Home for the Holidays

Home sweet home is my favorite place to be! Although I do enjoy a beach, new city to explore or an unplanned adventure, there is no place I would rather be for the holidays than home.

Admittedly last year I did not enjoy the holidays to the fullest. My focus was elsewhere and I left far too much till the last minute and had too little time to pause and enjoy all the things that make Christmas time so special.

So this year I vowed to plan ahead, shop strategically (and early), schedule relaxation time and decorate the house with plenty of time to immerse myself in the holidays,  so even with just a few days off I would still be full of cheer.

I caved… And finally bought a faux Christmas tree. A lifetime “real tree” girl it was something I struggled with, and debated for a long time. But the beautiful white flocked, pre-lit tree by Vickerman sold me (I am equally excited at the prospect of not finding random, stray needles into June, no matter how many times I vacuum). It was such a joy to put up the tree nice and early, admittedly a days few shy of December 1st. We trimmed the tree, decorated the mantle, hung the stockings and added plenty of fuzzy faux fur pillows and throw blankets, perfect for cozying up and watching Christmas movie marathons.

My annual Christmas movie marathons include: Elf, Scrooged, Die Hard, Christmas Vacation, Love Actually, The Holiday,  Four Christmases, The Grinch and The nightmare before Christmas. HolidayShoot (23)When I came across these frames by Andy Wolf I knew what I was buying myself for Christmas! I haven’t seen a frame like these before, and admittedly with the amounts of frames I see, this is uncommon. The shape is geometric, an upside down design made in rose gold and acetate. And I have to elaborate on the acetate, because it is so beautiful. I cannot think of any better way to describe it than “Unicorn Acetate”, opalescent and sparkly, with a tiny checker pattern, with it’s translucent quality it lets the rose gold frame shine through.

Andy Wolf 5070 in Color G

 

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Frame trends are lightening up, and theses frames are a great contrast to the darker, heavier layers your wardrobe is filled with during the winter. These frames are the statement piece to any outfit, but in a soft and subtle way, that spares no style. I paired these Andy Wolf frames with a cozy, soft pink sweater and knit charcoal leggings on a casual Sunday, because you should always look and feel your best, even when your lounging around the house. But these Andy Wolf frames were also a conversation starter at holiday parties, because they ooze an artistic and confident aura that attracts people that want to know more about them and the wearer.

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This year I enjoyed Christmas and really felt the holiday spirit. I attribute it to plenty of planning and pausing to enjoy all the activities and indulgences that make the holidays the most wonderful time of the year!

Merry Christmas from Optician about town!

A Secret Worth Sharing

I am lucky enough to love what I do professionally. But running a small business and blogging means I rarely spend much time not thinking about glasses.

It can be hard to carve out time away from the shop, time I sometime forget is essential to refresh and reset, and most importantly time to spend quality one on one face time with my husband.

Lucky for me the stars recently aligned and I was able to get away for a week of Sun, Sand and Sea at Secrets Akumal in Tulum, Mexico. It was our first trip to Tulum and I thinks it’s the perfect combination of breathtaking scenery, tranquility and seclusion. Which leads to a perfect state of relaxation. The beach is powdery white sand, the calm turquoise waters feature stunning coral reefs, brimming with multicolored fish, stingrays and sea turtles.  Secrets Akumal has been designed with the perfect balance of traditional Mexican character with a modern contemporary interpretation. The lush tropical landscape features dozens of different plant and flora species, creating plenty of secluded spaces for relaxing.

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It isn’t until I get away that I realize how much I needed a vacation! But because I am who I am and my love for all things glasses runs deep, a beach vacation is a great excuse for some new sunglasses and the opportunity to pair some new sunglasses with some tropical inspired fashion. This trip was a little spur of the moment, but I still had time to find a few new vacation wardrobe pieces. I was inspired by Mexico, choosing dresses in breezy white linen with lots of embroidery in shades of blue.

If you ask me no outfit is complete without a great pair of glasses! It’s hard for me to say if my eye-wear inspires my outfits or my outfits inspire my eye-wear, but no matter which way I look at, theses sunglasses where the focal point of my favorite vacation looks.

IMG_0689.jpgThis dress has so many special details done in such a delicate way that they come together perfectly. Gauzy linen with peekaboo shoulders and an embroidered bib, finished with little tassels make this dress perfect for dinner and dancing the night away.

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I instantly fell for theses new sunglasses from Etnia Barcelona. The “Hampstead” caught my attention in an ocean of new sunglass styles released at the fall Vision Expo. Etnia has done it again and created another style that is top notch design and quality. The brow bar is thicker, showing off the natural Mazzuchelli acetate in classic tortoise, held together in a trim of polished gold.

For the most part my days were spent lounging in the sunshine, reading a good book with a coconut cocktail in hand (in a nutshell my perfect day!), so this caftan got a lot of use on this vacation and will no doubt be used on future travels.

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Gauzy semi sheer fabric, billowy sleeves, high slits, a beautiful embroidered bib and a playful trim of little blue pom poms, make this caftan so much fun!

To match the light feel of this caftan I chose to pair it with MODO’s (model 666) sunglasses in their signature Paper-Thin titanium.  At just 6.8 grams and 0.6 mm thick, MODO’s Paper-Thin Titanium frame means absolute comfort, it’s so light you hardly notice it’s there (careful before you get the urge to jump in the ocean!). Although this frame is also tortoise, the darker tone of tortoise, set on an unexpected dark hunter green titanium frame. The hint of green on this frame is a great compliment to the subtle gradient polarized lenses, in grey green.

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To say that our trip to Mexico was a relaxing and re-invigorating vacation would not do it justice.  The pure enjoyment I had spending lazy days in the sun and crystal sea, all while dressing up and matching new sunglasses that don’t get enough wear in my daily life. Trips like theses remind me exactly what I work for.  Now to get back to work and hunker down for another winter, all while daydreaming of the next getaway. But my eyes are always open for those unique new sunglasses, the perfect pieces to help me better enjoy sunny skies!

Falling…

 

Although the fall change in season comes with a great excuse for some new fashions and some shopping, I have found myself most excited to re-wear and re-style some of my classic pieces that have been tucked away since last fall.

You know those favorite items, the ones that never go out of style? Those fabulous fashion finds that are the hardest to put away at the end of the season, yet oh so exciting to take out the next year?!

This fall I was most excited to breakout this buttery soft leather jacket. I admittedly have a weakness for leather jackets (always really great investment pieces, that just get better with age). For me this jacket embodies the feeling of fall and it’s just the right weight and warmth for crisp days. As the weather changes, the temperature can be unpredictable, so layering is essential.

This is one of my go to fall outfits, a caramel leather jacket layered over a sleeveless knit turtleneck sweater in cream, paired it with classic dark wash, skinny jeans and tan suede flat booties with tassels. To freshen it up I have re-styled it with new eyewear and accessories. The newest addition to my eyeglass wardrobe are these Fall 2017 new release frames by Tom Ford Eyewear. A new take on a classic, an aviator frame re- imagined as a semi rimless, bridge-less design.

 

This frame is a perfect example of the brow bar trend that has been at the prevalent through 2017 and I love that Tom Ford has allowed the brow bar to shine by removing the nasal bridge altogether.


Clothing is not the only thing I was looking forward to taking out of storage and re-wearing this season. There are certain glasses that I have in my collection that I tend to gravitate towards during certain seasons. These leopard print frames by Seraphin Eyewear are a frame that I tend to wear more during the fall. I find myself pairing them with the falls colours of warm marigolds, mustards, rusts, reds and earthy tones of fall.

DSC00617To switch it up and repeat this outfit in different ways, I coordinated my look with two very different eyewear looks, one light and minimal, the other bold and patterned. No fall look is complete without a great hat! I will get a lot of wear out of this felt, wide brim hat with a rose gold band this season.

Tom Ford Glasses; Gold Aviator frames (FT5450). Lenses: Transitions XtrActive lenses in Brown

Seraphin Glassses; Leopard print (“Summit” in col. Jungle), no longer available, for similar style follow link. Lenses: Transitions Signature 7 in Graphite Green

Leather Jacket; “Bree” by Danier Leather, no longer available, for similar style follow link

Hat; Rancher hat by “A NEW DAY”, at Target

Booties; Vince Camuto, sold out, for similar styles follow link

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Transitions

 

I am finally ready to embrace fall, I cannot live in denial that the seasons have changed, and the warm weather and long days of sunlight are over. The air is cool and crisp, the leaves are transforming colour and my favorite part about the change of season, a switch in wardrobe is no longer inevitable, but essential.

Usually transitioning your wardrobe to fall means an your closet is instantly overtaken with heavy fabrics, chunky knits and dark colours, but this season in both fashion and optical style things are looking lighter. Blush, cream and smoky grey tones are softening the seasonal style transition. This gives the opportunity to keep some of the lighter colours from spring and summer in the wardrobe, perfect for layering, which is a fall fashion must.

 

It’s hard to say if my eyewear is inspired by fashion or fashion inspires my eyewear style, either way the seeing so much blush in fashion and eyewear as a fall trend has encouraged me to create fall styles that are softer and lighter than years past.

Blush glasses are making an appearance in many frame styles. Here is my favorite blush frame.

The thoughtful details on this Derek Lam frame by Modo make it lux and unique. The rose gold bridge and temple brackets give the rounder frame shape an antique flair. Set on an acetate frame of blush tortoise, the results are a standout style that doesn’t overwhelm the weaere.

A frame with a tortoiseshell pattern with a blush foundation is the perfect compliment to a wearer with fairer skin. Rather than yellow, amber or a shade of brown such is common with traditional tortoiseshell, a blush tortoiseshell is a fresh take a classic that is gaining popularity.

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In my pair of glasses I have added a style layer with Transitions Lenses in Signature 7 Brown. They adapt to a warm, dark brown colour when exposed to UV light, and have a rosy hue as they transition back to clear (I really like the lighter in between colour). It looks so stylish with the blush tortoise coloured frame.

This skirt from H&M has to be one of my favorite piece in my wardrobe. It’s impossible not to feel pretty in this feminin skirt. I can’t help but twirl! It has transitioned perfectly from spring right through till fall with a long sleeve top and cut out booties.

I am excited to share more of my eyewear wardrobe and how I pair eyewear and fall fashions for fabulous style combinations.

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Eyes on Las Vegas

I am excited to once again surround myself with Optical junkies, get together with industry friends and meet new industry insiders as optical enthusiasts unite in Las Vegas for Vision Expo West 2017.

This is west coast stop for Vision Expo, the event showcases the newest trends in eyewear and optical innovations. Regardless of which sector of the optical world you inhabit, this event brings us all together. From Optometrists, to Opticians, frame designers, sales reps and lens manufactures you name it! If it has anything to do with eyes you’ll find it at Vision Expo. All these optical professionals coming together to the share the products and services that help optimize vision.
I am returning to VWE for my fourth trip and each time I am discovering another layer to this massive event. As an Optician and frame buyer I focus on seeking out the latest and greatest trends and technology in eyeglass frames and lenses to bring back to my patients and share with eyeglass enthusiasts through my social media.
I’m like a kid in a candy store! The galleria is 173,000 square feet of space showcasing fabulous glasses and sunglasses. Each company utilizes the opportunity to showcase their brand identity in creatively designed booths displaying their products.
Here are my highlights from Vision Expo West 2017. Day 1 had me doing my first ever
Facebook LIVE. Alongside IntroWellness.com founder Dr. Ryan Corte and YouTube personality Dr. Zdogg MD. Dr. Ryan Corte gave Dr. Zdogg MD his first ever eye exam in real time, I then helped fit him with his first pair of glasses. With the help of his “dogg pack” and their live opinions we choose two great frames from Prodesign and matched them with the Essilor total lens package including a style addition of Transitions Lenses.

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Watch it here: Dr. Z Get’s His First Eye Exam

My favorite frames from the show this year are by Andy Wolf. A new collection to my shop, Andy Wolf’s frames are as unique and welcoming as the team that represents them. This brand stands out for the minimalist, yet in no way understated shapes and designs of their frames. Rose gold and 70’s inspired shapes from Andy Wolf are just what I want in my shop (and need in my life).


It’s not all work and no play, it’s Las Vegas after all and I cannot ignore the all the great dining and things to do after the show is over. These are a few restaurants I tried and would recommend:

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The Yardbird; Not far from the Galleria I found this Southern style restaurant just the thing to appease the big appetite I had worked up after walking over 10 miles (special thanks to my step counter for keeping up). Deep fried avocado spears, chicken and waffles and a deconstructed fried green tomato BLT are a few of The Yardbird’s signatures dishes I just had to try. The delicious food and our attentive and charismatic waiter, reflects a deep and undeniable Southern charm.

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Wicked Spoon; It’s necessary to try at least one buffet in Las Vegas and Wicked Spoon in The Cosmopolitan Hotel has everything you could ever imagine eating in one place. Brunch at Wicked Spoon is one of my Vegas ritual, much needed fuel for a long day and a lot of walking. Even though it’s brunch, I suggest you don’t skip their gelato bar, with exotic flavors like strawberry balsamic and Thai tea or classics like chocolate and raspberry, it’s all you can eat, live a little and try something new.

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La Cave; This hidden gem in the Wynn doesn’t feel like it’s in Las Vegas, perfect if you’re looking to get away from all the hustle and bustle. La Cave is an intimate space with a menu featuring small plates, great for sharing. Inside you feel nestled in a cavernous wine cellar, on the outdoor terrace you can enjoy the warm Las Vegas nights. La Cave is a place to linger over a flight of wines and a decadent cheese and charcuterie board.


What I love most about Vision Expo West is after a whirlwind of frame buying I get to share all the fabulous new styles arrivals and the knowledge that the next Vision Expo is not too far in the future. I look forward to spring in New York for Vision Expo East 2018.

Sipping away summer Sundays

Summer’s not over yet! and Summer Sundays are meant for adventure and exploring new places.

Sundays are my favorite day, the one day a week I am guaranteed a day off work.

A day to spend any way I please!

On this hot August Sunday easy and breezy was on the outfit agenda, so I chose a sundress with a strappy back who’s bold pattern caught my eye. The orange and pink pattern on a black backdrop, pair perfectly with my Jean Michel Basquiat “In This Case” sunglasses by Etnia Barcelona.

The flash mirror coating in sunset colors match perfectly with the dress. It’s Sunday, and I’m leaving the hairdryer out of the equation, opting instead for a hat to complete the total sun protection required for a summer day outside.

We set off on a mini road trip out to Abbotsford to check out a local craft brewery, The Field House. This little brewery is receiving high praise not only for their selection of beer, but for their great food and outdoor area, perfectly equipped for lounging away a summer afternoon.

The Field House Brewery is charming and inviting with a nostalgic feel that reminded me of summer days spent in my grandparents backyard (think lush green grass and bright coloured folding chairs). I always like to start with a taster, before I commit to one thing. So I decided that this warm summer day called for light, refreshing beers.

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I was delighted by the details, from the rustic wood flight tray, to the photographic description cards that come with each beer, The Field House Brewery have thought of so many ways to infuse their brand into each component.

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For my taster I choose a:

Light Saison; Fresh like early morning air, this sour herbaceous farmhouse holds the energizing qualities of lemongrass and the tartness of lactobacillus.

Light Brett; A sunny beer with flavors of juicy white wine and luscious stone fruits.

Eastern IPA; This IPA has a punch of aromatic hops offering white grape and stone fruit flavors.

Dutch Pale Ale; mellow in malt and bitters, but finishes with a hit of new world hops.

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I was feeling relaxed, toes in the grass, sun on my shoulders, enjoying some great craft beer. How could this get better?…Good food of course! We picked a charcuterie board that not only looked delicious, it featured all local ingredients, making this farm table feel even more authentic. Fresh sourdough, pickled vegetables, cheese and meats, it was a perfect pairing with the craft beer.

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Leave plenty of time to lounge and indulge at The Field House Brewery, it’s a great way to send a summer afternoon!

 

Spring Sparkle

The long grey days of winter have finally given way to spring. It’s time to put away the dark winter wardrobe and switch to softer colours and lighter layers (no more tights! #freethelegs).

A spring wardrobe refresh is in order, and there is no better place to start than a fresh pair of glasses.

Pattern and texture has been a focal point in frame styles as of lately, but this season glitter was introduced as a medium in creating texture.

I feel like I’ve had a resistance to glitter since reaching adulthood, leaving it behind in my pre-teen days, when face glitter was a makeup staple… I’ve seen glitter on frames before, and it can be challenging to pull off. It often walks a fine line between fabulous and juvenile or tacky. But this spring season frame designers like Alice & Olivia, Gucci and Fysh have been using glitter with a sophisticated spin on this childlike accent. Elevating the trend to appeal to the fashionistas, rather than the five year olds.

I’ve found the standout frame styles that best feature the sparkle trend are frames that feature glitter embedded in translucent, crystal acetate. Giving it the weightless appearance of floating below the surface.

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Even with my perhaps unnecessary aversion to glitter, these rose gold acetate frames by FYSH changed my mind in an instant.

The crystal clear foundation, with a solid inlay of rosy glitter is soft and sparkly without being overwhelming. It creates depth, dimension and has a highlighting effect on the skin.

FYSH frame designers didn’t just rely on the sparkle either, they choose the texture on an angular cat’s eye shape that has just the right amount of femininity.

This frame style comes in four colours, all featuring sparkles in a different patterns and colours, so no matter your skin tone there is one to compliment you.

Because nothing brightens up your complexion and your day like a little sparkle!