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Filed under: Anne et Valentin, Anni Shades, Caroline Abram, EVENTS!, Francis Klein, Rapp, Theo

2014 November Trunk Shows

Written by on October 16th 2014

Yep, it’s what you have been waiting for all year…the new 2015 eyewear collections straight from Paris!!!! Hollah!

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While the Queen of Specs takes the long voyage to Paris every year, and suffers while doing so (just kidding!), we make it easy on all of our customers by inviting the representatives from a small selection of our lines to Eye Spy on Saturdays on November. We tried to mix it up a bit this year…so we hope you are as excited as we are!!

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Which show should you put on your calendar, if you cannot attend all of the shows? Good Question.

Here are links to the lines that we are showing…Take a peek and see which ones might be your soulmate!

11/1: Rapp and Anni Shades -select shape and color and have a custom pair made just for you!

11/8: Francis Klein- select shape and color and have a custom sparkly pair made just for you!

11/15: Caroline Abram- sexy cat-eyes at an awesome price!

11/22: Theo eyewear- incredible colors and shapes in acetate and metal!

11/28: Anne et Valentin- very wearable shapes and colors…in unexpected combinations!

AND if you want a private showing on the Sunday following each show…just call us at 773.477.2670 or email us at [optician at eyespyoptical.com] for an appointment :-)

 

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Filed under: NEWS!

Meet our New Gal!

Written by on October 7th 2014

Winter is coming but Clara is here, so not to worry. I mean, she is no Ygritte, but she’s pretty great. She hails originally from Port Townsend, Washington. She scurried south to attend college at California College of the Arts. Her travels have now brought her to us in Chicago. Clara has captured a pair of Rapp Eyewear frames in green carnivale, and she wears them well….

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We asked her a few questions so you could get to know her!

-How many glasses do you own?
1 glass and 1 sun! — soon there will be more!

-What is your favorite thing in the whole world?
I love lots of things… THE COLOR PURPLE!!!– not the book, the actual color purple.  **SPARKLES***  
The Goldfinch by Donna Tart, sushi, the ocean, ooo ooo and riding my vintage japanese lotus bike. AH, and my CAT… and CRAFTING. I’m an old woman.

-There’s an EARTHQUAKE! and you can only save 3 things from the gaping hole forming under your apartment, what do you scoop up? 
My CAT! And as many beads as I can carry! that’s it.

-What catches your eye at Eye Spy? 
Let’s get specific. . .the Francis Kleins, the glittery ones.

-If you could be any mystical person/creature who/what would it be? 

Daenerys– Mother of Dragons!
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 - What’s something that people don’t know about you?
UHHHHH lots of things, I LOVE HULA HOOPING! I used to have 10 hula hoops, but now I only have one. Drunk hula hooping is the best.

-Do you have a hidden talent?
Drunk Hula Hooping! Doyeeee

-Finish this sentence I love…. bacon blueberry pancakes!!!!

See? She’s pretty great! But don’t take our word for it….come in and meet our new gal yourself.

Welcome to the club lady! We are stoked to have another curly-haired lady join us! It seems to be a trend around here.

Note: Clara was not in the Nutcraker nor did Heidi teach her to walk.

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Filed under: EVENTS!, HEALTH!

Worried About Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

Written by on October 5th 2014

Dr. LaBrosse is excited to introduce an important new technology to her practice at Eye Spy: Quantifeye!

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This device directly measures the integrity of your macular pigment.

Macular pigment is in the back of your eye, acting like “internal sunglasses” to protect and enhance your central vision.

  • Do you have trouble night driving or problems with glare?
  • Do you have light sensitivity?
  • Family history of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)?
  • Risk factors for developing AMD (fair skin, history of smoking, cardiovascular disease, poor diet, over 50 years old?)

If your answer is yes, or you are just curious about whether your visual performance can be improved, you need this test!  Macular pigment is the only modifiable risk factor for AMD.

We are having a FREE screening event on Saturday, October 25th.   Dr. LaBrosse will be present to discuss the test and answer any of your questions about your eye health. We will also have plenty of dark chocolate and Pinot Noir on-hand, since both contain ingredients that are beneficial to eye health. Join us!!

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Filed under: CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, Thierry Lasry

Customer of the Week!

Written by on October 3rd 2014

Congrats to Laura….again!

Although Laura was a Customer of the Week in February of 2013, we could not pass up snapping a shot of her in her new Thierry Lasry cat-eye sunglasses…and fabulous kitty-cat bag, complete with sticking-up ears!!

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The Thierry Lasry sunnies have abalone shell accents on either side. The frame is called Slutty, but we are hoping Laura knows how to control herself;-)

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While Laura was trying to decide whether or not these sunglasses would fit into her budget, we made a business proposal to her: create an illustration for us to use with our Rainbow Scavenger Hunt. She accepted….and got the sunnies!

Here is our scavenger hunt card….with the awesome illustration of the eye spy girl and her cat, that Laura drew for us:-) eye spy scavenger hunteye spy scavenger hunt_back

Thanks so much Laura and congrats again!! We heart you!

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Filed under: EVENTS!

It’s our Sweet Sixteen!

Written by on October 1st 2014

Celebrate with us on Sat., October 11th from 12-5pm!

It’s our birthday and we will cry if we want to….tears of joy, that is:-)  Come and join us, while we celebrate in our fluffy dresses & watch “Sixteen Candles!” We will have cupcakes & candy, spiked punch, a bunch of frames on sale and birthday discounts!!

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We almost forgot to mention the cake topper!? We will have some sweet work from Margie Criner, owner and mastermind behind Red-Belly!

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From as far back as Margie can remember, she needed to make things. She recalls spending time in her dad’s wood shop in the basement of their house. At six years old, she made a walkie talkie out of a block of pine, a nail and some paint.

Now, years later, the tools she uses are more sophisticated, but the desire to produce remains the same. Margie’s education in textile design, graphics, and woodworking allows me to fulfill her childhood dream to create.  Her work is rooted in color, eco- friendly materials, with a heavy concentration in composition. This must be why we love her one-of-a kind work so much!!

 

Come and celebrate 16 simply spectacular years of specs at Eye Spy! We will have a photo booth set-up, so don’t forget to wear your puffy dress:-) SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11th from 12-5PM. Be there or be square.

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Filed under: CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, Francis Klein

Customer of the Week!

Written by on September 18th 2014

Meet Allison…our Customer of the week!
Allison fell head over heels in love with this Francis Klein Ginga frame…

IMG_1319Allison came in looking for a something different, and boy did we find it. She and the Design Maven knew this was the one. Allison put it on and practically started glowing! She was on a hunt for either a purple or a tortoise frame; They managed to find the best of both worlds, as this frame starts out purple and fades to tortoise!

Allison you are a total beauty in this frame, and in general. If we were in the E/R and you were our doc, it would make our day having you show up at our bedside wearing this frame! Thanks for being our Customer of the Week!!!

Here’s a close up shot of Allison’s lovely frame!!!!

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Filed under: NEWS!, Niloca

TICK. TOCK. IT’S NILOCA TIME!

Written by on September 18th 2014

It’s about that time, it’s about that place, it’s about getting Niloca on your face!
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How dreamy are these new Niloca Clockwork series frames? I mean, come on now! They even come in almost all of Eye Spy’s favorite color combinations!

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Niloca describes this series as being: hard, edgy and a little bit brutal, made from exotic materials gathered from their own trip across the continuum. Designed in Melbourne, with a tip of the bowler hat to timelessness.

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The Specs Wrangler has been obsessing over the Clockwork cat-eye in the sky blue…we will see how long she can hold out before ordering that one. Oh wait, she just ordered it!

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Times a tickin’… come and try-on these titanium beauties that took a year to be manufactured!

 

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Filed under: EVENTS!, Julbo

Eye Spy a Rainbow Scavenger Hunt!

Written by on September 17th 2014

We’ve convinced the rest of the block to play a game with us. What is the game you may ask? It’s an EYE SPY rainbow scavenger hunt, of course! Come scoop up a map and go on a hunt during Sundays in September.

Return with your map and photos, get a bunch of super-secret prizes and enter into a drawing for a pair of kids’ Julbo sunglasses!

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The scavenger hunt is officially taking place every Sunday during the Lakeview Sunday Play Spot! But, you can pick up an Eye Spy scavenger hunt card from us or any of the retailers on our block and participate whenever you want:-)

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Filed under: Anne et Valentin, CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!

Customer of the Week

Written by on September 10th 2014

Congrats to Phyllis!!!

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Phyllis has been coming to Eye Spy for years and years. Every time she buys a pair, she always gets so many compliments…or at least, that is what she tells us;-) When she saw this pair of Anne et Valentin frames, she was immediately drawn to it. This pair was part of a limited edition series of Anne et Valentin sunglasses. Only 25 sets were made for the whole wide world! (They are all gone, except for one lonely pair on our shelf!)

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Originally, her green glasses were sunglasses, as are many of Phyllis’ previous pairs. Instead, we turned it into an everyday pair with XTRActive Transition lenses. Why are XTRActive Transitions different from the good ole Transitions that we normally use?

All day Transitions XTRActive lenses adapt to help protect your eyes from fatigue and strain caused by UV light and bright glare outdoors, and even activate behind the windshield.  Indoors they have a comfortable hint of tint to shield your eyes from strain caused by harsh indoor light.

Phyllis sells real estate, so she is in and out of her car all day, when she is not in front of the computer, or walking her three cute rescue dogs from her volunteer gig at PAWS. These lenses are a perfect solution…and she is getting even more compliments than ever on her glasses…or as she emailed us, “I am still accosted by strangers every day re: the glasses.”

Congrats to Phyllis and her pups!Phyllis_dogs

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Filed under: Anni Shades, CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!

Customer of the Week!!!

Written by on September 4th 2014

Welcome back to the same bat channel and bat place! Allow us to introduce Todd, who was actually one of the first people that the Design Maven helped when she started at ye ole Eye Spy.

Todd came in looking for something different and fun. His first pair of Eye Spy frames was an RVS frame in a matte black and speckled tortoise. He loved them so much that he added a second pair of Anni Shades that, sadly, bounced out of his bike bag. He was looking to replace his beloved lost frames. (Hopefully someone found them that really needed them, right?)

Todd found this beautiful Anni Shades Glimpse frame with a secret aqua accent…

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Todd is really lovin’ his new frames and hopefully these will *not* bounce out of his bike bag. Below is his first pair of Eye Spy glasses. We did notice that he somehow scratched his lenses, and replaced them under his scratch warranty!

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Thanks for being so much fun to work with Todd and such a good sport on one of the Design Maven’s first days!!! (Ya know, back a few years ago.) And…if you know a student at New Trier High School, they might recognized Todd as a fabulous history teacher! Have a great school year everyone and congrats to Todd for being Customer of the Week!!

 

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