High-Tech Meets High Fashion Eyewear: GUNNAR Optiks Work-Play Lens

You may not realize it but many of us put a 24-hr strain on our eyes. Going from hours in front of a computer, to your smartphone, to your television. While blue light may be beneficial to our eyes during the daytime. It does have a dark side. Did you know that blue light penetrates all the way to the retina? While this helps to boost your attention and mood, at night too much blue light exposure can damage light-sensitive cells in the retina. Luckily there is an answer to solve this blue light problem, the GUNNAR Optiks Work-Play Lens. As Editor of our women’s lifestyle website, we spend hours updating our site and engaging our followers on social media before, during and after events. We have to make sure our eyes are protected and the blue light blocking glasses from the GUNNAR Optiks do just that.

Who is GUNNAR Optiks? They are the world’s leading creator and manufacturer of computer eyewear. The above Infinite by Publish lens is blue light glasses from the GUNNAR Optiks Work-Play Lens collection in collaboration with leading apparel brand company, Publish. Together, these two powerful brands bring to life the never ‘seen’ before, uniquely versatile, Work-Play lens. The other styles in the GUNNAR Optiks Work-Play Lens collection include the retro classic Intercept and the strong traditional Axial frames. What we love about these glasses, besides their stylish look and amazing technology, is you can get them with or without your prescription.

These innovative dual-purpose lifestyle eyewear are designed for indoor blue light protection from digital screens which then transitions to a sunglass for outdoor protection from UV light and the sun’s rays. With these unique glasses, you can easily transition from working indoors to playful activities outdoors. The new GUNNAR Optiks Work Play lens is a simplistic and stylish solution to eye protection worries.

In just 45 seconds, the Work-Play lens seamlessly transitions from an indoor translucent amber tint with Visible Light Transmission (VLT) of 83-percent and a Blue-Light Protection Factor (BPF) of 65, to an outdoor sunglasses tint with a VLT of 26-percent and a BPF of 85. Powered by innovative GUNNAR i-Amp® lens technology, Work-Play lenses maximize long-wave blue light, helping to stimulate your alertness and attitude while improving your circadian rhythm all day long.

The all-new Work Play lens Infinite by Publish glasses is the first and only digital eyewear to combine the unparalleled protection of GUNNAR’s patented lens technology with the unparalleled style of Publish. The new GUNNAR Optiks Work Play lens collection is available now on www.gunnar.com and www.publishbrand.com.

Kent Stetson Handbags: The Artistic Side of Fashion

While attending an event during the winter season, we spied one of the event’s attendees with a clutch so fabulous, we had to stop her and inquire.  We found out that fabulous holiday designed clutch (it was accented with working small c7 Christmas lights) is from Kent Stetson Handbags. Although it took some time, we’re happy to bring you more of the stunning collection from the fun, whimsical, and extraordinary handbag label.

It will come as no surprise that Kent Stetson’s background is in art. His signature asymmetrical and non-asymmetrical clutches (they all come with a handy crossbody strap), and larger day bags are fun conversation pieces. As we previously stated, the clutch we saw was so eye-catching, we were compelled to find out more about it.

The Kent Stenton Handbags has a wonderful variety of design options made from luxury-quality coated canvas, and we wish we could highlight them all but this would end up being extremely long. We are, however, sharing our favorites with you today.  The shoe addict and those who love adult beverages will love the following clutches, the Heels Clutch ($208.00), Cosmopolitan Clutch ($205.00), Rosé Clutch ($205.00), and the White Wine Clutch ($205.00).

For you metal heads, and by that, we mean metallic fashion; you’ll love the following rich metallic and textured styles: the Disco Ball Clutch ($298.00), Ivory & Gold Paillette ($198.00), Gold Paillette Clutch ($198.00), and the Silver Paillette Clutch ($198.00).

For those looking for bold and memorable color and prints, you’ll love the Peacock Clutch ($198.00), Cherry Blossom Clutch ($212.00), Celestial Clutch ($208.00) –  complete with battery powered lights, and the Dripping in Gold Clutch ($198.00).

Last but certainly not least, for those of who loves the natural beauty of geodes, the Kent Stetson clutches featured above are perfect for you, most of which are accented in crystals and agate. Going clockwise, we have the Black Geode Clutch ($230.00), Aqua Geode Clutch ($230.00), Topaz Geode Clutch ($230.00), and the Tropical Geode Clutch ($230.00).

All Kent Stetson handbags come with a removable cross-body chain, logo dust bag, clear vinyl inner pocket, and are individually signed by the designer artist himself. So there you have it, your new bag obsession. To get to know more about Kent Stetson and their amazing collection of bags, visit www.kentstetson.com.

 

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SHOPPING NYC: Versace Versace Versace Sample Sale

Calling all fashion and deal lovers. April is going to be a very fashionable and money-saving month. We are excited to share with you the upcoming designer sale, the Versace Versace Versace sample sale. Check your bank accounts and tax refunds ladies and gentlemen, because it is officially on!

260 Sample Sale, known for having premier sample sales for top brands, is excited to welcome the Versace Sample Sale to their 150 Greene Street location in Soho. Mark your calendars from Wednesday, April 11th through Sunday, April 15th to shop Versace’s men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, accessories, bags, sunglasses, jewelry, and shoes at prices far below retail.

Check out the full details of this amazing sale below:

The sample sale location again is at 150 Greene Street (btwn Houston and Prince Street). To get to the sale, take the following trains: W/R train to Prince St, the C/E train to Spring St, or the B/D/F/M train to Broadway/Lafayette.

The sale hours of the Versace sample sale is as follows:

April 11th – April 15th
Wednesday – Friday: 9am-8pm
Saturday: 10am-8pm
Sunday: 10am-5pm

The Versace sample sale is just one of the many prestigious sample sales 260 Sample Sale is known for. Some of the brands 260 Sample Sale has hosted in the past include Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, 3.1 Phillip Lim, The Kooples, Sandro, Maje, Soulcycle, James Perse, Diesel, Stila Cosmetics, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Rebecca Taylor, and Rebecca Minkoff….. Just to name a few!

Now for the rules of the sale: 260 Sample Sale has a mandatory coat and bag check. They accept cash and credit cards. All sample sale items with a value of $110 or higher will be charged an 8.875% sales tax. Certain accessories will be charged an 8.875% sales tax no matter the value. All items purchased are final sale.

So, fellow shopaholics and New York City deal lovers, will you be attending this wonderful sample sale?

Case Study: Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ Cases and Covers

So you’ve got the new Samsung Galaxy S9 or S9+ smartphone, your next purchase should be a case, and we’ve got some great Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ cases and covers from Case-Mate, Speck Products, and Samsung. Whether you want to protect your new S9 or S9+ with something glittery (very “IN” right now), something practical and rugged, or something innovative, we’ve got it for you.

Some of these Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ cases and covers feature special talents, dazzling colors, and textures, without killing your budget. Ready to get to know these cool cases? Here we go:

CASE-MATE PRODUCTS

When it comes to dressing your Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ in glamour, look no further than the sparkly phone cases from Case-Mate. The above Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ cases are just three of the standout cases from Case-Mate’s available range. Each Karat Petals phone case, $60.00, contains real, delicately dried flowers and beautiful metallic elements are encased in clear resin. Because of this, no two designs are exactly the same. Enjoy a dynamic snow globe effect of cascading sparkle and tumbling glitter with the Waterfall phone case, $40.00. The Sheer Crystal case, $35.00, boasts tiny pieces of twinkling glass crystal reflect light in a dazzling pattern. Its two-piece construction works well with wireless charging. These three Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ cases also feature metallic buttons, Military strength impact protection, and anti-scratch technology.

SPECK PRODUCTS

What we love about the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ cases from Speck Products is their seamless fusion of toughness and style. Speck tests their phone cases with up to 10-foot drop tested and boasts several other notable features such as microban anti-microbial technology and 360-degree protection, Impactium Shock Barrier, scratch-resistant matte finishes, and no-slip grips. We are highlighting from left to right: the Speck Presidio Grip Samsung Galaxy S9, and S9+ Case, $39.95/$44.95,  Presidio Clear + Glitter Samsung Galaxy S9, and S9+ Case, $44.95/$49.95, and the Presidio Grip + Glitter Samsung Galaxy S9, and S9+ Case, $44.95/$49.95.

SAMSUNG

Of course who better to get great cases for your Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, than the creators of the phone. From left to right are the Galaxy S9 and S9+ LED Wallet Cover, $64.99, Galaxy S9, and S9+ Rugged Protective Cover, $39.99, and the Galaxy S9 and S9+ S-View Cover, $59.99. The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are fashion and function. We love the LED Wallet Cover for its multifunctional aspect. You can store cards in the interior pocket and get notifications of incoming calls, messages, current time, and more thanks to the LED notifications on the outside.  The S-View Flip Cover also enables you to see and interact with your phone screen through the front of the case while the cover is closed. Respond to incoming phone calls, alarms, and events with ease. The Samsung Galaxy S9 Rugged Protective Cover deflects and absorbs most impacts to minimize damage to your phone thanks to its military standards drop test.

What are your thoughts on these Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ cases and covers?

It’s In the Bag: Christopher Belt and Harrian Launch New Handbag Line

Multiple Independent Designer Awards winner, Christopher Belt has teamed up with Seoul, Korea Handbag brand Harrian to launch a new affordable luxury handbag collection and we had the pleasure of attending the launch event. The Christopher Belt and Harrian New York handbag line features a collection of mid-tier to high-end handbags created with inspiration from the world of architecture, furniture, and fashion. Handbag designer Christopher Belt is a fan of angular lines and details that are prevalent throughout the collection.

What started out as a small Manhattan boutique in 2014 is primed to become one of the most sought-after ranges of handbags. Each item in the Christopher Belt and Harrian New York handbag line is carefully created to reflect wit, elegance, and style while maintaining a “go anywhere” functionality. Chic and street-sensible, the Christopher Belt and Harrian New York handbag collection features something that will appeal to virtually every woman.

Every handbag from the Christopher Belt and Harrian New York handbag collection is beautiful but we do have our ultimate favorite styles. Top design choice for us is the hexagon shaped Galeforce Tote (the first handbag pictured). The minimal style handbag features short handles and a long shoulder strap in a two-way style that screams luxury. The circular Ticktock Crossbody (featured below in red) is inspired by the concept of time. The bag features Hermes embossed leather in a trendy circular shape with a triangular bar decoration to represent the hand of the clock, a short handle, and a removable long shoulder strap. The chic Cherry Bomb Retro Mini Cross Back boasts imported Italian leather, is decorated with gold cherries all over the front, and features an adjustable shoulder strap.

For those who love classic and minimal styles handbags and purses, styles like the rectangular shaped Empire, the rounded bottom Velocity, and trapezoid-shaped Scamper bags are perfect fits for your sophisticated and timeless tastes. We love these stunning bags and look forward to seeing more from Christopher Belt and Harrian New York.

What are your thoughts on this new handbag line? Which styles are your favorites?

Vivo Masks: Turn Your Valentine’s Day into a Masquerade

While channel surfing last weekend, we happened upon the masked party scene of the Fifty Shades Darker movie, which of course brought to mind movies where masked balls or parties played an important part of the story. Most movies with masquerade masks, like Eyes Wide Shut, Phantom of the Opera, Casanova, et al, ooze sensuality. We’re talking about both the scene and the wearer. There’s just something about the mystery and illusion of what’s hidden behind the mask that adds to the allure of these ornately decorated accessories. With Valentine’s Day nearly upon us, why not bring some of that sensual mystery into your Valentine’s Day celebrations with one of the many beautiful selections of masquerade masks from Vivo Masks. Today we’re featuring three of our favorites, and the best part, they’re all a budget-friendly $29.00 – $39.00.

The above Vivo mask, the Catwoman Completa Gold mask, a beautifully crafted mask that is both daring and refined. It boasts a gold-plated and bejeweled body (it’s also available in black, blue/black, and red/black). The mask is crafted with delicate flowing swirls that form an edgy outline that comes attached with ribbons to secure it comfortably around your face.

If you’re looking to stick to the traditional Valentine’s Day colors of red and white, Vivo Masks has the perfect option for you. White and bejeweled, the beautifully ornate and airy Occhialino mask is perfect for those wanting to reveal their true selves while hiding some secrets. Covering the right side of the eye area, this mask features a lattice pattern, swooping swirls, and numerous crystals. For those who are not doing red and white, the Occhialino mask is also available in black, gold, and silver. The ideal piece for grown-up girls wanting to feel part of a fairytale.

The fantasy continues with Vivo Masks that are reminiscent of a butterfly about to take flight, like the stunning silver Phoenix Metallo mask featured above. This striking silver mask (also available in gold) is a beautiful starter accessory for a masquerade collection. It is versatile thanks to its silver hue, and beautifully feminine with its butterfly motif. It’s a compact piece that works well for a multitude of occasions and dresses.

Vivo Masks range in price from $29.00 to well over $1,000 (their most decadent and opulent mask retails for a whopping $249,000.00). Both lower, and high-end priced masks are all authentic and handmade in Italy. Whether you’re dressing up for a seductive Valentine’s Day, a masquerade ball or even prom, the intricate masks from Vivo Masks are all you need.

Could one of these masquerade spice up your V-Day celebrations?

 

The Fashion List: Must-Have Madonna & Co Finds to Buy in Early 2018

Next month marks two things, New York Fashion Week and the time when many Spring 2018 fashions begin hitting retail stores. But while February is the “month of fashion”, January is that unpredictable transition month. The first few months of a new year always brings up one issue – do you shop the sales and leftover items on markdown or do you think (and shop) ahead for Spring items. With the crazy weather conditions during the first three months of the year – what is a fashionista to do? Why not let NYC Upper East Side boutique Madonna & Co help you with this difficult fashion decision! Madonna & Co have come up with a cheat sheet of the best finds and fashion essentials for this interim period (a period they like to call – “the 5th Season”.)

1. A Faux Fur Vest

Faux fur vests are the perfect item to buy and wear now through the warmer months to come! The versatility options are endless & we love that this piece is as practical as it is stylish! Here are multiple ways to wear your fur vest:
▪ Layer it over your coat for a stylish & chic look or when it gets really cold, put it on under your coat for some
seriously luxurious-feeling warmth.
▪ Add long leather gloves and go sleeveless for a chic statement look.
▪ Team it over a cashmere sweater & jeans and turn into a sophisticated glam gal.
▪ Throw it on over sweatpants and suddenly be transformed into a glamorous, vaguely intimidating version of
yourself.
▪ Layer over a Second Skin Seamless knit tops for a match made in heaven!

2. Seamless Second Skin Tee

These one-size-fits-all tops are ideal for this season. These form-fitting, seamless tops work under another top, at the gym or alone to dress up your day or night wear.

3. The Micro-Purse

Now that everything you could possibly need fits inside your cell phone, why lug around that huge hobo? It’s all about the Micro Purse in 2018.

4. Sunny Shades

Sun or no sun – sunglasses transcend the seasons, and can really finish off the perfect outfit. 2018 sunglasses trends have made shades hotter than ever from cat-eye to pearls and rhinestones.

5. The new Sock Boot 

In early 2018, it’s all about the fit, novelty heels, and comfort! From the sock boot to the stretch boot we’ll keep you walking in style through the spring!

6. Knit dresses

Knit dresses inject a little fun into your wardrobe for this time of year. Versatile enough to wear with sneakers for an urban vibe or with heels to that special event.

Madonna & Co is both a fashion boutique and a beauty bar all under one roof at their Upper East Side location. An affordable luxury for fashionistas of all ages, Madonna & Co is completely, and uniquely about the customer, offering a variety of products & services from fashion advice, beauty experiences, makeup and skin care needs and beautiful apparel collections.

Holiday Gift Ideas: The Ultimate Cuff for Your Apple Watch

While getting an Apple Watch as a Christmas gift this holiday season is an amazing thing, it’s overall look may not reflect your personal style or even fit with what you may be wearing on during an evening out. What if you can style up your new ultimate piece of technology with a variety of very chic and very stylish watch straps to enhance your everyday style? Look no further than The Ultimate Cuff to style up your Apple Watch.

The Ultimate Cuff for Your Apple Watch

 

Created by founder and CEO Anne Zacharias, together with Creative Director Tiffany Castillo, The Ultimate Cuff range is 100% nickel free, so they’re perfect for people with sensitive skin. The fashionable cuffs are made out of brass, which is then plated with either 14k Gold, 14k Rose Gold, or Silver Rhodium. The Ultimate Cuff is available in eight straps styles that range from thin to wide, and come in two sizes – 38mm or 42mm, so you can accurately match and fit the Apple Watch series 1, 2 and 3. These stylish Apple watch bands include the Mia, Catalina, Artemis, Cleo, Lola Mini, Diana, Coco, and Coco Mini. All boast adjustable closures that features a chain designed to make resizing to your ideal fit a breeze.

  • The Mia Cuff ($98.00) is a classic design with a streamlined look to enhance your everyday style.
  • The Catalina Cuff‘s ($122.00) tropical design of the Monstera leaf will pair perfectly with your vacation wardrobe.
  • The Artemis Cuff ($98.00) is designed after the Greek Goddess for which she was named. The cuff represents the goddess known for carrying a bow and arrow. Its double arrow design will surely make your inner goddess stand out.
  • The Cleo Cuff‘s ($116.00) scalloped design offers a softer look while being both stylish and feminine.
  • The Lola Mini Cuff ($112.00)adds a little extra jewelry to your everyday smartwatch. The cuff is dressed up with beautiful white and turquoise Howlite stones (each cuff is set with 8 stones – Silver with turquoise dyed, and yellow and rose gold with white Howlite).
  • The Diana Cuff ($116.00)was named after the original Wonder Woman. The new Diana cuff was designed with sleek and modern lines to make a statement whether worn with your own jewelry, or on its own.
  • The Coco Cuff ($116.00) is a cool statement piece on its own. It has hammered detail and high shine polish.
  • The Coco Mini Cuff ($98.00) is the sister to our original style, only half the width. It makes for a very cool statement piece with its hammered detail and high shine polish.

What are your thoughts on these stylish offerings from The Ultimate Cuff? Are they going to be on your holiday wish or gift list?