I love accessories! My mom has always had a ton of great jewelry and while I know that my own collection of earrings, pendants and bracelets will never match hers, my shoe collection is quite astounding -- fifty pairs, at last count. I even like to joke that I married my husband so that my last name would be "shoe," in honor of my favorite accessory.
But there's one accessory I've never had more than one of (much to my dismay): eyeglasses. And that's a damn shame, because I am so blind that I really depend on my glasses for everything. However, in addition to being addicted to fashion, I also tend to be hopelessly broke, and while I might occasionally pick up a great pair of Nine West or Steve Madden shoes at Ross or another discount retailer, I've never found a pair of glass frames with my own special prescription already in them.
Happily, at the new SEE (Selective Eyewear Elements) shop in Cherry Creek North, I can not only afford a stylish and unusual pair of new glasses at a great price -- most likely I can afford two or three pairs, which means my eyeglass collection can start to slowly catch up to my shoes. -- Aubrey Shoe
I rarely gush about a new store, but after my last few attempts to find reasonably priced glasses that were both unusual and looked decent with my face and hair, I'd just about given up on ever finding anything I truly loved. But lo and behold, the very first pair I tried on at SEE was great -- unusual color, great fit and an even better price.
Unlike most eyeglass shops, SEE's prices include both the frames and lenses (plastic or polycarbonate) and many can be had for less than $200 a pop which is a huge bargain when you consider that SEE hand picks their eyeglass designers and many of the frames are handmade. A comparable pair would undoubtedly set you back at least 2 or 3 times that much at other local shops, and I know because I shopped them all recently trying to find something I liked.
SEE manages to really stand apart from the crowd because when they attend the eyewear trade shows in Milan in Paris each year they scout out small, independent designers and they are able to choose from the most exciting artisans designing glasses. These often include family owned businesses, which insures that you won't find the same 5 styles and brands that you see at every other eyewear shop across town.
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SEE generally carries 200 to 250 different styles in a variety of colors, so whether your style is funky, classic or modern, I can guarantee that any accessory fashionista will find something amazing at SEE. Don't miss tonight's grand opening celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. where you'll have a chance to check out the store and the super-friendly staff while munching on goodies and enjoying the open bar. SEE is located at 2800 East Second Avenue and store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information visit www.seeeyewear.com.
I can't wait to go back and buy a pair or three. See you there!
-- Aubrey Shoe