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Shielding Yourself From The Elements

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

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Classic Cats Eye for Christmas

The holidays are a time of year where I often find myself seeking the warm embrace of nostalgia. When December hits I am all about Christmas traditions and the spirit of classic things that I love to experience year after year. I always look forward to taking out the Christmas decorations and trimming the tree.  It seems to inspires everything from what I bake (shortbread cookies from my nana’s recipe) to how I dress (a red dress with a bow, yes please!). This year that feeling crept into my EyeStyle, leading me to seek a classic black cats eye frame that was a perfect compliment to all the fashions of the season.

Surprising as it is, I did not have a black plastic cats eye frame in my collection!

If I had a signature frame shape it would surely be it. I love a cats eye for it’s feminine, uplifting and sexy shape. I have it in many colors and materials, but I had overlooked it in a traditional, glossy black acetate.

The Andy Wolf 5060 caught my eye and I could no longer go without this classic shape and color combination in my eyeglass wardrobe. Handcrafted, in a traditional and timeless silhouette. A pair of glasses that I will no doubt wear frequently and have in my collection for years to come.

Now I meet ladies everyday that are dead set against a cats eye frame,  and if you have this thought then this is the frame to change your mind. It is not too “wingy”, it actually has a slightly straighter browline, but the bridge dip and thoughtful edge angle give lift and defines the wearers cheekbone (and who wouldn’t want to enhance their cheekbones).

This classic cats eye frame is one that I paired with some of my favorite holidays looks. I found it to match perfectly with so many EyeStyle inspired outfits. This year I decided not to match my black glasses, and now I think a bright red dress is a better holiday staple than a little black dress. This dress from Zara was easy to dress up or dress down. For work I paired it with solid opaque tights and a chunky heeled lace up boots by Steve Madden. These boots have a great tread for winter weather and they give me a nostalgic feeling with their 90’s vibes. I consider them my grown up Doc Martin boots. For holiday parties and dinners, I combined the dress and patterned tights with a classic black pump. Regardless if it was a fancy affair or just a Tuesday at work, I topped the outfit with this houndstooth coat from Forever21, for just right amount of pattern and texture. To complete the look I added a bright red lip to add the pop of color on my lips to replace the color I often get from my glasses.

As I wrap up another holiday season I look forward to all the EyeStyle and adventures that 2019 has in store for OpticianAboutTown!