Christmas is often advertised and popularized in cold related weather with Santa, snowman, Christmas trees, cozying up on warm beverages and bundling up for a “winter wonderland.”
Oddly enough, I longed to be in the cold during Christmas especially now of having celebrating it in a tropical island for the past 3 years now. It just doesn’t feel “Christmas” without the cold.
Truthfully, I longed wearing my grey wool men’s jacket, which I got compliments after being mistakenly thought of as a “peacoat.” I loved wearing my cashmere scarf or beanie, not to mention a pair of heavy duty boots! I treated gloves and earmuffs as my optional accessories only, since I loved wrapping my scarf as a head wrap making sure my ears were covered.
This year, I celebrated Christmas on a tropical island. To me it was not “Christmassy enough,” actually it scewed my ideal “winter wonderland” celebration. Its like sunbathing when I already have a tanned complection. To me it doesn’t add up but I ended up sunbathing anyway.
Now when it comes to what I consider “sunbathing,” its more deceitful since it consisted of me covered up in black booty shorts, T-shirt and a baseball cap underneath the shade of a coconut tree. Thankfully, I did not bother wearing sunscreen and I was out by the beach for 5 hours. As if that helps me with my “tan.”
I’m sure your Christmas celebrations made more sense than mine.
Unless its part of their sales pitch, whenever I asked which ones are men’s eye wear the sales rep at a retail store responds along the lines of, “Most of what we carry are unisex.”
This makes me wonder if unisex is the go-to response in order to make retail sell. Whatever the case, I indulged myself in trying out all the so-called “men’s” eye wear that a local retail store has to offer.
I started by after asking permission if I can take photos at the eye wear department, with a definite yes from the sales rep; I took my chance to try out as many eye wear that I can before I take the hint that my time of photo taking without buying any is over.
Therefore, based on an unspoken time limit I knew I got, I started taking photos, not bothering what brand I tried on or how it looked on me. My goal was to exploit my allotted time and edit with what I end up with. It was a thrilling moment as I flashed my face with every pair that seemed to cater to the general male population.
In truth, I looked like a busy bee hovering from one mirror to another snapping photos faster than I can decide which glasses haven’t I tried yet. In no time, I lost myself in making sure the lighting and angle was acceptable basing it on my untrained photography.
Sadly as I previewed my photos I made the mistake of making contact with the sales rep which ended my thrilling eye wear exploration. All she did was give me a distained look which prompted me to thank her again before I left.
As I left I had to glance back, in which to my dismay I noticed another eye wear section that I missed out on exploiting.
Hmmmm, if only…