Lookmatic Giveaway!
Sunglasses or Prescription Glasses.

I’ve had the same prescription eyeglasses for the past 6 years and 2 new prescriptions. The lenses are scratched, there’s a chip out of the corner of the glass and for some reason the lenses won’t clean. At all. Ever. I even brought them to my optometrist who asked me if I’d been involved in some sort of peanut butter hazing while wearing them.

Why, you may ask, don’t I just go and buy new glasses? Well I have an excellent reason. It is the same reason I haven’t painted my stairs yet, haven’t cleaned out my closet and haven’t learned to tie a succession of intricate sailer’s knots.

I can’t be bothered.

I only need my glasses to watch TV at night and occasionally I wear them to drive. But since the prescription is so old and the lenses are such a mess the world is actually a much safer place if I drive without my glasses.

Which is a shame.  ‘Cause I look good in glasses.  Everyone says so.  This “compliment”  is dangerously similar to saying, “Hey!  You look great with that bag over your head.  You should wear it all the time.”

Glasses cover up eyeball flaws you see.  They cover up wrinkles and hollows under your eyes and sometimes even a wonky eyebrow.  If prescription lenses are good for this sort of thing, sunglasses are even BETTER.  Who doesn’t think they look better in sunglasses?  No one.  I did a study recently among my cats.  I polled them, Do you think everyone looks better in sunglasses?  They both agreed.  And then they tried to kill me by running under my feet as I walked down the stairs.

So I can’t even begin to tell you how thrilled I was to discover Lookmatic.  It’s a website where you can order prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses on-line.  You just sit yourself in front of your computer and start trying them on.  Yup.   Trying them on. You upload a picture of yourself to their site and the eyeglasses you’re looking at are automatically shoved on your face.




There’s an even more advanced beta (test)  version that somehow puts the glasses on your head and as you turn your head and move it up and down the glasses stay positioned right on your face as if you’re actually wearing them.  I tried it a month ago and the beta version was working great, but I’ve tried it since then and it hasn’t worked at all.   It could be the Lookmatic website, or it could be my computer.  Dunno.

But how do you know they’ll fit?

Yeah.  I was worried about that too.

I spent about 2 hours the other night “trying on” all of the glasses and looking to see which ones would fit.  If you already own eyeglasses that fit, your struggles with fitting are a thing of the past.  You have all the information you need on the inside arm of your glasses right now.  Honestly.  Take em off and look.


Lens-Bridge-Arm  Those little measurements are inside the arm of your eyeglasses right now.




Who knew!  I didn’t.  All that important information hiding RIGHT beside my eyeball.  As it turns out I have a particularly tiny head.  Mouse sized.  So I had to be careful about picking glasses that would fit, not just glasses I loved.


And I suggest you do the same.  Because …



Yup, the kind folks at Lookmatic have agreed to give away 4 pairs of glasses.  You know the drill.

Go to the Lookmatic website and pick out any pair of frames.  Then come back here and leave the name of the glasses you’d like to win.  You can also get prescription sunglasses by the way!

Don’t worry about your prescription or anything right now, just pick out the frames you like.  We’ll deal with the details once you’ve won them.

Get picking!

Contest closes Sunday, April 14th at midnight. (Sunday night) Winners announced Wednesday, April 17th. Contest open to those in North America only.

The contest is now closed.



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  1. Sarah says:

    I think I would look somewhat normal (perhaps even stylish!) in the Slims . . . or maybe the Marilyn. If I’m picked, I promise I’ll narrow it down to one or the other.

  2. Rachel says:

    Pshaw, you people who only need glasses occasionally make me insanely jealous. I can’t even read the giant digital numbers on my bedside clock without mine on (sometimes I can squint REAL REAL hard and make it out).

    I think it would be cool to win the Uncleonard frames. Those look like fun, and I’ve always wanted to try clear or white frames.

    Oh, and I had no idea that the numbers on the arms of the glasses were so incredibly useful. Really good to know that, thanks!

  3. Juli says:

    Oooh…I like the Lihue…

  4. Christal says:

    Wow, Karen. Now you’ve got me thinking. People always say I look good in my glasses, but I never really considered that it was because they were shielding the public from my hideousness… Maybe I should go around without them for a day and see if I make anyone flinch. Although I really wouldn’t be able to see them flinch without my glasses :)

    As for which frames I’d choose, I’m torn between Woody and Holly. What can I say, I like large, nerdy plastic frames. That and those little nose pieces on wire-framed glasses always poke me in the eye…

  5. Charla says:

    It would have to be the Evelyn

  6. Hope says:

    THe little pads on my glasses have turned a bright emerald green and cooking grease doesn’t come off any more no matter what microfiber cloth I use….so I think I would look and feel better in the “Pris”!

  7. Jaimie says:

    Evelyn for me! Very pretty. Awesome site!

  8. Sarah Underwood says:

    A few months ago, while I was cleaning I not only knocked my husband’s glasses off the table, I stepped on them mashing the frames and lenses. My poor fella has been forced to wear contacts since (even in this allergy season!) I would love to be able to atone for my sins and get him a pair of the men’s Woody glasses. Thanks for the opportunity Karen!

  9. Amy Walker says:

    The Danes are so cute! Its funny that you should post this giveaway TODAY, because I just had an eye appointment and new prescription on Wednesday! Was just looking at frames earlier today.

  10. shawn says:

    Maxine’s or Tippi for me….though I have a slight problem…I can’t see the little numbers on my glasses because I’m blind as a bat when I take them off! Guess I’ll have to act like an old person and go find a magnifying glass.

  11. Ella says:

    my eyes + holly = four (happy) eyes

  12. Rebecca says:

    Literally ten minutes ago I was thinking I need to get my eyes checked. It’s probably been about 6 years since ive had them checked snd now I can’t see when I’m tired. I have no idea if this is normal. Anyway I think I’d pick the Evelyn (which I liked even before I realized they had my daughter’s name) or maybe Marilyn. Okay, gotta sleep because this is so frigging blurry!

  13. Tricia Rose says:

    I NEVER KNEW all that info was right there. Thank you again Karen, you do get to the heart of the artichoke somehow, what a gift!

  14. Jodie says:

    If they don’t have to actually fit, I would choose the Maxine — in blue!
    Great tutorial on the glasses measurements, by the way! I never knew… That’s why I have you! ha!

  15. blaine says:

    Weird, your face is nearly the same size as mine. Only off by one millimetre – mine is 48⃞18-135.

  16. Katie says:

    I like the Colt sunglasses the best. Thanks Karen! Sunglasses are my all time favorite accessory.

  17. Tracey says:

    Hi Karen,
    I just started reading your blog. So much useful information and I love your sense of humour.
    I need to get new glasses too…I really like the Evelyn.

  18. Lea Studebaker says:

    Slims in black! I am in desperate need of new percription glasses, I have been putting it off for years since I broke the last pair and I don’t have health insurance so this would be totes awesome to win :)

  19. Karla says:

    Definitely the Slims for me! Unless of course I choose them for my hubby. For him I would choose the Charles frame. Who am I kidding? Me! Me! Me!

  20. Kat says:

    If I shed a tear could I finally get a pair of glasses? I find it odd here in Canada that prescription glasses are not covered under health insurance.It is a health issue if your half blind and your eyes burn and you can’t see. I pull my readers on and off so often that my ears hurt because the frames rub on them so much from putting them on and off so much. I don’t drive because i need glasses. The Ricky’s were cute in tortoise but I had a hard time with the site as all the ones I liked were not available to try on. Well enough of the pity party I hope I win!!!

  21. Terri says:

    I like the Avery style.

  22. Maureen Locke says:

    Lots of great glasses
    Holly in the tortoise as sunglasses would be my pick if I won. I wear those gawd awful over your own glasses sunglasses. Just plain nasty but they do the job. lol
    I can’t believe the prices on this page. Crazy cheap.
    Thanks for another great giveaway Karen :) Have a super Monday.

  23. Crybrug says:

    Austin. Please!

  24. I tried this out when you first posted about it. I like the Bel Air and the Austin for now. Oh, and I prefer the Austin’s on you too.

  25. Marianne P. says:

    Leonardo sunglasses would be very cool!

  26. Farquist says:

    Dane is right up my alley.

  27. Donna says:

    I would like to try tortoise shell glasses. The Parker look great!

  28. Erin says:

    My man, needs some new glasses. My first choice is Hobbs, followed by Parker. He has a giant head, so the Glover was not an option, but still cool.

  29. Delores says:

    Marilyn in red, for sure!

  30. Michelle says:

    I would pick The Reeve pair of sunglasses. I do not have the measurements on my glasses either. Unless I need glasses to read them!!

  31. Karen Gomez says:

    What a fantastic giveaway! And I had no idea what those #’s on the side of my glasses meant before today! I would love the Rickys… Especially since my 2 year old has broken my last two pairs! I have taken to sleeping in my contacts these days.

  32. Maggie V says:

    I like the Pris sunglasses Karen and it just so happens that I am vacationing on Ft Myers beach until the end of April and I am about a half hour away from the Spectacles of Naples Inc store in Naples. ~~Just sayin. High of 85 here at the beach today.
    Maggie V

  33. Lea says:

    Jones please and thank you.

  34. Darlene says:

    Woody no need to say more…. Hi fella in case you are choosing the winner –

  35. karen anderson says:

    Marilyn for me, baby!

  36. Lori says:

    I’m going to go with Avery!

  37. Susan says:

    My glasses are 12 years old. I probably could use a new pair of glasses!

  38. Kathy W says:

    Narita…they don’t look,so heavy

  39. Adriana says:

    Hi Karen. I too suffer from a mouse sized head…..I like the black Holly glasses.

  40. Lynne S. says:

    Woody for me! Great site, prices and selection!!

  41. Linda B says:

    Lihue….for my husband. He has the same problem as you have with your lenses. I did not know that it was a result of him being involved in p-nut butter hazing. Thanks Karen, now I know what he has been up to!

  42. marilyn says:

    i cant read the numbers on the inside of my glasses because i have had them so long they are worn out..lol so i guess its time eh?

  43. Katie says:

    I love the Uncleonard! Honestly I have a pretty strong prescription and thus I have never ever had enough dough to purchase glasses and prescription sunglasses. Oh this would be a dream! Seriously never owned sunglasses.

  44. Melanie says:

    Danes are my choice. Thanks for the tip about reading the sizing on glasses. I never even noticed those numbers.

  45. Ann says:

    I have used Zenni Optical on line several times now and have had great success. They also have the ability to upload a pic and try on glasses. It worked a bit better on the pic of my DH than of me but still good enough that the resulting glasses look great on me.

    And thanks for showing us how to read the inside of our glasses. It will make ordering even easier in the future.

  46. Kelcie says:

    I would love to win the clear Ricky glasses – it would be a whole new look for me!

  47. Laurie says:

    Marlowe for me.

  48. Jenny says:

    Hm, I think I like the bel air sunglasses. I rarely drive with my glasses on though as my eyesight is terrible and my peripheral vision is therefore fairly nonexistent when I’m not wearing my contacts. ^_^

  49. Langela says:

    As I was looking through them, so many of them had cute names. Then, I found the one I think would look best on me–the FDR. Really? Not a Marilyn or Jackie, nope. But, I’d like to see how the ‘cat’ pair looks. I think they are quite interesting and unique.

  50. Robyn says:

    Seeing (ha ha) that I need glasses for the first time, and I’m actually quite excited about it for all the reasons you’re not…I would have to go with “Dane”. Hard choice, they’re all cool looking frames!

  51. Kathy says:

    Love those Wayfarer red sunglasses, so glam!

  52. Lori says:

    Austin, for sure….great post, by the way, thanks!!

  53. jim says:

    Kinda likin’ the Holly Black. Says to me – mod, but quaint; fashionable, but faux… eh whatever. But I do like them!!

  54. Diane says:

    Oh, Ricky for me please!

  55. Julie Cavallaro says:

    I’m pretty sure I would go with the Slims although Marilyn might work too. If I wasn’t so lazy I would try to do the virtual try on thing to see how they actually look on me.

  56. stefanievpb says:

    I think the Pris would look best on me.

  57. arlene says:

    WALT it is for me — great website btw ~~
    I am with you – only need them for TV and driving – found that out about 4 years ago — when I was picking my son up at the airport in Toronto… a rainy night — and I could not read the Highway Signs in advance — I had to rely on the AIRPLANE SYMBOL – to guide me in to the terminals. That’s what I get for not venturing out of the tiny village we live in… didn’t know I had vision problem — since I am familiar with all the roads around here… may also explain why I am a watercolour artist – I thought the entire world was a watercolour until I put my new glasses on :/

  58. Kathy says:


    O.K. kiddo, so the info is all in the temple…gotta go get the magnifying glass, too!!

    Oh, how I yearn for the single vision days, when a pair of glasses cost the same as maybe a week’s worth of deli s’wiches…and i could own a pair in several colors! Of course, having worn glasses since age 2…..I consider them like earrings – would I want to wear the same ones 24/7??

  59. Suzy says:

    Bel Air – I always go so timid in glasses this would be a great way to break out and be wild. Okay buying red glasses would be wild for me

  60. Kelly says:

    I have a very tiny face and usually can fit into kids glasses. I think the Slims would suit me. I’ve dug out my magnifying glass and managed to find the little numbers you were mentioning…..who knew!

  61. Sally says:

    The Slims. And what a cool and easy way to buy glasses!

  62. MelissaM says:

    I think the Evelyn sunglasses. Because the future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades!

  63. Annie says:

    I think I want the Apprentise frames but maybe I’d be brave enough for the Waris frames with the sexy blush inner color. Too much for me at sixty-five?

  64. Judi says:

    It has to be Tippi, Tippi all the way. I loved The Birds!

  65. Karla says:

    This post really hit home for me! I’ve had my current prescription glasses for…7 years? Maybe 8. And the prescription in them is equally old. And yes, I get my eyes tested regularly and my prescription has changed (3 times). I wear contact lenses 99.9% of every waking minute of every day. My optometrist told me that if I don’t lay off the contact lenses, my eyeballs will fall out. Ok, so maybe they won’t FALL OUT, but something bad will happen. Why haven’t I just gotten new glasses, you ask? Because I. Hate. Glasses. Shopping. I make every excuse to avoid it, even online. Winning a pair of the Slims MIGHT just ensure that my eyeballs remain in my head. No pressure.

  66. Amy says:

    I would love, love to have a new pair of glasses as I have been rocking the same pair for several years. I love the Lookmatic glasses and think it would be fun to try something different like the Parker in clear/tortoise. Thanks for the giveaway! My fingers are crossed.

  67. Amy says:

    I love the Slims!

  68. Maria says:

    Marlowe! you are hysterical. Love your blog.

  69. Jennifer says:

    I’m all over the FDR frames.

  70. Anna says:

    I am in need of some new sunglasses and I think the “Marlowe” pair would look really cool on me. Thanks for the chance…Anna

  71. randi says:

    After shoes, glasses are my favorite accessory!I lust after the PAYTON frames.

  72. Ana Rocadas says:

    Marylin in Tortoise for me. I always tend to stick to black frames, but this seems like a safe way to venture out. I love the green on the inside, kind of a surprise there. Great giveaway!

  73. gogothrift@etsy.com says:

    Slims or Evelyn
    I have a small mouse face too, haha

  74. Ann Marie says:

    Slims, I always love tortoise!

  75. Brenda says:

    Probably Ace, or Holly. But I didn’t check them on my face yet. It’s such a fun idea. And since I don’t have to take my real glasses off, I’ll be able to see how they look on my face!

  76. Melissa Leach says:

    Thanks for the cool giveaway…I would love to win a pair of either Pris or Dane prescription glasses.
    So much better to ready your blog with…just sayin’

  77. LaineyDid says:

    I would choose Holly or Narita frames. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  78. Betsy says:

    I have always wanted a pair of tinted eyeglasses! Maybe rose-colored. I really like the Buddy frame…..

  79. Amber says:

    I happened to notice you add the Lookmatic ad last week, and immediately fell in love with the Shelby and Andy pairs. I was so excited to use the virtual try on to narrow it down, but I couldn’t get it to work. I wanted to make sure i wasn’t pulling the (°J°) look.
    Thank you for the opportunity!

  80. Kari says:

    Ooh. I like the Darcy. I also have a pin/mouse head. In fact, more often than not the children’s glasses fit me better than the adults. I guess if I don’t win I can always pick up a set of flower shaped frames at Gymboree.

  81. Leslie says:

    I think I’d pick the Bel Air Pink!

  82. Dahvi Fradkin Neelis says:

    Holly please!

  83. Lori Olsen Moloney says:

    Slims in tortoiseshell! I’ve never actually owned prescription sunglasses before – not sure how I’ve managed to drive on sunny days without causing an accident.

  84. Alice says:

    Can’t read the numbers inside my glasses without my glasses…I’d choose FDR or Evelyn, I think, if I win.

  85. Cindy says:

    How funny! I spent Friday and Saturday looking at glasses….since my angelic 4 month old black lab chewed the lenses on my glasses the night before! Love the lookamatic. The Ricky, Slims and Tippi look so fun. Love your blog!

  86. Keelea L says:

    Harper sunglasses…thanks!

  87. SuzyM says:

    Marlowe, Marlowe, Marlowe, where have you been my whole life? You are tortoiseshell, you are retro in shape and you are so incredibly handsome/beautiful. I need you this summer, more than I have ever needed anything in my entire life. I’m dreaming of long walks on the beach, days languishing by the pool, romantic evenings…… please be mine, please come to my home, please help me to see on sunny love-filled days………

  88. mrsblocko says:

    I dig the marilyn! (I have metal frames now and the numbers have worn off if they were ever there in the first place)

  89. Jodi says:

    I looooooooooooooove those Holly pair!!!

    Pleeeeeeeeease pick me!!!!

  90. Viki Stumbers says:

    Wish I could wear Parkers or Wayfarers, but I also have a smaller head and face. So Slims for me, in classic black. After years and years with the same Rx, I need a new, stronger one . . . starting to not be able to read the fine print! Pick me! Pick me! :) PS Loving the site.

  91. cs white says:

    That was fun! I think I like the Holly glasses in Tortoise the best. :)

  92. Briton says:

    I’m usually crazy cat eye glasses lady, but I’m swoonin’ over EVELYN in tortoise & purple!!

  93. Laura K says:

    The Narita would be great, I really, really need a pair of RX sunglasses, don’t know why but just bought regular glasses on my last trip in. Thanks

  94. deborah says:

    Absolutely, Slims in tortoise!

  95. Elle says:

    I love the Darcy Black and Blue sunglasses they are unique shape with that cat eye shape at the tips.Love them!

  96. Cynthia says:

    Love the Harper Sunglasses! Thanks!

  97. Beth says:

    I love the morgan frames!

  98. Susan R says:

    Narita for me, please!

    Thank you!

  99. Inky Deb says:

    This “blind as a batty” girl would choose Evelyn! What a cool site! An hour later and I could go back for more. If I upload a picture I know 2 hours will be gone. :-) Thanks for the give-away!

    • Jane says:

      Okay. I pick Darcy in black, grey. I didn’t do the computer try on, couldn’t bare it. Somehow it was like trying on bathing suits .

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