Sponsored: OPEN Forum, Warby Parker, and the Cost of Goods (And a Giveaway!)

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by American Express’s OPEN Forum, but written by Kat Griffin.

We told you last week about the cool new video series from American Express’s OPEN Forum, “Inside Successful Small Businesses,” taking a look at some of the hardest lessons small businesses had to learn. Today, I thought we’d take a closer look at the video from the team behind Warby Parker — and as a bonus for Corporette readers, there’s a giveaway too — enter today to win a free pair of Warby Parker glasses! [Read more…]

Adventures in Online Eyeglass Purchases

How to Buy Eyeglasses Online | CorporetteReaders, have you bought eyeglasses online recently?  A number of new stores and services have come out, and since I personally needed some new eyeglasses, I thought I’d write a post summarizing my experiences.

After some cornea troubles a few years ago, I wear eyeglasses about 85% of the time — and I recently decided that I really, really needed some new eyeglasses.  See, I used to have a LOT: three metal eyeglasses (two that were super old, one through the LensCrafters thing in 2011), two plastic framed “stylish” glasses, and two prescription sunglasses.  Of the eyeglasses, my son basically destroyed three pairs (ah, toddlers — in his defense they were old anyway), one pair was only comfortable for wear in short spurts (my “going out glasses,” for when I was too lazy to put in my contacts), and the final pair — which have became my “everyday” glasses — somehow yank out a few strands of my hair every time I wear them.  Ow. (As for the sunglasses, I didn’t need any new ones, I just WANTED them. So sue me.) [Read more…]

Beauty Wednesday: Can You Network With a Band-Aid On Your Face?

how to treat facial scarsSo here’s an interesting question: how do you deal with wounds on your face that require a band-aid — is it better to be a dork for a week with a band-aid on your face (thus helping it heal) or is it better to “tough it out” and then be left with a permanent scar?  I’m enough of a klutz to have injured myself twice in recent years, and I dealt with it differently when I was in a high-intensity work situation, so I thought we’d discuss. [Read more…]

‘Geek Chic’ Glasses and the Office

2013 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter - ArrivalsCan you wear hipster/geek chic eyeglasses to the office — especially if you’re young?

I’m hoping for your input on a quandary I’m having. I’m starting my first real job this summer so trying to build an adult wardrobe now. I am nearsighted and strongly prefer glasses to contacts for everyday wear. I love my (only) current pair; they’re big and plastic and perfect for me. But can I pull off “geek chic” in a professional (though not very conservative) environment, especially as a 21 year-old intern?

As a fellow glasses wearer, I’m curious to hear what the readers say here.  I think that ‘geek chic’ glasses can be great — I’ve even recommended them to a reader who was wondering how to to make her look edgier.  However, there is a sliding scale with these things.  The wackier the glasses are, the more that people will remember (and form opinions about you) based on your glasses, at least at first.  In other words: if a particular boss thinks you look like a bit odd/hipster/weird/[insert negative word here], you are probably not going to get a lot of work with that person.  You may say, “fine, I wouldn’t want to work with someone that stodgy anyway!,” and an outward statement about your personality can be a great way to whittle down who you work with.  (Glasses are in a different ballpark than heavily tattooed arms, but you may want to check out that discussion as well.)    That said… you don’t want to be so limited that only a few people in the office want to work with you — so if your office is filled with more “stodgy” types than not, you need to exercise caution.  (And just in terms of style, I personally prefer not to have a certain pair of glasses be my trademark, but that’s just my $.02.)  (Pictured above: I was sort of surprised to see Jenna Lyons wear what I would classify as geek-chic eyeglasses to an Oscars party, but if they become your trademark look then I suppose it’s weirder not to wear them.)

So here would be my approach:  wear multiple pairs of glasses.  [Read more…]

Sponsored Post: Take Care of Your Vision with DAILIES ® AquaComfort Plus ® Contact Lenses

3D_DACP_30ctDisclosure: This post is sponsored by Alcon DAILIES ® AquaComfort Plus ® Contact Lenses and Style Coalition.

I’ve written before about how I’m a big fan of single-use contact lenses.   I think they’re great! I don’t have to remember how many weeks I’ve been wearing the contacts, I don’t have to worry about when the lens care solution expires, and, especially for someone like me who only occasionally wears contacts, opening a new packet every time just feels fresher.   So I was thrilled when   DAILIES® AquaComfort Plus ® Contact Lenses asked me to round up a few more of my tips… [Read more…]

Coffee Break – 3-Pocket Glasses Stand

Bushakan 3-Pocket Glasses StandIf you’re like me — and you have a few pairs of glasses floating around your home or workspace — I love these beautiful glass stands. Not only do they give your glasses a place to “live,” they also look gorgeous and classy. Prices range from $49-$225; the ash wood one pictured is $180 at Bushakan. 3-Pocket Glasses Stand

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