Sarah in the Suburbs

Warby Parker Home Try-On Program

by Sarah

Boy am I ever glad it’s Friday. It’s been one of those weeks around here. So rest assured this post will be short, sweet, and to the point.

As promised earlier in the week, I’m talking with you today about just one of the many awesome benefits to choosing Warby Parker to make your glasses. They have a great little thing called their “Home Try-on Program,” which makes it super simple and easy to order just the right glasses for you, even if you don’t ever get to visit their store (they do have a flagship store in NYC, but that’s a little far for us southerners to travel just for some specs, so the online part of their business will have to do).

To take advantage of this program, hop online (computer, phone, tablet, wherever!), browse through their hundreds of options, select your top 5, and order away! You do have to give them a credit card number (they have to protect their merchandise after all), but you won’t be charged for anything as long as you return the frames within 5 days of recieving them.

Warby Parker encourages you to post a photo (or two or three) of yourself in the frames you like and reach out to everyone for help (they will comment too! someone from their team is always commenting and interacting with customers on social media…take advantage of their expertise!) so you can narrow down your choices.

Once you’ve made a decision, pack up all the frames, leave the packing slip inside, put the pre-addressed sticker over top of your old one on the same box, and drop of with your local USPS. Ta da! Easier than you thought, eh?

I love all of these frames I tried on from their Spring 2014 Collection. Who knew I would actually look good in bright blue frames?

Top (R to L): Walker in Canton Blue, Reilly in Whiskey Tortoise, Finch in Grenadine

Bottom (R to L): Burke in Sugar Maple, Seymour in Sage

Also, see what I mean about the big sunglasses? Dang if I don’t look awesome in those. Maybe they’ll let me keep them next time (hint hint guys!)? A girl can dream, I guess. Have you taken advantage of Warby Parker’s Home Try-On Program yet? I’d love to see what you picked! Have a great weekend!

Warby Parker: Palm Canyon Collection

by Sarah

Back in August of last year, I got contacts for the first time in my life. My vision had begun declining in college, and had only gotten worse after my pregnancy, so it was time to make the jump to wearing something on my eyes full-time. After some initial stress about whether or not they would work for me, I got the hang of all that has to be done if you want to wear contacts (proper care, cleaning, taking them in and out of your eye, etc.), and I was happy. I had contacts for when I wanted to wear them, and I had backup glasses for when I didn’t.

That is until Mackenzie grabbed my frames a little too hard and snapped them in two. Oh man. Now what was I going to do?! I had just plunked down a fair amount of change for my new contacts, and now the eye doc wanted me to fork over even more cash for some new frames! Ahhh!!!!!

Enter an Instagram photo of a friend’s glasses that intrigued me. She had hashtagged something called “WarbyParker,” and I had no idea what that meant. So I asked her. And she pointed me here.

It was a Christmas miracle. The website had tons upon tons of stylish frames to choose from! In several colors! And most were only $95 and that INCLUDED the prescription lenses! *cue the choir of angels singing* I’m not sure I ever blogged about my glasses dilemma last fall, but if you follow me on Instagram you might remember this photo of me asking for opinions on which glasses I should choose. And now you know the back story behind that photo.

So, if you’re unfamiliar Warby Parker like I was, here’s a little about them directly from their website:

A collaboration between four close friends, Warby Parker was conceived as an alternative to the overpriced and bland eyewear available today. Prescription eyewear should not cost a fortune. The industry is controlled by a few large companies that have kept prices artificially high, reaping huge profits from consumers who have no other options. By circumventing traditional channels and engaging with customers directly through our website, Warby Parker is able to provide higher-quality, better-looking prescription eyewear at a fraction of the price.

We meticulously crafted our first collection of 27 limited run styles, plus one monocle, using the finest custom acetates and materials. The Warby Parker aesthetic is vintage-inspired with a contemporary twist. Every pair is custom fit with anti-reflective, polycarbonate prescription lenses.

Available exclusively through our website and showrooms, our glasses start at $95.

They had me at “prescription eyewear should not cost a fortune” and also their “aesthetic is vintage-inspired with a contemporary twist.” Gotta love a company that knows how important price AND style are. I also love that Warby Parker is a company that participates in giving back. For every pair of eyewear they sell, a pair is distributed to someone in need. Stylish, affordable, and they give back? They definitely have my business!

Anyway, I was recently contacted by a member of their marketing team to give my opinions on their new spring collections, and, of course, I said yes! I mean, who doesn’t like to give their opinions on things? I’m always up for that challenge.

Today I wanted to focus on their Limited Edition Palm Canyon Collection. They have 4 different styles to choose from (all, except “Wheeler,” can be made into eyeglasses or sunglasses if you so choose), and each style has at least 2 colors choices (sometimes more!).

Duckworth feels a little like something a character from Mad Men might wear, BUT the colors are modernized enough that I don’t think you would feel stuck in the ’60s wearing them. Couldn’t you see a modern Don Draper in these?

Preston comes in gorgeous, gorgeous colors and the shape would be very flattering on most faces.

Winston is a classic shape with a modern twist. I love that the frames have interesting angles. You can definitely say that none of these glasses will make you flashback to those giant, horrifying, round glasses from the ’80s!

Finally, we have the sunglasses only frame, Wheeler. It is reminiscent of the classic shades Jackie O. wore, and I absolutely adore that. I hate that I couldn’t try these on at home because I bet I would look killer in them!

Like I said earlier, this Palm Canyon collection is Limited Edition, so if one of these frames caught your eye, you better hurry and order them! Some of the styles are already sold out! Which of these frames is your favorite?

P.S. Come back later this week as I try on my non-limited edition favorites from the 2014 Spring Collection and explain how awesome Warby Parker’s Home Try-On Program is!

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