Monday Review – Warby Parker

Hello there and happy Monday!

Recently, I have been experiencing the effects of poor eyesight. Years ago, I tried glasses and contacts, but lost the glasses and hated the contacts. Since then I have been living with slightly below average vision. I figured I needed to get an eye check up when I started noticing a decline in my ability to read street signs well, and when someone would wave at me on campus and I wouldn’t know who I was waving back at – or if they were even waving at me, for that matter. After getting a check up and it being suggested that I begin wearing corrective lenses, I found a wonderful company, Warby Parker.

The first great thing about Warby Parker is their “Buy a pair, give a pair” program. When you purchase a pair of excellently affordable glasses from Warby Parker, one of their partners funds a pair for someone in need. That alone had me hooked.

That comment about them being affordable? You bet! These glasses are high quality, stylish, and have excellent customer service for an unbeatable price. They start at just $95 and that price includes both frame and prescribed anti-reflective polycarbonate lenses. Not only do they have regular optical glasses, but they have a large selection of sunglasses.

Because Warby Parker has limited onsite sales establishments and does most of their business online, they offer an awesome Home Try-on option. You can order up to 5 pairs of glasses that will be sent to your home, free of charge, and with a prepaid shipping sticker to send them back. You read that right, the entire process to have glasses sent to your house to try on is completely free.

Finally, Warby Parker has excellent and fast customer service. Any e-mailing I’ve done with the company has been with a real person, and they answer e-mails within a few hours. Shipping is quick and your glasses will arrive in a very timely manner. I ordered my prescribed lenses on a Thursday and received them the following Monday.

If you’re looking for new glasses, I highly recommend checking out Warby Parker at warbyparker.com

This is how the Home Try-on arrives. Baggies and glasses are labeled so you don't misplace them.

This is how the Home Try-on arrives. Baggies and glasses are labeled so you don’t misplace them.

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Yay! They’re here!!

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Disclaimer: I posted this completely on my own behalf. I have zero affiliation with Warby Parker besides being a very happy customer!

*For those interested, the pair I purchased are Crane in Whiskey Tortoise

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Recycle those EOS lip balms!

Recycle those EOS lip balms!

Hey y’all! So recently I flattened out an EOS lip balm which I was pretty impressed with seeing as I’ve never been able to keep track of a lip balm long enough to finish it before. The one I finished is the Medicated Tangerine and it is my absolute favorite! Its got a nice fruity scent, it is exceptionally moisturizing and feels really nice on the lips.

As the balm has gotten lower and lower, I had been contemplating what to do because how could you throw away those cute little eggs? There seemed to be some use I could get out of it so, I started scraping and found that the base is a weird little wheel thing. I would recommend having a small empty container when you do this because there is a surprising amount of balm left over, and there’s no reason to waste it.

Wooden stick, cleaned out EOS, plastic wheel that was removed from the balm, left over balm, cuticle scissors

Wooden stick, cleaned out EOS, plastic wheel that was removed from the balm, left over balm, cuticle scissors

I’m sure you could find more sophisticated tools to use, but I live in a shoebox (the joys of a sorority house), so I just used what I had lying around which was:

-wooden stick

-old cuticle scissors

-wipe

-finished EOS balm

1. Start by scraping out the top with a stick, knife, anything. You’ll start to hit plastic and when that happens just push the balm through the gaps.

2. Use scissors to cut each spoke and remove the wheel.

3. Collect the left over balm and put it in a small container to continue using!

4. Use a wipe, napkin, paper towel, whatever to clean it out and you’re done!

Carry jewelry with you without losing it!

Carry jewelry with you without losing it!

Need to take small amounts of lotion or makeup on your flight? These will be perfect to carry-on!

Need to take small amounts of lotion or makeup on your flight? These will be perfect to carry-on!

Obviously, I had travel in mind, and these will be perfect to put lotions, liquid makeup, etc. in for my carry-on. They’re also the perfect size for small jewelry. In the picture, I have two pairs of earrings and a necklace and there is still plenty of room for more small pieces.

There are endless ways to re-use these pots. Comment below with other ideas of how to use your recycled EOS balms!

 

My First Blog Post

My first ever blog post…I guess I can start by telling you all a bit about myself in more detail than the “About” page.

I’m 22 years old, a senior at the University of Alabama and I’ll be graduating in May. Only ten days following graduation, I will be traveling to Melbourne, Victoria, Australia to be an au pair for a family of six; mom (mum to them), dad, three sons aged 18, 15, and 4, and a daughter aged 2. I assume that this blog will soon be at least partially dedicated to posts on travel tips, packing tips, and stories of my experiences.

Up until last year, my plan was to go to Physician Assistant school after undergraduate studies, but that changed. School has never been my favorite thing. I love to learn new things, but I always had to work hard to do well, and if I didn’t love the subject, my grades reflected that. I started to realize – a little too late, honestly – that I wasn’t excelling in my science classes like needed to be a competitive student for PA school. I also knew it wasn’t my passion. I have always loved entertainment, whether it was entertaining others, or watching others perform. I never really understood that I could make a career out of working in something I loved so much, but I had a rather cliche epiphany at the beginning of my senior year: I’ll never be as young, uncommitted to anything/one, and ambitious as I am now. I have the opportunity, time, and resources to explore options and try my hand at working in entertainment. Unfortunately my major (Human Development and Family Studies) doesn’t really support what I want to do, but I have loved it, and it will provide me with another option of what I can do to support myself. I’ve always been involved in childcare in some way since a young age, and I really do love children. However, at this point in my life, it’s not a career goal I want to jump into directly following graduation.

In addition to loving television, film, and music, I am a makeup fanatic, and I love clothes, shoes and accessories, although my wallet doesn’t always feel the same way. So, a lot of this blog will be reviews, favorite styles, and possibly some tutorials.

I’m excited to get this blog started, and I hope it will be something others enjoy viewing as much as I enjoy filling it with my thoughts!