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New Year, New You: WARBY PARKER

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Welcome back!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and made some wonderful memories… oh, and no one shot their eye out with a Red Ryder B.B. Gun.  How can I not reference the greatest Christmas movie of all time, “A Christmas Story!?”  Here’s some fun movie trivia for you as well:  “A Christmas Story” was filmed right here in little, ‘ole Cleveland.  Yup.  Cleveland rocks.

I wanted to spend the next few days talking (typing?) about the upcoming new year.   Rather than taking on ridiculous grand resolutions that no one really keeps, let’s instead focus on small, simple ways to make you a better YOU.  You know, the whole “New Year, New You” thing.  Don’t worry, juice fasting will not be required.

For 2014, one of the easiest ways to change how you see yourself, how others see you, and most importantly, how you see (DUH!), is with new glasses.  Warby Parker is an innovative eyewear company founded as a collaboration between four close friends- the best kind of collaboration, in my opinion!   They were determined to provide consumers with a new way to shop for their prescription glasses, one that allowed them to be stylish, while not paying a fortune for high quality prescription lenses and frames.  Taking this concept one step further, Warby Parker has made a commitment that for each pair of glasses sold, the company will provide a pair of glasses to someone in need.  No one should be denied the basic right to vision.  Pretty awesome, right?

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Well, here’s the icing on the cake: If you’re anything like me, traditional eyeglass shopping can be a daunting task.  Some of the thoughts going through my head:  Does this shape flatter my face?  Does this pair make my nose look big?  Do I look like a total dork? etc.,etc.  Warby Parker allows you to bypass a frustrating trip to a brick and mortar retailer, pick out five pairs of their glasses online, and have the ability to give the frames a test run at home.  Yes, five days and five pairs of glasses to try out in the privacy of your home, no strings attached.  With free shipping both ways, of course.  Ask your friends what they think, get Grandma’s unfiltered opinion, even get strangers’ ten cents if you upload and share your selfies on Facebook or Twitter.  At the end of the five day trial, send all five pairs back and if there is a winner amongst the bunch, just order online at WarbyParker.com.  That’s it!

In addition to their staple styles, Warby Parker recently released three new collections: The Winter Collection, The Beck Collection and The Leith Clark Collection.  All three are fantastic and consist of new shapes and fun colors to try out.  Right off the bat, I was in love with their Plum Marblewood color.  It was subtle, but different and echoes of “Radiant Orchid” (the Pantone 2014 color of the year) danced through my head.  What do YOU think?

Do I go with the Welty style in Plum Marblewood?

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Or the Nash, in the more traditional Greystone?

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Decisions, decisions…

XOXO,

Stella

P.S. If you’re gearing up for a 2014 winter getaway and are in need/want of some new shades… Warby Parker also has a great selection of sunnies for your shopping pleasure.  Definitely check those out!

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