The holidays are a great time to give and to receive, but wouldn’t it be nice if some of those gifts were functional as well as stylish? Well, the lovely team over at Firmoo is offering you guys a chance to win a $20 voucher for your choice of glasses! Their wonderful selection of frames starts as low as $8, so $20 can buy you a whole lot of style.
Use the rafflecopter widget below to enter–leave a comment here with a link to your favourite pair of Firmoo frames and “like” Firmoo on Facebook. For two extra entry-points, use Firmoo’s digital try-on feature and post a screen cap of you “wearing” your favourite pair! 25 lucky winners will be chosen on December 11, 2012. Vouchers will expire on December 25, 2012 so shop around early and narrow down your choices while the giveaway runs to avoid missing out on this awesome opportunity!
As an eight-year-old with rapidly-developing near-sightedness, my glasses were part of my identity. I remember the day I picked them out–a pair of giant oblong frames in a purple tortoise-shell finish–considering how they could change people’s perception of me, what they would say about who I was. I wore them day in and day out, content with them and their effect on my image. As a teenager, however, it occurred to me that I changed my clothes every day. I wore different makeup, different shoes, even carried different purses if it suited me. Why should I have to wear the same glasses all the time? Of course, I was oblivious to the exorbitant cost of a pair of glasses. It was expensive enough to change the lenses in one pair each year.
When I was contacted by Firmoo about reviewing a pair of glasses, I had flashbacks to that first time I ever picked out a pair of glasses. My most recent pair was selected more for comfort than style: I experience chronic photophobia and selected the largest, blackest frames I could to reduce the amount of light that came through. However, I find my large frames and tinted lenses to be an obstacle while working. They interfere with my sense of colour and space, which is not acceptable while working with hair and makeup. Firmoo offered me my choice of frames as well as lenses in my prescription in exchange for my honest review.
The task was honestly a little daunting–Firmoo has thousands of frames to choose from. Luckily, you can break down your search easily by materials, colours, shapes, sizes, and any combination thereof. When selecting frames in a doctor’s office, I usually end up trying on a dozen or more pairs before settling on one over another, so I was uncertain how shopping online might turn out. However, if you create an account on Firmoo’s website, you can use their handy “virtual try-on” tool by uploading a photo of yourself, selecting your pupils for accuracy, and allowing the tool to superimpose an image of your frames over your face.
After agonizing over five or six different pairs for what seemed like days, I settled on the frames above: a dainty pair of black-and-lavender plastic, much lighter than what I was used to but still bearing enough black for me to feel like myself. Inputting my prescription information was simple enough, but my doctor did not give me my Pupilary Distance, or PD. This is a measurement taken before fitting a pair of frames and is not usually written on a prescription. Luckily, I did some quick google-fu and found this handy online tool that measures your PD using your webcam a basic credit card for measurement. I did this a few times to get a solid number and came up with a number of 62, a fairly average PD for a normal human being.
My glasses shipped within a week and arrived quickly, along with a sturdy leather case, a cleaning cloth, and a tool to loosen and tighten the screws as necessary. The frames fit perfectly without any adjustments–my last pair needed to be re-molded several times before they sat evenly on the bridge of my nose. My prescription was correct and the lenses were clear. However, like many glasses I’ve had in the past, I did notice a bit of distortion around the periphery. It could be my prescription, it could be the shape of the frames, I’m not sure, but I have had many pairs of glasses in the past that had this same sort of warping around the outermost portion of the lenses. It usually takes me about a week to adjust to it and then it becomes less noticeable. I found the same was true of these glasses. I don’t feel it has anything to do with the quality of the lenses as much as it has to do with the sensitivity of my eyes.
All in all, I am very satisfied with my experience with Firmoo. Even if these glasses had not been free, they would have been well worth the money: the frames with basic lenses would have cost about $8.00 plus shipping–my last pair of glasses cost me over $150 for the frames alone, and lenses were an additional $200. The most expensive pair of frames Firmoo offers is $55.95, which is still far less expensive than what most places ask. If you require more than just basic lenses, that’s fine: for less than $30, your glasses can be made into bifocal or progressive lenses. Prescription sunglasses can be polarized for an additional $20, and for no extra cost you can select your own level of tint.
If you’ve never purchased from Firmoo before, make sure you check out their Free Glasses offer. As a new customer, you can receive a voucher for new glasses when you share your favourite eligible pair through Facebook, Twitter, or email. Even if you have a pair of glasses, this offer allows you to snag a spare pair for backup, or even just a departure from your norm!
Thanks to Firmoo, I have a great, functional addition to my fashion arsenal. Now that I have the option to choose which eyewear I’ll be sporting each day, I wonder how I got by for so many years with just one pair.
(cross-posted from Bella Cantarella)
Believe it or not, it’s February 1st, which means it’s time for the Sophistique Noir Monthly Theme post! This month, the theme was Rings. I’ll be honest–I wasn’t sure how to shoot these photos, and I didn’t want them to look like I was just taking pictures of my hands, but I don’t really know what I could have done differently.
I have a “thing” for hands. I look at absolutely everyone’s hands, whether they’re passing me paperwork or just walking down a hallway. Hands, to me, are like faces: each and every person’s hands are entirely unique and identifying. I’m a bit self-conscious of the size of my hands, but I like the shape of my fingers and nails well enough that rings are one of my favourite accessories. For many years, I didn’t wear rings. I was elbow-deep in dough or icing for more than half of the day, which really wasn’t conducive to wearing more than a simple, short necklace. I didn’t even wear a watch. But that’s not to say I didn’t own a few nice pieces for days off or events that didn’t require any sort of manual labor. These days, I still forgo my rings and bracelets much of the time so they don’t get wet or disappear, but I make sure they’re readily available for days off.
This little guy started life as a spoon. Personally, I sort of wish it had never underwent transformation and I somehow magically acquired the whole set. Could you imagine a table setting of scarabs? The band (which was once the stem) is decorated with stylized lotuses and stalks, leading up to this beautiful beetle. I believe it’s stirling, and it’s quite heavy.
This was a gift from my boyfriend three years ago, when we had been dating about three years. It’s not the only ring he’s given me, but it is my favourite. I love the three cut garnets and the intricate filigree on the white-gold setting, but I also love that it was more or less a “just because” gift. He saw it and thought of me. I’m pretty sure if pieces of jewelry can really house spirits, this is the one I would haunt as a ghost.
This ring is my most recent acquisition. Hand-cast in silver, this delicate little skeleton hand was given to me by my mother. Of all the bones in the human body, I think the hands are among the most interesting: something about the way the bones are elongated, making the whole hand look like nothing but wrist and fingers, two things I love about the human form. When people see me wear this, however, I don’t think that explanation is what they think of.
I do wear all three of these rings just about every day, unless I know I’ll be getting wet. They may not exactly “go” together, being of three distinctly different styles and not particularly matching any other jewelry I frequently wear, but I’m not the type to really care.
Do you have any pieces you wear every day? What’s your favourite jewelry to accessorize with?
Love you to the Moon and Back,