Dorky No More: Looking Sharp Means Wearing Eyeglasses

Anyone who grew up wearing glasses and being stigmatized as a nerd hearing derisive “hey, four eyes” remarks is probably feeling pretty vindicated these days. Glasses are now a must-have fashion accessory.

Don’t take our word for it. Just cruise the Internet. You can browse “23 Pictures That Prove Glasses Make Guys Look Obscenely Hot” or see “21 Celebrities Who Prove Glasses Make Women Look Super Hot.”

When did glasses become cool?

Well, according to the curator of the British Optical Association Museum at The College of Optometrists, you don’t have to look any further than a certain precocious wizard.

“The Harry Potter craze sent opticians running to their back storerooms to find anything black and round when children suddenly started to want to wear glasses, whether they needed them or not,” Neil Handley says in a lecture about the changing social norms of eyewear.

Fast-forward nearly 20 years and all those grade school kids are now into chic hipster frames that are more Prada than Potter. The fashion industry offers another answer to the question of when glasses became cool. The industry, as pointed out in this Telegraph article, has undoubtedly helped create a buzz about spectacles. They’ve been featured on catwalks, and Prada and Chanel’s eyewear campaigns, starring Gemma Ward and Kristen Stewart respectively, have caught the public’s attention.

Here’s an interesting notion you may not have thought of. Making a fashion statement with glasses may have some unintended consequences, according to an article titled, “The Hidden Psychology of Wearing Glasses.”

“When you see a wearer of glasses walk into a room, superficial judgments begin formulating,” the article says. “Are they fashionable? Are they conservative or flamboyant? Are they clean, or do they let grease smudge their lenses? Whatever communication takes place is filtered through these impressions. And while those gut-checks are surface level, there are also more deep-seated evaluations occurring. For example: Are they trustworthy?”

Hip men and women looking for the latest look in eyewear often turn to, surprise, the Internet to do their shopping. While online shopping works for some products, eye care specialists say it’s not the best idea if you are looking for stylish vision correction.

“Deciding what frame best suits your prescription can be tricky,” says the blog of Outlook Eyecare, a Hamilton, New Jersey practice that offers eyeglasses through its brick-and-mortar Optical Shop. “An optician takes many considerations into account when helping you choose the best frame for you. The right frame consists of more than just what looks good. Just as one size frame does not fit all faces, one type of frame does not work for all prescriptions.”

That makes sense, although there is an eyewear company called Warby Parker that offers a chance to try out 5 different frames for a week for free. After 5 days, you can choose to buy any of the pairs and send the others back. Users say the popular service is a good way to test-drive glasses for both style and function.
The chic factor of eyeglasses can even lead to some strange behavior. An actor (but not celebrity) quoted in the “Hidden Psychology…” article mentioned above chose to have LASIK surgery to correct her vision. But she says it started affecting getting acting jobs.

“The large hip frames allowed me to either stand out or give myself a specific ‘look,'” she says. “So I had an eye doctor turn a pair to clear plastic so I can wear them to auditions. It’s a look that is in right now.”

Apparently glasses are now so fashionable that even those who don’t need them are heading to the eye doctor’s office.

Mr. Cory

Mr. Cory, 11-Year-Old Cookie Tycoon

Move over, Donald Trump– there’s a new business tycoon in town!

Meet Cory Nieves (a.k.a. Mr. Cory) of Englewood.  In addition to running his Mr. Cory’s Cookies empire, Mr. Cory enjoys a booming modeling and acting career that has taken him from the New York Fashion Week runway to the set of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.  On top of all his business responsibilities, Mr. Cory goes to school full-time and makes time to enjoy animals, read the newspaper, practice karate and hang out with his mother, Lisa.

Oh yea…did we mention that Cory is 11-years-old?!

Mr. Cory’s positive, go-getter attitude was on display at The Center for Food Action in Englewood, where our Lisa Marie Latino caught up with the entrepreneur sensation.  Mr. Cory was at the Center to donate batches of cookies because, as he exclaimed, “giving back is my favorite thing to do!”

Mr. Cory’s future goals include going to college and gifting cookies to presidential hopefuls Trump and Jeb Bush.  Perhaps we’ll see Mr. Cory on a Republican debate stage real soon!

#Hippers, you have a chance to meet this #RisingStar on Tuesday, September 29th at The Kenilworth‘s grand re-opening celebration! Mr. Cory and his delicious cookie trolley will be on display  from 6pm – 9pm at the newly renovated, 109- room boutique hotel.

This lavish, complimentary reception will showcase The Kenilworth’s unique party spaces for event planners, corporate clients and community leaders. The festivities will kick-off with a ribbon cutting ceremony with politicians on the local and state level, including New Jersey Senator Tom Kean, Jr.

The party areas will be designed by celebrity event & wedding planner Danielle Rothweiler of Rothweiler Event Design. Danielle has worked with numerous mainstream personalities to plan their milestone events, including “Dancing with the Stars” pro Lindsay Arnold’s recent wedding.

Other sponsors include prominent New Jersey businesses Bloomingdale’s Short Hills, José Eber Salon, Selfie Snapshots, and Party Rentals Ltd.

Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the renovated grounds and learn more about the hotel’s modern and unique amenities. All guests will have the chance to win an event planner’s dream basket valued over $1,000.

To attend the event, please RSVP to rsvp@kenilworthinn.com or call The Kenilworth at 908-241-4100.


LuLu Crowns Asbury Park’s Most Desirable Bachelor!

LuLu wanted to know who Asbury Park‘s best catch was, and the ladies have spoken!

Meet Josh Joyce, a 22-year-old server at Deal Lake Country Club. He participated in LuLu’s end-of-summer competition and won $500 for being crowned  the highest rated, most reviewed guy on the dating app!  (See his photo below).

“I was out with my friends at one of the Asbury Park bars, and the LuLu ambassadors were hyping up the contest,” explained Josh, who drew a 9.3 rating.  “I thought it would be fun to see what my ranking would be, so I downloaded the app.”

Josh beat out over 100 entries in the area, and over 200 females weighed in on Josh and others.  His rave analysis included #TotalPackage, #RealMan, #MothersLoveHim, #LoverNotAFighter, #WorkEthic, #EpicSmile, #GodsGiftToWomen, #KissableLips and more.

Where did his best review come from?  His girlfriend!

“She wasn’t upset that I entered the contest,” Josh said.  “She thought it was fun.”

According to LuLu marketing manager, Taylor Morgan McPherson, the Asbury Park event was a success.

“There was a very palpable buzz around town, plus we saw a spike in downloads,” explained Taylor.

Taylor dished that Asbury Park’s booming single’s scene and dating culture was the perfect place to stage this campaign, and has her sights set on other potential #HipNJ locations to continue LuLu domination!

“We’re looking at colleges for the next phase, such as Monmouth University,” said Taylor.

LuLu is a mobile app that allows female users to make positive and negative evaluations of male users on the basis of their romantic, personal, and sexual appeal. The app allows only female users to access the evaluation system, and evaluations made through the app are attached publicly and anonymously through the app to the male accounts. For more information, visit OnLuLu.com.


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