May 18 is International Museum Day, making now the perfect time to head over to your local museum and brush up on your culture. And there’s no reason your glasses shouldn’t help you polish your look while you do, lending hip style and an air of refined intelligence. Throw on a pair of these sophisticated frames and you’ll find yourself agreeing that “Yes, that Manet is a thrilling study of the enthralling color and light present in nature.”
That’s the thing about great frames. They do more than transform your outward appearance; they can also change the way you see yourself and thus the way you think. As you stroll the galleries or walk your children through the exhibit on Medieval swords you might even discover that you are grateful for International Museum Day and the excuse to soak it in. Then you might enjoy further musings about how you ended up so cool. And worst of all, if you see yourself in your stylish new frames, you’ll probably have to agree with yourself that yes, you do look good.
After all, you can’t deny that with frames this good at flirting with the lines between established-cool, cutting edge, retro, and not trying too hard, you should feel as attractive as you look. There’s another advantage to wearing a new pair of hip glasses to the museum – you can see better to appreciate the exhibits more thoroughly.
Why not spend this year’s International Museum Day enjoying the culture and intellectual stimulation of a great museum while giving everyone else something nice to look at – you and your hip new glasses!
Friday, May, 17 2013 by Dave Schreiner
“I remember when rock was young” … and so was Elton John. Looking back to the 1970s, Elton was even more flamboyant in clothing choices than Liberace, yet the focus was always on his creative eyewear. While he eventually cut out the gimmicks like built-in windshield wipers, over four decades later, Sir Elton John (he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1998) still creatively (and constantly!) rocks glasses.
Rumor has it that the “Crocodile Rock” singer requested a separate hotel room for his eyewear collection on his recent tour in Brazil, but John’s publicists deny this one. What’s supposed to be for sure though is that lyricist Bernie Taupin, John’s collaborative partner from his early career days on unforgettable songs like “Tiny Dancer,” is now working on EJ’s new album, “The Diving Board.” It’s due to be released this September, 2013 and we hope it makes a real splash just like old times.
Speaking of old times, here’s a revealing retrospective of the evolution of Elton’s eyewear:
This “Rocket Man” is Spaced Out
A transparent, large, full-rim, plastic frame with clear cords and beads creates an early Elton masterpiece way before the likes of Lady Gaga. There’s no way this budding singer slash piano player was ever going to be forgotten by the public!
Is This Frame a Camera or a Washing Machine?
It’s Elton’s own Water World and there’s a lot going on. When your glasses stand out more than your fabulously-fluffy, electric blue boa, you know it has gotta be all about the eyewear!
I Sparkle Fur You
Sparkly piano, sparkly eyewear … what more do you need except a white fur cape?
Presenting a new take on the smoking jacket and dunce cap in 1975, here’s a bare-chested, piano-playing, pixie-like creature captivating stunned audiences everywhere. Elton’s sure no dummy and he has nicely coordinated his eyewear so that the delicate, open metalwork details on the upper frame tie-in with the peaks on the collar, sleeve and hat of his costume.
Hip to Be Squared
Elton John is looking super-handsome here. This tinted, metal-rimmed, square frame is just perfect for flattering his fine facial features.
To Bee or Not to Bee?
Were these glasses inspired by a honeycomb? Whether they were or weren’t, they even manage to upstage this bold bee costume complete with pollen-poms.
Look Conservative Like It’s 1999
In this photo taken in 1999, the only clue to Elton’s elaborate fashion sense is the dangly earring. What a nice, classic frame choice, Mr. John!
Hold Me Closer, Tiny … Gnome
These sure are some fancy gardening glasses, complete with blue glitter and a blue-hatted gnome carrying a tiny shovel. We love the crystal flower at the other temple.
Don’t Shoot Him, He’s Just the Red Piano Player
We adore EJ’s red-tinted glasses and his attention to detail. This photo was snapped during Elton’s “The Red Piano” show in Las Vegas in 2009. Do you think his undies and socks are red too?
EJ Makes GQ
This is how you do it! Just dress head to toe in one neutral color and add your favorite accent color of fun, plastic-rim glasses with a matching scarf. Thanks EJ and GQ!
Marching to a Different Drummer
Instead of “Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road,” 1973, it’s ‘Hello, Yellow Big Glasses,’ 2013. This March photo shows that Sir Elton hasn’t shied away from color and is dressed in a combo of spring hues that would rival the fanciest Easter egg. Don’t you love the yellow glasses? Here are a few pairs to check out: (Just click on the glasses for more info.)
Zenni 259022 $19.00
Tuesday, May, 14 2013 by Sheri Cyprus
Mother’s Day has comes and gone, but this Frame Friday is about extending Mother’s Day weekend to Monday, because really, isn’t Mom worth it? Whether you’re thinking of your Mom or are a mother yourself, it’s time for something special. Our awesome frames are the perfect way to switch up your glasses and treat yourself with an infusion of fun, comfort, and dynamic style that you can put on every day. Don’t you deserve to see a new smile on your face in the mirror on the way out every morning?
Mother’s Day is about honoring mothers for the other 364 days of hard work and self sacrifice that they put in every year. When you thank a Mother, you should probably do something for them to make that thank you meaningful and help make their life easier. That’s absolutely what a better pair of frames does. When your Mom (or you) likes the way she looks in the only accessory that she wears every day, the rest getting ready and feeling good gets much easier.
The advantage of glasses you love might not be obvious, especially for hardworking Moms who are used to sacrificing. But it’s pretty simple; when you wear something every day, and on your face no less, it has an impact on how you look in the mirror and thus how you perceive yourself. So take the time to tell your Mom that she deserves glasses she feels good in and she’ll be grateful.
Choosing the right glasses and frames is a matter of personal taste. But with Zenni and the awesome choices you can find every Frame Friday, you know you’ll see something that suites your tastes. And if you’re still trying to find the right Mother’s Day gift for your Mom in glasses, maybe just casually leave this page open and see what she says. There’s no chance she won’t find something to love.
Monday, May, 13 2013 by Dave Schreiner
We hope your Mother’s Day celebrations are happy ones whether you are already a mom or hope to become a mother, and/or have a special mother figure in your life. A mom is someone we can share our deepest thoughts with and go to for advice. She’s the one we want special recipes from and to give us a little praise for our achievements in life whether we’re 5 or 55.
Here’s our round-up of favorite glasses for mothers and women of all face shapes, skin colors and ages:
Sparkle and Shine
Zenni 233124 $12.95
Emerald Green is Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2013 and the outer edges of this frame sure do this hue justice! The look is translucent just like the emerald gemstone and this plastic, half-rim frame has a nice rectangular design that’s very fashionable. The added bonus detailing on the temple arms is perfect for today’s mom as it combines traditional floral elements with a contemporary, stylized design.
Oval Yet Square
Sqoval anyone? Whatever you want to call the lens shape of this fashionable tortoiseshell frame, it tends to be super-flattering on a wide variety of face shapes and skin tones. There’s also no age limit as this contemporary look on a classic style of frame can equally suit a first-time mom or a great grandma.
Crystals and Flowers
The centers of the beautifully-delicate flowers on the temple arms of this elegant, burgundy frame are sparkling, clear crystals. The frosted, translucent background of the sweeping floral pattern adds further sophistication and style appeal. Hopefully, mom will get a break and be able to wear this glamorous frame for an elegant night on the town.
The Perfect Pattern
This new arrival tortoiseshell frame has an attractive, random pattern that’s season-spanning and stylish. The temple arms feature a triple cut-out design to add even more appeal to its geek chic, trendy styling. It’s available in bifocal and progressive prescriptions as well as single vision ones, so every mom can look her best.
Pretty in Purple
Grandmothers as well as first-time moms tend to be flattered by this perfectly purple, acetate half-rim, fashion frame. Its color and medium size seem to adjust awesomely to a variety of eye colors, skin tones, face shapes and ages. There’s even a pretty silver accent at each temple for added glamor.
Lean and Green
This is a compact, lightweight frame that’s ideal for Spring/Summer 2013. Available only in single vision prescriptions, the appealing green finish is metal alloy with hypoallergenic stainless steel at the temples. The nose pads help keep a busy mom’s glasses in place while the coated temple arm tips provide added comfort. At this amazing price, this is one must-have frame!
True and Blue
With a gorgeous, deep blue front on this trendy half-rim frame, you also get dreamy lighter blues on white temple arms. All that fabulous blue and white adds up to one refreshingly- styled, contemporary frame to suit any mom, mom-to-be or grandma. Really, this is the ideal Summer 2013 frame for women and moms of any age, as it flatters many faces while looking as fresh as a ocean breeze!
Open to Style
This is a smokin’ look hot off the press! This frame offers great value as it will not only coordinate with a spring or summer wardrobe, but will transition nicely with fall and winter fashions. (Think slim-fitting, tailored coats!) The frame’s open temple design in eye-catching, ornamental metal will accent any mom’s unique style. The dark tortoiseshell pattern is artistically random for glamorous appeal and this new arrival frame is available in progressive or bifocal as well as single vision.
Saturday, May, 11 2013 by Sheri Cyprus
May 12 is Mother’s Day in the United States, one day a year that all of us are encouraged to honor our mothers, as well as those women who have cared for us over the years. For many, the holiday is a time to get together with mom over brunch or dinner, while those who live far away may honor mom with a call, card or flowers. No matter how you celebrate, the history of Mother’s Day is a bit more complex than you might think.
The Origins of Mother’s Day in the United States
Despite it’s current popularity, it wasn’t easy to get Mother’s Day established as a holiday in the U.S.. Social activist Julia Ward Howe attempted to begin a celebration of “A Mother’s Day for Peace” in 1872, though it wasnt until 1914 that President Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in may as the country’s official Mother’s Day. Wilson’s support for the holiday came about through the efforts of Anna Jarvis, the daughter of a social activist who had during her lifetime hoped for the establishment of an official holiday to honor mothers.
Unfortunately, Jarvis’s campaign may have been too successful: While the American public embraced a day to honor mothers, Jarvis, who never became a mother herself, felt that the holiday had become too commercialized. Jarvis spent her later years protesting this commercialization, particularly abhorring the tradition of sending one’s mother a greeting card, instead of writing an actual letter.
Mother’s Day Around the World
Many countries around the world celebrate Mother’s Day, although the date itself varies. In Norway, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of February, Indonesia celebrates on December 22nd.
Curiously, “Mothering Day” had been celebrated in the United Kingdom for centuries before the establishment of Mother’s Day in the United States. While participation in that holiday had dwindled somewhat by the early 20th century, efforts were made to reintroduce it to UK society. The celebration of Mother’s Day in the UK particularly increased after World War II, likely the result of the holiday’s celebration by American soldiers.
Mother’s Day Gift Ideas
If you haven’t gone shopping yet, don’t worry: Send her a gift card from Zenni Optical. Even if she doesn’t wear prescription glasses, she’ll be able to choose from Zenni’s non-prescription sunglasses or sports goggles. If Mom does wear glasses, she’ll be able to update her look by choosing from our massive selection of fashionable frames and up-to-date lens treatments. She can even add some accessories, such as cases, cords or cleaning cloths, to her order.
Friday, May, 10 2013 by Lainie Petersen
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