The resurgence of shield style sunglasses is coming on strong. Full disclosure, when I saw shield sunglasses start to sneak into eyewear collections I was not initially prepared to re-accept the trend. It was a popular style nearly a decade ago when I started in the optical in and my first association is more Real Housewives of OC than fashion eyecessory must have.
What is a shield sunglass? Simply put a pair of sunglasses that has a single lens forming the entire frame front. One fused lens piece made of plastic or polycarbonate that creates the frame shape and overall design of the sunglasses.
There is always a pair of glasses that changes my mind and opens me up to adopting a new style into my collection. When it comes to embracing shield sunglasses it was the introduction to the limited edition capsule collection between Andy Wolf and PinqPonq that made me see shield sunglasses differently.
But isn’t that why collaboration is so wonderful?!
Innovations we haven’t seen before are born when two brands come together to influence one another, conceiving something that represents them both, while creating something new. Andy Wolf and PinqPonq came together on their shared values of unique product design, high quality standards and a responsibility for the people and the environment in production. Thus the limited edition Andy Wolf and PinqPonq capsule collection was designed.
PinqPonq, is a German brand known for intelligently designed bags and accessories. PinqPonq distills the design of their bags into the cleanest function based fashion. Innovative in the utilitarian insides, simplistic outsides and 100% certified sustainable fabrication. The collaboration between Andy Wolf and PinqPonq has resulted in a first for Andy Wolf, a sportier aesthetic in two shapes of shield style sunglasses.
Both the PINQ and PONQ sunglasses have a curved, single Zeiss lens that forms the entire frame front. It appears to be floating, mounted on an invisible metal base, connected to the back of the lens. A dark, solid “Polished Black” or lightly, flash mirrored and gradient brown “Tonal Khaki” lens creates the overall frame shape.
Each style of sunglasses are colour co-ordinated and carried by PinqPonq bag. “BOKS” is a bag with purpose; a fanny pack consisting of three components: one bag for the glasses, one for personal belongings and a matching belt. They can be worn together or individually.
When these designers fuse together the identity of each brand, the result is special pieces that integrate flawlessly into a modern urban wardrobe. A unisex sunglass that adapts from the ski slop to the streets, offering an unappologetic futuristic frame style.
*Optician Option; I can’t help but fear the disappointment an avid eyeglasses wearer will feel when they find out that making a pair of shield sunglasses in a prescription simply isn’t an option (in 99% of cases). So you will definitely have to pop in your contacts to truly enjoy this eyestyle
There are some things that fit together so perfectly.
It could be an unexpected pairing that just works, like kettle corn, salty and sweet or one thing that you cannot think of without the other, fall and pumpkin spice.
When I started working as an Optician nearly a decade ago, tortoiseshell frames with pops of turquoise were a popular color combination. Something that could have very well been a trend “du moment”, has instead withstood the test of time. Tortoiseshell and shades of turquoise, aqua and teal are a perfect pairing and an enduring color combination that is ever present and on trend season after season in eyewear. The rich, neutral pattern of tortoise has depth and dimension, while the addition of teal or turquoise adds a colorful pop and visual interest.
Somethings also fit together perfectly in the physical sense. These cats eye frames by LAMARCA are a stunning example of that. A manufacturing marvel, the crisp lines between the different acetates in the Fusioni 68 are created by treating the frame like a puzzle.
The LAMARCA “Fusioni” frame collection is made using a complex and timely process. Each piece of acetate is precisely pieced and bonded together with extreme care. Once the pieces have set the frame is shaped into the final product.
My eye was immediately caught by this striking, large cats eye. The angular lines of this frame are perfectly offset with the soft swoop of the bridge, giving the frame a dramatic lift to enhance facial features.
The “Fusioni 68” is comprised of four different types of acetate.
Semi translucent turquoise, with a geometric pattern and soft sparkle
A rich, dense, creamy acetate
Deep mahogany spots of tortoise pattern in a base of turquoise
Brown, amber with the occasional speckle of teal in the tortoiseshell of the temples
Combined together, all without being the least bit busy or overwhelming on the face of the wearer.
As fall beckons a wardrobe shift into neutral hues and darker colors, the “Fusioni 68” frame compliments the pallet, adding a pop of color, while matching the earthy tones through the tortoiseshell. The buttons on this trench coat, also tortoiseshell, inspired the choice of eyewear for my #eyestyleOOTD. With the creamy, khaki color of this classic trench coat, not too heavy in weight, a timeless wardrobe staple, created the perfect canvas for my glasses to take focus and resist the early fall chill in the air.
Summertime always means I get to bring out my favorite denim shorts, sandals and sundresses. While I always find myself adding new sunglasses in preparation for the sunny season (any excuse right?!) for the second summer in a row I have had a staple pair of sunglasses in my eyeglass wardrobe, always in heavy rotation. These sunglasses have so many visual layers to them and are such a fabulous classic shape, that I have no doubt I will still be wearing next year as well.
Round sunglasses are a must have eyeglass shape. I know I’ve said it before, but I have a saying “you have to kiss a lot of frogs”, meaning you have to be ready to try on lots of different round frames to find the one that suits you best. Yet when you find the perfect pair, you’ll be convinced! Round sunglasses are never a bad investment, while the shape might make a bigger splash some seasons more than others, it’s a frame design that never goes out of style.
The VENDOME by Etnia Barcelona is a pretty round shape made in metal with adjustable nosepads. Clean and simple, with a bridge design set a little lower than the average round frame, which is good because it prevents the illusion of the “saggy face” that some high bridge round frames cause.
The visual layers of this frame come from all the different colors and textures that it holds. At first you might only notice the flamingo pink mirrored lenses, but the actual frame deserves a closer look. The overall physique of the sunglasses is finished in brushed gold, a soft shade that has a rosy hue. Visible only on the temples, bridge and interior of the frame because the lens surround is painted in a soft shade of baby blue. I think it’s an unexpected color match with the vivid pink of the lenses, but one that is very pleasing.
Full disclosure, I am a girly girl and I simply could not resist these pink sunglasses. The mirrored lenses is what makes these frames impossible to ignore and so magnificent. Wearing these sunglasses you will see flawlessly through Barberini mineral crystal glass lenses, the Rolls Royce of glass sun lenses. These ones are even photochromatic, so they go from a tinted lens to a darker tint in bright sun. From the outside looking in these sunglasses are so eye catching. The unique color of Flamingo pink on the mirror coating is one that is unique to Etnia Barcelona. It’s a bright, iridescent and playful color that matches well with bright colors or neutrals.
To put together a perfect summer #eyestyleOOTD I decided to let the bold pink mirror of the sunglasses shine and wore them with a chambray denim jumpsuit by Forever21. The light denim was a perfect match to the light blue color of the lens surround. I kept the sunglasses the focal point by keeping my accessories in pallet of natural tones with lots of texture to balance the plain chambray of the jumpsuit. Playing off the round shape of the glasses I picked a round, rope finished purse by Zara.
The mirrored sunglass trend shows no sign of slowing down and if you don’t have a pair or two (or three or four) in your collection your missing out on a great eyestyle.
I have always prided myself on being very organized. Keeping my house in order, both literally and metaphorically. But as life gets busier and my list of commitments gets longer, it’s the self care that is usually the first to fall by the wayside.
This year I made a pledge to myself to make time to focus on strength. Being stronger physically, but also mentally when evaluating what serves me best. But as the year reached the halfway point, I felt my commitment was also waning.
“I’m too busy” was too often slipping from my lips.
Just when summer was starting and the pull of the sunshine was calling me outdoors, I realized my schedule was about to be busier than ever.
Running and independent optical shop I have to be present. Sometimes in life there is just a perfect storm of less staff, more commitments, to do’s and due dates.
I was feeling underwater, It was definitely a time were it was appropriate to say “I’m too busy”, my work schedule was ruling my world.
It forced me to think, How can I gain control and stop feeling powerless?
Surprisingly enough that control came from adding something else to my to do list. ME.
First before anything else. I can’t be my best self unless I am taking care of myself. Funny that it seems so simple, but the impact, however cliche this sounds, was life changing. With the encouragement of a good friend I decided to join her at Barre fitness. Every morning, before I gave my time or energy to anyone or anything else, I gave it to myself.
It proved to be exactly what I needed to find my balance.
Balance with a side of butt kicking!
Barre is hard. Your muscles (some I didn’t know existed) are screaming and shaking. While I pushed to have my body get stronger, the affirmation from the Instructors would strengthen me mentally, something I wasn’t expecting.
“You have given yourself this time, because you are worth it” simple words I never believed from myself. It became so much more than a workout class, strength in sweat with a group of ladies all working as hard as I was.
This week marks my 9th of being a Barre believer! 5 days a week starting my day by focusing on myself and discovering that it really is the least selfish thing to do!
Summer is here and there is no better excuse to buy a new pair of sunglasses. Purchasing a new pair of sunglasses can be really exciting. With so many different EyeStyles to choose from, focusing on the overall look and frame style usually dominates the decision. Even though my passion is EyeStyle and I believe that everyone requires an eyeglass wardrobe to suit many different outfits and situations, I am still an Optician at heart and in practice so I can’t ignore the import features that your sunglasses need to have in order to properly protect your eyes.
So whether you’re headed to the mall (cringe) or your local independent eye care professional (gold star) to find your signature summer EyeStyle, these are the things you need to know.
A visit to your optometrist or ophthalmologist is your first step to a superior pair of sunglasses. It could be just the reason to have that eye exam you’ve been putting off. Your vision through any new pair of sunglasses is only as precise as your prescription. Making a pair of sunglasses using an outdated prescription can lead to unclear vision or discomfort in your new sunglasses. If your eye doctor determines you don’t require a corrective prescription, you’ll simply need what is called “plano” or non prescription sunglasses.
While choosing a new frame is typically the most time consuming element of getting new sunglasses, discussing what activities you are doing in your sunglasses is just as important. Will you be driving, lounging on the beach, golfing, fishing, or engaging in more active sports?
One pair of sunglasses isn’t going to be perfect for every activity but it’s important to have a conversation with your optician about all the activities you plan to do in your sunglasses. That way your eyecare professional can best match the lens style, color, and frame style to match your needs.
Eyewear is the first thing most people will notice about you, and it says a lot about who you are. EyeStyle is a way to express your personality and show off your personal style. Are you sporty or an artist? Do you like a vintage vibes or a futuristic feel? Beyond just the aesthetic you want to portray, it is also important to consider your lifestyle. If your more you active and like spending your days hiking, paddle boarding or biking you need a sportier more resilient frame. If your looking to lounge by the pool or spend sunny days on a patio sipping rose, a larger more glamorous frame that offers maximum coverage is chic and practical in protecting the delicate skin around your eyes from wrinkles.
Sunglass frames should be larger than clear glasses, one of the rare times I will condone your eyewear coming up to or over the brow line or eyebrows and extending closer to your cheeks. This will ensure both overhead light and light reflected off the ground will be blocked.
While there are suggestions for the best pairing of sunglass shape and face shape, there are no steadfast “rules” (sometimes breaking rules is fun). But you can consider these guidelines, as long as you still have fun and try on things outside your comfort zone.
Round face shapes are best complimented by a square frame shape. Oblong or oval faces are best suited by more rectangular shapes, while angular or square face shapes are best suited in something with softer edges such as round or oval or cat-eye.
Don’t overlook the color options for sunglasses too. Colored frames can highlight and brighten skin tone and eye color. Once you have narrowed down your frame options, I recommend going with whichever frame offers an optimal fit and comfort without sacrificing your personal EyeStyle.
While often an afterthought, lenses are by far the most important part of a pair of sunglasses, and there are many options available. It’s easy to get overwhelmed, but I’m here to help! Apologies if I get a little technical here, but read on, you will finish better equipped to choose the sunglasses best suited to your needs.
Tinted or Polarized Lenses? Tinted lenses are lenses that are dipped into tint and the color is absorbed into the plastic material of the lenses. Tinted lenses can be customized to suit your needs in a rainbow of colors and can be tinted in your choice of saturation, from 10% to 90%. Often times wearers want the darkest sunglass lenses they can get, but it is very important to consider that when wearing a 90% tint only 10% of light is reaching your eyes, making it very difficult to see in anything other than direct bright sunlight. The most common and safest tint for a range of activities is 85%. Tinted lenses can also be done in a gradient tint or what is often referred to as a fashion tint. This type of tint is darkest at the top of the lens and becomes lighter towards the bottom of the lens. It can be helpful for wearers that have a hard time reading in sunglasses, as the tint is lightest in the area you read through.
Polarized sunglasses offer premium protection from UV light and provide you with crisper, more vivid color perception. Polarized lenses reduce glare by blocking light that would typically enter your eyes after reflecting off a surface. They are uniquely created with a thin coating over the surface of the lens, and provide the best visual performance and clarity during outdoor activities. In particular, they allow you to see through the surface of water, which is especially beneficial for fishing or water sports.
Both tinted and polarized lenses can be treated with mirror coatings. These coatings come in a dozen different colors and they actually help to reflect light off the surface of the lens. Not to mention, they add to the overall EyeStyle of your sunglasses.
Something you probably haven’t considered but should never skip is on sunglass lenses is a back surface anti-reflective coating. It ensures the highest level of UVA and UVB (and in some cases blue light protection) and blocks glare and reflection from both light entering from the front or reflecting off the back surface of the lens to prevent light from flashing into the wearers eyes.
Now that you’ve found your perfect sunglasses, whether they be off the shelf or custom made with your prescription it’s important before you leave the store to have your new sunglasses adjusted to perfectly fit your face. Very rarely do you put on a pair of sunglasses and have them sit perfectly straight and tight enough to not have to push them up your nose every 5 seconds (trust me I see you). Much like a custom suit or dress, a few minor alterations are typically necessary to ensure your sunglasses are fitting you perfectly. This is why you are wise to skip the online eyeglass shopping or buying them from the clothing store at the mall, because you’ll miss out on this essential step.
Now you are well informed and ready to find your perfect pair of sunglasses for the sunshine season.
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When I think of the upper east side of New York I think classy and expensive living. Beautiful brownstone townhouses with elaborately carved staircases, lining streets adjacent to Central Park. Richness and high brow standards of style and living. On a sunny spring afternoon I took a stroll along the streets that flank Central Park West and it proved the perfect backdrop to showcase the opulence of the Spring/Summer Derek Lam sunglasses by Modo Eyewear.
I have always thought of eyewear as a piece of jewelry, Derek Lam has further proven with his latest collection that you deserve eyewear made only from the finest materials. He is known in the fashion world for creating luxury products with modern sensibility, with calculated design simplicity and thoughtful detailing. In his spring/summer 2019 collection of eyewear, Derek Lam has created “A reinvention of American codes”. Classic round eyewear silhouettes from the 1970’s, exaggerated, over sized and round. The ultimate luxury indulgence, 18K gold frames outfitted with coordinated gradient sun colored lenses.
The focus is on luxury materials. The 18K gold collection is artfully designed to be the frame that you will have in your collection for decades. Like a simple gold bracelet that you can wear with anything, in any mood, any decade, at any age. And if 18K gold isn’t lux enough, Derek Lam has accented the frames in the collection with leather wrapped temples and some with fully leather wrapped eyewire rims. These frames are thoughtfully designed in styles that are unisex and transcend age and EyeStyle.
The SALMA embraces a bold 70’s round shape with a mid-line metal frame design. Clean lines around the frame front and a minimal temple design is accented only by a genuine leather wrap accent. The sunglasses have tone-light gradient lenses, sheer enough to wear indoors. And what is more glamorous than being too posh to take your sunglasses off inside.
My favorite room in my house is my lady room, my home office that I have designed and decorated to be my creative space. It’s where I come to write my blogs, and it is now getting much more use as it is the office of the Optical & Fashion Editor of Optik Magazine.
It has been a labour of love to get this room just the way I envisioned it. Now I can sit back and look at my handy work, very proud that I painted the room myself (twice, the first colour was all wrong) and refinished an old sideboard to match the rest of the furniture.
The first sparks of inspiration for the room design came from black and gold foil print I found at HomeGoods, after that it seemed that I could rarely get out of a HomeGoods, Marshals or TJ Maxx without a picture with glasses or eyes.
Etsy is another great place that I was able to find prints and pictures for the gallery wall. I really like that Etsy is a marketplace for independent artists and vendors. Many print shops customize quotes, giving you the opportunity to have the words that give you the most motivation printed in stylish fonts.
I decided on a neutral pallet to create a serene and relaxing vibe. The walls are soft blush pink, nearly white with a watercolor wash of color. All the furniture is white, except for my office chair. Another great find from HomeGoods, the fushia and gold office chair is the focal point of the room. It’s as close as I will ever get to a throne and it’s hard not to feel empowered when you sit in this chair.
What I love most about this room is each item is a reflection of me. Most of the items displayed on the desk and shelves are gifts from family and friends, each memento holding a special significance to me.
There is definitely a theme to my lady room. If I had to explain it in one work I would say empowering. The word BOSS is visible throughout. This definitely lead to my mantra life.
In most houses the office is the afterthought the room that is function far more than fashion. I am happy I have found the ideal balance between the two in my lady room. It’s part office, part optical boutique, part closet and a whole lot of me! And with this tour you will get to know me a little better.