A Winning Combination

Fremont Street in Old Las Vegas is like taking a step back in time and is a sharp contrast to the modern glitz and glam of the new hotels on the Vegas Strip. It seemed like the perfect place to showcase the juxtaposition between vintage inspired frame style and the new lens technology that come together to make an EyeStyle statement.

Fashion’s cyclical nature is no more prevalent than in eyewear. Classic frame shapes in new materials, colours and with slight shape modification are common. Eyewear designers are creatively interpreting historical eyestyles and finding the ideal moment to release them to a new generation, or re-introduce them to those who have worn them before.

I am not old enough to have worn this specific frame shape before, which is always exciting for me because it was a new eyestyle to add to my collection. The instant I put on this frame I was feeling funky, like I was transported to the 70’s.  I was immediately planning outfits to embrace a head to toe 70’s vibes that included high waisted bell bottoms and lots denim on denim.

Andy Wolf makes so many of my favorite frames and this one from the SOUL collection is the newest addition to my eyeglass wardrobe. The oversized rectangular frame is made in a thin shiny gold metal. It has a softly curved double bar and a simple gold metal temple with a translucent celluloid temple wrap, coordinated thoughtfully with the matching clear celluloid lens surround. The shape of this frame is such a showstopper it doesn’t need any other embellishments to draw attention.

I am a firm believer that lenses are a crucial part of EyeStyling any pair of glasses. With the spacious lens size of these frames I could not deny it would be the perfect frame for Transitions Style Mirror Lenses. Although it did take some deliberation on whether I should choose the gold or copper mirror finish, I decided on the copper to better go with my hair and skin tone. Transitions Style Mirror lenses are a new technology that allows a flash mirror finish (or coating for those in the business) to be applied to Transitions XtrActive Lenses, in either grey of brown. In my opinion brown is the best choice with the warm copper of the mirror coating and gold of the frame.

These lenses are a gamechanger in the sunwear category, or for the more fashion forward eyeglass wearer a style that can be worn indoors as well. Inside or in low light conditions they are a clear lens with a light flash mirror, so they have an iridescent, reflective appearance.

The magic happens when you expose them to sunlight, the Transitions XtrActive lens changes to a dark brown and the result is a more vivid, opaque mirror finish. One that doesn’t allow you to fully see the wearers eyes.

What’s old is new again and is revived to the fashion forefront with a modern adaptation, so even if you’re old enough to have worn the eyestyle before you can’t resist reliving the past and seeing the world through a new set of eyes!

Summer EyeStyle Delights

pitt-meadows-photographer-sheena-17Round glasses have proven themselves as the must have eyewear shape for summer 2018. Although round eyewear has been steadily making their popularity known for nearly a year,  what those in the industry embrace early on can take time to be accepted by the mainstream wearer.

 

Round glasses are often thought to be reserved for the intellectual professor type or those looking to capture Harry Potter’s style. Yet round eyewear styles have now become widely accepted by a broader audience. I have no doubt that this comes from the introduction of many more round frame styles in thinner metals and lighter plastic colors. I have a saying when I fit someone with round glasses, and it’s “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. Although there are recommendations for frame shapes based on the shape of your face, I believe that everyone can wear a round frame, as long as the right proportions can be found.

It might be a round frame with a flatter top, a higher bridge or even one with a slightly more oblong shape, but if you have an open mind to try on many different round frames you can surely find one that suits you. One of the most flattering round frames I have found is the “Lisa” by Andy Wolf. A stylish, well thought out and carefully crafted frame that knows no boundaries!andy-wolf-light-blue-4710-Round-Frame-Metal-SunglassesOften with round frames the bridge (the centerpiece) of the glasses can be quite wide, and that can be a problem if your eyes are slightly more narrow set. Because a wide bridge will actually create the optical illusion that your eyes are closer together. Even those who have normal eye spacing proportions have to be aware that an incorrect frame fit can cause this.

In the delicate style that is the benchmark of the Andy Wolf SOUL collection the “Lisa” has an architectural bridge design, featuring a bend to it that is a truly unique and brilliantly flattering.

 

I want to make sure I make the most of these last few warm, bright evenings of summer. As someone who is typically stuck inside all day I love when I can close up the shop and still enjoy an evening outside with bare shoulders. I can’t help but think of summer picnics and days spent outdoors when I see gingham, it’s such a happy pattern. This adorable, off the shoulder sky blue gingham top was my color inspiration for the lenses. I love how lens features can really change the whole style of a pair of glasses, creating visually interesting, optically optimal and fabulously fashionable spectacles. The light blue of the lenses pairs perfectly with the shiny gold finish of the frame. The intricately embossed eyewire and temples add a delicate depth reminiscent of centuries old eyeglass craftsmanship.

pitt-meadows-photographer-sheena-48For a round frame with a little something more, look no further than these delightful frames by Etnia Barcelona. The “Shenzhen” frame has so many design layers, yet is light and fresh. The shiny pinky tone in this rose gold frame has me swooning at first sight.

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The round frame shape, complete with brow bar pulled me in and the two tone translucent pink acetate lens surround sealed the deal, they had to be mine!

 

To increase the eyestyle and up the comfort level, I added Transitions Signature 7 Lenses in brown, because they adapt to changing light conditions. From completely clear to a light rosy brown tone, to a dark chestnut brown in bright sun. So when an after work bike cruise is on the agenda I can make the most of the evening summer light without having to slow down and fuss with changing my eyewear.

pitt-meadows-photographer-sheena-52It’s such a nice feeling to finish work for the day and change into some denim shorts and a cute pair of flat sandals. I love a little flair in my fashion and this amazing geometric kimono has become a piece I find myself wearing again and again. I fell in love with this print when I bought it in jumpsuit, and didn’t have to think twice to buy it again. It has been a summer wardrobe staple for me adding an polish in an effortless way.

pitt-meadows-photographer-sheena-59I have paired it with both my Andy Wolf round gold frame with blue lenses and the pink Etnia Barcelona frame. With the all the beautiful colors in the bold geometric kimono print it is hard to say which pairing I like better, they both look so good.

I will no doubt pull the navy and yellow from the pattern to wear it into fall, now which glasses will I pair it with then…?

I encourage everyone to try a round eye style, you might have to kiss a lot of frogs, but it will no doubt lead to you finding your prince charming!

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Palm leaves & Popsicle’s, The Transitions Xtractive Style Mirrors Launch

I believe that personal style is based on comfort and personality, and I love something that is adaptive to different situations.

styke-quote-e1534217931164.pngUsually people don’t associate style with Transitions Lenses, as an avid lover of these lenses I find most people dismiss them based on an outdated impression. But even the naysayers will not be able to resist the amazing style you can create with the new Transitions Xtractive Style Mirror Lenses.

Only a chic setting would do justice for the launch of the stylish new addition to the Transitions Lenses portfolio. The Addisions is a little hot spot, a venue with a cheeky story,

“Few people know who they are, and even fewer have ever made their acquaintance. They collect fine art and always have a stocked bar.  They have amazing food on hand, and their friends are all so charming. And their house – my God. Have you seen their house? They really do have it all. It’s just too bad they’re never around to enjoy it.”

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESIn The Addisons Hamptons inspired backyard, littered with pool floaties, skirted by black and white striped cabanas, overflowing with palm printed pillows; it was the perfect venue to lounge, listen to summer anthems spun by DJ’s Coco & Breezy, all while sipping on refreshing Prosecco Pop cocktails and trying on sunglasses by Coco & Breezy featuring Transitions Xtractive Style Mirror Lenses.

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Because we all want to look fabulous from daylight to dusk. The desire to always be wearing the right eyewear is as crucial to me as wearing the right shoes! So I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to wear and share Transitions Xtractive Style Mirrors. A lens that amps up the style factor and elevates any outfit. These new sun lenses are an option that will appeal to both prescription and non prescription eyeglass wearers, because the responsive and adaptive nature of the lenses suits so many styles and situations.

Transitions Xtractive Style Mirror lenses change from a sheer translucent mirror in low lights and alters to an opaque, iridescent mirror when exposed to bright UV light.

These sun lenses are available in two Transitions Xtractive base colours, grey or brown, and 5 on trend fashion mirrors. So no matter your age or EYEstyle the light intelligent, hassle free nature of these lenses allow you to express your individual style, without missing a moment.

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I chose the gold mirror colour on a brown Transitions Xtractive base, when I put these lenses in my Alexander McQueen sunglasses I was blown away! Originally these sunglasses featured a plain grey gradient lens, which didn’t do much to compliment the green and gold frame design. With the gold mirror on the lenses, these sunglasses are next level amazing! The gold finish on the lenses blends perfectly into the shiny gold finish on the frame and made the unique green acetate of the combo style standout.

These sunglasses were the perfect inspiration for my outfit choice for the event. Coco & Breezy have been know to say “eyeglasses are the outfit, and clothing is the accessory”, in this case I couldn’t agree more!

The palm print pattern of this two piece set intensified the green of the Alexander McQueen frames. I added a contrasting pop of colour with these fun tassel earrings by H&M and my signature summer orange-red lipstick “Countess” by Kat Von D. A simple nude shoe let everything else shine.

Set your sights on looking stylish and enjoying every last minute of summer sunshine with adaptive sun lenses with Transition Xtractive Style Mirror Lenses.

-Be sure to tag me and show me how you EYEstyle yourself! #OpticianAboutTown-

 

 

 

 

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.

Lacave
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.

Transitions when travelling

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A lifelong chronic over packer, only as I reflect on my last travels, one where the airline lost my suitcase, leaving me with nothing but the clothes on my back (for an trip where I would be meeting a lot of new people in my profession and making first impressions).

It forced me to ask….

What is really essential to pack? What do I have that I cannot live without? and in the same breath, What could I do without?

When you arrive at your destination, a new place, without all those meticulously planned outfits (I am fully guilty of listing each activity and layout options accordingly), plan B alternatives and beauty essentials, you have no choice but to pull yourself together and come up with a solution (or in my case a trip to Target, the only store open at 11 pm).

This experience in hindsight was a blessing. From this point forward I am a carry on kinda girl. I spent my last trip without all that baggage, literally! Let me tell you, that was liberating!

These are my essentials, the things that carried me through the first time and those I cannot (or choose not to) travel without.

Glasses with Transitions Lenses; Clear to dark the best multipurpose, situation adaptable lens. Having one pair of glasses that gives me full UV protection, the benefits and look of sunglasses is a daily must, but especially helpful when traveling. Going in and outdoors they change quickly from clear to dark to clear. There is no need to change to sunglasses and juggle two pairs. These are one of my favorite frames by Seraphin, the leopard print is a playful take on a classic tortoiseshell and the larger lens size lends itself perfectly to a sunglass look when my Transition Signature 7 graphite green lenses adjust to their dark tint.

Cross Body Bag;  The size of this Michael Kors bag is perfect and I love that the chain detail lets you dress it up for a flawless conversion from day to night.. A cross body bag keeps your hands free and all the essentials easily accessible.

Scarf or Poncho; Cozy for the flight and a lifesaver for unpredictable weather. A neutral poncho that can be used as a blanket, jacket or scarf is something I wont fly without.

Camera; Although we primarily rely on our phones to take pictures nowadays I love to travel with this Samsung NX3000 camera. It’s compact, but don’t let that fool you, it has many of the features of a much larger SLR. Removable lenses, a large screen (that flips up and rotates for selfies) and full menu of smart setting or manual options. I especially love the vintage look of the camera, that gives a a certain throwback feeling when wandering through a new location.

The common thread in my travel essentials? Items that transition for double duty, making traveling the joy it’s meant to be.