Category Archives: Vintage Glasses

Those were the days

Yes, today was the day of the eye test. And yes, that in more senses than one explains the title of this blog. Well, fine, it fits in with the video too, but anyway…

To say I’ve been wearing glasses a while, would be a mild understatement, its coming up on 47 years in fact! I first discovered I was short sighted when I found out I couldnt read the hymn numbers on the board, in church, and had to ask my father what they were.

He told me, but very soon after that, I was taken to the optician, for what would be the first, of many sight tests so far in my life. No, I dont know how many, but I’m guessing about 25, if you asked. In those days, it was simply a screen in the optician, with lines of letters that shrunk to almost nothing, as you went down the board, and that was it.

Nowadays, they check the back of your eye, the pressure in your eye, and several other things, besides the standard sight test. Mind, it costs a bit more nowadays, though whether it really does, with inflation, no idea?

The other dramatic change since then, is even more noticeable. Back then, glasses were what they said they were, made of glass. Therefore, as you can imagine with a child, especially a teenager, there were a few times when the glass got shattered by accident. Nowadays, they are made of some material which is pretty much indestructible. And yes, I love that fact! Oh, the other thing, back then, if you were really short sighted, your glasses were thick, with a capital T. Nowadays, no way of telling just how blind you are without them lol!

I wont bore you too much with the details of the test, other than to say that seemingly over the last 3 years or so, my sight has only deteriorated very slightly. Good news, because there was a time when in 2 years (or even less at one point) when they were definitely going downhill fast.

Oh, you want to know? Yes, I am now the very happy owner of 2 pairs of glasses, or will be when the lenses are fitted. One is almost classical 30’s style cats eyes type, in blue frames, absolute heaven for a girl like me. The other pair are slightly less rounded, but still in that style, with silver/white frames.

The other change, I remember in the past, paying about £200 for one pair of glasses. Today, for 2 pairs, including test, and anti glare for both, just under £170!

Thank you, Specsavers, for the wonderful service, and for having such wonderful vintage style glasses available for vintage loving folk like me.

I will provide a photo, or two, once I have them.

The only other news, the hair getting done. In the end, I didnt get to Sophie, she had to go elsewhere on Thursday afternoon, so so did I! Irony is, my style has got nothing but praise, and I love it too. So, Sophie may have lost a client lol!

Alright, a treat. Thanks to Nicole Woodhouse this afternoon, I had a ‘non selfie’ taken (as I dont own a mobile phone) of my new look. The curls have lost some of their lustre over the last 2 days, but even so…here’s a look!

Me with curls

Oh, the video, no prizes for working out the song title. Actually, it comes from the year I started wearing glasses, eek!


A lively week, or two

Yes, its fair to say that a whole string of appointments, much like London buses have all come along at once, giving me quite a lively couple of weeks, or so.

Yes, the hair is finally getting done on Thursday, when the tresses will again (thankfully) become a bit blonder than they are at present. And, for a couple of days or so, at least, the hairstyle will be very much Harlow too, until the curls start to give way. Also on Thursday, my nails are getting done again, all going to make for a lively afternoon!

On top of that, I’ve finally (well overdue) got around to asking for an appointment for a sight test, and to get some new glasses. Yes, I know, perfect timing and all that, but given its about 15 months overdue, it has to be done. Given Specsavers (yes, they finally got the vote) have a pair like this

And the only picture I have seen of Jean Harlow wearing glasses is this one

Jean in glasses

They work rather well, as one of my pairs. Given they do 2 for 1 over £69 pairs, I might get something slightly more modern as the second pair, something like these, which are modern, but with an old fashioned feel

Beyond all this, I’ve also got a letter from the doctor, ‘suggesting’ I should arrange a blood pressure check too! Havent done it yet, but I really must.

Oh, then last, but by every means not least, next Tuesday marks the day I head back to Newbury, to get the make up topped up, and this time around, the eyelashes put on too. Yes, after all that, I promise a photo, or two. Down there until Thursday morning, I’ll take the chance to look around Newbury in my spare time, maybe try and find where I lived for 2 years, as well as walking around town.

Beyond that, I might get time to breathe, though its unlikely tomorrow, as I’m working a 14 hour shift!

The video, well, you could say that most of these are treatments of some kind, so I thought of this one

2015 – The will happens, the maybes, and just the ‘seriously’?

So yes, Happy New Year, and all that jazz.

The working year for 2015 starts tomorrow, with, err, a 12 hour day! Ah well, can only get better from there lol?

So, at this point in 2015, I know some things that will happen, some that will probably happen, and some that might, though I wouldnt necessarily put good money on it.

Fine, lets start with the secure, will happen stuff.

11 days from now, unless we get several feet of snow, I will be heading down south, and by the time I come back 2 days later, I should look even more like Jean Harlow. Yes, the ‘unable to do make up’ problem is being taken out of my hands, by a wonderful friend, and ex workmate, by giving me the permanent make up job of my dreams. As far as the eyes go, brows (though not those hideous ones Jean had in the mid/late 30’s), liner, and temporarily at least, lashes, should give me a real Harlow look. Not stopping there, as the lips will end up with a cute Harlow bow look too. Oh, and a beauty spot. Yes, a beauty spot, though unlike Jean, mine will stay in one place, almost certainly on a cheek.

Fine, I’m going to have to quickly learn how to apply foundation, but as thats slightly less of an art form, hopefully I’ll get there. I know, famous last words, but…Might even go mad, try and put blusher on the cheeks too!

Who knows, if the men swoon, and start asking me for dates, what might develop from there? More on that, in the last group for now. Of course, the whole new look might start me looking for men, instead of letting them chase me, and then, who knows!

The other main definite I know of at present, the Hollywood trip in April, which really will be something. Yes, there are a few stars on the walk of fame I want to see, as well as Jean’s! Sadly, Louise Brooks lacks for one, because of not bowing to Hollywood desires, but anyway…The one slight disappointment for me, is that I can get to Forest Hills, where Jean (and a few others, Bow amongst them) are buried, but her crypt is not in one of the public areas, so how close I can get, no idea? But I’ll try to see one of her old homes at least, all things permitting. Meet her ghost (allegedly she shows from time to time), that would be something, but unlikely.

I plan to add Dodger Stadium to my collection of visited baseball parks, all things permitting while there.

One other thing really needs to happen (so will), and thats a new pair of glasses. I’m 14 months overdue in doing it anyway, and the anti glare on my current pair is pretty blurred, so all in all…I’m hoping that one of the ‘big name’ opticians over here has got some 30’s looks glasses in their collection, but that might be pushing optimism too far.

OK, to the probables.

September will see a return trip to the US, just a matter of where, which is why its only in the probables. Depends entirely on how my body reacts to a long trip to LA, as to how far I want to fly in September. Well, it will either be Boise, Idaho, to a friend I’m looking forward to meeting for the first time (though I spoke to him in September), or if the body complains, it will be to meet up with Kate in New England, heading mainly to the north of the region, not a part I have really seen much of.

Quite likely, given there are no major sporting events this summer, if it works out, I will have a few days in Ireland, taking in some cricket. Just depends, because there are a lot of expensive ‘musts’ this year, so I will have to see how affordable that is. But ideally, it will happen.

Fine, the less likely, but might happen.

As my regular readers know, just before Christmas, Nicole took the big step, had the op, and became a woman. Shortly after she got back from holidays, it was being suggested that I should at least apply to go on hormones, either by battling again with the NHS, or going privately, a lot less hassle, but a bit more expense. I’m told (at this time at least) that there is no pressure to go down the full op route, but I know with me, once I get started, I will almost certainly want to finish it.

Fine, people older than me do it, but lets face it, their physical state might be a bit stronger than mine. And yes, age does come into it for me too. But equally, I have this suspicion (dont really tell them I wrote this) that if the Harlow look attracts any romantic interest, or feels really great, I’m going to want to go down that road anyway! No, Nicole, and Denise, you didnt read that, just read on, and ignore! 😛 Equally, if the men just continue to ignore my charms, I might just stick with the current figure, current cleavage, and roll with that. We will see, but I wouldnt put large sums of money on that happening!

Of course, as some will know, the irony is, pre op, you have to live full time as a woman for 2 years, I’ve been doing so for nearly 5 already! So thats not the challenge, its the condition of my body, my view on the age thing, and…I suspect how I look and feel, post Jean Harlow transformation even further.

Oh, and the highly unlikely.

A new job? And no, I dont mean the Jean Harlow lookalike role in Hollywood that doesnt exist anyway! Probably not, but once I have the make up, look smart, and everything else, well, it might be fun, but 56 year olds, and new jobs dont really go together, do they, in the modern world? Lets face it, its only going to be another call centre (could do data input, but convincing an employer that I would be a better bet than a younger person, already doing that work), so is it better the devil you know?

OK, the video, Jean gets a mention in the first line (hair), but one of the big changes will be to how my eyes look, so I went for this.

Have a good 2015, readers