Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Firmoo Glasses Review + Style Guide


I was pretty excited when I was contacted by Firmoo to participate in reviewing a pair of their glasses. I hadn't heard of Firmoo before, but I'm a fan of trendy glasses. 

My latest pair's from Warby Parker and has a "I go with everything" style and color. So when I was browsing through Firmoo, I decided to go with something fun and different. Which is why red happened. Then this glasses style guide post happened. 

I hope it's not completely disastrous. 

Disclaimer: Although Firmoo sent me these free glasses for review, my opinion of the product is 100% honest. 

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I chose red frames because I realized I have a decent amount of red clothes in my fall/winter wardrobe and hoped and prayed I could pull them off. 

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I won't lie. I was super impressed with the packaging. When I picked the glasses up, I was surprised at how sturdy they felt. Firmoo has pretty cheap prices for frames, so I think I was expecting a filmsy product. These frames are not. 

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I am also in love with the case, which is a consistent reminder of my continuing travel fever. 

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Everything Firmoo sent: Glasses, case, sleeve, and repair kit. I was also very impressed with the repair kit. It's like they knew I've fixed screws in my frames with a steak knife before. 

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Firmoo isn't like Warby Parker, which ships you 5 glasses as a free "try on" trial. So I was a little hesitant about choosing the best frames for my face (even though they DO have a virtual try on). 

But unlike Warby Parker (and maybe they've changed the policy now idk) I didn't have to email my actual prescription from my eye doctor. I simply filled out the form for my prescription before checkout (after Googling how to actually read it) and bam. Easy. The lenses are great. 

I also added the anti-reflection coating (or whatever it is) to my lenses because one time I didn't do that for brand new lenses and deeply regretted that decision. (Firmoo offers it for $5)

These shipped very fast too, which was a bonus. I received them within a week.
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Ugh okay, one of my ears is much higher than the other one (wahhh lol) so these images are me trying them on pre-adjustments. Which is why they're going to look a little crooked. 

But you get the idea.
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For this first outfit, I paired a Forever 21 sweater with black leggings from Ross. Because I'm super fancy like that.

Anyway, it's super casual and I liked the way the frames look with it. 

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I think they are Gizmo approved. 

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The next look is the glasses paired with my red Forever 21 peacoat (last season's)

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I was a fan of the pop of color the glasses brought to my face with the coat. 

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Here's a close up of the frames. Also my face.

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My last style was pairing the glasses with a simple red cardigan. 

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Cardigan: Papaya; Blouse: Forever 21; Boots: Lauren Conrad

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End result: I really really like the frames. They're fun and something I don't think I would have normally picked out for myself, but I'm glad I did! I'm not sure how they work with non-red articles of clothing, but I guess it's good that I'm a fan of red.

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Firmoo is letting me give away $15 voucher code for their Classic Frames to 5 blog readers (guys, that's like HALF OFF some of the pairs of glasses they offer.)

Ready to win new stylish eyewear before the holidays? Enter the giveaway below! Entries close 12/10/2014.

Also, if you want, leave me a comment with your favorite pair from their website!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sunset Kidds and Wine Tasting Escapes

I turned 25 this year, and as it happens my aunt and uncle also celebrated a 25 as well: 25 years of marriage! 

To mark this special occasion, they put together a wine tasting trip and invited my cousin and me along with them. 

My mom and my aunt are identical twins and all of our family have always been close, but it was still really nice of them to think of me. It was my first-ever wine tasting excursion :)


The evening before we rolled into the gorgeous Santa Ynez valley, we hopped aboard my second sailing adventure of the summer in Santa Barbara!


We took a sunset cruise on the Sunset Kidd with a great captain, who we later found out grew up on the exact same street as my aunt, uncle, and cousins. Small world!


We set up our picnic near the bow of the boat and enjoyed appetizers (courtesy of Trader Joes) before we took off.



Fun fact: Santa Barbara is one of the only places in CA where, geographically, the sun doesn't set over the water.


But if you get far out enough in the water, you can see where the land ends and the sunset over the water begins. 


The next day we were picked up in this baby! Have you ever seen anything like it?

If you're ever in Santa Barbara and want to do a wine tasting tour, DeeTours is the ONLY way to go. Not only is Dee a fantastic and fierce lady, but she's a knowledgable guide who threw in a TON of extras.


Going topless, oooo la la.


Our first stop was Beckman Vineyards, a family-owned and operated vineyard.


Plump grapes growing on the vines


The wine-making machine! They were pressing grapes when we arrived.


 We decided to sit outside to enjoy the views.


This cat has it made.


One of the guys working the press came back and gave us all fresh grape juice to try. Way better than anything you'll find at the store.



We started with white and worked our way to red. And if I wasn't already feeling fancy enough, I learned this was the same red served to the president at one of his dinners.


My cousin and I enjoyed walking around admiring the scenery



Our next stop was Brander Vineyard


It reminded me of a castle. So pretty!


We stayed inside for this round of tasting and enjoyed learning a bit about the geography. 


Remember how I said Dee threw in some extras? Our next stop was an olive oil tasting!


AND THERE WERE PUPPIES TO PET. 


 AND OILS TO TASTE.


We tried every one with fresh tomatoes and bread. So, so good. We ended up walking away with garlic-rosemary and lemon-basil.


And for even more extras, we stopped by a rescued animal farm!


Baby donkeys had just been born the week prior. SO TINY.


This little guy let us pet him.


Our 3rd stop was Lincourt Vineyards, where we crashed Lauren Conrad's wedding.

Kidding, but she WAS getting married in Santa Ynez that same day. (I have no idea where, though)


Who could blame her for wanting a vineyard wedding? It's GORGEOUS up here.


Lincourt was definitely the prettiest vineyard we visited. 


So pretty that there was even another wedding being set up as we were tasting! 





We enjoyed a really filling lunch from a local, organic deli and tasted more wine.


Then we set off for our final vineyard.


The drive was, of course, gorgeous.



Our 4th stop was Rusack Vineyards


It was challenging for me to keep up with everyone and I didn't end up trying the last few wines, but I did love the scenery! 


But before we went back to Santa Barbara, we stopped in the cutest little Dutch town called Solvang! (Another one of Dee's extras!)


We walked around for about half an hour exploring. (And walking off wine)






While my aunt and cousin stopped for coffee, I spotted BOOKS.


It was the cutest little bookstore that I discovered connected with the cafe they were in, haha.


After our explorations in Solvang, we hopped in the Jeep and drove back to SB for the evening. 

Definitely a very successful trip!


I picked up little Gizzy the next day, and it was safe to say he was exhausted from daycare. 

(I think they keep thinking he's a girl, because he came home with that bow lolol.)

It was a super fun family weekend :)