New Frames for Justin

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Allow me to introduce. . .

Justin doesn’t get a lot of face time on the ‘ol blog. It’s sort of hard to integrate him into the hair + beauty realm, plus when he’s home from work I try to quit working too so my camera is put away and we just do our evening routine.

He is climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro later this year and I’m hoping he takes some great photos/video while he’s there so I can share that experience with you. I’m so jealous that I’m not going on that trip. First of all, it’s a boys trip and someone has to stay home with the kids. Baby monitors just don’t work from that far away.

Maybe eventually I’ll get to climb some mountains with him. Nothing sounds more fun and exciting to me.

Anyway, I have SO loved wearing glasses these days now that I finally have cool frames. In fact, I had to wear glasses during my c-section recently and my doctor (who also did my first c-section) noticed they were new and mentioned that she liked them! In case you missed it, you can read about my David Kind experience here. I also shared some tips for eye makeup when wearing glasses here!

Justin wears glasses on occasion. He used to wear them more regularly and seeing me get some cool frames recently got him interested in upgrading his as well.

I excitedly reached out to David Kind and see if they wanted to help Justin pick out some frames, and was thrilled when they went for the idea!

I’m curious about what frames you like the most for him, so I took a quick photo of him wearing each set of frames (3 of which he picked out, and 3 of which a stylist chose) below.

Well, first is a photo of him without glasses.

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So, it’s pretty hard to shoot nice images of people wearing glasses without getting a huge glare in the frames from the window, but I did my best. 

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 The Arbutus in Matte Charcoal

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 The Hartford in Palladium 

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The Rhodes in Black. 

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The Raleigh in Dusk 

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The Clover in Granite. These were definitely his least favorite.

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 The Trenton in Glacier Gray

So which one’s are your favorite on him? 

We flip flopped from the original frames we chose and landed on The Trenton in Glacier Gray. It’s funny how the first impression sometimes just needs a little bit of time. He initially really didn’t like these, but after wearing them for a little bit longer, and comparing them to the frames he thought he liked better, he decided these were the winners.

Justin is an engineer, through and through. In other words, no one pays closer attention to quality and craftsmanship than he does. If I had a nickel for every time he pointed out how poorly designed something is in our house, I’d be rich. And not only does he see those things, but he often has a pretty good idea about how something could be better designed.

He really appreciated the quality in the David Kind frames. From working with the brand over the past year I’ve learned that their frames are made in Japan and Italy, where other high quality designer frames are made. And their lenses are HD digital lenses versus the cheaper polycarbonate. There’s zero glare and no “fuzzy” edges. I’ve had glasses in the past that created a distorted image when I looked toward the edge of the lens, but I haven’t had that issue with my David Kind frames.

Other than the quality, my favorite part is having a optician pick half of my frame suggestions. That aspect makes the whole process much more fun. And it’s easier, in my opinion, than walking into a store with way too many options.

So now we wait for the Trenton’s to arrive!

Click here if you are interested in trying out the David Kind experience! There’s zero obligation to buy, and free shipping both ways with your try-on kit.

 

**David Kind is gifting these glasses to Justin.

 

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Cynthia says · 02.23.15

I liked The Trenton and The Raleigh the most.

I’m happy I’m not the only mother/wife whose husband goes on awesome adventures while I stay home and tackle the adventures of motherhood. My husband likes hiking and motorcycling, so he’s planning a few trips for himself this summer.

But he is taking me to Hawaii in May, for the 3rd time, so I guess I really can’t complain.

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Jan says · 02.24.15

That is funny your comment about Justin being an engineer. Both of my brothers are engineers. They are both electrical engineers. My older brother worked on the stealth as well as one of the space shuttles. My younger brother worked in animation for while, working on the movie Anastasia, which was a big hit with my kindergartners when I was teaching!!!! Now he works for a company that goes around and sets up red light cameras to cities around the nation. He works on the software side of it obviously. He said that his career went totally different that he expected when he moved to Phoenix right after college. He REALLY LOVED working with the animation end of it. When Fox Animation closed DreamWorks offered him a job. But it would have meant that he, Dana and the kids would have had to have moved to Silicone Valley In California. The kids were young and just adjusted to their elementary school. They had just moved in to their newly built home. They just could not see moving again so soon. The closure at Fox came as a surprise. They found the perfect place to build. Picked their floor plan, and everything. It is just so sad that the opportunity did not come along later. Anyway, I know exactly what you are talking about with engineers being detailed oriented. I get a new TV I plug it in and hope I can figure it out. In fact this time my younger brother bought it for me and set it up for me. Unfortunately I hit a glitch after a month or so and I ended up resetting it back to factory settings because I could not figure out how to get the closed captioning off of the TV. Then I could not get my DVD player to work. Sigh. Details!!! LOL

Oh and good job on the glasses!!!!

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Joyce says · 02.23.15

I liked the Raleigh the most, trailed by the Trenton. Also, I could not click on the “click here” to try David Kind.

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Nicole says · 02.23.15

I like the Trenton best too! The Raleigh are my second favorite but I think they’re a bit too dark and heavy for him. The frameless disappear on him so I like those least of all.

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Kristin S says · 02.23.15

Before I saw your decision I picked the The Trenton frames. They are the least distracting. That’s one of my glasses rules. They should enhance your God-given face and not detract from it. Those look great on him!

I’d love to try this brand but nervous with the whole bifocal thing. Oy. I wore glasses most of my life until LASIK 7 years ago. Best choice ever, but now I wear readers and need to get “real” glasses. Again.

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David Kind says · 02.23.15

Hi Kristin,

We would love to answer any questions you have on bifocals or progressive lenses. We developed a photo measurement system which works very similar to how your measurements would be taken in person. In fact, one of our staff opticians confirms the measurements. Additionally, we take away the worry as we stand by our lenses and will remake or refund at no cost to you. We hope you give us a try someday!

David Kind team

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Janelle says · 02.23.15

The Raleigh in Dusk looks best!!

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Kirsten says · 02.23.15

Am I the only one who thinks that the adventures without the kiddos should be even in number if they cannot be shared? For instance one trip for him and one trip for her or whatever their schedule and finances allow. I know sometimes things are a once in a lifetime opportunity or a one off, but I think I would have resentment if I didn’t get a little “away” time and my Significant Other did. 🙂

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Erin says · 02.23.15

You are not alone – that is how I operate too.

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Kate says · 02.23.15

He and I already discussed that I get to pick a fun thing to do this year too! and he’ll watch the boys 🙂

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Kirsten says · 02.23.15

Awesome! I really think it is important to recharge if you can afford to 🙂
Congrats on little Luke!

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Kelle says · 02.23.15

The Trenton for sure! The color and shape look like they fit him.

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katie says · 02.23.15

I like Trenton the best followed by Raleigh.

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Angela says · 02.23.15

I would choose Trenton or Raleigh for him, both are really nice. I prefer the thicker darker frames. I have had the same frames for over 6 years now. I am thinking I might enjoy wearing them more if I had something a bit more stylish. I am going to look into this company, thanks for sharing.
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Kacee says · 02.23.15

I like The Clover in Granite! They’re not too dark, and I like that size of frame. I have a pair of Ralph Lauren glasses that are about the same size and I love them!

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Joanna says · 02.23.15

i like the Raleigh the best! And the Trenton as the runner-up.

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Anna says · 02.23.15

Hi Kate-

My fiancé is climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in October! It’s definitely once-in-a-lifetime and I am so excited for him to go. Climbing mountains isn’t really my thing, but I’m going to go with him on a few hikes while he trains. Maybe you can join Justin on a few too!

I love your blog!

Anna

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Alma says · 02.23.15

They look amazing on your husband. If I wasn’t already spoiled by working for Luxottica – they own LensCrafters, Sunglass Hut, EyeMed, Sears and Target Optical..etc. – I’d be buying more frames than I’d need to, adding to my extensive collection.

I will check out David Kind though; I also have a softspot for Warby Parker.

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Beccky says · 02.23.15

I really like the Trentons, the color and the shape look great on him.

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Ashley Brown says · 02.23.15

I actually REALLY like the Clover on him! He can def pull that look off. My 2nd was the Rhodes.

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Laura says · 02.23.15

I wish David Kind could offer a discount to your readers!

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Alisha says · 02.23.15

I like the Raleigh the best, but that’s probably because that style is just really popular again. The Trenton’s are my second choice…attractive and will endure after the trendy are gone.

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MIDWESTERN BELLE says · 02.23.15

My vote is for The Raleigh or The Trenton! : )

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Christin says · 02.23.15

I liked the The Hartford in Palladium & The Rhodes in Black!

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Paula says · 02.23.15

Trenton!

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Heather says · 02.23.15

Arbutus

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denise says · 02.23.15

My favorite was the Raleigh followed closely by the Trenton. They look great!

I ordered David Kind glasses after you reviewed them and chose yours. I have loved them so much! The lenses are about 10X clearer than any I’ve had in the past. And the overall quality is amazing. Thanks for reviewing them!

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DAVID KIND says · 02.24.15

Hi Denise,

We LOVED reading your kind words on your frames and lenses. Please let us know if we can ever help with anything!

David Kind Team

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Brianna Hurley says · 02.23.15

The Raleigh frames complement his face the best!

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Lindy says · 02.23.15

My husband is an engineer and talks exactly the same way.

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Melissa says · 02.23.15

My favs are the Raleigh and Trenton. Personally I prefer the style of the Raleigh but I also think the Trenton looks great on him.. Not as distracting if you don’t want to be drawn to the glasses. Kate- congratulations on your newest addition. He is just gorgeous- you have such a beautiful family. Have you ever hear of the color season analysis ? I would love to hear what season you think you fit in best .. Maybe a post idea for the future ? 😉

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Melissa says · 02.23.15

Heard* I can’t edit my comment!

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Lisa says · 02.23.15

Before I even saw your decision, my vote was for the Trenton frame! Good pick 🙂

I may need to try this David Kind experience one day.. My goal is to have laser eye surgery before I’m 30 (2.5 yrs to go!) but I’m sure I’ll still need a pair.

Glad to see an appearance of Justin. Take care!

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Holly B says · 02.23.15

#1 Arbutus #2 Raleigh. He could pull off any of these frames though 🙂

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Carla says · 02.23.15

Raleigh is my favourite followed by the Trenton. But both look great on him!

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Darcy says · 02.23.15

Raleigh

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Stephanie says · 02.23.15

The Raleigh in Dusk . They look really nice!! 🙂

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Susanna Tolkien says · 02.23.15

I’ve just helped to choose some glasses for my husband and we out doubt …

The Raleigh in Dusk x

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Megan says · 02.23.15

Thanks for sharing. Shopping for glasses can be such a difficult decision. It is a great idea to be able to try them out at home!

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Evelina says · 02.23.15

My favourite is The Raleigh in Dusk. Very “smart-looking” an on-trend!

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Denise Z says · 02.23.15

Funny, his least favorite–the Clover–is my favorite on him.

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Monica says · 02.23.15

Oh, honey, I know what you mean! My husband is a construction engineer. Looking at homes is a NIGHTMARE and we’re planning on buying a new one this summer. I’m already dreading it… lol. 🙂

I vote for the The Raleigh in Dusk.

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Kimber S says · 02.23.15

The Raleigh is my favorite and next would be Trenton. I went through this process with my husband also….so many frames to choose from.

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Annette says · 02.23.15

The Trenton or the Arbutus!

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Morgan A. says · 02.23.15

My husband just got new glasses this past weekend too! I told him there is nothing sexier than men wearing glasses. His are similar to the first pair you show here. Which was my favorite choice 😉

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Jude says · 02.23.15

The Trenton, is my pick…softer color, yet stylishly handsome, nice shape for Justin’s face. Thanks for asking our opinion. Good luck with your choice!

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Evelyn says · 02.23.15

The Treton was also my favorite! And second would be the Arbutus in Matte Charcoal!

If he is the kind of guy who likes lotions and such (not like my husband, who I fight with on occasion to put some SPF ) it would be cool to know what he tried new and liked.

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Anita says · 02.23.15

The Trenton in Glacier Gray were my choice too!

I’m thinking about having my husband do this! I do not wear glasses but he does from time to time and it’s time for a new pair!

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Shay says · 02.23.15

I have to say that I REALLY liked the Clover!!! But I also like the ones he choose.

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Marlene says · 02.23.15

The Trenton in Glacier Gray is the best!!!

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Tessa Grange says · 02.23.15

I like the last ones the best!

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Stefanie Wagner says · 02.23.15

The Trenton in Glacier Gray

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Amber Collins says · 02.23.15

Raleigh is definitely the best!

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Marci says · 02.23.15

the trenton in glacier gray were my immediate favorite! i’m glad you chose those ones! this seems like such a fun experience! definitely going to try it out the next time i need a new pair of glasses 🙂

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Laura says · 02.23.15

Anytime you reach out to someone for “suggestions” it ends as a freebie? Cool.

Nice angle.

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A says · 02.23.15

Even if is does, what’s wrong with that?

I don’t see the problem. Suggestions AND free glasses. I’d say its a Win Win. 😉

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Kayla F. says · 02.23.15

Especially if you can do it often AND knowingly!

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Sarah says · 02.23.15

I’m so jealous he’s climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro! That is a personal goal of mine and I’m so happy for him that he gets to do it! Do you happen to know what company his group is using? I’d love to get his opinion on what they’re process for booking has been like. How has he been prepping for it too? Ugh, so many questions! Congratulations on Luke and looking good with the new frames Justin!

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justin says · 02.24.15

We are using Peak Planet. I’d be happy to share my experience with them once the trip concludes. So far, Ken has been very helpful in the booking process!

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Renae Vinzant says · 02.23.15

I liked the Trenton and the Raleigh. I think the Clovers look good on him too!

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TAMMIE A LOVINGOOD says · 02.23.15

I like Raleigh or Trenton…

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Clever Girl Reviews says · 02.23.15

I like the Raleigh, they are nerd hot!

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Jennifer Appleton says · 02.23.15

The Raleigh is my first choice, followed by The Trenton

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Amanda Schwartz says · 02.23.15

Hi Kate!

I think ‘the Trenton’ frames look really good on him. My favorite out of the bunch.

My second would be ‘the Rhodes’.
And my third choice would be ‘the Arbutus’.

So, which ones did he choose?
🙂

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Amanda Schwartz says · 02.23.15

Oh, just seen.
Nice choice. 🙂

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Jackie says · 02.23.15

I said the Trenton out loud and then read below and saw that’s what you picked. Great choice!

Ps I’m having my third section next week!( 3rd boy ;)) I’m dying for that grey coat/sweater you had on Instagram the other day. Where did u get it?? Thx!

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JHanna says · 02.23.15

Raleigh in dusk…and Trenton (may be a little biased its my eldest sons name and similar to his frames)

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Maria says · 02.24.15

I like the Rhodes and the raleigh

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Amy says · 02.24.15

Omg. You put frames on him and he morphed in BJ Novak. So handsome!

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meagan says · 02.24.15

Loved the Rayleigh frames!
-Meg
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kristin says · 02.24.15

the last ones, the Trenton.

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Ivana says · 02.24.15

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Luanne says · 02.24.15

True story…the ones he liked the least, I liked the most! They scream Harry Potter and I am all about that. 😉

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Stacie says · 02.24.15

The Trenton is my favorite!

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Jenn says · 02.24.15

Loved the Raleigh! Glasses can be so much fun:)

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Susan Wright says · 02.24.15

Trenton or Raleigh

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CindyK says · 02.24.15

Raleigh

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Stacy says · 02.24.15

My husband is a carpenter and does the same thing as Justin! Sometimes I like to watch him inspect the trim when we walk into a new restaurant or something. But he doesn’t even notice that he’s doing it. Love the new frames.

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Sydni Jackson says · 02.24.15

Nice! At first look I would have picked the Raleigh as my favorite for him, but I agree with you that sometimes you have to let glasses grow on you, and seeing them from different angles (and in real life) is different from just a picture. Fun!

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Sydni Jackson says · 02.24.15

PS Kate would you really climb Mt. K??! I’d be so impressed!

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Robin Thelen says · 02.24.15

Hi Kate and Justin!
I have been an optician for a little over 9 years. Fitting people for glasses is what I do for a living. I defintely vote the Raleigh frame! They’re very fitting to his face and features. Good luck!

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Amy says · 02.24.15

I love the glasses he chose but I really like the Rhodes on him. I’m a sucker for nerd glasses lol. My daughters both wear glasses but they make me take them to Eyetique which is this super exclusive super spend place here- ugh. I might have to have them check David Kind out (but not for a couple more years, they broke the glasses bank this year). My husband is also due for new glasses–might have to have him get those Rhodes 😛

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kelleyrae says · 02.24.15

The Raleigh!

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Lindsay says · 02.24.15

As an eye doctor, I have to comment that one of the WORST things you can do is to either buy glasses online or outside of your doctor’s office. Even if you do not like the frames your doctor offers, at least get your prescription lenses filled by your prescriber, in a frame that has been verified to fit your face measurements IN PERSON. If anything is wrong with the glasses, we as prescribers cannot fix glasses made elsewhere and you have just forfeited $300+, on what some other company is recommending, but likely NOT what we would recommend.

For example, David Kind is offering “High Index” lenses which are great for some prescriptions, but for some people Trivex is better. You and your doctor need to have that discussion together. “Premium anti-reflective coating” on top of the lens is NOT the same as a Crizal Provencia that is made throughout the lens. There are big differences in what you will get in a doctor’s office and you need to be aware you are missing out on quality if you choose to try to buy a cheaper product.

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Mary webster says · 03.04.15

ha! Had to take a second look! Knowing your fave beauty/ hair blogger is married to someone you know! You all have a beautiful family! I hope as the boys get older you will take them our teeny weeny community to enjoy the lake!

Ps you must have him show you his rendition of ” butterfly kisses” that amused many a camp concord attendant!

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