Fashion Friday: Best Optical Shop

I’ve been wearing and shopping for glasses ever since I could read. I discovered an optical shop in the Mission that has hands-down the best inventory of vintage, classic, modern eyeglasses and sunglasses. Hundreds and hundreds of pairs in all designs in multiple colors.

Fine Arts Optical at 888 Valencia near 20th

The company has been around for a while, but recently opened a location in the Mission. You’ll pay a pretty penny, but these glasses are works of art that you can sport on your face. Seriously fashionable glasses! I could have spent all day in the store; I wanted to buy several pairs.

Check it out. Best spectacle store ever!


Here’s a blurry pic of me and my glasses from Costco. The brand is Modo from Japan and they were a little over $70 included my prescription lenses and tax. They sit much lower on my nose than I would like, but doesn’t impair my vision even though it looks like the top of the frames are at eye level. Oh well, I like them for now.

I’m wearing this strange Mood Matcher lipstick that’s green, but looks different on everyone who wears it. I get a deep watermelon color.

Money Monday: Glasses

My blogging schedule including Money Mondays and Fashion Fridays has been rather undisciplined because…I was taking a mental vacation! Gimme a break.

Anyhow I’m back on track.

Sidenote: I’m watching the results from the Iowa Caucuses come in and I gotta say, I’m liking Ron Paul. Aside from his pro-life stance which I am adamantly against, I think he’s got a good plan laid out. I read a tweet about how Democrats need to stick together and unite to beat the Republicans. That’s exactly the type of brainwashed thinking I can’t stand. Voting Democrat just because you’re Democrat. Hello? Care to read what the candidates have to say about the issues? It’s the blind leading the blind mentality and say, voting for Obama simply because you’re a registered Democrat. I’ll vote for Obama if I think he’s the strongest candidate. If he’s not, I won’t! Use your brains, people!

I wear glasses and I’ve had my heart set on these Tom Ford designer ones for a whopping $350 online. I tried them on at an optometrist office and there, they were retailing for $425! I set aside extra flex spend money to buy these, but then I went to Costco and I swear I found a pair that looks even better for $49.99. With my prescription lenses in, the total bill came to $82. So that’s my tip for today. Costco. Always buy Costco. They didn’t have just Kirkland brand, but tons of designer brands as well.

Fashion Friday: Glasses

Back when I started losing my eyesight as a kid, I hated glasses. They were a source of shame for me because I was a nerd already and the glasses made my image worse. But now I think glasses are so adorable. They’re adorable on men, women, children. Who doesn’t like the librarian look? Here are my three pairs of glasses. The top black ones are Kate Spade that I’ve had for many years. The middle red ones are from the fifties in Shanghai. And the last gray ones are from a vintage boutique in Russian Hill.