Sunglasses

United By Blue Stillwater board shortYou do your dance around the recycling bins—figuring out what counts as plastic, what is compostable and what is plain rubbish. You offset your carbon footprint by hoofing it to work.  You purchase eco-friendly cleaning products and scour your cosmetics bottles so that they can be recycled. You are an eco-warrior. But sometimes the daily battle just doesn’t feel like enough.

A number of designers and companies go beyond the standards of environmental sustainability to find creative ways to make their products earth-friendly. Here are just a few Nordstrom brands preserving the planet with their innovative practices. We are proud to support their ingenious efforts to keep it clean.

Melissa Joy Manning earringsMelissa Joy Manning jewelry

Not only does the artisan jeweler look to nature to inspire her earthy, handcrafted creations, but Manning’s California studio is Green Certified. Her methods, too, include using recycled silver and gold sourced with the highest environmental standards. The stones on her jewelry are often upcycled from antique charms or made from alternative composites like refined ore from Michigan auto plants or raspberry nickel from former U.S. zipper factories. All the diamonds in her collection are conflict-free. Other stones are sourced using environmentally and socially responsible practices as well.

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We visited Kate Young on the bright, sunny morning immediately following the Met Gala and not long before all the craziness of Cannes, and that right there is all the metaphor you really need. Every day in the life of this ultra-cool celebrity stylist is the day after something really major. And probably the day before and during something really major, too. Kate Young … she’s just major.

Celebrity stylist Kate Young showing us some of the tools of her trade
on the morning after the Met Gala this past May; image by Kirby Calvin

But that doesn’t necessarily mean you know her by name or that adorable, blonde-fringed face. As a stylist and brand collaborator/consultant, her genius and finesse live largely beyond the camera’s gaze. Not our camera, mind you. No, Kirby Calvin and I brought our lens right up to Young’s downtown NYC office and talked to her about Kate Young for Tura, the collection of super-chic sunglasses she made in collaboration with the New York City–based eyewear brand and available now at Pop-In Goes Poolside.

Kate Young’s office; image by Kirby Calvin

Here’s what she who dresses Naomi Watts, Natalie Portman and Sienna Miller has to say about summer style, swimming holes of the eastern United States and how frames frame your style.

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For adventure-ready sunglasses, we’re loving the TOMS Traveler: clean design, bendable SOLAFLEX construction. Throw them in your bag and speed off into the horizon, no hard protective case necessary.

Plus, built into every purchase is the brand’s famous one-for-one philanthropy

Just like how buying a pair of TOMS shoes helps a person in need, TOMS ensures each pair of sunglasses sold results in sight-giving assistance to a different person who could use help paying for glasses or ocular medical attention.

We spoke to travel hounds and witnesses to TOMS’ good works John Whitledge, creative director and designer for TOMS eyewear, and Darin Dennee, TOMS eyewear director. They gave us insights (pun intended) into TOMS’ programs in Paraguay, which islands they’re surfing next and where to go when you’re in Shanghai.

And they confirmed the virtual unbreakability of these shades. 

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We all know the moment after slipping on a great pair of sunnies and looking in the mirror—that feeling of being instantly more cool, fabulous and mysterious. Turns out, it’s not just in our heads; it’s a scientific fact. At least according to senior art and design lecturer, Vanessa Brown from Nottingham Trent University.

Brown gave the Science of Us a glimpse into the research for her upcoming book, Cool Shades: The History and Meaning of Sunglasses. The gist? 1. Sunglasses make your face appear symmetrical, which is synonymous with perceived beauty. 2. They hide your eyes—no peaking through the windows to your soul. 3. The glamour of Audrey Hepburn and edginess of James Dean. Enough said.

Excuse us, we’re off to get glamourous and symmetrical.

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Whether you plan on spending your summer lounging poolside or splashing in the surf (or both!), one item every woman needs is the perfect swimsuit. But landing on a style that makes you look and feel amazing can sometimes be a daunting task.

Ladies, we get this. And in an effort to make the process a little easier, we’re showcasing a few of the top trends we’re loving right now with a bit of style inspiration from on location at Sycamore Beach near Malibu. Check out these snaps from a recent photo shoot for our handy swimsuit guide—ready to help you choose a style that best highlights your body type.

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heroWherever your 4th of July plans take you, let your style sparkle as much as the fireworks with some patriotic stars and stripes.

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What’s a super easy way to update any look? A new pair of shades. Check out our Sunglasses Style Guide; it has the best summer styles under the sun.

HeroCrayon Brights. [Pictured: Oakley ‘Forehand’ 57mm Sunglasses]

Retro Specs. [Pictured: Carrera Eyewear 57mm Sunglasses]

Novelty Shapes. [Pictured: House of Harlow 1960 ‘Annie’ 59mm Sunglasses]

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Eye Candy: A Rainbow of Shades

With sunnier days ahead, treat yourself to some candy-dipped sunglasses (like these pairs we love, below). Color has definitely arrived for the new season—and it’s not going away anytime soon!

Feline Fatale: MICHAEL Michael Kors Retro Sunglasses

’80s Original: Oakley Frogskins Sunglasses

Flight Plan: Ray-Ban ‘Original Aviator’ Sunglasses

Supersized: Tory Burch Logo Hinge Sunglasses

Retro Rad: Carrera Eyewear Sunglasses

Find more hues perfect for you in our sunglass trends guide.

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Street Report: Sophie & Geri

These two gorgeous girls are hard at work promoting their jewelry line at NYFW. The rich, earthy luxury of their wooden and stone pieces drew me in, almost as much as their saturated prints. Although they were rushing off to set up for their Coach party for Fashion’s Night Out, Sophie and Geri had time to take in the BCBG show.

See you at the party, ladies!

xo, Crystal

Shop similar styles:

Suede Pumps | Printed Denim & Pants | Cat’s-Eye Sunglasses

Shop our Editor’s Picks to recreate this look:

Manolo Blahnik Pump
Alice + Olivia Leopard Print Pants
Valentino Retro Sunglasses
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Simplicity can speak volumes in a crowd of uber-accessorized fashionistas. Elizabeth is a renowned stylist and master of laid-back chic. She loves print, color, and mixing textures.

I chased her down outside of the Tadashi show, but hopefully we’ll see her again at Marc Jacobs, her fave designer.

xo, Crystal

Shop similar styles:

Ankle-Strap Sandals | Mini Skirts | Colorful Sunglasses

Shop our Editor’s Picks to recreate this look:

Vince Camuto Sandal
BCBGeneration Side Pleat Skirt
Ray-Ban Classic Wayfarer
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