Review: Mr. Hemingway & 39DollarGlasses.com

In my teen years, I was really jealous of people who “got to” wear cute glasses. I fell into the glasses make you look smarter trap and a part of me was really excited when I went to the eye doctor a few years ago and found out I needed a pair. I bought some semi-fancy frames in the optometrist’s office, paid way too much, and wore them as often as possible to try to make up for how much I spent. I vowed that, once I figured out what frame shapes looked best on me, I’d buy all of my glasses online.

Buying plastic or metal eyeglasses online has saved me a boatload of money. I, um, lost my expensive pair (dear cute cat eye glasses: please come home) but was lucky enough to be contacted by 39DollarGlasses.com within a week of that painful separation with an offer to review their website and a pair of glasses for free.

39DollarGlasses.com offers mid-range and high quality discount glasses for all genders and face shapes. I was surprised at their selection, and it took me a good while to narrow my choices to a favorite pair. I chose the Ernest Hemingway 4608, which retails for $295 – ouch. The 39DollarGlasses price? $59.

Much better.

39DollarGlasses is an American company (manufacturing included) owned by a couple of enterprising eye doctors. All their glasses ship super fast, and if you’re active in the military, they ship free – no matter where you’re located. Your peepers could be so patriotic!

If you have a kid with blind little bat eyes (Halloween costume idea?) you can pick up a pair of discounted kids’ glasses from 39DollarGlasses knowing that they use shatter-proof and scratch resistant polycarbonate lenses. (You won’t shoot your eye out, kid.) Need fancy extras, like bifocal, polarized or transition lenses? They offer those options too, for an extra fee.

As for the Ernest Hemingway’s: I love ‘em. The ordering process is really simple, the shipping was fast and the frames and lenses are light yet durable – no surprises, just good quality. My glasses even came with a cleaning cloth and spray, which fit in my purse and save me from using my shirt (which doesn’t really work anyway).

I only had one uncertain moment, when I first put my new glasses on: there was this weird shine I couldn’t get rid of. I couldn’t figure it out. Was it the lenses? Were they dirty? They looked clean. The shine only happened in certain light. What the hell is going on…

Oh. Clear frames. I see.

I wasn’t used to the way the bottom half of my frames – made of clear plastic – caught the light. At certain angles I see this shine – it doesn’t obscure my vision, but it was a little distracting until I got used to it. My glasses didn’t have any reviews when I bought them, so I had no warning…but I can write a review and let others know.

With all that being said, 39DollarGlasses gets my seal of approval. Check ‘em out when you need a new pair of specs!

Just a Couple of Cute, Cheap Sweaters

Because I really wanted to wear a cute sweater with a bold pattern today, and I didn’t have one, and I’m broke. As usual.


Cute, Unique Sweaters Under $25: Charlotte Russe

Bow Print Long-Sleeve Sweater: $24.99 / Lace Inset Sweatshirt $22.99 / Polka Dot Button-Down Cardigan: $22.99

I haven’t done a lot of shopping with Charlotte Russe. Have you? What’s your experience with their brand – quality, especially – been like?


Cute Patterned Cardigans Under $25: Target

Merona® Women’s Ultimate V-Neck Cardigan Sweater (Floral): $22.99 / Merona® Women’s Ultimate Cardigan: $22.99 / Merona® Women’s Ultimate V-Neck Cardigan Sweater (B/W): $22.99

I’m seeing prints (on tops and pants and everywhere else) get louder and louder, and in the battle of for and against, I am decidedly for printed everything. I’m also very “for” Target’s Merona brand. The quality is worth much more than you pay.

My Weekend Fling in the Target Boot Section

“Oh shit, look at all these shoes at Target.”

“Oh shit, look at all this everything at Target.”

everything at Target would be too big a post, so I’ll just talk about some wedge booties I bought this weekend.

These are the Mossimo Kylin wedge booties. I bought them in cognac, but only because the grey pair wasn’t available at my local Target. (I needed brown boots anyway, though I’d planned on buying a pair of sand-colored flat lace-up boots instead.)


These are some of the most comfortable wedges I’ve worn in a long, long time.

…and I shop for a living.

Target.com is notorious for having a larger selection than any brick and mortar Target, and after I saw that my brand new boots come in grey I started to browse for other boots I didn’t see in store. Target is trouble, people. It’s inexpensive, beautiful, sartorial trouble.


Buckles, Zippers & Laces: Top 10 Sturdy Flat & Wedge Boots Under $40 (& One Under $80)

I tried to choose my favorite boots in general – spiked booties, delicate fleece-lined stilettos, cowboy boots and all – but ended up with far too many, so I had to narrow my search even further. I choose boots that look sturdy, that seem like they could handle the rain, slush and piles of leaves we’re about to be bombarded with this fall. Clockwise from top left:

Matchy-Matchy

Everyone needs a matching set of undies.  They don’t have to be fancy and they certainly don’t need to be expensive, but they do need to match.

Sporting a matching bra and panty, even if it’s in boring cotton and the label says “nude,” makes me feel a little more put-together…and okay, yeah, a little bit sexy.  But in a selfish way. Some of my favorite sets don’t ever see sexy time: wireless bralettes and lace hipsters are just as fun to wear around on a casual, give-no-fucks day as they are in the bedroom.

The sets I found for today’s post are for different kinds of boobs – underwires, wireless, padded, uplift, lace, boy briefs, bikinis, thong…but the bras are all under $50, and the panties are all under $25.

Top Row:

Bottom Row:

One last favorite that didn’t make it into the above image, but I love love love it. It’s another set from Gap called the Contrast Lace Wireless Bralette and “sexy” Lace Girl Shorts – they’re exactly what I’d want to be wearing in the event someone decided to make a movie about me laying around my house, being luxurious.

Mint: Sea Foam’s Sister

Broke Shopping Hint #26: Remember that until Pantone’s color system is downloaded directly into everyone’s brain, color is subjective.

If you’re looking for that perfect dress/shoes/whatever in eggplant, and you just can’t find it, maybe you’ll see it listed under the color name grape, or aubergine.  But no one’s looking for eggplant anything right now, because it’s summer and you all want seafoam green.  Am I right?

I’m so right.

Instead, look for mint.

Mint is Seafoam’s underestimated little sister.  Everyone accidentally calls Mint by Seafoam’s name, and Mint gets super sad during math class about it and wonders if she should rebel by wearing lots of mascara and appearing morose so people know the difference.  I would like everyone to appreciate Mint as much as they do Seafoam, because as you can see, Mint is pretty fucking great.

Clockwise from left:

Everyone Should Own a Hi-Low Dress

It’s rare that I want everyone to try the same trend, because it’s rare that everyone looks good in the same trend. (Neon is my nemesis. Actually, neon is generally just gross. Mostly. There are always exceptions. I just can’t think of any.) One trend I think can work on anyone is the hi-low skirt, as long as you find the right length for your height, and the right cut to fit your personal style. I am so, so lazy, though, so for me the hi-low skirt is just too much work. I’d rather have a hi-low dress.

Each of these hi-low dresses are under $50, and because you’re all unique snowflakes, I tried to find four very different styles. From left to right:

  • The River Island Color Block Bandeau Maxi Dress ($41.43) reminds me of all of the broke babes that are spending their entire summer at the beach. When it’s barely ever above 70 degrees at the beach, that’s a commitment.
  • Aside from the “I wish I lived in Hollywood” styling, the West Coast Wardrobe Midas Touch Dress ($30.99) is my favorite. I would still wear it with big, dark sunglasses, platforms and a bright clutch…I’d just look less wooden.
  • The Romeo & Juliet Couture Printed Hi-lo Midi Dress ($39.99) is what I’d wear if I was planning to go to lunch with friends and knew that I’d probably eat too much. Food Baby Dress.
  • Hello, ballerina! I love love love the Glamorous Lace Top Hi Low Dress ($49.71). It reminds me of everything good about dance recital, isn’t made of ugly, and doesn’t require me to duct tape my boobs to my chest.  (See-through lace swoooooon.)

Do you have a hi-low dress or skirt? My hi-low skirt is completely and totally the wrong length on me, so I’m pretty sure this means I am required to go on a shopping trip.  Yes/yes?