Have you ever bought prescription glasses online or do you usually go to the optician to select your new frames? Up till now I have always tried on my glasses in person. I am that lovely near-sighted girl who continues to put on and take off different frames in comparison inches away from the mirror. Which do I like better? One or Two? This brand or that brand over there? Do I stick with the tried and true Buddy Holiday inspired frames or opt for colour? Knowing how long it takes me to choose frames in person, it never crossed my mind to even think about buying glasses online.
Recently I found out about Glasses Direct and they invited me to review their service and try it out for myself. Loving to try new things and willing to have my assumptions of getting glasses online proved wrong I went on to the Glasses Direct website to start my search. As an online glasses retailer I found Glasses Direct to be an amazing online experience with over twenty brands with frames in so many different styles, shapes, and colours.
I was really drawn to the London Retro brand and as an expat living in England it fit my personal brand of style as well! While I love wearing contacts I currently wear my glasses most of the time. Glasses for me go beyond a practical necessity to becoming a very important fashion accessory in my day to day life. What drew me to the London Retro brand was how they took the latest eyewear trends and marry it with timeless vintage inspired shapes. When I found the Eliza frames my heart instantly fell in love. They are inspired by Audrey Hepburn, whom I have long adored for both her film career and her humanitarian work. It was kismet. The London Retro Eliza frames had everything I could want. They are feminine with clean lines and a subtle brow line arch for that vintage cat eye appeal.
Still not sure about ordering glasses online? What is great about Glasses Direct is that they now offer a Home Trial Service. What this means is that you can still get that in store experience in the convenience of your home. When you choose to use Glasses Direct’s Home Trial Service you can choose up to four different paris of frames and try them for up to seven days. There is no hidden fees and you can take part in this service free of charge. I honestly fell in love on first sight with my London Retro Eliza frames online, but had I any doubts I would have loved to be able to try different frames without feeling rushed or watched by strangers at a store. Seeing how many wonderful brands and styles of glasses that Glasses Direct carries, I do not think I could limit myself to buying future pairs at a store again.
What I loved was just being able to wear them and use them in my daily life. I got to see how they looked with different outfits with varying colour palettes from my wardrobe. I tried out different hairstyle and make up looks. It really opened my eyes (no pun intended) to how versatile the London Retro Eliza frames could be and how much I really loved them in person. So much so that I took several selfies with my phone to see how well they would photograph. I was sold.
How does it work? Once you know which frame (or frames if you are going to use their home trial service) you want you have done all the hard work. You simply use your current prescription and wait for it to process. My glasses were not only processed quickly but I received an email notification the day before they arrived that they had been shipped. I was so surprised with how fast they arrived and could not wait to try them on. I can only recommend Glasses Direct with high praises for outstanding service.
The added bonus for me is the case that came with the frames from London Retro. It was so much nicer and sturdier than any lens case I have gotten in many years of wearing glasses from a shop. As I often swap out my glasses for my prescription sunglasses, it is very important to me that I have a case to protect my frames when not in use. This one is simply ace!
I just love my new London Retro frames and I think you will too! The wonderful people at Glasses Direct are giving away your choice of London Retro frames to one of my lucky readers! How brilliant and lovely is that? A big thank you to Glasses Direct! All you have to do is enter the rafflecopter giveaway below. You can even tweet about it every day for an extra entry to win! I cannot wait to see what pair you choose and hope you will share fun shameless selfies in your new London Retro frames from Glasses Direct!
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