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Ashley Adores’ Favorite Things: Warby Parker Winter 2014 Collection

November 4, 2014

Oprah’s not the only one who can claim faves! I’m getting in on the fun too by highlighting one pick a week from a clothing and/or accessories brand that I adore, and that gives back to the community. After all, the giving season will be upon us before we know it.

First up is none other than Warby Parker, the purveyor of “meticulously crafted” eyewear that I have long admired for its abundance of stylish frames.

The New York-headquartered brand’s Winter 2014 Collection features some lovely optical frames (looking at you, Talbot), but being that I’m an unabashed California girl, I’m particularly fond of the Laurel sunglasses in Oak Barrel.

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First of all, go ‘head, team natural (I always applaud diversity in choice of models)! Second, these Laurel frames are everything that I could ask for in a pair of shades: sleek and fun, with a smidge of sass. Simply put, they’re so “me.” Not to mention, I can think of a hundred ways to style them. Chambray long sleeve? But of course. All black everything? Definitely. A pop of red lipstick and vintage heels? Please and thank you!

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I was pretty much sold on the tortoise shell-colored frames (you know it’s hard for me to turn down a nice tortoise shell). That was, of course, until I laid eyes on the two-toned Tea Rose Fade version, which totally reminds me of neapolitan ice cream, for some strange reason. Tough choices here!

Aside from the Laurel shades, I’m also really digging the Reilly sunglasses. With its cool, Sparrow Grey color, it’s the perfect fit for a winter collection.

Browse more of Warby Parker’s Winter 2014 Collection sunwear and eyeglasses styles, and I promise you’ll want to leave with more than one pair. They’re just that perfect.

As always, these frames are a part of Warby Parker’s Buy a Pair, Give a Pair program. Can you believe they’ve distributed 1 million pairs of glasses to people in need? Yet another reason I’m a huge fan of Warby Parker.

DIY Time: Embellished Sunglasses

May 1, 2014

It’s been a while since I got arts-and-crafty, but I was tired of my hot glue gun collecting dust so I put it to good use by embellishing a pair of sunglasses with some pearls. The glasses were $7 from obligatory girly store Zizibeh, and the adhesive pearls were about $4 each (if memory serves) from Michaels. Thankfully, I have some left over for future projects.

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I was on the lookout for big rounded glasses but settled for these snazzy two-toned numbers. The true color of the temples (the arms that go over the ear) is teal, though they appear turquoise in different light.

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These faux pearls were snatched up a while back on a jaunt to Michaels. I’m glad I was finally able to do something creative with them. I went with two different sizes to allow for fun with the design and to add dimension.

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Voila! Here’s the finished product. After a bit of trial and error, I got the hang of picking up the pearls (flat side out) with some tweezers, running the end against the tip of the glue gun (just a little dab will do ya), and carefully placing it onto the glasses. I started embellishing the front (black side) and finished with the temples.

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The glue strands are a little too visible for my liking. I may go back with the tweezers and try to scrape some of the dried excess off. Next time I’ll use an industrial strength glue like E6000 to cut back on the hot glue drips.

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I’m loving the half flower-esque pattern. A full flower on the widest part of the temples could kick things up, but I don’t want to do too too much.

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Hey there! Of course I had to model these spunky sunnies for you guys.

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Feeling a bit inspired by the Sweet on the Eyes shades featured in my latest Fancy Things Friday post, I may get crazy and try adding faux flowers to some sunglasses for a bold statement.