Do your specs pass the kiss test?

Do your glasses pass the kiss test - Perceptions Eyewear

We can work romance in to any story and fitting eyewear is no exception.  Now, just to be clear, I was NOT romanced or kissed at any point during this meeting!!

I spend a significant amount of time during my consultations to be sure that eyewear is highlighting the contours of the face, accentuating the eyes and enhancing the cheekbones but had not heard of the “KISS TEST” until recently.

I met a long time client at her home and we were enjoying changing her look and trying all the new frame styles for this year.  We had narrowed our selection down to a few frames and then asked her husband if he would like to weigh in on the decision.

He was receptive and my client presented each frame to him using her finest runway model poses and lip puckering sexy appeal.   At the end of our quick fashion show, he commented, “there is only one way to be sure that we have picked the best frames.”  I was intrigued to see how he was going to make the ultimate decision.  He then announced the “KISS Test” and proceeded to explain to us how it works.

He had his wife try on each pair and then he puckered up, embraced his wife and gave her a big kiss.  If the new eyewear moved on her face during this endearing embrace then the frame was out of the running.

I think it was a good excuse to smooch with his wife but he did come up with a winner after “testing” each frame. The final choice was an artsy tortoise shell frame from Canadian designer Cendrine O. that stayed firmly in place after many kisses.

The romance is still alive for them and it is my understanding that the KISS test is now a daily occurrence at their house.

Do you look like Who you Are?

Elmer Olsen wears Daring Dramatic Eyewear.

Elmer Olsen with (one of his models) supermodel, Daria Werbowy.

I had the fun experience of visiting a Modeling Agency this week with my daughter. I would like you to think it was because I was “discovered” to be the next Supermodel…but sad for me that was not the case.

While waiting in the reception area, there was no doubt about where we were as 6-foot slim stunning young women surrounded us.

Once the room cleared, a tall man walked into the room dressed in trendy fashions, walking confidently and wearing a bold rectangular black and white asymmetrical marbled frame. He may not even be tall, but that is what I recall. ☺

He definitely had presence and a warm smile and I easily guessed that he was the OWNER of the modeling agency.

Once we started a conversation with this man, we knew he knew his business. He was direct at the same time he was friendly and open and engaged with us. The look he projected when he walked into the office and who he really is were exactly the same.

At no one time, did I look at just one thing he was wearing. Of course, I noticed his eyewear (it is my “thing”) but his whole image was congruent and authentic. I found it easy to build rapport and trust with him, as I was not trying to “figure” him out. His outward image was matched perfectly to his personality, as was his “Daring Dramatic” eyewear!

P.S. He has 10 pairs of eyeglasses so my guess is they always match his wardrobe.

Do Your Glasses Make You Look Old?

Do your glasses make you look old?

Have you ever met someone for the first time and while they were talking with you, they are peering over their reading glasses or they were taking the glasses off and on through the whole conversation?

I had a new client referred to me because he was doing just that.  This businessman was presenting to a group of Financial Planners.  At the end of his talk, a member of the audience approached the speaker and asked, “Do you know how many times you removed your glasses and then put them back on during your motivational talk?”  40 times!!!

Instead of listening to the speaker, this attendee was distracted by this movement and had not listened to the speakers’ message but rather counted the number of times he had removed his reading glasses.  He had no idea that this small habit could be detrimental to the success of his speech.

Working together, we decided that it was worth the investment in this man’s image and his business to move him into a progressive type lens.  Progressive lenses are a multifocal lens with the distance prescription at the top and reading at the bottom.  This allows the wearer to keep the glasses on ALL the time to see both distance and close up eliminating the on/off of reading glasses.

Peering over reading glasses can also make a person look OLD.  We remember our Granny peering over her reading glasses when talking with us or we remember a schoolteacher who may have been reprimanding us and we immediately think they are old.  Wearing progressives eliminates this perception, as there are no lines on the surface on the lens.  No one but your optician and hairdresser ever has to know you need your glasses to read!