My Favorite Accessory (and Giveaway!)

May 6, 2013

When I was eleven or twelve, I bought a pair of sunglasses. I was sure I was the coolest looking person alive, except that I could never ever remember to wear them.

I clearly recall thinking, “How do grown-ups remember to put these on when they go outside?!”

Now, I’m an adult living in a very very sunny location, and I am completely dependent on my sunglasses. I do not leave home without them. I don’t walk to the mailbox without them. I absolutely do not drive without them.

I’ve gone through about five or six pairs since we moved to Texas in 2006. My last pair I dropped so many times that they no longer fit on my face very well at all, but because I am so ridiculously cheap, I couldn’t bring myself to buy a new pair when, technically, this pair still worked (albeit while making me look like my face was very crooked).

Then, somehow, I lost that pair and I moved on to the equally poor solution of using Bart’s which only stayed on my face if I kept my head tilted back a little. Also, I would usually forget to take them off until I got in the house and then he’d go to drive the car and wonder where his glasses were. He really liked this solution, I think.

Then Firmoo sent me a new pair of sunglasses, and Bart rejoiced.

I was a little nervous about them because I have a hard time finding glasses that don’t just eat my tiny face alive, but these ones are the perfect size. They aren’t too enormous, they stay on my face, and I feel much more glamorous walking around with a tricycle and two small children than I deserve to. I’ve just had to relearn how to drive without my head tilted backward.

My main complaint is that a brand-new pair verified for me that my face is, indeed, very slightly crooked. I liked it better when I could blame it on having dropped my sunglasses one too many times. Other than that, I love these sunglasses more than any pair I’ve ever owned (even the Beatles-esque oval ones I bought when I was eleven).

In fact, I love them so much, I’ve finally overcome my laziness and actually put these back in the case every time I’m done wearing them so they won’t get scratched, bent, or otherwise meet the fate all my other sunglasses have met.

Ella will save money on sunglasses in the future by only needing them for her one eye
Because sunglasses always have and probably always will be my very favorite (and most worn) accessory, I’m happy to be able to give away 7 prizes: one pair of sunglasses, plus 6 E-vouchers for $20 off a pair of sunglasses.
To enter, just leave a comment with a link to the pair of sunglasses you’d like to win. And make sure I have a way to get a hold of you if you win!
This giveaway is open until next Friday, 5/17 at midnight, central time. Open to residents of all countries that Firmoo ships to (which is most of them – you can check which countries they ship to here. Instructions on how to place your order here. You can also have prescription sunglasses made).

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  • Reply Michelle May 6, 2013 at 11:58 am

    I would pick ones close to the ones you are wearing…and I totally understand about never remembering to wear them when you were younger. But now that I, you know, drive and stuff, I seriously can't be without them!

  • Reply Kayris May 6, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    OTO3537. The tortoiseshell ones because I love tortoiseshell glasses. I usually buy cheap glasses at target, because I sit on them eventually, or they get mashed in my purse or whatever.

    Funny story…over spring break, my sil and I took our kids to the national zoo. During a food break, I took my sunglasses off and one of the screws fell out and an earpiece came off. I nearly DIED. Spent the rest of the very sunny day trying to keep my head tilted to one side so my glasses, with only one earpiece, wouldn't fall off my face.

  • Reply Heidi May 6, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Yes! My face is tiny and I can't find anything that looks good, so these look like a great option! #OTO3574 for me, I think.

  • Reply april May 6, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    #OTO3502 These are really nice! I'm terrible about sunglasses – I never now what's going to look right on me.

  • Reply heather May 6, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Prescription sunglasses are a secret dream of mine. Then I wouldn't have to resort to wearing two pairs of glasses at once on road trips, or suffer the smirks of my husband as I did so.

    I'd pick #OTO3574

    hmcosby att gmail dott com

  • Reply Christine May 6, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Forgot to leave my email


  • Reply Michelle May 6, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    #OTO3574 in black. They look cute on you!

  • Reply Mrs. May 6, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    #CP9199 will be perfect for reading at the beach this summer!

  • Reply wtiger9 May 6, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    I like style # #OTO3537.

  • Reply Brian and Courtney May 6, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    I think I like the OTO3536, although it was a difficult choice. I, too, must have sunglasses when outdoors at all times. You'll often see me wearing them on hazy days, because I'm so fearful of being without them. I have sensitive eyes! But, like you, I am frugal, so my pair comes from Payless.

  • Reply Audrey B May 6, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Those sunglasses look great on you! I love style #OTO3574 in tortoise. Thanks.

  • Reply Sarah May 6, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    I am always breaking/losing my sunglasses…. and then squinting into the sun like crazy…. I always go for cheap walmart pairs! My fav from Firmoo is #OTO3537.

  • Reply Rachel May 6, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    I have forgotten a pair of sunglasses at both my parents and my in-laws (both out-of-town) in the past 6 weeks. Would love a quality pair that I would love enough to remember ๐Ÿ™‚ My favorite is #CP6077. (And my email is rachelfriedman1 (at) gmail (dot) com.

  • Reply Stacy May 6, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    My last TWO pairs have met untimely ends. One ended up in three pieces thanks to my then one and half year old (she thoughtfully put them back into their pouch so I didn't find out what had happened until I went to wear them). And the other pair was crunched by my very own bottom when we were in California over Christmas this year. Opps.

    My husband keeps telling me that I need to get some 'real' sunglasses instead of the $10 pairs I keep buying from TJMaxx that sometimes hurt my nose a bit and always leave awesome red marks. He has a pair from Oliver Peoples so I think any sunglasses I got would have an inferiority complex.

    Love the Ivory #OTO3536 and Tortoise #OTO3537. Aviators are so freakin' cool.

  • Reply Sherry May 6, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    I got a pair of sunglasses when I was about 11 also. Except I didn't have contacts yet, so I'd wear the sunglasses and be totally blind. A few years later I got contacts and have been a sunglasses addict ever since then. I hate it when I do not have a good pair intact. The pair I have now I bought for about $8 at Ross, and they pinch my head a little bit, which is weird considering I have a really small head. Imagine how a normal-headed person would feel in those things. So, I'm making do, but I'd love to not make do and to have a decent pair.

    Aaaaaaand. I'd probably pick OTO3541. Or OTO3574.

  • Reply Natalie May 6, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    My last pair of sunglasses were a gift from my FIL. They were from Italy and were beautiful. They were stolen out of my car – I know, I shouldn't have left them in there, but I started leaving them in the glove box so I wouldn't forget them! I haven't bought a new pair yet (it's been almost a year) and I miss them. I would love some just like yours! They are so cute. (Imitation is the best form of flattery, right?)

    leavitt(dot)natalie(at)gmail(dot)com ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks!

  • Reply Mrs Gray May 6, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    I am a sunglasses wearer for sure! I never leave home without them!

    I'm a loyal Ray Bans girl, but I love OTO3574!


  • Reply Amy Sorensen May 6, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    I have a thing about sunglasses too! Bright sunlight makes my eyes freak out so I always have a pair with me. My current favorite is a pair of Ray Bans with a purple floral frame. They make me so happy! I like the BSN2909…I have been looking for a pair with wide, wide stems to cover up my temples, as I just had a mole removed there and I don't want the scar to get sunburned!

  • Reply Stephanie May 6, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    I love the style OTO3537 in tortoise. I just bought new ones from target, and alas, they are already lost. I need to get a case and remember to put them away. Good thought!

  • Reply Lisa May 6, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    I LOVE sunglasses, and I haven't been able to justify buying a nice pair in ages – mine are currently all old ones that I keep in the car specifically for driving purposes, definitely not cute accessory worthy. I think #OTO3537 (in Tortoise) is super cute!

  • Reply Gretchen Alice May 6, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    I love the ones that you got, but in black. (#OTO3574)
    I could definitely use a pair of prescription sunglasses for driving!

  • Reply Karen Fairchild May 6, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Hi, you look great in yours! I have been wearing the same sunglasses for years and years and they are so beat up!

    I LOVE #OTO3502.

  • Reply Jenae May 6, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    I too am a big fan of the cheap glasses but I'll happily accept these beauties:


  • Reply Becca May 6, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Super cute! Sunglasses are those types of things where I totally forget that I want them until I'm driving into the sun at 6 PM, or I'm on my way home from the park and wonder why the corners of my eyes hurt so much from squinting.

    I love #OTO3574, in tortoise.

  • Reply Kristen May 6, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    I'd get these #OTO3502 because like you I can't leave the house without them. The sun, it hurts. I read somewhere that one of the symptoms of a thyroid issue is sensitivity to sun so now I'm convinced that I have thyroid issues, my doctor disagrees…

  • Reply Priscilla May 6, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    There are so many great pairs! I think my favorite is #OTO3540!

  • Reply chapfan May 6, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    I like #OTO3541. I think my thirty-something self could use a little bit of trendiness. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Mary Beth May 6, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    I love the OTO3536 style! I also love the ones in your picture!

  • Reply Stephanie May 6, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Oh I just love model #OTO3537 especially in tortoise!

    Have you read the recommendations for maintaining the sunglasses? If so, are you adhering to them? No make-up? Must use two hands to remove? Are my questions going to disqualify me?! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Smsiegel42(at)gmail (dot) com

  • Reply Jenn May 6, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    #OTO3541. I love white sunglasses.

  • Reply Jenny May 6, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Because I walk on the wild side.

  • Reply Cailin May 6, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    I love the tortoise shell on OTO3574! Cparthur02135 (at) gmail

  • Reply Elaine May 6, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    I have a tiny face too so the ones you are wearing would probably fit me!

  • Reply Emily Kate May 6, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    I'm like you, I never go anywhere without sunglasses but I go through them fairly fast since I buy the cheapest pairs! I love the set you got.

  • Reply Chrissie May 6, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    I would choose OTO3502 if I won, but your pair is really cute as well!

  • Reply RA May 6, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    I buy super cheap sunglasses so that I don't feel bad when I inevitably scratch them beyond recognition or lose them, so I would feel very fancy if I won this! I like the style CP6077 in tortoise!

  • Reply Magdalena May 6, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Ooooo…prescription sunglasses! I really like the CP8501 in tortoise, and would definitely get sunglasses with my prescription so I don't have to choose between sunglasses or headaches when I wear my glasses. It's so sunny here nearly all the time that I end up squinting badly even when wearing my glasses, and I don't always want to wear my contacts.

  • Reply Audrey May 6, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Ditto what RA said. Plus, I have a toddler who loves to steal my sunglasses and inflict teeth/drool/smudgy fingers/etx. on them. But if I had a fancy pair with a case for safe-keeping, maybe I could protect them from the little guy. I personally love style OTO3541 in black. So pretty!

  • Reply Kate Rogge May 6, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    oohh i love the ones you are wearing! would definitely choose those ( p.s. love your blog! i'm a new reader, but it's already one of my favorites.

  • Reply Shelby May 6, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    I like OTO3536, but maybe I would be nice and let my husband pick some sunglasses. He has the most difficult face for glasses!

  • Reply Jennifer Lee May 6, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    My favorite are #OTO3538, and while I'm not at all sure I can pull off big sunglasses, I'm sure going to give it my best shot.

  • Reply megan May 6, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    well, I think these are the same as yours, but you always have had cute sunglasses, so it's no surprise that I like these the best. I would go for #OTO3574 and I hope Ella picks my name out of a hat. Please oh please!

  • Reply Erica May 6, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Do you read Go Fug Yourself? They always say that everyone looks better in sunglasses, and it's totally true. Good gracious, you look like a movie star in yours! You and Kayla both!

    I'd have to also join the starlet club and get the #OTO3538 in black. the bigger the better!

  • Reply Vanessa May 6, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Oh, I'd get the exact pair you got, and for the same reason. I'm actually pretty careful about my sunglasses and usually manage to make even the cheapy ones last for years, so you'd think I would have justified replacing my ill-fitting $10 Ross sunglasses that make me look like a bug but… nope.

    Now is my time (I hope)!

  • Reply Lisa May 6, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    I'd pick #OTO3502 in brown. I have a talent for cheap sunglasses too – my latest $12 pair felt like a splurge.

  • Reply Colette Trudeau May 6, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    I would pick #OTO3574. So cute!

  • Reply craftyashley May 6, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Oh! And I am just in the market for some new frames! I would probably pick #CP8384. I love yours, too!

  • Reply Lindsey J May 6, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Fun giveaway! I would choose #OTO3574 (is that the pair you're wearing?) I have never splurged on a pair of nice glasses, yet like you said, they are the one accessory I don't leave the house without. Fingers crossed!

  • Reply Gazdik Family May 6, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    I love the #OTO3574 in purple. Thanks!

  • Reply Brynn May 6, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    I would totally rock the OTO3540 glasses in burgundy! So fun ๐Ÿ™‚ My email address is brynnash [at] gmail [dot] com ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Jen M. May 6, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    I would definitely wear the #OTO3574 in tortoise! So so cute! jen.maschari {at} gmail {dot} com – Thanks for hosting this giveaway ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Holly Hoffman Spears May 6, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    I have to go for those full frame men's ones. my husband is in dire need of new glasses and father's day IS coming up soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Anne May 6, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    Such a good giveaway with summer coming up! I would choose the OTO3541 in black. freeswim15 at hotmail dot com

  • Reply Katie May 7, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Love your sunglasses! I would wear #OTO3502 in brown.

  • Reply Abby May 7, 2013 at 12:19 am

    umm my face is crooked too. I like the #OTO3570 in black.

  • Reply luvmy3ztk May 7, 2013 at 1:00 am

    I love these….#OTO3541….in red! Love them!!!

  • Reply Andrea Smith May 7, 2013 at 1:33 am

    You did another giveaway!! Yay! I love your new shades! I do recall you always wearing cute sunglasses. I would love prescription sunglasses but can't stomach paying for them. So I would love #OTO3574

  • Reply Elsha May 7, 2013 at 2:50 am

    I like the #OTO3543! I'm still working on remembering sunglasses when I go outside. I think I manage it about half the time these days.

  • Reply Meg May 7, 2013 at 3:25 am

    I would get #OTO3536. They remind me of some I got in London that made me feel like Audrey Hepburn.

  • Reply Angela Noelle of SK May 7, 2013 at 8:47 am

    I've wanted some bigger black frames for a while — #SD2383 standard would do nicely.

    Great giveaway, Janssen!

  • Reply missris May 7, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    I love the #CP6074. Maybe if I won I would actually start wearing sunglasses instead of squinting into the sun like some kind of vampire.

  • Reply Isabel May 7, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Oh man, they look SO GOOD ON YOU! Hooray for not having to "borrow" Bart's glasses anymore.

    Living in Seattle I've become a sort of mole-person when the sun comes out. I can't take any sun. Seriously. Even my kids are like "TOO MUCH SUN" and wear sunglasses without any issues about keeping them on. So having a nice pair of sunglasses is trรจs importante.

    After probably too much looking around the Firmoo site I have to admit I like the glasses you got, OTO3574, the best. In tortoise, of course. Tortoise always adds class to sunglasses.

  • Reply Rebecca May 7, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Definitely need these in my life:

  • Reply MerMarty May 7, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    I would choose one of the new Wraparound pairs. Thanks for the giveaway!! (

  • Reply Nikki Schroeder May 7, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    There is something unusually fun and chic about style LYST6017…Love that pop of orange color!!

  • Reply Jessica Pieper May 7, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    I would love the #OTO3549 in orange. I would also love an excuse to buy a new swimsuit to match!

  • Reply Morris May 7, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    This is going to sound totally dorky, but I would love to get a pair of nonprescription glasses, just for fun. The unisex full frame plastic eye glasses in matte black are calling my name.

  • Reply Jennifer May 7, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    I would love the same ones you are wearing! Adorable!

  • Reply Meredith Tuttle May 7, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    I love these
    ๐Ÿ™‚ I think you're wearing them in the pic? Maybe. Anyway, i love them!

  • Reply Mandy May 7, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    What a fun giveaway! There are several pair that I like but think I would pick #OTO3502 in red…love the side detail!

  • Reply Erin Gazdik May 7, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    I love the pair you're wearing, plus #OTO3570 in red! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Reply abby May 7, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Totally cute. I like #OTO3574

  • Reply Ashlley Greenwood May 8, 2013 at 1:35 am

    The pair you are wearing! #OTO3574

  • Reply Teresa May 8, 2013 at 1:56 am

    Prescription sunglasses! ( #SD2266 ) I would be able to see AND not be blinded by the sun. That sounds AH-mazing.

  • Reply Cameron May 8, 2013 at 2:41 am

    Love the OTO3502 in red! Such fun! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! Those glasses look great on your face! ๐Ÿ™‚

    cameron dot lawracy at gmail dot com

  • Reply Jodi May 8, 2013 at 3:20 am

    oh boy, mine just broke today, so I could definitely use a new pair! Not which ones I love best, maybe OTO3538

  • Reply Stephanie Fosmo May 8, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    I'd love the ones you have on actually!

  • Reply Ash May 8, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Yeah, the ones you are wearing are dang cute ๐Ÿ™‚ Love your blog! (#OTO3574)

  • Reply Shelby Meyer May 8, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    These white ones, most definitely: Awesome giveaway! I haven't yet jumped on the Firmoo bandwagon, but everybody says such good things about them that it's getting tempting.

  • Reply Brittany May 9, 2013 at 5:45 am

    I'd pick #OTO3570 in black probably. I'm the same way, I go through sunglasses so quickly!

  • Reply jpetroroy May 9, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    I love OTO3537 in tortoiseshell.

  • Reply Jess J May 9, 2013 at 11:34 pm #OTO3502
    As a fellow Austinite, these would come in handy! Great giveaway!

  • Reply Melanie May 10, 2013 at 2:59 pm
    I've never had any sunglasses that cost more than $15. This would be a real treat!

  • Reply Janice May 10, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    I like these ones:
    janicelynnrichardson at gmail

  • Reply SS May 11, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    I think I'd pick these in tortise (#OTO3537)
    My current sunglasses are a pair of $6 Girl Props ones from Amazon.

  • Reply alli May 13, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    I really, really want a pair of prescription sunglasses so that I don't have to try to make non-rx ones work over my glasses anymore…

    I think I'd pick #OTO3537 like the person above because I like larger frames.

  • Reply Angela May 13, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Ooo WEEeee Ooo I'd look just like Buddy Holly! (#CP6030, black)
    and you're Mary Tyler Moore in those shades!

    {thomson dot family at yahoo dot com}

  • Reply Katri Hakes May 13, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    I'm liking these ones!!
    katri (dot) hakes (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Reply J.E.S.S. May 14, 2013 at 2:21 am

    These are the ones for me! (#OTO3574)
    I am a relatively new reader, found your blog through your sister Merrick's. Love them both!

  • Reply Laura @ The Rookie Cook May 15, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    I love yours!! I would love to win a pair of them!

  • Reply Liz Skousen May 15, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    So, I see chances are small, but I really like these:
    In burgundy.

  • Reply Stephanie Lee May 15, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    I like the ones you're wearing!

  • Reply Sara May 15, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    I love these ones! And I need sunglasses while in this Vegas sun!


  • Reply Heather May 15, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    I like the OTO3537 in black!

  • Reply Kristin Reichert May 16, 2013 at 12:04 am

    I like the ones you're wearing but in black.:)

  • Reply Ang May 16, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    I like these ones in black #OTO3570 so cute!

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