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Testing Out Warby Parker’s “Home Try-On” Program


At the beginning of September, I shared Warby Parker’s new fall 2015 collection (post here).  Recently, I used their “Home Try-On” program to see which of my favorite fall collection picks would look the best on me.  I posted my looks on Instagram (which links to my personal Facebook page), just to see what my friends, family and followers thought.  It’s great because you have five days to try on the glasses, make your selection (I chose to take it to social media), then return them right in the same package they came in (a return label is enclosed).  So simple and easy!


My choices:  1) “Caspar” in Jet Black; 2) “Percey” in Scarlet Tortoise; 3) “Simone” in Blue Coral; 4) “Holcomb” in Pearled Tortoise; 5) “Simone” in Tea Rose Fade


The votes were pretty clear: “Simone” in both the Blue Coral and Tea Rose Fade were the winners (even Warby Parker themselves commented on Instagram).  My sister took pictures of me and my niece having fun with the “Home Try-On” samples.  I think it’s a great way to ensure you choose the right Warby Parker frames, just for you!

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“Simone” in Blue Coral




“Simone” in Tea Rose Fade

FTC Disclosure:  I did not receive product or payment for this post, and I purchased both of the glasses in my final selection from Warby Parker.

Warby Parker’s New Fall Collection for 2015!

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Glasses are very much a part of my style, just as much as the shoes I wear or the purses I carry.  Imagine my excitement to be able to preview Warby Parker’s new 2015 Fall Collection, which launches today!  Warby Parker is a family owned business, and they pride themselves on being able to provide stylish yet unique glasses at an affordable price, which is evidenced so well in their new collection.  Plus, they have a wonderful “Buy a Pair, Give a Pair” program, where a pair of glasses is given to someone in need for every pair sold.

If you like what you see below or with any of their frames, Warby Parker also has a “Home Try-On Program” where you can try five pairs of their glasses for five days before deciding which ones you want to purchase.  For those of you in the San Diego area, they are also opening a retail location at Westfield UTC on September 19th, so you can see the collection for yourself in person.

I am loving the beautiful autumnal feel of each of the frames in the new 2015 Fall Collection, which inspired me to create some fall style boards around my favorites.  Cheers!

Caspar in Jet Black


Not so black & white

Percey in Scarlet Tortoise


Get it in Red

Simone in Tea Rose Fade


Burberry Love

Fun & Affordable Glasses at Firmoo.com


With spectacles firmly cemented as part of my style, I’ve been trying to mix-up my glasses game.  I have several pairs that are solid, so it’s always fun to try glasses with patterns, outside of the uber-classic tortoise.  I recently checked out Firmoo.com and without even trying, I found this fantastic pair of spectacles in an interesting black, white and red pattern (style #F048) through their great search feature, which allows filtering by material, gender, frame type & shape, by color and even by pattern.

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Before I made my final decision, I checked out all of the specs and compared the measurements to other glasses I already own.  I then used Firmoo’s virtual try on to ensure the glasses would actually fit the shape of my face.  I was so happy to see that these glasses would be a perfect addition to my collection!  I then uploaded my prescription (along with PD, which is the Pupillary Distance) and placed my order.  A couple of weeks later, I received my fab new glasses, which I wore recently to the Spandau Ballet concert at Humphreys By The Bay.  They are light but sturdy, and arrived with hard & soft glasses cases, a lens cleaning cloth and mini-screwdriver.  Also, your eyes do not deceive you: my glasses with prescription single-vision lenses were just $36!  They constantly have new styles added in their “New Arrivals” section, and they also have a coupon code page where new customers can get great deals sitewide.  I love my new glasses and I highly recommend Firmoo.com to purchase fun yet affordable prescription glasses!

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 FTC Disclosure:  I received product and was asked to review the product in return.  Although I did receive product, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.

Eyeglass World Grand Opening in Vista

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Last month, I attended the media preview for the grand opening of Eyeglass World’s newest location in Vista.  Not only are they the only national retailer of prescription smart glasses (with brands like Google Glass and Vuzix), but they also have plenty of smart looking glasses as well!  I got to meet up with fellow San Diego Style Bloggers Nicholle of Top Knots and Pearls and Lilia of Curls & Fashion, and we were treated to snacks & champagne as we toured the lab, roamed the new store, and tested out several of the smart glasses.  I took lots of pictures, so I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed the event.  I’ll be back there to grab a new pair of glasses from their gigantic selection!

IMG_6198 (2) (933x1280)Eyeglass World Grand Opening 2IMG_6173 (2) (960x1280)There were so many cute styles, but you know me, I love a great cat-eye frame!

IMG_6164 (2) (1280x1280)The “Wearable Technology” section was impressive.  They had a great selection to choose from!

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IMG_6200 (2) (1280x1280)Look at Lilia trying on smart glasses!

IMG_6178 (2) (960x1280)Nicholle and I grabbed a picture together before getting a tour of the lab.

IMG_6194 (2) (1280x960)Eyeglass World Lab Collage 1IMG_6186 (2) (1280x928)Eyeglass World Lab Collage 2Chris, the lab manager, shows us the thickness of a lens before it is ground down to the correct prescription and fitted into a frame.  Then he showed us the machine where they test the strength of the lens.  A small metal ball is dropped onto the lens through that long chamber!

IMG_6283 (2) (1280x1280)Love my goodie bag, which includes my first ever pair of real Ray-Bans!  Thank you Eyeglass World for such a great night!

Doing Good, Does You Good: The LookmaticGood Partnership Program

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As a blogger, I love to partner with brands that have the same passion and drive that I do.  Within that passion and drive, there is also the desire to do well and feel good about it.  I love the way a well put together outfit feels on me and I make sure everything is cohesive, top to bottom, from my glasses down to my shoes.  And if this inspires someone out there to do the same to make themselves feel good, then I feel I’ve gotten my message through.

Lookmatic brings the concept of feeling good to their “LookmaticGOOD Partnership Program.”  I bought my first pair of Lookmatic glasses earlier this year (Tippi, pictured above), and they have been my “go to” pair because of the flattering cat eye style, feeling both modern and retro at the same time.  Since I’ve received numerous compliments while wearing them, why shouldn’t I share where I got them with anyone that asks so that they can find that perfect pair that fits them as well?

In the LookmaticGOOD Partnership Program, you can be rewarded for doing simply what feels good and sharing it with people you know (and even those you don’t know).  In the program as a GOOD Ambassador, not only would you be an advocate for Lookmatic’s products and services and help them to create a stronger presence online and offline in your region by sharing content on your existing social media networks and blog, but you can actively do more with Lookmatic by providing product feedback and insight directly to them, get advanced notice of new style releases and earn money as a result of your efforts!

I’m already a part of this wonderful program, so I’ll continue to share more information in upcoming posts.  If you would like to join, you can register at http://good.lookmatic.com/partnership/. Cheers!

FTC Disclosure:  I received product as compensation for this post.  Although I did receive compensation, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.

Vegas Style Vintage

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Here are a few shots of what my husband and I wore to Matt Goss’ show at Caesars Palace last week (original post here).  How handsome does Deon look?  We felt the velvet jacket, bow tie and fedora was a must to compliment my lovely little vintage inspired dress.  We’re so glad we chose to do it up right because the venue really called for it.  I believe in the same philosophy as Matt, where it’s impossible to overdress for any event, which is why I wanted to really play the part of what it would be like to go out on a night on the town in old Las Vegas.  Judging by the compliments paid to us by Matt himself after his show, I think we made the right choice!Voodoo Vixen Dress 1

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Voodoo Vixen Collage 1The picture of my nails on the right is what Matt stated he saw on Twitter on the night of show we attended (nail color, “My Private Jet” by OPI)!

Voodoo Vixen Dress 3Outfit:  “Bobbie” dress c/o Voodoo Vixen; Restricted shoes; ASOS Scallop Clutch Bag (sold out); Topshop necklace; Kate Spade bracelet; Karl Lagerfeld watch; rings by Suki Bijoux and Hannah Lois Designs; Lookmatic glasses; “Wicked” Velvetine by Limecrime (sold out)

Matt Goss 11.28.2014I’m sorry, but I had to include one more picture of Matt for good measure…enjoy!

(Please note:  The last photo was scanned from the double frame we received when we purchased the top photo from the show.)

FTC Disclosure:  I received product and was asked to review the product in return.  Although I did receive product, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.

This Orchid's Turned to Black

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It’s been awhile since I’ve done an outfit post!  I wanted to end this week with one, because it will lead well into several catch up posts of fab fashion events I’ve attended recently.  My company has just approved casual dress at work, which is nice because I can really experiment with my wardrobe, mixing up the extremely casual with my regular office wear.  So this “dressy sweatshirt” trend will fall nicely into all of my upcoming wardrobe plans.  It’s the easiest to elevate up with fab shoes and a sparkly purse, then dress it down a bit with jeans and great sneakers.  This orchid sweatshirt by Altuzarra for Target is one of my favorites, especially paired with the ankle boots from the same line.  Other than my deep adoration for the Furla Candy Bag I recently won from Duty Free City, I am completely obsessed with lip products from Lime Crime makeup.  I’ve already bought the Velvetine matte lipstains in “Salem”, “Wicked” and “Red Velvet” (not pictured below), and one of the Unicorn lipsticks in “Coquette”.  Of all of the lip products I’ve tried in the past, Lime Crime’s lipsticks and lipstains give me the best and longest lasting coverage ever.  Have a great weekend, cheers!

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Outfit  – Altuzarra for Target orchid sweatshirt and ankle boots; Sans Souci jacket through a gift certificate c/o Royalie; Madewell denim leggings; Furla Candy Bag won from Duty Free City; BonLook Keiko sunnies in Roxy Noir; Kate Spade Goreski Glasses Bangle; Karl Lagerfeld pyramid stud watch; Rings by Wendy Brandes and Suki Bijoux; Lime Crime “Salem” Velvetine lipstain (“Wicked” Velevtine & “Coquette” Unicorn Lipstick also pictured below) 

IMG_3670 (2) (1280x1280)(Post title from “Crime & Passion” by Duran Duran, All outfit photos by Rholnna Jiao.) 

Lookie Lous: Readers at the Ready!

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If you are a regular follower of my blog, you know I’m a sucker for a great pair of glasses.  The love of spectacles runs deep in my family, so when I was asked by the folks at Lookie Lous to try their readers, I immediate thought my sister would love them.  Touted as “The headband that’s a reader, that’s a headband that’s a reader,” Lookie Lous bring practicality and style together by creating glasses that are fairly difficult to lose.  Created by mother and entrepreneur, Kelly Coty, the idea for these functional frames came out of necessity: she became tired of losing her reading glasses or stretching them out because she would always put them on her head so she wouldn’t lose them.

Rholnna chose the smoky London Grey readers in a magnification of +1.5, and we were also given a clear pair to try out.  She loves the fact that the London Grey pair are dark enough to use outside, but light enough for indoor use.  But she also states her favorite feature is without a doubt the fact that she can easily push them out of the way by either wearing them as a headband, or dropping them to her neck, where they fit just as snugly as they do on her head.  In her work at a residential unit, she loves that the functionality carries over to the workplace.  But from someone who knows my sister well, these readers sleek look truly fit Rholnna’s active lifestyle.  I think Lookie Lous has a new fan on their hands!  Have a wonderful weekend!

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The reason why I like Lookie Lous is that they are very convenient to use at work.  I work at a residential, and at the end of the day when it’s bedtime for the kids, I have to sit and do my paperwork.  When the kids are calling my name or asking questions, I usually put my glasses down and then sometimes forget where I put them.  All I have to do with the Lookie Lous is use the feature of the headband and I will always know where they are.  I love using them at work because working with kids is non-stop, and there is no way of ever loosing these glasses!

– Rholnna Jiao

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(FTC Disclosure:  I received free product and was asked to review the product in return.  Although I did receive free product, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.)

Win A Chance at Free Glasses for Life from SelectSpecs.com!


The lovely folks at SelectSpecs.com wanted me to let you all know about a wonderful contest they’re having:  Free Glasses for Life!

Check out the details and enter at the link below for a chance to win.  Good luck!


Fancy winning a free pair of prescription glasses, including standard lenses, coatings and free delivery for the next 50 years? Yes? We thought so.

It couldn’t be easier. Simply fill out the form (at the above link) and click the button that says “I want free glasses”.

Competition ends on Saturday 31 May at 11pm. We’ll be announcing the winner on Friday 6th June 2014, so keep your eyes peeled and check your email inbox to see if you’re the lucky winner!

We’re also giving five runners-up a free pair of prescription glasses (also including standard lenses, coatings and delivery) from our exclusive economy collection.

And if that’s not incentive enough – we’re emailing a 10% SelectSpecs.com discount code to everyone who enters the competition. No thanks necessary, we like to be generous like that.

Get yourself involved and don’t forget to tell your friends, family, neighbours and strangers on the street* about this fantastic competition. We’ve made it easy for you to share the competition with all your Facebook and Twitter buddies too – once you’ve entered the competition simply click the Facebook and Twitter icons.

*Please be aware of stranger danger. If in doubt walk away and get yourself to a nicely crowded public place. Cafe’s are a good choice, you can get a coffee and / or tea. Maybe even a biscuit. Go on, you deserve it.

For full terms and conditions please click here.

– From SelectSpecs.com


FTC Disclosure:  I received product as compensation for this post.  Although I did receive product, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.

Between The Black & White

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I’m a big fan of anything with a vintage feel, and I guess I was inspired by The Great Gatsby when I put this outfit together.  Although my hat is really a simple beanie, the large crochet flower just reminds me girls in flapper dresses and my shoes are a nod to gentleman wearing spats.  I kept my outfit from feeling too much like a costume by wearing jeans and keeping the colors limited to black and white with accents of silver.

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Outfit:  Cotton On shirt (old); Converse for Target lace trimmed tank top (old); Aldo hat (old); Madewell legging jeans in artic blue; Restricted “Showcase” wedge brogues (from DSW, but are still available on Modcloth, called Pie Contest Wedges in Cookies & Cream); Lookmatic “Tippi” glasses; Vintage Scooter Necklace c/o Lavishy; Watch c/o Timex

(Stay tuned for a contest to win a gold version of the Vintage Scooter Necklace from Lavishy!)

(Post title is a lyric from the Depeche Mode song Alone.  Photos by Rholnna Jiao.)

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial (the Lavishy necklace).

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.