"Each one of us continues to carry the heart of each self we’ve ever been, at every stage along the way, and a chaos of everything good and rotten. And we have to carry this weight all alone, through each day that we live. We try to be as nice as we can to the people we love, but we alone support the weight of ourselves."
She uses her talent for writing and thinking critically to bring attention to important feminist issues. From supporting Wendy Davis’ epic filibuster to shaming the New York Times for their condescending “Do Women Have What it Takes to Lead” series, Elizabeth is always on-point, keeping her content current, relevant, and inspiring.
Take advantage of our exciting 2 for 1 Summer Love event launching at 9:00 a.m. today! Simply buy one pair of BonLook’s eyeglasses, and then choose your free sunglasses. Easy! Click on the link to enjoy these limited-time savings right now:http://bit.ly/1bCK9zP. Offer is applicable to promoted eyeglasses and sunglasses only.
Garlands are a fun, on-trend summer accessory popularized by celebrities like Lana Del Rey (pictured above in a still from her “Born to Die” music video).
Here’s a set of easy DIY instructions, so you can make your very own customized piece!
You will need:
1. Garden wire
3. Garden shears or very strong scissors
You can likely find all these supplies at your local dollar store. Choose flowers of any size and color and feel free to mix and match. You can even add leaves. The choices are endless!
1. Fit the garden wire around your head and add two inches. It should be around 25 inches in circumference.
2. Clip the wire to the desired size and twist the ends together, overlapping them where you’ve given an extra two inches.
3. Remove each flower from the stalk, if any. Each flower should have a hole in the center. If they do not, this is fine.
4. Cut off a two-inch long section of garden wire.
5. Loop the two-inch garden wire through the hole in the center of the flower and twist it onto your garden wire crown (what you’ve measured on your head in step 1). If your flower does not have a hole in the center, simply attach it by twisting the wire around its base.
6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until you’ve covered your garden wire crown with flowers… You’re done!
Beware of cat! All those wires and flowers lying around are sure to arouse the attention of your feline companion, if you have one.
Finally, enjoy your new hair garland! I guarantee you won’t be able to make just one.
"The really important kind of freedom involves attention and awareness and discipline, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them over and over in myriad petty, unsexy ways every day. That is real freedom. That is being educated, and understanding how to think. The alternative is unconsciousness, the default setting, the rat race, the constant gnawing sense of having had, and lost, some infinite thing."
We at BonLook find inspiration in many places. With a staff full of cyclists, we believe that a sturdy bike frame is a true summer essential, getting you where you need to go in an environmentally-friendly way. We’ve matched this bike’s bold red frame with a pair of our glasses -the Honeybadger in cardinal. Allow our frames to take you in a new style direction! http://bit.ly/16jZZrX
I put together a list of top 5 albums replete with incredible female artists for your listening pleasure. From calm, folksy tunes to high-energy songs that’ll make you want to dance, it has all you need to suit a variety of occasions this season.
I’ve also included a song recommendation within each album.
What’s the soundtrack to your summer?
1. Anxiety, Autre Ne Veut
Pitchfork darling, Autre Ne Veut, masterfully haromizes a rich variety of influences, like R&B, low-fi, electro, and indie rock. Avant-garde sisters Jessica and Cristina Jo Zambri are perfect, yet unexpected collaborators. This album will sound like nothing else you’ve listened to. My favorite track off Anxiety is “Play by Play.” Listen to it via Pitchfork’s review: http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/14847-play-by-play/
2. Shaking the Habitual, The Knife
This is The Knife’s much-anticipated first full-length offering since their 2006 hit album, Silent Shout. I once heard this band’s style of music referred to as “goblin glam,” which remains a fitting description. Karin Dreijer Andersson’s vocals are as distorted and eccentric as ever. The band’s official statement about their video for “A Tooth for an Eye” is “(It) deconstructs images of maleness, power and leadership. Who are the people we trust as our leaders and why? What do we have to learn from those we consider inferior?” Awesome. The first single released off this record is “Full of Fire.” The music video can be found on the band’s official YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoH6k6eIUS4
3. Biophilia, Bjork
Some musicians seem to live and breathe their art, Bjork is one of them… when you’re listening to Bjork, it’s unmistakably her. The word that comes to mind is “authentic.” This, her 8th full-length album, heavily features themes of the natural world and the cosmos. Her single, “Crystalline,” boasts a music video directed by none other than Michael Gondry, whose quirky aesthetic blends seamlessly with hers. Watch it on Bjork’s official YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvaEmPQnbWk
4. Metals, Feist
Canadian sweetheart Feist wins yet more fans with this successful follow up to The Reminder. This album is as cohesive as it gets, turning its back on the easy pop hook, for the most part. “How Come You Never Go There” is the single off Metals. You can listen to it on Feist’s official YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h65YIvjIV7E
5. Riposte LP, Buke and Gase
This band received a lot of visibilty after they were featured on the hit podcast, Radiolab. Arone Dyer plays a modified baritone ukulele, the “buke” in the group’s name. Aron Sanchez plays the “gase,” a melding of guitar and bass. The duo creates a remarkably full sound using these collage-esque instruments. You can listen to their track, “Medulla Oblongata,” on their Bandcamp page: http://bukeandgase.bandcamp.com/track/medulla-oblongata
We’re thrilled to announce the debut of our cinnamon Jungle Chic glasses! To save $25 on these frames, simply use the coupon code: newfave25! Offer ends July 27th 2013 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Go ahead, add a little spice to your life! http://bit.ly/15kFfBj
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the epitome of class, greatly popularized the oversized frame in the 60’s. Now, “Onassis glasses” or “Jackie O’s” are terms used to describe very large sunglasses worn by women. Get a modern version of her look (pictured above) with our Russian Doll in turtle:http://bit.ly/1bquYcN
Are you an incurable traveler who relishes new sights, sounds, and tastes? Match your daring persona with a bold color frame from BonLook’s Travel Collection, like the Samba in electric, and allow your sunnies to accompany you on your exciting new adventures. What destination do you dream of? http://bit.ly/14HsqDz
In her day, Marilyn Monroe shook up the fashion world by oscillating between a girl-next-door, natural aesthetic and smoldering evening looks. Today, she remains a strong style icon. Be a taste-maker in your own right by donning an updated version of her cat eye frames (pictured above) with La Marquise:http://bit.ly/13dIFmc
Summer is a great time for outdoor adventuring, but all that fun in the sun may leave you wanting to relax with a good book. Whether you’re reading on a Caribbean beach, on a train across Europe, or on a porch in Southeast Asia, this list is for you!
We at BonLook love promoting talented women, so all the works mentioned here are written by female authors of today and of times past. I’ve also included an excerpt from each book.
Don’t forget to don your stylish BonLook specs for the ultimate reading experience!
1.The Lottery and Other Stories, Shirley Jackson
This 1949 short-story collection features the famed dystopian short story, “The Lottery.” Jackson is a master of the slow-build. Initially, the characters and context of each story are quite accessible. Think neighbourhood gossip, rural living, and office-life. But as each story unfolds, the reader becomes aware that things are not as they seem.
“Everything that makes the world like it is now will be gone. We’ll have new rules and new ways of living. Maybe there’ll be a law not to live in houses, so then no one can hide from anyone else, you see.”
2.The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye, A.S. Byatt
Indulge yourself with this enchanting collection of fairy tales geared towards adults. Byatt has a remarkable gift for prose, drawing the reader into worlds that are both beautiful and terrifying.
“Such wonder, such amazement, are the opposite, the exact opposite, of boredom, and many people only know them after fear and loss. Once known, I believe, they cannot be completely forgotten; they cast flashes and floods of paradisal light in odd places and at odd times.”
3.Lullabies for Little Criminals, Heather O’Neill
Written in 2006, this, O’Neill’s first novel, won the 2007 edition of Canada Reads. The innocence, confusion, and good-natured spirit of the 12 year-old protagonist is sure to win your heart.
“Sometimes when you are standing still and it’s snowing, you think that you hear music. You can’t tell where it’s coming from either. I wondered if we all really did have a soundtrack, but we just get so used to it that we can’t hear it anymore, the same way that we block out the sound of our own heartbeat.”
4.The Beauty Myth, Naomi Wolf
This incredible piece of non-fiction seeks to act as a bridge between second and third wave feminism. It describes how women who have largely overcome traditional domestic roles are still vulnerable to oppression via socially-imposed beauty standards.
“She wins who calls herself beautiful and challenges the world to change to truly see her.”
5.Just Kids, Patti Smith
This book by singer-songwriter, poet, and visual artist Patti Smith is a memoir that describes her relationship with artist Robert Mapplethorpe. The backdrop is New York in the 1960’s. Smith and Mapplethorpe are immersed in a bohemian lifestyle, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Grace Slick, and Allen Ginsberg. At the core, this is a love story, but it is unlike any other.
“Where does it all lead? What will become of us? These were our young questions, and young answers were revealed. It leads to each other. We become ourselves.”
“I was immediately pulled in by their unique aesthetic. Their designs are youthful, innovative, and fashion forward, yet they draw upon vintage influences perfectly. This harmony of the new and the familiar makes for a truly versatile and accessible product –there’s a pair of BonLook glasses for every woman!”
Here at BonLook, we love well-read ladies of all-kinds, from blog aficionados to English majors studying the literary canon. Reflect your penchant for the written word with a look that’s academic chic. Think a pair of our black square frame glasses, an oversized blazer, and a well-worn book-bag. In that same scholastic spirit, we’ve decided it would be fun to have our new blogger, Christine, fill out a partial Proust questionnaire:
Your favorite virtue: Kindness, pure and simple.
Your chief characteristic: Curiosity
Your favorite occupation: I always need to keep my hands busy, which has usually resulted in writing. I also enjoy drawing, painting, making stained glass windows, and playing the piano.
Your idea of happiness: See above. To be done constantly and endlessly.
Your favorite heroines in fiction: Scout Finch of To Kill a Mockingbird, Hermoine Granger of Harry Potter
Your favorite heroines in real life: The women in my family, who are all strong in their own way. My spectacularly brilliant friends, who inspire and challenge me.
Your favorite heroines in world history: Ada Lovelace, Mary Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, Nellie Bly, Marie Curie, Ursula Franklin, Germaine Greer, bell hooks, Naomi Wolf…
Your favorite motto: “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” –George Bernard Shaw
Please join us in welcoming Christine to the team!
PS: She is wearing the Whiskey in tortoise (pictured above).
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This month we have been absolutely besotted with the up-and-coming Russian fashion mogul Miroslava Duma. Mira, as she is affectionately known by friends, has been at the forefront of the burgeoning fashion revolution that has swept across Russia. Her style is the perfect marriage between old Hollywood glamour and modern, tailored lines.
Whether or not you’re Mediterranean-bound this season, I think that infusing a little French Riviera style into any summer look will have you feeling positively coastal in no time (no fancy holiday required). As always, ever item I’m sharing here is under $100 (just like our amazing prescription glasses!) so that you snag one or two without your bank account taking a major hit.
I was inspired to put this together because BonLook just launched theirCôte d’Azur Collection, which features seriously cerulean versions of a few classic frames. If you haven’t already, make sure to check it out! It’s a sure fire way to cure those blues ;)
Here are a few of my favorite Côte d’Azur-inspired accessories:
In case you didn’t already know, we offer a totally free online style service that we have dubbed the Virtual Stylist Consultation. This is where you can get a video with personalized eyewear recommendations from a BonLook stylist by simply filling out a short style questionnaire. Here, Tastemaker Magazine’s Kristen Richards reviews the service. Check it out!
BFF Bloggers: Kaylah (a.k.a. The Dainty Squid) and Elycia (a.k.a. Love Elycia)
Today I have a really fun feature in which I talk with the absolutely adorable and ultra-creative BFF bloggers Kaylah (from The Dainty Squid) and Elycia (from Love Elycia) about friendship and blogging (naturally!). These lovely ladies were kind enough to take the time to answer a few of my questions.
Isn’t this amazingly cute? I’ve been spending a lot of time reading in the sunshine (thanks to my awesome BonLook sunnies) and I’ve been using anything but a bookmark to hold my place in my books as of late. I’m actually a huge sucker for a cute bookmark, so I decided to seek one out for you guys. So here you have it! Credit to Lonnies for the cuteness.
Welcome to the latest edition of the feature where you get the inside scoop on what the awesome co-founders of BonLook have been loving this month! This is one of my favorite features because, through sharing these things with you, I’m also frequently introduced to some absolutely amazing stuff. I’d love to hear about the things you’ve all be wild about through the month, so leave a comment here (or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org) and let me know! If I hear from enough of you, maybe we can even start a reader’s faves feature too.
What could be more perfect than a new collection of super-fashionable sunglasses, especially when they’re such a steal! These beauties are available with prescription for our usual delightfully low price of $99 (and free shipping, of course), or without prescription for only $49! What’s more? For this week only, we are offering free shipping on our new non-Rx sunnies as a special introductory offer!
So, today I’ll be understanding. If you just want to skip the rest of this post and go shop BonLook’s brand new Traveler’s Collection, that’s okay. If not, keep reading and I will share some of our new styles and a little of the inspiration behind the designs!
I think it’s already quite apparently how crazy I am about Oana’s artwork (she was the first in our “Women We Love” series), so I am really loving this adorable desktop calendar! It’s light, clean-looking and totally free! Enjoy everyone, and thanks Oana!
Check out Sarah Wilson’s Conscious Club talk about how she quit eating sugar. It’s articulate, introspective and interesting! I know it did me some good to take a quick pause in my day, step back from things, and just listen. Also, while you’re at it, give her blog a browse. Enjoy!
Women We Love: YouTube Sensation Priscilla (a.k.a. thereadables)
This one is for all the bookish BonLook Beauties out there! When I saw Priscilla from the YouTube channel thereadables wearing our very own La Marquise frames in tortoise, I just knew I had to get her on this blog.