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The Best Things In Life Are [Kind of] Free

While scrolling through Reddit a few months ago, I came across a promotional ad from Coastal that offered a pair of FREE glasses. That’s right, I said FREE! And they did my prescription for free too (probably because it’s a very light Rx).

I was skeptical at first, but other Redditors and bloggers said it was a legit offer and all you need to do is pay for shipping and handling & insurance. I didn’t get around to claiming that offer then since it expired before I had a chance to look at all the face candy. But as luck would have it, I saw the ad on Reddit again last month and told myself I wouldn’t miss out! I checked out all the wayfarers they had to offer because that’s my favorite style (in case you couldn’t tell from past posts). I know wayfarers are considered “hipster” but what isn’t these days?

After about 2 hours of decision making (yes, it took me that long to decide) I picked out a pair of Derek Cardigan glasses (style 7008 in ‘Smoke’). They’re a translucent shade of grey (1/50 shades <– horrible joke), and they have these cute multiplication and division signs on either side, as well as equal signs on the stems. I’m horrible at math, I absolutely hate it, so it’s like I literally have a contradiction on my face when I wear them. And the fact that I’m Asian and am stereotypically supposed to rock at it is somewhat sad. But it’s okay, I still love them!

Unfortunately, it took FOREVER for them to get here. I know it’s not Coastal’s fault (I blame the FDA  for holding all the FedEx packages ransom in Memphis), but don’t you hate when you order something and it doesn’t come right away? I love getting packages, even if I know what’s in them. It’s like opening a present on Christmas! Coastal saw that my glasses were taking FOREVER to get to me, so they re-sent them and I finally got them on Monday!!!

Coastal also sends their customers glasses in a nice case with eye glass cleaner, a wipey-thingy, and a little screwdriver to tighten and loosen glasses as you please. My optometrist has NEVER hooked me up like this. And instead of paying $106, I spent grand total of $17.38. Saaaa-weeeeeet! I think it was totally worth the wait. 🙂

If you would like to get your own free pair of glasses at Coastal, use the code FIRSTPAIRFREE at the checkout. There’s no expiration date listed, but you should get on this offer ASAP anyway! They also have a promotion to get two pair of glasses for $89 + free shipping with the code 2FOR89. I’d be all over that but 1. I’m poor and 2. all the money on my next paycheck is going to Disneyland. *le sigh*

As you can see, I’m ridiculously ecstatic about my new glasses! And if you know me, you know I have a tendency to misplace my glasses all the fuggin time, so having a spare pair is like the greatest thing ever. Anyhow, I tried to get Rory to take pictures with me for this post, but he was NOT having it. He’s such a bumhole sometimes. I managed to get ONE decent shot though.

Cheers,
Nina

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Thoroughly Modern Mary

photo courtesy of BBC/PBS

I can’t help but love Mary Crawley, the bitch with the heart of gold, from Downton Abbey. At first I really abhorred her — she was rather snide and vain. But she became a lot more bearable (kind, even) in the second series, and then I found myself rooting for her and Cousin Matthew like a crazy fangirl! And I have totally developed a full-on lady crush on Michelle Dockery. How can you not? JUST LOOK AT HER. SHE’S SO CLASSY.

Besides the fact that the show is rich in delicious scandal, I love the costumes the actors get to wear! No doubt they’re probably painful, but damn, do they look ever so snazzy. I particularly love Sybil and Mary’s ensembles. I stumbled upon Society 6‘s collection of Nan Lawson‘s art (I LOVE HER!) on t-shirts  and her Lady Mary tee inspired me to create a modern Mary-esque outfit centered around it on Polyvore.

Here’s what I came up with:

Modern Mary

Some things are on the way too pricey (and how-the-hell-am-I-supposed-to-get-this-if-it’s-in-Europe?) side, but besides that I think this outfit turned out quite cute. 🙂

photo courtesy of Fancy French Cologne

I’m also loving this silk heirloom scarf by Kelsey Garrity-Riley. I find that it’s too pretty to wear, so I’d probably frame it.

Series 3 of Downton Abbey started not too long ago in the UK. Us Yanks have to wait until January for it to air on PBS. *cries* I CAN’T WAIT!!!

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Things that I want for my birthday, but will probably not get

My birthday is in exactly one week! AHH!!! I know some people that aren’t really into birthdays and don’t make a big deal out of them. I, on the other hand, am the complete opposite. Shanice and I share the same philosophy about our birthdays being all about “Me, me, me!” — you have to do whatever the hell I want to do and when I want to do it! I AM THE QUEEN, GENUFLECT!  My mom shares the same sentiment as well — this is where my birthday obsession stems from. 🙂

One thing that sucks about having a birthday a few weeks after Christmas is that everyone is broke from all the present shopping and after-Christmas sales. *sigh*

I decided to compile a list of things I wish I could unwrap from fancy wrapping paper (or take out of pretty gift bags hidden with tissue paper) on my birthday, but most likely will not since I’m sure no one will get any of the following for me…

  • Doctor Who DVDs

Specifically the complete series 6 DVD set and the David Tennant collection. I saw the latter at Best Buy for $130, which is actually a REALLY REALLY good deal because each series (or season as us yanks call them) are over $60. But I just checked Best Buy’s website and now it’s $180. WTF? Did I misread the one at the store? *confuzzled*

The 6th series was the sole thing I asked for last Christmas, but I was told that it was too expensive. :/

  • Hamm piggy bank (from Toy Story)

Why not? And it’s on sale for $12.99 at the Disney Store!

  • Disney Couture Dumbo carousel necklace

I’ve been wanting this necklace for ages. And I absolutely adore carousels. The first piece of writing I ever had published was an essay called “Hop on the Horse” in which I compared life to riding a carousel. Also, the necklace is Disney… Disney + carousel = big effing deal to me!

I’m actually debating on buying this with some money I got for Christmas. Tim and I are planning on going to Dapper Day at Disneyland next month and this dress would be PERFECT. I’ve also been searching for a burgundy pussy bow top since October and though, this is a dress, I think I prefer it better than any ‘ol shirt.

  • Looking for Alaska by John Green

I want this or any other book by John Green. I haven’t read any of his works yet, but I’ve read quotes by him on Tumblr and seen videos of him on YouTube. From what little exposure I’ve had of John Green, I have come to the conclusion that he needs to be my male bestie. FOR SERIOUS. This dude is hilarious and intelligent. Check out this video of him listing the 5 worst typos:

  • Joan Holloway v-neck shirt

Look at how sick this shirt is! I want to wear this with my black vest and silver pen necklace like the one Joan wears in Mad Men. This tee can be found on RebBubble.

  • Star Wars headphones

I am in dire need of new headphones, and I disdain earbuds. They hurt my ears. I need something nice and cushiony, and why not nerdy too? These Star Wars headphones are perfect for me! I saw the Boba Fett ones when I went to Sacramento last week and they were on sale for a really decent price. I’m kicking myself for not buying them! 😦

  • Kurt Halsey poster

It’s a bit ridiculous how long I’ve been wanting this poster (4 years!). It’s been on sale at Art Star Gallery for a really long time too.

Soo, yeah. That’s all the stuff I can think of at the top of my head that I’d like for me birthday. I’m pretty sure that I’ll think of other things that could’ve been on this list, but oh well!