We’ve blogged before about how wearing glasses can make you seem more intelligent. Now we’d like to hear about how your glasses carried you through your school days. If you are a high school senior who has been accepted to an accredited college in the United States, or a student at an accredited university in the U.S., you are eligible to compete for one of three poetry scholarships! The grand prize winner receives a $5,000 scholarship, with two additional prizes of is $3,000 and $1,000.
As you might expect, there’s an eyeglass theme to this contest. We want you to write 250 words, or less, on “Growing up with Glasses: The Formative Four-Eyed Years.” Naturally, we hope you’ll get creative as you describe wearing glasses in the classroom, on the football field or just while hanging out with friends. You could maybe even write an ode to your eye doctor!
Naturally, there are a lot of other details involving GPAs, transcripts and letters of recommendation that we won’t get into here. Mosey on over to our official scholarship website to learn more about the scholarship and its requirements. The deadline is April 1st, 2015, so don’t wait too long to get those creative juices flowing.
Tuesday, December, 16 2014 by Lainie Petersen
1. Elf Christmas Sweater
UglyChristmasSweater.com – $51.99
If you can’t dress up as Santa this Christmas, try this elf sweater paired with simple black frames adorned with cunning silver stars. Aren’t you precious?
2. Quirky, Yet Conservative
Croft and Barrow – $30
OK, a part of me is really reluctant to mock this sweater, particularly since it is in such lovely, muted colors. Still, it is a Christmas sweater, which is always problematic. Try pairing these lovely frosted blue frames below with this sweater and make a statement at your next holiday party.
3. Get Your Fat Pants Ready!
Ugly Christmas Sweater Party – $34.50
My main objection to this sweatshirt is that turkey isn’t a terribly caloric meat, making the statement about “fat pants” untruthful. The problem is the side dishes, Christmas candy and sweet booze that we all love to consume this time of year. Still, our lovely tortoiseshell rectangular frames nicely pick up the color of an expertly roasted holiday bird.
4. The Other Ugly Christmas Pullover
The Sweater Store – $35
This sweater took me back to the early 80s, when MTV played music and we got to play around with a LOT of bright colors. Pair this sweater with some denim jeggings and these purple frames for a fun party look!
5. The Sporty Look (available for all NFL teams!)
Clark Toys – $69.99
Sports fan? Show your team spirit with this sweater. Pair with some black wayfarers with blue accents and you’ll be looking good this football season if you’re rocking this Chargers sweatshirt.
6. The Adult Onesie
Tipsy Elves – $79.95
The time-honored Christmas adult onesie ensures that your 2-year old nephew won’t get all the attention this year at your family’s holiday cabin. Pair them with these sturdy black frames that won’t fall off your face no matter how many arguments you and your sister get into.
7. The Sasquatch
Middle of Beyond – $79.99
Like Santa, Bigfoot is a mythical creature. I can’t think of any other parallels at this time, but I’m sure that contrarians will take great joy in wearing this Sasquatch Christmas Sweater along with these tortoiseshell frames. Deck the halls, everyone!
8. The Christmaster
Ugly Sweater Store – $110
Why settle for a mere sweater when you can have a whole Christmas suit! Liven up your family parties with this Christmas suit paired with the nerd-licious black wayfarers below. Try wrapping the bridge with some green duct-tape for the full effect.
Saturday, December, 6 2014 by Lainie Petersen
Don’t get so distracted as you comb through this weekend’s deals that you forget about yourself! Below are three of our top selling frames, which are all curiously classic in design. (Each of these can be ordered with standard or tinted lenses.)
Treat yourself to a new pair for the New Year!
Our classic wayfarers are always popular, even with those folks who aren’t into geek-chic. Even better, while you can certainly buy these frames in basic black, they also come in light blue, green, and even a transparent/orange model.
Standard wayfarers are distinctly unisex, which is just fine, except when you want to wear something that’s a bit more ladylike. Here’s a set of cat eye frames that still echo the classic wayfarer look. Basic black goes with everything, but try the tortoise shell for a bit of fun.
Zenni recommends these wayfarers to customers who want to look serious. While there is something to this recommendation, I’d also say that these square-ish frames could also be deeply ironic when paired with a neck beard and trilby. Give the look a try and see what happens.
Don’t forget: Zenni sells e-gift cards! Our gift cards allow recipients to choose and customize their own glasses (or sunglasses) right on Zenni’s site.
Friday, November, 28 2014 by Lainie Petersen
Not a Christmas sweater person? We don’t blame you. And even if you are, your boss may have a few things to say about your wearing one to work. Still, it’s time to get into the holiday spirit and we have some fun, but work-friendly frames that celebrate both Christmas and the New Year!
Santas and snowmen. What’s not to love? We have here a wayfarer frame in scarlet red with some holiday cheer painted on the temples. You could save these for the office Christmas party, but I’d suggest wearing them beginning December 1st to get everyone at work or at the gym excited about Santa, egg nog, and claymation specials.
Here’s a similar concept, Christmas images on the temples, but in a black, rectangular frame. If you are the serious type, wear these throughout the day and watch people’s reactions when they realize you are wearing Christmas glasses.
If you are into subtlety, check these out. A deep blue frame with white stars and outlines of holiday gifts, people will have to look long and hard to guess what you are wearing. This is great if you don’t mind being stared at. Otherwise, choose something else.
Do you play Santa or Mrs. Claus each year? These gold wire frames are just what you need. Even better, they are incredibly inexpensive. Stock up now!
Want to celebrate 2015 in style? Try these festive purple frames with peacock feathers. These would go wonderfully well with a basic black ensemble. In addition, these deep, rich colors will carry you through the rest of winter in style.
Not only will these floral and paisley prints look great on New Year’s Eve, they’ll also look fantastic at brunch the next day. Plus, they’re a cheery accessory while you wait for the days to get longer during January and February.
Friday, November, 21 2014 by Lainie Petersen
Earlier this month we announced our Show Your Mo’ contest: Take a picture of your Movember stache, upload it to Twitter or Instagram with hashtag #Zennimo and get entered to win Amazon gift cards. The grand prize winner gets a $300 Amazon card while three other lucky winners get a $100 card.
Just in time for the holidays, too!
We’ve got some excellent entries so far, and we wanted to show them to you:
These Zenni frames are rocking that stache. Who knew that Ron Burgundy wore glasses when not on camera?
I dare you to walk up to this lady and say “That’s nacho mustache!”
Or maybe not.
This may be my favorite of the bunch. A perfectly executed tiny stache!
This fellow appears to be wearing a hoodie, but it is so easy to imagine him in a red velvet smoking jacket. Carry on.
While Show Your Mo’ is all in good fun, Movember is about men’s health and that is a very serious issue indeed. Movember is all about getting men to change their appearance for one month so that everyone can change the way they think about men’s health issues, including prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health.
Learn more about Movember and men’s health at the Movember Foundation website and send us a picture of you rocking your mustache and glasses!
Friday, November, 14 2014 by Lainie Petersen
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