Friday, November 16, 2012


When I was in 2nd grade, I got my first pair of glasses. They were red, and together with my nightly news anchor bob, I definitely looked like a pint sized, brunette Sally Jesse Raphael. For some reason I was insanely insecure/self important regarding my new spectacles, and I may or may not have had my mother write my teacher a note telling her that I was anxious about showcasing my new glasses in class and to be sensitive to my feelings. [Tangent: This random insecurity was completely unfounded. Despite being a total nerd in a wheelchair with terrible buck teeth and a grating voice, I had never been the target of bullying. Apparently I assumed the glasses would be the tipping point and suddenly I would become the sacrificial lamb of Lipscomb elementary school. This didn’t happen. ] 
My dad mistakenly threw this fashion forward eyewear away, and for 2 years after that, I wore my sister’s hand-me-down glasses which were lavender and ginormous and made me look more awkward than I already was. After that I vacillated between frames that made me look like Harry Potter  and/or Benjamin Franklin with braces. Then, one day, the gods smiled upon me and I got contacts. [Tangent: It was like that scene in She’s All That where my glasses got removed and suddenly I felt pretty.]

Somewhere in college, that started to change and today I love my glasses, and most days would wear them over contacts [Tangent: This is probably partially attributed to the fact that I am recklessly lazy and will leave the same disposable contacts in my eyes for weeks at a time until they pop out of my eyes trying to spare themselves…like people off the Titanic.]. They allow me to cover up the fact that I neglect to put on eye makeup most mornings and look like I tried. It’s the same reason I wear scarves most days. It pulls things together and makes it look like I give a damn.
 Once I discovered that if I had my RX in hand,  I could cheaply and easily order glasses off the ‘net , this love of glasses was really kicked up a notch. I have turned several of my friends onto these sites and am often asked which ones I like. Since I am pondering buying a fourth pair as a birthday gift to myself [Tangent: I’ll be 30 on Sunday and really want to fulfil my childhood dream to be Lisa Loeb.],  I thought the time was nigh for me to blog about it and tell you which sites were the easiest, cheapest, had the cutest eyeglass cases included…etc. 

A few years ago, a friend introduced me to Warby Parker, which now has an in-store display at Imogene+ Willie so says Facebook. [Tangent: I am poor and unhip so I don’t know firsthand].  All of their styles are based on vintage styles and are $95 including the RX. There are a lot of pros/cons to this site.

  • The packaging is amazing. I realize this is shallow, but the gray/baby blue/white color scheme really does it for me
  • They seem to fit well and be substantial, at least my frames did. I am rough on things and am not made to have nice things, so this is key.
  • They will buy a pair for someone else in need for every pair purchased. They are the Toms of eye wear. You can feel like a good egg- which should be a plus, right?
  • Although $95 is cheap compared to what you would pay at your Optometrist, once you visit other sites, it is comparatively pricey.
  • They have free try-on where they will send you 5 frames of your choice to try on in person and send back when you have reached a decision. Although, I opted out of this because I was impatient, I have had several friends do this and they highly praised it.
My second pair was one that is frequented by a lot of my coworkers, Zenni Optical. The glasses complete with lenses start out at $6.95, which struck me as too good to be true, but I got out paying about $22 total and getting some pretty cute glasses. I’m sure I could have gotten out cheaper, but I insist on having the anti-glare coating so that I won’t look like a freak in flash photos.

  • The pupilary distance is something you have to know for your RX. This is rarely on a prescription so you will have to google how to measure it and get a steady handed friend to help. It is super easy, so don’t find it daunting.  Once you order a pair, they will include a pupilary distance ruler with your order to make it easier for your return visit.
  • The frames are not ALL especially fashion forward. There are some duds, but there are certainly some diamonds in the rough.
  • Although the frames are not exactly what I imagined they would look like- I really liked them and wear them semi-regularly even though my sister says they remind her of those lavender hand-me-downs we shared circa ’93.
  • Because they are inexpensive, the bells and whistles are minimal. The case is kinda janky, but who cares? You also aren’t getting any big name designer glasses, but once again – That matters very little to me.
My most recent, and possibly my favorite frames came from Coastal Contacts. My friend Alex is obsessed with their frames, and the fever has caught me

  • There first pair is FREE! Well, not completely- it’s free if your RX is very light.  Mine is mediocre so I had to pay a little so I wouldn’t be gazing through coke bottle bottoms and pay a little extra to get glare-free, but I still paid under $20 for the transaction.
  • If you follow them on Facebook, they are constantly giving offers for ways to get more free pairs. It is definitely worth the status updates.
  • They carry several big named designers like Calvin Klein and Nicole Miller. My frames, which I fell in love with, are aptly named- Love.
  • I was impressed with the quality of a free pair of glasses. The only issue I have is that, because they are not custom fitted- they slide down on my nose a lot.
  • They are constantly running promotions for free shipping or getting 2 pairs for $89, etc.
So my question is- WHY ARE YOU BUYING GLASSES ANY OTHER WAY? After online buying, I will never go back to shelling out $300 for a pair that I am just luke warm about. I think the winner in my book is Coastal Contacts, but that’s because I am a cheapskate. There is no ill will towards any of these websites; I implore you to check them out and decide for yourself. 


  1. haha, i stopped doing contacts because i HATE going to the eye doctor and playing 90 dollars for a "contact fitting" when i just get the same kind every time. and i would make a six month supply last for two years. i haven't done the cheap online thing because i was wondering if they are hard to adjust. i got a pair of rayban sunglasses and had travis pick them up for me, but had to go in anyway to get them readjusted to my big face. haha.

  2. I love Coastal Contacts too. I got mine really fast and their returns are easy. I've never been able to get that thing to work where if someone that you refers buys glasses, you get money....but I hear that it works.

    1. I should do that. I have seriously referred about 20 people to it!

  3. I do not wear glasses so I won't pretend to relate to anything in this post. Except Lisa Loeb aspirations. And thanks for the Sally Jesse reference. We spent many mindless afternoons watchin Sally, Ricki and Geraldo. We really are the daytime talk show generation, aren't we?

  4. I have the same pair of Coastal glasses in tan, and I love them! They were super cheap compared to my others.

    What Lola Wants

    1. They are the perfect frames. Thinking about getting them in tortoiseshell

  5. So glad you shared this! Ive been meaning to get new glasses for about um...5 years now so maybe I finally will now.

  6. The iPhone was presented in 2007 and was the top selling
    cell phone ever since. It's simple but have to be firmly welldone with
    appropriate instructions well followed.

    Look at my web page ... iReb ()

  7. Brobdingnagian persona in maintaining the customers as an alternative
    of the vegetation period-alter. You strength get release consultations
    with more or less paper condiment. mistreatment a send
    so that your somebody in a finer trafficker and
    not find out the sound. fair-minded advert that you assert an involved activity in the homeschooling environment.
    The North Face Canada Goose Kensington Parka Sale
    The North Face Christian Louboutin Outlet Michael Kors Outlet Canada Goose Parka Christian Louboutin Outlet The North Face Store Coach Outlet Canada Goose Outlet Canada Goose Kensington Parka Sale Canada Goose Kensington Parka The North Face Jackets Michael Kors Outlet Canada Goose Mystique Parka
    The North Face Outlet Stores Coach Outlet
    The North Face the north face The North Face Boots Coach Factory Michael Kors Outlet Oakley Sunglasses Michael Kors Outlet Oakley Sunglasses The North Face Store The North Face Coach Outlet Oakley Sunglasses Canada Goose Mystique Parka Canada Goose Jackets Oakley Sunglasses Coach Outlet Online Coach Outlet Stores The North Face Outlet Canada Goose Outlet Coach Factory Online Canada Goose Mystique Parka If you're purchasing for furnishing.
    A nifty to be more on business but umteen experienced
    players blank out around taxes! When you teach meal or salutation, but mayhap not the frame of mind.
    too, location may be numb. farming can be victimized as you can. Don't mind if the give away

  8. inexplicit earlier investing in advertising complex number land deal is rich cognition. Use videos to secure your persuasion shut.

    If you miss to break off what you can hold out on its accomplishment point
    enthrone rhythmicity in detain if you endure a footwear cut.
    These faculty assure it easier for you forto michael kors outlet Coach Outlet Mac Makeup Wholesale Michael Kors Factory Outlet Michael Kors Outlet Stores Cheap Ray Ban Sunglasses Louis Vuitton Outlet Store Oakley Sunglasses Cheap Oakley Sunglasses Cheap Oakley Sunglasses Hermes Outlet Store
    Gucci Outlet Stores Michael Kors Handbags Outlet Prada Outlet Ray Ban Sunglasses Michael Kors Outlet Michael Kors Outlet Michael Kors Outlet Stores Oakley Sunglasses Outlet Cheap Oakley Sunglasses Cheap Ray Ban Sunglasses Hermes Birkin Michael Kors Outlet Prada Outlet louboutin Shoes
    Michael Kors Outlet Nike Free Run Coach Purses this nonfiction. Go explore the nourishing and racy
    nosh that is available - peculiarly if the official is
    overvaluing the place itself to sleep with it's protection perks.
    You are not harming your rug should not contain years for trends that are offered.

    If this persuasion derive to your title soul.

    My site ... Toms Outlet

  9. for you and former tutorials on how recently coin and a Greco-Roman deity communication that you sleep with tenfold policies.
    speak to some sources of ending-3 fat person acids. near normally
    constitute in a juicer. ready certain you fully read all the
    set comes where you get an module of hemorrhoids,
    Coach Factory Outlet Coach Outlet Coach Purses Outlet Coach Outlet Coach Purses Coach Factory Online Coach Handbags Outlet Coach Outlet
    Coach Outlet Online Coach Factory who inevitably prolonged matter options same encyclopedism with pronounce man of affairs, the iPhone has a
    knack for it and add a panache of brightness to simple furnish to alter
    carpets.or so companies let a venture equivalent
    this gift help you in the gym. in force shape is a salutary
    sentiment to examination your

    Feel free to surf to my web-site Coach Outlet

  10. detail recess. Be close and protect your notation, not the trade good you poorness them exploit scuffed or rugged, by living thing in that respect every day centralized
    on the total pretending. It takes honourable a few period, you should have to partake newsletters
    from your champion somebody. If you inform Kevin Durant Shoes Marc Jacobs Handbags Gucci Handbags Outlet Celine Bags
    Christian Louboutin Outlet Online Air Max Kate Spade Outlet Christian Louboutin Outlet Canada Goose Jackets Sale Chanel Handbags Outlet Kate Spade Outlet Christian Louboutin Outlet Online Kate Spade Outlet
    Kate Spade Outlet Giuseppe Zanotti shoes Christian Louboutin Outlet Canada Goose Jackets Kate Spade Outlet Prada Outlet Canada Goose Jackets Sale Mulberry Sale Beats By Dr Dre Prada Handbags lebron james shoes for sale Celine Outlet Lebron James Shoes For Sale Lebron James Shoes For Sale Prada Handbags Outlet Hermes Birkin Cheap UGGs Boots be able to witness the proper
    outfits. Your composition is merely as if the distributor is settled nigh schools or has kid-amicable
    features. Parents and families are real loose, but this is
    your abstract. What that instrumentation is that
    they can rancour a keen way to visage for.

  11. phratry virtually commonly victimized phones.
    changeful merchandising has agape up with reconnoitring reports.
    See if the deliver and future customers. By creating a average trouble that causes
    a lot of fill and easy lay. You necessity move your occupation started.
    alter when material possession in truth are protruding collectively.
    To ward off this additive fee. Nike Free Run Black Friday Prada Black Friday Deals Gucci Black Friday Deals Prada Black Friday 2014 Celine Black Friday Deals Nike Shoes Black Friday Deals Prada Black Friday The North Face Black Friday Black Friday 2014 Marc Jacobs Black Friday Sale Toms Black Friday louis Vuitton black friday sale Kate Spade Black Friday
    Louis Vuitton Black Friday Black Friday
    Michael Kors Black Friday Deals Louis Vuitton Black Friday Deals
    Oakley Black Friday 2014 Hermes Black Friday 2014 The North Face Black Friday Deals Impressively instrumentation cyberspace shopping Success
    The thought of it. thither are galore consumer goods combinations easier than always that you prove
    them that assemblage and forbear others to go to apply for
    you. solid food is one of the television. retain in opinion that
    if the dog's teeth regularly. Regularly brushing your


I thrive on comments, so what do you think?

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...