Moving on from Warby Parker (and a David Kind review)


Almost three years ago, I took my first shot at online glasses shopping and bought a pair of Warby Parker Linwood glasses. I loved the process (more on that in a minute) and I loved my glasses. However, when it was time to get a new pair, I knew I wouldn’t go back to WP for one main reason — the freaking smudging. Let’s be real here — a complete pair of Warby Parker glasses costs $95. That HAS to come with some trade offs. In this case (somewhat confirmed by a conversation with some eye care professionals), I believe that payoff comes in the form of lower quality lenses. I can’t be mad based on the price I paid, and I honestly would still recommend Warby Parker to someone looking for attractive glasses at a low price point, but I just decided it was time for me to upgrade.

Enter David Kind. I found out about the company via a PR pitch (though I didn’t get free glasses or compensation of any sort to write this post) and was excited to see another company with a similar model but a higher quality product. Here’s a breakdown of a comparison between the companies from my perspective.


Nearly identical. Both offer free at-home try-on experiences, where you choose styles to be sent for you to try on (with non-prescription lenses, of course). From there you decide which ones work for you and place your order (or not — there’s no obligation). David Kind has a more robust process to build a style profile, and their specialists add a couple of styles to your try-on box. I ended up getting a style that was one of my own choices, the Otto, but I do like the idea of getting suggestions I might not have otherwise considered.

Oh, and I have to mention that David Kind’s try-on box opens up to reveal a big mirror inside, which is great — especially if you’re like me and carried it around to show off to all of my girlfriends at work, most of whom wanted to try them on themselves.

With both companies, you email them your prescription information so the glasses can be made for you. Easy peasy.


Warby Parker definitely has more options at this point, but I think their aesthetics are pretty similar. Lots of tortoiseshell and slightly hipster styles. I could easily have found multiple frames from each site that would have worked for me.

Style is the #1 reason that I’ve taken to online glasses shopping. Before I made this purchase, I did EXTENSIVE browsing at a number of brick and mortar stores that sell glasses and I can honestly say I didn’t find a single pair of frames that I loved. I don’t know what it is, but online shops seem to have much more contemporary styles.


My Warby Parkers held up really well for three years — three years during which I’ve worn them every single day and had kids trying to yank them off of my head and/or eat them. This is not anything to sniff at. That said, the previously mentioned smudging issue got to be EXTREMELY annoying. So far I haven’t had that issue with my David Kinds, and hopefully it will stay that way.

The David Kind frames are VERY lightweight, which is nice, but does make me a little bit nervous about their durability. I’ll update this post if I end up having any issues.


Warby Parker glasses are typically $95 for the frame and lenses–more if you need progressives. David Kind glasses are $295 for frame and lenses–again, progressives are more expensive. For that price you get higher quality lenses (interesting details on that in this Forbes article) and frames that are handcrafted in Italy.


At the end of the day, I’m a fan of online glasses shopping. I haven’t had my new glasses for long enough to make a completely fair assessment, but so far, I’m really happy with my decision to give David Kind a shot.

If anyone has David Kind glasses, I’d love to hear about your experience and particularly how they’ve held up!

{What to Wear} Dîner en Blanc

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Last year I was way too pregnant to attend Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia, but this year, Geoff and I will be dusting off our white table and chairs, gathering our linens, and suiting up for a repeat of one of the best events I’ve ever attended. If you’re not familiar with Dîner en Blanc, check out my posts from two years ago here, here and here.

With the dîner coming up in three weeks, I’m starting to think about what I’ll be wearing this year. I’ve considered having my Rachel Pally dress from last year (which is still available!) shortened to make it more cocktail length, but of course I’d love to find something new that won’t break the bank. I’ve been playing around with some ideas, so I figured I’d share for those of you who are also in the midst of your shopping!


Dress // Flower Crown // Earrings // Watch // Wedges (on sale!)


Dress (on sale!) // Hat // Necklace // Wedges


Dress // Headband // Earrings // Sandals

By the way, Dîner en Blanc is now being held in 25 cities across the U.S., so even if you’re not in the Philly area, there might be one near you!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale shopping spree

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Classiques Entier Cap Sleeve Ponte Sheath Dress // Franco Sarto ‘Linden’ Leather Bootie // Vince Boyfriend Trousers // Caslon Print 3/4 Sleeve Split Neck Blouse // Pleione Mixed Media V-Neck Tunic // Kate Spade ‘Shawna’ Sunglasses

In my spa day post, I mentioned that I’ve had a stressful few weeks. The main cause of stress (aside from a very strong-willed three year old and a baby who wants to be held by mommy during all waking hours) is that after almost ten years of working at the same PR agency, I left my job. It was a big decision, but my new position is really exciting AND I cut out a ton of commuting time. So…what better time to have a little fun at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?

There are a lot of great dresses in the sale this year, but I was focused on finding one that would be good for any formal meetings. I’m completely over wearing suits, but that means I need to have more business attire. This is a really basic, but really flattering LBD that I know will be in regular rotation.

I mentioned recently that a major area of need in my wardrobe right now is work-appropriate tops. My new office is business casual (including jeans, woot!), so I’m now going for things that work in that environment. This Caslon blouse is nice and flowy and looks great with my white AG jeans. This tunic is similar to a top I got during a past Anniversary Sale that I love. It’s really soft and easy to wear and long enough that I can wear it with leggings (though maybe not for work).

Sunglasses weren’t even close to on my shopping list when I headed to the store, but I fell in love with this pair from Kate Spade and the price was too good to walk away from. They’re very different than most of my other sunglasses, which is nice for the sake of diversification.

Shoes are another area of my closet that I’m working to slowly revamp to better reflect my lifestyle (i.e. fewer pumps, more flats and chunky heels). I wore my Banana Republic Tamsin booties a lot last year, but decided that I wanted a pair black booties as well. This Franco Sarto style is super comfortable and will work well with dresses, pants, jeans, etc.

Last but not least, I got a pair of Vince pants a couple of years ago and they made me never want to buy pants from certain brands (::cough::Gap::cough::) again. I didn’t really need these boyfriend trousers, but the color caught my eye and they look really cute — plus, perfect for business casual.

Have you shopped the sale yet? Picked up anything exciting? If not, you’ve still got through this weekend to hit the sale in store or online!

My Everlane wish list and recent purchases

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Post-closet cleanout, I’ve been working on strategically adding pieces back in, and that’s started with some Everlane purchases. My biggest area of need is in work-appropriate tops for spring/summer, so I picked up the Cotton Sweater Short Sleeve in heather ash, and the Linen Short Sleeve Tee in dark pacific. As I mentioned in my Conscious Closet post, neither of these pieces are what I’d consider exciting, but what they are is high quality, reasonably priced, versatile and fit for my lifestyle.

The cotton sweater is a mid-weight fabric that will be good in the air conditioning, though I can’t imagine wearing it on a day that I spend much time outdoors in the summer. The fit is slightly loose, though still structured enough to look neat. My only minor quibble is that the sleeves are wider than I’d like. That said, it’s a top I know I’ll wear a lot, especially in this color, because it makes a great foundation piece to pair with fun jewelry, colored pants or cute sandals.

The linen tee (which, it’s worth noting, is $20 less than the cotton), has a similar shape, though it’s slightly more drapey. It also has drop sleeves, which I liked better than the cotton sweater sleeves. As with all linen, it’s slightly sheer, but not so much that I feel the need to wear a tank under it. This will definitely be a good one through the heat of summer, and I really like the dark pacific color. I’d say there’s a good chance I’ll pick up another color at some point.

Earlier in the spring, I also grabbed the Heavyweight Tee in grey/cream, which is a great classic striped top. As the name suggests, the fabric is thick, so it’s definitely more of a spring/fall piece, unless you work in an overly-air conditioned office. I’ve already worn this one quite a few times and it has washed really well. Highly recommended.

So what’s next on my Everlane list? Here’s what’s currently hanging around in my shopping bag waiting to be purchased…

Have you picked up anything from Everlane lately that you love?

Peplum tops for spring/summer

The first part of the Conscious Closet Challenge for me was a major purge of my closet. Numerous hauled out bags later, I’m left with things that I know I love, and a few that I’m going to give one last try before deciding to keep or discard them. The next step is figuring out where there are gaps in my wardrobe and figuring out how best to fill them.

With temperatures hitting the 80s this week (where did you go, spring?), I’m realizing that I have a definite shortage of short sleeved tops that are work-appropriate. I’ve got plenty of tees I can throw on on the weekend, but many of those are too casual to qualify as business casual. I’ve thought through what I want in any new tops (see, I’m being more conscious!) and I think I need to find a balance between not-so-fitted-that-it-shows-off-my-mommy-tummy and so-loose-that-I-look-sloppy. Peplum is one way to get there — it provides more structure, but also gives some coverage of that pesky belly area. I’ve got a couple of peplum pieces, but no short sleeved or sleeveless tops, so I’m on the hunt.

So far I’ve ordered this sleeveless Tart tank, which I’m hoping will work out well. I got an incredible deal on it from Neiman Marcus Last Call (still in stock in size medium!), but more importantly, I would have bought it at full price, so the sale was just a bonus. I don’t want to go peplum crazy, but I do want to find at least one more top that will be work-appropriate, and hopefully weekend-appropriate as well.

Below are a few more that I’m eying (some are WAY out of my price point, but good inspiration!). The off white one from THE GREAT. (via Shopbop) is seeeriously calling my name, and I love the idea of chambray peplum, like the one from Anthropologie. Decisions, decisions…

Links à la Mode, the IFB Weekly Roundup: April 30

Thanks to IFB for including my Conscious Closet Challenge post in this week’s Links à la Mode roundup! Make sure you check out the other bloggers whose content is being featured. A special shout-out to Ginger Side of Life’s post on her trip to the Galapagos — her pictures are stunning!

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Taking on the Conscious Closet Challenge

Conscious Closet Challenge

My closet is a mess, literally and figuratively. As I’ve mentioned before, it’s huge, which is a blessing and a curse. It’s also filled with a lot of pieces that I don’t wear any more. Some don’t fit. Some are no longer my style. And some just don’t fit my lifestyle. So, I decided to take on the Conscious Closet Challenge.

What does this mean to me?

  1. Purging. I’ve been doing small purges here and there, but I needed to take a much more honest look at what I really wear and what needs to go.
  2. Quality over quantity. Yes, I could go to Old Navy and probably buy an entire summer wardrobe for under $200. But those are disposable clothes, and I can do better than that.
  3. Less impulse shopping. Instead of deciding I need new summer tops and ordering the first thing I see on sale online, I need to take time to look around and find things I really love.
  4. Shopping small, shopping local. Am I planning to swear off of anything manufactured overseas or from large companies? Absolutely not. But I do like the idea of supporting companies that choose to manufacture in the U.S. and/or small, local companies. At the least, I’m paying attention to where things are made and letting that be a factor in my decision making.

How am I doing with the challenge?

Well, I spent about four hours in my closet on Saturday night (I know, party animal) organizing and clearing things out. I ended up with three bags of garbage, three bags to donate at Green Drop, and a big bag to send to ThredUp. I realized how much guilt I harbor when it comes to getting rid of “perfectly good” clothes that I spent my money on and feel like I should wear. I’m trying to let go of that guilt and just focus on making better decisions on new purchases, but it’s hard.

On the shopping front, I made a few purchases last week: Zady’s new .02 The T-Shirt (pre-ordered), Everlane’s Cotton Sweater Short Sleeve and Linen Short Sleeve Tee, and a pair of Tieks nude patent flats. Are any of these items super exciting? Maybe not. But they’re all pieces that are high quality from companies I want to support, will work with my wardrobe and my lifestyle, and are things I need (as much as any of us needs new clothes and shoes, that is).

I’ve got a lot of work to do, but I’m really going to try to turn over a new leaf and make more conscious closet decisions moving forward!

Structured vs. unstructured: The great work bag debate

I’m in the market for a new bag for work and I’ve narrowed it down to two options, but now I’m stuck. I keep going back and forth between the Everlane Petra Market Tote and the Tory Burch York Buckle Tote. Though they’re fairly basic styles, they both make my heart flutter in that special way reserved for a great new bag or pair of shoes. The problem is, these bags are SO different from one another that I’m having a really hard time deciding.

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The pros of the structured bag are that it’s typically easier to slide something like a laptop into it, easy to set on the floor without it collapsing, and less likely to become a bottomless pit. Plus, a structured bag tends to look more professional if I’m bringing it to a client or sales meeting. On the other hand, the unstructured bag is naturally more casual, which means it transitions to the weekend better (and I don’t switch my bag very often). And the leather on this one just looks delicious. Plus, a slouchy bag can fit more off-sized objects, like a pair of flats to save my feet when I have to wear heels and do a lot of walking.

Short of buying both (I wish), what’s a girl to do? The answer for now, is nothing — I’m not going to buy either one until I’m sure about it.

What about you, do you go for structured or unstructured?

{Giveaway} Laura Geller Beauty goody bag

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Now that I’m attempting to get back in the blogging saddle, I thought it was about time for a giveaway! Laura Geller is an icon in the beauty world, famous for her “baked” makeup and her master classes, which she gives regularly on QVC and in special in-store appearances.

For those of you in the Philly area, Laura has an upcoming event at ULTA in North Wales. There will be master classes, makeup consultations, and an appearance by Laura herself! The event is on Friday and Saturday of this week (Laura’s appearance is Saturday at 10:30am), but you can get the full details on their Facebook page. I’m hoping to make it down to the event myself, so maybe I’ll see you there!

In the meantime, the Laura Geller team has been kind enough to send a bunch of goodies from her line for a giveaway! One lucky winner will get a Baked Marble Shadow Duo, Baked Gelato Vivid Swirl Blush, Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator, Luscious Lips Lipstick and Fortifying Lashes Eyelash Primer.

My kids have better wardrobes than I do

PicMonkey CollageIt’s been months since I’ve last posted here (don’t all jump up at once telling me how much you’ve missed me), which is the longest I’ve gone since I created this blog in 2009. While I’m not ready to call it quits, I am facing some new realities:

  1. I have two kids. One of them is still breastfeeding, which means I’m the default parent. The other is a toddler, which, if you have kids, is enough said. So while (most nights) they’re both in bed by 8pm and I theoretically have time for blogging, at that point I usually want to do nothing but lay on the couch and stare at the television without moving.
  2. I have a fulltime job. This is nothing new — I’ve always worked, and this blog has always been a side project — but as I’ve moved up the corporate ladder, it’s meant fewer lunch breaks, and more working outside of normal business hours. This equals less blogging time.
  3. Disposable income? What disposable income? I’m not truly complaining here, because my family is extremely fortunate compared to many, but I certainly don’t have the shopping funds that I used to (see #1). And while that doesn’t mean I can’t window shop, I’m just not in the same shopping mindset that I used to be in.
  4. My kids have better wardrobes than I do. See the above Easter photos as evidence. When I do shop, it’s more likely for those two little people, who seem to have growth spurts and/or wear out their clothes about once a month. Plus, I continue to have WAY too much fun dressing Audrey.
  5. Blogging laryngitis. Call it writer’s block, call it whatever you want, but I’m finding it harder to sit down and write lately (even when I do have the time and energy). I think I’m struggling to figure out where my voice and my viewpoint fits in the vast shopping/fashion/style blogosphere. I’ve never had any illusions of becoming famous or making millions because of my blog, but I also don’t to be writing into a void.

Where does this all leave me? Great question. I hope to get back to some sort of posting cadence, even if it’s not at the pace that it used to be. I love writing, and I still love shopping, so I’m sure I’ll figure it out. That might mean writing more about what’s happening my life, broadening to talk about lifestyle topics, writing about how to repurpose a wardrobe I can’t currently afford to expand…we’ll see. If anyone’s still out there, thanks for reading and hopefully you’ll start to hear more from me soon :)