Frame Friday: Ahoy Matey!

Avast! If Talk Like a Pirate Day has ye in a mood for skulls and crossbones, check out these whimsical Zenni frames:
 

 
Sail the high seas in comfort in these plastic frames: The blue temples lighten up the look and show off the skull and crossbones embellishment. Wear these to school and take note of the reactions you get.
 

 
If you are looking for something a bit more feminine and discreet, check out these lovely two-tone cat eye glasses. Note those subtle little skulls on the temples. Think of how sneaky you’ll feel wearing these around town: You’ll look conservative enough, but only the truly observant will know about your inner pirate.
 

 
Looking for something a bit more hardcore? Try these black plastic/acetate frames with silver trim: Those little skulls will remind the general public that you are not one to be messed with.
 

 
Nostalgic for the eighties? Try these new wave rectangular frames with a Jolly Roger printed right on the side. Create some spikes with some hair gel, and you’ll be all set.
 

 
Continuing in the spirit of MTV when it still played music videos, here is another dramatic look: Black frames, red temples and a sleek Jolly Roger on the sides. A bit much for daytime wear, but should look great with some black leather while out clubbing.

 

 

 

Friday, September, 19 2014 by

Frame Friday: London Fashion Week

London Fashion week starts today, so we decided to focus on some of our most runway-worthy styles. If you are looking to add some serious glam to your look, these frames are for you.

 

Frame #A10120223

While some folks use sunglasses to disappear into the crowd, these frames will likely have the opposite effect, particularly with the gray-tinted lenses. These offer a bit of coverage, causing people around you to wonder “Who IS that behind those sunglasses?”

 

Frame #A10120721

Here’s another pair of full-coverage glasses that might well make people scratch their heads as they wonder if you are some sort of celebrity. These basic black frames are crafted in a wayfarer style but with some distinctly feminine curves. If you want a high-impact look, check these out.

 

Frame #180833

Stylish and unique, the pattern on this pair of cream-colored frames is supposed to be “woodgrain,” but it reminds me a bit of mother of pearl. Regardless, this is a gorgeous pair of glasses that will pair nicely with the last remnants of your summer tan.

 

Frame #303615

I just checked out some early photos from London Fashion Week and while there are some gorgeous jewel-toned fabrics on display, I’m also looking at a LOT of neutral earth tones. These lovely frames start out as chocolate brown on top, gradually fading to tan at the base. Pair these with some brown and beige this fall . . . you’ll look amazing.

 

6794 Acetate and Stainless Steel Full-Rim Frame with Acetate Temples

Frame #679421

Looking forward to a night out but haven’t seen your threader in awhile? Check out these industrial-looking browline glasses. They add structure to your face while also helping you see clearly. Try pairing with a black leather moto jacket.

 

Frame #785321

Here’s another pair of frames that will go great with the neutral earth tones that we are seeing at London Fashion Week. We have two colors at play: Black and copper, creating a distinctive look.

(Into steampunk? Try out a pair of these frames with your garb.)

 

7824 Acetate Full-Rim Frame with Metal Alloy Temples

Frame #782425

We love to mix it up at Zenni! Just as the previous pair of frames mixed black and copper, this pair combines gold and tortoise. These are a bit more conservative, though, and may be a better choice for the office.

 

Men's Black 6372 Acetate Full-Rim Frame

Frame #637221

No eyeglass wardrobe would be complete without a pair of basic black frames, which is what we offer you here. When in doubt, grab these and you’ll always look appropriately dressed.

 
And don’t forget to snap a selfie of you in your new Zenni’s with the #zennifashion Hashtag for your chance to win a $300 dollar Nordstrom’s Gift Card!
 

Friday, September, 12 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

Frame Friday: Labor Day Looks

Labor Day is upon us, officially putting an end to Summer. For me, fall is an exciting time: I push myself to complete my goals for the year. I also begin to look forward to the fast-approaching new year. Fall is also a great time to update my wardrobe, including my glasses. Here are some nifty Zennis that will help you make a fashionable transition into shorter days and cooler weather:
 

 
We love our classic wayfarers here at Zenni and I have to say that I’m particularly fond of this pair. Tortoiseshell is so classic and perfect for fall. I also like the coverage offered by the larger frames: Try these as sunglasses!
 

 
Here is another classic: Aviator frames. Gold wire goes with just about everything, including the changing foliage. They are also strangely appropriate for just about every occasion.
 

 
Speaking of foliage, these wayfarers are made of acetate, but look like wood! If you are shifting to darker, warmer wardrobe colors,  check this pair out.
 

 
Sick of eyewear innovation? We get it: You want your wayfarers old school. Check out these thick rimmed black wayfarers. No wood grain, no fancy patterns, just basic black nerd glasses. Enjoy.
 

 
If you aren’t sick of innovation, however, we’ve got some excitement for you. These beautiful frosted aqua wayfarers will remind you of summer trips to the beach, even when there’s a nip in the air. A little harder to pair with clothing, but they’d look beautiful with a cream blouse and khakis.
 
Have a happy and safe Labor Day weekend!
 

 

 

Friday, August, 29 2014 by

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