Monday, July 28, 2014

Sun Standard + Giveaway

skirt and top: old (loving this and this), shoes: New Directions, watch: Rolex, cuff: Loren Hope, sunglasses: Ray-Ban c/o Eye Care Associates
It's safe to say I love my sunglasses. When I head out to work in the morning, I always grab a pair, and if I forget, I more than likely have at least one back-up pair in my car. Though I obviously don't wear my sunglasses all day while I'm at work, more often than not, they are glued to my face during the weekends as I spend most of those days outside. I saw a blog post once about how if you aren't liking the way you look or don't feel like getting ready, throw on a pair of sunglasses and you'll instantly feel better. It's funny, but oh so true, and I always feel much better in a cute pair of sunnies.

Though I often choose my sunglasses based on the fashion statement I want to make, it's also important to wear them to protect your eyes. I met with Eye Care Associates to discuss the importance of sunglasses and to get fitted for a pair that works great for me. I received quite the star-studded treatment -- when I arrived, I was met by Dawn, who had actually checked out Southern Style to get an idea of my style and sunglasses I already had. She had already picked out an array of sunglasses for me to try, all of which I was in love with. It was so hard to decide on a pair, but we tried on more than 15, each offering something that I was looking for in a pair of sunglasses.

I finally narrowed it down to this pair of Kate Spade sunnies (in white crystal) and the above Ray-Bans. It was a very hard choice -- I already had a pair of Ray-Ban aviators, but I loved the blue lenses in these. The Kate Spades offered a fun vibe that I didn't already have, but I ultimately went with the Ray-Bans for this reason: polarized lenses. 

Polarized lenses are great because they have a special coating that reduces glare. As a result, objects are much more clear and the harmful effects that glare has on the eyes is reduced. A polarized lens can also help reduce eye strain, which is also important for your eyes. Since eye-care is so important, this definitely helped me make my decision.

So often,we look for the right pair of sunglasses in terms of how they look, but there is absolutely no need to compromise. My sunglasses provide me with the perfect statement to complete any look, but at the same time, offer my eyes UV-protection. It is easy to opt for a cheaper pair of sunglasses (I have my go-to for those!), but at the same time, investing in a great pair of sunglasses that are fitted to your face and have a good-quality lens will offer long-lasting results for your eyes.

I would highly recommend visiting Eye Care Associates for your eye-care needs. I visited the Centrum location in Cary, NC, but I am more than confident that you will receive the same great treatment that I did at any location you visit. I am looking forward to going back -- and they have certainly set the standard for my sunny eye-care needs. 

Wanting a new pair of sunglasses? Now is your chance! I have partnered with Eye Care Associates for a fun giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a pair of blue mirrored Ray-Ban Polarized Aviators like mine. The giveaway will end on Monday at 12am and the winner will be announced that same day. Enter below for a fab pair of Ray Bans care of Eye Care Associates! Please note: Eye Care Associates will ship the winner's sunglasses and Eye Care Associates are not qualified to enter. Entries will be verified. Good luck!

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