Upgrading my Vision with Rossland Optical


Getting into my adulthood, I have started to learn how important it is to keep up with your health. Now, this may seem like a simple concept for most people, but transitioning from being a student to a full blown working adult is well, overwhelming (to say the least!). Vision care was always something that ranked low on my list of priorities. Especially when I was in school as there were no benefits to get me what I needed (and badly!).

As I’ve started getting older, I’ve noticed my vision getting worse. I have had glasses since I was fourteen and been through the bad lenses and the even worse lenses. Plus, style was never a major consideration because cost was always the top priority when getting a new pair of glasses.

It wasn’t until May of last year, where I felt completely comfortable and encouraged to get new glasses. New glasses that I loved style wise, but also did what glasses are supposed to do: improve your vision. After attending an event hosted by Inspired by Rossland Optical, and actually getting to try on their selection of beautiful frames, I couldn’t get it off my mind.

Of course, once it was confirmed that I not only had a full-time teaching position (that came with benefits that is), I started to consider getting a new pair of frames + lenses. Once I got that on my mind, it was like all of my vision issues came right to the forefront…I needed to make a change.

To put it in perspective, before sitting down for my consultation with Dana, I had been rocking the same glasses for 5+ years. In fact, it wasn’t until I finally got my new lenses in that I realized…I really wasn’t seeing anything clearly.

But let’s back up here because I didn’t just get new glasses. I got a personal, comfortable, and amazing experience selecting my stylish frames, and my road to finding my perfect pair was simple.

Gathering a selection of frames.

I had no idea what to expect when I arrived for my consultation. In fact, I was downright nervous. Honestly? Selecting something as personal and crucial to your look, like glasses, gives me a lot of anxiety. What would look good on me? Should I dare to try something new? What colour should I go for? All of these worries and questions evaporated as soon as we started the process.

When you sit down, right from the beginning, you go through how your glasses are apart of your life. What do you use them for? How will they be affected and used throughout your day-to-day activities. I am a kindergarten teacher. Naturally, I spend a lot of time bent over or on the floor (tying shoe laces, doing up zippers…). You need frames and glasses that will fit your needs…and Dana puts a lot of emphasis on that.


Once Dana knows what you need, the try-on session begins! Dana makes sure that the frames you select fit your facial shape, fit your style, and even throws in some daring options so you can take risks if you want to!

We tried a lot of frames, and ultimately, I went with a similar style that I was used to, but in a colour that completely matched the undertone of my skin. I must say, Dana knows what she is talking about and doesn’t hesitate to give you her opinion and tells you what looks best – something that I definitely need since I can be so indecisive.

Selecting my new glasses.

I tried on many pairs of frames, and when it came down to selecting a pair, it was difficult. Fortunately, Dana helped me narrow down my choices and highlighted the things that I had said were important to me. In fact, we did a process of elimination where I was faced with two similar pairs and I had to pick one. This was immensely helpful because without missing a beat, I was able to select between two pairs, instead of looking at an array of four or five and getting overwhelmed with the choice.

Once you select your frames, Dana does extensive measuring, making sure everything fits properly. She finished up, placed the order…and then we moved on to sunglasses.

Add on the sunnies.

I have never owned a pair of sunglasses I like. In fact, I have always opted for the cheapies from the mall that I wear either with no prescription (hello blind me!) or with contacts (which I don’t wear often). However, what better time than when getting a new pair of stylish frames, then to get a pair of sunnies that I will wear and can actually see out of?


Fortunately, I had already gotten a feel for the different styles, and what I actually ended up doing was selecting the frames I loved second best in my glasses, for my sunglasses! Win, win!


The Overall Experience

After it was all said and done, I was so pleased. Sitting down with Dana at Inspired by Rossland Optical is not only informative, but it’s a relaxing and pleasant experience.

Not only is the space beautiful, they also have an area to grab a coffee while waiting for your appointment!

I can’t tell you how comfortable I felt with Dana throughout the whole process. It definitely was eye opening (haha!) in that there are many different components to consider when upgrading your vision!

Life Update

I don’t really blog anymore. There. I said it! It has been forever since I sat down and wrote a lifestyle, fashion or general style post and I’m here today to tell you why. Why I have let this passion of mine fall by the wayside, and WHY it is OKAY.

Since graduating last year, life has picked up. Anyone who knows me inside and out, knows how much I love to teach. It has been my heart and soul for the last two years, studying teaching methods and creating my “teaching practice”, and that is what consumes me. Fortunately for me, I walked out of school with a position in two school boards, ready to do what I love, and change lives. There has been laughter, tears, an abundance of stress and lots of smiles during this first year. I moved into teaching the first grade, coming to love and know twenty beautiful souls that I will forever cherish as my “first real class”. I am back in an occasional teaching role, and am now kept busy day in and day out with different students of all different ages.

It sounds busy, doesn’t it? It is busy. Like, it is CRAZY busy. The amount of running around, and switching mindsets that I have done in the last six months is nothing I could have ever imagined for my first year of teaching. The good news is, is while this seems like I am saying “poor me, look at my busy, busy life”…I am throwing all these words down to say I. LOVE. IT.

Every single moment of it. The good and the bad. These last six months have made me realize that I am doing what I am supposed to be doing. Teaching others is a passion that cannot be replaced in my world.

Are you still with me?

So by now…(if you haven’t stopped reading)…you are probably wondering WHY I am telling you all of this. There are a number of reasons, really, for which I won’t bore you all with. The main reason is to share. Share this happiness that I am feeling, and hopefully inspire someone to go after their dreams.

As for my blogging? Through the many years I have spent studying, blogging has been an outlet for me. A passion to turn my thoughts into meaningful words, published for whoever wants to spend the time reading them. I still consider it to be an outlet, but not a necessary outlet.

It’s a place I come to express my thoughts and share my ideas…and that’s the attitude I will take going forward. I want to get back to creating posts that I love. I want to explore new attitudes and ideas, and write more lifestyle pieces that tells you guys who I am. So there we have it…a new outlook on writing, my purpose and a major update on my part! I am so excited for more dreams to come true, and to be able to share more of my life on Pearls and Polkadots. Until next time…cheers everyone!

Beautiful Bedroom Inspiration

I am finding that as I approach the middle of my twenties, I am in a constant state of transition. Recently, I moved back into my parents’ house. So often I think twenty-somethings, like me, dream about this independent lifestyle (especially after university) and then realize, how expensive it actually is to be completely independent from your parents.

Unfortunately, I cannot call myself independent just yet. That is where I have been struggling with this weird student-to- adult transition. Moving home, I came back to a bedroom full of stuffed animals, old posters, and CLUTTER!!! To say the least, I have a lot of work ahead of me, so that has lead me to this.

Two words: BEDROOM. MAKEOVER. I have been talking about it for a while, but never seriously considered it. Why? Well, first of all, I was living in an entirely different place, so why make over something I am not spending time in? All the more reason to begin the process now!

In order to kick off my bedroom makeover, I am going to showcase a few different looks and styles I found on Pinterest. What’s a makeover without a little inspiration, right?

Viktoria Dahlberg (@viktoria.dahlberg) • Instagram photos and videos

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My Chicago Bedroom // Parisian Chic, Blush Pink — bows & sequins

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White, gold and pink bedroom - sophisticated, glam and girly bedroom - floral accent pillows

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☾ pin @aeslife ig @antonia.ae

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I have always been a major fan of pink! As I get older, I am transitioning into seeing pink as an accent colour rather than the main focus. Seems like the older I get, the lighter the shade of pink I like (weird, huh?). Above all, my colour scheme is looking like a mixture of grey hues, blush pinks and pops of gold!

I plan to keep you along for my bedroom makeover journey! It’s going to be a long haul, but I feel it will be TOTALLY worth it in the end…

STAY TUNED!

My Fall Bucket List

There are many things about me that put me into that “basic” category. Whether that is a good thing, or a bad thing, I embrace all of these wonderful cliches. One of these happen to be this little fact: I. LOVE. FALL. Yup, that’s right! It is the season of blanket scarves, pumpkin spiced lattes, and changing leaves. That moment you walk out the door in late September and get a whiff of the crisp fall air…that is one of my favourite things. It gets me feeling all warm and cozy.

Lately, it has been nothing but heat, and honestly? I despise the hot weather. There is a point in September where you just want to put all of the maxis, shorts and summer dresses away. That fall clothing closet switch is extremely exciting for me (better than Christmas maybe?).

To change things up on the blog this morning, I am sharing my bucket list for this festive season! I also have a feeling that Fall may be a tad longer this year, which gives me plenty of time to check all of these boxes off!

For more fall inspo, check out my fall fashion board on Pinterest

What’s on your fall bucket list this season?

BLUSH INTERIOR

Happy Wednesday everybody! Can you believe it is already the middle of the week…it seems crazy that we are nearing the end of September. Personally, I am really excited because fall is my favourite season and I am super ready for summer to come to a close. Since September is kind of my own January, being that it is the beginning of the new school year, I have been looking into personal goals to set for myself.

One of these goals is to branch out with my blogging, and tackle another niche that I love, and jump outside of my comfort zone. To do that, I am going to tap into my Pinterest and show you what I have been pinning lately.

Here is the catch, however…I’m stepping away from fashion and diving into design and decor (shocking, I know). It isn’t my typical niche, but I can spend hours online looking at pretty living rooms, dreamy bedrooms and inspiring kitchens. Real estate websites such as SPACE STATION are also a guilty pleasure of mine! I am just so fascinated by the different ways people decorate and furnish their properties. My favorite properties are typically loft apartments. Recently I have even started thinking about what kinds of changes might be needed in a house to bring more soft light in. This might be because a friend down in Texas recently found out about Graceland Windows and Doors and all the different window options they can have, but softer palettes suit soft natural light. This could work in any room in the house, but in an effort to keep this short and sweet, I am focusing on living rooms today.

Mood: Living Room Inspiration

If you were to walk into my current living room right now, you definitely would find nothing in there that reflects this interior style, except my beautiful wide chest of drawers! Partially because I am a student, and partially because I currently live with six other students. A girl can dream though, right?
I am all about light, pretty, feminine things. Accent decor, cute quotes, floral prints, following trends like how recently they’re developing texture in contemporary rugs… that is what I am all about (or what I dream to be…). Blush tones, rose gold, leaf patterns – all I would include in a perfect dream of a living room. Future living room: designed!
Here are some of my inspirations when it comes to feminine living rooms:
You can find more of my interior and fashion inspiration by heading over to my Pinterest.

This post was inspired by Arhaus Furniture. Head over to their living room page to get some inspiration and design techniques!

All images were found through Pinterest and are not owned by me.