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Thursday
May022013

Sponsored post: Rivet & Sway

Who wants to help me pick out eyeglass frames? You? Oh, I hope it's you.

I had perfect vision. Had. Then one day, not long ago, I couldn't read the directions on a box of…something. (My memory is also failing me.) A few weeks later, I couldn't tell whether the shampoo I was considering contained sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium laureth sulfate. (Important!) I noticed a deep vertical furrow running between my eyebrows, which became deeper (and weirdly achy) after every computer session. I had to hold takeout menus at arm's length. Then my arms were not long enough.

I saw the fuzzy writing on the wall. I am Aged now, and require reading glasses. So be it. After a trip to the eye doctor and a tour through the expensive eyeglass choices on display, I skipped over to the drugstore and purchased the only pair that wasn't studded with rhinestones or cartoon characters. They are not hideous, but I could do better.

When Rivet & Sway offered me a pair of reading glasses, damn right I was going to take them up on it. I had a hard time choosing from their selections, as their choices were uniformly cute and unspangled and very few of them, if any, sported tiny Winnie the Poohs in the corners. They all look good to me. Fortunately Rivet and Sway offers the services of Ritzy, the Personal Stylist With the Best Name, to help you choose pairs.

Here are the frames she picked for me. I like them all, frankly, although I secretly have a favorite. What do you think?

(I took pictures with my computer camera, and included some staged photos of what I look like while I'm working. I aim to Entertain as well as Inform.)

First: we have the Faster, Pussycat!, in Jet Black.  


faster, pussycat

Turns out that one of my ears is higher than the other. Fortunately I am filled with self-acceptance. Stop laughing at me!


fp, chocolate


Chocolate helps the brain.

faster pussycat, peering

Wait, how do I make the camera take a pic… oh.


Next: the Ruby Red, in Heart Throb.

ruby red



This is not a face I make while working, ever.

ruby red, shocked

My deadline was when?

Finally: the Je Ne Sais Quoi, in Water Lily.

je ne sais quoi

Blue! I like blue.

jnsq, dumb


Sometimes I stick my tongue out while thinking, as if I were a kitty cat.


je ne sais quoi, sliding

This is the face I make when Scott tells me I'm pretty. And then I slide out of the frame.


je ne sais quoi, laffing

I am a great wit!

Weigh in. I know you have opinions.


Rivet & Sway is hosting a Super Mom Contest for Mother's Day. To enter? Share a short story (250-500 characters) of a super mom in your life by going here. I am pretty sure she doesn't need to have actual super powers. The grand prize winner will win two pairs of Rivet & Sway frames as well as a monthly delivery of Vosges Haut-Chocolate. Two runner-up winners will each receive a pair of frames and the exotic truffle collection from Vosges. Rivet & Sway will be accepting entries from May 1-12. Winner will be announced on Facebook and notified via email on May 15, 2013.

In the meantime, Rivet & Sway is offering Finslippy readers a 25% off $25 off discount with code SUPER-MOM between now and June 30th, 2013. Enjoy!

Reader Comments (84)

They all look good on you! But I'm kinda diggin' the Ruby Red. It makes you look ... literary. :)

(P.S. Love my Rivet & Sways. LOVE.)

Je Ne Sais Quoi, in Water Lily all the way. I have two pair of blue glasses. Blue, blue, blue, blue, blue!

May 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterheather

Ruby Red for sure!

May 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlice

Only because you asked - in order of preference, Ruby Red, Je Ne Sais Quoi, Faster, Pussycat.

May 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCamille

I vote for the Je Ne Sais Quoi. Blue for the win.

May 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatoKatonian

Ruby Red. Different, but not so different as to be curious.

May 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarol V

Je ne sais quaaaaaaaaa

May 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjana

They're all gorgeous, but I think the Ruby Red frames flatter your face the most. Rock those specs!

Ruby Red! Very flattering.

May 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDiary of Why

I love Ruby Red on you. But I'm a sucker for anything blue. So I'd probably go with blue as they make your eyes pop out. But the Ruby Red is tres awesome possum.

I know that big black frames are kind of the "thing" right now, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE the last pair on you. The blue is lovely, plus you have such a delicate face and that smaller size doesn't overwhelm quite so much. (This opinion and a buck will get you a crappy cup of coffee. You are welcome!)

May 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMir

Pretty, funny Alice! They're all good, but Je Ne Sais Quoi is the best of the three.

May 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdebbie w.

the Je Ne Sais Quois HANDS DOWN. honestly, we are lucky to live in the time of Cool Things for the Aged. ;-)

May 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersugarleg

And once again, I am annoyed that I can't favorite all of your comments.

May 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteralice

I like the Faster Pussycats (I think the cat-eye styling is flattering on you) and the Je Ne Sais Quoi (because they make your face smile).

Also wouldn't it be super fun to answer this question: "I love your glasses! What kind are they?" with "I don't know!" in French? Those are definitely my favorite. =)

May 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Ruby red or Je Ne Sais Quoi. Ruby Red's most flattering for your face shape, but I like the color of Je Ne Sais Quoi on you better.

May 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjenn

I don't see much difference in the Faster Pussy Cat's and the Ruby Red, but I like the Je Ne Sais Quoi best, anyway!

May 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSandy Shoes

Ruby Red!

May 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

The Ruby Red! So charming and fits your face!

May 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDavida

My vote goes to Je Ne Sais Quoi. (FWIW, my Aged eyes are suddenly refusing to cope with my contacts, so I am having to wear glasses regularly for the first time in, well, decades. Oh, Body--you are so capricious!) Good luck with the glasses!

May 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commentereta

I like the Water Lilly ones. And you are certainly a certain kind of beautiful.

May 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCharles Kaiser

Ruby Red works best, I think.
Isn't it odd how our bodies hit this mark in time and start to fail? Every single person I know (including me) hit an age (which I won't divulge) and their arms got too short.

May 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenW

I like the Ruby Red. One of my ears is higher than the other, too.

May 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMomVee

I think I actually heard someone yell, "POW!" when I scrolled down to the water lily pair, so I'd go with those. Probably we should heed those messages.

May 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWombat Central

1. jnsq
2. rr
3. crush those under yr boot

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