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Frame Friday: More Fall Frames

Hopefully you are getting settled into fall and appreciating some cooler weather and colorful foliage. We’re doing the same here at Zenni, at least when we aren’t planning fun stuff like our Halloween costume contest! We’re also getting raves about our fall frames, so we decided to share a few more with you:

Frame #677525
Here’s a pair for the men: Half-frame Clubmaster-style rectangles combine gold wire and tortoiseshell for a professional look that’ll still get you noticed at happy hour.

Frame #787321
Here’s a pair of cat-eye frames with a wee twist: Instead of smooth, swooping curves, these frames incorporate some straight lines and subtle angles. Perfect for making an impression at work or in the classroom. The black/silver combo also signals that you mean business.

Frame #285926
Here’s a very different sort of cat-eye frame: Blue with tortoise markings. While I don’t think there are any cat breeds that actually match this description, the frames themselves are beautiful. Try pairing these with gray or navy clothing for a stunning look.

Frame #184116
This fall appears to be the season of the cat-eye: Here’s a classic, elegant pair of cat-eyes with thinner rims that frame your eyes beautifully. Notice the dark, dark blue of these frames: I’d pair these with black clothing for a subtle, elegant contrast.

Friday, October, 24 2014 by

Affordable Pop Culture Costumes for Halloween!

Are you looking to wow friends with a pop culture costume this year? Read on. We’ve got some remarkably affordable ideas for you! All of these costumes are $100 or less and many are in the $50 range.
Note: You can still wear the recommended Zennis even if you don’t normally wear glasses. All of our frames can be ordered with optical quality, non-prescription lenses!

The Wolf of Wall Street’s Donny Azoff – $100.07


If you are a fan of The Wolf Of Wall Street, dressing up as Donny Azoff ought to be a great deal of fun, particularly with all those bright colors that he wears. Here’s what you need to get this look:
Purple Gradient Tint Wayfarers
Frame #303623 with Purple Gradient Tint – $33.90
Get started with these glasses with clear front rims and silver-ornamented purple temple arms, and add a purple gradient tint to help re-create the Donny Azoff look.


Salmon Color Men’s Sweater
Coral Cotton Jumper from TM Lewis – $25
Looking for intense color? Here it is. This salmon colored sweater will also serve you well on your next trip to Miami.
Big Fake Teeth
Mega Bucks Adult Buck Teeth – $12.95
All those years wearing braces and now you have to buy fake bad teeth. Poor you.
Curly Haired Wig
Auburn wig for men from Deal Extreme – $10.47
You may not need a curly wig, but if you do, you don’t need to spend a lot of money on it.
Green Striped Shirt
Green/Khaki Stripe Shirt from Full Source – $17.75
Green and pink are such a shocking color combo for a shirt. Pair this with your sweater and you’ll definitely stand out on Halloween, the one night where standing out for blinding color schemes is a good thing.


Scooby Doo’s Velma – $84.63

Go solve a caper, you meddling kid! All you have to is dress up like our favorite character from Scooby Doo – Velma! Here’s what you’ll need:
Black Rimmed Glasses
Frame #612921 – $25.95
These no-nonsense black wayfarers are a perfect way to set the tone for this classic costume!


Orange Turtleneck
Wickers Long Turtleneck – $14.95
Nothing says, “science-friendly, crime fighting detective” quite like a baggy orange turtleneck. Make sure to order it one size too big for you if you really want to pull off the look!
Red Pleated Skirt
Circle Skirt – $17.95
A true detective (no, not the Woody Harrelson type!) needs to have good mobility on the job. Skinny jeans just aren’t gonna cut it. For that reason, Velma always opted for a flowing red pleated skirt like this one!
Bob Hair Wig
Brown Bob Wig – $9.99
In case you don’t always rock a flapper-style hairdo, we’ve found this snazzy Bob Hair Wig from that will do the job perfectly.
Red Slippers
Mary Jane Cotton China Doll Slippers (Red) – $7.99
What’s great about these red slippers is that they can be repurposed for your Dorothy costume next year! There’s no place like sitting in your closet for 364 days until next Halloween!
Orange Tube Socks
Dark Orange Casual Knee Socks – $7.80
What a skirt adds in mobility, it takes away in warmth. For that reason Velma always sported tasteful, bright orange knee-high tube socks like these. Keep it classy.


Orange is the New Black’s Alex Vause – total $56.09


Prison fashion isn’t exactly stylish, but it is functional, which is why you’ll probably want to hang on to much of this costume long after Halloween.
Black wayfarers
Frame #619021 – $19
Simple and straightforward: Wear these black wayfarers on Halloween and then straight through fall and winter. There is no eyeglass style that’s more of a classic than this one.

Khaki V-neck work shirt
V-neck khaki scrub from Dickies – $10.99
Simple, functional and easy to care for, this is a nifty scrub top to have on hand after Halloween: If you don’t work in the medical field, wear it when scrubbing your kitchen or bathroom.
Khaki Pants
Khaki skinny pants from Justice – $20.59
Flattering and comfortable, these khakis have plenty of pockets for all your Halloween candy. Wear them for casual days out on the town, or even around the house during the rest of the year.
Temporary Tattoos
Temporary Tribal from Tattoo Sales – $.74
Rose temp tattoo from Funtoos – $4.29
Alex likes her tats and they certainly add color to an otherwise bland wardrobe. You could, we suppose, get inked for the holiday, but that’s a pretty big commitment. Check out these temporary tattoos instead.
Badge Holder
4×3 plastic badge holder from Specialist ID – $.48
You may have one of these lying around if you’ve recently been to a convention or conference. If not, now you know where to get your prison ID holder.

Breaking Bad’s Walter White — $43.98

There are few TV characters more iconic than Walter White and, fortunately, getting his look is both easy and inexpensive. You’ll also be well-equipped for any post-holiday science experiments that you wish to conduct:
Rectangle Frames
Frame #3132111 – $23.95
Walter is a practical fellow who wears practical glasses. These titanium full-rims from Zenni are just that: Practical. Keep ‘em as a spare pair. Or not. They’ll work great with this costume.


Gas mask
Chemical Gas Mask from Temple Shirts – $14.99
The government recommends keeping an emergency kit of food, water and other essential supplies in case of a natural disaster or other disruption. This gas mask will make a handy addition to your kit.
Fake Blue Crystal Meth
1lb Blue Rock Candy from Nuts In Bulk – $5.95
Naturally you don’t want to carry the real thing – glass pebbles are heavy and cat litter crystals are just kind of weird. Fortunately, blue raspberry rock candy is lightweight, perfectly street legal and tasty as all heck. Enjoy!
Yellow Jumpsuit
Chemical protection suit from 365-Safety – $8.79
Bonus: You can recycle this jumpsuit into your Big Bird costume for next Halloween.





Saturday, October, 4 2014 by

Show Off Your Tan in Style This Summer For Less Than $100!

If you plan to get some color this summer, show it off in a bare little summer dress and warm colors. We found some great pieces, plus an awesome pair of Zennis, that will keep you feeling cool and looking totally hot over the coming months. The best part? The whole outfit comes in at less than $100!

You won’t need to weigh yourself down with any jewelry when you wear these cream-colored frames with a touch of bling at the temples. While you can choose traditional clear lenses for these glasses (UV coating included!), you also have the option of choosing tinted lenses for additional protection against glare. Frame #238815 sells for $19.00.


Solid Thick Strap Babydoll Dress
The look begins with this peachy-keen, flowy babydoll sundress. The look is casual and the shape of this dress allows for plenty of air circulation, keeping you comfortable. Even better, it’s short enough that it could work over leggings or skinny jeans. It can also double as a beach coverup. You can find the dress at dELia*s for $28.


Pink Palm Tree Shopper Bag
OK, you may not have the cash to go somewhere fancy on your summer vacation, but you can still enjoy carrying this beautiful island sunset tote. Plenty of room for all your things and the sunset colors go great with your dress. Just $22 from New Look.


Sunset Sky Sandals
Flat, strappy sandals in a beautiful blush pink go great with this outfit and work well on both sand and pavement. They are also incredibly versatile and will perfectly complement many different style skirts, shorts, jeans and dresses. Just $30 from Mod Cloth.






Monday, June, 23 2014 by

Delicate Pastels For Spring – One Look For Under $100!

Spring is in the air, so it’s time to lighten things up a bit with pastels, softer fabrics and flirty sandals. We here at Zenni had a look at this season’s trends and decided to put together a simple, gorgeous ensemble that’s perfect for springtime . . . and all for under $100! Check out what we came up with and let us know what you think in the comments below.

The Frames – Pink Translucent Frames from Zenni

pink transparent frames
Badly chosen eyewear can ruin your look before you even get started, which is why we began our spring ensemble with these adorable Zennis ($6.95). A lovely pink translucent frame picks up the pink on the dress, harmonizing with the lighter colors of a spring look while also drawing attention to your beautiful eyes.

The Dress – Tribal Print Zip Back Shift Dress from Body Central

Body Central's Tribal Print Zip Back Shift DressThe next element of this look is a simple shift dress that offers a study in contrasts: Warm pastels take on new life in a bold Aztec-themed print. The result is Southwest glam that isn’t too heavy-handed.
In addition, the shape of this dress makes it an incredibly versatile piece: While the skirt is a little short for work, you can still wear this on your days off with a baby-blue cardigan for shopping and strolling around town. Even better, this Tribal Print Zip Back Shift Dress from Body Central will only set you back $24.98 . . . a serious steal.

The Shoes – Gladiator Sandals from Maurices

Anna Beaded Gladiator Sandals from MauricesThese gladiator sandals, only $24.00 from Maurices, rock this look without overwhelming the dress. Pastels can sometimes be tricky to match, so your best bet is either an exact match or a pale/light neutral. These sandals kick things up a notch with gold metallic studs.

Bonus: In addition to being incredibly cute, the flat heel and straps gives the whole outfit a decidedly beach-y look, even if you are strolling down a city street.

The Accessory – Curve Bar Clutch from Dorothy Perkins

Dorothy Perkins Blush Curve Bar ClutchLest you think that this outfit is getting a bit too casual, our stylist comes to the rescue with this adorable, but quite proper, clutch in pale pink with beige trim. At only $27 from Dorothy Perkins, the bag even has a zippered pocket for your wallet (a good thing, considering the money you’re going to save on this outfit) and a pouch for your cell.





Thursday, April, 17 2014 by

5 Tips for Keeping Your Glasses in Good Condition

broken glasses
While shopping for glasses can and should be fun, if you’re constantly replacing them because of loss or damage, you’re wasting money. What to do? Develop good eyeglass care habits and learn a few basic repair and adjustment skills, and your eyes will be happier and your wallet fuller:
1. Buy More than One Case

Eyeglass cases protect your glasses against all kinds of damage, including lens scratches incurred while your glasses bounce around in your purse. Unfortunately, since we wear our glasses in many different locations, its easy to leave an eyeglass case behind on a sink, in your desk drawer, or even in a different purse than what you’re now carrying. If you buy several cases and keep them in the locations where you are most likely to take off your glasses (at home, at the office, in your favorite handbags and backpacks) you’re less likely to leave your glasses unprotected.
2. Buy an Eyeglass Cord

Hate losing your glasses? Buy an eyeglass cord. This lets you wear your glasses so you don’t lose them, and keeps them out of your pockets where they are more easily damaged.
3. Learn How to Adjust Your Glasses

Don’t assume that there is something wrong with your glasses just because they aren’t comfortable or don’t seem to “fit right.” Just about everyone needs to adjust their glasses: This video by one of Zenni’s opticians can show you how to do it yourself.
4. Learn Basic Eyeglass Maintenance

If you can learn how to do your own repairs, you won’t have to spend time and money on getting your glasses fixed. Buy a simple eyeglass tool kit for a few bucks online or at the drugstore.
5. Clean Your Glasses Carefully

Smeary lenses are the pits, but resist the urge to use a napkin or your hoodie sleeve to clean them. Fabrics and paper products can scratch the lenses, costing you money when you need to buy a new pair. Microfiber cloths are inexpensive and many come in small sizes that you can tuck into your glass case or wallet for easy use. Never use household cleaners or vinegar on your glasses: They can strip the lenses of protective coatings. A mild dish soap and water solution works just fine, though you can also buy eyeglass cleaning solution at pharmacies.

One More Thing

While it’s important to take care of your glasses, it’s also to pay attention to indications that you may need a new pair. If you find yourself leaning forward to read your computer screen, or holding books or objects closer to or further away from your face than normal, it may be time for an eye exam. Be observant of symptoms of eye strain: Headaches, dry eyes, eye redness, and back/neck pain can all be signs that you may need a new prescription.



Thursday, January, 30 2014 by