Stylish + Affordable Eyeglasses That Also Help the World
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affordable eyeglasses are hard to find, let alone cute and stylish ones. i have a theory that they are made from some magical thing found only in a forest that is a three-day uphill hike where you have to re-fight lord voldemort. my husband says i’m dramatic but i just don’t see it.
i first got eyeglasses in 7th grade and i hated them so i begged and pleaded for contacts, which i wore until freshmen year of college. after late night
drinking studying and early mornings, i realized that glasses were on to something because it didn’t involve putting something in your eyeball and now here we are.
both my husband i wear glasses and have spent a stupid amount on glasses in the past. even with vision insurance, those glasses on my face in the picture below still cost over $300 (with anti-glare and anti-scratch costing an extra $80). it hurts to stomach to think i paid that much.
remember when i reacted less than desirable after my husband came home with his new glasses (pictured above with my diva-priced glasses) a few months ago and i screamed “YOU LOOK LIKE A DAD- EWWW!” but now i love them a lot a lot.
i especially love that his new glasses are very different from my glasses because when we both had dark-rimmed glasses people said we looked like brother and sister. ew. we do sexy things together, you sicko.
i actually get terrible anxiety about picking out a pair of glasses. i mean…it’s something i wear every day. they are in every damn instagram photo and i get worried about picking the wrong ones that will send me back to 7th grade when my only response was “4 eyes are better than your stupid eyes!”
i used drag my husband with me when i went to pick new frames out but i might be there for hours (truly) and apparently he doesn’t love to spend his time that way.
this is where www.WarbyParker.com comes in. they are offering a FREE Home Try-On program! you get to pick out 5 pairs that you like and they send them to you completely free, with a pre-paid return label! you even get to keep them for 5 whole days so you can ask grandma what she thinks or bug your husband in the comfort of your own home.
you do have to give your credit card information as part of your order in case you try to steal the glasses or break them in half. that’s fair.
when they arrive, it’s even more exciting! they totally had me the five-second rule.
now that i have had my diva-priced glasses for almost two years, it’s time for a new pair!
i decided to pick four for the home try-on i’m normally drawn to and then a wilder pair. basically i was trying to be grace from camp patton but that didn’t happen. i tried…but i couldn’t hang.
these ones made me feel like dexter, the cartoon as opposed to the good-intentioned serial killer. that’s also the same face i make if you try to make me eat beans. ANY type.
there were three i really liked and was able to show them off to my husband while we were hanging out, eating and while he was showering (don’t worry, dad. i couldn’t see anything because they aren’t prescription lenses). you can also tweet them a picture of you in the glasses and they will weigh in!
i found the winner; a two-toned frame that is similar to the same shape i wear now because change scares me. what do you think? also let me know if you need 100 fresh holiday ideas because i’ve got access to that too.
guess how much they cost. $95! this includes UV-protection, anti-glare and anti-scratch! you do have to have a current prescription but i just had my eye doctor send it to me and done! we are totally using them for our eyewear needs now because that’s a smokin’ deal but it gets even better.
they do a Buy One Give One program, which my social worker soul loves and appreciates even more than my frugal self!
they have a fantastic model where warby parker makes a donation to their non-profit partners after we buy a pair of their glasses. this non-profit partner buys a pair of glasses and distributes it to one of the entrepreneurs they trained to do basic eye exams in developing countries and then sells it to their community. they have donated over 1 million glasses to people in poverty and people in need. incredible.
at first i was like, why don’t they just donate a pair of glasses? this is what they have to say about that:
“It’s a sticky fact of life that kind-hearted gestures can have unintended consequences. Donating is often a temporary solution, not a lasting one. It can contribute to a culture of dependency. It is rarely sustainable.
Instead of donating, our partners train men and women to sell glasses for ultra-affordable prices, which allows them to earn a living. More important, it forces our partners to offer glasses that people actually want to buy: glasses that fit with local styles, look good, work well, and make the wearer feel incredible. Because everyone wants to feel incredible.”
please also be impressed that i figured out how to get this banner here so go scope them out, try on some sweet and affordable eyeglasses to support a company that is doing good things for the world.
i leave you with the best quote from a 6 year old about marriage…
her: you guys must be married.
me: how can you tell?
her: you both have glasses (walks away and says DUH with head snap)
1) do you wear glasses or contacts? when did you first get them?
2) be honest, do you kind of look like your spouse?
3) how good are you at making decisions on things you use/wear daily?
ps. after looking at their website more, here is actually how your frames are made. i still think lord voldemort has something to do with it somewhere.