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I Grossly Overpaid For My Glasses

Warby Parker Home Try On

Warby Parker home try-on kit. Image by Ben Adamson via Flickr

. . . and I’m real mad about it!  Well, I really like my ‘specs, so maybe not that mad. They’re the one “couture” accessory I own, so they were worth the splurge!

However, I recently found a couple of websites that offer some really cute eyeglasses for c-h-e-a-p.  Today, I’ll feature my favorite site so far.

I was watching E! a few weeks back and they did a feature on this store called Warby Parker.  This online retailer specializes in classic shapes at an affordable price.  All of their eyewear retails for $95, including your prescription lenses (WHAAAA?!). What’s more, for every pair you buy, WP will donate a pair to someone in need.

They’ve also gotten around the pesky ‘I-bought-it-online-and-found-out-it-sucked-take-it-back” problem by offering a trial kit containing 5 pairs of glasses.  You can try the glasses out for five days- free of charge- and place an order for the frames you want.

They’ve also got a cool virtual try-on tool that I spent way too much time fooling around with.  You can change the color, size, and angle to find which Warby Parker frames seem like the best fit.

I hadn't quite gotten the hang of it yet. Note the crooked glasses!

This color is called "Whiskey Tortoise." I wish that were a real animal.

Right now I only need my glasses for reading.  Even though I read a lot, I’m not really in the market for a new pair.  So, I’ll pass on this information to you in the hopes that it saves you from ridonkulous prices in the future.

Have you tried Warby Parker eyewear?  Thumbs up or thumbs down?  What are some of your favorite online retailers?  Tell me in the comments!  Have a great day, everyone! xx


On Japan

By now I’m sure everyone has seen numerous reports about the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan yesterday.  In the aftermath of that quake, Hawaii and other locations in the Pacific basin were on tsunami watch.

My grandpa woke me up (at 4am!) and told me to turn on the TV and  call my parents, who still live in Hawaii.  The next couple of hours went by in a blur.  I sent texts to my parents, friends, and The Boyfriend.  I was glued to CNN.  I checked Twitter every 20 seconds for updates.

It’s still unclear as I write this just how many lives have been lost, or how long it will take to repair the damage to the affected areas.  What we do know is that it’s a perfect opportunity for people from around the globe to pull together and aid those affected by this disaster.  Just like we did for Haiti, or Indonesia, and here at home after Hurricane Katrina. Below are just some of the ways you can lend a hand:

Visit http://www.americares.org to donate.  AmeriCares is a non-profit organization that provides immediate humanitarian relief to victims of disasters all over the world.

Text “REDCROSS” to 90999 and give $10, which will be added to your phone bill.  Click here for more info.

Help the International Medical Corps send relief teams and supplies by calling 1-800-481-4462, or click here.

There are tons of places to donate and ways to lend a hand.  Remember to research and keep tabs on your donation to make sure it’s put to good use.  I like Charity Navigator, which is a website that ranks charities based on effectiveness.

Have a good day, everybody.  Keep Japan in your thoughts!  xx


Practice Makes Perfect!

First off, two posts in one day?  I can’t believe it’s not butter!  Now to the good stuff. . .

Remember that little cabaret I was in way back in May?  Anyone? Well, I’ve finally gotten around to posting some rehearsal footage.  Check out the video below, our rehearsal of “The Facebook Song.”  It’s a song about Facebook, and it rules.

Around 1:45 is when the real musicality kicks in.  Bahahaha!  Just kidding.  We (read: probably me) effed up the harmony, but we pulled it together for the big day!

P.S. Our cabaret was called, “Just Another Day:  A Cabaret” and it was awesome.  And we gave the money to charity!  If you missed it, don’t cry- I’ll post some video from the performance nights ASAP!  Srsly, stop crying.  It’s embarrassing.


Just Another Day: A Cabaret

Hey guys!

Check me out in Just Another Day: A Cabaret to benefit Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS.    This Cabaret is comprised of the the best of today’s contemporary musical theatre, telling the story of how eight individuals face everyday life- and survive to sing about it.

Starring:
Lindsay Flick
Michael Ivan Navarro
Charissa Hope
E.J. Cardona
Spencer Morrow
Courtney Dodson
Brandon Allen Wood
Heather Ensley
Performances Thursday May 20th & Friday May 21st 8:30pm  
Put A Cork in It, 7339 West Sand Lake Rd.  Orlando FL 32819.
Doors open at 8:00pm, with a $5 suggested donation.
 

Please Give!

In the aftermath of Haiti’s recent 7.0- magnitude earthquake, citizens discovered their nation in ruins and their government nowhere to be found.  Emergency responses from organizations like the Red Cross, U.S. Department of State, and the Mercy Corps need your help!  Please research to find which organization is right for your donation.  Any amount helps.

 President Clinton is the UN’s Special Envoy for Haiti, and his charity, the Clinton Foundation, is one of the leading forces behind Haitian relief.  It is also rated 4 out of 4 Stars by Charity Navigator, an independent charity evaluator, for its efficiency and capacity to help.  Watch former president Bill Clinton’s video, “Why I Give.”


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