Saturday, May 27, 2017

Do You Zenni?! // That Time I Got New Glasses

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It only took 4 decades...but I'm finally part of the cool kids club (at least I think glasses are cool;) and I have prescription glasses. In all honesty, I probably should have had them about 2 years ago....but damn! They are not cheap:/

I don't know about you, but I just don't have an extra $200-$300 laying around and if I did, it would likely pay off a bill or go toward a vacation fund:) So, I put off filling my prescription for 6 months...I knowwww......ugh. So, I went back to the eye doctor and did some research online. I loved the look of the Warby Parker site but again....$200+ once the prescription is loaded. I need progressive lenses for bi-focals (I know, grandma status;) and that can really add up.

That's when I found Zenni glasses! The site is super easy to navigate, you can do a virtual setup where you can get an idea of what the glasses will look like on you and the prices....wonderful! Now, are they top brand designer glasses? No. Are they going to last for years and years? No. But, for a starter pair they are just what I needed.

I purchased the progressive lens bifocals in the tortoise shell style. Love the look and they fit perfectly. Now, if you've gone from no glasses to suddenly wearing progressives...there is a definite learning period. Also a period of crying and saying "I will never be able to wear these...." and for me...immense nausea. It probably took me about 2.5 weeks to finally get used to them and even now, over a month out...when I first put them on in the morning it takes me a minute to get situated. They still make me feel like I'm on a boat at time.

I also discovered that I continued to have a hard time with using my phone or reading a book. I couldn't find that sweet spot and the page would be a combination of crisp and blurred words all on the same line. I just couldn't. So, back to the site I went and I bought a pair of reading glasses in my near prescription. They offer them at check-out but it wasn't until later that I discovered I needed them.

Now those purple lovelies sit next to my chair at home and I use them every night. Such a difference! Plus....PURPLE!!! So, I'm sure you want to know pricing....and I'll gladly share with you what I paid for both!

The progressives (tortoise shell style) cost me a total of $83.... !!! The purple reading glasses were $38. I mean....you can't beat that! At that price....I can buy one or two more pairs or a nice pair of sunglasses soon. And, if one pair should break....I won't feel distraught about having to replace them. One thing I will definitely choose next time is the no smudge, no fingerprint glass. Ugh...constantly using the cleaning cloth to get smudges off of them. It's about $20 extra and I now feel that it's totally worth it.

So...if you are like me and need new glasses but don't want to pay a ridiculous amount for them...I can't recommend Zenni enough! Go forth and shop ---> www.ZenniOptica.com


***This is in no way a paid post, I just really like Zenni! Can't recommend them enough!
But, if they'd like to send me some free glasses to try out and have me critique them.....
By all means...contact me Zenni!!!! *****

Sunday, May 7, 2017

The Local Farmer's Market // Suffolk, VA

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I'll be the first to admit it....Walmart is convenient. It pains me to say this...as I hate giving my hard earned money to a monopoly that makes millions and doesn't pay it's employees that well. But...it's the convenience thing, ya know? Yet.....

One place that I'm determined to spend more time and money at this summer is the local farmer's market. I fully subscribe to supporting your local businesses and putting fresh, organic food on my table. This includes hand made wax candles, local honey, jams and bakes goods!

Yesterday I had the pleasure of photographing the opening day of the city of Suffolk's Farmer's Market. Local vendors sold their delicious foods and quality home-made wares. There was a petting-zoo for the kids (and adults;), the mobile library and a lot of dogs!!! We couldn't have asked for a better day weather wise...the sun shined and it was a comfortable 60 degrees with a slight breeze. The clouds rolled in later that morning, but spared us any rain....which I believe contributed to the fantastic turnout of almost 450 people! It just proves that others enjoy what the Farmer's Market has to offer and given quality choices, will get up early on a Saturday morning to spend their time there:)

Enjoy some of the images I captured below...and have a great week everyone!

<3 Jenn

The fabulous staff of the Suffolk Tourism Department, which hosts the Saturday market every week!!

Monday, May 1, 2017


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Summer is here. You can tell from the drastic change in temperature. And my hair!! I've got a built in barometer growing out of my head. Super cold = super straight, perfect curls. Super humid = DISASTER!!!

This coming season is going to be about changes for me. Something I'm really looking forward to. I'm someone who gets bored if life becomes too complacent. And lately...I've been bored. So, I'm making some big health decisions over this season...the first being my first prescription for glasses!

I've gone 40+ years being the only one in my family that doesn't wear glasses...to someone who suddenly needs them! And not just single vision lenses...ohhhh no....I need BIFOCALS!! Talk about a slap in the face that shocks you into realizing your age. But that's ok...cause age is just a number. I've never really felt my age...and people are always shocked when they learn how old I really am. So...I'll just roll with it and dive into the deep end...so to speak!

I will say that the adjustment from readers to a full-blow prescription with progressive lenses has been a little bit of a challenge. But....I'll also say that within about 3 hours I kinda had them doing what I needed them to do. I'm sure over the next few days there will be some hiccups and maybe a headache or two....but right now...I'm just glad to have crisper vision for the most part! Yay me!!!

And if, life me...you didn't have a budget of $200+ to spend on glasses...I strongly recommend you look into Zennioptical.com. Their prices are really fantastic and the ordering is super simple. Upload your prescription information, pick your frames and any add-ons and you'll have your specs in about 1.5 weeks. Save yourself 10% by using this code ==> WELCOM05AN984N16

So, what changes are you making this summer? I'll share a few more of my plans over the coming months:) Meanwhile....enjoy these gorgeous roses that my co-workers got me for Administrative Assistants Day last week! Are they not beeeee-utiful? I love roses...such a classic flower:)

Stay Blessed,
Jenn <3