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What will you see through 50% purple tint?

Recently, a customer asked our resident Optician what would it be like to gaze through eyeglasses with a 50% purple tint. (See the above picture to see what these tinted lenses look like from the outside!) This inspired us to make the following video, which travels along the entire spectrum to demonstrate each view. Hop over to 1:03 in the video to see what the world looks like through 50% purple:

Zenni eyeglasses are all about choice, which is why we offer thousands of frames to suit any personality and style. Whether you’re strutting your stuff in a classic round or an updated cat-eye frame, you can express yourself while seeing the world around you clearly!  This customization also goes well beyond frame styles and colors to include different lens tints and prescriptions too.
As you can see from the video above, the majority of our lenses can be tinted in amber, blue, gray, purple, yellow, pink and green in increments of 10%, 50% and 80%. Give it a shot on your next order and if you have any other tint-related questions, feel free to drop us a line in the comments!

Monday, February, 23 2015 by

Zenni DIY with Polka Dots

Your Zennis should reflect the unique individual you are, which is why we offer so many frames and customization options. You may not realize once you receive your new eyeglasses, you can distinguish them even further, as long as you have at least one Sharpie. If you want to mix it up with multiple colors, by all means do! Remember customizing your glasses is about expressing who you are. So, grab your contrasting permanent markers and go to town!

We decided to add black polka dots to these trendy browline frames. Playing off of the black underside and gray tint, they provide an extra dimension of flair to this dramatic contrast. In order to get this look, simply take a black permanent marker and begin drawing dots on your frame. We recommend starting on the temple arms for practice and not skimping on the circle size. More generously sized dots result in a bolder, more eye-catching design.

Here’s our finished project, and we’re pretty pleased with the results. Pretty snazzy, right?

We must confess, this isn’t the first time that we’ve experimented with polka dots. For other ideas and a YouTube video, check out our original DIY guide. You’ll also see other frames we picked out that are perfect for accenting your frames with polka dots. Of course, personalization doesn’t stop there. As long as you have something in mind and the permanent markers to execute it, your Zennis can be as special as you are!
We realize that not all of us are DIY inclined, but that doesn’t mean you have to be left out of the fun! We have polka dotted frames aplenty that are just as festive. A fabulous choice would be our Dottie eyeglasses, available not only in red, but also in classic black, navy blue, and olive green.

Whether your polka-dotted Zennis are your newest fashion project or a simple click away, there is no doubt your eyeglasses will showcase your whimsical but still stylish side, which maybe not everyone has seen before. It’s just another reason why our Zennis are the best choice for eyeglasses that are not only fashionable but also uniquely you!


Friday, February, 20 2015 by

Valentine’s Day? We Have You Cov{Red}

As half of the country is buried in the snow (by the way we here in California envy you!) and Phil the groundhog predicted even more winter weather to come, we decided to embrace and celebrate the season with these two new fashion mood boards that feature some eyeglasses frames we’ve been digging recently – #445318 & #631118:

Of course they are red and are part of our Valentine’s collection that is currently on sale! The whole package – frames and lenses – are 15% OFF.
Polka Dot Time!

#631118 featuring Athleta

So go check them out, and if you get them, make sure you share a pic with us on Instagram!

Thursday, February, 12 2015 by

Black History Month: Carter G. Woodson

At the time of this year’s Black History Month, the Black Lives Matter movement has become a countervailing force to disturbing incidents that appear to indicate otherwise.
Therefore, to continue our annual tradition of honoring Black History Month (see last year’s installment here), this year we at Zenni Optical want to honor Black History Month by highlighting the achievements of the man considered the father of Black History Month – African-American writer and historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson, who devoted his life to celebrating the achievements of African Americans, and whose life has mattered in extraordinary ways.
One of Dr. Woodson’s accomplishments was the creation of the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, in 1915. To commemorate the 100 years between 1915 and 2015, the official theme of this year’s Black History Month is, “A Century of Black Life, History and Culture.”
Dr. Woodson was born December 19, 1875, in New Canton, Virginia. He was the oldest son of former slaves Anna Eliza and James Woodson. While working as a coal miner, Dr. Woodson educated himself to the point where he was able to enroll at age 20 in Douglass Senior High School, earning his high-school diploma at age 22, in 1897. Three years later, he became the high school’s principal.

Douglass Junior and Senior High School were named after Frederick Douglass, the former slave and great human rights and abolitionist leader who became an advisor to President Abraham Lincoln.
When Dr. Woodson launched Negro History Week, in 1926, he declared that it should be celebrated in February, since that was the birth month of both Douglass and Lincoln.
While serving as a high-school principal, Dr. Woodson continued his education. He earned a bachelor’s degree in literature at Berea College, in Kentucky; a master’s degree in history from the University of Chicago; and a doctorate degree in history from Harvard, in 1912.

He was only the second African American, after the great W.E.B. Du Bois (the renowned scholar, activist, and co-founder of the NAACP), to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard. But Harvard at that time would not hire black professors, so Dr. Woodson joined the faculty of one of the leading American black colleges, Howard University.
After leaving Howard, Dr. Woodson worked to preserve the history of African Americans, noting that the contributions of African Americans “were overlooked, ignored, and even suppressed by the writers of history textbooks and the teachers who use them.”
To correct this, Dr. Woodson spent his life studying and publishing histories of various aspects of African-American life. Dr. Woodson believed that education and increasing social and professional contacts among blacks and whites could reduce racism. We do, too.

Friday, February, 6 2015 by

Poetry, Love Letters and Glasses


It’s February again, and that means it’s time for the new Zenni Valentine’s Collection! (Check out the sneak peek at the bottom of this post!)
As Valentine’s Day approaches, romance permeates the air complete with grandiose plans, thoughtful gifts and declarations of love. At Zenni, we believe that Valentine’s Day is not merely about loving your romantic partner though – which is good news for us singletons out there! ;)
Valentine’s is also an opportunity to express love and appreciation for the things that make our daily lives better, such as our friends, pets, cozy sweaters, and of course, the glasses that enable us to take in the beauty of our world, while also providing a dash of panache to our look!  That gratitude is why we want to send you a valentine of your own and the gift of a 15% discount when you sign up for our newsletter.  It’s also why we penned this ode to the glasses we love making for you:

Zenni Sonnet 18

Shall I compare thee to a blooming rose?
Thou art more graceful and more elegant:
Smoothly gliding up the bridge of my nose,
Resting comfortably, looking radiant:
And often is my precious vision dimmed;
And every sight from my eyes declines,
Yet vision is restored with lenses rimmed;
But thou beauty and purpose shall not fade,
Nor lose its place in my heart, on my face;
Nor shall others doubt thou provides shade,
When thou display clarity, strength, and grace;
So long as these glasses grant style and sight,
So long my collection grows, day and night.

Now You Try It!

We hope you are not only amused, but also a little inspired. Because our belief in the power of poetry and the importance of education led to the launch of Zenni’s Scholarship Poetry Contest. We would love for you to tap into your inner wordsmith and write a poem of your own about “Growing up with Glasses: The Formative Four-Eyed Years.” 
We’ll be choosing three lucky winners on or around August 1, 2015 and you can find all the details here.  Not a student? Don’t let that stop you from getting creative and enjoying the spirit of Valentine’s Day in your own unique way!

And Now For The Sneak Peek!


Frame #445318
And finally, as promised, here’s one of our favorite frames from the new Valentine’s Collection. These classic wayfarers, in that luscious red color, epitomize the Collection and Zenni’s celebration of happiness in life and love. If you love what you see like we do, let us know in the comments below!


Wednesday, February, 4 2015 by