Getting ready Vision Expo East

Hi Guys! Watch this video so you can learn how to make these beautiful paper flowers for your store window or any other event you may have. We are getting ready for our trade show, Vision Expo East at the Javits Center in NYC. We were inspired by all the window shopping on Madison Ave. Stay tuned for the installation pictures and video. Come and see us Booth G5367 this weekend.

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Find Your Perfect Pair!

This Summer let Velvet Eyewear help you choose YOUR perfect pair of sunglasses. We know how hard it is to make the decision, especially online. We are here to make this easy and happy!

Here is the skinny...

There are 4 basic face shapes and 4 basic hair colors and we have matched them up in the pics below. Notice that we did not include your skin tone as an option. Your skin tone is not that important when choosing sunglasses...but definitely important when choosing your regular eyeglasses. What is important is to know your face shape, hair color, and know that your sunglasses have 100% UV protection, of course. Our entire Velvet Trends Collection has been created to make it easy for you to choose the latest sunglass style that is perfect for you. Little hint...there are still many to choose from, but this narrows is down a bit.

Each Velvet Trends style has detailed information and symbols to help you make the right sunglass decision.

If you want more advice, you can email stylist@velveteyewear.com

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Velvet® 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

Our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide featuring the classic Velvet Elaine in Toastie Almond. Top on our list we included these precious vintage perfume bottles to adorn her dresser and spray the most beautiful memories. Her lips need and desire a collection of our favorite Tom Ford lipsticks for those "under the Mistletoe moments”. One of our favorite holiday gift ideas is the Eve Lom facial cleanser. This cleanser is like butter and her skin will be glowing especially on New Year’s Eve after a few days of this beauty treatment. The Apple Watch any girl would love to own. The Jean Norman plaid shirt is super sexy, hard to find, and surely is a gift she will treasure all year long. We have also decided to include the Clarisonic facial brush. If she doesn’t already have it, she will absolutely love it! Happy shopping!

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UV radiation in the Fall and the Winter

UV radiation is present all year long and although you may feel the impact on your skin more in the summer months, UV radiation is always present and can even be more damaging during the winter months. The UV index is the highest in the Spring and Summer but it still reaches high levels in the Fall and the Winter too. So protect your eyes and the delicate area around your eyes with Velvet {BB} Lenses. Say "Bye-Bye" crow's feet!

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Velvet top 100 Summer Sunnies featured in June InStyle

May 22, 2015 @ 3:00 PM

BY: Elyse Maloni

This weekend is the unofficial start to summer, and, frankly, there's no better way to celebrate than with a new pair of shades. As huge proponents of a fully stocked sunglass wardrobe, we've rounded up our 100 favorite 100—one for each day of the next few months of warm weather.

Regardless of whether you're a minimalist, a classicist, or an exhibitionist, we scoured the market and found frames for every type of personality. Consider this your ultimate guide to this summer's shades. In our honest opinion? These sunnies pair best with your June issue of InStyle (available on newsstands and for digital download), a lounge chair, and, of course, tons of sunshine.

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Emma Dumont

Our Super Star! Emma Dumont..... Starring in Aquarius on NBC

Seen here wearing the Velvet Lucy in Red Lava, promoting Aquarius, and supporting Red Nose Day!

 

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Velvet on NBC & Steve Harvey TV

Jackie steps into the Money Booth for a chance to win big - not just for herself, but for the rest of the audience too! Special thanks to Velvet Eyewear, Thursday Friday and Live Nation for the audience prizes. Find out where to watch in your city here: http://steveharveytv.com/watch/ Get more Steve Harvey!

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Roseanne Barr's blindness and how to prevent her diseases

By Catherine DiBenedetto, Health.com

Updated 3:58 PM ET, Mon April 27, 2015

(CNN)Roseanne Barr revealed earlier this week that she is going blind. In an interview with The Daily Beast, the 62-year-old comic talked about her struggle with macular degeneration and glaucoma — two eye diseases that get progressively worse over time and can steal vision.

Barr's doctors haven't provided a timeline, but her symptoms are worsening: "My vision is closing in now," she said. "I just try and enjoy vision as much as possible. Y'know, living it up."

Related: 9 worst eye care mistakes you're making

Macular degeneration is a breakdown of the part of the retina that allows us to see fine details in the center of vision; while glaucoma damages the nerve that connects the retina to the brain, and is often caused by fluid build-up and pressure in the eyes. (Barr said in the interview that she helps relieve the pressure by using marijuana, which is known to temporarily lower pressure inside the eye.)

"It's somewhat unusual that Roseanne Bar has both, but not unheard of," explains ophthalmologist Steven A. Shanbom, MD, of Shanbom Eye Specialists in Berkley, Mich. Though there are some controllable risk factors, certain people are genetically predisposed to these diseases, so Barr may simply be prone to both. "Certainly it's sad. The combination of the two is terrible. Macular degeneration takes away her central vision, and glaucoma is taking away her peripheral vision," Dr. Shanbom adds. (He is not treating Roseanne Barr, and does not know the specifics of her case.)

The risk for both diseases goes up for everyone after age 60, with some people, especially African Americans, at higher risk in their 40s. That's why the American Academy of Opthalmology recommends getting a baseline eye exam when you turn the big 4-0, even if you have perfect vision. In the early stages, you can have either condition, but have no symptoms at all. Things like a family history or high blood pressure, or issues within the eye (like having a thinner cornea, for example) might lead your MD to prescribe drops that can reduce your chances of developing glaucoma by about half.

    Related: 10 natural ways to lower blood pressure

    There is no cure for either disease. But like those eyedrops, there are treatments that may delay the progression of early-stage glaucoma (from other drugs to surgery), and therapies that might halt further vision loss in advanced cases of macular degeneration (including an implantable telescope). The future looks brighter however: An animal study published this month suggests that an injection of stem cells into the eye might slow or even reverse the effects of early-stage macular degeneration.

    There are also simple things you can start doing right now to ward off these diseases. Here, five ways to protect your peepers.

    Slip on your shades—even when it's cloudy

    Sun exposure can up the risk for glaucoma and macular degeneration, as well as cataracts (clouding of the lenses). Make sure your sunglasses offer 99% to 100% UV protection. Sporting a pair that doesn't filter UV light is more dangerous than wearing no shades at all, because the dark lenses cause your pupils to dilate and allow in more harmful rays.

    Schedule in a regular walk

    Studies indicate that aerobic exercise can reduce the eye pressure that leads to glaucoma, and may improve blood flow to the retina and optic nerve. According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, all you need to do is raise your pulse 20% to 25% (which could mean a brisk walk) for 20 minutes, a minimum of four times a week.

    Related: 9 tweaks that make walking workouts more effective

    Eat your greens

    Spinach, kale, and other leafy greens are packed with lutein and zeaxanthin—antioxidants that lower your risk of developing macular degeneration (and cataracts too), research shows. Another good source: egg yolks.

    Snack on almonds, citrus, and berries

    Almonds are loaded with vitamin E (a handful provides about half your daily dose), which slows macular degeneration; while citrus fruit and berries are filled with vitamin C, which cuts your odds of developing the disease.

    Avoid cigarette smoke

    While smoking is bad news for many parts of your body, you may not have considered eyes to be one of them. However, smoking doubles your risk of macular degeneration. Avoiding cigs can not only protect your lungs and heart, it can protect your peepers too.

    http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/27/health/roseanne-barr-blindness

     

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