How To Choose the Perfect Pair of Sunglasses

August 9, 2017 by  
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Sunglasses are more than just a fashion accessory. The American Optometric Association says you should always wear them during daylight hours regardless of the weather. The sun’s UV rays are harmful and can cause cataracts; moreover, sunglasses provide protection from blue light which increases macular degeneration.

That being said, it’s still important they look good and make you feel good, so here’s a detailed guide on how to get the most from your sunglasses.  

Match them to Your Wardrobe

When it comes to sunglasses, the more the merrier. You want a few pairs, so you can work them across several outfits. Don’t worry about cost, as it’s possible to find high-quality affordable designer glasses for women and men. Instead, worry about style and how that style matches what you’re already wearing. You want wear-to-work lenses, casual lenses, and a more upscale style for shopping and lunch meetings.

Keep it subtle, especially when it comes to color. Try and match the color of your shades to your shoes. For women, this could mean a pop of red if you’re sporting red heels. But, don’t overdo it. Red shoes, red sunglasses, and a red shade of lipstick should do it. For men, black and brown are always in style and likely to be the color of your shoes too, but there are instances when this could vary (blue suede shoes for example).  

Look for UV Protection

Your sunglasses should a serve a purpose beyond fashion. Choose sunglasses that limit your exposure to harmful UV rays. Health.com recommends that you seek out sunglasses that offer 100 percent UV protection from both UVA and UVB rays. And, the bigger the better. “You can further protect yourself with oversized and wraparound frames that offer more coverage to protect the soft tissue around your eyes (which can help prevent wrinkles).” Sunglasses labeled as “cosmetic” don’t provide any protection from the sun.

Choose a Contrasting Size

It’s best to choose sunglasses that offer contrast from your face shape and size. For example, rounder frames are best for square heads and angular frames are best for round heads. Larger sunglasses look glamorous on small head sizes, while larger heads require less size.

Here are the types of sunglasses and what size/shape they look best on:

  • Aviators – aviators look best on oval shaped heads, but are versatile enough to look great on most people regardless of shape/size. They got their name because they’re popular among pilots and military personnel. These distinct frames feature teardrop-shaped lenses and metal frames, and are typically medium to large in size.
  • Oversized Sunglasses – oversized sunglasses were made popular in the 50s by glamorous movie stars, and that’s the image they still present today. They are better for smaller head shapes.
  • Mirror shades – popularized by Morpheus from the film The Matrix, mirror shades are reflective. Your eyes can’t be seen beyond their reflective mirrored surface. These shades come in a variety of sizes to suit many different people’s needs.
  • Wayfarers – wayfarers are a typical frame, medium-sized with a thick plastic frame. They go by a couple different names, including “Manhattans.” Audrey Hepburn wore Manhattans in the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Wayfarers are best suited for medium to large skulls.
  • Teashades – super tiny teashades aren’t designed for small heads, and probably shouldn’t be worn by anyone considering they do little to keep your eyes protected from the sun.

Choosing Lens Color

Finally, you have to choose your lens color. Different lenses have different aesthetic value, such as matching your clothing and shoes or denoting your personality. They also come with some health benefits. Traditional gray lenses reduce light. Red lenses are good for winter weather activities. And, violet lenses provide hunters with increased visibility. What you choose should factor in your needs and your style without breaking the bank. 

 

UPDATED: Win Jennifer Lopez’s New Fragrance JLust By JLO

April 23, 2016 by  
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THE WINNER IS LaTanya! Thank you to all who entered 🙂

Win Jennifer Lopez’s New Fragrance JLust By JLO

It’s been a while! I’ve been busy after having my first little girl named Olivia Nicole (see my little diva below) but I’m back with a giveaway just in time for Mother’s Day! One of my favorite gifts to get is perfume, especially when it’s branded by none other than Jennifer Lopez, and that’s exactly what we’re giving away! We have JLo’s latest fragrance JLust by JLo and it’s amazing! JLust expresses Jennifer’s sophistication and feminine style, with notes featuring mandarin, apple blossom, mara strawberry, jasmine, white peach, vanilla orchid, feather musk, tolu balm, and tonka bean. It’s has a slight candy scent that makes it sweet, but not overpowering. And, just like all of JLo’s fragrances, it lingers on the skin, which I love!

JLust by JLO is available now at a Kohl’s near you or you can win your very own bottle right here!

Win Jennifer Lopez’s New Fragrance JLust By JLO

How To Enter:
All you need to do is share the giveaway on Twitter using hashtag #JLustByJLo. ***Make sure you include @jasmine_espinal in your tweet. For extra entries you can share my Instagram image (you can find it here) using hashtag #JLustByJLo. When entries are complete leave url to your tweet or instagram share below in the comments. One lucky winner will be chosen on May 1st.**US residents only.

AND here’s my baby girl Olivia Nicole!

Win Jennifer Lopez’s New Fragrance JLust By JLO

Hair Pinspiration: The Center Part

April 23, 2016 by  
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I’m not one to get overly excited over trendy hair cuts because I’m pretty committed to my long layered hair. However, I’m all about fun seasonal hair styles and I’m totally loving the fact that the center part is back! I’m a HUGE fan of a sleek center part but I gave it a break a few years back when the whole side swept hair thing took over. I don’t straighten all of my hair because I like the messy, undone look so I take a flat iron and only run it over the top. Check out some Pinspiration including Olivia Palermo, Kim Kardashian, Jessica Alba, and much much more!

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Hair Pinspiration

 

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Trend for Less: Mirrored Sunglasses

April 23, 2016 by  
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Add a modern touch to any summer outfit with a trendy pair of mirrored sunglasses.  Tip: mirrored sunglasses pop so look for classic shapes that you already know and like to compliment your wardrobe style.   Check out some of my favorite under $50.

Mirrored Sunglasses

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Mirrored Sunglasses

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Mirrored Sunglasses For Less

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Flatforms Street Style + 5 Must Have Flatforms

March 17, 2015 by  
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~ Flatforms Street Style + 5 Must Have Flatforms

This season flatforms are back! The chunky soled sandals with a 70s vibe go perfect with boyfriend jeans, shorts, dresses or with my favorite flared jeans. Below are some inspirational looks and some of our favorite pairs.

Flatforms Street Style + 5 Must Have Flatforms

 

Flatforms Street Style + 5 Must Have Flatforms

 

Flatforms Street Style + 5 Must Have Flatforms

 

Flatforms Street Style + 5 Must Have Flatforms

 

Flatforms Street Style + 5 Must Have Flatforms

Favorites:

Flatforms Street Style + 5 Must Have Flatforms

Brown Flatforms | Floral Flatforms | Shoe Cult Black Flatforms | Coach Animal Print Flatforms | Strappy White Flatforms

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Tahitian Pearl

February 9, 2015 by  
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I love to wear big fun pieces of jewelry but lately I’ve been looking for more classic pieces to wear on a day to day basis. I’ve always liked the exotic color of a tahitian pearl and was super excited when The Pearl Source offered me the chance to review one especially since Valentine’s day is just a few days away. It’s an early gift to me!

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Pearls are one the most feminine and romantic gem and are appropriate for any occasion. The Pearl Source has an endless variety of pearls like Tahitian, Freshwater and a lot more at pretty reasonable prices that can even be customized to your liking. I was sent the Tahitian South Sea Pearl Denise Pendant to review and it’s beautiful! The 9mm Tahitian South Sea pearl drop-shape pendant is made of high quality sterling silver and exhibits a gorgeous quality pearl with “Very High” luster. The silver against the Tahitian pearl makes this the perfect piece of jewelry to add a little elegance to your jeans and tee.

Give the gift of elegance that never goes out of style and if you use code BVM15 you can save 15% with free shipping!

Win A Retro Timex 80 Watch

November 28, 2014 by  
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This month, Timex, one of the most iconic heritage watch brands, is celebrating 160 years of timeless design. Since 1854, Timex has transformed timekeeping into true expressions of personal style, thanks to the brand’s affordable, fashionable, reliable, and technologically-advanced innovations season after season! To commemorate the anniversary, Timex has introduced three NEW ‘throwback’ collections this year that pay homage to the brand’s long history of watchmaking innovation and style, including The Waterbury Collection, Timex 80 and Modern Minis.

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In honor of Timex anniversary, I’ve teamed up with Times to giveaway one of their retro Timex 80’s watches from their throwback collection! This collection is inspired by the popular 80’s style digital Timex watch but updated with a stainless steel bracelet. I was sent the gold with a red face and I LOVE it! Compared to the original fit that I own, this watch fits the wrist perfectly. It’s big enough to have thats Men’s watch feel without the bulkiness which is one the most important things for me when picking a watch. Another revamped detail is the gold which was originally shiny and now is a fabulous matte gold. You guys will love this!

Starting today you have the chance to win the very same watch I was sent. (see below) You can keep it for yourself or maybe gift it to a friend or loved one who is a watch lover.

Win a Retro 80's Timex Watch

 

How to enter:

Head on over to Timex and tell me which retro watch is your favorite, come back here and leave a comment with a link.  For extra entries you can tweet about the giveaway, pin the giveaway or like fashiongrail on Facebook (make sure you state that you did in separate comments). The giveaway will run from 11/28/2014 until 12/5/2014. Good luck! *****US residents only

**Updated & Closed**My Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dish: Spicy Mashed Sweet Potatoes + Win a $25 Target Gift Card

November 25, 2014 by  
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The winner of the $25 Target gift card is: Susan DeVaux.  Congratulations Susan and thank you to everyone who participated!

My husband is the one who does all the major cooking for all of the holidays. My role is to put together the menu, shop for all the ingredients, cook side dishes and plan out the entertainment. I try to balance out his hard work in the kitchen by whipping up simple side dishes that don’t require me to ask for any guidance. In our house it’s all about team work and keeping everything fun. My favorite side dish to cook for Thanksgiving is spicy mashed sweet potatoes. It’s the perfect side for the turkey and gravy, stuffing and even vegetables like green beans. Below is a quick step by step recipe to make the spicy mashed sweet potatoes.

favorite thanksgiving side dish + target giveaway

 

Ingredients: 

2 lbs sweet potatoes
salt
6 tbsps butter
pepper
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cayenne
2 tbsp brown sugar

Directions:

Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into pieces.

Boil in salted water for about 15-20 minutes or until soft.

Drain and mash with a fork.

Add butter, salt and pepper, cayenne pepper, cinnamon and beat well.

In a few simple steps you will have a delicious side dish you can call all your own! All that’s left to do is set the table (see my favorite silverware below) and set the mood with festive music (my husbands favorite part) and lighting (see candles below). To help you get your Thanksgiving day started I’ve teamed up with Target to give away a $25 egift card that you can use to get your kitchen ready for the holiday’s with all the amazing goodies in the Target wedding registry. Below you’ll see some of my personal instore favorites; and by clicking here you can see the entire wedding registry collection AND enter to win a $25 Target gift card!

favorite thanksgiving dish

See the Calphalon collection here

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See the Threshold Bistro Set here

sono sounds system

SONOS Wireless HiFi System (see the entire SONOS collection here)

Target Flatware

Flatwear 

Prelit candles

Candles

How to enter:

Simply visit Target and pick your one must have kitchen item. Come back here and leave the link in the comment section. For additional entries you can pin the giveaway, tweet the giveaway or follow me on Facebook (make sure you state you did each one in separate comments below). Contest runs from 11/24 until 11/28 (just in time for Target’s Black Friday deals). Good luck!! **US residents only.

 

Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target.

Halloween Costume Tips from Nick Amoroso of AMI Clubwear

October 14, 2014 by  
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Halloween is an opportunity for women to play dress up and look their sexiest. But, with all the Halloween costumes out there, it can be hard to find the right costume to accent your personality, style and figure. To look your sexiest for Halloween, choose a costume that is fitted to show off your figure. Whether you’re curvy or tall, you can find the right costume to accentuate your curves or your sexy legs.

Womens Halloween Costumes

Once you choose your costume, dress it up with pieces that are sold separately, such as hats, gloves, stockings, or thigh highs. For instance, if you purchase a sailor costume that doesn’t come with a sailor hat or gloves, purchase a white sailor hat and white gloves to complete the outfit. Wear thigh highs or stockings to add sex appeal to your costume. Accessorizing your costume also adds variety and sets you apart from someone else with a similar costume. Then pair your costume with sexy strappy heels or knee high, high heel boots. This will accentuate your legs and make your body look long and slender. Lastly, if you find a costume you love, don’t hold off to make your purchase. Chances are if you love it, other ladies do too. As we get closer to Halloween, you risk your favorite costume being sold out.

AMI Clubwear, a premier ecommerce store where women can find sexy costumes, party dresses, bikinis and clubwear, has hundreds of sexy Halloween costumes. Some of our bestselling costumes are our sexy Tinker Bell costume, unique Nicky Mouse (Minnie) romper costume, officer hottie costume, sexy ninja costume, hot sheriff costume, Indian hottie costume and our sexy nurse costume.

To see more of Ami Club Wear’s Sexy Costumes visit – AmiClubWear.com

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Beauty Product Review: The Magic Pads

October 7, 2014 by  
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I get a lot of beauty products to try out but I only review the products that I really do love. The last couple of months I’ve been getting some real gems. Last time I got the completely bare hair remover from a Klout perk and this time I got the magic pads created by Celebrity stylist Rob Harmon. They’re supposed to repair sun damage while fighting acne and repair wrinkles all with a simple swipe of the magic pads which have a combination of glycolic acid which helps the cell turnover along with salicylic acids to help  control acne.

Magic Pads Review
Despite living in Florida, I have no sun damage. But I do have acne prone skin and the start of some very fine lines around mouth so I could definitely see me benefiting from these magic pads. After one swipe I knew they would work wonders on my skin, but I wondered if they would actually dry out my skin because of the glycolic acid. After a few seconds my skin actually felt soft, fresh and my pores instantly looked small – I loved it! I’ve been using it daily and so far I’ve been able to drop my acne skin wash thanks to the pads. They really do sound like they’re too good to be true but they are. At only $19.99 the Magic Pads do the job of probably three different pricey products. It’s perfect for women and men of all ages!

**Details:

The Magic Pads use a unique blend of Glycolic acid, Organic Willow Bark, Hualuronic acid and VitaminE in an Organic Aloe Vera juice base, the pads are designed to organically destroy acne, clear blemishes, smooth and tighten skin, shrink pores, exfoliate, tone, clarify and hydrate.

I only wish the Magic Pads were sent to me years ago! For more info about the amazing Magic Pads you visit – www.themagicpads.com

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