Matt Damon Wears Entourage of 7 Beacon

November 27th, 2019

Matt Damon stars in a new film, FORD VS. FERRARI, with Christian Bale. It’s a historical reference movie depicting competitive race car design wars during the 1960’s. So what has Blink so excited? Well the eyewear, of course! Matt Damon wears an Entourage of 7 Beacon during the filming.

It’s vintage look captures the nostalgic look and feel of the Sixties. The Entourage of 7 Beacon is in high-demand and is already sold out. But don’t worry! Blink Optical has you covered. We foresaw the demand for this amazing frame and pre-ordered plenty for our inventory.

Looking to purchase this iconic frame? Look no further, Blink Optical is happy to oblige. Check out the Entourage of 7 Beacon in color in color 1020 on our website or call to order.

Jason Momoa & Retro Eyewear

November 18th, 2019

The internet has a thing for Jason Momoa and Jason Momoa has a thing for retro-inspired eyeglasses. Not the match you’d automatically make but a good match indeed. Wherever you look these days, you’re going to find more information on Jason Momoa (AKA Aquaman) then you ever thought possible. Hollywood’s golden boy is everywhere! Luckily for us, he has great style.

Jason has been on multiple talk shows lately promoting his superhero movie Aquaman. Well-dressed and jovial, he sports a fantastic pair of retro-inspired eyeglasses. A classic shape with a vintage color. Our first thoughts here at Blink Optical of course drifted towards Lunor. Lunor is our go to for all things classic and retro. Lunor offers the exact same color and style that adorns Jason’s famous face. The Lunor A6 249 has a universal appeal and fit. You don’t have to be famous to indulge in stylish eyewear. Blink Optical is an authorized Lunor dealer with a vast collection of Lunor eyewear and sunwear. Stop by our boutique in Lake Forest, IL just north of Chicago or visit us online for more information.

New Retro Inspired Cartier CT0152S

November 11th, 2019

Cartier has long been recognized for its fashion-forward design and glamorous look. There is an entire following of fans who crave retro Cartier from a bygone era. This look has been capitalized on primarily by hip-hop but is now becoming more mainstream. Introducing the Cartier CT0152S shown in color 002. This particular Cartier can be wore as on ophthalmic with clear lenses, a sunglass, or a combination of both with a set of custom tinted lens. The possibilities are endless. The Cartier CT0152S has a gold-tone inlay in the lens rim and on the outer hinges. The tortoise color pops nicely with the shiny gold-tone lending the frame timeless, vintage appeal. From rapper to CEO, Cartier has something for everyone. For more information about the Cartier CT0152S contact Blink Optical, the premier authorized Cartier dealer for the Chicago area.

New Fashion Tints Are No Joke

November 4th, 2019

New fashion tints are no joke and seeing funny man Seth Rogan rocking a distinctive lime green tint in his tortoise shell eyeglasses proves it. Tints have long been thought of as for sunwear only. Not true! Tints can come in a variety of colors and intensities. Some are functional while other are merely fashionable. Seth’s lime green tint is the perfect combination of both. Bright tints like light green, yellow, and amber can intensify vision, increasing acuity and clarity. The color chosen for Seth’s tortoise frames was probably picked for the complimentary look but who wouldn’t want a little extra visual acuity.

New and interesting tints can make a pair of eyeglasses come alive and there is no end to the customization. Stop by Blink Optical in downtown Lake Forest or check out our website for more information. Your piece of the fashion tint rainbow is here waiting for you! Blink Optical also carries an array of tortoise eyewear including Monclear and Morgenthal Frederics.

Tiny Sunglasses Have Arrived | CHROMEHEARTS | BOOBGEOISIE

October 27th, 2019
Chrome Hearts Boobgeoisie 2019

Chrome Hearts has taken a page from Rihanna’s fashion library and released the epitome of tiny sunglass fashion, the Boobgeoisie. The Chrome Hearts Boobgeoisie is a continuation of the current trend of tiny sunglasses made famous by stars like Rihanna and the Kardashians. The Boobgeoisie is a small geometric sunglass in gold tone with Chrome Hearts detailing. Blink Optical is an authorized Chrome Hearts dealer. Blink inventories all the latest styles including the Boobeoisie.

We Rise, We Fall

September 12th, 2019

Once again we must soon say goodbye to another season, and with that, that season’s designated fashion. As we move into Fall 2019, designers have begun to premiere their latest creations. And while there is much to say about current trends in fashion, the trends we’re most interested in are those reflecting the sun.

According to a recent article on Glowsy, the top designs as we head into the end of the year are as follows: connected shield lenses, oversized, bejeweled, geometric, top bridge, yellow lenses, round lenses, over-the-rim lenses, pale frames, cat-eye frames, aviator, brown lenses, and triangle lenses.

On our side of the fence, there’s almost no knowing who on Earth makes these decisions, and why. But if they insist on their choices, then of course we must oblige by providing our customers with the latest and greatest frames the oracles have deemed fashionable for Fall.

Not only do we carry the models and the frames listed above, but we also carry sunglasses (and eyeglasses) from many luxury eyewear brands that are unique and uncommon. If you see a brand you like but not the frame, get in touch. We can special order almost any model still in production.

Stop by the store or visit us online to see more.

Beware! The Sun!

August 27th, 2019
Paper sunglasses made for viewing a solar eclipse.

According to a recent piece in TIME magazine, a study was funded in 2014 by the U.S. National Eye Institute, looking to measure the impact of UV radiation’s long term effect on eye health. This study found that, without protection, UV radiation can damage the eye’s lens, which in turn “can raise a person’s risk for cataracts”.

“When you don’t wear protection, ultraviolet radiation you cannot see is penetrating the eye, and the eye structures are very sensitive to it,” says Dr. Rebecca Taylor, a Nashville-based ophthalmologist and a clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The back of the eye, called the retina, has a delicate central area known as the macula. “If you put a target in the center of the retina right behind the pupil, the macula would be the bull’s-eye,” Taylor explains. “And when light comes into the eye, it hits that macula like a laser beam.”

How Wearing Sunglasses Actually Impacts Your Eyes, According to Science“, by Markham Heid (TIME August 26th, 2019).

Sometimes, choosing a pair of sunglasses comes down to sacrificing fashion for convenience. The opposite is also true, in that protection is also sometimes sacrificed for fashion. Whoever you may be, and whatever you may like, the most important factor to consider when buying sunglasses is the amount of UVA and UVB light blocked by the lenses. Ideally, 99%-100% of UVA or UVB light should be filtered out.

At Blink Optical, we carry a wide selection of sunglasses designed for both fashion and safety. If you’re in the market for some new shades, check out some of our favorites below:

Santos de Cartier CT0102S col. 001
ic! Berlin Homer H. col. Black Crystal/Graphite
Face a Face Bocca Joy 2 col. 2619
Kala x Mark McNairy Kalifornia col. CHP
Moncler ML 0102 col. 66B

Call or stop by Blink Optical today to see more frames from our collection. If there’s a brand we carry but a model you like is not in stock, we can order almost any frame, and install almost any lens. With Blink Optical, there is no sacrificing style for safety.

Diane Keaton is Definitely a Legend

July 26th, 2019

Actress Diane Keaton was recently profiled in the August issue of InStyle, for an article titled Diane Keaton Doesn’t Believe She’s a Legend, in which the iconic actress denies being an icon. Now, anyone familiar with her prolific and impressive filmography knows that’s simply not true.

Known for wearing many literal hats, Ms. Keaton is also known for being a director, producer, photographer, real estate developer, author, and singer. And yet:

How do you live with being called an icon? 
Well, this word “icon” is new to me. No one has ever called me an icon. I guess with time you call people an icon because they’ve been around for a long time. That’s an icon for you.

You have this incredible body of work that people admire. 
Really? I’m not aware of that.

Sarah Cristobal / Diane Keaton Doesn’t Believe She’s a Legend / InStyle Magazine

And while she may be reserved about her place in history as a remarkable talent, both on-screen and off, she has certainly never been reserved when it comes to fashion choices…

Diane Keaton Doesn’t Believe She’s a Legend / Photo by Carter Smith

You styled yourself for this shoot. Is it empowering to have a certain look that you’ve been able to cultivate? 
I don’t think of it as empowering.

Protective then, maybe? 
Yes, it’s very protective. It hides a multitude of sins. Flaws, anxiety — things like that. I would not feel comfortable in a short skirt or something cut off with my arms hanging out there. And I’ve always liked hats. They just frame a head. But, of course, nobody really thinks they’re as great as I do.

Sarah Cristobal / Diane Keaton Doesn’t Believe She’s a Legend / InStyle Magazine

Pictured above is Ms. Keaton in her Paul Harnden Shoemakers jacket, Uniqlo turtleneck, Maison Rabih Kayrouz skirt, Baron Hats hat, Robert Marc NYC glasses, vintage belt, and Gianvito Rossi boots. And while we believe she looks phenomenal in the whole ensemble, what stuck out to us (for obvious reasons) were her Robert Marc eyeglasses.

Having handled many Robert Marc frames over the years, we can assure you that each frame is designed with the highest quality in mind, as well as highest fashion. So if one day in the future you find yourself with the urge to emulate Diane Keaton, then Blink Optical is here to help you on your way.

To view our current Robert Marc collection, stop by the store, or give us a call at 847-234-6541.

Sunglasses for Summer 2019

June 11th, 2019

Eyewear designs may not change drastically from year to year, but eyewear trends ebb and flow like the tide. Much like the process of pairing glasses of wine with different meals, selecting your style for summer can clash and crash without the proper assistance. Luckily, we’re here to offer a little advice.

Cat-Eye

If you’re planning a sun-soaked vacation or just a day at the beach, the retro cat-eye is your best bet for summer style. The versatile and classic design has made a recent comeback, and cat-eye sunglasses are on track to be one of the most popular styles of 2019.

While Blink Optical may offer a variety of cat-eye sunglasses, the CT0155S (from the Première de Cartier line) is among our favorites. Featuring a modernized cat-eye shape, combination Godron and C de Cartier hinge hardware, double C Décor signature nose pads, and gold flash anti-reflective chocolate lenses.

Round

The over-sized, round rim frame isn’t for everyone. It’s bold. But perhaps, so are you. For a day out on the town, whatever your reason, you’re sure to turn heads and look classy with an over-sized frame.

Speaking of classy: The CT0152S. Première de Cartier rimless sunglasses, with thick, round lenses, double C Décor aesthetic engraves on the nose pads, and eponymous iconic plaques embedded in the temple tips.

Walk into Summer 2019 with a little extra spark. Blink Optical carries a unique selection of Cartier eyeglasses and sunglasses. Check out our selection online, or stop by the store if you’re nearby.

Seth Rogen: Stylish Human

March 22nd, 2019

During the rise of Seth Rogen, the Hollywood actor appeared as casual as the characters he became famous for playing. And while it would be rude to address his casual appearance as slovenly, comparative photographs from then and now show a man transformed.

Noted in a GQ article from last May, this transformation was, to the untrained eye, wardrobe specific. But, being who we are (our eyes being laser focused of course), we noticed a different aspect of this stylish human’s new look: high end eyewear.

Seth Rogen in ic! Berlin’s Bayamo frame.

While Seth can be seen wearing multiple pairs of glasses throughout the years, including Cartier’s discontinued (but available for a limited time) Chet frame, he was recently spotted by the people at ic! Berlin in their Bayamo frame. And, like a modern proud parent, they couldn’t help but share a picture on social media.

If you’re interested in the Bayamo frame, or any frame from ic! Berlin’s collection of screwless eyewear, Blink Optical has you covered. We carry a wide variety of ic! Berlin eyeglasses and sunglasses in-store and online, and if there’s ever a frame you see somewhere else that we don’t have, we can get it for you.

Blink Optical. Stylish eyewear, for stylish humans.