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DIY Guide To Decorating Glasses

Your glasses aren’t just an attractive fashion accessory that also enables you to see. Your eyeglasses frame can be a blank canvas on which you can give your inner Van Gogh free rein. Inspired by the World Maker Faire, we start with a nice, wide, solid color frame with thick temple arms. That’s the clean slate on which your imagination can run as far as your frame will carry it.
 

 
Custom decorating your glasses is easy! Just take a permanent marker in a contrasting color to your frame, and use it to put monochromatic or multicolor polka dots on your glasses.
 

 
Here’s the finished product of how our glasses came out. Let us know what you think, and we’d also love to hear your own DIY ideas in the comments below!
 

Bonus: Here are some other eyeglasses frames that would look great with polka dots!

Frame #337930
 

Frame #287630
 

Frame #665130
 

Frame #300730
 

Frame #287830
 

Frame #200930
 
Finally, if you are not DYI inclined, we carry frames that come with polka dots, like these:

Frame #631118
 
 
 

Wednesday, October, 1 2014 by

Fall Fashion Week Favorites


 
I confess that I’m shivering in my chair: The end of September has brought some chilly weather! Fortunately, Fall Fashion Week has brought us some great looks by some incredible designers. We picked some of our favorite cool weather pieces by the hottest designers and put together an outfit that can easily take you from work to dinner or shopping with friends:
 


Frame #187518
 
Zenni
Wine-Red Acetate Wayfarers$27.95
Start out with these decadent wine-red glasses from Zenni! These oversized wayfarers would make perfect sunglasses (very dramatic with this outfit), but you can certainly order clear lenses as well. Try a matte wine lip color to add some extra sophistication to the look and truly complement this eyewear fashion statement.

 

The Corner
Grey 3/4 length dress – $714
This 3/4 length dress from The Corner is soft, sophisticated and appropriate for just about any occasion. It’s also incredibly versatile: Accessorize according to your mood.
 
House of Fraser
Mint Velvet Steel Trench Coat – $209
Trenches are absolutely essential, but they can get boring. They also don’t work well over evening wear. Fortunately, House of Fraser decided to take things to the next level with this asymmetrical front trench in steel gray. The color keeps it versatile while the design makes it appropriate for both daytime and evening wear.
 
Nasty Gal
Shoe Cult Turn Up Platform – $88
If you were getting worried that this outfit might be a bit conservative, never fear. We found these fun, faux leather platform shoes by Nasty Gal. (These shoes will also look great with jeans.)
 
My Theresa
Faliero Sarti Scarf – $366
Stay warm and add a pop of color to your outfit with this scarf by Faliero Sarti. Rich burgundy contrasts beautifully with shades of gray and keeps you from looking too somber.
 

 

 

 

Tuesday, September, 30 2014 by

San Francisco Fashion Week

San Francisco Fashion Week was an amazing event, as fashion, technology, and design innovators – and the most au courant fashion bloggers – all converged to create a unique, “only in San Francisco” experience.
 
Zenni would never miss a fashionista event. So we were there, to learn from, revel in, and record all the latest exciting trends in fashion.
 

 
Within the concrete walls of SOMA lofts, fashion photographers clicked away, recording bloggers, designers, and techies sharing their fashion industry insights.
 
Masters of the trendy blogosphere Natasha Lo and Anthony Rogers discussed their approach to the “Street” part of the theme. We loved hearing them describe how they take pictures of strangers on the street, and we were really taken with Amy Roiland’s description of collaborating with street people, by giving them cameras to capture their unique perspective in distinctive photo sessions.
 

 
We were especially delighted to hear Natasha and Anthony address whether it’s possible to make a living from your blogging passion, because the answer is “Yes.”
 

 
Also, we have to give a special shout-out to some of the fashion experts we met, who helped make the night special: Owen Geronimo, Robyn Hagan Cain of RackedSF, Caroline Curran, Kelly Huibregtse, Rafael Cano, and Lena Drozdova of LiveLoveModa & California Crown Clothing.
 
To sum it all up, it was simply awesome! It was great to meet you all, to hear your stories, to laugh with you, to get a sneak peek into your apps, and especially, to see you looking so great in our glasses!
 

 

 

 

 

 
We will definitely be back next time, and we hope to see you there, too!
 
 

Saturday, September, 27 2014 by

Frame Friday: Football Team Matchups

We love football here at Zenni and are super excited about the games this weekend. We’ve even selected some frames that announce your team spirit and complement your logo wear. Bonus: Several frames are made of tough, flexible plastic, making them ideal for rowdy celebrations and even a few hours of playing football with your friends.

 
San Francisco vs. Dallas
 

 
49′ers fans can paint the town red with these frames: They’re sure to get you noticed at the game and at the bars afterward. They are also made of flexible plastic, which means that you aren’t as likely to break them if you get overenthusiastic at the game.
 

 
Whether you are watching the Cowboys play or engaging in some casual team sports yourself, these silver and gray frames will not only help you see, but also keep you comfortable: They are made from hypoallergenic acetate, so they aren’t so likely to irritate your skin, even if you work up a sweat!
 
Denver vs. Indianapolis
 

 
Broncos fan? Check out these orange-trimmed frames: Pair them with a blue and white shirt and you’ll be all set for the season.
 

 
Colts fans can enthusiastically enjoy the game while not worrying about breaking their frames: These blue frames are made from flexible plastic, so feel free to let loose at the game or tailgate party.
 
 Atlanta vs. New Orleans
 

 
If you love the Falcons, try wearing a red shirt and these black and silver Zennis. We particularly love the cut-out temples that seriously update your style without going overboard.
 

 
If you are a Saints fan, we’ve got a pair of black frames that may be just your style. Not only do they go with just about everything, but the rectangle frames have a sleek, sporty look. Get them with tinted lenses if you enjoy going out to see the games live!
 
Finally, whether you’re at the game, at the bar, or at home, make sure to take a picture of yourself and use the #ZenniFashion hashtag for a chance to win a $300 Nordstrom gift card!
 
 

Friday, September, 5 2014 by

Don’t Let Your Glasses Come Between You and Your Beauty

Frame number: #629015

Makeup artist Joel King shares tips to help you create your perfect put-together look!

Photographer: Aneta Cherykova, Model: Alena Pavachka

 
Don’t let your glasses come between you and your beauty.
 
No matter what type of eyeglasses you wear – oversized translucent wayfarers, tortoiseshell browlines, or jeweled cat-eyes – your makeup and your glasses should have a friendly conversation, not an argument.
 
So how do you get your makeup and glasses to complement each other and let the most beautiful you shine through?
 
To get the answers, we asked San Francisco Bay Area makeup artist Joel King for some tips to let your makeup and eyeglasses come together to create your perfect put-together look.
 
Joel took us through the whole process, beginning with the first step, applying the foundation, and ending with the last, putting on your eyeglasses.
 
Foundation
 
In areas where foundation has a tendency to settle or build up, such as the bridge of the nose, primer could be used instead. It blurs flaws without the heaviness of foundation.
 

 
Under-eye concealer
 
Next comes the areas under and around the eyes.
 
Lenses can magnify and bring attention to under-eye darkness. Use a yellow-based liquid concealer under your eyes to neutralize that.
 
“Some women mistakenly use a concealer that’s lighter than their skin tone,” Joel points out, which can give your eyes the infamous “deer in the headlights” effect.
 
To avoid that, use concealer that matches your skin tone.
 

 
Eyebrows
 
Even though you’re wearing eyeglasses, don’t neglect to groom your eyebrows.
 
Your eyebrows give your face definition. Shape them in a way that complements your face.
 

 
Eyelashes
 
Curling your eyelashes really opens up your eyes! If you’re wearing a heavy frame, it helps to draw attention to the eyes and makes you look more awake.
 

 

 

 
If you’re wearing false eyelashes, tailor your eyelashes to the glasses. You could take one eyelash out of a pair, cut it in half, and just use one half of one lash on the outer corner of each eye. That prevents your lashes from fluttering against your lenses.
 
Here’s a special eyelash tip for women wearing cat-eye glasses:
 
Put individual eyelashes on the outer corner of the eye, at an angle, in the direction the cat-eye goes.
 

 
Eye shadow
 
Coordinate your eye shadow to complement your eye color, instead of matching it directly with your frame, which can be overpowering. For blue eyes, try champagne or bronze shadows. “Brown and green eyes look great with plums,” Joel says.
 
If your prescription is magnifying, deeper shades of eye shadow can help to counter the effect, as dark colors recede.
 
But if you have small or deep-set eyes, try a lighter color on the lids. Then pat a matte white shadow in the inner corner of the eye, between the tear duct and the bridge of the nose, to provide a bit of openness to the area.
 
Smoky eyes can look great with wide, light colored, or clear frames.
 
Instead of black shadow, try smudging a mauve or taupe shade all around the eyes. Blend well with a clean brush, and follow with a generous amount of mascara.
 

Frame number: #662817

 
Eyeliner
 
Use your eyeliner to mirror or reflect the frame shape. If you have a thick frame, mirror that in the line of the eyeliner. If you have a thin frame, do a thinner line. The amount of eyeliner you use would depend on the occasion.
 
If you’re going to the office, you probably wouldn’t want to wear full eyeliner all the way around your eye, unless that’s the look you’re going for – a smoky eye, or something a little edgy.
 
In general, for an everyday look, keep it to the upper lid.
 
In addition, a flesh-toned waterproof pencil on the lower eye line – the “waterline” – really helps open up the eye.
 

 
Apply the mascara at the roots of the eyelashes and really work it into the roots, as opposed to the tips.
 
“If you focus on the tips, it can smudge on your lenses or on your upper eye,” Joel says. “It’s important to apply mascara to the root and then wiggle it through the lashes and up and out. That will negate that problem.”
 

Frame number: #628534

 
Blush
 
If your frame is rimless, use a “light hand” with blush. However, with a heavy black frame, a little bit more color in your cheeks can bring things forward to pop a little more.
 
You don’t want a cool-toned blush with a warm-toned frame. If your frame is orange, don’t wear a light-pink blush. “A coral blush could look really nice with a turquoise frame, because they’re complementary colors,” Joel says.
 

Frame number: #630831

 
Lipstick
 
A lot of popular eyeglasses frames are multicolor, like tortoiseshell. For multicolor glasses, leave most of the face fairly simple and nude, and concentrate on a bright lip instead of heavy eye makeup.
 
Blue-based red or pink lipsticks are best for women wearing glasses, because they bring out the white in your teeth and your eyes.
 

Frame number: #626325

 
Now let’s take it a little deeper, with individualized makeup tips for each popular style of glasses.
 
Cat-eye
 
Mirror the shape of the cat-eye with the eyeliner, going up and out. Keep it on the top lid only.
 
If you’re wearing cat-eye glasses, and you’re also wearing a nude color lip, bring out your cheeks a little more. Maybe wear a coral or pink blush. Conversely, if you’re wearing a bright red lip, scale back your cheek. Don’t wear blush.
 

Frame number: #626325

 
Tortoiseshell
 
Tortoiseshell looks great on everybody. There’s so much going on with the tortoiseshell, you don’t have to do a lot with the eyes. Instead, direct people’s attention to your lips, maybe with an orange-based red lipstick, which would look great with tortoiseshell.
 
Wayfarer
 
Since women like to wear wayfarer styles in black, bold colors, or even translucent pastels, you should adjust the blush according to the frame color.
 
“If it’s a translucent frame, I would scale back,” Joel advises. “With a solid, bold color, I would bump up the blush a little bit, to even out the tone.”
 

Frame number: #270516

 
As far as eye makeup for wayfarers, just mascara looks great with that. Not a lot of eye shadow, just mascara on the top and bottom lashes, and a bold lip color.
 
“That always looks great with wayfarer-style glasses,” Joel says.
 

Frame number: #237430

 
Browline, a.k.a. Clubmaster
 
Bump up the blush, and scale back on most of the rest of the colors on the face.
 
“That will still draw attention to the top half of your face and eyes, without making it too much,” Joel says.
 

Frame number: #631817 (similar to #304121)

 
Delicate, full-rim, filigreed oval
 
With any frame that is lightweight, you want to bring definition back to the eye. Smudge a black liner into the root of your lashes and focus on darkening the eye a little bit, so your eye area doesn’t look washed out.
 
Specific tips for ladies who wear bifocals or progressives:
 
“One of the first things you lose as you age is definition in the eye area,” Joel points out. “Your eyebrows and eyelashes thin. You would want to bring back definition a little more than a younger person would, especially if the frame is a light color.”
 
Half-rim
 
Definition on the bottom half of the eye would be good. Put mascara on the bottom lashes, and maybe some eyeliner underneath the bottom lid. That would balance that look.
 
Rimless
 
Make sure you groom and define your eyebrows, so you have something that frames your face.
 

Frame number: #308421

 
Different skin and hair colors
 
We asked Joel about specific tips for African-American, Asian, or Latina women.
 
For yellow-based skin tones, a warmer style of glasses would look good. You might not want to pick a cool-toned frame. “African Americans look fantastic with bright colored frames,” Joel says. “They can pull off almost any color.”
 
For Latinas, it’s best to pair the color of the frame with the undertone of your skin.
 

Frame number: #538922

 
Caucasian redheads, brunettes, and blondes.
 
Redheads – try cool tones. “We all love green with redheads,” Joel says. “Something like a mint color looks great. White also looks great on redheads. For brunettes with black hair, purple looks fantastic. Green, too.
 
Tortoiseshell and red frames look especially striking on blondes,” Joel adds. “For makeup, I would suggest keeping the eyes fairly simple, with curled lashes and mascara, while playing up the lips. Blond complexions can easily get washed out, and mirroring the strength of the frame by adding a complementary lip color provides a nice balance to the face.”
 
Striking a nice balance between your makeup and your glasses. That’s what it’s all about. We’re finished at the makeup mirror, we’ve slipped on our glasses, and we’re good to go!
 
 
 

Tuesday, September, 2 2014 by