Made in the Shade at PGA Championship 2018

August 9th, 2018

The 2018 PGA Championship is in full swing, and for the 100th time in history, golf’s Wanamaker trophy is up for grabs. Well known favorites such as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Rory McIlroy are all vying for the top prize, with Jordan Spieth chasing his career grand slam. Justin Thomas, however, is looking for a clean second-straight event victory this year while visiting the illustrious Bellerive Country Club.

For the active golfer, it’s hard to find sunglasses that offer comfort and dependability during a day on links. For Blink Optical, however, the choice is clear. Maui Jim is a stylish, dependable brand, with sunglasses that provide complete protection from the sun on those bright, sunny days.

Blink Optical carries a wide variety of Maui Jim sunglasses, available at our boutique location in Lake Forest, IL. At the moment we do not display our Maui Jim inventory online, but if you see something you like from Maui Jim elsewhere and you’re not sure where to buy it, give us a call at 847-234-6541. Alternatively, you can email and product inquiries to Yuri@BlinkOptic.com. At Blink Optical, we’re not here to tell you “no we can’t”, we’re here to tell you “here’s how we can”.

Bond in Cartier

July 20th, 2018

After a six year hiatus caused by legal disputes, and significant recasting of major characters, 1995’s GoldenEye introduced us to a new and improved James Bond: Pierce Brosnan. Originally slated to take the James Bond helm after Roger Moore, Brosnan was unable to break from his television contract, binding him to the show Remington Steele. Timothy Dalton would instead take the role, and play Bond for a total of two movies (the shortest Bond run second to George Lazenby’s one film). Brosnan is tied at four movies with current Bond actor, Daniel Craig, though this is soon to change in the next few years with Daniel Craig’s fifth and final performance as the globe-trotting, suit wearing, martini drinking MI6 agent.

During his tenure, Brosnan’s Bond faced off against a rogue MI6 agent, a news media magnate run amock, a high-tech terrorist trying to drive up oil prices, and a former North Korean army colonel trying to destroy the Korean DMZ. And while all of the plots sound exciting, only one of those movies proved to be an enduring James Bond classic. The last of the Brosnan Bond films, Die Another Day was released in 2002. Critically panned, the film left the future of the franchise in doubt, and brought Brosnan’s tenure as 007 to an unsatisfactory close.

Since then, however, the actor has had periodic success on screen, but more importantly success off screen as a man with great taste. Recently, he was photographed wearing the Cartier CT0035S.

This Cartier frame is constructed almost entirely of metal, with acetate end tips. And while Esquire magazine won’t tell you were to buy them, we will: Blink Optical.

Stop by the store today or check out the frame online for more information. Blink Optical is proud to be recognized as an authorized Cartier dealer, with many models of Cartier eyeglasses and sunglasses available.

Maradona Right to Believe in Messi

June 26th, 2018

As Argentina faced World Cup elimination in the Group Stage for the first time since 2002, previous Argentinian World Cup winner Diego Maradona rushed to the defense of current Argentine star Lionel Messi when it became clear that Messi was shouldering a lot of the blame for Argentina’s woes.

To Leo, I would like to talk to you and tell you that you are not guilty of anything, of absolutely nothing.

Which he then followed with:

I love you as always, I respect you as always.

Maradona, who managed Messi during the 2010 World Cup, opened the tournament with a cigar in his mouth and pair of flashy wayfarers shielding his eyes. And while much of the man’s behavior has been, well, questionable, during the tournament so far, there’s no denying that his belief in Messi proved correct.

The combination one-two punch from Messi and Marcos Rojo made for Nigeria’s undoing, ending their chance of being the first African team in the knockout round. From here, Argentina will face tournament favorite and Group C winner France. Only time will tell whether or not the team is prepared to go much further.

Now, we have no idea where Maradona would get such a pair of outlandish wayfarer sunglasses, but if there’s one concept Blink Optical is most assuredly built on, it’s not being afraid of trying something a little different. Within reason, of course.

Baseline, by ic! Berlin (col. Blue/Graphite)

ic! Berlin’s Baseline rides that edge between just enough and just too far. Measuring 69-2-145, this over-sized lens masterpiece might be too bold for the average man or woman, but is just what the doctor ordered for those with little to fear. With ic! Berlin’s patented screw-less hinges, light but strong stainless steel sheet metal body, and hybrid-rubber half-rim and temples, Baseline is unlike any other sunglasses frame out on the market today.

If you aim to be bold, be better than boisterous. Be Berlin, ic! Berlin.

Blink Optical: A House Divided by World Cup 2018

June 21st, 2018

Everything was going so well. The Blink Optical family was getting along, and all was at peace. That was until the World Cup came along, and that peace was dashed upon the rocks like a ship in the dark.

The conflict stems from a division over support. One half of the business is rooting for Germany, one half is rooting for Russia. And although Russia is 2-0 over opponents so far, and Germany shockingly lost to Mexico in their opening match, the author of this piece, dear reader, believes Germany might make it all the way to the end.

Germany v. Sweden will prove a decisive match. Most teams who lose their first match do not go far in the tournament, and while Sweden is up 1-0 over a win against South Korea, Sweden attacker Emil Forsberg has said, “We need to perform at 110 percent and do everything right or else it will be difficult to beat them, to even get a draw out of them.”

Regardless of how the rest of the tournament plays out for the German team, a different German team has already won a significant trophy recently: Lunor.

The Lunor eyewear team.

Lunor took home the German Brand Award for 2018, and knowing them like we do, it’s not hard to see why. For those in the know, Lunor helped put Blink Optical on the internet’s eyewear map. And while we are grateful for that, it all came down to Lunor’s attention to detail, style, and class. Blink Optical remains one of the only places in the United States where the infamous and illusive Lunor Classic Round (Rund) can be purchased. If you don’t believe us, just Google it. Time and time again, Blink Optical is the first name that pops up in both regular and image search (this blog included).

If you’re interested in Lunor, and would like to find out more, call 847-234-6541, or email Yuri@BlinkOptic.com. We carry several different styles in-store, but we’re happy to special order any frame of interest to you.

Blink Optical: if we don’t carry it, it’s not worth having.

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.