I’m introducing a new segment on the blog, called “BRAND FOCUS.” I’ll be sharing with you some history and fun facts, items I own and the stories behind them, all about that specific brand. As a fashion passionate, I have so much respect on brands whether they are the well-established or newly emerging ones as well as the people who work so hard behind them. Personally, I would totally splurge on original priced items of some specific brands I know that produce quality products, such as bags by Chanel, Saint Laurent, and Gucci, to be named a few. Any brand requests, please drop it down in the comment section and I sure will chat about it with ya’ll!

If you’ve been following my blog (styleandsenses.com) or instagram (@antrieu) for awhile (thanks for revisiting!), you probably have noticed my style as I don’t accessorize as much. I’m always in a hurry, so basics are my go-to. People in the Midwest don’t usually dress up, so I don’t feel the need to “elevate” the look if it’s not necessary. Accessories that I usually gravitate toward can just be one or two things like a bag, some cute comfy shoes, a hat or a pair of sunglasses. Speaking about sunglasses and as you might have guessed it by now, BRAND FOCUS #1 will be all about my Ray-ban glasses and sunglasses collection. Shall we just get into it?

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  1. The Round Metal aka John Lennon style sunglasses: I’ve owned the classic green lenses with gold frame for 3 years now. I remembered purchasing them on a super sale at an outlet mall for less than $100. I found these out of luck because back then these round ones were super rare not not-yet-in-style! Better yet, I found the pink ones at Sak Fith, unlabeled, and they were relabeled for the price of $40. Processed with VSCO with a6 preset·
  2. The Hexagonal Flat Retroshape: These gold framed and silver mirrored lens are my most recent Fall ’16 purchase. I bought these original for $175. Two reasons I love these so much are: 1 being they’re the hexagonal shape which is not only different but it also gives out such retro and #throwback feel, and 2 being the lenses are reflective which add a modern touch which I dig.Processed with VSCO with a6 preset·
  3. The Clubmaster sunglasses and prescription glasses: Clubmasters are hipster-must-haves!!! EVERY HIPSTER HAS A PAIR, I SWEAR! Don’t get me wrong, as much as I like how these look, I also dislike them so much. Literally, these keep sliding down my chin. I’ve just been so lazy to bring them in the store to get them adjusted! In contrast, my prescription ones I got some serious adjustment to the frame, so they fit me perfectly. My vision isn’t as bad, but I need to see things far way. Such occasions are when I’m in class needing to see what’s up the projector screen or on the board, when the only tickets for movies or shows are for seats way in the back. Ans yes, you can get any designer frames with prescription lenses!!!Processed with VSCO with hb2 preset·
  4. The Aviator aka the pilot googles: These used to be my favorite of all time, but the more I wear them the more I realize these can’t handle my cheekbones. Haha!!! These, however, won’t ever be out of style. I promise! I got these gold framed and green lens aviator together with the Clubmaster above at the same time for around $220 from a Sunglass Hut store.Processed with VSCO with hb2 preset·
  5. The Wayfarer: These come in various colors and materials. These were probably my most expensive Ray-ban to date. I seriously paid more than $300 for them. If I remember them correctly, they are the Lightforce ones which mean they’re not the regular heavy plastic frames but some super light new carbon fiber stuff. Sadly, I dropped them one a week after I got them, and I ended up disliking the brown color on my skin tone. I don’t wear these as often mainly because they’re difficult to style with my outfit choice currently. I love them all to death still!Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

Ray-ban was founded in 1937 by American company Bausch & Lomb and later sold in 1999 to the Italian Luxottica Group. The idea was literally to create pilot goggles for pilots, hence the aviator was born and is their signature!I hope you’ve enjoyed this lengthy post and found that sometimes it’s worth it to spend a bit more money for brand/designer things. Well, unless you lose your glasses or happen to sit on them, they will be around forever, quality and style! Thanks for reading, as always!