Monday, January 28, 2013

if it's free, it's for me.

I was on facebook one evening and saw tons of ads for "first pair free" glasses from coastal.com. I normally ignore shared posts of that nature, and get really annoyed when it appears in place of content I want to see. Not this time, though. I've had my one pair of glasses since 2008. They were scuffed, scratched, the finish was chipped, and the legs had long lost the lovely glossy finish they had when they were new.

For once a facebook ad was relevant to my interests!!!

I recently went to my ophthalmologist for a routine checkup and left with a new prescription for lenses, but none of the frames at their office appealed to me. I usually spend a solid hour in those places, trying on every frame, and trying to make sure my expensive purchase wouldn't be something unsatisfactory.

This was my very first time buying glasses without scrutinizing my face in them beforehand. I'll admit, I was pretty nervous and I took my sweet time trying to find something I thought would look. I've always found locating flattering frames to be quite a task. After a long time spent browsing I finally spotted a pair of cat-eye glasses that seemed quirky enough to be a part of this experiment.

I found myself getting excited when I added the frames to my cart, and saw that they included anti-glare and UV resistant coating on the lenses. I recall having to pay a sizable amount to have that added to my old pair of glasses, because it wasn't covered by my optical insurance back in 2008.

When they arrived I was excited and scared! After 4 years of wearing one pair of glasses 24/7 it is strange to put different ones on. The old glasses were a comfortable part of my face. I at first felt incredibly goofy/self conscious, but then Ryan saw them and loved them on me. I was worried my mom, who tries to make sure I don't leave the house in something unflattering, would dislike them. She also loved them. I walked into work today and my coworkers all widened their eyes and huge smiles spread across their faces. They loved them on me.

I present to you ... my surprisingly successful and gloriously free Love L740 "Crystal Shadow" frames!

new glasses.

Unfortunately ... I am so pale that I can't wear these without a little bit of makeup. I found this a bit saddening because I am incredibly lazy most days, and my old frames allowed me to show up at work and not look too washed out under office lighting. I decided to order a darker pair of frames I also liked because of that. The brand is Derek Cardigan and I believe they're a part of the coastal.com exclusive "Grammar Collection." The non-freebie pair shipped out yesterday, and I'm quite excited for them to arrive. :)

7 comments :

  1. We absolutely love this!! We're going to share it across our Social channels. Thanks for sharing this! :D

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    1. So glad you like it! Thanks again for an awesome service! :)

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  2. I have the same Love L740 frames in Orange Pekoe and love them! I always get compliments on them when I'm out and about. Coastal.com has been an eye lifesaver for me since I was dropped from my insurance. I can actually afford prescription glasses again!

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  3. OMG, I need to get new glasses, and my last pair are from Warby Parker, which are great, but it might be fun to try something new. Thanks for the review!

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    1. Oh man, I had no idea what Warby Parker was! I just ordered a pair from them, because they look like the glasses Q wears in Skyfall. Thanks for mentioning them! :D

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  4. I just received the same pair of glasses yesterday, and I quite like them. Yours look great - I love your photo. I am finding the crystal frame reflects a bright glare from lights though - have you noticed this?

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    1. I have noticed that! It is sometimes distracting, but I've gotten used to it for the most part. I ordered a pair of darker glasses because of it ... it's very noticeable in the office lighting at my job!

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