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Recently I caught wind of a story about a little 4 year old boy out there that was sad about wearing glasses. Little Noah was in tears when his mother reminded him to wear his new glasses. His mother then turned to Facebook to find encouragement and support for her dear son. It was there that thousands of people all over the world shared pictures of themselves and their loved ones including pets with eyeglasses. It was truly heartwarming. I was in 6th grade when my teacher called my mom and told her that I was having trouble seeing the chalkboard. It was then after that call I had to start wearing eyeglasses. Trust me Noah, I wasn’t too happy about glasses but I have become older and somewhat wiser and today I am Editor-n-Chief of EyewearTalk where I spend most of my year blogging about the magic and coolness of eyewear. It may be hard for a small child to realize this since style is not a priority at such a young age. But I can’t …
I’m sure you are all aware of the ever growing trend of body modification. This includes such things as tattoos, colored hair, and piercings, which by the way, I am ALL for. But did you know that body modification goes WAY beyond that? People are now even modifying their eyeballs. Yes, I said their eyeballs.
The least abrasive method I was able to find was a contact lens with jewelry attached. Dutch designer Eric Klarenbeek, 29, has developed jewelry consisting of tiny crystals or flowers that hang directly from the eye by a micro-thin medical wire attached to either prescription or blank contact lenses. In the light, this gives the appearance of tears streaming down the cheek. This fancy body modification is expected to make its debut for consumers soon in London and is expected to sell for around $325.00 each. Even though this piece of jewelry appears to be painful or dangerous, Klarenbeek said users of his prototypes so far have been “amazed” at their comfort.
Another interesting non-abrasive method for transforming your …
In this day and age our culture is all about getting a pill to fix whatever ailment we have. Headache pills, diet pills, happy pills, focus pills, and the list goes on and on. I myself, enjoy looking for alternative remedies, alternative medicine and I found something recently that I thought you might enjoy. Color Therapy!!!
I’m sure all of us who wear prescription lenses and maybe even sunglasses know there are a TON of different lens colors out there. Different colors for different activities, contrast levels, and light conditions. But, did you know that wearing certain lens colors for at least an hour a day can greatly improve your mood and/or health? I didn’t either!!! If you use a specific color for an acute condition, you could wear the color until the symptoms disappear. You can focus on one specific problem and color, or you can wear as many colors as you would like each day. Color therapy lenses can be worn whenever and wherever you wish, day or night.
Listen to your body. Experiment with all …
What a cold and gloomy day! Mother Nature also topped it off with a light drizzle. I am not ready for winter especially a Chicago winter. The last thing most people think of on days like these is sunglasses. Well, not this guy.
I recently helped a customer find light colored lenses for indoor shooting activities. He had his “sights” set on a pair of Ray-Ban Aviator Large Metal Sunglasses RB3025 with Photochromic Yellow lenses RB3025-001-4F-5814. This particular model is hand set in the Arista (Gold) frame and has a bi-gradient mirror coating. That means the mirror coating is concentrated at the top and bottom of the lens. This in effect causes the lens to squint for the wearer. You find this done often by Maui Jim brand sunglasses. The photochromic lenses are a really nice upgrade. When you are exposed to UV radiation aka sunlight they darken depending on the amount of exposure. Remember readers that on cloudy days there is still a significant amount of UV rays. As it turns out he didn’t care too much for …
Hello Readers! Now that I have your attention welcome to another installment of Eyewear Talk. I have recently returned from my annual trip to Tennessee. I truly love my trips down south. I go with a group of friends and we enjoy yourselves on my friend Mark’s family farm halfway between Nashville and Knoxville. We make a stop in Louisville, Kentucky on our way down to enjoy the nightlife and food. Besides the comradery we are there to shoot at things like targets, bowling pins and pieces or random metal swinging from trees in the back of the pasture. Don’t worry never animals. This year I was excited to utilize the ESS Crossbow Suppressor 2X+ Plus Eyeshields w/3 Lenses Kit. Did you know that the ESS Crossbow Suppressor™ is the first spectacle frame designed for use with ear cup hearing protection and communications devices? It features Z-Bend™ Geometry, the frame’s ultra-thin temple arms help keep noise out by minimizing the effect on the padded seal of ear cups. The slim temples eliminate the hot spots …
Today’s eyewear trends seem to focus greatly on vintage and classic themes. I have found many photographs of Dean in very chic eyeglasses and sunglasses. But be aware James Dean didn’t just wear frames for the look. He was terribly near-sighted and wore them between takes on the sets of his movies.
Who doesn’t know who James Dean is? Everyone does. He is a cultural icon of teenage disillusionment, as expressed in the title of his most celebrated film; Rebel Without a Cause (1955). Dean was the first actor to receive a posthumous Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and remains the only actor to have had two posthumous acting nominations. Dean’s iconic appeal has been attributed to the public’s need for someone to take a stand for the disenfranchised youth of the 1950’s era and to the air of androgyny that he projected onscreen. In my opinion it’s his epicene aura which causes men and women alike to be beguiled with him. He is also celebrated for his impulsive and emotional acting style. Dean loved reading, dance and …
The fall season is here and the weather is still warm. As the leaves change and the days get shorter let us not forget that sunglasses are still a vital part of your sun protection and fashion accessories. On your evening drive home after work it appears the sun may beam directly in your face if you head west. In the Northern Hemisphere, the sun is rising later now, and nightfall comes sooner. This is our autumn equinox, when the days are getting shorter in the Northern Hemisphere. At this equinox, day and night are approximately equal in length. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, people are enjoying the cooler days of autumn even as preparations for winter are underway. All around us, trees and plants are ending this year’s cycle of growth. Perhaps they are responding with glorious autumn leaves, or a last burst of bloom before winter arrives. Bottom line is you still need your sunglasses. Some say even more than usual.
One of my favorite television characters is Morticia Addams from the Addams Family. …
I generally cringe when I hear the word cheap, especially when referring to Optics of any kind. In this business you try to talk to customers about value and affordability. I try to always stress the point “you get what you pay for”.
Wednesday evening I was sitting with close friends playing Scrabble which I came very close to winning (6 points). While enjoying the game the host was playing DVD’s of live rock concerts which included the groups Queen, Tesla and ZZ Top. One song in particular that stuck in my brain and inspired me to write this blog was the song by ZZ Top: Cheap Sunglasses. Being an Eyewear Specialist, I immediately was caught by the simple yet entertaining lyrics.
Check out my two favorite verses:
When you get up in the morning and the light is hurt your head
The first thing you do when you get up out of bed
Is hit that street a-runnin’ and try to meet the masses
And go get yourself some cheap sunglasses
Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah…
We are still in the midst of summer which means people are still strutting their neon and patterned colors. Meanwhile while folks are rockin’ that eighties looks I have been falling in L-O-V-E with Leopard and Floral prints. I realize that the two don’t really mesh together but that is what is so great about them. It’s kind of a Ying and Yang thing. While Leopard prints are large and in charge, bossy and bold, Floral prints are girly and playful. I think the combination would give any girl everything she needs to feel well rounded.
Now, I pinky promise I looked EVERYWHERE to find a combination frame: Leopard and Floral but had no luck. L I would just die to find one! So in the mean time I have handpicked a few frames of each print for you.
The first little beauty I found was the Dolce & Gabbana FLOWERS DG4180. Now, I have to say, upon first sight this pair of sunglasses is a bit overwhelming, but it doesn’t take long for the beautiful, delicate flowers …