But, there is always time, lol 😛

Anyway, this goes back to when I first posted up the photo shoot pictures in various places, including here, somewhere about the turn of the year, shouldnt be hard to find them, I guess? When I did that, someone suggested I looked like Jean Harlow in the pictures, and to say I was flattered, would be putting it mildly, as she was the original (pre Monroe) gorgeous, platinum blonde. And yes, I did suggest they needed to get their sight tested lol!

So, given my curiosity in such matters, I took a closer look at Ms Harlow’s life, and the biggest shock I got was that she died at the age of 26. No, no drugs, or anything else back then, kidney failure in fact. Something which is dealt with far better nowadays, but back in the 1930’s, was a pretty fatal issue, and so it proved for her. All sorts of stories run, her family being Christian Scientist suggest she avoided operations, doctors and the like, and maybe she did, but back then, even if she hadn’t, she may well not have survived.

Reading about her, it hardly sounds like her romantic life was a success, 3 marriages, and divorces, in that very short life. So, in terms of romantic attachments, I guess we have that success rate in common, though as far as I know, she never dabbled with other women! Oh, and she was almost born in Kansas, born in Kansas City, Missouri, but you cant get much closer, without being born in the state lol!

But, I dont know if its the placebo effect, of hearing that suggestion, or just craziness on my part, but the more I look at those pictures of me, and certain shots of her, I start to see a vague resemblance, given I was 30 years older than her, when they were taken, frightening, or what? No, I still suspect said persons need to get their eyesight examined, but a month on from the suggestion, I’m beginning to see their point.

Who, me,Jean Harlow reborn, dont be crazy, darlings, but…she did deserve a longer life, so…! Maybe I should stay blonde, go 30’s style, instead of 20’s, and do the whole Harlow thing, who knows? I could do a lot worse, and her hairstyle is more practical for me though lol! 😛 Might need someone to buy me one of those curling wands though!

Rest in peace, Harlean Harlow Carpenter (her real name), and dont worry about being compared to me, you were far more beautiful, but died far too young. I’m just flattered by the comparison, shall we say?

For those who need a few images for consideration, there are some here