LASIK Eye Surgery Giveaway!

Most of us have heard of or know someone who has had LASIK eye surgery to improve their vision. Now’s your chance! This fall we’re paying for one lucky winner to get LASIK eye surgery. At we’re dedicated to improving eyesight and making our customers happy. From how to enter the giveaway to information about LASIK eye surgery, here’s what you need to know.

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What is LASIK eye surgery?

LASIK eye surgery is a surgical procedure that improves vision and decreases dependence on contact lenses and prescription eyewear. Thousands of people have the procedure done every year to correct eyesight problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia.

The procedure itself is pretty quick — it only takes about 15 minutes total to operate on both eyes! The surgeon uses a laser to reshape your cornea so that light is correctly focused when hitting the retina. To see if you are a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery, take this quiz.

How do I enter the LASIK eye surgery giveaway?

You can apply to win LASIK eye surgery by going to our entry page. No purchase is necessary to win and the cutoff date to enter the giveaway is November 13th, 2016. If you are looking for more information about life after LASIK eye surgery, check out our blog post. Good luck!

10 Mysteries, Thrillers, and Horror Novels To Read Before Halloween

Whether it’s the shorter days or the crisp air, there’s a certain fall ambiance that sends chills down your spine. Or maybe it’s just that mystery-thriller novel that’s on your bedside table. After all, pumpkin spice lattes aren’t the only things in season right now.

At, we love a good suspenseful novel to get us into the fall-state-of-mind. So, we thought we’d make you a list. Read on for our favorite stories, novels, and poems to read before Halloween. Better sleep with the lights on — these novels might just have you up all night.

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1. And Then There Were None

We’re kicking off the list with a classic by renowned author Agatha Christie. Originally published in 1939, this mystery novel is about 10 strangers who are lured to an island. Slowly, each person bites the bullet. Maybe you’ve read it (even if it that was 15 years ago), or maybe you haven’t. Either way, this suspenseful novel deserves a look before Halloween.

2. The Girl on the Train

Paula Hawkins brings us a psychological thriller we can’t put down. The story begins with Rachel, who rides a train by the same happy couple every day. Rachel sees something, and then the girl goes missing. Cue everything getting a lot more complicated. Also being released as a movie, this novel is filled with twists, turns, and oh-my-gosh-did-that-really-happen moments.

3. Now You See Her

James Patterson really is the king of thrillers. His 2011 novel features Nina Bloom, a loving mother with a dark past who’s built the perfect life in New York. Then things get dicey when people start dying. There’s both drama and a whole lot of suspense. We think you’ll like it.

4. Dracula

This 1897 horror novel by Bram Stoker will make you uneasy, disgusted, and a little amazed. The tale takes place in both England and fictional Transylvania and is told through diary entries and letters. Even though Dracula was written over 100 years ago, the way the novel evokes emotion is as good as anything written today. If you’ve never read this gothic classic, we suggest you pick up a copy immediately.

5. The Complete Sherlock Holmes

Horror thrillers not your thing? Then we recommend diving into Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s world of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. Opt for the complete edition and get all 4 novels and 56 short stories. A few of our favorite stories include The Hound of the Baskervilles and A Study in Scarlet.

6. The Vanishing Year

Zoe Whittaker has it all — married to a Wall Street tycoon, living in the hottest neighborhood in New York City, and serving on the board of the most prestigious non-profits in the area. Until, of course, her past creeps back into her life. Filled with plot twists and suspense, this mystery thriller from Kate Moretti will take you on an emotional rollercoaster.

7. The Raven

Edgar Allen Poe’s 1858 narrative poem features a talking raven and a distressed lover. It’s also one of the most famous pieces of literature, ever. Because the poem is pretty short, it should be an easy read to knock off our list. You can even listen to Christopher Walken read the poem here. Once you’re done with The Raven, read a few of his other short stories. Some classics to start with are The Pit and the Pendulum and The Fall of The House of The Usher.

8. Gone Girl

Whether or not you saw the movie last year, Gone Girl is worth a read this fall. Gillian Flynn’s novel begins with Nick as he prepares for his five-year anniversary with his wife, Amy. She disappears and he’s the primary suspect. Then things get weird. Give it a little time (the first half can be slow) and you’ll find intricate characters and a well-woven plot.

9. The Tangled Webb

Taking place in Washington D.C. and working its way through New York and Paris, Doug Schroeder’s mystery novel opens with a couple in Georgetown. When two U.S. senators die in a car explosion miles from the couple’s home, the FBI wants to talk. It’s intelligent, fast-paced, and above all, well-researched.

10. Frankenstein

The first thing to know about Mary Shelley’s 1818 gothic novel is that Frankenstein is the doctor, not the monster. The story uses a frame narrative structure and is one of the first examples of science fiction. And if you haven’t read it before, there’s never been a better time than now.

How many have you read? Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments!


History of Eyewear Quiz

Believe it or not, there was a time when eyewear did not exist. People lived their lives with blurry vision, navigating a blurry world. Weird, right? From sunglasses to eyeglasses, eyewear has come a long, long way from where it started. Whether you’re a history buff, or just want to learn a few fun trivia facts, take our quiz to see how much you know about the history of eyewear. Good luck!

Fall Fashion 2016: Which Trends to Wear

Although we’re sad that summer is officially coming to a close, we would be lying if we told you that we’re not a little excited for fall. Even if you’re not a fan of the colder weather and shorter days, fall is, at the very least, an excuse to update your wardrobe. Below are a few fall fashion trends of 2016 that we think are both stylish and wearable.

1. Velvet

velvet fall 2016

Velvet is back and we couldn’t be more excited. That being said, make sure not to overdo it — instead try a velvet skirt or a pair of velvet heels. Subtlety is key.

Featured pair: The Quincy

2. Dusty Pink and Yellow

fall pink and yellowBelieve it or not, the combination of pink and yellow is a fall trend in 2016! If you’re worried that the colors are too bright for fall, try toning it down with some black accents (that’s not cheating, we promise).

Featured pair: The Honey

3. Plaid Coats

plaid coat fall trend 2016Plaid is making a comeback — in jacket-form! Over the past couple of years we’ve seen plaid patterns emerge in tops and accessories, and this year we’re excited to see it bigger than it’s been in a while. We recommend pairing plaid coats with an eloquent, classy look.

Featured pair: The Sundae

4. Burnt Red and Tan

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One of the biggest colors this fall will be a burnt red. Although we paired this trend with tan and black, the red is actually slightly dull and neutral, which means that it can be combined with plenty of other bold colors as well. Experiment with brighter colors and neutral colors to see which you personally prefer.

Featured pair: The Laura

5. Fall Florals

fall floralsIf you thought florals were just for spring, think again. These darker, bolder colors bring a certain edge and style to the femininity that is often felt when wearing floral designs. Sounds like a perfect combination to us!

Featured readers: The Gemma

Tips for Soon-To-Be Empty-Nesters

With summer coming to a close and fall semesters about to begin, some of us will, for the first time ever, be saying goodbye to our children (at least until Thanksgiving!)

Welcome to the life of the empty-nester.

While many of you know, the term “empty nester” refers to parents whose children have left home and are now on their own. Maybe you’ve experienced this personally, or rather are nervous to send your last kid to school. Read on for more information about empty nest syndrome, and some ways in which you can prepare for it.

What is Empty Nest Syndrome?

Empty nest syndrome is the sadness and loneliness that accompanies sending your last child away from home or, the “nest.” Although you may promote independence as a parent, it can be mentally difficult knowing that you are no longer playing the same role in your child’s life. Those most prone to empty nest syndrome include those who do not handle change well, full-time parents, as well as those who struggle with anxiety.

An empty nest can be daunting — your family dynamics will shift, relationships will change, and you may find yourself questioning your self-identity. As parents, we will all be forced to let go of our children. Here are some tips to make the transition as smooth as possible.

How To Prepare To Be An Empty-Nester

When a child leaves home, your house can suddenly feel like a foreign place: it’s important that you prepare for it.

1. Find Confidence That Your Child is Ready

Does your child know how to fix a flat tire? Do they know how to make their own food (that’s not cereal)? Do they have information about health and car insurance in case of an accident?

To prep for sending your son or daughter away from home, you’ll worry less if you know that they are independent, self-sufficient adults.

2. Talk to Other Empty-Nesters

Find counsel in others that have been through the process. It may feel uncomfortable at first, but the empty nest syndrome is a very real phenomenon felt by anyone who has launched their last child into the “real world.” Talking to others will help you feel less alone, as well as learn what helped others get through the initial heartbreak.

3. Pursue Alternative Hobbies

Remember when you loved to quilt? Or paint? Or read? Well, now you have the time! Think about what you’re passionate about and focus on those hobbies when you find spare time. Not only will these activities help distract you from the absence in your home, but hobbies are a great way to build self-esteem. Need ideas? Here are a few hobbies with proven health benefits.

4. Build Existing Relationships, Make New Friends

Now that being a parent is less time intensive than it used to be, you have more time to devote to your spouse or friends. In regards to your marriage, this is a new chapter in you and your partner’s life. If you’ve found that things have been a bit dull lately, find ways to rekindle your romance and tackle the next great adventure together.

Additionally, it’s a good idea to find new friends to spend time with. Join a gym, sign up for classes, or get involved in your community — new friends are a great way to help deal with the loneliness felt from a bare home.

5. Keep a Positive Attitude

Ultimately, launching your children into adulthood will be a mentally difficult process. Remember to stay positive! What you’re feeling is normal, and you’ll need time to adapt to your new life. You can do it!