Four Eyes (or Twelve Eyes?)

As a wearer of glasses since I was eight years old, I have had my fair share of spectacles. One of my first pairs had purple striped metal frames that I thought were the coolest version of an otherwise very uncool accessory. Somewhere in the early 1990s, there was a pair of large framed brass glasses à la George Costanza, and there have been various other nondescript iterations over the years. I’m currently due for a new pair of specs and not super thrilled with the selection at my local optometry office, so I ordered a home try-on of several styles from Warby Parker.

Have you heard of Warby Parker? They’re like Toms, but for glasses (in that they donate a pair of glasses to someone in need for every pair that is purchased from them). They have very few storefronts, so most of their business is done online (hence the at-home try-on) and because they save so much money on brick-and-mortar expenses, the glasses are relatively inexpensive.

This isn’t a sponsored post, by the way, but it is a plea to have you help me pick my next pair of glasses. While I don’t normally put close-ups of my face on the internet, I am doing it now in order to model for you my sample glasses. You ready?

Let’s go left to right, top to bottom: 1) Okay, here are my current glasses. They are simple and made out of acrylic, which I like (I hate nose pads! And wire rims get bent too easily.) They’re kind of the same color as my hair. Is that a good thing?? You tell me. 2) This is the first sample I picked. I haven’t had colorful glasses since childhood, but I do find them appealing. Is that silly? Will I have to match my outfits to my glasses if I wear them? Style: Arthur, in Green Spruce.

Next row: 3) I love the color of these, but the fit not so much. They’re angled in an uncomfortable way. Without storefronts, I’m not sure if I can have the angle fixed anywhere, which makes me super hesitant to order them. I do like the red, though. Style: Marshall, in Rum Cherry. 4) These are not too different from other pairs I’ve had. They are very respectable. Are they flattering? Is the tortoise shell pattern good or distracting? Style: Nedwin, in Amber.

Last row: 5) Are these too big? Is that rounded top angle weird? I can’t tell either way. Style: Ballard, in Striped Chestnut. 6) These are a lighter color in person than they appear here. They’re not as orange-y, more of a soft pink shell color. Are they too pale? They are the most comfortable pair I tried on. I wish they came in red, but they don’t. Style: Sims, in Coral.

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So, what do you think? Have I found my new glasses or should I keep looking? Which pair would you pick for me? Have you ever ordered from Warby Parker, and if so, do you have any tips? Inquiring minds want to know (and make strange faces)!

So, what's the answer??

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Animal Style

Oh my god, this video of wheelchair-bound rescue dogs getting to play fetch kills me:

Also competing for the title of cutest animals on the internet this week is this hedgehog and his birthday party. Of course the hamsters go bonkers for cake (RIP Hazel the Hamster!).

Ok, happy Saturday! Carry on.

These Days – Vol. 3

These days, I am…

-Watching Orange is the New Black (finally!). We’re only a few episodes in, but I’m already hooked. I love cleverly written television.

-Popping vitamins so that I can fight these sniffles that are plaguing me. Mr. Cook has us both on food-based vitamins, after he did some research on the subject.

-Painting my fingernails for the first time in months. Currently obsessed with this color. And impressed by this new nail polish bottle design.

-Reading Official Book Club Selection by Kathy Griffin and enjoying her early 90s exposé of the Hollywood comedy and acting scene.

-Craving fried chicken and wishing I could get my hands on some of the good stuff from here.

-Planning ahead for our South Africa trip this winter. (Did you  know they have safaris in SA?? I did not know that, but now that I do I am even more excited!)

-Organizing my home office (read: craft space) and getting it into usable shape, as has been the plan for almost two years now. Yay for finally making headway!

-Thrilled for a recent engagement, a just-announced bundle of joy, and other good news from afar. :)

What are you up to these days?

The Wednesday Web

I’ve a gravy boat load of foodie links to share this week:

First, here’s a peek at how people eat dinner in New York City and Tokyo. Most of the diners in the photo series are all alone, which makes these pictures seem very personal and a little bit sad. How do you dine when you’re alone?

Next, what’s more important – how your food photographs or how it tastes? As diners snap more and more photos of their food (which apparently slows down service), restaurants are attempting to meet the demand for picture perfect plates.

No one’s going to claim that the Food Network is trying to turn home cooks into professional chefs, but just how watered down (or whitewashed) is their programming in the name of ratings? This article asks, What happened to all the cooks of color on TV?

Finally, in a related vein, why does the public assume that “ethnic” food should be cheap? This article makes a case for why we should be paying more than we are for food from non-European-American cultures (i.e., what message do we send when we think a delicious bowl of ramen or pho or menudo should only cost a fraction of a bowl of clam chowder?).

Ah, betcha didn’t think that food could be so controversial!

Music on Monday

Time for more friend music sharing!! It’s good, I promise!

Welcome to We Became Owls, a San Francisco Bay Area-based band that makes music that is melodic and beautiful and folk-y and a little bit haunting:

You can hear more music and learn their story here:

And you can buy their brand new EP (released on Friday!) here.

Don’t you just love gorgeous music?

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