No New Glasses

OK, I’m a little bummed. No new glasses for me right now. My prescription has expired and the optician cannot release it to me. I’d go in for a new exam, but pregnancy can change your vision temporarily.

And I was leaning towards these from See (I stopped in there yesterday). They’re similar to the Fillmore frames from Warby Parker, but a little more flattering on me. Still geeky though.

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  • Christine
    October 5, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    I like. I love the details in the corners, are those rhinestones??

  • Laurie
    October 5, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    wow those look so good on you too.. :(

  • Nicole
    October 5, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Oh I love them! See if they will give you the old prescription info if you go in for an exam.

  • Katie
    October 5, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Shameless plug for you to get your exam at Compass Eye Care in Oak Park (my husband’s independent optometry practice). He has a pretty cool selection of frames: Admittedly not as cheap as what you can get online but you will be supporting local business!

    Love your site and I love the white trim in your dining room! (Said as fellow owner of old OP house with painted wood trim.)

  • Leslie
    October 5, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    I was bummed, too — I was all set to get glasses from Warby Parker . . . but my Rx has a prism in one of the lenses . . . and their lab cannot do that (yet). Sadness. Just picked up my new specs from somewhere else, not nearly as cool.

  • Jaclyn
    October 5, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    So, I read your blog all the time and I admit this is my first comment! My favorite posts are the monthly photos of your daughter. She is adorable! Its amazing how time flies.

    So, my company is recruting for a Website Designer. Last time we recruited for this position we got 2 different types of candidates: Artsy people who could make pretty pages but couldn’t code, or techy people who could code but didn’t necesarily make pretty webpages. We need someone who can do both. Do you have advice for where I can find a Designer/Engineer hybrid? Or, even anyone in your network who might know anyone? I think this position will be difficult to fill, so I’m casting the net far and wide! Our offices are located in Oakbrook Terrace. Thanks. :-)


  • anne marie
    October 5, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    check out these sites – maybe they have an affordable alternative?

  • Rob O.
    October 5, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    I’ve gotta agree with Anne Marie – you can get nice glasses with accurate prescriptions at a fraction of the price of “brick & mortar” shops and probably half (or less) the price of the Warby Parkers.

    Check out our Online Optics blog post to read more about our experiences with buying glasses online. it is a bit daunting at first, but we’re hooked!

  • Jessica
    October 5, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Honestly, I think it would be easier to decide if you look good in the glasses if you would smile in the picture! It makes a difference!

  • Sealicious
    October 5, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    I think those look awesome!

  • bekee
    October 5, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    not that this is *really* what you’re looking for, but if you just want cheap glasses to get you by til baby comes, i have friends who’ve had great luck with this place:

  • Shannon
    October 5, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    I’m in the exact same boat as you…I completely understand your frustration! One of the very first things I plan to do after the baby is born is head to the eye doctor.

  • jbhat
    October 5, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    I don’t know if I am in love with those. But it’s fun to come along on the trying-on adventures.


  • Veronica
    October 5, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Is that dress from Old Navy Maternity? LOVE the glasses!!

  • nichole
    October 5, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    I wouldn’t bother getting new glasses until your new baby is 5/6 months old. When I was preggo with #2, my vision went to hell…my glasses hardly did anything. After she was born (she’s 5.5 months now), it got better, then went back to horrible. I finally went and got my eyes checked last week…my prescription had changed a lot. So I think this was a blessing in disguise. No sense getting new glasses now, only to have to get new lenses in 6 months.

  • ACB
    October 5, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Why are you going for those overly gigantic nerdcore grandma glasses? They don’t flatter your face very well. I liked the second pair in your last glasses post. Your face would be complemented much better in smaller frames that are a bit wider across to highlight your cheek structure.

  • amy purple
    October 5, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    i’m afraid i am not a fan of those glasses.

  • deborah
    October 5, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    i recommend zenni optical. i got a pair for $8.95!!! with prescription lenses! and i had an older prescription as well. i also ordered a pair of prescription sunglasses but wasn’t nearly as happy with them as i was the regular glasses i ordered. but if you just want something new for the meantime, they have really good prices!

  • Abbi
    October 5, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    It does not seem right that the doctor would not release you prescription. I was recently helping my sister with ordering glasses online and she called the doctor and they made sure to tell her that the prescription was expired but my sister persisted (she is pretty sure her prescrip has not changed and can’t afford an exam right now) and they faxed it to her. She even asked for her Pupilary Distance (which Warby Parker needs) and they gave it to her. You don’t need to have the doctor “approve” your purchase online or anything, you just need to know what the numbers are.

  • laura
    October 5, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    aw man that sucks! i love those glasses on you. SEE is new to me; my glasses broke while visiting the bf (or FIANCE whoa that word is still so new) so i needed a new pair, stopped in to their local store and got one from their 50% off section. they also knock off 50% off of special lenses if you need them too, which was totally awesome. good luck w/ figuring out what to do about getting a prescription! seriously though, those look so great.

  • Little Edie
    October 5, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Loved the Filmore’s but those are the winner! They are geeky cute – it looks like tortoise which would be great for your coloring.

    Does anyone watch Top Chef? When they had the most recent Top Chef Masters, the spunky and fun Chef Susan Feniger wore some adorably funky round glasses with a tortoise stripe. I’m obsessed but can’t find out who they are made by. It is my mission.

  • Cindy
    October 5, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    LOVE those frames! Geek chic.

  • Heather Bourgeois
    October 5, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Nicole, I absolutely loved the first one in the other blog post, I did a double take, I didn’t even think it was you! You looked really pretty. I like these too. I actually bought a pair of readers three years ago at a natural food store here in Rochester, NY and had lenses put in, and it only cost me $11 for the readers and $50 for my exam (I was in college). Still love ’em and they are nerdy chic. Good luck!

  • Jaye
    October 5, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Oh those look so good on you! Also, I must say, you have lovely eyebrows. hehe

    Think of it this way, sometime after baby number two when you are feeling bleh because you want to fit into your old pants you get to go get new glasses! That’ll put a little zing in your step :)

  • Krissy
    October 5, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Aw, that’s a shame your prescription ran out because these are totally adorable on you. I’m sure you’ll be able to find something similar later on down the road though. :)

  • Kate
    October 5, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    I LOVE those! You look totally fab!

    Is SEE like the first company, that you can order online, have trial pairs sent to you, etc.?

  • Katie F.
    October 5, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    I got new glasses while I was pregnant – my optician just kinda went on the conservative side as far as strength. All is good now. Those are super cute glasses! They look awesome on you.

  • Janelle
    October 5, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    I’d say I like the Warby Parker ones much more than these ones. These ones are way too rounded on you, you look much better in something with a bit more of squared off look.

    And that keyhole bridge just doesn’t seem to be working for you.

    The Japhy frames were cute (the first ones were fun, if you wanted to go for that nerdy, oversized look). They seemed to fit your face well too. I hope you find a good pair, but definitely wait on the exam, pregnancy can change vision more than just a little.

  • Ang
    October 6, 2010 at 8:08 am

    Anotehr stump for Zenni Optical, several friends who get specs from them.

  • Lisa
    October 6, 2010 at 8:26 am

    I agree about the prescription changing. Just had my 2nd baby. Before getting pregnant, I was told I’d have to start wearing my glasses all of the time. I even got contacts for the first time in my life. Then, I got pregnant and I couldn’t see with my glasses on or contacts in. I stopped wearing them and it was like I didn’t need glasses. Granted, a week after having the baby, I needed to wear them again!

  • caitlin talmadge
    October 6, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Like the SEE glasses, but LOVE the iPhone cover. Where is that from?

  • Mariah
    October 6, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Oh, I love those!! Can you just buy the frames, and then wait until you give birth to get the prescription filled, just so you can make sure to get those frames? I really think those look awesome on you!

  • Erin
    October 6, 2010 at 9:54 am

    I think that if you take your current glasses to any eyewear store, like lenscrafters, they can test it to see what the prescription is. I did this when I moved to a new town and needed new glasses, I couldn’t remember what my prescription was, but the store associate found what it was in a matter of minutes.

  • Bridget
    October 6, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Agree with the recommendation on Zenni Optical–they seem great!

  • Amara
    October 6, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Where did you get the iphone cover? I luv luv luv it!

  • Claudia
    October 6, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Oh, this looks good on you! But maybe in a lighter shade? its black here, isn’t it?
    Maybe you should try a brown/ light brown version of these?

  • Fiona
    October 6, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    I like the top of the glasses, but I think the bottom drops too far down on your face. Nice shape, just need a smaller version (imo)

  • bitsofsplendor
    October 6, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Glasses, dress, and iphone Chilewich case all cute! I noticed my vision has gone kinda funky lately with my pregnancy also. I’ve been squinting a lot more.

    Would like to request that you do some maternity style posts. I’m in my 3rd tri and really needing some style help.

  • Ang.
    October 6, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    If you’re mad for the frames, and worried they might not be available when you’re ready to fill the Rx, then just buy the frames for now. You can always take them in later and get the lenses put in.

  • Kathy
    October 6, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Here is a thought. Why don’t you have the frame shop read your Rx off your old glasses and fill the prescription that way. Look at this way: if you really are sick and tired of your old glasses, that is no fun to have to wait some indeterminant amount of time waiting for your eyes to settled down after pregnancy. If you were able to see just fine with your old Rx, just go ahead and get these filled. You can always change out the lenses in the future if your Rx has changed a lot.

    When you have lived as long as I have being a glasses wearer, you learn what’s important and what isn’t. Go ahead and order those glasses. :)

  • Heather
    October 6, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    I really like those. I got new glasses at Lenscrafters, ended up with Prada frames that I love, and used our AAA discount. I am partial to eyewear boutiques too, but sort of got converted… Just my two cents! ;)

  • Kathy
    October 6, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    I decided to give you my opinion on the glasses. I don’t think the rounded frames are flattering on you. I understand why you want to reflect your personal style in your eyewear, but sometimes you have to go with what’s flattering. You don’t want to detract from your beauty. Get something hip and stylish that is suited to your face. If you had several pairs, then you could have statement glasses (that’s what I used to do once I could afford it.) I like the Japhy frames on you. Have you ever tried Robert Marc frames? He is the expert in designing frames that look good on the face. You could find some pretty tortoiseshell frames that are lined in pink. And be sure to get the anti-reflective lenses. And remember…your glasses sit on your face all the time! It is NOT frivolous to spend a little extra on them. And good ones last forever.
    I love your posts!

  • jj
    October 6, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    All I can say is you are tooo cute-but I do agree that a smaller frame would have you wearing the glasses and not so much glasses that they are wearing you.

  • Amber P
    October 6, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Cute! I like the little detail on the side.

  • Rachael Anne
    October 6, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    That is a sad moment as I have a long standing love affair with eyeglasses. My most recent pair are by Anne et Valentin. Highly suggest! I looked into Warby Parker and always lean towards vintage inspired and cat eye. I want another pair, but I’m trying to cut down. Check them out as you would totally rock them.

  • RebeccaNYC
    October 7, 2010 at 6:53 am

    I get the nerdy chic look, really I do. But these frames on your beautiful face? Meh.

    With that said, I happen to love Sol Moscot. Can’t wear them, but I love them.

  • Jenny
    October 7, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Those look great on you!

  • Béa
    October 8, 2010 at 8:35 am

    super cute though. your expression looks so much like Eleanor’s on that picture. Or the other way round.

  • Krista
    October 8, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    I think they look really good on you. I have glasses just like these in transparent pink. I big time heart them and get complimented on them all the time.

  • Jillian
    October 10, 2010 at 3:23 am

    I’m a fashion stylist and as a general rule in the styling biz… because you have a rounder-shaped face, you need squarer-shaped glasses.
    I preferred the other squarer geeky ones on you.

  • Laura
    October 11, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Those look fab. I have been meaning to buy some cat eye glasses..

    I was wondering would you happen to know of really good “indie ” pregnancy sites? other than the nest ? :)

  • walrus studio
    October 11, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    this is so weird- I live in Oak Park and I’ve been looking for an eye doctor and glasses too!! This post was very helpful!

  • ashley
    October 12, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    if you really want glasses right now check out this website

  • Katherine
    October 24, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    These look adorable on you. I cannot say enough good things about SEE… I’ve bought two pairs of glasses from them and have had them for over a year now. I get compliments on a daily basis, they fit great, they look great, and the people in the store (well, mine at least) are so friendly. :)