Our new video series

I’ve just started a new video series to help you pick the best eyewear for you.  In the first video, I help Carol (2 Spec Styles, Subtle Sophisticate™ and Inspired Artist™) pick frame styles that suit her style and her life.  Watch for new videos coming every couple of weeks.

If you would like to find out what your frame style is visit www.perceptionseyewear.com/index.php/what-style-are-you

 

If you would like to find the perfect glasses to fit your style, please call me at  (905) 916-9494.

Joy of Specs!

The season is getting busy as everyone pulls together their outfits for their holiday parties and I am thrilled to be helping clients top it all off with bright frames in red, burgundy and pink.  These colours are festive and accessorize perfectly with the little black dress.

When adding coloured frames to the wardrobe, I often get asked, “now what colour lipstick should I wear?”   I recommend taking your eyewear with you when shopping for lip colour so you can see the colour on your lips and then how it works with your complexion and frame colour.  The Daring Dramatic will get excited about a bright red lip colour with their bold eyewear whereas The Subtle Sophisticate may opt to tone down the lips when wearing a dark coloured frame.

You may enjoy this article about matching your lipstick to your eyewear!

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/4305042?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003

 

 

 

 

 

Can you imagine having ONLY one pair?

Can you imagine having only one pair of glasses - Perceptions Eyewear

 

Have you ever waited to buy a new pair of shoes until your health plan would kick in $150.00?  Have you held off buying that fabulous new winter coat until February when your insurance dollars will reimburse you $100.00?  NOT!!

You know I am being facetious when I ask these questions but I wonder why the be-spectacled would wait 2 years to buy new eyewear or wait that long for the much-needed pair of prescription sunglasses.   Yes, they are considered a medical necessary; hence the small coverage under insurance plans, but just as important is how you look in your eyewear.

Can you imagine wearing your cross trainers with your little black dress?  Or hiking in your Jimmy Choos’?  It is difficult to have one pair of eyeglasses that functions or looks appropriate in all situations.

Over the last year, the big trend I noticed is that clients want to change up their glasses.  The comment, “If I have to wear them, I better look GOOD.”  They will wear one pair to the office and then a different pair to a dinner or cocktail party at night.  I have one client who owns an Ad Agency and her clients discuss what glasses she may wear when she shows up for the next meeting.  They are actually taking bets!!

For some clients, stepping out de-spectacled would feel like leaving home naked.  Their eyewear is that finishing accessory that tops off the sharp suit and the fabulous shoes.

Perhaps, one day we will all have a special closet just for our Specs!

Face shape is not everything

Recently I was watching a morning news program and they were featuring a new line of eyewear.  In this segment, they were commenting that if you are one face shape, you should wear this shape of eyeglass frames and so on.  The only problem this creates is “how do you know what your face shape is?”

In 2007, when I created my training program, Be Spectacular, I would spend a considerable amount of time in my workshops teaching face shape characteristics and then how to determine face shape.  What I realized working with humans is that they have many different “perceptions” of what they are seeing.  Then a time-consuming debate occurs trying to find the “right” answer before we even start to find the right style of eyeglass frame.

While I think it important to consider face shape as an overall generalization, I believe that we need to take a closer look at your facial features.

What do you love on your face?  It is your eyes, cheeks, nose?  Once we know the best feature, then we can fit the frame to enhance that feature.  For example, if you have large eyes, choose a frame that arches up on the top to open up the eye area.  Also, be sure the frame is as wide as the widest part of your face so the eyes are not cut off horizontally.  If the frame is not wide enough you will add weight to the cheeks.  Think of it like wearing a pair of pants that are one size too small: not good, right?

If the cheekbones are your best feature then best to avoid a rectangular shape.  The flat line on the bottom will cut off the cheeks.  Opt for an upswept shape to accentuate this area.

Instead of spending time determining if you are Square, Oblong or Heart, simply start to look at balance and proportion on your face.

3 Tips:

1.  Be sure your glasses are the right size for your face.
2.  Have the frame open up your eyes.
3.  Love your LOOK!

Man Magnet

I recently attended the Association of Image Consultants annual conference in Vancouver and I always return needing a week to reflect on all that I have learned and experienced.  The one thing I know for sure is that none of us have achieved any level of success in our business without perserverance and hard work.  We have never “arrived” and we are never “finished” becoming all that we can be.  I am especially grateful that I have the opportunity to meet my image consultant colleagues every year and help them choose eyewear to “Be Spectacular” in their businesses.

I was thrilled to be in the company of many magnetic, energetic colleagues for 4 days.  Every year I look forward to seeing the many friends I have made over the years.  One of my colleagues from the U.K. is Sue Donnelly and I am especially eager to see her every year as she wears the most amazing eyeglasses and I get excited to see what she will be wearing.  She is not afraid to stand out from the crowd and embraces her funky style.  Sue writes a fabulous blog at www.feelfabat50.com that I highly recommend.

Sue is a testimonial that your eyewear can be sexy and in one of her recent blogs she wrote, “But why the Man Magnet title? Well, the round, old fashioned type that I chose seem to have a peculiar affect on men. Not that I’m complaining, as every time I wear them I get winks, smiles and you know, that LOOK that says I’m a very desirable woman.

Talking to my girlfriends, we decided that my new glasses are the equivalent of the prudish looking secretary that suddenly shakes her hair loose and whips off her glasses to reveal a sexy siren underneath. I’m all for that.”

I guess men do make passes at women in glasses.