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JBuds Frames from JLab Usher in a New Era of Audio Eyewear

JBuds Frames from JLab Usher in a New Era of Audio Eyewear

The demand for wireless audio has grown vastly in the past decade. Wireless audio is safer than holding a device to your ear and provides greater privacy. Moreover, wireless audio provides better audio production than speakers, making them the audio system of choice for video conferencing.

Even more importantly, wireless audio can help people with hearing loss use their cell phones. Roughly 36 million Americans have some amount of hearing loss. For many of these users, the better sound quality of wireless audio earbuds can be essential for cell use.

However, wireless audio devices come with a few drawbacks. Most wireless audio devices are designed to fit over or in the ear. This means that some people cannot use them because the devices are too large, too small, or improperly shaped to fit the user’s ear. Wireless audio devices are also notorious for being misplaced or lost. This leaves the user without an audio device for driving, exercising, or other activities that require the user’s hands to remain free.

JBuds Frames from JLab Usher in a New Era of Audio Eyewear

JBuds Frames from JLab Audio is intended to remedy many of the problems inherent in conventional wireless audio devices. JBuds Frames attach to the user’s eyeglasses along with the earpieces. Unlike conventional earbuds or wireless audio devices, this minimizes the risk of loss. By attaching the wireless audio devices to the eyeglasses, the audio devices are only as likely to be lost as the glasses. When you wear JBuds Frames, you’ll have two Bluetooth true wireless audio devices that operate independently and that you can attach to the temples of any pair of eyeglasses, sunglasses, or other eyewear.

By fitting to the user’s eyeglasses, JBuds Frames provides a universal fit that can accommodate any user. The lack of universal fit among traditional earbuds and wireless pieces that are designed for the ears can leave many users with no way to communicate via phone. About 15% of adults over the age of 18 have hearing trouble. This amounts to about 37.5 million Americans. For many of these adults, conventional earbuds or wireless Bluetooth earpieces will not fit into, or over, their ear.

JBuds Frames are a perfect solution to that problem. While the device can help users hear more clearly, the open-ear design also allows the wearer to be aware of their surroundings as they listen to audio content. This can be extremely helpful for those who like to listen to music or podcasts while they exercise or work but still need to be able to hear when the phone rings or a loved one calls from the other room.

JBuds Frames from JLab Usher in a New Era of Audio Eyewear

As JBuds Frames attach to the user’s own glasses, they are endlessly adaptable to the user’s style. Whatever the style of your eyeglasses is, JBuds Frames can adapt to them, allowing you to keep your desired style. This is just as important as the function of the device, as style matters to most users. While devices have been created that integrate wireless audio into eyeglasses, manufacturers usually provide a limited selection of eyeglass styles. This makes sense because the device manufacturers are usually more concerned with the technology inside the wireless earpieces than the style of the eyeglass frames. As a result, the frames can look cheap or use colors or patterns that are simple so they can match anyone’s needs.

The removability of the Bluetooth pieces also allows you to use them with whatever pair of glasses you want to wear. Whether you have multiple pairs of stylish eyeglasses or you like to switch between different sunglasses, you can use JBuds Frames at all times. When you wear them, you can enjoy over eight hours of playtime and conveniently-located buttons to accept or decline phone calls, adjust volume, and switch between JLab’s Signature and Bass Boost EQ settings.

JBuds Frames provide many benefits compared to conventional wireless Bluetooth earbuds or even eyeglasses with integrated earpieces. This new device from JLab will be previewed during the 2021 CES event. You can expect them to be available early in spring 2021 and retail for $50, which is $150-$200 below comparable releases. Check out a preview of the new JLab JBuds Frames on their website.

Giving Tuesday 2020: Celebrating Brands With Heart This Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday 2020: Celebrating Brands With Heart This Giving Tuesday

As you enjoy the fantastic deals that are being offered on Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, don’t forget to check out the brands with heart and those that are giving back. Shopping with these altruistic will help bring happiness to someone who needs it and can help benefit all of us as well. Whether they are donating to a worthy cause or helping to save our planet, for Giving Tuesday 2020, we are highlighting companies that are helping to make our world a better place.

Giving Tuesday 2020: Celebrating Brands With Heart This Giving Tuesday

From coffee that’s fighting injustice around the world, soaps that help those in need, eyewear and water bottles that help reduce the use of fossil fuels and greenhouse gas, and a wine that supports Restaurant Workers as they remain out of work. It is our pleasure to celebrate these brands that are doing these wonderful things this Giving Tuesday 2020.

1. Generous Coffee Co.

Giving Tuesday 2020: Celebrating Brands With Heart This Giving Tuesday

Generous Coffee provides single-origin, traceable, craft-roasted coffee that exists to change lives in eight flavor offerings. Started by Former ABC Bachelor, Ben Higgins, and former President of Humanity and Hope United, Riley Fuller, Generous Coffee, which officially launched online in January of 2018, works closely with their roasting company to help farmers convert cocaine fields into coffee farms. This transition from coca to coffee creates a better life for the farmers and their families, who are then paid 80% more than the local price.

Generous Coffee believes if you’re going to buy coffee anyway, it might as well be quality, life-changing coffee. The for-profit biz sees themselves more as a FOR PURPOSE biz. They sell products, to make money so that they can turn right around and give that money straight back to nonprofits fighting injustice around the world. Today, Generous has two coffee shops, an apparel line, eight coffee selections, an online store, and an ambassador program of people fighting to end injustice together! What started out as a coffee company, has quickly become a community of people that have set out to change the world!

 2. Soapbox Soaps

Giving Tuesday 2020: Celebrating Brands With Heart This Giving Tuesday

We highlighted this wonderful brand in our Love Your Hair: Products to Maintain Healthy Hair at Home feature. Each purchase of their products donates a bar of soap to someone in need and also funds hygiene education taught by the people in the communities we serve. Soapbox’s mission is to empower people to change the world through everyday, quality purchases. This year, Soapbox joins the Giving Tuesday movement by doubling its donations of soap that will reach vulnerable communities in the US and around the world. The company is also offering 15% off all items purchased through its website with the code GIVE2020.

3. HydraPak RECON

Giving Tuesday 2020: Celebrating Brands With Heart This Giving Tuesday

Hydrapak, makers of innovative hydration solutions has launched its RECON Series of outdoor bottles. These outdoor water bottles are made from  50% certified recycled content in both the cap and bottle. Vividly clear, and virtually indestructible, the RECON bottle is topped with a new patented twist cap that provides the perfect flow rate for a glasslike drinking experience. It was born out of the belief that outdoor gear can, and should, have a lower impact on the environment. RECON uses Tritan Renew technology, which uses recycled plastic as a raw material while reducing the consumption of fossil fuels and lowering greenhouse gas footprints. They use a variety of sources with the primary source being PET (polyethylene terephthalate) single-use bottles. To be exact, it takes x9 single-use bottles to upcycle into outdoor water bottles.

The new HydraPak RECON Series outdoor bottles are available in two convenient sizes, 750ml ($15.00) and 1L ($16.00), and are available exclusively through HydraPak’s specialty retail partners and online at www.hydrapak.com.

4. Smith CORE Sunglasses

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The Smith CORE sunglasses, $129.00, boast frames made from 5 recycled post-consumer water bottles. They are available in three styles: Eastbank CORE, Shoutout CORE, and Lowdown 2 CORE. Each CORE frame is made with Evolve bio-based polarized lenses and uses an embossed logo to avoid the use of adhesives. The eyewear comes in a microfiber bag made from recycled PET water bottles and is shipped in 100% recycled packaging.

The gray lens tint provides true color perception for exact color definition. This lens creates a soothing effect on the eyes in bright and sunny conditions. They also include polarization to cuts glare, and they provide 100% protection from harmful UVA/B/C rays.

5. Sonoma-Cutrer Russian River Ranches Chardonnay 2018

Sonoma-Cutrer Russian River Ranches Chardonnay 2018

Russian River Ranches Chardonnay is beautifully focused on the palate; it boasts flavors of crisp, zesty lemon, green apple, lime, and barrel spice. The wine rounds out with their signature citrus acidity and a nicely balanced long, flavorful finish. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Russian River Ranches Chardonnay sales will directly support Sonoma-Cutrer’s $100,000 donation to the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation (RWCF). This advocacy and action nonprofit was created by and for restaurant workers. Also, in the spirit of Friendsgiving, they announced a joint $50,000 donation to No Kid Hungry with Woodford Reserve. The 13.8% ABV white wine is available DTC via the winery website and retailers nationwide.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this list of companies with heart. Will they be a part of your Giving Tuesday 2020 shopping list?

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.

Freeze Frames Cool Eyewear: Eliminate Tired, Puffy Eyes in Style

When it comes to our writing, you can find us up late almost every night updating our blog, setting up drafts, or editing our photos. This nightly ritual comes at an expense of course……..tired and puffy eyes. Naturally, we try to combat this with eye creams, cold compresses and cucumber slices on our eyes, and of course, a chic pair of sunglasses. Ever wonder how effective it would be if you could combine two of those solutions, without looking silly of course. We’re here to let you know, you can eliminate tired, puffy eyes while looking stylish, with Freeze Frames Cool Eyewear. Freeze Frames provides the benefits of an ice eye mask through the ease and stylish look of sunglasses.

Say goodbye to tired, puffy eyes through this, innovative and never-before-seen unisex range of sunglasses. Freeze Frames Cool Eyewear, invented by LA-based specialty nurse Alison Read, is the first conceptualized fashion accessory that is a dual-purpose device providing both 100% UVA-UVB protection, and cooling eye therapy. Boasting reusable Gel-Pads that magnetically clicks into place on the Freeze Frames Cool Eyewear casing, you are free to discretely target zone-specific problematic eye areas while looking as chic as ever.

Up until the introduction of Freeze Frames Cool Eyewear, the only solution for “puffy eye” days left you limited to messy ice packs and dripping compresses. No longer will swollen eye sufferers forced to remain indoors, cowering out of sight, feeling unattractive and unable to do anything else. The patented Gel-Pad attachments that come with the Freeze Frames Cool Eyewear soothes your puffy and tired eyes with a gentle cooling compression similar to how a nurse might apply ice to swollen, symptomatic eyes.

The Gel-Pads first go in the freezer or a cup of ice for a recommended 20 to 60 minutes before use. Place each gel-pad attachment in the designated areas of your Freeze Frames targeting your lower, upper eye and/or nose-bridge areas. Freeze Frames Cool Eyewear are ideal to wear after a spa or medical treatment to decrease pain and bruising while also increasing the healing. Use them to soothe allergic puffiness, PMS inflammation, computer and dry eye strain, or revitalize your eyes after a long flight. Our favorite benefit of Freeze Frames Cool Eyewear is the fact that it works wonders in relieving headache and migraine symptoms.

The Gel-Pads remain cool for 15 to 20 minutes and can be repeated throughout the day at 20-minute intervals. Be advised that cold therapy applications to sensitive tissue areas should be limited to 15-20 minutes at a time. Freeze Frames Cool Eyewear is available exclusively online at www.FreezeFrames.com for $89.95, with more styles and colors to follow soon.

See What’s Blooming: Drew Barrymore’s Flower Eyewear Collection

You’re already familiar with her movies, her film company, wines, and beauty company, but did you know Drew Barrymore launched an eyewear collection? Adding another successful launch to her Flower Brand with her super chic range of opticals, readers, and sunglasses that make up her Flower Eyewear collection.

The vibrant and playfully chic Flower Eyewear collection perfectly captures Drew Barrymore’s quirky and idealistic sense of style (she’s got that flower power indeed). The 30+ piece eyewear collection includes optical frames in the classic eyewear shapes: cat-eye, round and rectangular, in fun colorful prints and color combinations. The eyewear collection also boasts seven styles of sunglasses, and eight reader styles, all of which are named after one of Barrymore’s most beloved characters.

Our favorites from the Flower Eyewear collection are the Edie Sunglasses (shown above), a chunky cool frame named after her Grey Gardens character in the brown-blue demi print, and the two-toned Lucy Optical (shown below), named after her 50 First Dates character in pink gradient tortoise (no surprise we love this pink pair).

Other notable styles from the Flower Eyewear collection include the cat-eye Chloe Sunglasses in tortoiseshell, the Charlie Sunglasses, an updated cat-eye with a stylishly sloped browline, a navy rim with cream temples, and the cool, classic Casey Aviators.

We know getting the right and most flattering eyewear is a personal choice. One has to take into account personal style, face shape, etc into consideration when choosing the right frames but at least with Flower Eyewear, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get high quality, fashion forward eyewear. When asked about the addition of opticals to her brand, the actress stated the following:

“Eyewear, to me, is the same as the beauty category because it is a part of a women’s expression of who she is. It’s a confidence builder and should make them feel beautiful.”

The range of Flower Eyewear prescription frames and sunglasses, which retails between $39.00 and $88.00 for sunnies and opticals, and $19.94 for readers, are available exclusively at Walmart vision centers.

Look Spectacular in the Elevated Fit of Covry Eyewear

When it comes to eyewear, we always have the same issue, finding cute sunnies that complements our wide, oval/round face. For a while, we gave up on trying to find cute eyewear, concluding we’d just have to deal with the sun’s never-ending glare. Luckily we get invited to great events which continuously introduces us to great, new brands. We not-so=recently were introduced to a great eyewear brand at Caravan Stylist Studios, Brooklyn-based, Covry Eyewear, and its Founders, Athina Wang and Florence Shin. What makes this indie eyewear brand really cool is, not only do they have sunglasses and specs for the four different face shapes – square, oval, round and heart-shaped; they also offer styles for both narrow and wide faces.

Imagine coolly slipping on a pair of sunnies or specs that fit your face comfortably, even when you smile broadly. We didn’t think it was possible but with Covry Eyewear, it truly is. Say hello to the eyewear brand that embraces diverse facial features. While most available eyewear sits on your cheeks, slide down your nose, or rise up your face, Covry Eyewear’s signature Elevated Fit, which boasts longer nose pads, a reduced frame curvature, and a narrowed nose bridge, elevates the frame to sit higher on your face and away from your cheeks. Covry Eyewear currently offers nine styles of spectacles and 20 styles of sunglasses.

Since we are blessed with a wide face, styles like the PAVO and NASH specs, and MAIA, VEGA, CASTOR, and LYNX sunglasses are recommended for us. So if you are also blessed with wide faces, dear readers, these are the styles to check out first. For you narrow-faced women out there, it is recommended that you check out the RIGEL specs, and KRAZ, and LYNX sunglasses.

Covry Eyewear is available for both women and men on www.shopcovry.com and ranges in price from $95.00 – $135.00. And although it is winter, the glare of the sun knows no season, are you wearing the most comfortable sunglasses? What are your thoughts on the styles from this great indie eyewear brand? Could Covry make you SPECtacular? Share your thoughts with us.

Must Win: Nectar Sunglasses’s Playa Blanca Resort Contest

If you haven’t already noticed, temperatures are high, the days are longer, and the sun is high in the sky and beaming, which means…….it’s summertime. One essential everyone must have to protect their eyes from the scorching sun is a great pair of sunglasses. What’s better than a great pair of stylish sunglasses? A free pair of sunnies of course. Since summer is getting into full swing, it’s the perfect time for an EPIC eyewear contest! Nectar Sunglasses, a favorite eyewear brand of Jamie O’Brien, Brad Domke, Greg Lutzka and more, who offers several styles to choose ranging in price from $20.00- $35.00, is currently hosting a contest for some very cool prices.

From now until July 4th, you can enter to win a 5-Night stay in a Luxury Condo at the Playa Blanca Resort in Panama and a $200.00 airline voucher (valued at $1,325.00)! For a chance to win, CLICK HERE TO ENTER. Not only does Nectar Eyewear want you looking good, they want you to have a great time. After you enter their contest, check out the various styles of their lightweight and comfortable sunglasses. The best part, if you break your sunnies, Nectar will repair your broken glasses, or send you a new pair for only $10…….for the rest of your life! There are lots of great styles to choose from. Nectar Eyewear was launched in February of 2012 by two college friends, Sean Holmes and Dylan Roukous, with a goal of providing their customers great sunglasses at an affordable price.

A few of our favorite styles include:

REVERT

The very stylish Revert is made from a lightweight, flexible thermoplastic memory frame specifically designed for maximum comfort. These chic Vegas frame sunglasses boasts a black tortoise frame made from durable polycarbonate that are made to take a beating, scratch resistant film over its lens, glare reduction, and of course, great modern style.

BALTIC AVIATORS

Baltic aviators are a classic aviator with a modern twist. Now, you can channel your inner festival-self while also maintaining your own sense of laid-back style whether you are cruising up the beach boardwalk, shredding the mountain, or checking out your favorite music fest. Featuring Polarized lenses, Baltic is the perfect pair for glare reduction off both water and snow, so you can be true to the adrenaline junkie you really are with a pair of shades that will not only protect your eyes, but will also look freaking cool.

COLTIC WAYFARER

Coltic is the classic pair of Nectar Sunglasses. Timeless style and awesome shades, Coltic is the pair for anyone who wants to look their best in a style that doesn’t have to try hard to be cool. At only $20.00 per pair and $10 to replace, you can skate, surf, or party true to your style, and then just replace your pair of Coltics should they take a beating while you are out taking risks and living the sweet life.

JIVE CLUBBY

Jive is the perfect pair of sunglasses for those that want classic club style in their shades. A clear brown frame with dark gold lenses; Jive is the pair of sunglasses for those that want to get up, go wild, and live life to the fullest. At only $35.00 for the initial pair, and then $10 to replace them, should they get broken, you can Jive through life with no worries.

We admit that while we encourage all of you to enter, we’re secretly hoping that we win this trip to Panama. We haven’t been on a vacation in forever and are long overdue. We will just say good luck to all who enter and don’t forget your Nectar sunglasses.

Trendspotting: Fall’s Must-Have Accessories

Summer’s over, but cheer up buttercup – fall is one of the best times of the year for fashion and accessories. Leather jackets, oversized blazers, boots, and scarves are just a few of the traditional fall staples that we all know and love. But this year, there are quite a few trends on the rise that everyone’s excited about.

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Trending for fall fashion this year are all shades of green and animal prints in every aspect. Evergreen, in particular, made a statement, and you will see it popping up everywhere from sweaters to clutches. Animal prints in long coats and miniskirts are another statement we’ll see this season. ‘60s mod-style is another trending look this fall, from high-kneed boots paired with a shift dress to accessories that remind us of this monumental decade. Everyone is jumping on this retro look. Knits are popular once again as well as robe coats, and designers everywhere are forgoing traditional heels and having their models strut the runway in bright-colored tennis shoes.

With so many looks to choose from, it’s hard to decide which style works for you, but trying just one of these trends and pairing it with a fashionable accessory should make it easier to be in style this fall. No look is complete without eye-catching accessories. Our top fall accessories will help take each of these trending looks to another level. Here are some of this year’s most popular accessories:

High-Knee Boots – Every fall season we fall in love with boots. They pair great with skinny jeans and sweaters, but this year it’s about pairing them with miniskirts, trenches, and – in honor of the return of the swinging ‘60s – shift dresses. Whether you prefer them flat or with a heel, there’s no stopping just how many looks you can create.

The Blanket Scarf – Scarves are another fall signature staple, and anyone looking to create a more dynamic look knows layering with a scarf is one of your best options. This runway season, models are rocking blanket scarves of enormous lengths with tassel details. Burberry is leading the way with this trend, but there are more affordable options out there.

Bucket Bags – These large, cylinder-shaped bags were trending this summer, and they’ve carried over into the fall as a favorite. The slouchy, crossover bag is perfect for the cooler months ahead. Grab one in an animal print or a popular shade of green for even more style. Michael Kors has several that are in tune with this season’s look.

Statement Jewelry – Statement earrings are timeless. They can be worn year-round, but the trend for this fall is to pair them with wide brim hats and other bohemian accessories. Dangly earrings, charm earrings, and bejeweled pendants are a few other pieces of jewelry you’ll want to snatch up.

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Chic Sunglasses – We wear sunglasses all year round just like jewelry, but the trending ‘60s look has brought back some interesting types this year. Round rim glasses with winged tips are a must-have for this fall. Oversized sunglasses are always a good choice, along with gradient sunglasses that pair well with any outfit.

Overwhelmed by all the fall trends? Don’t feel the need to give into everything, find what works best for your style and you’ll be sure to stand out this fall.

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