Find lookie lous® mingling with the stars in the September 2013 issue of People Style Watch!Read More
I am Kelly Coty, Canadian living in the states since 77. I was a Val. Worked in the garment district in Los Angeles in my 20′s and then married a guy from Nashville. I started the first home staging company in Nashville, and honed some awesome design skills. Then I stumbled on to an idea, sold the staging company and here we are.
I am the inventor of these cool glasses. I often joke that I started a company based on my own need for reading glasses that I wouldn’t lose. I literally had pairs of reading glasses all over my house but whenever I needed to read, they were never there.
The thought hit me one day after I had been picking up the house. My girls always leave their bows, hairpins, hair ties and hairbands all over the house. As I am cleaning I wrap the hair ties around my wrist, stick the barrettes in my hair and so on. This particular day I was donning my crazy Mom cleaning look with a plastic hairband and several barrettes when I got called to my desk. I needed my readers and on par they were not at my desk. I immediately reached for the hairband thinking it was my readers and the idea hit me..If you put magnifiers in a hairband you would always have your readers when you needed them.
I think normal people have good ideas all the time, but I am far from normal. I saw nothing wrong with basically selling the farm and starting an eyewear company. Can I say at this time I did not even know how reading glasses worked!
I have to say that I never wear traditional readers. I wear my lookie lous 24/7 and am very proud to have the patent on the product and taken it this far.
I do not refer to lookie lous as my child, I refer to my children as my children who are also my best friends. Max 22, Audrey, 20 and Mallory 12.Read More
Are you starting to have problems reading fine print? No, they are not printing smaller it’s your little ole eyes acting their age. Most people start noticing this after age 40, it worsens as you get older. At first it is just difficulty say.. reading a menu in a dim light restaurant, then the text looks super small on your phone. The condition is called Presbyopia. Presbyopia literally means “elder eyes”. The optical industry has recently come up with a new snappier name ” Age-Related focus Dysfunction” Awesome, dysfunction is just what we all want to hear.
As the eyes age (why am I harping on age?) the eyes are less able to focus. It is really a steady decline from age 4. Have you ever noticed how young children often have their faces super close to their coloring? That is because they can focus that close, by age 12 they are 14 inches away from the paper, and now over 40 we need many more inches to focus. It is the hardening of the natural lens and the weakening of the muscle fibers in the eye that cause this condition. If you have it, and many many people do you may need reading glasses.
You may have gone your whole life with perfect vision and then overnight find yourself struggling to read the dosage on bottles of medicine. Now you may need reading glasses. Reading glasses are different than most prescription glasses. These little helpers are available everywhere. These types of glasses are referred to as over the counter (OTC) reading glasses. So much like over the counter pain relievers, they are available without a prescription. (NOTE: READING GLASSES ARE NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR GOOD EYE CARE, PLEASE SEE YOUR EYE CARE PROFESSIONAL FOR ANNUAL CHECKUPS)
Reading glasses are basically magnifying glasses. They will make the fine print bigger. You use them to read or do fine focusing tasks. Glasses for reading come in different diopters or strengths. To know what your strength is you can use a common diopter chart. Click here to use one. Another very crude way to judge is… wait for it….age.
55- 2.5 3.0
So there. Now you know. It is also important to know that you do not wear reading glasses on your face when you are walking around, they are just for reading or tasking. This is why you see people with their glasses on the ends of their noses. This allows them to see distance ( no problemo! ) and then look through the lenses to focus on close up stuff. The result is pretty unflattering!
To make matters worse it is common for people to slide readers on their head, we all do it, especially with our sunglasses.
Reading glasses are not as hardy as sunglassses so a few things go wrong. First you stretch the little hinges so they no longer fit your face. So now the glasses fall off your face, land on the floor breaking or scratching the lenses. Lookie lous are designed to wear on the head (or neck) they will not fall off when you lean over.
The next thing you will notice is the little hinges grab your hair and it is almost impossible to get them out without tearing out a few hair at a time. This is so not cool. Keep your hair, lookie lous have no hinges or hardware so you can have your hair and read too!
Traditional glasses for reading are easy to lose. You are constantly taking them on and off so it is easy to lose track. Most veteran reading glasses wearers have a dozen pair because they are so accustomed to losing them. Lookie lous are designed for function, have your glasses when you need them, where you need them. That is good design.Read More
You know that I love music, to sing karaoke and hit the dance floor.
Lucky for me, I live in Las Vegas where there is a steady stream of entertainment possibilities. Last night I went out with my Lookie Lous Sunband sunglasses in blue wanting to test drive them in a nightclub environment.
No, he’s not drunk, he’s awesome…read the hat!
The vivid colors of the sunglasses caught the attention of several people in the club as well as one well oiled guy in the casino.
He thought I should give him my beautiful blue and totally awesome sunglasses…just because he wanted them.
Oh, alcohol logic!
But like I said this is Las Vegas and this kind of thinking just goes with the territory. I said, “No go Joe, these stunning and rare sunglasses are mine, mitts off”.
The ‘would be’ absconding scoundrel feigned understanding and reluctantly gave them back to me.
Thus we parted ways: me keeping my rare blue Lookie Lous,
him keeping his awesomeness in a blonde mullet-cap.
I doubt that tomorrow he’ll remember me or the eyeglasses and he’ll probably have a happy hangover (not the movie 1, 2 or 3).
So party no more this night my friend, with my Lookie Lous Sunband sunglasses or without them!
When you get home, kiss the little ones, hug your better half and pet the dog. Remember to be thankful and grateful for all that is positive and good in your life, just like I do every day for Lookie Lous Readerband reading glasses and Sunband sunreading glasses and Sunband sunglasses.
Oof! That’s a mouthful.
Peace and be well,
We are becoming pasteurized and homogenized at lightening speed. Before the internet we had PRIVACY. Now our every thought, image and action is You Tubed Twittered and FB’s to the point we could be running naked down 5th Avenue at noon and we would be less exposed to the world.
And vulnerable…..job, school, family, friends; nothing is sacred and no one is spared. In fact I think the distance and anonymity of the whole platform removes us just one step further away from real human interaction and just far enough to allow some of us to vent our unhappiness and frustrations pretty randomly and with total disregard to others. People are lashing out in ways we never would dare to a person in flesh in blood…except maybe on Jerry Springer or unless your packing a gun in an elementary school (or post office or court house…but that’s a different discussion).
And true not everybody likes your successes. They can’t have what you have (money, hot boyfriend, skinny butt, etc…) so they want you to have what they do…(stress, no BF hot or otherwise and a food addiction causing obesity…). They are burning up with envy and now there is an anonymous and impersonal way to let you know just how they feel. Trolls. People are frustrated with the drivel of their lives but instead of changing themselves, they blast anyone who dares live otherwise. Status quo is so familiar; it’s easier to stay the same and tear others down instead. Fear of change is great.
Soon we will all be vanilla flavored. Except for the man who had sex with a horse and died from it. Can you believe that story was the blog entry on Word Press that had the most activity. Ever? Is this is what people are curious about as long as they have anonymity?
We filter ourselves on social media to please or provoke, to hide this aspect of ourselves from some, show more than we normally would to others…have ‘friends’ we don’t even know and unfriend ex-lovers and current girls friends for faux pas both real and imagined. We rant about subjects we normally would care nothing about, embody causes we normally wouldn’t notice and expose ourselves way too much on all fronts (google yourself lately?). End result that I see more and more is that we are slowly becoming less and less of our real true selves.
What to do? Who knows, these are just observations and random thoughts.
That is how this blog rolls…..And so I grab my Lookie Lous reading glasses hairband and a good book and I disconnect from the connection online. I make the effort to call and talk or see someone in person. There is nothing like he human connection.
-Kristie LayneRead More
Can’t read restaurant menus? Maybe you need reading glasses. Yes, it happens to the best of us.
In tales of vanity, reading glasses make you look 100yrs. old, so you hide them but are forever doomed to order the daily special!
It’s another beautiful day in Paradise, Las Vegas. I am an empty nester.
I mean the nest is empty, really. The husband is gone and even the dog died, RIP faithful friend.
I am living alone for the first time in ages, a newly single woman after many years lived as a married one. I am finding that life is sometimes weird in new ways.
Case in point: the whole dating scene. Here in Vegas it’s interesting because the city attracts so many transients. I go to meet ups that I organize through an online travel community, attend local business networking events, peruse dating websites and belt out a tune or two at the local karaoke bar. My social circle includes lots of interesting people from various backgrounds. I try to be as much of my true self around others as possible.
To ‘be’ your ‘self’ you must first ‘know’ your ‘self’, right? Well I think I’ve figured out a few things about my’self’ and one of them is that I HATE to be seen in public in reading glasses! (Too ‘self’ conscious!) And I hate, when on dates, to have to pull them out. But I’m all but blind to read anything without them, so what to do?
Well the most fun thing I’ve done recently was something I really never thought could even make me smile.
About the time I started needing to wear reading glasses, Lookie Lous reading glasses hairband was invented by Kelly Coty of Nashville and I started wearing them. Thank goodness I could toss out my old reading glasses and still see the fine print. All while looking sexy at the same time. Bring on the dinner dates!
Before I discovered Lookies, I used to struggle and squint or get young children to read for me. If I was going out to eat, I’d call the restaurant ahead of time to know the menu so I wouldn’t have to try to read it once I got there. Now, I proudly wear my Lookie Lous readers. They are so unique everybody wants to know where to buy them. What a cool uni-sexy ‘readerband’ alternative to traditional reading glasses.
So even if the weirdness of dating remains at least the challenge of old lady reading glasses is resolved, so it’s off I go.
Now throw away your reading glasses, get some Lookie Lous and go get yourself a date.
Have a beautiful day,
from Paradise, Las Vegas
Just ask anyone who knows me or any of my former teachers. I am the kind of chatterbox who either gets in trouble at school for talking too much or gets her own talk show. So, I will use my skills as Chatty Cathy (remember that doll?) to try to brighten your day with a kind thought, inspire you to look your best (wearing Lookie Lous of course) and inform you about trends in fashion and optical care news.
I’m originally from Las Vegas and live there now. Yes, there are people who really are from Vegas! hehehe… My grandmother came here when my mother was a small and my son lives here too, so I guess we are going on four generations. Las Vegas is a great place to live, where life is affordable, lots of friends and total strangers come to visit and there is an endless stream of things to do 24 hrs. a day. Growing up I had a horse and a best friend and that’s who I spent my free time with.
I lived in Mexico for a year as a small girl and as a grown one I have also lived in Paris, NY, LA and backpacked for a year through southeast Asia and recently spent a year in China. I will spare you adventure stories, but needless to say that these are beautiful life changing experiences. I feel strongly about the benefits of traveling to get the best look at the world we live in and the different cultures and peoples living in it. I have traveled to 36 countries and have many more yet to see.
Speak of ‘seeing’ and my thoughts turn to Lookie Lous readerband reading glasses (which BTW are GREAT for traveling!)
As you age and font size gets ever smaller, there is a need for reading glasses. Even more for some that you can actually find when you need them and referably some reading glasses that don’t make you look 100 years old! One pf the reasons why I love Lookie Lous sun readerbands. Sunglass reading glasses are something I use a lot at the pool or at the beach to read books or magazines. In the summer I often keep my hair off my face with hairbands, too. I am just too self conscious to wear ‘magnifying’ reading glasses. Before Lookie Lous I would prefer just not try to read (no matter how important the subject was) rather than to pull out dowdy old reading glasses. Even rimless reading glasses don’t cut it! The best reading glasses to me are INVISIBLE! And that’s why I love, love, love Lookie Lous: they are almost ‘not there’!
If you or someone you know need reading glasses or likes fashion eyewear, BE HAPPY! You too can wear Lookie Lous.
So you ‘see’ how beautiful life is? You can sing a mean karaoke, look fabulous AND read the titles in the song book (happy face).
And instead of getting in trouble for talking so much, join the ranks of the bloggies.
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