Well, if you know me, you know I have a sunnies obsession! But if you think about it, I'm just protecting my eyes and my skin around my eyes. So I'm just gonna count this as skincare... Yeah... Skincare.
I have a few pairs of designer sunglasses and while I still adore them, I hardly wear them. I am very paranoid of scratching the frames or the lenses. I know I know. They're meant to be worn. When I worked at Tiffany & Co., I LOVED to see beat up jewelry because it means they're well loved. But I'm still paranoid. I usually wear my sunglasses like a headband when I go inside but I am so worried they'll fall off my head because I'm quite clumsy. I could put them in their case, but the cases are HUMONGOUS and I prefer to carry smaller purses so that's not an option.
Quay Australia sunnies (pronounced "key") had been on my radar for quite a while. Quay took the blogosphere by storm a few months back and I was really curious about them. They are very reasonably priced between $45-$50, with their special edition Shay sunnies at $59.99. They are also sold at Urban Outfitters, White Fox Boutique, NastyGal, PacSun, ModCloth (although they mark the prices as $.01 less because free shipping is at $50 so you have to purchase something else to get the free shipping), and other authorized retailers! If you order directly from Quay, they do not offer returns to choose carefully. Also, you need to have a PayPal account because unfortunately, that's the only method of payment at this time. When you're in PayPal you can choose to pay with your preferred credit/debit card though!
Side note: As I was writing this post, I made yet another purchase from Quay (what can I say... I did warn you I'm obsessed) and I placed the order at 11:46 am and I had a tracking number from them at 12:11 pm, so within a half an hour they had already boxed up my items! I just checked and they're supposed to arrive on Monday! YAY!
Now since Quay, I've also discovered Sunglass Spot, where all their sunnies are $5! And even better, they have some knock offs from the wildly popular Quay ones! So when I found these, I of course had to buy some for comparisons, ya know, for science. The shipping price is decent but it does take a little bit ($5 for up to 6 pairs, then it went up from there, side note: cheaper to place 2 orders of 6 pairs than to pay the $11 for 12 pairs).
Now, there is an obvious difference in quality between the Quays and Sunglass Spot sunnies as well as a few physical differences. The styles from Sunglass Spot all have nose pads on them whereas the Quay My Girls don't. Having a Korean face, I like nose pads because the bottom of the glasses don't rest on my cheeks. Also, all the Quays feel sturdier.
Whatever sunnies you decide on, both are great! I have recommended both brands to all my friends and practically shoved them down their throats! Gosh my friends put up with a lot! I've had a few friends make a purchase from Sunglass Spot and they've loved them! They've also purchased from Quay and loved them too!
I am also in love with the very moderately priced Urban Outfitters Festival Rounds Sunnies for $18! As soon as I found out Quays were sold at Urban, I ran over there. It's nice and dangerous to have an Urban a block away from me. However, they didn't have any Quays in the store and I was devastated; I had been trying to get my hands on the My Girl in black with a blue mirror for weeks but they were sold out everywhere. So we get to Urban and I'm disappointed yet again, but found the Festival Round Sunnies instead so I snatched them up. Full disclosure, I bought them due to heartbreak and because of what they said on the inside. I still love them but they are extremely polarized and when I wear them, if I look down I can get a little dizzy.
Ina and me in Quay Kosha sunnies... Who wore it better? Well, I can't really compete with Ina's sassiness...
So if you were in the market for new sunnies, I hope this helped! And if you weren't in a shopping mood, maybe you are now! Either way, I hope you enjoyed this post!