There’s a time and a place for subtle glasses and executive-style frames – but our most fashion-forward customers like to “go for the bold,” if you will. Bold doesn’t have to mean bright colors or funky patterns, it can be all about the shape and size of a frame as well. Katrina from The Demure Muse is a big fan of this type of frame, and she recently took a pair of Face a Face glasses for a spin and fell in love with the French designer.

Katrina of The Demure Muse in Face a Face Kazan 3 eyeglasses

Head over to her blog for her detailed review of her shopping experience with Vizio Optic! After much debate about which style to choose, she narrowed it down to Face a Face Kazan 3 eyeglasses, an oversized pair of specs with a rounded silhouette and flared tips. Don’t they look great on her?

Face a Face Kazan 3 eyeglasses

The large silhouette makes this a standout frame, but the slim, glossy black rims keep the glasses from overwhelming Katrina’s face. Highlighting the shape are red accents behind the front rims and a light-tortoise pattern along the top-set arms.

Kazan 3 is no longer available in black, but is available in Medium Tortoise, Strawberry Pink and White, Ink Blue and White, and Shadow with Lagoon Blue. To purchase Kazan 3, please contact Hilary at sales@viziooptic.com.

We also have Kazan 2 available, which is a more rectangular version of Katrina’s frame. Check it out and let us know what you think!

 

We love the excitement that people have over fashion bloggers (ourselves included), they help keep fashion fresh and exciting and have transformed the industry into a more democratic environment. Thus, it is always a fun opportunity to work with these influencers. This week, we wrote a guest post for STYLE’N, an awesome blog by Naina Singla – a former Boston resident! Now in Washington, D.C., Naina is a stylist who knows what looks great on different body types, so we worked together to show off which frames look great for face shapes as well. Take a look!

Vizio Optic on STYLE'N by Naina Singla

If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to your face shape, try to find a celebrity whose features resemble yours. We have included some celebrities with each shape in the STYLE’N blog, but if none of them are similar to yours, simply just Google their name and “face shape,” there is sure to be some discussion out there.

The blog also includes descriptions of facial features under each shape, so if celebrities aren’t doing it for you, get out a mirror and take a look at your beautiful self. Determine whether you have sharp or soft angles and assess the symmetry of your face. If there is an imbalance, such as a triangle in which the forehead is narrower than the jawline, then the pair of designer glasses you select should help remedy that and create a harmonized look. For triangles, we suggest top-heavy frames that focus the eye upwards to create balance.

Head on over to STYLE’N for more suggestions on the best frames for your face shape. Let us know what you choose!

 

Last week we gave you a behind-the-scenes look at our very first Lookbook photo shoot featuring some of Boston’s best fashion bloggers. Today we have another teaser: There were plenty of photos from last weekend, it was so hard to choose which ones would make the cut! Alas, we made our decisions, and here are the outtakes for you to enjoy. Get inspired!

The weather was beautiful and we were able to take so many photos around Brookline Village. Do you recognize any of the locations?

Stay tuned to our blog and our Twitter page to see more outtakes from the shoot, and the Lookbook itself when it arrives next week. You’ll see Lindsey of L’s Fashion Dish, Kristen from The Boston Fashionista, Lei Ann from Lei Ann…Off Duty, Kelsey from Tickle Me Pink, and Holly from Holly Dolly in all of these frames and more. In the meantime, head over to their blogs for their latest outfits and input on what’s hot this summer. You might also catch a glimpse of someone famous

Lei Ann Off Duty

 

Every day we should be working on ways to be true to ourselves, whether it’s honing a new skill, strengthening weaknesses or finding a way to express the real you. Many designer glasses give you a great opportunity to show others a piece of your personality. Some designers make art, not just frames; they make you feel a certain way, are crafted with so much care and help you understand a little more about the owner.

Alain Mikli 1120 eyeglasses

In this edition of Frame of the Week, we highlight Alain Mikli 1120 eyeglasses, a pair of specs that says so much with its colors and design. The butterfly-shaped frame is semi-rimless, with a strip of blue over one brow and purple along the other, teal extending down the sides of each lens. The vibrant hues stand out against our friend Diana’s dark brown hair, and its flared upper rims complement her features. Glasses make an important first impression, and it’s clear to us that she appreciates art and creativity just by her choice of frame.

Alain Mikli 1120 eyeglasses

This particular color is discontinued, but there are four others still available (we just had to show you this gorgeous photo of Diana). Each frame is handmade, some with patterned arms that are made multicolored by placing each square of color individually into the clear acetate mold. That takes a lot of work and patience, resulting in an expertly handcrafted frame that is completely unique.

Alain Mikli 1120 eyeglasses

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Lafont Eyewear Rendezvous collection

If you can believe it, we have even more exciting news to share with you this week. You must clear out your schedules for the evening of August 26th, when Thomas Lafont, the chief designer behind Lafont eyewear, will be our special guest at the annual Vizio Optic Lafont Trunk Show!

From 5-8pm, we’ll be debuting the French brand’s fall/winter 2013-2014 Rendezvous collection, giving you an exclusive look at brand new eyeglasses and sunglasses. This is a very special and rare event - Mr. Lafont will be here to personally style trunk show attendees along with the rest of the Lafont family. Together with the Vizio Optic team, there will be over a dozen stylists on hand to assist in fashion and wardrobing both sunglass and ophthalmic frames.

Things are getting wild next season. Lafont eyewear for fall and winter will include wildlife-inspired prints and details on metal frames, with every bit of passion and detail as the brand’s signature plastic styles. Leopard and zebra prints abound in unexpected colors adding a beautiful texture to each frame.

Other styles in the Rendezvous collection harken back to 1950s Paris, with alluring shapes, two-toned mod effects and engravings giving the frames a distinct mid-century appeal.

You really don’t want to miss out on this rare opportunity to meet the brains behind one of our favorite brands – we are counting down the days!! Stay tuned to our Facebook page on when to RSVP, or join our mailing list to receive a message when it’s time. Got questions about the event? Call us at 866-411-9428 or email info@viziooptic.com. Hope to see you there!

 

Everyone always needs a little encouragement on a Monday, don’t they? Woow eyewear is here for you, with its words of encouragement that stay with you all day. How? They’re on your glasses! Each frame from the French designer has a little message of positivity that only the wearer knows about, as it is written on the inner ear tips giving you good vibes all day long. This week, we push away bad thoughts with a pair of Woow Never Mind 1 eyeglasses.

Woow Never Mind 1 eyeglasses

Last seen on our friend Kelsey in turquoise, this version that our friend Susan is wearing features a gradient blonde tortoise design in transparent acetate that lets the colors truly stand out. With the little message Never Mind with her all day, Susan will pay no mind to negativity and embrace how wonderful she looks in her brand new pair of glasses.

Woow Never Mind 1 c.2092 eyeglasses

Never Mind is a flattering style on many people. Its rectangular lenses have rounded edges for a softer look, while flared corners let the two-tone design really shine. This frame is also available in solid black, grey with yellow accents, and plum with red accents.

Need more encouragement throughout your week? Take a look at more styles from Woow, including Come On, Rock Me, and Wake Up over on our website. Let us know which one is your favorite!

 

Vizio Optic Lookbook Preview

This weekend Vizio Optic had its very first blogger photo shoot! We’re working on our latest lookbook and this time around we decided to feature some of our favorite fashion bloggers from around Boston. They were natural models and looked fantastic in the photos, we can’t wait to show you how it turns out! Until then, here’s a preview of what you’ll be seeing very soon (photos from Instagram by Kristen Ciccolini):

Lindsey of L's Fashion Dish in Beausoleil 296 eyeglasses
Lindsey from L’s Fashion Dish wears a pair of Beausoleil 296 eyeglasses in brown, accented by a muted blue on the inner surface. The cat-eye curves looked great on her and went very well with her chic white blazer and jeans.

Kelsey of Tickle Me Pink in Woow Never Mind 1 eyeglasses

Kelsey from Tickle Me Pink loved the bright color of these Woow Never Mind 1 eyeglasses, they stood out beautifully with her cream-colored lace dress. We shot her photos at the Brookline Public Library right down the street from our shop!

Holly of Holly Dolly in Etnia AF280 sunglasses

Holly from Holly Dolly was a natural, and she made some pretty perfect choices when picking out the frames she liked. Here, she wears Etnia AF280 sunglasses in mint green with coral accents.

Kristen of The Boston Fashionista in Oliver Goldsmith Camp sunglasses

If you’ve visited Kristen’s blog before (The Boston Fashionista), you’ll know how much she loves her oversized shades, which is why we knew she’d be perfect for Oliver Goldsmith Uuksuu sunglasses. The glamorous frame features a two-tone design called Caramel Split, with black along the top half and a rich caramel shade on the bottom.

Lei Ann of Lei Ann Off Duty in Etnia La Rochelle eyeglasses

Lei Ann of Lei Ann Off Duty chose Etnia La Rochelle eyeglasses for their cool pattern that lines the top of the frame. Her reasoning? She’s short, so while the pattern is subtle from the front, her taller friends will be able to see the cool design in all its glory. Sounds good to us!

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Boston Magazine 40th Anniversary Best of Boston Awards 2013

The 2013 Best of Boston issue of Boston Magazine is out on stands this week, and we are honored to announce that we’ve won an award for Best Optical Shop! Here’s what the editors over at the city’s top magazine, presenting its 40th Anniversary awards issue, had to say:

Regardless of your spectacle tendencies – quirky or clean – Brookline’s Vizio Optic will identify the most flattering frames for your face, then present you with options: Chanel, Beausoleil, and Ray-Ban are just a few of the brands carried. An optician on site guarantees that you’ll soon be seeing – and looking – much better.

The Best of Boston Award is considered one of the most aspired-to accolades in both Greater Boston and much of New England, so it is with great honor that we accept the title and with much gratitude to our wonderful customers as well. Without you, our readers, our customers and our friends, we would not be an award-winning company!

Celebrate in 2013 sunglasses

This year marks our sixth Best of Boston award! We first won in 2006 for the Best Eyeglasses, also winning in that category in 2007 and 2009. In 2010, we earned our first Best Optical Shop award, then Vizio Optic was named the Best Sunglasses shop in 2012. To be given these titles by members of our local community is a sign that we’re doing something right, and we thank everyone who has ever visited our shop for being a part of our story.

 

What is a pupillary distance measurement?

When buying a pair of designer glasses with prescription lenses at VizioOptic.com, we require some important information in order to ensure your lenses provide the most precise vision possible. It is vital that you email or fax your prescription to us, but it’s even more important that this document includes your PD measurement.

The PD measurement is a figure denoting your pupillary distance. It is measured from the center of your left pupil over to the center of your right pupil. If this number does not appear on your prescription, you will have to visit your eye doctor to get an exact measurement, or you may check old prescriptions to see if it appears there (adult PD does not change).

We do not recommend trying to measure this yourself, as it can be quite difficult to get an accurate reading. If you absolutely cannot get to an eye health professional, have a friend help you out. Pupillary distance is measured in millimeters, and should be determined while you are looking straight ahead, focused on an object across the room.

If you have a dual PD listed on your prescription (32/33, for example), each number is the distance from your right and left pupil’s center to the center of your nose, respectively. We must emphasize that the right measurement is the number on the left, and vice versa, so try not to confuse the two.

Why is this number important? It is used to ensure that your lenses are perfectly customized to your eyes, as it pinpoints your exact optical center. Lenses are produced with a slight curve, rather than with a completely flat surface, so the PD measurement lets us know that your personal optical center is reflected exactly within the lens.

For more tips on how to buy glasses online at VizioOptic.com, please visit our guide to ordering lenses.

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Face a Face eyewear is a customer favorite. The French brand is appealing to many thanks to its chic designs and flattering fit, and each frame is actually hand made, so you know your glasses are being handled with the utmost care. With hundreds of styles and colors to choose from, we’re always confident that shoppers will be able to find something that perfectly suits their personality and style needs.

Face a Face Maeva 2 eyeglasses

This week, our friend Susan was so happy with her brand new pair of Face a Face Maeva 2 eyeglasses that she sent us a great photo of herself showing them off front and center. The Vizio team loved it so much, we knew we had to share it with our blog readers! The deep aubergine frames looks so flattering against her fair skin and blonde hair, giving her a happier, more youthful and elegant appearance – exactly what your designer glasses should be doing for you!

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Maeva 2 has two sets of rims, the aubergine-colored based, and the gold rim that hugs the edges of the lens. The slimmer rims extend forward, and as you can see in Susan’s photo, give the frame a beautiful shine. These rims connect to a matching gold hinge, which leads to curvaceous arms that boast a spotted-tortoise pattern.

Do you want to be featured in our Frame of the Week series? We love to see how happy you are in your new eyeglasses and sunglasses, so submit your photos via Facebook, Twitter, by using the hashtag #viziooptic on Instagram, or by emailing photos to marketing@viziooptic.com. We look forward to seeing you!

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