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Win a $100 pair of sunglasses of your choice from Woodzee!

This week we’re giving away a pair of $100 or less sunglasses, care of Woodzee. Best part? You get to pick which pair you want! Here’s the full sunglasses collection.

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Woodzees, besides making quality accessories, also standout for their interest and investment in acting green. “Feel good about recycling and get 40% off your next Woodzee product. We accept broken items… if they’re in good shape, we’ll donate them to a person in need. If they are thrashed or have your widdled initials in the arm, we’ll recycle them or reuse the metal parts and grind the old wood for packing material.”

To enter our contest, just use the widget below to follow Woodzee on Twitter! Very easy. Restrictions are:

+ All the limited editions styles are not part of this promotion.

+ The $100 can’t be use as credit towards a more expensive pair.

+ Open to US residents only.

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Men’s Fashion Review – Oakley Holbrook Matte Black Sunglasses

When talking about eyewear, Oakley is one of the very familiar names in the industry. The company was started by a man named James Jannard in 1975, out of his own garage. He started out selling his equipment designs to the motor-cross community, then, he expanded his sport-oriented items to the ski slopes.

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One of Oakley’s current sunglass styles is the Oakley Holbrook Matte Black Sunglasses. This particular style was developed by the merge of ideas from snowboarding superstar Shaun White and the creative directors of Oakley. And boy are they snow-cool!

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The Oakley Holbrook sunglasses are a nod to the vintage styling of the original Oakley Frogskins, but they are the cooler cousin. The 1950’s/1960’s squared-off frame is flattering to most face shapes and is constructed of a stress-resistant material with lightweight “Plutonite” lenses, which filter the maximum amount of UV rays from the sun. The “black on black” is a classic look, but the Oakley Holbrook also comes with other lens colors like purple, orange, blue, green, and red for those who like the brighter fashion colors. My favorite aspect of these shades is the tiny silver details in the corners of the rims and near the hinges.

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As for the pricing, the price tag of 95 Euros at www.sunglasses-shop.co.uk is equal to about $129 USD, so it is on the lower end of the spectrum when it comes to the Oakley brand name. From a fashion stand point, the Oakley Holbrook sunglasses are the type of style that are for the sports-minded, as well as for those who just like to look cool around town.

Also, do check out Sunglasses-Shop’s current contest for a chance to win a VIP experience with Ferrari at the Grand Prix!

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Men’s Fashion Trends – The Timeless Style of Americana

When looking at the fashion trends for Spring/Summer 2014, you will see clothing and accessories in the red, white, and blue of Americana to be a hot trend for both men and women. In terms of its resurgence as a trend, Americana has never really gone out of style. It has been a staple in men’s and women’s fashion collections from designers like Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren for years.

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Some of my favorite Americana picks for men this year include both clothing and accessories. For clothing, there this polo t-shirt by Moncler that has a crisp white background, the collar and sleeves tipped in red and blue stripes, along with a larger diagonal stripe of red and blue for interest. It would go great with your favorite pair of jeans or a navy blue cargo short.

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Eyewear For Spring/Summer 2014

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Refresh for the imminent new season with my five key men’s trends and the way to frame them this spring.

American Retro

Old school Americana was rebooted for 2014. At Saint Laurent it was of the edgy L.A kind. Sequins, patent leather, leopard and zebra and lame brought out the showman. Gold mirrored matte aviators were the eyewear flash of genius. Etro went out West and intricate tooling became appliqué curls over suits and guitar cases. The dusty desert palette was splashed with bright colour pops. Topman Design made its mark on the cowboy shirt updating it with metallic accompaniment. Bottega Veneta’s was the most contemporary with bold black outlines and chalk marks. The key is a great shirt. Look for Western detail; piping, florals and looped or peaked lapel collars. But sunglasses are as ever what will bring the cool factor.

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A squared off wayfarer is a great and versatile choice. Make wayfarers and aviators matte and mirrored, or both for the essential contemporary twist. The Burberry Heritage 4154Q is perfect for the look. There are hand stitched leather temples to match your jacket too. For mirrors look to the keyhole bridged Dirty Dog Monza. The Ray-Ban Chris in its new velvet incarnation comes with fiery flash mirrors too. It’s the perfect rock star twist.

Camo

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Florals are big for men this spring/summer. Gucci, Prada and Burberry all did them beautifully. But it’s not for everyone. Camo is the perfect way to get the same effect. Indeed some of those florals came off like camo. Valentino, Belstaff, Christopher Raeburn and Lee Roach all offered fresh takes on camouflage. Just in time for the season Ray-Ban goes urban with the Original 2140 Wayfarer. Those classic winged arms come covered in camo fabric. The face is matte. That natural fabric is a real classy finish to the handmade frame. It has what it takes to accompany smart looks as well as casual urban cool.

Grey

The elegance of pale grey is often taken for granted. The designers gave it the attention it deserves on the spring/summer runways. Paul Smith, Emporio Armani, Z Zegna and Jil Sander all produced great new grey looks. It’s felt really fresh in eyewear too for some time. The Oliver Peoples Sheldrake in its streaked grey remains a firm favourite with me. It’s all going on here. But as great menswear should be, it’s classic and newness is subtle. The payoff at the temples after the streaking is huge. Turn the head and flash ultra contemporary crystal clear arms. Through the temples to boot is an Oliver Peoples branded core wire. Blue lenses brighten up the grey and make for a great signature to set you apart.

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Pink

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Even Paul Smith’s runway was pink this season. At Tom Ford there was more pink tailoring, tone on tone with stand out texture. At Giorgio Armani it was in a pale soft tailored jacket and teamed with grey. Playful, fresh and confident pink is a great colour to bring into your palette and this is the season to do it. Bobby Gillespie was ahead of the game donning head to toe fuchsia at Glastonbury last year. It has got a touch of the rock star about it when you go all the way with a deeper pink. Not too many men venture into it; it comes off confident, showy and original. Ray-Ban’s latest take on its Justin is perfect. The pink is kept matte with the superbrand’s new gummy finish and along with the bold square update on the original wayfarer it’s a masculine take on pink. Rich flash mirror lenses are another must when updating your shades for 2014.

Stripes

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Stripes return for another season. At Marc Jacobs they were in chevrons over mono knits. At Dolce and Gabbana there were varied grades in earthy tones. At E Tautz there were blocks and verticals. Burberry Prorsum teamed them with spots in another collection that owed much to national treasure painter David Hockney. Coordination in your look colour and print wise provides an instant catwalk look. Bring your sunglasses in with the new Polo 4064. The slim temples off this masculine wayfarer come with two so very well placed stripes. The tortoise face and green lenses will be the perfect classic grounding to your 2014 brights.

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Fashion Review – Ray-Ban Erika Sunglasses

The Ray-Ban Eyewear and Sunglass Company was founded in 1937 and has their headquarters in one of the fashion centers of the world: Milan, Italy. The Ray-Ban sunglasses have been celebrity favorites from Bob Marley in the 1950’s to Tom Cruise in the 1990’s and still remain a top eyewear company.

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With the polarization of their lenses, Ray-Ban sunglasses have become a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts like bikers, joggers, golfers, and drivers. They are especially popular with the water-loving population for their ability to reflect the light and block the glare.

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Men’s Fashion Review – Oakley Frogskins Polarized Glasses

Oakley, an eyewear company that was established in 1975, is considered one of the hottest brands of sunglasses around. They have styles to fit every taste and activity level, being known for the quality of their products.

One particular style, Oakley Frogskins Polarized Glasses, are a vintage look that has been modernized through its material and lens quality. In reviews, they have been described as “lightweight, durable, comfortable, and stylish.” The larger lens is both concurrent with fashion and eye protection by covering a larger area of the eye. It is also 100% UV coated for eye care.

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However, what makes these glasses stand apart from the rest is the lens shading and polarization. This particular style comes in: Matte Black/Emerald Iridium Polarized, which is a great dark green color; a Matte Black/Ice Iridium Polarized, which leans more towards the blue tones; and Matte Black/Ruby Iridium Polarized, which is a sunglass lens that is more of an orange sunset color. The lens color is basically a matter of preference, but the darker tone lenses are generally great for those individuals who need more light deflection or younger eyes that have the ability to adapt more quickly to lighting changes.

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As my eyes get older, without the rest of me of course, I tend to lean more towards the lighter lens because it is easier to see in dimmer places. With either choice, the polarization is key! It allows you to see things without glare, which is a major safety factor.

The price of $160 is about average for a great pair of sunglasses, however, make sure that you have some scratch-free microfiber cloths for cleaning and a case to keep them looking good for longer if you are going to make the investment.

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Women’s Fashion Advice – Be Playful This Winter!

Unless you’re still in your pre-teens you’ve probably outgrown cartoon animal t-shirts and playful jewelry. There’s good news though for those who are still a kid at heart: You can keep the whimsy alive without slipping back into your childhood!

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For instance, Lanvin’s 10th Anniversary Cartoon Inlay Sunglasses look sleek when on but they hold a little surprise inside, a fun cartoon pattern! You won’t find them just anywhere – unfortunately you won’t find them on the likes of Yoox – but they’re definitely worth the search! Never let your eyes weather the low winter sun without protection again! (more…)

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