Fashion for the Fourth of July!

The summer is upon us and with Fourth of July less than a month away, I know I’m getting into full gear with my party preparations. I’ve recently been pondering my fashion essentials for the shindig of the summer, and have come up with the accessories and clothing pieces you need to have the best Independence Day celebration yet!  So get your credit cards ready, because you’re going to want to grab these items before it’s too late.

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The Shorts

Let those gams get some sunshine and wear some cute little shorts that will see you receiving compliments left and right. You can’t get more classically American than channeling your inner Daisy Duke and putting on some cut-off denim shorts. Check out the varied styles of denim shorts at Levi.com, one of America’s most iconic denim manufacturers, and rock the original summer beach-bunny look.

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I’m a sucker for some elegant stripes, and a striped shirt can invoke some images of sailing—perfect for a summertime celebration. Need more incentive? You’ll be wearing one half of the stars and stripes theme. I love red and white, or blue and white stripes if you want to capture the essence of a patriotic nautical theme.

The Facial Essentials

As the Fourth of July tends to be a heated affair—it is the dead of summer after all—make sure your makeup isn’t sweating off your face in the afternoon sun. If you want to keep your foundation set for hours, it’s essential to use a powerful primer that will smooth your skin and keep your liquid and powder foundations looking their best even hours after application.

My newest favorite is the primer from Colorescience. It doesn’t feel greasy like many other primers can, and it keeps my face looking dewy and freshly made up for hours on end. I haven’t even told you the best part, though: this primer contains sunscreen, so you’ll be looking great and keeping your skin safe even after spending an entire day in the sunshine!

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The Perfect Sunnies

Your skin isn’t the only thing that needs protection from the summer sun. Grab a pair of stylish sunglasses to keep those irises safe during the long periods of sun exposure, and complete your outfit with a bit of mystery. While you should always select glasses based on the shape of your face, I have yet to meet a friend who couldn’t rock Ray-Ban’s classic wayfarers.  I especially like how they sell a version that folds up.  This is perfect for any lightweight summer outfit because the folded shades can slip right into your clutch – leave the bulky bags at home ladies!

The Swimsuit

If you’re going to a Fourth of July poolside shindig or beach party, a swimsuit is a definite must, but what to choose?! Instead of pulling out that bikini you wore last year or donning an American flag top like every other gal on the beach, dare to be different and draw some fun attention with the hilariously saucy “Bae Watch” red one piece from Private Party. Pair it with those denim shorts and you’ve got a simple but eye-popping look that will have all of your friends jealous.

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When the Sun Goes Down

Once the sun sets, temperatures might dip depending on where you’re reveling, but that’s no reason to head inside—there are fireworks to watch, after all! Make sure you’re ready for cooler breezes by tying a sweet cardigan around your waste earlier in the day. Not a cardigan lover? Grab my new obsession: this amazingly trendy bomber jacket from Topshop.

$100 may seem like a lot for a fashionista tight on finances, but trust me, this jacket is worth it!  Bomber jackets are totally in right now and the lightweight material make this piece a staple in any wardrobe that can be worn all year long.

Make sure you rock your Fourth of July look with these summer essentials and watch mouths drop when you show up on the scene.

Breanne is an emerging fashion blogger based out of sunny Southern California.  When she’s not shopping at the mall she can be found on the beach with sunglasses on her face and a book in her hands.  Follow her on Twitter @ProperNPink!

 

 

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Fashion Forward Colors for Your Winter Eyewear

For every season, there is a shift in colors for clothing and accessories. Certain colors trend throughout the year and just as we look forward to brighter, more vibrant colors in the Spring and Summer, we also gravitate towards richer, darker tones for the Fall and Winter. Even though clothing and accessories colors tend to be darker hues like black, charcoal, navy, and chocolate brown in the Winter, it doesn’t mean that they have to be drab or boring. There are some great prints, textures, patterns, and weaves in sweaters, shirts, and trousers that keep the darker hues of Winter from lacking panache.

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One classic pattern that never seems to be out of style is tortoise. Accessories made out of tortoise shell since ancient times and have been coveted by men and women alike. The tortoise pattern is popular because it melds together blacks and browns and makes an interesting pattern out of basic colors. One great example of tortoise accessories are the wayfarer sunglasses found at sunglasses-shop.co.uk.  Ralph Lauren takes the elements of classic elegance that he embodies in his clothing line and translates it into eyewear. The Jerry Tortoise sunglasses are designed with the traditional gold and brown hues within the marbled acetate frame. The lenses are a modified rectangle shape with a lighter shade for sun protection.

4098-526087-8053672423501The Sunglasses Shop also has a pair of black tortoise sunglasses that is a little more demure when it comes to its tortoise pattern. You have to look at them more closely to see the marbling of the black and grey pattern that forms the tortoise look. These have the same great universal shape as the Jerry, but the lenses are more of a grey tone, which is still one of the most popular colors of the season.

If you are looking for some Winter friendly sunglasses, but the tortoise pattern may not be for you, then Polo also makes some quality Black Blue sunglasses. It is a contemporary take on sunglass style with the ombre black and blue acetate frames, along with the light navy rectangle lens. All of these Polo 4098 sunglasses are handcrafted in Italy and range in price from 94 to 95 Euros – not bad. It is a great place to get designer sunglasses that are both classic and modern in style.

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Eyewear options to make you stand out

Eyewear options to make you stand out from the crowd

Your face is the first thing people notice, so what better way to make a first impression than with eyewear? Eyewear can be a necessity, it can make a fashion statement, it can reflect your personality and style – or it can do all of these things.

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Colored frames

Colorful frames that reflect the rave culture of the early 90s are in fashion for 2015. Colors such as burgundy, aqua and darker blues are favored by designers, as well as shiny black frames made from modern acetates for comfort, durability and style. The classic frame shape and variations of it suit most face shapes, but it is always important to try on different frames in front of a large mirror to make sure you get glasses with which you are happy. Colors for the more demure fashionista might include army or military greens, which are fairly neutral colors to complement your wardrobe, or a pale, inky gray frame decorated with darker swirls for a modern look.

Be eyewear-free

You may prefer to be eyewear-free for practical reasons, or just from personal choice sometimes. For those who require corrective eye wear as a necessity but prefer to be eyewear-free, LASIK laser vision correction can give you the option of whether to wear glasses or not. For those located in and around the Midwest, find out about Lasik in Omaha and discover what options are available to correct or improve your vision

Contact lenses can be a convenient alternative to glasses, or may be chosen for cosmetic reasons. Contact lenses can give you any eye color you like, make the iris look bigger or rounder, shimmer or catch the light, or be worn for an alternative or freaky look – perhaps you would like Dracula eyes at Halloween, or want to impress your friends by giving the impression of an embossed design or motif on the actual iris.

Dare to be different

If bold is your thing, try deeper color tones for your eyewear – frames that shout out, that make a statement – such as electric purple, frames with striking patterns, glittery rhinestones or outrageous shapes, or a fun, funky look such as Barbie style heart-shaped glasses. Team your choice of frame with lenses that are transparent, mirrored, ochre, earth-colored, tea-toned, even yellow or more dramatic colors.

Sunglasses

Oversized sunglasses that cover the eyes and the surrounding eye area are flattering and hide a multitude of imperfections around the eye area. You could take this further with shield glasses that cover the face coa bit like a deep-sea diving mask! Retro sunglasses are in vogue, and of course the traditional aviator style is timeless: each season it is revived and often given a new vibe.

White frames in the cat-eye form are a popular and very fashionable frame shape for both sunglasses and regular glasses. Designer frames can be a means of shouting out to people that you ooze style and sophistication; few would disagree that glasses can make you look sophisticated and intelligent, or that eyewear can be fun and funky.

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Designer Eyewear for Every Man In 2015

Sunglasses are not only a form of eye protection to shield you from the sun’s rays, but they also can make a great fashion statement. You choose sunglasses that reflect your personal style as an accessory to your clothing. In Sunglasses Shop’s men’s sunglasses section,  you will find a selection of designer men’s sunglasses that will fit any taste.
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One of my favorite pairs of sunglasses from the Sunglasses Shop is the Persol sunglasses. The light brown tortoise, rounded frame compliment the light blue lenses nicely and it is a throwback to the 1960’s, but has the modern technology of Persol’s Meflecto system that prevents any head pressure with the fit and also an anti-reflective coating within the blue lenses. For 193 Euros, you get a lot of style for your money.
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The next pair is the Paul Smith Clarefield, which have a retro vibe with the rounded metal frames and the mocha colored lenses. These ones are handmade in Italy for 199 Euros and are for the guy who loves a little John Lennon or Ozzy Ozbourne style.
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For the classic aviator lover, the Sunglasses Shop has the Prada Sport 50P which takes the traditional Aviator style and makes it a little sportier with the rimless frame and the tan colored, graded lenses. They are a look that never goes out of style and the light color is a great summery style for 162 Euros.
Dior Homme
Last, but not least is the Dior Homme Black Tie 181s. This particular pair of sunglasses is more of a bold look with the thicker black acetate frame with brushed metal sides and grey lenses. Also, with the addition of the rubberized inner arm pieces, you can personalize your fit. This style is for the guy who wants more if a collegiate look and at 215 Euros it is a little more expensive, but it is also Dior.

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7 Winter Eyewear Trends

Winter 2015 eyeglass trends are a study in contrasts. This season, we’re seeing a unique interplay between the subtle and the loud, the ultra-modern and the classic stalwarts, the fashion-forward and the utilitarian. Every look has its own unique little twist or charm, and is bound to add something extra to every outfit. Below, check out seven eyeglass trends that are truly captivating this winter.

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  1. Blue Period

Blues of every shade, texture, and opacity are huge this season. We’ve seen everything from speckled azure tortoise shell, to translucent blueberry, to bright, creamy, sherbet-blue hues. This is a particularly great trend because nearly all shades of blue can act neutral, meaning the more traditional types and the fashion-forward can dive into this aquatic trend and find something to love.

2.  Beyond the Pale

The biggest color trend this season is, well, a little light on the color. Translucent specs are all the rage, especially those tinted with the barest hint of color. From peachy-tans to delicate slate-grey shades, pale frames with a crystal finish are absolutely everywhere. Not enough for you? Translucent frames in bright red are also making a splash, perfect for those who like the crystal look but want to stand out just a bit more.

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  1. Dramatic Shapes

While the colors may be muted this winter, the frames themselves certainly aren’t. Although the oversized trend has been popular for a while now, glasses are also taking a turn from the architectural. Dramatic peaks at the temples, angular accents and high brows are just some of the stand-out looks we’ve seen.

  1. Go Retro

This winter, retro frames—much like winters past–have been all the rage, again. Although cat eye glasses have been popular for ages, this year they’re more sculptural — and brighter — than ever before. Not content with a gentle sweep at the temple, winter’s cat eyes peak dramatically and come in show-stopping shades, like Pantone’s trendy marsala hue. The structured look of the 40’s is also making a comeback in the form of brownline glasses. With black or tortoise shell frames on top and thin gold rims on the bottom, this sophisticated look will pull together any outfit — and turn heads.

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  1. Trippy Terapin

Tortoise shell glasses are perhaps the most classic look around, but even this old standby is getting turned on its head this season. Eyewear designers are creating the tortoise shell effect with a wild range of colors, like marbled purples and browns, blues and greens, and red and black. This style is a great way to brighten up your look in the doldrums of winter, and these bright blends will also look perfect with all your spring and summer outfits, too.

  1. All Angles

Round frames have been dominant for the past few years, but this season we’re seeing more and more specs with an angular edge. Although large, square-shaped glasses have been the most popular frames we’ve seen, narrow, rectangular shapes are also gaining ground, showing that there’s always room for the subtle and understated in every collection.

  1. Sporty-Chic

Sunglass-inspired optical glasses are another unique look for winter. Sleek frames with a gentle curve, aviator shapes, and detailing on the arms, like colorful stripes and cutouts, all make us think about our favorite sunnies. Of course, having a pair of the sunglasses in the winter is essential, too — just because you’re not at the beach doesn’t mean your peepers shouldn’t be protected while outside!

Liskula Cohen is a Canadian-born former model who has worked in New York, Paris, Milan, Tokyo, and Sydney, among other cities. She is the founder and blog editor of Front Row Eyewear. Find Liskula on Twitter: @Liskula

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Dharma Revelation Sun Sunglasses

If you have been anywhere near the winter snow storms this year, you long for days filled with sunshine and warmth.  However, even though the sun has been scarce, you should be protecting your eyes with sunglasses throughout every season of the year.  Even without the glare of the sun, the snow has its issues when it comes to vision.

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Now, aside from the protection of sunglasses, they also make a fashion statement.  One such company that has a selection of stylish sunglasses is Dharma Eyewear Co.  Designed in Manhattan, this particular brand of eyewear is able to give you the choice of prescription and nonprescription sunglasses that will not empty your bank account. At Dharma Eyewear Co, they feel that everyone should have access to fashionable eyewear.

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One of my favorite styles at Dharma is the Revelation Sun sunglasses. It combines the boldness of the acetate upper frame with a sleek, metal- trimmed square lower lens to produce a serious and intelligent look that is modern, but also gives a nod to vintage.  The Revelation Sun comes in a timeless tortoise brown, called “Roadside Coffee” or a solid black upper frame, which is the Onyx.  The complimentary colored lenses are constructed of a shatterproof polycarbonate material, are polarized with 100% UV protection, and have both an anti-scratch/anti-reflective coating.  The adjustable nose piece makes it a personalized fit.  As well as all the quality details put into every frame, one of the best part is that they are sold at the incredible price of $99!

Dharma Eyewear Co. also helps you to protect your investment with a NY designed flat-folding case and a microfiber cloth specifically for cleaning, in order to keep them safe from damage and in a condition that will last you for years to come.  Also, with every purchase of Dharma Eyewear there is a donation of 5% for those who cannot afford needed eye exams, which makes it a “feel good” purchase for you too.

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Now, one huge question that is always on people’s minds, whether they are buying prescription glasses or sunglasses, is “Will they look good on me?”  Now, when you are browsing around an optical shop in person you have the ability to try on all the styles you want, but when buying online it can be a difficult choice.  At http://www.dharmaco.com/, they have solved that issue by implementing a virtual system using “Magic Mirror Software” that allows you to see an image of yourself with the frames that you have selected with the use of your own computer’s webcam. It works great, as long as you follow the full set of directions at their Virtual Try-on page. Honestly though, with a few easy steps, you can take and compare up to 4 images side by side at a time, making buying glasses online a breeze. Best part? You can even share the images on your Facebook profile, getting your friends green with envy before your new Dharma’s even show up in the mail!

Post brought to you by Dharma Co.

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