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The Essential Summer Accessory: Sunglasses

The official start of summer is merely eleven days away. We can already see the days getting longer, sunnier, and warmer. We’re going on vacations to the beach, lake, and mountains. We’re spending more time at concerts, festivals, poolside parties, or maybe just on our own porch. All of this outdoor activity is why the essential summer accessory is sunglasses. Sunglasses are a fun way to complete an outfit, and they can certainly make us feel more comfortable on a day when the sun is beating down and bright. However, sunglasses are more than a fashion accessory. They’re actually essential to our eye health as well. Just like applying sunscreen or at least SPF face moisturizer and lip balm are (or should be!) part of your summer beauty routine, so should putting on a pair of sunglasses before you leave the house. Sunglasses are the season’s ultimate fashion meets function accessory!

The first priority when choosing a pair of sunglasses is making sure they block 99% of UVA and UVB rays. This means you need to ditch the $10 sunglasses from Target or Forever 21. However, designer sunglasses can be expensive, like $100+ to $200+ expensive. For those of you out there who seem to have developed a bad habit of sitting on, breaking, or losing your sunglasses, this sounds like a scary investment. However, you can find quality, UV ray blocking sunglasses for a more reasonable price if you shop around and find a good deal. Well, today I’ve done a little leg work for you whether you’re looking to invest in a more pricey pair of sunglasses or looking for a deal on a designer pair.


THE ASPIRATIONAL LOOK

Clara in Heirloom Silver with Sepia Wash lenses

Clara in Heirloom Silver with Sepia Wash lenses

Today marks the launch of the highly anticipated eyewear collaboration between American fashion model Karlie Kloss and the eyewear powerhouse Warby Parker. The 70’s inspired collection co-designed by Kloss includes three limited edition styles that come in at $145 each. With these particular designer glasses, you can feel a bit better about your investment. Warby Parker has a buy a pair, give a pair policy. For every pair of glasses they sell, they distribute a pair to someone in need. Plus, with this particular collaborative collection, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Edible Schoolyard NYC, a nonprofit organization who partners with public schools to give children the knowledge and tools to make healthy choices and change the way they eat for life. Shop here.

Marple in Heirloom Gold with Violet Clover lenses and Julia in Heirloom Silver with Indigo Wash lenses

Marple in Heirloom Gold with Violet Clover lenses and Julia in Heirloom Silver with Indigo Wash lenses

Warby Parker uses polycarbonate for all of its lenses, which offers 100% UV protection.


THE ATTAINABLE LOOK

Women's Lexington Sunglasses, $45.97

Women’s Lexington Sunglasses, $45.97

My favorite fashion duo, twin designers Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen recently won the Council of Fashion Designers of America Accessories Designer of the Year award for their high fashion line, The Row. The sunglasses from this brand range from about $200 to a whopping $500. However, their more affordable brand, Elizabeth and James, offers some slightly more attainable options. Today through Thursday, June 12, you can snag a pair of Elizabeth and James sunglasses for a serious steal on Hautelook. The Elizabeth and James Eyewear event on Hautelook kicked off today with styles up to 83% off retail price, starting as low as $46. Shop here.

Women's Marion Sunglasses and Women's Lindall Sunglasses, $49.97 each.

Women’s Marion Sunglasses and Women’s Lindall Sunglasses, $49.97 each.

Elizabeth and James sunglasses offer 100% UV protection.

Highlights from the Weekend: Day 3 and Day 4 of NYFW F/W 2014

I decided to take most of the weekend off from New York Fashion Week, but as well all know, fashion never sleeps.

Social media is a great way to follow along with fashion week and keep up with the must-see looks and trends. So, for the past couple days I have been following along with NYFW through some of my favorite fashion sources on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Instragam is a wonderful platform to get a full-circle glimpse into the fashion shows from styling backstage to the final walk. Although fashion week is first and foremost about the apparel in the upcoming collections, there is a great deal of time and energy put into each and every show from model selection to catwalk choreography to hair and makeup and countless things in between. Some of my most beloved beauty brands have been lucky enough to work with some famed designers on styling their shows. So, I’ve complied a number of Instagram images to showcase the highlights from the weekend: Day 3 and Day 4 of NYFW F/W 2014 from backstage to the runway!

TIBI

Images courtesy of the following Instagram accounts: Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, and Tibi.

Images courtesy of the following Instagram accounts: Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, and Tibi.

Tibi’s beauty look consisted of a bold Bordeaux lip by Bobbi Brown, a unique mini Mohawk braid by Aveda, and nude nails with a touch of sparkle. The Fall 2014 collection features chunky layered looks in both soft pastels and bold hues. The menswear-inspired sweaters and outerwear look so lush and inviting for the cool weather months

Images courtesy of the following Instagram accounts: Lucky Magzine, Bergdorf Goodman, In Style Magazine, Teen Vogue, and Revolve Clothing.

Images courtesy of the following Instagram accounts: Lucky Magzine, Bergdorf Goodman, In Style Magazine, Teen Vogue, and Revolve Clothing.

HERVE LEGER 

Images courtesy of the following Instagram accounts: Nordstrom, Bumble and Bumble, and Herve Leger.

Images courtesy of the following Instagram accounts: Nordstrom, Bumble and Bumble, and Herve Leger.

Herve Leger’s beauty look featured a dramatic eye, a pop of color in a high pony by Bumble and Bumble, and a nude nail by Essie. The Fall 2014 highlights a balance of fitted silhouettes and movement in an array of colors from neons to blush tones to nudes.

Images courtesy of the following Instagram accounts: Bloomingdales, In Style Magazine, Nordstrom, and Marie Claire Magazine.

Images courtesy of the following Instagram accounts: Bloomingdales, In Style Magazine, Nordstrom, and Marie Claire Magazine.

DEREK LAM

Images courtesy of the following Instagram accounts: Estee Lauder, Lucky Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, and Derek Lam.

Images courtesy of the following Instagram accounts: Estee Lauder, Lucky Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, and Derek Lam.

Derek Lam’s beauty look showcased a deep smokey eye and a soft pink lip stain by Estee Lauder and a nude nails. The Fall 2014 collection is a mix of sporty yet chic over-sized menswear inspired ensembles and feminine yet structured looks. There is also a variety of color in the collection with both warm earthy tones and pops of pastel.

Images courtesy of the following Instagram accounts: People Style Watch Magazine, In Style Magazine, The Glamourai, CFDA, Lauran Conrad, and Lucky Magazine.

Images courtesy of the following Instagram accounts: People Style Watch Magazine, In Style Magazine, The Glamourai, CFDA, Lauran Conrad, and Lucky Magazine.

DIANE VON FURSTENBERG 

dvf nyfw fw 2014 runway 1

The Diane Von Furstenberg show was my must-see show of the weekend. The Belgian American fashion designer is celebrating a milestone year commemorating her iconic wrap dress, which is her signature look that jump started her career in the fashion industry forty years ago at the young age of 26! During the pre-show, Diane Von Furstenberg explained the inspiration behind the famed wrap dress: the ballerina wrap sweater. In honor of the wrap dress and its inspiration, the beauty look for her Fall 2014 show, Bohemian Wrapsody, was ballet inspired makeup and hair buns. Before the show, the designer encouraged her models to “be strong, feel sexy, be you, and smile.” The DVF brand truly embodies my goal for 2014 to FEEL GOOD and LOOK GOOD.

The show kicked off with a number of black and white looks in classic DVF patterns. My favorite neutral piece is the black and tan fur jacket featured above. The rest of the Fall 2014 collection consisted of rich jewel tones in a number of iconic DVF prints and wrap styles. The show concluded with a special and memorable finale as each model took the runway in a gold wrap dress. Next the models congregated onstage with St. Vincent, who provided live music for the show as part of the AmexUnstagged partnership. As the models danced to the music, Diane Von Furstenberg hit the catwalk then joined the models and the band for a gold confetti filled finale. I think it’s safe to say that this show ended with the “happiness and joy of life” that DVF intended.

dvf nyfw fw 2014 runway 2