Simona Halep and Sloane Stephens for French Open Final 2018

June 7th, 2018

World number one Simona Halep is within reach of her first Grand Slam title if she can defeat Sloane Stephens in this year’s French Open final. Over-taking 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza early on in the first set of their semi-finals match, the 24-year-old Halep “…started playing very well immediately and I wasn’t able to reach the level that she was playing at. It was just lightning,” said Muguruza. If she can maintain that same focus and intensity, she has a chance at securing victory over Stephens.

Sloane Stephens faced off against fellow American Madison Keys in her own semi-finals match, defeating Keys in two sets, making it a quasi re-run of last year’s US Open final. The match was also significant in that it was the first time two American women reached the last four at Roland Garros since 2002, when Serena Williams defeated her sister Venus in the final. Said of the match, Stephens remarked “It’s always hard playing someone from your country and your friend. I was pleased to get through that and play some good tennis.” She added, “This is one of my favorite tournaments. I’ve got another great opportunity on Saturday and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Marred only by the threat of a possible thunderstorm, the conclusion of the tournament this Saturday will be a hot, humid, and commensurately sunny affair. We can only hope tournament attendees are prepared for all that sunshine with any number frames from the French brands we currently stock here at Blink Optical.

Warda, by Caroline Abram (shown in col. 611)

Serena, by Caroline Abram (shown in col. 523)

Widana, by Caroline Abram (shown in col. 613)

Blink Optical carries a wide variety of Caroline Abram eyeglasses and sunglasses, as well eyeglasses and sunglasses from other French brands such as Face a Face, Anne et Valentin, Cartier, Lafont, Pierre, and Tehia. Stop by the store or visit our website to see more.

National Donut Day and the D.I.Y. Project You Didn’t Know You Needed

May 31st, 2018

For some reason, tomorrow is National Donut Day. The debate apparently “rages on” with regards to the proper spelling of donut/doughnut. It is the kind of debate and the kind of rage reserved solely for the terminally loathsome, and the pedantic at heart. To the rest of us, a donut, or doughnut, is not an object of disagreement, or tool for malice, but a simple and delicious ring made of flour, sugar, eggs, yeast, and love.

Dunkin Donuts and other noble baked goods suppliers will be providing free donuts on Friday, June 1st in celebration of this occasion, and while researching National Donut Day, we happened to discover that some people are choosing to celebrate the day by applying D.I.Y. donuts to their favorite round lens eyeglasses and sunglasses.

Website Brit + Co has created a helpful step-by-step guide on how to create and apply D.I.Y. donuts to your round lens frames. For your convenience, images are included below:

Materials Needed

Cut Donuts

Cut Out Donut Holes

Round Inside of Donut

Affix Donuts to Frames w/ Tape

Go Get Your Free Donut!

The cut-out donuts are available to print from the Brit + Co website, and as luck would have it, we just received a shipment of new and beautiful round lens eyeglasses and sunglasses from our friends at ic! berlin.

Alley-Oop, by ic! berlin (col. Dusky Pink/Pearl)

Midtown, by ic! berlin (col. Faded Mint/Rose Gold)

Skyline, by ic! berlin (col. Red Brick/Shiny Bronze)

Stop by Blink Optical tomorrow between 10am and 5pm with your round lens eyeglasses or sunglasses with affixed D.I.Y. donut cut-outs, and you will receive a FREE donut. Or, purchase a new pair of round lens eyeglasses or sunglasses, and get a FREE donut with or without the donut cut-outs.

Donuts only on offer while supply lasts, so arrive early!

S. P. L. Sørensen Knows Clean Eyewear

May 29th, 2018

Google is honoring Danish chemist S.P.L. Sørensen today with another one of their interactive doodles. Sørensen’s claim to fame is his introduction of the pH scale, which he developed while studying beer. The scale measures acidity and alkalinity, and while you may not think it has any use to you outside of a high school chemistry class or in your job as a non-chemist, you may be surprised to learn that a passing knowledge of the pH scale can be very useful.

Glasses and sunglasses wearers alike spend a significant amount of time cleaning smudges and dirt off their lenses, but not everyone knows how to clean their lenses properly, and safely. A cleaning solution that is too acidic and abrasive can cause irreparable damage, and fixing ruined lenses can mean an unnecessary expenditure of a few hundred dollars.

However, there is something in your house that is safe to use which you may have never considered before…

Dawn, one of MANY brands of common, household dish soap.

Common, household dish soap is an excellent cleaning solution for getting the gunk and grime off your glasses or sunglasses, and thanks to S.P.L. Sørensen, we know why:

“The pH of dish soap is slightly alkaline. The alkaline medium helps in alkaline hydrolysis of the esters inside the soap. This process breaks the ester into a carboxylic acid and alcohol. Because of the alkaline medium, you get a carboxylate ion and alkoxide ion.

Molecules form ion-dipole interactions with water, allowing them to be dissolved. The long carbon chains form id-id interactions with the organic molecules such as grease, oil, etc. The greasy oil bonds to the long carbon chains of the ions, the ions get dissolved into the water, and everything gets washed down.”

Long story short: bad stuff goes, good stuff stays. While not all dish soaps are made equal, many basic bottles should be perfectly safe. Always check labels, and Google searches cost nothing. Or, best option, just stop by Blink Optical for a free bottle of cleaning solution and a lens wipe. Always free, purchase or no purchase (in-store only).

Blink Optical, always with you in mind.

Becks in Specs at Royal Wedding

May 22nd, 2018

David Beckham (OBE) is man of many talents. Known primarily for his work as a professional footballer (yes I mean SOCCER), the now retired Beckham is also a master of the sartorial. While many eyes were on Harry and Meghan this past Saturday, the unflinchingly stylish Beckham arrived at the Royal Wedding dressed to impress. The outfit even included a pocket watch! How fancy.

Husband to Posh also snuck a little kiss out of Elton John, which Elton apparently felt was lip-smacking good.

Being who we are, we couldn’t help but notice Becks’ frames. The square, semi-rimless, Clubmaster-esque sunglasses with tortoiseshell temples are quite something, and it’s a style we love. And now that we’re heading into summer, it’s time to re-acquaint ourselves with a classic frame from an old friend…

Kawika, by Maui Jim. Shown in col. Tortoise/Antique Gold.

The Kawika is Maui Jim‘s premier Clubmaster style sunglass frame. The epitome of summer sunglass fashion, this combination tortoiseshell and antique gold frame will carry you through the upcoming hot summer days, and maybe a little into the fall. Hear the waves crashing upon the shore in the distance? Wondering where your Mai Tai is? Go find your summer, with Maui Jim, and Blink Optical.

Michael Keaton: He’s Batman

May 17th, 2018

Michael Keaton: Actor…Kent State drop-out…sunglasses wearer…Batman.

The Academy Award nominee delivered the 2018 commencement speech for Kent State’s graduation the other day, with topics ranging from working hard to taking risks, and owning a single pair of shoes. Big stuff, from a talented man. And although parts of his speech left some graduates confused, it was the cap of his speech which earned the most recognition:

He’s Batman (still).

The modified aviator clad actor may never have graduated from the school he was now being paid to speak at, but sometimes you have to pursue your dreams. And he did. And because of that, he’s Batman.

Speaking of pursuing dreams, if you’re pursuing the dream of being half as cool and half as stylish as Michael Keaton, the first step in your journey is grabbing a new pair of modified aviator style sunglasses. Blink Optical stocks many brands with many aviator style frames on offer, and here are a few examples…

The RM 756, by Robert Marc. Shown in col. 304.

The RM 761, by Robert Marc. Shown in col. 345M (Matte).

Of course Robert Marc is only one brand. Though we may love it, we sell many others like it as well. Check out the full range of eyeglasses and sunglasses available (a great deal exclusively) at Blink Optical.

Bohemian Rhapsody: Mercury Finally Not in Retrograde

May 15th, 2018

Bohemian Rhapsody is a film that has been in production almost as long as it takes to listen to the titular song, end to end. As in, it has been in production for a LONG time. The dual Queen and Freddie Mercury biopic was first announced in 2010, but over the past eight years has gone through casting and re-casting, script issues, directors dropping in and out, producers dropping in and out, and misunderstandings between the production and the surviving members of the band. But at long last, with Rami Malek portraying Mercury, and Dexter Fletcher having taken over direction from the much (and deservedly) maligned Bryan Singer, the first trailer has been released. The film is set to debut later this year, and expectations are high.

A simple Google search would reveal that Freddie Mercury heavily favored the aviator frame. And as well he should. It’s a classic style that has never gone out of fashion.

Jonathan I., by ic! Berlin. Shown in col. rose gold.

Dexter Fletcher, however, seems to favor the rectangular, acetate eyeglass frames.

George, by Morgenthal Frederics. Shown in col. 384.

Of these three men though, Rami Malek has a very hard time deciding what his frame of choice may be. He likes aviator frames, wayfarer frames, rectangular frames, round frames, square frames, etc etc. The man is all over the place!

RM 786, by Robert Marc. Shown in col. 392.

Whatever your style, you can be sure Blink Optical has something for you. Our stock is under constant rotation, and we’re always looking for something new and interesting. Stop by our store or visit our website today to find something special. If we don’t have it, it’s almost not worth having.

Star Power is Bright in First Trailer for The Predator

May 10th, 2018

Fans of the series and new fans alike are overjoyed that the first trailer for The Predator has finally dropped. The film, directed by Shane Black (who starred in the original Predator and directed such movies as Iron Man 3), is set to be released later this year, on September 14th. It stars Boyd Holbrook (Narcos / Logan), Olivia Munn (Attack of the Show! / X-Men: Apocalypse), Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight), as well as Keegan-Micheal Key, Sterling K. Brown, Jacob Tremblay, and so many more recognizable names it would take way too long to type them all out. Just read the IMDb or Wikipedia pages to learn more.

The very fashionable stars of this new flick have also been seen out and about in some very trendy sunglass styles as of late. All styles, of course, available from Blink Optical.

Robert Marc frames are a blend of classic and modern. Handcrafted, with a trademark hinge sure to set you and the frames themselves apart from the crowd.

Boyd Holbrook | Robert Marc 677 col. Vintage Crystal/Vintage Tortoise

Olivia Munn | Robert Marc 943 col. Bella Rose

Trevante Rhodes | Robert Marc 944 col. Blue Bay

No need to wait till the premiere in September to look like the stars today. Stop by the store or visit our website today to grab the Robert Marc of your choice. And who knows, you might find a few more things you like the look of. Either way, people are going to ask where you got your sunglasses. Blink Optical, for all your fashionable eyewear needs.

Kylie and the Very Impractical Met Gala Glasses

May 8th, 2018

The Met Gala has come and gone once more, and once more we must pick our jaws up off the floor, and re-examine what we consider fashion. Or something like that.

Kylie Jenner’s return to the Gala’s red carpet featured an all black ensemble and sharp cat eye glasses, with the lenses encrusted almost entirely in gemstones. Though the typical Met Gala glasses are often extravagant, these seem wholly impractical. If we specialize in anything at Blink Optical, and there is no shortage of things we specialize in, it’s eyewear you can actually see through.

Cue the Lindberg n.o.w. 6550, and the more sensible sister of the Kardashian/Jenner clan.

Kourtney Kardashian, wearing the Lindberg n.o.w. 6550 frame.

It’s difficult to tell who comes out better in the arrangement. Does Kourtney Kardashian make the Lindberg look good, or does the Lindberg make Kourtney look good? We’re going to say the Lindberg, but we’re biased.

The Lindberg n.o.w. 6550 is available at Blink Optical in col. C10/GT for a limited and exclusive time only. This lightweight titanium frame works as both an eyeglass and a sunglass frame, depending on the lenses (some mirror lenses, maybe…). It is sure to fly out the door some day soon, and there is no time like the present to treat yourself to a little luxury, with Blink Optical.

Rihanna and Cat Eye Sunglasses, Sitting in a Tree…

May 3rd, 2018

Google “Rihanna sunglasses”. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

Okay, now that you’re back, maybe you saw what I saw. Cat eye. Traditional cat eye, cat eye aviators, brow bar cat eye aviators, etc etc. Rihanna loves cat eye frames. Full stop. Maybe not as much as she loves her new boyfriend Hassan Jameel (definitely more than she loves past fling Drake), but who’s to say.

Schultze, by Morgenthal Frederics. A cat eye, aviator style frame with a brow bar. Shown in col. 591.

Few companies come close to the line Morgenthal Frederics rides without falling off. From their Moderne Architects series, Schultze is a new cat eye, aviator style frame. Titanium construction, combination acetate and classic bridge, and ornamental filigree temples.

La Niña, by Ørgreen. Over-sized cat eye, titanium frame sunglasses. Shown in col. 831.

When you buy Ørgreen, you’re buying design from Denmark, and Japanese strength in construction. La Niña is an over-sized cat eye titanium frame, built for a long summer of fun in the sun and days about town.

Melissa, by Caroline Abram. A retro style, acetate cat eye frame, shown in col. 177.

If ever you’ve lusted for the fashion of a bygone era, Caroline Abram is the answer you’ve been looking for. Parisian by birth, a combination 60s fashion and vintage Miami by design. Melissa is the archetypal old school cat eye frame. The pinnacle of modern throwback fashion.

You don’t have to have the same musical talent to be like Rihanna. Sometimes you just have to know the right boutique.

Hot in the City: Summer Sunglasses

May 1st, 2018

Summer is finally upon us. It’s the beginning of May, and you need some sunglasses to carry you through Summer 2018.

Astro-Pop, by Morgenthal Frederics and Rosie Assoulin. Shown in col. Ras-Lime.

Let everyone else walk around in last year’s frames. Retro is one thing. Being stuck in the past is another. All summer long, Blink Optical is proud to be able to offer the latest and greatest in Summer 2018 collections from all of your favorite brands, and especially some you haven’t heard of before. Why haven’t you heard of these brands? Because they’re not in Sunglass Hut. They’re not at that kiosk in the mall, or in that tourist shop across the street from the beach. They’re here, at Blink Optical. These brands only trust certain boutiques, and we’re nothing if not that “certain boutique”.

Blanca F., by ic! berlin. Shown in col. sillennipink fade

This summer it’s going to be hot in the city. And we don’t mean the weather. Put yourself in our hands, and Blink Optical will have you wearing frames guaranteed to separate you from the crowd. Guaranteed to turn heads so fast you could be sued for causing whiplash. Guaranteed to be as unique and one-of-a-kind as you are.

Monsoon, by Ørgreen. Shown in col. 812.

So what are you going to do? The same stuff you did last year? Visit all the same restaurants, see all the same people, wear the same sunglasses? We don’t think so. We think you want more. And more is exactly what we aim to give you. Our bounty is yours to benefit from. Our expertise is yours to employ.

Summers come and go, and so do frames. But we’re here, now. Plan for the future. Set yourself up for the good memories you’ll have later. How do you want to see yourself? Now is the time to decide, and we’re here for you.