Blink Optical Presents: The Cartier Spring/Summer Collection 2018

April 17th, 2018

Here at Blink Optical, we feel privileged to be able to offer our customers near and far the opportunity to discover themselves in the ever chic, ever stylish, ever quality constructed world of Cartier eyewear. This spring and summer, Blink Optical proudly presents to you the Cartier Spring/Summer Collection of 2018. From the North Shore to Chicago and beyond, Blink Optical will be here to make sure you are adorned in the latest and greatest frames from one of our favorite brands.

Enjoy the video below as a preview of what is/will be available this Spring and Summer at Blink Optical:

Kendrick Lamar Makes Music History with Pulitzer

April 17th, 2018

Kendrick Lamar in the music video for Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood”, wearing double bar sunglasses.

Kendrick Lamar wasn’t satisfied with his twenty-nine Grammy nominations and twelve wins. Amongst numerous other accolades garnered throughout his career, the man can now proudly present himself as a Pulitzer Prize winner in the category of music. Not only is this a significant personal achievement, but it also serves as a thumb in the eye to those still denying rap its place in the world of art.

Kendrick’s album DAMN (for which he won the Pulitzer) was also honored with the Grammy for “Best Rap Album”, and there’s a possibility his soundtrack for high-grossing 2018 Marvel film Black Panther might be eligible for an Oscar nod.

It would be difficult to deny the man has the Midas touch. While the album version (1989) of Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” received negative reviews from critics, the Kendrick Lamar remix was met with critical acclaim. The collaboration was lauded as “not just one more meaningless stunt collaboration”, and produced a video with over a billion views on YouTube. The double brow bar sunglasses he’s sporting in said video are reminiscent of many recent release frames from ic! berlin, Face a Face, Anne et Valentin, Moncler, and more.

We’re not saying the success is in the sunglasses. But we’re not not saying that either.

Cardi B, Coachella, and the Year that Was

April 15th, 2018

Cardi B in cat-eye frames.

As Cardi B is set to take the stage later today at Coachella 2018, it’s worth looking back at the year she’s had. On June 16th, 2017, her commercial debut single “Bodak Yellow” was released. A month later, the single entered the top two of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and she eventually became the first person of Dominican descent to reach number one in the history of the Hot 100. Shortly after, the single was certified quintuple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). More recently, she released her debut album Invasion of Privacy, and a few days later announced her pregnancy during a performance on Saturday Night Live.

While we fully expect her Coachella set to (possibly) rival that of Beyonce’s inaugural headline performance, we’re wondering what style she’s brought to Coachella thus far. The woman has a love for cat-eye frames it seems, and we know it’s a hot and sunny day right now in Indio, CA. We’re thinking she’d be interested in some of the new release frames from Caroline Abram, such as the Onessa.

Onessa, in col. 195, by Caroline Abram.

Caroline Abram‘s new release frames blend retro sensibilities with a mix of Parisian boldness and vintage Miami. This is a look you’re going to be seeing a lot more of, and we think Cardi B knows it.

Russell Westbrook: All-Star, MVP, Glasses Icon

April 12th, 2018

Russell Westbrook

Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook is a man who wears many hats. Seven time NBA all-star, six time All-NBA Team member, two time MVP, and lead the league in scoring from 2014-2015 and 2016-2017. All this accomplished with the same team, and all before the age of 30.

Off the court, Russell is a fashionable young man, and a trend setter in his own right. As a full-time glasses wearer, many post-game press conferences have become a stage for distinct and envy-inducing eyewear. While it’s difficult to pin him down to just one pair, we like the look he’s sporting in the photo above. They remind us of the lightweight and unisex Lunor A5 Mod. 215.

Lunor A5 Mod. 215, shown in col. 03.

If you don’t know Lunor, don’t be shy, acquaint yourself with a new pair today. Lunor means classic style and quality craftsmanship. Brought to you for your convenience by Blink Optical.

Markle or Moncler?

April 11th, 2018

Meghan Markle at the 2017 Invictus Games

When Meghan Markle appeared at the 2017 Invictus Games last September, everyone wanted to have her shades. They’ve been impossible to find ever since. However, while looking through our own collection recently we realized these sunglasses are almost identical to our Moncler ML0012 52A.

Moncler ML0012 52A (Dark Havana)

We think the Moncler pedigree speaks for itself. The Moncler ML0012 52A is a zyl acetate frame, in classic tortoiseshell (or as Moncler puts it: Dark Havana). Available now and without delay from Blink Optical.

Prince Harry may have made his decision, but now we put the question to you: Markle or Moncler?

Everything Old is New Again

April 3rd, 2018

As a friend of mine recently pointed out, everything old is new again. What was popular in the past has not only come back — for better or for worse — to entertain us, but has come back to show us not all fashion dies in antiquity. The ic! berlin Spring and Summer collection brings the classic conventions of yesteryear to the modern day with the strength and dependability of ic! berlin’s lightweight stainless steel construction.

Chichi (col. Shiny Bronze), from the ic! berlin Spring and Summer Collection 2018.

Pompom (col. Chrome), from the ic! berlin Spring and Summer Collection 2018.

Both Chichi and Pompom frames are exciting, nostalgic examples of ic! berlin’s commitment to their philosophy of dedication, independence, imagination, and craftsmanship. This spring, think Pompom as you walk through a world re-born, yourself re-born with a stylish, bold new look. This summer, think Chichi while you spend the day out on the boat, its mirrored lenses blocking the sun from your eyes more than that old pair of sunglasses you’ve finally left behind.

Like winter into spring and spring into summer, like who you used to be and who you are today, everything old is new again.

Bruno Mars Sweeps Grammy’s In Aviator Sunglasses

February 2nd, 2018

Bruno Mars sweeps Grammy’s in aviator sunglasses.  Mr. Mars seems unstoppable and proved it by taking home lots of awards from the 2018 Grammy’s.  The best part…he accepted his honors in stylish gold aviator sunglasses.  Aviators are timeless.  Every major designer reinvents the aviator every season.  As well they should, aviators are always in demand.  Blink Optical congratulates Bruno Mars on his stunning accomplishment and on his classic taste in sunglasses.  Check out Blink Optical’s selection of aviator sunglasses, available online or in-house.

Beyonce Wears Amazing Cat-Eye Sunglasses To Grammy’s

January 31st, 2018

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Beyonce wears amazing cat-eye sunglasses to the Grammy’s.  If there was ever a question of Beyonce’s rule over the world of high fashion, she quieted her critics at the 2018 Grammy Award show.  She looked amazing!  From the bling on her fingers to the unusual hat, she was the pinnacle of style.  We’d be remiss to fail to mention her sunglasses.  First, it’s always mysterious to wear sunglasses to an indoor event….in the evening.  But no one does it like Beyonce!  Looking for sunglasses like Beyonce’s?  Check out the selection of sunglasses available at Blink Optical.

Gary Oldman Wins Big In Round Eyeglasses

January 25th, 2018

Gary Oldman won big at the 2018 SAG Awards with round eyeglasses. Oldman took home the “Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor” award for his portrayal of World War II British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill.  That’s great, but look at the eyeglasses!  Winston Churchill was rarely pictured without his signature round eyeglasses and Gary Oldman in The Darkest Hour looks the part.  Looking for your own pair of round eyeglasses?  Blink Optical caught on to this retro trend and stocks many different options.  Check out of web page dedicated to all things round.

Susan Sarandon Sunglasses 2018 SAG Awards

January 23rd, 2018

Susan Sarandon slayed with her sunglasses at the 2018 SAG Awards.  No stranger to fashion, Sarandon never disappoints on the red carpet.  For this awards show, Susan Sarandon chose vintage-style metal sunglasses with a distinct cat-eye shape.  With all the flashing lights on the red carpet, it’s prudent to choose a pair of functional and fashionable shades.  Looking for the Susan Sarandon SAG look?  Look no further, Blink Optical has you covered.  Check out the ic! Berlin Yiting.  This frame has a retro look with a modern flair.