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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.

Coming Soon to the US: Mondelliani Eyewear

Finally the sun is out and blaring. That means it’s time for more eyewear highlights. Today we’re featuring Mondelliani Eyewear, from designer Federico Mondello, and their capsule EOLIE Collection. This collection pays tribute to the six islands: Lipari, Vulcano, Salina, Alicudi, Filicudi, Panarea, that make up the Sicilian islands. This handmade-in-Italy collection boasts unique, vintage frames, inspired by the 1960s and 1970s, that concentrate on form and shape, to compliment the face. The frames feature fun, bold colors either as a tone-on-tone color combination, or color contrast. All the frames are acetate, boasts laser and silver ink, as well as high quality screw hinges. Check out two of our favorites below:

SALINA

We love the vintage cat eye shape and we know you will too. We love the difference in color tones of the front from the rest of the glasses, the color saturation, and in some options, the ombre (we especially love the pink that goes into orange). These are perfect is your face is square, heart-shaped or oval.

VULCANO

Love round sunglasses, you will love the Vulcano. They also feature dual color tones and color blending as seen in the above Salina. These are also fantastic for faces that are square, heart-shaped or oval.

Mondelliani Eyewear has been around for 45 years and thanks to Ilaria Niccolini Production (INP), who first introduced them at FTL MODA during last Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York,  we are finally able to get our hands on these sunglasses stateside. Keep an eye out for these fun eyewear collection sooon.

Color Coordination | Illamasqua Nails and ICU Eyewear Sunnies

There’s a huge trend going on right now which has everyone matching their nails to more than just their outfits. These days, you can rock nails that match your handbags, shoes makeup, or accessories. Since sunnies are one of the must-have accessories for summer, why not have them match your nail color? Think of the fun you can have. Illamasqua, a brand known for celebrating personality and individuality, and ICU Eyewear has several incredible colors that coordinate and compliment each other perfectly. Both brands have an amazing variety of colors, some of which are featured below – so many choices, it’s difficult to choose a favorite.

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Alarm
ICU Crystal w/Wavy Temples Red

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Gamma
ICU Crystal w/Metal Temples Gold

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Harem
ICU Crystal Pink/Black

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Prism
ICU Crystal w/Outsides Spray

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Purity
ICU Black with Metallic Temples Pumpkin

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Superstition
ICU Modern Classic Red

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Swinger
ICU Retro Speckles Brown

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Venous
ICU Crystal Green

Luckily you don’t have to choose. Because ICU Eyewear is so affordable, you can mix and match several of the eyewear styles to your Illamasqua nail varnishes. With eyewear styles retailing for only $21.95, you can switch up your look all season long.