4.27.2015

Cute glasses! Where to buy...

Glasses Collection

I wear contacts. That's my standard. Most people who only see me sporadically don't even know that I've needed glasses since the second grade. But I love glasses, actually. They're super fun to shop for, but the cute ones can end up costing you a pretty penny... not necessarily anymore!

In the last couple of years, I've acquired a tiny collection of cute prescription glasses, which I thought I'd share with you, along with my sources. I have a REALLY strong prescription, and even when my lenses are "compressed," they still stick out of the frames. Wire rims are usually not even an option for me, but luckily I love plastic frames!

Let's get started with my all-time favorite frames:

Glasses Collection

These are my Derek Cardigan 7005 black frames. They sell out, and sometimes if you're lucky, they come back into stock - which is what happened to me when I bought them. I was so excited when these became available, I snapped them up RIGHT AWAY. Worth it.

You've seen these frames in many a blog post over the years: here, here, and here, for example.

Glasses Collection

The Derek Cardigan frames are sold through Coastal.com. They have awesome deals and coupons (just do a Google search for Coastal coupon code, they have super great first-time order deals, but also great deals for repeat customers... like me...!)

Ooh I just noticed that they're available now in a brown/aqua combo, a white/clear style, or purple! (Full confession: I may have just purchased these purple frames as I was researching this post...!) I also love these fuchsia frames, also from Derek Cardigan. So many awesome choices!

I was able to score the 7005 frames WITH prescription lenses for under $100. Seriously. That's an amazing deal for cute glasses!

The key thing to know when buying glasses online is your prescription. Ask your eye doc for your glasses prescription on paper the next time you have an exam, and then you can use it anytime you want to order glasses online. Since my prescription is at a point where it doesn't really change, I can buy several pairs and mix them up for different looks.

Glasses Collection

Derek Cardigan aren't the only style I've purchased through Coastal. I also snagged these "Love" frames - I couldn't resist the hearts on the temples - in a L740 style (currently only shown on the site as a sunglasses version).

Glasses Collection

I was hesitant to buy these originally because they are smaller than the styles I typically prefer. But I got a really good deal, and snapped them up. They were my second pair I purchased out of the four shown here.

So, Coastal is my first choice for inexpensive, but cute frames. Another great option I've found is BonLook. When I saw that blogger Keiko Lynn was coming out with a retro cat-eye style, I bought a pair - again, for only around $100! I chose the "Miku Mint" color, but they're also available in a light pink, black, tortoiseshell, or pearlescent white!

Glasses Collection

You would have seen these glasses before in this blog post. They're definitely not as "everyday wear"-ish as my black cat-eye frames, but they're still super fun, and I usually get compliments when I do wear them out. This year, they were great for my all-green St. Pat's day outfit!

Glasses Collection

BonLook also has a whole bunch of other cute frames, like these "Bombshell" pink cosmo cat-eye frames!

This next pair of glasses I think I spotted on Pinterest, which sent me into a treasure hunt style search to find them IRL:

Glasses Collection

They're Valentino V2659 black/white combo. If I recall correctly, these originally came in an all-black version, too, but I went for the black/white style just to justify another pair of glasses that were different "enough" from my Derek Cardigans. You know what sold me on these? The damn pyramid studs on the temples. They were too heavy metal to NOT own.

Glasses Collection

I think that I bought these from LensesRx.com, only because I get emails from them occasionally. These frames were the most expensive, just because they're Valentino. But I splurged. So they were about twice the price of the others... but if you're going to wear glasses, I firmly believe that it's worth it to buy ones that you really like so that you don't mind wearing them out and feel cute when you do it!

After this blog post, I will own five pairs of cute glasses (the four shown here + the purple Derek Cardigan 7005s I just ordered, LOL). If you haven't ordered glasses online before, I strongly suggest that you take the plunge and go for it! I'm so glad that I did!

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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4.24.2015

Easy Healthy Spring Salad with Quinoa, Edamame, and Peas

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Howdy, y'all!
Ok, I know it doesn't FEEL like spring outside, but they say it's happening...Regardless, I've been on the look out for healthy & refreshing Spring recipes...Mostly, to make myself feel better about 30 degree temps AND because I'm still on my successful weightless journey! ;)
 photo unnamed-2_zps7acqirjw.jpg Anyway, I found this recipe on the Magnolia Homes Blog (...I LOVE Fixer Upper...They make me want to somewhat "grown up" decorate my house). ;) It is delicious! I had to share it! The best part is that it's packed with greens and super foods that keep you healthy and fit. 
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Ingredients:
1 cup of uncooked quinoa
1 cup of green peas
1 cup of shelled edamame
1 green onion, thinly sliced (red onion would also be tasty and add a little pop of color)
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoon of fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon of salt & pepper
Optional: 1/4 cup thinly sliced fennel (it's pretty!)
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What to do:
  • Cook quinoa according to package directions
  • Heat up your peas and edamame and set aside to cool
  • In a small bowl mix together oil, lemon and lime juice, salt and pepper
  • Mix together quinoa, diced onion, edamame, peas and fennel 
  • Drizzle dressing over salad then, toss and serve!
This salad is refreshing, tasty, and easy to make. Great for a last minute pot luck or BBQ dish and works well as a regular side dish.

Stay healthy, my friends! ;)

Until next time!
~Steph @ Calamity Layne



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4.22.2015

Bucket List: Pin-Up Photoshoot

Pin Up Portraits
photo credit: Grinkie Girls Photography

About a month ago, Steph and I went to a pin-up photo shoot event with Grinkie Girls Photography. They were holding a special Chicago event (they're originally based in Minneapolis), and Steph asked me if I wanted to go. A pin-up photo shoot is something that I had always wanted to do, but was never feeling comfortable enough with myself to follow through with it. (The first time a group a friends went to go do this, I was super pregnant and feeling really lousy. Ever since, I've always thought about it.)

Pin Up Portraits

The timing this time around was pretty perfect, actually. I'm feeling pretty accomplished right now with my success surrounding my weight loss surgery, so I thought that this would be a good way to celebrate, document, and reward my progress.

We were told to bring some wardrobe options, so I packed my black Hell Bunny bats dress (from our Las Vegas wedding vow renewal... it was a little bit big at this point, but we clamped it in the back!), and my roller skates. I wanted to be comfortable, so I wore leggings and my Gypsy Warrior x Pacific Sunwear dress (it was from the 2014 collection) that looks very Wednesday Addams-esque. I hadn't planned on wearing it for the shoot...

Steph and I drove over an hour away to an unknown house where the event was being held, which was weird at first, until we walked in and saw a whole group of awesome girls that immediately made us feel really comfortable.

Pin Up Portraits

Hair and makeup was done in the house, while the actual photoshoot took place in the garage! You'd never know that's where we are in these photos. The big blue backdrop and good lighting works wonders!

While I was getting my hair set, Christi (aka "Grinkie") asked if I was wearing my Wednesday Addams dress for the photoshoot, and I told her that I hadn't planned on it, but I wasn't necessarily against it. She immediately replied, "Oh yes, you have to wear it! We're going to do a Wednesday Addams pin-up shoot!" which made me giggle because although she didn't know me yet, it was EXACTLY my aesthetic. I was for it!

So, the top two photos are the result of the "Wednesday Addams pin-up" concept. They're kind of my favorite. Also, they're really great photos of my Hell Razor flowers in action!

Pin Up Portraits

How could I do a pin-up photo shoot without my roller skates? We had fun with these, like "how would a derby girl pose for a photo?" Hence, skater stance.

I took a bunch in the traditional lying down, legs-in-the-air pose, too. They're actually my most favorite. I didn't post them here because sometimes I feel like they're a little too risque for me to post in public? But I did put one of them way back in my instagram feed, if you're super curious. :)

Also, try not to let my pasty white white white legs blind you!

Pin Up Portraits

It was so much fun to do this photoshoot, and it made me feel really good about myself. I highly recommend this experience to any and every lady - especially if you're hurting in the "feeling good about yourself" arena... having done it now, I wish I hadn't waited, and that I had just gone for it back when I was pregnant. It's amazing what a good photographer can do!

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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