I Can’t Help Fallin’ In Love With Warby Parker and Their Frames

Image appears courtesy of Warby Parker

Images appear courtesy of Warby Parker

“It’s the Santa Ana Winds, that means anything is possible.” 5 Points to you if you can name that movie! Ok, so we can totally be best friends if you recognized that was from one of my favorite all time movies, “The Holiday.” And if there was a quote to perfectly explain the transition between seasons currently happening in the fashion world (and I suppose the actual world too) that would be it. A new season doesn’t just mean endless new wardrobing and layering opportunities for us Fashion Bloggers. It’s actually perfect timing for labels to debut new collections “hello NYFW!”

But you don’t just have to be Marc Jacobs to utilize the new season to announce your labels next steps and newest directions. Warby Parker, an innovative eye wear company reached out to me last week and asked if I would be interested in helping to announce their newest collection inspired by all the “accelerated movement” the Fall Season brings. Needless to say after researching the label I was more than excited to jump on board.

Not only do I support smaller companies because I believe the market should not be monopolized by just “big names” but I truly believe variety and choice are what make the fashion game interesting. Fun fact of the day time! Did you know most sunglasses are manufactured by 1 of maybe 4 companies? It’s true. Whether you are buying Chanel, Ray Bans, Dior etc. most sunglasses come from the same place. Granted does that mean there’s no connection between the label’s creative design and the manufacturing company? Well no. But when you’re buying something that is mass produced you do run into that little annoying problem of potentially running into someone who has the SAME thing you do. Which is any fashionista’s worst nightmare.

Enter in a fresh of breath air. Enter in Warby Parker. an innovative and inspiring eye wear company who not only approaches the design and manufacturing process organically, but also does so with an effort to provide eye wear to those who cannot afford good eyeglasses. A problem that actually inspired the label. Based on my research it seems as though this collection was inspired by a student who suffered squinting through a semester because he simply could not afford a decent pair of glasses. Trust me as a former student myself sometimes life hands you tough decisions that force you to chose between some of life’s most basic rights at the expense of being able to afford a text book that determines whether or not you succeed in class. It’s not a fair predicament to be in but alas it’s one of many untold sacrifices college brochures conveniently fail to mention when soliciting your attendance.

However, rather than continue to just accept the problem, this group of individuals behind Warby Parker began a solution. Rather than just succumbing to the outrageous prices and monopoly of the current eye wear world they created Warby Parker. So in addition to creating beautiful frames , they’ve done so not forgetting what inspired their label in the first place. For every glass sold, the company tallies up each pair sold at the end of the month, then partners with a non profit to “cover the cost of sourcing that number of glasses.” But the ingenious of this group of individuals does not stop here. Rather than just create a simple process of hand me outs this company actually trains the recipients of their glasses in developing companies to give basic eye exams and sell glasses to their communities at affordable prices. And thus the circle of vision begins! So kind of like the circle of life minus Simba.

But philanthropy isn’t this companies only claim to fame. I’m excited to announce that as of today they’ve debuted their newest collection of specs and let’s just say that thanks to companies’ like this those days of being considered the unfashionable nerd in glasses are long gone. While I don’t wear glasses due to 20 20 vision, I really wish i could because these frames are that amazing. Once again, it is the color pallet and movement of Fall that inspired this collection. According to their release, the newest collection is “all about roaming and roving. Fall is a season of accelerated movement: the wind picks up, the weather shifts, the days shrink. The whole world changes color. So do our glasses.”

So while you’re not going to find a frame with an ode to pumpkin spice latte’s available, you will find frames in “rich reds, golden browns, cool greys and other harvest hues.” They are also debuting a two-toned style (fact: two toned always photographs beautifully as it always seems to capture the light just right and add an extra dimension) that features a contrast layer of acetate laminated over a layer of thicker acetate. In other words, it sounds like not only are you getting a product that is visually appealing but you are also getting quality. Sooo you’re probably thinking to yourself right about now this company offers high quality products, that are affordable, fashion forward and help those less fortunate? There’s no way and I don’t believe it. I’m here to tell you yes way! And even if you still have your doubts and want to try the product out yourself they even offer a “try at home” program. For the newest frames available to accent the Fall season, scroll on down and enjoy! Oh and PS, in case you fall under the same 20’20 category as me the label does have super cute shades to offer as well!

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Fashion For A Cause: Meet Angela and Roi

Handbags for a cause.

                                         Handbags for a cause. All photos courtesy of Angela and Roi. 

When Angela and Roi initially reached out to me regarding their collection the thing that caught my attention was the fact that all of their stylish and high fashion hand bags were made of 100% vegan leather. And all this time I thought Stella Mcartney was the only designer who cared about protecting our furry friends in the name of fashion. Angela and Roi though is so much more than animal friendly fashion. Their philosophy of business is to “value customer satisfaction not profit margins.” They also believe in the ability to use their resources to positively impact the greater community. First of all let’s talk about their bags. From their minimalist and classic styles in an assortment of shapes and colors, all bags are available at affordable prices ranging from $58-$165. My favorite is the “essential backpack” priced at $128. Just like any other shopping experience I innocently perused through the color options not realizing each color represented a cause. For example, green bags benefit the “Anxiety and Depression Association of America.” Every green bag sold, Angela & Roi donates $5 to help in the prevention, treatment and cure of disorders related to anxiety and depression.

Also, similarly to other leading fashion forward charitable causes Angela and Roi dedicates a portion of their website to educating their customers on the statistics and what you can do outside of purchasing one of their bags to support the cause. And if that wasn’t enough, there is also “The Ribbon Project” a unique concept of bringing Angela and Roi followers directly to cancer and disease fighters. How it works is, Angela and Roi includes a post card with the story of a cancer or disease fighter with each purchase. A&R followers can then write a “hopeful message on the post card, snap a picture of it, and share it on their Facebook page and Instagram with the #ribbonproject and #angelaroi. With the “Ribbon Project” Angela and Roi aims to “bring hope and support to our fighters while we inspire our followers to do good!” The best part of this amazing project is you don’t even need to buy a bag to send a well wishes message. Visit Angelaroi.com and meet some brave souls battling intense illnesses.

Fighting battles is something my family and I are all too familiar with. My mom passed away 10 years ago in a battle against brain tumors. She fought long and hard but in the end it was a pain patch called Fentanyl that killed her. Then there’s my little cousin, Elizabeth, or our families little angel as we like to call her. She’s been battling Alstroms Syndrome since 2 or 3 months after she was born. Alstroms Syndrome is a genetic disorder with only 800 cases world wide. In a nutshell it’s a debilitating terminal illness that effects all major organs. Throughout the course of the disease one endures blindness, deafness, obesity and diabetes. It doesn’t end there, all those things ultimately lead to chronic heart failure, severe lung problems, and liver failure. Sadly, there is no cure for this syndrome. Heart issues are one of the key factors of this debilitating disease but ironically she has one of the biggest hearts I know. I remember a few years back and she was in the hospital. Naturally she was the recipient of well wishes and get well gifts. She didn’t want any gifts, unless her little sister Kayla got something too. I could go on and on about how amazingly brave and kind hearted she is but just know there probably is nobody sweeter than Elizabeth.

As if that wasn’t enough of a strike to our family’s heart strings, my twin cousins, one of which is Elizabeth’s mom was also diagnosed with a terminal illness called gastroparesis. Never heard of this one either? Ya, neither had I until I got another gut wrenching phone call that something was wrong. In a nutshell, they can’t eat anything because their organs that process food don’t allow their bodies to do so because their digestive system started shutting down. This is heart breaking for a billion reasons one of which is they could probably open up their own restaurant with all the delicious plates they put together. In case you were wondering these diseases, as rare as they are have their own awareness colors as well. Alstrom’s syndrome supporters are raising awareness every time they wear denim. And green is also shared with the gastroparesis community. Inspired by Angela and Roi, I would love if next time you my precious reader, wore denim or green, you could share with me and hashtag your photo on social media either #forelizabeth for denim or #foraimeeandbeth if you’re wearing green. They don’t ask for extra attention but I’m sure love and support from around the world would mean just that, the world. At the end of the day, we all know someone who is battling unfortunate diseases and ailments. Kudos to Angela & Roi for stepping up to help out in the most fashionable way possible. MoaToteWebMain A&RMoaWine RedRibbon BucketWhite4

Signorelli: Live<3 Love <3 Give <3 Repeat

 

 

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Hat: Saks Sunnies: Prada Necklace: Zara Earrings: Saks Shorts: H&M Shoes: ZiGi Girl

Perhaps it’s because I saw Blackfish and have been more of an advocate for animals than I’ve ever been my whole life, or maybe it’s just because I’ve always been a firm believer in giving back. Or maybe it’s because I’ve subscribed to more animal advocacy Facebook Pages than a normal person and my feed is an ongoing sad puppy commercial. Either way, I do love me a label that gives back and benefits a good cause. Just like if you purchase a pair of Toms shoes, this company gives back to one of 8 great organizations. I was so excited to tell my boyfriend that my shopping helped save puppies and pandas! (Actually if I read that the most recent contributions helped a set of alligators at Los Angeles’ Wildlife Waystation. Not as fluffy but still cool.) My boyfriend just looked at me like I was crazy and told me if I didn’t stop shopping I would end up like a homeless puppy.

I had no idea this label was about promoting global awareness and assistance for great causes through their Signorelli Movement Foundation until I noticed the tag saying something about a donation. Then my curiosity led me to their website. According to Foundation’s website, their mission is to “inspire our rising generation to give back to the world in which we live. The Signorelli Movement Foundation inspires and educates young people to create abundance and pay it forward for themselves and their communities through programs and opportunities our foundation provides. We aspire for people of all ages to be touched by our work.” Truthfully, I just really want to go to the Safari Park I pass on the way to work every day and I thought this top would be perfect. That, plus it kind of reminded me of a cool Lisa Frank print. For those of you who were deprived of the awesomeness of the 80’s and 90’s Lisa Frank was the best thing to happen to girly girl’s who appreciated cute animals and bright colors. Google it. However, once I learned there was more to this label than comfiness, and cute designs I could not wait to share! I can’t wait to invest in more pieces and see what more great things fashionable choices accomplish! 

Each purchase of  a Signorelli top goes towards one of these 8 organizations. There is nothing better than looking good and feeling good for helping with a good cause.

Each purchase of a Signorelli top goes towards one of these 8 organizations. There is nothing better than looking good and feeling good for helping with a good cause. Each Signorelli piece comes with a barcode to be scanned. By scanning the barcode a donation is made to the cause of your choice. I was seriously bummed my barcode didn’t work. If it did, I think I would be torn between the Cause For Paws, and Wildlife Adoption Program. 

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