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LA (WEST HOLLYWOOD): THE BEST TIME TO SNAG NEW GLASSES! [l.a. EYEWORKS]

By Nora Zelevansky / October 18th, 2010

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Tourists may talk up the Hollywood sign and Mann's Chinese, but us L.A. locals know it's staple events like the Fred Segal Sale, Modernica Warehouse Sale and Third Street Holiday Block Party that keep us keeping on.

Well, one such such event is just around the bend starting this Friday and that, my LINTY friends, is the l.a. Eyeworks Sale.  Not only is the sale a highly anticipated local L.A. tradition, but the brand itself has been beloved FOREVER!

Personally, I'm thinking I need a new pair of regular glasses.  Maybe something dramatic like these:

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Who knows?  Only time will tell!

xo – N.

LA (BEVERLY HILLS AND BEYOND): BEST AVIATORS

By Nora Zelevansky / March 5th, 2009

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(Platinum Boa and Gold Python Aviators By Sama)

I have an unusually small face.  Yup.  It's true.  Sometimes I can still pull off larger sunglasses, when there's a sort of a Jackie O. thang going on.  But aviators have always pretty much eluded me, as they give me a kind of droopy stroke vibe (straight to hell, Nor, straight to hell). Until now:

Recently, I headed over to Sama's Beverly Hills shop to preview next season's collection and some of the line's standards. They welcomed me (as they do real clients) with Teuscher chocolates from down the street, so we started off on the right foot.  As you guys know, the way to my heart is through my stomach (and through unabashed compliments–lots of them).

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Sama, a super high-end celeb-beloved sunglass line, was founded by designer Sheila Vance and benefits a foundation she created in her son Sam Vance's name, after his drug-related death.  The larger umbrella includes Sama eyewear, Badgley Mischka eyewear and Loree Rodkin Eye Couture.  For my particular taste, Loree Rodkin can get a bit heavy-handed: LA, gothic, rocker stuff embellished with crystals. But I have often coveted many of the other collections' goods.

The above aviators with snakeskin detailing (apparently a Brad & Angie pick too–oh well) definitely preoccupied me during this visit, though my snake-a-phobe hubby Andrew believes that one should never wear snakeskin, as any bad karma towards the feared reptiles could lead to a gruesome end. "They know.  They just know!"  Well, he may believe in bad snake karma, but I believe in cool sunglasses, so . . . hopefully he's wrong.

Anyway, I also played dress-up with some of their more vintage-style stuff.  Circles are huge this coming season, so I thought I'd try some on for size—maybe my oddly tiny face will work with these?

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(Never Mind My Bad Hair Day–Just Look At My Fave Cardigan–The Lynne Hiriak Brand–Sweater)

Alas, not the best looks for Miss Mini-Head, but pretty cool all the same . . .  While the aviators are on the 'spensive tip, not everything Sama is outlandish (plus a percentage of proceeds goes to a good cause and actually sometimes all proceeds are donated, like in the case of some of the yellow shades–Sam's favorite color–sad). Anyway, it's good to have something to covet, no? Or like fifty things, if you're me.

Dare to dream.

xo – N.

LA (BEVERLY BLVD): CRUMPLED TWENTY

By Nora Zelevansky / February 25th, 2009

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The Best Link Today:

I sorta think the above flyer says it all, but just to S-P-E-L-L it out (in honor of my friend Roseanne, who LOVES to spell things out loud): my hood's (and perhaps the city's) best new-ish accessories shop TenOverSix is having a HUGE sale this weekend.

Now, I'm too po' and freelance to buy anything sadly, but those of you with actual jobs would be FOOLS not to take advantage.  Just look at the lines listed above!

Plus, the brick courtyard is super cute and if the weather is anything like today, it might just be nice to peruse.  Peruse away . . . and don't cry for me, Argentina.

xo – N.

P.S. Turns out that Kendo–that great women's limited edition sneaker store–is having a closing sale too.  Starting Thursday, sneakers are less than $40 each.  Sad.  But a great bargain, if you need sneaks.

LA (AND BEYOND): CRUMPLED TWENTY

By Nora Zelevansky / February 4th, 2009

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The Best Link Today:
Okay, so maybe this is the best link from a couple days ago, but, ever since I saw them at Blackburn and Sweetzer on Monday, I can't get these sweet, kitschy, pastel Mosley Tribes gingham sunglasses off my mind. How amazing are they?  Finally, it's like the Little House on the Prairie bonnets from our youth just got edged up and became acceptable–in sunglass form–to wear.

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In LA, sunglasses are always wardrobe linchpins, but especially this year: one accessory to liven up the wardrobe during that spending freeze.  And, after perusing the company's website, I'm pretty much obsessed with ALL of Mosley's shades.  B + S found them at Fairfax's cute and off-beat Keep Company, which, luckily, has an online store.  (Keep Company's sorta nerd-chic shoe line is actually designed in LA too).  So shop shop away.  And think of me when you do. I'll be yearning enviously from behind my laptop's cluttered monitor.  Sigh . . .  poor Pocket Lint, right?

xo – N.