If you haven’t heard, there’s a new brand we’re loving at Vizio Optic. It’s Mikli par Mikli, another beautiful collection of designer eyewear from French designer Alain Mikli. This line is a more affordable option, but still maintains the high quality and stunning designs that Mr. Mikli is known for in his eponymous collection. In this edition of Frame of the Week, our friend Juan takes his frame from the new brand for a spin.

Mikli par Mikli 1226 c.C01Y eyeglasses

Juan’s face shape can be described as square, meaning his forehead and jawline are of equal width. Flattering frames should mimic that symmetry, being neither top- nor bottom-heavy and maintaining a good balance so no features stand out more than others. Mikli par Mikli 1226 eyeglasses are a great choice, with only a slight flare along the outer edges of the rectangular frame.

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We love the subtle gradient of these Mikli par Mikli eyeglasses. It keeps frame from being too dark, which can be a harsh contrast with some skin tones. The smokey grey bottom half also makes the large lenses feel less overwhelming. All in all, the 1226 is a fairly simple frame with a smart design. It is also available in crystal with black arms, tortoise with matte black arms, and red with grey arms.

Mikli par Mikli 1226 eyeglasses

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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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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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Helping children choose their first pair of kids glasses is one of our favorite things to do. For little ones, it’s a whole new experience and our job is to make the transition to a glasses-wearing lifestyle as easy as possible. The bonus is that we get to help them pick out a frame that shows off their cool personalities as well. Growing up is all about finding the best ways to express yourself and letting them choose their favorite colors and patterns is a great way to do this and to help them get used to their new daily accessory.

Swissflex Eyephorics Teen Rimless Eyeglasses

This past week, our little friend Amalia (who insisted on funny faces over smiles for our photo!) embarked on her new journey as the coolest glasses-wearing girl on the block. She chose a pair of Swissflex glasses (from the Teen Eyephorics collection, fit to her size) with a petal-colored bridge and pink temples, her favorite colors! The rimless frame is as light as can be, which helps lessen the distraction of new glasses for kids because the weight makes it easier to forget they’re wearing them at all.

Swissflex Eyephorics rimless teen glasses

Swissflex eyeglasses are known for their innovative design, particularly the screw-less hinges that make for a durable and strong frame. Parents will be reassured by this hinge, sine there is no worry that screws will loosen and the glasses will come apart. Temples are thermoplastic to resist heat and maintain grip (avoiding slippage and accidental damage), ergonomic nose pads alleviate pressure, and thermosensitive ear pieces adjust to the shape of the head for a customized, comfortable fit.

Besides all the stuff parents will love, kids will have a great time picking out their favorite colors for the bridge and arms, which can be in any combination they want.

Doesn’t Amalia look happy in her new glasses? We think your child will, too. Since Eyephorics frames are highly customized, we can personally assist with your order via phone at 866-411-9428 or by email, sales@viziooptic.com. Got any questions? Let us know in the comments!

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Okay, okay, we’ve highlighted this one before, but we can’t help but share when one of our favorite frames is available in a new color! It’s like when you find the perfect pair of jeans, you have to have them in multiple washes to go with your every outfit – we need MYKITA Franz sunglasses in every color! Our love affair began when we first saw Sarah Jessica Parker wear her gold Franz shades in the Sex and the City 2 movie and continued as they kept releasing them in black, silver, and more recently a bold cobalt blue. Today, we bring you a new color combo:

Mykita Franz sunglasses in blue velvet with green flash lenses

Alex is wearing Franz in Blue Velvet with Green Flash lenses. This style is flattering for both men and women, with mirror lenses that are right on trend this summer. We love the navy blue titanium frame, which features the brand’s screw-less hinge – this increases the frame’s flexibility and strength and also allows for simple repairs. The hinge is made of interlocking pieces, so arms snap right back on if they happen to fall off in an accident.

MYKITA Franz sunglasses

Franz is part of a collaboration between MYKITA and Bernard Willhelm, a German fashion designer, that started as limited edition, but has risen to such great popularity that the brand keeps rolling out new colors. We won’t complain! This frame is also available in a bright orange with metallic orange lenses to match. Interested? This specific color is not yet on our website, but you can email us at sales@viziooptic.com for more info on how to purchase this frame.

What do you think of the new color? Would you wear it?

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Many people like to say that your eyes are the windows to your soul, but we like to think that your eyeglasses offer the real clues to your personality. Whether you’re going for a professional look or a way to show off your bold and bright style, there is definitely something for you at Vizio Optic. There’s no time like the present to find the best way to express yourselves, so when Mr. and Mrs. Derek Schmidt came in looking for some designer glasses to do just that, we were excited to help them start fresh together with a whole new look.

Prodesign 6604 eyeglasses and Chanel 3233Q eyeglasses

Derek is wearing a pair of Prodesign eyeglasses in style 6604. This rectangular frame flatters his face shape and helps keep his look balanced, and the tortoise coloring of the frame is classic and forever in style. This particular model is made with multiple  materials, including acetate to create the glossy front rims, and stainless steel along the temples for strength. Its silicone nose pads let the frame sit comfortably as well.

Prodesign 6604 eyeglasses

Prodesign 6604 eyeglasses, accented with two silver squares in each corner, are also available in black, black-to-clear gradient, and light brown.

CHANEL 3233Q eyeglasses

Mrs. Schmidt chose a pair of CHANEL 3233Q eyeglasses, a vibrant frame that stands out beautifully on her. The oval acetate frame is colored in bold blue, with matching calfskin temples embellished with the signature CC logo in white. The 3233Q model comes in red, solid black, black with white temples, and tortoise with solid brown temples.

What do you think? Don’t they look great?

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Oliver Goldsmith was a true artist and a magnificent observer, taking in all that he saw and letting it fuel his work. His designer sunglasses were inspired by the most beautiful things around him – especially beautiful faces and places. As for faces, we’ve all seen his frames adorned by and for Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren and more, but he also created frames that were odes to his home of London.

Oliver Goldsmith Berwick sunglasses

Above, one of our customers wears Oliver Goldsmith Berwick sunglasses, which was designed in 1979 and named after a street in the capital city where his favorite pub, the Berwick arms, was located. Back in the ’80s when the brand was an official outfitter for the Royal Family, this particular pair was given to Prince Charles. His then wife, Princess Diana, decided to enjoy them herself and was famously seen wearing them  on the cover of Tatler magazine in 1985, creating a surge in its popularity.

Oliver Goldsmith Berwick sunglasses in electric tortoise

The color our friend is wearing is Electric Tortoise, which features a tortoise frame complemented by blue details throughout, most prominently on the stripes that detail the bridge and brow. Berwick is also available in black and white, crystal sapphire, black quartz, white quartz, and black raspberry. We love the distinctively retro design with its plastic aviator silhouette and keyhole bridge. The blue is complementary and looks fantastic when hit by the sun.

Oliver Goldsmith sunglasses have been worn by many icons over the years and each have an intriguing story behind their creation. Head over to VizioOptic.com to explore our selection of ICONS shades and pick up a pair of your own!

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Staying on top of trends is a favorite hobby of ours, but sometimes it’s nice to get back to basics. A true classic never goes out of style and the one hit we see year after year is a pair of iconic Ray Ban sunglasses. The iconic Wayfarer has been one of the American brand’s defining looks for decades, reinventing the frame year after year with different colors, patterns and various takes on the original silhouette. “Effortlessly cool” are probably the two most-often used words to describe this week’s frame, chosen by our friend Massaoud.

Ray Ban New Wayfarer 2132 sunglasses

Above, Massaoud wears a pair of Ray Ban New Wayfarer 2132 sunglasses in color 902, tortoise, which fit perfectly with his personality and sense of style. Tortoise is a classic pattern that is flattering on pretty much everyone. The New Wayfarer is a modified version of the original silhouette, with a shorter lens to fit smaller faces. The rectangular lens edges are slightly more curved for a softer look as well.

Ray Ban New Wayfarer 2132 sunglasses

As with most of Ray Ban’s Icons collection, this frame is available in multiple colors. In addition to tortoise, the New Wayfarer comes in black, light blue rubber, black rubber, and brown gradient. There are also several sizes to choose from so you can enjoy a pair of designer sunglasses no matter how small or large your proportions are.

To explore our collection of Ray Ban Wayfarer sunglasses both new and old, visit VizioOptic.com. Let us know which color is your favorite!

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Etnia Montpelier c.BRPU eyeglasses

Today we want to talk about dueling desires. Two things you love and want to have but their fate seems inevitably doomed – much like clashing patterns. But fashion is all about the unexpected, and many times two separate pieces that you wouldn’t consider pairing end up working together beautifully. Case in point, Etnia eyewear consistently shows us how seemingly conflicting patterns can actually come together for a perfect union.

Above, our friend Alison wears a perfect example of a frame that shows your desires can be anything but dueling – Etnia Montpelier eyeglasses. This style features a brown striped pattern along the brow and arms, matched with a mini-polka dot pattern in purple throughout the front rims. These designs work well together because they’re colored in complementary shades and because the details are small and subtle.

Etnia Montpelier c.BRPU eyeglasses

This style isn’t overwhelming either because it starts out with a classic silhouette that brings the unconventional pattern pairing down a notch. This rectangular style is also available in tan stripes with brown checkers, solid brown with red checkers, black stripes with blue checkers, and black stripes with fuchsia checkers.

Etnia Montpelier eyeglasses

This is just one frame among many that boast cool color and pattern combinations, and we encourage you to scroll through the Etnia eyewear selection available on our website. There are so many styles to choose from, we know you’ll find the perfect one for you.

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CHANEL 5249 sunglasses

Continuing our preparation for long days in the sun, we present to you another week of fabulous designer sunglasses. This week, our friend Vanessa has chosen a pair of CHANEL 5249 sunglasses in color 714/S5, part of the new 2013 collection from the French fashion house. See how happy she looks? That’s how we like to see each and every one of you before you walk out the door! Doesn’t the tortoise color complement her so well? The square-shaped lenses flatter, too, adding angles to create a balanced look.

CHANEL 5249 sunglasses

This glamorous pair of acetate CHANEL sunglasses also features gradient brown lenses and a beautiful metal camellia on each temple, both sides accented with a tiny CC logo on one of the camellia’s petals. While we like that the signature shows our devotion to art and fashion, the logo is subtle enough to give just a hint towards our predilection for the finer frames in life.

CHANEL 5249 sunglasses

The 5249 is available in multiple shades to suit your sartorial needs this season – whether you want a teal frame to bring a pop of color to your summer look or a neutral black for a glamorous accessory enviable by any celeb. This style is also offered in a rich blue and deep red. We think the latter two are great choices to pull together a fabulous look for July 4th. Pair with a crisp white blazer and some cutoff jean shorts and you’ll be shining bright this Independence Day.

Which color would you choose?

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