When I was younger, owning a pair of sunglasses was a hit-and-miss affair, with misplacement/ownership responsibility or growth-spurts being the main causes of needing a new pair. Most of the time I would grin and bear squinting my eyes as we would run Summer errands, and completely forget about the whole sunglasses matter.
As I’ve gotten older and more fashion savvy, however, sunglasses have become a rather important part of my Summer accessories… and making sure that I don’t lose them irresponsibly (having older sisters has its perks, y’all. Like watching one of them lose their sunshades in the ocean while boating and observing the consequences 😉 ). I always lay emphasis on the fact that they must be the perfect style & shape, and I’ll usually sacrifice fashion over functionality (and sometimes quality): as long as I’ve got the look, I’m a happy child. I prided myself on having the perfect duo of sunglasses: one brown cat-eye pair for when I’m wearing brown accessories, and one black pair of chic, hipster-esque shades for when my outfit requires black accessories. I had it all figured out! It was a perfectly functional and stylish system, without much money coming out of my pocket– until one fateful canoe trip…
Top: Hand-me-down from Mom / Shorts: Thrifted / Sandals: Salt Water Sandals (similar)/ Scarf c/o Chronically Vintage / Sunglasses: Loft Outlet (similar) / Earrings: Charming Charlie’s / Lipcolor: Ulta Matte Lip Cream in Striking
You may recall me mentioning the fact that our family went canoeing for the first time a few weeks ago. Some dear friends invited us, and we were all game to go! We love spending time in the great outdoors, especially when it means adventure and fun activities… and maybe just a hint of mischief 😉 Leading up to the trip, we were filled in about the many antics and pranks that can be performed on canoe trips on a river, so we girls were well prepared and happily anticipating the many canoe tips and hilarities that would happen that day. And by tips, I mean tips– like, men overboard tips. 😉
I had brought along my black pair of sunshades to wear on the canoe trip, and boldly defied the warnings I received about losing them in the river if I didn’t wear a strap to hold them in place. I prided myself on my reputation of not losing things like that, so of course I thought I wouldn’t need a strap. Well, being the conscientious gal that I am, and not wanting to be put to shame if/when I did lose them; I took a glasses strap anyways. We started our trip, and were having a grand old time in the water with some of the best people on planet earth….
Joseph, my canoeing partner, and I were probably one of the more mischievous pairs of the group, getting our (read his: he was stronger. I was his man-the-boat/cheerleading companion 😉 ) hands on every chance we could to tip someone. Well, revenge would come eventually from our victims, and we would get tipped as well. I would always make sure that I had taken my sunglasses off before we would get tipped, to make sure they didn’t get banged around when I fell out of the canoe. It was during one of our recoveries of being tipped that Joseph had the bright idea of turning our water-logged canoe upside-down and dragging it to shore to empty the water out. Well, I thought a little reluctantly about my sunglasses which were in the little wading pool that our canoe had become, but didn’t say anything about them as we commenced to flip the boat. As I was collecting up our belongings floating about in the river, I discovered… no sunglasses. Oops. People, glasses straps do diddly-squat for you if you aren’t wearing the sunglasses. Both Joseph and I got a laugh out of it, and I didn’t miss them much for the rest of trip, but… that perfect system that I had all figured out, sunglass-wise? Gone. I was left with my little brown cat-eyes, and that was it. And my perfect reputation of not losing things like sunglasses? Gone, too. It’s at the bottom of a river somewhere.
A trip to the Loft outlet soon mended my lack of black sunglasses, and I quickly had a new pair of über chic, glossy jet specs to replace my drowned pair. And I have to say, reading the fashion blogs that I do, I’ve warmed up to the huge, graphic sunglasses trend that is going on at present. Bloggers like Amber and Naomi just rock those shades like nobody’s business, and I’m a pretty happy camper to have joined in the group of bold-sunglass wearers 🙂
So, the moral of this story? If you plan on getting tipped, don’t bring your sunglasses on a canoe trip. Glasses strap or no. 😉
Have you ever gone canoeing?
-Charlotte, the youngest sister & singer