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Graded by Grace —firmoo glasses review

Graded by Grace —FirmOO glasses review

Welcome to a new month and the new and hopefully improved ColorAndGrace.com! I’m always working hard to make my blog better. A big part of that is being more and more useful to you, my wonderful readers! After all, if it weren’t for you, I would just be talking to myself. And who needs even more people thinking you’re weird? 😉 Anyway, I’m going to try a Daily Special menu.

Monday will have fresh home grown “Fashion 101″ posts. This is where I share my unique expertise to pass along color and fashion wit and wisdom. Tuesday will feature “Fashion Chinese Take-Out“. Join me as I let you know what’s going on half way around the world. Most of your clothes come from there, how about your next look? Next is “Graded by Grace” on Wednesday. You’ll see how products I use did on their report card and also some shopping suggestions that will earn you extra credit! ”Throwback Thursday” will relive and re-laugh some of my adventures and travels. The workweek wraps up on Friday with “They Got It Right!” Here I’ll share a few photos of other bloggers who “got it” with the trend topic of the week! Then to jumpstart your weekend I highlight the week that was in “Fashion Gossip” on Saturday. Hey! What about Sunday you ask? Oh knock it off! The weather is getting better and I deserve at least one day off a week! I’m looking for your input, so don’t be shy!

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Well the end of the school year is getting close and I’m sure you all are wondering about your grades! You’re in luck because this is the first Graded by Grace post. If you’ve been paying attention you may know that I am a teacher in my day job so am pretty familiar with handing out grades. Of course to do my job it always helps if I can see clearly. Now with that incredibly clever segue I’m going to be talking about FirmOO.com, which is an online seller of prescription eyewear. I got my first pair of prescription eyeglasses when I was living in Shanghai, China. I simply went into the nearest eyewear store, got my eyes checked and ordered some pretty trendy glasses and came back in a few days to pick them up. The total was somewhere in the $75-$100 range when converted to dollars. So you can probably imagine my shock when I moved to America a couple years later and needed an updated pair. Even with my husband’s insurance we had to pay almost $400 for my next pair of glasses! It was enough to make me see cross-eyed! At my new job I don’t even have vision insurance so wasn’t looking forward much to getting my next pair. That was until I heard of FirmOO.com.

Leather jacket and ripped jeans
Leather jacket and ripped jeans

My prescription was still pretty good but my glasses and frames were getting a bit old. When I saw that I could get a new pair of cool looking eyewear at a bargain price I had a couple thoughts. I always am a bit wary of internet deals. Who hasn’t had a bad online experience at some point? So my first stop was to check them out. I use a website called ScamAdvisor.com to look into sites that I’m not familiar with. They had good things to say. Although I hadn’t heard of FirmOO it seems they’ve been around for several years. Good enough to give them a try. I went online and found some cute frames I liked. In fact it was hard to narrow it down to one. They have a super useful feature on their site where you can see your choice on people of different hair colors and skin tones. This is a great way to get an idea of how they will look on you; and a very clever way to overcome the one big problem of online shopping; not being able to try things on.

Leather jacket and ripped jeans
Leather jacket and ripped jeans

Once I created my account on the website it was easy peasy to enter my prescription info, choose my frame and lens options and place my order. Now was when FirmOO really shines. The other part of a lot of online experiences that has people not seeing clearly is letting you know what’s going on. I got an email immediately telling me the order was received. The next day I got another email telling me they were processing my new glasses. They let me know when they were shipped and when I could expect them. Then they actually showed up before the promised date. Next was a follow up email to make sure everything was good and to let them know if I had any problems. After several customer service nightmares, dealing with FirmOO was a great experience! Oh, and yes, I got back under the $100 mark which brought my bottom line right back in focus! So how about the glasses? Take a look at the pictures in this post. I’m loving the look, from both sides of the lenses! I can see great, and I think look great. If that’s not a win-win, I don’t know what is!

Leather jacket and ripped jeans
Leather jacket and ripped jeans
Leather jacket and ripped jeans
Leather jacket and ripped jeans
Leather jacket and ripped jeans
Leather jacket and ripped jeans
Leather jacket and ripped jeans
Leather jacket and ripped jeans
Leather jacket and ripped jeans
Leather jacket and ripped jeans
Leather jacket and ripped jeans
Leather jacket and ripped jeans

SHOP MY LOOK:
Fedora Hat @Meijer
Black leather jacket @Forever 21
Black fringe backpack @TJ Maxx
Brown pullover @JC Penney
Ripped jeans @JustFab
Sandals @DSW
Glasses @Firmoo.com

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Cheers!

Grace

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Fashion Chinese Take-Out what is on the covers of Chinese fashion magazines

Fashion Chinese Take-Out what is on the covers of Chinese fashion magazines?

Welcome to a new month and the new and hopefully improved ColorAndGrace.com! I’m always working hard to make my blog better. A big part of that is being more and more useful to you, my wonderful readers! After all, if it weren’t for you, I would just be talking to myself. And who needs even more people thinking you’re weird? 😉 Anyway, I’m going to try a Daily Special menu.

Monday will have fresh home grown “Fashion 101″ posts. This is where I share my unique expertise to pass along color and fashion wit and wisdom. Tuesday will feature “Fashion Chinese Take-Out“. Join me as I let you know what’s going on half way around the world. Most of your clothes come from there, how about your next look? Next is “Graded by Grace” on Wednesday. You’ll see how products I use did on their report card and also some shopping suggestions that will earn you extra credit! ”Throwback Thursday” will relive and re-laugh some of my adventures and travels. The workweek wraps up on Friday with “They Got It Right!” Here I’ll share a few photos of other bloggers who “got it” with the trend topic of the week! Then to jumpstart your weekend I highlight the week that was in “Fashion Gossip” on Saturday. Hey! What about Sunday you ask? Oh knock it off! The weather is getting better and I deserve at least one day off a week! I’m looking for your input, so don’t be shy!

Fashion Chinese Take-Out
Fashion Chinese Take-Out

First off, a big shout out to all of our south of the border friends on this Cinco de Mayo! I will be enjoying some Mexican food and beverages tonight! Many people don’t even know the significance of this day. It is NOT Mexican Independence Day but only celebrates a mostly insignificant victory in a battle against France! But like most Americans agree, it’s a great reason to party so count me in!

Now back to our Chinese Take-Out. My students often ask me, “is there any Burger King restaurant in China?” The answer is YES. But the taste is different. For instance you wouldn’t find a Whopper with cheese combo meal. There are many familiar restaurants in China but they’ve been adapted to the local tastes. This is just like all those “Chinese” restaurants that are in every town in America. 😉 I can tell you from experience that 95% of the food there would be unrecognizable to anyone from China. Actually I have never heard of General Tso! These restaurants adapted. They sell American food with a Chinese twist. Luckily for me we have several authentic Chinese restaurants near our home! Otherwise I would have to cook all the time!

China was closed off to the rest of the world and didn’t reopen up until the 1980s. Before that, there really wasn’t much fashion to talk about. Individuality in any form was frowned on so pretty much everybody wore the same clothes as in the picture below:

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So you can imagine what most Chinese would think when you are talking about bringing back styles from the 70s! They certainly wouldn’t think this was a high point of fashion! It just goes to show that not everyone has the same point of view or reference. I’ve mentioned in some previous posts how my co-workers sometimes are so used to me that they forget where I grew up and came from. They may say something like “remember when we were little and we would do this or that?” And for me the answer is NO, I don’t have that memory at all! Times have certainly changed and I think for the better. The world has shrunk and our experiences are now much more similar. That gives us a bit more in common than we used to have. This shows up nowhere better than in current fashion trends. Don’t believe me?

Here are some current Chinese fashion magazine covers for the May edition. What do you think? They sure don’t look all that different to me!

Chinese Bazaar

Chinese Taiwan Bazaar

Chinese ELLE

Chinese Cosmopolitan

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By the way, did you notice the first cover is me? Lol! I was not on the cover of a Japanese fashion magazine. It is just an App called poster lab. 😉

Here is my new look for today. Enjoy!

Fashion Chinese Take-Out

Fashion Chinese Take-Out

Fashion Chinese Take-Out

Fashion Chinese Take-Out

Fashion Chinese Take-Out

Fashion Chinese Take-Out

Fashion Chinese Take-Out

What is today’s take-out tip? Well, when in doubt, wear black, white and red! 🙂

Shop my look:
Black top @old from JC Penney
Skirt @Express
Red shoes @Nordstrom Rack @Nine West
Red necklace @old from Kohl’s
Red bag @Michael Kors
Bracelets @Rocksbox @My Arm Charms

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Cheers!

Grace

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