Online shopping for Prescription Glasses – Real Mom Street Style

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A while back, I was contacted by the people at Firmoo.com, an online eyewear store, to receive a free pair of prescription glasses and review the brand.   My glasses just arrived, so I thought I would dedicate this week’s real mom street style post to my own style and my new glasses!!

 

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The Reason I Dressed

These photos were taken on Sunday. It’s going to rain all week here in Modena, so we spent Sunday out enjoying the incredibly mild November weather we’ve been having!

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Since we were close to home I decided to wear heels. Heels, as difficult as they are in Italy, make me feel good.  Like the song used to say “you make me feel like a natural woman”…….that’s how heels make me feel!

 

What I Wore

 

If you follow the BIG fashion bloggers you know that there was a certain Stella McCartney sweater that EVERYONE wanted last year.  I wrote about it here almost exactly a year ago.  Her design brought back plaid in a BIG WAY, specifically light colored plaid in a woven sweater.

 

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I saw this sweater in a boutique in Modena on sale.  It is 100% handmade in Italy by a small artisan brand that does not exist online!  The craftsmanship and quality of the wool are excellent, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they are the  producers behind the big brands!

 

It is so warm here still that I went out without a coat on and just layered a denim shirt underneath.

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My heels are from Asos.com and so are my jeans.  They totally have a story (you may or may not remember), but basically, I can only exhale while wearing them, and I had to cut off the bottoms since my FEET didn’t fit inside the leg holes!!

 

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My bag is by an Italian brand, and I will be doing a separate post about the fold over leather tote trend and where to get the look for less!

 

My NEW Firmoo.com Glasses

I’ve been on a glasses shopping rampage this last month.  I’ve gone from owning ONE pair of prescription eyeglasses to owning 6 pairs!   5 Pairs of prescription glasses in 1 MONTH!

 

I’ve owned my standard glasses (seen here) for around 4 years.  They are vintage frames bought for 10 euro in a little store in Modena.   I had to pay close to 200 euro for the lenses with anti-reflective coating.  Needless to say, after this HUGE investment I’ve been avoiding buying new glasses for ….well, 4 YEARS!

 

Last month I found a great deal in an optical store that had partnered with Groupon, and for about 150 euro got myself a nice pair of Marc by Marc Jacobs glasses (you can see them here).  Then, a small boutique in Modena, FILLED to the brim with awesome vintage frames, closed because the owner retired.  She had all the frames onsale at 20 euro and a deal on the lenses.  I panicked and splurged, unsure of when the next glasses deal would come around!

 

To be honest, when Firmoo.com contacted me I thought “really? they couldn’t have contacted me a month sooner!!?”, the last thing I needed were glasses.  HOWEVER, all of that changed once I started the ordering process.

 

Buying Glasses Online – Doubts

When a brand offers you something for free you honestly have nothing to loose.  Here were my first thoughts about buying glasses online:

1) As if I’m going to find something I like
2) As if they will look anything like they do online
3) It took me a good 45 minutes to choose the frames I wanted in-store (after trying on hundreds!!), how am i going to do this online?
4) What if they are cheap!?

 

With my coupon code in-hand I started the online shopping process, and I have to say, it was very technological.  They have a virtual try-on assistant, so you take your picture using the webcam and indicate the distance and height of your pupils.  When you virtually “try on” the glasses you get an idea of how big/small they will be on you and how they will look.

 

This was my first “try on” attempt:

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I really didn’t trust the image, because I had no context for how these frames compared to my current ones.

 

MY TIP for virtually trying-on glasses:

 

My recommendation is to TAKE YOUR WEB CAM PICTURE WTH YOUR FAVOURITE PAIR OF GLASSES ON!  This way you get a sense of how the other virtual frames measure up, and you get the lense reflection in the picture, which makes it so much more beleivable!

 

In the end, after a little input from my facebook page I decided on these frames.

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On to the Checkout

 

At the checkout you enter your prescription and all of the special features that Firmoo offers at an additional cost.  I actually really wanted and needed a pair of sunglasses for driving.  I’m short and the visor doesn’t block the sun from getting in my eyes.

 

For year’s I’ve wanted the photochromic glasses that change tint depending on the light, but they were SO EXPENSIVE!! Now was my chance!  Firmoo.com offers photochromic lenses for only 20 bucks! I ended up paying out of my own pocket, for photochromic lenses and a few upgrades.

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Rest assured that I’m not only reviewing something I got for free, I’m reviewing something that I paid for.  Risky business!  Especially since I really didn’t need a new pair of glasses.

 

The result.

 

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Aren’t they great!?

 

They are already one of my new favourite pairs, especially for driving or for days like today where it is cloudy one minute and sunny the next.  I really do recommend Firmoo.com, especially if you are looking for stylish frames with expensive features.

 

My one negative comment about Firmoo.com was the lack of selection for people with small heads!! I’m one petite lady, and have a relatively small noggin. In the medium and large frame categories there is a huge selection, but their small frames are really limited.  That being said, I didn’t have a hard time finding and choosing a frame I liked, but it would have been nice to have had more selection.

 

FIRMOO.COM FRAMES GIVEAWAY!

 

Firmoo.com has offered me a free frame from over 70+ designs, but I’m passing this deal on to you!  Visit the giveaway page for full details and enter the giveaway to win free frames!

 

Aside from the giveaway, Firmoo.com offer FREE FRAMES TO ALL FIRST TIME CUSTOMERS, the offer can be found here!!! Can you believe it!  The selection is limited to 20 or so frames, but it is still such a great deal!

 
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  • Porcelina

    Very cute new glasses, they look adorable on you! Thanks for hosting another great linkup, P x

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    • http://reasonstodress.com Reasons to Dress

      Thank you so much for joining in!

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  • http://honestmum.com/ HonestMum

    Gorgeous glasses, thanks for having me x

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    • http://reasonstodress.com Reasons to Dress

      I LovE having you!

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  • http://eleganceandmommyhood.blogspot.com/ ADA

    In love with your sweater and scarf. I used to have scarves like that. They are the ultimate blanket scarf alla 20th century style. You look great.

    P.S. And of course I would like up with you, beautiful. =))

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    • http://reasonstodress.com Reasons to Dress

      I bought this scarf thrifted for one euro !! it was the BEST deal of all time, thank you for noticing it!

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  • http://www.thatchicmom.com/ ThatChicMom

    Those look great on you and I love your sons hair, so cute!

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    • http://reasonstodress.com Reasons to Dress

      My husband HATES his hair (I cut it myself). Everyone else seems to really like it, but I can’t tell if they’re just being polite….help me!!! To keep or to shave??

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  • http://www.jacketsociety.com JacketSociety Nora M

    Love those glasses on you and how cool is the virtual try on thing…I haven’t come across that yet, great idea. I also love your sweater and the big bag, and you look great in heels. Your son adorable like usual :)
    Nora
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    • http://reasonstodress.com Reasons to Dress

      The virtual try on thing was awesome…my photo…not so much!

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  • http://www.adelanteblog.com/ Courtney @ Adelante

    Your glasses are stylin! I love em! At first I totally resented the fact that I have to wear glasses for distance, but now I’m trying to rock it. *Trying* being the key word haha

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    • http://reasonstodress.com Reasons to Dress

      you have a great face for glasses!! My face is as small as a five year olds! I’m this close to wearing kids frames! Enjoy glasses, they are just another accessory!

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  • http://gnomelover.com/ Gnome Lover

    Thank you for the picture here! You are seriously the sweetest!

    And those goasses look fabulous on you! I love them! And how cool that you found that beautiful sweater. It looks so well made. I bet it lasts for years and years! You look so stylish. I had to giggle about cutting the jeans. It is genius and quite honestly I do not know if I would have thought of it! Thank you for hosting!

    Jenni

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    • http://reasonstodress.com Reasons to Dress

      Those jeans were 15 euro. Sending them back would have cost be 7, so I just cut them! Whenever I wear them I feel really slender, even though I can’t sit or breathe!!

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  • http://reasonstodress.com Reasons to Dress

    Thank you for supporting it Jill!

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  • http://reasonstodress.com Reasons to Dress

    I’m trying to get better about reminders because I realize everyone is so busy! Thank you so much for joining, hope to have you back!

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  • http://reasonstodress.com Reasons to Dress

    The only problem I have with oversized sweaters, as trendy as they are, is that under the wrong coat I feel like a pillsbury dough boy!! I’m already daydreaming about the spring…is that wrong??!

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  • http://reasonstodress.com Reasons to Dress

    WOW good for you for going LASIK, I know so many people who are satisfied and happy. I am SCARED TO DEATH!!! Besides, I really only need my glasses for driving and reading! They’re not so bad!

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  • http://reasonstodress.com Reasons to Dress

    Hmmm, I wonder if you could talk to them about that. I bet they would appreciate the feedback.

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  • http://reasonstodress.com Reasons to Dress

    Jess I know you went from 1 to 4 I was following along with the blog!! I love how you call your glasses specs!! Actually you may have inspired this shopping rampage!!

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  • Mum’s Days

    Your online “try on” cracked me up!! What a great idea though – and you chose such a gorgeous pair. Look fab on you and your mom-street style is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaAAaAAAAAaaaaaaaay better than mine. You look bloody gorge!! Thanks for linking up to #AllAboutYou xxx

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  • http://www.thecitizenrosebud.com/ Citizen Rosebud

    Thank you for linking up your plaid-tastic looks for plaidurday. You look sharp!

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