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Filed under: Anne et Valentin, CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, Francis Klein, RES/REI

Customer of the Week! BOGO Edition!

Written by on May 31st 2016

We have a Two-For-One Special on Customer of the Week in Aisle 4!

Seth and his lovely wife Minglei wandered into Eye Spy a few weeks ago to select some new frames and we were completely charmed. We knew they just HAD to be featured as our Customers of the Week! Put your hands in the air and wiggle those jazz hands for Seth and Minglei!

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Minglei needed a couple of frames – one for her distance vision and one for her reading. She loves cat-eye frames, so she got a beautiful tortoise Francis Klein Aries frame that really shows off her eyes and is a beautiful shape on her. We love the sexy secretary look of her Res/Rei Giulia frame – perfect for reading!

 

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Seth picked out one of Anne et Valentin’s newer frames, On The Wave in a shade of green that perfectly complements his eyes.

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Let’s Get to Know Minglei and Seth! 

Ladies first…Minglei:

  1. What do you do for a living? I work for a charitable foundation. I also manage Chicago Art Deco Society’s Facebook page.
  1. How many glasses do you have? Three
  1. What is your astrological sign? LibraLibra2
  1. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would that food be? Noodle soups!Eat, Dough, Soup, Kazakh, Plate, Food, Liquid, Noodles
  1. What is your beverage of choice? Just water
  1. Do you have a hobby? Tell me about it! I study fashion and architecture, and I love to read mystery novels.
  1. What is your secret talent? I can do some ballet.
  1. How long have you been wearing glasses? About 20 years.
  1. Would you rather: tap or swim for a whole day? Tap!
  1. What is your guilty pleasure song? “Beat It” by Michael Jackson
  1. What is your favorite place on earth? Chicago
  1. What is your favorite moment? The first warm day after my first winter in Chicago.

You can find some of Minglei’s posts for the Chicago Art Deco Society on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/chicagodeco/

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And now Seth!

  1. What do you do for a living? I’m a health care policy expert working in the big data space.
  2. How many glasses do you have? Two pairs.
  3. What is your astrological sign? Tiger 2015-tiger
  4. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would that food be? Chinese noodle soup
  5. What is your beverage of choice? Dark Matter coffee dark matter
  6. Do you have a hobby? I’m active in community service as a director of Streeterville Organization of Active Residents (SOAR), a downtown neighborhood association serving the residents and businesses of Streeterville since 1975.
  7. What is your secret talent? I am a certificated pilot, but I usually just take the bus.
  8. How long have you been wearing glasses? Ever since all overhead projectors started going out of focus at the same time – I wonder why?
  9. Would you rather: tap or swim for a whole day? Prefer something lazier
  10. What is your guilty pleasure song? “Fat” by “Weird Al” Yankovic.
  11. What is your favorite place on earth? Downtown Chicago (when ambulance sirens aren’t blaring too loud)
  12. What is your favorite moment? The first time I stepped on a brand new, totally clean L car

Check out all of the latest and greatest going on in Streeterville at soarchicago.org :) 

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Filed under: EVENTS!, HEALTH!, Non-Profit of the Month, Theo

NPO of the Month: Peterson Garden Project!

Written by on May 27th 2016

Each month we donate a portion of sales at one of our events to a local non-profit organization that we admire. This month we are working with Peterson Garden Project and will be donating 3% of our sales from the Theo Trunk Show on June 4th! 

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In 2010, LaManda Joy started her first organic community garden in a vacant lot on Peterson Ave – a lot that in the 1940’s had been one of the many Victory Gardens that flourished throughout Chicago at the time. Since then, Peterson Garden Project has flourished and there are now community gardens all over Chicago, but what is even more important to LaManda is that her organization has taught hundreds of new gardeners how to grow nutritious food in their own neighborhoods.

Peterson Garden Project’s mission is to recruit, educate and inspire a new generation of gardeners who want to gain control of their food supply, grow their own produce organically, and make urban gardening the norm-not the exception. 

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 “Learning together in the garden, and kitchen, does much more than put fresh, nutritious food on the table. It helps build stronger communities, connect us to cultural heritage, improve public health and create a more sustainable, resilient city.”

Peterson Garden Project isn’t just about gardening:

  • Their community cooking school that offers classes and workshops about variety of ethnic cuisines and food cultures which draws upon the diverse backgrounds of the project’s membership. Check out their calendar for upcoming classes like Demystifying Masala: The Secret to Indian Spice Blends on June 2.
  • Grow2Give is their volunteer-run program that provides local food pantries and other organizations with donated produce grown in the gardens.
  • Senior/Senior, Kids in the Kitchen and Fresh Fridays are free programs geared at educating kids and seniors alike about nutrition and the joys of cooking.

Get Involved!

Go to a tea party! Peterson Garden Project is hosting a Mad Tea Party/fundraiser on June 12 at their Vedgewater Garden. Put on your finest or zaniest tea party attire and help keep the project going!

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Get your hands dirty! There are still plots available at some of their community gardens, so sign up, attend an orientation meeting and grow some delicious organic veggies of your own.

Try on some new specs! Come to our Theo Trunk Show on June 4th and pick up a beautiful new pair of glasses – 3% our sales will be donated to Peterson Garden Project!

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Peterson Garden Project continues to grow and there are plenty of ways to get involved – take a look at their Website, Facebook and Instagram to keep up with all of the latest gardening news!

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Filed under: EVENTS!, Non-Profit of the Month, Theo

Theo Eyewear + Eye Spy = BFF

Written by on May 25th 2016

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How can we describe how much we love Theo??
With a few photos and by the simple fact that it is Theo that made us fall in love with eyewear. Pure fun, great design and decidedly different.

Along with the current collection of Theo in every color of the rainbow, we are honoring Theo’s Flemish heritage. Theo is designed and made in Belgium….so we are supplying fine beer and chocolates.

The beer comes by way of our neighbor, Bitter Pops, and the chocolate by way of Katherine Anne Confections in Logan Square.

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As is our tradition to donate to a non-profit every month, we are supporting the Peterson Garden Project this month, with a percentage of our sales from the Theo Trunk Show:-)
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Filed under: Anne et Valentin, EVENTS!, Non-Profit of the Month

NPO of the Month: American Brain Tumor Association

Written by on May 13th 2016

Each month we donate a portion of sales at one of our events to a local non-profit organization that we admire. May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month and we are thrilled to be working with the American Brain Tumor Association.

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The American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) was founded in 1973 in Chicago and has funded almost $30 million in brain tumor research. They are committed to helping people of all age ranges and with all types of brain tumors through funding research, publishing educational materials and providing training to health care professionals. The ABTA is committed to “the goals of improving, extending and, ultimately, saving the lives of those impacted by a brain tumor diagnosis.”

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 About Brain Tumors

• There are nearly 700,000 people in the U.S. living with a primary brain and central nervous system tumor.

• Nearly 78,000 new cases of primary brain tumors will be diagnosed this year.

• Approximately 4,600 children ages 0 – 19 will be diagnosed with a primary brain tumor this year.

• Malignant brain tumors are the most common cause of cancer-related deaths in adolescents and young adults aged 15-39 and the most common cancer occurring among 15-19 year olds.

 location-for-the-cerebellumHow can you help?

Come to our week long Anne et Valentin Pop-up Shop starting on May 14th from 12-5pm at Eye Spy Optical and find a gorgeous new pair of eyeglasses (or two!) – we will be donating a percentage of our sales from the pop-up shop! You can also take a look at their website and and like their facebook page  to keep up with their latest news, for resources for you and your loved ones who have brain tumors, and to find out how you can volunteer your time.

 

 

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Filed under: CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, FASHION!, Gentle Monster

Customer of the Week…Beautiful in Blue!

Written by on May 8th 2016

Happy Day to Marie, our amazing Customer of the Week!

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Marie’s fab new Gentle Monster frames are so youthful and fun! We love the color and the shape on her.

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Fafala is a great lightweight frame with shiny gold temples that make them a really versatile frame. Because Marie reads a ton, she wanted a pair of glasses to use just for seeing the computer screen and for reading. The lenses we chose for her are called occupational lenses, or indoor lenses. They enable you to see up to about 10 feet of your surroundings…and most importantly, to focus on your screen and book without any eye strain!!

 

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And to answer your question…yes! you do recognize Marie ...she and her lovely husband were featured last year in their amazing Theo frames. Marie and her husband love unique and colorful frames and we loved her latest pick so much that we knew she had to be our COTW again!

Let’s get to know Marie!

  1. What do you do for a living? Drink wine and eat dark chocolate (I’m retired)
  2. How many glasses do you have? Only two pairs that I use regularly.
  3. What is your astrological sign? Aquarius….Aqua..ri..usAquarius-astrology-15139356-1753-1274
  4. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would that food be? Watermelon
  5. What is your beverage of choice? Root Beer or Pina Colada
  6. Do you have a hobby? Tell me about it! Crossword puzzles, because they teach me to look at things from different angles.
  7. What is your secret talent? I’m very intuitive
  8. How long have you been wearing glasses? Since the second grade
  9. Would you rather: tap or swim for a whole day? I’m not very good at either one.  I’d rather watch movies or read all day.
  10. What is your guilty pleasure song? ‘Because’ by the Dave Clark Five
  11. What is your favorite place on earth? Hawaii
  12.  What is your favorite moment? Any time that I’m on a dance floor surrounded by family and friends.

 

 

 

 

 

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Filed under: Anne et Valentin, EVENTS!

Anne et Valentin Pop-up Shop and Trunk Show!

Written by on May 4th 2016

It is our lucky week!! The day after Friday, May 13th, we will be having an Anne et Valentin Pop-up Shop all-week long…beginning on Saturday the 14th from 11-5pm. With their newest releases *and* all of the styles and colors in their current collection, it’s going to be amazing!!

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Continuing our lucky streak, Anne et Valentin introduced a ton of purple into their new and current collection! They must have read our mind…or just finally listened to us;-)

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BUT WAIT, THERE IS MORE!!!
With every purchase of an Anne et Valentin frame and prescription lenses during the pop-up shop, we will throw in FREE, yes FREE, anti-reflective coating…which is usually $125!!

The Pop-Up Shop continues for a week until Saturday, May 21st at 3pm and culminates in a Grand Cirque de Printemps at Eye Spy until 6pm…or whenever we feel like kicking you out:-)

For our French-circus themed soiree, JoSnow will be joining us to provide boozy snow cones! No circus is complete without cotton candy, caramel corn…and accordion music!!

As you know, each month we donate a portion of sales from our event to a local non-profit organization. May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month and we are thrilled to be working with the American Brain Tumor Association.
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A bientot!! In other words, see you soon!!

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Filed under: CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, FASHION!, Francis Klein

Customer Of The Week…Glitter Glasses for Spring!

Written by on April 2nd 2016

Three Cheers for Abigail! Our newest Customer of the Week!!!!

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Like many of us, Abigail has an eye for the finer things in life. You know what I am talking about…things that shine and shimmy in the light…things that glint and glimmer. And who can blame her? Sparkles just make life better!

Luckily, for all of us, Francis Klein has the golden touch. Their glasses are more like jewelry than your run of the mill “medical device” frames. Some of their frames are more subtle…a few Swarovskis sprinkled at the temple of a frame. Some have a bit more magic…

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These Lotus frames have put a spell on Abigail.

 

Abigail hasn’t been wearing glasses for long, but she knows what she wants…and she wants to be gorgeous in glitter!

Let’s Get to Know Abigail!

  1. What do you do for a living? I am a Door-Gal and a Massage Therapist cat massage
  2. How many glasses do you have? 2 pairs
  3. What is your astrological sign? Capricorn Capricorn_blue_big
  4. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would that food be? Sushi
  5. What is your beverage of choice? Chai Tea or Malbec
  6. What is your secret talent? I can still do forward and backward rolls
  7. How long have you been wearing glasses? 2.5 yrs
  8. What is your guilty pleasure song? Tainted Love or Uncle Johns Band (Grateful dead)
  9. What is your favorite place on earth? In the arms of my wife
  10. What is your favorite moment? The day I got married.

You can find Abigail at her website Abidoula.com and at Chicago Doula Care on Yelp.

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Filed under: CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, FASHION!, Theo

Customer Of The Week: Technicolor Dream Glasses!

Written by on March 2nd 2016

Say hi to Lizzie everyone! She is our most colorful Customer of the Week yet!

Seriously…Rainbow Brite’s got nothin’ on this girl!

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Lizzie is a breath of fresh air…if air were rainbow-colored with a touch of acid. Just think Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat…with more Technicolor.

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Lizzie was looking for some new specs to go with her already amazing rainbow wardrobe and heard that the Queen of Specs would have just what she needed at Eye Spy Optical.  Dazzled by all the amazing shapes and colors, Lizzie was in heaven the minute she walked in the door.  She looked around a bit and something caught her eye…but the Queen of Specs knew exactly what to show Lizzie: A neon yellow and pink limited edition Theo Mille+-4 frame.
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It was almost as if that frame had been waiting for Lizzie to visit the shop. As Lizzie put the glowing glasses on, the Queen was not surprised…they were a perfect fit!

Lizzie declared that Eye Spy is “THE greatest optic shop I’ve ever known of. I’m a total convert; there’s no better place that suits my style” and the rest is history!

Let’s get to know Lizzie!

  1. What do you do for a living? I’m a college student (Biology major,) writer, fashion blogger, and multimedia artist. I’m preparing to enter a pre-med program at UICscience!
  2. How many glasses do you have? Only one Rx pair, but I want to expand my eyeglass wardrobe so I can coordinate with all of my outfits! I love my current pair; they fit so well into my style! I am eyeing a nice pair of custom Frances Klein glasses, however; luckily I know where to go! :)
  3. What is your astrological sign? I’m a Libra! I’ve interpreted my birth chart for fun and I have a lot of Aquarius influence as well! I suppose that accounts for the eccentricity.
  4. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would that food be? Vegan ice cream! At least I won’t run out of flavors. Though it would be nice to have french fries to dip in them…
  5. What is your beverage of choice? Every Slurpee flavor layered in a rainbow. None of the sugar-free flavors though; gotta keep the dentist in business!rainbow slurpee
  6. Do you have a hobby? Tell me about it! I absolutely love making or altering my clothing or accessories, skateboarding, drawing, studying medicine and psychology, playing music, and singing. I’ve had a DIY philosophy ever since I was little; I even dye and cut my own rainbow hair!
  7. What is your secret talent? I’m extremely observant, and I can keenly read people down to the smallest detail, despite being quite shy (even though I’m neon, I’m rather quiet!) I also have a great knowledge base of music, movies, TV, and fashion from decades before I was even born. It’s great because I can track cultural influences and origins down very quickly, and I’m certainly never bored! It also impresses people who are years my senior, who I often find I share more in common with than my peers!
  8. How long have you been wearing glasses? Ever since I was 10, so about 14 years. I went through contact lens phases, but mostly because I wanted 50 pairs of fashion glasses to swap out whenever I wanted. I think glasses look great, and rarely have I been seen without them since adulthood. (She is our kinda gal!)
  9. Would you rather: tap or swim for a whole day? I’d love to swim for a whole day! That was all summer for me as a kid. My mom and grandma used to say I was “just like a fish,” because it was near-impossible to get me out of the water. I’m still the same, as long as the water’s warm enough.
  10. What is your guilty pleasure song? I’m very open and honest about the immense variety of music I listen to, but I’d say “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” by Leo Sayer or “Holiday Road” by Lyndsay Buckingham. They may be a bit cheesy, but those harmonies get me every time.
  11. What is your favorite place on earth? San Francisco. I’m just another eccentric there, and I love it. It always reminds me of Hunter S. Thompson’s “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” quote in reference to this: ‘just another freak in the freak kingdom.’ It’s comforting.
  12. What is your favorite moment? Taking the subway to the Cook County Courthouse on Halloween to marry my husband, the only person I’ve ever fallen in love with. We wanted to do things in our own casual, offbeat way. My mom made a beautiful rainbow bouquet for me by hand, and our whole ceremony is on tape! Easily the most incredible event in my entire life. neon-brooch-bouquet-www-etsy-comshoplionsgatedesigns

Lizzie has a Tumblr blog where she posts fashion, videos, art and anything that inspires her: trashylvania.tumblr.com. 

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Filed under: Anne et Valentin, CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, FASHION!

CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK! Feelin’ the Love!

Written by on February 17th 2016

Valentine’s Day was Sunday, so we declare that this is the week of LOVE and I am deeply IN LOVE with our Customer of the Week’s glasses. Give yourself a little hug in honor of Karen!!!

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Doesn’t Karen look fabulous in her new glasses?!? This is her first pair of Eye Spy specs, and wow! She chose such a unique and bold frame that fits her to a T.

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Anne et Valentin’s Kodex frame is part of a new series that they premiered at the trade show in Paris back in Sept. When the Queen of Specs and the Specs Wrangler saw these beauties, they gasped! The colors, the shapes, the polka dots! It is like they were made for Eye Spy…and they were definitely made for Karen, ’cause when she put them on, it was obvious that she had to take them home.

 

Let’s Get to Know Karen!!!

  1. What do you do for a living? I work for Georgetown University in Qatar (that’s just north of Saudi Arabia).  I’m their Associate Director of Talent Management.
  2. How many glasses do you have? How many do I have or how many do I wear?  I have three pair now–four, if you count my prescription sunglasses–but I tend to wear the same pair day after day (indoors anyway!).
  3. What is your astrological sign? I’m an Aries with a Cancer moon.  Fire and water, which pretty much equals ash.
  4. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would that food be? A gooey, hot cinnamon roll with cream cheese frosting. cinnamon-buns
  5. What is your beverage of choice? Skinny lattes during the day.  Sidecars (with a sugar rim, please) in the evening.
  6. Do you have a hobby? Tell me about it! I like to write fiction for fun.
  7. What is your secret talent? My friends at work call me the Proofreading Nazi, because I catch flaws in everything (and now I’m praying to God I haven’t mucked anything up with this questionnaire…).
  8. How long have you been wearing glasses? Since I was 9 years old.  A very, very long time.
  9. Would you rather: tap or swim for a whole day? Tap!  I was a Theatre major and took my fair share of dance classes.  It’s fun and you get the added bonuses of music and an audience (with any luck at all).
  10. What is your guilty pleasure song? Anything by P!nk.  Though I’m not very guilty about it.
  11. What is your favorite place on earth? Cornwall, UK

    Cornwall looks LOVELY!!!

    Cornwall looks LOVELY!!!

12. What is your favorite moment? When I get off the elevator, coming home from work, and I hear my dog, Oliver, barking with joy from behind my apartment door.

 

Karen is as interesting as her glasses and we can’t wait for her to visit us again so we can chat all about her travels, her dog Oliver and her next daring pair of glasses. :)

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Filed under: CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, FASHION!, Francis Klein

Customer of The Week…Glasses that are Party Perfect!!!

Written by on January 26th 2016

Put your dancin’ shoes on ’cause Meghan got some new glasses AND she is our Customer of the Week!

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Meghan and her husband come in to shop for glasses about once a year and let me tell you – this lady is a complete delight! She likes to try on frames that are a little unexpected and was not finding anything that felt perfect on her last visit…that is until Patsy picked out the ever so sweet Chou frame by Francis Klein for her to try on.

Glitter, leopard print, Swarovski crystals, gold hand painting…what else could a girl want?!? Meghan has a petite face and Chou is a great fit. Her eyes really pop and the color is divine with her ginger hair.

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Chou in another pretty color – but is it as pretty as Meghan’s glasses?

These beauties came back from the lab just in time for Meghan to wear them to a work party she was throwing for Revolution Brewing, and from what we hear, she was the belle of the ball! She also told us she was planning on wearing them with a horse dress…and this is pretty much what I imagine she looked like at her party :)

Is this Meghan's horse dress? I sure hope so. :)

Is this Meghan’s horse dress? I sure hope so. :)

Let’s get to know Meghan!!!

  1. What do you do for a living? Event Planner at Revolution Brewing  

    She planned the fiesta themed employee party...and even had Beer Serapes!!!

    She planned the fiesta themed employee party…and even had Beer Serapes!!!

  2. How many glasses do you have? 3
  3. What is your astrological sign? Gemini
  4. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would that food be? Pizza
  5. What is your beverage of choice? Beer (Duh, I work in a brewery.)
  6. Do you have a hobby? Tell me about it! Reading. I can drink beer while I do it, and it keeps me off my feet.
  7. What is your secret talent? I play saxophone, specifically the baritone sax (like Lisa Simpson) The_Simpsons_3G02
  8. How long have you been wearing glasses? Full time for 6 years, off & on for 20
  9. Would you rather: tap or swim for a whole day? Swim. I was a lifeguard for many years, and had my first swim lesson when I was 9 days old.
  10. What is your guilty pleasure song? I Knew You Were Trouble by Taylor Swift
  11. What is your favorite place on earth? Anywhere with a beautiful view of nature and no cell reception.
  12. What is your favorite moment? Having a beer with my husband at the end of the day

Congrats to Meghan and her new specs!!! She looks fantastic in her fabulous new frames. And if you are thinkin’ about having a party of your own, get in touch with Meghan and you may get a chance to be dazzled by her new glasses yourself!

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