Eye Love It

(Photos by Courtney Charles

Let me take a not so huge leap and assume that everyone is like me and spends a huge portion of their day staring at a computer screen… And when you aren’t you are most likely staring at the screen of a phone or a television. Obviously, that’s not necessarily the healthiest of habits for our eyes. The blue light from our screens is actually very harmful – if you weren’t aware of that. Working in the digital industry, and as a writer and blogger, the majority of my time has been spent absorbing this harsh light. I’ve utilized apps like Flux to lessen the damage. In the office or amongst friends I’m like an anti-blue-light advocate; it's something I've verbally expressed disdain for. The headaches alone are enough to get frustrated with, amiright? So obviously when I heard that one of my favorite eyewear brands developed a safeguard way to protect our eyes from blue light - I was all for it.

Eye Buy Direct, an amazing online retailer for all eye wear - from sunnies to eye glasses, created Blue lenses, designed to help protect our eyes from HEV blue light emitted by digital screens. Shielding our eyes from phones, computers, and tablets is important since extended screen time can result in headaches, fatigue, and possible eye damage. These super thin lenses are designed to help alleviate any potential problems, and treated with protective coatings. It's an incredible development, and much needed. Best part is their selection of frames is so stylish - so now we're able to be not only smart, but also stylish with our eyewear buys!

I'm so pumped about this brand, and definitely want everyone to have a chance to try them out - and see why I'm so in love! So, I was able to chat with their team and they agreed to offer my readers a discount! Use the code: EBDXTHEWEARHOUSEDISTRICT at check out to snag 20% off your purchase! 

Featured: Theory Frames in Striped Granite, Eye Buy Direct

All photos by Courtney Charles

Like Manhattan and Manhattan

(Photos by Courtney Charles

"Chapter One. He was too romantic about Manhattan, as he was about everything else. He thrived on the hustle bustle of the crowds and the traffic..." Said Woody Allen's character Isaac in Manhattan, Allen's late-70's love letter to New York, narrating as he writes... later deeming it too corny for his piece and revising time and time again. Being a film buff and a Manhattan-phile, I've seen Woody Allen's Manhattan enough times to have it memorized. But, I always loved this specific edit for the character's opening. Corny, maybe, but it was a line that felt like something I could have written myself.

Living here, it's hard not too feel somewhat romantic about Manhattan. No other island can make you feel so small and so grand at the same exact time. Even though time may have changed the facades and streets - once edgy, dirty, and crime-ridden - now flocked with Starbucks and Whole Foods on each corner - New York is still dripping with history. Every block has a story to tell.

I kept this outfit simple. Classic - Like Manhattan and Manhattan. My own modern twist on the late 70's. Denim (you know I love a good pair of blue jeans), a vintage-inspired henley, tucked in, with a simple pair of high-top sneakers. Courtesy of Banana Republic, another classic (originally founded a year before Manhattan's release).

Wearing: Shirt - Banana Republic; Denim - Banana Rebuplic;
Shoes - Levi's

All photos by Courtney Charles

Isaac's Final Edit: "Chapter One. He was as tough and romantic as the city he loved. Behind his black-rimmed glasses was the coiled sexual power of a jungle cat.' I love this. 'New York was his town, and it always would be.”

I Kneaded This

I've been a bit busy lately. Okay... Very busy. With so much going on, trying to balance so much, staying sane has not come easy. As work continued piling up and my calendar filling up, I knew eventually I'd need to step away - even for a day - and focus on me. And, last weekend after a short trek to the east side, I found my "me" time at the Julien Farel Restore Salon & Spa in the Loews Regency.

The Julien Farel Restore Salon & Spa offers incredible hairdressing, aesthetics, massage therapy and fitness all under one roof. The decor and layout is stunning, and the staff is incredibly welcoming and kind. The atmosphere is as luxurious as their services, but you feel comfortable and at ease as if you stepped away from the busy city. It was exactly what I needed.

Guys, I highly recommend the scalp and tension massage. It was incredible - the perfect way to de-stress and de-compress - having a deep concentration on areas of high tension like the neck and shoulders. But, whether it be a haircut, manicure, facial, or massage you will leave feeling anew, rejuvenated and transformed.

Learn more about the Julien Farel Salon & Spa and JF Men by visiting www.julienfarel.com.


(Photos by Joel Cas) There's this quote by Yoko Ono (You know me - I'm a sucker for a good quote). She had broken down our state of reflection for each season and said that when springtime passes "one remembers one's innocence." Summer is exuberance; Autumn is reverence; Winter, Perseverance. At the turn of every season I think of this quote. I love it. I love picturing each season as a new chapter, new goal, new focus, new theme. Winter ends and spring sprouts through the dampened ground, blossoming. A fresh start. As Yoko says, a reflection of innocence when we were anew - just as the season is.

As always, my go to medium for expressing my ideas is style. I pull my favorite color palette of the season, pale pinks and light blues, and build an outfit inspired by springtime and innocence. Simple, fun, and youthful. Shot on the ground of an East Village park - jogging memories of childhood, when sitting on the earth wasn't just acceptable; It was enjoyable. I have to say it felt, maybe a bit naive, but mostly freeing.  

Jacket, Shirt, Denim - Forever 21; Shoes - Nike

All photos by Joel Cas