As the weather shifts to Autumn, I’ve felt myself remembering the cooler mornings last year, arriving at the shop to find the Japanese Maple leaves fluttering around the courtyard and on my door mat. There’s something about the familiar that is comforting to me, to think “I remember this last year”…to anticipate watching the stormy rain through my shop windows, the hum of my Nespresso machine, and to realize this isn’t foreign anymore, and it feels like home.

We recently got back from a trip to Milan, Italy. It is our 20th wedding anniversary next month and there was an international vision/eyewear show, called MIDO, being held there in Milan. I’ve always dreamed of going to an international show AND Italy…it just needed to happen. I closed the shop for a few days […]

I got the email from Atascadero News/Paso Robles Press back in January that Specs had won Best Eyewear in a reader’s poll. I read the words but they didn’t quite register. Then, when they sunk in, I literally jumped around the back room with excitement! I opened in July 2021 and had no idea my […]

I sometimes hesitate to instruct long-time eyeglass wearers, at their fitting appointments, in how to care for their new glasses, but we can all use little reminders and may not know everything, right? And, you are paying me to be the expert….so here goes. With the purchase of new eyewear, I will provide lens cleaning […]

Soooo, you want to get new glasses…all you have to do is find the perfect frame, right? Have fun shopping, order online, whatever…any frame will work, right? Nope. Not only do we need to make sure the frame fits your bridge, the width of your face, the length of the temples are correct to reach […]

The process to order glasses from Specs by Kyla, as well as local optometrist recommendations

Brought this plant friend from home…like most everything else in my shop, it has meaning. It was a gift from a former employer 12 years ago, she’s a bonsai ficus. When we lived near Asheville, NC, I helped an optometrist open a brand new practice, part of my job duties were watering and babying the […]

That is a question I receive every day, usually more than once. It’s a good question. The short answer is no, however I can submit an out-of-network claim form for you and your insurance company will usually reimburse you within 2-4 weeks. Why not? The long answer…gets out soap box… First of all, I don’t […]

Grand Opening!

Sep 16, 2021

Soooo, I won’t lie, I was a nervous wreck when I opened on July 5. It was a beautiful day and lots of friends and family stopped in…but that darn imposter syndrome…who am I to think I can do this? But, guess what? I did it, and I’m doing it! The past few months have […]

I’m a habitual smiler. Even with a mask on, I smile…I can’t help it. I walk down the street and I smile at people. I value connecting with others, to make them feel seen….and really I just feel it’s common courtesy to acknowledge others whom we cross paths with in our daily lives. So, really, […]