NYE style varies from person to person, event to event. Black tie parties at downtown hotels require a heavy dose of glam, while pizza and beer at your best friend’s place merits your best black skinny jeans and a funky top. But whether you plan to dress up or down this New Year’s Eve, a bit of glitter is always an appropriate way to greet the new year.
Why? I’m not entirely sure, but I think it has something to do with celebrations. We all love watching the pretty, sparkly bubbles rise to the top of champagne, and the mirrored ball that graces celebration in Times Square. Heck, New Year’s Eve is even time for fireworks in many places. A pair of gold glitter frames will add a festive touch to any NYE outfit and will be a great conversation starter!
Now aside from Zenn’s other selection of glittery frames, we can show you how to make your own. Check out this post on DIY glitter frames and get crafting. In fact, we’d love to see your creations! Tweet them to us at @zennioptical.
Happy New Year!
Monday, December, 29 2014 by Lainie Petersen
One of the great things about getting stylish, affordable frames from Zenni is that you can finally have an eyeglass wardrobe to match any outfit or occasion. Zenni has a wide selection of glittery frames to choose from, but if you’re more of a do-it-yourself-er, you’ll love this tutorial for how to give your old glasses some new style!
- A pair of Zenni frames (We recommend a plastic or acetate full rim frame with minimal or no embellishments.)
- Mod Podge Gloss Decoupage Glue
- Sponge Applicator
- Glitter (your choice of color) in a shaker container
- Paper plate or towel for keeping the glitter in one place.
Here’s how you create DIY glittery glasses :
First, take whatever pair of Zennis you’d like to use and pop the lenses out of your frames. If you don’t know how to do this, check out our video by a Zenni repair guru. You want your lenses out of your frames so that they don’t get damaged.
Second, use the applicator to coat the frames with a thin layer of Mod Podge Gloss Decoupage Glue. (We advise against glittering the temples, as this can result in ear discomfort and pesky glitter in your hair.)
Shake the glitter over the frames to coat evenly. You’ll probably have more luck standing over the glasses while you do this.
While Mod Podge dries quickly, it is best to let your new glitter frames dry overnight to ensure that they stay a-glittered.
Put your lenses back into your frames and enjoy!
Wednesday, December, 24 2014 by Lainie Petersen
OK, we get that you may not be into ugly Christmas sweaters. But if you’d like to contribute some general holiday cheer to the world, while avoiding potential embarrassment, here are some frames to consider from our holiday collection:
The bright red color of these wayfarers is quite Christmas-y on its own, but wait…there’s more! The temples incorporate a wonderful holiday motif of Santas, gifts and snowmen.
If you look hard in the holiday candy section of most drug and grocery stores, you’ll find an old-fashioned treat called ribbon candy. This is a hard candy in multiple colors that has been pulled thin and bent into what looks like ribbon art. These stripy frames remind me of the thin, elegant lines of color created by the pulling process. Subtle, beautiful but also very much a celebration of the holidays.
As far as subtlety goes, this frame ranks somewhere between the first two on our list. The fine-line drawings of colorful Christmas symbols on black is probably safe for work, but also cheerful enough for family gatherings.
If you are all about the luxe life, check out these frames. Plum frames accented with a carved design and a few rhinestones makes for a sophisticated look at evening parties.
Friday, December, 19 2014 by Lainie Petersen
Art is a healing medium for so many people. The ability to create something beautiful by engaging the mind and body can offer artists hope, stability and inspiration. One organization, ArtLifting, seeks to provide creative opportunities to individuals who might not otherwise get a chance to not only create art, but to sell it. ArtLifting provides space and materials to artists who are disabled, homeless, or struggling with addiction. These artists can then sell their work through ArtLifting and other galleries.
The ability to sell and make a living from creating art means a lot to ArtLifting artists. This is how one artist explains the impact of the program on his life:
“A month or so ago, somebody saw my artwork on ArtLifting and because of that, I’m having my first solo show… If things keep going like this, I won’t have to live on disability anymore. And that feels great.”
–Allen Chamberland, ArtLifting Artist.
Last month, Zenni paid a visit to ArtLifting’s studio in San Francisco. Zenni staff got to meet the artists, check out the facility and see some of the amazing artwork on display. In addition, Zenni was able to present free eyeglasses to artists who need vision correction but can’t afford an eye exam, frames, or lenses. Zenni is proud to be able to support the ArtLifting mission and encourages our blog readers to check out this incredible organization.
Thursday, December, 18 2014 by Lainie Petersen
We’ve blogged before about how wearing glasses can make you seem more intelligent. Now we’d like to hear about how your glasses carried you through your school days. If you are a high school senior who has been accepted to an accredited college in the United States, or a student at an accredited university in the U.S., you are eligible to compete for one of three poetry scholarships! The grand prize winner receives a $5,000 scholarship, with two additional prizes of is $3,000 and $1,000.
As you might expect, there’s an eyeglass theme to this contest. We want you to write 250 words, or less, on “Growing up with Glasses: The Formative Four-Eyed Years.” Naturally, we hope you’ll get creative as you describe wearing glasses in the classroom, on the football field or just while hanging out with friends. You could maybe even write an ode to your eye doctor!
Naturally, there are a lot of other details involving GPAs, transcripts and letters of recommendation that we won’t get into here. Mosey on over to our official scholarship website to learn more about the scholarship and its requirements. The deadline is April 1st, 2015, so don’t wait too long to get those creative juices flowing.
Tuesday, December, 16 2014 by Lainie Petersen
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