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Phoebe Couture Polarized Sunglasses
I donʻt buy expensive sunglasses. Call it carelessness, call it immaterialism, call it ADD . . . my sunglasses and I are too easily parted. I leave them on beaches or drop them down elevator shafts. My last pair of Maui Jims disappeared during a Rebel Yell Roller Coaster Ride. On a recent sunny morning I find myself walking oceanside, once again sans sunglasses.
"Borrow these, I have an extra pair." My friend Merri insists.
The presence of bright sun and the absence of elevators and roller coasters embolden me to don her Maui Jim wire rims. Wow . . . the blue ocean turns sapphire. The coconut palms become emerald green. The sky and clouds are . . .
"Nice, huh?" asks Merri. "Those are rose colored glasses with polarized lenses. Costco has em for cheap."
I buy my sunglasses at Target or Kmart and try to keep it under $20, but next Costco trip I find myself in the vision center, pulling glasses off a rack via pulley cords and looking at my reflection in a tiny mirror. I like my sunglasses big and bling and sure enough Costco has some. Like flame to a moth, some tortoise shell frames with a side heart insignias call out to me. These Phoebe Coutures are polarized I am happy to read. Me and my Phoebe Couture lenses gaze toward Costcoʻs entrance, where a tiny bit of sunlight and parking lot slice into the warehouse doorway. Hard to tell with just that tiny bit of sunlight, but I am sold when I see the $39.99 price tag. Twice my sunglasses allowance, but my discovery of rose colored polarized lenses changes everything.
Phoebe Couture Cons
- Polarized lenses are not rose colored.
- Expensive. They are priced at over $100.00 on most websites . . . models P705, P707, P709 and P710.
Phoebe Couture Pros
- Stylish shapes and colors
- Adorable insignias
- Polarized lenses. give surroundings a golden glow.
- Inexpensive at Costco . . . models P409 and P711 cost $39.99.
- Stylish case and polishing cloth are included.
Rose Colored Glasses
I pop my Phoebe Coutures on outside the store. They lack the rosiness of Merriʻs Maui Jims. The Phoebe lenses have a golden glow, but are still a big improvement. When I discover most Phoebe Coutures cost over $100 I am completely mollified. Rosy or not these Phoebeʻs have sophisticated bling and that's what I want in my sunglasses.
Who is Phoebe Couture?
Couture is a french word that assimilated into the English language over time. In 1920 France, couture meant sewing or dressmaking. In todayʻs English couture means fashionable made-to measure clothes . . . nothing to do with sunglasses.
Kay Unger is the creator of Phoebe Couture. According to the website, Phoebe Couture has been designing dresses in Manhattan, New York since 1995. The Phoebe Couture label is a celebrity favorite. Oprah Winfrey, Vanessa Williams, Tyra Banks, Paris Hilton, Selma Hayek, Angela Bassett, Dakota Fanning, Marcia Cross, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb are familiar with Phoebe Couture and Kay Unger New York labels. In 2008 Kay Unger New York joined Nouveau Eyewear to launch an exclusive eyewear collection.