Today is a slightly exciting, slightly scary day for me. Exciting because I got my very first lot of try-at-home frames in the mail, scary because when I decided to start this project, I also decided I was going to show you pictures of each frame on my face, which mean…photos of me. Eek! This freaks me out for a million different reasons, but there are three very big ones. To start with, I’m one of those people that are biologically disposed to taking bad photographs—something happens when cameras are pointed at me which results in an unnaturally bad representation of my appearance. Secondly, the weight I’ve gained over the past few years while fighting against my less-than-helpful body, shows in my face. Lastly, you will all know what I look like, and my romantic notion of you picturing me as a Christina Hendricks look-a-like will be forever gone. I’m starting out with a bang too, because these particular shots are taken on my shoddy webcam with no makeup on—so, be kind, yeah?
Okay, enough about my tragic insecurities and bizarre fantasies, to the glasses!
To start with, I picked up my lovely Versace frames on the weekend and was super excited to see what kind of response they’d get from my family. Nothing. Seriously, not one person noticed them. Thanks for caring family, I’ll just go sit in the corner and be invisible. Or show someone who cares:
Those will be my everyday frames, but I’m still desperate to get something more fun. Enter Sneaking Duck—the first of my Spectacle Spectacular contenders. They arrived yesterday in a basic plastic parcel pack, which I was a bit worried about because I know how rough couriers are with parcels. Inside, was a simple black case which, on opening, reveals a row of frames, all individually tagged with the frame’s name. The parcel also included a postage-paid return envelope, and an order form.
All the frames are fitted with plano (non-prescription) lenses, with the individual frame’s serial number on the left arm and “Sneaking Duck” on the right arm. The arm hinges seam nice and sturdy and, on most of the frames, are actually set into the arm, rather than just stuck to it. While all the frames are lightweight, they don’t look or feel cheap as can happen with plastic and wood frames.
The first frame I picked was chosen more for the name than anything. Scrumper’s Delight sounded like something absolutely wonderful…until I looked it up and discovered that “scrumper” actually means an utter loser. These frames are far from that description. A mid-brown wood frame, with almost-perfect circle lens-space, and a wide bridge, these frames create images of old-timey accountants, or snivelling evil sidekicks. They feel very comfortable, and fit neatly to the face, without pressing at the side of the head like some firmer fitting frames do. Sadly though, I think they are a little too petite for my face.
Frame two: the aptly named Decision. This was a frame I liked, but kind of knew I wouldn’t love. That said, this frame is still quite lovely. The top and arms of the frame are a true black, fading from the half-way point to a mottled black-clear mix. The small silver arrow-points at the temples are a nice feature to the slightly oval lenses, and the narrow bridge helps them to sit nice and high on the nose. I think if I was looking for a basic frame for everyday wear, these would absolutely be in contention, but in the fun stakes, they’re probably a bit on the tame side.
The third frame I threw in because it’s similar to the shape I usually always go for, so I knew it would suit me. That, and I’m in love with the name—Peek-can Pie! Cute, right? This rounded oblong frame is a much wider fit which I wouldn’t consider if I had a petite face, as it would be far too big. For my wider face though, these are a great fit, complimenting my shape and skin colour really well. Another mid-brown wood frame, Peek-can Pie’s arms are a lighter, more pine-like colouring tinged with burnt-wood trim. If I could afford a spare pair of everyday frames, hands-down these would be the purchase.
I had high hopes for Blue Hole, although secretly thought they’d look horrible on me. I was pleasantly surprised—they look pretty good! This beautiful blue-grey distressed wood, and pine-armed frame is trimmed perfectly with silver arrow-head details at the temple. Verging towards square-oval rather than circle with a key-hole shaped bridge; these are a perfect cross between classic and modern. They sit, perfectly haughty-like on the nose, and fit around the head comfortably. I’m seriously thinking about these as sunglasses.
Last, but certainly not least. In fact, Noggin is my favourite frame of the lot. With a lens shape very similar to Scrumper’s Delight, this slightly larger frame gives the appearance of the old-school dorky, bookish kid—precisely what I’m looking for, strangely enough. The classic tortoise-shell frame is complemented nicely by the black arms and rectangle temple features. These frames fit a bit firmer than the others, with the arms curving around to hug you head, and the wider bridge allowing the frame fit the nose, rather than simply resting on it. For what I’m currently looking for, I think this was my favourite of the lot, but these certainly aren’t a frame for the faint of heart.
Overall, I was really impressed with Sneaking Duck. The delivery time (ordered last Thursday, arrived today) was pretty on-par with other parcels I’ve received from Sydney. The box they came in, while a little dusty and worn, was nice, and made the whole experience all a bit more fun. Free return postage is also a big win for me, as I probably wouldn’t have bothered if I’d had to shell out twenty dollars to return them.
The frames themselves, as I said earlier, seem to be of reasonable quality. They’re certainly not in the top echelons of glasses frames, but they are a far cry from many of the better-known brands in the same price range. Speaking of which, at $AU180.00 for the first pair of prescription glasses, and $AU90.00 for each additional pair, Sneaking Duck is definitely value for money. They do charge an additional $AU60.00 for stronger scripts, which is worth noting if you’re on the more visually impaired end of the sight scale.
An added bonus is that Sneaking Duck also does prescription sunglasses. These are a bit more expensive, but at $AU230.00 for the first pair and $AU140.00 for additional pairs, they are still well within the cheaper range for prescription sunnies. The collection of frames for sunnies is the virtually same as that for regular glasses, with a few additions, however the sunnies are not currently available as try-at-homes. That said, ordering the regular frames allows you to test them out just as well, and without the annoying inability to really see because the lenses are too dark.