Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Getting Glasses

When I was in third grade, I had some trouble seeing the board so my teacher called my mom and recommended that she take me an optometrist. Sure enough, I inherited my dad's bad vision and I had to wear glasses, but only when stuff was too far away for me to see. I remember being excited about my first pair of glasses and was happy to have found some that were similar to Becca's on Life Goes On. Too bad I don't have a fabulous picture handy to show you just how stylin' I looked in my early 90's glasses. At any rate, a lot of my friends had glasses, and I felt kind of cool to have a new accessory.  As my eyes progressively got worse and I developed astigmatism, I began to loathe feeling forced to wear glasses at all times.  I didn't like the marks they left on my nose, I hated those early morning moments fumbling around for my glasses, and I very rarely went swimming since I couldn't wear my glasses in the pool and could not see without them.  As soon as my parents finally let me get contacts in 9th grade, I would only wear my glasses when my eyes became irritated.  In 2004, I decided to take the plunge and get Lasik.  When my eyes started to heal after the surgery and I could see clearly for the first time since I was a child, I was ecstatic and the first thing I did was to get rid of my glasses.  Then,  years later, a funny thing happened... While I was still in Korea, non-prescription glasses were being sold left and right.  My friends and I stopped at a booth where they were for sale and decided to try them on just for fun, and lo and behold, I actually found a pair I fell in love with! 

Here they are pictured below:



When Firmoo contacted me about reviewing a pair of their glasses, I jumped at the chance hoping to find another great pair of non-prescription glasses that I could wear from time to time.

Firmoo's site is easy to navigate, and the toughest problem I encountered was trying to choose between several of their frames! You are able to search by shape of the frame, material that it's made from, or by size.  While I was trying to pick out a pair, I was worried that the glasses I picked might not be right for the shape of my face, but you are able to upload a photograph of yourself and virtually "try on" the glasses.  The way that I finally chose my frames was that I looked pictures of actual customers wearing the glasses I was thinking about getting.  Since the style I was considering getting looked great on a variety face shapes, I went with these glasses (Style F1018 in black.)




The glasses arrived quickly and as an added bonus, they came with a hard case and cleaning cloth. The cloth has already been useful, and I even used it to clean my sunglasses. 

The only drawback is that the glasses did tend to slide down when I looked down.  I don't know if it's just because I'm not used to wearing glasses or what, but it isn't a big deal because I found a quick fix for it thanks to this YouTube video.  All you have to do is put a hair tie on the part that goes behind your ear and they will stay in place.



I noticed that I'm once again having trouble seeing things that are far away, so if I do have to get glasses again, I would consider purchasing them from Firmoo due to my pleasant experience this time around.



Would you ever wear non-prescription glasses?  Do you own any glasses from Firmoo?


**Firmoo provided me with a free pair of glasses in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Shoes to Bring Traveling

I don't know how many times I tried to wear cute shoes while traveling and then later paid the price with red toes, blisters, and raw heels.  Now I'm all about comfort over fashion, but **bonus** if the shoes are both.  I haven't mentioned it on here, but if you read Rachael's blog, you'll know that the two of us are going to Iceland for two weeks this summer.  I'm already thinking ahead and am trying to prepare and get items for my trip gradually in order to spread out the expenses.  That way when the time rolls around, I can use my money for the actual trip!  One of the first questions I asked myself was, "Do I have all the shoes I need already?" I think the answer to that is yes, but while writing this post I found a couple of pairs that have currently been added to my birthday wishlist.



1) Toms- At least two pairs of Toms are going to make it into my suitcase.  I wore Toms all over South Africa and have walked miles in them locally and have never once had any foot pain.  Plus, they're lightweight and won't be taking up that much room in my suitcase.  They'll also versatile and I imagine they'll go with most of the outfits I'll be bringing along.  Also, since I don't wear socks with Toms, I'll be packing less of those.



2) Chacos- If you're going somewhere warm, investing in a sturdy pair of sandals is a must.  I own a pair of Chacos that I've worn for years, so in my experience I can say that they are durable.  They really came in handy while traveling in Southeast Asia.  I went on some of my trips during the rainy season, but never had to worry about having soggy shoes.  You can even wear these in the shower so you don't have to pack an extra pair of flip flops to avoid getting foot fungus.





3) Sanuk- While visiting my sister Denise in North Carolina, we found a Sanuk store.  (Did you know that Sanuk means "fun" in Thai?)  Both of us tried on a pair and were amazed at how comfortable they were.  Although I don't actually own a pair of these now, I know that I'll be buying a pair in the near future.  I find the yoga flats that they came out with to be stylish, and each one comes with a yoga pod footbed for extra comfort.  Plus, these are convenient for airports since they just slip on and off. Another pair that I've been eyeing are the yoga sling sandals.  They look like they give your feet more support and cushioning than just regular old flip flops.  A pair of black ones would go with almost anything, and if you buy these directly from the Sanuk website, they come with a 1 year warranty for defects.

Images Via Sanuk.com


4) Tieks- These are also on my wishlist because sometimes I do want to wear a pair of fancy shoes for a night out but am scared that I'll pay the price in pain later.  One time my feet hurt so badly from a pair of shoes after a night at the discotheque that it hurt less to walk home barefoot in the cold and snow than to put my shoes back on.  I feel like these are shoes that I could dress up or down so I feel that I'd get a lot of use out of them.  They'd also be ideal as backup shoes to carry around in your purse just in case the shoes you have on get too uncomfortable.

Image via


5) Sperrys- I own a pair of Sperry Top Siders and wear them frequently when I know I'll be doing a lot of walking.  They're also useful for when I teach because I do a lot of standing.  Again, these are a pair of shoes that I've walked miles in while visiting Savannah's historic district.  One of the drawbacks that I've noticed, however, is that they start to smell because I don't wear footies with them.  I know that I'm not alone, and am going to have to try some of these tips besides just using the spray I bought.

Image via Macys.com


6) Keds- Truthfully, I haven't owned Keds since I was a child when it was all the rage to decorate them with puffy paint.  Since Ked's made a comeback in recent years, I wouldn't mind owning another pair since I remember them as a quality shoe.  Now there are so many different color variations and designs that I'm sure it would be no problem at all to find the perfect pair.  

Image via Keds


Other Cute Shoes

What shoes do you recommend for traveling?  


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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Meeting Sophia

I'm officially an aunt now!  My sister Denise had her baby at the beginning of January, and the weekend before last I decided to take a trip up to North Carolina to meet my niece for the first time.  I was worried that Denise might be too tired to want to hang out/talk, but she seemed to welcome my company.  Also, I know this is stupid, but I'm very inexperienced with newborns and don't think that I'm a "natural."  Once kids get past 16 months, I feel like I know what to do since I've worked in a toddler room before, but as for the infant stage...well, I'm kind of clueless. Denise told me to relax and that there was no special secret to holding her besides that I should just support her head.  Once I held her, I got over my hesitation and just wanted to hold her more.



Sophia was a lot smaller than I thought she would be, but Denise said that's because she lost some weight at first, and it was also because most of her pictures were taken close up. Regardless of her size, Sophia is adorable and the outfits Denise dresses her up in certainly don't take away from the cute-ness factor!  Sophia already a bunch of fun hair accessories, too.





Denise filled me in on Sophia's personality and described her as "a diva."  She likes to be held constantly, she's starting to like the swing I bought her, and she enjoys sleeping on top of my sis. Denise said that sometimes she'll fall asleep and not realize if she is being held or not, so what she'll do is she'll open her eye just the tiniest bit.  If she sees that no one is holding her, she'll start to wail in hopes of getting picked up.

Although she isn't spending a lot of time in her nursery quite yet, it's super cute.  Denise said she used Pinterest as inspiration to decorate it.  My favorite thing is the holder that Denise made for all of Sophia's ribbons, headbands, and bows.




Growing up, none of us were close to our aunts.  They seem like nice people, but we just lived so far away from them and didn't get to see them that often because of the physical distance between us.  I know that I'm not too far away from Denise now (about 5.5 hours driving if there's no traffic/construction), but I guess one of my fears is that Sophia might grow up without really knowing me and we both don't want that to happen.  I'm thinking of teaching internationally again next year and if I did, I wouldn't be able to make a weekend trip here and there, which bums me out, but at least I'd be able to see her during the summer.  I just hope that I'm always a part of her life and that I'm a good (and involved) aunt.

As for Denise, I was really surprised at how calm and put together she was.  The poor thing told me that a good night's sleep for her is 2 hours total, so I expected her to be grouchy or stressed, but she just seemed really happy (albeit tired.)  She's got this!  She went ahead and put in her notice at her teaching job in order to be a full-time mom to Sophia.  I knew that once she met her she wouldn't want to go back to work, and she figured that this would happen. Even though my sis is a new mom, she is already an amazing one--I can just tell. :)

I'll leave you with a collage of Sophia and her many expressions. My faves are her big, sleepy grins. Denise says she does that a lot after getting fed.


 

 What's your favorite thing about babies?  Any tips for my sis that I can pass along to her? If you have kids already, what theme did you pick for your baby's nursery?