Day: April 6, 2016

Top Celebrity Eyewear Trends

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Eyewear remains one of the most practical and versatile accessories fashion-savvy folks can use to complement an outfit, or to show off a super sense of style. The world of eyewear is constantly expanding and becoming infinitely imaginative—creating more interesting options than ever before.

As more eyewear designs become available, people can make whatever statement they’d like with their choice of glasses, and as usual, the celebrities are leading the way with the latest fashions.

Below are some eyewear styles currently being spotted on fashion’s favorite celebrity trendsetters:

 

1. Aviator Frames—

Long considered a classic by eyewear aficionados, aviator frames never really went out of style, but they are back in a big way this year.

Recently seen on popular celebrities like David Beckham, Mila Kunis, Kate Hudson, and Halle Berry, aviators have been culturally popular for decades, and give the wearer an authoritative, strong look that appeals to anyone’s inner tough guy or gal.

 

2. Round Frames—

First made popular in the 1960s, the retro goodness of round eyeglasses and sunglasses wandered back onto the runways this year when featured during the shows of Jil Sander, Holly Fulton and more.

While not flattering for all face shapes, round frames come in many different styles, sizes and colors, such as the round, oversized sunglasses sometimes worn by Miley Cyrus, so be sure try on a variety before selecting the perfect pair.

 

3. Oddly-Shaped Frames—

They might look like they were designed by a visitor from the future, but the geometrically groovy, funky frames you’re seeing on stars like Justin Bieber are absolutely in style right now.

Fendi and Versace brought out two-toned, angled frames in unique colors to complement their clothing lines this year, while artistic designers like Kristen Ferrell took the eclectic look a step further with apple-shaped frames and round daisy sunglasses.

 

4. Cat Eye Frames—

Ever since the 1950s, nothing screams “sexy librarian” like a pair of cat eye glasses—just add up-do hairstyle and elegant, form-fitting skirt suit.

Celebs like Nicole Ritchie, Diane Kruger, and Scarlett Johansson have all been spotted sporting this intriguing blend of smart and suggestive, in both the sharply elegant original design and a softer 1980s version of this kittenish style.

 

5. Wayfarer-Style Frames—

In keeping with the retro trend in eyewear, Wayfarer-style frames are being offered by many designers of eyewear, bringing back this design first manufactured by the Ray Ban Company in 1956.

After declining in the 1990s, this style has drifted back into popularity, with stars like Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Katy Perry and Jessica Biel all aboard the newly-launched Wayfarer ship, sailing onto the pages of fashion magazines in this classic eyewear.

 

6. Brightly-Colored or Interesting Frames—

Whether neon and loud, like the hot pink sunglasses recently worn by Gwen Stefani, or pretty and pastel, like Anne Hathaway’s quietly feminine frames, eyewear is currently available in a large variety of hues.

In addition to embracing color, some designers are offering embellished frames, or patterns in wild prints like lace, swirls and plaid.

 

7. Safety Frames—

The wrap-around design of protective glasses generally created to shield eyes from harm has worked its way to the runways, featured in the collections of designers like Michael Kors and Tracy Reese.

Lady Gaga has popularized the look, along with Paris Hilton and Denise Richards, all spotted in versions of the latest sporty, safety-inspired eyewear.

 

If you’re seeking daily vision correction, sun protection, or simply a bit of style, eyewear design can add a touch of originality, or completely change the vibe of an outfit.

Use the celebrity eyewear trends above as a guide to find your favorite latest looks, choose the one that suits you best, and wear your fabulous new frames with pride.

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7 Surprising Reasons to Stop Smoking Cigarettes

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Thanks to research, education and advertising, most people are aware that smoking cigarettes can lead to heart disease and lung cancer.

But did you know there are many other less-publicized benefits to kicking the addiction to cigarettes, besides the obvious improvement in lung quality and heart health?

Below are 7 reasons to quit smoking that might surprise you:

 

1. Vanity—

We can’t see the damage being done by cigarettes inside of our bodies, but perhaps the realization that smoking causes wrinkles and dark under-eye circles will give smokers the motivation to quit. The premature aging and skin damage caused by smoking can be easily viewed by looking into a mirror.

In addition to wrinkling the face by reducing the skin’s elasticity, smoking has also been shown to contribute to the sagging of breast tissue. On the positive side, once you quit smoking, this process stops, with skin quality improving soon thereafter.

 

2. Breast Cancer—

Speaking of breast tissue, researchers are now finding that smoking plays a bigger role in the development of breast cancer than previously realized.

The National Cancer Institute has announced that women who’ve smoked have a 30% greater risk of breast cancer than those who have never smoked.

 

3. Blindness—

Age-related macular degeneration is a genetic and progressive condition that leads to the loss of central vision. It has recently been determined that smoking increases the chances of age-related macular degeneration, making smokers four times more likely to eventually become blind than non-smokers.

On the positive side, quitting immediately lowers this risk, making dropping the cigarette habit a great idea, especially if macular degeneration runs in the family.

 

4. Impotence—

Yes, smoking can affect sexual desire and performance, lowering the sex drives of both women and men, and leading to impotence in males.

Men who smoke have been shown in studies to have a 60% higher erectile dysfunction rate than non-smoking men. This is because nicotine constricts blood vessels and impairs blood flow, which directly affects the ability to achieve and maintain an erection.

While this can cause permanent damage, the vascular system may heal over time, and many patients find that after cessation of smoking, blood flow increases immediately.

 

5. Depression—

Smoking can make you sad. This goes against what is commonly believed because nicotine is a stimulant, which we generally associate with mood and energy elevation. But despite their stimulant status, smoking can lead to depression and anxiety disorders.

A study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry found that smokers were twice as likely to suffer from depression as non-smokers. So if you’re hanging onto this unhealthy habit because you think it makes you happy, give life without cigarettes a try—it may boost your spirits.

 

6. Lupus—

A painful autoimmune disease that can cause tissue damage via inflammation, lupus is exacerbated by the negative health effects of smoking.

Smokers have been also been shown in studies to have a slightly increased risk of developing lupus, but fortunately, this risk disappears once they stop smoking.

 

7. Heartburn—

Often, food and drink are blamed for acid reflux disease, but research has proven that smoking drastically increases the occurrence and severity of heartburn.

Those with acid reflux issues often also have esophagitis, which can be irritated by cigarette smoke, making heartburn more painful.

 

If you’re seeking the motivation to quit, maybe one of the lesser known ways that giving up cigarettes can improve your health, body and life you’ve learned about above will give you the push you need to stop smoking.

There are many tools available today to help people quit smoking, such as nicotine gum, nicotine patches, medications and eCigs that wean you off traditional cigarettes by replacing smoke with vapor. Talk to your doctor today about the best plan for you, and good luck on your journey to better health!