A girl and her glasses

How many of you had horrible, embarrassing glasses growing up? Oh, I SO did. I got to thinking about my years with glasses recently, after the kind folks at Lookmatic offered to hook me up with a new pair of specs. It couldn’t have come at a better time, since my previous pair were scratched beyond belief and about two prescriptions out of date (rendering them only wearable in the house).

Can I just put this out there and say that I’m so glad that glasses became a vogue, chic thing to have as of a few years ago? I definitely never felt that way when I was a kid. I first had to get glasses when I was 9, in the third grade. My prescription, as it’s been ever since, was pretty ludicrous, and my glasses at the time even more so. Side note: this isn’t something to brag about, but I will anyway: in nearly 20 years with corrective eyewear of some sort, I have only ever found one person who had a prescription worse than mine. I can’t believe I’m sharing this today, but here is a picture of me in my first pair of glasses. This was probably taken circa 1993. Read the full post +

This month's quote: "Trust the timing of your life."

Giveaway: $125 to Purple Paparazzi!

Who doesn’t love a little statement jewelry? Well, today, you have a chance to win yourself a one of a kind piece, courtesy of Purple Paparazzi! I’m a big fan of her bold pieces, many of which showcase the beauty of natural stones and are so fun, your outfit won’t need a single other item of jewelry (can you imagine the Oh Amber! necklace with a basic white tee and skinnies?). You might’ve caught my previous interview with founder Amber Jones here, and today, she’s back and kind enough to share a little love with you. One (very!) lucky vmac+cheese reader is winning a $125 gift certificate to Purple Paparazzi! Use it for yourself, use it for a gift (though I kind of know which of those I would pick!). Here are the deets:

1. Simply enter a comment below, being sure to input your email addy in the email addy field so I know how to contact you. You can comment about your favorite Purple Paparazzi piece, or whatever! Only one comment per person, please.

2. The giveaway is open until next Friday, July 6, at 11:59pm Pacific time. 

3. Sorry friends, this one’s only open to US residents.

Get the full scoop on the giveaway, right here:

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Sponsor Spotlight: Purple Paparazzi

Please give a very warm welcome to one of my newest sponsors, Amber Jones, the creative mind (and business woman) behind Purple Paparazzi. We all know I kind of have a thing for statement jewelry, and there are plenty of pieces in the Purple Paparazzi collection that are worth lusting over (um, that amber necklace? The turquoise bracelet? Be still my heart).

Amber, who’s based in Northern Virginia, was kind enough to take a few minutes out of her day to tell me about how she got started making jewelry, where she gets her inspiration, and shared a really fantastic quote that I’m writing down and hanging up in my office. Check it out after the jump, then be sure to stop by her online shop and find something to covet!: Read the full post +