Monday, 18 July 2016

Vision Express: Heritage Collection

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As someone who can't see five feet ahead without a pair of specs, it's becoming increasingly important to me to have a good range of pairs to wear. I'm a pretty discerning customer though.
When Vision Express contacted us to introduce their new Exclusive Brands, I had a very good look before deciding to take up their offer to collaborate. In fact, I popped into my local branch twice for a wee peek. It seems even without my pink hair I'm recognisable, and the lovely staff remembered me on my second visit and let me spend ages swapping between frames. I was won over.

As part of the experience, I also got an eye test. In twenty years of being a spectacle wearer, I have never enjoyed an eye test (although the fact my usual optician is really attractive helps a little *ahem*). Anyway, whenever I'm being tested I get really edgy thinking about the horrible, horrible air pressure test. You know the one. You sit with your eye against a screen waiting for it to puff air directly into your open eye. Yuck. I mentioned my dislike to the Vision Express optician, who informed me that as I'm 'getting a bit older' he really couldn't skip it. So, two reasons to cry now. However, Vision Express is pretty fancy with their testing and they've got a lot of technology that makes things faster, easier and more comfortable. The air pressure machine is one of these, automatically doing it as soon as you're in place to lessen the horrid anticipation. It helps that they talked to me in a soothing way to calm me down throughout (I'm not a baby, honestly, they were just really accommodating). It's the first time I've got a decent result on the first attempt. They also took high-tech photos of the inside of my eye, which I haven't seen before. It was quite fascinating.

Then the fun bit- picking out glasses! The exclusive brands include a wide range of styles at quite reasonable prices, and I saw a lot of nods to designer frames. I was pretty immediately drawn to many frames from the Heritage range. Some of them were tortoiseshell, which I loved, but I was really trying to not get a third pair of this colour! The pair I (eventually) chose were these black frames with metal legs and a little bow detail. Very similar to those Chanel ones and only £169. I'm enjoying the thinner legs against the thick rims, which is a little bit different for me, and I liked the additional interest on the end of the legs. I do like attention to detail!

I know a lot of people are buying online nowadays but it's so much better to buy in store. Not only can you get a proper idea of the quality of what you're buying, but also how they will fit your face. I personally have a big face (dem cheekbones etc), so a lot of frames appear to be tiny on me. I've bought 'oversized' sunglasses online previously that have been anything but on my potato head. It's also so important to have them adjusted to fit around your ears correctly, for comfort if nothing else (and by 'nothing else', I'm referring to the way my ears are not at equal heights so glasses look squint on my face without adjustment... It's a very common problem, I'll have you know!)

While I've been living in my IOLLA Muirs since I got them last year, these have quickly become my every day go-to because they're so light and comfortable. What do you think of them?
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Thanks again to Vision Express for my new glasses, and the Edinburgh Frederick Street team for taking care of this scaredy cat.

Photography by Ian Finlayson

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