If you scroll through my Instagram feed, you’ll notice that I’m a glasses girl. What you might not know is why. It’s not just because my doctor recommended I steer clear of contact lenses (more on that later) or because I have allergies that dry out my eyes; I genuinely like wearing them.
I remember back in high school debating whether to give a presentation with or without my glasses. It sounds strange, but glasses have always been a kind of shield for me, protecting me from harm, whether real or perceived. Of course, I know they’re not really armor but there’s a comfort I get from looking at life through the familiarity of my lenses.
That said, this shield doesn’t keep me from going outside my comfort zone. If anything, it gives me the confidence that I can. I’ve partnered with Zenni because their styles are so fun and perfect for the on-the-go lifestyle so many of us travelers lead.
It’s for the masses
What I really appreciate about Zenni’s pricing structure is that it’s accessible to all budgets. As a freelancer, there have been several periods of time when I didn’t have health insurance, let alone vision coverage. Splurging on a single pair of glasses sometimes felt like a stretch.
With Zenni, most styles hover around the $25 mark, which is not only reasonable, but a steal compared to other brands. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting the best quality based on the price I was paying, but when they arrived in the mail a few days later, I was proven wrong. The quality was really good. Each pair arrived in a Zenni branded teal (one of my favorite colors!) case, along with a matching cloth.
Also worth noting that in recent weeks, I’ve met so many people that sport Zenni’s. Just last month, my hairdresser mentioned that she shops at Zenni and recommended I do the same. Then there are the countless moms, fashionistas, digital nomads and entrepreneurs showing off their style on Instagram.
Get personal with add-ons and meaningful inscriptions
When it was time to buy my frames, I was at first overwhelmed by the amount of possible add-ons. To be fair, most of these options are more relevant for sunglasses so I skipped over the majority of options. I did, however, take full advantage of their inscription feature.
For my colorful, Cat-Eye Glasses, I chose “you are magic” because when I first saw it on the website, I immediately imagined myself writing a novel or working on something creative. I mostly stick to neutral colors when it comes to fashion, so this was a fun way to mix things up and add a pop of color into my normal, everyday look.
On one side the Browline Glasses I ordered, I included my name and on the inside and a quote: “I am home in me.” One of my good friends was the first to share this mantra with me and it really stuck, especially having moved more than a dozen times in the last decade along…plus, all the traveling that I do. Now, wherever I go, I’ll have a little reminder to keep me grounded.
Choose styles to reflect your mood, lifestyle and personal style
Ok, time to get personal. As some of you know, I recently lost my father to a 2.5 year battle with brain cancer. As such, I’ve found myself crying more than the average person. Back in November, I even got hit with two back to back eye infections from my contact lenses, partly because my eyes were abnormally dry from all my tears.
When my ophthalmologist encouraged me to stay away from contact lenses for the foreseeable future, I became a glasses girl once again. Now that glasses are a part of my everyday outfit so to speak, I wanted to have some variety. On a writer’s budget that isn’t always possible, so hearing about Zenni came at the perfect time.
Fun facts that matter
*Zenni’s glasses are made with high quality ingredients like titanium, acetate, stainless steel, and advanced ultra-lightweight materials such as Ultem and TR90.
*Their mission is something we all can stand behind: Give people glasses they can actually afford but still make them look like a million bucks.
*You can order all types of glasses from Zenni: prescription sunglasses, non-prescription sunglasses, sports glasses and even goggles. Yes, GOGGLES!
What is YOUR go-to fashion accessory? Tell me in the comments below!
This post is in collaboration with the Zenni. All opinions are my own.
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