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A Tribute to a Fashion Icon: Elizabeth Taylor

25 Mar

The world lost a magnificent lady on March 23, 2011. Elizabeth Taylor, known for being an on- and off-screen siren, social activist and fashionista, was adored by women and fawned over by men. After winning two Academy Awards and earning her top spot in Hollywood, Elizabeth Taylor used her fame as a podium to help fight in the war against AIDS. The beauty with the infamous violet eyes leaves behind an incredible legacy that most couldn’t accomplish in two lifetimes.

Take a look at some of Elizabeth Taylor’s most in vogue eyewear moments as she raised the bar for fashion standards.

Elizabeth Taylor's Eye for Fashion (Image Credit: WireImage, LIFE, ShopCurious and Attic Eyewear)

Wear Specs, Get a Job?

12 Jan

Prepping for a killer interview this week? Chances are you’re studying the company’s website, conjuring up challenging questions and practicing your most intellectual, finely tuned responses as to why you deserve this job. Think that your reputable education, impeccable manners and relatable experiences will be the swaying factors determining your fate? Guess again.

The Daily Mail reports that a study conducted by the British College of Optometrists suggests job seekers who don glasses are more likely to find work.

Here are the facts:

  • 1/3 of Brits think a person looks more professional in specs
  • 43% believe that the bespectacled are more intelligent
  • 40% would consider wearing glasses—even if they don’t need them—to try and land a job

Adding more fuel to the fire, relationship expert and author of Solemate, Lauren Mackler, says “When we see someone wearing glasses, we assume that they are quiet, intelligent and don’t cause problems. And this is important in a job interview since those first few seconds can be a real deal breaker if an employer doesn’t like your appearance.”

While we’re not suggesting that you bypass the traditional interview blueprint completely, we do think that spending more time picking out sophisticated eyewear could make a difference in that ever important first impression.

To help you out, here are a few frames styles that are sure to inspire some job worthy looks:

For the guys, try tortoise specs in a classic shape like this BCBG frame by ClearVision Optical to make a confident statement. For a sleek look, opt for a pair of thin-wired square frames like this Cruz pair by A&A Optical.

Top: BCBG (Lorenzo) by ClearVision Optical Bottom:Cruz (I-6) by A&A Optical

Ladies, look stylish and smart in a modified cat-eye like this Cinzia Black frame by Europa International. With subtle metal accents on the temples it’s enough to get you noticed without overdoing it. Or get the ultimate bookworm look in Face á Face’s Kazan square frame. The tortoise temples add a fashionable element and will draw attention to your eyes.

Top: Face á Face (Kazan) by Face á Face Bottom: Cinzia Black (CB02) by Europa

Readers for Haiti Recovery

11 Jan

Tomorrow will mark the one year anniversary of the catastrophic magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti, killing an estimated 230,000 people, injuring 300,000 and leaving one million homeless. Over the past year, charities, celebrities, companies and everyday people have come together to offer aid to those affected by the aftermath, including FGX International, a marketer of non-prescription reading glasses and sunglasses.

The eyewear mogul recently donated 47,000 pairs of reading glasses to be used in support of the ongoing recovery efforts in Haiti and on medical missions across the globe. Over 23,000 of those pairs, consisting of Magnivision and Foster Grant brand readers, will benefit CURE centers in Haiti and Africa, a project spearheaded by the Lions Club International Foundation.

Dr. Paul Berman, optometrist and co-director of EyeCare4Haiti, assisted FGX International with the donation. During his visit to the devastated area he realized there was a dire need for non-prescription readers:

“We delivered readers last year to patients in Haiti. For the first time in a while, people could see up close, read, sew, and perform other everyday jobs. I was amazed to learn that in some parts of rural Haiti, it is thought that not being able to see up close was just part of the aging process and that there is no solution. With a donation of this magnitude from FGX, we will be able to significantly change many more lives.”

While there’s still plenty more work to be done, it’s reassuring to know that those in need will greatly benefit from these altruistic efforts.

Think Pink With Eyewear

14 Oct

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is upon us and it seems now more than ever people are rallying together and rockin’ the signature pink. Whether it’s celebs sporting pink gear or football players tossing the ball in pink gloves, everyone is down for supporting the cause.

Lucky for us eyewear fanatics, some of our favorite brands have joined in to help save the ta-tas. Check out these brands who are doing their part to support this noble cause.

Lacoste

Lacoste invites fashionistas everywhere to help raise awareness and funds for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation with these adorable girly-girl frames. During the month of October, 10 percent of the retail price will be donated  to the foundation. Snag a pair of these uber cute shades from Lacoste.com.

Lacoste LA12657 from the "Pink Croc Collection"

Lacoste LA12657 from the "Pink Croc Collection"

 

BCBGMAXAZRIA

From September 2010 until August 2011, 25 percent of the sales from each pair of BCBGMAXAZRIA Dream sunglasses sold will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. These oversized, classic styled sunnies, with pink ribbons and inspirational words on the inside of the temples, are a chic way to show your support. They can be purchased from BCBG.com.

BCBGMAXAZRIA Dream Sunglasses

BCBGMAXAZRIA Dream Sunglasses

 

Foster Grant

Foster Grant’s Pink Hope collection features a variety of shapes, ranging from classic aviators, oversized sunnies, sporty shades and sassy readers all with breast cancer ribbon detailing. A portion of proceeds from all sales with be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Pick up a pair at your local Rite Aid.

Pink Hope Collection from Foster Grant

Pink Hope Collection from Foster Grant

 

Vera Bradley

With classic shapes and a blue/black mosaic color palette, the Victoria and Beverly frames in the Vera Bradley “Loves Me” sunglass collection are feminine and chic. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer. For more information visit McGeeGroup.com.

Vera Bradley "Loves Me" (Collection Beverly and Victoria)

Vera Bradley "Loves Me" Collection

 

Oakley

Oakley partnered with the Young Survival Coalition (YSC), the only international non-profit network focused on young women affected with breast cancer, to come up with a truly versatile and fun collection. With seven styles—including ophthalmic frames and snow goggles—to chose from, everyone from sports enthusiasts to fashionistas will find their perfect match. Oakley will donate $20 to YSC for each frame sold. Check out Oakley.com to purchase these sunnies.

Oakley

Oakley

 

Wiley X

Starting in January and continuing through the rest of 2010, Wiley X will donate $2.50 from the sale of each non-polarized pair of its popular Lacey sunglasses and $3.50 from each polarized pair of the line to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). These fashionable shades have a distinct, pink Cotton Candy color on the inside and Coral Pink lenses. Support their efforts and purchase these sporty shades at WileyX.com.

Lacey by Wiley X Eyewear

Wiley X Eyewear

 

Pink Promises

Each style in the Pink Promises collection features a pink ribbon on every temple as a reminder that awareness can save lives. A dollar from each pair of sunglasses and 50 cents from each pair of safety eyewear sold will be donated to breast cancer research and awareness charities. Pink Promises sunglasses can be purchased in PGA Superstore retail locations and Pink Promises safety can be purchased from select Bass Pro Shops stores. Both can be ordered from Cliff Weil at (800) 446-9345.

Pink Promises Collection

Pink Promises Collection

 

Freed Chilean Miners Emerge Safe and Styled

13 Oct

What has been a horrific 69-day battle for 33 Chilean miners trapped half a mile beneath the earth’s surface is now becoming one of the most miraculous rescue events ever captured on film. Families celebrate as their loved ones emerge one by one into fresh air and bright sunlight.

Oddly, what many people are noticing is every miner that has been rescued is wearing a pair of trendy and technologically advanced shades. Random? No way.

Chilean miner rescued wearing Oakley Radar frames

Chilean miner rescued wearing Oakley Radar frames (Image Credit: HuffingtonPost.com)

A few weeks ago, a Chilean journalist covering the rescue efforts recommended Oakley to the Chilean private health insurer to provide eyewear protection for the miners once they were saved. The journalist contact Oakley about the opportunity and the rest is history.

Oakley kept the safety of the miners’ peepers in mind when they chose to donate 35 pairs of their Radar frame to each rescued miner to wear as they reached the surface.

After spending months in a dark, underground dungeon, it would be dangerous for the miners’ retinas to be exposed to what will seem like blinding light to their sensitive eyes. Oakley’s Radar frame offers 100 percent protection from ultraviolet light and should make the miners’ transition to daylight less stressful.

Oakley Radar

Oakley Radar (Image Credit: Oakley.com)

Read more about the Oakley Radar frame here.

“Oakley is honored to have assisted Chilean authorities in the rescue operation for the trapped miners,” said Carlos Reyes, vice president of research and development at Oakley. The goal is to give them “the best possible vision” as their eyes return to normal.

We’re happy to report that all of the miners are expected to be rescued by the end of today, well ahead of schedule.

Brad Goreski and His Sexy Specs Part Ways With Rachel Zoe

30 Sep

It’s a sad day for all you fans of Bravo’s The Rachel Zoe Project – Brad Goreski has confirmed that he will be leaving Team Zoe, effective October 1.

“I love Rachel and she’s taught me everything I know,” Goreski, 33, tells PEOPLE exclusively. “But there’s a point where either I do it now or I’ll never know what it’s like to spread my wings and soar.”

This sounded like an amicable split at first, but as we know things are never that simple in fashion (or in reality TV for that matter) and now other reports beg to differ about this friendly parting. To confuse things even further, Zoe posted this super cute pic of them celebrating their last day together, so maybe all is well after all.

Now that Zoe has lost her dapper style director will there be a season 4 of the show? We don’t know, but we can say it will be hard to fill the fabulous shoes of this eyewear loving star.

Those bow ties and specs kept us tuning in every Tuesday, and now that they are no more, let’s pay tribute to his incredible eyewear style seen on the show.

Goreski, famous for rocking geek chic specs, has a love of these thick black frames, the Tycoon, from Oliver Peoples.

Brad Goreski in Oliver Peoples

Photo via BravoTV.com

Being the nerdy frame lover that he is, he’s also crazy about the DSquared2 oversized aviator glasses.

Brad Goreski in DSquared2

Photo via BravoTV.com

We can’t wait to see more of him as he starts to “soar” on his own dressing some of Hollywood’s hottest. And keep repping the eyewear – it’s hot!

Brad Goreski

Photos via BravoTV.com

The difference between $5 and $500 sunglasses?

23 Jul

It’s all in the “look” and feel.

We’re throwing “look” into quotations because we’re not only talking about the style and brand type of look, but also the clarity that you’ll see when looking through a pair of shades.

We’d like to help clarify some recent news reports on the differences between low-cost and the more expensive brands of sunglasses.

To start: It’s no secret that people consider sunglasses as much a part of their wardrobe as they do shoes, jeans, jackets and purses. As a rule of thumb, we tell folks that non-prescription sunglasses bought in a traditional retail channel like a drug store or gas station or sunglasses shop will provide your eyes with the protection they need from the sun, no matter the cost. Five bucks or $500, you’re better off wearing a pair of sunglasses than no pair at all. And most people seem to know that, judging by the number of Americans who wear sunglasses: Two in three U.S. citizens, or 196 million of us.

Now, on the topic of protection from ultraviolet rays: It can be confusing.

But essentially, any pair of sunglasses you buy in a retail store has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is considered by the agency to be a medical device. Therefore, all claims on the side of a sunglasses package are regulated by the agency, and any pair of sunglasses approved by the FDA should offer the ultraviolent protection it says it does. (We of course can’t vouch for those pairs you buy off the street…)

We think it’s great that people can have confidence knowing that when they buy a pair of sun-goggles, no matter the cost, they know they’re protecting two of their most important organs.

Where cost comes into play is in the brand name and the polarization to reduce sun glare.

Still, there’s simply no question that some people prefer the look and feel of one brand or style over the other. We think these buying choices are best left to the people, who are smart enough to know which sunglasses fit them best (the mirrors at every sunglasses store or rack display help, too).

So, are designer shades worth the price? Here’s what we say: Buy what makes you happy and feels right.

(By the way, if you want to get brought up to speed on eyewear terms, check out the Eyecessorize glossary, where you’ll learn about everything from Aviators to polarization to photochromic shades. Impress your friends!)

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