Nice and Toasty

Something about the coming of fall creates a craving for all-things cozy and comfortable. Do you guys notice that? All of the sudden cable knit sweaters, thick blankets, and a nice spot curled up next to the fire just seem so appropriate. That crispness of fall also incites in us a thirst for a new beverage. Out with the lemonade and sweet tea and in with the hot apple cider and pumpkin spice lattes.

Here are some of our favorite crisp weather beverages! Note: These drinks are best served in a nice mug for gripping and enjoyed in a cozy spot with a book. We’ve heard it enhances the flavors.

Scotch Apple Cider

scotch apple cider

This adult version of the classic apple cider is perfect for a crisp evening with the newspaper.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte

 how to make a pumpkin spice latte

We’re big fans of the Starbucks version, but this fall specialty is easy to make at home, too!

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Chai Tea

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The cinnamon, clove, allspice and other spices in chai tea are perfect for leaf-turning weather. Make it a staple!

Did we miss your favorite fall beverage? Tell us your favorite hot beverage recipe in the comments below!

Jackie O Style

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In the midst of this election frenzy, we’ve been thinking about the impact of the First Lady. Some of the ladies here at Reading Glasses Shopper were invited to a talk on Jackie Kennedy Onassis and how her style set the the tone for a new era in the White House. Beloved by women everywhere, her style was as iconic and as sought after in her day as it is now. Those chic skirted suits, pillbox hats, pearls, gloves, and certainly, those signature rounded sunglasses, never fail to bring to mind the woman who made them so stylish. And for good reason!

Here are some of our favorite Jackie looks:

jackie kennedy style

Want to get Jackie O sunglasses of your own? Our Gabby Bifocal Sun Readers will do the trick!

Jackie O Reading Glasses

Do you have a favorite Jackie Kennedy Onassis look?



May is Sun Safety Month!

Our sister site, Sunglass Warehouse, has created The Sun Authority, a site devoted to all things sun safety. The Skin Cancer Foundation has declared the month of May as Skin Cancer Awareness Month. As our way of participating, we’ve created a website devoted to information about safe ways to protect yourself from harmful UV rays.

“Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people are diagnosed annually,” according to The Skin Care Foundation. Being outside and enjoying good weather is important for good health and well-being, but with warnings like this, it’s important to use the proper protection.

Our guide to sun safety includes helpful information about: skin protection, eye health, the weather, family travel and even sunglasses and style. The Sun Authority will explain the importance of using reading sunglasses for poolside reading, some simple ways to protect your skin while enjoying outdoor activities, and much more detailed information on UV ray strength..Our research is thoughtfully compiled from experts and reputable resources.

We hope you use this resource to become informed on easy ways to protect yourself this summer. Also, keep an eye out for fun contests (with awesome prizes) we’ll be running to promote Sun Safety Month on our Facebook page and Twitter account.

Now, go enjoy some gorgeous sunny weather the smart way!

The Red Pump Project

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Did you know there is an awareness day devoted specifically to how HIV/AIDS affects women? Even if you or anyone directly related to you has been diagnosed, it touches the lives of women everywhere, and in turn touches our lives.

  • Did you know that every 9 ½ minutes in the US someone is infected with HIV?
  • Did you also know that every 35 minutes, a woman tests positive for HIV in the United States?

Those are pretty chilling statistics, but every year on March 10th the United States will recognize the day as National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.  It is a national initiative to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS, specifically the impact it has on women and girls everywhere. Prevention and treatment measures have increased, but women still account for 27% of all new AIDS diagnoses, with African-American women making up 66% of that group.

The Red Pump Project™ raises awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. Their mission is to prevent HIV through education, and open communication about the issues that surround sexual and reproductive health.

How can you help? Rock the Red Pumps! Or Rock a Red Tie! Men, tell your wife, sister, mother, aunts, girlriends or WHOEVER to Rock the Red Pumps. The red shoe is a symbol of empowerment meant to encourage the women suffering with and affected by HIV/AIDS. If you get a compliment on your sassy pair of red pumps or snazzy red tie then tell them why you’re wearing them! Share the word and spread awareness. It’s something everyone can do.

If you’re a blogger you can head over to the Rock the Red Pumps™ website and get a badge to raise awareness as well.  If you’re not a blogger, tweet about it, facebook it, and of course, wear your red tie! Sharing in any way that you can will help the cause. Learn more about the Project and find other ways to spread awareness and get involved.